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Dhanush's Hollywood debut has a flurry of buyers!

Actor Dhanush is making his Hollywood debut with Ken Scott's 'The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir'. This adventure-comedy went on floors earlier this year, and the first look of the movie was revealed yesterday night. It has been shot in countries like Mumbai, Belgium, and France.

Fakir is adapted from Romain Puértolas’ runaway hit novel. Apparently, the stakes are high for its theatrical version too. Dhanush debut film has got a great demand among buyers and has lured a flurry of foreign distributors. Here are the list distribution companies who have acquired Fakir's rights.

France and UK - Sony Pictures

Italy...

First look poster of Dhanush’s Hollywood project out

Actor Dhanush is making his Hollywood debut with The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, directed by Ken Scott. The film, based on the book “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe” by Romain Puertolas, went on the floors earlier this year and it was shot in Mumbai (India), Brussels (Belgium), Rome (Italy) and Paris (France) among other places. On Tuesday, the first look poster of the film was released and it featured Dhanush, looking dapper in a blue suit and resembling nothing like a Fakir.
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Ken Scott’s ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’ Lures Flurry of Buyers (Exclusive)

Ken Scott’s ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’ Lures Flurry of Buyers (Exclusive)
Ken Scott’s “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” has lured a flurry of foreign distributors in the run up to the American Film Market, where TF1 Intl. is shopping the pic.

The colorful comedy-adventure film, which shot in English and is now in post-production, stars Indian actor Dhanush, Berenice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Erin Moriarty (“Blood Father”) and Abel Jafri (“Timbuktu”).

Sony Pictures Releasing Intl. acquired the film for for France and the U.K. in July. Before Afm, TF1 Intl. pre-sold the pic to Italy (Notorious), Spain (A Contracorriente), Australia (Icon), Japan (Tohokushinsha Film Corp.), Poland (Best Film), Greece (Odeon), Israel (Lev Cinema), Turkey (Yeni Film), Portugal (Lusomundo), Aqs (Czech Republic and Slovakia) and Falcon (Middle East).

The film was adapted from Romain Puértolas’ novel “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages. Pic follows
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‘Blade Runner 2049’: Where You’ve Seen Its Standout Supporting Cast Before

‘Blade Runner 2049’: Where You’ve Seen Its Standout Supporting Cast Before
The following article contains minor spoilers for “Blade Runner 2049.”

In addition to a pair of memorable performances from Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, cinematographer Roger Deakins’ stunning visual work, and director Denis Villeneuve’s dystopian vision, “Blade Runner 2049” has one more element worthy of excitement: a supporting cast of new and rising stars. Many of them have already made their mark on indie cinema, like the perpetually working David Dastmalchian or the irreverent Carla Juri, while others will likely use Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic as a springboard for even bigger careers (like Ana de Armas, the film’s biggest find).

Read More:‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review: Denis Villeneuve’s Neo-Noir Sequel Is Mind-Blowing Sci-Fi Storytelling

It’s only appropriate that a future-oriented world like the one on display in the “Blade Runner” franchise would spawn new stars, but they’ve shined quite brightly before. Here’s where you
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TF1 Studio Broadens Slate with Film Projects From Borsalino, Dimitri Rassam

TF1 Studio Broadens Slate with Film Projects From Borsalino, Dimitri Rassam
Paris– TF1 Studio, the vertically integrated film subsidiary of France’s top commercial network, is pursuing its ambitious acquisition strategy with projects set up at Borsalino Productions and Dimitri Rassam’s On Entertainment, among others.

TF1 Studio is partnering up with Laurent Baudens and Gael Nouaille at Paris-based banner Borsalino Productions to co-develop and co-produce the French-language remakes of a pair of hit Latin American movies, Gaz Alazraki’s 2013 Mexican dark comedy film “Nosotros los nobles,” and Juan Taratuto’s 2008 romantic comedy “Un Novio para mi mujer.”

Nosotros los nobles”‘s high-concept plot follows three spoiled children who are forced to get a job after being cut off from their family fortune. Laurent Turner, a popular French screenwriter who notably co-wrote Fred Cavayé “Radin” with Dany Boon, one of 2016’s highest grossing French films.

