Posts Tagged ‘film’

Australia Agrees to Funding for Disney’s ‘Pirates 5′

September 1, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Decision adds to debate over incentives for runaway productions.

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‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Rises to No. 1 in China

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Caesar crossed the rubicon and headed straight for China this weekend, as “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” topped the foreign box office. The post-apocalyptic thriller hasn’t snagged first place on the overseas charts since the end of July, but it was able to recapture the crown on the strength of its People’s Republic... Read more

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Escobar: Paradise Lost’

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A Canadian surfer finds himself in the deadliest closeout of his life in “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” which imagines that downfall of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar as seen through the eyes of a naive young acolyte.

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‘Birdman’ Confirms Its Awards Buzz at Telluride

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The “Birdman” awards buzz grew louder Saturday night at the Telluride Film Fest, as a packed screening confirmed that the film has potential for across-the-board kudos attention. Praise for the Fox Searchlight film has been quietly building for weeks, and there was such a demand for tickets to the first screening that hundreds were turned away from the 650-seat venue.... Read more

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Rules Lackluster Labor Day

August 31, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Guardians of the Galaxy” became the year’s highest grossing U.S. release this weekend, goosing an otherwise drab Labor Day box office The Marvel film topped the domestic charts for the third time and benefited from crowds hoping to stretch out the waning days of summer, grossing $16.3 million over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday period... Read more

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From Dubai to Cairo, Festivals Help Arab Filmmakers Court Hollywood Partners

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

This fall, in the bustling media hubs of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the more ancient Arab capitals of Cairo and Marrakech, festival execs are promising a bumper crop of Arab cinema. It’s a harvest that regional players have spent several years cultivating. Sandwiched between Venice and Sundance, the fall festival slot, which includes the... Read more

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Italian Arthouse Distributor Fil Rouge Media Makes Venice Debut With ‘Manglehorn’

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Italo Arthouse Distrib Debuts With Lido Trio

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Box Office: ‘Guardians’ Becomes Year’s Top Film, Leads Labor Day Weekend

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Leave it to a ragtag band of space crusaders to save the Labor Day weekend box office. “Guardians of the Galaxy” has edged out newcomers “The November Man” and “As Above, So Below” to once again top the domestic box office, earning $3.8 million on Friday in its fifth frame. The intergalactic pic has beat... Read more

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Venice Film Review: ‘Three Hearts’

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

At the outset of his filmmaking career, Benoit Jacquot worked as an assistant director to the great French novelist Marguerite Duras, and now he has made a film that feels more indebted to her romantic values than anything else in his oeuvre.

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‘Imitation Game’ Demands Oscar’s Attention (Analysis)

August 30, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“The Imitation Game” is clearly an awards contender: Complex, impeccably executed and unique. The film’s offbeat approach to an oddball character will be its greatest strength — and its challenge. A historical drama about WWII cryptographer Alan Turing, “The Imitation Game” is a kudos candidate in multiple categories, including the superb performances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley (lead or supporting? She could go either way). Artisan contributions seem like shoo-in contenders.... Read more

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