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PARIS -- The divorce papers were finalized Sunday as the end officially arrived for the three-year joint distribution venture Gaumont Columbia TriStar France.
As the U.S. studio and French major go their separate ways, the Columbia TriStar label is taking on its mother studio's name, Sony Pictures France. Sony's 32-strong team will continue to be run by Eric Brune, with Alexandre Bihn heading up the marketing division and Etienne Reynard head of sales.
From now through the end of the year, Sony will release six films in French theaters including Hostel: Part II on July 11, Daddy Day Camp on Aug. 15 and Surf's Up on Oct. 24, for a total of 15 films in 2007. The studio plans to increase its theatrical output in the territory to 18-22 films next year.
After a successful 2006 boxoffice that featured You Are So Handsome, OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and The Valet, Gaumont is hoping for a strong second half of 2007 with seven titles including Michel Boujenah's 3 Friends on Aug. 22; Christine Carriere's Darling on Nov. 7, starring Cesar-winner Guillaume Canet; and Djamel Bensalah's Big City, starring only children, Dec. 12.
"We'll miss our colleagues at Columbia, that's for sure." »
Britain's Atkinson will be in Montreal to introduce a screening of "Mr. Bean's Holiday" while Corddry will stump for his latest feature, "The Ten". Also bound for the 11th installment of Comedia is French director Michel Boujenah ("Three Men and a Baby"), who will preview his latest comedy, "3 Amis", as well as the French version of "Hairspray".
Wayans will host "The Best of Comedia" showcase on July 18.
Just For Laughs COO Bruce Hills told reporters that Comedia, set to run July 12-22, is the largest festival of comic shorts worldwide.
Hills described this year's lineup as "by far the most ambitious festival to date," with a record 125 short films from 16 countries unspooling.
Also on tap for Montreal, as part of Comedia's "Big Stars, Short Films" program, is "My Wife is Retarded", an off-the-wall exploration of mariage from Sean Astin; "I Am Bob?" which portrays rock star Bob Geldoff auditioning for the role of a Bob Geldof impersonator; and a mockumentary from Rainn Wilson ("The Office") titled "Lance is a Jerk", in which he plays the personal assistant of cycling legend Lance Armstrong. »
2 items from 2007
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