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Gerald Hirschfeld, Cinematographer on 'Young Frankenstein' and 'Fail-Safe,' Dies at 95
Gerald Hirschfeld, the veteran cinematographer who shot the films Fail-Safe and Young Frankenstein in beautiful black and white, died Feb. 13 of natural causes at his home in Ashland, Ore., a family spokesman said. He was 95.
Hirschfeld was the American Society of Cinematographers' most senior member, having joined the organization in 1951, and he received its prestigious Presidents Award in 2007.
Hirschfeld's first major assignment came for director Sidney Lumet on the taut Cold War drama Fail-Safe (1964), and he brilliantly captured the look of the Universal monster movies of the 1930s with »
- Mike Barnes
Emma Watson’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Tops Social Media Buzz
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” topped social media buzz last week as it generated nearly 130,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
Disney released a new behind-the-scenes clip on Valentines Day, Feb. 14. The live-action romance, starring Emma Watson, has produced a total of 987,000 new conversations on social media.
Bill Condon directed the adaptation, which also stars Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe.
Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” generated 101,000 new conversations last week as director Rian Johnson offered details on Feb. 15 about the movie, explaining that the story will resume from the end of “Star Wars: »
- Dave McNary
First Look: The Cast Of Shane Black’s ‘The Predator’; Arnold Schwarzenneger Likely Not Part Of Cast
“There’s one of two ways we can go,” writer/director Shane Black said in May of 2016. “We use [Arnold] Schwarzenegger or we don’t. And there’s advantages to using him and there’s a story to be told if we don’t, and I’m not going to tell you which one we chose, but we made a choice that I think is cool and we’ll see what happens,” Black said.
- The Playlist
Spoilers: We Know Who Is Playing Ares In Wonder Woman And It's Not Who You Expected
Ares' role in Wonder Woman has been rumoured for a while now, but it was recently confirmed thanks to both a magazine feature and some upcoming action figures. So far, most of us have assumed that X-Men Origins: Wolverine baddie Danny Huston would be revealed as that character, but it appears as if Warner Bros. has been playing a game of misdirection! Test screenings for the movie took place yesterday, and while it's not clear if this information hails from those, Batman-News reports that multiple sources have told them Harry Potter star David Thewlis will, in fact, be revealed as Ares, a character who is the main villain in Wonder Woman and a mixture of CGI and practical effects. We've known about the actor's involvement in the movie for some time now, but most of us probably assumed he was playing some sort of unassuming military figure or scientist. His »
Ralph Fiennes to Direct, David Hare to Write Biopic of Ballet Dancer Rudolf Nureyev
The White Crow is being developed by the BBC Films and produced by Oscar-nominated Gabrielle Tana through Magnolia Mae Productions, with Francois Ivernel through the French branch of his company Montebello Productions.
"This is a story of an uncompromising »
- Vladimir Kozlov ,Nick Holdsworth
‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Westworld’ Win Golden Reel Sound Editing Awards
Mel Gibson’s World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” claimed top honors at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ (MPSE) 64th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. The film won in both the FX/Foley and Dialogue/Adr categories. “La La Land” won in the musical field.
On the television side, “Westworld” won prizes in both the short form and long form categories. “Penny Dreadful,” “The Night Of” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” were also recognized.
- Kristopher Tapley
‘La La Land,’ ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Westworld’ Win Make-Up and Hair Styling Awards
Ryan Murphy (“Feud,” “American Crime Story,” “American Horror Story”) received the guild’s Distinguished Artisan Award, while makeup artist Leonard Engelman and hairstylist Barbara Lorenz picked up lifetime achievement honors.
The ceremony was held at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live. Comedian Loni Love hosted for the second year in a row.
This year’s Oscar nominees for makeup and hairstyling are “A Man Called Ove,” “Star Trek Beyond” and “Suicide Squad.” Last year’s Emmy winners in makeup categories were “American Horror Story: Hotel,” “Game of Thrones” and “Key & Peele.”
Full list of winners below. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Richard Schickel, Influential Time Magazine Film Critic, Dies at 84
Richard Schickel, the longtime film critic for Time magazine who also wrote 37 books, mostly on film, and directed a number of documentaries on film subjects, died on Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from a series of strokes, his family told the Los Angeles Times. He was 84.
“He was one of the fathers of American film criticism,” his daughter, writer Erika Schickel, told the Times. “He had a singular voice. When he wrote or spoke, he had an old-fashioned way of turning a phrase. He was blunt and succinct both on the page and in life.”
He wrote and/or directed more than 30 documentaries, mostly for television.
Schickel shared a 1977 Emmy nomination for the documentary “Life Goes to the Movies” and received two nominations in 1987 for the documentary “Minnelli on Minnelli: Liza Remembers Vincente,” which he directed.
