Ako ("Snow Falling on Cedars," "No Reservations") is repped by Wolf Talent Group.
Nishioka ("Tokyo Love Story," "Sanjuro") is repped by Takabumi Uno and enchante, Inc.
Abe ("Rurouni Kenshin: The Final," "Kingdom") is repped by Rena Takiguchi and Stardust Promotion, Inc.
Carbonell ("Lost," "Smokin' Aces") is repped by APA, thruline, and Felker Toczek.
Bastow ("The Crossing," "Never Back Down: Revolt" ) is repped by United Agents, Manager Christina Gualazzi, and Goodman, Genow.
The FX series adaptation of the James Clavell novel "Shōgun" has rounded out its main cast.
Kanagawa ("The Good Doctor," "Altered Carbon") is repped by Carrier Talent Management and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Sawai ("F9: The Fast Saga," "Giri/Haji") is repped by United Agents, WME, Zero Gravity, and Felker Toczek.
The series is executive produced by Justin Marks, Michaela Clavell, Michael de Luca and Ed McDonnell. Sanada serves as a producer. Shannon Goss, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich are co-executive producers. The series is produced by FX Productions. van Tulleken will co-executive producer the first two episodes. Marks co-wrote the first two episodes with co-executive producer Rachel Kondo.
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van Tulleken ("Trust," "Upload") is repped by WME, Grandview, and Independent.
Hira ("Giri/Haji," "Snake Eyes") is repped by ICM Partners.
Asano ("Electric Dragon 80.000 V," "Ichi the Killer" is repped by Slush and ICM.
Toda ("Letters From Iwo Jima," "Pearl Harbor") is repped by The Levin Agency and Sheer Talent Management LLC.
Takeshima ("Silence," "The Last Recipe: Memory of Giraffe's Tongue") is repped by Hiroko Kitano, Polarstar Co., Ltd.
Nikaido ("Toad's Oil," "River's Edge") is repped by Atsuko Koibuchi and Sony Music Artist.
Anna Sawai has been cast in the lead role of Lady Mariko, joining previously announced leads Cosmo Jarvis and Hiroyuki Sanada. In addition, the ensemble cast will now also include: Tadanobu Asano, Fumi Nikaido, Tokuma Nishioka, Takehiro Hira, Ako, Shinnosuke Abe, Yasunari Takeshima, Hiroto Kanai, Toshi Toda, Hiro Kanagawa, Nestor Carbonell, Yuki Kura, Tommy Bastow, Moeka Hoshi, Yoriko Doguchi and Yuka Kouri.
"Shōgun" is set in feudal Japan. Lord Toranaga (Sanada), a shrewd, powerful daimyo, is at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals. And Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties, must prove her value and allegiance. John Blackthorne (Jarvis), a risk-taking English pilot major ends up shipwrecked in Japan, a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him. It charts the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai.
Furthermore, Jonathan van Tulleken has come aboard to direct the first two episodes with production now underway in Vancouver. The show has received a 10-episode order at FX.

"We are thrilled to partner with the talented team at Counterbalance as we let Red Orbarch loose on to the world; we have no doubt that audiences will love this fuzzy purple rock star – as much as we do," Buhris said.
"'Red Band' is an iconic and perennial Israeli brand, and it’s an honor to be able to bring its latest incarnation – The New Red to US and global audiences with the creative team at Counterbalance, who share our love of these zany characters and the unique world which they inhibit," said Stern.
The original series followed an all-puppet band led by Red Orbarch, an aging rock star whose best days are behind him, and for whom the present is a confusing world in which his rocker behaviors are no longer acceptable.
The creators of "Cobra Kai" and yes Studios have teamed to develop a followup to the Israeli mockumentary series "Red Band," Variety has learned exclusively.
Counterbalance's head of development, Dina Hillier, will also executive produce. "Cobra Kai" co-executive producer Michael Jonathan Smith will write and executive produce. Sony Pictures Television will produce. yes Studios managing director Danna Stern and Adam Berkowitz of Lenore Entertainment Group will executive produce alongside Barak Bar Cohen, and Ari Pfeffer and Aviram Buhris of the original series. "Cobra Kai" creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and Josh Heald will executive produce the new series, titled "The New Red," under their Counterbalance Entertainment banner.
They recently released the road trip comedy "Plan B" on Hulu and are prepping an "Ancient Aliens" movie with Heald set to direct. In addition to "Cobra Kai," Counterbalance is currently developing a number of projects under their own overall deal with Sony.
