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Napa Valley Film Festival to Proceed as Planned in Aftermath of Fires

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Napa Valley Film Festival has announced that it will proceed with next month’s festival and donate 10% of the proceeds to the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

The region has been hit hard by aggressive wildfires that began on Oct. 8 and killed at least 41 people in Napa, Sonoma, Yuba, and Mendocino counties in the deadliest week of fires in California history. The fires have destroyed at least 5,700 homes. Firefighters have been gaining control over the blazes this week.

“Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with all of our Napa and Sonoma County families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and partners during this difficult time,” said Nvff co-founders/directors Marc and Brenda Lhormer.

“Our intention is to put on the most memorable and meaningful film festival to date,” the duo added. “Our partners and venues are eager to share this festival with those who love and need great stories, conversation, and bonding experiences. »

- Dave McNary

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Bob Weinstein Harassment Claim: The Scandal Spreads (Analysis)

17 October 2017 4:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was another rough day at the Weinstein Co. As Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assault scandal continues to worsen as more and more victims come forward, his brother Bob Weinstein has become ensared with troubles of his own. With his older brother being fired from the indie company they co-founded, Bob Weinstein had hoped to retain a leadership role if the Weinstein Co. is sold to Colony Capital.

Those ambitions have been complicated after Amanda Segel, an executive producer of  the “The Mist,” revealed in an interview with Variety that Weinstein repeatedly made unwanted romantic overtures to her while she worked on the Spike TV series. The Weinstein Co. produced the show.

The story comes days after Bob Weinstein said in a Hollywood Reporter Q&A that he was surprised and unaware of the extent of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged harassment. It also raises questions about Bob Weinstein’s own future with the company given that »

- Brent Lang

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Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive

11 October 2017 10:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Two Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences governors told me that Academy board members are discussing whether Harvey Weinstein should continue as a member. An impromptu board meeting is expected sometime this week. It’s worth noting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors is now one-third female, with members who include Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Peirce, and Christina Kounelias.

This would be a stunning reversal: By the count of The Weinstein Company’s website, his companies earned 303 Oscar nominations and 75 wins over three decades. Harvey could be the butt of Oscar jokes, but historically was the second most-thanked person in acceptance speeches, after Steven Spielberg.

Read More:The Academy Board of Governors is Now 38% Female

Membership in the Academy is by invitation of the Board of Governors. It has the right to bestow and revoke memberships, but that’s rare. There are precedents for the Academy »

- Anne Thompson

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Academy Governors Debate Revoking Harvey Weinstein’s Membership — Exclusive

11 October 2017 10:27 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Two Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences governors told me that Academy board members are discussing whether Harvey Weinstein should continue as a member. An impromptu board meeting is expected sometime this week. It’s worth noting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors is now one-third female, with members who include Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Peirce, and Christina Kounelias.

This would be a stunning reversal: By the count of The Weinstein Company’s website, his companies earned 303 Oscar nominations and 75 wins over three decades. Harvey could be the butt of Oscar jokes, but historically was the second most-thanked person in acceptance speeches, after Steven Spielberg.

Read More:The Academy Board of Governors is Now 38% Female

Membership in the Academy is by invitation of the Board of Governors. It has the right to bestow and revoke memberships, but that’s rare. There are precedents for the Academy »

- Anne Thompson

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Harvey Weinstein’s Firing: What Happens to TWC, the Movies, and Harvey

8 October 2017 9:36 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now that Harvey Weinstein — a six-time Best Picture winner who spent two decades as one of the most powerful and feared Hollywood personalities — has been terminated as co-chairman of The Weinstein Company following sexual harassment allegations from at least 10 women, many unknowns remain about the studio’s future.

A rep for TWC said, “I can provide no further comment at this time.” Nevertheless, here are the three of the most pressing questions.

Read More: Harvey Weinstein: His Career Timeline of Sexual Harassment Allegations

Who will run The Weinstein Co.?

