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Ferguson, ‘Black Male Crisis’ Documentary in the Works from Oscar Nominee (EXCLUSIVE)

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Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg and actor Nate Parker are teaming on a “Black Male Crisis” documentary in the U.S. in the wake of the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. in August. Berg, Parker and writer-director Matthew Cooke launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on Wednesday — two days after the announcement of a… Read more »

Laura Dern on Directors: ‘I Like To Be Pushed to a Braver Place’

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The daughter of Oscar-nominated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd is generating her own awards buzz for her turn as Reese Witherspoon’s mother in “Wild,” opening Dec. 5. You’ve played two remarkable mothers onscreen this year, beginning with “The Fault in Our Stars.” What drew you to that role? I was introduced to John Green’s… Read more »

Artisans Talk the Sights of ‘Interstellar’ and the Sounds of ‘Fury’

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Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema and sound designer/re-recording mixer Paul N.J. Ottosson spoke with Variety’s David S. Cohen about the tricks they used to deliver, respectively, director Christopher Nolan’s vision on “Interstellar,” and David Ayer’s scheme on “Fury.” Answers are condensed from the Artisans video series. For more of the interviews, go to Variety.com/v/video/artisans Hoyte van… Read more »

Does Awards Season Need a Regulator for the Kudos Chaos?

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Does awards season need a czar? In the booming sports business, commissioners orchestrate scheduling and negotiate network megadeals. In the movie business, however, there is no one managing all the confusion that reigns during awards season and festivals. With CBS laying an egg with its inaugural telecast of the Nov. 14 Hollywood Film Awards —… Read more »

Canadian Indies Embrace Whistler Fest’s Impromptu Market

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Of the 41 features screening at this year’s Whistler Film Festival, 11 are world premieres, setting a significant precedent for the sprocket opera as it enters its 14th year. Though the event does not have an official market, programmer Paul Gratton says all the films that came to Whistler last year without distributors, secured Canadian… Read more »

Toronto Film Festival Often the Sweet Spot for Awards Timing

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If current frontrunner “The Imitation Game” does indeed end up winning best picture at next year’s Academy Awards, it will be the latest in a growing list of winners that played at the Toronto Film Festival. In fact, every best picture winner since 2008 has played the fest (sometimes after first screening to Telluride tastemakers),… Read more »

Digital Audience Ratings: A ‘Cinderella’ Story, ‘Jurassic’ Franchise Is Far From Extinct

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Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (DAR) – Film, a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to film (see the TV version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, DAR – Film measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia… Read more »

‘Children of Men’ Author P.D. James Dies at 94

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Mystery writer P.D. James, whose books were frequently adapted for TV and films including 2006’s “Children of Men,” has died at her home in Oxford, England. She was 94. James’ death was announced Thursday by her publisher, Faber and Faber, according to the New York Times. James penned 13 novels after turning to writing when… Read more »