Posts Tagged ‘film’

Cannes Film Review: Harmonium

May 15, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"Harmonium" is a quietly combustible tale of punishment and crime set in motion when a family lets a mysterious man move in with them.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Cinema Travelers’

May 15, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

If the cinema is magic, then the nomadic projectionists and technicians of “The Cinema Travelers” are its Oz-like wizards.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Raw’

May 15, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

"Raw" is a deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Like Crazy’

May 14, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Deliriously loquacious dialogue and a rare understanding of how to balance Italian caricature with a grounding sense of realism characterize this terrifically played comedy-drama.

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Cannes Film Review: ‘After Love’

May 13, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Imagine a prison movie where the inmates have the keys to their own cells, but prefer to remain incarcerated.

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NBC’s Robert Greenblatt Has No Regrets About His Surreal Upfront Duet with Dolly Parton

May 12, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt hates sitting through upfront events as much as you do. "I think those upfronts tend to be just mind-numbing for the audience. They go on too long, and we show clip after clip and they become routine and formulaic," Greenblatt said. So as NBC was preparing for last May's presentation at Radio City Music Hall, Greenblatt was eager to shake things up. "I thought, is there something that we can do that just feels different?" The result was surprising and surreal : partway through the proceedings, Greenblatt introduced Dolly Parton, who performed her song "Coat of Many Colors," which was the basis for the first of several movies NBC was going to make based on her life and music. Then, she asked Greenblatt to join her on "I Will Always Love You" —and he did. While the exec held his own on the piano ("He usually sings with me," Parton said), it didn't make the spectacle any less bizarre. "People thought, 'What is he thinking?'" said Greenblatt. Still, the duo received a standing ovation as Parton cracked to advertisers, "we're looking forward to many projects, so get that money out!" A year later, Greenblatt said he "can't articulate" what prompted him to make the movie deal with Parton. "It was just kind of a gut instinct, even though doing a holiday family movie with Dolly Parton probably sounded as silly as doing a live musical called Sound of Music," said Greenblatt. "It seemed like a good idea. I've known her for years, and I've done other things with her"—including producing the Broadway musical based on her film 9 to 5, which Parton wrote the music and lyrics for—"so I knew that there's a certain base level of belovedness for her." It was that same gut instinct that led to last year's upfront duet. "I wanted to do something at the upfront that was going to not only get attention, but be fun for us and for the audience," Greenblatt said. "And that was organic and seemed to be a good idea at the time, and it worked." It did, but it also became a running punch line through the rest of the week's upfronts. "Oh yeah, like Jimmy Kimmel calling me a fool, I think he said," recalled Greenblatt

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Film Review: ‘The Angry Birds Movie’

May 7, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A fast, fizzy and frenetically entertaining extension of the manic gaming franchise that, at its zenith, had children of all ages glued to their smartphone screens

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Western Australia Launches $12 Million Film Fund

May 6, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Western Australia has launched a US$12 million (A$16 million) film fund intended to attract and increase inbound production.

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IMAX Strikes 10-Theater Deal With Shanghai Bestar

May 3, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shanghai Bestar Cinemas Management has signed a deal to open 10 IMAX theaters in China.

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Korea Box Office: Unprecedented Opening Gives ‘Civil War’ $29 Million Win

May 2, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Captain America: Civil War” opened on unprecedented 1,989 screens, giving it a $29 million win at the Korean box office.

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