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Sam Mendes in Early Talks to Direct ‘Pinocchio’ Live-Action Reboot

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Sam Mendes is in early talks to direct Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Pinocchio.”

Sources close to Mendes say this it is premature and that the director has not fully committed to coming on board yet. Mendes has not been able to have a full sit down on the project due to his commitment to his West End play “The Ferryman”, which is currently in production.

Peter Hedges penned the script.

Mendes will no longer direct the “James and the Giant Peach” remake for Disney, which he was attached to less than a year ago.

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The original, 1940 animated film “Pinocchio” was based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 children’s book, “The Adventures of Pinocchio,” about a puppet and a poor woodcarver. “Pinocchio” was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, following 1937’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” but »


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The Works Boards Sundance’s ‘L.A. Times,’ Spy Thriller ‘The White Rabbit’

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Worldwide sales rights to relationship drama “L.A. Times” have been picked up by The Works International, which is introducing the film and also upcoming World War II spy thriller “The White Rabbit” to buyers at Cannes.

L.A. Times” (pictured) premiered at Sundance this year. The film is from writer-director-star Michelle Morgan (“Girl Most Likely”).

Variety‘s review said that “L.A. Times” explores the lives of three thirtysomething Angelenos “with a heavy dose of Whit Stillman and sprinklings of Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach, and Lena Dunham, among others.”

The Works is also kicking off global sales of “The White Rabbit,” which is loosely based on the British spy who partly inspired the creation of James Bond, and follows the British Secret Service’s covert operation in occupied France. Filming begins early next year for delivery in winter 2018 and global release in early 2019.

Torquil Deacon and Tom Radcliffe penned the screenplay.

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‘Baywatch’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ Dominate Social Media Buzz

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Paramount’s action-comedy “Baywatch” generated the most social media buzz last week with more than 58,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.

The studio released a new red band trailer on May 10 and held its red carpet world premiere in Miami on May 13. “Baywatch” stars Dwayne Johnson as the leader of the elite Baywatch lifeguard squad, while Zac Efron portrays a washed-up pro athlete brought in for PR spin.

Paramount is opening “Baywatch” on May 25 — a day earlier than “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The film has already generated more than 570,000 new conversations on social media.

Warner Bros.’ tentpole “Wonder Woman” produced 47,000 new conversations last week thanks to the release of positive social media reviews following the lifting of that embargo on May 18. Warner Bros. used the MTV Movie & TV Awards on May 7 to premiere a new trailer for “Wonder Woman” with sweeping, »


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‘Justice League’: Zack Snyder Steps Away After Family Tragedy, Joss Whedon to Take Over

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Zack Snyder is stepping away from Warner Bros. tentpole “Justice League” in order to deal with the death of his daughter, sources tell Variety. 

Joss Whedon, who was recently tapped to direct “Batgirl” for the studio, will oversee the remainder of the film, which is currently in post-production.

Snyder’s daughter died of suicide in March and the director, along with his wife Deborah, who is also a producer on the film, have decided to take a break from the film in order to deal with the sudden tragedy.

Filming on “Justice League” had already finished, and Snyder was in the throes of post-production in order to meet the film’s Nov. 17 release date. Whedon will now oversee a handful of reshoots that had already been scheduled prior to Synder’s daughter’s death, as well as the post-production process.

There are no plans to push the release date at this time. »


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Cannes Q&A: Francois Ozon Talks Competition Sexual Thriller ‘Amant Double’ (Exclusive)

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One of France’s most prolific and renowned directors, Francois Ozon talked to Variety about his provocative erotic mystery “Amant Double,” which will premiere in competition at Cannes on Friday. Sold by Paris-based Films Distribution, “Amant Double” has been picked up by Cohen Media Group for North America and has been sold to all major territories. Ozon’s previous film, “Frantz,” a black-and-white period film, won big at this year’s Cesars, France’s equivalent of the Oscars. “Amant Double” stars Marine Vacth, the breakthrough star of “Young & Beautiful” (which competed at Cannes in 2013) as Chloé, a fragile young woman who falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul (Jeremie Renier). She eventually moves in with Paul but soon discovers he is concealing a part of his identity.

