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Film4 Gets Record Funding Increase, Sets Co-Fi Deal With Fox Searchlight On Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’

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Film4 is enjoying the moment. The film division of the UK’s Channel 4 on Tuesday announced a record increase in its funding to £25 million ($36 million) for 2016 as well as a deal with Fox Searchlight to co-finance Martin McDonagh’s new film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Separately, Film4 has also inked a four picture deal with the UK’s Entertainment Film Distributors and FP Films to co-develop, finance and produce a slate of four new comedy features. The… Read

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Yorgos Lanthimos, Element Pictures & Film4 Re-Team On ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’

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EXCLUSIVE: Yorgos Lanthimos is re-teaming with The Lobster co-writer Efthimis Fillipou and producers Element Pictures and Film4 on The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. As with The Lobster, Lanthimos will co-write and also direct. The story follows a young man that needs to take revenge, a doctor that has to make a decision, and his family that must survive. It is a psychological thriller with supernatural elements. Sacred Deer is one of a number of projects Lanthimos is… Read

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Cassian Elwes Forming Zeal Media Co. With Armory Films Partners Chris Lemole And Tim Zajaros – Berlin

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Cassian Elwes and Armory Films partners Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros, are launching Zeal Media Co., an indie film company aiming with a goal of financing and/or producing up to eight films per year. The company will focus on sophisticated, thought-provoking and talent-driven material to stand in the marketplace. The first film to come through the new company will be Billionaire Boys Club, currently in post. The film, based on the true story of young white collar… Read

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Protagonist Pictures Boards Dome Karukoski’s ‘Tom Of Finland’ – Berlin

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Protagonist Pictures has come on board to handle worldwide sales on Dome Karukoski's latest project Tom Of Finland, a drama about the life and times of iconic Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen. Aleksi Bardy wrote the screenplay for the film which tells the life story a man who would become known around the world by his nom de guerre "Tom Of Finland". The cast of the film will be announced during in Berlin. Production is due to start in the Spring in Gothenberg, Sweden… Read

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Industry Icon Stephen Garrett Launching New Company Character Seven, Teaming With Lionsgate + Hulu On ‘The Rook’

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Former Kudos founder and exec chairman Stephen Garrett is launching a new production company, Character Seven.  The new company is already making moves by teaming with Lionsgate and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish on The Rook, a London-set supernatural series for Hulu. Garrett, who is one of the UK’s most-respected TV execs, is also deep in post on the John Le Carre-adaptation The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Debicki. The… Read

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Fortissimo Films Inks Multi-Pic Deal With Chinese Filmmaker Zhang Wei – Berlin

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Fortissimo Films said today it has inked a multi-picture sales deal with Chinese multi-hyphenate Zhang Wei that includes his first two films, Factory Boss and Destiny. The deal will begin in time for Berlin. An entrepreneur-turned-filmmaker, Zhang is a graduate of the acclaimed Beijing Film Academy. His banner Huahao Film & Media has become known for presenting candid visions of marginalized Chinese lives through his films. Factory Boss tells the tragic story of factory… Read

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Netflix Acquires Adolf Hitler Satire ‘Look Who’s Back’

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Look Who’s Back found box office success in Germany when it released last October, ultimately grossing about $22M. Netflix has now taken world rights outside Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan and Taiwan, for a rollout on April 9. The adaptation of Timur Vermes’ bestselling novel is directed by David Wnendt. The story imagines Hitler suddenly waking up on the site of his former bunker, now a residential area of Berlin, 70 years after… Read

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Rosamund Pike Circling ‘Guernsey’ With Director Mike Newell

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EXCLUSIVE: Much-in-demand Brit actress Rosamund Pike is circling long-gestating project Guernsey, with Harry Potter director Mike Newell also in the mix to direct. The project, previously known by the more unwieldy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, has previously attracted a string of high-profile actresses to consider the formidable lead role, including Kate Winslet, Lily James and Rebecca Ferguson. The story follows a writer, as she forms an unexpected… Read

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Jessica Chastain To Star In ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ With Susanna White Directing

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Jessica Chastain is in talks to star in Woman Walks Ahead with Susanna White (Generation Kill) directing. Ed Zwick and Marshall Herzkovitz are producing along with Rick Solomon as well as Erika Olde of Black Bicycle Entertainment, which is financing. Stuart Ford’s IM Global is handling international sales at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. CAA is packaging and repping domestic rights. The project is based on the true story of Catherine Weldon, a widowed… Read

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‘The Karate Kid’ Helmer Harald Zwart On-Board To Direct Keanu Reeves In ‘Rally Car’

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EXCLUSIVEThe Karate Kid helmer Harald Zwart has come on-board Keanu Reeves vehicle Rally Car for leading Chinese production and distribution company Fundamental Films and Company Films. The filmmaker, who also helmed The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, will direct from a script by Jeremy Lott, which is based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel. Lott is writing Hood for Jerry Bruckheimer at Sony and Man at Arms for Basil Iwanyk with Jonathan Liebesman directing. Reeves… Read

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NYC Mayor De Blasio Names Julie Menin As Film Czar

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today appointed Julie Menin as Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. Menin, a highly regarded lawyer, activist and consumer advocate, campaigned for Manhattan Borough President in the last election and has served since then as Commissioner of Consumer Affairs. She takes over as the agency “expands its work to encompass the full scope of the industry, including advertising, digital distribution channels, and… Read

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Rooney Mara In Discussions To Play Mary Magdalene In Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: Rooney Mara is being pursued for the role and engaged in discussions to play Mary Magdalene in Garth Davis’ biopic of the figure.  Universal Pictures International Productions is partnering with See-Saw Films on the biopic, which is set to be an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. Mara can currently be seen in her Oscar nominated role in Carol, and an upcoming untitled Terrence Malick… Read