Fox Searchlight Sets Fall Release For ‘He Named Me Malala’, About Youngest Nobel Winner – Update
UPDATED, 2:25: Fox Searchlight said today that it will open Davis Guggenheim’s documentary He Named Me Malala on October 2 in select theaters.
PREVIOUSLY, March 30: Fox’s specialty arm acquired worldwide rights minus France and other French-speaking territories to He Named Me Malala, according to a statement from Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. Studiocanal will distribute the Davis Guggenheim pic in France. The film is slated for… Read
Eric Idle: “We’re Funnier Than Scientology” – Monty Python Invades Tribeca Film Fest
They’re grizzled and jowly but barely less quick with the sardonic retort, the five surviving members of Monty Python. The recent concert reunion of Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese and Michael Palin in London (sixth member Graham Chapman died in 1989) is the subject of Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, Roger Graef and James Rogan’s documentary, having its premiere as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s tribute on the 40th anniversary of the release of M… Read
Nu Image Ups Jeffrey Greenstein To President Of Int’l Sales & Distribution
Jeffrey Greenstein has been bumped up a notch to President Of International Sales & Distribution at Avi Lerner’s Nu Image. The five-year company vet will oversee and manage the foreign sales and distribution of all Nu Image and Millennium Films productions. Greenstein, who was VP International Sales & Distribution at Nu Image and Millennium, has worked on more than 30 films for the indie studio, including the Expendables franchise, Olympus Has Fallen and Homefront. He’ll… Read
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Continues To Set Records With $44.8M In Two Days
UPDATED, Friday, 9:18 AM PT: Grosses are rolling in after Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opened yesterday in an additional 15 markets to bring its estimated two-day tally to $44.8M. It continues to sit at No. 1 in all markets — 26 in all — and continues to busts records. Three more markets will open today which will make up about 55% of its total international release before this weekend. Avengers Age of Ultron opens stateside with a preview on Thursday, April 30… Read
Content In Deal With ‘Devil In The Deep Blue Sea'; ‘Spiral’ Unspools At Col-Coa – Global Briefs
Content Media has acquired international rights to romantic drama The Devil In The Deep Blue Sea starring Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams, Jessica Biel, Orlando Jones, Paul Reiser and Mary Steenburgen. Currently in post, it's directed by Bill Purple (New Girl) from a script he wrote with Robbie Pickering and is described as a "deeply emotional, funny, and, ultimately, a life-affirming tale about the human spirit and the power of life and love." Biel produced through her… Read
Paramount To Expand & Move China Office
As China continues its rapid growth as a film market, Paramount Pictures said today that is expanding and relocating its Middle Kingdom office. Moving from Shanghai, the new digs will be set up in Beijing; the capital city is the hub of film production, distribution and marketing in China. The switchover is expected to take several months. The studio also said that 14-year company veteran Zhe Chen, General Manager of Paramount China, will not be relocating to Beijing due… Read
‘The Disappearance’ Uncovers Big Ratings; Is It France’s ‘Broadchurch’?
From Quad Television, the TV arm of the production company behind 2011’s hit feature The Intouchables, Disparue (aka The Disappearance) may just be France’s answer to UK dramas like Broadchurch and The Missing. The series debuted on Wednesday night on France 2, drawing 5.26M viewers and a 20.8 share for the first episode, and 5.4M viewers and a 22.2 share for the second. They handily won the night, beating two new installments of Grey’s Anatomy on leading broadcaster TF1… Read
BAFTA LA Appoints Matthew Wiseman As COO
Shortly after appointing Chantal Rickards as its first CEO, BAFTA LA has promoted Matthew Wiseman to the post of COO. The London native joined BAFTA LA in 2002 and has held various roles since then, most recently as Director of Operations. During his tenure, Wiseman has helped expand the organization's screening and events program, launched educational initiatives for emerging talents including the Brits To Watch program, and developed the BAFTA US Student Film Awards and… Read
Cannes Completes Official Lineup, Adds Gaspar Noé’s ‘Love’ In Midnight Screening
As promised, the Cannes Film Festival has added a handful of titles to the Official Selection, bringing the Compeition and Un Certain Regard lineups to a total of 19 films each. Notably making Thierry Frémaux’s extras today is Gaspar Noé’s Love. The film had been tipped for Competition but was given a Midnight Screening berth. The controversial filmmaker here offers up an “arousing sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl.”
Added in Competition is… Read
Sundance London To Return; ‘Impractical Jokers’ Gets UK Version – Global Briefs
Although the Sundance London Festival was shelved this year, Sundance Institute is planning to return to the British capital in 2016 and will also run an event in Hong Kong this September. The programs are made up largely of titles that have already played Park City in an effort to share independent films with audiences abroad. The Sundance Film Festival: Hong Kong will run from September 17-27 at the Metroplex in Kowloon Bay. Ten indie features will premiere as part of… Read
Fortitude Takes On Sales For QED’s Cannes Slate; What Will They Have To Sell?
Fortitude International is coming to QED Intl’s rescue just in time for Cannes with Nadine De Barros and her sales team handling sales at the market for the troubled company. De Barros and her Fortitude colleagues will handle remaining sales on QED titles Rock the Kasbah, The Family Fang, Franny, Time Out of Mind and Strange But True. Not included in the line-up are Bruce Lee pic Birth of the Dragon and Robert De Niro-Zak Efron two-hander Dirty Grandpa, both of which are… Read
‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Starts Offshore Rollout; $175M-Plus Debut On Deck?
In a release pattern similar to 2012's The Avengers, Disney/Marvel’s sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron began its international rollout today. Stepping out into such key markets as France and Italy today followed by Brazil, Germany, the UK, Russia, Korea, Argentina and others, it will have put down about 55% of its offshore footprint this weekend. The Avengers opened to $185M three years ago in a bigger share of the marketplace than Ultron, which nevertheless did not include… Read