Pfeffer voices and puppeteers Red. In "The New Red," Red is a judge on a middling singing competition, trying to get sober for the first time in his life while he attempts to fix the relationships his addiction destroyed.
Red Band was created by MYTV’s Lee Yardeni and Buhris. The all-puppet band featured on the show then began touring the country with a live stage show. The show gained a cult following since its debut in 2008.
yes Studios has produced multiple other shows in recent years. Among those is "Fauda," "Shtisel," and "Your Honor."” />
Smith is currently under an overall deal at Sony. Smith has been a writer on "Cobra Kai" from its launch. "The New Red" marks the second new series on which he is the writer. It was previously reported that he is writing a series based on the "Twisted Metal" games for Sony Pictures Television with Anthony Mackie attached to star. He is repped by Verve, 3Arts and MiloknayWeiner LLP.
"From the first time we watched the pilot we were hooked – Red is a wholly unique character who takes the audience on a wild journey of equal parts humor and pathos. “At Counterbalance, we always look for unique ways into character-driven stories, and 'The New Red' certainly delivers on all fronts," said Hurwitz, Schlossberg, and Heald. We are thrilled writer Michael Jonathan Smith came aboard to bring Red to life and are excited to be partnering with Ari, Aviram and the incredible team at Yes Studios to bring this IP to the world stage.”
Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg are repped by CAA. Hurwitz and Schlossberg’s attorney is Hansen Jacobson. Heald’s attorney is Behr Abramson Levy.

Being a mother is complicated…and everyone is just trying to do their best. It’s important that we shine a light on how complicated it is to be a woman and it’s really ok and people should be allowed to express themselves to their full potential," Johnson told Variety on the red carpet. "It’s very honest about how being a woman is sometimes messy and sometimes ugly and that’s ok.
It’s a beautiful blend of all that work." "I think the film shows that. "It never felt to me that it was her first film," Mescal told Variety. She made us feel incredibly confident. It’s incredibly assured, and that’s down to her presence and her personality. She challenged us in her choices because she’s also an actor.
"The Lost Daughter" also marked a historic first for Mescal, who broke out in the Hulu series "Normal People" and earned an Emmy nomination last year. Gyllenhaal's directorial debut is also Mescal's feature film debut, and the Irish actor arrived in New York for the first time ever to promote the movie.
The New York Film Festival premiere of "The Lost Daughter" was a homecoming for Maggie Gyllenhaal, seasoned actor and now first-time director thanks to her new psychological drama.
And I was born here in New York," Gyllenhaal said to a packed Alice Tully Hall in Manhattan's Lincoln Center. "I don’t know how many films I have seen at Lincoln Center and even in this theater, and I’ve never had a film at the festival." My grandparents were born in the Bronx. My dad was just telling me the other day he and my mom would come to dates here at the New York Film Festival and see films here. "My great-grandparents came to New York as immigrants. My mother grew up and was born in Brooklyn. My parents met here.
"Maggie has always been amazing at articulating herself," Sarsgaard told Variety. That visual language that she had, I had no idea that was under belt at all." "It didn’t surprise me she wrote a great script. But it surprised me how little was spoken in the movie and how much was visual.
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The Wednesday night premiere of "The Lost Daughter" was only the third time Gyllenhaal has watched her film with an audience, after it premiered at Venice, Telluride and several other film festivals. But this New York crowd was special.
"Because this is my hometown and because this is my home team, this is the first time I will have the experience that I fantasized about creating, which is watching the film with my very best friends, my colleagues, my husband, my brother, my own mother," Gyllenhaal said.
The cast includes Jessie Buckley, Paul Mescal, Ed Harris, Dagmara Dominczyk and Peter Sarsgaard, Gyllenhaal's husband. Jake Gyllenhaal also appeared at the premiere to support his sister and her directorial debut.
"The Lost Daughter," based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante, stars Olivia Colman as a mother of two who becomes obsessed with a fellow mom (played by Dakota Johnson) and has flashbacks to her younger days of struggling to balance her life as a teacher and parent. Gyllenhaal also wrote and produced the adaptation.

His unfulfilled wife Helen (Gonzaga) is propelled into a life of danger and adventure when she’s recruited to work alongside him to save the world as they try to revitalize their passionless marriage. Like the film, main character Harry (Howey) appears to be a benign suburban dad and computer salesman on the surface, when in reality he is a world-class spy.
