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2017-04-28
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Universal’s “The Fate of the Furious” is burning rubber on piracy networks, after the car-racing actioner crashed through box-office records since its theatrical premiere two ..
“Latin Lover” grossed $450,000 at 925 U.S. locations, while “Circle” took in $430,000. Both new movies are expected to trail “The Fate of the Furious” this weekend, which shou..
In the vast majority of war movies, the act of combat is a show of force in which the stronger side wins, barreling through the enemy’s defenses like a bowling ball. But in “The Wa..
Vin Diesel will accept the award on behalf of the entire cast. It’s the first year the Generation Award is not going to an individual actor.  Diesel has ap..
UDINE, Italy – Singapore-based Aurora Media Holdings, an investment outfit with Hollywood ties, has inked financing and production deals for two upcoming Southeast Asian pics ..
Netflix has commissioned its second German production with “Dogs of Berlin,” created by writer-director Christian Alvart. The 10-part show will see Alvart serve as showrunner as we..
Lionsgate and Fandom have launched a strategic partnership to reach movie fan communities with Lionsgate’s properties. The multiyear agreement — announced Friday — expands a strate..
The Cannes Film Market, the world’s biggest – and still growing – film industry meet, is raising the bar once more in industry initiatives, adding four new events to its 5th Goes t..
Slight is right. Arguably the biggest letdown of the 2016 Sundance film festival, J.D. Dillard’s feature debut squanders its high concept — an amateur street magician uses his..
What is it that so fascinates people about the case of JonBenét Ramsey, the six-year-old beauty pageant princess who was found murdered in her own basement? Thousands of hours have..
The combo of wink-wink naughtiness and family-friendly sentimentality makes for a wildly uneven farce in “How to Be a Latin Lover,” as a middle-aged male gold-digger attempts a rec..
The premise of “My Friend Dahmer” — a year in the life of Jeffrey Dahmer, the gay cannibalistic serial killer, back when he was a misunderstood high school kid — makes it sound lik..
In the 1980s, what the average North American knew of Somalia it learned from Sally Struthers-hosted feed-the-children commercials. Then came Ridley Scott’s “Black Hawk Down,” whic..
2017-04-27
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Director Jonathan Demme, who died on Wednesday at age 73, may go down as the most rock-friendly major director of all time. His most famous association was with Talking Heads,..
In today’s TV news roundup, “Saturday Night Live” alum Nasim Pedrad joins TBS’ “People of Earth,” PBS greenlights new docu-series “Chasing the Moon” that follows the space race fro..
Right out of the gate, the China brothers’ noir-hearted sensibility was being compared to that of fellow film siblings Joel and Ethan Coen, as critics hailed the Australian writer-..
The Weinstein Company and the MPAA have come to an agreement on the rating for upcoming trans film “3 Generations,” settling on a PG-13 rating. The news comes after the film, starr..
Mantenuto died on Monday of an apparent suicide, according to TMZ, and was found in his car by police in Des Moines, Wash. TMZ reports that the actor died by shooting himself. “Mir..
Slower-than-expected sales of virtual reality headsets haven’t discouraged Warner Bros. Chief Digital Officer Thomas Gewecke. During a fireside chat at the VRTL Summit in Los ..
Global streaming giant, Netflix this week signed a deal to acquire some 600 hours of scripted and unscripted TV shows from South Korea’s JTBC. The agreement was unveiled at the Asi..
Grasshopper Film has bought the U.S. distribution rights to the documentary “Spettacolo,” a month after its world premiere at the SXSW film festival. Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shelle..
“Bill was amazing,” Ponsoldt said. “He was one of my favorite actors for the longest time, going back to when I was a kid.” The director, known for “The Spectacular Now” and “The E..
HOOQ, the Asian streaming video platform backed by two Hollywood studios, is expanding a drive into local content production. Among its newest titles is “Marlina The Murderer in Fo..
