Posts Tagged ‘hollywood’

Directors on Their Teams: Denis Villeneuve Talks ‘Prisoners’

November 26, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

French-Canadian Denis Villeneuve said “Prisoners,” his Hollywood directing debut, made him very positive about the future: “It gave me a lot of hope about movies. I found people who were there to make cinema, to make movies, and not just to make business.” In a conversation with Variety, Villeneuve praised the film’s writer, stars and... Read more

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Golden Globes Voters Bring Home the Bacon

November 23, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. threw a swanky soiree Thursday to celebrate the anointment of Sosie Bacon as Miss Golden Globes, with a high-energy crowd that include Steve Coogan, Colin Farrell and Mark Wahlberg. HFPA prexy Theo Kingma welcomed the guests at the Fig & Olive in West Hollywood, where Malin Akerman, Julie Delpy, Pharrell... Read more

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‘All Showbiz Mourns JFK’: How Variety Covered the Aftermath of Assassination

November 22, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fifty years ago, Variety, in its own unique way, put a price tag on what the marathon television news coverage and abrupt shuttering of film, TV and legit productions cost showbiz in the wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination: $40 million. But bottom-line considerations were superfluous to the shock in Hollywood on Nov. 22, 1963,... Read more

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Men in Black Suits II: Apple-Samsung Retrial Suffers From Sequel’s Curse

November 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The original Apple-Samsung trial had it all — a gripping plot, stellar cast and lots of intrigue. Unfortunately, like all too many sequels, the current retrial feels like just a rehash of something that was admittedly a pretty good show the first time. Where the initial trial brought revelations including new sales figures , early iPhone prototypes and juicy insights into how Apple designs its products , no such new ground is being traversed this time around. And, while the last trial was about dueling perspectives on innovation, this one is just about money. The first jury already decided which Samsung products infringed on which Apple products. But the judge concluded that the original jury erred in how it calculated a portion of the more than $1 billion in damages it awarded. Apple says Samsung owes it an additional $379 million in damages for the products at issue, while Samsung says $52 million is a proper figure. From a cinematic point of view, the best thing one can say about this installment is that it is short. Each side is allowed only eight hours of witnesses, compared to the 25 hours both parties had during the original trial. Testimony is due to wrap up today, with closing arguments expected Tuesday. Perhaps the biggest star in the retrial, Apple marketing head Phil Schiller, took the stand late last week, beginning his testimony Thursday and wrapping up on Friday morning. But most of what he said dealt with the kinds of details surrounding the iPhone launch that he shared the last time he was on the stand . On the bench is the always entertaining Lucy Koh, the same federal judge who presided over the first case. Koh, a rising star, is known for her sharp wit and strict adherence to the clock. She famously suggested during the first trial that one of Apple’s lawyers was smoking crack if he thought he had time to call as many witnesses as he proposed. The supporting cast is also familiar, including many of the same lawyers, expert witnesses, etc. Like any big Hollywood production, though, there were at least enough good moments to make for a decent trailer. Some of the best drama came before the trial itself, during jury selection. Judge Koh dismissed 11 prospective jurors found chatting about the case

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‘Run,’ ‘Catfish,’ ‘Time’ Top Baja

November 17, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

BAJA FEST, LOS CABOS – “Sarah Prefers To Run,” “Amazing Catfish” and “The Beginning of Time” topped awards at the 2nd Baja Festival which, supported by Hollywood, Canada and Mexican industries alike, looks to have taken a significant step towards becoming a significant boutique meet-mart for business between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada alike. Beating... Read more

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‘Out of the Furnace’s’ Scott Cooper Compares Cast to ‘Driving a Maserati’ at AFI Fest

November 10, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Despite “Out of the Furnace” being one of the most dark, intense movies of this awards season, the mood was jovial November 9 at its AFI Festival premiere at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre. Director Scott Cooper laughed and hugged it out with stars Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Tom Bower and Forest Whitaker on the red... Read more

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AFI Fest Review: ‘Out of the Furnace’

November 10, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The rusted-out soul of steel town America and the ghosts of the 1970s post-Vietnam Hollywood cinema haunt Scott Cooper’s “Out of the Furnace,” a starkly powerful drama that in some ways feels like an Iraq-era bookend to “The Deer Hunter.”

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Actress Kim Hamilton Dies at 81

November 7, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Kim Hamilton, an African American actress who appeared onstage, in films and on television and was the wife of the late actor Werner Klemperer — Col. Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes” — at a time when mixed marriages were uncommon even in Hollywood, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sept. 16, four days after... Read more

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Geezer Chic: Hollywood Vets Storm Weekend Box Office

November 3, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It's raining older men at the weekend's domestic box office, as a troupe of Hollywood legends, including Harrison Ford, Robert Redford and the "Last Vegas" quartet, stormed theaters.

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