Watch: First Trailer for Lucasfilm’s ‘Strange Magic’

November 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lucasfilm has released the first trailer for their upcoming animated film “Strange Magic” via Yahoo! and it’s as magical as expected. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the story from George Lucas revolves around two worlds: a kingdom of fairies, elves and other fantastical critters and a forest of goblins and other villains. The... Read more

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‘Guardians’ Director James Gunn: Shared Movie Universe ‘Business Model Is Flawed’

November 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

If you’re worried about the recent influx and potential resulting unwieldiness of shared movie universes, you’re not alone. “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer-director James Gunn is just as concerned. Gunn took to Facebook to voice his skepticism about studios “trying to grow franchises from non-existent films or middling successes.” “Listen, I love big (a–) shared... Read more

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‘Wild’ Director Jean-Marc Vallee Boarding Amy Adams’ Janis Joplin Biopic

November 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jean-Marc Vallée, director of “Wild” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” is in talks to direct Amy Adams in the long-in-development Janis Joplin biopic. Vallée’s producing partner Nathan Ross told Variety that the movie will shoot during the summer and fall in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where Joplin began recording songs in 1964. She broke out... Read more

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‘Angels in America’ Cinematographer on Working With Mike Nichols

November 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Stephen Goldblatt, who was the cinematographer on Mike Nichols’ last three screen productions — including HBO’s “Angels in America,” which Nichols considered to be the crowning achievement of his career — spoke to Variety at the Camerimage Film Festival on Friday about his friend, who died Wednesday. Goldblatt has worked with some of Hollywood’s leading... Read more

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‘Budapest Hotel’ Checks In Late to Awards Race

November 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

On Nov. 19, voting began for SAG nominations. On Dec. 1, art directors and producers kick off the guild voting, while the New York Film Critics Circle are first out of the gate by announcing their winners. As we get down to the wire, Hollywood calendars are jam-packed with awards events. And at each gathering,... Read more

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Holocaust Doc ‘Night Will Fall’ Gets Global Broadcast

November 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Andre Singer’s doc “Night Will Fall,” the story about the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps as WWII wound down, will be broadcast globally on Jan. 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Intl. Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film, produced by Sally Angel and Brett Ratner, will air on HBO in the... Read more

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Bill Cosby’s Lawyer: It’s Time for ‘Media Vilification’ to Stop

November 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bill Cosby’s high-profile lawyer released another statement late Friday refuting the numerous claims of sexual assault facing the comedian, calling the reports “increasingly ridiculous” and blaming the media for its “breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration.” “Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have... Read more

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Watch: Lena Dunham, Chris Pratt Read Mean Tweets on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

November 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“If you don’t have anything nice to tweet, don’t tweet at all.” That definitely wasn’t the motto last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” during the eighth edition of the host’s “Mean Tweets” segment, which asks celebrities to read out Twitter users’ insulting posts about them. Thursday night’s entertaining compilation featured a new batch of celebs, including... Read more

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Digital Tracking: ‘Mockingjay’ to Fly Away with Records at Box Office

November 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot – which studies social data and box office trends – analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in... Read more

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Editor William Goldenberg on Cutting ‘Imitation Game,’ ‘Unbroken’

November 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As the holiday movie season approaches, film editor William Goldenberg finds himself with two highly awaited, intense, based-on-a-true-story sagas hitting theaters: Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” (edited alongside Tim Squyres) and Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game.” Goldenberg was last here in 2012, when “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” were nominated for editing Oscars, with the former winning... Read more

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