Star Wars

Joss Whedon said he was ‘powerless’ to ‘Buffy’ affairs, denies misconduct

Allegation-plagued director Joss Whedon has addressed claims of his abusive behavior in a new interview, in which he continues to defend himself.

Miley Cyrus Tops Twitter on New Year’s Eve as ‘Boba Fett’ Comes in Like a Wrecking Ball

There were several televised shindigs ringing in the New Year last week, but according to Twitter, it was “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party” on NBC that earned the…

‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Becomes First Pandemic-Era Movie to Smash $1 Billion Milestone Globally

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” unwrapped the best Christmas gift of all, becoming the first pandemic-era movie to cross $1 billion at the global box office. Sony’s comic-book epic…

From ‘BoJack Horseman’ to ‘WandaVision,’ 10 Standout Theme Songs of the Streaming Era

Has the “skip” option made main title theme songs redundant? Hardly if you consider how some of the top-shelf shows of the streaming era have married music so…

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Series Casts ‘Star Wars’ Fans as Extras (EXCLUSIVE)

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” “Star Wars” really is about the fans. So much so that some of the most die-hard will be seen in the…

Jordan Grabs Studio and Streamer Attention With Lush Locales and Raised Rebates

Jordan’s Royal Film Commission was set up in 2013 with Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, brother of the country’s King Abdullah II, heading its board. It has since…

Disney Plus Now Supports Apple SharePlay, Letting You Watch Shows and Movies With up to 32 People

Disney Plus has updated its suite of Apple apps to add support for the tech giant’s SharePlay feature, letting subscribers watch TV shows and movies with friends and…

‘Wall-E,’ ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ and ‘Selena’ Among Movies Added to National Film Registry

Pixar’s “Wall-E,” “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” and “Selena” have been selected for preservation by the National Film Registry. Each year, the Librarian of Congress names 25…

Ishan Shukla’s ‘Schirkoa’ Animation Begins Motion Capture in France (EXCLUSIVE)

Indian filmmaker Ishan Shukla has started the motion capture of his debut animated feature “Schirkoa” in Angoulême, France. The film tells the story of a bored office worker,…

‘Star Wars’ Disney Plus Series ‘The Acolyte’ Eyes Amandla Stenberg for Lead Role

Amandla Stenberg is in talks to join the upcoming Disney Plus series “The Acolyte,” the live-action “Star Wars” series that hails from Leslye Headland. Details on the character…

Ahsoka Tano Disney Plus Series Casts Ivanna Sakhno

Ivanna Sakhno has been cast in the Ahsoka Tano series at Disney Plus, Variety has confirmed. Sakhno will appear in the series opposite Rosario Dawson, who will play Tano,…

How the Slinky played an important role in World War II

It’s a toy story.  The new History Channel docuseries, “The Toys That Built America,” premiering Sunday (Nov. 29) at 9 p.m., uncovers the surprising history of iconic products such as the Slinky, Silly Putty, Matchbox cars, slingshots and board games (including Monopoly). “Doing this through the lens of history is important because these American toys…