Bruce Springsteen has has added his own tribute to Jonathan Demme, calling the late director “an inspiration” who will be “deeply missed.” Demme, who died Wednesday in Ne..
“The Circle” is a swankly sinister little mind teaser of a thriller. It’s a nightmare vision of what digital culture is turning all of us into, with all of our help. The movie, ada..
2017-04-26
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Wasserman will be based in Los Angeles. She will also be a partner in the company alongside Brett Thomason and Gordon Whitener and oversee all operations including development, acq..
Nicolas Cage has broken his ankle on the set of heist movie “#211” in Bulgaria, a source confirms to Variety. It’s currently unclear how the accident happened, but he was tran..
The Talking Heads lead singer and guitarist recounted his experiences with Demme filming the footage that would eventually be turned into “Stop Making Sense,” a now-iconic concert ..
After previously taking the film off its calendar, Paramount Pictures looks to be moving forward with a “World War Z” sequel, with David Fincher directing and Brad Pitt back to sta..
The pop star worked with the prolific filmmaker on his final feature, the 2016 concert documentary (and his most commercial concert movie) “Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee K..
The great filmmakers who came to prominence in the 1970s — and Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday, was one of them — had stylistic traits that made them iconically identifiable. Ro..
“The Fate of the Furious” is racing toward its third straight weekend on top of the box office. After earning $38.4 million domestically during its second frame, the eighth film in..
The stars of “The Handmaid’s Tale” walked the carpet in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening ahead of the series premiere on Hulu Wednesday, but the spotlight was on Margaret Atwood, the..
For a group of ultra-wealthy New York theater snobs, the characters in “Six Degrees of Separation” sure do spend a lot of time talking about “Cats.” In “Six Degrees,” the 1990 John..
The further I spin away from “Moonlight’s” best picture victory last February, which none of us really had the chance to unpack in all the chaos of the Oscars climax, the more stun..
Ss technology evolves, job descriptions change. For example, some years ago, when digital cameras came to dominate filmmaking, cinematographers began hiring digital-imaging technic..
These 20 standout schools offer competitive, world-renowned cinema instruction for aspiring filmmakers: American Film Institute Los Angeles With several of its alumni receiving awa..
When Bradley Battersby was hired to head the undergraduate film department at Ringling College of Art and Design in 2009, the program was so small fellow professors on campus didn’..
Though movie musicals are once again on Hollywood’s radar thanks to “La La Land,” the next great example of the genre might come from a student, not the studios. Since 2012, the Ne..
Devoid of characters or a story about which one might care, “Psychopaths” proves to be a fright-free pastiche without purpose — save, that is, for unimaginatively paying homage to ..
After facing pressure from foreign distributors in recent weeks, Netflix is considering a limited theatrical release in France for its movies that are playing at the Cannes Film Fe..
“Genius” premiered on Nat Geo Tuesday night, and for EUE/Sokolow Entertainment, one of the production companies behind the 10-part anthology series on Albert Einstein, it marks the..
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme died Wednesday in New York of cancer complications, his publicist told Variety. He was 73 years old. Demme is best known for directing “T..
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Hollywood was quick to mourn the loss of the acclaimed director Jonathan Demme, who died of cancer complications. Demme made about as big a splash in Hollywood as anyone ever has w..
When the company’s Paramount Network formally launches early next year, executives want some of the commercials to be as can’t-miss as some of the series they expect to run. Among ..
Academy Award winner Hilary Swank has been cast in a leading role in the upcoming FX limited series “Trust,” Variety has learned exclusively. Swank will star as Gail Getty, mo..
MADRID — Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of Mediaset España, Spain’s biggest TV network, has won the 2017 CineEurope Independent Producer of the Year Award. Adjudicated b..
“You used to be so original,” spits a spurned character to her partner near the end of “One Percent More Humid,” but from the outset, writer-director Liz W. Garcia’s indie drama pl..
