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Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson Unveils Poster, Trailer for his Venice/Toronto-Bound ‘Under The Tree’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:10
Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, the Icelandic director of “Either Way” and “Paris of the North,” is unveiling the trailer and poster of his anticipated third feature “Under the Tree” which is set to play at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. “Under the Tree” is produced by Iceland’s Netop Films, the company behind “Rams,” Poland’s Madants,... Read more »

San Sebastián: France’s Wide Takes Gilles Coulier’s ‘Cargo’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:59
BARCELONA — Paris-based sales-production house Wide has acquired international sales rights outside Benelux to Gilles Coulier’s family drama “Cargo” which plays September’s San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival,  competing in its New Directors sidebar. The first feature from Coulier – a director of limited TV series “The Natives” whose short,  “Mont Blanc,” competed at Cannes –... Read more »

Chilean Creator of ‘Besieged,’ Nicolas Acuña, to Helm Dynamo-Red Arrow Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:30
“Besieged” (“Sitiados”) creator Nicolas Acuña of prominent Chilean production house Promocine is attached to direct a series being developed by Colombia’s Dynamo (“Narcos”) in partnership with Munich-based TV distributor, Red Arrow. Tentatively titled “Coke Way,” the series is set against the cold war of the ‘50s and ‘60s in Chile and the rise of the... Read more »

San Sebastian: Film Factory Boards Fernando Franco’s ‘Dying’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:16
MADRID — Pouncing on the second feature by one of Spain’s preeminent on-the-rise, Vicente Canales’ Barcelona-based Film Factory Entertainment has acquired international sales rights to Fernando Franco’s character-driven romantic drama “Morir” (Dying), which plays as a Special Screening at September’s San Sebastian Festival. “Morir” marks Franco’s follow-up to “La Herida” (“The Wound”) which proved one... Read more »

Korea Box Office: ‘Taxi Driver’ Sells 10 Million Tickets For Third Weekend Win

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:13
“A Taxi Driver” remained on top of the South Korean box office for the third consecutive weekend. The Showbox release earned $6.9 million from 950,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $71.8 million. With 10.35 million admissions, it is the first film to pass the 10 million ticket sales mark this year.... Read more »

Nepal Picks ‘White Sun’ as Oscars Contender

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:57
Nepal’s Oscar selection committee has unanimously chosen Deepak Rauniyar’s multi award-winning “White Sun” (“Seto Surya”) as the country’s entry in the foreign language category. A portrait of post-civil war Nepal during the fragile deadlocked peace process, the film has had considerable festival play. It debutes in Venice’s Horizons strand and went to Toronto, Busan, Singapore,... Read more »

BBC to Air Harry Styles Special in November

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:56
Harry Styles is to be the subject of the latest one-off entertainment special from the BBC, following in the footsteps of singers Adele and Michael Buble. “Harry Styles at the BBC” will see the former One Direction star perform tracks before a live studio audience from his bestselling self-titled debut solo album, as well as... Read more »

Steve Wozniak to Speak at Tokyo Comic-Con in December

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:28
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Comic-con in Japan last year, is scheduled to speak at the second Tokyo Comic Convention in December. Last year’s event drew more than 35,000 people. Organizers expect a bigger turnout this year. Wozniak teamed up with Stan Lee to start up Comic-Con... Read more »

Katy Perry Drafts Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Bill Walton for ‘Swish Swish’ Video (Watch)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:23
Katy Perry’s latest video, “Swish Swish,” directed by Dave Meyers, features an assortment of actors and sports personalities befitting the song’s basketball theme. The pop star released a trailer for the clip, which teases the rivalry between “the Sheep” and “the Tigers,” and features Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Gaten Materazo from “Stranger... Read more »

HTC Vive Gets a $200 Price Cut, Now Retails for $599

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:01
HTC is cutting the price of its Vive VR headset by $200, reducing the suggested retail price of the high-end VR device to $599. The move comes after Facebook announced last month that it was cutting the price of the Oculus Rift VR headset to $499. HTC first began selling the Vive headset for $800... Read more »

