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Brad Grey Officially Out at Paramount

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Brad Grey is officially out as chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures after 12 rocky years at the helm of the studio. He will be replaced on an interim basis by a committee of executives that will include Andrew Gumpert, the Sony alum who joined Paramount as chief operating officer in November; Megan Colligan, president of distribution and marketing; Marc Evans, president of the motion picture group; Mark Badagliacca, chief financial officer, and Amy Powell, president of TV and digital.

Paramount’s corporate parent, Viacom, has already begun reaching out to potential replacements for Grey.

Grey wrote an email to staff announcing his exit, saying that he is handing over the bulk of his duties on Wednesday, but will remain engaged with the transition.

“From the moment I came to Paramount in 2005, I saw myself as a steward of an iconic institution,” Grey wrote. “I never could have dreamed that privilege would last more than 12 years. »


- Brent Lang

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Summer 1993’

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A 6-year-old orphan goes to live with her uncle’s family in Carla Simón’s sensitive, understated autobiographical debut, “Summer 1993.” Striking a careful balance between narrative and atmosphere, the writer-director paints a vivid portrait of a light-filled summer when a little girl has to face the loss of her mother and integration into a new nuclear family. The film parcels out just enough information to satisfy attentive viewers, and though the main character is a moppet (and the film premiered in Berlin’s Generation Kplus section), it’s decidedly not a kids film, as acknowledged by the first feature jury’s top prize. Finding the right audience may be difficult, but this delicate sleeper is worth the effort.

In the opening scenes, Frida (Laia Artigas) is almost always alone in the frame, or if someone else is present, they’re generally only partly visible. The visuals underline the bewildered little »


- Jay Weissberg

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds’ Space Thriller ‘Life’ to Close SXSW

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds’ space thriller “Life” will land down at South by Southwest.

The film will world premiere as the fest’s closing night movie on March 18.

Life,” directed by Daniel Espinosa, also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, and Olga Dihovichnaya. The film, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, centers on a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.

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“We are thrilled to close out the 2017 SXSW Film Festival with such a special film as ‘Life,'” said Janet Pierson, SXSW’s director of film. “Our audiences will love this taut space thriller’s twists and turns »


- Dave McNary

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‘How to Get Away With Murder’s’ Billy Brown to Star With Taraji P. Henson in ‘Proud Mary’ (Exclusive)

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Billy Brown, best known for his roles in “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Sons of Anarchy,” will star opposite Taraji P. Henson in the Screen Gems hitman thriller “Proud Mary.”

Babak Najafi is on board to direct. John Stewart Newman and Christian Swegal wrote the script, and Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan are producing the film.

Henson will play a hit woman whose life is upturned when she meets a young boy who awakens the maternal instinct she never knew she had. Details of Billy’s role are unknown at this time.

Production is expected to start this April in Boston.

Brown currently plays Detective Nate Lahey in Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama “How to Get Away With Murder.” Previously, Brown was a series regular on the CBS series “Hostages,” alongside Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott. He is best known as the brutal gang leader August Marks on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy. »


- Justin Kroll

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IFC, Film Independent Renew Spirit Awards Telecast Deal Through 2020

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Film Independent has renewed its exclusive agreement for IFC to telecast the annual Film Independent Spirit Awards in the U.S. through 2020.

IFC will air the 2017 awards show — co-hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney — live on Saturday. IFC began airing the Spirit Awards in 1994.

IFC is the perfect home for the Film Independent Spirit Awards. They’re smart, irreverent, funny, and just crazy enough to do a live broadcast from a tent on a beach in February,” said Film Independent President Josh Welsh. “We’re thrilled to be renewing with them and look forward to making mischief together for three more years.”

Saturday’s ceremonies are the 32nd year of the awards show. Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions returns for his third year as executive producer, and producer Shawn Davis returns for his fifteenth show. Danielle Federico and Andrew Schaff will co-produce the awards.

“The Film Independent Spirit »


- Dave McNary

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Rachel Bloom, Adam Pally to Star in Comedy ‘Most Likely to Murder’

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Rachel Bloom and Adam Pally will star in the comedy “Most Likely to Murder” for Lionsgate.

Dan Gregor, who works as a writer and consulting producer with Bloom on her CW series “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Doug Mand, his writing partner on “Crazy Ex Girlfriend” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Mand will also appear in the movie, which starts production in New York in March.

