Monthly Archives: February2017

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By Micah Van Hove

Can you buy friendship? Of course you can.

Kentucker Audley is back again with his poignant breakdown of some of cinema’s finest works. This week Audley rigorously excavates the Donald Petrie classic Ri¢hie Ri¢h, one of the first films in history to employ drone bee and Dadlink technology. Surprisingly, the boldest …read more      

By Variety Staff A 21 year-old cinematographer from Syria has been denied entry to the U.S. for Sunday’s Academy Awards. Khaled Khateeb, the cinematographer behind Netflix’s “The White Helmets,” which is nominated for the documentary short award, is said to have been blocked from entering the country by the Department of Homeland Security. …read more      

By Peter Debruge This year, there’s a switcheroo afoot in Oscar’s two animation categories: Michaël Dudok de Wit’s gorgeous desert-island fable “The Red Turtle” is a rare, snowflake-singular work of art, made possible after producers at Japan’s celebrated Studio Ghibli fell in love with the director’s 2001 Oscar-winning short “Fathers and Daughter” and …read more      

By Ramin Setoodeh Some awards hosts must wait forever for the offer, like this year’s Oscars headliner Jimmy Kimmel. But other comedians have a different problem: how to just say no. In an interview with Variety last December, Chelsea Handler revealed she was offered the gig to emcee the Film Independent Spirits Awards. …read more      

By Dani Levy Patty Freedman, an actress who became a publicist, died in her New York home on Feb. 17. The 64-year-old had been battling breast cancer. Born in Detroit but raised in Southfield, Mich., Freedman started performing early at Cass Tech, Detroit’s performing arts high school, before attending Interlochen Arts Camp and …read more      

By gmaddaus If 2016 was the year of “fake news,” then 2017 is going to be a year of “fake news” litigation. Laura Hunter, a model and commercial actress, filed suit this week in Las Vegas, accusing a conservative site of stealing her name and image to create a fake online persona. …read more      

By Dave McNary Daniel Kaluuya, the star of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” has joined the cast of Steve McQueen’s heist movie “Widows,” opposite Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo. McQueen is directing from a script he’s co-writing with “Gone Girl” screenwriter and novelist Gillian Flynn. Emile Sherman and Iain Canning …read more      

By Peter Debruge Immigration troubles and romance bubbles mix in this year’s international crop of live-action Oscar shorts.

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By Ted Johnson Caitlyn Jenner is speaking out against the Trump administration’s decision to revoke Obama-era guidelines on transgender use of bathrooms in public schools. “I have a message for President Trump, from one Republican to another: This is a disaster,” Jenner said in a video she posted to Twitter. “You can still …read more      

By Todd Spangler Apple is investigating a report by an Arizona teen that her iPhone 7 Plus “blew up” as it was charging and began spewing smoke. Apple said it’s looking into the incident. “We are in touch with the customer and looking into it,” a rep told Mashable, which first reported the …read more