Jodie Foster To Receive Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award
BAFTA LA will bestow its Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film to Jodie Foster as part of this year’s Britannia Awards set for October 28 at the Beverly Hilton. She rounds out an honors lineup that includes Ang Lee (John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing), Samuel L. Jackson (Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment), Ricky Gervais (Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy), Ewan… Read
NBCU Intl Plants ‘Trees’ & Swings ‘Pendulum’; Options Properties For Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker
NBCUniversal International Studios has optioned rights to Image Comics’ graphic novel series Trees. First published in 2014, the sci-fi works are by comic book writer and New York Times bestselling author Warren Ellis (Red) and illustrator, Jason Howard. Adapting for the screen will be London-based Hardy Son & Baker, the production company founded by Tom Hardy with whom NBCU International Studios has a first-look deal. NBCUIS has also picked up Adam Hamdy’s forthcoming… Read
Brazil, UK Lead Pack For International Emmy Nominations
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled this year's nominations on Monday, with Brazil leading the pack with seven nominations, including a best actor nod for Globo TV's Rules of the Game (Alexandre Nero) and a best actress nod for Grazi Massafera in Hidden Truths. Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench received nominations for their roles in BBC One's TV movie Roald Dahl's Esio Trot, based on the famous author's children's novel about a lonely older man… Read
France Selects Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Elle’ As Foreign Language Oscar Submission
France has chosen to put forth Paul Verhoeven's first French-language film, Elle, as its submission for the Foreign Language Oscar race. The selection committee at national film board the CNC made the decision on the Isabelle Huppert-starrer Monday, after “long and passionate debates.” It chose from a field of four movies that had been shortlisted. They also included François Ozon's Frantz; Anne Fontaine's Agnus Dei; and Danièle Thompson's Cézanne Et Moi.
Elle was a hit… Read
Greg Shapiro Joins IM Global As President Of Feature Film Production
Stuart Ford’s IM Global has been on a growth drive in recent months, accelerated by Tang Media Partners’ acquisition of a controlling stake in the company this past June. In its latest key move, the sales/finance/production outfit has set Oscar-winning producer Greg Shapiro as President of Feature Film Production.
This is a significant step for IM Global which is coming off of a strong Fall Festival circuit that saw the world premiere of Mel Gibson’s awards season contende… Read
Rolling Stone Sells 49% Stake To BandLab; ‘Great British Bake Off’ Could See BBC Launch Rival Show — Global Briefs
Rolling Stone has sold a 49% stake of the iconic American pop culture magazine to Singapore-based social music company BandLab Technologies. Wenner Media, the magazine's parent company, announced the deal over the weekend. Terms have not been disclosed but the investment does not include ownership in Wenner Media. The move comes at a time when the publishing industry is increasingly looking to capitalize on the digital advertising business as print ad revenue continues to… Read
Matt LeBlanc In ‘Top Gear’ Driver’s Seat With Two-Season Hosting Deal
The BBC has confirmed that Matt LeBlanc will return to host Top Gear under a two-season deal. The first will air next year. LeBlanc co-fronted the most recent season of the flagship BBC Two motoring show with Chris Evans who abruptly departed in July. The next season, which is Cycle 24, will see LeBlanc joined by members of Cycle 23’s team, Chris Harris and Rory Reid, along with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig.
The Top Gear reboot this… Read
‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ Tops Overseas Again As ‘Magnificent 7’ Corrals $19.2M & ‘Storks’ Bundles $18.3M – Intl Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: It's been a while since we had more than one major studio rollout in the same frame at the international box office, and this weekend provided two — plus some key expansions. MGM/Sony's The Magnificent Seven narrowly topped Warner Bros' Storks in their offshore debuts making Antoine Fuqua, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and the gang the No. 1 new kids in town. They set new records for the Western genre and Washington in some key plays while also… Read
‘Victoria’ Renewed For Season 2 By ITV & PBS’ Masterpiece
Victoria, the ITV series starring Jenna Coleman as the young queen, has been renewed for a second season. The move comes ahead of the show’s U.S. premiere January 15 on Masterpiece on PBS.
The series has been averaging 7.7 million viewers in the UK since its August bow on ITV, making it the network’s top drama of the year to date. It has been reigning against the competition for ITV, topping BBC One’s Poldark, and has been eyed as a strong replacement for the now-departed… Read
Archery Pictures Sets Sail With ‘Four Mums In A Boat’
EXCLUSIVE: Kris Thykier's Archery Pictures has acquired book and life rights to Four Mums In A Boat, a true story of four working mothers from Yorkshire, England, who battled the Atlantic in the world's toughest row – the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
The book will be published by HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in March 2017, with Archery taking film and television rights to the title. Archery's Pip Williams will develop and ultimately produce the… Read
Union Accuses Wanda Of Using Foreign Cash To Influence Beverly Hills Ballot Initiative
A union representing hotel workers at the Beverly Hilton has accused the Wanda Group, the Chinese multinational conglomerate that owns AMC, the world's largest cinema chain, of using foreign money to influence the outcome of a local ballot initiative in Beverly Hills. Read the press release here.
The allegation is the latest development in a long-running dispute between Wanda and the Hilton over who should develop a piece of property next to the hotel. Hilton bypassed the… Read
Ben Kingsley & Nevision Team For ‘Cousin Bazilio’
EXCLUSIVE: Independent producer Nevision has teamed with Ben Kingsley's banner Lavender Pictures to co-develop new drama series Cousin Bazilio, based on the 1878 book by Portuguese novelist by Eca de Queiroz.
The story, billed as a tale of sexual fire and psychological truth set during one overheated summer in 19th century Lisbon, will be written for TV by McLevy writer David Ashton. It follows two women: Juliana, an embittered maid, and her employer Luisa, a beautiful… Read