China Box Office: Big Time for ‘Tiny Times 3,’ as ‘Transformers 4′ Passes $300 million

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese tween franchise delivers $50 million opening weekend

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Shanghai Film Corp. Places 19-Theater IMAX Order

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese company becomes IMAX's fifth largest partner in the world

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Disney in Talks With Mike White to Direct Gorilla Tale ‘The One and Only Ivan’ (EXCLUSIVE)

July 22, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Walt Disney Pictures is in negotiations with Mike White to direct and write the adaptation of Katherine Applegate’s children’s gorilla story “The One and Only Ivan.” The book, published by HarperCollins in 2011, centers on the silverback gorilla Ivan, who is in a cage at a shopping center with an elderly elephant named Stella and... Read more

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Variety Debuts Artisans, Targeting Hollywood’s Below-the-Line Community

July 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Variety is launching Artisans, a newly-branded feature devoted to comprehensive coverage of individuals who work behind the scenes in the entertainment business and the issues they grapple with on a daily basis. Artisans will debut on July 29, running regularly in the weekly magazine and on Variety.com. The new report will focus on the art... Read more

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Pediatric Hospital Drama ‘Red Band Society’ Is ‘Not a Show with a Body Count’

July 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

While the premise of Fox’s “Red Band Society” might seem depressing on the surface — the Octavia Spencer dramedy is set in the pediatric ward of a hospital — the show’s producers are aiming for a show that will make you laugh just as much as it makes you cry, treating the hospital as “high... Read more

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J.J. Abrams Reveals X-Wing in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

July 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a new video from the set of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” director J.J. Abrams showed off a first look at the X-Wing starfighter that will appear in the film. The teaser gives a good look at the spacecraft well-known from George Lucas’ first trilogy of films, with Abrams’ versions clearly meant to reference the... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Aftermath’

July 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It's a long, slow death for nine unfortunate refugees in "Aftermath," an often tedious but clammily atmospheric end-of-the-world thriller.

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Locations Africa Sets Goals for Luring Prod’n to Region

July 21, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Locations Africa unveiled its plans this week at the Durban film fest to establish the first showcase for location shooting and film facilitation across the continent.   Headed by Azania Muendane, formerly of South Africa’s National Film & Video Foundation, and Martin Cuff, former head of the Assn. of Film Commissioners Intl., the company was... Read more

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Outfest L.A. Announces 2014 Film Festival Winners

July 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

L.A.-based nonprofit Outfest has announced the winners of its 32nd annual L.A. LGBT Film Festival. Outfest is aimed at promoting equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on screen, with the annual film fest in line with those goals. It ran from July 10-20, closing Sunday night with Jack Plotnick’s “Space Station 76″ starring... Read more

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Francis Ford Coppola, Whoopi Goldberg Praise Sophia Loren at ‘Bella Italia’ Tribute

July 20, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

At the “Bella Italia” tribute to Sophia Loren at the Far Niente winery on Saturday night, the penultimate event of the ninth annual Napa Valley Festival del Sole, wine country locals Robert Redford and Francis Ford Coppola, along with MC Whoopi Goldberg, found common ground with the legendary actress. Redford, who was meeting Loren for... Read more

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