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Studiocanal Taps Matthew Gledhill as Svp, International Production

Paris – Firing up its movie production capacity, European film-tv powerhouse Studiocanal has appointed Matthew Gledhill as senior vice-president, International Production to act as executive producer on international feature films produced in-house by Studiocanal.

Gledhill will also take direct oversight of titles produced by Brussels-based Studiocanal company nWave Pictures. Headed by Ben Stassen, nWave Pictures has produced Stassen’s co-directed “Robinsoe Crusoe” and “House of Magic.”

The appointment effectively gives Studiocanal two international movie producers with Ron Halpern, Evp International Production & Acquisitions retaining his current role oversseing Studiocanal’s entuire slate of international productions, including an executive producer role on international films developed with external producers. Halpern will also remain responsible for co-ordinating international acquisitions for all Studiocanal territories, as well as sourcing and developing new movie projects. Both Halpern and Gledhill will report to Studiocanal chairman-ceo Didier Lupfer.

In a third executive move, Danny Perkins, CEO of Studiocanal UK, has
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Studiocanal Targets European Franchises, Production in Europe, China, (Exclusive)

Taking a leaf out of Hollywood’s book, and following “Paddington’s” $265 million worldwide take, Studiocanal will dive into some of the biggest IP franchises in Europe, said Didier Lupfer, Studiocanal’s new chairman-ceo, at Berlin. In a first and exclusive interview with Variety, he laid out his vision for very possibly the most powerful film-tv production-distribution-sales company in Europe.

Dressed in Parisian informal chic – a blue striped shirt, brown jacket – Lupfer, appointed in late September, also revealed the three big pillars of Studiocanal’s movie production growth: Family/animation entertainment, in the vein of “Paddington”; big director-driven fare; and “action-orientated movies” like “Unknown,” “Non-Stop,” which grossed $213 million worldwide for Studiocanal, or the upcoming “The Commuter,” re-teaming Liam Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra.

Among the director-driven movies, Studiocanal is partnering with “Narcos” director Jose Padilha to develop “Entebbe,” about the 1976 Air France flight hijacking and dramatic Entebbe Airport rescue of 103 hostages.
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French cinema world eyes Canal Plus purge with concern

Head of cinema Nathalie Coste-Cerdan latest executive to be axed.

The French cinema world is reeling after a whirlwind round of executive firings and hirings at Canal Plus ordered by its new chairman Vincent Bolloré, the billionaire majority shareholder of its parent company Vivendi.

The pay-tv station’s head of cinema Nathalie Coste-Cerdan became the latest executive to be shown the door by Bolloré last Friday, following in the footsteps of Canal Plus Group chairman Bertrand Meheut, CEO Rodolphe Belmer and a dozen or so other heads of department.

“We were shocked to learn of the departure of Nathalie Coste-Cerdan,” said Juliette Prissard-Eltejaye, MD of France’s Independent Producers’ Syndicate, Le Spi.

The organisation, which represents 400 independent producers, was due to issue an official statement alongside a number of France’s other producer bodies this week.

“She was highly respected, a true cinephile and believer in ‘auteur cinema’,” added Prissard-Eltejaye.

“A lot of
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Gaumont Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary of ‘Fantomas’

Gaumont is throwing a plush screening bash to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Louis Feuillade’s classic crime pic “Fantomas” on Halloween night at Paris’ Chatelet Theater.

The company, which will be turning 120 in 2015, is set to unspool “Fantomas,” a five-part silent film, with original live music scored by Yann Tiersen and performed by a live orchestra.

The orchestra will feature international musicians, including James Blackshaw (U.K.), Amiina (Iceland), Loney Dear (Sweden) and Tim Hecker (Canada).

The film was restored in 4K by Gaumont in collaboration with Eclair Laboratories and the Cnc.

On top of paying homage to Feuillade’s film, Gaumont is looking to build a media event ahead of its Blu-Ray re-release skedded during the first semester of 2014, following the broadcast on Franco-German net Arte in January.

