‘Eden,’ ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘St. Vincent’ Set For Zurich’s Gala Premiere Section

September 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent” are among the 30 films set to unspool at Zurich Film Festival’s Gala Premiere section. “Eden,” helmed by French up-and-comer Mia Hansen-Love and sold by Kinology, charts the rise and fall of one of the DJs who pioneered the French electro music trend... Read more

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TV Review: ‘The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story’

September 2, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

So it turns out “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” is really just Lifetime for “Sharknado.” The network opted not to screen the movie in advance, presumably assuming the nostalgia/live-tweeting factor would only be undermined by the realization this wasn’t so much a movie as a music montage interrupted by reenactments from a mediocre... Read more

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Lily Collins-Sam Claflin Romantic Comedy ‘Love, Rosie’ Gets U.S. Distribution

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution are teaming on U.S. distribution early next year of Constantin Film’s romantic comedy “Love, Rosie,” starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. “Rosie,” based on the novel “Where Rainbows End” by Cecelia Ahern, is directed by Christian Ditter, produced by Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer and Canyon Creek Films’... Read more

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5 Summer Box Office Takeaways: Marvel Rules, China Rises and Stars Matter

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The summer box office sputtered to a close, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Domestically, it was the worst showing for Hollywood in nearly a decade. To be sure, there were massive hits such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but this year’s crop of blockbusters was puny compared to... Read more

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Telluride Awards Wrap: No Slam Dunk, But Lots of Possibilities

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As the four-day Telluride Film Festival wraps Sept. 1, the big awards question is: Did we see the 2014 Oscar best-pic winner? Since Telluride has screened the winner in five of the last six years, it’s a valid question. The answer is that there was no slam dunk. But three films that debuted here are clear possibilities... Read more

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North Korea Condemns U.K. TV Series as ‘Despicable Burlesque’

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — The government of North Korea has condemned a TV political thriller about the country that has been commissioned by U.K. public broadcaster Channel 4. The series, “Opposite Number,” centers on a British nuclear scientist who is taken prisoner in North Korea. It has been penned by British playwright and screenwriter Matt Charman, who... Read more

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Digital Domain Remains on the Sick List

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

HONG KONG — Visual effects group Digital Domain does not look much healthier than it did a year ago, when it was given a back door share listing in Hong Kong. The VFX businesses were largely responsible for pushing the listed company, previously called Sun Innovation, and now renamed Digital Domain Holdings, into the red.... Read more

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James Brown Biopic ‘Get on Up’ To Open Zurich Festival

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– Zurich Film Festival will open with James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” helmer Tate Taylor’s follow up to Oscar-winning “The Help.” Taylor, Chadwick Boseman, who plays Brown, and Octavia Spencer, who stars as the singer’s aunt, will be in Zurich to attend the premiere. The film chronicles Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to his status... Read more

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Venice: Q And A With Saverio Costanzo, Director Of Adam Driver-Starrer ‘Hungry Hearts’

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Italian director Saverio Costanzo broke out internationally in 2004 with “Private,” which was set in a Palestinian home in an occupied zone. “Hungry Hearts,” his fourth feature, in competition at Venice and also screening in Toronto, is instead set in New York where Jude (Adam Driver) and Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) fall in love and have... Read more

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Australia Agrees to Funding for Disney’s ‘Pirates 5′

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Decision adds to debate over incentives for runaway productions.

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