Variety Archives: U upset with ‘Spartacus’ pan

Studio not pleased with the N.Y. Times unfavorable review of the 1960 classic

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    “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” has opened with a solid $3.4 million at 2,850 North American locations in Thursday night preview showings that began at 7 p.m. That was enough for the musical to top Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2,” which launched with $3.1 million at 2,934 sites in Thursday previews that began at [...]

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    Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen Cast in Movie Version of 'Cats'

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    Six Thai Cave Rescue Films Now in Development

    The number of films being prepared about the recent cave rescue in northern Thailand has risen to six, according to Thai government sources. Thailand’s Ministry of Culture says it expects the military government’s Cabinet next week to approve the establishment of a special committee to oversee all film projects relating to the dramatic mission. “Five [...]

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    Iciar Bollain, Isaki Lacuesta, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Carlos Vermut Join San Sebastian Competition

    MADRID — New movies from recent San Sebastian Golden Shell winners – Carlos Vermut’s “Quién te cantará” and Isaki Lacuesta’s “Entre dos aguas” – will screen in main competition this year along with Iciar Bollaín’s “Yuli” and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “The Realm.” Announcing the complete line-up of Spanish films at San Sebastian in Madrid on Friday, [...]

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