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Executive produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“The Revenant”), Jose Alvarez’s poignant docu “The Gaze of the Sea” (“Los Ojos del Mar”) turns on a --- who makes it her m..
In his career as a writer, director, actor, mogul, and one-man filmmaking factory, Tyler Perry has given us shamelessly over-the-top demon-yuppie melodrama; exuberantly dirty-minde..
Shania Twain’s new album “Now,” released Sept. 29, arrived 15 years after she sang “Can only go up from here!” Those words — from her 2002 chart-topper “Up!” — proved not to be so ..
Jo Nesbø’s 2007 novel “The Snowman” may have been a critically acclaimed best-seller, but Tomas Alfredson’s film adaptation has not impressed critics. Stars Michael Fassbender and ..
With Sean Baker, Trey Edwards, Chris Newman, Ed Lachman, Peter Webber and Mike Hausman among its board members, a new film festival of classic films will unspool from Nov. 10 -13 i..
MORELIA — A week after “Coco,” Disney/Pixar’s Day of the Dead-themed toon, marks its world premiere at the Morelia Int’l Film Festival on Oct. 20 it rolls out across Mexico to coin..
Four years after his last solo film, the Norse god Thor returns to the big screen in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Currently sitting comfortably at 97% with 30 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, most..
New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect. According to data compiled by PartyCasino, which analyzed box office numbers from ..
The first teaser for Margot Robbie’s “I, Tonya” proves that the actress took a no-nonsense approach to her portrayal of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. The footage shows her..
Hulu has renewed drama series “Casual” for a final season, Variety has confirmed. The series’ eight-episode fourth season is set to premiere in 2018. Premiered in 2015, “Casual” wa..
The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, John Bailey, sent a letter today to members of the organization titled “In the Matter of H. Weinstein…and Beyond,”..
CANNES — Sky Italia is boarding Spaghetti Western TV series “Django” and high-finance thriller “The Devils,” adding two new high-end Italian shows to a growing roster. The Mur..
The Tony-winning actor Tracy Letts only discovered acting because somebody blackmailed his father into starring in a community theater play. Letts, who as a writer (“August: Osage ..
In today’s film news roundup, Matt Charman is developing “Ruthless River,” runaway slave story “Never Caught” is in the works as a movie, Cynthia Addai-Robinson is starring in “Alw..
Robert Greenblatt had two callings when he was growing up in Rockford, Ill. He was drawn to working in theater, and he dreamed of one day running a movie studio. Whi..
Facebook is continuing its push into scripted programming with an order for a drama series that boasts “Scandal” star Kerry Washington among its executive producers, Variety&n..
Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 10/09/2017 and 10/15/2017. * TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot. * ..
Turkey’s Antalya Film Festival has boosted the star wattage for its Oct. 21 opening night, with Oscar-winner Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis and Japanese actor and Jim Jarmusch ..
Tim Sutton is writing and directing. Production starts on Oct. 23 in Cincinnati. Backup Media is fully financing the film. UTA Independent Film Group is representing North American..
Warner Bros.’ “Geostorm” premiered Monday night at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood while talk of the Harvey Weinstein scandal percolated on the red carpet. Dean Devlin, who ma..
Director Ron Howard announced the news in a video on Twitter on Tuesday morning. Howard also revealed that they just wrapped production on the movie. “Hey Twitterville, we just wra..
Hilary Swank is starring in the science-fiction thriller “I Am Mother,” which has started shooting at South Australia’s Adelaide Studios, Variety has learned exclusively. Swank, wh..
If China’s Dalian Wanda is going to make a comeback in Hollywood, after weathering its present storms, it will do so without Jack Gao. The polished and high-flying executive this w..
Whether producing “The Artist,” “Shakespeare in Love” or “The English Patient,” Queens-born serial predator Harvey Weinstein has always had a knack for making powerful period ..
Two years ago at the VidCon digital-video confab in Anaheim, Calif., talent manager Lisa Filipelli received a late-night text from a high-powered male exec she had dealings with: H..
Basking in the success of its production service involvement in Netflix’s mega hit “Narcos,” Univision’s “El Chapo” and Doug Liman’s Tom Cruise-starrer “American Made,” Colombia’s ..
