César Nominations Sans Surprise: ‘My Golden Days’, ‘Marguerite’, ‘Mustang’ & ‘Dheepan’ Lead
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Nominations for the 41st annual César Awards were unveiled this morning in Paris. Going in, expectations were high for a batch of films that started their careers in Cannes, and members of the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma did not disappoint. There are a large number of that fest’s titles in the mix and a charmer out of Venice. Contrary to last year, when Kristen Stewart made history as the first American ever nominated as Best Supporting… Read
Battle Afoot For Cannes Market Screening Space As Star Cinema Shutters?
For over a century, it’s been a fixture of the Rue d’Antibes, and for many years has played host to packed buyer screenings during the Cannes Film Market which runs concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival. But last week, the Star cinema closed its doors following a protracted dispute with its landlord over a rent hike. With no new cinema expected to be built until 2018 in Cannes, will sales companies have to jockey to show their wares?
On the sidelines of the Unifrance… Read
Gabriel Byrne Joins ‘Metanoia’; Myriad Backs Lena Headey’s ‘Woman Of The Woods’; Fandor Gets Funding – AFM Briefs
Gabriel Byrne has just joined David Tennant, Elizabeth Moss and Michael Gambon in Metanoia, a drama about mental illness that is being directed by Robert Mullan. The project is in pre-production and is set to begin filming in January. Double Dutch International is handling sales for the film at the now underway American Film Market. The pic chronicles world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing’s efforts in the 1960s to create a safe haven for people diagnosed with… Read
‘Minions’ And Other NBCU Hits Help Drive Comcast’s Q3 Revenue Beat
Universal Studios’ spinoff from Despicable Me as well as Jurassic World and Straight Outta Compton brought smiles to a lot of Comcast executives’ faces in Q3, as the movie hits contributed to stronger than expected earnings for the parent company.
Comcast generated $2.0 billion in net income, down 23% vs the period last year, on revenues of $18.67 billion, up 11.2%. (Last year included a one time income tax adjustment that added $724 million.) Analysts expected revenues… Read
‘The Art Of More’ Draws Strong Sales As Sony’s Crackle Drama Debuts In Cannes – Mipcom
Sony Pictures Television held the world premiere of The Art Of More at the Cannes Palais here tonight — in mercifully better weather than the town saw on Saturday and which has forced the shifting of many events. The well-received screening was followed by a rare cocktail party inside the hallowed halls of the Croisette's most prestigious venue. The 10-part drama will air on Sony’s own Crackle, making it one of the latest to enter the digital space Stateside. Sony… Read
Mipcom Cancels Red Carpet Following Deadly Rains, Flood In Cannes
Update 10:26 AM: MIPCOM has cancelled the opening night red carpet due to logistical problems. “Following the heavy flooding over the weekend,” a statement read, “the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is not in a position to host the Red Carpet.” Tonight’s opening night screening, the upcoming six-episode Sky/Canal Plus crime drama The Last Panthers, is still scheduled.
Original post: The sun is shining on the French Riviera today, but that’s a vastly different story to… Read
Peter Gallagher Joins ‘The Good Wife’ As Recurring
EXCLUSIVE: The upcoming seventh season of The Good Wife has added Peter Gallagher as a new lawyer. He will recur as Irving Carver, the witty, sophisticated attorney of conservative billionaire Reese Dipple (Oliver Platt), who’s been dispatched to Lockhart/Agos/Lee. He prefers civilized, intelligent debate over mindless bullying, but will use whatever it takes to assure that the firm is working to further his client’s agenda.
The O.C. and Covert Affairs alum Gallagher also… Read
Nicole Kidman’s ‘Grace Of Monaco’ Goes From Cannes Calamity To Emmy Contender
What a long, strange trip it's been for Grace Of Monaco. The Nicole Kidman starrer was crowned Cannes' opening-night film amid much French fanfare in 2014 and then quickly fizzled on the Croisette, beset as it was by harsh reviews. It didn't help that it also was the subject of a battle over cuts between U.S. distributor The Weinstein Co and director Olivier Dahan as well as protests from the royal family of Monaco over the depiction of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier… Read
‘Amy’ Sends Altitude To New Heights In The UK
Asif Kapadia’s ecstatically-reviewed Amy, a powerful tribute to tragic singer Amy Winehouse, has scored the largest ever opening for a British docu at the UK box office with $808,000, making it the second biggest opening weekend ever for a docu in the country after Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.
Kapadia’s film, which is being released by Will Clarke’s Altitude, is already the highest-grossing documentary of 2015 after only a few days on release. It also surpassed… Read
Ariane Labed Joins Cast of ‘Assassin’s Creed’ Opposite Michael Fassbender
EXCLUSIVE: Ariane Labed, the Greek-born French actress who made such a stirring impression in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes fave The Lobster, has boarded the cast of Assassin’s Creed. The Justin Kurzel-directed New Regency live-action adaptation of the Ubisoft video game stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. This would be the highest-profile role yet for the 31-year-old actress who already has a clutch of awards under her belt for her fearless work. She won the Best… Read
Emma Watson Officially Confirmed For ‘The Circle’ Opposite Tom Hanks
As Deadline first revealed exclusively more than a month ago, Emma Watson has now been set to star in James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of Dave Eggers’ book The Circle. Watson, in the role Alicia Vikander was recently attached to, stars opposite Tom Hanks as a young woman who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online… Read
Amazon Acquiring ‘Elvis & Nixon’ In Groundbreaking Deal; Partnering With Bleecker Street For Theatrical Release
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios is making its first big move into film acquisitions by acquiring domestic rights to Elvis & Nixon for close to $4 million. Deal is in the advanced stages of closing. Amazon will team up with Bleecker Street, who will handle the film’s release. The film will have a theatrical bow as part of the deal, which was negotiated by CAA and producer Cassian Elwes.
While the other non-linear giant Netflix has been ramping up its acquisitions, most recently… Read