Music bizzer and entrepreneur Russell Simmons has teamed with DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV to launch All Def Digital, a new YouTube channel stocked with urban music, comedy and spoken-word…
Seven of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch were on hand for the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.
When comedian Spoken Reasons (real name John Baker Jr.) found he wasn't landing any standup gigs, he took matters into his own hands, launching a YouTube channel.
After co-financing three films that made more than $300 million worldwide in 2013, David Ellison’s Skydance Productions has closed a deal to reup with Paramount Pictures. The new deal will extend the…
Disney has released the first trailer for “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Directed by John Lee Hancock, pic chronicles Walt Disney's (Hanks) 14-year effort to…
A critical digest of the week's latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided. White House Down Distributor: Sony It's open season on 1600 Pennsylvania…
A stimulating intro course on wine appreciation gets blended with a narrowly focused contest-doc format in Jason Wise's film about aspiring young Master Sommeliers.
CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures have partnered to acquire domestic rights to killer-whales-in-captivity docu "Blackfish," which premiered at Sundance.
Two Sundance offerings, Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color" and Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," are among the first seven pics to be set for Gotham's New Directors/New Films, which runs March 20-31.
Indian helmer Gurvinder Singh's Punjabi-language "Anhey Ghore Da Daan" (Alms for a Blind Horse) has won the Golden Peacock for best film and a cash prize of Rupees 4 million ($73,700) at the 43rd…
A casually engaging, matter-of-fact docu about champion one-legged Paralympic shot-putter Darko Kralj, Croatian helmer Dejan Acimovic's "The King" eschews earnest eyewitness testimonials to its…