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Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, Hailee Steinfeld Honored at Inaugural Variety Hitmakers Event

Variety - Front Page - 1 hour 42 min ago
At 1 p.m. on Saturday, music artists and execs mixed and mingled at the inaugural Variety Hitmakers event that celebrated the launch of Variety’s first music franchise, titled Hitmakers. The party, held at the Sunset Tower Hotel, was thrown in conjunction with the issue that lists 77 of the top music makers, while dissecting the 30 most-consumed songs of […]

‘Wonderstruck’ Colorist Joe Gawler on How Film’s Multi-Period Look Was Created

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 13 min ago
Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” which screened in the main competition at Camerimage, tells the complicated story of two children, both deaf, growing up in New York during different historical periods, whose paths strangely and magically converge. To tell this multi-layered story, DP Edward Lachman, a Camerimage regular and frequent Haynes collaborator (“Far From Heaven,” “I’m Not […]

ICG President Steven Poster Pushes On-Set Safety, Slams Government’s Anti-Union Stance

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 25 min ago
Cinematographer Steven Poster, who’s shot such films as “Donnie Darko” and “Stuart Little 2,” and is a former president of the Americans Society of Cinematographers, has been head of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, since 2006. He sat with Variety to assess the state of the organization at this point in its history (good) […]

Production Designer Adam Stockhausen on Building Wes Anderson’s Worlds

Variety - Front Page - 3 hours 42 min ago
Production designer Adam Stockhausen, known for creating much of the fantastical look of Wes Anderson films such as “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Grand Budapest Hotel,” for which he won the Oscar, says he derives much of his inspiration from intensive research. Working closely with Anderson, Stockhausen most recently designed the upcoming “Isle of Dogs” while also […]

Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 1 min ago
Poland’s Camerimage fest wrapped Saturday with the Golden Frog top prize for “On Body and Soul,” a Hungarian story of shared dreams filmed by Mate Herbai and directed by Ildiko Enyedi. The jury, headed by British director Michael Apted, honored Russian family drama “Loveless,” with cinematography by Mikhail Krichman and directing by Andrei Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”), […]

David Cassidy Hospitalized With Organ Failure

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 3 min ago
David Cassidy is in a Florida hospital with organ failure, his publicist JoAnn Geffen confirmed Saturday. The 67-year old pop idol and “Partridge Family” star has been suffering from dementia, he announced earlier this year. TMZ reported that he is in critical condition and has been in the hospital for three days after being in […]

How ‘Downsizing’ DP Phedon Papamichael, Director Alexander Payne Stayed Intimate With the Actors

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 10 min ago
“Downsizing,” one of the opening night films at the Camerimage film festival, is the fourth collaboration between director Alexander Payne and cinematographer Phedon Papamichael. Unlike the other three – “Sideways,” “The Descendants” and “Nebraska” – this new mix of comedy, drama and sci-fi uses plenty of visual effects to tell the story of a future […]

Lana Wachowski on How ‘Sense8’ Crew Stepped Out of Their Comfort Zone

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 18 min ago
Wrapping “Sense8,” one of Netflix’s most unusual series, was bittersweet, the key crew told the audience at the Camerimage film fest in Poland Thursday. Writer-director-producer Lana Wachowski confessed she began her career with sibling Lilly when both wanted total control of elements in front of their film lens and worked like “mushrooms in the studio,” […]

‘Incredibles 2’ Gets First Teaser Trailer From Disney-Pixar

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 21 min ago
13 years after the release of “The Incredibles,” Disney-Pixar has released a teaser trailer for the audience-demanded follow-up, “Incredibles 2.” While not revealing much in terms of plot, the sequel appears to take place almost immediately after the events of the first film. Set to Michael Giacchino’s iconic theme, the trailer shows Jack-Jack, the Incredibles/Parrs’ […]

Academy President John Bailey on Extending Oscars’ Global Reach

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 33 min ago
John Bailey, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, spoke to members of international film industry at Camerimage film festival in Poland this week about how changes will help broaden the pool of voters selecting the foreign-language Oscar nominees, as well as ongoing measures to make the body more diverse, plans for […]

