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  • Wide Release on Christian Bale's 'Hostiles'

    Film News Roundup: Wide Release on Christian Bale's 'Hostiles' Moved Back a Week

    In today’s film news roundup, the wide release of “Hostiles” moves back a week, “Birthright: A War Story” gets special screenings and EOS World Fund backs projects from Julie Dash and Nina Menkes. RELEASE STRATEGY Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has moved back its wide release on “Hostiles,” starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, from Jan. [...]

  • Sundance Womens March

    Sundance: How Will Festival Tackle #MeToo, Political Turmoil, and More?

    June Pictures CEO Alex Saks was having an amazing 2017. Her first three productions sold to Focus, Netflix and eOne after their Park City premieres; A24 picked up her Oscar contender “The Florida Project” in Cannes; and her latest sales title, “Wildlife,” was selected for the U.S. Dramatic Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. [...]

  • 'Maktub' Review: Palm Springs Film Festival

    Film Review: 'Maktub'

    Successful Israeli TV duo Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon jump to the big screen with sparkling results in “Maktub,” a very funny and warmhearted comedy about two goodfellas who are jolted out of bad-guy work and into that of guardian angels. Oded Raz nimbly directs their clever script, whose array of colorful characters elicit sharp [...]


    MPAA: Film, TV Industry Paid Out $49 Billion in 2016

    The American film and television industry paid out $49 billion to local businesses across the country in 2016, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. The MPAA, which represents the six major studios, announced on Tuesday that the film and television industry supported 2.1 million jobs in 2016 — up 100,000 from the previous [...]

  • Sophie Watts

    Sophie Watts Steps Down as STX President

    Sophie Watts has stepped down as president of STX. In a press release, STX said that Watts was leaving to “focus on new business opportunities.” Watts’ departure has been rumored for months. However, Watts previously denied to Variety that she was leaving. In a statement, Watts thanked CEO Bob Simonds, as well as the heads [...]

  • Police Academy

    Hugh Wilson, 'Police Academy' Director and 'WKRP in Cincinnati' Creator, Dies at 74

    Hugh Wilson, creator of the CBS comedies “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “Frank’s Place” and writer-director of the first “Police Academy” movie, died Jan. 14 in Charlottesville, Va. He was 74. Wilson was a writer for the “Bob Newhart Show” and “The Tony Randall Show” and won an Emmy for best comedy writing in 1988 for “Frank’s [...]

  • 'Itzhak' Review: Palm Springs Film Festival

    Film Review: 'Itzhak'

    Good music and good company make “Itzhak” a pleasure, though those seeking a methodical career overview should look elsewhere than this genial personality sketch of the world-famous violinist. Alison Chernick’s documentary captures the Manhattan-dwelling subject at home and on tour around the globe, hobnobbing with classical colleagues as well as the likes of close friend [...]

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