What is the genesis of “Amant Double”?

My inspiration for this film came from a novel by American author Joyce Carol Oates called “Lives of the Twins, »


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Jordan Peele’s New Social Thriller Set for 2019 by Universal

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After signing Jordan Peele to a first-look deal following the success of his directorial debut, “Get Out,” Universal has dated his next film for March 15, 2019.

Currently untitled, the movie’s plot details are being kept under wraps. Peele will write, direct, and produce the social thriller based on his original idea.

The pic will face stiff competition from Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel,” which opens the week before, and Millie Bobby Brown’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” which launches the following week.

Get Out” opened at the top of the domestic box office in February, and the thriller has since become both a commercial and critical success, grossing almost $230 million worldwide. Under his new deal, Peele will also produce a wide range of movies for the studio through his Monkeypaw Productions, including several micro-budget projects with Jason Blum, »


- Justin Kroll

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TF1 Studio Links Up With Paramount, Mars Distribution (Exclusive)

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TF1 Studio, the vertically integrated film banner launched by France’s top commercial network, has signed distribution and marketing agreements with Paramount and Mars Distribution.

Under the agreements, Paramount and Mars will handle theatrical distribution of TF1 Studio movies, the company’s co-deputy CEO Tristan du Laz told Variety. Paramount will handle most English-language titles, such as Michael Apted’s “Unlocked” (pictured); Mars will roll out TF1 Studio’s French films and festival-friendly movies, such as Julien Leclercq’s upcoming biopic “Prost.”

TF1 Studio will cover P&A expenses while Mars and Paramount will handle theater booking and orchestrate the marketing strategy. “These partners are highly complementary, and we’ve been together for a while on an ad hoc basis,” said du Laz, who joined TF1 from Studiocanal and now works with fellow co-deputy CEO Nathalie Toulza-Madar.

TF1 Studio previously had a deal with Ugc that covered French distribution. Since »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes Market to Unveil Winners of Cinando Movie Pitching Contest

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IFC FilmsArianna Bocco, Soda PicturesEve Gabereau and Jean-Thomas Bernardini at Brazil’s Imovision will join producer Guillaume de Seille to judge pitches by 15 young sales agents at the 2nd Cinando Awards — Best Sellers Contest.

The event this evening, in collaboration with the Cannes Marché du Film, celebrate the art of film sales, a skill very much in demand as more and more movies compete for highly select theatrical openings around the world.

The rookie agents are all asked to pitch the same project, Russian Ivan I Tverdovsky’s “Jumpman,” which is set up at De Seille’s Paris-based Arizona Films. Tverdovsky has been recognized for winning a 2016 Karlovy Vary Special Jury Prize with “Zoology,” a high-concept art film about a woman who grows a tail. 

An equally scathing social critique of modern Russia, but with crime thriller beats, “Jumpman” is about a man who feels no pain, so »


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Mads Mikkelsen on Surviving the Polar Wilderness in ‘Arctic’

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Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, best known for playing villains in “Hannibal” and “Casino Royale,” has a more nuanced role in Joe Penna’s “Arctic.” In the survival thriller, written by Penna and Ryan Morrison, and being sold in Cannes by Xyz Films, Mikkelsen plays a man stranded in the polar wastes after a tragic accident. Mikkelsen spoke to Variety about the movie, which is produced by Armory Films and Union Editorial.

How would you describe your character in “Arctic”?

He is you and me, he is everybody. Time has taken its toll on him being alone in the Arctic for so long. He doesn’t have a real past; you don’t get know much about him – does he have a family and so forth. We wanted him to be anyone who was trapped in this terrible situation.

What attracted you to the role?

I’ve read a few things »


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The Orchard Nabs U.S. Rights to Robin Campillo’s ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ (Exclusive)

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The Orchard has acquired U.S. right to Robin Campillo’s AIDS-activist drama “BPM (Beats Per Minute),” one of the best-received films in this year’s official competition at Cannes.

