| Dec 15, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Franklin Leonard wasn't looking to upend the system. He just wanted some good vacation reading.
In 2004, Leonard was working as a development executive at Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, charged with sifting through piles of...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Since the film academy began handing out the best director Oscar in 1929, you can count the number of women who have been nominated on one hand — Lina Wertmüller for "Seven Beauties" (1976), Jane Campion for "The Piano" (1993), Sofia Coppola for...
| Nov 28, 2014
| 10:00 AM
Ben Affleck has played virtually every style of loser lug on-screen, each lug better than the last.
Even when his character appears to be in charge, like his CIA agent in "Argo," you're not surprised that the Americans he's supposed to be saving in Iran...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 12:15 PM
It's a job sort of like picking the wine for a table of sommeliers. Canadian artist and director Guy Maddin and Los Angeles-based film writer Kim Morgan, who are married, have been named guest directors of the 41st annual Telluride Film Festival....
| Sep 15, 2014
| 1:54 PM
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. would really have had to stretch to give George Clooney a Golden Globe nomination this year, what with his latest movie, "The Monuments Men," not being all that great.
So, apparently fearing a Clooney-free ceremony, the...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Jon Stewart was on his way to introduce the fourth sellout screening of his movie "Rosewater" at the Telluride Film Festival when a fan popped out of the concession line to introduce herself.
"I hate to jump in, but I loved your piece on Ferguson,"...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 12:30 PM
PARIS -- U.S. President Barack Obama was elected in 2008 as a politician, and he's on pace to finish his presidency as one, rather than as the statesman many presumed he would become.
As it currently stands, his accomplishments aren't likely to remain...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 5:50 PM
A vampire is such a handy creature for filmmakers in search of a metaphor or two. Mortality is usually the first bite, and Ana Lily Amirpour's stunning first feature, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," definitely takes a stab at that.
But it is the way...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 8:30 AM
While at Mipcom to present his first TV show, "No Second Chance," popular American crime novelist Harlan Coben sat with Variety to discuss the new direction that his career is taking. The writer is back in France for "No Second Chance," almost a decade...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 4:30 PM
LONDON -- Camerimage Film Festival, which is dedicated to the art of cinematography, is to open with Gala Screenings of "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and "The Imitation Game" on Nov. 15.
The director of photography on "Birdman,"...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"I HAVE behind me not only the splendid traditions and annals of more than a thousand years but the living strength and Majesty of the Commonwealth and Empire; of societies old and new; of lands and races different in history and origins, but all, by God'...