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Korea Box Office: ‘Taxi Driver’ Revs up Third Biggest Opening of All Time

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 07:50
Opening on Wednesday, “A Taxi Driver” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. With top Korean actor Song Kang-ho and German star Thomas Kretschmann, the Showbox release earned $30.7 million from 4.36 million admissions over five days. That is the third highest opening score of all time, behind “Roaring Currents” and “Train to... Read more »

Locarno: ‘Good Manners’ Creators on Latino Genre, Walt Disney, Fairy Tales

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 06:10
LOCARNO, Switzerland — Grounded in an only-half fantasy Sao Paulo of Pharaonic high-rises tower rearing into the sky, gigantic malls and aseptic homes, but awash with the palette of fantasy, Locarno International Competition player “Good Manners” is a step-up in production values and ambition for Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, co-directors of Cannes Un Certain... Read more »

Pimpaka Towira Appointed Program Director at Singapore Festival

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 05:01
Well-known Thai director and producer, Pimpaka Towira has been appointed as program director of the Singapore International Film Festival. She replaces Zhang Wenjie, who stepped down at the end of last year. As well as making films “Mae Nak” and “One Night Husband,” Towira has previous experience of organizing film festivals. She was program director... Read more »

New Technology Strikes Right Chord in SIGGRAPH 2017’s Animated Best in Show Winner ‘Song of a Toad’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 04:18
After more than three years of work that carried on after he graduated from Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg Animationinstitut in Germany, director Kariem Saleh now has a chance for Oscar consideration after his animated short, “Song of a Toad,” was named Best in Show at SIGGRAPH 2017. The innovative film tells the tale of a troubled man... Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: Daenerys Must Make a Drastic Choice

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 01:57
SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen “Game of Thrones” Season 7 Episode 4, titled “The Spoils of War” This week’s “Game of Thrones” begins at at Highgarden, with the Lannister army marching off with wagon-loads of gold taken from the Tyrells. Bronn reminds Jamie that he still owes him a... Read more »

Journey’s Neal Schon Blasts Bandmates for Meeting With Trump

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 01:35
Just about every classic rock band split has its so-called Yoko — that is, the outside figure some fans claim got between the principals and “broke up the band.” In the case of Journey, could that “Yoko” turn out to be… Donald Trump? Journey hasn’t broken up yet, but a steady stream of social-media commentary... Read more »

No Cynicism Allowed: ABC Banks on Family Comedies With Multigenerational Appeal

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:51
ABC is going against the prevailing winds in TV and making a big bet on family values. The network is banking on the strength of its comedy roster this fall by expanding its Tuesday sitcom block from one to two hours. The clutch of family-centric laffers that will air from 8-10 p.m. on Tuesday and... Read more »

China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Earns $161 Million, Becomes Second Biggest Film of All Time

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:50
The China box office was dominated for the second week by the outstanding performance of “Wolf Warriors II.” The patriotic action sequel earned $161 million in its second weekend of release. The film played 120,000 sessions on Friday and earned $39.7 million. On Saturday and Sunday it expanded to 140,000 screenings per day and increased... Read more »

Marvel’s Jeph Loeb Counters ‘Inhumans’ Criticism

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 00:00
Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb defended the studio’s upcoming series “Inhumans” Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour against assertions that the show’s premiere episode does not match the quality of previous Marvel efforts. “I can tell you that it was written on the material that you were given that the show that... Read more »

‘Wacken: Open Air,’ World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Festival, Pays Tribute to Motorhead’s Lemmy: Watch

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 23:56
Wacken: Open Air, the German heavy metal festival, thought to be the biggest in the world, paid tribute to late Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, who died in Dec. 2015, with an equally massive singalong on Aug. 5. The gathering of 70,000, held in a small farming village 50 miles from Hamburg and founded in 1990... Read more »

Adele Hosts ‘Despicable Me 3’ Private Screening for Grenfell Tower Survivors

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 22:56
Adele has been busy raising money for the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, but now she’s also raising spirits for her fellow Londoners. The Grammy-winning singer held a private screening of the film “Despicable Me 3” for some of the tragedy’s younger survivors and their families just before the weekend. According to a source... Read more »

3 Reasons Why Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’ Underperformed at the Box Office

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 22:21
What happened to “Detroit”? Annapurna’s first major distribution effort got off to a strong start in limited release. But Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s latest collaboration collapsed during its expansion — “Detroit” is only expected to take in $7.3 million this weekend, below original estimates. “We wish more people would have showed,” Annapurna’s distribution head Erik... Read more »

Locarno Film Review: ‘What Happened To Monday?’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 22:14
There is no strobe lighting in Tommy Wirkola’s new sci-fi film, which debuts soon on Netflix, but epileptics triggered by rhythmic, dazzling flashes of blinding stupidity should consider themselves warned away from “What Happened To Monday?” Max Botkin’s original script for this preposterous dystopian tale landed on the 2010 Black List, underwent a gender swap,... Read more »

Film Review: ‘The Glass Castle’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 22:00
You know that feeling that comes when a well-told biopic reaches the end and you finally see photos of the real-life figures behind the characters, where you can’t help but marvel at how thoroughly the actors seem to have absorbed the people they’re playing? “The Glass Castle” wraps with one of those slideshows, except this... Read more »

‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 7: Curse Personalities, Cinderella, and a New ‘Epic Romance’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 21:18
When “Once Upon a Time” returns to ABC this fall, the fairytale drama is going to look very different. At the end of the sixth season, series stars Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jared Gilmore, and Emilie de Ravin all exited, paving the way for new cast and characters. “We were coming from ‘Lost’ so... Read more »

PopPolitics: PBS President Paula Kerger on Why Rural Stations Will Be Hit Hardest by Threatened Public TV Cuts (Listen)

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 19:40
Paula Kerger, the president of PBS, says that if federal funding for public broadcasting is eliminated, stations in rural parts of the country will be the hardest hit. On the latest edition of Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM, Kerger says that about 80 stations “would be especially vulnerable.” “Those stations would not exist,” she states. “There... Read more »

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: James Gunn Shares Retro ‘Inferno’ Music Video (Watch)

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 19:15
James Gunn has released yet another piece of retro-inspired filmmaking just three months after launching the summer box office hit, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” No, it’s not a first look at the third movie. Instead, the director treated fans to a music video on Sunday for the disco track “Inferno” by the Sneepers... Read more »

Johnny Galecki in Talks to Join ‘Roseanne’ Revival

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 19:14
Johnny Galecki is in talks to reprise his role as David Healy on ABC’s upcoming revival of “Roseanne.” “Those conversations are still in progress,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour. Galecki is entering his 11th season as star on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” Original stars Roseanne... Read more »

China’s ‘Wolf Warriors 2’ Dominates International Box Office With $163 Million

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 19:11
Chinese action film “Wolf Warriors 2” continues to dominate the international box office. The sequel to 2015’s “Wolf Warriors” — directed by Wu Jing and starring Jing, Celina Jade, Frank Grillo, and Hans Zhang — is hitting in a big way, taking in an additional $163 million this weekend. That raises its international cume to... Read more »

Locarno: Estonia’s ‘Portugal’ Wins Top First Look Prize

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 18:59
LOCARNO, Switzerland —  Making good on its buzz coming into Locarno, “Portugal,” the debut film feature of renowned Estonian playwright Laurie Lagle, took the top First Look prize on Sunday at Locarno’s Festival, as Locarno’s three day pix-in-post showcase, focusing this year on Baltic Cinema, came to an end. “Portugal’s” prize, Euros 65,000 ($76,560) in... Read more »
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