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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

British Photographer Rankin to Launch ‘Performance,’ a Book that Celebrates West End Theater by Leo Barraclough

On Thursday, British photographer Rankin – whose subjects have included The Rolling Stones, Daniel Craig, David Bowie, Queen Elizabeth II, Jamie Foxx and Madonna – launches his latest pr…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:58AM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Musical Fantasy ‘A Fairy Tale After All’ Picked Up by Premiere Entertainment Group (EXCLUSIVE) by Leo Barraclough

Sales, production and financing company Premiere Entertainment Group has acquired worldwide rights to the live-action musical fantasy “A Fairy Tale After All.” PEG will be introducing th…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:05PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern to Star in ‘The Son,’ From ‘The Father’ Director Florian Zeller and Cowriter Christopher Hampton by Leo Barraclough

Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern will star in “The Son,” writer-director Florian Zeller’s follow-up to the BAFTA winning and Academy Award nominated “The Father.” The film is adapted fr…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:35AM
Monday, March 29, 2021

‘Hamilton’ Producer Jeffrey Sellers Celebrates as Musical Bows in Australia to Standing Room Only Crowd by Leo Barraclough

A bustling red carpet of reporters, TV crews and photographers jostling for space, a celebrity who’s who in dress to impress couture, crowding into a theater foyer sipping champagne and ha…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:28AM
Friday, March 22, 2019

‘Rocketman’ Shows Elton John as ‘Vulnerable,’ ‘Damaged,’ ‘Ugly’ by Leo Barraclough

Elton John movie “Rocketman” dares to portray the singer’s personality early in his career to have been, at times, “ugly,” Taron Egerton – who plays the pop star – told an audi…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:50PM
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘A Star Is Born’ Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Arrested for Assault by Leo Barraclough

“A Star Is Born” cinematographer Matthew Libatique, who received an Oscar nomination for 2010’s “Black Swan,” was reportedly arrested on Tuesday for assaulting …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:03PM
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘A Star Is Born’ DP Matthew Libatique on Working With Bradley Cooper by Leo Barraclough

Shooting Lady Gaga revealing herself as a down-to-earth woman while lensing a rock star character Bradley Cooper was creating for himself were just two of the challenges facing DP Matthew Li…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:33PM
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Union Wins Tribunal Dispute With U.K. Theater Chain Picturehouse by Leo Barraclough

British entertainment business union BECTU has claimed a partial victory in an ongoing industrial dispute with Picturehouse Cinemas, Britain’s largest arthouse theater chain. An employ…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:11PM
Monday, June 11, 2018

Bradley Cooper, Andy Serkis Show Footage From ‘A Star Is Born,’ ‘Mowgli’ by Leo Barraclough

Warner Bros. gave a sneak peek of upcoming hot movies Monday at European exhibitors’ conference CineEurope in Barcelona, with the help of star guests Bradley Cooper and Andy Serkis, who sh…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:08PM
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Michael Caine: I Won’t Work With Woody Allen Again by Leo Barraclough

Michael Caine, who won an Oscar for his role in Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters,” has ruled out working with the director again. In an interview with the Guardian, Ca…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:42PM
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Anne Hathaway in Talks to Star in Dee Rees’ ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’ by Leo Barraclough

Anne Hathaway is in negotiations to star in “Mudbound” director Dee Rees’ “The Last Thing He Wanted,” based on the Joan Didion political thriller. Elevated’s Cassian Elwes will p…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:28AM
Friday, December 15, 2017

International Newswire: So Where Does Disney-Fox Pact Leave International? by Leo Barraclough

In today’s International Newswire, international players consider the effects of the Disney-Fox marriage; Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz among the nominees in an eclectic Goya contend…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:51PM
Friday, May 19, 2017

Former Disney Chief Michael Eisner Bids to Buy English Soccer Club by Leo Barraclough

Along with yachts, diamonds and Caribbean islands, English soccer clubs have become prized possessions for global plutocrats, and now former Disney chief Michael Eisner is about to join this…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:40AM
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

‘War & Peace’s’ Tom Harper to Direct ‘The Rocks,’ With ‘La La Land’s’ Fred Berger Attached by Leo Barraclough

Director Tom Harper, whose credits include “War & Peace” and “Peaky Blinders,” has boarded “The Rocks,” a TV adaptation of Peter Nichols’ novel, with “La La Land” produ…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:32PM
Friday, March 10, 2017

