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France’s Ankama, China’s Benlai Pictures Link for ‘Old Street’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 07:05
PARIS — In a pioneering animation deal, France’s Ankama, whose second animated feature, “Mutafukaz,” screens at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous on Saturday, is linking to China’s Benlai Pictures to co-produce “Old Street,” an animated movie based on the Chinese comic book by Nie Jun. Founded in 2015 and with offices in Shanghai and Beijing, Benlai Pictures […]

Film Review: ‘Kailash’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:59
A somewhat controversial first Indian Nobel Prize winner at home gets a laudatory documentary portrait in “Kailash.” Derek Doneen’s feature directorial debut, after working on prior projects for producer Davis Guggenheim, can hardly help but rivet attention with the alarmingly still-widespread issue of child slavery as its subject. Driven activist Kailash Satyarthi has spent decades […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Loveling’ (Benzinho)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:08
Some people go to the movies in search of authenticity, while others merely seek escapism. “Loveling” was clearly intended with the former group in mind, as Brazilian director Gustavo Pizzi crafts a warm and wonderfully universal love story that comes across surprisingly unconventional for something so familiar, if only because it focuses not on youthful […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Blindspotting’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:05
In psychology, a black-and-white drawing known as Rubin’s vase poses a visual puzzle in which the brain perceives one of two images — either the outline of a vase or two faces posed in profile — but can’t see both at the same time. Take that phenomenon one step further and you get “Blindspotting,” not just […]

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:00
“Dunkirk” and “Black Mirror” were among the winners at the 33rd Annual Artios Awards on Jan. 18. Casting director John Papsidera was awarded for feature film big budget — drama for his casting in “Dunkirk.” Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield, along with Rori Bergman and Patrick Goodwin, won the feature film big budget — comedy […]

Samuel Tilman on ‘The Benefit of the Doubt,’ Trial by Intuition, Belgium Cinema

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:00
PARIS — Played by the Dardenne brothers regular Fabrizio Rongione(“Two Nights, One Day,” “Lorna’s Silence”), David, a school teacher, is holidaying in the Vosges hills with his wife, two young children, and their friends, a close-knit gaggle of school teachers. One night he goes jogging along the forest paths, and when he stops to gain […]

UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Director Laurent Tirard on ‘Return of the Hero’ Starring Jean Dujardin, Melanie Laurent

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 06:00
PARIS — A seemingly cozy corner of France in 1809, with a spic-in-span middling chateau and near fairy tale nearby village. Bedecked in his Hussars uniform, in the first scenes of Laurent Tirard’s “Return of the Hero,” the dashing Captain Neuville mounts his white stead and dashes to the local chateau to ask the hand […]

Colin Firth Says He Will Not Work With Woody Allen Again Following Dylan Farrow Interview

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 03:03
Colin Firth is the latest actor to speak out against filmmaker Woody Allen. In a statement to the Guardian, Firth, who appeared in Allen’s 2013 film “Magic By Moonlight,”  became the latest actor to declare that he would not work with Allen again. The actor also spoke out against Harvey Weinstein, who was executive producer […]

‘Grown-ish’ Renewed for Season 2 at Freeform

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:30
“Grown-ish” has been renewed for a 20-episode second season at Freeform, the network announced Thursday. A spinoff of the ABC series “Black-ish,” the half-hour comedy follows Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) popular, entitled, stylish and socially active 17-year-old daughter as she heads into her freshman year of college at […]

Film News Roundup: Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, Charlie Hunnam Join ‘A Million Little Pieces’ Movie

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 02:22
In today’s film news roundup, Billy Bob Thornton signs up for “A Million Little Pieces,” “The Bricklayer” moves forward, and Greenwich Entertainment finds its first release. CASTINGS Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Juri, and Charlie Hunnam have joined Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Giovanni Ribisi in the detox drama “A Million Little Pieces.” Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing for […]

Luke Kleintank Joins ‘The Goldfinch’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:42
Luke Kleintank is set to join the ensemble in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ movie adaptation of “The Goldfinch.” Ansel Elgort will portray Theo and “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard is Boris in the film from director John Crowley. Kleintank will play Platt Barbour, the older brother of Theo’s friend Andy. Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer […]

Wes Ball, Gotham Group Developing Suburban Horror Film ‘The Chrysalis’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:40
Wes Ball’s Oddball Productions and the Gotham Group are teaming up on a movie project based on Brendan Deneen’s horror novel “The Chrysalis.” The novel centers on a twentysomething couple who are forced out of New York City and buy an old house in the suburbs, where the husband gets a big-bucks corporate job and […]

Disney-Pixar Hires New Screenwriter for ‘Toy Story 4’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:26
Disney-Pixar has hired Stephany Folsom as the screenwriter on “Toy Story 4,” which is set for release on June 21, 2019. Folsom is filling the slot left vacant by Rashida Jones and writing partner Will McCormack in November. Jones denied a published report that she had left over an unwanted advance from Pixar and Disney […]

Freeform Sets Premiere Dates for ‘Cloak & Dagger,’ ‘Bold Type’ Season 2

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:00
Freeform announced the premiere dates for much of their upcoming slate on Thursday. Freeform will debut the two-hour premiere of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” on June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  The series stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as two teenagers from different backgrounds who are linked together through mysterious powers.  The show is […]

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 01:00
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media. Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, RJ Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson. The film is a modern rom-com retelling of […]

10 Things We Learned at the Television Critics Assn. Press Tour

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:57
The Television Critics Association winter press tour is officially in the record books. The broadcast and cable networks — and even a few streamers — did their annual dog-and-pony (well, there was a sheep) show for the TV critics press corps, presenting their strategies for the coming season. Amid the swirl of puppies, “prestige popcorn,” […]

House Passes Funding Bill, But Shutdown Still Looms

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:56
A Republican effort to avert a government shutdown at midnight on Saturday cleared the House on Thursday, but the votes do not appear to be there yet as the bill heads to the Senate. The 230-197 vote was on legislation that would extend government funding through Feb. 16. Democrats dug in their heels to demand […]

TV News Roundup: ‘Heathers’ Series Releases First Trailer (Watch)

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:11
In today’s roundup, Paramount Network releases the first trailer for its new series “Heathers” and Netflix announces a date for its new documentary series “Ugly Delicious.” FIRST LOOKS Paramount Network has released the first trailer for its new series “Heathers,” based on the cult classic film of the same name. “Heathers” premieres Mar. 7 at […]

Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Netflix’s Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’

Variety - Front Page - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 00:00
Richard Colson Baker, known by his stage name Machine Gun Kelly, has been tapped to play Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s adaptation of the band’s biography “The Dirt.” Jeff Tremaine, who helmed the “Jackass” movies, is directing the film from a script by Rich Wilkes and Tom Kapinos. Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and […]

Sundance: Brett Haley on ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ and Making Indie Films for Middle America

Variety - Front Page - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 23:25
Brett Haley has become as much a Sundance institution as the trams that circle around Park City, Utah. The indie filmmaker has premiered three films at the festival in four years, scoring with the likes of “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and “The Hero.” His latest effort, “Hearts Beat Loud,” will close out this […]
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