Student Academy Award Winners Unveiled
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have selected 17 students as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards. The awards ceremony is set for September 22 at he Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where gold, silver and bronze medals in the seven categories will be announced.
The Academy said it received a record 1,749 film submissions this year from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities. The winners are eligible to compete for 2016… Read
‘In Dubious Battle’ Trailer: James Franco Takes On John Steinbeck – Venice
EXCLUSIVE: Multi-hyphenate James Franco, no stranger to classic American literature, has taken his first directorial shot at moving John Steinbeck to the screen with an adaptation of In Dubious Battle. Originally published in 1936, the novel is the lesser-known title in Steinbeck’s unofficial Dustbowl Trilogy — which also includes Of Mice And Men and The Grapes Of Wrath — but has been hailed as among his strongest works. It’s a study of man’s struggle against himself set… Read
Joe And Anthony Russo In Talks To Form Major Entity With China-Based Huayi Brothers
EXCLUSIVE: Joe and Anthony Russo, who follow Captain America: Civil War with back-to-back sequels to The Avengers, are in negotiations to strike a substantial production partnership with China-based Huayi Brothers Media Corporation. The goal here is to hatch a full-service production and financing company to ramp up after The Avengers sequels and create English-language content for global distribution. The new company will aim to develop high-concept material that focuses… Read
Anna Paquin, Allen Leech, Shawn Doyle Committed To ‘Bellevue’ CBC Crime Drama
True Blood alum Anna Paquin has been set to star in Bellevue, an eight-part detective drama set in a blue-collar Canadian town. Actress-turned-writer Jane Maggs and producer/director Adrienne Mitchell co-created the series which will also star Downton Abbey‘s Allen Leech and Shawn Doyle (House Of Cards). Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys) and Back Alley Film Productions (Bomb Girls) are producing for Canadian broadcaster the CBC. Shooting starts September 19 in… Read
ITV’s ‘Victoria’ Royal In ‘Downton’ Slot Debut As ‘Poldark’ Showdown Looms
Victoria, the Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece co-production for ITV and PBS made its debut on Sunday night in the UK. The Jenna Coleman-starrer ascended the throne with 5.7M viewers and a 30 share in the 9 PM slot. That was strong enough to see Victoria win the hour against BBC One comedies Are You Being Served? and Porridge. It peaked with 6.1M viewers.
The series, which is eyed as a returnable, is created by Daisy Goodwin and follows Victoria for the first three years… Read
BBC Orders ‘The Miniaturist’ Adaptation & Tom Rob Smith Saga ‘MotherFatherSon’
In addition to drama series announced last week, the BBC has unveiled another pair of orders. BBC One is moving ahead with an adaptation of period thriller The Miniaturist, based on the award-winning novel by Jessie Burton. BBC Two, meanwhile, has commissioned MotherFatherSon from London Spy creator Tom Rob Smith and with Alan Poul (The Newsroom, Six Feet Under) attached to produce.
The three-part adaptation of Burton's The Miniaturist will be penned by Fleming and… Read
Gaumont Television & Kristen Bell Tune Up Kids’ Animated Series ‘Do, Re & Mi’
Marking the first new series under the leadership of President of Animation, Nicolas Atlan, Gaumont Television has partnered with Kristen Bell, Jackie Tohn, Michael Scharf and Ivan Askwith on preschool toon Do, Re & Mi. Billed as a quirky, whimsical musical adventure, it will feature original tracks performed by Bell, Tohn (American Idol) and surprise guests. The plan is to extend it into apps, games, music videos and more.
Atlan joined Gaumont from Splash Entertainment… Read
‘Lion’ To Open Zurich Fest; Canal Plus Vet Alduy Joins Fox TV Distribution – Global Briefs
The Zurich Film Festival has set The Weinstein Co/See-Saw Films' Lion as its opening night film. The European premiere of the Garth Davis-directed pic will take place on September 22. Based on Saroo Brierley's A Long Way Home, Lion tells the true story of how a wrong train takes a 5-year-old Indian boy hundreds of miles from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple. But 25 years later, haunted by memories of his childhood, he learns… Read
Werner Herzog’s “Rogue” Filmmaking Lessons Questioned By Father Of ‘Midnight Rider’ Assistant Killed On Set
UPDATE, 4:03 PM: Richard Jones, father of Sarah Jones – the 27-year-old camera assistant killed two years ago on the Georgia set of Randall Miller’s Midnight Rider – tells Deadline he would like a face-to-face meeting with German filmmaker Werner Herzog in response to the director’s comments that he teaches students “rogue” filmmaking techniques. Jones will be in Los Angeles next month for a September 25 Safety For Sarah walkathon, kicking off at the Santa Monica Pier, to… Read
‘Bourne’ Back At #1 & ‘Ice Age’ Skates To $300M+, Both With China Assist; ‘Pets’ Passes $700M WW – Intl Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Summer is coming to an end in many markets around the world, but that didn't put a massive damper on the box office weekend internationally. Across the Top 10 titles, this frame saw a 46% increase versus last year, buoyed by the performances of Universal’s Jason Bourne and Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course out of China.
Bourne rode back to the top of the international box office this weekend, coming off of a $50M start in China which broke records for… Read
‘Miss Hokusai’ Trailer: Japanese Toon From Gkids’ & ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Creators
Gkids has amassed eight Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature since 2009 including two last year — but no wins — and here is the first trailer for its latest pic. Set in 1814 Edo (now Tokyo), Miss Hokusai tells the story of O-Ei, the daughter behind one of the most famous artists in Japanese history.
Director Keiichi Hara’s coming-of-age film sees people coming from throughout the city to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai — while his daughter toils inside… Read
Alibaba Pictures Group Cites Online Build-Up In $69M Loss, Despite Earnings Gains
Alibaba Pictures Group Limited, which has been investing in several Paramount Pictures films since last year including Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows and Star Trek Beyond, reported a revenue increase of 1022% compared with the same six-month period the previous year, mostly due to its vast Internet segment. The build-out of that segment however resulted in a net loss of $69.81M (RMB465.7 million) for the first half of… Read