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Cannes Exec ‘Stupefied’ by Morocco’s Ban on Prostitution Drama ‘Much Loved’

29 May 2015 5:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Cannes Directors’ Fortnight topper Edouard Waintrop has joined the flurry of international filmmakers and producers who are protesting Morocco’s ban on Nabil Ayouch’s prostitution-themed drama “Much Loved.”

Since world-premiering at Directors’ Fortnight, “Much Loved” has prompted an avalanche of criticism from conservative and radical voices across the web and an eventual ban from Morocco’s Ministry of Communication for “serious outrage to the moral values of the Moroccan woman.” Ayouch and “Much Loved” star Loubna Abidar have also been targeted by death threats on social networks.

Waintrop said he was “stupefied” to learn of the official ban and death threats in Morocco — a country that “welcomes many French and international film shoots and hosts the Marrakesh film festival.”

Added Waintrop, “As always, films have had the goal to show reality through every prism. Evidently, this film about prostitution in Marrakesh shows a reality which Moroccan authorities refuse to look at. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Europe’s Digital Single Market: War Not Over, Warns Indie Film, TV Chief Jean Prewitt

22 May 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The battle to protect the film and television industries’ ability to license copyright territory by territory in Europe appeared to have been won at the Cannes Film Festival this week, but the war is not over, Jean Prewitt, CEO of the Independent Film and Television Alliance, told Variety.

On Sunday, European Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said in Cannes that the film and television industries could be exempted from plans to create a Digital Single Market in Europe. Variety reported: “Peace has broken out between the European Commission and Europe’s film industry over the Commission’s plans for the movie industry’s digital future.” Oettinger said: “We want to come to a functioning single market for goods and products and services, but we don’t want to damage our creative industries, the film sector.”

European film business leaders urged caution. Michel Hazanavicius, director of “The Artist” and president of France’s Arp, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Oettinger hints at TV, film waivers in Digital Single Market

17 May 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

European Commissioner spoke with the film industry in Cannes.

The debate on the European Commission’s Digital Single Market (Dsm) strategy moved from Brussels to Cannes on Sunday (May 17), with the arrival of Gunther Oettinger on the Croisette.

The European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society flew to the South of France for a whirlwind schedule of meetings with European directors and producers, most of them eager to convey their anxieties over his plans for a Dsm and related changes to copyright law.

Speaking at a conference on culture and the Dsm, organised by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Oettinger warned Europe risked being left behind if it did not find a way to unify its digital markets.

Click here for video of Oettinger in Cannes

“It’s Google, it’s Amazon and Microsoft, which will be taking the decisions, with a clearly American strategy, the aim being to dominate Europe,” he said.

“The »

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Cannes: European Commission — Film, TV Could Be Exempted From Digital Plans

17 May 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peace has broken out between the European Commission and Europe’s film industry over the Commission’s plans for the movie industry’s digital future.

European Commissioner Gunther H. Oettinger signaled Sunday afternoon at the Cannes Festival that certain sectors of “sensitivity” such as movies and TV, could be exempted from the Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market Strategy.

In another pronouncement that will be enthusiastically welcomed by Europe and Hollywood, anti-piracy initiatives will be a priority of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market policy, Oettinger announced.

Oettinger’s declarations rep a dramatic development. Unveiled by the European Commission on May 6, its Dsm Strategy plans champion cross-border access, whereby people in the E.U. should have the right to access content across borders situated on digital platforms in other countries.

Opposed by the Motion Picture Assn. (Mpa) and the Independent Film & TV Alliance (Ifta), that principle has »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes: European Commission — Film, TV Could Be Exempted From Digital Plans

17 May 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peace has broken out between the European Commission and Europe’s film industry over the Commission’s plans for the movie industry’s digital future.

European Commissioner Gunther H. Oettinger signaled Sunday afternoon at the Cannes Festival that certain sectors of “sensitivity” such as movies and TV, could be exempted from the Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market Strategy.

In another pronouncement that will be enthusiastically welcomed by Europe and Hollywood, anti-piracy initiatives will be a priority of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market policy, Oettinger announced.

