Macau’s Studio City Files For IPO; ‘Hamlet’ Stage Production Headed To BBC2; Siobhan Finneran Joins ‘Cold Feet’ – Global Briefs
Macau's Studio City, the Hollywood-inspired cinematically themed casino resort that was opened in 2015 by the likes of Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and others, has confidentially filed for an IPO in the U.S. While numbers have not been disclosed, the proposed IPO is expected to commence "as market conditions permit," according to an announcement by Studio City Int'l Holdings on Monday. Macau-based casino operator Melco Resorts and Entertainment, a… Read
‘Lasso’ Teaser: Will ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Meets ‘Cocoon’ Plus Sean Patrick Flanery Rope ‘Em In?
Here’s a finished indie that’s beginning its roundup ahead of the American Film Market this fall. It’s Lasso, a Dragonfly Films horror pic that toplines Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), Lindsey Morgan (The 100), Karen Grassle (Little House On The Prairie) and Andrew Jacobs (Paranormal Activity).
Directed by Evan Cecil, the pic centers on Simon (Jacobs) and Kit (Morgan), two leaders of an Active Senior Tour group visiting a remote small-town rodeo festival. It's… Read
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Jon Watts On Film Vs TV: “It’s All About Making An Experience” – CineEurope
With his first studio tentpole about to swing into theaters, Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts today appeared on a panel titled “Innovation And The Big Screen Experience” here at the CineEurope conference in Barcelona. Asked his feelings about features versus television, he said, “I love the movies. Everyone always says the same thing about the shared cultural experience, seeing things on the big screen, the church of the cinema… But on top of all that, as a… Read
‘Okja’ Director Hopes Netflix Controversy Becomes A “Signal Flare” In Establishing New Rules On Day-And-Date Streaming
Bong Joon-Ho, the South Korean director whose film Okja was the subject of much controversy at the Cannes Film Festival last month, has said that he hopes the debate following the film will become a "signal flare" in establishing new rules for similar films.
According to the Yonhap News Agency, Bong told journalists at a press junket in Seoul on Wednesday that he fully understood both sides of the controversy, which has seen South Korea's three largest exhibitors – CJ… Read
Mike Goodridge To Step Down As Protagonist Pictures CEO
Mike Goodridge is to step down from his position as CEO of London-based finance, production and sales company Protagonist Pictures. The well-respected and much-liked industry veteran will remain on the board of directors of Protagonist and will continue to work with the management on growth and strategy. He will announce his future plans shortly.
"It's been a bittersweet decision to leave the day-to-day running of Protagonist Pictures behind," said Goodridge. "I am… Read
MUBI Picks Up ‘Lover For A Day’; LevelFILM Nabs Three Titles – Cannes
MUBI has locked down the U.S., U.K. and Ireland rights to Lover For A Day (L'Amant d’un jour), the third and final installment of writer-director Philippe Garrel's trilogy on love. The drama premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and won the SACD prize from the French Writers and Directors Guild. Co-written by Garrel, Jean-Claude Carriere, Caroline Deruas and Arlette Langmann, the film follows Jeanne who, after a devastating breakup, has to stay… Read
‘Jeannette’s Bruno Dumont Doesn’t Care Where He Watches A Film – Cannes Studio
Bruno Dumont, a two-time Grand Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival, was back this year with Jeannette, The Childhood Of Joan Of Arc. The director, who last year was in Competition with Slack Bay, continues to evolve in his choices; this time not only delving into the origins of one of France's most famous figures, but doing it in musical form.
Based on the novels by Charles Péguy, the Directors' Fortnight title is set to electro-pop and is sold by Luxbox Films… Read
‘Rambo’ Remake’s Tiger Shroff & Siddharth Anand On Building An Indian Action Hero – Cannes Studio
Indian actor Tiger Shroff is taking on a big challenge, stepping into the role of Rambo for an upcoming Hindi remake. The character was introduced in 1982’s First Blood, which of course starred Sylvester Stallone — and he recently encouraged the filmmakers in their task (see below). Siddharth Anand, who remade Fox's Knight And Day as Bang Bang in 2014, is directing.
Shroff has a martial arts background and has been seen in such pics as Baaghi and Heropanti. I sat down… Read
Cannes: ‘The Square’ Takes Palme D’Or; Sofia Coppola Best Director; Acting Honors For Joaquin Phoenix & Diane Kruger
UPDATED: After being snubbed by the Academy in 2015 when his lauded (and Un Certain Regard-winning) Force Majeure did not make the nominees list in the Foreign Language Oscar category, Ruben Ostlund just walked away with the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor. His The Square, an art world satire that stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West, won this year’s Palme d’Or here tonight.
When Ostlund did not get an Oscar nomination in 2015, he good-naturedly released… Read
Harvey Weinstein Lauds Certain Regard Jury For Spotlight On Native American Issues In ‘Wind River’ – Cannes
Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Co is releasing the just-annointed Un Certain Regard Best Director winner Wind River domestically, accepted the award on behalf of Taylor Sheridan tonight. Both a message from Sheridan, which Weinstein read, along with his own message, included strong words for the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump with regard to continued injustice toward Native Americans.
A timely thriller, Wind River follows a game tracker (Jeremy Renner)… Read
Un Certain Regard Winners: ‘Wind River’s Taylor Sheridan, ‘A Man Of Integrity’, ‘April’s Daughter’ & More – Cannes
With another 24 hours to go before the main prizes, including the Palme d’Or, are awarded here at the Cannes Film Festival, sidebar Un Certain Regard has designated its laureates. Iranian drama, Lerd (A Man Of Integrity) scooped the main Un Certain Regard prize. Directed by Mohammad Rasoulof, it was reportedly made in secret and looks at the effects of corruption on a man and his family.
Taylor Sheridan was named Best Director for Wind River. The timely thriller, which… Read
Which Festival Debuts In The South Of France Might Travel All The Way To Oscar? — Cannes
Because of its early calendar spot in the awards game, the Cannes Film Festival is not always the best gauge for predicting Oscar success. But many a major nominee has appeared first in Cannes, even if its overall importance to the Oscars is nowhere near as key as Telluride, Venice and Toronto can be when they kick off the official awards season in early September.
Only one Academy Award winner came out of Cannes last year: Iran’s The Salesman for Foreign Language Film… Read