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2017-08-16
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“Dave Made a Maze” is a whimsical fantasy about a dude who gets lost in a living-room labyrinth of his own making. Bill Watterson’s directorial debut is itself like an awesomely sc..
Two action-packed, star-studded films hit multiplexes this weekend, but will anyone notice? We’re heading for another sleepy weekend at the domestic box office, as Lionsgate’s “Hit..
MoviePass, a subscription service for film buffs, has long aspired to shake up the exhibition business. But its plans to be the Netflix of cinemas seemed to be a pipe dream. After ..
Variety has announced the host committee for the annual Variety & Women in Film Television Nominees Celebration, which will take place Friday, Sept. 15 at Gracias Mad..
As big-budget blockbusters dominate cineplex screens this summer, veteran entertainment attorney Ken Ziffren has a warning for the studios churning them out: making money won’t be ..
The city of stars is giving a nod right back to Emma Stone. Stone, 28, collected $26 million, mostly thanks to her Oscar-winning performance as Mia, a barista and aspiring actress,..
Blake Lively’s spy thriller “The Rhythm Section” has landed at Paramount Pictures with the studio agreeing to buy worldwide distribution rights. The project will be directed by “Th..
When investor Joel Weinshanker first looked at the auction of Elvis Presley assets five years ago, it was not a pretty picture. Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis’ daughter, had sold the ma..
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has given a straight-to-series order to a new drama from “Moonlight” co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney with Michael B. Jor..
Channing Tatum will produce and star in the Universal Pictures movie based on the upcoming book “Bloodlines” from author Melissa Del Bosque. Michael De Luca, who produced the “Fift..
More than any other media giant, the Walt Disney Co. is endowed with a corporate brand name that means something to consumers. The goodwill that the Disney moniker brings is the fo..
The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, will open on Oct. 6 in New York, followed by a release to Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and select citie..
Walking into David Mandel’s second-floor office on the Paramount lot, where he writes HBO’s political comedy “Veep,” is like stepping into a museum of pop culture memorabilia. From..
Since opening up Elvis Presley’s mansion in Memphis to the public in 1982, Priscilla Presley has strived to keep the grace in Graceland. Most recently, she’s seen a Graceland-relat..
Lisa Marie Presley has ensured that the musical lineage in the family did not stop with her father, releasing three strong albums, the last of which to date was 2012’s T Bone Burne..
In the animated series category, there is little suspense year-to-year over which shows will get nominated since there are four key shows — led by “The Simpsons,” with 26 nominatio..
MADRID — Three awaited Latin American films – Aly Muritiba’s “Ferrugem,” Armando Capos’ “Agosto” and Ruben Mendoza’s “Niña Errante” – feature at a six-title 2017 San Sebastián Film..
While a deathiversary tends to be a somber occasion, some 40 years after Elvis Presley’s death, it is pretty amusing to imagine what his reaction might be if he were to see a strea..
Daniel Craig has made it official: He’ll be returning for another movie as James Bond. Craig confirmed the news that had been widely expected during his appearance on Tuesday’s edi..
“England Is Mine” is a biopic about the early days of Morrissey, the lead singer of the Smiths, that features two minutes of Morrissey singing and 97 minutes of Morrissey moping. T..
2017-08-15
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Lionsgate is planning a South Korean theme park that will have areas devoted to its “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Now You See Me” franchises along with its upcoming “Robin Hood” ..
Amazon Studios has launched development of a movie based on the dark science-fiction fantasy novel “The Beast Is an Animal” with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free producing. Amazon is in f..
Eli Roth is directing with Eric Kripke penning the script. The novel tells the tale of a recently orphaned 10-year-old boy who discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic, and d..
AMC Theatres is threatening legal action against MoviePass, a subscription based service for cinema-goers. In a statement, the world’s largest exhibitor dismissed MoviePass as “a s..
Some genre films are enjoyable to watch but leave no trace in the brain’s synapses, whereas others dig deeper, playing with fantasy elements to address issues that matter in the re..
Want to see a lot of movies in the theater for almost no money? You are not alone. MoviePass, for one, was caught off-guard by the groundswell of enthusiasm for the prospect on Tue..
“Marvel’s The Defenders” is significantly better than the last offering from the comic-book factory’s ongoing collaboration with Netflix, “Iron Fist.” That was one of the most nota..
“Groundhog Day,” the musical that won over critics and awards voters in the U.K. but never caught on in New York, has posted a Broadway closing notice for September after a run of ..
Haifaa Al-Mansour, who helmed the critically acclaimed “Wadjda,” is on board to direct with Marc Platt, Tracey Bing, Jared Leboff, and Lathan producing. The movie is a passion proj..
In today’s roundup, Fox is remaking its 1988 coming-of-age comedy “License to Drive,” Val Kilmer is starring in a new comedy, and Spirit Award nominations have opened.  FILM D..