South Korean actor, Yu Ji-tae has joined the cast of maverick filmmaker Lars von Trier’s upcoming “The House That Jack Built.” Yu is the first Asian actor to appear in a von Trier ..
“The Trip to Spain” is the third entry in the cult series of culinary road comedies featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as thinly fictionalized versions of their scalding, m..
Jeff Goldblum is coming back to the world of dinosaurs and will appear in Universal-Amblin Entertainment’s next “Jurassic World” film. J.A. Bayona is directing the next installment..
Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer plan to attend. Disney note..
2017-04-25
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News broke on Monday that Universal is developing a biopic about Madonna, and while the superstar herself is none too happy about the news, the question still stands: Who has the c..
McCarthy would also co-write the pic with the book’s author, Stephan Pastis. The popular book series centers on an 11-year-old boy who believes he is the best detective in town and..
Roadside Attractions has bought domestic distribution rights to  family romance “Forever My Girl,” starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe, and set an Oct. 27 release date in a co..
Previously titled “Operation Resort,” the film will be written and directed by “Tyrant” executive producer Gideon Raff. Bron Studios, which backed “Fences,” is fully financing..
The tribute event will take place on June 7, prior to a screening of her new movie, “Trouble,” written and directed by renowned playwright and two-time Emmy nominee Theresa Rebeck...
The annual Webby Awards celebrate the very best the Internet has to offer, and the winners for this year’s award show were just announced. There were over 13,000 entries ..
“Descendants 2” — the sequel to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants” — is getting a massive boost for its summer premiere with a simultaneous debut across five diffe..
Veteran U.S. producer, Tom DeSanto (“Transformers,” “X-Men”) has struck a deal to make Hollywood-China co-production films costing $120 million with CITIC Guoan, one of China’s lar..
British director Ken Loach, writer Paul Laverty and U.S. composer James Newton Howard will be honored at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday...
Spoiler alert: Do not read until you’ve watched the series finale of “Bates Motel,” titled “The Cord.” After five seasons of love, loss, and a few too many bodies, “Bates Motel” wr..
2017-04-24
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“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which opens May 5 amid massive expectations, generated more than 65,000 new conversations last  week in the wake of the April 17 announcement..
Andrea Tantaros, the former Fox News host suing the network for alleged --- harassment by Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly, claims in a new lawsuit that the network and its executi..
AutFest’s focus is on celebrating autistic audiences, filmmakers and movies that promote autism awareness. “The festival was born out of a partnership with AMC that started nine ye..
Black Label has reached a deal with Sony Pictures to take over distribution of a pair of action-adventure films — “Granite Mountain” and “Soldado” — from Lionsgate for North Americ..
Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3,” China, Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” and “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” look set to figure among highlights at June’s 2017 edition of France’s thriving..
Tom Hanks’ role of a surveillance-loving CEO in the new tech thriller “The Circle” was based on tech executives like Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, he joked during an interview with none..
According to most of Hollywood’s top critics, director James Gunn’s follow-up to Marvel’s 2014 hit falters a bit when it comes to unadulterated entertainment, but the emp..
Erin Moran, known for playing Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days,” most likely died of stage-four cancer, Variety has confirmed. The cause of death was released on Monday in a joint ..
A curious thing has happened to indie movies since the year 2000. In the ’90s, practically all the heroes were hit men. Now, they hold some of the quirkiest jobs imaginable — bakin..
When good playwrights are unable to write, they sometimes write bad plays about being unable to write.  Annie Baker, who is normally a very good writer (of plays includin..
In the fashion world as in cinema, the only thing more exciting than a spectacular crash-and-burn is the ensuing comeback, and “House of Z” diligently adheres to that formula in de..
It was easy to spot the dash of Hollywood glam at the Broadway opening night party of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” There were the chocolate fountains and the all-you-can-ea..
The word “Marvel,” as in comic books or movie studios, has become a foundational term of our culture. Yet you could sit through almost every one of today’s comic-book movies a..
