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Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Alanis Morissette Doc, ‘Dune,’ and ‘Last Night in Soho’

Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Alanis Morissette Doc, ‘Dune,’ and ‘Last Night in Soho’
New works by Kenneth Branagh, Edgar Wright, and Céline Sciamma will screen at the 2021 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition, the festival will also host a special presentation of “Dune,” the big-budget adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science-fiction novel that is set to have its world premiere at this summer’s Venice Film Festival.

Branagh’s “Belfast,” a coming-of-age story that follows a young boy in Northern Ireland growing up amidst the political tumult of the 1960s; Wright’s twisty horror film “Last Night in Soho”; and Sciamma’s “Petite Maman,” her follow-up to 2019’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” are among the films tapped for the festival’s official selection. Other notable features that will make the trip to Canada include HBO’s Alanis Morissette documentary “Jagged,” which is directed by Alison Klayman, and “The Starling,” an off-beat comedy-drama directed by Theodore Melfi that stars
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Harrison Ford Injured While Filming ‘Indiana Jones 5’

Harrison Ford Injured While Filming ‘Indiana Jones 5’
Even Indiana Jones is susceptible to bumps and bruises. Star Harrison Ford sustained a shoulder injury on the set of “Indiana Jones 5,” requiring the actor to take a hiatus from filming while treatment is evaluated.

In the meantime, director James Mangold will continue to shoot without Ford.

“In the course of rehearsing for a fight scene, Harrison Ford sustained an injury involving his shoulder,” a Disney spokesperson said in a statement. “Production will continue while the appropriate course of treatment is evaluated, and the filming schedule will be reconfigured as needed in the coming weeks.”

The extent of Ford’s injury is unknown, though it’s hardly the first time he’s hurt himself while making a movie. In the past, Ford suffered a serious back injury on “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom” and endured leg trauma on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Indiana Jones 5” began
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‘Snow White’: ‘West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler To Play Title Role In Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation Of Animated Classic

‘Snow White’: ‘West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler To Play Title Role In Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation Of Animated Classic
Exclusive: Although her upcoming breakout role as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s new retelling of West Side Story doesn’t bow till this winter, Rachel Zegler looks to have already found her next big role. Sources tell Deadline that Zegler is set to star as Snow White in Disney’s live-action adaptation, the film that started it all for the studio’s legendary slate of animated features. Marc Webb will direct, with Marc Platt producing. Production is expected to start in 2022.

“Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts. Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale,” Webb said.

The original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs cartoon, based on the Brothers Grimm fairytale, was first released in 1938. It was Disney’s inaugural animated feature film and became a massive success for the studio.
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Box Office: Can ‘F9’ Kick-Start a True Summer Tentpole Season?

Box Office: Can ‘F9’ Kick-Start a True Summer Tentpole Season?
Reservations are normally hard to come by at the summer box office, yet on Friday Sony decided at the 11th hour to rebook its fourth Hotel Transylvania family pic for an October 2021 release, versus a month from now in late July.

The decision underscores the challenges that continue to face the box office recovery, even as pandemic-era restrictions have been largely lifted. Certain international markets are still feeling the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, including Canada, which, together with the United States, makes up the North American marketplace.

The most crucial test case yet for a Hollywood tentpole in the ...
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Allison Mack Turned Over Audio Recording of Keith Raniere Detailing ‘Branding’ Ritual

Allison Mack Turned Over Audio Recording of Keith Raniere Detailing ‘Branding’ Ritual
Allison Mack provided federal prosecutors with an audio tape that helped convict sex cult leader Keith Raniere in which Raniere and Mack have a chilling discussion about how to brand his “slaves,” prosecutors said in a memo on Monday.

Mack, the former “Smallville” star, is due to be sentenced on June 30 for her role in the case of Nxivm, the management and leadership training program that proved to be a front for much more nefarious activities by Raniere and his followers. Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in April 2019 and faces 14- to 17 1/2 years behind bars.

But in the sentencing memo,
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‘Ziwe’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime

‘Ziwe’ Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime
Showtime has picked up a second season of the late-night variety series “Ziwe,” the premium cable channel announced Tuesday.

The network has picked up 12 new episodes, which will be split into two installments.

