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Magnolia Nabs Norway Oscar Entry ‘Out Stealing Horses’ Starring Stellan Skarsgård — Exclusive

Global Swedish star Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”) has long collaborated with Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland (“Aberdeen” and “A Somewhat Gentle Man”). Their most recent film, “Out Stealing Horses,” celebrated its world premiere in Competition at the 2019 Berlinale and is now Norway’s official Oscar entry for Best International Film Feature.Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights […]

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Kew Media Distribution Signs Distribution Deal With Participant

Kew Media Distribution has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with Participant, the L.A.-based company behind “Spotlight,” “Green Book” and “Roma,” to start handling global television and digital rights on some new projects from Participant.As part of the deal, Kew Media will distribute Participant’s socially and politically engaged documentaries and narrative feature films, as well as […]

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Netflix, You Have a Problem: ‘The Irishman’ Is Too Good (Column)

When the executives at Netflix saw the response to “The Irishman” on Friday, the opening night of the New York Film Festival, they must have been popping champagne corks. The audience was hugely enthusiastic about the film, and the critical response was through the roof, with many hailing Martin Scorsese’s three-and-a-half-hour swan-song-of-the-Mob drama as a […]

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‘Joker’ Wins Venice Film Festival Golden Lion, Roman Polanski Gets Grand Jury Prize

The 2019 Venice International Film Festival has wrapped, and this year’s edition has announced its award winners. The Golden Lion, the festival’s top laureate, went to “Joker,” which is a strong statement from this year’s competition jury led by Lucrecia Martel. See the complete list of this year’s winners below.In recent years, the Venice Golden […]

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First Look: Trailer for Venice Critics’ Week Closing Film ‘Sanctorum’ by Joshua Gil (Exclusive)

Mexican filmmaker Joshua Gil’s “Sanctorum” bows its trailer exclusively through Variety as it gears up for its world premiere at the 34th Venice International Film Critics’ Week.Gil’s second feature film is set to screen out of competition as it closes Venice Critics’ Week, an independent and parallel section organized by the Italian Critics union Sncci […]

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Netflix Repeats ‘Roma’ Oscar Strategy With Big ‘Irishman,’ ‘Marriage Story’ Festival Rollout

After breaking through at the Oscars in a big way with Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” Netflix is aiming to achieve similar success this upcoming awards season with two high profile titles: Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman.” One of the driving forces behind Netflix’s Oscar campaign for “Roma” was giving Cuarón’s epic as […]

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ to close 2019 BFI London Film Festival

Netflix mob drama starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will have international premiere on October 13.The international premiere of Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman will close the BFI London Film Festival (Lff) on Sunday October 13.There will also be simultaneous preview screenings of the Netflix mob drama taking place at cinemas across the […]

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