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  • Luxury Plex iPic to Open in Westwood, Looks to be 'Gold Standard of Moviegoing'

    Once the city's movie mecca, Los Angeles' Westwood Village looks to get some of its mojo back with the May 2 opening of the iPic eat-in luxury plex on Wilshire Blvd. But the Westside movie renaissance extends beyond just Bruin territory, with new and revamped multiplexes cropping up all the way to the beach.
  • Theater Director Jon Vickers Lures Legends to Indiana University Venue

    When theater director Jon Vickers hopped on the phone with Variety, his single-screen cinema was in the middle of a typically diverse run. The night before, it had screened a brand new restoration of Luchino Visconti's "Sandra." That night, the program...

    Period Piece 'Belle' Offers Unique Look at 18th Century Slavery

    "Belle," directed by Amma Asante, opens on May 2 (Fox Searchlight). WHY IT MATTERS: The film takes an original approach to 18th century slavery, making the troubling point that it was the foundation of a region's economic system -- yet the topic is...

    Filmmakers Moving Where the Money is: Digital TV Series

    For independent filmmakers, digital TV series may be the next green. Like many directors, Paul Schrader acknowledges the difficulty of finding money for his projects. He had to fund last year's "The Canyons," starring Lindsay Lohan, on Kickstarter, a...

    Variety's Mentor of the Year: Paul Stekler Champions Cinematic Risk-Taking

    Forget "those who can, do; those who can't, teach." Paul Stekler, Variety's 2014 Mentor of the Year, can, does and teaches. While chairing University of Texas at Austin's RTF (radio-television-film) department, the Emmy and Peabody winner continues to...