Chantal Akerman Will Be Remembered At ‘No Home Movie’ Screening – New York Film Festival
Tonight’s scheduled screening of Chantal Akerman‘s No Home Movie will be introduced by critic Amy Taubin, who has written extensively about the Belgian-born filmmaker, who died Monday in Paris at 65. Le Monde reported the death as a suicide, which has been unconfirmed elsewhere.
Akerman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, reportedly struggled with — and in her movies chronicled — depression. Her final film, the ironically titled No Home Movie, follows the last days of… Read
Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Calling On Aspiring Artists: Another ‘Fifth Element’ Fashion Statement?
This is different. Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has teamed with Yahoo Style in a global search for “innovative and original” costume designs to appear in the helmer’s sci-fi epic Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Clive Owen are starring in the project — and evidently need to be dressed in a truly original way. Europa and Yahoo Style are launching a contest that invites artists to submit their designs for use in the film, which… Read
A&E Snags ITV’s ‘Frankenstein Chronicles’ With Sean Bean – Mipcom
Game Of Thrones star Sean Bean will play police inspector John Marlott in the six-part British crime-cum-horror series. Set in 19th century London, The Frankenstein Chronicles tells the story of Marlott, a Thames River detective, hunting down a killer who appears to be assembling humans from mutilated body parts in a copycat twist on the Frankenstein story. When a child's corpse is discovered during an investigation, Marlott is horrified to discover that it's in fact a… Read
Graphic Novel ‘Stryx’ Getting Live-Action Adaptation With Element 8, Grid & John Harrison
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Element 8 Entertainment and GRID/AT-Anim are partnering to develop a live-action TV adaptation of best-selling French graphic novel The Call Of The Stryx and have brought writer-director John Harrison onboard. Harrison’s credits include the Emmy-winning adaptation of iconic sci-fi work Dune and he recently created, wrote and directed Residue for Netflix. Harrison has also worked extensively with George A. Romero on his Tales From The Darkside, and… Read
Flemish Director Robin Pront Signs With WME & Anonymous Content
EXCLUSIVE: Young Flemish director Robin Pront has signed with WME and Anonymous Content following the world premiere of his debut feature The Ardennes at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is about two bandit brothers — one fresh from prison, the other eager to escape their criminal past — who form a potentially explosive love triangle with the ex-con's ex-girlfriend. (Check out the trailer bel0w.)
The film was sold to one of France's leading art house distributors… Read
Canal Plus, Disney Extend Programming Deal With Force – Mipcom
Canal Plus is getting an extra dose of The Force. A renewed deal between the French pay-TV outlet and Disney Media Distribution will begin in January 2016 and encompass first-run features as well as SVOD services — and that means Star Wars, too. Disney has been heavily promoting its relationship with the franchise here at Mipcom where the massive stand is adorned with images of the Millennium Falcon, X-Wing fighters and light sabers.
Described as a new chapter in Canal's… Read
Relativity And Ryan Kavanaugh Face Challenges In Keeping International Partners On-Board
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kavanaugh may yet get his beloved Relativity back- at least its film operations- but even if the bankruptcy judge does approve the deal, the flame haired mogul has some major making-up to do with his international partners. A significant element of Relativity’s business model has always been its output deals with foreign distributors. Those deals, Kavanaugh has always argued, allowed Relativity to offset the majority of the risk on those offshore shoulders… Read
‘The X-Files’ Premiere: The Truth Is Still Out There – Mipcom
The truth was out there this evening in Cannes as the world premiere of the rebooted The X-Files played the Palais, exciting fans and execs alike, far and near. A packed house saw FBI Agents Mulder and Scully return to sleuthing after 13 years, having switched flip phones for iPhones.
There’s a distinct throwback to the old days (flashlights!), and the opening titles for the six-episode event series have remained intact while Skinner and the Cigarette Smoking Man… Read
Cannes Hits ‘Son Of Saul’, ‘Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words’ Score In Gotham: New York Film Festival
Screenings of two Cannes favorites — Grand Prix winner Son Of Saul and Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words, which won a special citation, drew emotional crowds to Lincoln Center in this second week of the New York Film Festival. The two movies couldn’t be more different: Son Of Saul sheds light on the darkest of the dark stories: the Sonderkommando, Jews who were forced to do the cruelest work at Auschwitz-Birkenau and other Nazi extermination camps — before being murdered… Read
‘Desierto’ Finds A Home At STX – Toronto
Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto was one of the titles to watch at the just-wrapped Toronto Film Festival. Now the immigration drama starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan has landed at STX Entertainment, which made the biggest splash at the fest this year when it acquired the Ilya Naishuller-directed POV thriller Hardcore for $10 million after a big auction. The deal is for North American… Read
Canal Plus’ ‘Versailles’ Gets Season 2 Order Ahead Of Season 1 Launch – Mipcom
Canal Plus is looking very bullish about the Anglo-French drama Versailles. France’s leading pay-TV player has ordered a second season of the 10-part epic before the first season has even debuted — that’s a first. Canal, along with Capa Drama, Zodiak Fiction and Incendo, said today that production is just beginning with shooting to start in early 2016.
The English-language series covers the first years in power of the young Louis XIV. Season 1 sees him at age 28 and on… Read
‘Barney’ & ‘Angelina Ballerina’ Back In Business; ‘No Offence’ Drama Sells To France – Mipcom Briefs
Mattel Inc’s preschool entertainment arm HiT Entertainment and 9 Story Media Group are joining to relaunch Barney & Friends and Angelina Ballerina, two well-known TV staples for the youth set. The plan announced today at Mipcom is to develop new series for each property with a target 2017 launch.
"The refresh and relaunch of Barney and Angelina Ballerina represents an exciting start to our partnership with 9 Story,” said Kate Schlomann, HiT Entertainment's VP Global Brand… Read