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Toronto Fest Facetime: Sandra Oh
Korean-Canadian actress Sandra Oh, acclaimed for her work on the hit TV series “Grey’s Anatomy,” for which she won a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards, and the feature film “Sideways,” scores her first executive producer credit with the TIFF Special Presentation title “Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming),” in... Read more »
33 points by Variety | Film Feature film Sandra Oh Screen Actors Guild Movie theater Actor Animation Animated cartoon
Jovanka Vuckovic Directing Science-Fiction Actioner ‘Riot Girls’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Clique Pictures has tapped “XX”director Jovanka Vuckovic to helm the post-apocalyptic feature film “Riot Girls.” The story, scripted by Katherine Collins, is set in a world where adults have mysteriously died and resources are scarce with a teenage girl called to action when her brother is captured by rivals and set to be executed. Joined... Read more »
451 points by Variety | Guillermo del Toro Film Movie theater Feature film Toronto International Film Festival Short film Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction Girl
Gaumont Touches Buyers With Contempo French Drama ‘Heaven Will Wait’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Gaumont has closed a raft of deals on Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar’s “Heaven Will Wait,” a French drama set to premiere in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema. “Heaven Will Wait” turns on two girls next door, Sonia and Mélanie, whose lives take unexpected turn after they begin to commit crimes, leaving their parents in despair but determined to... Read more »
9 points by Variety | Movie theater Film South Korea Christianity Better Than Ezra 2005 singles Belgium France
'Nocturama,' about simultaneous bombing attacks around Paris, has a ripped-from-the-headlines sense of urgency
TIFF: 'Magnificent Seven' is more than just a remake Sept. 8, 2016, 5:44 p.m. The 41st Toronto International Film Festival is under way, kicking off the awards-season derby that will end with the Academy Awards next February. Our film team is on the ground in Canada, getting early looks at many...
4 points by Los Angeles Times | Cannes Film Festival Film festival Film Horror film Movie theater Bertrand Bonello Toronto International Film Festival Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Breaking ground: 'Joyous day' as work begins for Norridge Marketplace
Norridge Village President James Chmura was grinning Thursday as he held a silver ceremonial shovel. He had just executed a polite toss of dirt in front of the movie theater building during a groundbreaking event for the new Norridge Marketplace on Harlem Avenue. "This is something we have been...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | High school AMC Theatres Star Wars Real estate New York City Village Manhattan Movie theater
Free hot dog offered with a ticket to "Sausage Party"
Regal Cinemas is offering a voucher for a free hot dog to everyone who buys a ticket to "Sausage Party." CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Theatergoers have a chance to get free food the next time they see the summer's hit R-rated comedy "Sausage Party." In what is likely an attempt to boost lagging ticket sales, Regal Cinemas is offering a hot dog voucher to everyone who buys a ticket to see the raunchy farce about anthropomorphic foodstuffs between Friday and Sunday. Northeast Ohio has eight Regal Cinemas theaters located in Willoughby, Richmond Heights, Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, Westlake, Medina, Hudson and Akron. Sausage Party has made more than $100 million at the box office so far -- against a modest $19 million budget -- but tickets sales have fallen off since its August 12 premiere. It brought in a pedestrian $5.2 million in ticket sales last weekend, finishing fifth behind "Don't Breathe," "Suicide Squad," "Kubo and the Two Strings," and "Pete's Dragon."
21 points by The Plain Dealer | Cuyahoga County Ohio Cities in Ohio Movie theater Greater Cleveland Box office Akron Ohio Brook Park Ohio Ticket
Toronto 2016: The hypnotic urgency of Bertrand Bonello's 'Nocturama'
Though the official opening night film is the big-budget Hollywood remake of “The Magnificent Seven” starring Denzel Washington, there are actually many other movies also screening Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival. Among them is the international premiere of French filmmaker...