Cologne-based Rushlake Media has acquired world sales rights for “Sew the Winter to My Skin,” a South African-German co-production directed by acclaimed South African helmer Jahmil..
It prompted as much hysteria as the Beatles in its heyday and launched the careers of Ricky Martin among others. Now Latino boy band Menudo is the subject of a scripted drama serie..
Entertainment One has unified film, TV, and digital production with Steve Bertram and John Morayniss now co-presidents of the consolidated operation. Independent studio eOne signal..
LYON, France  —  In a wide-ranging discussion at Lyon’s Lumière Festival on Monday, Guillermo del Toro talked about the creative and disturbing influence of the Catholic ..
Harvey Weinstein’s implosion has been cathartic for Lauren Sivan, one of the dozens of women who have come forward in recent days alleging that the once-celebrated mogul ..
CANNES — The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the 2017 International Emmy Kids Awards nominees. The pool of contenders is drawn from 16 differe..
Chowdhury is part of the Bangladeshi contingent attending the Busan Platform program. The film is based on Mitali Perkins’ bestselling 2007 young adult novel that was chosen by the..
CANNES — Since premiering for BBC Worldwide in 2001, “What Not to Wear,” has been an international phenomenon among makeover shows. Now it’s time for the format to get an upda..
Jack Gao, senior vice president of Dalian Wanda Group and interim CEO of Legendary Entertainment, has departed the Chinese conglomerate, Variety has confirmed. The move c..
Durst’s book follows a woman running from her bleak life who finds herself trapped in a small town where all things lost — luggage, keys, and even people — are mysteriously deposit..
“It’s a world out there that is horribly stressed,” said Bob Roth, the well-known transcendental meditation (TM) teacher, providing some remarks at a two-day festival designed to r..
In today’s film news roundup, Christopher Nolan will hold a public discussion about film preservation with the Librarian of Congress, Grasshopper Film buys Sadaf Foroughi’s “Ava,” ..
Netflix expects to release around 80 original films next year, as it looks to hit the scale on the film side it’s achieved on the TV side, according to chief content officer T..
Netflix kept the streaming train going full-tilt in the third quarter of 2017, adding more subscribers in both the U.S. and abroad than expected. The company gained 850,000 streami..
From the Kennedy Assassination to Edward Snowden, Edward Jay Epstein has built a career out of challenging the conventional wisdom. The author of several seminal works of investiga..
Cher has joined Universal’s “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” The multi-hyphenate hinted at her appearance in the movie over the weekend in a tweet and Variety has confirmed that..
LYON, France  — Director Nicolas Winding Refn on Monday announced an ambitious new online project at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon that will showcase restored films and ot..
CANNES — John Turturro will play William of Baskerville, the 14th century Franciscan monk who investigates a series of grisly murders in the high-end TV adaptation of Umberto ..
TAC Studios has inked two international content licensing deals with Viasat World and Kwesé TV, expanding the global reach of The Africa Channel’s year-old production arm. Accordin..
Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”), Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”), and Kelly Marcel will write the script for “Venom.” Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the movie, along with Amy ..
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” dominated last week’s social media buzz in the wake of the release of a new trailer, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service...
Netflix has swooped in and nabbed “Power,” a spec script from Mattson Tomlin that was drawing a lot of interest and bids from multiple studios. Details of the project are being kep..
A study by U.S.-based Parrot Analytics, published two years ago, just as Netflix was launching in Japan, suggested that Japanese audiences had far less interest in Western series s..
However abetted by fiction, Romain Gary’s autobiographical novel “Promise at Dawn” is more of a roaring yarn than most memoirs have a right to be: Covering over 20-odd years in the..
Iconic Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda has come on board as executive producer of “Ten Years Japan,” a spinoff of 2015’s Hong Kong indie hit “Ten Years.” The original “Ten Years”..
HBO has deep roots well beyond the U.S. The premium cabler has long licensed its original programming in overseas markets. But the company’s recent focus has been to launch standal..
Charles Cohen, one of the leading distributors of French movies in the United States, is set to play a bigger role in Gaul’s film landscape. A real estate tycoon turned movie mogul..
