China’s Directors Guild Calls For Explanation Of Tibetan Helmer’s Arrest, Hospitalization
Award-winning Tibetan director Pema Tseden was detained by Chinese authorities after what’s been described as a dispute over left luggage at an airport in Xining, western China on Saturday, the Associated Press reports. He was subsequently hospitalized Monday night, prompting the Film Directo… Read
‘Star Trek Beyond’ Trailer: Rihanna Brings Her ‘Sledgehammer’ To The Soundtrack & Imax
UPDATE with Imax release plan for music video: Paramount Pictures has dropped the third trailer for Star Trek Beyond, this time featuring pop superstar Rihanna and her tune “Sledgehammer” which will appear on the film’s soundtrack. International rollout of STB begins on July 19 with the domestic release to hit warp speed on July 22. The music video for the song will debut exclusively in Imax theaters on June 30 — it’s the first to be shot entirely with Imax cameras.
Grasshopper Leaps For ‘Mimosas’; Takes U.S. Rights On Critics’ Week Winner
New York-based Grasshopper Film has picked up all U.S. distribution rights to Oliver Laxe's Mimosas, which scooped the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last month. A theatrical release is planned in winter this year. Grasshopper made the deal with Paris-based Luxbox.
The sophomore feature from Spanish director Laxe, Mimosas follows a mysterious caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. The odyssey comes with its own mystical… Read
‘Trolls’ Trailer: Anna Kendrick & Justin Timberlake Seek Their Happy Place
DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have released the first official trailer for this fall’s Trolls. Starring Anna Kendrick as the eternally peppy Poppy, and Justin Timberlake as her polar opposite, Branch, the film hails from the creators of Shrek. Extended footage recently shown in Barcelona had folks bouncing in their seats — and, as Jeffrey Katzenberg noted, featured what may be the very first “poop cupcakes” seen on screen. Check out the clip above, it’s way… Read
Daniel Craig In Talks To Star In L.A. Riots Pic ‘Kings’ Opposite Halle Berry
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Craig is in talks to star opposite Halle Berry in Mustang director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s anticipated English-language debut pic Kings. The project is set against a backdrop of rising tensions in Los Angeles during the Rodney King trial in 1992. Craig will play Ollie, a loner who lives in South Central — one of its only white residents — who befriends Berry’s character, a tough, protective mother who looks after a group of kids. When the riots explode in… Read
Istanbul Airport Attack: Turkey Government Says 41 Dead In “Terrorist” Bombings
Updating as details emerge… Turkish officials said at least 41 people are dead and more than 230 wounded in what they are calling a terrorist attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. As many as three bombs were detonated at the airport, a major regional hub that is among the world’s busiest. All three major U.S. cable news networks have broken away from analysis of Donald Trump’s economic speech and the GOP’s Benghazi report to cover the news.
CNN says a Turkish official… Read
Rupert Murdoch Lauds Brexit: “It’s A Bit Like A Prison Break”
Maybe it’s no coincidence that Fox is bringing Prison Break back in the fall. In his first public reaction to last week’s UK vote to leave the European Union, Rupert Murdoch said: “We've got to decide in this country who we are. We made a momentous decision last Thursday. [Brexit was] a bit like a prison break. We're out!"
Maybe Wentworth Miller or Dominic Purcell should run to replace Prime Minister David Cameron?
Speaking at a CEO summit sponsored by The Times — which… Read
‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ Trailer: Who’s Your Daddy?
Universal has delivered another trailer for upcoming threequel, Bridget Jones’s Baby. The domestic and UK due date has been set as September 16 on the Renée Zellweger-starrer. Sharon Maguire, who helmed the 2001 franchise starter Bridget Jones’s Diary, directs the latest installment.
The story is set after Bridget has broken up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth). As she focuses on her job and friends, her love life takes a turn when she meets a dashing American named Jack (Pat… Read
Samuel L. Jackson Set For Britannia Awards Honor
BAFTA Los Angeles said today that Samuel L. Jackson will receive its Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment at the British Academy Britannia Awards in the fall.
Jackson has appeared in more than 100 films, scoring a Supporting Actor Oscar nom for 1994’s Pulp Fiction. He has been a regular in Quentin Tarantino films, including Kill Bill Vol. 2 and more recently The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained. Jackson’s credits also range from… Read
‘Top Gear USA’ Canceled On History; Seeks New Place To Park
Top Gear USA, the American spinoff of BBC/BBC America’s flagship motoring show, has run out of gas on History and is now seeking a new home. Host and racing analyst Rutlege Wood posted the news to Facebook with BBC Worldwide North America confirming that this is not necessarily the end.
"History treated Top Gear USA with great care, and the show had a solid five-season contractual run with the network. We are fully committed to the hugely successful Top Gear brand — known… Read
Lionsgate UK, Idris Elba Launch Writing Competition; ‘King’s Speech’ Producer Boards Jamie Vardy Biopic – Global Briefs
Lionsgate UK and Idris Elba's Green Door Pictures are partnering to launch the Write To Green Light competition, designed to discover new creative voices for television in the returnable drama space. Lionsgate's Zygi Kamasa and Elba will judge the entries alongside a panel of industry experts. The winner receives a paid option with Green Door Pictures and Lionsgate, with a view to developing the series for production. Submissions are now open through August 8. A live… Read
Beth Willis Named Channel 4 Head Of Drama, Replacing Piers Wenger
Just as word emerged that Channel 4 Head of Drama Piers Wenger is defecting to the BBC to become its new drama chief, Channel 4 announced that Beth Willis will replace him at the broadcaster. Willis has been Deputy Head of Drama at C4 since 2012, working in concert with Wenger. As she is due for maternity leave this summer, Willis’ post will be held warm by C4 Head of Comedy Phil Clarke as acting Head of Scripted.
The moves come at a time of great executive shifts at the… Read