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Brie Larson To Play First Female White House Candidate Victoria Woodhull In Amazon Film
Exclusive: Amazon Studios has acquired Victoria Woodhull, with Oscar winning Room star Brie Larson poised to produce, and play the first female candidate for the presidency of the United States. Amazon bought it in a pitch package deal. Ben Kopit, who wrote the Warner Bros film Libertine that has Brett Ratner attached to direct, will write the script. Larson will produce alongside Whalerock Industries’ Lloyd Braun and Andrew Mittman. Anne Woodward is exec producer and… »
Michael Shannon Frontrunner to Play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2’
While no deal is yet in place, Shannon has been the top choice for about a week. Fox, the studio handling the film, had no comment on the news.
The debut date for Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool 2” is in a year’s time — March 2, 2018. “John Wick” director David Leitch came on board to direct “Deadpool 2” last fall after Tim Miller dropped out due to creative differences with Reynolds.
The superhero sequel also recently cast “Atlanta” breakout Zazie Beetz as mutant mercenary Domino. Fox had announced at CinemaCon in April that Reynolds would be back, as well as Miller. “Deadpool” gave Fox its biggest hit of 2016 after opening on Valentine’s Day to $782.6 million worldwide, supplanting “The Matrix Reloaded” to become the highest-grossing R-rated film in history. »
- Dave McNary
French Cannibal Horror ‘Raw’ Inspires L.A. Theater To Hand Out ‘Barf Bags’
The Nuart Theater in Los Angeles handed out “custom-made” barf bags to attendees at screenings of “Raw,” French filmmaker Julia Ducournau’s tasty art horror about a teenage vegetarian’s newfound obsession with meat that turns cannibalistic.
Girding themselves for another potential fainting incident like the one that called an ambulance to a Midnight screening during the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, theater employees apparently decided it was better to be safe than sorry. “One of the staff at the Nuart took up the initiative to make the barf bags out of paper lunch bags. What a fun idea!” Mark Valen, a Nuart programmer, told The Hollywood Reporter. “I remember that used to be done with some horror releases in the 1970s.”
More than just a cannibal film, “Raw” uses the flesh-eating trope to explore »
- Jude Dry
Laura Dern In Talks To Join Justin Kelly’s Biopic ‘JT Leroy’
Exclusive: Laura Dern is in talks to co-star in director Justin Kelly’s biopic JT Leroy, the true story behind writer Laura Albert’s made-up literary persona JT Leroy. If the deal closes, Dern will be joining Kristen Stewart, who was attached to the project early on.
Kelly wrote the screenplay, which is based on Savannah Knoop’s book Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt LeRoy. Knoop spent six years pretending to be the enigmatic Jt Leroy, a man who identified as transgender. In… »
China Cracks Down On Box Office Fraud; Suspends, Fines Hundreds Of Cinemas
In November last year, China established a new film industry law which vowed to be tough on box office fraud. The rules came into effect on March 1, and this week, the Middle Kingdom made good on its promise to crack down on cheats. A total of 326 cinemas have been punished for violations, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Regulators said 63 moviehouses were involved in fraud of about 1M yuan ($145K). Those cinemas will be closed for at least 90 days beginning… »
French Filmmakers Rally to Support U.S. Directors, Artists, Protest Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts for Culture
Paris– French filmmakers have reacted to President Trump’s proposal to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Aiming to show their solidarity towards American filmmakers and artists, the Arp – the French guild for directors, producers and authors which is chaired by Claude Lelouch and co-presided by Julie Bertuccelli and Michel Hazanavicius — published a letter arguing that “Trump’s decision will have tremendous consequences.”
“Public fundings for no less than 19 cultural entities will be eliminated and federal money for public radio and television merely cut. Such weakening of the American cultural landscape will make the day of big media groups, to the advantage of their commercial purposes and powerful algorithms,” said the Arp, whose board includes Costa Gavras, Nicolas Gessner, Pierre Jolivet, Cédric Klapisch, Gérard Krawczyk, Thomas Langmann, Olivier Nakache, Jean-Paul Salomé, Eric Tolédano and Patrick Braoudé. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Ozon posts provocative first image for erotic thriller 'Amant Double'
Model turned actress Vacth stars as a fragile young woman who falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. She moves in with him but soon discovers that her lover is concealing part of his identity.
Ozon posted an image on his Twitter account late Wednesday of Vacth and Renier sitting naked in what appears to be a scene depicting a therapy session.
It is Vacth’s second collaboration with Ozon after her big screen debut in the Young & Beautiful, in which she played a teenager who dabbles in prostitution. Renier previously appeared in Ozon’s Criminal Lovers and Potiche. Jacqueline Bisset is also in the cast.