Oettinger’s declarations rep a dramatic development. Unveiled by the European Commission on May 6, its Dsm Strategy plans champion cross-border access, whereby people in the E.U. should have the right to access content across borders situated on digital platforms in other countries.

Opposed by the Motion Picture Assn. (Mpa) and the Independent Film & TV Alliance (Ifta), that principle has »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Venice, London next stops for European Film Forum

16 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As the European Commission limbers up for its second European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday (May 18), plans are already afoot to take the audiovisual summit to the film festivals in Venice, San Sebastian, London and Tallinn.

The Forum’s edition in Tallinn will be held during the Black Nights Film Festival’s Industry@Tallinn (Nov 16-20), when issues to be addressed will include new sales and distribution channels, audience development, and partnerships between venture capital and film funding.

This morning (Sunday) will see European Commissioner Günther Oettinger, responsible for Digital Economy and Society, beginning a busy two-day programme of high-level meetings with key players of the European and international film industry.

He will meet with France’s Minister of Culture Fleur Pellerin, a delegation of filmmakers led by Michel Hazanavicius and Costa Gavras as well as a forum of young European directors and screenwriters of the “digital generation” and Cannes Film Festival’s president Pierre Lescure, among »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Constantin’s Dieter Hahn on the Dangers of the E.U. Digital Single Market Drive

15 May 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The gloves will come off this Cannes weekend. On Saturday, five leading lights of Europe’s film industry – Lord David Puttnam, Zentropa’s Anders Kjaerhauge, Mediapro’s Jaume Roures, Mike Ryan at Gfm, and Artline Films Olivier Mille – will debate at a colloquium the impact on Europe’s film and audiovisual sectors of the European Commission’s Single Digital Market strategy.

On Sunday, European Commissioner Gunther H. Oettinger will attend a press point with “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius and Costa-Gavras to talk about how to promote European cinema in the digital era. This comes as the Commission is advancing on Single Digital Market plans which, it declares will at once respect territorial licensing and window releases while pushing towards a single digital market, which appears to be a contradiction in terms.

In an article first published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Constantin’s Dieter Hahn, chairman of the supervisory »

- John Hopewell

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'Birdman' Financier Worldview: Anatomy of a Cannes Implosion

14 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the May 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Christopher Woodrow's Worldview Entertainment finally had arrived as the 2014 Cannes Film Festival got underway — or so it seemed. The film-financing company, backed by Franklin Templeton heiress Sarah Johnson Redlich and New Jersey attorney Maria Cestone, was in postproduction on eventual Oscar best-picture winner Birdman, while The Search, directed by Michel Hazanavicius, was playing in competition. Woodrow and top lieutenant Molly Conners threw parties with The Weinstein Company and had pulled strings to co-sponsor

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- Eriq Gardner, Pamela McClintock

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18 films that took their inspiration from James Bond movies

3 May 2015 4:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Bourne and Mission: Impossible, right back to Harry Palmer and Danger Diabolik - meet the many pretenders to James Bond's throne...

Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has come to define the spy genre, for good or ill. More broadly, every thriller and action film that comes out now either uses them as inspiration, or attempts to ignore or re-work the tropes that have come to be associated with the series.

Coming off the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service, and with the release of a new Bond film this year, now seems like the perfect time to take a look at a sample of the films which have been inspired by James Bond — either as homages, parodies or reactions.

