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James Cameron Is Finally Ready to Revisit the ‘Terminator’ Franchise
According to Deadline, Cameron is crafting a new “Terminator” project and is in early talks to have “Deadpool” helmer Tim Miller direct a reboot and “conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.” David Ellison, whose company co-financed “Terminator Genisys” and is the current rights holder, will also be involved by bankrolling the effort.
It is unknown if Cameron will reboot the whole franchise or pick up where he left off. Though, he will team up with “top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively.”
- Liz Calvario
‘Split’ Psyches Out ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage,’ Heads to $34 Million Debut
Universal’s “Split” took in $14.6 million at the Friday box office, twice as much as “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” did. Heading into the weekend, experts had thought “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “xXx” would battle it out, with both having been anticipated to earn in the high-teens to low-$20 million range. But the M. Night Shyamalan film is over performing — now, the film is looking at a weekend gross of $34 million. “Split” stars James McAvoy and was produced by Blumhouse for a reported budget of under $10 million. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest on Sept. 26 of last year. “Split” is being critically. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Sundance Cyberattack Forces Box Office to Close
The Sundance Film Festival has been hacked.
“Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office,” said a spokesperson for the festival. “No further information about the attack is available at this time, but our team is working hard to get our system back up and running as soon as possible. All screenings will still take place as planned.”
According to the festival’s Twitter account, a cyberattack forced the closure of its box office on Saturday.
All movie screenings will go on as planned, according to festival organizers.
“Our artist’s voices will be heard and the show will go on,” the festival added.
The cyberattack occurred shortly after Chelsea Handler led a Women’s March in Park City to protest the election of Donald Trump, at around noon Mt. Roughly 40 minutes later, online ticketing for future shows had been restored. »
- Variety Staff
Sundance Scene: Kristen Stewart, Judd Apatow, Elizabeth Olsen (Updating Photos)
The march is the big story of Sundance on opening weekend. Mirroring the massive turnout around the country, the turnout has swamped Park City in a united sea of activism. For more on the march, click here: Also Read: Fiery Hollywood Women Rally in Sundance: 'We Will Not Go Backwards' Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow The Sundance schmooze started early. On a special #DeltaFestivalShuttle from Lax, the Apatows were amongst a group of industry traveling together in “a members only club of creatives in the sky,” as Delta slugged the Thursday morning flight. Oh, hello. This is not a »
- Mikey Glazer
Veronica Mars Boss Rob Thomas Shares 'Six-Episode' Revival Update
Over the summer, leading lady Kristen Bell confirmed our initial scoop that she and series creator Rob Thomas are eyeing a limited-series format vs. a fan-funded feature film this time around, telling me at Comic-Con, “We are definitely striving to do it again… And this time around we’re not going to ask the audience to pony up for anything.”
At the Television Critics Association winter press tour last week, Thomas — who was promoting iZombie Season 3 — revealed that the »
Alan Surgal, Writer of 'Mickey One,' Dies at 100
Throughout his career, Surgal drew inspiration from the likes of television and film icons like Danny Thomas and Bob Hope and incorporated that into his hit drama, which eventually went on to achieve cult classic status in Hollywood.
Surgal was born in Chicago in 1916 where he also attended the University of Chicago. The writer served in World War II where he worked for both the Armed Forces Network and BBC as a »
- Farnoush Amiri
France's Lumiere Awards Nominations Unveiled
Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV, Alain Guiraudie’s Staying Vertical and Stephane Brize’s surprise Louis Delluc Prize-winner A Woman’s Life lead this year’s Lumiere nominations with four nominations each in the main categories.
All are in the running for best film and best director, with additional mentions in the acting categories.
Stephanie di Giusto’s The Dancer also scored four nominations in various acting and cinematography categories as well as a best first film nom, while Bertrand Bonello’s terrorism drama Nocturama and Lea Fehner’s acting troupe comedy Les Ogres scored three each.
Divines, which was »
- Rhonda Richford
Sundance: Netflix Takes 'Chasing Coral' Doc About the World's Coral Reefs
The film, a follow-up to Orlowski’s 2012 doc Chasing Ice, which looked at the melting ice caps, was produced by Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes. Chasing Coral, an Exposure Labs production, is having its world premiere at the festival Saturday.
