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BBC Ranked as the World’s Most Prolific Producer of Content in 2016

22 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris – The BBC was the world’s leading producer of content in 2016, with more than 340 new programs produced, including “The Night Manager” and “The Hunt,” according to a survey unveiled by Eurodata TV Worldwide.

The BBC was followed by Endemol Shine, which produced, among other shows, “SuperKids” and the British adaptation of the Israeli series “The A Word,” while Zodiak/Banijay and Warner came third. ITV ranked fifth, according to Eurodata.

While the U.K. remained the second biggest (behind the U.S.) distributor of content worldwide last year, France ranked third thanks to popular shows like “Le bureau des legendes” and “Versailles.” Germany ranked fourth with formats such as “The Brain” or “Nation’s Brightest.” Germany is also producing more and more quality fiction drama such as Zdf’s “Rebel with a cause.”

Looking at trends in format sales, Eurodata identified North America, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Western Europe as hot spots accounting for 42% to »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Thn’S 2017 Comic Book Movie Preview

17 January 2017 12:49 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

After a year that felt longer than a marathon screening of the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy, 2016 is finally over. The heartbreak, headaches and downright hilarity of the year we would all like to forget, is now behind us.

Now, fear not! 2017 is here to save the day and it is absolutely packed full of all your favourite costumed crime-fighters. From Wall crawlers, to demigods, to eccentric spies, this year has it all. So, sit back, relax and let your friendly neighbourhood Thn talk you through what 2017 has in store. Check out our Comic Book Movie Preview!

1. The Lego Batman Movie

First up is the highly anticipated Lego Movie spin-off, focusing on Will Arnett’s hilariously parodied version of Batman. While the idea was initially met with skepticism, trailers have so far indicated that this could be one of the caped crusaders greatest cinematic outings yet.

The film also boasts »

- Ben Read

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'The Warrior’s Gate': Film Review

17 January 2017 12:36 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The latest from Luc Besson’s B-action-adventure factory owes a debt of gratitude to Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall for casting a long, obfuscating shadow for it to hide beneath, chiefly due to its Matt Damon-based whitewashing controversy. Unlike that film, which for better or worse had a plot that hinged on a foreign traveler in China, director Matthias Hoene’s The Warrior’s Gate truly does pivot on a “scrawny” white gamer saving a princess and ensuring peace for the Chinese realm. The $50-million film is the first in EuropaCorp and Shanghai-based Fundamental Films' three-pic co-production deal and is the latest East-West »

- Elizabeth Kerr

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New images and promo for ‘Taken: The Series’

16 January 2017 4:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Liam Neeson movie franchise Taken is headed to television! Set to debut on February 27th 2017, at least in the Us, Taken: The Series follows in the footsteps of that other Luc Besson franchise The Transporter, moving the action to television with a recast of its hero… This version, set to air on NBC, sees Clive Standen (Vikings, Camelot, Doctor Who) taking up the mantel of [a younger] Bryan Mills as he fights to overcome tragedy and exact revenge as a deadly CIA operative.

From the press release:

From Executive Producer Luc Besson (Taken, The Fifth Element) comes a thrilling new addition to his iconic blockbuster action-film franchise. This new, modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the origin story of younger, hungrier, former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, Vikings) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is »

- Phil Wheat

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4th Paris Images Trade Show Announces Threefold Increase in Foreign Production Spend in France in 2016

16 January 2017 1:16 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The organizers of the five-event Paris Images Trade Show, one of the world’s biggest film production and post-production trade fairs, has disclosed that total foreign spend under France’s tax rebate for international shoots tripled in 2016, with a further rise predicted this year.

Over recent years, France has invested significantly in its technical infrastructure, including the construction of new studio facilities, such as Luc Besson’s Paris Studios and the Provence Studios near Marseille. The country also boasts world-leading animation and VFX shops, including Illumination MacGuff, Mikros Images, TeamTO, Buf and Cube Creative.

One of the key drivers of the rising demand for Gallic technical facilities is France’s Trip international tax rebate scheme, whose rate was upped from 20% to 30% of spend in France from Jan. 1, 2016.