Cyril Gelblat, whose credits include “Dad in Training” with Manu Payet, is set to direct the French makeover of “Novio para mi mujer
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Sony Boards ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’ for France, U.K. (Exclusive)

Sony Boards ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’ for France, U.K. (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures International Productions has come on board “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” Ken Scott’s comedy adventure starring Indian actor Dhanush, Bérénice Béjo (“The Artist”), Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Erin Moriarty (“Blood Father”) and Abel Jafri (“Timbuktu”).

The English-language feature, set up as a co-production between France, India and Belgium, will be distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing International in France and the U.K. next spring.

Gérard Jugnot, Ben Miller, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Stefano Cassetti have joined the cast of the film, which was penned by Romain Puértolas and Luc Bossi, who is also producing via his Paris-based company Brio Films. Vamonos Films, Little Red Car Films, Scope Pictures, M! Capital Ventures and Impact Films are also co-producing.

Adapted from Puértolas’ novel “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages, the film follows a hustler from Mumbai who embarks on an
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Looking forward to an extraordinary journey: Dhanush on Hollywood debut

Tamil star Dhanush has begun shooting for his maiden Hollywood film, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, directed by Ken Scott. The film is based on “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe” by Romain Puertolas. The screen play of the film is by Puertolas and Luc Bossi (Brio films) and it has a conglomeration of production houses from three different continents. The shoot started earlier this month and Mumbai, Brussels, Rome and Paris are the probable locations.
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Dhanush starting new film The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir!

A truly International collaboration, The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir, directed by Ken Scott and starring Indian actor Dhanush, rolled in Mumbai this week. The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir is produced by Brio Films, Vamonos Films, M! Capital Ventures, Little Red Car Films, Impact Films, Aurora Global Media Capital, Scope Pictures, TF1 Studio and Aleph Motion Pictures.

The film is based on “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe” by Romain Puertolas. The screen play of the film is by Puertolas and Luc Bossi (Brio films) and has a conglomeration of production houses from 3 different continents. The shooting has commenced earlier this month and is expected to be shot in Mumbai (India), Brussels (Belgium), Rome (Italy) and Paris (France).

Starring the inimitable Dhanush in the titular role of the Fakir, the film, as the name suggests, marks an extraordinary journey in the life
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Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald to star in Neo-Nazi drama 'Skin'

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Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald to star in Neo-Nazi drama 'Skin'
Exclusive: Patti Cake$ breakout star Macdonald on board Seville International Cannes sales title.

Seville International will launch pre-sales in Cannes on prestige drama Skin, a true story about the redemption of a Neo-Nazi that pairs Jamie Bell with Danielle Macdonald from Sundance breakout and Directors’ Fortnight entry Patti Cake$.

Guy Nattiv will direct the true story based on the life of Bryon ‘Pitbull’ Widner, a violent gang enforcer who is decorated in facial tattoos for committing hate crimes.

Skin will recount how Widner falls in love with a mother of three daughters outside the gang and turns his back on the gang, resulting in the arrest of its leaders.

As he embarks on his new life, the former gang member receives a $70,000 gift from a Holocaust survivor to pay for painful surgery to remove his facial tattoos.

Skin marks the fourth feature from Nattiv, whose The Flood (Mabul) won the Generation Kplus – Best Feature Film at the
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Jamie Bell to star in Neo-Nazi drama 'Skin' with Danielle Macdonald

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Jamie Bell to star in Neo-Nazi drama 'Skin' with Danielle Macdonald
Exclusive: Patti Cake$ breakout star Macdonald on board Seville International Cannes sales title.

Seville International will launch pre-sales in Cannes on prestige drama Skin, a true story about the redemption of a Neo-Nazi that pairs Jamie Bell with Danielle Macdonald from Sundance breakout and Directors’ Fortnight entry Patti Cake$.

Guy Nattiv will direct the true story based on the life of Bryon ‘Pitbull’ Widner, a violent gang enforcer who is decorated in facial tattoos for committing hate crimes.

Skin will recount how Widner falls in love with a mother of three daughters outside the gang and turns his back on the gang, resulting in the arrest of its leaders.

As he embarks on his new life, the former gang member receives a $70,000 gift from a Holocaust survivor to pay for painful surgery to remove his facial tattoos.

Skin marks the fourth feature from Nattiv, whose The Flood (Mabul) won the Generation Kplus – Best Feature Film at the
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Jamie Bell to star in Neo-Nazi redemption drama 'Skin'

  • ScreenDaily
Jamie Bell to star in Neo-Nazi redemption drama 'Skin'
Exclusive: Patti Cake$ breakout Danielle Macdonald on board Seville International Cannes sales title.

