Turkish Game Show Host Fired For ‘Unacceptable’ Cleavage
A popular TV host in Turkey has been fired for showing too much cleavage on the air. Gözde Kansu donned a revealing black top during a recent episode of music game show Velaiht, and the ruling Justice and Development Party was unamused. “We don’t intervene against anyone, but this is too much,” said Hüseyin Çelik, a spokesman for the socially conservative party. ”It is unacceptable.” He didn’t mention Kansu by name, but his subject soon became clear and she dismissed soon after.
DistribFilms Picks Up U.S. Rights To French Rom-Com ‘Just A Sigh’
DistribFilms said Wednesday that it has acquired U.S. rights to the French romantic drama Just a Sigh, starring Gabriel Byrne and Emmanuelle Devos. Writer-director Jérôme Bonnell’s film follows an actress who meets a mysterious Irishman on a Paris-bound train. She then follows him and falls in love with him, before facing what could be a new life. The film has played festivals including Tribeca and Karlovy Vary and will unspool at the Chicago Film Festival next week. The deal was negotiated by Scippa-Kohn and Camille Neel, head of international sales at Le Pacte, on behalf of the filmmakers.
D Films Acquires Dramedy ‘My Old Lady’ For Canada
D Films has picked up all-media Canadian rights from Cohen Media Group to My Old Lady, a dramedy starring Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas. Israel Horovitz makes his directorial debut with the film, in which a down-and-out New Yorker who travels to Paris to liquidate a huge apartment he’s inherited. But when he gets there, he learns he can’t take possession until the old woman who’s living in the apartment with her daughter dies. My Old Lady is filming in Paris and is set for a 2014 release.
Hammer Buys Film Rights To Witch Trial Novella ‘The Daylight Gate’
Hammer has bought film rights to The Daylight Gate, a 2012 novella by Jeanette Winterson. The book is set during a notorious 17th century witch trial in England that involves magic, superstition, conscience and murder. It was published by Random House’s Arrow Books Hammer imprint.