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Lava Bear Joins Chinese Pic ‘The Bodyguard’

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David Linde’s Lava Bear has joined its third Chinese production on the Sammo Hung-directed action thriller The Bodyguard. Lava Bear co-produces. Pic stars Hung and Chinese superstar Andy Lau and will be released next summer. Hung plays a retired bodyguard with the onset of dementia. He befriends a young girl in trouble. Her father falls on the wrong side of the local crime world and when she disappears, he must overcome his disability to save her.

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- Mike Fleming Jr

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‘Saint Laurent’ Tapped As France’s Entry Into Foreign Language Oscar Race

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The selection of the Foreign Language Oscar entry from France has been one of the more interesting to follow this year given all the controversy surrounding 2013’s ultimate decision. The committee that chooses the picture that will represent France has gone with Bertrand Bonello’s biopic Saint Laurent, which will premiere next week in the U.S. at the New York Film Festival.

Saint Laurent, which Sony Pictures Classics acquired after its Cannes premiere in competition this year, stars Gaspard Ulliel as the fashion icon and Jérémie Renier as his lifelong partner Pierre Bergé. The film is set during the period 1965-1976 and EuropaCorp and Mandarin Cinema are producers. It is the second Saint Laurent biopic to hit screens this year after The Weinstein Co’s Yves Saint Laurent, which had Pierre Niney starring and Jalil Lespert directing. That one premiered in June in the U.S. and has made $20.3M worldwide. »


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Bart & Fleming: Are Studios Driving The Lazy Road Paved By Detroit Automakers?

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.

Bart: I don’t want to sound nostalgic, but do you remember the days when working in the entertainment business was considered a good job? When I was first hired by a movie studio, my journalistic friends all said, ‘Man, you’ve got it made.’

Fleming: Since you take a vow of poverty to be a journalist, I’ve thought that about journalist pals who took studio PR jobs.

Bart: That’s definitely the past. Here’s the reality of the moment: Warner Bros. has started a new wave of firings. Sony is still in the middle of its cost cutting. Overall show biz employment (including music) is down 19 percent over five years. The big talent agencies are »


- Mike Fleming Jr

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