Starring and executive produced by former “Desus & Mero” writer Ziwe, the first season of the show featured interviews with guests including Phoebe Bridgers, Fran Lebowitz, Andrew Yang, Eboni K. Williams, Gloria Steinem and Stacey Abrams, as well as musical performances by Ziwe, sketches and other unscripted segments.

“This show has exceeded my wildest imagination thanks to my brilliant cast, crew and iconic guests,” Ziwe said in a statement. “I am famously delighted to continue my collaboration with Showtime and A24.”

Ziwe” is produced by A24, with Ziwe, Jamund Washington and Hunter Speese serving as executive producers.

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Jesse Eisenberg, Adrien Brody, Riley Keough to Star in ‘Manodrome’ Thriller

Jesse Eisenberg, Adrien Brody, Riley Keough to Star in ‘Manodrome’ Thriller
Jesse Eisenberg, Adrien Brody and Riley Keough are set to star in John Trengove’s Manodrome, to be unveiled at the Cannes virtual market.

The nihilistic thriller tells the story of Ralphie, played by Eisenberg, an Uber driver and aspiring bodybuilder who is inducted into a libertarian masculinity cult and loses his grip on reality when his repressed desires are awakened. Felix Culpa’s Keough, Gina Gammell, and Ryan Zacarias are producing with Ben Giladi’s Rainmaker Entertainment.

CAA Media Finance arranged financing and will handle the sale of the domestic rights. An international rights deal is understood to be in the works ahead of Cannes....
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‘The Good Lord Bird,’ ‘Unorthodox’ Among Second Batch of 2021 Peabody Award Winners

‘The Good Lord Bird,’ ‘Unorthodox’ Among Second Batch of 2021 Peabody Award Winners
The Good Lord Bird” and “Unorthodox” are two of the latest Peabody Award winners, announced Tuesday.

This year the 81st annual Peabody Awards are being virtually presented over the course of four days. The first batch of eight were announced Monday, June 21, with another seven following suit the following day.

Showtime’s limited series adaptation of James McBride’s novel of the same name, “The Good Lord Bird,” and Netflix’s four-part limited series inspired by Deborah Feldman’s memoir of the same name, “Unorthodox,” are the two latest award recipients from the entertainment category.

Other newly crowned winners are
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Glenn Close Joins Apple TV Plus Thriller ‘Tehran’ as Series Regular

Glenn Close Joins Apple TV Plus Thriller ‘Tehran’ as Series Regular
Glenn Close is joining hit Israeli thriller “Tehran.”

Close, who has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards, will be a series regular in the upcoming second season of the show, which aired on Apple TV Plus last summer and has become a global hit for the platform. The show originally premiered on Israel’s Kan public broadcaster last June. Variety understands that Apple TV Plus picked up the title from distributor Cineflix Rights as an acquisition, but following its success for the streamer, boarded the show as a co-producer.

Close is slated to play the role of Marjan Montazeri, a British woman living in Tehran,
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Netflix Give Two-Season Order to Dating Show ‘Sexy Beasts’ With ‘Catastrophe’ Star Rob Delaney as Narrator (Exclusive)

Netflix Give Two-Season Order to Dating Show ‘Sexy Beasts’ With ‘Catastrophe’ Star Rob Delaney as Narrator (Exclusive)
It’s not all — or even remotely — about looks in Netflix’s new dating series “Sexy Beasts,” which will be narrated by “Catastrophe” star and comedian Rob Delaney, Variety can reveal.

Produced by All3Media-backed Lion TV, the streamer has signed on for two seasons of the reality show, which sees singles heading into blind dates transformed into various animals and mythical creatures through the use of Hollywood movie prosthetics. The show is based on Lion TV’s original British series for digital channel BBC Three in 2014. The format, sold by All3Media International, has traveled around the world, bolstered by demand for big,
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John David Washington, Alicia Vikander-Starrer ‘Beckett’ to Open 2021 Locarno Film Festival

John David Washington, Alicia Vikander-Starrer ‘Beckett’ to Open 2021 Locarno Film Festival
The Locarno Film Festival will open this year’s 74th edition on Aug. 4 with the world premiere of Italian director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino’s latest thriller “Beckett,” starring John David Washington, Boyd Holbrook, Vicky Krieps and Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander.

