‘Arrival’ Lands $100M+ At Global Box Office As Rollout, Awards Momentum Continue
Director Denis Villeneuve’s cerebral sci-fi pic Arrival has crossed the $100M mark at the worldwide box office. With $65.78M in North America and $35.13M internationally through Thursday, the current gross is $100.9M. The lyrical twist on the genre kicked off at the Venice Film Festival in September and has continued to find favor with audiences and awards bodies.
Paramount acquired the film for North America in a then-record $20M deal at the start of the 2014 Cannes… Read
Alibaba Pictures Senior Executive Detained By Chinese Authorities
A senior executive at Alibaba Pictures has been detained by Chinese police under alleged corruption charges. According to local Chinese media reports, Kong Qi, a VP of Alibaba Pictures and general manager of Tao Piaopiao, the company's online ticketing service, was detained by police in July under the suspicion of taking bribes of $1.45M (RMB 10M).
Alibaba Pictures told Deadline that the alleged offences occurred prior to Kong joining the company.
"Alibaba Pictures would… Read
IATSE Cancels Cirque Du Soleil Protest After Death Of Troupe Founder’s Son
IATSE has canceled today’s planned protest against the non-union performance of Cirque du Soleil's OVO show in Montreal, following Tuesday’s freak accident that took the life of Olivier Rochette, the son of Cirque founder Gilles Ste-Croix.
Rochette, a 42-year-old technician with the acrobat troupe's Luzia show in San Francisco, was killed during rehearsals after being hit in the head with a piece of equipment.
The union, which has been trying to get a contract with OVO in… Read
Broadway Shocker: Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘Paramour’ To Close At Lyric
UPDATE, 1:30 PM with more information throughout: Paramour, the first show developed by the Montreal-based behemoth Cirque du Soleil specifically for Broadway, will shutter April 16 at the Lyric Theatre, exactly a year after it began previews. The theater then will undergo renovations, according to the announcement Thursday by the Ambassador Theatre Group, which took over the house in May 2013.
The announcement was one of the more curious of this early Broadway season… Read
‘Sausage Party’: Orgy Of Upset From French Catholic, Anti-Gay Groups Over PG Rating
Sony's hit animated comedy Sausage Party has completed much of its offshore run, grossing about $140M worldwide to date, and was just released in France on Wednesday. But some folks here are not getting the joke. Rated R in North America, the film was granted a -12 certificate by France's classification commission, and that has Catholic groups and La Manif Pour Tous, an anti-same-sex marriage association, losing their lunches.
On Wednesday, La Manif Pour Tous — which… Read
When Marty Met Shin’ya: How A Revered Japanese Filmmaker Joined The Cattle Call For A Role in ‘Silence’
"I didn't know who he was, but he had a beautiful face, perfect for the role," said Ellen Lewis, who spoke by telephone on Wednesday of what might have been her best call as casting director for Martin Scorsese's Silence.
Lewis, who has worked repeatedly with Scorsese since casting his portion of the New York Stories anthology in 1989, was referring to the Japanese cult filmmaker Shin'ya Tsukamoto. Seven years ago, when Lewis was rounding up actors for the long-planned Sil… Read
‘Rabbi Jacob’ Sequel In Works; Essie Davis Joins ‘Andorra’ – Global Briefs
It’s been more than 40 years since classic French comedy Les Aventures Du Rabbi Jacob became the No. 1 movie of 1973 — and now it’s getting a sequel. Oscar nominee Danièle Thompson, who wrote the original film with her father Gérard Oury, is teaming with Haut et Court and comics writer Jul to develop follow-up, Rabbi Jacqueline. A release is planned for Christmas 2018.
The first film was a phenomenon, selling 7.3M tickets in France and going on to be a staple of TV… Read
Julie Delpy Writes, Directs, Stars In Emotional Parenting Drama ‘My Zoe’ With Gemma Arterton & Daniel Brühl
Julie Delpy is set to star alongside Gemma Arterton and Daniel Brühl in My Zoe, an emotional and provocative drama directed by Delpy from her own script.
It's scheduled to shoot in the UK next spring and the London-set story is about the lengths to which a mother's love goes for her child. Delpy plays Isabelle, a geneticist recovering from a toxic marriage and raising her daughter Zoe in conjunction with her ex-husband. Zoe means everything to her mother but when tragedy… Read
Fandango Buys Peru-Based Online Ticket Seller Cinepapaya
Fandango just broadened its reach in Latin America by acquiring Cinepapaya, a Lima, Peru-based online movie ticketing company.
Comcast’s online ticket sales operation says that this deal, on top of last year’s pick up of Brazil’s Ingresso.com, will “nearly double” the number of consumers it could serve by adding Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia. Cinepapaya has deals with theaters in these countries that collectively have 1,200 screens.
Fox Networks Group Europe & Africa Greenlights First Regional Scripted Commission ‘The Nine’
Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa has greenlit its first regional scripted commission The Nine (working title), from Rogue creator Matthew Parkhill and American Odyssey producer Simon Maxwell.
The new 8×60 drama, described as an intense, character-driven espionage thriller, will air on Fox in more than 50 European and African countries. This first scripted project has been commissioned by Jeff Ford, SVP Content and Development and Sara Johnson, VP Scripted Drama for… Read
More Scrutiny For Wanda? Chuck Schumer Raises Concern Over China’s U.S. Acquisitions – Report
Adding his voice to the chorus of Beltway insiders concerned by China's ambitions in the United States — and Hollywood in particular — incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has penned a letter suggesting further scrutiny of recent moves by Dalian Wanda Group and others to acquire U.S. companies. The Wall Street Journal, which saw a copy of the letter, reports that Democrat Schumer wrote to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman… Read
Sony Pictures TV, China’s iQIYI To Adapt ‘Chosen’ As Mandarin-Language Series
Sony Pictures Television and Chinese online video platform iQIYI have entered a deal to co-produce a Mandarin-language version of Crackle series Chosen. The three-part adaptation will be produced by SPT’s Sydney-based Playmaker Media with support from Screen NSW for streaming in China. Production is eyed for spring 2017, starring an A-list Chinese cast, with launch expected in the fall next year.
Chosen aired for three cycles on Sony’s Crackle beginning in 2013 and… Read