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2017-01-22
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Donald Trump has been called many names, but perhaps never…Charlie Sheen? Jack Black jokingly compared the president to Sheen during an interview at the Variety Studio pr..
Point a camera at someone in the far, far distance, but keep the focus trained on the foreground, and that person takes on an almost extra-terrestrial quality, like some sort of sp..
The festival suffered a power outage at the Redstone theater on Sunday, causing screenings of “Mars Generation,” “Dolores,” and the buzzy “Landline” to be canceled, according to a ..
Two days after David Lowery wrapped his big-budget “Pete’s Dragon” remake for Disney, he dove into a tiny personal project back in Texas: “A Ghost Story” cost next to nothing,..
The action movie, from Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios, finished first in 32 markets, performing 42 percent above “Kingsmen,” 4 percent above “San Andreas,..
It’s official: Woody Harrelson is joining “Star Wars.” The actor confirmed Variety‘s story from earlier this month that reported he’ll be in the upcoming Han So..
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” has turned into a horror hit with a surprisingly strong $40.2 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North American locations. “Split,” starring James..
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has surpassed the $1 billion milestone at the worldwide box office, becoming the 28th title and 13th Disney film to do so. “Rogue ..
Not every great screenwriter has what it takes to step behind the camera and direct a movie (most of them, in fact, probably don’t have it). Yet every once in a while, a gifted scr..
Some folks look out on the world, and all they see are the differences between people, the things that set us apart. “Mudbound” is a hymn to what we all share — the human struggle,..
If a 60-foot saguaro cactus could talk, it would almost certainly sound like Sam Elliott. At 72 years old, the lanky character actor has played his share of bikers, hippies, and co..
Sam Elliott must have made out of John Wayne’s rib, so fully does he ooze cowpoke charm. It’s a shame that Hollywood doesn’t make many westerns these days, because no actor wears a..
Amazon Studios has landed distribution rights to “The Big Sick” for about $12 million, in one of the biggest deals in the history of the Sundance Film Festival, Variety has learned..
In the 1960s and ’70s, a fair number of now little-remembered American independent films were cute seriocomedies about the “little people” of the big city (usually the Big Apple). ..
Proof that classical genres are always ready to be retrofitted for the modern age, “The Nile Hilton Incident” transplants the dark, cynical heart of film noir to the streets of Cai..
Lily Collins stars as a young woman battling anorexia in the indie film “To The Bone,” and the actress has a personal connection to the subject matter. Collins revealed on Sat..
2017-01-21
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It’s unusual, at the Sundance Film Festival, to see a drama about a subject like the Iraq War. The economics of scale required to stage an authentic combat scene don’t tend to mesh..
Donald Trump’s inauguration day ceremonies grabbed 30.6 million viewers on Friday, significantly lower than the crowd that turned out for Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009...
Netflix has bought worldwide rights for the documentary “Chasing Coral,” Variety has learned. The film, about the destruction of coral reefs because of global warming, premieres on..
Film festivals have been good launching pads for the great modern gay love stories, from “Brokeback Mountain” (Venice) to “The Kids Are All Right” (Sundance) to “Carol” (Cannes). S..
PETA won’t lets W. Bruce Cameron — author of the book “A Dog’s Purpose” and co-screenwriter of the controversial film — off the hook after he asserted that no dogs were h..
There are certain documentaries — like, for instance, “O.J.: Made in America” — that heighten and clarify the past in a way that can shed revelatory light upon the present. That’s ..
The organizing starts around Thanksgiving and doesn’t let up through the New Year. For Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, the co-founding producers of the indie powerhouse Killer..
“Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office,” said a spokesperson for the festival. “No further informatio..
“Split,” from M. Night Shyamalan and Blumhouse Productions, is splintering box office expectations in its opening weekend after earning $14.6 million on Friday from 3,038 locations..
If Sun Tzu were alive today, he’d be on Instagram, and his profile would probably read, “Keep your friends close and your followers closer.” Certainly, that advice might apply to s..
Every year filmmakers flock to Sundance with deeply personal movies inspired by their lives and experiences. But rarely do those films also fire on all cylinders as fully fleshed-o..