4 points by Los Angeles Times | Cannes Film Festival Film festival Film Horror film Movie theater Bertrand Bonello Toronto International Film Festival Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Tears and wry laughs fuel Chris Kelly's insightful 'Other People'
Darkly funny, enormously moving and wonderfully observed, writer-director Chris Kelly’s “Other People” makes a fine companion piece to the recent “The Hollars,” another strong, idiosyncratic, real-life-inspired film about an adult son’s return home to be with his ill mother. Watching “Other People,”...
352 points by Los Angeles Times | Sundance Film Festival Comedy Family Movie theater American film actors American television actors Film festival Mother
Toronto: Viola Davis Starring in Historical Drama ‘Personal History of Rachel Dupree’
Viola Davis will star in the historical drama “The Personal History of Rachel Dupree” opposite Mahershala Ali and Quvenzhané Wallis. GFM Films, JuVee Productions and SixtyFourSixty made the announcement Thursday on the opening day of the Toronto Film Festival, where the rights are for sale. The film will shoot next year with GFM Films co-financing... Read more »
175 points by Variety | Film Actor Toronto International Film Festival Movie theater Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Film director Academy Award for Best Actor Denzel Washington
'Don't Breathe' wins again as summer ends on strong
What had been a troubled US summer box office is ending on an upbeat note as Sony's horror-thriller "Don't Breathe" dominated the four-day Labour Day weekend with $19.6 million and "Suicide Squad" crossed the $300 million mark.
80 points by | Movie theater Warner Bros. Film Warner Bros. Records Summer Time Warner
Follow the Toronto International Film Festival with the Los Angeles Times
Follow the Toronto International Film Festival with the Los Angeles Times Sept. 7, 2016, 1:32 p.m. On Sept. 8, the 40th Toronto International Film Festival will kick off, and with it the annual awards-season derby that will end with the Academy Awards next February. Over the course of 10 days,...
18 points by Los Angeles Times | Academy Award Academy Award for Best Picture Film Leonardo DiCaprio Movie theater Titanic Citizen Kane Toronto International Film Festival
Grapevine: Is Kendrick Lamar taking shots at Big Sean?
Also news on Cher backing out of ‘Flint’ project movie and the new ‘Transformers’ movie        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Film Movie theater Los Angeles Detroit Michigan Transformers: Universe Pontiac Silverdome Optimus Prime
Disproving the 'black films don't travel' Hollywood myth
On his way to winning a best picture Oscar for “Moonlight,” a film made for a minuscule $1.5 million, writer-director Barry Jenkins took time between awards-season red carpet appearances for a six-city European promotion tour. It was time well spent. “Moonlight,” about a poor black boy living in...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Film Movie theater Film distributor Film theory Movie studio Film criticism Horror film Box office
11 global hits that busted the myth that black films don't travel
In Hollywood, just four words are needed to end the prospects of a film with a predominantly African American cast: Black films don’t travel. Such a mantra has dead-ended countless scripts and limited diversity on and behind screens. The belief is that films with black casts will be seen only by...
2 points by Los Angeles Times | Box office Film Box Office Mojo African American Movie theater Black people Film theory Film criticism
Freep Film Festival coming March 30-April 2
Freep Film Festival will feature nearly 20 regional and world premieres over four nights starting March 30 to April 2, 2017.        
78 points by Detroit Free Press | Movie theater Feature film Harry Connick Jr.
Get tickets for Detroit '67 riot documentary
Detroiters' home movies provide the spine of the film, which opens Freep Film Festival on March 30 at the Fillmore.        