Also posing as a computer salesman, he is an undercover operative who works with Harry at the Omega Sector. Luther fears that Harry being married could cause some issues and that's why operatives, as a rule, remain single. O'Gorman will play Luther. Smoothly confident with a dry wit, he's good at his job, despite some tension between himself and fellow operative, Maria.
“True Lies” was originally ordered to pilot at CBS back in February, but the network announced they were moving it off-cycle in March.
Anthony Hemingway will direct the pilot and executive produce via Anthony Hemingway Productions. “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix is writing the pilot and executive producing via Flying Glass of Milk Productions. McG, Mary Viola and Corey Marsh of Wonderland Sound and Vision and Josh Levy of Flying Glass of Milk will executive produce, with Sean Hoagland and Whitney Davis of Anthony Hemingway Productions co-executive producing. 20th Television is the studio behind the series.” /> James Cameron, the director of the original film, will executive produce through Lightstorm Entertainment alongside Rae Sanchini.
Dry-witted but all business, he shows up unexpectedly at a barbecue at Harry's home to discuss a dangerous new assignment, while also enjoying the hors d'oeuvres. Miller will star as Gib, the logistics guy for the group. It's his job to make sure everyone knows their duties and the missions go smoothly. Gib was played in the film by Tom Arnold.
He is repped by A3 Artists and Artists First.
Hernandez has appeared on shows like "New Amsterdam," "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," and "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert." She is repped by Gersh, Mosaic, and Cohen Gardner Law.
Variety previously exclusively reported that Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga would star in the pilot, which is based on the film of the same name. Omar Miller, Erica Hernandez, and Mike O'Gorman have all joined the drama pilot.
Hernandez will play Maria. Tough and capable, she is a cool-headed, first class spy. But she never misses a chance to get in a dig at Luther's expense, reminding him of something that went down between them while on a mission in Berlin. She is another of the operatives working with Harry.
The "True Lies" pilot at CBS is building out its supporting cast.
O'Gorman's past credits include "Vice Principals," "Detroiters," and "Inside Amy Schumer." He is repped by UTA, Mosaic, and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis.
Miller is known for his roles on shows like "Ballers" and recent CBS comedy "The Unicorn." His other roles include "8 Mile," the recent "Rugrats" revival at Paramount Plus, and "Transformers.

The new MyPillow ads try only to sell pillows, not conspiracy theories — though Lindell does make reference to how he and his company have affected by "cancel culture," without elaborating further.” />
Both Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems, two voting technology companies, have filed mammoth defamation lawsuits against the Fox Corp. Fox News has sought to have both matters dismissed. But Fox News has come under scrutiny for airing claims about voting fraud during the election. Smartmatic is seeking $2.7 billion in its suit, while Dominion Voting Systems is seeking $1.6 billon. unit, alleging it made false claims about their  influence on the 2020 presidential election.
Both Fox and Lindell have reasons to get back together. Meanwhile, running ads on Fox News has lent MyPillow a degree of name recognition it may not have garnered elsewhere. MyPillow ads have supported much of Fox News Channel's programming for years, including the network's 8 p.m. A Fox News spokesperson was not able to offer immediate comment. hour hosted by Tucker Carlson, which has proven too contentious for some mainstream advertisers.
Those claims have been rejected by dozens of courts in the months since Election Day last November. Lindell had told The Wall Street Journal that he wanted Fox News to run a commercial calling attention to a new “cyber symposium” that he intended to stream in August which he asserted would prove that former President Donald Trump did win the 2020 election.
Lindell told The Wall Street Journal last week he expected to resume advertising on the network soon. The two split in July after Fox News rebuked a proposed MyPillow ad that promoted baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
MyPillow, the direct-response sleep-support company led by entrepreneur Mike Lindell, has made a new bed for itself on Fox News Channel.
The spot featured the founder and displayed a promo code for a package that contained five pillows that feature images from Bible stories, as well as a memoir — an offer he said was worth more than $200. A national commercial for MyPillow was spotted on Fox News Thursday, roughly two months after the company disclosed that it had sought to pull all of its advertising from schedules on the Fox Corp.-backed cable-news outlet.
TV networks typically have a set of standards and practices to which commercials must adhere, and it is not unusual for a network to turn down an advertisement that makes claims about a rival product without presenting evidence, or spots that may be deemed offensive by viewers. NBCUniversal in 2018 said it would pull a commercial from the Trump campaign that ran during “Sunday Night Football” after it drew massive backlash on social media. The spot played up the purported threat of foreign migrants entering the United States.

