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‘The Lobster’ Trailer: Colin Farrell & Rachel Weisz In Offbeat Near-Future Love Story

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Nothing says “modern love” quite like awkward dancing, trapping rabbits, target practice and a Heimlich maneuver. Alchemy netted U.S. rights to Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster last year in Cannes, where the film won the Jury Prize. It’s now readying a March 11 release and has dropped the first domestic trailer. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Ben Whishaw and Olivia Colman star in the love story that’s set in the near future. There, single people… Read

Hasbro Raises Dividend With Help From Strong ‘Star Wars’ Toy Sales In Q4

404356 03: Frank Lopez of Manhattan contemplates purchasing a Clone Trooper doll as the new line of Star Wars toys meant to coincide with the film "Star Wars: Episode II" were unveiled at midnight of April 23, 2002 at the Toys "R" Us store in New York City's Times Square. (Photo by George Best/Getty Images)

The Force is paying off for Hasbro investors. The toymaker just raised its dividend by 11% as it reported better-than-expected Q4 earnings, due in part to the success of the sale of merchandise tied to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Hasbro shares are up about 1% on a generally down morning for Wall Street. The company reported net income of $175.8 million, up 3.4% vs the period in 2014, on revenues of $1.47 billion, up 12.8%. The top line was well above the $1.37 billion… Read

Industry Icon Stephen Garrett Launching New Company Character Seven, Teaming With Lionsgate + Hulu On ‘The Rook’

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Former Kudos founder and exec chairman Stephen Garrett is launching a new production company, Character Seven.  The new company is already making moves by teaming with Lionsgate and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s Fickle Fish on The Rook, a London-set supernatural series for Hulu. Garrett, who is one of the UK’s most-respected TV execs, is also deep in post on the John Le Carre-adaptation The Night Manager, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Debicki. The… Read

Fortissimo Films Inks Multi-Pic Deal With Chinese Filmmaker Zhang Wei – Berlin

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Fortissimo Films said today it has inked a multi-picture sales deal with Chinese multi-hyphenate Zhang Wei that includes his first two films, Factory Boss and Destiny. The deal will begin in time for Berlin. An entrepreneur-turned-filmmaker, Zhang is a graduate of the acclaimed Beijing Film Academy. His banner Huahao Film & Media has become known for presenting candid visions of marginalized Chinese lives through his films. Factory Boss tells the tragic story of factory… Read

‘A Discovery Of Witches’ TV Series In Works At Jane Tranter & Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf

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EXCLUSIVE: Deborah Harkness' historical fantasy novel, A Discovery Of Witches, is the first installment in the All Souls Trilogy which has sold more than 3.5M copies around the world. I've learned that Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner's UK/U.S. Bad Wolf production shingle has acquired TV rights and is developing a drama based on the book with a view to adapting all three in the series. Life On Mars' Ashley Pharoah is adapting the novel for the screen while Harkness will… Read

Netflix Acquires Adolf Hitler Satire ‘Look Who’s Back’

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Look Who’s Back found box office success in Germany when it released last October, ultimately grossing about $22M. Netflix has now taken world rights outside Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Japan and Taiwan, for a rollout on April 9. The adaptation of Timur Vermes’ bestselling novel is directed by David Wnendt. The story imagines Hitler suddenly waking up on the site of his former bunker, now a residential area of Berlin, 70 years after… Read

‘Revenant’, ‘Martian’ & More In Global Milestones; ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Tops $100M In China – Intl Box Office Update

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2ND UPDATE, WRITETHRU 3:57 PM PT: The international box office weekend was rife with milestones at both worldwide and offshore turnstiles. Notable among them, DGA-winning director Alejandro G Inarritu’s The Revenant has passed $300M global for a $325M cume to date and with a handful of major markets yet to bow. Also cultivating a new benchmark, Ridley Scott’s The Martian landed in Japan with a No. 1 debut, pushing it over $600M worldwide to $604M. Kung Fu Panda 3 topped… Read

Cannes Film Fest Chief Thierry Frémaux Quells Exit Chatter, But Confirms Offer

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Lyon native Thierry Frémaux was the subject of a local blog post last week which led to some industry scuttlebutt that he was weighing an offer from the private sector. In his own statement on the Cannes website, the fest chief has now confirmed that an offer was made, but writes that he has not accepted and will continue with the organization he joined in 2000. He did not indicate for how long. It is believed the approach came from either Canal Plus or Orange, the… Read

Annapurna’s Kim Fox Joining Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures As Partner, Launching International Sales Arm

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Annapurna International’s Kimberly Fox is joining Marc Butan's MadRiver Pictures as a partner and launching a new international sales arm. The new division will handle sales and distribution on all MadRiver films as well as films from Vendian Entertainment, which has made a strategic investment in MadRiver. Separately, Fox will continue to run Megan Ellison’s Annapurna International label and rep all of Annapurna’s titles internationally. Word of Fox’s new venture was… Read

Lionsgate Plans 17 Films For 2017, Says ‘Star Wars’ Grabbed $50M-$100M From ‘Mockingjay 2’; Stock Falls 27%

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UPDATE with Lionsgate’s closing share price: Lionsgate is increasing its 2017 film slate by four films next year, from 13 to 17 films in wide release with lower overall film costs as they focus on “discipline production spends and a diverse portfolio,” executives said in a call early this morning with Wall Street analysts. The subject of Mockingjay 2‘s underperformance loomed large in the call as it affected the quarter. Wall Street reacted sharply to yesterday’s earnings… Read

Ethan Hawke To Star In ‘24 Hours To Live’ For Fundamental Films And Thunder Road Pictures

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Ethan Hawke will star in thriller 24 Hours To Live, which will mark the feature directing debut of second unit director Brian Smrz. Chinese distributor and financier Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures will produce. Fundamental international chairman Gregory Ouanhon is also producing. The Chinese company, which recently set Harald Swart to direct Keanu Reeves-starrer Rally Car, will fully finance the film. Fundamental's Gary Glushon and… Read

‘Half Life’ Trailer: Epic Pictures Lands Sci-Fi Thriller Along With SXSW Hit ‘Uncle Kent 2’

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EXCLUSIVE: For those who like their science fiction deeply unsettling, the upcoming thriller Half Life combines echos of the Chernobyl disaster with paranoia about hidden conspiracies as well as modern worries about fuel scarcity. Set in the near future, Half Life follows a safety inspector sent to find out why a remote nuclear power plant has suddenly gone offline. Once there, she encounters the sole employee at the plant, a paranoid, distrustful recluse, along with an… Read