An axolotl is a small, translucently glowy, slightly comical-looking amphibian, also known as a Mexican salamander. Its claim to fame in amphibian circles is that, unusually, it re..
2017-01-20
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From “Once” to “20 Feet From Stardom,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” and “Whiplash,” Sundance has long been a key launchpad for music features and docs, and this year’s..
When a director crafts a youth comedy that’s also a pop-culture period piece, like “Everybody Wants Some!!” or “Twentieth Century Women,” it’s important for the audience to feel th..
Eighteen months ago, Al Gore and Jeffrey Skoll agreed to make a sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth,” the 2006 Oscar-winning documentary about climate change. “We realized there was a..
The studio began developing “Simon” in October after it picked up movie rights to Becky Albertalli’s 2015 book about a gay teen who has not come out to his classmates. When an..
The question of whether serious juvenile offenders should be tried as adults stands at the heart of “They Call Us Monsters,” which concerns three teenagers facing life in prison fo..
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” has separated from its rivals, and is on its way toward a surprisingly strong $28 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North America..
W. Bruce Cameron, author of the book “A Dog’s Purpose” and co-screenwriter of the film, which was made controversial by a leaked video from on set, has asserted that no dogs were h..
“Just do it.” That slogan may sell shoes, but as sports mantras go, perhaps the phrase “Everybody’s doing it” might be more appropriate for what drives the international sports com..
Some people are born to be movie stars, and “The Incredible Jessica James” successfully makes that case for leading lady Jessica Williams. Best known as a former correspondent for ..
“It’s really a thrill,” Annette Bening told Variety Thursday night on the red carpet of the 2017 CSA Artios Awards. “I remember when I didn’t even know what a casting director was...
Movie marketers continue to tap Snapchat’s new features — and its youthful audience — to hype upcoming releases. In the latest Hollywood promo to alight on Snapchat, Warner Bros. w..
Things are getting even hairier for “A Dog’s Purpose.” A petition is calling for a boycott of the family film — a day after its premiere was canceled — unless the creators donate a..
Geena Davis will never forget the first time she tried virtual reality, because it literally brought her to tears. “I was crying, and so moved by it,” she recently recalled. “I was..
Kumail Nanjiani, the Pakistani-American comic best know for “Silicon Vally,” revisits one of the most painful chapters of his personal life in “The Big Sick.” The comedy has its pr..
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” has taken an impressive $2 million at 2,295 locations in Thursday night preview showings in North America. “Split” easily outdistanced ..
The names of China’s Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Co. are set to become far more visible to film-goers worldwide. Their names and logos will be seen on substantially all of the m..
Huayi Brothers Media, one of China’s largest movie groups, forecasts that its full year profitability will be largely unchanged in 2016. That’s despite a dramatic slowdown in ..
When unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014 in a St. Louis suburb, long-simmering African-American rage boiled over...
At one point in “The Resurrection of Gavin Stone,” a thoroughly predictable but undemandingly pleasant faith-based dramedy about a career-stalled actor who gets a shot at redemptio..
You’d have to go all the way back to “Heavenly Creatures” to find a role that understands what actress Melanie Lynskey brings to the table as clearly as Macon Blair’s “I don’t feel..
It takes gumption, or downright foolhardiness, to shoot a debut feature in a foreign land, let alone one that depends on a giant animal in the title role. Yet, Singaporean writer-d..
With August Wilson’s “Fences” playing in movie theaters and Andre Holland attracting Oscar buzz for his star-making performance in “Moonlight,” Manhattan Theater Club should d..
Though Al Gore announced in “An Inconvenient Sequel” that he is a recovered politician, the audience at the Sundance Film Festival reacted to the follow-up to 2006’s “Inconvenient ..
Former Fox Film chief Jim Gianopulos is in preliminary talks with China’s Dalian Wanda Group to run and expand its Legendary Pictures, according to two sources close to the executi..
It might be the understatement of the millennium to say that Donald Trump is not about to do the issue of climate change (or those who care about it) any great favors. Yet Trump’s ..
