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Will Forte & Claudia O’Doherty Join Cast Of Irish Comedy ‘Extra Ordinary’

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EXCLUSIVE: Will Forte and Claudio O’Doherty have joined the cast of Extra Ordinary, a supernatural comedy starring Maeve Higgins and Barry Ward that is beginning shooting now in Ireland. It marks the debut feature of writer-directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman. The pic centers on a driving instructor who must use her otherwordly gifts to save a lonely man’s daughter from a rock star looking to use her for Satanic purposes. Epic Pictures is repping worldwide sales… Read


Hot Cannes Title: BLOOM To Sell International On Julius Onah-Helmed ‘Luce’

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EXCLUSIVE: BLOOM will launch international sales at Cannes for the Julius Onah-directed Luce. The just-wrapped film stars Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth and Mudbound‘s Kelvin Harrison Jr. The film is based on J.C. Lee's play, which was adapted by Lee and Onah. John Baker, Onah and Andrew Yang are producing. Eric Ro is co-producer and The Dream Factory Group's Rob Feng, Amber Wang and Lee are exec producers. CAA and Endeavor Content are co-repping domestic… Read


Lily Collins Boards ‘Titan’ From ‘Kill Your Darlings’ Austin Bunn, Killer Films & XYZ

EXCLUSIVE: Lily Collins has been set to star in survival thriller Titan, written and directed by Kill Your Darlings scribe Austin Bunn. Christine Vachon is producing with David Hinojosa for Killer Films. XYZ Films is exec producing and will launch international sales at the upcoming Cannes Market. CAA and UTA are handling domestic. Titan tells the story of Emma (Collins), a strong-willed young musician on a quest to understand the life of her environmental activist older… Read


Cannes Film Festival 2018: Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard, Jafar Panahi In Competition; Whither Von Trier? – Full List

UPDATE: Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux presented the Official Selection lineup for next month’s 71st running this morning in Paris. There were no major bombshells in the mix, although it’s yet to be completed. Frémaux often reserves the weeks following the press conference and ahead of the fest to sprinkle in other titles. One highly expected film missing this morning was Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built, and Frémaux hinted that could change in a few… Read


France On Strike: Planes, Trains & Post-Production Workers; Cannes Implications?

A wave of disruptive strikes has been rolling through France for the past few weeks. From train workers to Air France staff and others, employees have walked out and largely paralyzed the country's transport systems. That created a knock-on effect for executives attending this week's Mip-TV market in Cannes, and the situation could also be a headache for folks trying to get to the Cannes Film Festival in a month’s time. But it's not just rail workers, flight crews and… Read


Gurinder Chadha’s ‘Blinded By The Light’ Blessed By Bruce Springsteen; Cast Set

Shooting has begun, cast has been set and eOne has taken UK and Australia rights on Gurinder Chadha’s comedy/drama Blinded By The Light, a hybrid musical rooted in the British tradition of quirky comedies. This is the project that Deadline scooped Chadha was prepping with Cornerstone Films boarding international sales in Berlin. It’s based on the memoir Greetings From Bury Park by journalist/broadcaster Sarfraz Manzoor which chronicles his experiences as a British Muslim… Read


Nickelodeon Intl & Israel’s Nutz Team On ‘The Covurts’ Live-Action Series – MipTV

Nickelodeon International has greenlit live-action kids series The Covurts. This is the first original co-production for Nickelodeon with Nutz Productions, the producing arm of Israel’s Ananey Communications in which Nick parent Viacom acquired a minority stake last year. Israeli cable network HOT is also in the mix on The Covurts. Forty half hours have been ordered which will be distributed to Nickelodeon’s offshore audiences in over 170 countries via the brand’s 100+… Read


EOne Takes Majority Stake In UK Production Company Whizz Kid – MipTV

Marking its inaugural acquisition of a UK-based TV production entity, eOne has taken a majority stake in non-scripted outfit Whizz Kid Entertainment. The deal builds on a recent partnership between the two companies under which eOne has adapted a U.S. version of Whizz Kid format Ex On The Beach for MTV. Further U.S. adaptations of Whizz Kid formats are also expected while the UK company will bring eOne’s U.S. slate to that market. The UK is already a hub for eOne's Family… Read


Beta Film, Red Bull Media Hit ‘The Net’; Global Road Takes ‘Idiotest’ – MipTV

Beta Film and Red Bull Media House are launching high-end scripted project The Net. Inspired by true events, the ambitious series is planned as five standalone seasons of eight episodes each. It uses the world of soccer as a backdrop for the characters who experience the beautiful game not only as a dream factory, but also one of the largest organized crime enterprises in history. Based on a concept from Matthias Hartmann and Plinio Bachmann, the series aims to… Read

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MPAA Report: World Box Office Topped Record $40 Billion In 2017, But Domestic Dipped 2%

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The global box office for all films produced in every country reached a record high of $40.6 billion in 2017, up 5% from 2016, according to the MPAA's latest theatrical market statistics report. International box office for all films, foreign and domestic, increased 7% to $29.5 billion, but the domestic box office in the U.S. and Canada slumped 2% to $11.1 billion, down $300 million – or one solid blockbuster – from the year before. Even so, that matched 2015's domestic… Read


‘U – July 22’: Erik Poppe’s Norway Attacks Drama Secures Key Sales Post-Berlin

A harrowing single-take drama set on the day of the 2011 Norway attacks in Oslo and at a summer camp on the island of Utoya, Erik Poppe’s U – July 22 has concluded further sales after its premiere in the Berlin Film Festival competition. From the director of The King’s Choice, this sadly timely story was embraced by critics and earned a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury out of the fest. It has now sold to the UK’s Modern Films, Japan’s Culture Entertainment and… Read


‘Radioactive’: Sam Riley & More Board Marie Curie Biopic Led By Rosamund Pike

Radioactive, the Marie Curie biopic that’s being helmed by Oscar nominated Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi, has rounded out cast. Joining Rosamund Pike, who’s playing Curie, are Sam Riley, Aneurin Barnard, Anya Taylor Joy and Simon Russell Beale. Studiocanal and Amazon Studios are co-financing. Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Shoebox Films' Paul Webster are producing. As Deadline earlier revealed, the film is based on the 2010 graphic novel by Lauren… Read