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Beyonce, Thom Yorke & ‘Frozen II’ Make Oscar’s 2020 Original Song Shortlist

Some of the biggest music stars in history are in contention for the 2020 Original Song Oscar after the Academy of Motion Pictures announced the shortlist today. Songwriters Beyonce (“Spirit” from “The Lion King”), Thom Yorke (“Daily Battles” from “Motherless Brooklyn”), Pharrell Williams (“Letter To My Godfather” from “The Black Godfather”) and Elton John (“(I’m […]

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Edward Norton and Thom Yorke: ‘The last thing we wanted was for it to get bloody’

Over tea and tequila, the actor and the rock star discuss making Motherless Brooklyn, the dark forces behind Trump – and why Yorke was too messed up to score Fight ClubIn Edward Norton’s new film, Motherless Brooklyn, a keening ballad blows in and out, affecting the narrative and painting the prevailing mood with a deep […]

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Willem Dafoe Talks ‘Motherless Brooklyn,’ ‘The Lighthouse’ & The Mysteries Of Performance [Interview]

With over a hundred acting credits to his name, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more productive actor in the business than Willem Dafoe. From superhero blockbusters to prestige pictures, to anime adaptations, to video games, to a nautical descent into madness, Dafoe has done it all, and now the actor joins us for a […]

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In ‘Motherless Brooklyn,’ Edward Norton Takes on Timeless Power Struggles

In Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” the ‘50s-set New York noir detective story he produced, directed, wrote and stars in, politics are never far from the surface. But they’re not the obvious parallels to any racist autocrats from New York of modern times, but instead focus on more timeless politics – the way disabled people and […]

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‘Doctor Sleep’ Set To Lose $20M+ For Warner Bros. In Trio Of Fall Duds (But ‘Joker’ & ‘It Chapter Two’ To Deliver $600M+ In Profit)

Finance sources tell us today that Warner Bros.’ weekend Stephen King upset Doctor Sleep is poised to lose around $20M after all ancillaries, should it earn $100M at the global box office.If ticket sales are lower, in the $80M range, then the loss swells to around $30M+. This comes after the grand under-performance of the […]

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Edward Norton Made the Biggest Bet of His Career With ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton does not think small. After years of uncredited rewriting and editing room consulting (“American History X”), he directed “Keeping the Faith” in 2000. And over nine years of trying to make an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s 1999 novel “Motherless Brooklyn”, which he wrote and produced, he decided to direct himself […]

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Philadelphia Film Festival Sets Program Including ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Waves’

The Philadelphia Film Festival has announced the program for its 28th edition, kicking off on Oct. 17 with Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan.Also screening on opening night are “Parasite,” “Cunningham,” “Come As You Are,” “Bikram: Yogi, Guru” and “The Lodge.”Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, the festival wraps on Oct. 25 […]

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Philadelphia Film Festival Sets Program Including ‘Knives Out,’ ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ ‘Waves’

The Philadelphia Film Festival has announced the program for its 28th edition, kicking off on Oct. 17 with Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Just Mercy,” starring Michael B. Jordan.Also screening on opening night are “Parasite,” “Cunningham,” “Come As You Are,” “Bikram: Yogi, Guru” and “The Lodge.”Sponsored by the Philadelphia Film Society, the festival wraps on Oct. 25 […]

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Laurence Fishburne, Jared Harris & Jillian Bell to be Feted at San Diego Intl. Film Festival

The San Diego International Film Festival will honor Laurence Fishburne with the annual Gregory Peck Award, Jared Harris with the Cinema Vanguard Award and Jillian Bell with the Fairbanks Award, Variety learned exclusively. The festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, will present the awards at the Night of the Stars Tribute on Oct. […]

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