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Thomas Schlamme Elected Directors Guild President

Veteran TV director Thomas Schlamme has been elected president of the Directors Guild of America for a two-year term, succeeding Paris Barclay. Schlamme was selected by acclamation of the 147 delegates at the DGA’s convention on Saturday at DGA headquarters in Los Angeles. Barclay announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third… Read more »

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‘Blade Runner’ Turns 35: The Unloved Film That Became a Classic

June 25 is the 35th anniversary of the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed “Blade Runner,” one of the all-time science-fiction classics. The long-planned sequel, “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Ryan Gosling, opens in October; earlier this year, director Denis Villeneuve told Variety’s “Playback” podcast that he felt a lot of pressure working on “the most risky project” of… Read more »

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Box Office: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Assembles $37.5 Million in Three Days’ Time

“Transformers: The Last Knight” had a slightly unconventional Wednesday night opening this week, but its Friday numbers aren’t anything for the Autobots to actually write Cybertron about. Despite its franchise-low opening, the fifth film in the “Transformers” saga is expected to easily win the first official weekend of summer 2017, while “Wonder Woman” and “Cars… Read more »

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Women Come to Fore in Indonesian Film Industry

The role of women in the industry, and the representation of female experience seem unavoidable in the discourse on Southeast Asian cinema. Mouly Surya, whose “Marlina, the Murderer in Four Acts,” will unspool in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, is not a working in a vacuum. In fact, such directors as Nia Dinata, Nan Achnas, Kamila… Read more »

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‘4.1 Miles’ Wins Special Jury Prize at BAFTA Los Angeles Student Film Awards

Documentary short “4.1 Miles” by Daphne Matziaraki from UC Berkeley won the special jury prize Thursday from British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles Student Film Awards in a gala ceremony at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The docu short was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year. BAFTA Los Angeles’ first-ever student film award… Read more »

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‘Wonder Woman’ Breaks Records: Biggest Live-Action Box Office Hit by Female Director

“Wonder Woman” set a new milestone on Friday, becoming the highest-grossing live-action film to be directed by a woman. The superhero adventure eclipsed the $609.8 million racked up by “Mamma Mia!,” the Abba musical that was directed by Phyllida Lloyd. “Wonder Woman” was directed by Patty Jenkins, who previously oversaw the Oscar-winning “Monster.” Despite the… Read more »

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BRICS Film Festival Kicks Off in Chengdu, Spotlighting Talent from Emerging Regions

The second annual BRICS International Film Festival kicked off Friday in Chengdu, the Chinese capital of Sichuan province. The festival, which runs June 23 to 27, aims to spotlight emerging talent and established filmmakers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The fest opens with “Where Has the Time Gone,” a multi-national five-part feature… Read more »

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Johnny Depp Apologizes for Donald Trump Assassination Joke

Johnny Depp has issued an apology for a controversial comment about President Donald Trump, asking, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone,” the actor said in a statement to People… Read more »

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