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  • Watch: First Trailer for Chris Rock's 'Top Five'

    Paramount has released the first trailer for Chris Rock's "Top Five," emphasizing the question of whether a successful comedian can stay funny. The studio acquired the comedy at the Toronto Film Festival for $12.5 million following its world premiere,...
  • Director Justin Simien Says 'Dear White People' Draws Different Reactions from Different Races

    Starting at the Sundance Film Festival, "Dear White People" director Justin Simien spent most of the year promoting the comedy-drama on the festival circuit -- where he's still amazed over the diversity of reactions the film evokes. "What still blows...
  • Hollywood Film Festival Shines a Light on Topical Issues

    Despite its glamorous name and location, the Hollywood Film Festival has struggled to find its identity since its founding in 1997. But this year's edition (Oct. 16-19) is getting a radical overhaul and rebranding from new owner Jon Fitzgerald and his...
  • For the present, Chazelle is feeling the music

    For the present, Chazelle is feeling the music
    Though "Whiplash" isn't a musical, exactly, it's the most rhythmically propulsive experience you'll find at the movies this year. Writer-director Damien Chazelle, 29, is a fiend for the song-and-dance genre. He put together his first directorial...
  • With a new film, Albert Maysles maintains his empathy, and longevity

    With a new film, Albert Maysles maintains his empathy, and longevity
    As the director who gave us personalities like Big Edie in "Grey Gardens" and several of the Rolling Stones in "Gimme Shelter," Albert Maysles has captured a few colorful subjects in his day.‎ That day, it seems, shows few signs of winding down....
  • Film Review: 'The Town That Dreaded Sundown'

    Shined-up studio remakes of grindhouse horror classics are usually best appreciated by viewers unfamiliar with the original films' scruffy texture, but Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's tricksy take on "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" may be an exception: As it...
  • Pedro Almodovar Talks About Spanish Cinema He Loves

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Without cinema, we are nothing," says Pedro Almodovar, in a quote used for the intro clip to this year's Lumiere Festival in Lyon. Anyone who has seen an Almodovar film will sense how deeply he is influenced by movies that...
  • 'Rudderless' favors surprise over intelligence

    'Rudderless' favors surprise over intelligence
    ** (out of four) When “Rudderless” begins with Josh (Miles Heizer of “Parenthood”) unhappily writing music in his dorm room, you could be watching an episode of “Parenthood.” Later, when Josh’s dad Sam (Billy...
  • 'Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead' is even nuttier than its predecessor

    'Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead' is even nuttier than its predecessor
    *** (out of four) There’s nothing like a well-timed “[Bleep] yeah.” It’s one of many hilarious moments in “Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead” and also something fans of its 2009 predecessor about vacationing Norwegians...
  • William H. Macy directs the music of 'Rudderless'

    William H. Macy directs the music of 'Rudderless'
    To my surprise, before a May interview with William H. Macy about his big-screen directorial debut “Rudderless,” I was told the veteran actor and newbie filmmaker wouldn’t be able to talk much about the film’s plot. The movie,...
  • Alison Thompson's Harsh Look at Indie Market at London Fest

    "We're in the most difficult time in which I've worked in my entire career," veteran sales agent Alison Thompson told a packed audience of producers, financiers and other industry delegates in London Oct. 15. The assessment of the film sales landscape...