Signaling a move to energize the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has tapped two Oscarcast first-timers to oversee the 81st annual event, with Laurence Mark as producer and…
This summer has confirmed a few truisms about the box office: Big, noisy action films make money, Will Smith and Pixar are invincible and some "surefire" titles are bound to fail. But otherwise, the…
As of Monday, the year was at the halfway mark, so in theory, the 2008 awards race is half over. Not a chance. The past six months have offered fewer potential contenders than any January-June period…
As part of its ongoing expansion, Variety is moving its Los Angeles offices to a high-rise on Wilshire Boulevard that will be dubbed the Variety Building.
While fall's Iraq-themed films stumbled at the box office, there's a current crop of Mideast pics that are doing extremely well.
Two popular Universal Studios backlot shooting locations -- New York Street and the "Back to the Future" courthouse square -- went up in smoke Sunday during a ferocious predawn blaze that also…
Film executives are back home after Cannes, getting back to business as usual. Except things are not "as usual." The May 14-25 festival and market crystallized what many have suspected for a long…
Ay, carumba! Cannes loves auteurs and risk-takers, but the big lesson from this year's fest is clear: It's not the place to do test screenings.
Cannes obviously has a jones for "Indiana." The Sunday night premiere of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" met with a 3½-minute standing ovation -- nowhere near a festival record…
On Sunday, Indiana Jones faces a challenge more terrifying and dangerous than anything he's encountered onscreen: the Cannes crowd.
For the past few years, the studios' niche divisions have dominated the Academy Awards. What would it take to see more studio-centric pics as Oscar contenders?