Schickel wrote film reviews for Life magazine from 1965 until the magazine folded in »
- Carmel Dagan
Kevin Smith Will Still Release ‘Clerks 3’ and ‘Mallrats 2’ in Some Form
Just over a week ago, we learned from Kevin Smith that he was working on a sequel to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back that would take aim at Hollywood’s nostalgia obsession by getting nostalgic himself with Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. While that was good news for his most loyal fans, it also came […]
- Ethan Anderton
Watch The Opening Musical Number From ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Walt Disney Pictures has released a new clip from their live-action Beauty and the Beast. The one-minute long clip shows the opening musical number from director Bill Condon‘s adaptation, recreating the song “Belle” from the animated classic. Hit the jump to watch Emma Watson perform the Beauty and the Beast Belle song. Beauty and the Beast […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Lauren Holly To Star In Indie ‘Ultra Low’; Mollee Gray Set For ‘The Favorite’
Actress Lauren Holly has been tapped to star in Seattle-based filmmaker Nicholas Gyeney’s indie Ultra Low. The drama centers on the lives of an independent filmmaking team as they struggle to break down the doors of Hollywood. Yuji Okumoto (The Karate Kid: Part II) has also been cast. Gyeney is producing under his production banner Mirror Images Ltd and shooting is slated to begin next month. Holly recently played Dr. Betty Rogers for four seasons on ABC's Motive and… »
‘Krisha’ Sweeps the First-Ever American Independent Film Awards
“Krisha” was the big winner at the inaugural American Independent Film Awards, taking home the prizes for Best Film, Director (Trey Edward Shults), Original Screenplay (Shults) and Lead Performance (Krisha Fairchild). Anna Rose Holmer’s “The Fits” was the Best Film runner-up and was nominated in 12 different categories, while Robert Greene won two different awards for “Kate Plays Christine.”
The Aifa’s voting body consists of festival programmers and film critics, who cast their ballots in 14 different categories online. Full results below.
Read More: ‘It Comes at Night’ Teaser Trailer: The Director of ‘Krisha’ Returns with More Psychological Madness
- Michael Nordine
Angelina Jolie Breaks Her Silence on ‘Difficult’ Brad Pitt Divorce
Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance in several months on Saturday for the world premiere of her new film “First They Killed My Father” in Cambodia.
Accompanied by her six children, the Oscar-winning actress said her upcoming Netflix drama was a way of saying “Thank you” to the region, where she filmed the 2001 movie “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and later adopted her eldest son, Maddox.
“Without Cambodia I may never have become a mother,” she said. “Part of my heart is and will always be in this country.”
“I don’t want to say very much about that, except to say that it was a very difficult time,” Jolie said of the Pitt divorce. “And we are a family »
- Variety Staff
‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Teaser: HBO Sends Oprah Winfrey Digging for Answers
Even if you’ve never heard of Henrietta Lacks, there’s a good chance she’s impacted your life in some way. In 1951, while Lacks was undergoing treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital, her cells were harvested without her knowledge or consent and used to create HeLa cell line. While Lacks herself passed away that same year, […]
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- Angie Han
Behind the Scenes Video of Ryan Gosling Playing Piano in ‘La La Land’ (Exclusive)
For his Oscar-nominated role in “La La Land,” Ryan Gosling spent three months learning to play the piano — so it’s somewhat of a compliment that many people ask if there was a hand double involved. “It’s all Ryan,” says writer-director Damien Chazelle, adding that there was initially going to be someone on deck just in case, but it was never needed.
New Bts video provided to Variety shows Gosling on set rehearsing or playing in several scenes, including the number “Start a Fire” with John Legend and at the wedding of his character’s sister.
It’s not the first time Gosling has taken on a special skill or gone to extremes for a film. For “The Notebook,” he spent two months soaking up the culture of in Charleston, Sc and even learned to build furniture like his character. To put on 60 pounds for “The Lovely Bones,” a film he eventually left, »
- Jenelle Riley
‘Veep’ Season 6 Teaser: Selina Like Patient Zero, But for Democracy
Veep is currently facing a very strange challenge that the show couldn’t possibly have seen coming when Armando Iannucci first created it several years ago: namely, the fact that real-life politics has far surpassed any twisted insanity that a bunch of TV writers could ever come up with. Since the inauguration, each day has yielded enough blunders to […]
- Angie Han
‘Veep’ Season 6 Teaser: Selina Meyer Compares Being an Ex-President to ‘Being a Man’s Nipple’ — Watch
“Veep” is set to return for its sixth season this spring, and for the first time in the acclaimed series’ run it may have difficulty keeping pace with the absurdity of real-life politics. HBO just released a teaser for the upcoming season, which you can watch below.
Taking place in the wake of Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) electoral defeat, the next round of episodes finds our embattled heroine contemplating her future. “Being an ex-president is like being a man’s nipple,” she says as the teaser opens. Still, she adds hopefully, “this is my second act: Selina Meyer travels the globe spreading democracy like patient zero.” Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, Gary Cole, Reid Scott and Timothy Simons co-star in the show, which recently won the Emmy Award for »
- Michael Nordine
‘Krisha’ Leads The Winners At The Inaugural American Independent Film Awards
It’s one down and hopefully many more to come for the American Independent Film Awards. The group issued their inaugural awards over the weekend, celebrating the best films of 2016 that worked with budgets of $1 million or less.
Continue reading ‘Krisha’ Leads The Winners At The Inaugural American Independent Film Awards at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Josh Gad’s Famous Friends Beg for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Secrets from Daisy Ridley
Daisy Ridley may have been new to movie stardom circa Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but by now she’s an old pro at dodging questions. Watch as shrugs that she doesn’t think Rey’s parentage is really “so important,” or coolly deflects further inquiries with “curiosity is a wonderful thing.” Unfortunately for her, though, fans and journalists aren’t the […]
- Angie Han
‘Logan’ Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending
In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Logan.”
Ads placed for the superhero film had an estimated media value of $6.77 million through Sunday for 1,514 national ad airings across 49 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Feb. 13-19. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Twentieth Century Fox spent the most on CBS and NBC networks, prioritizing budget toward sports events including college basketball broadcasts, the 2017 NBA All Star Game and 2017 NBA All-Star Saturday; sports fans are clearly a target demographic for this latest installment of the “X-Men” film series.
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