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Korea Box Office: ‘Swindlers’ Wins Third Weekend

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:26
Two Korean titles, “The Swindlers” and “Forgotten” remained on top of the South Korean box office. “Swindlers” earned $3.18 million from 418,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $26.7 million after three weekends. The Showbox release accounted for 24% of the total weekend box office. Megabox’s “Forgotten” earned $2.34 million for a […]

Josh Homme Apologizes to Photographer in Emotional Video: ‘I Was a Total Dick’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:10
Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, weathering a firestorm of criticism for kicking photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face while she shot his band’s performance at the KROQ Acoustic Christmas concert on Dec. 9, has posted an emotional video on Instagram apologizing for his actions. “I would just like to apologize to Chelsea Lauren,” […]

A Team of MIT Scientists Taught an AI to Get Emotional Over Movies

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 08:01
Artificial intelligence (AI) may not be ready to write the next blockbuster movie, but a team of AI researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab successfully used machine learning to teach computers about emotional arcs in movies. The researchers, which collaborated for this project with McKinsey, used machine learning to analyze thousands […]

Dubai: Lebanon’s Cedars Art Production to Produce High-End Shows for Potential OTT Play (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 06:13
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Lebanon’s Cedars Art Production, the prominent film and TV company which recently scored a massive hit across the MENA region with TV show “Al Hayba,” is ramping up and reconfiguring its scripted content output with its first two high-end shows conceived for OTT play, one of which involves the fictional creation […]

‘Waking Dead’ Recap: Tide of War Turns in Midseason Finale (SPOILERS)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 03:34
SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Season 8, Episode 8 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “How It’s Gotta Be” The Season 8 midseason finale of “The Walking Dead” saw the Saviors flip the script on Rick’s coalition, with one longtime character meeting their end. But first– The episode begins with […]

Dubai: Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic Boards Abu Bakr Shawky’s ‘Yomeddine’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 03:30
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Prominent Egyptian indie producer Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic has come on board as co-producer of Egyptian-Austrian filmmaker Abu Bakr Shawky’s upcoming feature film “Yomeddine,” a road movie about a middle-aged man raised in a leper colony who embarks with a sidekick and a donkey on a journey across Egypt to try […]

‘Outlander’ Season 3 Finale Recap: A Near Sacrifice, A Near Death and an Actual Death in ‘Eye of the Storm’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 02:00
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Eye of the Storm,” the third season finale of “Outlander.” As this season finale opens, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is floating in the water and we hear her voice saying, “I was dead. Everything was blinding white. There was this soft rushing sound, like the wings […]

China Box Office: ‘Coco’ Stays Tops Ahead of ‘Paddington 2’

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 00:50
Pixar animation, “Coco” stayed on top of a fragmented Chinese box office with a stirring $32.7 million in its third week on release. New release, “Paddington 2” enjoyed second place with $14.5 million. Benefiting from good word of mouth and only modest competition, “Coco” saw its numbers hold up strongly. The third weekend total represented […]

Celebrities Send Messages of Support to Bullied Boy: ‘Stay Strong’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:52
Several celebrities have reached out to Keaton Jones, a young Tennessee boy whose video questioning why bullies are mean went viral, offering messages of support and encouragement. Jones’ mother posted the video of him to Facebook, in which he is upset after she picked him up from school when he felt too scared to go […]

IFFAM: Pang Ho-cheung Readies Martial Arts Three-Parter

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 23:00
Pang Ho-cheung, one of the most creative talents in the Hong Kong film industry, is poised to make his biggest project to date. He is just weeks away from shooting a trilogy of martial arts films whose Chinese title translates simply as “Kung Fu Story.” Pang, who is a whirl of energy, spinning out novels, […]

IFFAM: ‘Newton’ Star Rajkummar Rao Signs Horror Comedy

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:59
Rising star Indian actor, Rajkummar Rao has signed an untitled film alongside actress Shraddha Kapoor (“Haseena Parkar”), by director duo Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru (“A Gentleman”). Principal photography will commence by the end of January 2018. Dinesh Vijan is producing for Maddock Films (“Hindi Medium”). Rao describes the film as an “out-of-the-box, raucous horror-comedy.” […]

‘Westworld’s’ Leonardo Nam Says Seeing Asian Actors in ‘Star Wars’ ‘Feels Normal’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:20
The Asian-American community celebrated a memorable night on Saturday at the 16th Annual Unforgettable Gala in Los Angeles. The event celebrates prominent members of the Asian-American community whose work has helped advance their culture in Hollywood and beyond. This year, the celebration honored actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park with the BMW Ultimate Drive […]

‘God’s Own Country’ Wins Big at the British Independent Film Awards

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 22:03
“God’s Own Country” was the big winner at The British Film Awards, Sunday, winning best British independent film, best actor for Josh O’Connor, and best debut director for Francis Lee. “Lady Macbeth” also fared well at the BIFAs, scooping best screenplay for Alice Birch, best actress for Florence Pugh, and most promising newcomer for Naomie […]

Max Clifford, Former Celebrity Publicist, Dies in Prison at 74

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 21:26
Ex-celebrity publicist Max Clifford died Sunday while serving his prison sentence for offenses related to sex abuse. He was 74. The publicist, who held a high position in the British entertainment world before his arrest, was incarcerated in 2014 after being convicted of eight counts of indecent assault. The charges, which resulted in an eight-year […]

Hannibal Buress Arrested in Miami for Disorderly Intoxication

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 21:00
Comedian Hannibal Buress was arrested Saturday night in Miami, Fla. The Miami Police Department confirmed the news in a tweet. The police responded via Twitter after a video was posted to social media that appeared to show Buress getting arrested. In the video, he can heard asking the officers to explain what he was being […]

Concert Review: KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017, Night One

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 19:58
‘Tis the season for holiday cheer — but given the state of our country, a little resistance at the end of the year is to be expected. That was the vibe of night one of KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., where, despite the major headline being Queens of the Stone […]

‘Loving Vincent’ Passes $20 Million at Worldwide Box Office

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 19:54
The winner at Saturday night’s European Film Awards of the best European Animated Feature Film Award, Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s “Loving Vincent” has smashed past $20 million at the worldwide box office, an impressive and rare achievement for an independent animated art film. Sold by Edward Noeltner’s Beverly Hills and Paris-based Cinema Management Group, […]

Margot Robbie’s ‘I, Tonya’ Soars in Opening Weekend

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:37
Margot Robbie’s  “I, Tonya” has launched with an impressive $245,602 at four locations in one of the strongest platform openings of the year with $61,400 per site. Neon’s film has been receiving awards recognition for Robbie’s portrayal of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding and Allison Janney’s performance of her mother LaVona. The film is currently […]

Josh Homme Kicks Female Photographer in the Head at KROQ Acoustic Christmas (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 18:12
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme can be seen violently kicking a female photographer in the face in a disturbing video from KROQ Acoustic Christmas’s first night on Saturday. The incident happened during the band’s performance at the L.A. radio station’s 28th annual holiday concert. Chelsea Lauren, a photographer for Shutterstock, which has […]

Box Office: ‘Coco’ Stays Strong With $55 Million at International Box Office

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 17:35
Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy “Coco” remained powerful at the international box office with $55.3 million in 35 territories — mostly from a dazzling $35 million third weekend in China. “Coco” has stayed strong in China following its opening weekend of $18 million, following with an impressive $43.7 million in its second frame and declining by only […]
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