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Amazon Studios Buys ‘Cold War’ From Oscar Winner Paweł Pawlikowski (Exclusive)
The film takes place across Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia, and Paris, and is set in the 1950s — a time when the forces of democracy and communism were clashing throughout Europe. The terms of the deal are being kept under wraps, but it has been in the works for months. The movie was first presented to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival. »
- Brent Lang and Elsa Keslassy
‘Narcos’ Star Pedro Pascal to Play Villain in ‘Equalizer 2’ Opposite Denzel Washington (Exclusive)
Plot details are currently scarce, other than that Washington will reprise his role as Robert McCall, a former special ops agent who now helps those who can’t defend themselves. Details on Pascal’s character are unknown. »
- Justin Kroll
Bryan Singer's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Casts Queen Bandmates (Exclusive)
Rami Malek already is attached to portray legendary frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, which is produced by Graham King's GK Films banner for 20th Century Fox and New Regency. Justin Haythe (Red Sparrow, Revolutionary Road) penned the script with Graham King, Jim Beach and Singer producing. Denis O'Sullivan, Arnon Milchan and Jane »
- Rebecca Ford
‘Glass’ Synopsis Teases the “Culmination” of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ and ‘Unbreakable’
Universal Pictures has released the first official synopsis for Glass as pre-production on the highly anticipated sequel is firmly underway. The film is a follow-up to filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s terrific 2000 film Unbreakable and its secret sequel Split, which hit theaters this past January and quickly became a massive box office and critical success. While fans had been clamoring for an Unbreakable sequel for years, the final moments of Shyamalan’s seemingly original psychological thriller Split revealed that the entire film was taking place in the same universe as Unbreakable—the final shot found Bruce Willis’ … »
- Adam Chitwood
‘The Flash’ Adds Katee Sackhoff as a Recurring Villain
Like any upcoming season of a DC superhero TV series, there’s a need for plenty of villains. EW reports that The Flash has landed Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff to play “DC Comics villain Amunet Black, a.k.a Blacksmith, a steely and badass boss of an underground black market for supervillains. Amunet uses every means possible, including the long list of metahumans under her thumb, to ensure her illicit enterprise thrives.” The character was first introduced in the comics in 2001, and she gets the name “Blacksmith” from her ability to reshape metal and merge it with flesh. … »
- Matt Goldberg
After Criticism, Joss Whedon Fan Site Shuts Down After 15 Years
Whedonesque.com has operated for 15 years, acting as a message boards for fans of Whedon's work, which ranges from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers movie.
"15 years is a long time and a lot of water has flowed under the bridge," reads the final post on the site. "But now it's time to say goodbye. No more threads after this one, we're closing down."
- Mia Galuppo
Sci-Fi Movie 'Intelligent Life' Taps 'Stranger Things' Director Rebecca Thomas (Exclusive)
Thomas will also do some additional writing on Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly’s original script. The story centers on a United Nations employee who monitors outer space and makes contact with a beautiful woman who may be an alien.
- Rebecca Ford
Game of Thrones Season 8 to Start Filming in October
He said as much while promoting his newest film Shot Caller in an interview with Collider, revealing, "I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After
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- Amanda Bell
Haugesund: Norway’s Thomas Aske Berg on His Pioneering ‘Vidar the Vampire’
Haugesund, Norway — Norwegian actor-writer-composer-director-producer Thomas Aske Berg’s feature debut “Vidar the Vampire” (“VampyrVidar”) is most probably the least expensive entry in the main program at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund- It was produced without public support, on a Nok 500,000 ($54,000) budget, “from heritage, savings, mum and dad investments and endless hours of free work from the UFOh! production crew,” Aske Berg explained.
But Aske Berg had another challenge: “My dream was to star in a vampire movie – I have always been fascinated by the vampire genre; the problem is they hardly exist in Norway, so [I had to ] make the film myself,” he said.
Then came the question of content and style: How can you achieve a fairly fresh and original approach with the plethora of vampire movies out there?
“”Vidar the Vampire” is primarily a naturalistic comedy with horror elements, where the main character is in a surreal fantasy universe. It »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Mark Villaver was saved from elimination by this ‘raw’ performance [Watch]
The judges on “So You Think You Can Dance” seemed a bit surprised when Mark Villaver was announced as one of the dancers in the bottom three based on viewer votes on Monday night, when the Top 9 became the Top 8 (read our recap here). They immediately saved him from the chopping block, and […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Russian Director Detained in Fraud Probe
Prominent Russian film and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov was detained early on Tuesday on suspicion of a role in the embezzlement of government funds.
"Creative director of Moscow's Gogol Center theater Kirill Serebrennikov has been detained on suspicions of organizing embezzlement of at least 68 million rubles [$1.2 million], allocated in 2011-2014 [by the government] for the execution of Platforma theater project," a spokeswoman for the Investigative Committee said.