After the film’s Locarno premiere, Netflix will launch the film worldwide on Aug. 13.

Beckett’s” presence marks a return to the Swiss festival for Cito Filomarino, whose 2010 feature “Diarchia” played in the Pardi di domani section.

It also stands out as the Festival’s long-awaited return to the iconic Piazza Grande, Locarno’s central square which plays home to screenings of its biggest and most audience-friendly movies.

The Piazza Grande is also the festival’s largest competition space, as each day after each screening – exceptions being short films and features in the Histoire(s) du cinéma and Retrospettiva sections –audiences vote for their favorite film using the dedicated festival app.
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‘The Deep House’ Directors Chat About Making the Blumhouse-Acquired Underwater Horror Film

‘The Deep House’ Directors Chat About Making the Blumhouse-Acquired Underwater Horror Film
With “The Deep House,” the French director duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have revamped the haunted house genre by shooting almost the entire film under water.

The buzzy title, which was produced by Radar Films with Logical Pictures and is releasing in French cinemas next week, caught the eye of Jason Blum’s horror film powerhouse Blumhouse. The company acquired U.S. rights to the indie film, and Epix will release it domestically.

Well-liked in the industry for their happy-go-lucky personality and sense of humour, Maury and Bustillo, who are both in their 40’s, have become the leading lights of a new wave of French horror cinema with their first two acclaimed features, “Livid” and “Inside,” which played at Cannes’ Critics Week.

The Deep House,” which marks their follow up to “Leatherface” [“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” prequel] revolves around a couple of YouTubers who go diving in a remote
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Malaga Industry Awards Go To ‘My Emptiness and I,’ ‘The Barbaric,’ ‘Saudade,’ ‘The Souls’

Malaga Industry Awards Go To ‘My Emptiness and I,’ ‘The Barbaric,’ ‘Saudade,’ ‘The Souls’
“My Emptiness and I,”“The Barbaric,” and “Saudade Became Home Inside” has all won big at a key industry section at Spain’s Malaga Festival, its Work in Progress, which first shone a light on such titles as “The Platform,” Netflix’s most-watched movie in the U.S. for some days last year.

This year, at the 4th Malaga Work in Progress Awards, which ran May 20 – June 11, all three titles scooped a trio of prizes.

The third feature of Adrián Silvestre, whose “The Objects of Love” took a Fipresci award at 2016’s Seville Festival, “My Emptiness and I” won Arachne, Abycine Lanza, and Rec prizes. The story of Raphi, an androgynous diagnosed with gender dysphoria who begins a gender transition, the film is produced by Javier Pérez Santana, one of the producers behind Agustí Villaronga’s “The Belly of the Sea,” the Malaga Fest main competition winner this year.

Seen
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The Match Factory Drops a Trailer for Simon Mesa Soto’s Cannes Critics’ Week Title ‘Amparo’ (Exclusive)

The Match Factory Drops a Trailer for Simon Mesa Soto’s Cannes Critics’ Week Title ‘Amparo’ (Exclusive)
The Match Factory has released the trailer for feature “Amparo,” which marks the return to the Cannes Festival of Colombia’s Simón Mesa Soto, a Palme d’Or winner in 2014 for his short “Leidi.”

Playing Cannes Critics’ Week, Mesa Soto’s jump from short to long feature is produced by Colombia’s Ocultimo in co-production with Momento Film, Flare Film, Medio de Contención Producciones

Set in the late ‘90s, the film follows a Colombian mother of the same name who battlea a corrupt system in a race against time to free her son from an obligatory military draft that for decades has thrown just-18 boys into a war that they barely understand and that still rages even today.

Writing from an autobiographical viewpoint -– every Colombian man has felt the dread of the draft and their mothers a fear for theirs son’s lives – Mesa Soto sets his story in a recent past,
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Quentin Tarantino to Receive Rome Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

Quentin Tarantino to Receive Rome Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
Quentin Tarantino, the director who paid tribute to Italian spaghetti Westerns in Django Unchained (2012), will be honored by the Rome Film Festival this year with a lifetime achievement award.

Tarantino will attend the festival, which runs Oct. 14-24, and will take part in one of Rome’s “close encounter” Q&As with the local audience.

