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From ‘Lord of the Rings’ to ‘Bridgerton’: The Inside Story of the U.K.’s Production Juggernaut

In the early 1980s, around the time George Lucas and Richard Marquand were wrapping up “Return of the Jedi” at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, the British film industry entered a precipitous decline. As U.S. funding dried up following new tax rules and a pivot to television, fewer films were made in the U.K. than at […]

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12 Horror Movie Podcasts to Make You Scream

All products and services featured by Variety are independently selected by Variety editors. However, Variety may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.No category of movie inspires passionate devotion quite like the horror genre. Although “Star Wars” groupies and superhero buffs […]

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Michael B. Jordan Developing A Separate Val-Zod Black ‘Superman’ Limited Series For HBO Max

You’ll recall, the first time a Black Superman project was mentioned by Warner Bros. and the trades, Michael B. Jordan was the first name involved alongside J.J. Abrams. Abrams is already developing a Black Superman project for Warner Bros. with famed writer Ta Nehisi Coates, and well, Jordan is apparently too. While it’s not clear […]

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Richard Donner, Director of ‘Superman,’ ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Lethal Weapon,’ Dies at 91

Director-producer Richard Donner, best known for helming the “Lethal Weapon” film series, “The Goonies” and the original “Superman” film, died on Monday. He was 91.Donner’s production company confirmed news of his death to Variety, though the cause was not disclosed.Though not his first bigscreen effort, his big feature break came with 1976’s “The Omen,” starring […]

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Richard Donner Remembered: Jeff Cohen, Who Played Chunk in ‘Goonies,’ On Director’s Astounding Generosity

Jeff Cohen first met Richard Donner while making “The Goonies,” the 1985 adventure classic about a group of misfit kids hunting for treasure. Cohen played Chunk, a mischevious preteen who loves ice cream and prank calls. Decades later, he credits Donner with coaxing out his performance, but Cohen owes more to the late director than […]

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Steven Spielberg, Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and More Mourn Richard Donner: ‘The Greatest Goonie of All’

Following the news of legendary director Richard Donner’s death, heartfelt tributes are emerging from all over Hollywood, including from Steven Spielberg, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.Donner, who directed the original “Superman” film, the 1985 classic “The Goonies” and the “Lethal Weapon” series, died on Monday at the age of 91.Fellow director Spielberg, who wrote the […]

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Richard Donner: His Life and Career in Photos

Richard Donner, who died July 5 at 91, directed for TV series including “Twilight Zone,” “Get Smart” and “Man From U.N.C.L.E” before becoming one of the top movie directors of the 1970s and ’80s with films including “Superman,” “The Goonies” and “Lethal Weapon.” His later films included “Conspiracy Theory” and “Timeline.”More from VarietySteven Spielberg, Mel […]

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Richard Donner, Director of ‘Superman’ and ‘The Goonies,’ Dies at 91

Richard Donner, director of the original “Superman” film as well as “The Goonies” and all four “Lethal Weapon” films, has died at the age of 91. Deadline reported that his wife, Lauren Schuler Donner and business manager confirmed his passing. No cause of death has been provided.Richard Donner spent nearly two decades working on some […]

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Richard Donner, master of macho blockbusters with a human touch

Superman, Lethal Weapon, The Omen, Scrooged – the movie director’s CV tracked Hollywood’s most bankable genres from the 80s onwardsRichard Donner was the classic studio director and an action blockbuster maestro, the Michael Curtiz of the VHS age; he was the great inventor, or reinventor, of so many Hollywood genres and styles. When Hollywood invented […]

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