The Ipcress File (1965)

Produced by James Bond producer Harry Saltzman as a more grounded alternative to the largesse of Bond, The Ipcress File is more concerned with the intricacies of real spy-work — the endless paperwork, »

- simonbrew

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Michel Hazanavicius on Why the Negative Reviews for 'The Search' Affected Him

29 April 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Academy Award-Winner Michel Hazanavicius's 5 Tips for Filmmakers Academy Award-winning French director Michel Hazanavicius was chosen by the Colcoa French Film Festival in Los Angeles for its Focus on a Filmmaker program this year. Besides revisiting the film that launch his international career, "OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies," the festival hosted the L.A. premiere of the filmmaker's latest work "The Search," which premiered in competition at last year's Cannes Film Festival. Based on Fred Zinnemann's classic film of the same name, Hazanavicius's update is set during he second Chechen war of 1999 and stars Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening. The film is an epic drama that offers a look into the devastation of war through the eyes of an orphan child. A big departure from Hazanavicius most famous film, Best Picture Oscar-winner "The Artist," the humanistic drama showcases a more political and serious tone than his previous. »

- Carlos Aguilar

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Colcoa and Variety Fete French Talent in Los Angeles

24 April 2015 7:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Colcoa, the City of Light, City of Angels festival, joined forces with Variety to celebrate the French film industry, including one of its leading filmmakers, the Oscar-winning helmer Michel Hazanavicius.

The cocktail party, which took place on Thursday evening at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, gathered Hazanavicius, Pierre Niney (“An Ideal Man”), Yann Gozlan (“An Ideal Man”), Anne Fontaine (“Gemma Bovery”), Sabrina Van Tassel (“Silenced Walls”) and Shirel Amitay (“Atlit”). High-profile figures such as Pascal Rogard from Sacd (the society of authors, composers, directors), Mathieu Bejot from the promo org TV France International and Florence Gastaud from Arp (the guild of authors, directors and producers) also made the trip from Paris.

Spearheaded by its artistic director Francois Truffart, Colcoa hosted the Variety-sponsored cocktail party before the premiere of “The Search” (pictured above) — the latest film from Hazanavicius that competed at Cannes last year and stars Berenice Bejo »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Tom Cruise May Return To Comedy With Bob The Musical

24 April 2015 8:57 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Tom Cruise clings to his action-stardom with the same ferocity with which he holds onto Scientology, but he might be returning to comedy for a brief stint. Disney has reportedly been eyeing Cruise to star in one of their upcoming musical comedies, Bob the Musical, for quite some time, and now it looks like it.s closer to happening.  According to The Wrap, Cruise hasn't officially signed on for Bob the Musical, but he's circling the lead role, that of a regular guy who suffers a blow to the head. Now he can hear the inner songs of everyone.s heart, which, to his dismay, transforms his life into a musical. As the trade notes, the film has been in development since 2004.  While The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius is being courted to helm the picture, The Lego Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, as well as Adam Shankman of »

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Disney Eying Tom Cruise for Comedy 'Bob the Musical'

23 April 2015 2:13 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Tom Cruise isn't the first guy you might think of to star in a movie called Bob the Musical, first because his name isn't Bob, and second because the movie is billed as a high-concept comedy and Cruise is better-known as an action guy, but according to The Wrap Disney has its hopes firmly set on the Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation star to lead the project. Cruise isn't officially attached to the project yet, but I count myself a Cruise fan and I have to say I am excited about the prospect of him playing the lead in a comedy again, especially one with an interesting premise. According to the report Disney hopes to reel in Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) to direct a script from Allan Loeb (Rock of Ages). The story is this: a regular guy can suddenly hear the inner songs of everyone's heart after suffering a blow to the head, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Tom Cruise Circling ‘Bob the Musical’, Michel Hazanavicius Courted to Direct

23 April 2015 11:15 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Tom Cruise could follow up his string of action movies with something completely different. The A-lister is reportedly circling the title role in Bob the Musical, a Disney comedy about a guy whose life turns into a musical after he receives a blow to his head. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being courted to direct. […]

The post Tom Cruise Circling ‘Bob the Musical’, Michel Hazanavicius Courted to Direct appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Tom Cruise may star in high-concept Disney comedy Bob the Musical

23 April 2015 1:47 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Tom Cruise will once again be running, fighting and gunning on the big screen this summer in Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, but the actor might be returning to the comedy genre in Disney's Bob The Musical. The Wrap is reporting that Cruise is considering taking the title role, and the site also says Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) is being courted to helm the high-concept musical comedy. According to The Wrap, Bob The Musical will follow "a regular guy who can suddenly »

- Jesse Giroux

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French Directors Talk Terrorism, Movie Landscape at Colcoa Festival

22 April 2015 11:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist,”””The Search”), Pierre Niney (“A Perfect Man”), Anne Fontaine (“Gemma Bovery”) were among the Gallic talent and filmmakers who spoke about the local movie biz at a Variety-sponsored panel at Colcoa, the Los Angeles-based festival dedicated to French films.

