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Broad Green Finds ‘Eden’, Music Box Jams With ‘Mekons’


Broad Green Pictures, which announced its presence on the distribution scene in Toronto with a marquee $3 million deal for 99 Homes, has acquired North American rights to Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden. The pic, set in the underground electronic dance movement in early-'90s Paris, had its world premiere in Toronto and is playing the New York Film Festival that kicks off Friday. Broad Green plans a spring 2015 release for the pic, which follows Paul (Félix de Givry), a teenager… Read


Riley Keough To Topline Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience’ On Starz

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Riley Keough (The Runaways, Magic Mike) has signed on as the female lead for The Girlfriend Experience, a 13-part anthology series inspired by Steven Soderbergh's 2009 Magnolia Pictures film. Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman executive produce the half-hour series, from Transactional Pictures, which explores the relationships of the most exclusive courtesans who provide their clients with far more than just sex. These purveyors - or GFEs (Girlfriend Experience) - share… Read


Don’t We Want 70s-Style Adult Thrillers Like ‘A Walk Among The Tombstones?’ A Chat With Scott Frank

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Everybody says, bring back those great, gritty 70s adult thrillers. Scott Frank makes one with Liam Neeson in A Walk Among The Tombstones, and not enough people show up to launch it into a franchise. With $13 million in ticket sales so far, it's $5 million short of what it is needed to trigger more films based on the Matthew Scudder character from Lawrence Block's mystery novels. I can sit here and wonder if the results would have been better had Universal opened it after… Read


‘Fishing Without Nets’ Trailer: Somali Pirate Drama

Fishing Without Nets

Cutter Hodierne's short film Fishing Without Nets won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Now the feature version of the same name, also written and directed by Hodierne, winner of the 2014 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Directing Award, is about to bow. Shot in East Africa with Kenyan actors of Somali descent, Fishing Without Nets tells the bandits' story from the Somali point of view. The pic opens in LA on September 26, NYC a week later… Read


All3Media CEO Leaves As Discovery And Liberty Global Take Charge

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"Having successfully completed the sale of All3Media to Discovery Communications and Liberty Global, I have determined that this is the right time to leave the company to pursue a new challenge," CEO Farah Ramzan Golant says today after the $902M deal closed. Discovery and John Malone's Liberty Global agreed in May to forge a 50:50 joint venture to run the UK-based TV, film, and digital content company  — and have vowed to let it remain a stand-alone entity with an… Read


Finnish Fantasy Series ‘Nymphs’ To Be Adapted By Entertainment One Television


Entertainment One Television has acquired format rights to the racy Finnish fantasy drama series Nymphs and will develop and produce a U.S. version of the series to be written by Miranda Kwok (Spartacus: Blood And Sand). A modern-day take on the ancient Greek myths about nymphs and satyrs, Nymphs is a coming-of-age drama about a beautiful, young, free-spirited woman who reaches her sexual maturity only to discover that she is a Nymph, a supernatural being that is being… Read


Paula Deen Returns To ‘Today': Plugs New Network, Won’t Look At Tape Of Last Year

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“Hello everybody out there!” Paula Deen gushed, waving and blowing kisses to people on the Today set, as she sat this morning with Matt Lauer. She'd come — this time accompanied by her sons — to plug her new digital food network. A year earlier, Deen had wailed and blubbered as Lauer grilled her about the scandal in which she found herself when a leaked deposition revealed her admitted use of a racial slur. The controversy caused her to lose most of her big-name deals… Read


BBC Worldwide Acquires 35% Stake In ‘Ripper Street’ Producer Lookout Point


The acquisitions/investment craze in the indie TV space is showing no signs of slowing. In just the past few weeks, John de Mol has put his Talpa Media up for sale and CORE Media's management operations were absorbed into Endemol North America as part of 21st Century Fox's proposed mega-joint venture with Apollo Global Management. While slightly smaller in scale, the latest deal to make news is today's announcement by BBC Worldwide that it is acquiring a 35% stake in Rippe… Read


TNT Takes Social Experiment ‘Escape Your Life'; Couples Can Leave, But Never Return


With social experiments all the rage in the reality space, TNT has acquired Escape Your Life (working title) from Red Arrow International for the U.S. The format, which has not aired elsewhere, was created by Red Arrow's Kinetic Content (The Taste, Married At First Sight). The show sees couples offered the opportunity to abandon their old lives and start again. Chris Coelen and Katie Griffin are exec producing for Kinetic with Henrik Pabst, Michael Peter Schmidt and Jan… Read


Rita Ora Joins ‘The Voice UK'; ‘Fifty Shades’ Star Replacing Kylie Minogue

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When The Voice UK returns to BBC One in January 2015, singer/actress Rita Ora will have a seat in one of the spinning red chairs. Ora, who's playing Christian Grey's sister, Mia, in Fifty Shades Of Grey, will join coaches Tom Jones, and Ricky Wilson for the singing competition's fourth season. Blind auditions start next month ahead of the new series. Ora's star has risen over the past few years with four No. 1 singles in the UK and a strong selling debut album… Read


Global Showbiz Briefs: South Korea Submits ‘Sea Fog’ For Foreign-Language Oscar Race; Winnie Lau Joins Jet Tone Films

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Sea Fog (Haemoo) is South Korea's official submission for the Foreign-Language Feature Oscar race. Shim Sung-ho's mostly ocean-set drama focuses on Chinese economic refugees and the fishermen-turned-human traffickers who transport them. Kim Yoon-seok, Park Yoo-chun, Han Ye-ri and Moon Sung-keun star. Snowpiercer helmer Bong Joon-ho executive produced the film, which was produced by Lewis Kim. It played Toronto this month. Finecut is handling international sales. Jet Tone F… Read


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