‘True Blood’ Finale: TV’s True Death Can’t Redeem HBO Drama (SPOILERS)

August 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

What a strange trip it was for “True Blood,” a series that began with enormous promise, began to drunkenly stagger as if it was imbibing something more mood-altering than blood, and finally lurched back toward a measure of sobriety in the home stretch of its seventh season. Still, Sunday’s series finale (and SPOILER ALERT if you... Read more

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Video Music Awards 2014: Winners List

August 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

MTV’s Video Music Awards will kick off on Sunday night, 6 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, airing live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Among the biggest nominees at the annual awards show are Beyonce, Iggy Azalea, Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams. Check back here from a updated winners list as they’re announced at the show:... Read more

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Richard Attenborough Appreciation: A Legacy Beyond ‘Gandhi’

August 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

To many in the entertainment industry, Richard Attenborough will always be synonymous with “Gandhi,” which is understandable. The filmmaker, who died Sunday at 90, directed only a dozen films, and none of them matched his 1982 bio-epic. But Attenborough was also an actor of great range, from his lower-class hoodlum in the 1947 “Brighton Rock” (from... Read more

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‘If I Stay,’ ‘Sin City 2′ and the Trouble With Tracking

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood studios rely on tracking firms like Greek generals once enlisted oracles — to shine a light through the fog and predict an unknowable future. To some, the most sophisticated data sets and intricate algorithms have proved to be about as scientific this month as the soothsayers of yore. One by one, the weekends have... Read more

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Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight Shot at Pre-VMAs Party

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Suge Knight, the once-head of Death Row Records, has been hospitalized after being shot early Sunday at a West Hollywood nightclub in an unofficial pre-Video Music Awards party hosted by Chris Brown. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Knight was on the list of victims for the incident, but would not... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Back on Top, ‘Sin City 2′ Flops

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Teen girls and fanboys duked it out at the box office this weekend, with “Guardians of the Galaxy” getting the upper hand on newcomer “If I Stay” and scoring first place with a $17.6 million haul, according to studio estimates. It was the second time that Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” came out on top,... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Sud Eau Nord Deplacer’

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

French director Antoine Boutet knows better than to wade into the political quicksand surrounding China's Nan Shui Bei Diao project, though he instinctively recognizes the enormous potential, both sociological and cinematic, in documenting it.

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Variety and Women in Film Celebrate Emmy Nominees at Star-Studded Party

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The annual Variety and Women in Film pre-Emmy celebration powered by Samsung Galaxy honoring the television nominees was held Saturday night at Gracias Madre on Melrose Avenue. Partygoers dined on delicious vegan Mexican food and sipped cocktails al fresco sponsored by Crystal Light, and arrived at the party in Mercedes Benz S65 AMG Coupes. The... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Pause’

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

You can’t blame a gal for wanting to take a break from a scruffy, ambitionless boyfriend like Sami after four years. Audiences may feel the same way after just four minutes.

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China Halts Independent Film Festival Again

August 24, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Beijing Independent Film Festival was shut down on Saturday by authorities. Festival organizers, headed by Wang Shu, said that their selection of films did not include movies that were critical of government. But nevertheless they were pressured not to go ahead in the days before the launch. The festival, which is in its 11th... Read more

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