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Women in Film Opens Gender Parity Discussion With New Digital Series

15 June 2017 12:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Women in Film is launching a new digital series and social media campaign aiming to open fresh dialogue about gender parity in Hollywood.

“Flip the Scipt,” the comedic short-form series that premiered at Wif’s Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills Tuesday night, casts a perspective on real-life sexist experiences of industry women by swapping gender roles.

Jeff Garlin, Lake Bell, Amy Landecker, Ian Harding, and Jerrika Hinton are among the actors who contributed to the series, which was directed by Jamie Babbit (“Girls”) and produced and directed by Beth McCarthy-Miller (“Modern Family”).

The four-part installation consists of “Diva Director,” which began airing June 14, “Mad Women” on June 16, “Shelf Life” on June 21, and “Market Value” on June 28.

The satiric series was written and created by Ally Iseman (“American Housewife”), produced by Meredith Riley Stewart (“Scandal”) and executive produced by Tessa Bell (“Life Inside Out”).

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- Rebecca Rubin

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Exclusive: Sony Pictures Classics Co-President Tom Bernard Talks Supporting Women Directors

14 June 2017 12:31 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Haifaa Al-Mansour, director of Sony Pictures Classic’s “Wadjda”: PremiereScene/YouTube

Michael Barker and Tom Bernard of Sony Pictures Classics were honored with the The Women In Film Beacon Award at last night’s Women in Film La’s Crystal + Lucy Awards. Below is Bernard’s acceptance speech. He touches on how male bias holds women down, the importance of role models, and the impact of Sony Pictures Classic title “Wadjda.”

I was honored — and surprised — to get a call from Cathy Schulman about this award. I was also gratified to hear we had released 64 films directed by women, over the course of our careers.

That’s what happens when you look for quality. We often didn’t know whether the director was a man or a woman.

Maybe there was one exception: “Wadjda,” which we knew was unmistakably directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It’s a story about a little girl in Saudi Arabia who wanted to ride a bicycle, which was completely forbidden at the time. “Wadjda” was the first feature film ever made in Saudi Arabia. And, in fact, it was submitted as their first-ever foreign film Oscar entry. But more importantly, Haifaa’s film caused a change in the law, and now, girls can ride a bike, as long as a male is accompanying them. It’s a small step, and there is still a long way to go to for equality in that region, but it is progress towards something better and underscores the importance of women in film.

“Gender parity on and off the screen” is the Women and Film mission statement. I am sure everybody here knows these stats only too well, but they bear repeating:

There’s never been a woman nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar.

Only four have Best Director nominations. Only one has won.

Hollywood is a community where Hillary Clinton probably won 90 percent of the vote. And yet roughly 90 percent of the Director’s branch are men.

If you support having a woman in charge of the country, support having more women in charge of your films.

Hollywood is proud of its progressive credentials, but unfortunately, it’s still a “Boys’ Town,” isn’t it?

It’s been said talent is evenly distributed, but opportunity is not. Remove the “male bias,” both conscious and unconscious in our industry — and throughout American culture — and the talent of women will shine. Women deserve to have their ideas and opinions matter from the time they are little girls throughout the building of their careers. And girls — and boys — need to witness role models who underscore their unlimited potential.

Think of all the amazing films that never got made because women (and people of color and all other under-represented artists) weren’t given the opportunities they deserve in life to make them. I want to see those invisible films. Michael and I want to release them and make them visible on every screen possible.

On behalf of all of our colleagues at Sony Pictures Classics who have worked with us for the past 25 years, we thank you for this award, and we thank Women in Film for doing what you do. It inspires us to work even harder. The celebration tonight reminds us, we can all do better.

It’s very important to have a place where one’s voice can become part of a chorus for change, and this room is certainly a very powerful partnership for parity.

Whether it’s riding a bike or directing a film, or running a studio: give women a chance. Magnify their voice. And the world will be a better place for all.

