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Film Review: ‘Southbound’

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This entertaining-enough quartet of loosely interwoven terror tales falls right onto the middle ground of horror omnibuses, with no outright duds but no truly memorable (or scary) segments either.

Diego Luna: Audiences Can Fix the Diversity Problem in Hollywood

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Diego Luna and his “Mr. Pig” costars Maya Rudolph and Danny Glover discussed Hollywood’s diversity dilemma at the Variety Fandango Studio presented by Dockers. When asked by Variety why indie films spotlight diverse voices more prevalently than mainstream movies, Luna said audiences also play a role in what’s reflected on the big screen. “I think… Read more »

Berlin: Annapurna’s Kimberly Fox Launches MadRiver Sales Operation

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Kimberly Fox of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna International is joining Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures as a partner and launching its international sales arm at the Berlin Film Festival. The operation will handle sales and distribution on all MadRiver films as well as films from Vendian Entertainment, which has made a strategic investment in MadRiver Pictures. MadRiver… Read more »

Thai Prison Boxing Movie ‘Champion’ in the Works at Storyscape

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Storyscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein have partnered with Robert Kravis and Karl Herrmann of Pioneer Pictures on “Champion,” an action-thriller in the world of Thai prison fighting. Tyler Mitchell, who developed the project while working with Cooper at Landscape Entertainment, will also produce. Gary Scott Thompson, whose credits include the original “The Fast… Read more »

The Monkees Reunite for a New LP, Tour

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The Monkees, the made-for TV group that produced a stream of hits in the ’60s and ended up selling more than 75 million records worldwide, are reuniting for a tour, as originally reported by Rolling Stone.

‘Pursuit of Happyness’ Helmer Gabriele Muccino Boards Erotic Thriller ‘Laughter in the Dark’

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Italian helmer Gabriele Muccino is in talks to direct the erotic thriller “Laughter in the Dark,” based on the Vladimir Nabokov novel. Muccino, whose credits include “Playing for Keeps,” “Seven Pounds” and “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will direct from a script by newcomers Bradley McManus and Justin Parker. Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone… Read more »

‘White Girl’ Director Elizabeth Wood on Tackling Sex, Violence, Race, Gender

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“White Girl” director Elizabeth Wood, Morgan Saylor, Brian Marc and Justin Bartha stopped by the Variety Fandango Studio presented by Dockers to discuss their Sundance drama, which Bartha described as “current and irreverent.” “It has something for everyone,” Wood said. “The kids love the sex and violence. The adults like the important messages of race… Read more »

‘The O.C.’ Writers’ Reunion, ‘UnREAL,’ ‘Younger’ Added to ATX Television Festival Lineup

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Austin’s annual ATX Television Festival has unveiled more events from its fan-friendly lineup, including another “Friday Night Lights” reunion, and the reassembly of “The O.C.” writers’ room, featuring creator Josh Schwartz, writer/executive producer Stephanie Savage (“The Astronaut Wives Club”), and writer Leila Gerstein (“Hart of Dixie”), with other participants to be announced. In addition to… Read more »

NBC Renews Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Shades of Blue’ for Season 2

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NBC has picked up a second season of Jennifer Lopez’s cop drama “Shades of Blue,” Variety has learned. Though the early renewal comes right after the show’s lowest ratings came in for its fifth episode last night, the pickup comes as no surprise, given Lopez’s star power and “Shades of Blue” still-strong performance as one of NBC’s biggest debuts… Read more »