Viacom Labs Sets First Livestream-To-TV Series For 2017
Viacom Labs is partnering with MTV Australia for the first on-air TV show that integrates livestream content from fans. The untitled series will bow next year Down Under.
Viacom Labs, Viacom’s incubator for the future of fan experience and engagement, has pioneered a format that pulls livestreams from fans as a curated, real-time feed running on-air during a regularly scheduled television show. MTV Music, Australia's 24-hour linear music channel, will be the first to… Read
‘Crosscurrent’: First Trailer For Chinese Film That Won Berlin Prize For Cinematography
EXCLUSIVE: Crosscurrent, which garnered the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Artistic Achievement for cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-Bing and has gotten rave reviews both here and abroad, is getting a North American release by Cheng Cheng Films starting this weekend. The Chinese fantasy romance filmed on the Yangtze River was in the works for a decade, and the crew lived on a cargo boat while traversing the waterway for 60 days. The cinematic effort was to capture… Read
Toni Servillo & Matteo Garrone Reteam For ‘Pinocchio’
Italian actor Toni Servillo, who's known for his role in the Foreign-Language Oscar winner The Great Beauty, is set to star in Matteo Garrone's new imagining of the classic tale Pinocchio. He'll play the wooden puppet's father Geppetto, reteaming him with Garrone for the first time since the duo worked together on the 2008 Cannes Film Festival hit Gomorrah.
Rarely revisited since the 1940 Disney classic, Garrone’s live-action version will take an “artisanal approach… Read
‘Jack Reacher’ Cuffs $31M But ‘Mechanic’ Puts Wrench Into China Perf; ‘Girl’, ‘Inferno’, ‘Peregrine’ Advance – Intl Box Office
UPDATE, SUNDAY PM: Tom Cruise-starrer Jack Reacher: Never Go Back led the international box office this weekend with a $31M debut in 42 markets, including a soft start in China. Accompanying the ex-military policeman at the top of the charts are Tom Hanks holdover Inferno with $28.9M ($94.8M intl cume) and Jason Statham sequel Mechanic: Resurrection with about $24M in the Middle Kingdom ($50M intl cume). Across the Top 10 titles there was a 3% jump from last week when Infe… Read
Sony Pictures Int’l Pacts With Producers Eduardo Cisneros & Jason Shuman
Sony Pictures International Productions has signed a multi-picture development deal with Mexico and Los Angeles based producers Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman to write and produce three new feature films with the studio. The partnership furthers a strategy implemented by Sony Pictures to broaden its global presence and its support of local-language productions which began in earnest when Sanford Panitch arrived on the scene from 20th Century Fox last year.
Cisneros and… Read
Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne & Chris O’Dowd In Talks For Nick Hornby Adaptation ‘Juliet, Naked’
EXCLUSIVE: Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne and Chris O'Dowd are in talks to star in a big-screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's bestselling novel Juliet, Naked. Tamara Jenkins, who wrote The Savages, and Sideways writer Jim Taylor have adapted the script from Hornby's book, with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz.
Jesse Peretz (My Idiot Brother) is attached to direct. Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel, who worked with Byrne and O'Dowd on the hit film Bridesmaids, are… Read
Len Blavatnik’s AI Film Boards Margot Robbie-Starrer ‘I, Tonya’
Len Blavatnik's AI Film has come aboard to fully-finance Craig Gillespie's upcoming Tonya Harding comedy I, Tonya. Margot Robbie is in negotiations to star as the American figure skater as well as produce the title with Bryan Unkeless for Clubhouse Pictures.
Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers are already attached to produce while Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi of AI Film are exec producing.
Story peels back the layers of Tonya Harding's sensationalized… Read
China’s Alibaba Pictures Takes Film Rights To Children’s Book Series ‘Warriors’
China's Alibaba Pictures has signed a deal with UK-based fiction packager Working Partners and its parent company Coolabi Group to secure the film rights for Warriors, a book series about four clans of warring feral cats.
Written by Erin Hunter, a pseudonym for writing team Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry and Victoria Holmes, Warriors follows the growth of an intrepid cat named Rusty, who ventures into a mysterious forest where he befriends a group of wild cats. Rusty joins… Read
Jesse Plemons Joins Kirsten Dunst’s Directorial Debut ‘The Bell Jar’
Jesse Plemons, who starred in Black Mass and Bridge of Spies, has joined the cast of Kirsten Dunst's directorial debut feature The Bell Jar. The duo last worked together in FX’s hit series Fargo.
Plemons joins Dakota Fanning in story, based on the literary classic written by Sylvia Plath. Priority Pictures optioned the remake rights from Studiocanal and Lizzie Freidman will produce with Fanning, Echo Lake Entertainment's Brittany Kahan. Celine Rattray and Kirsten Dunst… Read
Another Anti-Trump Documentary On Way: ‘You’ve Been Trumped Too’
Filmmaker Michael Moore’s Trumpland is not the only anti-Donald Trump documentary around this political season. Another one — You’ve Been Trumped Too — drops on Oct. 28, first in theaters in New York and Los Angeles before rolling out across the country.
Anthony Baxter who is the European filmmaker behind the 2011 Montrose Pictures’ doc You’ve Been Trumped, which was acquired for U.S. broadcast by Participant Media, is putting the final touches on a sequel about how the… Read
Lily James Set To Star In ‘The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society’
EXCLUSIVE: In-demand British actress Lily James is set to star in The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society, with Mike Newell attached to direct.
Script is written by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha and is based on the international bestseller of the same name by Annie Barros and Mary Ann Shaffer. Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan from The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Blueprint Pictures' Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin will produce.
Studiocanal is financing the project and… Read
Bollywood’s Karan Johar Appeals For Peaceful ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ Release Amid Growing India-Pakistan Tensions
As tensions mount between Pakistan and India, Bollywood director and producer Karan Johar has broken his silence over jabs that he has been anti-national by employing a Pakistani actor in his upcoming film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Scheduled for release next Friday in India, the U.S., Australia and elsewhere to coincide with the Diwali holiday, the romance film stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan (with a cameo by Shah Rukh Khan). Fawad… Read