Billionaire Peter Thiel Sells Majority of Facebook Stake, Pocketing $29 Million

Investor and entrepreneur Peter Thiel has sold 73% of his remaining shares in Facebook, earning $29 million on the sale. Thiel now owns 59,913 Class A shares of Facebook after he sold 160,805 shares on...

Ken Shapiro, Writer-Director of ‘The Groove Tube,’ Dies at 76

Ken Shapiro, writer and director “The Groove Tube” and “Modern Problems,” died of cancer Saturday in Las Cruces, N.M. He was 76. Shapiro’s 1974 independent film, a collection of skits called “The Groove Tube,” starring...

‘Jersey Shore’ Cast to Reunite for MTV Revival Series

MTV is reviving reality-TV franchise “Jersey Shore.” The Viacom-owned cable channel announced Monday that the series’ original cast members — including Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio,” Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro,...

Harvey Weinstein Expelled From Directors Guild of America

The Directors Guild of America has expelled disgraced ex-mogul Harvey Weinstein, more than a month after announcing it had launched disciplinary proceedings. A DGA representative told Variety on Monday that Weinstein had resigned his guild...

Salma Hayek and Mary J. Blige on ‘Connecting to Other Women’ Through Their Characters

Salma Hayek (“Beatriz at Dinner”) and Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”) sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” presented by Google Home, which airs from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on...

Film News Roundup: Anna Kendrick Starring in Untitled Comedy From ‘Four Lions’ Director

In today’s film news roundup, Anna Kendrick stars in an untitled comedy, Allison Janney is honored for “I, Tonya” and Rachel Brosnahan wins a Granite Award. CASTINGS Anna Kendrick is starring in an untitled comedy from...

Unsure if You Fell For Russia’s Fake News? Facebook Will Tell You Soon

Facebook will soon tell its users whether they fell for Russian fake news: The social network announced Wednesday that it is working on a tool that will let its users check whether they liked...

‘Wisdom of the Crowd’ Season 1 to End After Episode 13

“Wisdom of the Crowd” is not receiving a full season pickup at CBS, with the freshman drama’s first season set to end after it airs its original order for 13 episodes, Variety has learned. Though it...

David Cassidy’s Daughter Katie Shares Her Father’s Last Words

David Cassidy’s daughter, actress Katie Cassidy, has posted a Twitter message remembering her father, who died Tuesday at 67. Katie Cassidy shared that her father’s last words were “So much wasted time.” “This will be a...

Veteran Actor Julio Oscar Mechoso Dies at 62

Veteran actor Julio Oscar Mechoso, who appeared in numerous TV shows as well as films such as “Little Miss Sunshine and “The Legend of Zorro,” died Saturday from a heart attack at the age...

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