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Sony Distribution Chief Rory Bruer Retires After 40 Years at Studio

27 April 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rory Bruer is retiring as head of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures after four decades at the studio.

Sony does not plan to directly replace him. Bruer, who has deep ties with theater owners, will segue into an advisory role at the studio. Adrian Smith and Steven O’Dell will handle domestic and international distribution, respectively. They will report directly to Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution.

“Though I knew in my heart that the time was right to begin to pull back, it’s hard to let go of a place that has been a part of my life for so long — so when they asked me to stay on as an advisor, I jumped at the chance,” Bruer wrote in a letter to staff. “Not everybody gets to begin this next chapter on their own terms, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”

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- Brent Lang

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Sally Field: 'I never felt that I had very many choices. Ever'

4 April 2017 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor, who is on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie, talks about being typecast and struggling to find roles while balancing life as a parent

Last fall, Sally Field turned 70. Her celebration of choice? A starring role in the most controversial play of the season. In the director Sam Gold’s production of Tennessee William’s The Glass Menagerie, Field plays Amanda Wingfield, a role she’s taken on before, though never quite like this. On a recent afternoon, Field, who progressed from teen sitcoms (Gidget, The Flying Nun) to serious films (Norma Rae, Places in the Heart) and recently to theater, sat in a backstage room to discuss her career.

Related: The Glass Menagerie review – Sally Field returns to Broadway in style

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- Alexis Soloski in New York

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Oscars 2017: How Does This Year’s Crop of Female Producers Fit in With the Best Picture Category’s History?

11 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?

As mentioned above, there are five out of the total nine films in the best picture category this year that took some girl power to get made. There’s Hell or High Water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn), Hidden Figures (Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping), Lion (Angie Fielder), Manchester by the Sea (Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck), and finally Moonlight (Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner). This leaves out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land as »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Mudbound’

21 January 2017 10:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some folks look out on the world, and all they see are the differences between people, the things that set us apart. “Mudbound” is a hymn to what we all share — the human struggle, the mutual desire to succeed and create a better world for our children — and it is a damning indictment of those who stand in the way of such progress. Set deep in the Mississippi Delta, it’s the epic story of two families, one white, the other black, who’ve each sown hope among fields too sodden to be much use — and though the sheer scope of the material overwhelms “Pariah” director Dee Rees at times, she finds shoots of optimism among the mire that couldn’t be more welcome at a moment when the country seems more divided than ever.

Adapted by Rees and co-writer Virgil Williams from Hillary Jordan’s remarkable debut novel, “Mudbound »

- Peter Debruge

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