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Sundance Cyberattack Forces Box Office to Close
The Sundance Film Festival has been hacked.
“Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office,” said a spokesperson for the festival. “No further information about the attack is available at this time, but our team is working hard to get our system back up and running as soon as possible. All screenings will still take place as planned.”
According to the festival’s Twitter account, a cyberattack forced the closure of its box office on Saturday.
All movie screenings will go on as planned, according to festival organizers.
“Our artist’s voices will be heard and the show will go on,” the festival said.
The cyberattack occurred shortly after Chelsea Handler led a Women’s March in Park City to protest the election of Donald Trump, at around noon Mt. Roughly 40 minutes later, online ticketing for future shows had been restored. »
- Variety Staff
‘Split’ Psyches Out ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage,’ Heads to $34 Million Debut
Universal’s “Split” took in $14.6 million at the Friday box office, twice as much as “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” did. Heading into the weekend, experts had thought “Split” and Vin Diesel’s “xXx” would battle it out, with both having been anticipated to earn in the high-teens to low-$20 million range. But the M. Night Shyamalan film is over performing — now, the film is looking at a weekend gross of $34 million. “Split” stars James McAvoy and was produced by Blumhouse for a reported budget of under $10 million. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest on Sept. 26 of last year. “Split” is being critically. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Fiery Hollywood Women Rally in Sundance: ‘We Will Not Go Backwards’
Park City’s Main Street went from Hollywood shuffle to political uprising on Saturday, as the women of show business denounced the Trump administration on festival grounds. Chelsea Handler, clad in a pink beanie branded with the Planned Parenthood logo, stopped frequently in emotion during her address to thousands huddled in a parking lot and Park City, Utah’s Swede Alley below. “To the people who reject women’s rights, we reject your rejection,” Handler said standing beside friend and actress Mary McCormack. Also Read: 'The Big Sick' Is a Hilarious Remedy for Trump-Distracted Sundance Bundled up women were spotted »
- Matt Donnelly
'Wayne's World' Returning to Cinemas for 25th Anniversary
Wayne's World, the 1992 Saturday Night Live spinoff film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, will return to select cinemas on February 7th and 8th for 25th anniversary screenings. The wacky comedy will feature a pre-recorded, post-film roundtable discussion with director Penelope Spheeris, Rolling Stone movie critic Peter Travers and select cast members.
The Wayne's World 25 website offers a searchable theater guide for the screenings. Also marking the anniversary, Paramount Home Media Distribution will release a Wayne's World double feature via DVD and digital HD on February 14th, Pitchfork reports. The »
TV News Roundup: Amazon’s ‘I Love Dick’ Gets a Premiere Date
Amazon original “I Love Dick” will premiere on Friday, May 12 on Amazon. The show stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, a frustrated New York filmmaker who finds herself marooned in Marfa, Texas. Griffin Dunne plays Chris’ husband, and Kevin Bacon as the eponymous Dick, an enigmatic, macho scholar. The series, from “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and Sarah Gubbins, is also getting a special premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, Jan. 23.
TV Land has cast actor and social media celebrity Ray Diaz as a series regular on the second season of “Lopez,” starring comedian George Lopez. Diaz will make his debut in the first episode of the new season as Hector, a friend from Manolo’s (Anthony Campos) past, who »
- Will Thorne
Paramount, CBS Settle ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Lawsuit
Paramount Pictures, CBS Studios and producer Alec Peters and his Axanar Productions have settled a lawsuit over Peters’ crowdfunded “Star Trek” fan film “Axanar,” according to a joint statement released Friday by the parties. As part of the settlement, Peters has agreed to make “substantial changes” to “Axanar” and also affirmed that future “Star Trek” fan films produced by him or his company will follow the “Guidelines for Fan Films” distributed by CBS and Paramount in June 2016. “Paramount and CBS continue to be big believers in fan fiction and fan creativity,” they said in the statement. “They encourage amateur filmmakers to. »
- Matt Pressberg
Timothee Chalamet on Sundance Gay Love Story ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ Chemistry with Armie Hammer
Film festivals have been good launching pads for the great modern gay love stories, from “Brokeback Mountain” (Venice) to “The Kids Are All Right” (Sundance) to “Carol” (Cannes). So there’s been considerable anticipation at this year’s Sundance for Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” based on the celebrated 2007 novel. Fueling the positive buzz was news that Sony Pictures Classics beat out several other distributors to land the project early, ahead of its Sunday premiere.
