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PopPolitics: Feras Fayyad Counters Russian Effort to Discredit ‘Last Men in Aleppo’ (Listen)

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 10 min ago
WASHINGTON — Feras Fayyad, the director of the documentary “Last Men in Aleppo,” says that a Russian media effort to discredit the movie isn’t only aimed at undermining its Oscar chances and the freedom of filmmakers. “It is about bigger than me as a director,” he tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “It is about banning […]

Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Feb. 26, 2018

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 2 min ago
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV. Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “Atlanta” returns for its much-anticipated second season and the Academy Awards will crown […]

‘Black Panther’ Powers Past $300 Million at International Box Office

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 6 min ago
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” has grossed an impressive $83.8 million in its second weekend in about 83% of international markets, lifting the superhero tentpole to $304 million overseas. “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman as the king of a fictional African nation, now has a worldwide total of $704 million through Sunday — making it the 10th […]

Berlin Film Review: ‘America: Land of the Freeks’

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 33 min ago
Ulli Lommel, director and MC of the gonzo mockumentary “America: Land of the Freeks,” is the sort of scurrilous Euro art scavenger you’d be happy to see a real documentary about. Born in Germany in 1944, he started off as an actor, becoming part of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s mutating stock company (he was the Godardian […]

TV Ratings: Winter Olympics Hit Back-to-Back Lows in Final Days

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 25 min ago
The closing days of the 2018 Winter Olympics saw steep declines in the Nielsen ratings. Friday night’s primetime coverage of the Games from Pyeongchang, South Korea, drew a combined 9.2 rating in metered market households on NBC and NBC Sports Network. That is down approximately 28 percent from the previous night’s coverage. That is also […]

How ‘Game of Thrones’ Has an Emotional Connection to ‘Shape of Water’

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 34 min ago
Fox Searchlight’s “The Shape of Water” defies all logic. Not many filmmakers could make audiences swoon and weep at the love story between a mute janitor and a fish-man. Also defying logic: The fact that those characters are related to Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and the Mother of Dragons. Vanessa Taylor, who wrote the “Shape” […]

Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Rules With $108 Million in Second Weekend

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 42 min ago
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther”is dominating the box office with an astounding $108 million at 4,020 North American locations — the second-highest second weekend ever behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman, has now grossed $400 million domestically in its first 10 days. Only “The Force Awakens” has reached that milestone faster. It’s […]

Guillermo del Toro to Open Cinema Named after Him at Guadalajara Fest (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 11 hours 49 min ago
Multi Oscar-nominated Guillermo del Toro is slated to open a new cinema named after him in Guadalajara, his hometown, on March 10, in an event which is likely to prove one of the festival’s highlights. “Hopefully, he’ll have a few Oscars in tow,” said Guadalajara Film Festival director Ivan Trujillo. The new cinema is one […]

Olympics: Offer of North Korea-U.S. Talks Points to Winter Games Peace Dividend

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 12 sec ago
North Korea may be willing to hold formal talks with the U.S., it emerged on Sunday night in South Korea, during the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games. The announcement came after Gen Kim Yong-chol met South Korean President Moon Jae-in ahead of the PyeongChang, closing event. It is not clear whether the U.S. […]

Berlin Film Review: ‘Lemonade’

Variety - Front Page - 14 hours 13 min ago
The old adage about making sour fruit into sweet refreshment is implicit in the title of Romanian writer-director Ioana Uricaru’s promising first feature “Lemonade.” Martha Stewart herself, however, would be stumped by the wizened, acrid lemons our hapless heroine is handed in this heart-pinching hard-luck story from America’s green card-seeking margins. Bearing the tersely empathetic, […]

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Win Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound Mixing

Variety - Front Page - 17 hours 49 min ago
Christopher Nolan’s World War II thriller “Dunkirk” walked away with top honors for sound mixing from the 54th annual Cinema Audio Society Saturday night, hosted by “The Daily Show” correspondent Michael Kosta. The film, which received eight Oscar nominations including best sound editing and best sound mixing, previously received the British Academy’s sound prize and an […]

‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘American Horror Story’ Lead Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild Winners

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 05:38
“Darkest Hour” led the way with film winners at the 2018 Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards with two prizes. “Pitch Perfect 3,” “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” and “I, Tonya” also received awards. For television, “American Horror Story: Cult” and promotional campaigns for the series combined for three wins, while “Big Little Lies,” […]

Doug Morris to Exit Sony Music in March

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 02/25/2018 - 01:18
Doug Morris, the only person to be the top executive at all three major music companies, has secured funding for a new label and will exit his post as non-executive chairman of Sony Music Entertainment in March, sources tell Variety, who add that the new venture is part of an unspecified partnership with Apple. A report […]

The 10 Best Films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 23:29
Critics Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Jessica Kiang selected some of their favorite films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, including titles from Wes Anderson, Alonso Ruizpalacios and Julien Faraut. “Isle of Dogs” After the non-events of “Nobody Wants the Night” and “Django” in the last two years, Berlin’s opening-night slot needed a shot in the […]

Legendary Bollywood Actress Sridevi Dies at 54

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 22:50
Sridevi Kapoor, best known by her mononym Sridevi and a major Bollywood star, died Saturday night in UAE of cardiac arrest. She was 54. Her brother-in-law confirmed the news to the Indian Express. Sridevi and her family were in the United Arab Emirates for a wedding, and she was reportedly with her husband, producer Boney […]

House Democrats Release Response to Nunes Memo on Russia Investigation

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 21:50
WASHINGTON — House Democrats released a response to an intelligence memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that refutes claims that the FBI’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian interests was tainted. The memo was released on Saturday with redactions after a White House review. At issue in Nunes’s memo was […]

Aubrey Plaza, NHMC President Call Out Under-Representation of Latinos at Impact Awards

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 21:03
National Hispanic Media Coalition president and CEO Alex Nogales took aim at movie studio executives Friday night, at his organization’s 21st Annual Impact Awards, an event recognizing the activism and screen work of prominent Hollywood Latinos and their allies. The annual black-tie gala comes just eight days before the 90th Annual Academy Awards, which have become […]

‘Notting Hill’ Actress Emma Chambers Dies at 53

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 20:21
British actress Emma Chambers, who was best known in the U.S. for her role as Honey Thacker in “Notting Hill,” has died of natural causes at the age of 53. Her agent confirmed the news to the BBC. Chambers was best known in the U.K. for her role in “The Vicar of Dibley,” on which […]

Berlin Double Silver Bear Winner ‘The Heiresses’ Sells Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 19:43
Winner of best actress (Ana Brun) and Alfred Bauer Silver Bears at this year’s Berlinale competition, Paraguayan Marcelo Martinessi’s “Las Herederas” (The Heiresses”) has been sold by Luxbox to major distributors across the globe. The female-centric drama revolves around a middle-aged, once cosseted Paraguayan woman, Chela (Brun), who is forced to live on her own […]

Regina King Talks Heaviness of Role in ‘Seven Seconds’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 02/24/2018 - 18:36
The cast of “Seven Seconds” shared the difficulties that accompany tackling a story about the killing of a young, black man. At the premiere in Beverly Hills, Calif., star Regina King said the heavy emotions she displays in each of the 10 episodes was a challenge. “As an actor, having to carry that much grief […]
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