8 items from 2015
London — At the Production Guild of Great Britain’s annual awards on Saturday, Roy Button, executive VP and managing director, Warner Bros. Productions Ltd., received an award for his contribution to the industry. Variety spoke to him about his 46-year career.
Button started as a runner, rising up through the ranks of 1st and 2nd assistant director, production manager and producer. In his assistant director roles he worked with such filmmakers as Richard Attenborough (“Cry Freedom,” “Gandhi,” “A Bridge Too Far”), Steven Spielberg (“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Empire of the Sun”), Sydney Pollack (“Out of Africa”), Richard Marquand (“Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi”) and Richard Donner (“Superman”).
As head of physical production for Warner Bros. Productions Ltd., Button is responsible for all the studio’s movies based out of the U.K., Europe, Africa and the Middle East. »
- Leo Barraclough
The documentary, bowing on Nov. 7, will offer access to the rockers and the team behind their current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour, while also featuring interviews with the band, Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.
U2’s Nov. 14 performance from the Bercy Arena in Paris will be showcased in the concert special, which includes music from the band’s entire career, starting with the 1980 debut album “Boy” to their most recent “Songs of Innocence.”
“U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock ’n’ roll,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said Thursday. “The one-two combination of this documentary special, followed by the concert, will provide viewers with the ultimate look at this remarkable band behind the scenes and on the stage. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Robert Evans: The Kid Is Alright
I interviewed legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans in 2002 for Venice Magazine, in conjunction with the release of the documentary "The Kid Stays in the Picture," adapted from his iconic autobiography and audiobook. Our chat took place at Woodland, Evans' storied estate in Beverly Hills, in his equally famous screening room, which mysteriously burned down a couple years later. Evans was still physically frail, having recently survived a series of strokes, but his mind, his wit and his charm were sharp as ever, with near total recall for people, places and stories. Many, many stories. Here are a few of them.
It’s a widely-held belief that the years 1967-76 represent the “golden age” of American cinema. Just look at a few of these titles: Rosemary’s Baby, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
I’m “biast” (con): …but hate Despicable Me 2
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Don’t pick at it, your mother said. Leave it alone, it’ll get infected.
And did you listen to your mother? Of course you didn’t. And neither did Pierre Coffin. His Despicable Me was a perfect movie, and told a story that was perfectly wrapped up by its end. Did he leave it alone? No. He had to go back and pick at the perfection until it had unraveled into the festering mess that was Despicable Me 2, which upended everything that was lovely and wonderful about its predecessor to the point where »
- MaryAnn Johanson
This story first appeared in the May 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Ask nearly 40 industry heavyweights -- directors, producers, writers and studio executives -- to tell you about their favorite book on their shelf, and you'll get a mix of genres and time periods. Some, including Homeland co-creator Howard Gordon, will veer toward the political, selecting Henry Kissinger's latest tome. Others will choose obscure novels (The Americans creator Joe Weisberg's pick: Ashenden), debut novels (You're the Worst showrunner Stephen Falk's pick: Leaving the Atocha Station), Ya novels (The Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson's pick: the Kingkiller
- Lacey Rose, Bryn Elise Sandberg, Pamela McClintock
Lil Wayne has decided to forgive and forget after he hurled his mic on stage and stormed off in the middle of a concert, after his DJ screwed up. Wayne went nuclear at a college concert this week after DJ 4our 5ive played the wrong version of "I'm in Love with the Coco." 4our 5ive played the version with O.T. Genasis ... he was supposed to play the track and Wayne would then sing his version, »
- TMZ Staff
After its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Guy Maddin and co-director Evan Johnson's The Forbidden Room had its international debut in the Forum section of the Berlin International Film Festival. Together, they've made made a feverish collage of false extracts from old movies, a half forgotten, groggily recalled, dreamily regained experience of cinematic potential.
Originating from the Seances project, these self-described fragments are more like truncated (or over-extended) skits riffing from the conventions, memories and suggestions of Maddin's most beloved of periods in film history, the end of silence and beginning of sound: the queasy, delirious, awkward, voluptuous late 1920s and early 30s. The skits, some starring recognizable actors as grotesques (Udo Kier and Mathieu Amalric) or as Golden Era gods and goddesses (Maria de Medeiros as a woman "born to be a widow," Roy Dupuis as »
- Daniel Kasman
Rory Kennedy, director of the documentary “Last Days in Vietnam,” says that the movie is especially relevant as President Obama asks Congress for authorization to fight Isis, posing a potential expansion of U.S. involvement in Iraq.
“It’s important to really understand what the endgame is, and I think this film is a valuable history lesson for all those people making those choices,” she tells Variety‘s PopPolitics on SiriusXM’s political channel Potus. She said that when it comes to a pending vote on authorization, it’s important for Congress to “think through all of the variables so that we understand what the exit strategy is.”
Kennedy’s film focuses on the final days in 1975 before the South Vietnamese surrendered to the north, as American military and intelligence officials scrambled to evacuate residents who would be at risk of reprisals under a Communist regime, including hundreds from the U. »
- Ted Johnson
8 items from 2015
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