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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Dominates U.S. Box Office With $40.2 Million

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M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” has turned into a horror hit with a surprisingly strong $40.2 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North American locations. “Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 different personalities, performed far above recent expectations for Universal and Blumhouse. It easily topped the 2015 launch of Shyamalan’s found-footage horror… Read more »

Sundance: Amazon Lands ‘The Big Sick’ in Blockbuster Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

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In one of the biggest deals in the history of Sundance, Amazon Studios has landed distribution rights to “The Big Sick” for about $12 million, Variety has learned. The pact comes on the heels of the romantic comedy’s rousing premiere on Friday night. The film is about a Pakistani-American comedian (Kumail Nanjiani) whose relationship with… Read more »

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Hero’

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If a 60-foot saguaro cactus could talk, it would almost certainly sound like Sam Elliott. At 72 years old, the lanky character actor has played his share of bikers, hippies, and cowboys, but never the hero — at least, never on the level of Lee Hayden, the faded-glory Western star he portrays in Brett Haley’s “The… Read more »

Lily Collins Reveals Former Eating Disorder While Promoting ‘To The Bone’ at Sundance (Watch)

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Lily Collins stars as a young woman battling anorexia in the indie film “To The Bone,” and the actress has a personal connection to the subject matter. Collins revealed on Saturday at Variety’s studio at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, that she formerly battled an eating disorder. “This movie was really important to… Read more »

Chelsea Handler Nixes Two-Party Politics: ‘I’m Not a Democrat Anymore’ (Watch)

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The election of Donald Trump has inspired Chelsea Handler to re-think her political affiliation. The outspoken comedian sat down with Variety hours after leading the Women’s March at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday in Park City, Utah, for a wide-ranging interview, discussing everything from Trump to women’s rights to two-party politics. Handler revealed that after the results… Read more »

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Yellow Birds’

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It’s unusual, at the Sundance Film Festival, to see a drama about a subject like the Iraq War. The economics of scale required to stage an authentic combat scene don’t tend to mesh with indie-film budgets — and besides, there are enough towering war films in our time that the bar for them has been… Read more »

Sundance Film Review: ‘City of Ghosts’

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When strong, personality-driven documentaries premiere at film festivals, you can count on one of the most pressing concerns in audience Q&As being the need to know what has happened to the subjects since filming wrapped. In the case of “City of Ghosts,” the question carries higher stakes than almost ever before, while also communicating how… Read more »

Dave Franco Says Filming a Sex Scene With a Nun in ‘The Little Hours’ Was ‘a First’

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“The Little Hours” writer and director Jeff Baena joined castmembers Molly Shannon, Alison Brie, Kate Micucci, Dave Franco, Aubrey Plaza in the Variety Studio at the Sundance Film Festival, presented by Orville Redenbacher’s. In this clip they talk about potential upsides to being nuns in real life, and Franco shares what made his sex scene… Read more »