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TV Ratings: ‘Will & Grace’ Tops Thursday Scripted Shows

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:52
“Will & Grace” was steady in its fourth week, ranking as the top-rated and most-watched scripted show of Thursday night according to Nielsen overnight data. Airing at 9 p.m. on NBC, “Will & Grace” averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.5 million total viewers, down only slightly from its airing last week (1.8, 6.7 […]

Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller ‘The Wolf Hour’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:50
Naomi Watts will star in the psychological thriller “The Wolf Hour.” Watts will portray a woman who was once a celebrated counter-culture figure who now lives alone in her Bronx apartment, having all but cut herself off from the outside world during the notorious “Summer of Sam” in 1977. As she retreats further into isolation, […]

‘Walking Dead’ Boss Greg Nicotero Says Zombies Will Win the Rick-Negan War

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:02
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you are not caught up on “The Walking Dead.” “The Walking Dead” Season 8 premiere and 100th episode promise the beginning of all-out war between Rick’s coalition and Negan’s Saviors, but series executive producer Greg Nicotero says that the walker will be the real winners of the battle. “One […]

‘Loving Vincent’ Breaks Out in Italy

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:59
Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s “Loving Vincent,” a Vincent van Gogh biopic using the painter’s hallmark impasto style, has broken out in Italy to a standout near $1.3 million on a three-day “event” run. In its latest festival berth, “Loving Vincent” closes the 54th Antalya Intl. Film Festival on Oct. 27. Bowing on Oct. 16, […]

Vox Media Editorial Director Lockhart Steele Fired For Sexual Harassment

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:52
Lockhart Steele, Vox Media’s editorial director and former CEO and founder of Curbed, has been fired for sexual harassment after allegations made by a former employee. “Lockhart Steele was terminated effective immediately,” CEO Jim Bankoff wrote in a memo to staff Thursday. “Lock admitted engaging in conduct that is inconsistent with our core values and […]

‘Spinal Tap’ Actors File Amended Complaint, Seek Ability to Reclaim Copyrights

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:35
Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner, the four co-creators of the band at the center of the 1984 “mockumentary” film “This is Spinal Tap,” have filed amendments to their ongoing lawsuit filed against Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Studiocanal for alleged underpayment of music royalties in the film, including adding UMG as […]

Academy Museum Gets Funding From Netflix, Charles Roven, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:32
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has received contributions from Netflix, Bloomberg Philanthropies, producer Charles Roven, and Tom Spiegel — bringing the delayed project to nearly 80% of its $388 million funding goal. The museum project has been beset by cost overruns and remains more than $78 million shy of its revised budget. The Academy Museum […]

Lumière Festival: Henri-Georges Clouzot, an Appreciation

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:20
Nobody is innocent. Nobody is guileless. Nobody is good. Welcome to the seamy, sardonic cinema of French director Henri-Georges Clouzot, whose retrospective at the Lumière 2017 Grand Lyon Film Festival lends a malevolent dark sparkle to a festival named after light. Part of the Cannes-launched “Year of Clouzot,” the selection comprises all 11 of his […]

‘Take My Nose…Please!’ Comedy Documentary Lands at the Orchard

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 13:00
Parvenu Ventures LLC has granted digital rights for North America for its comedy documentary film “Take My Nose… Please!” to the Orchard. The film is directed by the 89-year-old first-time filmmaker Joan Kron, former contributing editor at large of Allure Magazine for 25 years and former fashion reporter of the Wall Street Journal. It explores the […]

Song Review: Taylor Swift’s ‘Gorgeous’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:56
It appears the “old Taylor” can come to the phone after all. For anyone hoping for a more conventional Taylor Swift single from her forthcoming sixth album, “Reputation,” the third time’s the charm, as “Gorgeous” finally provides some of the conventional pleasures that only a pop song about falling deeply in crush can. Not that […]

Lumière’s International Classic Film Market Focuses on Heritage Films in Greece, Hungary, Latvia

