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Cinemark Signs New Theatrical Deals With Five Major Studios

Cinemark has reached new agreements with the five major studios that could help formalize a shorter theatrical window. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it comes as COVID-19 has reshaped the amount of time that films show exclusively on the big screen before making their home entertainment debuts. The company signed a deal […]

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‘Any Given Day’ Filmmaker Preps Docuseries on Fight to Free Black, Latino Men Framed for Murder (EXCLUSIVE)

Producer-director Margaret Byrne is developing an eight-part docuseries, “Fighting Time,” following a retired homicide detective and dozens of Latino and Black men who allege they were framed for murder, Variety has learned exclusively. Byrne’s latest feature, “Any Given Day,” screens this week in the International Spectrum competition at Hot Docs. The Chicago-born multi-hyphenate has spent […]

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Vanraj Bhatia, Composer to India’s New Age Cinema, Dies at 93

Veteran composer Vanraj Bhatia, who provided the soundtrack to India’s new age cinema movement of the 1970s and 1980s, has died in Mumbai. He was 93 and is understood to have been in poor health for some time. Born in Bombay, as the metropolis was known as then, in 1927, Bhatia studied at the Royal […]

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China’s Huayi Bros. Marks Third Year of Losses, Despite Delivering the Highest Grossing Film of 2020

Huayi Brothers, China’s longest-standing privately-owned film studio, has notched its third consecutive year of losses despite producing the world’s highest grossing film in 2020, its annual report showed. The company’s revenues for 2020 fell by 33% year-on-year to $232 million (RMB1.5 billion) while net losses hit $162 million (RMB1.05 billion). The figures continue a losing […]

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Robert Downey Jr. and ‘Avengers’ Cast Mourn Death of Assistant Jimmy Rich: ‘A Terrible and Shocking Tragedy’

Jimmy Rich, who served as Robert Downey Jr.’s assistant since 2003, has died. He was 52. Downey, 56, shared the news of the “terrible and shocking tragedy” on his Instagram page, where he revealed Rich was in a fatal car accident on Monday night around 8 p.m. The pair first worked together on 2003’s “The […]

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Women Directors Make Their Mark on Italy’s 66th David Awards Despite Drawbacks

Italy’s David di Donatello Awards historically have been dominated by men in the key best picture, film, and producer categories. And this year is no exception. All told, out of a total of 145 movies vying for the top Italian film prizes 17 are directed by women, which amounts to a mere 12%. Women account […]

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AMC Theatres Loses $567 Million, Quarterly Earnings Miss Projections

AMC Entertainment’s quarterly financial results demonstrate that moviegoing may be slowly returning after months of COVID-related struggles, but cinemas still have to dig out of a deep hole left by a public health crisis that decimated their business. Revenues at the world’s largest exhibition chain topped out at $148.3 million, down 84.2 percent from the […]

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David di Donatello President Piera Detassis on Italian Cinema

David di Donatello Academy president Piera Detassis, who is also Hearst Italia’s film editor at large, is the first woman to head the organization behind Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars, which she has been busy overhauling and pushing toward greater gender parity. The current ratio of women among the academy’s 1,578 voters is roughly 30%, […]

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