Shia LaBeouf on Fame: Celebrities are ‘Enslaved’

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Last year, Shia LaBeouf famously announced on Twitter that he was retiring from public life, but he’ll be attending a Q&A on Thursday night at the Tribeca Film Festival. LaBeouf is the executive producer of “LoveTrue,” an experimental drama from director Alma Har’el (“Bombay Beach”) that merges fiction and documentary, with vignettes set in Alaska,... Read more

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AXS TV Renews ‘The X Factor U.K.’ For Season 12 in the U.S.

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

AXS TV has renewed “The X Factor UK” for the second consecutive year, bringing the overseas show to domestic screens, serving as the official U.S. home to the competition series. Like last season, all episodes of the upcoming twelfth season will air within 24 hours after the respective UK broadcasts. The new season, which brings back judge Simon... Read more

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Big Softie Harvey Weinstein Opens ‘Finding Neverland’ on Broadway At Last

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When Harvey Weinstein throws a Broadway opening, Hollywood shows up. There was Bryan Cranston, sporting a mustache and a full head of hair, chatting at intermission. Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford walked the red carpet too. Opening nighters could also spot Christoph Waltz, not to mention Anson Elgort and Olivia Wilde. Gloria Estefan, at work... Read more

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Russia Bans ‘Child 44′ for Portraying Soviets as a ‘Bloody Mass of Orcs and Ghouls’

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CANNES — Russia has banned Hollywood thriller “Child 44,” which was produced by Ridley Scott and stars Tom Hardy, for allegedly “distorting historical facts” about the Soviet Union and presenting Russia as a place akin to Mordor. Culture minister Vladimir Medinsky said the movie, which was due to be released on Friday, portrayed Soviet citizens... Read more

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Film Review: ‘My Mother’

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A classic Moretti tale in which a director, played by the helmer’s recent muse and alter ego Margherita Buy, approaches meltdown as she fitfully copes with her mother’s fatal illness.

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WATCH: Zack Snyder Teases ‘Batman v Superman’ Trailer

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Director Zack Snyder confirmed Monday’s Imax trailer event for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” by teasing the highly-anticipated footage on Twitter late Wednesday. The “Batman v Superman Imax Trailer Event” is billed as being 15 minutes long, prompting speculation that the presentation will include extra footage from the “Man of Steel” sequel, which stars Henry... Read more

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‘The Goldbergs’ Actor Joins Dan O’Shannon CBS Comedy Pilot

April 16, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jacob Hopkins, who is currently recurring on ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” will appear in CBS’ Dan O’Shannon comedy project, Variety has learned. The pilot from scribes O’Shannon (“Modern Family,” “Frasier,” “Cheers”) and Peter Warren follows a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. Hopkins will guest star as Phil, a popular childhood acquaintance to Andrew (played... Read more

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Beijing Film Festival Opens New Chapter With 5th Edition

April 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The BJIFF is at last looking more like the major movie industry event it aspires to be.

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STX Entertainment Taps Jim Amos as SVP of Theatrical Distribution

April 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Jim Amos has joined STX Entertainment as senior vice president of theatrical distribution. Amos most recently served as vice president of distribution at alternative content company Fathom Events. He previously spent nearly 30 years as a member of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s distribution team, including working as domestic distribution president from 2009 to 2013. At Sony,... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Little Boy’

April 15, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

God helps those who help not only themselves, but also the less fortunate in their midst — or so goes the tidy moral logic of “Little Boy,” a cloying and callous WWII-era parable about how faith can move mountains, overcome prejudice, and even rob death of its sting. Making an ambitious follow-up to his Toronto audience... Read more

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