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Berlin: Market Forces Reshape Indie Biz — Again

9 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2016 European Film Market isn’t without star power. Richard Gere toplines the Protagonist Pictures-sold psychological drama “The Dinner,” from Oren Moverman; Adam Driver (Rylo Ken to “Star Wars” fans) stars in Jim Jarmusch comedy “Paterson” from K5 Intl.; James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander grace Wim Wender’s “Submergence,” from Embankment.

But as indie film execs are getting ready for the market, which runs concurrently with the Berlin Intl. Film Festival from Feb. 11 to 21, nobody expects to see a bonanza of English-language star-laden vehicles for sale.

“There likely won’t be a crop of bigger new movies,” says Im Global’s Stuart Ford. “There will be a few. But I don’t think we’ll see a sudden boom.”

Blame the market forces within the international indie biz. In 2012, multiple sales companies launched as institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals moved into independent film finance — and needed sales agents to match equity with pre-sales. »

- John Hopewell

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Match Factory Secures Sales for ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’

27 January 2016 12:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Germany’s The Match Factory has taken international sales on “Sicilian Ghost Story,” the non-conventional Mafia pic now in pre-production to be directed by hot Italian directorial duo Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza. Project is among winners of this year’s Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award. Billed as a Brothers Grimm meets Cosa Nostra pic, “Sicilian Ghost Story” is about a 13-year-old Sicilian girl named Luna who refuses to accept the sudden disappearance of Giuseppe, the young boy she loves, when he is kidnapped because he is the son of a Mafia boss.

Pic set to start shooting this fall, is being produced by Massimo Cristaldi in tandem with Indigo Film, the shingle behind Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty.” Gaul’s Mact Prods. and Jpg Films, and Match Factory, are co-producing.

Grassadonia and Piazza’s feature debut “Salvo,” an atmospheric Sicilian hit-man thriller, made a splash after launching from »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs – ‘The Signature Collection’ Blu Review

24 January 2016 7:35 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is a true Hollywood classic. Released for the first time in December 1937. the first full-length Disney feature is a brilliant portrayal of the brothers Grimm’s chilling tale of an evil queen and the beautiful Snow White. The film reflects many of the social conditions of the time; the depression had just passed and songs such as “whistle while you work” were intended to promote a strong work ethic to the young children of America. The budget of the film was a staggering $500,000, around double the cost of an average film, yet the payoff was huge as this was the film that launched Disney’s decades-long domination of the animated features market.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs arrives on Blu-ray February 2nd in a new two disc set packaged in a slipcover that replicates the artwork beneath. This is not the first release of the film. »

- Tom Stockman

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‘Little Prince’ Takes Soumache and Rassam’s On to Another Level

19 January 2016 3:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – These are halcyon days for Paris-based On Entertainment, already one of the top two-or-three animation companies in Europe.

On Friday night, a moved Aton Soumache, On president, took to the stage with partner Dimitri Rassam to accept UniFrance’s French Cinema Award, reminding audiences the award has been 19 years in the making, in a reference to his founding Method Animation, now part of On, in September 1997.

On’s first big animated movie, “The Little Prince,” helmed by “Kung Fu Panda” director Mark Osborne, has just punched $100 million mark worldwide, and counting, ranking as the highest-grossing French animated movie in international markets in the last 20 years. On Dec. 6, Nickelodeon bowed Stateside “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir,” where it rubs shoulders with “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” “Ladybug” is already a No. 1 animation show for broadcaster TF1 in France.

France hosts Europe’s biggest animation industry, producing »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Classic Fairytale Snow White coming to Bollywood!

11 January 2016 1:28 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

As director duo Radhika Rao-Vinay Sapru’s Sanam Teri Kasam nears release, it has been revealed that their next is a musical, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Based on the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tale, their film will be set in the hinterlands of India, and against the backdrop of the brass band culture of the North.

As per reports, filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker too has been planning a modern-day take on the popular fairy-tale. But while Vinay and Radhika’s ‘Snow White’ will kick-start in March-April with a known star cast targeting a 2016 release, Gowariker’s film is expected to roll towards the end of the year.

Radhika and Vinay are known for lending a larger-than-life fairy-tale like charm to their works. Be it their music videos, their film Lucky: No Time For Love starring Salman Khan and Sneha Ullal or their superhit songs including Dabangg’s »

- Stacey Yount

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