‘Daughter of Mine’ Director Laura Bispuri on…

Italian director Laura Bispuri made a splash in the 2015 Berlin Film Festival competition with her first feature, transgender-themed “Sworn Virgin.” She’s back at the Berlinale this year with “Daughter of Mine,” about a 10-year-old girl’s rapport with her adoptive and biological mothers. She spoke to Variety about tackling the theme of maternity from three […]

Paul Ryan Challenger Banned From Twitter Over…

Paul Nehlen is vying for Paul Ryan's Wisconsin House seat, and he won't have Twitter to help him in his quest. The man described by the Washington Post as a "fringe challenger" who lost to Ryan 16% to 84% in 2016 had his account permanently suspended in a move he...

Indictment: Social media firms got played by…

Indictment shows how Facebook and Twitter got seriously played by Russian agents

iPhone Users Beware, This New Bug Could Crash…

A new bug in iOS 11.2.5 renders most messaging apps unusable if you are texted a single character. Buzz60's Tony Spitz has the details.

Russians charged with meddling in 2016…

The U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election

Berlin: Luiz Bolognesi Talks ‘Ex-Shaman’

BERLIN — The Indigenous People from Brazil released a manifesto to coincide with the world premiere of Luiz Bolognesi’s “Ex Shaman” at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Sub-headed “More Shamans, Less Intolerance,” the manifesto, included signatures from multiple indigenous people’s organizations and a number of leaders from within those communities. The authors call for an […]

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The Latest: 13 Russians accused of plot to…

The U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite…

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Belgian court orders Facebook to stop collecting data

Belgian media say a Brussels court has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data about citizens in the country or face fines for every day it fails to comply

Berlinale Drama Series Days 2018: Female-Driven…

While entertainment news headlines in the United States have been dominated for the past few months by stories of misconduct against women within the Hollywood studio system, many international studios and production companies are using the opportunity at Berlinale’s Drama Series Days to debut projects that put female characters front and center in the narrative. […]

Apple's HQ Apparently Has a Weird Hazard for…

Apple's new headquarters in Cupertino, California, has been widely celebrated by architectural critics, but some employees are reportedly encountering a downside: They keep walking into the interior glass walls. MarketWatch reports on at least two incidents in which men walked into a wall seriously enough to require a call to...

Berlinale Drama Series Days Sees American TV…

A number of American drama series imports are hitting Berlinale’s Drama Series Days, but despite depicting a variety of States-specific stories — such as the politics and power battles in the American high school system in Jack Ferry and Ryan Hunter’s “Mr. Student Body President”; the rivalry between the FBI and the CIA in Dan […]

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Game o…

“Blade Runner 2049,” “War for the Planet of the Apes” and “Dunkirk” were among the film winners at the Motion Picture Sound Editors’ 65th annual Golden Reel Awards Sunday night. Netflix lorded over the television fields with wins for five series, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” picked up a pair of trophies. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s […]

Berlin: Film Republic Notches Deals for “The Li…

Film Republic has closed several deals at the European Film Market including ones for “The Line,” the Slovak/Ukraine thriller that was in competition at Karlovy Vary. E-Cinema has it for France and Siyah Beyaz for Turkey. London-based sales outfit Film Republic also has German and Polish deals for “M/M,” the Berlin-shot LGBT feature from Canadian writer and […]

Pulse Quickens Content Plans as Lars Knudsen…

Producer Lars Knudsen is joining forces with Pulse Films as the outfit’s movie and high-end TV plans shift up a gear. The producer partnership sees Knusden reunited with Pulse founder Thomas Benski and managing director Lucas Ochoa after the trio worked together on “American Honey.” Knudsen’s upcoming films “A Vigilante” and “City of Alex” will […]

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Berlinale: Films Boutique Takes World Sales on…

Vivo Film, the Rome-based shingle behind Laura Bispuri’s Berlinale competition entry “Daughter of Mine,” is producing Mauritania-set female empowerment drama “Flesh Out.” Films Boutique has picked up world sales rights for the title at the EFM. Directed by Italy’s Michela Occhipinti, “Flesh Out” is centered on a tradition in Mauritania and sub-Saharan Africa that sees […]

