The second annual Freedom Film Festival, the American Cinema Foundation's showcase of films from Central and Eastern Europe, kicks off its L.A. engagement Friday, a week after its Berlin gig.
In what amounts to a Chinese government reconnaissance mission into Hollywood, China's main film org has been meeting all week with studios and producers to encourage co-productions with American and…
France's TF1 International has acquired international rights to the French-lingo psycho-thriller "Facing," starring Jean-Hugues Anglade ("Betty Blue," "La Reine Margot").
Bruce Willis will topline the independently financed pic "The Whole Nine Yards" for director Jonathan Lynn and Franchise Pictures.
During the American Film Market, Daily Variety will be located at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel in suites 656 and 657.
Director Alfonso Arau is close to setting up his first film in almost four years, the black comedy "Picking Up the Pieces," and Woody Allen is eyeing the lead role.
"Mifune," the third film to be made according to the Dogma 95 charter dictating extreme cinematic simplicity, recently won the Jury Grand Prix award at the Berlin Film Festival, but "The King Is…
Visual f/x and post-production shop Flat Earth Prods. Inc. has launched Flat Earth Entertainment to co-produce as well as develop its own slate of pics. The company would produce the effects for the…
Brittany Murphy has signed to play Janis Joplin in "Piece of My Heart," Lakeshore and Paramount's long-gestating biopic on the raspy-voiced blues singer.
Owen Wilson, who is making a name for himself as both a writer and actor, will next go the thesp route and join Jackie Chan in "Shanghai Noon," a Western with comic overtones to be directed by Tom…
Upstart film producer Alexander Jovy is planning to make a $3.5 million feature on the back of his success with the Oscar-nominated short "Holiday Romance."