“This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” director Barbara Kopple and subject Gigi Lazzarato stopped by the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher’s at the Sundance Film Festival to talk about their new documentary.
Lazzarato, a transgender woman who has shared her journey on YouTube, said that the documentary was an exercise in control. “I’m a control freak,” she said. “I just wanted to take control because that’s what I’m used to.”
But Kopple said that the product is one that makes a statement. “It’s about hope, it’s about friendship, it’s about love — It’s about all the wonderful ingredients that our president is not doing,” she said. “He’s trying to teach people to hate. And this documentary takes it a long way from there.”
“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, [...]
Minhal Baig’s film “Hala” is based on her own life and dynamic with her parents, who are immigrants from Pakistan. Jada Pinkett Smith openly admits it was hard to make a movie like this in Hollywood. It’s due to those difficulties that Pinkett Smith said she got on board to help Baig expand her short [...]
The real reason behind Forky’s odd name choice.
Mindy Kaling and Constance Wu both starred in woman-directed films this year; Kaling in Nisha Ganatra’s “Late Night” and Wu in Lorene Scafaria’s “Hustlers.” In their “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” conversation, the two shared stories about working with female directors and how playing women who are ambitious used to be portrayed as a negative […]
Alfre Woodard and Cynthia Erivo both star in movies helmed by black female directors this year; Woodard in Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency” and Erivo in Kasi Lemmons’ “Harriet.” In their “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” conversation, the two talked about their new films and the social messages in them. They also touched on when they knew […]