FilmsDistribution Picks ‘An Italian Name'; Content Has ‘Pandemic': Berlin Briefs
Refresh for latest… Ahead of the EFM next week, Paris-based Films Distribution has picks up Italian box-office success An Italian Name (Il Nome Del Figlio) by Francesca Archibugi. The sales company will handle world rights on the film which is based on Pathé's French hit What's In A Name?. It tells the story of extrovert Paolo and the beautiful Simona who are expecting a child. At a dinner with friends, one question will lead to an argument that will shake the night: the… Read
Roger Michell Attached To Write And Direct ‘My Cousin Rachel’ For Fox Searchlight
Roger Michell (Notting Hill) is attached to write and direct My Cousin Rachel, an adaptation of the classic Daphne Du Maurier novel, for Fox Searchlight.
The dark romance revolves around Philip, a young orphan, who believes his mysterious, beautiful cousin Rachel may have been responsible for the murder of his beloved guardian Ambrose, also a cousin of theirs. As Philip plots his revenge, he finds his feelings complicated as he falls under Rachel’s beguiling spell.
Oscar-Snubbed ‘Force Majeure’ Wins Record Kudos From Swedish Academy – Video
Although he made the Foreign Language Academy Award shortlist, in a shocking turn of events earlier this month, Ruben Ostlund failed to score a nomination with the lauded Force Majeure. At home, however, he earned a record six Guldbagge Awards last night. At Sweden's equivalent to the Oscars, Ostlund's existential comedy/drama scooped prizes for Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography (Fredrik Wenzel), Supporting Actor (Kristofer Hivju), and Editing (with Jacob… Read
Actress Zhao Wei Helps Alibaba Pictures Regain Ground Despite Profit Warning
A box office star in Asia whose directorial debut, So Young, broke Chinese records in 2013, Vicki Zhao Wei has helped Alibaba Pictures Group regain some ground after it stumbled following revelations of accounting irregularities last year. The actress and helmer has taken a 9.18% stake in the Hong Kong-based film division of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings. The $400M investment reportedly makes Zhao the second largest shareholder and is seen as good news for a… Read
‘Sniper’, ‘Boy Next Door’, ‘Mortdecai’ Up In Actuals; ‘Taken 3′ Cume Shifts: Intl BO
2ND UPDATE, TUESDAY 4 AM PT: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a… Read
Berlin Announces International Jury, Matthew Weiner And Audrey Tautou Among Line-Up
The Berlin International Film Festival, which opens Feb 5 with Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night, has announced its international jury line-up, with Daniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha De Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou and Matthew Weiner joining Jury President Darren Aronofsky.
This year’s jury has a typically cosmopolitan composition with leading German actor Daniel Bruhl (Goodbye Lenin; Rush) joined by Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), producer… Read
Bear Grylls Set For New ITV Series; Keshet Preps Annual INTV Event: Global Showbiz Briefs
ITV has commissioned a new Bear Grylls adventure series. He will star in Mission Survive, in which he takes eight celebrities into the depths of one of the most unforgiving Central American rainforests, where they will be competing in a 12-day survival mission. Grylls will guide the celebrities on their punishing assignments, assisted by survival experts Megan Hine and Scott Heffield. One contestant will be eliminated at the end of every episode until there are three… Read
Ryan Reynolds Hears ‘The Voices’ In Horror Comedy Trailer
Marjane Satrapi’s English-language debut The Voices premiered at Sundance last year and is gearing up for release in the U.S. via Lionsgate and in the UK via Arrow Films (see trailer above). Ryan Reynolds plays a lovable, but disturbed, factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden turn, the man's talking pets — a sinister cat and benevolent dog — lead him down a fantastical, murderous path. Gemma Arterton… Read
‘Cake Boss’ Renewed For 2 Seasons Under TLC/Discovery Networks Intl Pact
The Boss is back. Buddy Valastro and his Hoboken-based clan are returning to TLC for two new seasons of docu-reality series Cake Boss. Through a partnership between Discovery Networks International and TLC in the U.S., 40 episodes comprising seasons 7 and 8 will be produced beginning in February with overseas broadcast to begin this summer on TLC and DNI's lifestyle brands. A TLC U.S. premiere will be announced at a later date.
The new Cake Boss seasons will be produced… Read
Civil Rights Org Sees Rise In Threats Against Muslims Over ‘American Sniper’
Washington, DC-based civil rights organization, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, has written to Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper outlining an escalation in threats made against Arab and Muslim Americans since the release of American Sniper, and asking for their help to "reduce the hateful rhetoric." In a letter dated January 21, ADC President Samer Khalaf wrote, "A majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are (the) result of how… Read
Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Releases Statement Despite Ongoing Ban
Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has released a statement to the press in defiance of his official ban by the Iranian government from making films or speaking to journalists.
“I'm a filmmaker. I can't do anything else but make films. Cinema is my expression and the meaning of my life," wrote Panahi, whose latest feature Taxi will world premiere in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.
"Nothing can prevent me from making films as when being pushed to the… Read
Oscar Nominee ‘Leviathan’ Upset At Russian Film Awards
Proving again that no man is a prophet in his own land, much heralded Russian film Leviathan, a Golden Globe winner and an Academy Award nominee, missed out on the top prize in its homeland. At the annual Golden Eagle film awards, which recognize the Russian movies of 2014, the best film trophy went to Sunstroke by revered Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov.
It was a big night for the famous Mikhalkov clan, with Nikita’s brother, Andrei Konchalovsky, getting the best… Read