2017-01-19
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Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have decided to cancel this Saturday’s premiere of “A Dog’s Purpose” after a disturbing video emerged on Wednesday, showing a dog being ..
Paramount Studios is opting to more than triple the number of North American locations this weekend for Martin Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence” as Oscar nominations loom ..
“---: Return of Xander Cage,” begins in outer space, and the camera follows a rogue satellite as it leaves orbit and plummets toward the exact spot on earth where Samuel L. Jackson..
“Broad City” co-creator Abbi Jacobson is making her first trek to Sundance this year for the premiere of “Person to Person.” It’s a different kind of project for Jacobson — a comed..
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley — the directing duo behind the 2015 comedy “Vacation” — will helm the movie with Bateman producing alongside James Garavente for Aggregate..
The 23rd annual Slamdance Film Festival kicks off Jan. 20 and runs through Jan. 26 in Park City, with a new crop of rising filmmakers ready to present fresh and energizing work. Cr..
Beverly Hills-based Cinema Management Group (CMG) has acquired international sales rights to 3D animation feature “Ainbo,”produced by Lima-based Tunche Films and a standout animate..
Paramount Pictures Chairman & CEO Brad Grey, Shanghai Film Group Chairman Ren Zhonglun, and Huahua Media Chairman --- Kefei made the joint announcement Thursday. The trio met ..
On this week’s episode, Jenelle Riley and I welcome back Variety Senior VP and Features Awards Editor Tim Gray to bat around some final predictions thoughts with Oscar nominations ..
Warner Bros. soon got onboard with the company, entering into a co-financing partnership, with RatPac that replaced Legendary as Warner’s key investor. RatPac operates as a product..
Jennifer Aniston is no stranger to the Sundance Film Festival, having trekked to Park City for the premieres of 2002’s “The Good Girl” and 2006’s “Friends With Money.” This ye..
Brett Ratner loves cinema. When speaking with the 47-year-old filmmaker, it’s abundantly clear that movies are unspooling through his veins, and if our discussions felt more like t..
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Jaunt is reviving virtual reality (VR) classic “Lawnmower Man” — only this time, you’ll have to put on a VR headset to watch it: Jaunt announced Thursd..
Brett Ratner’s rise through the directorial ranks as a helmer of consistent studio hits was swift and immediate. A veteran of the music-video world, his feature debut, “Money Talks..
The film will be released by Paramount on July 28. “An Inconvenient Sequel” will open against Sony’s “The Dark Tower” adaptation and Focus Features’ thriller “The Coldest..
On the Wednesday before Donald Trump’s inauguration, “Split,” M. Night Shyamalan‘s latest horror-thriller (with some humor tossed in) held its premiere at the SVA Theatre in Manhat..
The Players’ Tribune, the media company dedicated to delivering first-person content from athletes founded by Derek Jeter, said it has closed $40 million in Series C funding, led b..
Fox has released the final trailer for “Logan.” In Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as a world-weary Wolverine he helps out a young female mutant on the run. An older, grayer Jackma..
Andreas Steinhofel’s prize-winning 1998 novel “The Center of the World” is considered an unusually ambitious and ornate work for Young Adult fiction — but one that proved so p..
Los Angeles-based outfit Synergetic Distribution has picked up North American rights to critically-acclaimed Swedish-Sami drama “Sami Blood” in the up to Sundance Film Festival, wh..
Ellen DeGeneres is officially the peopliest person, the “awardiest awardee,” in People’s Choice Awards history, after the daytime host swept the three awards she was nominated for ..
It may be tempting, and not entirely inaccurate, to describe Christopher Smith’s “Detour” as “Sliding Doors” reimagined by Quentin Tarantino, but this cleverly twisty neo-noir ..
In “Dark Skull,” there’s no hint of any redeeming gray matter existing between the ears of the protagonist, who runs a short gamut between stupid, angry, violent, drunken, and unco..
2017-01-18
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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have called for a boycott of Universal’s upcoming movie “A Dog’s Purpose” in the wake of the release of video showing a dog being forced..
