Dan Reed’s four-hour Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland,” which details the allegations of child sex abuse against Jackson by two men, premiered at Sundance Friday.
The Michael Jackson estate issued a statement decrying the doc, calling it “the kind of tabloid character assassination Michael Jackson endured in life, and now in death.” A few protesters also showed up at the screening at the Egyptian theater in Park City, Utah, and the doc’s IMDB page was vandalized by fans.
Here, Variety senior film writer Matt Donnelly breaks down the doc.
“Velvet Buzzsaw” cast members Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Billy Magnussen, and Natalia Dyer and director Dan Gilroy broke down what’s frightening about the modern-day art industry. “It’s a parable about greed,” Gyllenhaal explained at Variety’s Sundance Studio, presented by AT&T. “And also what we value, why we value it, and do we value [...]
Pete Davidson is familiar with Sundance, but not for the annual film festival. “I love Park City, Utah, because the last time I was here, I was in rehab,” Davidson told Variety about checking into the Cirque Lodge treatment center about four years ago. “It’s nice to be on the other side of it. And, [...]
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