Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande Among Celebrities Exposed in Massive Nude Photo Leak

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Nude photos of “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande and Kirsten Dunst, among others, leaked online Sunday morning in one of the biggest celebrity hacking scandals in recent memory. The images, which first appeared on image-sharing site 4chan, show most of the celebrities nude or in provocative poses. A spokesperson for Lawrence blasted the hackers for... Read more

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Rises to No. 1 in China

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Caesar crossed the rubicon and headed straight for China this weekend, as “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” topped the foreign box office. The post-apocalyptic thriller hasn’t snagged first place on the overseas charts since the end of July, but it was able to recapture the crown on the strength of its People’s Republic... Read more

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A Canadian surfer finds himself in the deadliest closeout of his life in “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which imagines that downfall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar as seen through the eyes of a naive young acolyte.

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‘Birdman’ Confirms Its Awards Buzz at Telluride

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The “Birdman” awards buzz grew louder Saturday night at the Telluride Film Fest, as a packed screening confirmed that the film has potential for across-the-board kudos attention. Praise for the Fox Searchlight film has been quietly building for weeks, and there was such a demand for tickets to the first screening that hundreds were turned away from the 650-seat venue.... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Rules Lackluster Labor Day

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Guardians of the Galaxy” became the year’s highest grossing U.S. release this weekend, goosing an otherwise drab Labor Day box office The Marvel film topped the domestic charts for the third time and benefited from crowds hoping to stretch out the waning days of summer, grossing $16.3 million over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday period... Read more

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Alibaba IPO Delayed by One Week, Say Reports

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba set to answer questions from U.S. regulators

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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’

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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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