She added that charges against Serebrennikov, former head of the theater center Sedmaya Studia, which ran the Platforma project, would be brought shortly. Under Russian law, embezzlement of this size is punishable »
- Vladimir Kozlov
Japan Box Office: ‘High & Low the Movie 2’ Opens on Top
“High & Low the Movie 2 End of Sky,” the third film in a multi-media project featuring the all-male dancing and singing group Exile Tribe, opened atop the Japanese box office. For the Aug. 19-20 weekend the film made $3.2 million on 266,000 admissions from 314 screens, with Shochiku distributing.
The score was 27% weaker than the opening weekend of the first “High & Low” actioner about warring street gangs, which finished with $19 million following its July 2016 release. But it was 18% better than the second film, which earned $11 million in Oct. 2016.
Toho-Towa’s “Despicable Me 3,” which had held the number one spot for four weekends, fell to number two with $2.5 million. The film passed the $48 million lifetime figure of “Despicable Me” and is forecast to finish around $70 million.
- Mark Schilling
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Lex Ishimoto is Broadway worthy with help of Tony winning choreographer [Watch]
Another week, another showstopping performance by “So You Think You Can Dance” frontrunner Lex Ishimoto. Paired with all-star Gaby Diaz, he has already tackled tap and tango, and when the Top 9 performed (read our recap here) he was Broadway-bound and received a standing ovation from the judges with a little help from Tony winning […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Robert Pattinson, Woody Harrelson to Get Deauville Festival Honors
Robert Pattinson and Woody Harrelson will join this year’s Deauville Film Festival as honorees, with Pattinson picking up his award after cancelling last year and Harrelson on hand to present his latest film, The Glass Castle.
This year’s lineup highlights independent films, festival organizers noted, with five being debut films. Online video players are also well represented, with Netflix’s Sweet Virginia, Amazon’s The Only Living Boy in New York and E-Cinema’s The Bachelors among the selections.
It will also be »
- Rhonda Richford
Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ to Close London Film Festival
Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will be the closing-night film of the 61st BFI London Film Festival.
The film, which stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, will receive its U.K. premiere Oct. 15 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square. McDonagh, McDormand and Rockwell are all expected to attend.
The Oscar-winning British filmmaker’s third feature, “Three Billboards” marks McDonagh’s second to appear at the festival following “Seven Psychopaths” in 2012. “I’m excited to bring this film back to my hometown festival for its U.K. premiere,” McDonagh said in a statement. “I’m more than proud of it, and if there are any fans of ‘In Bruges’ still out there, I don’t think they’ll be disappointed.”
The film sees McDormand’s Mildred Hayes call out her town’s revered chief of police (Harrelson), after months without a culprit being found in her daughter’s murder, by »
- Robert Mitchell
'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' to Close London Film Festival
This year's BFI London Film Festival has a closing night film.
With an opener already announced in Andy Serkis' directorial debut Breathe, and Battle of the Sexes getting a gala screening, Martin McDonagh's black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been revealed as the curtain closer.
The film – starring Frances McDormand as a mother seeking justice for her murdered daughter, alongside Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish and Peter Dinklage – will have its U.K. premiere on Oct. 15 at the Odeon Leicester Square theater, with McDonagh, McDormand and Rockwell expected to attend.
"I'm excited to bring this »
- Alex Ritman
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Did Travis Wall outdo himself with this racially charged group routine? [Watch]
One of the most noteworthy dances in Monday night’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance” wasn’t performed by the contestants for viewer votes. It was a group routine featuring the show’s nine remaining “Sytycd” all-stars and choreographed by Travis Wall, himself an all-star having competed in the second season before crafting dances for […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
‘Trump Likes To Keep His Villains Close,’ Says Author of Book About Potus, Bannon (Video)
Was Steve Bannon’s top billing over Donald Trump on a newly released book cover partly to blame for his ouster as White House chief strategist? On Monday night’s “Late Show,” host Trevor Noah posed that question to author Joshua Green, whose much-talked about book, “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency” was released just weeks before Bannon stepped down from his Wh post. “I was told by the White House official, ‘Trump is not going to read your book, but he’s going to look at the cover and he’s going »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘So You Think You Can Dance’: Was this Kiki Nyemchek performance really the best contemporary dance ever [Watch]
The judges could hardly contain their enthusiasm on Top 9 night of “So You Think You Can Dance” when ballroom dancer Kiki Nyemchek closed the show with a contemporary routine by Emmy nominated choreographer extraordinaire Mandy Moore. Might it have even been one of the best of all time? That’s what Mary Murphy thought. She […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Variety’s 2017 TV Producers Impact Report
Variety’s annual report of showrunners who made an impact on the 2016-17 TV season. »
- Joe Otterson, Danielle Turchiano and Elizabeth Wagmeister
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