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‘Bob the Musical’ Picks Up Songwriter Bret McKenzie and Screenwriter Michael Chabon

28 July 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Bob the Musical has been in development for over ten years at this point, with everyone from the Lego Movie directors to the Frozen composers linked at various points. But the latest incarnation seems to be picking up steam, with a high-profile team on board. Tom Cruise has been circling the Disney movie since April, Michel Hazanavicius […]

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Michael Chabon Writing Disney’s Bob The Musical

28 July 2015 7:28 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy Bob the Musical, in which The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius may direct Tom Cruise, will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night. Additionally, Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets has been enlisted to write songs for the pic.

Bob the Musical centers on a regular guy who suffers a head injury after which he is able to hear the heart songs of everyone around him – much to his confusion and dismay. It’s been in development for more than a decade but recently got a shot in the arm when Hazanavicius, searching for a mainstream project to tackle in the wake of 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist, got involved.

As for Cruise, he’s still circling the lead role but has not signed on yet. The actor has flourished in musical »

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Bret McKenzie Writing Bob: The Musical's Songs

27 July 2015 5:03 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In development since at least 2004, tuneful comedy Bob: The Musical has become one of the toughest nuts to crack for Disney. Now the Mouse House is hoping a combination of The Artist’s director Michel Hazanavicius, Oscar-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie and novelist-turned-script man Michael Chabon can finally lure Tom Cruise to star.Hazanavicius and McKenzie are officially aboard, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and Chabon is in talks, likely hashing out the specifics of his script deal. Cruise is interested in the lead role, but is likely waiting to see what the current combo comes up with.Bob follows what happens when an ordinary bloke suffers a head injury. Instead of massive damage, he starts to hear the inner songs just bursting to get out of the hearts of those around him. He’s not exactly pleased with this newfound ability, however, as it turns the world into a musical around him, »

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Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’ Enlists Bret McKenzie, Michael Chabon

27 July 2015 3:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Songwriter Bret McKenzie and author Michael Chabon are joining Disney’s musical comedy “Bob the Musical.”

The project, in which a man suffers a head injury and can subsequently hear everyone’s inner song, is being produced by Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Jennifer Gibgot. “The Artist’s” Michel Hazanavicius has been attached to direct. “Bob the Musical” has been in development for more than a decade with script work by Mike Bender, John August and the team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.

McKenzie, who won an Oscar for the song “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets Movie,” is on board to write tunes for “Bob the Musical.” He also won a Grammy with Jemaine Clement for their “Flight of the Conchords” comedy album.

Chabon is in talks to work on script for the project. He wrote “Wonder Boys,” “Telegraph Avenue” and “The Yiddish Policeman »

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"Muppets" Scribe Pens "Bob" Musical Numbers

27 July 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie is being brought on board to pen songs for Disney's long gestating musical comedy "Bob the Musical".

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is in talks to work on the film which Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist") is set to direct. Tripp Vinson, Chris Bender, Jc Spink and Beau Flynn are producing.

Tom Cruise is circling the lead role of a regular guy who, after an accident, can suddenly hear the inner songs of everyone’s heart as his reality is instantly turned into a musical - much to his dismay.

McKenzie wrote songs for "The Muppets" movie and won an Oscar for best original song with "Man or Muppet."

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Michael Chabon to Write Disney's 'Bob the Musical' (Exclusive)

27 July 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is in talks to work on Disney’s long-in-the-works comedy, Bob the Musical. At the same time, Bret McKenzie, one half of musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords who wrote many songs for The Muppets and won an Oscar for best original song with "Man or Muppet," has been brought on board to compose ditties for the feature. The project had been in development since at least 2004 but now has a renewed voice with director Michel Hazanavicius, who helmed the Oscar-winning 2011 film The Artist. Additionally, Tom Cruise is circling

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Tavernier warns of EC's "carte blanche for Us cinema"

23 July 2015 6:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Veteran director Bertrand Tavernier has criticised vice-president Andrus Ansip’s intentions for the Digital Single Market.

Veteran French director Bertrand Tavernier has expressed concerns about the European Commission giving a carte blanche to Us cinema and the English language in its Digital Single Market (Dsm) strategy after meeting with vice-president Andrus Ansip.

Tavernier welcomed the fact that the commissioner spent more than an hour discussing the Dsm plans for copyright reform with him and UK filmmakers Roger Michell and Hugh Stoddart, who are fellow patrons from the board of the Society of Audiovisual Authors (Saa), but also raised concerns in a subsequent letter to Ansip.

