The Walt Disney Co. is near a deal with Peter Hastings, an executive producer of "Disney's One Saturday Morning" and a one-time writer, actor and animator, to make his directorial debut with "Country…
Abel Ferrara ("Bad Lieutenant") has delivered his newest title, "R-Xmas," to financier StudioCanal. Pic stars "The Sopranos" actors Drea de Matteo and Lillo Brancato along with rapper-thesp Ice-T.
On the heels of wrapping the Warner Bros./Morgan Creek comedy Western "American Outlaws," thesp Ali Larter will segue into the role of a woman on trial for her husband's murder in the Reese…
Meet the new Kings of Comedy. "Meet the Parents" struck box-office gold in the first post-Olympics frame with a studio-estimated $29.1 million, as the Robert DeNiro-Ben Stiller yukfest obliterated by…
The Canadian government is creating a new C$100 million ($66.7 million) fund to increase the quality of and audience for domestic feature films.
Barbet Schroeder is in final negotiations to helm Castle Rock's new thriller, formerly called "Murder by Numbers," but now known as the "Untitled Tony Gayton Project." The French helmer best known…
French cinema is alive and well in Europe. That's the conclusion of Unifrance, the body in Paris that promotes French film abroad.
In a mid-six figure deal, Casey Silver's Gone Fishin' Prods. has snapped up the pitch "The Book of Owen," with the script to be written by Vincent Ngo. "The Book of Owen" concerns a guy named Owen…
Ignite Entertainment has tapped John Sacchi director of development. He will be responsible for shepherding new material as well as developing the current stable of projects for the company.
Variety chief film critic Todd McCarthy, along with his collaborators, producer Sasha Alpert and co-director-editor Arnold Glassman, will appear at a special 5 p.m. screening tomorrow of their film…