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San Sebastian’s Workshop Analyzes Day-and-Date Releases

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Aimed to give industry players more insight on a trend that gains ground in the film business, Europa Distribution organizes a three-day workshop at the San Sebastian Film Festival, focused on the practices of day-and-date releases throughout Europe. The E.U. backed indie distributors network, which represents more than 140 members from 28 countries in Europe… Read more »

Labadie’s Le Pacte Takes ‘Marshland’ For France (EXCLUSIVE)

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distribution-sales companies, has acquired all French rights to Alberto Rodriguez’s noirish period cop thriller “Marshland,“ an early competition favorite at San Sebastian. Warner Bros. will release “Marshland” in Spain on Sept. 26. Struck by Le Pacte and “Marshland’s” sales company, Vicente Canales’ Film Factory Entertainment, deal is the first major territory sale announced on “Marshland,”… Read more »

‘Once Upon a Time’ Showrunners Talk ‘Frozen,’ the Charming Family’s Challenges and Regina’s Evolution

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“Once Upon a Time” is kicking off season four with a dose of “Frozen,” transporting the beloved characters of the blockbuster Disney movie to the town of Storybrooke. Ahead of the Sept. 28 premiere, Variety talked to showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis to preview Anna (Elizabeth Lail) and Elsa’s (Georgina Haig) “Once” debut and… Read more »

Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens Nude Photos Leak Online in Latest Celebrity Hacking

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Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Hudgens may be the latest celebrities whose nude photos have leaked online. Racy photos resembling the stars were posted on Saturday morning. They were immediately removed by Reddit and the image-sharing site 4chan as part of its new copyright infringement policy. Mary-Kate Olsen, Avril Lavigne, Hayden Panettiere, Lake Bell, Leelee Sobieski… Read more »

Matthew McConaughey Won’t Return for ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel

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It looks like Dallas took his last dance in “Magic Mike.” It’s official: Matthew McConaughey won’t be returning for the upcoming sequel, “Magic Mike XXL.” Director Greg Jacobs, who’s taking over the franchise for Steven Soderbergh, told IndieWire that the Oscar winner won’t hit the road with returnees Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello and… Read more »

Watch: ‘Popeye’ Is Pipe-Less, Tattoo-Less in Sony Animation Test

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Sony has given audiences an early look at Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Popeye.” CGI-animated test footage, which won’t appear in the film, shows a pipe-less, tattoo-less Popeye fighting Bluto to save his beloved Olive Oyl. The clip follows a behind-the-scenes video of Tartakovsky at work adapting “Popeye” for the bigscreen and discussing why he was “destined” to… Read more »

‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Adds Guest Star Nick Frost

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Whovians just got an early Christmas present from the BBC. Nick Frost, best known for his roles in “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End,” will guest star in this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special. “I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special, I’m such… Read more »

Watch: Elle Fanning, John Hawkes in ‘Low Down’ Trailer

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Jazz pianist Joe Albany and his soul-warming music come to life in the first official trailer for “Low Down.” John Hawkes stars as the famed musician and Elle Fanning plays his daughter, who penned the memoir the film is based on. Albany, who performed with the likes of Charlie Parker and Lester Young, died in… Read more »

Simon Pegg’s ‘Kill Me Three Times’ Bought for U.S. By Magnolia

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Magnolia has acquired U.S. rights to Australian thriller “Kill Me Three Times,” starring Simon Pegg, Alice Braga and Luke Hemsworth. The low seven figure-deal comes after “Kill Me Three Times” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section. Teresa Palmer, Sullivan Stapleton, Bryan Brown and Callan Mulvey also star in the… Read more »