The 2017 People’s Choice Awards kick off on Wednesday night, honoring some of the best movies, TV shows, and music of the past year. A whopping 64 categories are up for grabs on th..
The Sundance Film Festival has been the launching pad for some of the greatest indie films ever made. The likes of “Reservoir Dogs,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and last year’s “Manche..
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, is asking FBI director James Comey for information on Relativity M..
Franco is known for his work in the “21 Jump Street,” “Now You See Me,” and “Neighbors” franchises. He also starred in Jonathan Levine’s “Warm Bodies,” and “Nerve” opposite Emma Ro..
The inaugural concert has become tradition for incoming presidents, but a number of entertainment figures will take part this year in what has become another standard of divisive p..
Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment has promoted longtime executive Dan Buckley to the newly created post of president in a reflection of his expanded responsibilities. He previously..
New Line Cinema has landed an untitled pitch based on the true story of Boston College’s point shaving scandal. “Baywatch” director Seth Gordon will helm the upcoming film from a s..
What’s your favorite thing about earth? That’s the puzzling question everyone was asking at the L.A. premiere for “The Space Between Us,” the latest offering from British “Shall We..
Although the term Golden Arches is practically synonymous with McDonald’s, only people who were around before the early ’70s have actually seen a true Golden Arches-style restauran..
Barbara Boxer, coming off of a 24-year tenure in the U.S. Senate, has signed with CAA. The agency said that they would “develop and execute a post-office strategy that furthers her..
M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thriller “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “---: Return of Xander Cage” are poised to fight for the North American box office crown with about $20 million each t..
Amazon Studios has acquired Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” and plans to debut the film on May 26 on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and U.K. Amazon made the announcem..
Matthew McConaughey laughed off his 47-pound weight gain for his latest role of Kenny Wells at the New York City premiere of TWC-Dimension’s “Gold” Tuesday night at AMC Loews ..
Signalling a shift in programming strategy, Viacom’s Paramount Channel Latin America has snapped up exclusive pay TV rights to Netflix’s iconic award-winning shows “House of Cards”..
Almost from the moment it was announced a year ago, Wanda’s $3.5-billion acquisition of Legendary Entertainment drew criticism that the deal was too expensive, the company was stil..
There are no puppies, kittens or baby bunnies in “This Beautiful Fantastic.” That said, however, any restraint before the altar of adorableness is abandoned in writer-director Simo..
Nearly every industry group and guild has weighed in with nominations, and, no surprise, the most dominant film is “La La Land.” The musical has been nominated by 10 groups — every..
2017-01-17
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On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump will officially be inaugurated, capping off an election cycle that almost seems stranger than fiction. And there are plenty of movies that c..
Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group made the investment into the action-thriller through a joint venture. They did not disclose the size of the investment, which also calls for th..
UPDATED: Three years ago, Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai made it clear that the need for improved results at Sony Pictures Entertainment was urgent. At the time, he vowed to become a m..
A year ago at Sundance, #OscarsSoWhite and related outrage over a lack of diversity in Hollywood fueled an industrywide push of films with people of color, igniting a record $17.5 ..
The Sundance Film Festival, Hollywood’s annual marathon of all-night bidding and impulse buying, kicks off Jan. 19, but credit cards were being thrown around before agents even bou..
Begun as a small exhibitor gathering at the Sundance Film Festival, the Art House Convergence has long since come into its own as a mecca for indie cinema operators. Some 620 deleg..
MIAMI — Writing music for a film or TV show is a deeply emotional and visceral process, Paul Williams, famed songwriter and ASCAP president, said Tuesday during a Q&A at the NA..
The short story follows a detective assigned to Snapshot Duty, a recreation of a specific day and time. In the future, law enforcement uses the day as a way to solve..
“White Men Still Can’t Jump”? The 1992 basketball comedy “White Men Can’t Jump” is getting a remake from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris, Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake ..
Let’s all take a deep breath, because this is really happening, and moaning about it isn’t going to make it better. On the one hand, yes, it’s going to be a difficult and slightly ..