Chasing Coral follows a team racing against the clock to document the »
- Gregg Kilday
‘Motherland’: Film Review | Sundance 2017
An immersive, firsthand introduction to the hospital reputed to have the world’s highest birth rate, Motherland not only provides an expressively etched account of specialized medical care, but also a telling perspective on dominant social trends and healthcare policy issues in the Philippines.
Through conversations and interactions among medical staff, patients and family members at Manila’s Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Ramona S. Diaz’s documentary highlights several major issues subjecting many disadvantaged women to a repetitive cycle of pregnancy and childbirth. Prominent among them appear to be endemic poverty, a pervasive cultural bias favoring large families and a lack of »
- Justin Lowe
Sundance Film Review: ‘Wind River’
Not every great screenwriter has what it takes to step behind the camera and direct a movie (most of them, in fact, probably don’t have it). Yet every once in a while, a gifted screenwriter comes along who seems destined to take that leap. There was a lot of anticipation at Sundance before the premiere showing of “Wind River,” the first movie directed by Taylor Sheridan, who wrote the brilliant screenplays for “Hell or High Water” (2016) and “Sicario” (2015). I suspect that’s because Sheridan thinks like a director even in his scripts, which don’t just have crackling dialogue — they have pace, structure, dimension. (That, of course, is what all screenplays are supposed to have, but how many of them do?) Sheridan also possesses a fully scaled vision of our society, and of what’s gone wrong in it. He’s drawn to men of violence on both sides of the law, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Dallas Stars Jumbotron Trolls Trump Administration for Lies About Inauguration Attendance Numbers
Donald Trump’s White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, caught a lot of flack for artificially inflating the attendance numbers for Trump’s Friday inauguration. Social media went off about it, and whoever operates the Jumbotron at Dallas Stars home games got in on the fun. “This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer said, with strong emphasis on “period.” “Both in person and around the globe.” Trump himself echoed that sentiment in comments he made at CIA HQ in Langley, Va. on Saturday. Also Read: 'SNL': Putin Congratulates America on Trump's Inauguration - »
- Phil Owen
SAG-aftra National Board Approves Contract Proposal
SAG-aftra has taken a step toward the negotiating table, with its national board approving its contract proposal for a successor deal with the production companies.
The performers union, which reps about 160,000 members, did not disclose any details of the package or a date for starting negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The AMPTP had no immediate comment.
The current three-year SAG-aftra master contract expires on June 30 and covers well over $1 billion in annual earnings.
Saturday’s announcement came three weeks after the Directors Guild of America board endorsed a tentative deal on a three-year successor contract and sent that out to members for ratification. That deal, which included a major gain in streaming residuals, will go into effect on July 1 if approved.
The AMPTP is expected to propose provisions similar to those in the DGA deal when it sits down at the bargaining taken with SAG-aftra. »
- Dave McNary
‘Wind River’ Sundance Review: Jeremy Renner Shines in Taylor Sheridan’s Directorial Debut
The snowstorm that blanketed Park City for most of Saturday combined with the women’s march to make it one of the toughest days ever to navigate the festival. But it also set the tone nicely for “Wind River,” the directorial debut of “Hell or High Water” screenwriter Taylor Sheridan and a topnotch drama that he might as well have titled “Hell or High Snow.” Set on a Native American reservation in Wyoming, “Wind River” takes place almost entirely in frigid snowscapes, as FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) enlists the help of local game tracker Cory Lambert (Jeremy Renner) to. »
- Steve Pond
Former AFTRA Retirement Fund Exec Arrested for $3.4 Million Scam
A former executive at the AFTRA Retirement Fund and a business vendor have been arrested and charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with allegedly stealing $3.4 million from the fund
Enrico Rubano, who worked as the co-head of information technology for the AFTRA Retirement Fund, and vendor Shivanand Maharaj, were arrested on Friday. The fund provides retirement benefits and is a separate legal entity from the SAG-aftra union.
The U.S. Dept. of Justice alleged that Rubano and Maharaj allegedly used companies they owned or controlled to submit invoices to the AFTRA Retirement Fund for information technology services that they did not perform. The scam resulted in Rubano and Maharaj taking about $3.4 million from the scheme from 2009 to 2015.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Rubano “allegedly had the fund make payments based on hundreds of fake invoices to [Maharaj’s] company, not for It work actually done by that company, »
- Dave McNary
Sundance Film Review: ‘Step’
Documentaries aren’t often discussed in terms of their ability to entertain, but “Step” might be the most infectiously entertaining doc since Chris Rock’s “Good Hair.” This ebullient chronicle of a Baltimore girls step team’s senior year matches a fascinating, worthy subject with unabashedly joyful filmmaking. It’s a crowdpleasing winner from Broadway producer and first-time feature helmer Amanda Lipitz that has what it takes to appeal across generations and emerge as one of the year’s prime doc attractions.