The event is part of Gaumont’s aim at showcasing its rich film legacy and library, which comprises over 900 titles
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Marion Cotillard to be nominated for “Best Actress” for her performance in “Rust and Bone”

Our friend and one of our favorite actresses, Marion Cotillard, is on her way to be nominated for “Best Actress” for her performance in “Rust and Bone.” This coming January 10th the Academy Awards will announce the nominees for the Oscars. We strongly believe that Marion will be one of them. Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard is internationally renowned for her unbridled commitment to her art, challenging herself with each new role. Cotillard is starring in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” alongside Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners and Céline Sallette. The film was co-written by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain and adapted from the acclaimed book of short stories by Craig Davidson. Cotillard recently wrapped production on director and co-writer James Gray’s “Untitled James Gray Project,” starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. The film focuses on ‘Ewa Cybulska,’ (Cotillard) and her sister, ‘Magda,’ who sail to Ellis Island in the early twentieth century,
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War of the Buttons | Review

Life During Wartime: Barratier Schmaltifies Nazi Occupied France

France has made a considerable move to reclaim her literature, as not one but two French productions of Louis Pergaud’s 1912 novel, War of the Buttons, have been released this year. This brings the total number of filmed adaptations of the celebrated novel to five, with two original French versions (in 1937 and 1962), and the better known 1994 UK version from John Roberts previously standing as the definitive English speaking film version. However, thus far, the Us will only be privy to one of the new additions, that directed by Christophe Barratier, the man whose directorial debut, 2004’s The Chorus was nominated for Best Foreign film in Americaland (the other, from Yann Samuell, whose 2003 debut, the much celebrated Love Me If You Dare top lines Guillaume Canet, used in Barratier’s ensemble here, but has yet to receive distribution in the Us market
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Marion Cotillard to Receive the “Hollywood Actress Award” at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony by Josh Abraham

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the "Los Angeles Times," announce that Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard will receive the "Hollywood Actress Award" for her distinguished performance in Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," a Sony Pictures Classics release, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala ceremony on October 22. "We are honored that Ms. Cotillard will be the recipient of this year's 'Hollywood Actress Award.' It is a privilege to honor her great talent, as well as her outstanding performance in "Rust and Bone," said awards founder and executive director, Carlos de Abreu. Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard is internationally renowned for her unbridled commitment to her art, challenging herself with each new role. This November, Cotillard will be seen starring in Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," alongside Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners and Céline Sallette. The film was co-written by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain
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The Great Ghost Rescue and Friendly Spirits?: A Movie Review

Director: Yann Samuell.

Writers: Eva Ibbotson (novel), and David Solomons (screenplay).

Cast: Kevin McKidd, Steven Mackintosh, Emma Fielding, Anthony Head, and Bill Ward.

DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011.

Humphrey was once an ordinary boy with an ordinary life. Well, that is, until he died—quite by accident, really. But don't tell his best friend, Barnabas, that. His death quite literally sets in motion The Great Ghost Rescue, a tongue-in-cheek horror comedy from the UK about dislocated spirits looking for a new home.

This movie made a quiet release on this side of the pond with very little fanfare as a Halloween season DVD release. Also, this film is by no means a faithful adaptation of Eva Ibbotson’s original novel of the same name, published 1975; that is a shame. This film is easy to share with young ones before going out for trick or treat.

While children may not get all of the jokes,
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L'âge de raison (2010)

Yann Samuell's L'âge de raison is just what you'd expect from a summer film. Although it's not worthy of an award, L'âge de raison is fun to watch thanks to its lead actress Sophie Marceau (The World Is Not Enough).

Marceau plays Marguerite Flore, a woman who grew up in poverty. At 40, she's a successful business woman and is going to have a child with Malcolm (Marton Csokas), her fellow colleague. On her birthday, Marguerite receives a letter she wrote when she was seven years old. At that age, she voiced, with her friend Philibert (Jonathan Zaccaï), the desire to help people in Africa.

Unfortunately, at 40, she forgot her childhood dreams to Philibert's dismay. Eventually, she starts to question to herself. Does she still want to work as a business woman? How would she like to help Africans now that her childhood dreams are catching her up?

Honestly, there's
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First look at the wild kids from Yann Samuell's War Of The Buttons redux

Yeah, I know War of the Buttons (La guerre des boutons) is technically a family film, but any story that dives into the murky waters of kids left to their own delinquent behaviors is always of interest to me. An this French remake seems interesting.