Hollywood’s interest in adapting true stories to the big and small screen is a tale as old as the industry. But in recent years the trend of gravitating toward stories more deeply ..
Limited series and television movies have significantly fewer hours to tell their stories than traditional drama or comedy series. But this doesn’t stop their creators from explori..
PARIS– Powered by Hollywood animated blockbusters and action-packed franchises, the French box office held relatively steady during the first seven months of 2017 compared to the y..
Epix has given a series order to a murder thriller based on the 2012 novel “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.” The drama from MGM Television is set to star Patrick Dempsey,..
The New York Television Festival has set its official selections for the independent pilot competition held as part of its 13th annual gathering. The festival has accepted a bumper..
Hollywood studios may be scared to show their summer report cards to their corporate bosses. After all, ticket sales were down 12% year-over-year as flops like “The Mummy” and “Kin..
“Mississippi Grind” helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are on board to direct. Kevin Feige is producing. “Inside Out” scribe Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman wrote previous drafts. Th..
Joshua Jackson will headline a new Broadway revival of the Mark Medoff play “Children of a Lesser God,” starring in a production that makes the move to New York following a well-re..
TrustNordisk has boarded “Wildwitch,” Kaspar Munk’s (“You & Me Forever”) ambitious fantasy film based on Danish author Lene Kaaberbøl’s best-selling books. Produced by Good Com..
Just two years ago, Brie Larson attended the Toronto International Film Festival for the first time with her movie, “Room.” That film went on to win the festival’s audience award a..
MADRID — Spain’s Filmax Group is handling international sales rights on “The Motive” (“El autor”) which has just been selected as a Special Presentation at the 2017 Toronto Film Fe..
New works from Aaron Sorkin, John Woo, Louis C.K. and Brie Larson will make the trek North to screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The Canadian gathering adde..
When “This Is Us” returns for its second season this Sept. on NBC the adult Pearson siblings are going to be pulled in very different directions, despite celebrating their shared 3..
Veteran producer Uri Singer is developing a movie based on Jess Walter’s 2006 sci-fi detective novel “The Zero” through his production company Passage Pictures, Variety has learned..
For this week’s cover story on Netflix, Variety asked eight directors, actors, and comedians to tell us why they love working for the streaming giant. Here’s what they had to say. ..
MoviePass, a company that aims to be the Netflix of movie theaters, has sold a majority stake to Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. A purchase price was not disclosed. As part of t..
Cinematographer John Bailey has been a member of the Motion Picture Academy since 1981. He has served off and on as representative on the Board of Governors since 1996. Now, he is ..
The casting department of ABC has picked the first British winner of its ABC Discovers talent competition, up-and-comer Jemma Moore, who will now head to the U.S. for the chance to..
Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s “Thelma” and Finnish director Dome Karukoski’s “Tom of Finland” will bookend the 45 Norwegian International Film Festival, which runs Aug. 20-25,..
For a soft-spoken man, Ted Sarandos makes a lot of thunderous news. Just consider the headlines he’s generated over the last week alone with a succession of game-changing deals. Th..
2017-08-14
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Though it was billed as an evening with “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess on Saturday night at the Sayers Club, there was cause for double celebration when moderator ..
After breaking out in his psychological thriller “The Witch,” Anya Taylor-Joy is looking to reteam with director Robert Eggers on his new take on a cinematic classic. Sources tell ..
The cost of improprieties at Fox News Channel continues to grow for the cable-news outlet’s parent, 21st Century Fox. The media conglomerate, controlled by the Murdoch family, disc..
Will Netflix suffer a significant subscriber exodus once Disney movies roll off the service in 2019? According to one Wall Street firm’s analysis: probably not. Disney announced la..
Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 08/07/2017 and 08/13/2017. * TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot. * ..
Ryan Reynolds released a statement on Monday to address the death of a stuntwoman who was killed earlier that day on the set of “Deadpool 2.” “Today, we tragically lost a member of..
“30 Rock” alum and Emmy winner John Riggi has exited the series, citing creative differences. John Wells will now step in to finish out the show’s first season. Wells is executive ..
Three movies by key Latin American production houses – Martin Desalvo’s “Unidad XV: La Fuga,” José Manuel “Che” Sandoval’s “Dry Martina” and Neto Villalobos’ “Cascos Indomables” – ..
Disney-LucasFilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” easily topped social media buzz last week with 77,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct s..
Netflix is finalizing a deal for a new comedy series starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin with “Big Bang Theory” co-creator Chuck Lorre writing and executive producing, Var..
Sony’s “Baby Driver” has crossed the $100 million milestone at the domestic box office after seven weeks in theaters. The actioner, starring Ansel Elgort as a talented getaway driv..
Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales has signed international sales rights on the ”The County”, the new feature by Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson whose ”Rams” (”Hrutar”), so..
