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American Pavilion’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Sets Lineup – Cannes

EXCLUSIVE: The 21st annual American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase has set its roster of young talent bringing their shorts to the Cannes Film Festival venue this year. The program features 27 short documentary and narrative films by up-and-comers from the U.S. and around the world. They will be screened at the seaside Pavilion during the fest. There are five sections in the showcase, including: Student Short Films, Student Documentaries, Emerging Filmmaker Short… Read

‘Amy’ & ‘Moonlight’ Distributor Altitude Reveals ‘Whitney’ Plans, New Movies, Staff Moves

EXCLUSIVE: One of the most obvious but routinely encountered hazards for a growing distributor is over-reach: buying or marketing beyond your means. So far, that’s a pitfall UK outfit Altitude Films has avoided with aplomb. Set up by former Optimum Releasing founder Will Clarke in 2012, the carefully managed integrated firm, comprising distribution, sales and production, is coming off its biggest year to date, despite the challenging UK landscape. Four movies crossed $1M… Read

Michel Hazanavicius To Helm ‘The Lost Prince’; Omar Sy, Bérénice Bejo Star – Cannes

Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius is set to helm fantasy family film, The Lost Prince. The co-production from Prélude, Pathé, Studiocanal and TF1 Films stars The Intouchables‘ Omar Sy, La Famille Bélier‘s François Damiens and The Artist‘s Berenice Bejo. Shooting begins July 30 on the story of Djibi whose life revolves around his beloved 7-year-old daughter Sofia. The devoted single father never misses their cherished ritual of bedtime stories. Every night as… Read

Fox Film Boss Stacey Snider On Industry Consolidation Like Disney-Fox: “Just Buckle Up And Take The Ride” – CinemaCon

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So what about the Fox-Disney merger? It’s a prime question in these CinemaCon times that wasn’t broached during Disney’s presentation yesterday. Today during a CinemaCon panel, 20th Century Fox CEO and chairman Stacey Snider and Avatar producer Jon Landau could only say so much, but here’s what the former let on as to why consolidation is occurring in the film industry: “As a 30-year lifelong studio executive, I can see the pressure that the studios have to not only… Read

‘Avatar’ Producer Jon Landau Updates On Sequel & ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ – CinemaCon

Avatardoesn’t open until December 18, 2020, so what’s been happening behind the scenes? Oscar-winning producer Jon Landau was on hand at a CinemaCon panel session today titled “An Industry Think Tank 3.0: Meeting the Expectations of Today’s Savvy Moviegoer,” and said that James Cameron is in the middle of the performance motion capture shooting right now, “in a huge water tank.” “We want to see that the world and characters deliver on what the promise of the first… Read

Guy Pearce Stars & Imperative’s Dan Friedkin Directs ‘Lyrebird’, About Art Forger Whose Paintings Duped Nazis

Guy Pearce, Claes Bang, Vicky Krieps and Roland Møller are starring in Lyrebird, the true story about an art forger who victimized the Nazis with bang-on copies of masterpieces. The film marks the directorial debut by Dan Friedkin, whose Imperative Entertainment is producing with Ridley Scott. Production is underway in the UK and Holland. Dutch folk hero Han van Meegeren swindled millions of dollars from the Nazis by selling them forgeries of Johannes Vermeer paintings… Read

Will Forte & Claudia O’Doherty Join Cast Of Irish Comedy ‘Extra Ordinary’

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EXCLUSIVE: Will Forte and Claudia O’Doherty have joined the cast of Extra Ordinary, a supernatural comedy starring Maeve Higgins and Barry Ward that is beginning shooting now in Ireland. It marks the debut feature of writer-directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman. The pic centers on a driving instructor who must use her otherwordly gifts to save a lonely man’s daughter from a rock star looking to use her for Satanic purposes. Epic Pictures is repping worldwide sales… Read

BFI Responds To Labour’s Damning Diversity Verdict And Call For Inclusion Riders With Film & TV Tax Relief

EXCLUSIVE: The British Film Institute has responded to the stinging rebuke from the UK’s opposition party Labour that the film industry only “pays lip service to diversity” and that inclusion riders should be tied to the UK’s lucrative film and TV tax credit. Amanda Nevill, CEO of the UK’s leading organization for film told us, “Labour's call for greater representation in the industry, echoes the BFI's and the industry's own concern to achieve this. Film and television… Read

Comcast Makes Formal $31B Rival Bid For Pay TV Giant Sky, Directors Nix Fox Recommendation

UPDATE: Sky directors have said they are withdrawing their recommendation of a takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch's Fox after Comcast trumped it with a $31B (£22B) offer. "As a result of the announcement of this higher cash offer, the independent committee is withdrawing its recommendation of the offer announced by Twenty-First Century Fox on 15 December 2016 and is now terminating the Co-operation Agreement entered into with Twenty-First Century Fox on the same date,"… Read

Former Zodiak UK CEO Rod Henwood Joins ‘The Night Manager’ Producer The Ink Factory

Former Zodiak UK CEO Rod Henwood has joined the The Night Manager producer The Ink Factory in the newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for strategy, partnerships, story-world development and marketing. He is also taking a seat on The Ink Factory board of directors. Former CEO of TV production powerhouse Zodiak Media in the UK, Benelux and India, and a key player in the launch of both Channel 4's 4oD and JK Rowling's Pottermore, Henwood has also… Read

‘Puzzle’ To Open Edinburgh Fest; Chen Kaige To Chair Macau Jury – Global Briefs

The Edinburgh International Film Festival will screen the international premiere of Puzzle as its opening night gala. The drama from Marc Turtletaub stars Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan and will be released by Sony Pictures in the UK this summer. Puzzle is a portrait of Agnes, who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly… Read

UK Sales Firm WestEnd Appoints Former AI Film Exec Toby Hill As Head Of Acquisitions & Development

UK sales outfit WestEnd Films has appointed former AI Film and Icon exec Toby Hill as Head Of Acquisitions And Development, effective immediately. Hill began his career at Icon acquiring titles for UK distribution including Drive, Paranormal Activity, PreciousA Single Man and Man On Wire. In 2012, he joined AI Film, the film-financing arm of Access Industries as Head of Global Acquisitions, building a slate including Oscar-winner I, Tonya and Sundance hit American Animal… Read