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Emma Thompson Back in the Oscar Race After ‘Good Luck to You, Leo Grande’ Appeals Academy’s Theaters-Only Rule

Sophie Hyde’s “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, receiving critical acclaim — particularly for its star Emma…

Emmy Predictions: Directing (Drama Series) – Hwang Dong-hyuk and Ben Stiller Become Challengers to the ‘Succession’ Nominated Trio

Variety Awards Circuit section is the home for all awards news and related content throughout the year, featuring the following: the official awards predictions for the upcoming Oscars…

‘Mack & Rita’ Review: Diane Keaton is a Millennial Misfit Embracing Granny Chic in a Confused Body-Swap Comedy

“Mack & Rita,” the third film by Sundance darling Katie Aselton, is a bewildering generational culture-war comedy that sides with every j’accuse that baby boomers hurl at millennials.…

Magnolia International Acquires Worldwide Rights to Edinburgh Title ‘Neon Spring,’ Reveals Teaser (EXCLUSIVE)

Magnolia Pictures International has acquired worldwide rights, including U.S. sales rights, to “Neon Spring” by writer-director Matīss Kaža (“One Ticket Please”). The film will have its world premiere…

Netflix Sets Sundance Award-Winning Doc ‘Descendant’ for October Release (EXCLUSIVE)

Following news that the award-winning documentary “Descendant” will screen as an official selection at the 60th New York Film Festival, Variety can exclusively announce that the film will…

New York Film Festival Unveils 2022 Slate, With New Movies From Claire Denis, Kelly Reichardt and Paul Schrader

New movies from directors Claire Denis, Park Chan-wook, Ruben Östlund, Kelly Reichardt and Paul Schrader will play at the 60th New York Film Festival, which is running from…

Bubbles Project’s Fulsome Production Slate Looks Towards a Brazilian Film Production Renaissance (EXCLUSIVE)

A producer on Julia’s Murat’s Locarno competition player “Rule 34,” Brazil’s Tatiana Leite at Bubbles Project has unveiled a fulsome production slate which suggests a beginning of tentative…

Hong Sangsoo’s ‘Walk Up’ Acquired by Cinema Guild Ahead of Toronto Film Festival Premiere

Cinema Guild has acquired the North American distribution rights for Hong Sangsoo’s upcoming film “Walk Up.” The film will world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in…

Sundance Prize Winner ‘President’ Banned in Zimbabwe for ‘Potential to Incite Violence’ (EXCLUSIVE)

The government of Zimbabwe has banned “President,” Danish filmmaker Camilla Nielsson’s Oscar-shortlisted documentary about the African nation’s corrupt 2018 presidential election, Variety can exclusively reveal. In a letter…

Barack and Michelle Obama Make Surprise Appearance at Martha’s Vineyard African Film Festival for Netflix Doc ‘Descendant’

The 2022 Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAFF) kicked off Friday with great pomp and circumstance — and a few bars of “Hail to the Chief” —…

Christina Spade Will Take Over as AMC Networks’ CEO

Christina Spade, a veteran media executive who was previously chief financial officer of the former ViacomCBS, has been named the new chief executive of AMC Networks, tasked with…

Disney Screens ‘Mija’ Documentary for Free Before Oscar Qualifying Run (EXCLUSIVE)

Audiences will get a chance to see Disney’s inaugural feature documentary for free in select theaters during a one-week period beginning Aug. 5. “Mija,” which follows two daughters…