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Filmax Snags Sales Rights to Pre-Cannes Screenings Title ‘Guilt,’ by Ibon Cormenzana (EXCLUSIVE)

Barcelona production-distribution outfit Filmax has picked up international rights to director-producer Ibon Cormenzana’s “Guilt” ahead of its presentation at the Pre-Cannes Screenings, which run June 21-25. The Basque helmer directs his long-time partner Manuela Velles (“Muse,” “Kidnapped”) who co-developed the topical drama with him and was actually pregnant at the time of the shoot. Velles plays a […]

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Rita Moreno Defends Lin-Manuel Miranda Over ‘In the Heights’ Colorism Criticism: ‘You Can Never Do Right’

Rita Moreno is defending Lin-Manuel Miranda and “In the Heights” following criticism over the film’s lack of Afro-Latino representation. On tonight’s episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Moreno appeared to promote her documentary, “Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It,” and later brought up the “In the Heights” controversy. “Can we […]

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AMC Close to Taking Over Pacific’s Grove and Americana Theaters in L.A.

AMC is close to taking over the Pacific Theatres locations at two popular Los Angeles shopping malls, a source confirmed to Variety on Tuesday. Pacific Theatres, founded in 1946, announced in April that it would not be reopening its 17 locations as pandemic restrictions loosened. That includes a half dozen Pacific locations and 11 ArcLight […]

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Rita Moreno on Her ‘Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It’ Doc: ‘This Is the Dream’

Hollywood icon Rita Moreno went for it — and the message is loud and clear. Speaking to an audience at the Tribeca Festival 2021 premiere of her new uninhibited documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It,’ the legendary EGOT winner boldly said about the filming, “I made a promise to […]

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‘Lovecraft Country’ Star Jonathan Majors on ‘Ant-Man 3,’ Joining the MCU and Those ‘Creed’ Rumors

Jonathan Majors had just come from a boxing session with his trainer when he joined me for an interview for Tuesday’s episode of “Just for Variety.” I couldn’t help but wonder if the workout was to prepare him for his upcoming work in the next “Ant-Man” movie or the third “Creed” to be directed by […]

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The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson Offers Glimpse Into Songwriting Process in ‘Long Promised Road’ Exclusive Clip

Without Brian Wilson, the world would be devoid of West Coast anthems like “California Girls,” “Good Vibrations” and “Surfin’ U.S.A.” The musician and record producer, who founded the Beach Boys in 1961 with his brothers Dennis and Carl, as well as their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine, is the subject of a new […]

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Nana Mensah Didn’t Just Star in ‘Queen of Glory.’ She Also Wrote, Directed and Raised the Money to Make It

“Queen of Glory,” a new indie drama about a doctoral student whose plans are upended when her mother dies unexpectedly and leaves her the family’s Christian bookstore, is a remarkable feature film directing debut for Nana Mensah. Not only does its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Festival herald the arrival of a compelling new cinematic […]

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Why Did the ArcLight Fade Away? Inside the Sad Final Chapter of the Pacific Theatres Chain

On April 12, Pacific Theatres issued a terse, five-sentence statement announcing that it would not reopen its theaters, which include the much-loved ArcLight Cinemas chain. On one level, it was not a surprise. The pandemic has forced several other regional theater circuits into bankruptcy. But the Pacific announcement was odd. Some of the other chains […]

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