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White House Condemns Johnny Depp’s Presidential Assassination Remark: “Sad”

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TV news outlets updated their coverage of Johnny Depp’s remarks about presidential assassination, with the White House statement on his rhetoric: “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp's colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a democrat elected official.” The Pirates of the Caribbean… Read

‘Trumped: The Musical’? Ron Howard Hopes Somebody Does It – Cannes Lions

Ron Howard spent time on stage at Cannes Lions today for a discussion with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and WPP CEO Martin Sorrell. While he touched on his new Han Solo movie gig, Howard also talked about how Imagine is evolving; the impact of technology on the business; and a trio of Broadway musicals. While a stage transfer of his 1982 Michael Keaton-starring comedy Night Shift is in the works, there are also discussions about his 1989 pic Parenthood hitting… Read

Ron Howard Talks Han Solo Movie & ‘Star Wars’ Universe – Cannes Lions

UPDATED With Ron Howard Tweets One day after he was confirmed to be directing Disney/Lucasfilm’s untitled Han Solo movie, Ron Howard appeared on the main Palais stage here at Cannes Lions. In a discussion alongside New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, there were many subjects touched upon, but the audience was clearly clamoring for comment from Howard on his new gig. Smiling, he called his first foray into the Star Wars universe, “A little opportunity that came my… Read

Martin Compston Joins ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Opposite Saoirse Ronan & Margot Robbie

EXCLUSIVE: Scottish actor Martin Compston is set to star in Working Title and Focus Features' Mary Queen Of Scots. Compston will play the Earl of Bothwell, the third husband to the eponymous royal played by Saoirse Ronan. Margot Robbie plays the role of Mary’s cousin Queen Elizabeth I while Jack Lowden is set as Lord Darnley. Stage director Josie Rourke is directing the title, which is written by House Of Cards creator Beau Willimon and based on the 2004 biography by John… Read

Jeffrey Katzenberg On WndrCo’s New TV Model: “I’ve Found A Brand New Everest” – Cannes Lions

In Cannes to talk up his latest venture, WndrCo, Jeffrey Katzenberg says he's found "a brand new Everest." The company is getting into what he's so far terming "New TV" destined for mobile devices in the form of shows with full story arcs, but limited to 6-10 minutes per episode. The target demo is the coveted 18-34 range and the plan involves incentives along the way for every stakeholder, including creatives. It will be built with a significant advertising component… Read

‘Downton Abbey’ Movie To Start Production In 2018

The wheels are moving on the Downton Abbey movie as NBCUniversal International Studios confirmed on Wednesday that production for a big screen adaptation of the hit series is set to begin next year. NBCU Int’l Studios President Michael Edelstein told the Associated Press that the company hopes to assemble 20 cast members from the Carnival Films/Masterpiece series, which ran on ITV in the UK and PBS in the U.S., for a production start date in 2018. "We are working on… Read

Lionsgate Titles 8th ‘Saw’ Film; Shows Off ‘Soldado’, ‘Entebbe’ & More – CineEurope

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UPDATE with more detail from CineEurope presentation: Lionsgate’s eighth film in the company's Saw franchise ($873M worldwide box office) will be titled Jigsaw. The studio’s co-president Erik Feig announced the news at CineEurope in Barcelona before unveiling a trailer for the newest installment of the horror series. Fans of the Saw films will know Jigsaw is the nickname of John Kramer, the serial killer at the center of the franchise who lays out death traps for victims… Read

Paramount Spices Up Barcelona Event With ‘Downsizing’ Footage – CineEurope

Launching into the Paramount presentation at CineEurope here today, President of International Marketing and Distribution, Mark Viane called this past year a “transformative” one for the studio. “We are all extremely excited about this fresh start for the studio as we look to the future with a bold and varied slate,” he said. Presenting newly-installed Paramount Chairman, Jim Gianopulos, Viane noted the former Fox chief’s “dedicated commitment to the international markets… Read

Fathom Events To Spread Love Of ‘Mully’ In Special Screening

EXCLUSIVE: Fathom Events is teaming with The Hunting Ground executive producer Paul Blavin’s For Good and actor-filmmaker Scott Haze to bring Haze’s documentary Mully to theaters nationwide for a three-night run in October. The pic tells the inspiring story of Charles Mully, a philanthropist whose Mully Children's Family organization has taken in more than 12,000 homeless, abused or orphaned children in Kenya. Haze, whose acting credits include the upcoming Granite Mountai… Read

Exhibition Chains Forge Global Alliance To Deal With Industry Concerns

The world’s biggest exhibition companies — including U.S.-based giants AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment Group — are linking arms to raise the industry’s profile with regulatory agencies, and smooth differences between countries. Their interests will be represented by a new worldwide organization, the Global Cinema Federation, they said this morning. Founding trade associations include the U.S.’ National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and Europe’s The… Read

‘Hello Again’ Trailer: Rumer Willis, T.R. Knight, Martha Plimpton And Audra McDonald In A Rondelay Of Passion

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a first look at Hello Again, the film adaptation by Tom Gustafson (Mariachi Gringo) of composer-lyricist Michael John LaChiusa's acclaimed 1994 musical. A new riff on La Ronde, the scandal-causing Arthur Schnitzler play from 1897 (first filmed by Max Ophüls in 1950 and subsequently by Roger Vadim with 1964’s Circle of Love and Otto Schenk with Der Reigen in 1973) about series of sexual assignations across boundaries of class and status that seem… Read

IMG Boards BBC America’s ‘Killing Eve’ With Sandra Oh

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IMG has boarded international sales for Sandra Oh starrer Killing Eve, BBC America's eight-episode dramatic thriller series written by Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Story, which is set to debut in 2018 on BBC America, is based on the Villanelle novellas by Luke Jennings and follows two fiercely intelligent women – a psychopathic assassin and the woman charged with hunting her down. BAFTA winner Waller-Bridge is lead writer and will exec produce with Sally Woodward… Read