The plot of "Wadjda" may seem simple — a 10-year-old Saudi girl competes for a shiny new bike — but Haifaa Al Mansour's remarkable debut contains some of the strongest social and political insights…
From the September 24, 2013 issue of Variety
In Chile, as in much of the world, English is becoming the lingua franca among a growing number of filmmakers, as arthouse and genre helmers alike make it the primary language in films targeted to…
Model-turned-thesp Vanessa Hessler, 25, is a regular Italo TV ratings-grabber via miniseries where her roles include a saint, several princesses and a girl from Kentucky who inherits an Italian…
Disney is making a bold move in India next year, releasing three high-profile Bollywood movies under its own label in a territory that has been notoriously tough for U.S. studios to crack.
HONG KONG — China's Dalian Wanda Group has unveiled plans to become one of the world's biggest film companies. At a glitzy ceremony in the port city of Qingdao, attended by top stars from China and…
In Italy, where economic woes are shaking up the film industry, a new generation of players with a bigger global vision is surfacing, epitomized by Ginevra Elkann.
The show certainly moves into a prime piece of real estate; how long it stays could be another matter.
Like an early Woody Allen character stretched through a fun-house mirror, Stephen Merchant plays a haplessly girl-obsessed, amiable loser in "Hello Ladies," an HBO series that's occasionally amusing…
The idea of a 5-year-old sitting in a theater and swiveling his head between the bigscreen and an iPad just feels wrong.
If TV networks have their way, advertisers will soon see fewer differences between placing their spots on a show viewers watch live at 9 p.m. on a Tuesday night and that same show viewed via…
A friend last week was appalled that I was not yet subscribing to DogTV, the 24-hour pay service that was daily pacifying his pooches. Didn't I understand the value of canine kitsch?