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Venezuela ‘Live Aid’ Concert Blocked As Tensions Rise On Colombia Border

Tensions are high along the border between Colombia and Venezuela, as a major push to deliver humanitarian aid could descend into violence on Saturday. On Friday, musicians held a Live Aid Venezuela concert in border town Cucuta, Colombia to pressure Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to let humanitarian aid into Venezuela, ending the show with a rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine." Concert organizer Richard Branson also took the concert stage, exhorting the crowd in a… Read

Oscars Pregame Warmup: Watch Deadline’s Reviews Of All Eight Best Picture Nominees

Oscar Best Picture 2019

Over the past year, beginning in February with Black Panther and ending in December with ViceI did video reviews of all of what eventually became the eight nominees for Best Picture at the 91st annual Academy Awards. Check them all out and see which one you think will take the Oscars’ big prize Sunday night. Black Panther Disney/A Marvel Studios Production Kevin Feige, Producer Release Date: February 16, 2018 Hammond’s Takeaway: A dazzling film that not only thrills at… Read

France’s Cesar Awards Winners: ‘Custody’ Best Picture In Forgetful Show

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: France’s biggest movie awards night has drawn to a close with Custody (Jusqu’à La Garde) crowned Best Picture. Originally screened in Venice and Toronto in 2017, it’s a story of domestic abuse that stars Denis Ménochet and Léa Drucker, the latter won Best Actress tonight. Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers also scored multiple recognition including Best Director. While some of tonight’s winners in Paris were expected — during a ceremony that is… Read

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Wings To $20M China Friday; Eyes $60M+ Middle Kingdom Bow

Fox/Lightstorm's Alita: Battle Angel took the fight to China today with an estimated $19.8M opening Friday. That includes $1M in limited Thursday midnights. An opening in the $50M zone had been expected, then buzz increased this week. With Friday's start, the full frame is now looking at a three-day upwards of $60M. The international box office total on Alita is $115M through Thursday and worldwide it’s at $163.7M (this does not include China). Alita is the first… Read

Woody Allen Lines Up New Film In Spain With ‘Midnight In Paris’ & ‘Vicky Cristina Barcelona’ Producer Mediapro

Woody Allen is lining up a new film project in Spain with his Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Midnight In Paris producer Mediapro. Details have not been released on the nature of the project but Spanish paper El Pais, citing sources at Mediapro, reports that scouting has been taking place in the Basque city of San Sebastián. News of the project comes two weeks after Allen launched legal action against Amazon claiming the online titan broke a lucrative four-film deal it had… Read

Oz Veteran Graham Burke To Retire As CEO Of Village Roadshow After More Than 30 Years At Helm

Australian industry veteran Graham Burke is to retire as CEO of Village Roadshow at the end of this calendar year. Upon the appointment of a new CEO, Burke will remain on the VRL Board as a non-executive director, the company said today. The firm also said it will now “conduct a wide-ranging, global and domestic executive search, with an external search firm to support this process.” Clark Kirby, Chairman and CEO of VRL's largest division, Village Roadshow Theme Parks… Read

Gwendoline Christie Joins Dakota Johnson Drama ‘The Friend’; Shoot Underway In Alabama On Hot-Seller For STX

EXCLUSIVE: Gwendoline Christie (Game Of Thrones) and Cherry Jones (Boy Erased) are among cast to have joined Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck in Gabriela Cowperthwaite's (Blackfish) feature drama The Friend, which is now underway in Fairhope, Alabama. Country artist Jake Owen, Denee Benton (Hamilton: An American Musical), Marielle Scott (Lady Bird), Ahna O'Reilly (The Help), Isabella Kai Rice (My Dead Ex) and Violet McGraw (The Haunting Of Hill House) have… Read

STX Punches For Guy Ritchie Crime-Comedy ‘Bush’ In Splashy $7M Deal, EFM 2019’s Biggest

Guy Ritchie

EXCLUSIVE: In the biggest deal to emerge from the 2019 EFM, STX has finalized a deal for U.S. rights to Guy Ritchie’s Miramax pic Bush — formerly known as Toff Guys — for around $7M. Multiple suitors were in the mix for the star-studded crime-comedy, whose cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding and Michelle Dockery. The deal was in the works in Berlin and has just been completed. While the EFM was relatively sedate in… Read

Curzon CEO Responds To Vue’s Open Letter Criticizing Support For Netflix’s ‘Roma’

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Roma continues to be a lightning rod for controversy within the cinema vs streaming debate. Philip Knatchbull, CEO of leading UK arthouse exhibitor and distributor Curzon, has responded to Vue’s open letter to BAFTA in which the commercial chain criticized the organization for bestowing four movie prizes on Netflix’s “made for TV film” Roma.  Scroll down for Knatchbull’s open letter in full. Arthouse firm Curzon, whose recent releases include Cold War, Disobedience and Vox… Read

German Film & TV Powerhouse Tele München Gruppe Bought By Investment Firm KKR

German film and TV powerhouse Tele München Gruppe (TMG) has been bought by global investment firm KKR, the companies announced today. The acquisition will see industry vet Fred Kogel appointed as CEO. TMG is one of Germany’s leading indie players with one of Europe’s largest film and TV libraries, its own production firms and stakes in TV channels TELE 5 and RTL II. Two years ago it launched its own streaming service, Filmtastic. The company is one of Germany’s most… Read

‘Billie’ Documentary Gets Boost From Concord & Billie Holiday Estate

Indie music outfit Concord, via its film and TV department, is partnering on James Erskine’s upcoming documentary, Billie. The film chronicles legendary singer Billie Holiday’s life story. Concord is the successor to the Billie Holiday estate which is providing access to her music and recordings. The doc, originally mooted at the EFM in 2018, will be produced by New Black Films' Victoria Gregory and Barry Clark-Ewers and REP Documentary's Laure Vaysse. Concord's Scott… Read

Netflix Lands ‘The Wandering Earth’; Sci-Fi Smash Is #2 Movie Ever In China At $600M+

The Wandering Earth

Netflix has acquired Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth, taking global SVOD rights excluding Mainland China. I understand the streaming service has also picked up 2nd run rights in North America (where CMC Pictures has theatrical), Australia, New Zealand and Korea. Billed as the first Hollywood style sci-fi blockbuster out of the Middle Kingdom, the movie this past weekend became the No. 2 film ever at the Chinese box office with $560M local through Sunday… Read