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Slamdance Kicks Off, Prepares to Debut Its Russo Brothers Fellowship

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 28 min ago
The 2018 Slamdance Film Festival runs Jan. 19-25 in Utah with 10 narrative films and eight documentaries being showcased, nine of which are world premieres, and with work originating from America, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany and the Netherlands. This is the 24th annual celebration of first-time filmmakers and their passion projects, with the […]

Zach Braff and Alan Cumming to be Honored at 2018 SCAD aTVfest

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 32 min ago
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announced the lineup and honorees for the sixth annual SCAD aTVfest. Actors Zach Braff and Alan Cumming have been selected as honorees at this year’s festival. Braff, best known for his role on “Scrubs” for which he received a Primetime Emmy nomination and several Golden Globe […]

PGA Honorees Sound Off on Risk, Reward and Storytelling

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 57 min ago
Ava DuVernay, Ryan Murphy, and Charles Roven will all be honored at the Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20. Ava DuVernay Visionary Award DuVernay, the guild’s Visionary Award honoree, first picked up a movie camera 13 years ago. She was 32. Since then the L.A. native has completed three narrative features, with the fourth on […]

French Cinema Box Office Overseas Rebounds in 2017

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 58 min ago
PARIS — Fulfilling expectations, after the softest year in a decade in 2016, French film exports bounced back in 2017, with box office for French films outside France near doubling the year before, as French cinema fired on its increasingly well-established three cylinders: a Luc Besson English-language actioner, animation, and comedy. Provisional box office for […]

Logan Lerman in Talks to Play Dan Rather in JFK Drama ‘Newsflash’

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 7 min ago
Logan Lerman is in negotiations to play newscaster Dan Rather in “Newsflash,” centered on CBS’ coverage of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. If the deal goes through, Lerman will portray Rather as a co-worker of Walter Cronkite in the movie. Rather had joined CBS in 1962 and had been appointed chief of […]

‘Get Out’ Channeled the Changing Zeitgeist in Exposing Racial Unease

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 12 min ago
“Get Out,” a PGA film nominee and recipient of this year’s Stanley Kramer award, immediately struck a chord with critics and moviegoers when it debuted early last year. Jordan Peele’s horror satire managed to capture the zeitgeist and puncture the notion of a post-racial society once and for all. His achievement is even more noteworthy […]

Ana Gasteyer on Moving From the Groundlings Troupe to ‘Saturday Night Live’

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 26 min ago
After getting her start training with the Los Angeles improv-sketch group the Groundlings in the ’90s, Ana Gasteyer booked guest roles on quintessential sitcoms of the decade, including “Seinfeld” (in the infamous 1995 episode “The Soup Nazi”), “Mad About You” and “Just Shoot Me!” In 1996, she joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live,” creating […]

Donna Langley on Universal Success and the ‘Fate of the Movie Gods’

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 27 min ago
Universal keeps outdoing itself under Donna Langley’s watch. Last year was its most profitable yet, boasting tentpole successes including “Despicable Me 3” and “The Fate of the Furious,” as well as such breakout hits as “Get Out” and “Girls Trip.” Its first quarter was its best ever, setting the momentum for the rest of 2017. […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Generation Wealth’

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 37 min ago
Lauren Greenfield is on to something. The sociographic photo-essayist best known to moviegoers for her documentary portraits “Thin” and “The Queen of Versailles” has spent a quarter-century chronicling excess in all its forms: luxury living, hyper-consumerism, substance abuse, plastic surgery, child beauty pageants, spoiled celebrity kids, strippers, escorts, and trophy wives. With “Generation Wealth” — […]

5 Burning Questions About Sundance 2018

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 37 min ago
As Sundance 2018 kicks into high gear, it comes at a pivotal time for the movie industry. Independent films, for the most part, aren’t the box office darlings they used to be. Only a small handful of titles are able to break through at the box office each year (like “The Big Sick” or “Lady […]