If there is any one image you take away from “I Am Heath Ledger,” it’s that of Ledger staring into the camera, spinning it around and around, creating his own sort of imprompt..
2017-04-23
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Tencent Penguin Pictures, one of the studio operations belonging to Chinese social media giant Tencent, has come on board “The Trading Floor.” The 5-part series, which goes into pr..
After the departure of Bill O’Reilly at Fox News, groups that put pressure on advertisers for his show continue to criticize the culture of the newsroom. Lisa Bloom, who represents..
While the action film shows signs of waning enthusiasm in the domestic market (that said, it continues to dominate overall), the Fast and Furious franchise’s eighth installmen..
Lady Gaga chose the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to announce the launch of her upcoming film “A Star Is Born.” The pop star closed out her he..
It’s been painful in recent years to see Todd Solondz, the once-inspired director of “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Happiness,” making his characters so lowly and pathetic they no..
Universal’s eighth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise proved to be a global box office titan when it opened last weekend to a record-shattering $532.5 million. This time..
Maverick Japanese director, Sono Sion will make his Amazon Original series debut this summer with “Tokyo Vampire Hotel.” All 9 episodes will be available to binge watch on Ama..
2017-04-22
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Phil Hunt’s London-based film-financing house Head Gear Films, which launched 15 years ago, has been ramping up its dealmaking activity in recent years. The company provided fundin..
PARIS — Ed Stark he is not. In BBC1’s upcoming primetime drama “Broken,” Sean Bean plays Father Michael, a Catholic priest in North-West England, struggling with his inner demons, ..
After playing the gruff male star in Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” Dan Stevens hopes that audiences will be his guest for a different kind of adventure. In “Permissi..
Fox has set  “Deadpool 2” for a June 1, 2018, release date — giving the much-anticipated sequel a prime summer opening as the first title to land on the date. Reynolds is also..
The eighth Fast and Furious film, from Universal, raced ahead of the box office newcomers on Friday evening, earning $11.2 million at 4,329 locations. While last weekend, the high-..
James Cameron and Fox have set the release dates for the four “Avatar” sequels, starting on Dec. 18, 2020, for “Avatar 2.” “Avatar 3” will open  Dec. 17, 2021, followed by a t..
If you liked “Manchester by the Sea” — or the kind of low-key emotional drama in which men break down and sob uncontrollably — then Martin Scorsese has the movie for you. It’s call..
A good music documentary is more than a footnote to a band’s career — it can channel, and heighten, the excitement that made the band memorable. In that spirit, there is much to be..
2017-04-21
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To play a young serial killer in “My Friend Dahmer,” ex-Disney Channel star Ross Lynch didn’t just walk in his character’s shoes. He took over the childhood home where Jeffrey Dahm..
“The Fate of the Furious” is dominating the domestic office again with around $38 million this weekend while moviegoers are mostly shunning Katherine Heigl’s “Unforgettable,” early..
After 40 or so minutes of teasing hints that its makers may have hit upon a fresh approach to found-footage thrillers, “Phoenix Forgotten” indicates the genre may be having its las..
Years ago, Chris Pratt went in for a commercial audition that didn’t go so well. “I introduced myself and he looked up at me and said, ‘Do you think you’re attractive?’” Pratt reca..
Open Road’s historical drama “The Promise” has opened quietly with $200,000 in Thursday night previews. “The Promise” is expanding to 2,251 venues Friday amid forecasts in the $5 m..
The producers of Broadway musical “Anastasia” knew they had a big built-in audience for their show. They just didn’t know how big. As the team behind the production discovered earl..
As one of Variety’s Power of Women honorees, Jessica Chastain will be at Friday’s lunch in support of her chosen cause, Planned Parenthood. For this week’s issue, the act..
Viacom named Julia Phelps as its senior vice president, communications and culture, a newly created role at the New York entertainment conglomerate, which controls the Paramount mo..