The movie stars Armie Hammer as an American academic visiting Italy in the 1980s, who strikes up a romance with a 17-year-old local played by Timothee Chalamet. The book is known for its intense sex scenes, including an explicit act with a peach. Chalamet, the 21-year-old actor from “Homeland,” spoke to Variety about the project.
Would you say the movie is a faithful adaptation?
I haven’t seen it! I don’t know. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
‘Oklahoma City’ Sundance Review: Powerful Doc Only Scratches Story’s Surface
It’s been over 20 years since the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995 by Timothy McVeigh, and Barak Goodman’s documentary “Oklahoma City” attempts to condense an extraordinary amount of information about this act of domestic terrorism into a feature-length running time. Goodman, who has previously made films about the Scottsboro Boys and cancer, does not shy away from showing us very tough footage of the bombing as well as photographs of the children who were killed or injured. “Oklahoma City” begins with an audio recording from inside the Murrah building that ends when we hear. »
- Dan Callahan
PETA Blasts ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Writer, Who Responded to Outrage by Saying ‘No Animals Were Harmed’
PETA won’t lets W. Bruce Cameron — author of the book “A Dog’s Purpose” and co-screenwriter of the controversial film — off the hook after he asserted that no dogs were harmed during the shoot.
Cameron, in a statement issued Friday, said the commentary accompanying TMZ’s leaked video of a German Shepard had mischaracterized the incident. He also questioned the motives of those who shot and edited the video for waiting 15 months to do anything about it, instead of immediately going to the authorities.
“A Dog’s Purpose” opens Jan. 27. PETA called for a boycott on Wednesday, resulting in Universal and Amblin Entertainment calling off the movie’s Jan. 21 premiere. On Saturday, the group issued a blistering attack on Cameron.
“It takes a cold heart not to find this footage disturbing, so PETA asks whether ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ was written from the heart or just to make a buck, »
- Dave McNary
Millions Worldwide Hit Streets in Protest of Trump Presidency
A day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, the Women’s March brought out millions of protesters in rallies and marches across the globe in support of women’s and civil rights that they fear may be threatened by the new administration. In Washington D.C., march organizers estimated that about 500,000 protesters had gathered for the event. The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority estimated that 275,000 had taken public transportation Saturday by 11 a.m. By comparison, 193,000 were estimated to have used Metro yesterday morning prior to Trump’s inauguration. Metro Ridership as of 11am: 275k. For comparison, »
- Jeremy Fuster
Sundance: Cyberattack Shuts Down Box Office, Screenings to Resume
The Sundance Film Festival was subject to a cyberattack that caused its box office to shut down Saturday afternoon.
The news was announced via Sundance's official Twitter account, which tweeted that its team was working to get the system back up and running. At roughly 11:30 a.m. Pt, services were restored at the Salt Lake City Box Office and the online ticketing process for future shows resumed as normal. Updates are continuing to be tweeted.
"Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that has shut down our box office. No further information about »
- THR Staff
Sundance Film Review: ‘Oklahoma City’
There are certain documentaries — like, for instance, “O.J.: Made in America” — that heighten and clarify the past in a way that can shed revelatory light upon the present. That’s the sort of movie that “Oklahoma City” is. It’s a documentary about the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and the man who conceived it, planned it, and more or less singlehandedly executed it: Timothy McVeigh. Since both McVeigh and the chronology of this infamous and unspeakable massacre (168 killed; the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history) have been covered in abundant detail before, you may wonder what a fresh look at the events could possibly add to our knowledge. The answer turns out to be a great deal.