Seville International will launch pre-sales in Cannes on prestige drama Skin, a true story about the redemption of a Neo-Nazi that pairs Jamie Bell with Danielle Macdonald from Sundance breakout and Directors’ Fortnight entry Patti Cake$.

Guy Nattiv will direct the true story based on the life of Bryon ‘Pitbull’ Widner, a violent gang enforcer who is decorated in facial tattoos for committing hate crimes.

Skin will recount how Widner falls in love with a mother of three daughters outside the gang and turns his back on the gang, resulting in the arrest of its leaders.

As he embarks on his new life, the former gang member receives a $70,000 gift from a Holocaust survivor to pay for painful surgery to remove his facial tattoos.

Skin marks the fourth feature from Nattiv, whose The Flood (Mabul) won the Generation Kplus – Best Feature Film at the
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Berenice Bejo Joins Indian Star Dhanush in Ken Scott’s ‘Journey’ (Exclusive)

Berenice Bejo Joins Indian Star Dhanush in Ken Scott’s ‘Journey’ (Exclusive)
Berenice Bejo, the Oscar-nominated actress of “The Artist,” is set to star in “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” an adventure-fantasy film directed by “Starbuck” helmer Ken Scott. TF1 Studio is selling the film.

One of the most ambitious English-language titles on the slate of the recently rebranded TF1 Studios, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” will also topline Indian star Dhanush, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Laurent Lafitte, and Abel Jafri.

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir” was initially set to be directed by “Persepolis” helmer Marjane Satrapi. Scott came on board a few months ago to rework the script and direct the movie, which is scheduled to begin shooting in May in Mumbai, Paris, Brussels, and Rome.

The pic is based on Romain Puértolas’ bestselling debut novel, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe,” which came out in 2014 and has been translated into 35 languages.
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Hot Titles at the Cannes Film Festival Market 2016

Hot Titles at the Cannes Film Festival Market 2016
Here are the hottest titles to look out for on the 2016 Cannes Film Festival market.

American Assassin

Director: Michael Cuesta

Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Nick Wechsler

Key Cast: Michael Keaton

Plot: Spy thriller based on Vince Flynn’s blockbuster books.

Sales: Lionsgate Intl.

American Wrestler: The Wizard

Director: Alex Ranarivelo

Producers: Ali Afshar, Hadeel Reda

Key cast: William Fichtner, Jon Voight

Plot: Determined to fit in, an immigrant teen facing racism and bullying joins his high school wrestling team and against all odds, leads his team to the state championships.

Sales: Radiant Films Intl.

Anna Dressed In Blood

Director: Trish Sie

Producers: Stephenie Meyer, Meghan Hibbett, Lisa Wilson, Myles Nestel

Key cast: Maddie Hasson,

Cameron Monaghan

Plot: Based on the popular Ya novel “Anna Dressed in Blood.”

Sales: The Solution Entertainment Group (intl.)

Anon

Director: Andrew Niccol

Producers: Oliver Simon, Daniel Baur, Andrew Niccol

Key cast: Clive Owen,
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Seville International to handle sales on 'Hana’s Suitcase'

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Seville International to handle sales on 'Hana’s Suitcase'
The Cannes-bound project is based on Ken Scott’s adaptation of the post-wwii non-fiction book by Karen Levine.

Hana’s Suitcase centres on a survivor and entrepreneur who must revisit memories of Auschwitz and discuss his sister’s fate to help a passionate educator create a Holocaust exhibit.

Producing the Canada-German co-production are Christian Larouche of Christal Films, Scott through his Cinemascott Productions banner, and Henning Molfenter of Babelsberg Film. Maxime Vanasse will serve as executive producer.

Ascot Elite holds German-speaking rights.

The project was originally created as a radio documentary by Levine, who turned it in a book.

Seville International represents worldwide rights.
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Berlin: David Thewlis Starring in Heist Comedy ‘Croak’

David Thewlis has come on board the dark comedy “Croak” with Kevin Thomas directing from Thewlis’ script with shooting expected to begin in July.

The British heist film also stars Juliette Lewis, Zoe Kazan, Julia Garner, Craig Roberts, Ken Scott and Julie Henderson. The film is currently in pre-production.