Lionsgate has set a June 16, 2017 release for the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me,” starring Demetrius Shipp, Jr. The cast of the Morgan Creek movie, filmed last year in Atlant..
Stephen Baldwin was one of the first people in Hollywood who came out as a Trump supporter, back in July 2015. It was an endorsement that his older brother, Alec Baldwin, later spo..
Rob Thomas, creator of the “Veronica Mars” and “iZombie” television series, splashed out a bit more than $4 million, according to sales records, for a spacious and freshly rehabbed..
ROME — Italian motion picture association ANICA on Tuesday announced figures for calendar year 2016 showing a 3.86% increase in box office grosses to a total 661 million euros..
RLJ Entertainment said Acorn TV, a subscription-video service specializing in British drama, mystery and other genres, more than doubled its subscriber base to over 430,000 at..
Presenting early results at NATPE – such as a motorbiker sicario attack in telenovela “Wounded Past” –  Globo, Latin America’s biggest TV network, is driving into VFX to give ..
Michael Moore saw this coming. Last summer, when Hillary Clinton was enjoying a seemingly insurmountable lead over Donald Trump, the documentary filmmaker correctly predicted that ..
Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 01/09/2017 and 01/15/2017. * Percent of digital activity captured across online video, social media, and ..
2017-01-16
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Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker” topped social media buzz last week with an impressive 152,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct ..
PARIS –“Raid: Special Unit,” “Alibi.com,” and “Opera” looked to be among favourite titles at the 19th UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the annual Gallic film market attend..
Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s “Hidden Figures” dominated the domestic box office, topping charts for the second straight weekend after earning $26 million. The film’s message of ..
PARIS– Having playing a Muslim Azerbiijani boy in Asif Kapadia’s “Ali and Nino,” a Syrien camp commander in “Homeland” (season 5) “Homeland,” the handsome French-Moroccan actor ---..
The movie box office in Russia grew 9.5% last year to total 49 billion RUB ($727 million), according to comScore. “Zootopia” was the best-selling film with 2.08 billion RUB ($28.2 ..
Mediaset España, Spain’s No. 1 broadcast network, and Filmax, one of its top film-TV producers, have rolled out first sales on “I Know Who You Are,” a crime drama directed by Pau F..
PARIS — In “An Indian Tale,” which screened over the weekend at the 2017 UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris, France-based, Chilean-born Hector Cabello Reyes makes hi..
Chinese social media and games giant, Tencent has come on board Lionsgate’s “La La Land” as a partner for the film’s upcoming release in mainland China. The partnership is directed..
Foreign-made animated movies held the top two places at the Korean box office. Makoto Shinkai’s “Your Name” remained on top for the second weekend, while Disney’s “Moana” debuted i..
2017-01-15
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Fans of PBS’ educational lineup for kids know full well that the network’s hours of “Wild Kratts” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” eventually fade into programming aimed for adult..
PARIS — “Just saw this so wonderful masterpiece for competition this year in Cannes,” announced Thierry Fremaux, as on Friday he bounded into a theater at the Gaumont Capucines, ju..
It’s bombs away at the multiplexes. Family film “Monster Trucks” tanked when it debuted over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, while Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” and Martin Scor..
2017-01-14
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HBO has a host of marquee projects coming down the pike, from the Reese Witherspoon-Nicole Kidman starrer “Big Little Lies” to the Amy Adams murder mystery “Sharp Objects” to comed..
PARIS– Fabien Marsaud, aka Grand Corps Malade, is a popular French slam poet who has been filling concert halls across the country and has collaborated with some of France’s bigges..
PARIS — “Does anyone have any question?” Dany Boon asked on Friday introducing “Raid, Special Unit” at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris. A woman put up her han..
“Hidden Figures” faced tough competition from horror film “The Bye Bye Man” on Friday the 13th, but looks to easily hold of all newcomers including Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” an..
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual visual effects bake-off sees each of the 10 final contenders for the Oscar present a five-minute introduction and ..
China’s cash-strapped LeEco group, which has made major pushes into entertainment and technology, has raised $2.18 billion of fresh capital. The cash injection comes from diversifi..