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Virtual Reality Conference Promises to Ignite Singapore Media Festival

Virtual Reality is the buzz phrase these days at film festivals, big and small. They are keen to explore alternate means of entertainment that might just possibly the future. The Singapore Media Festival is no different and has set up a one-day event – the VR X SMF Ignite Conference – that will unspool Nov. […]

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Singapore: ‘Scorpions’ Director Readies Third Film With Irrfan Khan (EXCLUSIVE) 

Top Indian director, Anup Singh is poised to reunite with star Irrfan Khan on “Lassa – The Gentle Dance.” Singh’s “The Song of Scorpions,”, starring Khan, Golshifteh Farahani and Indian cinema legend Waheeda Rehman, is playing as a special presentation at the Singapore International Film Festival, part of the Singapore Media Festival. Singh’s previous film […]

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Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti’s ‘Hippocrate’ Medical Series

French helmer Thomas Lilti will be making his TV debut with “Hippocrate,” a medical drama series inspired by his 2014 film, which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week. The contemporary series, comprising eight one-hour episodes, has been commissioned by French TV channel Canal Plus. Lilti created the series with Anais Carpita (“Call My Agent!”), Claude […]

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Mar del Plata: Argentina on the Rise — Demián Rugna

MAR DEL PLATA — “Is there any way of stopping this?” police commissioner Funes asks paranormal expert Albreck as the body count and unearthly beings proliferate at three common-or-garden Argentine suburban chalets in Demián Rugna’s “Aterrados” (Terrified). “No,” answers Albreck, a venerable bluestocking, just before a twig-lick arm snaps out of a crack in a […]

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‘Coco’ Stuffing ‘Justice League’ at Thanksgiving Box Office

Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” is heading for a clear victory over “Justice League” at the Thanksgiving holiday box office, estimates showed Thursday morning. “Coco” should finish above $70 million at 3,958 North American locations in its first five days while “Justice League” will wind up around $60 million at 4,051 sites. “Coco” is performing significantly above pre-release […]

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Playback: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on ‘Lady Bird’ and Coming of Age

Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. This week, on a special Thanksgiving episode, we have “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig and star Saoirse Ronan. It’s an apt day for the conversation, which you’ll gather if you’ve seen the film. “Lady Bird” marks […]

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Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani Riff on Their Parents’ Expectations and Name Mispronunciations

Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”) and Kumail Nanjiani (“The Big Sick”) sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” which airs Jan. 2 to Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCal KOCE. Kumail Nanjiani: So how did you end up playing “Wonder Woman”? How did that happen? Gal Gadot: It’s kind of one thing led […]

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Singapore Festival Launches in Understated Style

Shopping-mall glamour and a red carpet flanked by designer stores greeted Singapore’s film community and visiting celebrities for Thursday night’s opening of the 28th Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF). The celebrities who walked the red carpet through the high-end Marina Bay Sands mall mostly left the highest couture in the store windows. Many instead went […]

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