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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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Virgin Mountain’

April 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Working in small, skillfully nuanced, always surprising increments, director Dagur Kari, enabled by Gunnar Jonsson's extraordinary perf, charts a moving, totally believable character study of a gentle giant.

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Cecily Strong’s Full Speech at White House Correspondents Dinner (VIDEO)

April 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Saturday Night Live” star Cecily Strong left few stones unturned at the White House Correspondents Dinner. The comedian-actress ripped everyone from President Obama to NBC’s embattled newsman Brian Williams. “What can I say about Brian Williams? Nothing because I work for NBC.” Watch the full speech above

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‘Key and Peele’ Star Acts as Obama’s ‘Anger Translator’ at Correspondents Dinner (VIDEO)

April 26, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

President Barack Obama had some help translating his ‘anger’ at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner from the likes of Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” star Keegan-Michael Key. Watch the funny video above

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Film Review: ‘Breaking a Monster’

April 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

What makes Luke Meyer’s docu interesting is the push-pull between high-stakes biz pressure and subjects who — being 13 years old or so — hardly have the attention spans for the drudgery and minutiae a “career” requires.

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Sony Increases 2014 Results Forecast  

April 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Sony has revised its consolidated forecast, with higher sales and lower losses than previously anticipated.

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