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China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Wins Fourth Weekend, Extends Total to $769 Million

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 15 min ago
“Wolf Warriors II” narrowly won its fourth weekend at the top of the Chinese box office ahead of a chasing pack of new release titles. After 25 days in theaters it has grossed $769 million. Data from local provider Ent Group, shows “Wolf Warriors II” briefly losing its top spot on Friday to “Paradox.” But... Read more »

PopPolitics: ‘Shot Caller’ Director on What’s Often Missed in Criminal Justice Debates (Listen)

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 20 min ago
WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Shot Caller,” the new movie from Ric Roman Waugh, is the story of a middle class professional (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) whose DUI accident leads to a prison term and a transformation into a hardened felon. Although the movie is an illuminating look at how incarceration leads to recidivism rather than rehabilitation, Waugh says... Read more »

Watch the Foo Fighters and Rick Astley Rickroll a Music Festival Crowd

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 36 min ago
While headlining the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo, the Foo Fighters refused to pass up a chance to bring an internet meme to life. After performing a number of their own hits on Sunday, Grohl and his bandmates invited none other than Rick Astley onstage to assist them with their next song. “We just learned... Read more »

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Usurps China’s ‘Wolf Warriors II’ at International Box Office

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 53 min ago
After three weekends on top of the international box office charts, “Wolf Warriors II” is taking a small step down. That’s because “Annabelle: Creation” has pulled a week two switcheroo. The latest entry in the “Conjuring Universe” is spending its second weekend of release on top of the international charts with $42 million from 56... Read more »

‘Carpool Karaoke’ Gets ‘Game of Thrones’ Intro for Episode Featuring Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 27 min ago
We now understand how all of the characters in “Game of Thrones” have been getting around Westeros so quickly this season … they’ve been using the carpool lane. Apple Music’s new series “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” released a special “Thrones”-inspired clip on Sunday in honor of this Tuesday’s upcoming episode featuring Maisie Williams and Sophie... Read more »

Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Comedic Icon’ Jerry Lewis: ‘One of the Greatest of All Time’

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 56 min ago
An outpouring of tributes and messages on social media and elsewhere followed the news that comedy king Jerry Lewis died on Sunday at age 91. Lewis was celebrated during his lifetime for starring in movies including “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon. Penn Jillette, of the comedy duo Penn... Read more »

Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 51 min ago
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later starred in “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died in Las Vegas. He was 91. The Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes reported that he died at his home at 9:15 a.m.... Read more »

Solar Eclipse: TV Aims to Capture Emotion Around Moon’s ‘Magical’ Moment

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 30 min ago
For TV news producers, delivering live coverage of Monday’s total solar eclipse will be akin to covering a celestial sporting event and a cross-country tailgate party at the same time. The challenge is to be sure to have maximum impact in the big moment — the estimated two minutes and change when parts of the... Read more »

Healthy Tomatoes? The Danger of Film Critics Speaking as One

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 30 min ago
Remember when film critics were obsolete? When we’d lost our swagger, our sway, our influence? When it seemed like the entire world had gone critic-proof, because we just didn’t matter anymore? It’s hard to pinpoint when, exactly, film critics attained Peak Irrelevance, but it’s starting to seem like an eon ago, because this summer a... Read more »

Joel Silver Sued Over Assistant’s Death in Bora Bora

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 48 min ago
Joel Silver, his company Silver Pictures, and its employee Martin Herold have all been named in a lawsuit regarding the death of Silver’s former personal assistant, Carmel Musgrove. The suit, filed by Musgrove’s estate and parents, is suing all three parties for wrongful death. Musgrove was found dead at age 28 on a beach in Bora Bora during... Read more »

Bill Nye Q&A: Solar Eclipse Offers Chance to ‘Appreciate the Cosmos’

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 49 min ago
“We’ll be going wild,” Bill Nye says of his plan for experiencing Monday’s total solar eclipse from a prime viewing spot at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Neb. Nye became the face of science education in the U.S. thanks to his 1990s run as the host of PBS’ “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” He returned... Read more »

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Nabs No. 1, ‘Logan Lucky’ Misfires

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 5 min ago
Without a superhero movie or new studio sequel in play, this weekend provided an opening for two smaller films to shine. But as the weekend draws to a close, one is beaming brighter than the other. That title goes to Lionsgate’s R-rated action comedy “Hitman’s Bodyguard,” which is firing off to $21.6 million during its... Read more »

SANFIC: Andrés Lubert Gets Personal About His Chilean Dictatorship-Era Doc, ‘The Color of the Chameleon’

Variety - Front Page - 16 hours 40 min ago
SANTIAGO DE CHILE –Today Jorge Lubert is a camera-man and journalist who has been to some of the most dangerous places in the world to cover human rights issues. It’s not the career path that Pinochet’s fascist regime had in mind when they kidnapped, tortured, and brainwashed him when he was only 21 years old.... Read more »

SANFIC: Juan Pablo Tercenier Explains Why Making ‘Sapo’ Was Inevitable

Variety - Front Page - 16 hours 40 min ago
SANTIAGO DE CHILE — “Sapo”, translated to English, literally means “Toad.” In Chile the term is used to refer to private civilians who secretly worked with the country’s fascist government from outside during Pinochet’s dictatorship. In English we might use the title “rat.” The film is a back and forth journey through the life of... Read more »

Dick Gregory: Fans Hail Comedian, Activist for ‘Fighting the Good Fight’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 03:58
Tributes were quick to pour in Saturday night for Dick Gregory, the groundbreaking comedian and civil rights activist who died in Washington, D.C. at the age of 84. Friends and fans hailed Gregory’s legacy as a social justice warrior who turned his focus to the movement rather than his comedy career after he endured the... Read more »

Musicians’ Union Members Stage Free Concert to Bring Scoring Jobs Back to L.A.

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 03:26
As part of an ongoing effort to return scoring jobs to California, some 150 music professionals supporting Los Angeles musician unions gathered on Saturday (Aug. 19) at Los Angeles City Hall for a free concert. They included members of Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians, SAG-AFTRA and IATSE; and other music groups including... Read more »

Dick Gregory, Groundbreaking Comedian and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 84

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 02:43
Dick Gregory, the pioneering standup comedian and civil rights activist who made his advocacy work a key component of his on-stage persona, died Saturday night in Washington, D.C. He was 84. Gregory’s death was confirmed by his family in an Instagram post. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for... Read more »

Viennale Taps Franz Schwartz as Interim Artistic Director, Following Passing of Hans Hurch

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 23:59
The Viennale has appointed Franz Schwartz as interim artistic director, following the death of Hans Hurch. The plan of how to carry on with this year’s festival, scheduled to run from Oct. 19-Nov. 2, was announced on Thursday, as colleagues and friends gathered for the funeral of the Austrian film festival’s longtime leader. Hurch, who... Read more »

Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:38
HAUGESUND, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the... Read more »

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Repudiates Election Fraud Claim

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 18:28
With the SAG-AFTRA election coming to a close, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris has denied an assertion of election fraud by her opponents. The controversy has arisen in the wake of a recent campaign claim by Carteris and her allies that presidential candidate Esai Morales had been negligent in his role as first VP of the... Read more »
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