Fake Jim Carrey Fools Czech Awards Show Organizers

February 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

PRAGUE — The Czech Lions, the Czech Republic’s top national film kudos, has been struggling for primetime viewership of late — but this year’s edition has piqued international interest, thanks to an apparent scam by a mystery Jim Carrey impersonator. The highlight of the first few minutes of the awards’ live broadcast on pubcaster Czech... Read more

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TV Review: ‘Kosher Soul’

February 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

African-Americans and Jews have weathered enough grief throughout their histories to survive “Kosher Soul,” a silly Lifetime reality sitcom about black comic O’Neal McKnight and his Jewish bride-to-be, Miriam Sternoff. Why TV viewers would want to is the better question, inasmuch as the show seemingly exists as a feeble excuse to showcase McKnight’s standup act,... Read more

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Lorna Tee Hired As Artistic Director of Netherlands’ CinemAsia Festival

February 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Producer and former Variety executive takes up festival director role

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Korea Box Office: ‘Kingsman’ Is Biggest Non-Korean R-rated Release

February 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Lunar New Year holiday gives revenue big boost. "Ode" overtakes "Avatar"

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Oscars Red Carpet: Silver Gowns Take Home the Gold

February 23, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Oscar gold was complemented by silver gowns on the red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards. The evening’s trends were all embodied by one red carpet maven: Lady Gaga, in her silver Azzedine Alaia gown with red elbow-length gloves that weren’t unanimously loved by viewers. Gaga was joined in silver by best actress nominee Felicity... Read more

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Oscars Live Blog: Red Carpet Photos, Interviews and More

February 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Welcome to our 87th Academy Awards live blog. Follow Variety’s award-winning staff for all of the behind-the-scenes action from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood!

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Sneak Peek: Apple’s Oscar Commercial with Martin Scorsese

February 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Apple is using the Academy Awards to remind Hollywood that the iPad is a powerful filmmaking tool. The tech giant enlisted Martin Scorsese for a spot scheduled to run during the Oscar telecast that will feature real-life high-school students using the tablets to shoot and edit their own work. Apple donated iPads to the Los Angeles... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Plummets, ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ Flops

February 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Fifty Shades of Grey” didn’t show much endurance, with ticket sales for the erotic drama plunging in its second weekend of release. The adaptation of EL James kinky best-seller about a billionaire and the college student he introduces into the world of BDSM, nabbed first place at the box office, but its $23.2 million in... Read more

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Trumpeter Clark Terry, Who Played in ‘Tonight Show’ Band, Dies at 94

February 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Trumpeter Clark Terry, who excelled as a leader and sideman in big bands and small combos during his seven-decade career in jazz, has died at 94. Terry, a 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, entered hospice care on Feb. 13, suffering from the effects of advanced diabetes. “He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family,... Read more

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The 5 Best Backstage Moments from the Spirit Awards

February 22, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Independent Spirit Awards, which turned 30 this year, have always been like the afternoon bachelorette party on the day before the Oscars. The Santa Monica celebration takes place on a tent on the beach on Saturday, with free-flowing bottles of beer and tequila on each table. Even the most VIP-celebrities use the porta-a-pottys–just ask... Read more

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