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Rai Com Sales Chief Mattia Oddone Joins New Italian Production Company Propaganda Italia (Exclusive)

Rai Com Sales Chief Mattia Oddone Joins New Italian Production Company Propaganda Italia (Exclusive)
Cannes — The head of international sales at Italy’s prominent Rai Com company, Mattia Oddone, has stepped down to become managing director of Propaganda Italia, a new Italian production company which has a slate of film and TV projects for the international market in various stages.

These include an ambitious revenge crimer toplining Italian A-lister Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”).

Propaganda Italia was set up in 2014 as a separately operated spin off of the Italian subsidiary of global entertainment marketing firm Propaganda Gem by Italian media exec Marina Marzotto who has also served as CEO of Italian distributor Moviemax.

Besides his managerial role Oddone is boarding Propaganda Italia as an investor in the company.

They have plans for three feature films in the Euros 3-5 million range over the next three years and also a bigger Euros 15-20 million project for which they have acquired the script, which is still being kept under wraps, for which they
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Asia Argento, More Models Detail Harvey Weinstein’s Italian Connection (Exclusive)

Asia Argento, More Models Detail Harvey Weinstein’s Italian Connection (Exclusive)
Actress-director Asia Argento, and models Samantha Panagrosso and Zoe Brock have come forward with new details heightening the scrutiny on Fabrizio Lombardo, the former head of a short-lived Miramax Italy unit, and who allegedly acted as a procurer of women for Harvey Weinstein.

Two of the three women Variety spoke to also claim they were sexually assaulted by Weinstein. Panagrosso, in the latest set of allegations against Weinstein, says she was groped by the Hollywood mogul in a hotel swimming pool in Cannes, and then assaulted in the cabin of a yacht during the 2003 film festival. Brock alleges she was tricked into going back to Weinstein’s hotel, and Argento alleges she was raped by Weinstein after being taken by Lombardo to Weinstein’s room, a claim he has refuted.

Lombardo has denied Argento’s claims in a statement. Variety has reached out to his Italian lawyer for further comment.

In an interview with Variety,
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Vivendi Headquarters Raided by Police Amid Spat With Mediaset

Vivendi’s Paris headquarters were raided by police Thursday as part of an investigation into alleged market manipulation involving its acquisition of a stake in Italian broadcaster Mediaset.

The probe was launched by Milan prosecutors following a criminal complaint filed by Mediaset and its majority shareholder Fininvest, a holding owned by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his family, in December.

The Paris headquarters of the French bank Natixis, one of the banks mandated by Vivendi to carry out the acquisition of Mediaset’s stake, has also been searched, according to local reports. Contacted by Variety, Natixis was unavailable to comment.

Vivendi confirmed the raid and issued a brief statement saying that its management “reaffirms that it acquired its stake in Mediaset totally legally and transparently and remains absolutely confident in the conclusion of this disagreement.”

Vivendi is currently Mediaset’s second-biggest shareholder with a 28.8% stake and 29.9% of voting rights – behind Fininvest, which
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DirecTV to Launch Mediaset Italia Channel

Mediaset Italia is coming to America via DirecTV on Sep. 20.

The new channel is hoping to gain an audience among the 17 million Italian-Americans living in the U.S. It will feature sports events, entertainment, news and Italian cinema direct from the Silvio Berlusconi-founded media empire. 

The DirecTV offering will feature a "best of" offering of Mediaset's various entertainment properties including shows from the TG5 news brand as well as popular TV originals including Squadra Mobile: operazione mafia capitale, Caduta libera and C'e posta per te. 

"We are proud to be the first Italian channel on the most popular U.S. satellite...
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Venice Film Review: ‘Cinderella the Cat’

Venice Film Review: ‘Cinderella the Cat’
Slick, creative animation and largely enjoyable music make “Cinderella the Cat” one of the best Italian animated films of recent years and a step up from co-director Alessandro Rak’s well-regarded 2013 debut, “The Art of Happiness.” This time, Rak and equal collaborators Ivan Cappiello, Marino Guarnieri, and Dario Sansone are again in Naples, using a riff on the Cinderella story to comment on the city’s failed promises while also making sly asides about Italian corruption in general. Jazzy numbers are the best in a full score, and the use of 3D software incorporated into the 2D format creates a fantasy world of evocative multi-plane imagery. Adult animation lovers will feel rewarded, and international distribution could result if buzz is strong enough.