- Tom Bernard

Co-President and Co-Founder of Sony Pictures Classics

Exclusive: Sony Pictures Classics Co-President Tom Bernard Talks Supporting Women Directors was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Hillary Clinton Says ‘Wonder Woman’ Is ‘Right Up My Alley’ in Video Message at Crystal + Lucy Awards

14 June 2017 11:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Politics was never far from the podium at Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards on Tuesday night, referred to by speakers exhorting Hollywood to be more inclusive in its storytelling and video messages from Sen. Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama.

“Now I haven’t seen ‘Wonder Woman’ yet, but I’m going to, in part because it’s directed by the fabulous Patty Jenkins,” Clinton said in a video message that both praised the director, whose “Wonder Woman” scored the best domestic debut ever for a female helmer, and indirectly took aim at the Trump administration. “But something tells me that a movie about a strong, powerful woman fighting to save the world from a massive international disaster is right up my alley.”

Clinton honored Crystal + Lucy Award recipient Elizabeth Banks, one of her most vocal celebrity supporters during the election.

Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award honoree Dan Rather, »

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Hillary Clinton Says ‘Wonder Woman’ Is ‘Right Up My Alley’ in Video Message at Crystal + Lucy Awards

14 June 2017 11:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Politics was never far from the podium at Women in Film’s Crystal + Lucy Awards on Tuesday night, referred to by speakers exhorting Hollywood to be more inclusive in its storytelling and video messages from Sen. Kamala Harris, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama.

“Now I haven’t seen ‘Wonder Woman’ yet, but I’m going to, in part because it’s directed by the fabulous Patty Jenkins,” Clinton said in a video message that both praised the director, whose “Wonder Woman” scored the best domestic debut ever for a female helmer, and indirectly took aim at the Trump administration. “But something tells me that a movie about a strong, powerful woman fighting to save the world from a massive international disaster is right up my alley.”

Clinton honored Crystal + Lucy Award recipient Elizabeth Banks, one of her most vocal celebrity supporters during the election.

Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award honoree Dan Rather, accepting »

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Ted Sarandos Snubbed by Academy and More Details From the Board of Governors Candidates

2 June 2017 4:11 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Earlier today, the Academy sent an email to all members with the final list of Board of Governors candidates. Conspicuously absent is Netflix CEO and Ted Sarandos, who hosted a recent Academy museum fundraiser and was hoping to get a chance to run for the board. 

Also absent is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current president of AMPAS, who’s stepping down this August and not seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member board. You have to be on the board in order to run for President. Others no longer in the running are Sony Pictures Classics and CBS Films executives Michael Barker and Terry Press, producer Paula Wagner, director Brett Ratner and actors Queen Latifah and Lou Diamond Phillips. Actress Laura Dern is one current board member who is backed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and gaining support.

The final election begins Monday, June 19 and closes on Friday, June 23.

Among the final list of candidates sent along by an Academy spokesperson (below) are a diverse selection, among them actors branch members Geena Davis, Whoopi Goldberg, Edward James Olmos and Rita Wilson (the popular wife of current board member Tom Hanks), cinematographers Guillermo Navarro and Mandy Walker, directors Kimberly Peirce and Kasi Lemmons, executive Lucy Fisher, A & E Indie Films documentary producer Molly Thompson, editor Tina Hirsch and film, TV writers John Ridley, Aline Brosh McKenna and Dana Stevens and former Academy marketing executive Christina Kounelias.

Also vying for a seat are Oscar telecast co-producer Michael De Luca and low-budget horror-monger Jason Blum, as well as several players who used to run studios, among them Rob Friedman, David Linde, and Dick Cook, along with Pixar chief Edwin Catmull.

