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Priyanka Chopra Apologizes To Fans Outraged Over ‘Quantico’ Terrorist Episode

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Actress Priyanka Chopra apologized today to those offended by a recent episode of her series Quantico that featured a terror plot involving Indian nationalists. The episode outraged some fans of the Mumbai-born Bollywood star, who viewed it as a betrayal of her people. It led to the network and the series producers apologizing to Indian fans who took exception to the characterizations. Quantico is wrapping up its third and final season.  Chopra said she was “saddened and… Read

Business

Film Facility In Upstate New York Struggles, Transfers Title For $1

A plan to bring a touch of Hollywood to upstate New York has run aground. SUNY Polytechnic Institute is transferring ownership of its Film Hub facility outside of Syracuse to Onondaga County for $1.  Local news reports indicate the state will pay the county $1.7 million for the facility, which opened just a few years ago. The 52,000-square-foot facility was built for $15 million to attract movie production to Central New York. The Film Hub’s new owners, the Greater… Read

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China Film Bureau Names Wang Xiaohui As New Head Of Department

Wang Xiaohui, an attorney and longtime Communist party bureaucrat, has been named Head of the China Film Bureau. When the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television in March, state media said a proposed new body overseeing radio and TV management would fall directly under the State Council, i.e., more firmly under the thumb of the Communist Party. But a question mark was left over what was to become of film oversight. With Wang’s appointment… Read

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New European Privacy Law Set, Flooding Inboxes With Mailing List Updates

Companies that market themselves through email – practically every company in the world, that is – are scrambling to become compliant with a new European law that could cause major legal actions. The General Data Protection Regulation (known by the acronym GDPR) is a new European law that takes effect on Friday, May 25. Consumers have already noticed a flood of updated email requests from companies that have them on their mailing lists, and more such notices are to… Read

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Cannes Buzz Films ‘Girls Of The Sun’ And ‘Ash Is Purest White’ Set For US Distribution By Cohen Media Group

Cohen Media Group has acquired US distribution rights to director Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun, a drama focusing on the sisterhood of women taken prisoner by Kurdistan extremists, and director Jia Zhanqke’s Ash Is Purest White, a Chinese drama detailing a woman’s romance with a mobster. Charles S. Cohen, the owner, chairman, and CEO of Cohen Media Group, announced the CMG deals in advance of the closing ceremony of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where both films had… Read

Awardsline

Cannes Winners: ‘Shoplifters’ Takes Palme D’Or; Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Grand Prize – Full List

UPDATE: Jane Campion is still the only woman to have won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or. Although Nadine Labaki’s lauded Capernaum was a strong contender and scooped the Jury Prize tonight, it was Japanese veteran Hirokazu Kore-Eda who took the top honor with his family story Shoplifters. The Grand Prize went to Spike Lee’s triumphant return, BlacKkKlansman. In a ceremony that included a passionate Asia Argento calling out Harvey Weinstein, the proceedings finished… Read

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‘Border’ Takes Top Un Certain Regard Prize; ‘Girl’s Victor Polster Tapped Best Performance – Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival’s companion competition section, Un Certain Regard, has unveiled its picks for best in show with the top prize going to Border (Grans) from Iranian-Danish director Ali Abbasi. The fantasy thriller is based on a novella written by Let The Right One In‘s John Ajvide Lindqvist. Neon acquired domestic early in the festival. The film centers on a customs officer with an uncanny knack for sniffing out guilt. But when she develops a strange attraction… Read

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‘Amazing Race’ And ‘Big Brother’ Canada Producer Insight Sells Stake To Boat Rocker Media

Boat Rocker Media, home to Orphan Black and Killjoys, among other shows, has acquired a majority stake in television producer Insight Productions, which handles the annual JUNO awards and has Amazing Race Canada and Big Brother Canada in its portfolio. Terms were not disclosed. The deal is effective immediately and enables Insight to increase and diversify its content offerings while moving more aggressively into digital content, while adding to Boat Rocker’s continued… Read

Film

Royal Wedding Watch: Cannes’ American Pavilion To Livestream Nuptials

Royal Wedding watchers still here in Cannes on Saturday and looking for a communal celebration need not fret — if you’re an American Pavilion member, that is. On the final day of the festival, and before the closing night awards ceremony begins, AmPav is offering a chance to watch May 19’s other big event. The org, celebrating its 30th anniversary here, will be livestreaming the wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry. Beginning at 11:30AM local time and heading through… Read

Film

Saudi Arabia’s GCA Chief On Building An Industry, Avoiding China’s Pitfalls & Changing Perceptions – Cannes Studio

Amid the opening of Saudi Arabia's movie theaters and a push to send an overall message that the Kingdom is open for business, representatives of the General Culture Authority and the Saudi Film Council had a huge first-time presence at the Cannes Film Festival this year. GCA CEO Ahmad Al-Maziad came by Deadline's Cannes Studio to discuss how the Kingdom is developing guidelines for content, its ongoing discussions with Hollywood and lessons learned from China as well as… Read

Film

H Collective, IQiyi Enter Three-Picture Deal To Kick Off With ‘Counter Spy’

The H Collective and Chinese streaming giant iQiyi have set a three-picture co-production and distribution deal. The first film under the pact will be action comedy Counter Spy which is currently being rewritten by former Marvel exec Craig Kyle (Thor: Ragnarok) from an original draft by David Rothenberg and Lionel Enns. Production is slated to begin in early 2019. Counter Spy follows a barista at the CIA headquarters' Starbucks in Langley, Virginia. He has the highest… Read

Film

Keshet Films’ Mandy Tagger & Adi Ezroni On The Hunt For Projects – Cannes Studio

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In April last year, Keshet Media Group launched feature development and production division, Keshet Films, under its Keshet International subsidiary Keshet Studios and headed by award-winning producers Mandy Tagger and Adi Ezroni. Making a first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, the pair visited Deadline's Cannes Studio this week to discuss being a gateway to the bigger Keshet family and what types of projects they're looking for. Check out the video above. Tagger in New… Read