‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Top the Art Directors Guild Awards

February 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Art Directors Guild held its 19th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, honoring “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” with the top honors of the night. “Birdman” won for Contemporary Film while “Grand Budapest” and “Guardians” won in the categories Period Film and Fantasy Film, respectively.... Read more

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Sundance: Awards Ceremony in Progress

February 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The awards of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival are being handed out in Park City, Utah. In the U.S. dramatic competition, the audience award was given to “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s visually inventive comedy-drama about the friendship between a misfit teenager and a classmate diagnosed with leukemia. The film was acquired by... Read more

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Indie Sales Acquires Scandi Chiller ‘Shelley’ (EXCLUSIVE)

January 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

GOTEBORG, Sweden– Paris-based sales outfit Indie Sales has acquired Ali Abbasi’s feature debut “Shelley,” one of the projects pitched at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market. Hailing from the co-producers of Jonas Alexander Arnby’s “When Animals Dream,” the well-polished genre film boasts an international cast, headlined by Cosmina Stratan, who won the actress nod at Cannes for her... Read more

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Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges’ ‘Seventh Son’ Screening is a ‘Big Lebowski’ Reunion

January 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Dark magic, witches and “the Dude” (Jeff Bridges’ famed role in “The Big Lebowski”) prevailed at a special screening of Universal Pictures’ epic fantasy adventure “Seventh Son” in New York City on Friday night. The film’s stars, Bridges and Julianne Moore — last seen together onscreen in the Coen brothers’ 1998 cult classic, 17 years prior — reunited at the Crosby Street Hotel for... Read more

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Pirate Bay Back Online Less Than Two Months After Going Dark

January 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Notorious piracy site The Pirate Bay has come back online, seven weeks after Swedish law enforcement officials shut it down and seized the group’s previous servers in a Dec. 9 raid. The Internet address of the relaunched piratebay.se site traces back to a service provider based in Moldova. According to the website’s listing of recent... Read more

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Cop Car’

January 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Maybe it wasn’t such a great idea for Kevin Bacon’s corrupt small-town sheriff to leave the keys inside his unlocked patrol car. And maybe he should have thought twice before tossing his gunbelt in the backseat and stuffing a beaten-and-bound criminal in the trunk.

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Film Review: ‘Above and Beyond’

January 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Director Roberta Grossman and producer Nancy Spielberg’s gung-ho documentary celebrating the overnight creation of the Israeli Air Force by a handful of American GIs boasts a helluva story, a cast of still-feisty nonagenarian flyboys and state-of-the-art combat “reconstructions” in a one-sided historical context.

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Hallow’

January 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The directorial debut of visual artist Corin Hardy is a creature feature that's never less than arresting to the eye.

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Indian Multiplex Chain PVR to Buy Back LVMH Share Stake

January 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

India’s leading multiplex cinema chain is to buy back a 10% share stake owned by an investment subsidiary of luxury goods giant LVMH.

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Gives to Save Santa Monica’s Vidiots

January 31, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Filmmakers and cinephiles celebrated news Friday that producer Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures would join a group of benefactors to save beloved Santa Monica video emporium Vidiots, which had announced days earlier that it was going out of business. Ellison’s rep said she and others would contribute an undisclosed amount of money to help sustain the... Read more

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