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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 […]

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 […]

actress sean young alleges harvey weinstein exposed himself to her

“blade runner” star sean young has come forward with sexual harassment allegations against harvey weinstein. the actress alleges weinstein exposed himself to her while working on the 1992 film “love crimes,” which was produced by weinstein’s former company, miramax. young recounted the experience on the dudley and bob with matt show podcast in austin, texas. she said on […]

former actress heather kerr accuses harvey weinstein of forcing himself on her

heather kerr is the latest actress to come forward and accuse disgraced mogul harvey weinstein of sexual assault. kerr, in a news conference with high-profile attorney gloria allred, asserted friday that weinstein had exposed himself to her and forced himself on her sexually in a private meeting in 1989. “he asked me if i was […]

‘blade runner’ breakout sylvia hoeks joins ‘girl with the dragon tattoo’ sequel (exclusive)

after breaking out in “blade runner 2049,” sylvia hoeks is looking to move on to another franchise revamp. the dutch actress is in talks to join claire foy in sony’s “the girl in the spider’s web,” the sequel to “the girl with the dragon tattoo.” foy, who stars in the netflix series “the crown,” is […]

lawyer: weinstein rape accuser’s ‘biggest regret is opening that door’

the attorney for the italian actress and model who has accused harvey weinstein of raping her in 2013 says that she is relieved to finally tell her story. “what happened to her is horrible and she is relieved to come forward now, but she’s also extremely scared, and rightfully so,” said attorney dave ring, in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

naomi watts to star in psychological thriller ‘the wolf hour’

naomi watts will star in the psychological thriller “the wolf hour.” watts will portray a woman who was once a celebrated counter-culture figure who now lives alone in her bronx apartment, having all but cut herself off from the outside world during the notorious “summer of sam” in 1977. as she retreats further into isolation, […]

film review: ‘geostorm’

when it comes to the issue of global warming, the world divides into two camps: those who believe in science, and those who adopt an actively skeptical position toward other human beings’ ability to interpret and in any way impact what nature has in store. an inanely spectacular disaster movie — though perhaps “spectacularly inane” […]

animation is film festival readies its l.a. debut

back in the 1990s, eric beckman started the new york intl. children’s film festival, which gradually grew a reputation for screening the types of independent and international animation that too often went missing next to the macrobudget cartoon hegemony of disney and dreamworks. the fest eventually blossomed into an oscar-qualifying institution. yet beckman was often […]

canal plus, telecom italia launch joint venture

canal plus and telecom italia have joined forces to launch a joint venture focusing on acquisitions and production of films and tv series. the joint venture aims at bolstering the pay tv offer of telecom italia across linear and non-linear (svod, vod and catch-up) and allow the company to thrive amid a highly competitive landscape. […]

jessica chastain’s ‘woman walks ahead’ lands at a24, directv

a24 and directv have acquired u.s. rights to the western drama “woman walks ahead,” starring jessica chastain. the movie had its world premiere last month at the toronto international film festival. the drama, also starring sam rockwell, michael greyeyes, ciaran hinds, and bill camp, is directed by susanna white from a screenplay by stephen knight. producers […]