Warner Bros Japan Names Masami Takahashi As President
Kevin Tsujihara has a new top man in Japan. Masami Takahashi has been named President of Warner Bros Japan, effective September 1.
Takahashi will have general oversight of Warner Bros’ businesses in the country, including theatrical distribution, television distribution, home entertainment, consumer products, games, and local production. He will work closely with in-place executives in each of these divisions as well as divisional management to fully optimize every… Read
Toronto To Open With ‘The Magnificent Seven’; ‘La La Land’, ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Among Galas & Presentations
The 41st edition of the Toronto Film Festival will open with Sony and MGM’s The Magnificent Seven, as Deadline predicted last night. The Antoine Fuqua-directed remake of the classic 1960s Western stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard. It marks latest collaboration between Fuqua and Toronto. Fuqua brought Training Day and leading man Washington to TIFF 15 years ago.
The announcement was made this morning at… Read
TIFF 2016 Lineup Announcement Live Stream
The 41st edition of the Toronto International Film Festival announces its opening night film as well as galas and special presentations today. You can watch the official press conference live here on the stream. Last year’s fest opened with Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Valee’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Other big films at the fest included Ridley Scott's The Martian, Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong drama The Program and Kate Winslet-starrer The Dressmaker.
AMC Networks Launching Five MENA Channels With Qatar’s beIN Pay TV Platform
AMC Networks International is launching five channels with Qatar’s ambitious pay TV platform beIN across the Middle East and North Africa. AMC will become exclusively available to beIN subscribers in the region in HD. Four other, newly localized premium channels will also launch on the platform including CBS Reality, Extreme Sports Channel, Outdoor Channel and pre-school channel JimJam.
AMC Studios' upcoming anthology drama series The Terror, an adaption of the… Read
Disney-Owned Foodles Production Admits Two Breaches Over Harrison Ford ‘Star Wars’ Accident
Foodles Production, the Disney-owned production company responsible for working on the UK et of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has admitted two health and safety breaches following the accident that crushed Harrison Ford’s leg. Ford found himself pinned by a hydraulic door on the set of the Millennium Falcon spaceship during filming. A Milton Keynes magistrates court heard that the accident could have killed the then-71 year old Ford, who was reprising his iconic turn as… Read
Paramount And European Union Finalize Deal Over Anti-Trust Investigation
Paramount Pictures and the European Union have finalized a deal as part of the EU’s anti-trust investigation into the six studios’ geoblocking of pay TV rights with Sky TV. The European Commission first launched its case in July last year against pay TV platform Sky and the six major Hollywood studios, arguing that customers across Europe should have access to Sky's services in the UK and Ireland. At the time, E.U. competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager had argued… Read
Festival Fever Begins: Will ‘Magnificent Seven’ Saddle Up As Toronto Opener?
While Hollywood is preoccupied with summer tentpoles, the fall festival season is right around the corner, and the fests will be announcing their rosters of Oscar-bait films shortly. In the meantime, I’m hearing the Toronto Film Festival opener will be The Magnificent Seven, the Antoine Fuqua-directed remake of the classic 1960s Western that stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Haley Bennett and Peter Sarsgaard.
If true it makes an… Read
Hollywood Has Collected More Than $860M In Foreign Levies
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood's guilds and production companies have shared more than $860 million in foreign levies over the last 24 years – a windfall created by European copyright laws that compensate the "authors" of films and TV shows for the home taping, rental and cable retransmission of their work, though recent annual reports show the numbers have been declining in recent years.
Half the money collected has gone to the MPAA's member companies, and the other half is split… Read
‘Star Trek Beyond’ $30M Debut; ‘Lights Out’ $8.5M; Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’ Nails $64M Bow – Int’l Box Office Final
UPDATED, Monday, 1:56 PM: International weekend grosses for two of the three openers came in higher than expected — in one case over $20M higher than anticipated as the Jackie Chan action comedy Skiptrace opened in China to a big $62.2M and gives Chan a new record in China (see related story). In seven markets, its international total after one weekend in play is now $64M.
Lights Out, the horror film that opened to strong numbers stateside, also ended up a smidgen higher… Read
Jackie Chan-Starring ‘Skiptrace’ Bows Big In China With $62M+ Debut
Skiptrace, the Jackie Chan-Johnny Knoxville action comedy directed by Renny Harlin, opened to big numbers in China. Grosses just in show that it pulled in a $62.2M purse and knocked out all the competition, including Warner Bros’ The Legend of Tarzan, which came in a distant second. To give an idea of how popular Skiptrace was, Tarzan‘s six-day gross in the country was only $27.3M. The opening in China also gives Chan his biggest ever opening in the Middle Kingdom for a… Read
Documentary On INXS Frontman Michael Hutchence In Works
INXS label Universal Music Group is teaming with Searching For Sugar Man producer Passion Pictures on a feature-length documentary about the band’s lead singer Michael Hutchence. Richard Lowenstein (Say A Little Prayer), a close friend of the singer who directed many of the Aussie band’s music videos, is directing. CAA is repping North American distribution rights and worldwide deals.
“To know we have access to everyone and everything required to make such a film and the… Read
Alibaba Pictures Launching $300 Million Investment Fund
Only days after issuing a warning that it’s losses for the year would exceed expectations, Alibaba Pictures has launched a $300 million investment fund aimed at the entertainment business. The film unit of Jack Ma’s online giant, Alibaba Pictures is teaming with Wuhu Gopher Asset Management for the fund, which will be called the Hainan Alibaba Pictures Entertainment Industry Investment Fund.
The fund was announced Monday and aims to make investments in “companies along… Read