‘Groundhog Day’ Musical to Bow in Matthew Warchus’ First Season at London’s Old Vic

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The musical version of “Groundhog Day” as well as starring stage turns for Ralph Fiennes (in Henrik Ibsen’s “Master Builder”) and Timothy Spall (in Harold Pinter’s “The Caretaker”) are among the shows on tap for artistic director Matthew Warchus’s inaugural season at the Old Vic in London. The programming selection of the Tony-winning director (“God... Read more

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Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Unveils 2015 Lineup (FULL LIST)

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

New works by Jaco Van Dormael, Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Sarunas Bartas will be presented along with the international premieres of Sundance entries “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” in the 47th annual Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival. As announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop, the Fortnight will unspool 19... Read more

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‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Kicks Off CinemaCon With Big Laughs, More ‘Cups’

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Pitch Perfect 2″ got CinemaCon rolling on a high note as the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit received an enthusiastic reception at the exhibition industry confab. Director, co-star and producer Elizabeth Banks promised the crowd of theater owners more of what they loved about the first film, and “Pitch Perfect 2″ didn’t deviate much... Read more

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‘Full House’ Reunion on Netflix Is Officially Happening

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s official –“Full House” is returning to television for a 13-episode sequel on Netflix in 2016, the streaming service confirmed. John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse on the popular family sitcom, broke the news Monday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Called “Fuller House,” the revival series will focus on Candace Cameron Bure’s character, D.J. Tanner, who... Read more

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Christopher Nolan Says His Filmmaking Process a ‘Combination of Intuition and Geometry’

April 21, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Christopher Nolan described his filmmaking process as “some combination of intuition and geometry” in one of the Tribeca Talks series of public conversations at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. “I don’t write a story outline,” he told a packed house of festivalgoers during the discussion with fellow director Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher,” “Moneyball”). “Usually my answer... Read more

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‘Mad Men’ Director on Don’s Future, Joan’s Romance and Glen’s Return (SPOILERS)

April 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched “The Forecast” episode of “Mad Men.”  Sunday night’s episode of “Mad Men,” titled “The Forecast,” saw the characters contemplating the future, for better and for worse. The episode’s director, Jennifer Getzinger, talked to Variety about the roller-coaster ride that entailed for Don Draper, who perhaps didn’t like what... Read more

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Live-Streaming for Movie Theaters Moving Forward via DCDC

April 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition — founded by Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Theatres and AMC Theatres — has developed what it’s touting as a high-quality live-streaming technology solution. The new system, which will be unveiled at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace this week, allows the DCDC KenCast catch server to stream live... Read more

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Youku Tudou Deals to Accelerate Web to Film Development

April 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Online video giant speeds up migration of popular web content through series of corporate partnerships

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Cannes: France’s ARP Acquires Canana’s ‘Chosen’ (EXCLUSIVE)

April 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Taking off the table the only Spanish-language title confirmed to date for Cannes, ARP Selection, one of France’s premier arthouse distributors, has acquired French rights to David Pablos’ “The Chosen Ones” (“Las Elegidas”). One of 14 Un Certain Regard titles unveiled last Thursday by Thierry Fremaux, “Chosen” is lead-produced by top Mexican production house Canana,... Read more

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‘Mad Men’ Recap: ‘The Forecast’ Keeps Don, Joan, Betty and Sally Busy (SPOILERS)

April 20, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read unless you’ve seen “Mad Men,” episode three of season 7-B, “The Forecast. Don Draper is both seeker and sage in “The Forecast,” an episode that is chock full of references to the long and winding road of “Mad Men.” The episode written by Jonathan Igla and Matthew Weiner and directed... Read more

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