Visionary scientist Vittorio Basile (Mariano Rigillo) lives on his vast ship in the Bay of Naples, where he makes plans for the betterment of the city. Preoccupied by grand projects and his imminent marriage to
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Italy's Vision makes Keira Knightley movie first int'l release

Italy's Vision makes Keira Knightley movie first int'l release
Exclusive: Colette first English-language film for buyer backed by Sky; will co-release with Good Films.

Wash Westmoreland’s (Still Alice) upcoming biopic Colette, starring Keira Knightley, will be the first international title released by major new Italian distributor Vision Distribution, which is backed by Sky Italia.

Vision will release the movie in partnership with Good Films who picked up the anticipated biopic from HanWay last year.

A launch date has yet to be finalised for the film, which is currently in production.

The Wire And The Affair star Dominic West stars opposite Keira Knightley in Colette, which is based on the colourful life of the French author who wrote Gigi and Cheri and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948. Producers are Killer Films, Number 9 and Bold Films.

Shakeup

Headed by former Warner Bros. Italy managing director Nicola Maccanico, Vision Distribution is the Jv between Sky Italia - Italy’s top pay-tv provider - and major local producers
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Italy’s Iconic Cinecittà Studios Returns to State Ownership, Gets Ready for Revamp

Rome – Italy’s iconic Cinecittà Studios, where “Ben-Hur” and other classics were filmed, is returning to state ownership after nearly a decade in private hands, with a planned revamp involving the construction of two new soundstages on the studios’ backlot.

Italian state entity Istituto Luce-Cinecittà has reached an agreement to buy out the private consortium that was running the facility once known as “Hollywood on the Tiber.” Privatization of the sprawling studios on Rome’s outskirts was completed in 2008, after having begun a year earlier under the government of former conservative Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The consortium, which includes producer Aurelio De Laurentiis, Italian Entertainment Group and fashion mogul Diego Della Valle, had taken a majority stake in the complex founded by Benito Mussolini in 1937. Hollywood swords-and-sandals epics such as “Ben-Hur” and “Quo Vadis” were shot there during Cinecittà’s heyday in the 1950s.

Financial details of the Cinecittà buy-back by the Istituto Cinecittà-Luce
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Buys Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Loro,’ The Orchard Picks Up ‘Thumper’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Buys Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Loro,’ The Orchard Picks Up ‘Thumper’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to Jordan Ross’s directorial debut “Thumper,” starring “Orange is the New Black’s” Pablo Schreiber. The gritty crime thriller debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was written and directed by Ross. The movie also stars Eliza Taylor, Lena Headey, Ben Feldman, Grant Harvey and Daniel Webber. Set in a town of low-income and fractured families, “Thumper” is centered around a group of teens that are lured into working for a dangerous drug dealer. A new girl arrives into town hiding a dangerous secret that will impact everybody and change their lives forever.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Mubi Buys Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for a Day,’ FilmRise
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Paolo Sorrentino's Silvio Berlusconi project lands at Focus

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Pathé to sell Italian-language Loro outside Italy.

Focus Features has acquired Italian rights to Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro (Them) starring Toni Servillo (pictured) as Silvio Berlusconi, the controversial and larger-than-life former prime minister, Mediaset founder and former AC Milan owner.

Universal Pictures Italy will distribute the feature and Indigo Films anticipates a summer start. Pathé is co-producing Loro and will handle sales outside Italy.

Sorrentino, who served on this year’s Cannes competition jury and whose English-language HBO show The Young Pope starring Jude Law is expected to be an Emmys contender, will direct Loro from a screenplay he co-wrote with Umberto Contarello.

It is understood the project will centre on Berlusconi and his entourage. Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, and Carlotta Calori serve as producers.

Servillo starred in Sorrentino’s foreign-language Oscar winner The Great Beauty and Il Divo, in which he portrayed another Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti.

“Given Focus’ commitment to collaborating with global filmmakers
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Paolo Sorrentino's Silvio Berlusconi project lands at Focus Features

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Pathé to sell Italian-language Loro outside Italy.

