Casting Thoughts? Bill Condon Set to Direct Live Action Beauty and the Beast

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Very exciting Variety exclusive, this: With the recent release of “Maleficent,” which grossed more than $170 million worldwide in its opening weekend, Disney is working fast on its next live-action fairy-tale adaptation. Bill Condon is set to direct a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” for Disney. Casting thoughts anyone? For Belle?

Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges in The Giver trailer

Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges in The Giver trailer

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The State of the Race: What Does “Too Dark” for “The Academy” Really Mean?

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This question shadows the Oscar race from the beginning of the year onward. It stood upright when No Country for Old Men was in the race and it loomed large when The Departed was in the race. “Too dark” translates this way: The Academy is made up of senior citizens, it is assumed, who spend their days in retirement, for the most part, locked up in a giant mansion in…


Jupiter Ascending pushed to February 2015

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Warner Bros. has pushed the release date of the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending from July 18th of this year all the way to February 6th, 2015. Word is that the film needs more effects work. Within minutes the internet was throwing up its collective hands and chanting, “Game over, man! Game over!” eager to write it off and proclaim, “Disaster!” Yes, it’s late in the game to notice the special effects…

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Star Wars Cuts Path for Lupita Nyong’o

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It’s exciting that Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in Star Wars as initially promised. When casting news first came out and her name wasn’t it there was the fear that one giant door had bee closed. Why does it matter so much? Well, because usually any Oscar winner who is the “it” girl immediately is flooded with offers. Since opportunities for black actresses are scarce it looked as though this…

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John Oliver Takes on Net Neutrality

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It’s great to see someone give a damn. Make sure to watch all the way through to the end.

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First Round of Oscar Predicting by Nathaniel R.

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Nat has posted his first of the year Oscar charts to get the party started right. Many of the films listed here for Best Pic have not yet been seen but still some Oscar predictors like to get their stuff out early to see whether or not they can play the guessing game to its finality. It always makes me nervous to do this – It’s hard to predict films…

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Schooling Shailene Woodley on the Word Feminist

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Warning: This post is not Oscar-related. Please feel free not to read it. I can’t believe I have to do this. Overall, any press that revolves around something someone said is one of the signs of our society’s demise — Gwyneth said this, Beiber said that – WHO GIVES A FLYING FUCK? Really, there are far worse things to be outraged by in our country right now — like, global…


Maleficent: How Disney is Reshaping its own Princess Legacy, Giving Back What was Taken

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Make no mistake, Maleficent is a revisionist, feminist retelling of a familiar princess story, one of THE princess stories. When I was a little girl, my favorite Disney movie was Sleeping Beauty. When I look back on this now, the only possible reason I can think of for loving it so much was that Aurora was, to me, the prettiest of all of the princesses. With her long cotton candy…

2014 Drama Desk Awards, in progress

2014 Drama Desk Awards, in progress

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The 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards are underway (8:00PM – 10:30PM ET) at The Town Hall in Manhattan. Here are the livestream. The nominees are below. We’ll update periodically as winners are announced. Best Play Nell Benjamin, The Explorers Club Steven Levenson, Core Values Conor McPherson, The Night Alive Richard Nelson, Regular Singing Bruce Norris, Domesticated Robert Schenkkan, All The Way John Patrick Shanley, Outside Mullingar Best Musical A Gentleman’s…



The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American...

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Here’s a vintage 1980s thriller nobody remembers because it won’t open till next month. Based on an ’80s espionage novel. Directed by Roger Donaldson...