Word is that when Yann Samuell's treatment for a new War of the Buttons was pitched at Cannes in May 2010, it generated an enormous amount of enthusiasm. Why exactly we're not sure, but producer Marc du Pontavice said this of the new film: "We were looking for a powerful idea within "War of the Buttons", an ideal that would draw an invisible link between the school of society and what Yann aptly calls a Society of Children. To make a film that talks about integration, independence and innocence - in that joyful spirit that comes with the delight of disobedience. In that respect, the
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Key Players in the 2011 Cannes Market: Sierra/Affinity

The U.S based Sales Agent and Production Co. company comes to Cannes with items for sale and surprisingly enough, they've got a Main Comp entry in Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive. We've got big eyes for a title Sierra/Affinity is repping in Oren Moverman's Rampart which I predict great things for, and Matt Piedmont directorial debut film which might confirm the genius I found in his Sundance winning short films. Here are some items in their upcoming slate. Casa De Mi Padre (House Of My Father) by Matt Piedmont - Post-Production Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn - Completed Shark Night 3D by David Ellis - Post-Production A Beginner's Guide To Endings by Jonathan Sobol - Completed Beastly by Daniel Barnz - Completed Catch .44 by Aaron Harvey - Completed Darling Companion by Lawrence Kasdan - Post-Production Man On The Train by Mary McGuckian - Completed Rampart by
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'Inception' topples 'Toy' at No. 1 overseas

'Inception' topples 'Toy' at No. 1 overseas
Registering a strong Germany opening bolstered by dazzling holdover engagements in the U.K., France and South Korea, "Inception" claimed the No. 1 spot on the foreign theatrical circuit, grossing $53.7 million on the weekend from some 7,500 screens in 51 markets.

Warner Bros.' release of director Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio has racked up an accumulated gross total overseas of $170 million. The first-place Germany debut surged to $7.1 million from 715 locations for a rousing per-screen average of nearly $10,000.

In France, "Inception" finished No. 1 in its second market round, eliciting $4.8 million from 715 sites for a cume of $15.2 million. The U.K. provided $5 million from 750 locations in the film's third frame for a market cume of $31.5 million. South Korea kicked in $5.1 million from 395 sites, enough for a No. 2 ranking and a market cume of $14.5 million.

Dipping nearly 40% from its prior weekend's No. 1 gross figure, Pixar/Disney's "Toy Story 3" in 3D dropped to the weekend's No.
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Films Distribution

With three in the Director's Fortnight and one in the Main Comp for good measure, Films Distribution are making a significant contribution to Cannes this year – my money is on Katell Quillevere's Un Poison Violent (see pic above) but Wang Xiaoshuai, Jean-Stéphane Bron's doc on white collar crimes that hinder the working man and an immigrant tale gone wrong portrait from Olivier Masset-Depasse could make this a great year for the distributor. Something to look forward to in the near future: Yann Samuell's next effort. - With three in the Director's Fortnight and one in the Main Comp for good measure, Films Distribution are making a significant contribution to Cannes this year – my money is on Katell Quillevere's Un Poison Violent (see pic above) but Wang Xiaoshuai, Jean-Stéphane Bron's doc on white collar crimes that hinder the working man and an immigrant
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Films Distribution

With three in the Director's Fortnight and one in the Main Comp for good measure, Films Distribution are making a significant contribution to Cannes this year – my money is on Katell Quillevere's Un Poison Violent (see pic above) but Wang Xiaoshuai, Jean-Stéphane Bron's doc on white collar crimes that hinder the working man and an immigrant tale gone wrong portrait from Olivier Masset-Depasse could make this a great year for the distributor. Something to look forward to in the near future: Yann Samuell's next effort. Chongqing Blues (Rizhao Chongqing) by Wang Xiaoshuai - Completed Cleveland Vs Wall Street by Jean-Stéphane Bron - Completed Illegal by Olivier Masset-depasse - Completed L'amour Fou by Pierre Thoretton - Completed With Love... From The Age Of Reason (L'ÂGE De Raison) by Yann Samuell - Completed A Cat In Paris (Une Vie De Chat) by Alain Gagnol - Production Family Tree (L'arbre Et La FORÊT
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Isaacs, McKidd for 'Great Ghost Rescue'

