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Annapurna To Jump Start France, Italy, Japan Output Deals With ‘Detroit’ – Cannes

Detroit John Boyega

Expanding its international distribution network, Annapurna has inked new output deals with Longride, Mars Distribution, and Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group in select territories. The multi-year partnerships will begin this summer with Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit which releases domestically on August 4. Longride and Mars will handle the Japanese and French markets, respectively. Eagle Pictures and Leone Film Group are teaming for Italy. Each of the new pacts will cover… Read


Deadline Disruptors 2017: Here’s The 100-Page Issue In PDF Form

Deadline Disruptors Magazine 2017

For a second straight year, Deadline published a print issue celebrating Disruptors, commemorating a long list of people who are treating the fast-changing digital landscape not as a hardship, but as an opportunity to take risks. We published the second one at the Cannes Festival. While we can’t replicate the added value of reading in the South of France our 100-page celebration of raging ambition, here is a PDF version of the entire magazine anyway. Though it was… Read


Pierce Brosnan Talks ‘Spinning Man’ On The Los Angeles Set – Cannes Market

Pierce Brosnan and Guy Pearce in Spinning Man

In the scorching heat of the San Fernando Valley, Pierce Brosnan is shooting Spinning Man, a new thriller from director Simon Kaijser (Stockholm East) and writer Matt Aldrich (Renny Harlin’s Cleaner), based on a novel by George Harrar. It’s being sold in Cannes by Film Bridge International and Deadline has come to set, a couple of weeks before the festival, to witness an interrogation room showdown between Brosnan’s tough detective, Robert Malloy, and Guy Pearce’s… Read


Mads Mikkelsen In From The ‘Arctic’ Talks New Project, ‘Rogue One’, Cats & Dogs Experience On Fest Jury – Cannes Studio

A Cannes Film Festival Best Actor winner for 2012’s The Hunt, and a jury member last year, Mads Mikkelsen doesn’t have a film in the festival this year, but is in town to discuss his next project, Arctic. Directed by Joe Penna, it’s the story of a man stranded after a plane crash who is finally about to receive his long-awaited rescue. But when his opportunity is lost, he must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through… Read


Youth Revolution On The Croisette As Screen Kids Take Over Cannes

There is a youth surge going on in Cannes and it is all up on the screen. I have been to many of these Cannes fests, but I can’t remember one that featured so many outstanding performances from the under-21 set, and most of them are in movies their age group are not even old enough to see. I was reminded of this Monday as I saw a doubleheader of two very fine films: Yorgos Lanthimos’ chilling thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer in the main competition and then Sean… Read


Damien Chazelle Finds The “Fertile Terrain” Of An Industry In Upheaval – Deadline Disruptors

Damien Chazelle has never been one to take the path of least resistance. That was certainly the case when he was mounting La La Land, his ode to the musical's golden age. At every turn he was told that a project like that, on the scale he wanted, would be an impossible sell. And yet he persevered, delivering to the fall festivals a movie that captured the hearts of all who saw it. He was the youngest-ever winner of the Best Director Oscar in February when, at just 32, he… Read


LA Film Festival Adds ‘The Beguiled’, ‘Annabelle: Creation’ & More Screenings

The Beguiled

The LA Film Festival will host the gala screening of New Line Cinema's horror film Annabelle: Creation which takes place this year June 14th through the 22nd at the ArcLight Cinemas Culver City, with additional screenings at ArcLight Hollywood and ArcLight Santa Monica and other theaters. The latest Annabelle was directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, and Lulu Wilson. Also getting their world premieres at the festival will be Kyra… Read


Barbet Schroeder On His Trilogy Of Evil & Being “Profoundly Scared” In Trump Era – Cannes Studio

Oscar-nominated Reversal Of Fortune director Barbet Schroeder has sort of completed his “Trilogy of Evil” documentary series with The Venerable W. The Official Selection title here in Cannes is a look at Burma’s Venerable Wirathu, a highly respected and influential Buddhist monk whose Islamophobia and hate speech have led to violence and destruction. But Schroeder, whose narrative films include Single White Female, Kiss Of Death, Murder By Numbers and Barfly, says he’s… Read


Bob Shaye On Helming Return ‘Ambition’ & Festival Stunts Of Yore – Cannes Studio

Former New Line Cinema co-chief Bob Shaye recently took a two-year break from the Cannes Film Festival, but is back in town this year to tubthump his latest directing project, Ambition. The story, Shaye tells me in the video above, is about a young woman “who is extremely ambitious as a musician and she gets herself into really, really big trouble and then there's a twist in the end.” Shaye and his Unique Features partner Michael Lynne are producing the previously-titled G… Read


Focus Features Acquires Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘The Little Stranger’ – Cannes

Focus Features has picked up worldwide rights to Lenny Abrahamson's The Little Stranger, excluding the UK, France and Switzerland, where it will be distributed by Pathé. The chilling ghost story, which will begin production in the UK this summer with a planned 2018 release, stars Charlotte Rampling, Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter. Abrahamson, who directed the 2015 Oscar-nominated pic Room, will direct. Lucinda Coxton, who wrote the screenplay adaptation… Read


Manchester Attack: Cannes Film Festival Holds Minute Of Silence & Cancels Fireworks; ‘Cars 3’ Event Called Off

UPDATED with photo and Thierry Frémaux comments: The Cannes Film Festival observed a minute of silence at 3 PM local time today in solidarity with the city of Manchester where at least 22 people, including some children, were killed in a suicide bombing attack on Monday night. A fireworks display to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the festival has also been canceled. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux announced the plans ahead of the morning screening of 24 Frames, the final… Read


Sundance Selects Acquires Directors’ Fortnight Pic ‘A Ciambra:’ Cannes

A Ciambra

UPDATE, May 23, 6:15 AM PST: What we broke earlier today has been officially announced: IFC’s Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Jonas Carpignano’s Italian-language film A Ciambra. IFC’s EVP Acquisitions and Productions Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with WME on behalf of the filmmakers. A Ciambra premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Sundance Selects also distributed Carpignano’s Mediterranea in 2015, which also played at Cannes. EXCLUSIV… Read