| May 1, 2014
| 6:42 PM
As the potentially landmark reform of Mexico's state-owned oil industry hurtled toward a make-or-break deadline this week, an influential voice of criticism sounded from an unlikely quarter.
Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron, whose film "Gravity"...
| May 5, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Warner Bros. longtime financial partner Village Roadshow Pictures has cut a similar co-financing deal with the Burbank studio's crosstown rival, Sony Pictures Entertainment, say people familiar with the arrangement.
The Sony agreement, which is currently...
| May 5, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Variety was a triple winner Friday at the Western Publishing Association's 63rd annual Maggie Awards, including Most Improved Publication.
The Maggies, which honor excellence in magazines in the Western U.S., also honored Variety in the categories of...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Beijing Intl. Film Festival organizers have given this year's event a stronger international flavor and more high-tech elements, moves that reflect the Chinese industry's desire to go global. Festival runs April 16-23.
One big change? This fourth edition...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 11:44 AM
BEIJING -- The Beijing International Film Festival kicked off in the Chinese capital on Wednesday, opening with the French production "Beauty and the Beast" directed by Christophe Gans and starring Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel.
In only its fourth...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 9:27 AM
ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and CBS' "Good Wife" posted some of the biggest numbers on Easter Sunday, but Fox's "Cosmos" reboot was one of the only shows to improve on its ratings from last week.
"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey," hosted by astrophysicist...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Attendees at next month's Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken -- except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year's official selection, two (Olivier Dahan's opening-nighter...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 4:27 PM
In "Saving Mr. Banks," the new film about Walt Disney's efforts to persuade the cantankerous British author P.L. Travers to make her "Mary Poppins" novels into a movie musical, Tom Hanks steps into the shoes of the famous studio head.
At a recent...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 8:42 PM
In the 1970s, Syd Field's job in Hollywood was reading scripts all day and picking out the gems that might make it to the screen. In one two-year period he figured he read 2,000 screenplays — and turned down 1,960 of them.
The rejects were an...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 8:51 PM
For a second year running, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted NBC’s Golden Globes telecast in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, and Fey, droll as ever, laid out the brutal essence of their return engagement: “This is Hollywood,” she said,...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 11:00 AM
We won't have to wait long to see what kind of final decisions Oscar voters will be making out of Thursday's Oscar nominations. This weekend brings the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild awards, with the Directors Guild following on Jan. 25. Those...