Nicolas Cage Breaks Ankle On Movie Set In Bulgaria
In what was described to Deadline as a freak accident, Nicolas Cage broke his ankle while filming the York Alec Shackleton-directed Millennium Films bank heist action film #211. Cage was taken to a top hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, near where the film is shooting. Doctors wanted to immediately perform surgery. Cage instead decided to hop a plane to Los Angeles for treatment. That’s where the Oscar-winning star is now. His camp confirms that Cage is currently convalescing… Read
Red Granite Co-President Christian Mercuri Launching Capstone Group Ahead Of Cannes
Former Red Granite Pictures co-president Christian Mercuri is launching Capstone Group, a financing, production and international sales company that will make its debut next month at the Cannes Film Festival market. The Beverly Hills-based outfit will be funded via private equity and various banks along with main partner Jeanette Zhou of Jaguar Entertainment.
At launch, Capstone Group will offer access to development and production funding and international distribution… Read
Front Row Filmed Entertainment Inks Deal With Iflix For Egyptian Sitcom ‘Tough Luck’
Leading Dubai-based indie distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has struck a deal with the SVOD service iflix, a key streamer for the emerging markets, for Egyptian sitcom Tough Luck.
Under the deal, iflix will board as co-producers for the series with Front Row, KNCC and Shadows Communications and will additionally take exclusive SVOD rights for the show in the Middle East and North Africa, South East Asia, Sub Saharan Africa, Central America, Asia Pacific and… Read
Protagonist Pictures Boards Directors’ Fortnight Title ‘The Rider’ — Cannes
UK-based outfit Protagonist Pictures has boarded worldwide sales for upcoming Cannes Directors' Fortnight title The Rider, written and directed by Chloe Zhao. It's Zhao's second feature and second film selected for Directors' Fortnight.
The film stars Brady Jandreau along with Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau, Lane Scott and Cat Clifford and story follows a young cowboy (Brady), once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, who is warned that his competition days are over after a… Read
Paul Verhoeven Sets Next: ‘Blessed Virgin’ To Star ‘Elle’s Virginie Efira As Lesbian Nun
Elle helmer Paul Verhoeven is set to reteam with producer Saïd Ben Saïd on their second collaboration, Blessed Virgin. The film will be shot in French (under the title Sainte Vierge) and will star Virginie Efira who played the devoutly Catholic Rebecca in Elle. Here, she’ll take on the role of Sister Benedetta Carlini, a 17th century nun who was hailed as a visionary but later accused of fabricated miracles, homosexuality and other charges, and imprisoned for 35… Read
‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2’: $100M Offshore Bow In The Mix? – International Box Office Preview
A little less than three years after Guardians of the Galaxy become an out-of-this-worldwide breakout hit, the sequel begins its overseas rollout today. Debuting in the late-April sweet spot that has seen Disney release such Marvel tentpoles as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 rockets into 37 material markets through Friday, repping 58% of its international box office footprint. Domestic and the rest of the… Read
‘Fate Of The Furious’ Fires Up $745M Offshore, $908M WW; Tops ‘Transformers’ In China – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU, with actuals: With engines humming in its second lap around the international box office track, Universal's The Fate Of The Furious put another $158.1M in the tank. That was lower than the Sunday estimate of $163.4M partly down to a recalibrated FSS dollar figure in China which nevertheless saw the film maintain a $745M offshore cume in 65 markets as reported on Sunday ($756.4M through Monday). The global rally through Sunday was $908.5M. The latest… Read
Warner Bros To Build Gotham City & Metropolis For $1B Abu Dhabi Theme Park
Warner Bros and Abu Dhabi's Miral have unveiled plans to build six immersive worlds, including Batman's Gotham City and Superman's Metropolis, for its $1 billion theme park in the UAE.
Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, located on the man-made Yas Island close to the city's airport, will also feature Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch, themed after iconic animated brands Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera, as well as Warner Bros Plaza, which is reminiscent of old… Read
Cannes: Will Smith, Fan Bingbing, Paolo Sorrentino Join Festival Jury
With just a few weeks to go before the curtain rises on the 70th Cannes Film Festival, organizers have set the eight jury members who will serve under President Pedro Almodovar. Joining the Spanish filmmaker are: two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith; veteran Cannes regulars Park Chan-wook from Korea and Paolo Sorrentino from Italy; last year’s breakout director of Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade; Chinese actress and producer Fan Bingbing; French filmmaker Agnès Jaoui; French… Read
Netflix Scales Chinese Entry Wall By Striking Licensing Deal With iQiyi
Netflix has finally found a gateway into China via a licensing deal with the country’s iQiyi streaming service, Shanghai Daily reports.
iQiyi will license Netflix shows; other details about the arrangement have yet to be disclosed. There’s also no word yet on the process Netflix shows will have to go through to clear Chinese government censors.
Still, this appears to be a major step forward in Netflix’s effort to enter the biggest market where it doesn’t have a foothold… Read
‘Transformers’ Tom DeSanto, China’s CITIC Guoan Pact On Co-Productions
X-Men co-writer and Transformers producer Tom DeSanto has teamed with Citic Guoan, a division of Chinese conglomerate Citic Group, on a series of films for the global market. The pact, which was unveiled at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival, is said to include a $120M U.S.-China co-production project.
“We are joining hands with Hollywood legend Tom DeSanto to jointly create a series of movies incorporating Chinese culture for the global audience,”… Read
Sundance London Announces Lineup; ‘A Ghost Story’ Set To Close Event
Sundance Film Festival: London has announced the full program for its upcoming edition in June and has set Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara starrer A Ghost Story, directed by David Lowery, to close the event.
The fest, which will take place in London's Picturehouse Central cinema from June 1-4, will present 14 feature films direct from this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City including the UK premiere of Lowery's critically acclaimed film and the previously announced… Read