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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Tops International Box Office With China Debut

Variety - Front Page - 54 min 9 sec ago
Spy spoof “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” has led the international box office with $48.7 million this weekend — most of that coming from an impressive $40.3 million launch in China. Fox’s sequel to 2015’s “Kingsman: The Secret Service” is playing in 62 markets abroad and has now topped $250 million worldwide, including $35 million in […]

Why Bria Vinaite, as a Loving Mother From Hell, Is the ‘The Florida Project’s’ Not-So-Secret Weapon

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 54 min ago
It’s this year’s little indie movie that could. In the last two weeks, audiences have gotten the chance to experience “The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s raw, funny, lyrical, heart-wrenching drama about a little girl and her punk-rebel-slattern mother living in a lavender-walled Orlando motel along a tourist strip on the outskirts of Disney World. Anyone […]

Dozens of Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 29 min ago
Oscar-nominated writer-director James Toback has been accused of sexually harassing at least 38 women stemming back to at least the 1980s. A Los Angeles Times report explains that while some of the women were looking for work in the entertainment industry at the time of the alleged incidents, others were simply women Toback approached. 31 […]

Bob Hawkins, Longtime Variety Journalist in Italy, Dies at 93

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 49 min ago
Bob Hawkins, who spent more than 50 years at Variety, writing film reviews, covering film festivals, and oversreeing Variety‘s Rome office, died Oct. 14 in Rome. He was 93. Hawkins was one of the first photographers to cover the Cannes Film Festival. He explained in the Variety book “Cannes: Fifty Years of Sun, Sex & Celluloid” […]

PopPolitics: Sean Baker on What ‘The Florida Project’ Says About the ‘Hidden Homeless’ (Listen)

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 32 min ago
WASHINGTON — “The Florida Project,” now in limited release, centers on 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Kimberly Prince) who lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in an motel on the outskirts of Walt Disney World, two of a number of what director Sean Baker calls “the hidden homeless.” But even though Baker uses documentary techniques to […]

Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Tops Downbeat Weekend With $21.7 Million

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 12 min ago
Tyler Perry has prevented a disaster at the box office with the opening of Lionsgate’s comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scaring up a solid $21.7 million at 2,388 North American locations. That was pretty much the limit of good news at the nation’s multiplexes, where moviegoers gave limited support to a quartet of […]

‘Dirk Gently’ Star Samuel Barnett on High Fantasy and Season 2

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 51 min ago
Following a very weird debut season, BBC America’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” returned last week. While season two, based on the novels by the late Douglas Adams, promises to be just as strange as its predecessor, it marks a significant change for the Max Landis-exeutive produced drama. Whereas the first season dealt with classic […]

Antalya Festival: Aida Begic on ‘Never Leave Me,’ Shooting Movies with Kids

Variety - Front Page - 14 hours 18 min ago
ANTALYA, Turkey — Aida Begic spent months working with aid groups and displaced Syrian families and orphans in preparing her portrait of the refugee crisis, as seen from the eyes of children in “Never Leave Me.” The subject is well-known to the Bosnian survivor of the Balkan War, whose films often focus on the youngest […]

Antalya Festival Opens with Walken, Syrian Refugee Crisis-themed ‘Never Leave Me’

Variety - Front Page - 14 hours 37 min ago
ANTALYA, Turkey — Turkey’s newly reformatted Antalya fest launched Saturday in the coastal resort town under balmy skies, striking a hopeful note in a region beset by crises. Opening with a stirring look at children caught up in the Syrian refugee exodus, Aida Begic’s “Never Leave Me,” the gala for the fest’s 54th edition hosted […]

‘Summer 1993’s’ Carla Simón Talks About, Summer, Kids, Oscars

Variety - Front Page - 14 hours 56 min ago
BARCELONA  — A coming-of-age told from the perspective of a six-year-old orphan who is forced to live with her aunt and uncle, “Summer 1993” is the first feature of Barcelona-based Carla Simón. Received by critics as a luminous, moving –but never sentimental– debut – Variety called it a “delicate sleeper” – that represents Spain in the […]

Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Kivilcim Akay, Director ‘I am Also Here’

Variety - Front Page - 15 hours 2 min ago
Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice. Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who […]

Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Su Baloglu, Producer ‘The Island’

Variety - Front Page - 15 hours 6 min ago
Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice. Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who […]

Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Ender Ozkahraman, Director ‘Ugly Duckling’

Variety - Front Page - 15 hours 11 min ago
Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice. Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who […]

Turkish Cinema: The New Generation – Andac Haznedaroglu, Director ‘The Guest’

Variety - Front Page - 15 hours 16 min ago
Turkish cinema has become a regular fixture on the international festival circuit these days, represented most recently by first time features, such as Ceylon Ozcelik’s media censorship-themed “Inflame,” which bowed this year in Berlin, and Emre Yeksan’s dystopian drama “The Gulf” which launched from Venice. Variety has profiled several other directors, writers and producers who […]

Pixar’s ‘Coco’ Moves Morelia to Tears

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 04:02
MORELIA, Mexico – “Coco” took six longer-than-average years to make, but its directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina and producer Darla Anderson were finally rewarded for their efforts when they stepped out at the Day of the Dead-themed toon’s world premiere at the 15th Morelia International Film Fest Friday night. “It was lovely,” said Unkrich, […]

Al Gore Addresses Trump’s Climate Stance at Morelia: ‘I Thought There Was a Chance He Would Come to His Senses’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 03:00
There is never a shortage of celebrity in Morelia. The festival attracts the best and brightest from Mexico, Latin America and indeed the rest of the world. But it’s something special when the festival gets to play host to a guest as unique and influential as a former Vice President of the United States like […]

Hollywood Teamsters, IATSE Condemn Sexual Harassment in Entertainment Industry

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 22:48
The top below-the-line unions have issued strong statements condemning sexual harassment, joining the creative guilds in the latest response to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. The Hollywood Teamsters union and the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees published the statements on their web sites two weeks after the Oct. 5 disclosure in a New […]

Twiggy Ramirez, Marilyn Manson Bassist, Accused of Rape

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 22:29
Longtime bassist for Marilyn Manson Twiggy Ramirez (born Jeordie White) has been accused of rape by Jessicka Addams, lead singer in the band Jack Off Jill. Addams detailed the alleged assault in a lengthy Facebook post, writing that she and Ramirez entered into a relationship in the ’90s — when she was 18 — that […]

Disney-ABC TV Chief Ben Sherwood on Weinstein’s Victims, Shonda Rhimes’ Exit

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 22:21
Disney-ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood on Saturday commended the victims of alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein and other entertainment-industry power players who have shared their stories in recent weeks. “The women who have come forward so far have shown great bravery and should be supported,” Sherwood said Saturday at USC’s […]

Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes Still Loom Over Fox’s Business (Analysis)

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 21:40
Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes haven’t worked for 21st Century Fox in months. Indeed, Ailes, who built and led the company’s financial engine, Fox News, passed away earlier this year. But their shadows continue to hover over some of the corporation’s most critical business efforts. A Saturday report in The New York Times revealed executives […]
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