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Doug Morris to Exit Sony Music in March

Variety - Front Page - 2 hours 1 min ago
Doug Morris, the only person to be the top executive at all three major music companies, has secured funding for a new label and will exit his post as non-executive chairman of Sony Music Entertainment in March, sources tell Variety, who add that the new venture is part of an unspecified partnership with Apple. A report […]

The 10 Best Films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 51 min ago
Critics Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Jessica Kiang selected some of their favorite films of the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, including titles from Wes Anderson, Alonso Ruizpalacios and Julien Faraut. “Isle of Dogs” After the non-events of “Nobody Wants the Night” and “Django” in the last two years, Berlin’s opening-night slot needed a shot in the […]

Legendary Bollywood Actress Sridevi Dies at 54

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 30 min ago
Sridevi Kapoor, best known by her mononym Sridevi and a major Bollywood star, died Saturday night in UAE of cardiac arrest. She was 54. Her brother-in-law confirmed the news to the Indian Express. Sridevi and her family were in the United Arab Emirates for a wedding, and she was reportedly with her husband, producer Boney […]

House Democrats Release Response to Nunes Memo on Russia Investigation

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 29 min ago
WASHINGTON — House Democrats released a response to an intelligence memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that refutes claims that the FBI’s investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian interests was tainted. The memo was released on Saturday with redactions after a White House review. At issue in Nunes’s memo was […]

Aubrey Plaza, NHMC President Call Out Under-Representation of Latinos at Impact Awards

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 16 min ago
National Hispanic Media Coalition president and CEO Alex Nogales took aim at movie studio executives Friday night, at his organization’s 21st Annual Impact Awards, an event recognizing the activism and screen work of prominent Hollywood Latinos and their allies. The annual black-tie gala comes just eight days before the 90th Annual Academy Awards, which have become […]

‘Notting Hill’ Actress Emma Chambers Dies at 53

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 58 min ago
British actress Emma Chambers, who was best known in the U.S. for her role as Honey Thacker in “Notting Hill,” has died of natural causes at the age of 53. Her agent confirmed the news to the BBC. Chambers was best known in the U.K. for her role in “The Vicar of Dibley,” on which […]

Berlin Double Silver Bear Winner ‘The Heiresses’ Sells Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 7 hours 36 min ago
Winner of best actress (Ana Brun) and Alfred Bauer Silver Bears at this year’s Berlinale competition, Paraguayan Marcelo Martinessi’s “Las Herederas” (The Heiresses”) has been sold by Luxbox to major distributors across the globe. The female-centric drama revolves around a middle-aged, once cosseted Paraguayan woman, Chela (Brun), who is forced to live on her own […]

Regina King Talks Heaviness of Role in ‘Seven Seconds’

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 44 min ago
The cast of “Seven Seconds” shared the difficulties that accompany tackling a story about the killing of a young, black man. At the premiere in Beverly Hills, Calif., star Regina King said the heavy emotions she displays in each of the 10 episodes was a challenge. “As an actor, having to carry that much grief […]

Berlin Festival Awards: The Complete List (Updating Live)

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 11 min ago
Of the 24 films that screened in the 68th Berlin Film Festival’s competition section, 19 are up for the Golden Bear, among them such international productions as Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” starring Joaquin Phoenix; Alonso Ruizpalacios’ Mexican heist pic “Museum,” featuring Gael García Bernal; David and Nathan Zellner’s […]

John Oliver Victorious: Coal CEO’s Defamation Suit Dismissed

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 17 min ago
John Oliver and HBO were vindicated Wednesday when the judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by coal company CEO Robert Murray against the host and premium cabler dismissed the case. “I find the arguments set forth in the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim and Reply well-founded, appropriate in this matter and […]

Berlin: Netflix, Multiple Foreign Distributors Take Alpha Violet’s ‘Dovlatov’