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Pally will portray a man — once the most popular student in high school — who returns to his hometown 10 years after graduating to find that the girl he still likes is now dating the former high school outcast. When the outcast’s mother dies under mysterious circumstances, he tries to prove she was murdered.

Pally and Bloom will produce, along with Petra Ahmann. »


- Dave McNary

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Up in the Sky’

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There are kids movies that nod to the fact that there will be adults in the audience by including winky references that fly over younger heads, or peppering the dialogue with pop culture allusions, or operating on some ironic double level. And then there are others, the rarer and more precious, that simply make the watching adults feel like the children they once were, all over again.

Swedish TV puppeteer and first-time feature director Petter Lennstrand’s unfeasibly endearing “Up in the Sky” is of the latter variety: a simple story told with such genuine heart, offbeat humor and unfakeable innocence that it feels like rediscovering a foundational movie from your own past, even as you watch it for the first time. It seems extremely likely that in a few years’ time, the kids lucky enough to have “Up in the Sky” in their lives right now will consider it a beloved classic. »


- Jessica Kiang

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Ben Foster to Star in Family Drama ‘My Abandonment’

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Hell or High Water” actor Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin McKenzie will star in the family drama “My Abandonment.” “Winter’s Bone” helmer Debra Granik will direct.

Shooting will start in Portland, Ore., in April. Bron Creative and First Look Media announced Wednesday that they will co-finance and executive produce.

Granik, will direct from a script she adapted with Anne Rosellini from Peter Rock’s novel of the same name. The film tells the story of 13-year-old and her father who are found living in Forest Park, a temperate rainforest abutting Portland. When authorities pluck them from their hidden world, where they lived peacefully and practically, they must embark on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

The producers are Anne Harrison through her Harrison ProductionsLinda Reisman through her Reisman Productions and Rosellini through Still Rolling Productions. The executive producers are Bron Creative’s Aaron L. Gilbert, »


- Dave McNary

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Dream Boat’

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It’s not too reductive to say there are two types of gay men: those who love the idea of a gay cruise where they can let it all hang out (quite literally), and those for whom the mere thought of such a venture sends shudders through their system. How audiences react to “Dream Boat” will entirely depend on where they fall on this polarized spectrum. Tristan Ferland Milewski’s ship-bound documentary follows five men from different nationalities as they check off a predictable litany of issues, from body fascism to HIV, acceptance at home to the search for love. If wall-to-wall bulges and mind bogglingly awful fetish gear float your boat, then welcome on board; others will have every fear confirmed. Needless to say, “Dream Boat” will find a hospitable berth at nearly every Lgbtq festival imaginable.

The Cruise is an all-male week-long voyage from Lisbon to the Canary »


- Jay Weissberg

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With Funding From Universal, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Looks for Reinvention

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Steven Spielberg cleared the way for the latest iteration of DreamWorks Studios a year ago, shifting distribution from Disney to Universal and announcing new investment from Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment of India, and Entertainment One of Canada.

That financing influx, along with Spielberg’s unusual move to chip in $50 million of his own money and the adoption of a new name, Amblin Partners, signaled the start of an attempted reinvention of the company the renowned director founded nearly a quarter century ago with David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

With an additional equity investment last week from Universal (amounting to roughly a 4% stake in the new operation) Amblin Partners has its financial house in order. That makes 2017 the year the company needs to do the same with its creative house — delivering more hits more consistently than DreamWorks did in its spotty recent history.

The plan is for Amblin, »


- James Rainey

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Film Review: ‘You’re Killing Me Susana’

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Men and women prove equally adept at acting in arrogant, selfish ways in “You’re Killing Me Susana,” a romantic drama that goes heavy on the cacophonous commotion and light on the romance or drama. Adapted from José Agustín’s novel, Roberto Sneider’s third feature finds Gael García Bernal working hard to little end as a chauvinistic soap opera actor in search of his Mia wife, who’s more than his match when it comes to callously thinking of herself before all others. Locating little humor on either side of the Mexican-American border, this tone-deaf import should attract minimal interest with anyone other than Bernal completists.