While April 21, 2016 is not a day that most Prince fans care to remember at all, there is much to be said for the comforts that music can bring. Possibly the only positive aspect o..
High-profile agent and manager Sandy Gallin, who represented Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Cher, Joan Rivers and Whoopi Goldberg, has died following a long illness with multiple ..
PARIS — For Latin America, and more specifically Globo, Daniel Burman’s genre-blending “Supermax” is a one-stop revolution. Making waves when announced at last year’s Natpe, it is ..
PARIS – Uma Thurman is set to preside over the jury of Un Certain Regard at the upcoming 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. “In a career spanning more than 20 years, the Ame..
Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, launched Spotted Cow last year. The film will be released Sept. 15. It’s screened at the Sonoma International Film Festival, San Diego Film F..
PARIS– Cannes Film Festival’ Critics Week, the parallel section dedicated to first and second films, will open this year with “Sicilian Ghost Story” from Fabio Grassadonia and Anto..
Doing for Hong Kong screen veteran Kara Wai roughly what Tarantino did for Pam Grier in “Jackie Brown” (albeit with a lot less talking), Malaysian writer-director Ho Yuhang’s “Mrs ..
Set to be announced Friday at the Beijing Film Festival, the co-production, the most ambitious to date between China and Spain, underscores China’s dramatically escalating importan..
2017-04-20
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As one of Variety’s Power of Women honorees, Blake Lively will attend a lunch on Friday in support of Child Rescue Coalition. For this week’s issue, the actress spoke about women i..
An investor has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Voltage Pictures, alleging the company failed to properly exploit a teen comedy which flopped last fall. Gerard Barba, a French..
The Rotten Tomatoes Fellowship will cover partial tuition for students enrolled in Annenberg’s master of arts journalism program. It will combine academic coursework from Anne..
It would be hard to think of a European filmmaker who attained the degree of international heat that Lina Wertmüller enjoyed in the mid-1970s, and then — poof! — just like that, he..
Johnson is writing and directing the pic with Jared Ian Goldman and Nicky Weinstock producing for Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films. The comedy follows high school senior Alex True..
Anyone seeking a bathroom break after the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of the documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” probably didn’t get one. Seconds after the fi..
“Smart House” is based on an original idea by Wan — whose credits include the Conjuring franchise, “Furious 7” and the upcoming “Aquaman.” He will produce the film under his Atomic..
Based on the true story, “The 15:17 to Paris” tells the story of three American soldiers who stopped a terrorist plot on a train bound for Paris. The film is based on the book by A..
When Nat King Cole sang “Unforgettable,” he meant the word as a compliment. Not so the Hollywood movie of the same name, in which two crazy exes refuse to be ignored as they attemp..
The light-hearted Syd Hoff story starts with a boy named Danny befriending a good-natured dinosaur at a museum with Danny riding out of the museum on the dinosaur’s neck. The two t..
It marks the Norwegian auteur’s second collaboration with the indie label. The Orchard also distributed 2015’s “Louder Than Bombs,” an acclaimed family drama with Jesse Eisenberg, ..
“I think that the third movie is going to continue this trilogy, the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy,” said Gunn, who announced earlier this week that he wou..
Germany’s Picture Tree International has picked up international sales for Wolfgang Petersen’s “Four Against the Bank” and Julian Poelsler’s “Killing Stella.” Picture Tree will deb..
K Period Media, the upstart production company behind the Oscars darling “Manchester by the Sea,” will be producing and financing a drama about gay conversion therapy, Variety has ..
Discovery Networks Denmark’s Kanal 5 has stepped firmly into Danish drama with the high-end thriller “Below the Surface,” sold by Studiocanal and produced by SAM Productions, a com..
“Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” the documentary that opened the Tribeca Film Festival tonight, is an example of how a movie can be flagrantly hagiographic, sentimental,..