‘French Dispatch’ Music: Alexandre Desplat and Randall Poster on a Soundtrack Ranging From Classical Piano to Jarvis Cocker

Every Wes Anderson film is filled with musical delights, from offbeat songs to unexpected score cues, and “The French Dispatch” is no exception. Composer Alexandre Desplat and music supervisor Randall Poster are among the first to read any new Anderson script. “He and I have been corresponding with music since …read more

‘Anvils, Mallets & Dynamite: The Unauthorized Biography of Looney Tunes’ Explores the History of the Toon House

Lifelong addiction to Looney Tunes and their imaginary characters and real creators is not required to enjoy journalist Jaime Weinman’s “Anvils, Mallets & Dynamite: The Unauthorized Biography of Looney Tunes,” but it will help the reader stay engaged when the tome becomes, shall we say, a bit academic. Any “serious” …read more

Netflix Dramas, 30% Tax Credit Lift Lithuania’s Growing Biz

When U.K.-based Camelot Films’ “Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher” was forced to relocate to Lithuania earlier this year, after the film’s Welsh financing fell through, executive producer Kestutis Drazdauskas knew the first challenge facing director Daniel Graham’s period drama would be re-creating 19th century England in 21st century Vilnius. …read more

Hollywood on the Hudson Sees Rise in Productions

The region’s golden light and natural beauty first attracted the Hudson River School — Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and Albert Bierstadt — whose luminous paintings captured the local landscape. While the region has long attracted filmmakers, Hollywood on the Hudson has never quite arrived. Until now. As Manhattanites throng the …read more

Facebook Was Not Prepared to Deal With Jan. 6 Insurrection, According to Newly Leaked Documents

Facebook executives routinely dismissed or downplayed employee concerns about the spread of misinformation on its platform, both before and after the 2020 presidential election, according to a wave of coordinated articles published Friday citing newly leaked internal documents. The dismissive attitude among the company’s higher-ups left Facebook unprepared to deal …read more

AFI Honors Halyna Hutchins’ Legacy With Scholarship Fund for Women Cinematographers

The American Film Institute has set up a scholarship for women cinematographers after the death of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. AFI is now accepting donations for the fund, which “aims to help female cinematographers build sustainable careers in the movie business,” according to director and writer Olia Oparina. Oparina, who …read more

‘Josep’ Review: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words in This Animated Internment Camp Story

This animated biopic is a slim but engaging tribute to the legacy of Spanish artist Josep Bartolí (1910 – 1995), a Catalonian republican whose Goya-esque drawings of his time in French concentration camps inspired the film’s Gallic helmer and art director Aurel.

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The Best Horror Novels To Binge Read This Spooky Season

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. The witching hour is, as always, approaching, which makes it the perfect time …read more

Alec Baldwin Was Told Prop Gun Was Safe Before Fatal Shooting, Affidavit Says

The gun handed to Alec Baldwin on the set of Western film “Rust” was declared safe by the production’s assistant director, according to an affidavit filed by the Santa Fe County’s Sheriff’s Office obtained by the New York Times and Associated Press. According to the affidavit, the AD shouted “cold …read more

Animation Is Film Launches Top Toons From Around the World

After a year-long delay due to the pandemic, the Animation Is Film festival returns this year for its fourth edition, taking place Oct. 22-24. The festival will be held, as it traditionally has been, at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood and will feature a competition lineup of the …read more