In a statement, Lasry said he would continue to be an investor in Ozy, but he felt he didn't have the skills necessary to steer the company out of its current predicament.
Billionaire businessman Marc Lasry, who had just been named chairman of Ozy Media earlier this month, is the latest figure to cut ties with the crumbling organization.
The exodus comes following revelations of the digital company’s practices. Lasry's exit comes a day after former BBC News anchor and correspondent Katty Kay, who had just joined Ozy Media in late June, also departed.
In the Times piece, Lasry said that “the board was made aware of the incident, and we fully support the way it was handled.”
Also as part of the news, Ozy’s board of directors has hired a law firm to review the company’s practices.” />
I remain an investor in the company and wish it the best going forward.” “For that reason, I have stepped down from the company’s board. “I believe that going forward, Ozy requires experience in areas like crisis management and investigations, where I do not have particular expertise,” he said in a statement.
Lasry is the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks and head of a hedge fund that raised $35 million in funding for Ozy in 2019. As chairman, the goal was to oversee strategic planning, and help Ozy handle large partnerships, including mergers and acquisitions.
"He's not just a figure head," Oxy CEO Carlos Watson told Axios earlier this month in announcing Lasry as chairman. "He's helping us build something really special."
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is currently conducting a review of the company’s business activities.
“Yesterday morning I handed in my resignation to Ozy Media,” Kay wrote on Twitter. “I was looking forward to working with the talented young reporters but I did not expect this!”
Rao has now taken a leave of absence from the company, and his bio has been removed from Ozy’s website. The Ozy shakeup comes following a New York Times column, by Ben Smith, who revealed that Ozy Media chief operating officer Samir Rao impersonated a YouTube executive on a call with potential Goldman Sachs investors.

Boyne also says Bravado is considering bespoke physical retail options for a number of other iconic acts.
“With what we’ve already done, there’s very little that we need. “I’ve had so many of those offers!” he says. But if something was presented where it makes sense on all levels, the added value and the finance, we’re always willing to hear it out.”
Whatever happens, however, Manchester will always remain close to his heart.
In simple terms, Gisla says what people will actually get is “an ABBA concert – we can go into detail about what that concert experience is and why it’s a slightly different experience to any other concert, but essentially it’s an ABBA concert.”
Adex plans to hook up Ed Sheeran-approved Aitch, who goes through 10K Projects in the U.S., with American collaborators for a big Stateside push next year. He also has ambitions to open another NQ House in the States in the future.
But Taylor says labels have already made reforms. Campaigners note recent record profits for the major labels, as well as Universal Music Group’s sky-high valuation after its IPO, as evidence record companies could afford to offer artists a better deal.
“You would have thought they would have gone, ‘Let’s throw these people a bone to show we are modernizing and sorting some of these problems out’.” “What Sony did was OK, but [there’s been] nothing from Warner or Universal,” he says.
“It’s important, but it’s equally important to be able to deliver on creativity, entrepreneurship and having a long-term, international view.” “Certainly, lawyers and managers – and in many cases artists themselves – are aware of it,” Norbury says.
The reunited ABBA — who announced a new album and virtual concert earlier this month — are building a special venue in London to host the “immersive digital concert experience,” which will see singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad and instrumentalists/songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus performing digitally via avatars with a live 10-piece band in a purpose-built arena in London, beginning on May 27, 2022. Variety caught up with producers Svana Gisla and Ludvig Andersson as preliminary rehearsals started in London for the ground-breaking show.
+ NQ – the 360-degree entertainment company, comprising management, label and publishing and behind one of the U.K.’s most successful rappers, Aitch – has just expanded its operations by opening NQ House, a studio and events space/private members club in its home city of Manchester.
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“Our staff are developing initial proposals for the CMA Board to consider at its October meeting and we have committed to updating the government and the DCMS Committee on the outcome of that discussion.” “We acknowledge the concerns raised about the music streaming sector and the government’s view that there may be value in a market study,” a CMA spokesperson says.
Norbury is hoping that will continue in a packed Q4, where releases from Duran Duran, JLS, Imbruglia and Minogue will compete with the likes of Ed Sheeran, ABBA and Coldplay. He says BMG has secured key media slots for its artists, despite huge competition.
