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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Premiere Takes Over USC, Honors Late Carrie Fisher

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:24
The Force took over USC’s Shrine Auditorium, as stars and filmmakers of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” came together Saturday night for the first screening of the eighth installment of the massive Lucasfilm franchise. Giant AT-M6 walkers flanked the entrance to the red carpet, as stars like Daisey Ridley, Mark Hamill, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong’o […]

Box Office: ‘Coco’ Wins as ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Waits in the Wings

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:17
With anticipation building for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Disney-Pixar’s animated comedy “Coco” handily won its third straight crown at a moderate North American box office with $18.3 million at 3,748 sites. “Coco” joined “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” “Fate of the Furious” and “Split” as 2017 titles to top the domestic box office for three weekends […]

Jeff Glor to Interview French President Emmanuel Marcon on ‘CBS Evening News’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 16:00
Jeff Glor will interview French President Emmanuel Marcon on Monday’s broadcast of “CBS Evening News,” a big “get” for the anchor early in his new tenure on the program, which has long emphasized coverage of international affairs. Glor, who started as anchor on the program Monday, December 4, recently traveled to California to cover the […]


Dubai Film Connection Announces Arab Projects Prizewinners of 2017 Edition

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 15:35
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Dubai fest’s Dubai Film Connection co-production market has announced the winners of $60,000 worth of film funding prizes, the most lucrative of which went to “The Syrians,” a creative documentary project by Tunisian multidisciplinary artist Mohamed Ismail Louti, aka Ismaël (pictured), about displaced Syrians living in Lebanon. “The Syrians” won […]

Jeronimo Rocha Sets Genre Piece ‘Daedalus’ At IFFAM Project Market

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:20
Jeronimo Rocha, an emerging talent from Portugal, is all set to make his feature debut with sci-fi horror “Daedalus,” one of the six genre projects at the IFFAM project market. The film will follow a blue-collar girl hired to bring back to Earth a decrepit spacecraft which uncovers the secret of humankind’s deadly first contact […]

Dubai: Arab World Women Directors – Sofia Djama, ‘The Blessed’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:13
Algerian helmer-writer Sofia Djama’s debut feature drama “The Blessed” arrives in Dubai after an auspicious world premiere in the Horizon’s competition of the Venice Film Festival. Not only did exciting young star Lyna Khoudri nab the section’s best actress kudo for the role of Fériel, but the film also collected a pair of important collateral […]

Industry Experts Mull Disruption, Festivals And China At IFFAM Forum

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 14:04
Disruptors of the traditional model of the entertainment industry such as Netflix and Amazon are temporary, while film is forever, was one of the key findings of the ‘Macao Forum’ a new IFFAM initiative introduced this year. The festival’s industry hub hosted several closed-door sessions where industry practitioners debated three topics. The first was ‘How […]

Bollywood Star Sonam Kapoor on Making Cinema That Has ‘Something to Say’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 09:38
In a Variety Studio interview at the Dubai Intl. Film Festival, Bollywood star Sonam Kapoor said it was a good time for creating art, but a “difficult” time for society. “In India, as in the rest of the world, we are going through a period that is very tentative, politically, socially, and in every way,” […]

Dubai: USA Network’s Legal Drama ‘Suits’ Set For Arabic Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 07:46
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Egypt’s TVision Media Production, the company that makes an Arabic version of “Saturday Night Live,” is set to produce a localised adaptation of “Suits,” USA Network’s long-running legal drama series. TVision CEO Tarek Ganainy, who purchased remake rights to the “Suits” format from NBCUniversal International, said the popular show, centred around […]

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ First Reactions: ‘Jam-Packed,’ ‘Exciting’

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 06:10
The much-anticipated latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” premiered in Los Angeles Saturday night, and attendees were thrilled with the Rian Johnson-directed movie. While full reviews are embargoed until 9 a.m. Tuesday, premiere moviegoers were eager to share their first impressions. Check out some of the first reactions to […]

