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Miss Juneteenth review – the stuff of dreams

A Texas single mother is determined her daughter will win the local pageant to gain a college scholarship in this beautifully observed debut featureEarlier this year, Philippa Lowthorpe’s socio-comedy Misbehaviour entertainingly addressed the intersection between sexism and racism through the bizarre real-life pageantry of the disrupted 1970 Miss World competition in London. A very different […]

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Alfredo Castro on ‘My Tender Matador,’ Pedro Lemebel

When Pablo Larraín started out, he arrived at the Berlinale in 2008 with extracts from his second feature, “Tony Manero,” starring Chilean actor, playwright and theater director Alfredo Castro as an off-the-rails, impoverished, over-the-hill imitator of John Travolta’s character in “Saturday Night Fever.”A symbol of cultural alienation, Castro’s character practices his disco moves as Augusto […]

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Hildur Guðnadóttir’s ‘Joker’ Score Continues Its Awards Roll With Oscar Nomination

“Joker” composer Hildur Guðnadóttir became only the fifth woman in Oscar history to be nominated in the original score categories during Thursday’s nominations announcement.The Icelandic cellist has been on a winning streak, taking home Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Society of Composers & Lyricist awards in recent days. Her music for the comic-book villain, to […]

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Top Fox buyer Ray Strache departs studio after two decades (exclusive)

Veteran of more than 22 years played key role in acquiring close to 50 Searchlight titles.Ray Strache, who most recently served as executive vice-president global acquisitions and co-productions at Fox and Fox Searchlight and enjoyed a broad remit with an emphasis on international projects, has left the studio.Strache, a Fox veteran of more than 22 […]

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Sean Berney Joins Netflix Acquisitions from Fox Searchlight

Fresh from Fox Searchlight’s exuberant Oscar celebration for Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” (six wins) and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (two wins), Sean Berney is leaving his post as director of acquisitions to join Netflix’s original films division. He will report to acquisitions head Matthew Brodlie, and will be part […]

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Amy Adams in Talks to Star in Annapurna’s ‘True American’ (Exclusive)

Amy Adams is in talks to star in the upcoming Annapurna Pictures drama “The True American,” sources tell Variety.Insiders close to the situation say a deal has not yet closed and scheduling is still being worked out, specifically regarding her promotion efforts on her upcoming HBO limited series “Sharp Objects,” but that Adams wants this […]

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