Alix Delaporte (“The Last Hammer Blow”), Yann Gozlan (“A Perfect Man”), Shirel Amitay (“Atlit”) and Sabrina Van Tassel (“Silenced Wall”) also sat on the panel.

While the theme of the roundtable was the influence of Hollywood movies on French cinema, the filmmakers covered a range of topics, including the impact of the terrorist attack Charlie Hebdo and how it’s spurred creative freedom in France. Hazanavicus said the most sinister effect of the latest terrorist assaults is the rise of xenophobia and the far-right party. Fontaine, meanwhile, said the antisemitism in France had reached a peak and hadn’t been so ‘violent’in decades.

On the influence of American films, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Tom Cruise Circling High-Concept Comedy ‘Bob the Musical’ at Disney

22 April 2015 8:21 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tom Cruise is circling the title role in Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy “Bob the Musical,” multiple individuals familiar with the high-concept project have told TheWrap. Cruise is not officially attached to star at the moment, but Disney has had its eye on the “Mission: Impossible” star since as far back as January. “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius is also being courted to direct. Representatives for Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while a representative for Cruise declined to comment. Also Read: Tom Cruise Takes CinemaCon Behind the Scenes of His Death-Defying Plane Stunt in ' »

- Jeff Sneider

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Colcoa Fest Offers Angelenos Chance to Sample French Fare

16 April 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Every few years, a broad comedy catches France by storm, while causing barely a ripple in the U.S. Whereas Hollywood studio comedies tend to perform well in France, mainstream American moviegoers couldn’t be less interested in what makes the French laugh.

Los Angeles’ annual Colcoa French Film Festival is as good a place as any to sample a Gallic tickler. Given the event’s proximity to Hollywood — and the fact that many agents and industry pros scour Colcoa for fresh French talent — festival director Francois Truffart tends to favor polished, populist offerings over the more esoteric auteur fare featured at other Gallic film showcases.

“This year, we have a lot of comedy in the lineup,” Truffart tells Variety, unspooling such laffers as Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery” and Fanny Ardant starrer “Chic!” this week. “A few years ago, we opened the festival with Dany Boon’s fil, ‘Welcome to the Sticks. »

- Peter Debruge

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European Filmmakers Rally to Protect Copyright Law

9 April 2015 11:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — European filmmakers including Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Wim Wenders (“Every Thing Will Be Fine”), Paolo Sorrentino (“La Grande Bellezza”), Ken Loach (“Jimmy’s Hall”) and Abderrahmane Sissako (“Timbuktu,” pictured above) have rallied to protect copyright laws, which the European Commission is now considering replacing with a Digital Single Market (Dsm) measure.

During the Rome Rendez-Vous with New French Cinema, about 20 directors got together to protest the European Commission’s proposal to swap existing copyright laws with the so-called Digital Single Market, a measure allowing for audiovisual and film works to circulate freely across Europe via pan-European licenses.

The filmmakers argue that the E.U.’s proposal would scrap the notion of territorial exclusivity, strip right-holders and solely benefit multiterritory platforms, like Netflix and Google. Abolishing existing copyright laws would also threaten the entire financing system that has allowed film industries and culture across Europe to flourish.

“Our films are a form of hope, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Europe’s Top Directors Come Together To Fight Proposed Digital Single Market

9 April 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Some of Europe’s top directors have come together to issue a statement offering alternatives to the European Commission’s proposed Digital Single Market that could revolutionize — and decimate — the European film business. The likes of Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley) and Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) have all signed a declaration, released during the Rome Rendez-Vouz, claiming they “want to redefine how… »

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