1047 points by Detroit Free Press | Film Movie theater Detroit Detroit Free Press Super 8 mm film Box office 1967 Home movies
'Lego Batman' stays No. 1, conquers 'The Great Wall'
The Great Wall" was a hit in China. In North America, it was a dud. The most expensive film ever made in China and with a budget of $150 million, "The Great Wall" was intended to prove that the world's no. 2 movie marketplace could produce Hollywood-sized blockbusters of its own. Though it ran...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | Film North America 20th Century Fox Great Wall of China Warner Bros. History of China Movie theater Zhang Yimou
Graham: Oscar race is bigger than the films themselves
‘La La Land’ backlash may open the door for more racially conscious ‘Hidden Figures’        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Academy Award Academy Award for Best Picture Film Movie theater Race African American Screen Actors Guild Los Angeles
Berlin Film Festival 2017 Winners: Updating Live
“Una Mujer Fantastica” scribes Sebastián Lelio and Gonzalo Maza won the best screenplay award at the Berlin Film Festival on Saturday. Dana Bunescu, editor of “Ana, Mon Amour,” won the outstanding artistic contribution award. Spanish director Carla Simon’s “Summer of 1993” won the first feature award, while “Istiyad Ashbah (Ghost Hunting)” by Raed Andoni earned... Read more »
1735 points by Variety | Film festival Feature film Movie theater Berlin International Film Festival Film Short film Gurinder Chadha Los Angeles
Bill Wyman Documentary ‘The Quiet One’ Sold to Sundance Selects
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Oliver Murray’s authorized Bill Wyman documentary “The Quiet One.” “My life has been an extraordinary adventure,” Wyman said. “The time feels right to delve into the archive and tell my story before I croak.” The film has been made in collaboration with the former founding member and... Read more »
3 points by Variety | The Rolling Stones Bill Wyman Charlie Watts Film Film festival Bass guitar Rolling Stones Records Movie theater
The surprising success of 'xXx' sequel in China offers marketing lessons for Hollywood
Paramount Pictures and its marketing partners wanted to make sure China’s young, digitally-inclined moviegoers were excited for the new action sequel “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.” So the team made a music video for an original song by “xXx” star and Chinese heartthrob Kris Wu. The video, which...
2 points by Los Angeles Times | Film China Hollywood Los Angeles California Paramount Pictures Movie theater 20th Century Fox Warner Bros. Marketing
Teresa Villaverde – Portuguese Filmmakers Are Experts in Making Omelettes without Eggs
50-year old female helmer Teresa Villaverde is one of Portugal’s best-known directors, whose recent films,  produced at four-to-five year intervals, have premiered in either Berlin or Cannes. “Colo”– her first feature since 2011’s “Swan” – plays in Berlin competition. A total of nine Portuguese shorts and feature films, including co-productions, are screening at this year’s... Read more »
95 points by Variety | Film Movie theater Feature film Portugal Film director Box office Movie projector Animated cartoon
French arthouse SVOD Service Nowave Inks Pact with Wide Side (EXCLUSIVE)
BERLIN– Nowave, the SVOD service specializing in arthouse world cinema, has closed a library deal with French distribution company Wild Side, the Wild Bunch-owned video distribution company. Nowave was created by Bérangère Dastarac 18 months ago with the idea to showcase non-mainstream auteur films, genre movies and shorts, many of which have played festivals and... Read more »
86 points by Variety | Film theory Film Middle East Film director Movie theater France Theatre Auteur theory
Get tickets for Detroit '67 riot documentary beginning today
Detroiters' home movies provide the spine of the film, which opens Freep Film Festival on March 30 at the Fillmore.        
573 points by Detroit Free Press | Film The Fillmore Detroit Movie theater Detroit
This million-dollar house has a ‘50s diner inside
You could look at the exterior of this English Tudor home — with details including a turret over the entry, a big brick façade and leaded windows — and expect the 5,095-square-foot property to transport you to ye olden days. But in reality, the South Orange, NJ, home features some fun modern inclusions, including a...
279 points by New York Post | Movie theater Surround sound Home cinema DTS New Jersey Doo-wop
‘Hidden Figures’ Set for Free Screenings in 14 Cities for Black History Month
Fox and AMC Theatres have set free screenings for “Hidden Figures” on Feb. 18 in 14 U.S. cities to celebrate Black History Month. The film — starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe — tells the story of three female, African American NASA mathematicians during the Space Race of the 1960s. “Hidden Figures” has been nominated... Read more »
9749 points by Variety | Movie theater American film actors Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress The Curious Case of Benjamin Button American television actors 20th Century Fox Film Black History Month
WATCH: Trailer for new Detroit '67 riot film '12th and Clairmount'
Documentary built from Detroiters' home movie footage will open Freep Film Festival on March 30. Tickets go on sale Fri.        