Regardless of what happens in the sessions, ER could yet be introduced via MP Kevin Brennan, who has a Copyright (Rights and Remuneration of Musicians, Etc) Private Members’ Bill due for a second reading in December. Private Members’ Bills rarely make it onto the statute books, but Trubridge remains hopeful.
After an ambivalent government response to the Department for Digital, Media, Culture & Sport’s Parliamentary Committee’s scathing report, there is now the intriguing prospect of both sides sitting down around a table as part of a new “music industry contact group.” That group will provide further evidence to government before ministers make their final judgement on whether legislation is necessary.
“I’m always going to have a house in Manchester,” he says. I might be in Paris one day, and LA the next, so you catch me wherever you catch me.” “But I like to class myself as a world citizen.
+ Are the majors too powerful? The DCMS Parliamentary Committee had also called on the government to investigate that issue, referring the major labels to the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate what the committee called the majors’ “market dominance.” However, as above, the government instead opted to leave it to the CMA itself to decide whether a market study is necessary.
“Where we’re particularly strong is bringing somebody back who’s been away for a while,” says Norbury, citing successful comebacks by the likes of Rick Astley and Kylie Minogue. But these are artists that have kept their powder dry, which means there’s an excitement and appetite at media to work with them.” “It’s quite hard if somebody’s put out an album every year for the past five years.
And, while it’s currently scheduled to remain open for three months, David Boyne – managing director of Universal Music’s merch company, Bravado – tells Variety it could become a long-term institution if there’s enough demand. Bravado has a permanent Rolling Stones store on the same street. It will sell exclusive vinyl and merch ranges and offer a journey through the band’s five decades.
“But we think government was right to conclude there was not the quality or range of evidence necessary to intervene with far-reaching legislation at a time which could be so disruptive to the future prospects for the industry.” “Of course we will engage with that Private Members’ Bill,” says Taylor.
Demand was so high for the first batch of tickets to go on sale that the site crashed.
The question is, beyond that, is there more than can be done?” “The majors are already giving their artists more,” says Taylor. “We’ve seen commitments to share digital breakage, commitments to share the proceeds of equity stakes in DSPs, the Sony announcement on recoupment… We’ve seen a bunch of issues addressed and progress made over the last few years.
“We’re going to put another three months on sale very soon,” says Gisla. “We’re going to be in London for quite a while. And it’s obviously nice that people are buying tickets for something where they’re not quite sure what they’re going to get.”
I don’t think you will come and feel you’re getting close to something, you’ll feel like you’re going past something and out into space.” But this is more than that. “I don’t think that’s the way to look at it,” he says. “I mean, it will be incredibly close – it will be as close as it’s possible to get.
(“Is ABBA big in America?” ponders Andersson) and Sweden also in the mix. Germany and Australia are potential future destinations, with the U.S. But the producers say they have no plans to recreate the experience with other artists.
RIP. So many tributes were paid to him from across the industry that Strange trended on Twitter last weekend. Amongst them, Coldplay called him “a giant of the music industry,” Ash said he “changed this business forever” and fellow super-agent Neil Warnock, head of worldwide touring for UTA, hailed him as “an absolute icon in the world of music”.
industry is bidding a sad farewell to legendary booking agent Steve Strange, who helped guide the likes of Coldplay and Ash to stardom and represented everyone from Eminem to Queens of the Stone Age. Strange, co-founder of the X-Ray Touring agency and one of the biggest characters in the business, known for his enthusiastic backstage presence and infectious laugh, died last week, aged 53, after a short illness. + Finally, the U.K.
“With its heritage in music from the Hacienda [nightclub], Factory Records and Oasis and a new wave of music coming out of the city, it’s very important that we champion that and create the infrastructure within the city to take it international. You don’t have to be based in London to make it.” “Manchester is a big and growing powerhouse,” CEO Michael Adex tells Variety.
But Taylor is hoping talks remain constructive. If you could sell tickets to the contact group sessions – which will carry on for a year, with a progress report due in spring 2022 – you suspect they’d be a sell-out.
But, adds Andersson, people should not concern themselves with how closely "Voyage: compares to ABBA’s live gigs back in the day.
That’s a nice feeling but also scary of course. “We knew ABBA was popular,” says Andersson “But that was not a guarantee that this would be received the way it was received. The responsibility increases with every sold ticket, as it should.”
Trubridge certainly thinks so.