TWC’s board — down from seven to four as Marc Lasry, Tim Sarnoff and Dirk Ziff resigned in the wake of the Oct. 5 New York Times investigation detailing Weinstein’s impropriety —confirmed to Variety that for now, Weinstein’s brother and the company’s co-founder, Bob, will jointly helm TWC with chief operating officer David Glasser. This transition of power »

- Jenna Marotta

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Film News Roundup: Crispin Glover, Ronen Rubinstein to Star in Horror Movie ‘Smiley Face Killers’

6 October 2017 5:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, Crispin Glover is starring in “Smiley Face Killers,” “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” will open the Hawaii Film Festival, and a virtual reality advertisement is launched for “Jigsaw.”

Production Start

Ronen Rubinstein and Crispin Glover are starring in the independent horror movie “Smiley Face Killers,” scripted by Bret Easton Ellis, Variety has learned exclusively.

Production has commenced across multiple states with Tim Hunter directing. Braxton Pope is producing with David Wulf and Ellis. Jason Miller of Silver State Productions is executive producing.

The film’s plot has been kept largely under wraps, but is based on actual events and the conspiracy theories that have arisen on the internet as a result of serial deaths of young men that shared common characteristics.

Rubinstein will play the lead. The film reteams Glover with Hunter, who directed him in “River’s Edge.” Pope and Ellis teamed on “The Canyons,” the »

- Dave McNary

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Beleaguered Harvey Weinstein Likely to Fall From Awards Season Throne

6 October 2017 4:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As storm clouds gather around movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in the wake of an explosive New York Times report with allegations of sexual harassment and other misbehavior, his company’s Oscar season hopefuls are staring down an unsure future.

Frankly, though, this year’s potential contenders — “The Current War” and “Wind River” — were already facing an uphill battle. Unlike previous years when the Weinstein Co. and Miramax juggled numerous strong awards contenders, mounting expensive, competitive campaigns and lavish Oscar and Golden Globes parties, the company’s financial woes have resulted in pared-back awards spending.

Weinstein’s awards season presence is often felt beyond his on-screen contenders. He holds an annual pre-Oscars bash at the Montage Beverly Hills, where illuminaries like Oprah Winfrey and business leaders like Amazon chief Jeff Bezos have been guests. Last February, Beyonce, Jay-z, and Lin-Manuel Miranda attended the soiree.

He also partners with Netflix every year for a well-attended Golden Globes after-party at »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Weinstein Company’s Movie Operation Was at a Low Point Even Before Scandal

6 October 2017 12:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While Harvey Weinstein’s future is still unclear following recent revelations of sexual misconduct, one thing is clear: the Weinstein Co.’s film division is currently at a very low level of activity.

Financial woes at the company mean that its normally modest film production operation and its previously more active acquisition departments are both operating at their lowest levels in many years.

The studio has three films set to bow in the next year with the Thomas Edison pic “The Current War” opening on Nov. 24, the sequel to “Paddington” bowing on Jan. 12, the Kevin Hart pic “The Upside” on Mar. 9 and the religious pic “Mary Magdalene” get a pre-Easter opening on March 30. Weinstein Co. also has the action pic “Hotel Mumbai” awaiting a release date.

Genre division Dimension Films, run by Harvey’s brother Bob Weinstein, has a handful of pics also set to bow in the next year including “Amityville: the Awakening” (Oct. 28), “Polaroid »

- Justin Kroll

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Napa Valley Film Festival Announces Line-Up, Celebrity Tributes

3 October 2017 6:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Napa Valley Film Festival (Nvff) has announced its complete 2017 line-up, including opening night film “The Upside” and closing night film “Molly’s Game.” The festival, which will take place November 8-12, also released a list of special events and celebrity tribute honorees in anticipation of the seventh annual showcase of independent cinema.

The food, wine, and film-filled event will kick off with a Sneak Preview Night on Tuesday, November 7, featuring a screening of “The Shape of Water” and two performances by Dennis Quaid and The Sharks. To follow will be five days of selected films in contention for awards season such as “I, Tonya” and “Call Me By Your Name.” The Award Ceremony will take place at the Uptown Theatre on Nov. 12.

