‘Ode to My Father’ Takes Top Prize at Udine Festival

May 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Korean films fill top places in audience poll

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Film Review: ‘War of Lies’

May 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In the lead-up to the Iraq War, defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan — aka “Curveball” — became an expert at telling his interrogators what they wanted to hear, ultimately supplying the “evidence” the Bush administration needed to oust Saddam Hussein. In “War of Lies,” the notorious (mis)informer proves an equally slippery interview subject.

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Cannes: Dakota Fanning, Helen Hunt Starring in Drama ‘Please Stand By’

May 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a pre-Cannes move, Dakota Fanning and Helen Hunt have been set to star in road-trip drama “Please Stand By” with Ben Lewin (“The Sessions”) directing. Embankment Films is handling international sales. CAA is handling the U.S. sale. Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles-based The Allegiance Theater are producing. Todd Wagner and Mark...

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Film Review: ‘Maya the Bee Movie’

May 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bee yourself — a simple message for Studio 100’s simple-minded “Maya the Bee Movie,” being the latest adaptation of Waldemar Bonsels’ beloved apian adventures, in which an anthropomorphized honeybee explores the meadow around her hive, befriending all the creatures she meets there.

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Film Review: ‘Planetary’

May 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Those who prefer their eco-consciousness delivered with a drop (or a full draught) of New Age-iness will have a new favorite movie.

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Film Review: ‘Above and Below’

April 30, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Some of us fall by the wayside, and some of us soar to the stars.” So goes the circle-of-life wisdom from a certain pop Disney hit, but it could just as well be the mantra of Austrian helmer Nicolas Steiner’s poignantly down-to-earth thesis project, “Above and Beyond” — a mesmerizing plunge into the damaged psyches of five characters floating by on the margins of American society, from a couple scraping by in a Las Vegas drainage tunnel to the young woman determined to be among the first crew to colonize Mars.

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Sony Promises Return to Profits in Current Year

April 30, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Troubled electronics giant Sony reported its sixth year of loss in the past seven years, but forecasts a return to profitability in 2015-16.

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China’s Baidu Sees Revenues up by 34% at $2 Billion

April 30, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Chinese Internet giant Baidu reported revenues up by 34% in the first quarter of 2015. Mobile now accounts for 50%.

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Toei Animation to Make ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Series

April 29, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Title is first new “Dragon Ball” TV series in over 18 years.

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Sony Raises Profit Forecast Again, Say Reports

April 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Japanese electronics giant is poised to report its highest operating profits since 2008.

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