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Spike Lee to Lead Cannes Film Festival Jury

Spike Lee to Lead Cannes Film Festival Jury

By Elsa Keslassy | Variety Director and activist Spike Lee will serve as jury president of the 73rd edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Lee succeeds Alejandro G. Iñárritu, whose 2019 jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite,” which won...

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Variety’s Worst Films of 2019

Variety’s Worst Films of 2019

By Peter Debruge and Owen Gleiberman | Variety Keep in mind that we haven’t seen “Cats.” Or a single one of the half-dozen Nicolas Cage movies released “on demand” (to zero demand?) this past year. Still, in the ongoing quest to find the next masterpiece, film critics...

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Variety Names 10 Directors to Watch for 2020

Variety Names 10 Directors to Watch for 2020

In advance of the Palm Springs Film Festival, where the talents will be honored, Variety announces 10 breakout filmmakers with promising careers ahead. Before film critics start summing up the present year at the movies with a deluge of Top 10 lists, Variety gazes...

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Actors on Actors: Cynthia Erivo & Alfre Woodard

Actors on Actors: Cynthia Erivo & Alfre Woodard

 Alfre Woodard and Cynthia Erivo both star in movies helmed by black female directors this year; Woodard in Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency” and Erivo in Kasi Lemmons’ “Harriet.” In their “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” conversation, the two talked about their new...

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Big Ticket with Aldis Hodge

Big Ticket with Aldis Hodge

By Marc Malkin | Variety The script for “Clemency” wasn’t the only thing Aldis Hodge received from the film’s writer and director Chinonye Chukwu when she approached him about starring in the drama. “Chinonye also wrote a letter to me speaking on her supporting me in...

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