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:43
LYON, France — Lyon’s International Classic Film Market brought into focus the opportunities and challenges of heritage film in Greece, Hungary and Latvia on Wednesday, presenting stark differences in the three territories. Greece’s heritage film sector, while a niche market, can be vibrant if handled correctly, according to Spyros Damianakis, managing director of Athen-based boutique […]

Off Broadway Review: Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Torch Song’ With Michael Urie

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:43
In “Torch Song,” an affectionate if ill-considered revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song Trilogy,” Michael Urie makes a brave but bizarre effort to channel the playwright’s own groundbreaking star performance as a lovelorn drag queen in Manhattan’s 1970s gay society.  Everyone fell in love with Fierstein when he played himself (a.k.a. protagonist Arnold Beckoff) in […]

China’s SARFT Head Calls Korean Film, TV Blockade an ‘Emotional Issue’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:05
Zhang Hongsen, head of China’s powerful media regulator, says that the country’s blockade against South Korean films and TV shows is an “emotional issue.” Zhang, deputy director of the State Administration of Press Publication Radio Film and Television (SAPPRFT), was speaking on Friday in Beijing on the sidelines of the Communist Party’s once-in-five-years National Party […]

Camerimage Film Festival Includes ‘Mother!,’ ‘Wonder Wheel’ and ‘Wonderstruck’ in Main Competition

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:00
Camerimage, the cinematography-focused film festival that opens in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Nov. 11, announced its main competition slate for the Golden Frog award, which recognizes cinematographers whose imagery contributes significantly to the way a story is told. The films include “mother!,” pictured above, directed by Darren Aronofsky and lensed by Matthew Libatique; Woody Allen’s “Wonder […]

Morelia: Locarno Industry Academy Ready for Third Mexican Installment

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:44
MORELIA — This year’s Locarno Festival, one of the oldest in the world having been founded the same year as Cannes, hosted one of its news initiatives, its fourth annual Industry Academy at its own festival. The initiative may be recent in its inception, but in reach it has grown rapidly having just this year […]

Red Arrow Entertainment Regroups Scandinavian Production Into Snowman Productions Denmark

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:28
Red Arrow Entertainment Group is set to regroup its Scandinavian production activities into Snowman Productions Denmark. Snowman Productions Denmark, which has been part of Red Arrow since 2011, produces entertainment and social experiment formats which have proved successful in their home market and around the world. As part of the reshuffle, Snowman’s Norwegian production outpost […]

Morelia: Five Projects Vie for Prizes at Pix-in-Post Program Impulso Morelia

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 09:21
MORELIA, Mexico  — Whether by mere coincidence or not, the Morelia Int’l Film Fest’s pix-in-post program Impulso Morelia (Oct. 23 – 25) features three feature-length projects that delve into issues of the indigenous communities of Mexico. Among them is fiction feature “La Negrada” by Jorge Pérez Solano, which plays almost like a docu, and is […]

Film Review: ‘The Fortress’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:29
It would be unfair, but not altogether inaccurate, to say audiences will undergo an ordeal only slightly less punishing that the one suffered by the folks on screen as they watch Hwang Dong-Hyuk’s “The Fortress,” a vividly detailed but exceedingly ponderous historical epic about the 17th-century invasion of Korea by an army of China’s Qing […]

Film Review: ‘Never Here’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:20
Though it drifts off into the ozone at the end, for most of its running time, “Never Here” is a low-key but effective psychological thriller which flirts with that looming issue of the social-media age: privacy, and the invasion thereof. But that theme is only a semi-developed starting point for a narrative that starts like […]

Busan: Hong Sang-soo Film Trio Set for U.S. Release

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:02
Specialty distributor, The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. rights to a trio of films by South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo. It acquired “The Day After,” “Claire’s Camera,” and “On the Beach at Night Alone,” which were represented by Finecut at Busan’s Asian Film Market. Cinema Guild aims to release them theatrically in 2018, most likely […]
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