‘Lego Movie’ Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller Set to Script Sequel

October 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Lego Movie 2″ is gaining momentum with Phil Lord and Chris Miller signing on with Warner Bros to write and produce. The duo wrote and directed “The Lego Movie,” which grossed over $460 million worldwide this year. Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing with Lord and Miller, and Jill Wilfert, Matt Ashton, Chris... Read more

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Radius-TWC Chief on ‘Citizenfour’: ‘It’s Going to Get Heated’

October 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Citizenfour” rode the national debate over Edward Snowden to a smashing debut at the art house box office this weekend, positioning itself as one of the year’s few documentary success stories. The intimate account of the computer analyst’s decision to blow the whistle on widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency premiered to a sterling... Read more

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New York Television Festival Hands Out Development Deals, Competition Awards

October 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The New York Television Festival wrapped Saturday with the presentation of more than 30 development pacts to participants and the ceremony crowning the winners of its competition for independently produced pilots. Among the development pacts handed out was a deal from History for the unscripted project “Wreck Hunters,” from Los Angeles-based producers Gary Simson and... Read more

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Rome Film Review: ‘The Maias: Scenes from Romantic Life’

October 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It wouldn't be strictly accurate to say that "The Maias: Scenes from Romantic Life" requires viewers to watch paint dry, but there's certainly a lot of it at rest in Joao Botelho's boldly stylized Portuguese costumer.

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Stephen Daldry’s ‘Trash’ Bags Top Rome Fest Nod

October 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

British director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” about a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico, took the top nod at the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival where, instead of a jury, prizes are decided by paying ticket holders, to serve as... Read more

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Harvey Weinstein: Netflix Is Winning Because it Has Vision

October 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Harvey Weinstein came out swinging in defense of Netflix at the Produced By: New York conference on Saturday. The company’s recent forays into the film business cast a shadow over the gathering of producers, but Weinstein welcomed the company’s encroachment. Of course, he has a vested interest in the streaming service’s success. Weinstein is producing... Read more

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Watch: Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick Sing in ‘Into the Woods’ Featurette

October 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney has released an extended featurette for “Into the Woods” that not only offers a new look at the iconic characters, but a sneak preview of the iconic music. Meryl Streep’s Witch and Anna Kendrick’s Cinderella sing in the video, which also includes interviews with director Rob Marshall and stars Streep, Johnny Depp, who plays... Read more

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Indie Producers on Why Exhibitors Encourage Piracy, Oscar Campaign Value

October 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Piracy is threatening the financial underpinnings of the movie business, but theater owners are partly to blame, a panel of independent film producers argued at Saturday’s Produced By: New York Conference. “The real criminals here are the exhibitors,” said John Sloss, a film sales agent and the producer of “Boyhood.” Sloss argued that hoping 20... Read more

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Darren Aronofsky Talks Future of Film, ‘Golden Age’ of TV at Produced By Conference

October 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Darren Aronofsky raised questions about the future of filmmaking and film distribution on Saturday during a Q&A with the helmer and his longtime producing partner Scott Franklin. “I keep thinking about where film is right now,” the multihyphenate said during his session at the Produced By: New York confab, moderated by Producers Guild of America... Read more

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Jake Gyllenhaal Will Direct When He Feels ‘Presumptuous Enough’

October 25, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jake Gyllenhaal would like to move behind the camera one day, but the Oscar nominee says he has yet to find the right project to direct. “I’m searching … but I have yet to feel presumptuous enough,” Gyllenhaal said at Saturday’s Produced By Conference in New York City. The “Brokeback Mountain” star says he’ll know... Read more

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