A keen admirer of Luis Bunuel’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” Chinese poet Han Dong makes an appearance this week in Busan with “One Night on the Wharf,” his first attem..
Paula Wachowiak, a now-62-year-old woman from Buffalo, N.Y., has come forward alleging that Harvey Weinstein exposed himself to her when she was an intern for Weinstein in 1980, ma..
Kadokawa Corp. has picked up Japanese rights to “Butterfly Sleep,” the Korean melodrama that screen this week in Busan’s Gala Presentation section. The Japanese giant will give the..
Dozens of crew members took to the streets today around the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, wheeling in lumber, chairs, even a Roland synthesizer, all part o..
The sequel is tracking to earn $29.3 million overseas from 64 territories this weekend, which, combined with its $15.1 million domestic total, is enough to claim first. The long-aw..
CANNES — Netflix is rapidly growing its investment in children’s programming with international appeal as the company’s kidvid viewership is growing at a faster clip outside the U...
The latest from Blumhouse and Universal is leading the box office this weekend with $26.5 million from 3,149 locations. That puts it far ahead of “Blade Runner 2049,” which is skid..
Badi Badi’s “The Wriggles” and “Bianca & Albert’s Patchwork Kingdom,” a production of Warsaw’s Serafiński in co-production with Studio Miniatur Filmowych, are some of Polish a..
LYON, France  —  The 9th Lumière Festival opened in Lyon on Saturday with a glitzy and star-studded yet intimate and informal ceremony at the cavernous Halle Tony Garnier..
Woody Allen has said that the allegations of --- assault made against Harvey Weinstein are “sad” for the former boss of The Weinstein Company and Miramax, and has warned against..
Australian actress, Natalie Mendoza has come forth as one of the latest accusers of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Australia’s Herald Sun reports that, on her Faceb..
Busan’s Asian Film Market, which opened for business yesterday, continued its transformation from film rights market to generalized — and sub-regional— commerce platform. It now al..
Ex-Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Saturday after the organization convened an emergency meeting to determine the..
Long-established Thai production and sales group Five Star Production is making a return to TV having focused on feature films for the past decade. It is using the Busan market to ..
Mattel is planning a big makeover for the venerable Thomas the Tank Engine property in the hopes of reinvigorating its prospects as a global film and TV franchise. Thomas is off to..
Selling one-hour dramas to buyers in foreign markets at Mipcom isn’t always that different from pitching shows to some domestic outlets: Terrestrial broadcasters gravitate toward p..
“Happy Death Day” is poised to dominate the box office its opening weekend, with a projected $26 million at 3,149 locations, significantly ahead of its initial $15-20 million predi..
Alibaba Pictures has expanded the powers of Fan Luyuan, who was appointed CEO two months ago. He is the company’s third leader in 15 months, and replaces Yu Yongfu, who was appoint..
CANNES — Telefonica-Movistar +, Europe’s most active telecom content player, has signed with Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Entertainment, the biggest film sales agent in the Spanis..
CJ Entertainment, long South Korea and Asia’s leading movie conglomerate, has now set its sights on becoming a fully-fledged global film producer. “The domestic [Korean] market has..
South Korean movie giant Lotte is advancing its plans to expand into Indonesia. The country is one of the least-developed major markets in Asia. Lotte executives recently met with ..
Singer, songwriter, and “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson was honored at Variety‘s Power of Women L.A. luncheon on Friday for her work with the education organization XQ Instit..
Bob Weinstein denied Friday that the Weinstein Company is for sale or exploring closing its doors. The indie studio behind “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist” has been engulfed in..
Woody Allen films now come in three essential flavors, or maybe it just comes down to three levels of quality. Once in a blue jasmine moon, he comes up with an enthralling act of h..
After receiving backlash — including a series of tweets by Donald Trump Jr. — for his silence on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Jimmy Kimmel has explained why he did not immediately..
Nancy Utley has been a studio powerhouse for 30 years. She started at 20th Century Fox in 1986, then moved to Fox Searchlight in 1999. She became president of the specialty arm in ..
Fandango plans to acquire longtime competitor, in what would be the union of the industry’s two biggest online movie-ticketing services. Financial terms of th..