3207 points by Detroit Free Press | Detroit Wayne State University The Fillmore Detroit Film Michigan Movie theater C. Howard Crane Metro Detroit
Japan Box Office: ‘Partners IV’ Opens on Top, Heads For Big Score
TOKYO — “Partners: The Movie IV,” a crime thriller that is part of a popular TV/film franchise about the cases of a smart, unconventional middle-aged cop (Yutaka Mizutani) and his younger partner, bowed atop the Japanese box office for the weekend of Feb. 11-12. Director Hajime Hashimoto and scriptwriter Ai Ota have both long been... Read more »
11 points by Variety | Film TV Asahi Television program Lists of films Kamen Rider Double Television Movie theater Film director
Box office report: ‘LEGO Batman’ whips ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ while ‘John Wick’ surges
Though the race was closer than expected, Fifty Shades Darker ultimately submitted to The LEGO Batman Movie at the finish line, as the animated family feature launches with a $55.6 million weekend haul.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Film Lego Movie theater Keanu Reeves Warner Bros. La La Land 2014 Winter Olympics Lego Star Wars
'Lego Batman Movie' tops 'Fifty Shades Darker' at the box office as 'John Wick 2' kills
Goofy superhero kids’ toys beat kinky whips and bondage at movie theaters this weekend as “The Lego Batman Movie” topped “Fifty Shades Darker” for the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office. Warner Bros.’ new “Lego Movie” spinoff grossed $55.6 million in the U.S. and Canada from Friday through Sunday,...
322 points by Los Angeles Times | Warner Bros. Universal Studios Lego M. Night Shyamalan Box office Film Movie theater Sunday
Berlinale: Baltasar Kormakur Sets Volcanic Drama ‘Katla’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Baltasar Kormakur, the maker of “Everest” and “Trapped,” is prepping “Katla,” a supernatural thriller drama series centering on the famous volcano of the same name in southern Iceland. The dystopian series is set in Reykjavik, in a near future where Katla has been erupting for two years, causing damage, health hazards, alarming mutations and strange... Read more »
78 points by Variety | Film Movie theater Iceland Movement director Director Volcano Warner Bros. Film festival
Indie Focus: Crossing the spectrum with 'John Wick: Chapter 2,' 'A United Kingdom' and 'Fifty Shades Darker'
Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. It’s a busy time of year, as we shake off Sundance, look ahead to SXSW and Oscar season rolls right along. The Times’ Josh Rottenberg had a great sitdown with three Oscar-nominated...
183 points by Los Angeles Times | Film Sundance Film Festival Movie theater Keanu Reeves Film festival The Matrix The New York Times New York Times Best Seller list
Berlinale: Ad Vitam to Produce Bruni Tedeschi Pic, Acquires Lelio’s ‘Fantastic Woman’ (EXCLUSIVE)
BERLIN– Ad Vitam, one of France’s leading independent distribution companies, is set to produce Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s “Les estivants,” the actress-turned-director’s follow-up to “A Castle in Italy” which competed at Cannes Launched in 1998 by Gregory Gajos, Arthur Hallereau and Alexandra Henochsberg, Ad Vitam has been raising its profile and scope lately with the launch... Read more »
46 points by Variety | Valeria Bruni Tedeschi Film director Film French Riviera Movie theater Gaspard Ulliel Woman Film theory
Berlinale: ‘Felicite’ Director and Cast Talk About the Realities of Working in Africa
The Berlinale spotlight shone on African cinema on Saturday with the premiere of Senegalese filmmaker Alain Gomis’ Kinshasa-based drama “Félicité.” The film centers on a strongly independent and passionate singer in the Congolese capital who is forced to raise money for her son’s operation after he has an accident. While grateful for the opportunity to... Read more »
49 points by Variety | Africa Film director Democratic Republic of the Congo Film Movie theater Actor Cinematography French language
Locarno Fest First Look Industry Event To Focus on Baltic Cinema
The Locarno Festival is focusing its First Look industry initiative on films from the Baltics, and turning its Signs of Life section, dedicated to edgy experimental cinema, into a competitive sidebar. First Look, which is dedicated to films in post, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Baltic cinema, with a focus on Estonian, Latvian and... Read more »
