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Cannes: FilmSharks Nabs International Rights to Spanish Trio

Pursuing its strategy of partnering with key European film players, Argentine sales agency FilmSharks Intl. has inked international sales rights to a trio of upcoming features from Spain, led by Atresmedia Cine’s comedy “Lord, Give Me Patience.”

FilmSharks has also picked up Nicolás Gil Lavedra’s thriller “Dark Buildings (A Crack in The Wall),” a Spain-Argentina co-production by Santiago Segura’s Amiguetes Ent., starring Oscar Martínez (“Distinguished Citizen”), which Disney pre-bought for Latin America.

In addition, it is handling Inés de León’s “Ajedrez para tres” (“Chess for Three”) a production from Telefonica Studios, paybox Movistar + and Bowfinger, scheduled to launch in Spanish theaters by this year’s third quarter, distributed by Adolfo Blanco’s A Contracorriente.

Written by Astrid Gil-Casares, Rafa Russo, Pablo Alén and Breixo Corral, “Chess” has been described as “a classic ‘My Fair Lady’-style romantic comedy,” by Telefonica’s film production head, Gabriel Arias-Salgado.
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Berlinale: FilmSharks, Italy’s Cattleya Pact on Hit Comedy ‘Mr. Happiness’

Berlinale: FilmSharks, Italy’s Cattleya Pact on Hit Comedy ‘Mr. Happiness’
FilmSharks Intl. has acquired international sales and remake rights to Alessandro Siani’s comedy “Mr. Happiness,” produced by Italian film and TV company Cattleya.

Launched by Rai’s 01 Distribution on Dec. 30, “Mr. Happiness” has grossed $10.7 million at the Italian B.O., becoming a firm candidate for the title of Italy’s comedy of the year.

In an extension of FilmSharks’ reach, “Mr. Happiness” marks the second movie produced by a big Euro film player that it has nabbed for international, after announcing this week that is has also nabbed Nacho G. Velilla’s “Stroke of Luck,” produced by Spain’s Atresmedia Cine, the film arm of media conglom Atresmedia Group.

In line with many of the previous Latin American pickups by Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks, both titles are mainstream comedies, with large domestic audiences and potential remake business.

“It is a key step for us to collaborate with today’s top European companies,
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‘Sniper’ Hits Bullseye For Eastwood In Italy, ‘Hobbit’ Grows: Intl Bo Update

  • Deadline
‘Sniper’ Hits Bullseye For Eastwood In Italy, ‘Hobbit’ Grows: Intl Bo Update
2Nd Update: : International actuals are in from most of the studios with a few figure shifts. The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies came in higher than projected with a total $54M weekend and a cume of $504.65M. Disney’s Into The Woods, previously at a projected $1M for the weekend, nearly doubled that to take a confirmed $1.7M. In Italy, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was above its estimated record-breaking haul with $7.1M on 425 screens and the best per-screen average in the market. There’s also a new local movie record in fast-growing Vietnam — see the key market round-ups below for more on that one.

Figures have been updated throughout for The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Penguins Of Madagascar, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Big Hero 6, Into The Woods, Seventh Son, Taken 3, American Sniper, The Water Diviner,
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George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis Go Public

  • PEOPLE.com
His hand still bandaged from a motoring accident last month, George Clooney was spotted arriving in Venice Monday sporting something that's all the rage in Italian trends - TV presenter Elisabetta Canalis. The day before the premiere of his movie, Men Who Stare at Goats, the couple - who landed at Venice's Lido Nicelli Airfield Monday evening - made a grand arrival at the Venice Film Festival following a water taxi ride across the city's lagoon, prompting Italian papers to gush over the pair as the next Brad and Angelina. Related: Who Is Elizabetta Canalis?Clooney, 48, and the woman better
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