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Villeneuve Expands Lady Jessica Role in ‘Dune’ to Make Her More Than ‘an Expensive Extra’

Rebecca Ferguson is no stranger to blockbuster filmmaking thanks to her ongoing role as Ilsa Faust in Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” series, and the actress is set to get a second studio franchise later this year with Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” adaptation. Ferguson stars in the film as Lady Jessica, mother to the protagonist Paul Atreides […]

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‘Black Widow’ Director Says Film ‘Hands the Baton’ to Florence Pugh: ‘Propels New Female Story’

A long-standing rumor surrounding the upcoming Marvel movie “Black Widow” is that the action tentpole sets up Florence Pugh’s character Yelena Belova as a new superhero that will appear in future Marvel films now that Scarlett Johansson’s tenure as Black Widow is ending. The film’s director, Cate Shortland, more or less confirmed that’s the case […]

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Tarantino Says Hans Landa From ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Was The Most Fun Character He’s Ever Written

Quentin Tarantino has written dozens of memorable characters throughout his career. What would “Pulp Fiction” be without Vincent Vega? Would “Kill Bill” be nearly as good without The Bride? But for the Oscar-winner there is one character that stands out among the others as the most fun character to write: Christoph Waltz‘s despicable Hans Landa […]

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Lee Daniels Reveals He Was the Original ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Director Before Ang Lee

The musical chairs of hot directors once attached to direct the classic pastoral gay romance “Brokeback Mountain,” which ultimately went to Ang Lee, is the stuff of legend. Gus Van Sant was once set to helm the adaptation of Annie Proulx’s story, with Matt Damon and Joaquin Phoenix eyed to star in the roles that […]

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Imagine Entertainment Enacts Furloughs, Layoffs Due to Coronavirus Pandemic (Exclusive)

Imagine Entertainment has furloughed less than 20 people and laid off a handful of employees, Variety has learned.The cuts come as the film and television production company behind “Empire” and “A Beautiful Mind” is grappling with the impact of coronavirus on the entertainment landscape. Covid-19 has shut down production and closed most movie theaters, which, […]

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Samuel L. Jackson Responds to Martin Scorsese’s Marvel Comments

Samuel L. Jackson has responded to Martin Scorsese’s comments that Marvel films aren’t real cinema.“I mean that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff either,” Jackson told Variety‘s Angelique Jackson at the grand opening of Tyler Perry’s new studio in Atlanta, Ga. “Everybody’s got an opinion, so I […]

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