Austin-based Drafthouse Films has bought all U.S. rights, with a theatrical commitment to 20 markets, to E.L. Katz’s feature bow “Cheap Thrills,” which world preemed Friday at the Alamo Ritz in South By Southwest’s Midnighter strand. This marks the first deal of the film festival.
The low-budget horror pic received an over-the-top aud response to a story that steadily rachets up the grotesque as a pair of old friends (Pat Healy, Ethan Embry) reunite over drinks and befriend a bored, wealthy couple (Sara Paxton, David Koechner) who dare them to play a bizarre game of oneupmanship. A buzz screening was added Sunday morning.
Pic is produced by Travis Stevens, Gabriel Cowan and John Suits. Gena Wilbur and Curtis Raines are exec producers.
Rajkumar Hirani, the Indian film director who is part of the Shanghai International Film Festival’s competition jury, says he is pleased by the reception that Indian films are getting in China. But in conversation in Shanghai he sidestepped the accusations of sexual assault that were recently levelled against him. “I don’t think we should talk [...]
“The Departed” star Ray Winstone has joined Marvel’s “Black Widow” standalone movie, sources tell Variety. “Stranger Things'” David Harbour and “Midsommar’s” Florence Pugh are also on board to star alongside Scarlett Johansson. Cate Shortland has signed on to direct from Jac Schaeffer’s script, with Kevin Feige producing. Marvel had no comment on the casting. The [...]
Paramount Pictures and Entertainment One have closed a deal to co-finance “Clifford The Big Red Dog” and “Monster Problems,” with “Maze Runner” star Dyan O’Brien. Under the deal, announced Thursday, eOne will distribute all rights directly in Canada and the UK, excluding television in the UK, and Paramount shall distribute all other rights including in [...]
Top Hollywood publicist and executive Joy Fehily has resigned from her post at public relations firm PMK-BNC, individuals familiar with the move told Variety. Fehily steps down in the midst of a five-year deal with the show business institution, insiders said, which reps A-list actors and below-the-line talent as well as huge brands like American [...]
At Wednesday night’s world premiere of the “Child’s Play” remake, it was obvious that evil doll Chucky — the star of seven films over three decades — had a little work done. And now he bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump. “Oh, you caught that?” Aubrey Plaza asked Variety on the black carpet outside [...]
In a prolific career that has yielded numerous iconic movies, Ron Howard is set to direct his first animated film. The project is one of four ambitious, original animated and live-action hybrid films he and Brian Grazer have set up through their company Imagine Entertainment, in a joint venture with Australian production engine Animal Logic [...]
There are times that “The Big Ticket” podcast will feature guests who you may not necessarily think of when you think of movies. But as I’ve said since the launch of the podcast, who doesn’t love talking about movies? With that in mind, this week’s guests are “Broad City” co-creators and stars Ilana Glazer and [...]