“There was a time in my life where I’d watch any Italian movie. And I spent the better part of my career making my version of those movies,” Tarantino said in a statement. “So, to get a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rome ...
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‘Beckett’ to Open Locarno Film Festival

‘Beckett’ to Open Locarno Film Festival
Beckett, a thriller starring John David Washington, Alicia Vikander and Vicky Krieps, will be the opening film of the 2021 Locarno International Film Festival.

The film will have its world premiere on Locarno’s Piazza Grande on Aug. 4, opening the 74th Locarno Festival. It will bow on Netflix worldwide on Aug. 13.

Tenet star Washington plays the eponymous American tourist Beckett who, while vacationing in Greece, becomes the target of a manhunt after a devastating accident. Fleeing in a desperate attempt to clear his name, Beckett becomes aware of a deeper political conspiracy in the country.

Beckett is the feature debut of Italian director Ferdinando ...
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Emmy Predictions: Best Drama Series – ‘The Crown’ Still Sits On Top As Voting Nears an End

Emmy Predictions: Best Drama Series – ‘The Crown’ Still Sits On Top As Voting Nears an End
Variety's Awards Circuit is home to the official predictions for the upcoming Emmys ceremonies from film awards editor Clayton Davis. Following history, buzz, news, reviews and sources, the Emmy predictions are updated regularly with the current year's list of contenders in all categories. Variety's Awards Circuit Prediction schedule consists of four phases, running all year long: Draft, Pre-Season, Regular Season and Post Season. The eligibility calendar and dates of awards will determine how long each phase lasts and is subject to change.

To see all the latest predictions, of all the categories, in one place, visit The Emmys Collective

Visit each individual category,
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Colbert Explains Subway’s ‘Soylent Green’ Tuna Secret (Video)

Colbert Explains Subway’s ‘Soylent Green’ Tuna Secret (Video)
A new report from the New York Times recently found that Subway’s tuna sandwiches might not be made of tuna at all — which lead late-night host Stephen Colbert to suggest that maybe, just maybe, the sandwich chain is taking a page from “Soylent Green” and serving some unscrupulous meats to its guests.

In a new “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” cold open gag, Colbert suggests that Subway tuna is actually human flesh instead of the chicken of the sea.

As the beginning of the gag pointed out, two women decided to sue the Subway — the world’s largest sandwich chain which famously boasts its motto is “eat fresh” — for using “anything but tuna” in its sandwiches.

The Washington Post reported at the time the lawsuit was filed in January that the plaintiffs ordered “multiple samples” to be tested independent labs. The lawsuit alleges that all of the lab
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Cannes 2021 Jury Will Be Majority Women, Including Maggie Gyllenhaal

Cannes 2021 Jury Will Be Majority Women, Including Maggie Gyllenhaal
Cannes 2021 will make history, as for the first time the festival’s competition jury will be majority female.

Among the jurists are actress-director Maggie Gyllenhaal, French actress-director Mélanie Laurent, French-Senegalese actor-director Mati Diop, Austrian director Jessica Hausner and French singer Mylene Farmer.

Director Spike Lee will preside over the jury, which includes Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho, South Korea’s Song Kang-ho, and French actor Tahar Rahim.

The jurists will determine the winner of the Palme D’or and other awards, which will be presented July 17.

The history-making jury comes during a year when only 4 of the 24 films under competition were directed by women. However, exactly half of the films playing during Cannes Directors Fortnight have credited women directors.

The festival was canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and its 2021 edition was moved from its traditional May dates to July. Attendance is expected to be much smaller than the
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Stephen Colbert and Christine Baranski Bring Sondheim Back to Broadway With ‘Side by Side’ Duet

Stephen Colbert and Christine Baranski Bring Sondheim Back to Broadway With ‘Side by Side’ Duet
The hits of Stephen Sondheim are finally back on Broadway — kind of, anyway.

A week after moving back to live audiences for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, Stephen Colbert welcomed “The Good Fight” star Christine Baranski as a guest on “The Late Show” on Wednesday, and acknowledged that while they chatted during lockdown, video calls just aren’t the same in plenty of ways.

“One of the problems with talking over Zoom,” Colbert opened, “is that you can’t sing over Zoom, because you can’t get the rhythm together.”

Colbert says that they had thought about singing some Sondheim over Zoom,
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