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How ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ Achieved Authentic Representation of Autism, According to Its Star and Casting Director

For “Cha Cha Real Smooth” casting director Angela Demo, it was out of the question to consider neurotypical actors for the part of Lola, who is on the…

‘Big Bang Theory’ Alum Simon Helberg Joins Natasha Lyonne, Rian Johnson Series ‘Poker Face’ at Peacock (EXCLUSIVE)

Simon Helberg is the latest addition to the cast of Natasha Lyonne and Rian Johnson’s Peacock series “Poker Face,” Variety has learned exclusively. Lyonne will star in the series,…

AMC’s ‘Alan Wake’ Adaptation Adds Producers Jon Jashni and Jeff Ludwig as Showrunner Peter Calloway Exits (EXCLUSIVE)

AMC’s “Alan Wake” TV adaptation has brought on two new producers following the exit of its previously announced showrunner, Variety has learned exclusively. Based on the best-selling video…

Pablo Fendrik Bows Latino Sci-Fi Series ‘The Shelter,’ From Starzplay, Pantaya, Fabula, Fremantle

In an early scene in Episode One of Pablo Fendrik’s “The Shelter” which is suffused in oneiric chromatic blue, Emilia, a little girl in bed at night, spies…

Karlovy Vary Film Festival to Launch KVIFF Talents

The 56th Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival will host the launch of KVIFF Talents, its new year-round program, whose goal is to identify talented filmmakers, and support the…

‘Man vs Bee’ Director David Kerr Details Working With Rowan Atkinson, CGI Bee: ‘It’s Moby Dick in Miniature’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you haven’t yet watched the final episode of “Man vs Bee.” It was three years ago that director David Kerr unexpectedly got…

‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ First Reactions Praise Marvel Film as a ‘Vivid and Vibrant Blast’

First reactions have poured in for Taika Waititi’s highly-anticipated “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which had its world premiere June 23 in Hollywood. Expectations for the latest Marvel Cinematic…

Premium Live Action Tween Series ‘Spellbound’ Set by ‘Find Me in Paris’ Creators, Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris-based Cottonwood Media and the Paris National Opera are re-teaming with U.S. streamer Hulu, Germany’s ZDF and  ZDF Studios and France Televisions, all partners on “Find Me in Paris,”…

‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’ Director Cooper Raiff Is Your Typical 20-Something… With a $15 Million Movie Deal

Cooper Raiff has been embracing a nomadic lifestyle, crashing with friends in Los Angeles and traveling to national parks while he’s in between jobs. But the lack of…

Don’t Forget ‘All American’: The CW Series Is So Much More Than a Football Show

You think you’ve seen “All American” before and the plot isn’t new. It’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” with a group of Black friends and football. It’s a twist on…

‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Showrunners on Documentary Rules, the Actors’ Strengths and Baby Colin Robinson

“This is all really fun,” said Stefani Robinson, reflecting back on her career. “Making vampire dick jokes, are you joking me?” The fourth season of FX’s vampire comedy…

‘The Reunion’ Star Ioan Gruffudd, Director Bill Eagles, Producer Sydney Gallonde on Remaining Faithful to Guillaume Musso’s Novel

The action in upcoming mystery thriller “The Reunion,” starring “Harrow’s” Ioan Gruffudd, centers on three characters in two time-zones, 25 years apart, but the emotions and personalities of…