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tony zierra to follow up ‘filmworker’ with new stanley kubrick doc about ‘eyes wide shut’

lyon  — tony zierra, the director of this year’s critically acclaimed cannes screener “filmworker” – about leon vitali, who served for decades as stanley kubrick’s right-hand man – is working on a followup kubrick documentary about the making of the 1999 drama “eyes wide shut,” starring tom cruise and nicole kidman. zierra was in lyon […]

box office: tyler perry’s ‘boo 2!’ set to top sluggish weekend ahead of ‘geostorm’

tyler perry’s most recent installment in the “madea” franchise, “boo 2! a madea halloween,” is likely to dominate one of the most torpid october weekends yet with $21 million at 2,388 north american locations — nearly double the next highest projected intake from “geostorm.” “boo 2,” from lionsgate, received an a- cinemascore and should bring […]

wong kar-wai honored in lyon, talks early influences, bruce lee, hong kong handover and bigger canvas for ‘grandmaster’

lyon the lumière festival honored wong kar-wai with the lumière award on friday following a wide-ranging discussion between the chinese filmmaker and the festival director thierry frémaux about his life and career. asked about his early influences during the master class, held in front of a packed house at the majestic théâtre des célestins ahead […]

william friedkin on the power of film, capital punishment and his recklessness on ‘the french connection’

lyon  — director william friedkin, maker of “the french connection” and “the exorcist,” in lyon for a showcase of his work, proved his storytelling prowess at a master class on thursday as he captivated the audience with anecdotes of his illustrious career. particularly moving was the account of his first work, the 1962 documentary “the […]

tony zierra to follow up ‘filmworker’ with new stanley kubrick doc about ‘eyes wide shut’

lyon  — tony zierra, the director of this year’s critically acclaimed cannes screener “filmworker” – about leon vitali, who served for decades as stanley kubrick’s right-hand man – is working on a followup kubrick documentary about the making of the 1999 drama “eyes wide shut,” starring tom cruise and nicole kidman. zierra was in lyon […]

busan: korea’s ‘after my death,’ iran’s ‘blockage’ win competition

films from south korea and iran were announced saturday as joint winners of the busan film festival’s main competition section. kim ui-seok’s “after my death” and mohsen gharaei’s “blockage” won the new currents competition which focuses on first and second features by filmmakers from asia. “my death” is critique of the world where reason and […]

film review: ‘same kind of different as me’

in 1998, millionaire art dealer ron hall, a fort worth father of two and an adulterer, promised he’d do anything to win back his wife debbie, a “girl with a heart so big that all of texas couldn’t hold it.” debbie gave him a challenge: help her feed the homeless at fort worth’s union gospel […]

the philadelphia experiment: how pink and collaborator billy mann forged a 15-year friendship

with first week consumption of over 400,000 units, according to buzzangle music, pink’s seventh album, “beautiful trauma,” proves that the 38-year-old is once again in the black and no. 1. “she deserves it all,” says billy mann, the songwriter who has been by her side since 2003’s “try this” (newly reissued by sony legacy this […]

brent briscoe, ‘twin peaks’ and ‘parks and recreation’ actor, dies at 56

brent briscoe, known for appearances on “parks and recreation” and “twin peaks,” died on wednesday after a short hospital stay due to a serious fall that resulted in internal bleeding and eventually heart complications. he was 56 years old. the character actor was known for his roles like diner owner jj in “parks and recreation,” detective […]

sag-aftra supports ‘unencumbered press’ after trump’s license revocation threat

sag-aftra has issued a strong statement in support of a “free and unencumbered press” nine days after president donald trump threatened to strip networks of their broadcast licenses. “as a union whose membership includes broadcast and online journalists, sag-aftra champions the rights of a free press, whose primary role is to provide citizens with the […]

harvey weinstein fallout: entertainment figures accused of sexual harassment

the harvey weinstein sexual abuse scandal has rocked the world of hollywood to its core. allegations by more than 50 women have brought to light decades of sexual harassment, abuse and rape, by weinstein. beyond weinstein, entertainment and media companies are taking allegations of sexual harassment and assault extremely seriously. here is a list of the […]

rupaul reveals the queens competing in ‘rupaul’s drag race all stars’ season 3

the contestants for the upcoming third season of “rupaul’s drag race all stars” were announced friday by emmy award winning host rupaul. returning queens aja, bendelacreme, chi chi devayne, kennedy davenport, milk, morgan mcmichaels, shangela, thorgy thor and trixie mattel will take the runway once again to battle for the crown and a place in […]

film news roundup: paul allen’s vulcan productions backs oliver sacks documentary

in today’s film news roundup, paul allen comes on board an oliver sacks documentary, the hamptons take 2 documentary film festival unveils its lineup, and animation veteran teresa cheng gets a usc post. documentary backing paul g. allen’s vulcan productions is backing the documentary “oliver sacks: his own life” in partnership with steeplechase films, american […]

film review: pixar’s ‘coco’

conceived as a vibrant celebration of mexican culture, writer-director lee unkrich’s “coco” is the 19th feature from pixar animation studios and the first to seriously deal with the deficit of nonwhite characters in its films — so far limited to super-sidekick frozone in “the incredibles,” tagalong russell in “up” and mindy kaling’s green-skinned disgust in “inside […]

lionsgate unveils world’s first ‘hunger games’ theme park

“hunger games” now has its own theme park. lionsgate and dubai parks and resorts have partnered to celebrate the opening of the world’s first “hunger games” theme park, based on the popular series of young adult novels and films. “the world of the hunger games” had its first full day of operations in the lionsgate […]

concert review: haim light up l.a.’s greek theatre with homecoming show

“we’re three sisters from the valley playing the greek,” marveled este haim, one-third of the sisterly trio bearing their last name. “i’m ‘stone cold’ steven austin when it comes to emotion, but even i’m emotional.” indeed, the story of haim could well be the rock variation on “la la land,” as directed by fellow valley […]

box office: ‘boo 2! a madea halloween’ to blow away ‘geostorm’ in slow weekend

tyler perry’s horror-comedy sequel “boo 2! a madea halloween” is providing the only bright spot on a downbeat weekend with about $23 million at 2,388 north american locations, early estimates showed friday. four other new films are showing little traction among moviegoers. the most prominent is costly weather disaster drama “geostorm,” which is heading for […]

colony capital has three-week window to avert weinstein co. bankruptcy (exclusive)

colony capital has been granted a three-week window to negotiate a deal for some or all of the weinstein company’s assets, as the company seeks to avoid a bankruptcy filing. sources tell variety that the weinstein co.’s financial situation, and particularly its debt load, are more dire than was previously known. nevertheless, colony capital, under […]

album review: margo price’s ‘all american made’

the phrase “waylon, willie, and the boys” always seemed a little un-inclusive — after all, wasn’t jessi colter one of the boys, too? — but it’s really tempting to revive that outlaw terminology in the present day and amend it to “the girls,” since margo price has become the foremost living exemplar of that luckenbachian […]

afi fest adds galas for ‘call me by your name,’ ‘disaster artist,’ ‘hostiles’

the american film institute has added a trio of awards season contenders as centerpiece galas for next month’s afi fest — “call me by your name,” james franco’s “the disaster artist,” and christian bale’s “hostiles.” the afi fest will also hold a tribute to documentary filmmaker errol morris and a screening of “wormwood” on nov. […]