“We have sometimes had the impression that, for some members of the European Commission, authors and creators hardly count and that their concerns are less important than the desires of industrialists,”  Tavernier observed in the letter.

“That pipe manufacturers are better listened to and taken more seriously than all those who create »

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Georgia and Ukraine to join tax rebate club

17 July 2015 3:17 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hosts of Michel Hazanavicius’s The Search and Transporter 3 set to add rebates; Ukraine to join Creative Europe framework.

Georgia and Ukraine are set to become the latest countries to introduce tax incentives in order to attract foreign productions to shoot in their locations.

Speaking at this week’s Film Industry Office forum in Odessa, David Vashadze, head of export and distribution at the Georgian National Film Center (Gnfc), revealed that a tax rebate scheme will be launched from next January.

Foreign producers wishing to benefit from the scheme will be required to reach a minimum of spend of $300,000 in Georgia and fulfil a minimum of three days of shooting in the country.

The minimum spend will be reduced to $150,000 for documentary projects.

The rebate would be 20% of the qualifying expenses and an additional 2% could be paid if there are more Georgian elements such as the hiring of local cast or the promotion of Georgian culture »

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

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'Aladdin' Live-Action Prequel Movie Happening at Disney

15 July 2015 5:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Disney is digging deep into its well of animated movies, putting a live action prequel to the 1992 blockbuster Aladdin into development, entitled Genies. The studio has brought on screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th) to write the screenplay for the project, described as a "live-action comedy adventure" by The Hollywood Reporter. Disney is already planning to have this project, still in early development, spawn a live action remake of Aladdin itself.

The original Aladdin movie is based on a centuries-old Arabic folk tale about a lowly street kid who finds a magical lamp with a genie (Robin Williams), who grants him three wishes, while the nefarious Jafar tries to obtain this lamp to gain power over the land. The prequel Genies is said to focus on the realm of these magical entities, and how Aladdin's particular genie becomes enslaved in this lamp. Aladdin took in an »

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Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ Prequel

15 July 2015 4:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney is developing “Genies,” a live-action comedy prequel to its 1992 animated hit “Aladdin.”

Tripp Vinson is on board to produce “Genies” through his Vinson Films banner. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are writing the script for the prequel, which will center on a genie trapped in Aladdin’s lamp.

The original Aladdin story is contained in “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights” (“The Arabian Nights”), in which a sorcerer persuades the young Aladdin to retrieve a powerful oil lamp from a magic cave.

Vinson’s credits include exec producing “San Andreas” and producing “Journey 2: the Mysterious Island.” He’s also developing “Bob the Musical” for Disney with Michel Hazanavicius directing, as well as a Prince Charming movie for Disney. (Fun fact: Vinson’s bachelor party was true-life inspiration for 2009’s “The Hangover.”)

Shannon and Swift’s credits include 2009’s “Friday the 13th” and the upcoming comedy “O »

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French Guilds Back Gaspar Noe’s ‘Love’ in Light of Rising Far-Right Pressures

29 June 2015 12:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — French film guilds have rallied to support Gaspar Noe’s “Love,” the Cannes-preeming pic that is on the radar of Gaul’s minister of culture and communication Fleur Pellerin. The minister has asked the classification commission to reconsider its rating of “under-16 with warning,” aiming to secure for the film an under-18 rating (equivalent to Nc-17). The measure would seriously damage the movie’s commercial prospects, limiting its theatrical release and television life.

The French movie community fears Pellerin is caving in to pressures from Promouvoir, an organization led by Andre Bonnet, a former leader of Bruno Megret’s far-right party, the National Republican Movement, which recently engineered the cancellation of “Saw 3D’s” exhibition visa in France, following a five-year legal battle. Promouvoir also managed to get “Saw 3D’s” rating upped to under-18 (from the previous under-16) by the French Council of State.

As the far-right National »

- Elsa Keslassy

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How Hollywood soundtracks repeat the same old tune

9 June 2015 9:57 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

If you see a movie for the first time and swear you've heard the score before, it may not be your imagination...

Last month, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (Afm) sued six major studios for reusing film soundtracks in other films without paying the appropriate compensation. It's the kind of news that will make people roll their eyes. Ah yes, they'll say after seeing the headlines. Typical Hollywood. Not even the music's original any more.

But go beyond the headlines about reusing the same music too much and delve into the lawsuit and it reveals an interesting insight into the kind of situations where music does get repeated.

The lawsuit, it soon becomes evident, isn't about the use of music in itself (a quick browse through the soundtracks for the titles in question, such as This Means War or Argo, reveals that they have »

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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. »

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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, »

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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.

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“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.

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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 »

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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 »

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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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