Speaking their language Variety president Neil Stiles, a BritWeek board member, welcomed bizzers to Friday’s Film and TV Summit at the Beverly Hilton.
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Global know-how Silverwood Films founder Lynette Howell, producer of “Blue Valentine,” emphasized the importance of finding suitable projects with international appeal.
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MultI-screen scenE Mandalay Vision president Celine Rattray, left, Groundswell Prods.’ founder Michael London and Andy Weltman, executive VP of U.S. production for the British Film Council, discussed the changing face of film distribution. Rattray noted the impact that instant reactions on Twitter had at film festivals, while London emphasized the need to carefully consider the multiple ways movies are now being viewed.
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Brandstanding Branded entertainment guru Hal Burg of Platinum Rye explained that transmedia tools and integrating brands can help monetize projects.
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Crossing the pond Sky Network senior VP Rebecca Segal, GK-TV prexy Craig Cegielski, Noel Hedges, senior VP of sales and acquisitions for the Americas at ITV Global Entertainment, and Carrie Stein, head of international management and packaging at 3 Arts Entertainment, talked about the challenges of making TV programming with cross-over appeal that engages audiences in both the U.K. and the U.S.
In Amazon Prime’s upcoming “Modern Love,” Anne Hathaway sheds light on an important facet of living with mental health issues, playing a bipolar woman who struggles with dating. “We’re all becoming more sensitive, wiser and more cognizant of gentility, and especially emotional gentility. I think those conversations are starting to happen. And I think the desire [...]
Charlize Theron walked on stage before a screening of “Bombshell” at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center on Sunday night and announced to the crowd, “I’m about to s— myself.” The Oscar winner had good reason to be nervous. The screening of the Jay Roach-directed drama about the fall of Fox News boss Roger Ailes was [...]
Charlize Theron, during an onstage discussion with her “Gringo” costar David Oyelowo about philanthropy at Thursday’s annual fundraiser for Nigerian children’s educational and health program GEANCO, said she was a beneficiary of “white privilege” while growing up in Apartheid-torn South Africa. “I obviously am a white person who benefited from my white privilege,” Theron said [...]
SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains spoilers for “Linda Vista.” Tracy Letts and Dick Wheeler are two very different people. The former is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright, a lauded actor and a talent whose ambidextrous knack for acting and writing has produced “August: Osage County” and a slew of other highly successful [...]
The 2019 revival of “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” centers around the Carnival of Doom, a place that star Jeremy Ray Taylor (“It Chapter Two”) describes as “beautiful on the outside, but…in the middle of it, there are definitely dark secrets. Variety caught up with the young star during a carnival-themed celebration at Row DTLA [...]
They’re creepy, they’re kooky, and they’re an allegory for immigration in America. Charlize Theron discussed the changing face of the nuclear family and her animated film, “The Addams Family,” with Variety at the movie’s recent premiere at the Century City Mall in Los Angeles. “When you think of [the Addams] being around since the sixties, [...]
Despite inevitable comparisons to Glenn Close’s iconic turn as Cruella de Vil in 1996’s “101 Dalmatians,” Emma Stone teased that her take on the infamous villain in the upcoming “Cruella” movie will be very distinctive. “It comes long before her story,” Stone told Variety at the premiere of “Zombieland: Double Tap” at the Regency Village [...]