Could there be peace in our time? Watch this space…
“Every day brings a new set of nightmarish problems but we overcome them!” quips Andersson. “It’s an adventure to say the least.”
While the committee had made a string of radical recommendations, including introducing a right to equitable digital music remuneration (ER) that campaigners say would significantly boost performers’ earnings, the government seemed less persuaded by the arguments. But how likely is that when the two sides have seemed poles apart during months of debate? Variety spoke to two leading executives likely to feature on the contact group. Instead, it clearly favors the industry coming up with its own internal solutions.
“We’ll look back on this period as regrettable in some instances because of our failure to work together and the bad blood some people have injected into these industry conversations,” he says. “But I’m confident that – if the industry turns its focus to recognizing the value everyone brings to the table, and tries to work together to make sure everybody prospers – then good progress can continue to be made.”
The pair say the setlist will consist of 19-22 ABBA songs, designed as “a setlist for a concert, not for a 'Best-of' karaoke session – they’re not just the 'ABBA Gold 'hits.” There will be potential for the setlist to change in future, and for the show to be moved to other locations – in the best traditions of Swedish design, the purpose-built venue can be flatpacked and moved – or even run at multiple locations simultaneously.
More artist-friendly moves are expected soon. boss Alistair Norbury, president of repertoire & marketing, tells Variety that’s just one factor in helping the label secure high-profile recent signings such as Craig David, Natalie Imbruglia, Duran Duran and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson. But U.K.
Whatever happens during the various processes, one company looks set to come out of the streaming debate with its reputation considerably enhanced. Publishing and records powerhouse BMG was the first music group to welcome the committee’s call for a “complete reset” of the sector, and Horace Trubridge praises their work to reform contracts and improve deals.
“For us, it’s another brick in the wall, another way of getting the problem aired and bringing it to the attention of Government,” he tells Variety. “We’re not going to stop, we’re going to keep going and – whether it’s this government or another one – I think we will achieve legislation on this eventually.”
Geoff Taylor, CEO of the BPI, confirms to Variety that the labels body remains “absolutely convinced in our view that ER would be a profound mistake.” But, he adds, “If we are talking about other ways of trying to improve the lot of artists, then of course we’re very interested in doing that.”
Indeed, things are also going well commercially, with the U.K. album sales grew by 10.5% in the first six months of 2021, hugely outpacing the overall market’s 1.4% rise. BMG’s U.K. company’s focus on established talent, supplemented by some key new artists, paying off at retail.
+ The U.K. government may have held off ordering new legislation to regulate the streaming business – at least for now – but Britain’s fierce #FixStreaming debate is far from over.
“We should never take that for granted. “The one lesson we’ve learned [from the Stones shop] is the enduring value and magic that these iconic bands create,” Boyne says. Over the last four-to-six weeks we’ve seen a real increase in footfall. You can feel central London starting to open up again, so the timing on Queen is absolutely great.”
They think this is the best way they can connect with their fans, better in fact than if they had actually been there in the flesh.” … “I don’t think other bands should look at this thinking, ‘Great, we don’t have to tour anymore, we can just do this’,” says Andersson. “The only chance we have of this becoming a success is because ABBA themselves want to do it exactly like this.
“To be honest, I don’t think we’re going to get what we want unless there is government legislation,” says Horace Trubridge, general secretary of the Musicians’ Union, which runs the #FixStreaming campaign with the Ivors Academy alongside musician Tom Gray’s #BrokenRecord campaign. “There’s just no willingness from the labels to entertain the idea of equitable remuneration.”
Physical retailers will certainly be hoping for a Q4 boom after a dismal, pandemic-afflicted 18 months for the High Street. First, Jack White opened the London branch of his Third Man Records in Soho, and now Queen has debuted its Queen The Greatest pop-up shop, just around the corner on Carnaby Street. But the last couple of weeks have certainly seen the buzz return to Central London.
Sources tell Variety the CMA is expected to deliver its initial findings shortly before Christmas, with a final verdict expected in early March. Whether that will be enough to see the deal blocked, however, remains to be seen… The deal has been approved in other territories without conditions, with insiders convinced it’s only the political shadow cast by the streaming inquiry that has prompted the CMA to flex its muscles. The CMA will also be busy with an in-depth Stage 2 investigation of Sony’s bid to acquire AWAL.
“It should be good for all of us, but particularly good for BMG because we’ve got a strong label identity and a huge amount of music publishing interest in all these big records.” “It’s the healthiest Q4 I can remember and I’m anticipating a huge amount of walk-up at stores,” he says.
