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Alena Lodkina on ‘Petrol,’ Shooting Melbourne, Taking Audiences Down a Rabbit Hole

Alena Lodkina’s first feature, “Strange Colours” (2017) took her deep into the Australian outback, to the rough-as-guts opal-mining town of Lightning Ridge, before bringing her to the Venice…

Director Lars von Trier ‘in good spirits’ after Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

The 66-year-old controversial filmmaker reportedly will keep working despite his diagnosis.

Taskovski Acquires Locarno’s ‘Chocolate Mountain,’ Produced by Venice Winner Marco Visalberghi (EXCLUSIVE)

Sales agency Taskovski Films has acquired Susanna della Sala’s “Last Stop Before Chocolate Mountain,” produced by Marco Visalberghi, who won Venice’s Golden Lion for “Sacro Gra.” The film…

Ming Jing Woo’s Locarno Player ‘Stone Turtle’ Swooped on by Parallax Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Chinese sales agent Parallax Films has acquired international sales rights to Malaysian director Ming Jing Woo’s feature “Stone Turtle,” which world premieres in the Locarno Film Festival’s international…

Laura Poitras’ ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ Tapped as New York Film Festival Centerpiece Selection

Laura Poitras’s “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” has been tapped as the Centerpiece selection for the 60th New York Film Festival. The documentary about the opioid epidemic…

Lady Gaga Confirms ‘Joker 2’ Role Opposite Joaquin Phoenix in New Musical Teaser

Lady Gaga confirmed her casting in “Joker 2” by posting a musical teaser to social media. The sequel, officially titled “Joker: Folie à Deux,” will star Gaga opposite…

Brad Pitt defends Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe: ‘Tough dress to fill’

The “Knives Out” actress was immediately slammed by viewers who complained that a Cuban actress should not play the American icon.

Brad Pitt Stands Up for Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in ‘Blonde’: ‘She’s Phenomenal in It’

Brad Pitt has nothing but praise for Ana de Armas’ performance as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s upcoming drama “Blonde.” The Oscar winner produced the movie through his…

Ana de Armas to be Honored at Deauville – Global Bulletin

FESTIVAL Ana de Armas will be honored with the Hollywood Rising-Star Award at the Deauville American Film Festival (Sept. 2-11). After it debuts at Venice, her latest film…

Marilyn Monroe Estate Defends Ana de Armas’ ‘Blonde’ Casting Amid Outrage Over Her Accent (EXCLUSIVE)

The official Marilyn Monroe Estate has come to the defense of Ana de Armas, who is playing the Hollywood icon in Andrew Dominik and Netflix’s upcoming drama “Blonde.”…

Brazil’s ‘Rule 34’ Drops Trailer Before Locarno Main International Competition Bow (EXCLUSIVE)

Brazilian filmmaker Julia Murat’s provocative drama “Rule 34” (“Regra 34”) has shared its trailer exclusively with Variety before its bow at the Locarno Film Festival. If the trailer is anything…

Locarno Bound ‘Delta’ Debuts Trailer, True Colours Handles Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

Michele Vannucci’s “Delta” has debuted its trailer ahead of its world premiere on the Piazza Grande at the Locarno Film Festival. True Colours is handling world sales. The…