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  • Nabil Ayouch Talks Taboos, Arab Youth,

    Nabil Ayouch: ‘No Subject Should be Taboo in the Arab World’

    “No subject should be taboo in the Arab World today,” Nabil Ayouch, one of its leading film directors, told Variety Studio at the Dubai Festival, where he presented his latest feature, Casablanca-set “Razzia,” a multi-part fresco of how an act of censorship in the past plays out over four characters’ lives in the present. Avouch [...]

  • Gabrielle Carteris

    SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris: 'People Are Feeling Empowered'

    SAG-AFTRA’s leaders believe the entertainment industry’s sexual harassment scandal is having a profound impact on the union’s 160,000 members. “People are feeling empowered to speak out and there has been a significant increase in the number of people doing so,” said Gabrielle Carteris in an interview with Variety on the eve of Wednesday’s SAG Awards [...]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Oscars: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Takes Aim Below the Line

    In some sense, it seems silly to continue weighing the awards prospects for Lucasfilm’s ongoing “Star Wars” franchise each year. With “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One,” and now “The Last Jedi,” it’s become clear, both in how these extravaganzas are realized on the screen and how Disney chooses to position them at year’s end, that [...]

  • Layoffs Hit Bold Films

    Bold Films Laying Off Half of Its Employees (EXCLUSIVE)

    Following a handful of box office disappointments, Bold Films will be laying off roughly half of its 14 employees. The layoffs began this past Friday and are the result of underwhelming box office grosses, including the Jake Gyllenhaal film “Stronger.” Sources also say that production on Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux” has been delayed. Natalie Portman [...]

  • Salma Hayek Hitman's Bodyguard

    Salma Hayek Details Harassment By Harvey Weinstein on 'Frida'

    Salma Hayek added her voice Wednesday to the growing list of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. In an New York Times essay, the actress called Weinstein her “monster” and detailed her experiences while working on the 2002 Miramax-produced film “Frida.” Hayek outlined the various demands Weinstein asked of her, including showering with him, [...]

  • Peter Debruge Variety Best Films of

    Peter Debruge's 10 Best Films of 2017

    2017 was the year of fanboys and wonder women, as the former grew almost deafening in their zeal (permitting no dissent on the unquestioned genius of the DC, Marvel, Star Wars and Apes franchises, even when the movies themselves disappointed), while the latter found a common voice and courageous platform to take on the honchos [...]

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