Coming off a dazzling best picture win for Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” distributor A24 has locked in a wide-ranging slate of awards season players. Since last we checked, the compa..
PARIS– Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis’ “Félicité,” a standout at Berlin Film Festival which will have its North American pr..
Showbox’s “A Taxi Driver” remained on top of the South Korean box office. The Korean drama earned $12.9 million from 1.77 million admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total o..
While there was no official host for the Fox event, Zara Larsson, Clean Bandit, Louis Tomlinson, Bebe Rexha, KYLE, Lil Yachty, Rita Ora, French Montana, and Rae Sremmurd more than ..
2017-08-13
7
Patriotic action movie, “Wolf Warriors II” dominated the Chinese box office for the third weekend in a row. It earned $83 million over the weekend and extended its cumulative total..
That’s the only real threat to Warner Bros.’ and New Line’s latest entry in the “Conjuring Universe,” which should pick up $35 million from 39 international markets. Combined with ..
Tom Cruise appears injured after slamming into a wall while filming a stunt for the upcoming movie “Mission: Impossible 6.” TMZ released video Sunday morning of the actor..
Fifty years ago today, American movies were born again. That was the day “Bonnie and Clyde,” the lethally disruptive and exciting gangster saga that brought on the implosion of Hol..
“It is like an awful car crash. You know you shouldn’t look. But at the same time you can’t turn away,” said one senior China film executive of the financial woes that have wrecked..
“Annabelle: Creation” may not be able to save the summer — which, after this weekend, will only fall farther behind last year’s pace — but it is doing its part to frighten audience..
An extraordinary premise gets a slightly ordinary workout in Felix Randau’s meticulously mounted but narratively simplistic “Iceman,” an imagining of the last days in the life of t..
2017-08-12
7
Film-music concerts are big business now. John Williams, long a staple on the concert circuit, has been joined by Danny Elfman and others while live-to-picture concerts are now all..
A jury that included high profile directors Olivier Assayas and Miguel Gomes has awarded --- Bing’s unblinkered documentary “Mrs. Fang” the Golden Leopard at the 70 anniversary ed..
“Annabelle: Creation” isn’t just fleshing out New Line Cinema’s self-proclaimed “Conjuring Universe,” it’s also helping to save the back half of the summer box office. The pre..
Having directed Chilean smash hit “Sin Filtro,” Nicolás Lopez looks like he has done it again. But in a far bigger market than his native Chile and with a Spanish-language comedy w..
LOCARNO, Switzerland — Mexico’s Mantarraya Group, producer of Cannes Best Director winners Carlos Reygadas (2012’s “Post Tenebras Lux”) and Amat Escalante (2013’s “Heli”), is estab..
Earlier this week, “Wolf Warrior II” made the leap from smash hit to bona fide phenomenon, becoming the top grossing film released in its native China (more than $500 million in 12..
In a drab Korean village in the gray dawn, a young woman sits in a locked car, refusing to let her boyfriend in from the cold, punishing him for a thoughtless response to a recent ..
2017-08-11
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What originally was a New York Times best-selling novel turned into a 1995 film, and now a television series. Epix’s new scripted mobster comedy series “Get Shorty” premiered its f..
Ever since Donald Trump appeared on the horizon of presidential politics, he has mirrored the pop culture of the past. That’s because Trump, in one way or another, has always been ..
The Sundance Institute’s Next Fest kicked off on Thursday evening at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles with the presentation of the vanguard leadership award to..
Emmy voters are often creatures of habit, content to reward the usual suspects. But this year, the supporting category offers a lot of opportunities for new faces to break in. The ..
On the sun-drenched terrace of Sarajevo’s Hotel Europe during the Bosnian city’s film festival, which runs Aug. 11-18, you’ll find the leading lights of the film business in S..
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. In today’s episode, Va..
“The Boss Baby,” the computer-animated comedy from DreamWorks Animation that earned nearly $175 million in U.S. theaters, held onto the No. 1 spot on both national home video sales..
The independent film world can be brutal and there’s a high mortality rate for companies looking to break into the movie business. Over the past year, the likes of Broad Green, Alc..
Hollywood is pinning its hopes on a demon-possessed doll as it looks to shake off the late-summer doldrums. “Annabelle: Creation,” the latest installment in the “Conjuring” cinemat..
Netflix isn’t going to get Disney’s “Frozen 2,” but it’s not yet frozen out of potentially getting streaming rights to Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” franchise and Marvel Entertainment mo..
So many horror movies recycle one formula or another with such predictability that it’s refreshing when one refuses to fit into a particular niche — no matter how messy its nonconf..
An Italian opera season will play in U.K. movie theaters after Thunderbird Releasing and Rai Com renewed their All’Opera pact. U.K. distributor Thunderbird, and the sales arm of It..