‘Dina’ Wins Best IDA Award for Best Feature

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 05:17
Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ documentary “Dina” has won the International Documentary Association’s award for top feature of 2017. Laura Checkoway’s “Edith+Eddie” won for best short. Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin’s  “LA 92” won the ABC News VideoSource award and PBS’ “Independent Lens” won for best curated series. HBO’s “The Defiant Ones” won for best […]

‘Saturday Night Live’: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Steve Martin Appear in James Franco Opener

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 04:57
Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Steve Martin made surprise appearances on “Saturday Night Live” during host James Franco’s opening monologue. Rogen appeared as an audience member. He bantered with his frequent co-star about movies they’ve made together and the number of times both have hosted “SNL” (two for Rogen, four for Franco). Franco said the […]

Camila Cabello Is the Belle of the Jingle Ball at New York City Tour Stop

Variety - Front Page - Sun, 12/10/2017 - 01:00
The last time Camila Cabello performed at the Z100 Jingle Ball at New York City’s Madison Square Garden was also one of her final appearances as part of the pop powerhouse Fifth Harmony. At that same show, Cabello was an MVP on the lineup, joining Machine Gun Kelly onstage as a last-minute fill-in for Meghan […]

‘The Crown’ Star Vanessa Kirby on the ‘Privilege’ of Playing Princess Margaret

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 22:02
If the first season of “The Crown” probed the sibling rivalry between Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and her sister Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby), the second season takes the gloves off. The two women are driven even further apart as the ever-more headstrong Margaret continues her ill-fated search for love. Yet Kirby says the more she’s […]

‘I, Tonya’ Filmmakers Rejected Indie Rock Darling Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Tonya Harding’ Song

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 21:35
Indie-rock hero Sufjan Stevens is effectively running against himself in the Oscars’ best original song category, with two prominently featured and equally respected tunes in “Call Me By Your Name” (“Mystery of Love,” heard mid-film, and “Visions of Gideon,” over the end credits). But if he’d had his way, he might have had three songs […]

‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 21:18
TV’s toughest private investigator is back on the case. Netflix announced that the second season of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” will premiere on March 8, 2018. The season will be comprised of 13 hour-long episodes. Try not to get in the way. pic.twitter.com/ABVluVN7El — Jessica Jones (@JessicaJones) December 9, 2017 It’s been a long wait for […]

Palme d’Or Winner ‘The Square’ Sweeps The 30th European Film Awards

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 21:16
Cannes’s Palme d’Or winner “The Square” directed by Ruben Ostlund scoop best European film, comedy, script, director, actor (for Claes Bang) at the 30th European Film Awards ceremony which took place on Saturday (Dec. 9) in Berlin. “We wanted to say something important, but we also wanted it to be entertaining and exciting – I […]

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Trailer Unveils Animated Miles Morales

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 20:45
Sony has unveiled a brief teaser trailer of its upcoming  animated movie “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” with a first look at the teenage Miles Morales. The 80-second trailer opens with a hooded figure moving through the snow of New York City, visiting the grave of Peter Parker, then swinging awkwardly through skyscrapers with the tagline […]

Seth Rogen Cancels SiriusXM Press Tour Over Steve Bannon’s Return to Radio Show

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 19:02
Seth Rogen announced on Twitter that he would be canceling his press tour on SiriusXM after it became known that ex-Trump administration strategist Steve Bannon would be returning to his former role as host of “Breitbart News Daily” on SiriusXM’s conservative Patriot channel. “I was supposed to do a press tour on SiriusXM on teusday […]

John Boyega Stuck in Atlanta Ahead of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Premiere

Variety - Front Page - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 18:25
John Boyega issued what is likely a joking plea for help via Twitter Saturday morning. The actor wrote that he’s stuck in an Atlanta airport due to bad weather and may miss the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” premiere. “Wow ATL,” he wrote. “Look like no one’s leaving! Guess I’ll start a family now…” According […]
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