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San Diego Film Festival Sets Its Aim for a Global Reach


Now in its 15th year, the San Diego Intl. Film Festival has established itself as a major showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking. Produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, the event will once again showcase more than 100 films as it celebrates the year’s best indie cinema from emerging and established filmmakers around… Read more »


San Diego International Film Festival: Five Days of Screenings, People, and Parties


This year’s fest is anchored by two high-profile films. “Other People,” written and directed by “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Kelly, and starring Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford and Jesse Plemons, will open festivities on Sept. 28. Then, in a very different vein, Otto Bell’s documentary “The Eagle Huntress” will be the closing film on Oct. 2…. Read more »


San Diego Film Fest Honors Annette Bening, Jason Mitchell, Simon Helberg, and Kate Beckinsale


Annette Bening The Gregory Peck Award The actress may have been born in Topeka, Kans. , and grown up in San Diego, where she’ll receive her award this year, but she’s long been Hollywood royalty and is a four-time Academy Award nominee, and a two-time Golden Globe and SAG winner. And at an age when… Read more »


‘Ninja Turtles’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Split Top Disc Sales Honors


Paramount scored top-selling disc honors the week ended Sept. 25 with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” while Walt Disney Studios snagged the top spot on the Blu-ray Disc-only sales chart with its 25th anniversary edition of “Beauty and the Beast.” “Beauty” debuted at No. 3 on NPD VideoScan’s overall disc sales charts,… Read more »


Jeff Goldstein Named Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution


Jeff Goldstein has been promoted to president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. In his new role, Goldstein will be tasked with overseeing the theatrical rollout of the studio’s films. He has been at Warner Bros. for more than 30 years, beginning his tenure as an intern in the studio’s Los Angeles office. He later… Read more »


‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scribe to Write Antoine Fuqua’s ‘Scarface’ Reimagining (EXCLUSIVE)


After helping create iconic gangsters on shows like “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire,” Terence Winter is now ready to tackle another famous crime figure. Sources tell Variety, Winter has signed on to do a polish of Jonathan Herman’s latest draft of Universal’s new retelling of the “Scarface” story. Given Winter’s expertise creating such characters, and the fact that Winter has real-life relationships… Read more »


‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Justin Lin to Drive ‘Hot Wheels’


“Star Trek Beyond” helmer Justin Lin has closed a deal to direct Legendary’s “Hot Wheels” based on the car toyline from Mattel. He will also develop and produce the property through his Perfect Storm Entertainment banner. Lin and Perfect Storm will also have an option to co-finance the movie. Plot details are unknown at this time. Since… Read more »


Box Office: ‘Deepwater Horizon’ No Match for Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s’


Tim Burton has had a rough spell at the box office. “Big Eyes” was an Oscar contender that failed to grab any gold, “Frankenweenie” was a bridge too bizarre for family crowds, and “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp, revived a campy ’70s show that most of America had forgotten. Burton, once a reliable purveyor of popcorn… Read more »


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