The film, which is sold internationally by Paris-based Films Distribution, is scheduled »
Altice Secures Debt Refinancing for Sfr, Altice International Totaling $3.67 Billion
Paris– Patrick Drahi’s Netherlands-based Altice has refinanced a portion of the existing debt for its French telco group Sfr and Altice International credit pools, priced at 2.5 billion Euros ($2.7 million) and 863 million Euros ($930.5 million), respectively.
“With this latest refinancing transaction totaling 3.4 billion Euros ($3.67 billion), Altice Group has now refinanced about 30 billion Euros ($32.3 billion) of its debt in the past year,” said Dennis Okhuijsen, CFO of Altice Group.
Okhuijsen said this “refinancing activity clearly demonstrates Altice’s commitment to proactively manage its liabilities across every credit pool, significantly improving its maturity schedule as well as reducing interest costs.”
Thanks to the refinancing, Sfr, which Altice bought from Vivendi in 2014 and merged with its Numericable cable operation, will be able to extent its capital structure from 7.3 to 7.6 years. Meanwhile, the average maturity of Altice International’s capital structure has been extended from 6.7 to 7.0 years.
This refinancing activity again strengthens Altice’s cash »
- Elsa Keslassy
Bille August to head Beijing festival jury
Danish filmmaker to preside over Tiantan competition; festival line-up includes Moonlight, On Body And Soul.
Danish filmmaker Bille August will head the jury for the Tiantan competition at this year’s Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff, April 16-23).
He has also opened a studio in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and serves as a “culture consultant” for the city. Bjiff will screen a retrospective of his films.
The Tiantan competition section will screen 15 films in total, which have yet to be announced. The festival will also screen retrospectives of the work of David Lynch, late Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni and Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang.
Other films to screen at the festival include multiple Oscar winner Moonlight; Berlin Golden Bear winner On Body »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Still Eligible: No.
Hot Streak: While a number of actors have won this category twice, we haven’t seen a repeat victor since Ray Walston won for “Picket Fences” in 1995 and 1996. That streak will continue at least one more year, given last year’s winner is ineligible in 2017.
With “Game of Thrones” ineligible, this field is wide open. Only three of last year’s six nominees are eligible to earn another nomination in 2017 — Jonathan Banks (“Better Call Saul”), Michael Kelly (“House of Cards”), and Jon Voight (“Ray Donovan”) — meaning even if all three get back in, we’re going to see some new blood this year…
…starting with John Lithgow. The beloved Emmys presence (a five-time winner and 11-time nominee »
- Ben Travers
Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Still Eligible: No.
Hot Streak: After nabbing one nomination in 2013 (Emilia Clarke) and 2014 (Lena Headey), “Game of Thrones” expanded in subsequent years to two nominations in 2015 and three in 2016 (when Maisie Williams snagged her first nod).
With “Game of Thrones” out of contention and the great Dame Maggie Smith’s “Downton Abbey” over, only two of last year’s nominees are eligible again in 2017: Maura Tierney in “The Affair” and Constance Zimmer in “UnREAL.” Both are coming off their first Emmy nominations, but both of their TV shows lost a bit of buzz in their follow-up seasons. Neither are guarantees (though certainly deserving).
So, who’s going to fill all these slots? There’s no shortage of options. »
- Ben Travers
Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Still Eligible: Yes.
Last year saw two “Veep” supporting actors land nods, but let’s see if we can get a few more in 2017. In addition to Tony Hale (who’s won twice in the past four years) and Matt Walsh (who snagged his first nod in 2016), Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, and Gary Cole are all more than deserving of some TV Academy love. Sure, that would take up five of the six slots, but can we really argue against any of them?
Those willing to try include last year’s winner Louie Anderson, who returns stronger than ever »
- Ben Travers
'Full Monty' director, 'Marigold Hotel' writer team with Monumental for 'Alex Woods'
The team is currently in discussion with cast and is aiming for a summer shoot on the project, which could be Monumental’s first feature to go into production.
UK writer Gavin Extence’s debut novel, a poignant mystery-comedy, charts the story of a teenage science nerd who is hit by a meteorite, strikes up a friendship with a pot-smoking Vietnam veteran and who may or may not be involved in his death.
The novel was nominated for the National Book Award in 2013.
The film would mark Cattaneo »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
China Co-Productions: Still in Search of a Winning Formula
Film co-productions involving China have been going on now for years, but the search for a winning formula continues as partners try to overcome differences in culture, work style and financing, industry leaders in China say.
The difficulties surrounding co-productions were a running theme at last week’s FilMart market and conference in Hong Kong, Asia’s largest such gathering. At a seminar organized by the China Daily and sponsored by Variety, industry heavyweights said that surefire success in co-producing remains elusive even as the number of co-productions seems certain to expand.
The session pointed up several different definitions of co-production. There are those arranged under bilateral treaties, while some qualify according to Chinese rules. Still others may be of the unofficial kind, simply international joint ventures between private companies.
