Cannes Winner ‘The Square’ Is Sweden’s Foreign Language Oscar Pick
Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square is Sweden’s choice to represent it in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. This is Ostlund’s third time at the rodeo for the Scandinavian country; his Involuntary was in the running in 2009 and he made the shortlist with 2014’s Force Majeure — before being shockingly omitted from the nominations.
When the filmmaker did not get a nom in 2015, he released a video that included what he called a "worst man-cry."… Read
Mark Gordon Bullish On Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix Move, Talks Network TV’s Rut – Edinburgh
Prolific film and TV producer Mark Gordon popped into the Edinburgh International Television Festival today for a look back and a look ahead as part of a Gamechanger session. Along the way, he offered his take on the current state of the business. With talent migrating to cable and SVOD, and as ratings erode, he said, networks need to shake up the system before it’s “too late.”
The Grey's Anatomy producer also reflected on the early days with creator Shonda Rhimes, who… Read
MacTaggart Lecture: UK’s Jon Snow Calls Out Facebook For Enabling “Fakery”, Jeopardizing Democracy – Edinburgh
Award-winning UK television journalist Jon Snow delivered the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival here this evening, calling for media to close what he described as today's social disconnect — and launching an attack on Facebook who he said “prioritized fakery on a massive scale” during the U.S. presidential election.
Snow — not to be confused with his Game Of Thrones namesake — is a respected veteran newsman who has been… Read
‘The X Factor UK’ Gets U.S. Season 14 Premiere Date On AXS TV
EXCLUSIVE: The X Factor UK will return to AXS TV in a two-day premiere on September 3 and 4 at 9PM. Episodes of the 14th season will then air 24 hours after their UK broadcasts, with encore airings every night. To set the stage, AXS will run an X Factor marathon this Sunday. This is the fourth year in a row the network is featuring the competition series.
Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh are back as judges for Season 14 which debuts on ITV… Read
‘Loving Vincent’ Premiere Gets Broadcast; Cornerstone Nabs ‘Apostasy’; Content Takes ‘Bees Make Honey’ – Global Briefs
The premiere of Loving Vincent, the fully painted animated feature starring Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, will be broadcast live from the National Gallery on Monday, October 9, to audiences in cinemas across the U.K. A Q&A with special guests will following the premiere. Tickets will go on sale from Wednesday August 23. The broadcast was announced by the 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express… Read
Elizabeth Debicki & Isabella Rossellini Join ‘Vita & Virginia’; Thunderbird Takes UK Rights
Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini have joined Gemma Arterton in period drama Vita & Virginia based on the love letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.
Shooting starts in September in Ireland on the sophomore feature from Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn). Button co-wrote with Eileen Atkins. Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Ferdinando also star in the true story of socialite Sackville-West (Arterton) and literary icon Woolf (Debicki) in 1920s London. When… Read
HBO & Sky Sink Teeth Into Bad Wolf With Minority Investment – Edinburgh
In their first investment under a $250M co-production pact, HBO and Sky have taken a minority stake in and seats on the board of Bad Wolf. The UK/U.S. production company was founded by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner in 2015. Today’s deal will formalize their role in supplying content for the HBO/Sky partnership which is aimed at funding large scale dramas for the international market.
Sky and Bad Wolf are already working together on the Sky Original Production A Discovery… Read
BBC2 Acquires John Singleton’s ‘Snowfall’; Sets ‘League Of Gentlemen’ Return – Edinburgh
BBC Two is striving to be "ever more timely, challenging and mischievous," said Controller Patrick Holland this morning here at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. With that, he set out upcoming projects, including the acquisition of John Singleton's LA-set period drama Snowfall, and confirmed the return of The League Of Gentlemen.
Iconic black comedy The League Of Gentlemen has been slated for a special three-episode run later this year to commemorate the… Read
Channel 4 Spies Thriller ‘Jerusalem’ From Bash Doran, 42 & Twenty Twenty – Edinburgh
Channel 4 has ordered six-part period espionage epic Jerusalem, written and created by Bash Doran. This is the Masters Of Sex and Boardwalk Empire writer’s first original commission for British television. It’s set in the aftermath of WWII, when Britain was struggling to define itself in a new world order. The news comes on the eve of the Edinburgh International Television Festival which kicks off here in the Scottish capital tomorrow.
LA- and London-based 42 (Watership Do… Read
‘Web Therapy’ In UK Adaptation With Stephen Mangan For Channel 4 – Edinburgh
Episodes' Stephen Mangan is set to star in a UK adaptation of Web Therapy, the Emmy-nominated Showtime series that was co-created by and starred Friends alum Lisa Kudrow. Channel 4 has ordered six-part half-hour comedy Hang Ups to be produced by the UK’s Slam Films. Mangan, who is co-scripting with Robert Delamere, will play a therapist with a checkered career who finds himself at a crossroads and starts treating patients via webcam.
Billed as a mix of farce and family… Read
Universal $3B+ As ‘Despicable’ Franchise Takes Ani Crown; ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ Bests ‘Avatar’ Record – Int’l Box Office Final
UPDATED, TUES. 10:30 AM: All grosses have been updated below. Looking ahead, Warner Bros. should see its Christopher Nolan epic Dunkirk cross the $400M worldwide milestone this week just as its superhero film Wonder Woman crossed $800M this weekend, with Japan to come on Friday. The studio’s Annabelle: Creation also is creeping over the $100M mark.
China opens back up to Hollywood films this coming weekend, with Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3, Sony’s Baby Driver and EuropaCorp’s Va… Read
Celluloid Dreams Names Charlotte Mickie As VP Ahead Of Toronto, Revs Up Sales Rights To Biker Thriller ‘1%’
International sales, production and financing company Celluloid Dreams has hired former Mongrel Media and eOne exec Charlotte Mickie as VP as it gears up for the Toronto International Film Festival.
Mickie’s first acquisition for sales on behalf of Celluloid is 1%, director Stephen McCallum’s Aussie feature about brotherhood, loyalty and betrayal in the primal underworld of outlaw biker gangs that will have its world premiere at Toronto next month. The company is handling… Read