In the meantime, NQ is one of the fastest-rising independents in the U.K., but with a voracious market for music acquisitions at the moment, Adex does not rule out a sale of his company.

New additions include Academy Award-winning actor-writer Jim Rash, Eve Lindley, D’Lo Srijaerajah, Peter Kim, Justin Covington, Dot-Marie Jones and Becca Blackwell.
Srijaerajah's credits include "Looking," "Transparent" and "Sense8." Srijaerajah is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor, writer and comedian whose work has appeared in film, music, stage and spoken word formats.
Robot," Katie Holmes' directorial debut "All We Had," Netflix's "Tales of the City" reboot and "After Yang." Lindley is a Latinx trans actress who broke out on Jason Segel's AMC series "Dispatches From Elsewhere." Eve's credits also include "Mr.
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They're both very busy." The film is described as a "heartfelt comedy about two two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe.
"After queer actors have spent decades watching straight actors capitalize both artistically and professionally by playing LGBTQ+ characters, it is a long overdue dream come true to be able to assemble this remarkable, hilarious cast," Eichner previously said of the film.
The cast reflects a broad range of comedic talent and was built to expand and diversify queer representation on screen. The film is produced by Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller, who is also directing. Eichner stars with the previously announced Luke Macfarlane, TS Madison, Miss Lawrence, Symone, Guillermo Diaz and Guy Branum.
She is known for her poignant roles in both drama and comedy, most recently the Indie Spirit nominated feature "Greener Grass" and "Golden Arm" opposite Mary Holland. Jones received three consecutive Emmy nominations for her role as football coach Shannon Beiste on the seminal TV hit "Glee," and received the Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series.
Blackwell just wrapped production on Noah Baumbach’s upcoming Netflix feature "White Noise" opposite Adam Driver. Blackwell's credits include "Ramy," "High Maintenance" and "Shameless." They were last seen on stage at the Vineyard Theater in Obie Award winner Tina Satter’s "Is This a Room." They are a New York City-based trans actor, performer, and playwright.
Kim is a veteran screen actor who has most recently appeared in the Lena Waithe-produced "The Forty-Year-Old Version." The Korean American performer's stage credits include the recent "Wild Goose Dreams" at The Public Theater and on Broadway in the Tony-winning "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
Rash is best known for starring in the NBC comedy series "Community." He won the Academy Award for co-writing "The Descendants" from director Alexander Payne, which also landed nominations for best picture, best directing, best editing and best actor for George Clooney. Rash co-directed "Downhill" starring Will Ferrell  and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and recently had a recurring role on the ABC series "American Housewife."
Covington is a Brooklyn-based comedian, writer, and actor working the comedy circuit at venues like  Caroline's on Broadway and Las Culturistas' "I Don't Think So Honey Live." In addition to stand-up comedy, Covington also appeared in the second season of the Netflix original "Easy."
All principals in the Universal Pictures project are LGBTQ+. Billy Eichner's landmark romantic comedy "Bros" has added a new crop of actors to its ensemble cast.

For the more time we spend with 22-year-old Irina (Ioana Chitu), the clearer it becomes that what she's missing isn't a love of her own or someone to care for: What she really, really needs is just to be left alone for longer than five minutes at a time. Still, it's impossible to approach the film without that Rodgers & Hart lonely-hearts standard running through your head — which, accidentally or otherwise, turns out to be an effective bit of misdirection. An imperfect, attention-grabbing debut feature from Romanian actor-turned-director Alina Grigore, "Blue Moon" is named for a song, though not the one you might expect: a somewhat mordant local lullaby, sung late in proceedings, at a point when any hope of rest has long deserted its frazzled protagonist.
But even at 85 minutes, it's a wearying watch, somewhat overcranked and overplotted toward the end of its running time, and heavily dependent on Chitu's excellent performance to steer us through patches of narrative confusion and anarchy. Grigore conducts this symphony of physical and psychological chaos with gusto: The film's stridency gets under your skin, which is what landed it the top prize at the recently concluded San Sebastian Film Festival, and will earn it consideration from distributors schooled in the extended ripples of Romanian cinema's by now not-so-new wave. That's easier said than done in what turns out to be a. Whenever Irina tries to escape the noise, it follows her like a swarm of wasps.