Eligio (Bernal) is a two-bit thespian whose work on a TV show primarily entails making out with the make-up artist between takes — this despite the fact that he supposedly adores his author wife Susana (Verónica Echegui). When he returns home late at night, »


- Nick Schager

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George Clooney: President Trump and Steve Bannon Are ‘Hollywood Elitists’

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George Clooney called President Trump and his chief strategist Steve Bannon “Hollywood elitists” in an interview with French journalist Laurent Weil. Clooney did the interview ahead of France’s Cesar Awards on Friday, where he will receive an honorary award.

As part of the 13-minute-long interview, Clooney addressed Meryl Streep’s political speech at the Golden Globes that sparked outrage from certain right-wing political factions. Trump reacted by tweeting that she is “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood.”

“There’s a really interesting argument, this is the part that makes you a little crazy,” Clooney said. “When Meryl spoke, everyone on that one side was, ‘Well that’s elitist Hollywood speaking.’ Donald Trump has 22 acting credits in television. He collects $120,000 a year in his Screen Actors Guild pension fund. He is a Hollywood elitist.”

Clooney went on to call out Bannon’s Hollywood ties as well.

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- Seth Kelley

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Variety Critics Weigh in on the Year in Film

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Were you thrilled or disappointed in the films this year? In an effort to sum up the themes of the last 12 months of cinema, we posed three questions to a panel of Variety critics and pundits.

1. How do you rate the 2016 slate against those of previous years?

2. What was the biggest scandal or most-talked-about issue of the year?

3. What aspect of film this year made you stand up and cheer?

Not surprising, there was wild variation among their answers. There were highs (“Moonlight”) and lows (the Nate Parker fiasco). Also not surprising: Politics were a big part of the conversation. Here’s how our panel weighed in.

Andrew Barker

Senior features writer

1. On the whole, 2016 had more than its share of disappointments: unusually soul-crushing sequels, middling attempted Oscar-bait, and some head-scratching misfires from typically reliable directors.

But any year in which moviegoers are treated to a genuine masterpiece from artists »


- Andrew Barker, Jenelle Riley, Geoff Berkshire, Peter Debruge, Owen Gleiberman and Tim Gray

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Disney, Imax Extend Slate Deal Through 2019, Including ‘Star Wars’ Films

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Imax and Disney have renewed their longstanding slate deal through 2019, and disclosed that director Rian Johnson shot key sequences of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” using Imax’s extremely high-resolution cameras.

“The Last Jedi” opens Dec. 15. The deal also covers the untitled Han Solo anthology film, which opens May 25, 2018, and “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

Additionally, the deal extends to Lucasfilm’s untitled Indiana Jones film,  Marvel’s “Black Panther,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel,” Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled Avengers sequel; “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “Mulan”; Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4”; and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel.

The companies noted that they have previously announced that “Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled Avengers sequel will be shot in their entirety by the Russo Brothers with Imax cameras.

“The Walt Disney Studios strives to bring great stories from visionary filmmakers »


- Dave McNary

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Seth Meyers Cries, Screams and Panders in ‘Oscar Bait’ Trailer (Watch)

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Seth Meyers, really, really wants an Oscar.

The late night host released a five and a half minute-long trailer on Tuesday night for “Oscar Bait,” a spoof of every trope in the award-winning film handbook.

“This winter — see a film that’s not afraid to pander to your emotions,” a voiceover says. “A film that is shamelessly tied to awards season.”

In the first scene a couple, fallen out of love, sits at the dinner table. Next, Meyers embraces a small child.

“‘Oscar Bait’ checks off all the boxes,” the voiceover continues, “Racial tension, latent homosexuality and a man starring at trains.”

As the trailer continues, more pandering attempts at artistic filmmaking include pretentiously artistic shots of a man’s hand grazing wheat, a long shot of a man playing solitaire and the revelation that Meyers suffers from a rare medical condition — balloon foot. If it pops, he dies.

Meyers screams in a car, »


- Seth Kelley

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Video of Harrison Ford Passenger Plane Incident Released

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Video of Harrison Ford’s incident on Monday when he mistakenly attempted to land on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County while piloting his private plane, has been released. The footage shows Ford flying his Aviat Husky near a passenger plane, before landing on the taxiway.

Ford was allegedly heard on an air traffic control recording at the time saying, “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?”