- Owen Gleiberman
Sundance Cyber Attack: Festival Box Office Shut Down
The Sundance Film Festival’s box office has been victim of a cyber attack, the festival said Saturday. Screenings will go on as planned, the Sundance Institute tweeted, though it’s unclear how they’ll account for ticket and pass holders. “Following the cyberattack, our team is working hard to get our systems back up asap. Screenings will take place as planned,” officials said shortly after the hack was announced. Within forty minutes, the festival was able to bring its Salt Lake City box office back online, as well as enable servers for future ticketing. More to come… We have »
- Matt Donnelly
Sundance Scene: Kristen Stewart, Judd Apatow, Elizabeth Olsen (Updating Photos)
The march is the big story of Sundance on opening weekend. Mirroring the massive turnout around the country, the turnout has swamped Park City in a united sea of activism. For more on the march, click here: Also Read: Fiery Hollywood Women Rally in Sundance: 'We Will Not Go Backwards' Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow The Sundance schmooze started early. On a special #DeltaFestivalShuttle from Lax, the Apatows were amongst a group of industry traveling together in “a members only club of creatives in the sky,” as Delta slugged the Thursday morning flight. Oh, hello. This is not a »
- Mikey Glazer
Dee Rees Brings ‘Mudbound’ & Thoughts Beyond Race to Sundance
Park City — It’s hard to imagine a time when the issues of race and class have been more ripe in America and, not surprisingly, a film that delves deeply into both subjects has attracted considerable preliminary interest from buyers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
“Mudbound,” premiering Saturday night, follows one black and one white family, living off the land of the Mississippi Delta. Both are bound by farming and the “mud” of their lives, though they both have markedly different takes on their lots in life, given the social strictures of the Jim Crow South.
Director Dee Rees said in interview with Variety this week that she was drawn to the project – based on the 2008 novel by Hillary Jordan—because of “the multiple points of view that these two families represent and this tortured symbiotic relationship they have.”
The title has become one of the most buzzed »
- James Rainey
Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Swaps Presidential Portraits After Inauguration (Video)
Donald Trump is now the President of the United States, so it’s time for government locations to remove their portraits of Barack Obama from their walls. But “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” put a little spin on what images might go up in their place. In a short skit played to a melancholy piano rendition of “Hail to the Chief,” “The Late Show” showed people replacing Obama portraits with some very interesting images of Trump. Like, a picture a judge put up on his bookshelf showed Trump advertising his failed Trump Steaks, while another photo put up by an. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Watch Maria Bello Praise Meryl Streep’s Globes Speech, P—y Hats (Video)
Maria Bello hasn’t gotten out of bed in 74 days. At least that’s the way she told it on Saturday at the Women’s March on Main Street, a demonstration at the Sundance Film Festival that’s a sister to the Women’s March on Washington. “I’ve just gotten out of bed for the first time in 74 days,” Bello said. “Only two things roused me from my depression — Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes and this March here at Sundance today.” Also Read: Fiery Hollywood Women Rally in Sundance: 'We Will Not Go Backwards' The crowd »
- Matt Donnelly
For Killer Films, Sundance Is Like Planning a Snow-Covered Wedding
The organizing starts around Thanksgiving and doesn’t let up through the New Year. For Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, the co-founding producers of the indie powerhouse Killer Films, the Sundance Film Festival is an annual trek through the snow that dates back three decades. The duo have sold 25 films here, from the 1995 Todd Haynes drama “Safe” starring Julianne Moore to 2002’s “One Hour Photo,” featuring an eerie turn from Robin Williams.
To listen to them reminisce about their memories from past visits to Park City is to step into a time capsule. “I definitely have the nostalgia stories of bringing physical cans of film,” says Koffler. “My hands were cold and the metal was cold as I put it on the luggage belt. It was a physical experience that has disappeared.”
This year, Killer Films came to Sundance with four more titles that capture the New York-based production company »
- Ramin Setoodeh
‘God’s Own Country’ Sundance Review: Period Gay Love Story Falls Apart
Clearly indebted to the memory of “Brokeback Mountain” and its cautious handling of gay male love amidst sheep and lonely landscape, Francis Lee’s debut feature “God’s Own Country” is set on a Yorkshire farm much like the one he himself grew up on, and the camerawork seems in thrall to nature here above all else. Our young protagonist Johnny (Josh O’Connor, “Florence Foster Jenkins”) is first seen vomiting in the early morning hours, the camera staying on his back as he does so. Johnny’s father Martin (Ian Hart) has suffered a stroke, and so the bulk of the farm work. »
- Dan Callahan
'God's Own Country': Film Review | Sundance 2017
The hardscrabble lives of traditional farming families and the harsh splendor of the isolated West Yorkshire landscape provide the evocative backdrop to a poignant story of love and self-discovery in British writer-director Francis Lee's accomplished first feature, God's Own Country. Graced by its refreshingly frank treatment of gay sexuality, its casually expressive use of nudity, and its eloquent depiction of animal husbandry as a contrasting metaphor for the absence of human tenderness, this is a rigorously naturalistic drama that yields stirring performances from the collision between taciturn demeanors and roiling emotional undercurrents.
While it's too easy to predict Lee's film »
- David Rooney
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