Cannes Winner Ken Loach’s Producer Rebecca O’Brien on Their 30-Year Film Partnership

Friday sees the release in the U.K. of a documentary celebrating the 50-year career of British director Ken Loach, whose 80th birthday is this month and whose social-realist drama “I, Daniel Blake” recently won Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Variety spoke to Loach’s long-time producer Rebecca O’Brien at Sixteen Films about the director’s work, their… Read more »

STAR WARS!! NY Post Source Says Disney Orders Four Weeks Of ROGUE ONE Reshoots!!

STAR WARS!! NY Post Source Says Disney Orders Four Weeks Of ROGUE ONE Reshoots!!

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“Disney execs in a panic over upcoming ‘Star Wars’ film” screams Monday’s New York Post’s Page Six Memorial Day headline, and on Tuesday Deadline Hollywood confirmed reshoots for “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” are in the works.
“The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and ‘Rogue One’ will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July,” a “Hollywood source” tells Page Six. “‘Rogue One’ has fallen short of what J.J. Abrams did with ‘Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.’ So Disney has ordered reshoots.”
Deadline’s subsequent story, though, points out that the biggest domestic grosser in history – J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – also underwent reshoots prior to release.
The Deadline story also indicates the reshoots will not impact “Rogue One’s” Dec. 16 release date less than seven months hence.
The Page Six source says “the movie isn’t testing well” — but the Deadline source says no test screenings were ever conducted and, according to Deadline, “rather a re-shoot decision was made after Disney suits and producers watched the initial cut of the highly anticipated first spinoff.”
Gareth Edwards (2014’s “Godzilla”) directed “Rogue One” from a screenplay by Chris Weitz (“About A Boy,” “The Golden Compass,” “Cinderella”).

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Harvey Keitel has quite the WWII story to tell in this trailer for CHOSEN! Looks fantastic!

Learn how previous generations fought Facism!

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Hey folks, Harry here.  Just finished up the birthday festivitites for my one and only Baby Sister Satan!  Seems like only yesterday I put her in a Rabbit Fur Coat and tried to feed her to a Boa Constrictor as a boy.  Seeing LONE WOLF & CUB gave me a warped sense of raising children – besides, she was my evil sister then, not awesome like she is today.   
Anyways, while going through the email, I saw a link to a trailer for a movie called… CHOSEN, an Indie film that will be coming to VOD outlets August 2nd, and has Harvey Keitel telling the tale of his life in WWII to a younger man, possible a great grandson or grandson.  The story concerns the terrible things he had to do to keep even worse things from happening.  He was a Resistance Fighter during WWII fighting the Nazis.  The story is based on true affairs of history, but I love this kind of story – and while I love Bryan Singer’s APT PUPIL, where you have a young man interviewing a scary Nazi in hiding played by Sir Ian McKellen…   it is delightfully refreshing to have a story about youth getting the story about not laying down as Fascism grips your country and the people around you.   Here’s the trailer, check it out:

Pretty interesting eh?
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Cable TV’s Consumer Satisfaction Scores Improve But Remain Low: Study

There’s good news, kinda, for cable operators in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index. The industry has stopped the two-year slide in consumer ratings scores with a 3.2% increase for their pay TV services and a 1.6% increase for internet services.
The problem? The scores of 65 for TV and 64 for internet put them at the bottom of the pack among the industries ACSI tracks. They’re less popular than municipal utilities (with a score of 68), health insurance (69)…


Wiz Khalifia’s Lawsuit Challenges ‘360’ Deal With Manager, Record Label

Wiz Khalifa is seeking a court declaration ending a so-called “360-deal” as part of a lawsuit in which he contends that his former manager, Benjy Grinberg and his Rostrum Records, profited at his expense by self-dealing. The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, contends that Grinberg and Rostrum acted as “faithless fiduciaries… Read more »

Watch Janelle Monáe & The Black Eyed Peas Audition For Star Wars: The Force Awakens In SNL Deleted Scenes

Watch Janelle Monáe & The Black Eyed Peas Audition For Star Wars: The Force Awakens In SNL Deleted ScenesBack in December, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out, Saturday Night Live aired a sketch of celebrity “auditions” for the film. But not all of the auditions they shot ended up in the final version of the sketch, and now SNL has shared the ones that ended up on the cutting room floor. More »