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Harvey Weinstein Poised To Make Deal To End Cannes 2006 Rape Case

As Harvey Weinstein is trying to get the criminal case against him tossed and avoid life behind bars, the much-accused producer today looks to have at least one of the many civil cases he faces coming to an end – or at least the end is in sight. “It is hereby stipulated and agreed, by and between the undersigned, counsel for the parties herein, that an adjournment of proceedings in this action due to ongoing settlement discussions is in the interest of the parties to this… Read


Mourning Loss Of Paint-And-Paper Anime, ‘Mirai’ Director Attempts Animated First With Four-Year-Old Protagonist

In a robust year for international animation—with a record eight Japanese films on the Oscars shortlist—Mamoru Hosoda brought a most personal project to Cannes, trying for a historic first. The first Japanese anime to premiere at the prestigious French festival—and the Directors’ Fortnight’s sole animated entry this year—Mirai was ambitious, taking as its protagonist a four-year-old boy. Undoubtedly, small children have featured into many an animated film over the years… Read


Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia & RT Features Wrap ‘Port Authority’ With ‘Dunkirk’ Star Fionn Whitehead, MUBI’s First Production

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EXCLUSIVE: Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), newcomer Leyna Bloom and McCaul Lombardi (American Honey) lead cast in the recently wrapped feature drama Port Authority, produced by Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions and Call Me By Your Name outfit RT Features. Writer-director Danielle Lessovitz's feature debut, a result of RT and Sikelia’s joint venture to foster emerging filmmakers, is a love story set in New York’s kiki ballroom scene (the LGBT subculture that includes… Read


‘Shoplifters’ Trailer: Palme d’Or-Winning Japanese Drama Spotlights A Struggling Family’s Heartbreak

We’ve all heard the adage that “you can’t choose your family.” But a character in the latest film from Hirokazu Kore-Eda begs to differ: “Sometimes it’s better to choose your own family.” Here is the first trailer for Shoplifters, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May. Part of a family that’s barely scraping by with their life of petty crime, Osamu and his son are out theiving one night when they come across a little girl in the freezing cold. They bring her home, but… Read


Hot Toronto Package: Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowsa In Antonio Campos’ ‘The Devil All The Time’

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EXCLUSIVE: Christine and Simon Killer director Antonio Campos has set up his next film just in time to be a hot Toronto sales package. Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Chris Evans and Tracy Letts are in talks to star in The Devil All the Time. The pic is an adaptation of Donald Ray Pollock’s 2011 novel that Campos and Paulo Campos penned. Antonio Campos will direct. The film will be produced by Randall Poster, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker of… Read


Oscars: Belgium Selects ‘Girl’, Cannes’ Camera D’Or, As Foreign Language Entry


Belgium has selected Lukas Dhont's debut feature, Girl, as its submission for this year's Foreign Language Oscar race. The drama won the Camera d'Or in Cannes for best first film, and also scored the Best Performance nod in the Un Certain Regard section for lead Victor Polster. Netflix acquired Girl for North and Latin America out of the festival. Polster plays Lara, a determined 15-year-old committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father… Read


Bi Gan’s Cannes Pic ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Gets U.S. Deal Via Kino Lorber

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Chinese director Bi Gan's new film that had its world premiere this year at the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. The China-France co-production is playing in the Toronto and New York film festivals before getting a spring 2019 theatrical release followed by VOD and DVD bows. The pic centers on drifter Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) who returns to Kaili, the Chinese hometown from… Read


‘BlacKkKlansman’ Producers On Spike Lee’s “Strength Of Perspective” & Focus Features Pic’s Turnaround Time

It’s no accident that this past weekend—a year to the day after Charlottesville—saw the premiere of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. That event and its repercussions had been on Lee’s mind throughout production. Off the back of a healthy rollout for the film—with Lee’s best box office results in over a decade—the resonance between the story of Ron Stallworth, the cop of went undercover and infiltrated the KKK, couldn’t be more urgent. Sitting down in Cannes with Deadline's Joe… Read


Cannes Film Festival Sets 2019 Dates

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Returning to a somewhat more “normal” schedule in 2019, the Cannes Film Festival will run from May 14-25 next year. After the 2018 edition began May 8, the 2019 dates put the start back to mid-month where it’s typically landed in the past several years. However, in keeping with a tweak to the 2018 event, the proceedings will kick off again on a Tuesday and close on a Saturday with awards handed out that night. Cannes made the announcement today on its Twitter feed. On the… Read


Paul Bettany On ‘Star Wars’, ‘Avengers’, Taking Advice From Peter O’Toole & Those ‘Master And Commander 2’ Whispers

Paul Bettany has been living in Disney’s world of late, reprising his role as Vision in Marvel’s mega-blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War and suiting up as villain Dryden Vos in Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story which began international rollout this week and releases domestically today. The latter is a reteam for Bettany with director Ron Howard following collaborations on 2001’s A Beautiful Mind and 2006’s The Da Vinci Code. In a recent chat, Bettany and I geeked out… Read


Guy Pearce-Kylie Minogue Comedy ‘Flammable Children’ Sells To UK, France, Italy, Spain, More

EXCLUSIVEWestEnd Films has closed a raft of deals on Flammable Children (aka Swinging Safari) ahead of its international premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival next month. The Australian comedy, written and directed by Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), sold in Cannes to UK (Thunderbird), France (Swift), Italy (Lucky Red), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Switzerland (Frenetic), Scandinavia (Sandrew), the Middle East (ECS) and Russia… Read


‘The Expendables 4’ Muscles Up: Sylvester Stallone Action Pic & ‘Rambo 5’ Sell To China In Eight-Figure Co-Fi Deal

EXCLUSIVE: Chinese exhibition giant Dadi has pre-bought mainland China distribution rights to Sylvester Stallone-fronted action sequels The Expendables 4 and Rambo 5 from Avi Lerner’s Millenium Media. Production on both franchises has long-been subject to rumour, but according to sales and production outfit Millenium, which has backed all of The Expendables movies and the latest Rambo installment, Stallone will return for Rambo 5 in September 2018 and star in The Expendabl… Read