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David Parfitt Accuses Harvey Weinstein Of Assaulting Him On ‘My Week With Marilyn’

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UPDATED with response from Harvey Weinstein My Week With Marilyn producer David Parfitt has accused Harvey Weinstein of physically assaulting him during production of the Michelle Williams-fronted feature that was released in 2011. Parfitt made the claim in Channel 4's Working With Weinstein documentary, which airs Tuesday night in the UK. “When we actually got through the main shoot and into the test, he decided it wasn't enough Marilyn's film and that he wanted more… Read

Film

José Padilha Lifts The Lid On ‘7 Days In Entebbe’ – Berlin

7 Days In Entebbe

7 Days in Entebbe director José Padilha says that his terror thriller starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl, which tells the story of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv, shines a light on similar political issues still prevalent in a Donald Trump presidency. Speaking at the Berlin Film Festival, Padilha said that fear still dominates, as it did in the Middle East in the late 1970s. 7 Days in Entebbe tells the story of the hijackers, two of whom… Read

International

Sony Pictures Television Reshuffles International Production Team

Sony Pictures Television has revamped its international production division and handed new roles to several global executives. The London-based division has hired Brendan Fitzgerald in the new role of SVP International Co-Productions and promoted Richard Parsons to become EVP International Operations across the restructured division. He previously was SVP Corporate Business & Legal Affairs, Internatinal Production. Elsewhere, Cheryl Lynch has been promoted to EVP… Read

International

David Attenborough’s New Wildlife Series Leads BBC Showcase Deals

David Attenborough

David Attenborough will present another landmark wildlife series for the BBC, one of a number of announcements made at BBC Showcase as the annual programming expo gets going in Liverpool. The Planet Earth host will present Dynasty (working title), a five-part series produced by BBC Studios' Natural History Unit for BBC One in association with BBC America and France Télévisions. The show, which will air later this year, follows a different animal each episode at the most… Read

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BBC Studios Scores Non-Scripted Orders From Viacom’s C5 – BBC Showcase

BBC Studios has scored another tranche of non-BBC commissions, this time securing three non-scripted projects with Viacom's UK broadcaster Channel 5. It follows its first non-BBC commission, a major wildlife documentary series, The Red List, for U.S. cable network Discovery. The independent production division is making Chocolate Dreams: Inside Hotel Chocolat, entertainment series Top of the Box and a three-part documentary about the Bermuda Triangle for the broadcaster… Read

Film

M.I.A & Ed Sheeran Films Drum Up Global Interest in Rock Docs – Berlin

Documentaries about pop stars including M.I.A and British singer songwriter Ed Sheeran, as well as more esoteric indie artists such as The Go Betweens and The Slits, have been drumming up interest in the rock doc genre in Berlin. Buyers and sellers have told Deadline that there's growing interest in the genre following the success of films such as Asif Kapadia's Amy and Brett Morgen's Nirvana feature Montage of Heck. Steve Loveridge's film, Matanga/Maya/M.I.A, about Sri… Read

International

‘Game of Thrones’ Exec Producer Frank Doelger Launches Drama Firm

Game of Thrones exec producer Frank Doelger will run Intaglio Films, a new German TV production company designed to produce English-language drama for the international market. The company is a joint venture between Babylon Berlin producer Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of the German public broadcaster. It will develop, finance and produce high-end drama series for German broadcasters and international networks. Beta Film MD Moritz von Kruedener and… Read

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NBA Guard Appears To Slur Chinese People In New Year’s Video

A video featuring various NBA players wishing their Chinese fans a happy new year is causing social media uproar, as Philadelphia 76ers guard J.J. Redick appears to use a slur in his greeting. The video, made by Chinese media company Tencent, has appeared online. There is a version with Redick edited out also circulating. The video goes through various NBA players wishing their Chinese fans a happy new year. When it gets to Redick at the 51-second mark, he seems to say… Read

Film

Armando Iannucci Still “Hopeful” Of ‘The Death Of Stalin’ Getting Russian Release

The Death Of Stalin

Armando Iannucci is "hopeful" that his political satire The Death of Stalin will still be shown in Russia and said that the move to pull it from theaters by the government has made it more "infamous" in the country. Last month, the comedy, which depicts the chaos of the regime after Stalin's death in 1953 and 30 years of iron-fisted rule and is an adaptation of Fabien-Nury's graphic novel, was pulled after it was criticized by Russian authorities. The film was due to be… Read

Film

‘The Party’ Has Lively Bow; ‘Detective Chinatown 2’ Wins Chinese New Year Race: Specialty Box Office

UPDATED at 11:15AM PT with more numbers and analysis. Roadside Attractions opened Sally Potter's black-and-white dramedy The Party in three locations Friday, taking in $36,344 and recording the second-highest per theater average of the weekend. The feature topped a sizable number of limited-release newcomers this weekend, including three titles rolled out in time for Friday's Chinese New Year. Warner Bros.' Detective Chinatown 2 is tracking to be the best of the trio… Read

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Gemma Arterton Says “There Is So Much More To Do” In #MeToo Campaign – BAFTA Awards

The stars have started arriving at the BAFTA Film Awards with many A-list actors bringing activists along with them, including Gemma Arterton, who walked down the red carpet with two of the women who inspired Made In Dagenham. Arterton brought Eileen Pullen and Gwen Davis, who staged a three week walk-out from Ford's Dagenham plant in 1968 to campaign for equal pay. The Their Finest star said it was a "complete honor" to meet the women, who have "done all women… Read

Film

Nazif Mujić Dies: Bosnian Actor & Berlin Award Winner

Nazif Mujić, the Bosnian actor who won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, has died. Mujić won the award for his performance in Danis Tanović's docu-drama An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, which played in competition at the festival. His death was confirmed by Mujić's cousin and member of the Council of National Minorities of FBiH Mehmed Mujić. It's not clear how he died. Mujić, who re-enacted an an episode from his own life as scrap… Read