Chris Meledandri to Receive First-ever Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award

February 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chris Meledandri, a pioneering animation entrepreneur and creative force behind Universal’s family movie business, will be the first-ever recipient of a new prize: Mifa & Variety’s Animation Personality of the Year Award. The Illumination Entertainment founder-CEO will be presented with the Award, made by Annecy’s Mifa market and Variety, at this June’s  55th Annecy Intl.... Read more

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Composer Alan Silvestri Being Feted at World Soundtrack Awards

February 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film composer Alan Silvestri — best known for his work with director Robert Zemeckis on such films as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Forrest Gump” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy — will be the central honoree at the 15th Annual World Soundtrack Awards, which will close the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent on Oct. 24 in Belgium.

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Oscar de la Renta, L’Wren Scott: Red Carpet Stars Who Won’t Be Forgotten

February 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Looking back over the awards season that ended with the Oscars Feb. 22, the red carpet was a little less luminous owing to the loss of two of fashion’s brightest lights: designers Oscar de la Renta and L’Wren Scott. Between them, de la Renta, 82, who lost his almost-decade-long battle with cancer in October, and... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau’

February 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The creation of the third official screen "Moreau" was beset by disasters even more bizarre than the delirious mess of a feature released in 1996.

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Adam Devine to Co-star with Zac Efron in Fox’s ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’

February 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Workaholics” actor Adam Devine is in negotiations to join Zac Efron in the 20th Century Fox and Chernin comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.” Jake Szymanski is on board to direct, with Peter Chernin, David Ready and Jenno Topping producing for Chernin Entertainment, along with Jonathan Levine. Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien penned... Read more

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Tom Rothman To Be Named Head Of Sony Motion Picture Group (EXCLUSIVE)

February 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony Pictures plans to name Tom Rothman head of its motion picture group this morning in a surprise move that follows the ouster of Amy Pascal as co-chair of the Culver City-based studio. Rothman came to the studio from 20th Century Fox. More to come…

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Rio Content Market Throws Brazil TV Boom Into Focus

February 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

M. Night Shyamalan, “True Detective’s” Cary Fukunaga and screenwriter-producer Barry Schkolnick and most relevant figures in Brazil’s TV industry will attend this week’s 5th Rio Content Market, Latin America’s biggest international TV event. A mix of keynote speeches, pitching sessions, screenings, exhibition halls and one-to-one biz meetings, RCM runs Feb. 25-27 with a “warm-up” today... Read more

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‘The Imitation Game’ Leads Race for Empire Awards

February 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — “The Imitation Game” leads the race for the Jameson Empire Awards, which is voted for by readers of film magazine Empire, with six nominations. “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” follow with four nominations each. “Boyhood,” “Gone Girl,” “The... Read more

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‘Birdman’ Expanding to 1,000 U.S. Theaters After Oscar Win

February 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox Searchlight is more than doubling the number of theaters showing “Birdman” to more than 1,000 in the wake of its Oscar for Best Picture. The dark comedy is directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, who won the Oscar for Best Director and shared in the Best Picture Oscar as a producer and the Orginal Screenplay... Read more

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Kathy Bates, Danny Glover Join Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon in Joshua Marston Project

February 24, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Kathy Bates and Danny Glover are joining Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon in director Joshua Marston’s first English-language feature, Variety has learned exclusively. The untitled project from the “Maria Full of Grace” director was unveiled in November at the American Film Market with Protagonist handling international sales. New York-based Parts & Labor (“Love Is Strange”)... Read more

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