Inside Fox's Pre-Oscar “Night Before” Bash

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Toronto Film Fest to Shrink Movie Lineup by 20 Percent

“We’ve certainly been listening to those who told us … it’s hard to navigate the festival,” artistic director Cameron Bailey tells THR. The sprawling Toronto Film Festival knows it has an annoying problem: It’s gotten too big for its own good. And that’s overwhelming film buyers and sellers, publicists, journalists and some among the 400,000 ordinary film-goers that attend the annual September event. So fest organizers plan to take the high road and cut the…

Lucca Film Festival to Honor Oliver Stone

1:19 AM PST 2/20/2017 by Ariston Anderson Directors Aki Kaurismaki and Olivier Assayas will also be feted. Tuscany’s Lucca Film Festival is expecting an international red carpet come April. Oliver Stone will receive the festival’s main lifetime achievement award, which in previous years has honored directors including David Lynch and William Friedkin. And this year’s festivities will also honor European directors Aki Kaurismaki and Olivier Assayas and actors Willem Dafoe and Valeria Golino. The festival…

James Franco on the “Topical and Eternal” Plot of 'In Dubious Battle'

5:44 PM PST 2/16/2017 by Alex Cramer “This was one of his books that had never been adapted — it was topical and eternal,” Franco told THR at the film’s L.A. premiere. With 37 credits for both features and shorts in the last 12 years, James Franco has quietly become one of the most prolific directors working in Hollywood. In Dubious Battle is his latest effort and the film had its American premiere on Wednesday…

China's Recon Group in Talks to Acquire Millennium Films (Report)

1:09 AM PST 2/14/2017 by Patrick Brzeski The Chinese conglomerate bought British soccer team Aston Villa from the former owner of the Cleveland Browns last year. Chinese conglomerate Recon Group, headed by businessman Tony Xia, is in talks to acquire Avi Lerner’s Millennium Films, producer of The Expendables franchise and genre flicks like Olympus Has Fallen. The purchase would be made through Recon’s Shenzhen stock exchange-listed subsidiary Recon Wenyuan Cable Co., Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing…

Berlin: How Sally Potter Created Claustrophobia for Her Ensemble in 'The Party'

10:00 PM PST 2/10/2017 by Alex Ritman The British auteur tells THR about the power of shooting in black and white, her immersive approach to casting and how the Brexit vote loomed large over her Berlin entry. Most famous for a film featuring a plot spanning several centuries (1992’s Tilda Swinton breakout Orlando), British director Sally Potter has gone in the opposite direction for her latest feature — her first since 2012’s Ginger & Rosa.…

Berlin: Eva Green, Gemma Arterton to Star in Virginia Woolf Love Story (Exclusive)

2:51 AM PST 2/8/2017 by Rebecca Ford , Alex Ritman Chanya Button will direct ‘Vita & Virginia,’ which follows the romance and friendship between Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Eva Green and Gemma Arterton will star in drama Vita & Virginia, based on the true story of the love affair and friendship between literary icon Virginia Woolf and author Vita Sackville-West. The film will be directed by British helmer Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn) from a…

Mike Huckabee Criticized for 'Boys Don't Cry' Joke

5:54 PM PST 2/4/2017 by Ryan Parker Spencer Platt/Getty Images Mike Huckabee leaves Trump Tower on Nov. 18, 2016, in New York City. The former presidential candidate was taking a jab at Chuck Schumer. Mike Huckabee was catching backlash on Saturday for a joke he made on Twitter concerning the film Boys Don’t Cry. Huckabee, the former presidential candidate and former governor of Arkansas, attempted to take a dig at New York Sen. Chuck Schumer for…

'Mission: Impossible 6' Eyeing Paris Shoot

2:52 AM PST 2/2/2017 by Rhonda Richford The shoot would take place in spring or early summer as production moves forward after a pay dispute. Following London and Vienna, Tom Cruise may film his next Mission: Impossible in Paris. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that producers for the next installment of Ethan Hunt’s adventures are in talks to shoot part of the next film in Paris. After several delays attributed to a pay dispute, filming is…

Jordan Belfort Says He Knew 'Wolf of Wall Street' Producers Were “F—ing Criminals”

2:10 AM PST 1/30/2017 by Alex Ritman The original Wolf of Wall Street claims that “Leo got sucked in” to the corruption scandal now engulfing the hit 2013 film, but says he “knew it, it was obvious.” When The Wolf of Wall Street last year became engulfed in the multi-billion dollar Malaysian corruption scandal, the irony of a film about a major real-life financial fraud allegedly being funded by another wasn’t lost on anyone, least…