Nvff will recognize Charles Krug Legendary Filmmaker Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated,” “The Intern”), Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water,” “The Current War”), and Spotlight Tribute honoree Michael Stuhlbarg (“Call Me By Your Name,” “The Shape of Water »

- Taryn Nobil

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‘Flatliners’ is All Too Accurate: Why Remakes Are Some of the Riskiest Movies to Make

29 September 2017 11:20 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This weekend brings the remake of “Flatliners,” Joel Schumacher’s 1990 thriller that starred Julia Roberts. Reviews are universally terrible for this retread of good-looking med-school students who put life-after-death on repeat, but it was a nail-biter for studio Sony Pictures from the outset: They took the risk of making an honest-to-god remake.

A remake sounds like the safest bet there is; isn’t original, untested IP the thing that studios fear most? However, in this market a true remake is what passes for a gamble. They’ve become a box-office rarity.

While none of this year’s top-grossing films are originals, there are very few genuine remakes. Yes, the year’s biggest movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” is a direct remake of the 1991 classic — but it went from animated to live action. (It was not a remake of the multiple live-action films and TV shows that preceded it, which stretch »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Oscar Opportunity: Why There Are So Many Last-Minute Entries in the 2018 Awards Race

27 September 2017 1:16 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Way back in 2008, Fox Searchlight jumped into Oscar action with Toronto pickup “The Wrestler;” it yielded two 2009 Oscar acting nominations for Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei. Similarly, having lost “Birth of a Nation” as a viable candidate, Searchlight picked up “Jackie” at Tiff 2016 and landed three nominations including Natalie Portman for Best Actress. Last-minute Oscar-hopeful buys are relatively rare; awards campaigns aren’t meant to be rush jobs. However, it sometimes pays to be opportunistic and the 2018 race looks like one of those years.

Eager to prove itself, rising indie Neon plunked down $5 million for North American rights to “I, Tonya” (December 8), even though Margot Robbie and Allison Janney will go up against intense competition in the two Actress categories.

Read More:‘I, Tonya’ Director Reveals Tonya Harding’s Reaction to the Breakout Biopic — Tiff

That rookie energy also fueled Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, which not only scooped up »

- Anne Thompson

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Austin Film Festival: ‘Chappaquiddick,’ ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘Darkest Hour’ Round Out Lineup

26 September 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Austin Film Festival has announced the Ted Kennedy drama Chappaquiddick as their closing night film and has added the Armie Hammer romance Call Me By Your Name, Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the WWII drama Darkest Hour and The Upside starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart to the lineup. Now in its 24th year, the festival, which recognizing the writers' contributions to film, television, and new media, takes place October 26-November 2… »

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

25 September 2017 2:31 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.” 

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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- Anne Thompson

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Here Are 59 Actors Who Landed Oscar Nominations For Portraying Characters With Disabilities

25 September 2017 2:31 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Triumph over adversity is drama defined, and Oscar nominations often go to actors whose characters find victory over physical or mental afflictions. The earliest example goes back to 1947; that was the year that non-pro Harold Russell won Best Supporting Actor and a special award for “The Best Years of Our Lives.” Russell was a WWII veteran who lost both of his hands while making a training film. Of note: Of the 59, 27 of these nominations went on to a win. This year’s roster of stars playing afflicted characters includes Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing victim Jeff Baumer in “Stronger,” Andrew Garfield as polio survivor Robin Cavendish in “Breathe,” Bryan Cranston as a millionaire quadriplegic in “The Upside,” and Sally Hawkins in two roles, as an arthritic painter in “Maudie” and a mute lab worker in “The Shape of Water.” 

Check out Oscar’s rather astonishing legacy of afflicted contenders below.

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- Anne Thompson

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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar

25 September 2017 1:59 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Just as Oscar voters rewarded Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and many others for roles that demanded body-shifting training or weight change, they also lean into performers who limit their mobility or twist themselves under duress. Perhaps the most infamous example is Daniel Day Lewis’s shoot-long stint in a wheelchair as cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown in “My Left Foot,” which earned Lewis his first Oscar and cost him two broken ribs.