Ford’s rep declined to comment on the situation when it was originally reported. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, and issued the following statement on Tuesday after the event took place:

“Air traffic controllers cleared the pilot of a single-engine Aviat Husky to land on Runway 20L at John Wayne Airport Monday afternoon. The pilot correctly read back the clearance. The pilot then landed on a taxiway that runs parallel to the runway, overflying a Boeing »


- Variety Staff

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Spanish TV Thriller ‘Lifeline’ Goes to VOD Service Walter Presents in the U.K., the U.S.

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Walter Presents, the U.K. streaming service devoted to foreign-language drama that is set to launch in the U.S. in March, has nabbed U.S. and U.K. VOD rights to Spanish TV skein “Pulsaciones” (“Lifeline”).

The 10-episode closed-end drama, a Mediapro Group Globomedia production for Spanish TV broadcaster Atresmedia, is co-distributed internationally by Mediapro’s Imagina International Sales and Atresmedia.

Co-created and directed by Spanish multi-hyphenate Emilio Aragón, “Lifeline” turns on a renowned surgeon who suffers from a heart attack, receives a heart transplant and starts to have strange nightmares related to the murder of his donor.

Key cast includes Leonor Watling, seen in Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her,” Pablo Derqui, whose credits include Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda,” Ingrid Rubio (“La estrella”) and Juan Diego Botto (“Ismael”).

In Spain, the primetime drama scored a standout 3.0 million viewers and a 17.1 % audience share on its Jan. 10 debut for Atresmedia »


- Emiliano De Pablos

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Politics, Instruction Manual’

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For once, the title does not mislead: With a bit of trimming down from its slightly baggy two hours, Fernando León de Aranoa’s documentary on the rise of left-wing Spanish political force Podemos could be the Ikea self-assembly kit for how to turn generalized resistance into a party with parliamentary clout. León de Aranoa is better known as a feature director, with titles like “Family,” “Mondays in the Sun,” and, most recently, Cannes Directors’ Fortnight film “A Perfect Day.” But he turns his hand to nonfiction with a feature director’s eye for narrative arc, and, with unfettered access to the film’s principals, makes an engrossingly well-edited and polished, if formally unambitious, doc that presents a you-are-there immediacy in witnessing the birth of a political movement. Cineastes may long for a less straight-on, talking-heads-reliant movie, but activists, idealists, and the politicians of the future will be »


- Jessica Kiang

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‘Buñuel,’ ‘Zombillenium,’ ‘Fox’ Make Cartoon Movie Cut

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Barcelona– “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” “Zombillenium,” and “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales” are among the 55 projects selected for Cartoon Movie, Europe’s leading movie co-production event devoted to animation, which will take place in the French city of Bordeaux, kicking off March 8.

Much awaited, and produced by France’s Maybe Movies and Belgium’s Belvision, “Zombillenium” is based on Arthur de Pins’ eponymous comicbooks. Directed by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord, it turns on a Halloween theme park that is the only place on earth where real monsters can hide. “Zombillenium” is in production and is represented for international sales by Urban Distribution International (Udi).

Sold by Studiocanal, “The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales”” marks another co-production between France, here Didier Brunner’s Folivari, and Belgium (Panique!), one of Europe’s most fertile production axes for upscale animated features.

Producers will be offering a sneak preview at Bordeaux. »


- Emilio Mayorga

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Maverick Japanese Director Seijun Suzuki Dies at 93

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Tokyo — Seijun Suzuki, a maverick director who was notoriously fired from the Nikkatsu studio for a film many consider his masterpiece, the 1967 actioner “Branded to Kill,” died in Tokyo on Feb. 13 at age 93. The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

After failing to launch a directing career at Shochiku, Suzuki joined Nikkatsu in 1954, and made 40 films for the studio, mostly supporting pictures in double bills. With production designer Takeo Kimura and, beginning with 1963 film “The Bastard,” the two men together shaped the ‘Suzuki style,’ with its surreal visuals, Kabuki-esque staging, bold colors and action that seemed to be unfolding in a dreamscape.

Suzuki was fired after the flop of “Branded to Kill,” which starred Joe Shishido as a hitman who finds himself caught in a bizarre life-or-death struggle with a higher ranked rival. He won an out of court settlement, but was essentially banned from the industry for a decade. »


- Mark Schilling

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