Call it “Hoop Dreams” for the social media generation. At a breezy 83 minutes, “Step” isn’t going for a deep dive into every aspect of its subjects’ lives, but it weaves multiple narrative strands together in a flashy package that opens a very specific window into life in 2016 America. Given where we’re at, it’s not an overstatement to say what’s revealed is essential viewing.
- Geoff Berkshire
Sundance Film Review: ‘Person to Person’
In the 1960s and ’70s, a fair number of now little-remembered American independent films were cute seriocomedies about the “little people” of the big city (usually the Big Apple). Descended from the populist writings of William Saroyan and Herb Gardner, they were full of moderately eccentric (and/or “ethnic”) behavior, humorous yelling, and the occasional windy speech celebrating the funny-sad struggles of being a yooman beink. You might think nobody misses these movies — certainly no one revives them — but apparently Dustin Guy Defa does. He must: He’s gone to the trouble of making a new one, even shooting on 16mm for extra retro ambiance.
“Person to Person” seems to be set in the here and now. It would clearly prefer otherwise, however, given the lengths gone to ensure that characters barely seem to know how the internet works, or center their lives around attaining rare vintage LPs. Nostalgia is one thing, »
- Dennis Harvey
Sundance: Amazon Lands ‘The Big Sick’ in Blockbuster Deal (Exclusive)
The pact comes on the heels of the romantic comedy’s rousing premiere on Friday night. The film is about a Pakistani-American comedian (Kumail Nanjiani) whose relationship with his girlfriend (Zoe Kazan) is nearly derailed over cultural differences and a health crisis. Nanjiani co-wrote the heavily autobiographical script with his wife Emily V. Gordon.
The negotiations for North American rights and other foreign territories stretched into midnight on Saturday. Nanjiani told Variety earlier this week that he wanted the film to get a theatrical release. Unlike Netflix, its rival streaming service, Amazon is a big proponent of the theatrical experience, with all of its films getting at least some kind of theatrical run.
“The Big Sick” sparked interest from a number of distributors, »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
'Mudbound': Film Review | Sundance 2017
Since turning heads with the intoxicating intimacy of her knockout 2009 debut, Pariah, director Dee Rees has been steadily stretching her canvas, first with the stately HBO biopic Bessie, and now with this sprawling treatment of Hillary Jordan's prize-winning 2008 book, Mudbound. It seems an audacious choice to maintain such a literary stamp on the material, right down to the Faulknerian device of multiple narrators, heard in voiceover throughout. But ultimately that's to the benefit of this densely textured, populous narrative, which is given novelistic room to breathe and a slow-burn intensity that builds to a shattering conclusion.
Rees adapted »
- David Rooney
Sundance Film Review: ‘Mudbound’
Some folks look out on the world, and all they see are the differences between people, the things that set us apart. “Mudbound” is a hymn to what we all share — the human struggle, the mutual desire to succeed and create a better world for our children — and it is a damning indictment of those who stand in the way of such progress. Set deep in the Mississippi Delta, it’s the epic story of two families, one white, the other black, who’ve each sown hope among fields too sodden to be much use — and though the sheer scope of the material overwhelms “Pariah” director Dee Rees at times, she finds shoots of optimism among the mire that couldn’t be more welcome at a moment when the country seems more divided than ever.
- Peter Debruge
‘SNL’ Ends With Musical Sidney Poitier-Inspired Obama Dedication ‘To Sir With Love’ (Video)
“SNL” ended its first episode after the inauguration of President Donald Trump on something of a somber note. It used the final moments to say “Thank You” to President Barack Obama with a song. Standing in front of a portrait Obama, Cecily Strong kicked off the song “To Sir With Love.” It’s the theme song to the 1967 Sidney Poitier movie of the same name. In the film, Poitier gets through to a group of trouble-making students in London. The song, sung by the students, is a sign of their respect for him. You can watch the full song above. »
- Phil Hornshaw
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