Focus Features has acquired Italian rights to Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro (Them) starring Toni Servillo (pictured) as Silvio Berlusconi, the controversial and larger-than-life former prime minister, Mediaset founder and former AC Milan owner.

Universal Pictures Italy will distribute the feature and Indigo Films anticipates a summer start. Pathé is co-producing Loro and will handle sales outside Italy.

Sorrentino, who served on this year’s Cannes competition jury and whose English-language HBO show The Young Pope starring Jude Law is expected to be an Emmys contender, will direct Loro from a screenplay he co-wrote with Umberto Contarello.

It is understood the project will centre on Berlusconi and his entourage. Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, and Carlotta Calori serve as producers.

Servillo starred in Sorrentino’s foreign-language Oscar winner The Great Beauty and Il Divo, in which he portrayed another Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti.

“Given Focus’ commitment to collaborating with global filmmakers
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Focus Acquires Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi Project ‘Loro’ For Italy

Exclusive: Focus Features has acquired Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming Loro for release in Italy where it will be distributed by Universal Pictures' local outpost. The Oscar-winner's event project stars The Great Beauty's Toni Servillo as Silvio Berlusconi, the media mogul and erstwhile Prime Minister. From Indigo Film, the Italian-language Loro (Them) begins production this summer. Outside of Italy, sales are handled by Pathé, which is co-producing. Sorrentino directs from a…
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Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé

Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé
Pathé does brisk business across Cannes slate.

Pathé International saw brisk business on its Cannes slate, highlighted by a previously announced multi-territory deal with Focus for Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming chiller The Little Stranger.

Also among sellers were Gurinder Chadha’s drama Viceroy’s House, which scored a Us deal with IFC, and Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming Silvio Berlusconi movie Loro, which will reunite the director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo.

The movie, due to start production in July, sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute the film in France and Switzerland.

Dany Boon’s La Ch’tite Famille scored pre-sales in Germany (Concorde), Italy (Rai Cinema), Spain (Tripictures), Greece (Feelgood), Poland (Kinoswiat), Netherland (Paradiso) and Canada (Az films).

The film goes into production next month and is scheduled
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Cannes: Gurinder Chadha, Paolo Sorrentino, Dany Boon Films Score Deals for Pathe (Exclusive)

IFC has picked up Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy House,” starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, from Pathe for U.S. release. The historic drama premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and the deal was announced in Cannes.

Pathe also clinched a raft of deals on Paolo Sorrentino’s anticipated “Loro” and “Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” which, along with Lenny Abrahamson’s “The Little Stranger,” are part of Pathe’s strong slate at Cannes film market.

Sorrentino’s anticipated “Loro”, in which Toni Servillo will star as Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, was pre-sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia(McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute “Loro” in France and Switzerland. Production will kick off in July.

Meanwhile, “La Ch’tite Famille,” the latest film by French comedy expert Boon,
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Cannes: IFC Acquires Gurinder Chadha's 'Viceroy's House'

Cannes: IFC Acquires Gurinder Chadha's 'Viceroy's House'
Gurinder Chadha's Viceroy's House, which had its world premiere in Berlin in February and has since been released in the U.K. and other territories, has found a home in the U.S.

IFC picked up the title, starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson and set in India during the tumultuous and deadly partition in 1947. 

The acquisition was among a slew of sales announced by Pathe from the Cannes market.

Elsewhere, Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming Loro, about Silvio Berlusconi, which reunites the Oscar-winning director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo, sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood),...
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How the Cannes Market Lost Its Mojo

The sun has been out in force at this year’s Cannes, heating up the red carpets and parties that line the Croisette, the seaside resort’s main thoroughfare. In the hotel suites where most of the deals go down at the annual gathering of studio executives and producers, the temperature has been a lot cooler. As it reaches its midpoint, bidding wars, usually a staple of Cannes, have been virtually non-existent. After losing their shirts on splashy acquisitions that sank at the box office, it’s as if the industry made a pact to not to get burned again.

“People have been more cautious,” said Arianna Bocco, exec VP of acquisitions and productions at IFC & Sundance Selects. “There’s been a true market correction.”

This year’s Cannes has proved to be one of the starkest reminders yet that the movie business is in flux, independent films aren’t
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Paolo Sorrentino working on 'The New Pope' with Sky, HBO

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Paolo Sorrentino working on 'The New Pope' with Sky, HBO
Oscar-winner returns to the Vatican with brand new show.