Hitchcock Family Backs Fight to Save Art-Deco Movie Theater by Leo Barraclough

A last-ditch effort has been staged to prevent further demolition of a 1926 Art-Deco movie theater in London that hosted the early films of Alfred Hitchcock, whose family is backing an attem…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:52AM
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Russia May Ban Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Over Josh Gad’s Gay Character by Leo Barraclough

The Russian government is coming under pressure to ban Disney’s live-action movie “Beauty and the Beast” for allegedly contravening a 2013 law that prohibits “gay pro…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:30PM
Monday, January 30, 2017

‘La La Land’s’ Fred Berger to Produce Max Minghella’s Directorial Debut ‘Teen Spirit’ by Leo Barraclough

“La La Land” producer Fred Berger will produce Max Minghella’s directorial debut, “Teen Spirit,” alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Midnight Special”) under their Automatik bann…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:22PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

BAFTA Film Award Nominations: ‘La La Land’ Leads Race by Leo Barraclough

Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land” led the race for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ movie awards after nominations were revealed by “Game of Throne…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:42AM
Monday, November 14, 2016

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Triumphs at London Evening Standard Awards by Leo Barraclough

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the stage sequel to J.K. Rowling’s book series, won the first of what is likely to be a treasure trove of awards Sunday when it was nam…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:08AM
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How Much Farther Can the ‘Harry Potter’ Franchise Go After Play, Theme Parks? by Leo Barraclough

With “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” J.K. Rowling’s beloved wizarding world has been safely transported to the stage in London’s West End, feeding the appetite of its passionate…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:19PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ten Questions about ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Answered by Leo Barraclough

The two-part stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” opens officially on Saturday at the Palace Theater in London’s West End, but previews have been running since June 7, an…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:32PM
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ to Make European Debut at London Film Festival by Leo Barraclough

Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe,” which stars David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga, will receive its European premiere Oct. 9 in the Gala section of the 60th BFI Lo…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:38PM
Thursday, June 9, 2016

“Late Late Show with James Corden” to Air in Germany on New Internet Station by Leo Barraclough

CBS Studios Intl. and RTL II have signed a licensing agreement in Germany for “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” The series will air on RTL II’s new Internet-only linear s…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:04AM
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Frank Sinatra Musical Cued Up by Ambassador Theatre Group by Leo Barraclough

The Ambassador Theatre Group is to produce a new stage musical based on the life of Frank Sinatra, in partnership with Stewart Till and Frank Sinatra Enterprises. The show, which is planned …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:44PM
Monday, May 16, 2016

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Takes Stake in Apple Worth More Than $1 Billion by Leo Barraclough

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has revealed it has taken a stake in Apple valued at more than $1 billion. Berkshire Hathaway said in a regulatory filing Monday that it has held 9.81 m…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:36AM
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

British Playwright Arnold Wesker Dies at 83 by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Playwright Arnold Wesker, known as one of the “angry young men” of the British literary scene in the 1950s, has died at the age of 83. Wesker wrote more than 40 pl…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:16AM
Friday, April 1, 2016

WestEnd Closes Raft of Deals on Ballet Documentary ‘Dancer’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — WestEnd Films has closed a raft of deals on the documentary about ballet star Sergei Polunin “Dancer,” directed by Academy Award nominee Steven Cantor and produced by anot…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:36AM
Monday, February 1, 2016

Keira Knightley in Talks to Star in ‘Carol’ Producers’ ‘Colette’ by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Keira Knightley is in talks to star in biopic “Colette,” which reunites the producers behind “Carol,” Number 9 Films and Killer Films. “Still Alice’s” Wa…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:35AM
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Actor Alan Rickman Dies at the Age of 69 by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Actor Alan Rickman, whose films include the Harry Potter franchise, “Die Hard” and “Truly Madly Deeply,” has died at the age of 69. More to follow.

SOURCE: Variety at 10:51AM
Monday, December 21, 2015

Kenneth Branagh to Act as Patron for Shakespeare Anniversary Project by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — Kenneth Branagh is to act as the patron of Shakespeare on Screen, a year-long program that marks 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death. The program, which is being spe…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:13PM
Friday, December 4, 2015

Matthew Perry to Star in Playwriting Debut ‘The End of Longing’ by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — “Friends” star Matthew Perry will lead the cast in the world premiere of his playwriting debut, “The End of Longing,” at the Playhouse Theatre, London, from Feb. 2 to …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:38PM

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