2017-08-10
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“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is about as close to a live-action cartoon as you’re likely to get this year — you know, the kind where someone blows a cannonball-shaped hole through..
In today’s roundup, NBC will air the documentary “Diana, 7 Days,” “Insecure’s” Jay Ellis lands a new series, and “Will & Grace” casts Ben Platt in a guest role SPECIA..
Netflix has renewed “GLOW” for Season 2, the streamer announced Thursday. The series is a fictionalized account of a real all-female wrestling TV show in the 1980’s. It focuses on ..
“The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” opens with the closest thing you’ve seen — at least, in an animated movie aimed at five-year-olds — to a nut orgy. We’re in the basement of Nibbler..
Not only did the coming-of-age tale set in Southern California launch the careers of director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe, the comedy catapulted Sean Penn, Jennifer Jas..
Another week, another boxing drama. Is there some sort of secret union requirement that stipulates that every male actor must at some stage play a plucky outsider or a washed-up pr..
In the fifth episode of the FX limited series “Feud,” aptly titled “And the Winner Is … (The Oscars of 1963),” bitter rivals Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan Sa..
Marvel has long been established as an action-adventure brand in television and film. But pure comedy is a genre that the studio rarely plays in. One of its few efforts in the spac..
For a drama about a childhood filled with hunger, homelessness and poverty, the red carpet at the Wednesday night New York screening of “The Glass Castle” was a really happy one, w..
If anyone who wonders if television really is a reflection of modern-day society should consider this year’s lead actress nominees. While real-life women organize marches, defy par..
On movie sets, rooms in houses are often built in the traditional three-wall style, their layouts arranged according to space on the soundstage rather than architectural realism. B..
Casting director Carmen Cuba boasts a great set of credits, including “The Martian,” “Magic Mike” and “The Knick.” One of her specialties is casting the right children — as she did..
In 1974, Lily Tomlin was nominated for two Emmy Awards for her CBS variety special entitled “Lily” — variety special itself, as well as writing for a variety special. Though Tomlin..
The clash between pragmatism and idealism turns acute in Annemarie Jacir’s father-son drama “Wajib,” an intimate, well-played disquisition on what it means to be a Palestinian abro..
2017-08-09
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While details on Ahmed’s role have not yet been revealed, sources say that he’ll be playing a popular Marvel Comics character. Sony had no comment on the casting. Sony has already ..
Glen Campbell had no better booster in his final decade than producer Julian Raymond, who helmed three late-career comeback albums for the legend before producing and co-writing “I..
If we are in the midst of the movie business’ summer of hell, one starring a demon-possessed doll might as well top the charts. That appears to be the case for Warner Bros. and New..
Adam Robitel is directing the movie, and Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur are producing via Original Films. The film — in in the vein of David Fincher’s “The Game,” starring Michael Doug..
Robert Pattinson is earning rave reviews for his intense and electrifying performance in A24’s crime thriller, “Good Time.” Under the helm of directors and brothers Josh and Benny ..
The 2016 sci-fi film “Passengers” might have boasted two of the biggest stars on the planet — Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt — but that doesn’t mean it was immune to criticism. ..
Katie Holmes apparently believes in the power of positive thinking. The former “Dawson’s Creek” star will appear in a feature film adaptation of “The Secret,” the self-help book th..
Adam Aron sounded exhausted. The AMC Entertainment CEO had suffered a bruising week, watching the exhibition company he leads lose 27% of its value in a matter of hours after ..
In the early days of David Madden’s career, his office was a film set. He got his start with a Lifetime TV movie he wrote and directed, entitled “A Part of the Family,” before movi..
Much like book covers, it can be tempting to judge a television series by its main title design — those evocative and increasingly imagery-driven sequences designed to convey every..
LOCARNO, Switzerland —  We Ra Aung’s “One Summer Day” proved one of the biggest winners at this year’s Locarno Open Doors co-production platform, Open Doors Hub, where it shar..
All four have sizable online followings, and Lionsgate is banking on that collective fanbase to provide ongoing promotion for the project — the latest in the “influencer driven” mo..
“Pawn Sacrifice” will launch on Amazon’s U.K. Prime Video on August 13, the first time the streaming service has had a movie day and date with its theatrical release in the country..
Lionsgate has taken the U.K. rights to “Fred,” a new feature documentary about notorious London gangster, and one-time Kray twins associate, Freddie Foreman. Salon Pictures (“Churc..
LOCARNO, Switzerland — “Let the Corpses Tan,” “Iceman,” “Winter Brothers” and “Lucky” led biz or buzz as Locarno headed towards its final straits on Wednesday morning, with, of new..
In a surprise victory, cinematographer John Bailey has been elected the 36th president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that annually presents t..
The thing you want from a documentary about his holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the chance to get right up close to him, in the way that movies can do. You want the chance to bask ..