Ann Wedgeworth, ‘Three’s Company’ Actress, Dies at 83

Variety - Front Page - 4 hours 36 min ago
Ann Wedgeworth, known for her role as Lana Shields in ABC’s “Three’s Company,” died Thursday in New York after a long illness. She was 83. Wedgeworth’s career began in Broadway, with her debut in “Make a Million” in 1958. She continued to perform in off-Broadway and Broadway productions over the next few decades, winning a […]

‘Get Out’ Awards Category Dilemma: Film Defies Easy Labels, Cast Says

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 5 min ago
Despite the eruption of controversy over the nomination of “Get Out” in the Golden Globe’s best musical or comedy category, the picture’s cast and producers appeared to have taken the social media furor in stride Friday night. At a celebration for “Get Out” at Hollywood’s Lombardi house, producer Jason Blum said the film defies a […]

Box Office: ‘Justice League’ Leads the Way With $37 Million at Chinese Box Office

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 30 min ago
“Justice League” is looking to gross an estimated $37 million between Friday and Saturday at the Chinese box office, with $15.5 million from Friday showings and an estimated $21 million from Saturday screenings at approximately 21,000 sites. Warner Bros.’ superhero tentpole took in 65% of the top five films in China on Friday, and is […]

‘Mission: Impossible’ Producer Paula Wagner on Making Thurgood Marshall Movie

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 42 min ago
Paula Wagner’s five-year quest to get the story of Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall onto screen was “absolutely worth it,” the Hollywood producer told filmmakers at Poland’s Camerimage fest on Friday. The inspiring biopic, “Marshall,” which opened in October, focuses on an early case the young Marshall takes on in Connecticut, defending a black chauffeur […]

Tributes to AC/DC’s Malcolm Young Pour in: Ozzy Osbourne, Eddie Van Halen, Paul Stanley Mourn Guitarist’s Death

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 48 min ago
AC/DC guitarist and cofounder Malcolm Young died Saturday at the age of 64 after a long battle with dementia. Malcolm co-founded the band in 1973 with brother and fellow guitarist Angus, whose schoolboy outfit and onstage aggression made him the focal point of the band throughout its career. But Malcolm’s crushing rhythm guitar anchored the […]

Movie Biz Attempts to Grapple With Diversity Crisis

Variety - Front Page - 5 hours 59 min ago
Building diversity in cinematography – and in the film industry in general – is a career-long goal for most members of the Camerimage film festival panel that takes on this subject and most report progress since the event launched at the event last year. But, as moderator Elen Lotman, an Estonian cinematographer, cautioned at this […]

Hollywood Insider Michael Apted on Combating Sexual Harassment, Working With Actors, Cinematography

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 24 min ago
Variety speaks to British director Michael Apted, who has served as president of the Directors Guild of America, and as a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He talks about his approach to working with cinematographers, how he gets the best out of actors, and how Hollywood should respond to the […]

Media Access Awards Honor Hollywood for Depicting People With Disabilities

Variety - Front Page - 6 hours 31 min ago
Hollywood was saluted on Friday for its depictions of people with disabilities at the Media Access Awards, which honoree Nic Novicki quipped was “like the Oscars, but with more wheelchairs and sign language.” Novicki said that people with disabilities represent 20% of the population, making them “the largest minority group in the country.” Celebs in […]

‘Transparent’ Without Jeffrey Tambor? Unimaginable But Possible. Here’s How

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 24 min ago
As the controversy surrounding the conduct of Jeffrey Tambor on the set of “Transparent” deepens, the speculation intensifies that the Amazon Prime series could conceivably move on to its next season without the star in tow. It’s a possibility that might seem unthinkable to even the casual observer of this groundbreaking, critically acclaimed dramedy. Tambor […]

AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Dies at 64

Variety - Front Page - 8 hours 27 min ago
Malcolm Young, rhythm guitarist of AC/DC, the thunderous Australian rock band that he co-founded with his brother Angus in 1973, died Saturday after a long battle with dementia. He was 64. The band, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, announced his passing on its website with a plainspoken […]
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