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LevelK Allies With ‘The Turning”s Creative Team For ‘Spear’

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PARIS– Following “The Turning,” LevelK is set to reteam with Indigenous choreographer and director Stephen Page on “Spear.” Page previously directed “Sand,” one of the segments featured in the LevelK-repped omnibus picture “The Turning” which world-premiered in Berlin and went on to win various awards. Now in production, “Spear” follows a young Aboriginal man, who sets… Read more »

‘Downton Abbey’ Season Five Postmortem: Gareth Neame Talks the Carson and Hughes Wedding, Plans For Season Six

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Another season of “Downton Abbey” has come to a close in grand romantic fashion — this time with Carson (Jim Carter) surprising Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) by proposing marriage. (Fortunately, she accepted.) With season six already in production in the UK, Variety rang “Downton” executive producer Gareth Neame to discuss the season five finale and what’s… Read more »

‘Concrete Clouds,’ ‘Teacher’s Diary’ Dominate Thailand’s Subhanahongsa Awards

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Honors at Thailand’s annual film prize pageant, the Subhanahongsa Awards were split between “Teacher’s Diary” and “Concrete Clouds.” “Teacher’s Diary,” which was released this time last year and had been Thailand’s unsuccessful foreign-language Oscar contender, collected six awards on the night, ranging from best art direction to best cinematography. But editor turned director Lee Chatametikool… Read more »

Korea Box Office: ‘Kingsman’ and ‘Imitation Game’ Hotter Than ‘Fifty Shades’ or ‘Focus’

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SEOUL – Foreign titles dominated the Korean box office this weekend, but it was older, British, titles that came out on top, not new releases “Fifty Shades of Grey” or Will Smith’s “Focus.” “Kingsman: The Secret Service” bounced up to first place after spending two weeks in second. It accounted for 31% of the box… Read more »

‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Takes ‘Christmas Episode’ to Heart (SPOILERS)

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Given how fashionable it has become to grouse about “Downton Abbey,” Sunday’s fifth-season finale offered a welcome reminder of just how splendid the show can be – warm, funny and emotional on a dazzling assortment of fronts. Taking the term “Christmas episode” to heart, series creator Julian Fellowes advanced so many storylines to satisfying points… Read more »

‘The Walking Dead’ Recap: ‘Remember’

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Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “The Walking Dead” season 5, episode 12, titled “Remember.” It’s been a long road, but it seems like our group may have finally found the last vestiges of human civilization in Alexandria, a self-sustaining housing development that might actually be capable of delivering on all the… Read more »

Rebekah Brooks Poised to Return to News Corp.

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Rebekah Brooks, the former News of the World editor who was at the center of the phone-hacking scandal that enveloped News Corp. in 2011, is in negotiations to return to the company in a senior executive post. There were conflicting reports out of the U.K. about the specifics of her new role. A source close… Read more »

Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Feb. 23

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Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dies at 83 Leonard Nimoy lived up to his longtime catchphrase: Live long and prosper. Having achieved success in many arenas during his lifetime, the actor, director, writer and photographer died Friday in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. Kelly Osbourne Departing E!’s ‘Fashion Police’… Read more »