Renée Zellweger To Play Judy Garland In ‘Judy’ For Pathé, Calamity Films – AFM
Pathe and Calamity Films have set Renee Zellweger to star in Judy, playing the legendary Judy Garland in the true story of the singer and actress’ final concerts in London. A February 2018 start date has been earmarked for principal photography with British stage director and Tony nominee Rupert Goold helming.
It’s winter 1968, 30 years after she played the iconic role of Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, when showbiz legend Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a… Read
‘Kingsman’ Tops $250M Overseas On $40M China Bow; ‘IT’s At $650M+ WW; ‘DM3’ Catches ‘Dory’ – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Two weeks before Thor: Ragnarok comes hammering into China, Kingsman: The Golden Circle suited up in the Middle Kingdom on Friday, bowing to a stylish $40.3M. In a total 61 markets this frame, the Fox/MARV Films title added $48.7M, thrusting it back to the top spot on the international box office chart.
The Matthew Vaughn-helmed sequel now has an offshore cume of $250.3M, 34% bigger than Kingsman: The Secret Service in the same group of markets and at… Read
Few Details From News Conference With Lawyer Of Woman At Center Of LAPD Harvey Weinstein Probe
The lawyer representing an Italian actress/model who told Los Angeles police Harvey Weinstein attacked her in 2013 said he was compelled to hold a press conference Friday to handle the deluge of media questions since the Los Angeles Times "got wind of this investigation” and "confronted" him, and he gave them "some information."
"I got 200+ inquiries from the media," and a presser was the quickest way to dispatch them, Dave Ring said at a presser in downtown Los Angeles… Read
Ex-Deputy L.A. Film Czar Appointed To New AFCI Position Of President
The Association of Film Commissioners International has picked Rajiv Dalal for the newly created role of President, it was announced today at the group's 41st Annual Cineposium here in L.A.
The new direction at the top of the AFCI also saw ex-British Film Commission exec Jess Conoplia appointed to the also the newly created position of EVP/COO. Both the former deputy at L.A.'s Office of Motion Picture and Television Production and Conoplia will be based in the City of… Read
China Box Office Poised To Hit $8.31B In 2017, Regulator Forecasts
Chinese box office is expected to see a strong boost when 2017's final numbers are tallied: up as much as 20% or more to RMB 55B ($8.31B), according to the state media authority. The growth this year is spurred on by the massive takings of Wolf Warrior 2 and other hits like The Fate Of The Furious and the current Never Say Die. A ticketing fee factored into the totals doesn’t hurt either.
The figures were unveiled by SAPPRFT Vice Minister, Zhang Hongsen, at a press… Read
Lorenzo di Bonaventura On Moviegoing In A Streaming World: “We Still Have The Advantage Of Spectacle”
While some in the industry worry that moviegoing will eventually cave into in-home streaming, Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura offered up a pragmatic perspective.
“It’s a little daunting right now for us to know where we’re headed. There are increasing reasons to draw attention to other things,” said di Bonaventura about the video games and social media that pull the younger males away from the cinema. However, “We still have the advantage of… Read
Model Amy Elmore Shares Harrowing Personal Abuse: “It’s Time To Talk About Sexual Predators In The Modeling Business”
EXCLUSIVE: Amy Elmore, a model for 29 years, has experienced and witnessed years of the sexual predatory nature of men in positions of power. She was raped at the age of 17 “by a famous musician” and then as a struggling model had to face the realities of the predatory nature of fashion photographers, only to come to Hollywood to find further systemic abuse. Elmore is one of the first models to come forward, following the sexual assault allegations against mogul Harvey… Read
Jacki Weaver, James Caan Join ‘Out Of Blue’ Neo-Noir Feature From Carol Morley
EXCLUSIVE: Production has begun in New Orleans on The Falling helmer Carol Morley's crime drama Out Of Blue. Jacki Weaver and James Caan have joined the cast alongside the previously announced Patricia Clarkson and Toby Jones.
Billed as a neo-noir detective story and metaphysical mystery, the story centers on homicide detective Mike Hoolihan (Clarkson) who is called to investigate the shooting of a leading astrophysicist and black hole expert, and is affected in ways she… Read
Mipcom Gets Crafty, Social Ups Ante, Broadcasters Face Streaming Squeeze
In a sign of these changing times, Mipcom organizers today said they hosted 1,700 VOD and SVOD buyers at the Riviera market this week. A notable phenomenon was the increased presence of streaming and social media companies, with short-form mobile video a focus. That was amid more traditional, if original, fare in scripted and unscripted and a notable push towards the artisinal. At the same time, although The Weinstein Co was not scheduled to attend the market, disgraced… Read
‘France’s Got Talent’ Season Suspended After Judge Accused Of Sexual Harassment
French television station M6 is suspending La France a un incroyable talent — the country’s version of America’s Got Talent — for the remainder of its season after one of the show’s judges was accused of sexual harassment.
The judge, Gilbert Rozon, is also the president of Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, and announced his resignation from that and other posts yesterday. (Watch a clip of Rozon on the talent show above).
In a statement written in French, Rozon… Read
Harvey Weinstein Stripped Of 2002 BFI Fellowship
The British Film Institute has joined other film organizations in severing ties with Harvey Weinstein, announcing today its decision to withdraw its BFI Fellowship that was awarded to the Oscar-winning producer in 2002.
It follows similar decisions by the likes of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and fellow UK org BAFTA in cutting off Weinstein, who was fired from the The Weinstein Company earlier this month after an onslaught of investi… Read
Danielle Darrieux Dies: Grande Dame Of French Cinema Was 100
Danielle Darrieux, who made more than 100 films in a career that spanned eight decades, has died. The French actress and singer’s passing was reported by AFP citing her companion Jacques Jenvrin who said she died at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France on Tuesday. She turned 100 years old on May 1.
Over the course of her long career, Darrieux worked with such directors as Max Ophuls, Jean Cocteau, Claude Chabrol, Henri Ducoin, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Jacques Demy, André Téchiné… Read