Fergie Sexes Up National Anthem at NBA All-Star…

Was there collusion, or was this unilaterally sprung upon an unsuspecting America by an outside enemy bent on sewing discord and chaos? We’re speaking of course, of the scandal of Fergie’s Sunday night performance of the national anthem, which caused the entire All Star Game-watching public to immediately form a social-media grand jury, intent on […]

Berlin: Kai Greene Stars in ‘Crazy Fist’ for All…

Prominent U.S. bodybuilder Kai Greene (“Stranger Things”) stars in upcoming Chinese and American co-venture film “Crazy Fist.” The film features a former mixed martial arts champion who swore never to fight again after accidentally killing his opponent. But he is forced back into the ring in order to uncover a major conspiracy. Greene is paired […]

‘Monster Hunt 2’ Showcases China’s Improvem…

“Chinese animation is making great progress,” declared Raman Hui, director of “Monster Hunt 2,” the smash-hit hybrid of live action and animation that played in a Special Gala screening Sunday at the Berlinale. Hui’s is no empty boast: His family-oriented adventure film has just taken in $190 million in three days at the Chinese box office […]

‘Leftover’ Directors Set Dystopian Animated T…

Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó, the duo behind the critically successful shorts “Les Conquerants” and “Leftover,” are set to make their feature debut with “White Plastic Sky,” an ecology-themed dystopian animated feature. Now in pre-production, “White Plastic Sky” takes place in Budapest in 2220. The soil of the earth hasn’t been fertile for 100 years, […]

Berlin: Iranian Director Mani Haghighi Talks…

Iranian director and actor Mani Haghighi is a Berlinale aficionado. His gender-bender “A Dragon Arrives!” made a splash when it launched from the fest’s competition section in 2016. Now he’s back in competition with black comedy “Pig,” in which a serial killer is decapitating famous Iranian directors and blacklisted filmmaker Hasan is upset that he […]

Berlin: Javier Bardem to Star in ‘Sanctua…

Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem will star in and produce “Sanctuary.” The film is part of the campaign to create the largest protected area on Earth, an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. Alvaro Longoria, an award-winning doc filmmaker, will direct. Javier Bardem will provide a voiceover commentary for the film. Actor Carlos Bardem (“The Zone”) also stars. “Sanctuary” […]

TrustNordisk Pre-Sells Sonja Henie Biopic ‘White…

TrustNordisk has scored major pre-sales on Anne Sewitsky’s “Sonja — The White Swan,” a biopic of the famed Norwegian ice skater-turned-Hollywood star Sonja Henie. Written by Mette Marit Bolstad and Andreas Markusson, “The White Swan” charts the life of Henie, who is considered one of the world’s greatest figure skaters who changed the sport with […]

Omarosa Manigault Talks Leaving Hillary Clinton…

The longer Omarosa Manigault is in the “Big Brother” house, the more its audience is learning about her political escapades. Previously, Manigault talked about her loyalty to president Donald Trump but on Sunday’s episode she revealed she was originally pro-Hillary Clinton. The former White House staffer, and current Head of Household on the CBS reality show, […]

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The PyeongChang Olympic Games: A Reprieve from…

NBC had planned for us to care about Shaun White. The snowboarder — widely considered to be one of the best in the world — didn’t medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, so in preparation for 2018, he was semiotically outfitted with a tried-and-true sports story: the redemption narrative. White is a telegenic […]

BAFTA Awards Rubber Stamps Some Oscar…

Years ago, the British Academy’s BAFTA Awards made for an interesting foil to the stateside Oscars, but the ceremony has evolved into more of a bellwether event. For a time, the London pageant was held after the Oscars. But at the turn of the millennium, it finally found permanent fixture amid the other precursor pit […]

Gibson, Iconic Guitar Company, Said to Be Nearing…

Gibson Brands Inc., one of the two most iconic guitar companies in music history, is facing bankruptcy after years of challenges, according to a report in the Nashville Post and other sources. The Post reports that the company, which has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, is less than six months away from $375 […]