Posts Tagged ‘film’

Film Review: ‘Paradiso’

August 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Omar A. Razzak’s low-budget docu about Madrid’s last porn cinema is a winning if slight festival crowdpleaser.

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Sony Housecleaning Continues as Ad Exec Tommy Gargotta Steps Down

July 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Tommy Gargotta is stepping aside as president of Sony Pictures Worldwide Creative Advertising — the latest in a long line of departures as studio toppers continue a major housecleaning. An informed source told Variety that Gargotta may remain at Sony in some capacity. The move comes a week after Jeff Blake, Sony’s popular worldwide marketing... Read more

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Warner Bros. Conjures Up Harry Potter Global Franchise Development Team

July 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Warner Bros. Entertainment has conjured up the Harry Potter Global Franchise Development team, based in both London and Burbank, to “develop and execute a high-level strategic vision for the Harry Potter brand and its ancillary businesses,” Warner Bros. said Wednesday. The move follows last year’s announcement that the studio had formed an expanded... Read more

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Fatih Akin to Receive Douglas Sirk Award at Filmfest Hamburg

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

LONDON — Filmfest Hamburg is to honor Hamburg-based director Fatih Akin with its Douglas Sirk Award, which is presented to a personality for outstanding achievements within film culture and the film industry. Festival director Albert Wiederspiel said the award was in recognition of Akin’s work as both a director and a producer. “His films, which... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Paris of the North’

July 29, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Paris of the North” is a small but appealing, character-driven dramedy about emotionally handicapped men.

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‘Godzilla’ Winning Weekend Box Office in Japan

July 27, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Hollywood retelling of Nippon classic gets warm welcome in last major territory to release

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Comic-Con: Next ‘Godzilla’ Monsers Revealed

July 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah will be the next monsters joining Legendary Entertainment’s “Godzilla” franchise, the company revealed at Comic-Con on Saturday. Gareth Edwards will return to direct after he completes his “Star Wars” spinoff film for Disney and Lucasfilm. Legendary chief Thomas Tull revealed the creatures during the start of the company’s Comic-Con panel. “Godzilla”... Read more

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Box Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ to Slay ‘Hercules’ With $45 Million Opening

July 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Brain is beating brawn at the box office as Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy” outperformed Dwayne Johnson’s “Hercules” on Friday. “Lucy” opened to a higher-than-anticipated $17 million and is headed toward a strong $45 million debut weekend. Meanwhile, “Hercules” grossed $11 million on Friday on track for a $30 million launch. Johansson plays the titular femme fatale... Read more

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Watch: Trailer for Documentary on Nicolas Cage’s Unfinished Superman Movie

July 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Nicolas Cage’s “Superman Lives” never got the chance to hit the big screen, but director/producer Jon Schnepp has released a full trailer for documentary, “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?,” in an effort to raise the finishing funds for post-production. The doc features footage from the original film’s early production, interviews with its director,... Read more

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Universal’s Scott Bernstein Leaves Studio to Produce ‘Ride Along 2′

July 26, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Veteran production exec Scott Bernstein is leaving Universal to become an independent producer on a trio of studio projects. Bernstein will be working as a producer on the Universal movies “Mama 2,” “Ride Along 2″ and “Straight Outta Compton.” He joined the studio in 2004 and has been exec VP of production for the studio... Read more

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