13 points by Variety | Film Latvia Venice Film Festival Estonia Movie theater Film festival Baltic states Lithuania
Berlinale: First Image For Dev Patel’s ‘Hotel Mumbai’
“Lion” star, Dev Patel heads the cast of “Hotel Mumbai” the fact-based thriller about the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The film gets its first market screenings this week in Berlin ahead of a likely festival platform or awards season release later this year. Australia- and U.S.-based Arclight Films is handling global sales. The film, which... Read more »
1136 points by Variety | The Weinstein Company Film Movie theater Bend It Like Beckham Harry Potter Anupam Kher Dimension Films Movie studio
Stockholm-Based Production Company Reels in Swedish Cinema
B-Reel Films, the hip Stockholm-based banner behind some of Scandinavia’s most ambitious films and TV shows, from Mikael Marcimain’s “Gentlemen” to Pernilla August’s “A Serious Game,” recently ventured into the ultra-competitive English-language movie landscape with Lisa Langseth’s “Euphoria,” starring Alicia Vikander, Eva Green and Charlotte Rampling, and is developing a flurry of more upscale projects.... Read more »
198 points by Variety | Film Feature film Sweden Television program Film director Ingmar Bergman Horror film Movie theater
Berlinale: Film Movement Acquires Barbet Schroeder’s ‘Amnesia’ (EXCLUSIVE)
New York-based distributor Film Movement has secured North American rights to “Amnesia,” the latest film from Barbet Schroeder. The announcement was made at the Berlin Film Festival. Film Movement will open “Amnesia” theatrically at the Cinema Village in New York before a VOD bow on July 21 and then a home-video release. Film stars Marthe... Read more »
14 points by Variety | Movie theater Andrzej Wajda Film Film festival Barbet Schroeder Persistence of vision New York City Golden Bear
Berlinale: Dan Stevens Starrer ‘Redivider’ Sells to Saban
Saban Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Tim Smit’s sci-fi thriller “Redivider.” Based on Smit’s short “What’s in the Box?,” the pic stars Dan Stevens and Bérénice Marlohe. Pic is co-written by Charlie Kindinger and Omid Nooshin. Patrick Chu produced the film for FilmNation Entertainment alongside Smit, and Sander Verdonk, and Denis Wigman for... Read more »
227 points by Variety | Film Entertainment Feature film Genre Post-production Movie theater Science fiction Tim Smit
Berlinale: BBC Films Boards Documentary on Singer Teddy Pendergrass
BBC Films will co-finance a feature documentary on the life of legendary R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass. The film, titled “Pendergrass,” is being introduced to buyers for pre-sales by international sales agent Content Media at the European Film Market alongside the Berlin Film Festival. It is set to go into production in April. “Pendergrass” will be... Read more »
57 points by Variety | Teddy Pendergrass Producer Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes Stevie Wonder Whitney Houston Film festival Berlin International Film Festival Movie theater
Berlinale: Filmax Intl. Picks Up Black Comedy ‘The Tunnel Gang’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Filmax Intl., the sales arm of Barcelona’s Filmax Group, has picked up worldwide rights outside Spain to Pepon Montero’s black comedy “The Tunnel Gang,” toplining and produced by popular Spanish TV showman Arturo Valls. Iván Díaz, Filmax Intl.’s head of sales, is introducing the film to buyers during the Berlin Film Festival. “The Tunnel Gang”... Read more »
5 points by Variety | Movie theater Film Feature film Comedy Los Angeles Actor Pan's Labyrinth Ensemble cast
Hamptons Film Festival to Celebrate 25 Years With 25-Film Screening Series
The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special screening series of 25 films. As part of “25 Years: 25 Films,” HIFF will screen one film from each year of the festival in 24 different screenings spread across the Hamptons, Palm Beach, New York City and Los Angeles, culminating in... Read more »
3 points by Variety | Movie theater Film The Hamptons English-language films Cinema of India East Hampton Film director Warner Bros.