Read More: Netflix Disruptor Ted Sarandos Chases Slot on Academy Board of Governors

Geena Davis Actors Whoopi Goldberg Actors Edward James Olmos Actors Rita Wilson Actors Kerry Barden Casting Directors Lora Kennedy Casting Directors Joseph Middleton Casting Directors Ilene Starger Casting Directors Dion Beebe Cinematographers Russell P. Carpenter Cinematographers Guillermo Navarro Cinematographers Mandy Walker Cinematographers Judianna Makovsky Costume Designers Ellen Mirojnick Costume Designers Isis Mussenden Costume Designers Rosemary Brandenburg Designers John F. DeCuir, Jr. Designers Melissa Stewart Designers Wynn P. Thomas Designers John Badham Directors Kasi Lemmons Directors Kimberly Peirce Directors Donald M. Petrie Directors Kate Amend Documentary Julie Goldman Documentary Morgan Spurlock Documentary Molly Thompson Documentary Dick Cook Executives Daniel R. Fellman Executives Lucy Fisher Executives David Linde Executives Dody J. Dorn Film Editors Tina Hirsch Film Editors Richard Marks Film Editors Michael Tronick Film Editors Kathryn L. Blondell Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Martin Samuel Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Alan Bergman Music Charles Bernstein Music John C. Debney Music Charles Fox Music Albert Berger Producers Jason Blum Producers Michael De Luca Producers Hawk Koch Producers Tony Angellotti Public Relations Bruce R. Feldman Public Relations Rob Friedman Public Relations Christina Kounelias Public Relations Darlie Brewster Short Films and Feature Animation Edwin Catmull Short Films and Feature Animation Bob Kurtz Short Films and Feature Animation Thomas R. Sito Short Films and Feature Animation Bobbi Banks Sound Teri E. Dorman Sound Anna MacKenzie Sound Mark Mangini Sound Richard Edlund Visual Effects Joe Letteri Visual Effects Theresa Ellis Rygiel Visual Effects Bill Taylor Visual Effects Larry Karaszewski Writers Aline Brosh McKenna Writers John Ridley Writers Dana Stevens Writers

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Ted Sarandos Snubbed by Academy and More Details From the Board of Governors Candidates

2 June 2017 4:11 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Earlier today, the Academy sent an email to all members with the final list of Board of Governors candidates. Conspicuously absent is Netflix CEO and Ted Sarandos, who hosted a recent Academy museum fundraiser and was hoping to get a chance to run for the board. 

Also absent is Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current president of AMPAS, who’s stepping down this August and not seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member board. You have to be on the board in order to run for President. Others no longer in the running are Sony Pictures Classics and CBS Films executives Michael Barker and Terry Press, producer Paula Wagner, director Brett Ratner and actors Queen Latifah and Lou Diamond Phillips. Actress Laura Dern is one current board member who is backed by Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and gaining support.

The final election begins Monday, June 19 and closes on Friday, June »

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As Trump Withdraws from The Paris Agreement, Al Gore Just Became the Biggest Movie Star of the Summer

2 June 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There were a lot of big movie stars making the rounds at the Cannes Film Festival, but none loomed larger than Al Gore. Attending a posh dinner for the festival’s 70th anniversary, he hobnobbed with a crowd of A-listers while receiving well-wishes from distributors and filmmakers alike. “The Beguiled” director Sofia Coppola paid her respects, as did Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker and Los Angeles Times critic Justin Chang.

And so did I. Everyone in the room felt compelled to approach Gore, thank him for his continuing efforts to save the planet, and wish him good luck on the road ahead — which has only gotten rockier with the news that President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the Paris Accord. Back then, just a few weeks ago, Gore was the loftiest figure in a very flashy room; now, he looms even larger.

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- Eric Kohn

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Isabelle Huppert, Mariachi and a History Lesson: Cannes Celebrates Its 70th Year With a Lively Night

24 May 2017 2:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Cannes Film Festival aims to show great movies, but it also knows how to throw a good party. That much was evident late at night in the waning hours of a glitzy dinner on Tuesday night at Port Pierre Canto to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the festival, when Salma Hayek surprised guests with a mariachi band.

The Mexican film luminaries in the room — including “Three AmigosGuillermo Del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarriuto and Alfono Cuaron as well as actors Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal — all crowded around a single table to lead a boisterous crowd in numerous songs. They were joined by guests from all over the world, from directors Michel Hazanavicius and Paolo Sorrentino to Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker, 88-year-old French New Wave legend Agnes Varda and Hayek, who eventually led a conga line to the stage while shooting an iPhone video of the whole affair. »

- Eric Kohn

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Cannes: Sony Classics Acquires Russian-Language Drama ‘Loveless’

17 May 2017 10:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North and Latin American rights to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless” ahead of its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday.

