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‘Interstellar’ Star Mackenzie Foy to Lead Disney’s ‘The Nutcracker’ (Exclusive)
The live action project is titled “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.” It is based on the 1816 story “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann in which a Clara (Foy) is charged by her parents with taking care of a Christmas toy Nutcracker doll which comes to life and defeats an evil Mouse King with seven heads.
- Justin Kroll
The Gilmore Girls Netflix Reboot Has a Premiere Date!
Happy early Thanksgiving! Netflix has announced the premiere date for its megahighly anticipated reboot of Gilmore Girls: Nov. 25. The date for the series, titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, was released during the streaming service's day at the Summer TCA in the teaser below. Get your viewing plans for the four parts in order for the day after Thanksgiving, and then enjoy these pictures from behind the scenes of the reboot! »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Box Office: Dave Franco, Emma Roberts Thriller ‘Nerve’ Scores $1.1 Million on Tuesday Night
Screenings started at 7:00 p.m. and Lionsgate, the studio behind the $20 million cautionary tale about the dangers of cyber gaming, will expand the film to 2,538 theaters on Wednesday.
“Nerve” is aimed at younger female moviegoers and is trying to get a jump on a competitive weekend. It will face off against two new wide releases, Universal’s “Jason Bourne” and Stx Entertainment’s “Bad Moms,” as well as the second weekend of “Star Trek Beyond.”
The latest “Bourne” picture marks Matt Damon’s return to the franchise after nearly a decade-long absence. It is expected to dominate ticket sales, racking up $50 million or higher. “Bad Moms,” a raunchy comedy about a group of mothers who rebel against the pressures to balance work and parenting, is looking like a sleeper hit, »
- Brent Lang
Amazon Picks Up ‘The Last Tycoon’ with Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer
Amazon has ordered Sony’s “The Last Tycoon” to series. As first reported by Deadline, the TV adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished 1930s-set final novel will star Matt Bomer as young film exec Monroe Stahr and Kelsey Grammer as his mentor—and soon-to-be enemy—Pat Brady. Rosemarie DeWitt will play Rose Brady, Pat’s possibly two-timing wife, with Lily Collins playing Brady daughter Celia.
“The Hunger Games” and “Shattered Glass” scribe Billy Ray will write and direct the series, which comes from Sony’s TriStar TV. The pilot, available to watch now on Amazon Video, drew good reviews from viewers, with 79% giving it a five-star rating.
“The Last Tycoon” already has one TV adaptation, as a 1957 play broadcast by CBS as part of the “Playhouse 90” anthology series, starring Jack Palance as Stahr. Harold Pinter adapted the novel for the big screen in 1976, nabbing Robert DeNiro for the role of Stahr and Robert Mitchum as »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Boy’ Star James Rolleston Seriously Injured in Car Crash
“Boy” star James Rolleston has been seriously injured in a car crash on New Zealand’s North Island Tuesday night. The 19-year-old had to be cut out of the automobile he was driving after it hit a bridge on State Highway 35, near his hometown of Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty. He was airlifted to Tauranga Hospital and by Wednesday morning local time was awake and surrounded by friends, according to Newshub. Rolleston suffered a head injury and multiple fractures, while his passenger sustained minor injuries. Also Read: Tesla Owner Was Watching 'Harry Potter' During Autopilot Crash, Says Truck Driver “At the moment, »
- Debbie Emery
Film Review: ‘Skiptrace’
A peak in Jackie Chan’s U.S. movie stardom was “Shanghai Noon,” an amiable buddy action comedy that hung on the odd-couple chemistry between his straight-arrow Chinese emigre hero and Owen Wilson’s laconic, genially slippery Wild West outlaw. It was a pairing successful enough to prompt a sequel (“Shanghai Knights” in 2003), and now a sort of loose revamp in “Skiptrace.” But 16 years after “Noon,” the 62-year-old star’s boyish freneticism has finally succumbed to an understandable air of fatigue; it falls to new co-star Johnny Knoxville to take the majority of pratfalls, and supply the principal comic energy.
But then there’s energy to spare, if not much gray matter, in this amiable buddy action comedy wherein Chan’s straight-arrow Hong Kong cop is captor, then comrade to Knoxville’s genially slippery Yank con man. As directed by Renny Harlin, this Hk-u.S.-China co-production is a perpetual-motion-machine »
- Dennis Harvey
Pinewood Set to Be Sold for $423 Million to Venus Grafton
U.K.-based production facilities company Pinewood Group has received a takeover bid from Venus Grafton, a subsidiary of Pw Real Estate Fund, worth £323 million ($423 million), Pinewood said Thursday. The Pinewood board intends to recommend the offer to shareholders.
Venus Grafton and Pw Real Estate Fund are managed by London-based asset management business Aermont Capital. The funds have a treasure chest totaling around Euros 4 billion ($4.43 billion); investors include “prominent public and private pension plans and other institutions in Europe, the U.S., Asia and the Middle East,” according to a statement.
