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Foo Fighters Reschedule Kentucky Show Due to Family Emergency

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 21:15
The Foo Fights have canceled a show scheduled for Saturday night in Lexington, Ky. due to an unspecified family emergency. Variety has reached out for further details. “The band sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and looks forward to returning to rock Lexington in May,” the announcement reads. The announcement also detailed that the show, set for […]

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s ‘Bright Star’ Rises at the Ahmanson

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 20:54
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell are excited to bring their musical, “Bright Star,” to the West Coast years after it opened at San Diego’s Old Globe Playhouse. At Friday’s opening at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson, Martin said the tuner has gone through so many versions he wants to know what those who saw the original […]

Gay Actors Talk Sexual Harassment at GLSEN Awards: ‘It Definitely Happens’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 20:40
GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) held its annual Respect Awards in the ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire on Friday night, where the Harvey Weinstein scandal prompted many out gay actors to speak openly about inappropriate behavior they had experienced with Hollywood power players. For some actors, the red carpet was almost like a […]

Directors Guild Begins Expulsion Process Against Harvey Weinstein

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 20:24
The Directors Guild of America has launched disciplinary proceedings against disgraced ex-mogul Harvey Weinstein, which could lead his expulsion. The move was announced Saturday afternoon by DGA President Thomas Schlamme following a national board meeting in New York City. “The DGA has a long-standing practice of not commenting on internal union matters, but has decided […]

Angelina Jolie Talks ‘The Breadwinner’ at AIF Fest: Women’s Rights ‘Remains a Central Burning Issue’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:09
The inaugural Animation is Film Festival supplied a family night of fun and culture on Friday at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood. Among the guests to arrive at the opening night and U.S. premiere of “The Breadwinner” was producer Angelina Jolie, with children Shiloh and Zahara in tow. Before the screening of the fest’s first […]

Josh Brolin Mourns ‘Deadpool 2’ Stuntwoman’s Death: It Was an ‘Absolute Freak Accident’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:53
Josh Brolin spoke about the death of stuntwoman Joi “S.J.” Harris while working on “Deadpool 2” in an interview Saturday after the film wrapped shooting. “We had somebody pass away on ‘Deadpool 2’ and it was an absolute freak accident,” Brolin told The Associated Press in an interview about his new film “Only the Brave.” Harris […]

21st Century Fox Defends Renewing Bill O’Reilly Contract Despite New Sexual Harassment Settlement

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:27
21st Century Fox was back on the defensive Saturday after the New York Times revealed a new sexual harassment settlement involving former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly that was set just a month before the company signed O’Reilly to a lucrative new contract. O’Reilly was fired by Fox News in April following the Times’ report […]

Quebec Radio Star and Producer On Leave Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:08
Quebec producer Éric Salvail put his career on indefinite hiatus Thursday, after apologizing and admitting that he has committed sexual misconduct against numerous employees at his production company and others he’s worked with. While not charged with anything criminal, Salvail has been accused by eleven men and women of workplace harassment, including making persistent sexual propositions, […]

Film Review: ‘Surviving Peace’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:51
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a morass, but that doesn’t mean a documentary about it can afford to be. It shouldn’t oversimplify, but it should shine a light through the darkness, which is what several key documentaries out of Israel have recently done. “The Gatekeepers” offered the startling vision of six former leaders of the Shin […]

Gibson Guitars Vacating Memphis Factory for Smaller Plant

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:00
After 18 years in its Memphis location, Gibson Brands, the 115-year-old guitar maker, is relocating its 127,000-square-foot factory and showroom to a smaller facility in the city. The complex, set on six acres  across from the 18,000-seat Fedex Forum venue., is expected to fetch $17 million. The sale is still 18 to 24 months away. […]

Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2!’ Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of ‘Geostorm’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 14:57
Tyler Perry’s most recent installment in the “Madea” franchise, “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” is likely to dominate one of the most torpid October weekends yet with $21 million at 2,388 North American locations — nearly double the next highest projected intake from “Geostorm.” “Boo 2,” from Lionsgate, received an A- CinemaScore and should bring […]

Tony Zierra to Follow up ‘Filmworker’ with New Stanley Kubrick Doc about ‘Eyes Wide Shut’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 11:19
LYON  — Tony Zierra, the director of this year’s critically acclaimed Cannes screener “Filmworker” – about Leon Vitali, who served for decades as Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man – is working on a followup Kubrick documentary about the making of the 1999 drama “Eyes Wide Shut,” starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Zierra was in Lyon […]

William Friedkin on the Power of Film, Capital Punishment and his Recklessness on ‘The French Connection’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 10:30
LYON  — Director William Friedkin, maker of “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist,” in Lyon for a showcase of his work, proved his storytelling prowess at a master class on Thursday as he captivated the audience with anecdotes of his illustrious career. Particularly moving was the account of his first work, the 1962 documentary “The […]

Wong Kar-wai Honored in Lyon, Talks Early Influences, Bruce Lee, Hong Kong Handover and Bigger Canvas for ‘Grandmaster’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 07:24
LYON  — The Lumière Festival honored Wong Kar-wai with the Lumière Award on Friday following a wide-ranging discussion between the Chinese filmmaker and festival director Thierry Frémaux about his life and career. Asked about his early influences during the master class, held in front of a packed house at the majestic Théâtre des Célestins ahead […]

Film Review: ‘Same Kind of Different as Me’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 06:56
In 1998, millionaire art dealer Ron Hall, a Fort Worth father of two and an adulterer, promised he’d do anything to win back his wife Debbie, a “girl with a heart so big that all of Texas couldn’t hold it.” Debbie gave him a challenge: help her feed the homeless at Fort Worth’s Union Gospel […]

Busan: Korea’s ‘After My Death,’ Iran’s ‘Blockage’ Win Competition

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 05:40
Films from South Korea and Iran were announced Saturday as joint winners of the Busan Film Festival’s main competition section. Kim Ui-seok’s “After My Death” and Mohsen Gharaei’s “Blockage” won the New Currents competition which focuses on first and second features by filmmakers from Asia. “My Death” is critique of the world where reason and […]

Film Review: Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 03:00
Conceived as a vibrant celebration of Mexican culture, writer-director Lee Unkrich’s “Coco” is the 19th feature from Pixar Animation Studios and the first to seriously deal with the deficit of nonwhite characters in its films — so far limited to super-sidekick Frozone in “The Incredibles,” tagalong Russell in “Up” and Mindy Kaling’s green-skinned Disgust in “Inside […]

Film News Roundup: Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions Backs Oliver Sacks Documentary

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 01:31
In today’s film news roundup, Paul Allen comes on board an Oliver Sacks documentary, the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival unveils its lineup, and animation veteran Teresa Cheng gets a USC post. DOCUMENTARY BACKING Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions is backing the documentary “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” in partnership with Steeplechase Films, American […]

Harvey Weinstein Fallout: Entertainment Figures Accused of Sexual Harassment

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 00:57
The Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal has rocked the world of Hollywood to its core. Allegations by more than 50 women have brought to light decades of sexual harassment, abuse and rape, by Weinstein. Beyond Weinstein, entertainment and media companies are taking allegations of sexual harassment and assault extremely seriously. Here is a list of the […]

RuPaul Reveals the Queens Competing in ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ Season 3

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 00:40
The contestants for the upcoming third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” were announced Friday by Emmy Award winning host RuPaul. Returning queens Aja, BenDeLaCreme, Chi Chi DeVayne, Kennedy Davenport, Milk, Morgan McMichaels, Shangela, Thorgy Thor and Trixie Mattel will take the runway once again to battle for the crown and a place in […]
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