Trip has had a key role in tripling foreign investment, said two of Paris Images’ organizers, Valérie Lépine-Karnik, CEO of Film France, and Yann Marchet, »

- Martin Dale

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New promo for the Taken TV series showcases Bryan Mills’ particular set of skills

15 January 2017 11:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Over the weekend NBC unveiled a batch of images from the series premiere of Taken [check them out here], and now the network has released a new promo for the upcoming series entitled ‘His Skills Are Particular’; take a look below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for the Taken TV series here

From Executive Producer Luc Besson (“Taken,” “The Fifth Element”) comes a thrilling new addition to his iconic blockbuster action-film franchise. This new, modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the origin story of younger, hungrier, former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, “Vikings”) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills.

Taken is set to premiere on February 27th and sees Clive Standen taking on the Liam Neeson »

- Amie Cranswick

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Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘La La Land’ Ride Oscar Wave on Soft Holiday Weekend

15 January 2017 1:23 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As far as the box office is concerned, the Martin Luther King holiday weekend might better be dubbed Memorial Day, as six new wide releases are weak or dying. Despite a wide array of product which should have boosted totals, this weekend looks to be down 19 per cent from last year.

On the other hand, Oscar contenders “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox) and “La La Land”(Lionsgate) continued to surf cresting audience enthusiasm to place first and second for the three day weekend.

School vacation Monday results may boost Universal’s “Sing” and possibly Disney’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” to higher positions. Animated musical “Sing” is holding well, with a 33 per cent drop. “Rogue One,” though now the top-grossing 2016 domestic release, is falling far faster than juggernaut “Force Awakens” a year ago.

The Top Ten

1. Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox) Week 4 – Last weekend #1

$20,450,000 (-10%) in 3,286 theaters (+815); PTA »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Review: ‘Sleepless’ is a Generic Thriller That Runs on Auto-Pilot

14 January 2017 12:30 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If Sleepless doesn’t seem like it is doing anything new it’s, well, not. A remake of Frederic Jardin’s 2011 thriller Nuit blanche (Sleepless Night) rebooted as a low-rent Luc Besson-style affair with half the wit, Sleepless isn’t an unbearable experience. It’s just not a terribly original film, one that seems to suffer a fate like many Hollywood-ized imports taken on by foreign directors: they bring all the style, but leave behind the substance and wit. As often happens, something is lost in translation, even if the absurd hand-to-hand combat and action “thrills” in a contained setting remain intact.

Swedish director Baran bo Odar helms from a script by Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) that, truth be told, could have been adapted into a tense little thriller in the right hands. One sequence involving a stabbing had me nostalgic for Park Chan-wook and what he might have brought to the table. »

- John Fink

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Check out a batch of images from the Taken TV series premiere

14 January 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Taken set to get underway next month, a batch of images have arrived online for the premiere episode of NBC’s prequel series which you can check out below…

See Also: Watch the trailer for the Taken TV series here

From Executive Producer Luc Besson (“Taken,” “The Fifth Element”) comes a thrilling new addition to his iconic blockbuster action-film franchise. This new, modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the origin story of younger, hungrier, former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, “Vikings”) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills.

Taken is set to premiere on February 27th and sees Standen joined in the cast by Jennifer Beals, Brooklyn Sudano, Gaius Charles, Monique Gabriela Curnen, »

- Amie Cranswick

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French cinema takes rare nosedive by Richard Mowe - 2017-01-14 11:39:54

14 January 2017 3:39 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

French cinema’s hopes for 2017 pinned on Luc Besson’s Valerian Photo: EuropaCorp Although the annual Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris every January (running until Monday) is designed to trumpet the achievements of le cinéma Français there was no good news in the figures unveiled last night (January 13), which saw a downturn in admissions for French films, dipping below 50 million for the first time in ten years.

The box office take overseas plunged 69 per cent last year compared to 2015 when such titles as Luc Besson’s Lucy and the latest in the Taken franchise bolstered numbers. Gilles Renouard, Unifrance’s deputy director, noted that such films were the exception rather than the norm. Titles which performed strongly were cited as English-language French 3D animated fantasy The Little Prince and the English-language thriller Shut In as well as The Sense of Wonder, The New Adventures Of Aladdin, Up for Love, »

- Richard Mowe

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French Films’ International Box Office Plunges in 2016

13 January 2017 11:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Box office for French film exports plunged 63% last year, compared to 2015, to €230 million ($240.4 million) off 34 million ticket sales, down 69%, as no new English-language French movie caught fire in either the U.S. or China, according to provisional 2016 figures announced by French export org UniFrance Friday.

