Film Review: ‘Greenery Will Bloom Again’

February 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Beautifully lensed scenes testify to the master’s 55 years in the director’s chair, yet this unexpected return to features lacks the fullness of vision that graced “The Profession of Arms.”

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Film Review: ‘A German Youth’

February 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jean-Gabriel Periot’s welcome transition to feature-length docus offers a thought-provoking look at the Baader-Meinhof group, seen through the prism of Germany’s nascent understanding of democracy.

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Brazil’s Globosat Picks Up Series at RioContentMarket

February 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Brazil’s No. 1 multichannel cable and satellite TV service Globosat, a unit of local giant group Globo, has commissioned three Brazilian series for its pay TV nets Multishow and Canal Brasil. Globosat announced the news at the fifth edition of Brazil’s  RioContentMarket, the main TV market in Latin America. “Insonia” is being produced by Rio-based... Read more

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Strand Releasing Brings ‘May Allah Bless France’ to U.S. Auds

February 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PARIS– L.A.-based distributor Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to “May Allah Bless France,” the directorial debut of hip hop musician Abd Al Malik. Sold by Films Distribution, the black-and-white pic, which won the FIPRESCI prize at Toronto, is an autobiographical drama adapted from Malik’s eponymous memoir. “May Allah Bless France” follows Regis, a Black teenager... Read more

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‘Flyy Girl’ Movie Lands ‘Dear White People’ Producer

February 25, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Dear White People” producer Effie Brown has come on board to produce a movie version of Omar Tyree’s “Flyy Girl” book trilogy for Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films. Brown and her company Duly Noted will oversee development and the recruitment of the creative team on the project alongside Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan and Quincy Newell. Brown’s credits include... Read more

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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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