Sky and HBO have announced a joint production of The New Pope, created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the creator of The Young Pope.

The show is a new series set in the Vatican and is not a continution of The Young Pope, which starred Jude Law.

The screenplay is being written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello.

The show is produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside, in co-production with Mediapro and the international distributor is FremantleMedia International.

It will go into production late next year in Italy and casting for the role of the new Pope, as well as additional roles, will soon be underway.

Italian director Sorrentino, who has been nominated for the Palme d’Or five times (Youth, The Great Beauty, This Must Be The Place, Family Friend and The Consequences Of Love), is on the Competition Jury at the Cannes Film Festival
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‘The Young Pope’ Is Over; ‘The New Pope’ Is Paolo Sorrentino’s New Limited Series for HBO

‘The Young Pope’ Is Over; ‘The New Pope’ Is Paolo Sorrentino’s New Limited Series for HBO
Cue the white smoke. There will be a new pope in town… again.

HBO announced on Tuesday the new limited series “The New Pope” from Paolo Sorrentino, who previously created the critically acclaimed “The Young Pope.” It is the second limited series from the Oscar winner set in the world of the modern papacy.

Sorrento and Umberto Cantarello will work on the screenplay (although Sorrentino told IndieWire in February that he had already written Season 2). The joint production between HBO and Sky won’t begin shooting until late 2018 in Italy. That delay might be because, according to a Variety report, Sorrentino is currently busy finishing a screenplay for “Loro,” his film about Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi that begins production this summer.

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino on Lenny’s Fate and and Hopeful Plans for a Second Season

The Young Pope” aired earlier this year
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‘Fate of the Furious’ Speeds to Record-Breaking $65 Million Opening Day in China

‘Fate of the Furious’ Speeds to Record-Breaking $65 Million Opening Day in China
Will “The Fate of the Furious” have a bigger opening weekend in North America, or in China? The race is likely to be tight.

“Furious 8” accumulated an unprecedented $65.6 million (RMB453 million) in China by the end of Friday. Known locally as “The Fast and The Furious 8,” the film broke at least two all-time China box office records on its opening run.

The movie earned $10.4 million during preview screenings in North America, putting the U.S. take narrowly ahead of the Middle Kingdom’s gross of $8.24 million. But the getaway was nothing short of spectacular in China, where the movie is released by state-owned distributors China Film Group Corporation and Huaxia Film Distribution.

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‘The Young Pope’ Season 2 Seems Unlikely Anytime Soon, As Paolo Sorrentino Sets New Film

‘The Young Pope’ Season 2 Seems Unlikely Anytime Soon, As Paolo Sorrentino Sets New Film
The Young Pope” will just have to wait his turn.

The HBO series starring Jude Law as the first-ever American pontiff finished its critically acclaimed first season in February, and fans are eagerly awaiting word (or is it white smoke?) on a second season. But all that will have to hold for now: Creator Paolo Sorrentino is already busy on his next project.

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino on Lenny’s Fate and Hopeful Plans for a Second Season

According to Variety, Sorrentino is finishing a screenplay for his film about Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, with “The Great Beauty” actor Toni Servillo cast in the lead.

The working title for the Italian-language film is “Loro,” which translates to “Them.” Production should begin this summer.

In February, Sorrentino said that he had already completed the scripts for Season 2 of “The Young Pope.” Co-producers Sky, HBO, and
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The Great Beauty’s Toni Servillo to play Silvio Berlusconi for Paolo Sorrentino

The Great Beauty star Toni Servillo is set to reunite with director Paolo Sorrentino on the filmmaker’s new project Loro, where he will take on the role of Italian media mogul and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

According to Variety, the Italian-language film will explore Berlusconi and his inner circle, and Sorrentino is putting the finishing touches to the script while Indigo Film, the company behind all of Sorrentino’s previous movies, seeks to raise the necessary financing. This is apparently proving tricky, as both The Great Beauty and Youth were co-funded by Medusa, a company controlled by Berlusconi, which is not involved with this latest project.

Sorrentino recently helmed Sky and HBO’s The Young Pope starring Jude Law. He has written a second season, although it is yet to receive an official green light, freeing up the filmmaker for a return to the big screen.
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