Sony Classics previously released Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” which won best screenplay at Cannes in 2014, the best foreign language film at the Golden Globes and earned an Oscar nomination.

Co-written by Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, “Loveless” centers on a couple going through a vicious divorce when their 12 year-old son disappears.

“There is no more timely film than ‘Loveless,” said Sony Classics in a statement. “Andrey is one of the world’s finest directors in peak form here. It is just great to be in business again with him and Alexander following our success together with ‘Leviathan’ a few years ago.”

The film is produced by Russia’s Non-Stop Production, Fetisoff Illusion, France’s Why Not Production, Belgium’s Les Films du Fleuve »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes Confronts the Age of Trump, Brexit, and Isis

16 May 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Cannes Film Festival, for all its moneyed bustle and aristocratic glitz, represents something grand and orderly in the world of cinema. The ritual promenades taken by movie stars and directors along the red carpet are as stately as papal processions. The carpet itself, with its 22 steps leading up to the Grand Theatre Lumiere, symbolizes more than celebrity — it’s an artistic stairway to Heaven. The whole spectacle is saturated in reverence, awe and old-meets-new tradition.

Given that, it takes a lot to roil the Cannes Film Festival. Yet this year, as the fortnight approaches, there’s a sense that Cannes could be like a castle built on storm-tossed seas — subject to the turbulence of everything happening in the world around it. The election of Donald Trump and the early months of an administration that so many have viewed with unprecedented alarm.

The fracture in the edifice of Europe that was, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Netflix Disruptor Ted Sarandos Chases Slot on Academy Board of Governors

12 May 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, will step down in August. Nor is she seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member Academy Board of Governors. And with that, let the games begin.

The question of who will replace Isaacs is on the table. You have to be on the board in order to run for Academy president, who serves at the pleasure of the board for no more than four one-year terms.

And among those who are eyeing an active role on the board is none other than Ted Sarandos, content czar of Netflix — the same organization that spent the week shaking its fist at the Cannes Film Festival for “closing ranks” with a new ruling that only films that commit to French theatrical distribution may participate in future festivals.

Sarandos is the fox in the Academy henhouse, the disruptor who »

- Anne Thompson

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Netflix Disruptor Ted Sarandos Chases Slot on Academy Board of Governors

12 May 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, will step down in August. Nor is she seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member Academy Board of Governors. And with that, let the games begin.

The question of who will replace Isaacs is on the table. You have to be on the board in order to run for Academy president, who serves at the pleasure of the board for no more than four one-year terms.

And among those who are eyeing an active role on the board is none other than Ted Sarandos, content czar of Netflix — the same organization that spent the week shaking its fist at the Cannes Film Festival for “closing ranks” with a new ruling that only films that commit to French theatrical distribution may participate in future festivals.

Sarandos is the fox in the Academy henhouse, the disruptor who »

- Anne Thompson

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Crystal + Lucy Awards to Honor Elizabeth Banks, Tracee Ellis Ross, Mira Nair, & More

10 May 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Tracee Ellis Ross on “Black-ish”: Eric McCandless

Former “Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams is set to host the 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards. Elizabeth Banks, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Mira Nair are among the women being honored at the event, a press release from Women in Film, Los Angeles (Wif La) has announced.

Set for June 13 in Beverly Hills, this year’s fundraising dinner, themed “Evolve,” will be in support of Wif La’s educational and philanthropic programs and its work advocating for gender equality in the entertainment industry.

Pitch Perfect 2” director and actress Banks will receive the The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, which honors “outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.” The three-time Emmy nominated actress is set to direct two high-profile female-led films: a “Charlie’s Angels” reboot and an adaptation of Victoria Aveyard’s Ya dystopian fantasy “Red Queen.” In 2016 Banks founded WhoHaha, a digital comedy platform for women.