It's partly this impulse that leads Irina into an ill-advised affair with Tudor (Emil Mandanac), an older, married actor from Bucharest, following a drunken, dubiously consensual hookup at a party. That Tudor's exploitation of the younger woman leads to intensified intimacy rather than admonishment is one of several ways in which Grigore's spiky, undisciplined script defies expectation. More predictable is the arc of animosity between the sisters and their boorish cousin-guardians, which prompts at least one too many samey scenes of hotheaded confrontation between them, with the hair-trigger temper of Liviu, in particular, frequently activated for general dramatic sound and fury. In particular, a subplot involving Sergiu and his wife's attempt to secure a child for adoption feels like an extraneous element in a story not short on drama. Toward the end, all this escalating conflict barrels into slight incoherence, while it's sometimes hard to keep track of the gnarled family tree.
All she wants is to escape to Bucharest — mere hours away by car, though in her predicament, it may as well be the other side of the world. Irina's dreams of studying at university have landed her in a patriarchal tug-of-war between her father, urging her to join him in London, and her cousins, who aren't above emotional blackmail to retain her free labor. Since their parents' divorce, their father has relocated to London, while their mother has seemingly checked out of life entirely, leaving their daughters at Sergiu and Liviu's minimal mercy. "Blue Moon" effectively announces its tone to the audience with an opening scene that rudely jolts Irina from slumber: Woken with a punch and a telling-off by her loose-cannon sister, Vicki (Ilinca Neacsu), she is propelled directly into a typical day of familial discord. Irina and Vicki live and work on a rural mountain retreat owned by their extended family, and run by their older cousins Sergiu (Mircea Silaghi) and Liviu (Mircea Postelnicu), both hard, abusive taskmasters.
There's much in "Blue Moon" to make one anticipate Grigore's sophomore effort, even if it occasionally leaves us as frustrated and overstimulated as its flailing protagonist.” /> But Grigore has a sharp, live-wire sense of scene-building, and a confident knack for pushing her actors — from the alert, fresh-faced Chitu to Romanian new wave stalwart Vlad Ivanov, cast against type as one of the kinder family elders — into exciting, unsafe territory. She likewise has keen formal command of a roving, restless camera and an eye (and ear) for odd local detail: The traditional wooden farm gong on which Irina frequently takes out her frustrations becomes a defining element of the filmmaking, percussively punctuating scenes and emotional movements of the story.

“In the 14-day period after BottleRock Napa Valley took place, we are pleased to report that Napa County did not experience any material impact on COVID case numbers as a result,” Dr. Karen Relucio, the county’s public health officer, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “The protocols that the festival’s producers developed, in collaboration with public health, proved extremely effective,” Relucio said.
Eleven Napa County residents who attended the BottleRock Napa Valley Festival over Labor Day weekend have tested positive for COVID-19 according to country health officials, who saw the number as an indicator of successful safety protocols.
Upcoming festivals in the region include the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park over Halloween weekend.” /> BottleRock Performers this year included Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Megan Thee Stallion and Miley Cyrus among others, and BottleRock is set to take place again in Napa on Memorial Day Weekend in 2022.
BottleRock also encouraged attendees to wear masks, though most did not, but attendees used touchless wristbands for cashless transactions and most performances occurred outdoors. Organizers required attendees to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative coronavirus test, and festival co-producers Live Nation and Latitude 38 Entertainment report that 96% of attendees showed proof of vaccination. The event marked the first major festival in Northern California since the start of the pandemic.
According to Relucio, Napa COVID-19 cases in Napa County have decrased by 28% in the two weeks since. On Sept. This year, the festival took place at the Napa Valley Expo from Sept. 3-5 and saw near 120,000 attendees. Last year's event was cancelled due to the pandemic. 17, two weeks after BottleRock opened, the county was averaging 23 new cases per 100,000 residents in seven days, a rate that has since decreased to 15.
As of Monday, the federal government designated California to be in the “moderate” transmission category, while most states remain at “high” transmission levels. California currently has the lowest COVID-19 transmission rate in the country.
“We are seeing overall declining case rates,” said Kate Pack, Sonoma County’s lead epidemiologist during a COVID-19 briefing last week. “I don’t know if we have the full picture yet in terms of BottleRock,” she said. However, she also said the number of COVID-19 cases resulting from the festival is likely higher than we're aware of, as county officials are typically only able to trace about half the cases reported.
Sonoma County saw similar numbers to Napa, with fewer than 10 cases in residents who attended BottleRock.