For lack of a big new entry, “The Little Prince,” the No. 2 best theatrical performer outside France in 2015, ranked No. 1 in 2016. Underperforming in the U.S., EuropaCorp scare-fest “Shut In” was still France’s second-best performer in 2016.

Marking the weakest performance by French films’ outside France this century, the box office nosedive can be put down to the fact that Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp’s saw no big hit last year. Indeed, not since 2000 had French films punched less than 40 million admissions at the international box office. “We have become accustomed to the exceptional- films like ‘Lucy’ and ‘Taken’  making 20 million-30 million admissions,” and that is not normal, »

- John Hopewell

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Horror Channel FrightFest announces 2017 Glasgow Film Festival line-up

13 January 2017 7:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

 

Horror Channel FrightFest has announced its line-up for the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival next month, bringing a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres. Check out the full line-up here…

Thurs 23 Feb – Gft Screen 1

21:00 A Cure For Wellness (Special screening)

An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from an idyllic but mysterious “wellness centre” at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa’s miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

Director: Gore Verbinski. Cast: Dane DeHaan, Mia Goth, Jason Isaacs, Celia Imrie. USA 2017. 18.  126 mins, Thanks to 20th Century Fox.

23:40 Phantasm: Remastered (Scottish Premiere)

Set to introduce a new generation to the deranged charms of the cult classic, »

- Gary Collinson

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Frightfest announce Glasgow 2017 line-up of Fourteen films!

13 January 2017 7:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Horror Channel FrightFest celebrates 12th year at Glasgow Film Festival with record-breaking fourteen titles – including Ten premieres and a screening of the 4K restoration of Phantasm!

FrightFest Passes are £70 and available from noon on Mon January 16th 2016.  Passes cover all films on Fri 24 and Sat 25 Feb Only. Tickets for A Cure for Wellness and Phantasm: Remastered. Individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Mon January 23rd from 10am.

To book tickets: +44 (0)141 332 6535 / boxoffice@glasgowfilm.org / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival

From the press release:

Monstrous stories, unspeakable urban legends, brutal acts and fearsome folktales dominate as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the Glasgow Film Festival with a record fourteen films, including ten UK premieres, screening from Thurs 23 Feb to Sat 25 Feb 2017 at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre.

Kicking off with a special screening of A Cure For Wellness, an intense psychological ride from Gore Verbinski, »

- Phil Wheat

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UTA Signs ‘Taken’ Helmer Pierre Morel

12 January 2017 3:30 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: UTA just emerged victorious in a signing derby for Taken director Pierre Morel. The filmmaker had been repped by CAA and had been in play since his agent Spencer Baumgarten left. Baumgarten, now at ICM Partners, was in the mix, as was Verve, but the team at UTA won the day. Morel, who came up as a cinematographer working closely with Luc Besson in France, has directed Taken, District B13, From Paris With Love and most recently the Sean Penn-starrer The Gunman… »

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Why Luc Besson's 'Valerian' May Determine the Fate of Europe's Most High-Profile Studio

11 January 2017 6:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an ambitious $200 million sci-fi epic set for release this summer. The film already has prompted Besson's EuropaCorp — one of Europe's largest and most influential entertainment companies — to make major changes.

EuropaCorp long has been considered one of a handful of successful European studios thanks to the Taken and Transporter franchises as well as the 2014 Scarlett Johansson vehicle Lucy. But its fortunes have soured in recent years, and »

- Rhonda Richford

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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Other Angle Pictures Boards ‘In and Out,’ ‘Grounded,’ ‘Just Divorced’ (Exclusive)

6 January 2017 2:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In a classic division of labor between a Hollywood studio and independent sales company, Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, France’s biggest comedy export specialist, has boarded three new French titles to be distributed in France by Universal Pictures International France: “In and Out,” “Grounded,” and “Just Divorced.”

Headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, Other Angle Pictures will take up the three comedies with buyers at next week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris. It is also representing two titles from Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Production, which is positioning itself as the Working Title of France, producing upscale mainstream comedies with higher-profile casts and significant production values. “The Belier Family,” Vendome’s biggest hit to date, grossed about $64 million in France; Omar Sy-starrer “Two Is a Family” has earned over $15 million so far since its Dec. 12 bow.

In and Out” is the first pickup made by Xavier Albert, »

- John Hopewell

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Deadpool Creator Plans Extreme Universe Movie Franchise

4 January 2017 2:42 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After the massive success of the R-rated smash hit Deadpool, that comic book's co-creator is heading back to the big screen in an extreme way. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld is teaming up with producers Graham King, Akiva Goldsman, Brooklyn Weaver and Fundamental Films, to create new movies based on comic book characters he has created in what has come to be known as the Extreme Universe. This sprawling universe covers nine comic books and over 100 characters, although it is't clear which character will come to the big screen first.

Deadline reports that this is the first "big rights deal" of 2017, worth north of seven figures, according to the site's sources. Some of the more notable characters included in the Extreme Universe include Brigade, Bloodstrike, Cybrid, Lethal, Re-Gex, Bloodwulf, Battlestone, Baboom and Nitro-Gen. After shepherding the writers room for the Transformers franchise, Akiva Goldsman will take over the same role for the Extreme Universe movies. »

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New Valerian Pic Unveils A High-Ranking Alien; Luc Besson Teases “Rich World”

4 January 2017 6:45 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After dabbling with cerebral science fiction in 2014’s Lucy, writer-director Luc Besson is set to introduce moviegoers to a brand new, and wildly ambitious space opera later this year.

It’s called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an effects-laden blockbuster that has already drawn comparisons to Jupiter Ascending and, perhaps most exciting of all, The Fifth Element, Besson’s cult sci-fi that’s set to ring in its 20th anniversary in 2017 – how very apropos. But in tapping into the French graphic novel by Pierre Christin, Luc Besson is engineering a fairly different cinematic experience with Valerian, which can essentially be pitched as an intergalactic road trip movie concerning two cops (Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan) who fight to protect a utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets from the baddies.

Expect themes of time travel and other sci-fi conventions to rear their head in Valerian, one »

- Michael Briers

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EuropaCorp to Lay Off Bulk of Theatrical Distribution Staff, Reveals What’s Next for ‘Valerian’ (Exclusive)

3 January 2017 12:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After a series of film flops such as “Miss Sloane” and “Nine Lives,” EuropaCorp knew it needed to shake up its distribution system before the release next summer of “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” With a budget of more than $170 million, the sci-fi epic is one of the most expensive independent films ever made. It’s also a passion project of EuropaCorp founder Luc Besson, who directed the movie.

On Tuesday, EuropaCorp announced that it was bringing in Stx Entertainment, the studio behind “Bad Moms” and “The Gift,” to oversee the marketing and distribution of “Valerian.” The two companies have signed a multi-year pact that will find EuropaCorp outsourcing its theatrical distribution team.

“Due to Luc’s track record and the excitement surrounding the upcoming release of ‘Valerian’ and a number of other factors, we found ourselves in the attractive position of being courted by many different »

- Brent Lang

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EuropaCorp, Stx in Us distribution deal

3 January 2017 10:56 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Three-year deal will see Stx release Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets plus three other EuropaCorp films in 2017.

Stx Motion Pictures Group and EuropaCorp Films USA have signed a three-year deal for Stx to handle Us theatrical marketing and distribution of EuropaCorp’s upcoming features.

The first four films under the deal, all to be released in 2017, are comic book adaptation Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (pictured), written and directed by Besson; The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson; Lone Scherfig’s UK-set romantic comedy Their Finest; and heist adventure Renegades, written by Besson and Richard Wenk and directed by Steven Quale.

According to a statement from the companies, EuropaCorp will maintain its 50% ownership of Red alongside the new arrangement with Stx. EuropaCorp formed distribution and marketing operation Red in 2014 with Relativity Media and before Relativity hit financial trouble the joint venture had been expected to release Valerian in the Us »

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