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    'Logan' Director James Mangold Discusses His Early Career, Mentor Alexander Mackendrick

    James Mangold was first mentioned in Variety on June 30, 1982, when he won a $1,000 student prize for the sound on his film “Future View.” At California Institute of the Arts, he found a mentor in director Alexander Mackendrick (“The Ladykillers,” “Sweet Smell of Success”), who stressed the importance of character and story rather than “fine-art” [...]

  • Uma Thurman

    Uma Thurman Promises 'More to Come' in Fierce #MeToo Instagram

    Uma Thurman posted a Happy Thanksgiving message on Instagram in which she had some strong words for Harvey Weinstein and promised that she would have more to say about sexual harassment. Using a still of herself from Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill,” she said “I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, [...]

  • Cuba and the Cameraman

    'Cuba and the Cameraman' Documentary Captures Castro Era, Evolution of Video

    Participants in the personal video revolution of the 1970s will be thrilled as they watch the credits roll at the end of Jon Alpert’s documentary “Cuba and the Cameraman,” which debuts on Netflix and in theaters on Nov. 24. Alpert, the pioneering journalist and filmmaker, has through the years reported from places like Vietnam, Cambodia, [...]

  • 'Coco' Edges 'Justice League' at Thanksgiving

    'Coco' Edges 'Justice League' at Thanksgiving Day Box Office

    Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” topped Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” at the Thanksgiving Day box office by $400,000 with $8.9 million at 3,987 North American sites. The animated musical has taken in $22.2 million in its first two days, while the superhero mashup grossed $18.9 million during the same period. Projections have shown that “Coco” will wind [...]

  • Mar del Plata: Argentina on the

    Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise - Gustavo Biazzi

    MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina — Lensed with a continuous verve from the first shot of the protagonist, Ernesto, running to catch his girlfriend at a viva at university, there’s hardly a shot in the first three-quarters of Gustavo Biazzi’s “Los Vagos” (“The Bums”) where Ernesto or the camera is not on the move, sometimes making [...]

  • Aladdin

    'Aladdin' Turns 25: Creators on the Real Beginning of the Disney Renaissance

    Before Disney’s animated blockbuster “Aladdin” had its premiere in Japan, directors Ron Clements and John Musker were told not to worry if the audience didn’t laugh. And it wasn’t because the Japanese performer who dubbed Robin Williams’ shape-shifting Genie didn’t capture the actor’s brilliant off-the-wall comedic performance. “They tell you ahead of time, ‘don’t worry [...]

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