Eddie Redmayne could barely articulate his dialogue as Als survivor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” and took home the 2015 Oscar. Mental hardship counts, too: Tom Hanks won as a mentally disabled hero in “Forrest Gump” and Julianne Moore won as an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim in “Still Alice.”

Now, joining a rather weak Best Actor field so far, here’s Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, the 2013 Boston marathon survivor »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Stronger’: Jake Gyllenhaal’s Moving Performance as a Bombing Victim Could Finally Mean an Oscar

25 September 2017 1:59 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Just as Oscar voters rewarded Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, and many others for roles that demanded body-shifting training or weight change, they also lean into performers who limit their mobility or twist themselves under duress. Perhaps the most infamous example is Daniel Day Lewis’s shoot-long stint in a wheelchair as cerebral palsy victim Christy Brown in “My Left Foot,” which earned Lewis his first Oscar and cost him two broken ribs.

Eddie Redmayne could barely articulate his dialogue as Als survivor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” and took home the 2015 Oscar. Mental hardship counts, too: Tom Hanks won as a mentally disabled hero in “Forrest Gump” and Julianne Moore won as an early-onset Alzheimer’s victim in “Still Alice.”

Now, joining a rather weak Best Actor field so far, here’s Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, the 2013 Boston marathon survivor »

- Anne Thompson

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Tom Hanks Starring In Remake Of Oscar-Nominated ‘A Man Called Ove’

21 September 2017 10:58 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There’s nothing Hollywood likes more than taking a foreign hit and trying to duplicate it with Hollywood success. The Weinstein Company are trying to make that alchemy happen with “The Upside” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, their redo of the 2012 French smash hit “Intouchables.” Now, Tom Hanks is going to see if his charm can turn a Swedish sensation into stateside business.

Continue reading Tom Hanks Starring In Remake Of Oscar-Nominated ‘A Man Called Ove’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Here's the Complete List of 2017's Exciting Emmy Winners

20 September 2017 12:36 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The 2017 Emmy nominations hinted at some spectacular actors and shows taking home important awards, and now a few of them have already won big. Alexis Bledel had an exciting win for The Handmaid's Tale, and American Horror Story: Roanoke's superb makeup effects were also acknowledged at the Creative Arts Emmys a few days before the big event. At the Emmys on Sunday night, actors like John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, Laura Dern, and more snagged trophies for their incredible talents. In fact, the night included a number of historic wins, like Donald Glover's win for outstanding directing in a comedy series (he's the first black person to do so) and Lena Waithe's win for outstanding writing for a comedy series (she's the first black woman to take home the award). Take a look at all the winners below! Outstanding Drama Series The Handmaid's Tale Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Elisabeth Moss, »

- Quinn Keaney

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Are You Ready for the Most Exciting Oscar Race in Years?

19 September 2017 8:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The leaves are turning. The Emmys are behind us. The crowds in Venice, Telluride, Colo., and Toronto have dispersed. Oscar season is officially here.

As the industry spins out of the late-summer film festival circuit, which annually grinds the gears of the season to life, this year’s race is shaping up to be one of the most exciting ever observed in the early stages. There are plenty of strong contenders, but no out-and-out frontrunner. There isn’t even an agreed-upon trio of frontrunners, as there was last year when “Manchester by the Sea,” “La La Land” and “Moonlight” burst out of this corridor.

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” was the first slam-dunk on the scene in July. Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” was the first major festival splash after that, premiering on Aug. 31 within hours of another instant player, Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” though they debuted thousands of miles apart; “Shape” landed in »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Toronto: 'The Upside,' Starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, Could Be Golden Globes Contender

13 September 2017 12:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Six years after The Intouchables, a French buddy comedy based on a true story, broke out and became a hit around the world, The Weinstein Co. unveiled its American remake at the Toronto International Film Festival. Neil Burger's The Upside, which pairs Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart as a paralyzed white billionaire and the black ex-con whom he hires to be his caretaker, had its world premiere last Sept. 8 at Roy Thomson Hall, and was greeted with a lot of laughs and a hearty ovation. 

The French version not only made a fortune, but also was France's entry in »

- Scott Feinberg

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