The Lucy Award for Excellence in Television will be given to “Black-ish” star Ross. Named after Lucille Ball, the award recognizes “women and men and their creative works that exemplify the extraordinary accomplishments she embodied; whose excellence and innovation have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.” Ross’ role on “Black-ish” has earned her a Golden Globe and the 2015 and 2016 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. In her Globes acceptance speech, Ellis said, “This is for all of the women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important. I want you to know that I see you and we see you.” Her other credits include “Girlfriends,” “Reed Between the Lines,” and “CSI.”

Queen of Katwe” helmer Nair will receive The BMW Dorothy Arzner Directors Award, “established to recognize the important role women directors play in the film and television industries.” Nair’s feature debut, “Salaam Bombay!” scored an Oscar nod in 1989. Her other credits include “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” “Amelia,” and “Monsoon Wedding.”

Rising star Zoey Deutch snagged The Women In Film Max Mara Face of the Future Award, “given to an actress who is experiencing a turning point in her career through her work in the film and television industries, through her contributions to the community at large, in recognition of her outstanding achievements, and her embodiment of style and grace.” “Before I Fall,” “Why Him?” and “Everybody Wants Some!!” are among her recent credits.

The Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award will go to former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather. Named after the first woman President of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, this honor is presented “to individuals who, like Ms. Zarky herself, have demonstrated enlightened support for the advancement of equal opportunity and devotion to the improvement of the human condition.”

Co-Presidents and Co-Founders of Sony Pictures Classics Michael Barker and Tom Bernard will receive The Women In Film Beacon Award, “presented to an entertainment industry professional for outstanding leadership in the advancement of gender equity, signaling and celebrating unbiased decision making in media.” Barker and Bernard have worked with directors such as Nicole Holofcener, Agnes Varda, Sally Potter, Lisa Cholodenko, Marielle Heller, Maren Ade, Meera Menon, and Marjane Satrapi. They “will be given the inaugural award for their unmatched support of female filmmakers consistently and throughout the entire history of their careers,” the press release states.

Crystal + Lucy Awards to Honor Elizabeth Banks, Tracee Ellis Ross, Mira Nair, & More was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Sony Classics Bosses Say Exhibition “Wants To Hold Strong” Against Majors’ Push For Short Windows & Pvod – Tribeca Studio

21 April 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Most major studios outside of Disney would like to advance the narrative that a shortened theatrical window with the emergence of premium VOD is a given future reality. But Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents and founders Tom Bernard and Michael Barker have heard otherwise from exhibition. “I’ve talked to a lot of the major theater chains and they feel that they really want to hold strong,” Bernard told Deadline at our Tribeca Studio regarding the majors’ pitch for a… »

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Deadline Studio at Tribeca 2017 – Day 1 – Zoey Deutch, Max Winkler, Tom Bernard, Michael Barker & More

20 April 2017 8:30 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Deadline’s studio at the Tribeca Film Festival kicked off the first of five talent-filled days at the NYC fest with visits by Zoey Deutch and Max Winkler (Flower), Julian Sands (The Escape), Tom Bernard & Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics, and many more. Photographer Mark Mann is behind the lens for our series of photo sessions and video interviews. Click on the image above to open the gallery, and follow Deadline for more photos and video interviews from Tribeca. P… »

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Roman Polanski’s Thriller ‘Based on a True Story’ Sells to Sony Classics

14 February 2017 12:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

North American rights to Roman Polanski’s thriller “Based on a True Story” have been sold to Sony Pictures Classics.

The French-language thriller will be distributed by Sony Classics in partnership with RatPac Entertainment. It’s the second deal for Sony Classics on a Polanski project following 2011’s “Carnage.”

“Based on a True Story” stars Emmanuelle Seigner as a Parisian author with writer’s block who discovers a mysterious woman — played by Eva Green — at a book signing.

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The producer is Wassim Beji of Wy Productions. Olivier Assayas and Polanski adapted the movie from Delphine de Vigan’s novel of the same name.