A spokesman for Aermont said that, with all being well, the deal should be concluded at the end of August. Investment bank Rothschild is advising Pinewood on the deal.
In a statement, Ivan Dunleavy, Pinewood’s chief executive, said: “Pinewood has grown in recent years into a global operation which sits at the forefront of the U.K.’s creative industries. »
- Leo Barraclough
Venice Fest Lineup: New Pics By Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Terrence Malik, Pablo Larrain
Rome — The Venice Film Festival’s 73rd edition will feature a batch of star-studded English-language dramas directed by Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Pablo Larrain, Antoine Fuqua and Damian Chazelle, as well as promising new titles by big-name international auteurs such as Emir Kusturica, Francois Ozon, and Wim Wenders, plus plenty of potential discoveries.
This year’s selections look likely to reinforce the Lido’s status as a discerning and effective awards-season platform. Last year, the festival launched “Spotlight,” and, before that, “Birdman” and “Gravity” — all of which went on to win multiple Oscars.
The Gibson-directed “Hacksaw Ridge” (pictured) stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss, an army medic who never carried a gun during World War II. Doss was the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. The topical drama, which is screening out-of-competition, is slated for a Nov. 4 U.S. release via Lionsgate. »
- Nick Vivarelli
San Sebastian: ‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ ’May God Save Us,’ ‘La Reconquista’ Make Competition Cut
Madrid — Two of Spain’s most anticipated titles of the year – Alberto Rodriguez’s true-life Spanish espionage expose “Smoke & Mirrors” and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s serial-killer procedural “May God Save Us” – will world premiere in main competition at the 64th San Sebastian Festival.
Also competing at the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world: Romantic dramedy “La Reconquista,” a first big fest bow for Jonas Trueba, an engaging, audience-friendly arthouse auteur..
Starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, Spaniard Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls” will celebrate its European premiere at San Sebastian, screening out of competition, as announced last week.
Presented Thursday in Madrid, the 11 Spanish features selected for this year’s San Sebastian invite several off-the-cuff conclusions. First, eight are world premieres: The large spread of fresh films from Spain remains one of San Sebastian’s biggest lures.
Again, Spanish producers used to think thrice before premiering »
- John Hopewell
What Film Can Learn From Asia’s Rising Art Fair Circuit
The rise of art fairs and galleries in Asia could contribute to an evolution in the traditional sale and distribution of films around the region. Film and video-based works are increasingly being shown in fine art settings.
Spearheading the change in Asia is the giant Art Basel, which introduced a film sector to its Hong Kong edition in 2014, showing 49 works by 47 artists. This year’s fair in March showed 67 short films and five feature-length films, including “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg,” a documentary by Michael Schindhelm about the Swiss collector of Chinese contemporary art. (The picture plays again at next month’s Locarno Film Festival.)
Only films represented by galleries were eligible for selection in the fair’s film program. Short film “Tomorrow,” by Hong Kong-based cinematographer Christopher Doyle (“In The Mood for Love”,) was also screened.
In January, Singapore Contemporary, an offshoot of Hong Kong’s Asia Contemporary Art Show, »
- Vivienne Chow
Barack Obama’s 7 Best Digs at Donald Trump at Democratic Convention
President Barack Obama delivered one of the strongest speeches of his political career on Wednesday night at the Democratic Convention. During the speech, Obama took quite a few jabs at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Obama’s beef with Trump goes way back and he used the speech to paint the picture that Hillary Clinton and Trump are severely different. Trump famously annoyed Obama throughout his presidency by pushing theories that Obama was born in Kenya, and thus ineligible to be president. Here are the 6 best shots that Obama slipped into his convention speech. Also Read: Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise »
- Brian Flood
President Obama Tries to Sell Hope in a Reality TV Landscape
Wednesday night, President Barack Obama closed out the night of speeches with an appeal to America’s better natures that felt wildly out of place in the narrative of Decision 2016. His address to the convention was a mic drop — not quite as jaw-dropping as First Lady Michelle Obama’s on Monday night, but only because the American people know the president’s speeches a little better than his wife’s. The two-term president was speaking at his fourth Democratic National Convention, and for the first time, the end of his elected political career is in sight. There was, as a result, a marked looseness to his manner; the swagger of a winner on the victory lap. Whatever happens now, he’s going out on a high note.
Day three of the DNC narrative puts the week in Philadelphia in almost complete opposition to last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Where »
- Sonia Saraiya
European Pay-tv Giant Sky Sees Revenue Rise 7% to $15.8 Billion
Revenue at European pay-tv giant Sky for the year ending June 30 grew 7% to £11.96 billion ($15.8 billion), while operating profit was up 12% to £1.56 billion ($2.05 billion).
In Britain and Ireland, the company passed £8 billion ($10.6 billion) in revenue for the first time. Revenue rose 7% to £8.37 billion ($11 billion), and operating profit was up 11% to £1.5 billion ($1.99 billion). Sky also operates in Germany, Austria and Italy.
Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s group chief executive, said in a statement Thursday that the company was benefiting from economies of scale and “investing in a broad range of world-class entertainment in every market, distributed across an unrivaled choice of market-leading platforms, and supported by excellent service, because these are the things that really matter to customers.”
Darroch said that if Britain entered a new recession following its decision to leave the European Union, this may not have a negative effect on Sky. “As we have seen in the past, when that happens, people »
- Leo Barraclough
SNL ‘Weekend Update’ Roasts the Democratic Convention (Watch)
Saturday Night Live traveled to Philadelphia for a special edition of “Weekend Update” at the Democratic National Convention, which MSNBC broadcast during Wednesday night’s coverage.
“Look at all of these white girls crying,” Che said of Bernie loyalists. “They look like Dave Matthews just played ‘Crash Into Me.'”
Watch the videos below:
- Variety Staff
Trump Posts Opposition Research Notes Aimed to Discredit Hillary Clinton on His Own Website
The methods by which politicians — especially presidential candidates — try to take down their opposition is usually kept tightly under wraps. But not so with this heated presidential campaign, as while Hillary Clinton and President Obama were earning accolades at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, Donald Trump appears to have posted his “cheat sheet” directly to his own website. “Trump just posted oppo notes on Clinton to his site. If you’ve seen oppo, you recognize it,” Huffington Post’s political reporter Christina Wilkie pointed out via Twitter on Wednesday night. Also Read: Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Democratic Convention Appearance With Obama Political commentator Keith. »
- Debbie Emery
Critic's Notebook: Obama Inspires, Bloomberg Tears Into Trump at Democratic Convention
Early on during the third night of the Democratic National Convention, a line-up of Broadway performers sang "What the World Needs Now is Love." The sentiment may be true for the world, but for Democrats fighting a tough election right now, love is the last thing on their minds. Featuring an unusually strong line-up of Democratic heavy hitters—the only real one left for the final night is Hillary herself—the evening mainly consisted of fierce attacks against Donald Trump. Some were more eloquent and forceful than others, but the cumulative effect was probably enough to elicit some really
- Frank Scheck
Jackie Chan’s ‘Bleeding Steel’ Adds Australian Cast
Australian actors Tess Haubrich (“Alien: Covenant”) and Callan Mulvey (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” TV’s “Underbelly”) have joined Jackie Chan in the cast of Chinese-Australian sci-fi thriller “Bleeding Steel.”
The official start of production was announced Thursday at a ceremony at Sydney Opera House involving the state of New South Wales’ acting premier Troy Grant and minister for skills John Barilaro.
Producers repeated the assertion that “Bleeding Steel” is the biggest budget Chinese film ever to shoot in Australia. However, despite repeated inquiries by Variety, the producers refused to disclose any details that might substantiate such a claim — the overall production budget, the proportion that will be spent in Australia or the scale of the subsidies from Australian state and federal sources.
The film, which has actually been shooting in the streets of Sydney for the past few days, is backed by China’s Heyi Pictures and by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia. »
- Patrick Frater
Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Democratic Convention Appearance With Obama
Hillary Clinton surprised attendees at the Democratic Convention on Wednesday by walking out onstage after President Obama’s speech to join him for a hug. Clinton was not expected to appear until Thursday, when she will accept her party’s nomination. Clinton was silent onstage Wednesday. The Democratic presidential nominee’s surprise appearance came after Obama had made an historic speech in her honor. Also Read: Obama: No One Better Qualified Than Hillary Clinton - Even Me (Video) Clinton has reason to hug the president after he endorsed her in the strongest way possible. “I can say with confidence there »
- Tim Molloy
'Mr. Robot' Recap: Winner Take All
There are a lot of adjectives you can use to describe Mr. Robot, but "hopeful" isn't usually one of them. No matter how you slice it, this is a place where loved ones turn up dead, no one's to be trusted, and people eat pills out of their own puke to make the pain go away. But this week's hour-long episode, entitled "eps2.2_init1.asec," (because Mr. Robot, people) is about as bright and shiny as this show is ever likely to get. We even see a real smile out of Elliot — no Adderall involved. »
This flaw is dragging 'Mr. Robot' season 2 down
A review of tonight's Mr. Robot coming up just as soon as my DJ career gets me free trips... "I can't beat you. And you can't beat me." -Elliot Earlier today, Sam Esmail tweeted the following: Ahead of tonight's #MrRobot I want to apologize for the extra long ep (again). Next week will be shorter. Again, sorry for being so long-win — Sam Esmail (@samesmail) July 27, 2016 This is a self-aware and funny tweet (note how it ends), and hopefully a sign that Esmail realizes he's taken too much advantage of the free hand USA has given him this year. Even if you want to treat the premiere as two separate episodes, they still aired on the same night, meaning all three weeks of this season have featured viewing experiences that ran around 90 minutes with commercials. Without ads, tonight's ep was an hour and 5 minutes, which is longer than even the great »
- Alan Sepinwall
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