Posts Tagged ‘film’

Mark Hamill on Returning to ‘Star Wars’: ‘I Get the Chills’

December 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Like many Luke Skywalker fans, Mark Hamill isn’t a huge fan of the beard he’ll be sporting in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” “That is what I call my contractually obligated beard,” Hamill told Yahoo Movies. “I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does... Read more

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79 Original Songs to Compete for Oscar

December 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 79 original songs will contend for the 2014 Oscar. That’s a slight jump from last year’s 75. The list will be winnowed down to five contenders when Oscar nominations are unveiled Jan. 15. This year’s eligible list includes includes tunes from animated films (e.g., “Everything... Read more

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Universal Moves ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Back to March 2017

December 13, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Universal has moved Legendary’s King Kong origins movie — now titled “Kong: Skull Island” — from Nov. 4, 2016, to March 10, 2017. The film will be released in 3D.  The studio and Legendary announced the 2016 date for “Skull Island” during Comic-Con in July, then disclosed in September that Tom Hiddleston was on board... Read more

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My First Time in Variety: Tippi Hedren

December 12, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It’s a story that’s become Hollywood legend: Model Tippi Hedren’s life was forever changed when she was cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” But Variety columnist Army Archerd first reported the news in his column rather banally back in 1962: “Mort Sahl’s gal friend also in the company.” How did you get cast in the... Read more

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Character Names Revealed

December 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The first teaser for J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” gave us faces of the new stars of the upcoming pic, but now, we finally have some names. Oscar Isaac is X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley is speeder driver Rey, John Boyega is Stormtooper armor-clad Finn, BB-8 is a baby droid and an... Read more

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‘Wild’ Producer Talks Creating ‘More Roles for Women’ On Both Sides of the Camera

December 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Reese Witherspoon and author Cheryl Strayed may have been missing in action, but the bond between the two women, Laura Dern and producer Bruna Papandrea was palpable last night during a Q&A for their film “Wild” at Variety’s Screening Series. The drama — based on Strayed’s memoir — follows Witherspoon as she hikes more than... Read more

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Film Review: ‘Flowers’

December 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

If Joseph Mankiewicz were alive, one can imagine him wanting to remake “Flowers,” with its poignantly old-fashioned premise that also comments on contempo society.

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Takes Over Home Video Sales Charts

December 11, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

As the holiday shopping season draws to a close, a handful of hot summer theatricals are trickling into stores during December in an attempt by the studios to capitalize on last-minute gift and impulse buyers. For 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, the strategy paid off. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” debuted at No.... Read more

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‘Star Wars’ Theme Park Attractions to be Based on New Films, Not Old

December 10, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Two years after buying Lucasfilm for $4 billion, Disney is starting to reveal just how “Star Wars” will be integrated into the company’s theme parks. Main attractions will be based on new sequels and spinoffs — the first of which, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” bows next year — not the older films in George Lucas’... Read more

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Film Review: ‘The Water Diviner’

December 9, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"The Water Diviner" marks an ambitious if emotionally manipulative directing debut for Russell Crowe.

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