The thriller marks Polanski’s first project since making his 2013 drama “Venus in Fur.” “Based on a True Story” was published in 2015 and won the Prix Renaudot and high school prize Goncourt des Lyceens. »

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Roman Polanski thriller 'Based On A True Story' goes to Spc

14 February 2017 3:41 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Psychological thriller recently wrapped production in Paris.

Sony Pictures Classics (Spc) has picked up North American rights to the French-language thriller, continuing its association with the director after the 2011 drama Carnage.

RatPac Entertainment will partner on distribution with Spc, who negotiated for the rights with Jeff Berg of Northside Services

Emmanuelle Seigner stars as a Parisian author with writer’s block who encounters a mysterious woman at a book signing played by Eva Green. Wassim Beji of Wy Productions serves as producer.

Olivier Assayas and Polanski adapted Based On A True Story from Delphine de Vigan’s novel of the same name.

“I am very pleased that Sony Pictures Classics will be distributing Based On A True Story in North America,” Polanski said. “Sony Classics is a company that has long tradition in supporting European cinema. I am looking forward to working again with Michael Barker and Tom Bernard.’

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At the Oscar Luncheon, Politics Mingled With Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Other Nominees

6 February 2017 6:47 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Every year the best and brightest from across the global film industry assemble at the Beverly Hilton for the annual Academy nominees lunch and group photo.

This year, 163 nominees showed up.

First, everyone piles into the ballroom for champagne and hobnobbing. Documentary nominee Raoul Peck, whose “I Am Not Your Negro” is kicking it at the box office, was hanging with fellow nominee Ezra Edelman, whose “O.J.: Made in America” won the DGA award on Saturday.

Swedish filmmaker Hannes Holm (“A Man Called Ove”) met with his fellow foreign nominees Sunday night — they were in touch with “The Salesman” director, Asghar Farhadi, who’s boycotting the Oscars — to discuss the Muslim travel ban. He promised to let me know what comes of these ongoing discussions.

Netflix chief Ted Sarandos accompanied Ava DuVernay’s nominated documentary “13th.” He’s recovering from Sundance, where seven Netflix original films played, and he acquired »

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At the Oscar Luncheon, Politics Mingled With Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Other Nominees

6 February 2017 6:47 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every year the best and brightest from across the global film industry assemble at the Beverly Hilton for the annual Academy nominees lunch and group photo.

This year, 165 nominees showed up.

First, everyone piles into the ballroom for champagne and hobnobbing. Documentary nominee Raoul Peck, whose “I Am Not Your Negro” is kicking it at the box office, was hanging with fellow nominee Ezra Edelman, whose “O.J.: Made in America” won the DGA award on Saturday.

Swedish filmmaker Hannes Holm (“A Man Called Ove”) met with his fellow foreign nominees Sunday night — they were in touch with “The Salesman” director, Asghar Farhadi, who’s boycotting the Oscars — to discuss the Muslim travel ban. He promised to let me know what comes of these ongoing discussions.

Netflix chief Ted Sarandos accompanied Ava DuVernay’s nominated documentary “13th.” He’s recovering from Sundance, where seven Netflix original films played, and he acquired »

- Anne Thompson

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Berlin: Sellers Hit the Festival and Market With Mixed Expectations

3 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sellers are heading to Berlin with realistic expectations about the state of the marketplace and the hurdles facing them.

“Consistently delivering great movies has always been the challenge, but you need the rigor required for that even more so now,” says Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer, who’ll be repping the Wwi-era drama “The Promise,” starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, in Berlin. “The demand for excellence in filmmaking from independent distributors around the world is higher than ever.”

While Meyer is pragmatic about the global economy (“There are always going to be currency fluctuations and markets that are up and down — that’s the rule,” he says), others see a more ominous landscape.

“The fundamental issue right now is that every single territory in the world has problems that are very challenging, not just for the cinema market, but politically and economically,” says FilmNation Entertainment senior VP of international sales Tara Erer, »

- Gregg Goldstein

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