France, Capital of Film, Provides 30% Rebate to Foreign Producers

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 41 min ago
France has been at the center of the film world ever since the Lumiere brothers invented moving pictures that could be viewed by an audience in the 1890s. The country’s celebrated cinema output over the years and its Cannes Film Festival have cemented that role. Today, France’s 30% Tax Rebate for International Production, or TRIP, […]

Producers Wade Into Uncharted Territory at Guild Awards

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 42 min ago
This year’s Producers Guild Awards has already made history, thanks to a record number of nominees for the coveted Darryl F. Zanuck movie award. For the first time, 11 films made the final ballot. The reason is prosaic — there was a tie during the nomination process — but the uncharted nature of the final […]

All Def Media Taps Brooke Goldstein as COO, Ups Chris Blackwell and Scott Weintrob

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 42 min ago
All Def Media, the media company focused on hip-hop and youth culture, announced the hiring of ad sales vet Brooke Goldstein as co-president and chief operating officer. The company also announced the promotions of Chris Blackwell to co-president and chief digital officer and Scott Weintrob to executive creative director. The management changes come after Sanjay Sharma […]

Trump May Shun NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game Interview (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 42 min ago
The Super Bowl has launched dozens of customs, ranging from the event’s eye-popping halftime show to the consumption of thousands of pounds of pizza, buffalo wings, and seven-layer dip. In 2018, however, one new tradition is in danger of being broken. The White House has at present, according to a person familiar with the matter, […]

How ‘Wonder’s’ Makeup Effects Artist Transformed Jacob Tremblay

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 57 min ago
Based on the New York Times best-seller, Lionsgate’s “Wonder” chronicles the story of Auggie Pullman, a boy born with facial differences who enters a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Jacob Tremblay — who blew audiences away in “Room” (2015) — stars as the 9-year-old with Treacher-Collins syndrome, which results in some bones and […]

Producers Guild of America Sets Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines

Variety - Front Page - 11 hours 12 min ago
The Producers Guild of America has issued its “Anti-Sexual Harassment Guidelines” to its 8,200 members in the wake of expelling Harvey Weinstein from its ranks. The guidelines, issued Friday on the day before the PGA’s awards show, are the initial recommendations from the PGA’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force, which was created last October after the […]

Natalie Portman on ‘Lady Bird’: ‘I’ve Wanted to See This Movie for the Past 20 Years’

Variety - Front Page - 11 hours 15 min ago
Two weeks after putting the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on notice for producing an all-male lineup of best director Golden Globe nominees, actress (and director in her own right) Natalie Portman sang the praises of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” in Hollywood Thursday night. “I just want to say, I’m so grateful for this movie,” the […]

As Trump Nears One-Year Mark, Shutdown Looks More Likely

Variety - Front Page - 11 hours 20 min ago
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump changed plans to stay in Washington on Friday, with the very real threat of a government shutdown at the stroke of midnight landing on the first anniversary of his inauguration. Republicans and Democrats spent much of the morning blaming each other for the possibility, as cable news networks displayed countdown […]

Remote Controlled: ‘Versace’ Star Darren Criss on Playing Andrew Cunanan, Plus ‘The Four’ Experts

Variety - Front Page - 11 hours 42 min ago
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with Darren Criss, who stars in the new installment of FX’s “American Crime Story” franchise, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace.” Criss says that he’d […]

Latin Music Venue The Conga Room Taps UTA for 20th Anniversary Initiatives

Variety - Front Page - 11 hours 42 min ago
The Conga Room, a full-service venue specializing in Latin music and cuisine, has tapped United Talent Agency (UTA) to develop initiatives and campaigns related to its 20th anniversary. UTA’s responsibilities will include creating content and developing strategic alliances. In addition, Conga Kids, a nonprofit which engages 6,000 fifth grade students through dance instruction (Salsa, Merengue, […]
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