Telluride Film Review: ‘Seymour: An Introduction’

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The great classical pianist Seymour Bernstein is as graceful a speaker as he is a musician, and his voice rings out with wondrous depth and clarity in “Seymour: An Introduction.”

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Venice Film Review: ‘Jackie & Ryan’

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

There was a time when a major studio might have made "Jackie & Ryan," a wholesome, female-skewing heartland romance, with a Sandra Bullock in the lead and reaped the profits; today, it's a wing-and-a-prayer festival film that marks Katherine Heigl's introduction to independent cinema.

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Venice Film Review: ‘Labor of Love’

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The heavy-handed method of conveying a worthy message k.o.s “Labor of Love,” tyro helmer Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s well-meaning attempt at highlighting the difficulties of the average working man and woman in Calcutta. It’s not simply the glacial pacing or the absence of dialogue – words are heard off-screen – but the preachiness of it all, combined with an absence of characterization.

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From Dubai to Cairo, Festivals Help Arab Filmmakers Court Hollywood Partners

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

This fall, in the bustling media hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the more ancient Arab capitals of Cairo and Marrakech, festival execs are promising a bumper crop of Arab cinema. It’s a harvest that regional players have spent several years cultivating. Sandwiched between Venice and Sundance, the fall festival slot, which includes the... Read more

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Italian Arthouse Distributor Fil Rouge Media Makes Venice Debut With ‘Manglehorn’

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Italo Arthouse Distrib Debuts With Lido Trio

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Box Office: ‘Guardians’ Becomes Year’s Top Film, Leads Labor Day Weekend

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Leave it to a ragtag band of space crusaders to save the Labor Day weekend box office. “Guardians of the Galaxy” has edged out newcomers “The November Man” and “As Above, So Below” to once again top the domestic box office, earning $3.8 million on Friday in its fifth frame. The intergalactic pic has beat... Read more

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Venice Film Review: ‘Three Hearts’

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

At the outset of his filmmaking career, Benoit Jacquot worked as an assistant director to the great French novelist Marguerite Duras, and now he has made a film that feels more indebted to her romantic values than anything else in his oeuvre.

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‘Imitation Game’ Demands Oscar’s Attention (Analysis)

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Imitation Game” is clearly an awards contender: Complex, impeccably executed and unique. The film’s offbeat approach to an oddball character will be its greatest strength — and its challenge. A historical drama about WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, “The Imitation Game” is a kudos candidate in multiple categories, including the superb performances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley (lead or supporting? She could go either way). Artisan contributions seem like shoo-in contenders.... Read more

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‘Guardians’ Still Marvelous at Weekend Box Office

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Continuing to salvage the late summer box office, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is looking like the clear winner of the Labor Day weekend. The Marvel-Disney tentpole grossed $3.5 million on Friday — its 29th day of release — for a projected $19 million weekend at the U.S. box office. That matched Pierce Brosnan’s actioner “The November... Read more

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MTV Uses Social Media for Global Audience Involvement

August 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The power of live television and social media is helping to drive MTV Intl.’s global footprint and maximize opportunities for advertisers. Between the beginning of June and Aug. 16, the cabler produced eight live music events — from Durban, South Africa, to Italy to Malaysia — sparking sky-high levels of social-media engagement and drawing millions... Read more

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