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Jerry Lewis, Comedy Legend, Dies at 91

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 17:50
Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s and later starred in “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy” before launching the Muscular Dystrophy telethon, has died in Las Vegas. He was 91. The Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Katsilometes reported that he died at his home at 9:15 a.m.... Read more »

Solar Eclipse: TV Aims to Capture Emotion Around Moon’s ‘Magical’ Moment

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 16:11
For TV news producers, delivering live coverage of Monday’s total solar eclipse will be akin to covering a celestial sporting event and a cross-country tailgate party at the same time. The challenge is to be sure to have maximum impact in the big moment — the estimated two minutes and change when parts of the... Read more »

Healthy Tomatoes? The Danger of Film Critics Speaking as One

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 16:10
Remember when film critics were obsolete? When we’d lost our swagger, our sway, our influence? When it seemed like the entire world had gone critic-proof, because we just didn’t matter anymore? It’s hard to pinpoint when, exactly, film critics attained Peak Irrelevance, but it’s starting to seem like an eon ago, because this summer a... Read more »

Joel Silver Sued Over Assistant’s Death in Bora Bora

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 15:53
Joel Silver, his company Silver Pictures, and its employee Martin Herold have all been named in a lawsuit regarding the death of Silver’s former personal assistant, Carmel Musgrove. The suit, filed by Musgrove’s estate and parents, is suing all three parties for wrongful death. Musgrove was found dead at age 28 on a beach in Bora Bora during... Read more »

Bill Nye Q&A: Solar Eclipse Offers Chance to ‘Appreciate the Cosmos’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 15:51
“We’ll be going wild,” Bill Nye says of his plan for experiencing Monday’s total solar eclipse from a prime viewing spot at Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Neb. Nye became the face of science education in the U.S. thanks to his 1990s run as the host of PBS’ “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” He returned... Read more »

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Nabs No. 1, ‘Logan Lucky’ Misfires

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 14:35
Without a superhero movie or new studio sequel in play, this weekend provided an opening for two smaller films to shine. But as the weekend draws to a close, one is beaming brighter than the other. That title goes to Lionsgate’s R-rated action comedy “Hitman’s Bodyguard,” which is firing off to $21.6 million during its... Read more »

SANFIC: Andrés Lubert Gets Personal About His Chilean Dictatorship-Era Doc, ‘The Color of the Chameleon’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 10:00
SANTIAGO DE CHILE –Today Jorge Lubert is a camera-man and journalist who has been to some of the most dangerous places in the world to cover human rights issues. It’s not the career path that Pinochet’s fascist regime had in mind when they kidnapped, tortured, and brainwashed him when he was only 21 years old.... Read more »

SANFIC: Juan Pablo Tercenier Explains Why Making ‘Sapo’ Was Inevitable

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 10:00
SANTIAGO DE CHILE — “Sapo”, translated to English, literally means “Toad.” In Chile the term is used to refer to private civilians who secretly worked with the country’s fascist government from outside during Pinochet’s dictatorship. In English we might use the title “rat.” The film is a back and forth journey through the life of... Read more »

Dick Gregory: Fans Hail Comedian, Activist for ‘Fighting the Good Fight’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 03:58
Tributes were quick to pour in Saturday night for Dick Gregory, the groundbreaking comedian and civil rights activist who died in Washington, D.C. at the age of 84. Friends and fans hailed Gregory’s legacy as a social justice warrior who turned his focus to the movement rather than his comedy career after he endured the... Read more »

Musicians’ Union Members Stage Free Concert to Bring Scoring Jobs Back to L.A.

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 03:26
As part of an ongoing effort to return scoring jobs to California, some 150 music professionals supporting Los Angeles musician unions gathered on Saturday (Aug. 19) at Los Angeles City Hall for a free concert. They included members of Local 47 of the American Federation of Musicians, SAG-AFTRA and IATSE; and other music groups including... Read more »

Dick Gregory, Groundbreaking Comedian and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 84

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 02:43
Dick Gregory, the pioneering standup comedian and civil rights activist who made his advocacy work a key component of his on-stage persona, died Saturday night in Washington, D.C. He was 84. Gregory’s death was confirmed by his family in an Instagram post. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for... Read more »

Viennale Taps Franz Schwartz as Interim Artistic Director, Following Passing of Hans Hurch

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 23:59
The Viennale has appointed Franz Schwartz as interim artistic director, following the death of Hans Hurch. The plan of how to carry on with this year’s festival, scheduled to run from Oct. 19-Nov. 2, was announced on Thursday, as colleagues and friends gathered for the funeral of the Austrian film festival’s longtime leader. Hurch, who... Read more »

Erik Poppe’s ‘The King’s Choice’ Sweeps 8 Amanda Norwegian National Film Awards

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:38
HAUGESUND, Norway — Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s historical epic, ”The King’s Choice” (”Kongens nei”), was the Amanda jury’s clear favorite at this year’s awards. Nominated for a record 13 Amandas — Norway’s national film prizes — it snagged eight on Saturday night at Haugesund’s Scandic Maritim Hall. The kudos ceremony unspooled one day before the... Read more »

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris Repudiates Election Fraud Claim

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 18:28
With the SAG-AFTRA election coming to a close, SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris has denied an assertion of election fraud by her opponents. The controversy has arisen in the wake of a recent campaign claim by Carteris and her allies that presidential candidate Esai Morales had been negligent in his role as first VP of the... Read more »

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Family Celebrate Latino Community at Imagen Awards

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:02
Multihyphenate Lin-Manuel Miranda was able to share his latest accolade with those closest to him — his family. The Mirandas, including Lin-Manuel, his mother, Luz, father Luis, and sister Luz, were recognized with the president’s award at the 32nd annual Imagen Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on Friday night. The ceremony,... Read more »

Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Shooting to $20 Million Debut, ‘Logan’ Not So ‘Lucky’

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:42
“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” won’t have to fight hard to claim the new No. 1 spot in the box office. The late summer entry starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson is expected to easily win this rather slow weekend. Lionsgate’s buddy action comedy is shooting towards a $20 million debut after taking in $8 million... Read more »

President Donald Trump Bows Out of Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:31
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have decided to bow out of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, the White House said Saturday. The decision comes after several of this year’s honorees said they would skip the traditional White House reception that coincides with the December event in protest of Trump’s political agenda... Read more »

Nordic Content Powers Up Haugesund Market

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 05:30
HAUGESUND, Norway — A record number of 440 Nordic and international film professionals have registered for the 23rd New Nordic Films market at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, now the largest Nordic film market.  It opens on Tuesday Aug. 22 at Haugesund’s Edda Theatre with the announcement of the nominations for the Nordic Council... Read more »

‘Inconceivable’ Director Accuses Emmett/Furla/Oasis of Embezzlement

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 02:07
“Inconceivable,” a thriller about surrogate motherhood starring Gina Gershon and Nicolas Cage, was released this summer to terrible reviews. The L.A. Times called it “laughably stilted,” while the Hollywood Reporter said it felt “like a parody of a Lifetime television movie.” For first-time director Jonathan Baker, the bad reviews were the least of his problems.... Read more »

Univision CEO Blasts ‘Abject Failure’ to Denounce White Supremacists, Neo-Nazis

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 00:49
Randy Falco, CEO of Univision Communications, is the latest corporate leader to call for a forceful condemnation of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Va. Falco sent a memo to staffers at the Spanish-language media giant pledging to speak out against attacks on immigrants, the LGBT community, the... Read more »
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