Amy Liu from data agency Ent Group said that the opening of the China market since the country joined the »
- Patrick Frater
Lena Headey to star in immigration drama
Exclusive: Game Of Thrones star to play immigration officer in UK drama.
Headey, who will also be an executive producer on the feature, will play an immigration officer who must decide the fate of a dangerous asylum seeker.
Kingston, Woodley and Healy previously collaborated on 2015 sci-fi The Carrier.
“Helen has written a beautiful script that manages to highlight the complexity of the refugee crisis whilst telling an intimate human story, without ever demanding where the audience should stand,” said Headey, who is currently in production on Stephen Merchant comedy Fighting With My Family.
“I’m very happy to be a part of this,” added the 300 star who will next be seen in »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
China Punishes More Than 300 Cinemas For Box Office Cheating
Chinese film regulators have punished 326 cinemas for their part in box office fraud. They are the first to be punished under the Film Promotion Law which came into effect at the beginning of the month.
Punishments range from the forced closure of theaters for three months and fines of $145,000 (Rmb 1 million) for the 63 biggest cases, down to fines of $24,000 (RMB200,000.) The 90 theaters caught out in frauds of less than $12,000 (RMB100,000) were given written warnings.
News of the regulatory action was announced via state media on Wednesday. It did not specify the nature of the fraud.
Box office cheating was widespread in China with other cases hitting the headlines in 2014 and 2015. In some cases theaters have colluded with distributors in massive ticket buying operations that are intended to give the impression that a film is enjoying greater success than in reality. In other cases, theaters have stolen receipts.
And in still »
- Patrick Frater
Paramount TV, Telefe team on 'Cazadores'
Serialised drama follows Nazi hunters in South America after Second World War.
Paramount Television and Telefe, the Argentinian network that Viacom acquired last year, announced on Wednesday they will team up to develop the one-hour, multilingual drama.
Created by journalist-turned-tv writer Jason George, Cazadores (Hunters) is based on recently declassified documents about the men and women who resolved to track down the Nazi high command that fled to South America after the Second World War.
The serialised cable drama begins as the war is ending and a Cold War begins, yet the hunters, many of whom had personally suffered under the Nazi regime, refuse to forget the crimes of the Third Reich.
“We are excited to have Telefe as part of the Viacom family,” president of Paramount TV Amy Powell (pictured) said. “Their unmatched leadership in Argentina’s high-growth market and their on-the-ground knowledge of this fascinating moment in history, will allow for »
French cinema guild sends message of solidarity over proposed Trump cuts
L’Arp expresses love for Us culture and “consternation” at Us president’s budget plan.
French cinema guild L’Arp has issued a message of solidarity with Us filmmakers and artists, condemning Us President Donald Trump’s recently revealed proposals to slash cultural spending.
“We love American culture and cinema which for us [are] our inexhaustible sources of inspiration and escape,” said the body, jointly presided over by Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (pictured) and filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli.
“We therefore wish to express our solidarity with the American filmmakers and artists who have recently mobilised against this decision.”
Under its budget proposals for the next fiscal year, the Trump administration is planning to cut some $971m previously earmarked for non-profit cultural entities, including theatres, writing programmes, orchestras, libraries and public broadcasters.
The biggest losers are expected to be the National Endowment For The Arts, the Corporation For Public Broadcasting, the Institute Of Museum And Library Services, and the National »
Ten Takeaways on Entertainment Marketing From Variety’s Massive Summit
Marketing gurus from the film, television, and digital worlds were on hand for Variety‘s Massive Entertainment Marketing Summit on Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, sharing their experiences in getting the word out to consumers about their projects.
Being a genius is “now sexy,” according to “Genius” producer Ron Howard, who was half of the keynote conversation at Massive, along with his Imagine Entertainment co-founder and fellow producer on the National Geographic show, Brian Grazer. According to Howard, as the platforms through which to tell stories multiply and become more specific, especially in the world of TV, so the stories become more linked to the platforms themselves. “I knew that the platform, Nat Geo, could actually inform this project and challenge me and the story in important ways,” Howard said “It’s an interesting thing in this moment, it’s the story linked to the platform, »
- Dave McNary and Will Thorne
‘The Magicians’’ Grand, Expensive Musical Tribute to ‘Les Miserables’ Won’t Be Its Last
“The Magicians” went into battle on Wednesday night and pulled out the ultimate weapon: a Broadway musical song.
In the episode, Fillory’s High King Eliot (Hale Appleman) is about to enter into mortal combat with the King of Lauria, who has never been defeated. Eliot’s right-hand magician and partner in every crime imaginable Margo (Summer Bishil) gives him a pep talk and reminisces about how well he did in a production of “Les Miserables.” Inspired by that success, she used magic to force him and others to perform the number “One Day More” from the musical in order to get him pumped up for his duel.
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“I just had this idea that going into a life and death battle, there is a great tradition in feudal societies of soldiers »
- Hanh Nguyen
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