Chinese actress Gong Li will star in the Europe-set action-thriller “Ana,” with Martin Campbell on board to direct. “Rush Hour” producer Arthur Sarkissian and China’s Bruno Wu ..
One of my favorite films is 2002’s “The Hours.” It is a melodramatic film in some ways, and hugely depressing, too. But at the age of 17 it was absolutely lyrical for me, and that ..
Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American distribution rights on sci-fi thriller “Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1,” which stars “Game of Thrones” actor Iwan Rheon. Munich-based sal..
David Glasser has been Harvey Weinstein’s right-hand man for the better part of a decade. Now, after Weinstein’s spectacular downfall in a --- harassment scandal this week, Glasser..
“Happy Death Day” picked up $1 million on Thursday night as the low-budget horror film tries to unseat “Blade Runner 2049” from its perch atop the box office. The pic is a bloody s..
Jang Hoon’s “A Taxi Driver” won the best film prize at the 26th Bu-il Film Awards, a local film awards annually held in Haeundae during the Busan Film Festival. The historical..
 Darren Aronofsky responded to a question from Variety about the Harvey Weinstein scandal at the Busan International Film festival on Thursday, saying: “--- abuse..
To celebrate the Oct. 20 release of horror film auteur John Carpenter’s anthology of newly recorded themes from his films, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have relea..
Rita Moreno faced --- harassment as an ingenue at 20th Century Fox studio in the 1950s, the legendary actress told the crowd Thursday night at the Paley Center for Media’s gala ..
The 22nd edition of the Busan Intl. Film Festival got under way Thursday under a deluge of pouring rain. That felt like another burden for a festival that has suffered plenty of la..
These days, superhero movies have become so commonplace that audiences actually complain when the latest DC or Marvel blockbusters slows down to deliver a character’s origin story ..
Actress Tara Subkoff has opened up about her experience with Harvey Weinstein, alleging the producer --- harassed her in the 1990s when she was up for a part in one of his mov..
The job of a music supervisor is largely misunderstood, according to panelists at the Guild of Music Supervisors State of Music in Media Conference, who said their role is as much ..
Vernon, who directed Sony’s animated comedy “Sausage Party,” will also produce the movie with Gail Berman and Alex Schwartz, principals of production house the Jackal Group. The Ad..
The life and career of Te Ata, the Native American trailblazer who celebrated her people’s culture through performance and, in doing so, helped educate the country about Native tra..
Spackman Entertainment Group, an international investment outfit with a taste for all things Korean, is set to buy Korean film production company Take Pictures (aka Studio Take). T..
India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), popularly known as the censor board, has censored Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Malayalam-language film “--- Durga.” The film will n..
Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. Willem Dafoe is making waves for his performanc..
The “Das Boot” sequel is set in the fall of 1942, months after Wolfgang Petersen’s 1981 movie ended. The tide is turning against the German war effort after the Allies solve the En..
It was a family affair at Wednesday night’s screening of “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” where director Noah Baumbach and co-stars Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, and Gra..
Colin Jost, Michael Che, Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson try each week to make people laugh during various sketches on “Saturday Night Live.” They may have reason to smile on thei..
Among the things that have fallen victim to the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, add any overt feeling of self-congratulation at next week’s CMT Artists of the Year telecast in Nashvil..
Ad-supported video service Tubi has nabbed an executive from a key competitor: Tubi has hired Crackle’s SVP of programming and marketing Adam Lewinson as its new Chief Content Offi..
--- harassment and assault are not limited to Hollywood. Rumors and vague accounts of aspiring actresses being preyed upon have circulated in Asian showbiz for years. But it is ..
Managing to avoid an air of overt exploitation despite considerable lurid content, writer-director David Burkman’s “Haze” is a fictional portrait of particularly abusive fraternity..
BUSAN — The Marvel Experience Busan that was set to open on Oct. 12, coinciding with the beginning of the Busan Film Festival, has been postponed to Oct. 26. It will now run throug..
Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched the season premiere of “Mr. Robot,” titled “eps3.0_power-saver-mode.h.” What a relief. That was my thought as the first episode of ..
Five of the six major Hollywood studios have joined forces to make digital movie collecting easier than ever. Movies Anywhere, a free app and website digital locker service, launch..