Isaacs, McKidd for 'Great Ghost Rescue'
Jason Isaacs, Kevin McKidd and Emma Fielding will lead the cast of The Great Ghost Rescue. The project, which kicks off its eight-week production schedule in London and Hungary next week, also features Angus,Thongs and Perfect Snogging's Georgia Groome, Steven Mackintosh and newcomer Toby Hall in the cast. Yann Samuell is directing from screenwriter David Solomons's adaptation of Eva Ibbotson's New York Times bestseller. The story centres on Humphrey Craggyford (Hall) and his family as they are kicked out of their home and must find a new place to haunt. They later discover that they (more)
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Affinity International Ready to Embark Upon The Great Ghost Rescue

Please someone tell me why I can't stop singing the title to The Great Ghost Rescue to the tune of the failed northeastern children's television show "The Great Space Coaster"? It's been like an hour now, and it just will not go away! Somebody make it stop! Please!

In any event, according to Screen Daily Affinity International has acquired the sales rights heading into Cannes to The Great Ghost Rescue, which is set to begin eight weeks of principal photography in the UK and Hungary next week.

Casting for this kid-friendly slice of spookery thus far includes Georgia Groome, Steven Mackintosh, and newcomer Toby Hall, who will play Humphrey, the ghost of a child whose family has been ousted from their home when their castle gets modernized into a holiday camp.

Yann Samuell (Love Me If You Dare) is on board to direct this big screen adaptation of the Eva Ibbotson book.
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'The Great Ghost Rescue' Fully Cast and Ready to Roll

Affinity International has boarded sales rights heading into Cannes to The Great Ghost Rescue, set to begin eight weeks of principal photography in the UK and Hungary next week. Yann Samuell will direct David Solomons adaptation of the novel by Eva Ibbotson. Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films), Kevin McKidd (Dog Soldiers, Hannibal Rising) and Emma Fielding ("The Ghost Squad") all star. The cast also includes Georgia Groome, Steven Mackintosh and newcomer Toby Hall, who plays a small ghost whose family has been ousted from their home. The family unites with other spirits in a bid to find a sanctuary, but in the process the tide of opinion turns against them.
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'The Great Ghost Rescue' Starts Shooting

Producer Miriam Segal will finally begin filming her The Great Ghost Rescue on Monday. She has been planning this adaptation of Eva Ibbotson’s children’s book for a long time. Production will take place over eight weeks in the UK and Hungary. Affinity International – the new name for Odd Lot International -- will start international sales at the Cannes film market. CAA and Affinity are handling North American rights together. Yann Samuell is directing and the family adventure stars Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Kevin McKidd (Percy Jackson & The Olympians) and Emma Fielding (The Other Man). [...]
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Premiere arrives at AFM with cash in hand

Film financier Premiere Picture is landing at this year's Afm with the promise of something unusual -- cash for projects.

The U.K.-based company is unveiling a fresh funding package to producers and financiers called Media Pro.

The fund aims to allow producers to access funding for feature film, TV and other media activities including production services and P&A.

It mirrors an earlier fund, Sovereign, set up and operated by Premiere Picture which saw the financier raise and place $45 million in the last 12 months across a variety of projects.

Premiere Picture raises the cash for its fund from a network of high networth individuals looking to invest in movies.

Premiere Picture chief operating officer Adam Betteridge told THR that Media Pro will operate as a standalone fund, separate from Sovereign and is the next step for a sector badly in need of innovation in financing.
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Tracking Shot September 2009: The Beaver, Brighton Rock and The Sunset Limited

  • At the beginning of every month, Ioncinema.com's "Tracking Shot" features six projects that are moments away from lensing and that we feel, are worth signaling out. This September is when Blacklist's 2008 top title goes into production - Jodie FosterJodie Foster
[/link] helms The Beaver for Summit. Scribe Rowan Joffe begins his career as a director with Brighton Rock, - Joffe penned Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort. Not much news has been made since a Cannes announcement for Andrew Niccol's 4th film. We'll keep tabs on whether filming for The Cross does take place down under. The very rich Todd Phillips already has a due date of November for Due Date. Edward Zwick finally gets into the saddle for Love and Other Drugs, and we are still awaiting more news on Tommy Lee Jones, who should begin filming The Sunset Limited this month. Those that didn't make the list, but
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