13 Films is handling international rights to the project and will introduce the film to buyers in Berlin. UTA is arranging financing for the film and handling the U.S. rights.

Producers are Stephen Fry and Robert Taylor along with Kevin Thomas and Philippa Thomas, who founded Thomas Thomas Films in 2000.

“Croak” is a Sprout Pictures, Thomas Thomas Films and the Development Partnership production. The project is based on the short film “Sunday Roast,” which was screened at the London Film Festival last year.

The film is a darkly comedic look at the ludicrous quirks of the film industry, which are thrown
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Is There Life on Mars?

I was gutted by the news shared by playwright/producer Jeff Cohen as he and I walked our dogs in Riverside Park early this morning. The Thin White Duke was no more. I struggled to understand the implications of losing a music hero. Rushing home, resigned to reality, I watched his two new videos, the one above and the ablum's title track which I featured on this website last week, both from his 28th studio album, ★(Blackstar), released this past week on January 8th, 2016, the date of Bowie's 69th birthday. As I watched "Lazarus" again, it all made sense.

"Lazarus" is clearly Bowie's epitaph, his final prophetic performance on this mortal coil...

Look up here / I'm in heaven I've got scars that can't be seen I've got drama that can't be stolen Everybody knows me now...

The coins on his eyes, the pallor of his skin, his frail body wrapped in a fashionalbe shroud.
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‘Unfinished Business’ VOD Review

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Britton Sear, Ella Anderson, Nick Frost, James Marsden | Written by Steve Conrad | Directed by Ken Scott

Daniel Trunkman (Vaughn), a hard-working but disillusioned salesman, decides to set up on his own and take on the big man – or more specifically his cut-throat former boss Chuck (Miller). Accompanied by two unlikely associates; Timothy McWinters (Wilkinson) and Mike Pancake (Franco), he travels to Europe to close the most important deal of his life. But what begins as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

Ken Scott, director of Starbuck and its Us remake Delivery Man, seems to have cornered the market in broad comedies with emotional heart. Delivery Man could have been just another gross out comedy about
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Unfinished Business DVD Review

Director: Ken Scott

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller, Nick Frost

Certificate: 15

Special Features: Show Me Your Business / Gallery/ Theatrical Trailer

Unfinished Business is sold as one of those ‘unimaginable outcomes’ movies but, disappointingly, everything about it is obvious and been done before and with a whole host more of natural laughs. The film does have a good heart beneath the bravado because it really does aim for the right targets with themes of family and finding yourself, but despite a decent cast, there’s not much here to embrace.

Initially set around the moment salesman Dan Trunkman (Vince Vaughn) is fired by his boss Chuck, played by Sienna Miller trying her best Rose Byrne but not hitting the mark, he decides to set up a business of his own Jerry Maguire-style and aim for a first big deal to get the company off the ground.
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Unfinished Business UK Blu-ray details

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has officially unveiled the Blu-ray release for Unfinished Business, directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man) the comedy stars Vince Vaughn (The Internship), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Tom Wilkinson (Belle), Sienna Miller (American Sniper) and Nick Frost (Cuban Fury).

Pre-order Unfinished Business On Amazon UK Here

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

Special Features include:

–Deleted and Alternate Scenes (Blu-ray and Digital HD): Caution: Not safe for work! Keep the party going with 30 minutes of outrageous additional footage you couldn’t see in theaters

–Show Me Your Business: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco,
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Box Office: Vince Vaughn, 'Unfinished Business,' and This Weekend's Winners and Losers

Expect to see a lot of premature eulogies for Vince Vaughn's career today, after the disastrous opening of "Unfinished Business," just like you saw a lot of premature obituaries last week for Will Smith's career after the lackluster debut of "Focus."

True, "Business" was an especially spectacular flop, premiering in 10th place with only an estimated $4.8 million, less than half of the already modest $10 million pundits were predicting. That the movie is only the latest in a string of Vaughn flops (including "The Watch," "The Dilemma," "The Internship," and "Delivery Man") seems reason enough for pundits to start measuring the coffin.

Weep not for Vaughn. His hands and feet were immortalized in concrete outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre just this past Wednesday. Next month, he'll star in the eagerly-anticipated second season on HBO's "True Detective," which, if nothing else, will remind those viewers who think of him only as
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