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Jack Antonoff Is Working with Pink, and Other Revelations from Bleachers’ L.A. ‘Underplay’

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Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, whose ancillary titles include Grammy winner, guitarist for the band Fun, and Lena Dunham’s boyfriend (not necessarily in that order), is among today’s most promising songwriters, having worked with Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Sara Bareilles. So it wouldn’t be entirely surprising to see a super successful pop star like Pink in the crowd for his… Read more »

Netflix to Unleash Second German Original Production ‘Dogs of Berlin’

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Netflix has commissioned its second German production with “Dogs of Berlin,” created by writer-director Christian Alvart. The 10-part show will see Alvart serve as showrunner as well as writing, directing and producing all episodes through his Berlin-based production company Syrreal Entertainment. Described by Netflix as an edgy modern crime drama, “Dogs of Berlin” sees two… Read more »

Udine Focus Asia: Aurora Media Boards Southeast Asian Genre Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

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UDINE, Italy – Singapore-based Aurora Media Holdings, an investment outfit with Hollywood ties, has inked financing and production deals for two upcoming Southeast Asian pics during Focus Asia, the new genre-focused project market and industry platform being held at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. Aurora Media has boarded Indonesian black comedy “Abracadabra,” which… Read more »

Cannes Film Market Adds HAF, Vilnius, New Horizons, Thessaloniki to Pix-in-Post Showcases

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The Cannes Film Market, the world’s biggest – and still growing – film industry meet, is raising the bar once more in industry initiatives, adding four new events to its 5th Goes to Cannes works-in-progress brand: FilMart’s Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), Lithuania’s Vilnius Intl. Film Festival, New Horizon Polish Days and Greece’s… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Sleight’

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Slight is right. Arguably the biggest letdown of the 2016 Sundance film festival, J.D. Dillard’s feature debut squanders its high concept — an amateur street magician uses his craft to free himself from the clutches of a maniacal drug dealer — and serves up a low-rent, Nickelodeon-lite version of that story, blowing his chance with corny acting,… Read more »

Cannes: First Image from André Téchiné’s ‘Golden Years’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Variety has been given the exclusive first image from André Téchiné’s “Golden Years” (Nos années folles), which world premieres as a Screening Gala at the Cannes Film Festival’s tribute to the veteran French director. Celluloid Dreams is handling world sales, and the film will be released in France by ARP Selection. Téchiné, whose credits include… Read more »

Film Review: ‘How to Be a Latin Lover’

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The combo of wink-wink naughtiness and family-friendly sentimentality makes for a wildly uneven farce in “How to Be a Latin Lover,” as a middle-aged male gold-digger attempts a reconciliation with his estranged sister and nephew — when he isn’t busy looking for his next sugar mama, that is. It’s another hand-tooled star vehicle for Mexican… Read more »

Sony Annual Profits Halved as Pictures Division Loses $719 Million

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Japanese electronics and entertainment group Sony revealed net profits Friday of $660 million (JPY73.3 billion) for the 2016-2017 financial year, a 50% reduction from the previous year precipitated by heavy losses in its pictures division. The division, which encompasses Sony Pictures Entertainment and other film and TV content operations, accounted for a loss of $719 million… Read more »

Tribeca Film Review: ‘My Friend Dahmer’

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The premise of “My Friend Dahmer” — a year in the life of Jeffrey Dahmer, the gay cannibalistic serial killer, back when he was a misunderstood high school kid — makes it sound like the indie-hipster version of “Bates Motel”: a “sensitive” prequel to the madness to come. To be sure, the dementia the movie shows… Read more »

Muriel Thomas

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