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Todd Haynes on ‘Wonderstruck’: ‘It is a Kids’ Movie’

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“Wonderstruck,” in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, is director Todd Haynes’ seventh feature film, his fourth with Julianne Moore, and his first for Amazon Studios, which backed it along with Roadside Attractions. The film is “weird, wild, and not like anything I can think of,” he tells Variety. It also turns out it’s a… Read more »

‘Spider-Man’ Star Tom Holland to Play Young Nathan Drake in ‘Uncharted’ Movie Adaptation

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming’s” Tom Holland will star in Sony’s adaptation of the popular video game “Uncharted.” Shawn Levy came on board in October to direct “Uncharted,” based on the PlayStation video game series following the adventures of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. Holland will play a younger version of Drake. The film follows Drake’s first encounter with the professional rogue Sullivan. The… Read more »

‘Star Wars’ Movies Push Overall Licensed Merchandise Sales to $262 Billion

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With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” providing major boosts, global retail sales of licensed merchandise rose 4.4% to $262.9 billion last year, according to the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Assn. The association issued the report Monday, a day ahead of the launch of the three-day Licensing Expo at the… Read more »

Film Review: Brad Pitt in ‘War Machine’

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Everyone has a different idea of what’s funny, but it’s hard to imagine anyone being amused by “War Machine,” a colossally miscalculated satire about a U.S. general who thought he could “win” the war in Afghanistan at precisely the moment President Obama announced he would be pulling troops out of the country. A costly flop… Read more »

‘Fleabag’ Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Guinea Pigs, Finding Olivia Colman’s Evil Side, and a Potential Season 2

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When Phoebe Waller-Bridge stopped by Variety’s offices earlier this month, she cautioned me against asking her too many definite questions about Season 2. Although the creator, writer, and star of “Fleabag” had already hinted at a Season 2 in previous interviews, “it’s not actually officially announced.” But that hasn’t stopped Waller-Bridge from overflowing with tons… Read more »

Elton John: MTV Era Produced Many Untalented Musicians

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Elton John told an audience at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday that the MTV generation had promoted many musicians who didn’t deserve the attention, but he also paid tribute to the positive role that music videos have played in the music business. John, who was on-stage with his long-term song-writing partner Bernie Taupin, said:… Read more »

At Dreary, Drake-Dominated Billboard Music Awards, Cher and Lorde Give Us Something to ‘Believe’ In

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The mononym queens had it at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards. The two best reasons to tune in to an otherwise mostly dreary three-hour ABC telecast were striking performances by generational bookends Lorde and Cher, one of whom dressed like a 71-year woman, and the other of whom dressed like a 20-year-old. (You know where… Read more »

Poker Central Bets on $10 Monthly Subscription-Video Service

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Here comes another specialized over-the-top video service aimed at scooping up cash from fans of a niche subject. Poker Central, a Las Vegas-based startup backed by major poker pros founded in 2015, had originally launched a 24-hour cable TV network with coverage of poker tournaments and other programming. But after hitting a wall last year trying… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

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When Disney first announced plans to build a feature film out of its venerable Pirates of the Caribbean ride, there was little reason to expect anything more than a grab for quick cash and a few Disneyland cross-promotional opportunities. To just about everyone’s surprise, Gore Verbinski’s 2003 “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the… Read more »