Variety - Front Page - 9 hours 21 min ago
In the run-up to Saturday evening’s prize ceremony at the 2018 Berlinale, Alpha Violet has secured multiple major territory sales at Berlin on Alexey German Jr.’s Russian dissident drama “Dovlatov,” led by a Netflix deal for English-speaking territories (U.S., Canada, Australia, U.K. and Ireland) and Scandinavia, as well as a slew of foreign distributor deals. […]

NRA Gives FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Charlton Heston Award for Net Neutrality Repeal

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 13 min ago
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was honored by the National Rifle Association with a handmade Kentucky long gun as part of its Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award to mark his efforts to repeal most of the FCC’s net neutrality rules. Pai was given the honor during an appearance on Friday before the Conservative Political Action […]

Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ to Snag More Than $100 Million in Second Weekend

Variety - Front Page - 10 hours 37 min ago
Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is set to score about $102 million from 4,020 North American locations in its second weekend, for the fourth-highest second weekend gross in history. The Ryan Coogler-directed film will come in behind the second frames of only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $149 million, “Jurassic World” with $106.6 million, and “The […]

Olympic Figure Skating Resurrects ‘Moulin Rouge’ and Baz Luhrmann Is Loving It (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 12 hours 20 min ago
Baz Luhrmann is nowhere near South Korea at the moment, but you could be forgiven for thinking that he had a hand in the winter Olympics. A good part of it is playing out as a tribute to his 2001 movie, “Moulin Rouge.” Skaters from four different countries have revived at least a half-dozen songs […]

Berlin Film Review: ‘Songwriter’

Variety - Front Page - 13 hours 33 min ago
“For fans only” is a standard phrase critics use to briskly dispatch all manner of rockumentaries, though it’s so much a burn as a simple statement of the obvious. Who else but Ed Sheeran fans, after all, would have even a passing interest in seeing “Songwriter,” a cozy in-house study of the unlikely British megastar’s creative process, […]

Berlin: Gael García Bernal’s ‘Museum’ Powers Up Sales for Luxbox

Variety - Front Page - 14 hours 56 min ago
The highest-profile Latin American film at Berlin, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Museo” (Museum), starring Gael García Bernal, has racked up first major territory sales, with more in the pipeline, its sales agent, Luxbox, announced out of Berlin. World premiering Thursday in Berlin competition, “Museo,” – a “gorgeous, giddy shaggy-dog movie,” according to Variety – has been licensed […]

Facebook Pulls VR First-Person Shooter Game From Demo at Conservative Political Conference

Variety - Front Page - 15 hours 17 min ago
Facebook found itself in the spotlight of gun-violence controversy after showing off a first-person virtual-reality shooting game at the Conservative Political Action Conference this week. Facebook was demo’ing futuristic combat-simulation game “Bullet Train” in its booth at CPAC in Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C. The company and the game’s developer, Epic Games, have showed off […]

Berlin Film Review: ‘Styx’

Variety - Front Page - 15 hours 33 min ago
There is significant cinematic pleasure in observing someone perform an action at which they’re practiced. Watching a pianist play or a driver change gear or a master thief pick a lock can exert its own fascination, and the camera can identify expertise, in muscle memory and dexterity that cannot be faked. In the first, nearly […]

Berlin Film Review: ‘Dressage’

Variety - Front Page - 18 hours 35 min ago
An ethical tale for a new era, the youth drama “Dressage” powerfully illustrates the consequences of growing social divisions within contemporary Iranian society and indicts a middle and upper class that have lost their moral center. Helmer Pooya Badkoobeh’s debut feature centers on an alienated teen, from a family of modest means, who breaks with […]

Berlin Facetime: Director Pascal Plante of ‘Fake Tattoos’

Variety - Front Page - 21 hours 19 min ago
Pascal Plante’s heartfelt and edgy feature debut “Fake Tattoos” makes its European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, after winning Best Canadian Film at the 2017 Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema and unspooling in Slamdance. The intimate narrative pivots on Theo (Anthony Therrien), an 18 year old who celebrates his birthday alone at a wild […]
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