Berlinale: Germany Increases Federal Film Fund
The German government on Thursday announced that it was increasing this year’s budget for the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) from €50 million ($53.4 million) to €75 million ($80 million). The DFFF has been an attractive financial instrument that has helped lure major international productions to Germany, among them Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness,”... Read more »
230 points by Variety | Germany Steven Spielberg Captain America United States Berlin Movie theater World War II Cologne
Berlinale: Jury Talks Up Art But Politics and Technology Enter Discussion
While no one at the Berlin Film Festival’s opening day jury press conference mentioned U.S. President Donald Trump’s name, his shadow loomed large over the crowded room as jury members discussed wide-ranging topics that spanned film, politics, culture, economics and the role of technology. “For me as an American, it’s incredible to be at such... Read more »
10 points by Variety | Film festival Film Berlin International Film Festival Olafur Eliasson Movie theater Jury Golden Bear Jury nullification
Fox International to Produce Its First Movie in Indonesia
Fox International Productions, the local-language movie-making arm of 20th Century Fox Film, is to co-produce its first feature film in Indonesia. With Indonesian producer Lifelike Pictures, it will produce “212 Warrior,” based on a best-selling martial arts book series. The move to produce in Indonesia follows other local production initiatives by FIP around the world.... Read more »
9573 points by Variety | 20th Century Fox Feature film Film Movie theater Film production 20th Century Fox Television News Corporation Indonesia
Mia Wasikowska, Christopher Abbott Starring in Thriller ‘Piercing’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott have wrapped production on Nicolas Pesce’s psychological thriller “Piercing,” Variety has learned exclusively. “Piercing” is based on Ryu Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name. Abbott plays a man who kisses his wife and baby goodbye, seemingly headed away on business, with a plan to  check into a hotel, call... Read more »
314 points by Variety | Sundance Film Festival Film festival Escort agency Independent film Movie theater Producer Film producer Prostitution
Film company sued for $15M over release date of 'Gold'
A film company broke a release date deal involving a movie about McDonald’s and a Matthew McConaughey flick, a distribution company charged.
10 points by Daily News | Film Movie theater Film distributor Movie studio The Weinstein Company Marketing United States Miramax Films
Warner Bros. Gives First Look at Jackie Chan’s ‘Lego Ninjago’
Warner Bros. has launched the first teaser trailer for “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” with Jackie Chan’s Sensei Wu dominating the 25-second clip in a looming battle for Ninjago City. Chan says in the voiceover that he’s forming a secret ninja force and assembles his friends, asking, “Are you ready to risk your life for Ninjago?”... Read more »
433 points by Variety | American film actors American television actors Film Lego Warner Bros. Feature film Movie theater Teaser trailer
Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ No Match for ‘The Lego Batman Movie’
Break out the whips, the dead dog, and the batarang. “Fifty Shades Darker,” a deeper dive into the world of BDSM and “Twilight” fan fiction; “John Wick 2,” a violent exploration about the lengths man will go to avenge pooch; and “The Lego Batman Movie,” the cinematic union of a Danish toymaker and a comic... Read more »
1500 points by Variety | Batman Warner Bros. Lego Film Gotham City The Dark Knight Movie theater Batman Begins
McDonald’s movies at the center of Hollywood legal drama
A Hollywood production company is not lovin’ the fact that a strikingly similar film was released by The Weinstein Company just a week after “The Founder,” which tells the story of the man who put McDonald’s on the map. Speedee Distribution poured $25 million into co-financing “The Founder” with the Weinsteins, according to a new...
18 points by New York Post | Film The Weinstein Company Harvey Weinstein Appeal Movie theater United States Miramax Films Dimension Films