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Founded in 1905, Variety is an entertainment newspaper published weekly by Reed Business Information. The subtitle of the paper is The International Entertainment Weekly. Variety features stories and columns pertaining to theatre, television, radio, music, records and movies. Variety's Vice President and Editor-in-Chief is Peter Bart. Charles Koones serves as President and Publisher. Dana Harris is the Editor and Olivia Hemaratanatorn is the Managing Editor.

Articles from February 19

Atef's 'Days' Puts Focus on Schneider the Person, Not Star
IN "3 DAYS IN QUIBERON," Berlin- based filmmaker Emily Atef captures a key moment in the turbulent life of the late actress Romy Schneider, a cinematic icon in Germany and France.The Berlinale competition screener focuses less on Schneider the star and...
Bac Films Pacts for Virzi Comedy
BAC FILMS HAS inked more deals for Paolo Virzi's Rome-set "Notti Magiche" at the European Film Market.The project, which mixes film noir and satirical comedy, was acquired for Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Spain (Caramel), Scandinavia (Scanbox) and the former...
Bajon Delivers Breakthrough Perf in Kahn's 'Prayer'
Bajon Delivers Breakthrough Perf in Kahn's 'Prayer'REVIEWIF YOU DON'T believe in God, but praying to him gives you comfort, does it count? If you do believe, but don't express it, does your faith still protect you? Like Catholic variations on the old...
Bardem Takes Up Cause of 'Sanctuary' Eco-Doc
JAVIER BARDEM WILL star in and produce "Sanctuary." The film is part of the campaign to create the largest protected area on Earth, an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.Alvaro Longoria, an award-winning doc filmmaker, will direct.Javier Bardem will provide a...
Delphine Perrier: 'It's a Challenging Environment, and Issues like Piracy Are Still a Big Threat Internationally'
LED BY DELPHINE PERRIER and Arianne Fraser, Highland Film Group is an independent worldwide sales, production and film financing company, which they launched in 2010. Their slate includes Lin Oeding's thriller "Braven" starring Jason Momoa (out this...
Female-Forward TV Series Lead Film Festival
While entertainment news headlines in the United States have been dominated for the past few months by stories of misconduct against women within the Hollywood studio system, many international studios and production companies are using the opportunity...
Haghighi Dives into His Pic's Black Humor
IRANIAN DIRECTOR AND actor Mani Haghighi is a Berlinale aficionado. His gender-bender "A Dragon Arrives!" made a splash when it launched from the fest's competition section in 2016. Now he's back in competition with black comedy "Pig," in which a serial...
Helmer Duo Bow Animated Feature 'White Plastic Bag'
TIBOR BÁNÓCZKI AND Sarolta Szabó, the duo behind the critically successful shorts "Les Conquerants" and "Leftover," are set to make their feature debut with "White Plastic Bag," an ecology- themed dystopian animated feature.Now in pre-production, "White...
Kai Greene Brandishes 'Fist'
PROMINENT U.S. bodybuilder Kai Greene ("Stranger Things") stars in upcoming Chinese and American co-venture film "Crazy Fist."The film features a former mixed martial arts champion who swore never to fight again after accidentally killing his opponent....
Miller, Powell Join Doha's Qumra Master Class Lineup
U.S. DIRECTOR BENNETT Miller ("Foxcatcher") and Oscar-winning British costume designer Sandy Powell ("The Aviator") have been recruited by the Doha Film Institute to give master classes and mentoring sessions during the Doha Film Institute's annual Qumra...
'Monster' Boosts Hopes of China's Toon Industry
"CHINESE ANIMATION IS making great progress," declared Raman Hui, director of "Monster Hunt 2," the smash-hit hybrid of live action and animation that played in a Special Gala screening Sunday at the Berlinale. Hui's is no empty boast: His family- oriented...
MUBI Opens Screen Door to Film School Students Via Free Subs
MUBI IS REACHING OUT to the next generation of filmmakers by giving free access to its service to more than 60,000 film school students. The movie streaming and download service has partnered with the Intl. Assn. of Film and Television Schools for the...
Playing from America to the World
A NUMBER OF American drama series imports are hitting Berlinale's Drama Series Days, but despite depicting a variety of States-specific stories - such as the politics and power battles in the American high school system in Jack Ferry and Ryan Hunter's...
Pulse Films Quickens Plans with Knudsen
PRODUCER LARS KNUDSEN is joining forces with Pulse Films as the outfit's movie and high-end TV plans shiftup a gear. The producer partnership sees Knusden reunited with Pulse founder Thomas Benski and managing director Lucas Ochoa after the trio worked...
S. African Women Fight Back
SOUTH AFRICAN FILMMAKERS are mounting their own campaign against gender inequality, with industry body Sisters Working in Film and Television (Swift) announcing on Sunday their efforts to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace.The campaign will include...
'Sound' Opens More Doors for South Africa Co-Productions
WHEN VETERAN PRODUCER Neil Brandt of South Africa's Fireworx Media decided to set up shop in Brazil in 2015, he didn't worry that the company's creative vision would be lost in translation.Though the two countries don't share a common tongue, they have...
South Africa's Bass Explores Diversity
AS HOLLYWOOD'S DIVERSITY problems have provoked a reckoning everywhere from the writers' room to the boardroom, South African helmer Jenna Bass has asked what it's like to literally inhabit someone else's skin.In "High Fantasy," which arrives in Berlin...
The Real Estate
The Real EstateCOMPETITIONDirectors: Axel Petersén, Måns MånssonStarring: Léonore Ekstrand, Christer Levin, Christian Saldert, Olof Rhodin, Carl Johan Merner, Don BennechiThere surely won't be an uglier movie in the Berlin competition this year than...
Time Share
Time ShareDirector: Sebastián HofmannStarring: Luis Gerardo Méndez, Miguel Rodarte, Andrés Almeida, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Montserrat Marañon, RJ MitteThe surface of "Time Share" may be liberally splashed with chlorinated blues and violent magentas,...
Transit
TransitCOMPETITIONDirector: Christian PetzoldStarring: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman, Maryam ZareeThere are those who treat melodrama as a dirty word, but no working filmmaker gives it a cleaner, crisper reputation than German...
TrustNordisk Skates to 'Sonja' Sales
TRUSTNORDISK HAS scored major pre-sales on Anne Sewitsky's "Sonja - The White Swan," a biopic of the famed Norwegian ice skater- turned-Hollywood star Sonja Henie.Written by Mette Marit Bolstad and Andreas Markusson, "The White Swan" charts the life...
'Vita & Virginia' Hits on Modern Themes
PROTAGONIST PICTURES IS selling and will be showing footage for the first time of British filmmaker Chanya Button's "Vita & Virginia" to buyers at EFM. Starring Elizabeth Debicki, Gemma Arterton, Isabella Rossellini and Rupert Penry-Jones, the drama...
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