Haugesund: ‘Small Time Killers’ Bows on AMC’s Shudder and Haugesund (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 05:00
HAUGESUND, Norway — The Danish film “Small Time Killers,” directed by Ole Bornedal (“The Nightwatch”, “The Possession”), has been sold by TrustNordisk to more than 45 territories including AMC’s Network’s Shudder for North America and the U.K./Ireland. The U.S. network’s horror-thriller centric SVOD service just launched the black comedy on Aug. 17 as a Shudder... Read more »

Denzel Washington to Star on Broadway in ‘The Iceman Cometh’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 04:19
Denzel Washington, one of Broadway’s biggest draws at the box office, is set to make his Broadway return this spring in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh.” Scott Rudin will produce the revival, with George C. Wolfe on board to direct. Washington’s last two Broadway appearances, in “Fences” in 2010 and “A Raisin in the Sun”... Read more »

Oliver Stone to Head Powerful Jury at Busan Festival

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 03:31
Oliver Stone, the ever controversial American-French director, has been named as president of the competition jury for the upcoming Busan International Film Festival. The Busan festival is no stranger to controversy. Stone heads an impressive panel including Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time for Drunken Horses”), French cinematographer Agnes Godard (“The Dreamlife of Angels”), Philippines... Read more »

‘Game of Thrones’ Delivers an Astonishing Episode of Ice and Fire

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 03:15
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watched “Beyond the Wall” the Aug. 20 episode of “Game of Thrones.” It’s not always easy to tell what’s happening in any given episode of “Game of Thrones,” but Sunday night’s episode “Beyond the Wall” was an exception. During the extra-long episode’s climactic finale, the Night... Read more »

China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Wins Fourth Weekend, Extends Total to $769 Million

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 00:25
“Wolf Warriors II” narrowly won its fourth weekend at the top of the Chinese box office ahead of a chasing pack of new release titles. After 25 days in theaters it has grossed $769 million. Data from local provider Ent Group, shows “Wolf Warriors II” briefly losing its top spot on Friday to “Paradox.” But... Read more »

PopPolitics: ‘Shot Caller’ Director on What’s Often Missed in Criminal Justice Debates (Listen)

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 22:20
WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Shot Caller,” the new movie from Ric Roman Waugh, is the story of a middle class professional (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) whose DUI accident leads to a prison term and a transformation into a hardened felon. Although the movie is an illuminating look at how incarceration leads to recidivism rather than rehabilitation, Waugh says... Read more »

Watch the Foo Fighters and Rick Astley Rickroll a Music Festival Crowd

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 22:05
While headlining the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo, the Foo Fighters refused to pass up a chance to bring an internet meme to life. After performing a number of their own hits on Sunday, Grohl and his bandmates invited none other than Rick Astley onstage to assist them with their next song. “We just learned... Read more »

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Usurps China’s ‘Wolf Warriors II’ at International Box Office

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 21:47
After three weekends on top of the international box office charts, “Wolf Warriors II” is taking a small step down. That’s because “Annabelle: Creation” has pulled a week two switcheroo. The latest entry in the “Conjuring Universe” is spending its second weekend of release on top of the international charts with $42 million from 56... Read more »

‘Carpool Karaoke’ Gets ‘Game of Thrones’ Intro for Episode Featuring Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 20:14
We now understand how all of the characters in “Game of Thrones” have been getting around Westeros so quickly this season … they’ve been using the carpool lane. Apple Music’s new series “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” released a special “Thrones”-inspired clip on Sunday in honor of this Tuesday’s upcoming episode featuring Maisie Williams and Sophie... Read more »

Hollywood Pays Tribute to ‘Comedic Icon’ Jerry Lewis: ‘One of the Greatest of All Time’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 18:44
An outpouring of tributes and messages on social media and elsewhere followed the news that comedy king Jerry Lewis died on Sunday at age 91. Lewis was celebrated during his lifetime for starring in movies including “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon. Penn Jillette, of the comedy duo Penn... Read more »
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