‘Axolotl Overkill’ Clip: Reckless Teen In Hot Water With School Principal — Sundance
EXCLUSIVE: German filmmaker Helene Hegemann is just 24, but she already has written and published a bestselling novel (at age 17) and now touches down in Park City with the launch of her feature debut.
Axolotl Overkill gets its world premiere tonight in Sundance's World Cinema Dramatic Competition section and, if the clip above is anything to go by, Hegemann knows a thing or two about confident and reckless teens.
Story follows 16-year-old Mifti (Jasna Fritzi Bauer). Her… Read
Global Media Gloms On To Donald Trump’s Inauguration; China? Not So Much
Global news today has been largely dominated by the countdown to Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. From the UK to France, Germany, Italy and Russia (where one outlet has labeled it “The Trumpening”), the world’s media is focused on DC.
In the UK, helicopters buzzed around London all morning as anti-Trump protestors dropped banners from bridges across the city early Friday, criticizing the President-elect's immigration policies.
Wanda Says Thomas Tull Not Fired From Legendary Over ‘The Great Wall’
In a statement posted to its website, the Dalian Wanda Group says it did not force the exit of Legendary Entertainment co-founder Thomas Tull over the box office performance of The Great Wall. On Tuesday, Wanda announced Tull had resigned from the company he sold to the Chinese conglomerate for $3.5B in 2016, and thanked him for his “founding vision” as well as his “commitment, leadership and partnership this past year.”
In its current statement, Wanda said that online… Read
Berlin Sets Lineup, Adds Stanley Tucci’s ‘Final Portrait’ & Catherine Deneuve Starrer ‘Midwife’
The Berlin Film Festival has finalized its competition and Berlinale Special selections for this year's 67th edition.
Chinese animation Hao ji le (Have a Nice Day) from director Liu Jian will have its world premiere in the competition slot, competing for one of the festival's Golden and Silver Bears.
Stanley Tucci's Final Portrait, starring Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer and Clémence Poésy, will world premiere in an out-of-competition slot along with Sage Femme (Midwife)… Read
Prescience Rebrands To Hindsight, Restructures Management
UK film financier Prescience, is having a shake up. The company, which is notably known as being the majority financier of British box-office and Oscar success The King's Speech, is rebranding to its affiliate fledgling company Hindsight Media Services.
The move will see Hindsight replace Prescience, with Hindsight become the main operating company for management, new financing entities and historical Prescience companies and funds.
It's also restructuring its team: Paul B… Read
Lennie James’ ‘Gone’ Heads To Sky Atlantic; ‘The Tunnel: Vengeance’ Returns For Final Series
Sky has commissioned Gone, a new production created and written by The Walking Dead's Lennie James and directed by Nick Murphy (Occupation, The Last Kingdom). James, who also wrote drama Storm Damage, stars in the series with Stephen Graham and Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster).
Story follows Nelson Rowe (James) – a man who likes a drink and whose days are bookended by his first can and his last pint. He lives with whichever woman he happens to be sleeping with at the time… Read
Pinewood Atlanta, Georgia Film Academy To Host Sundance Event For Indie Talent
EXCLUSIVE: Pinewood Atlanta has recently played host to such major studio titles as Passengers, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. But the facility is also looking to attract indie filmmakers. This afternoon (January 20), and in partnership with the Georgia Film Academy, it will host an event aimed at indie filmmaking talent at the Sundance Film Festival. Frank Patterson, who recently took up the role of President Pinewood Atlanta Studios, will… Read
Content Media Boards Sundance Doc ‘Cries From Syria’
Content Media has boarded international rights on Sundance doc Cries From Syria. The film, directed by Oscar and Emmy nominee Evgeny Afineevsky, is world premiering in Park City. Content will begin introducing the pic to buyers at the EFM in Berlin next month. HBO acquired the important doc last week and will premiere it on March 13 domestically.
An intense portrayal of the dire situation in Syria, the film serves as a record of the events that have transpired there… Read
Brazilian Filmmaker Kleber Mendonca Filho Inks With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed Brazilian writer-director Kleber Mendonca Filho, whose second feature film Aquarius starring Sonia Braga played in competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to critical acclaim.
Filho started out as a film critic and eventually ended up writing, directing, producing, and editing several short films before making his feature film debut with the 2012 pic Neighboring Sounds.
Aquarius centers on a 65-year-old widow (Braga) who is the last… Read
Paramount Gets China Infusion: $1 Billion, 3-Year Slate Co-Financing Deal With Shanghai Film Group & Huahua Media
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has made its most significant long-term alliance in China since Viacom chief Shari Redstone nixed a 49% stake sale to Dalian Wanda for $4.9 billion last year. The studio has closed deals with Shanghai Film Group Corp and Beijing-based Huahua Media for those companies to fund 25% or more of the studio’s entire film slate for the next three years, with an option for a fourth.
The deal is worth a potential $1 billion in slate funds, which is… Read
Bloom Boards Woody Harrelson’s Live-Event Title ‘Lost In London’ — Berlin
Alex Walton's Bloom has boarded international sales for Woody Harrelson's directorial debut Lost In London, which it will introduce to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin next month.
Harrelson, who also wrote the project, stars alongside Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson and, as reported last month, it's being shot in the UK capital city this evening and broadcast live to U.S. movie theaters, giving audiences the chance to watch a film shot in real time.
Story is… Read
‘Sherlock’ Finale Online Leak: Mystery Solved By Russia’s Channel One
Ahead of airing in the UK and U.S. last Sunday, the Season 4 finale of BBC One/Masterpiece sleuth drama Sherlock was leaked online in a Russian version. BBC Worldwide and Channel One Russia swiftly launched an investigation into the breach on the Benedict Cumberbatch/Martin Freemna-starrer and have now determined it was an isolated and unintentional security lapse on the part of a Channel One employee.
In a statement provided to Deadline, Channel One said:
“We regret to… Read