Sold in international markets by Films Distribution, “BPM” is a group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s. Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, co-founder of Films Distribution, said “Bpm” was powerful enough to break out of the Lgbt niche and reach broader audiences.

This marks the third the deal for the company out of Cannes this year. The indie label also picked up “Kings” with Daniel Craig and Halle Berry, and “Under the Eiffel Tower.”

“BPM” marks Campillo’s first film to play at Cannes. The buzz on the Croisette is that the film could scoop up a prize. The film has earned near-unanimous strong reviews, and a good shot at capturing the festival’s Palme d’Or. Variety‘s Guy Lodge »


- Elsa Keslassy and Brent Lang

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Cannes Competitor ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Closes Clutch of Deals

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Robin Campillo’s AIDS-activist drama “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” one of the best-received films in this year’s official competition at Cannes, has been bought by several distributors.

Sold in international markets by Films Distribution, “Bpm” was acquired for Italy (Teodora), Spain (Avalon), Turkey (Bir Films), Sweden (Folket Bio), Denmark (Camera), Switzerland (Agora), Portugal (Midas), Hungary (Vertigo), Benelux (Cineart), Israel (Lev), Hong Kong (Edko),Taiwan (Filmware) and Mexico (Canibal).

A U.S. deal is in negotiation. Earlier in the festival, the film was also picked up by Curzon for U.K. distribution.

“Bpm” marks Campillo’s first film to play at Cannes. The buzz on the Croisette is that the film could scoop up a prize.

The film has earned near-unanimous strong reviews. Variety’s Guy Lodge said the movie “melds the personal, the political, and the erotic to heart-bursting effect.”

“Bpm” is a group portrait of Parisian AIDS activists in the early 1990s. »


- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes: Tunisian Drama ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ Lands at Oscilloscope for U.S.

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Oscilloscope has obtained U.S. rights to Kaouther Ben Hania’s Cannes Un Certain Regard entry “Beauty and the Dogs” for a theatrical release later in the year.

The story centers on a young Tunisian woman, portrayed by Mariam Al Ferjani, who’s raped by police officers after leaving a party and is propelled into a harrowing night in which she must fight for her rights even though justice lies on the side of her tormentors.

Production companies for “Beauty and the Dogs” are Cinetelefilms, Tanit Films, Laika Film & Television, Film i Väst, Schortcut Films, Integral Film & Literature and Chimney. Producers are Habib Attia and Nadim Cheikhrouha. Co-producers are Georges Schoucair, Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen, Jorgen Lorentzen, Andreas Rocksen, Tomas Eskilsson and Jon Mankell.

Jour2Fete made the deal. Additionally, the film will be released in Benelux (Cinéart), France (Jour2Fête), Switzerland (Trigon), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Middle East (Mc Distribution), Greece »


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Christina Ricci, John Cusack, Brendan Fletcher Starring in Drama ‘Distorted’

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Christina Ricci, John Cusack, and Brendan Fletcher are starring in the independent drama “Distorted,” with production starting May 28 in Kelowna and Vernon, British Columbia.

Production companies are Minds Eye Entertainment, in association with Bridgegate Pictures and Invico Capitol. Voltage Pictures will handle international rights with Minds Eye International managing domestic and Canadian rights.

Kevin DeWalt and Danielle Masters will produce, with Andrew Holmes and Ben DeWalt Co-Producing. Executive producers include Guy Griffithe, Allison Taylor, Jason Brooks, Darren Benning, Frank White, and Nicolas Chartier.

Rob W. King is directing from a script written by Arne Olsen. Ricci plays an artist who suffers from bipolar disorder and who is recovering from a the loss of a child. Plagued by disturbing memories and fears for her own safety, she and her devoted husband (played by Fletcher) move to an apartment building that boasts ultra modern design features and integrated security systems. Ricci’s »


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Kix Brooks and John Kuelbs Form Vaquero Entertainment, Announce First Film

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Team Two Entertainment producing partners Kix Brooks, William Shockley, Dustin Rikert and Eric Brooks have joined forces with John Kuelbs, Chairman of Group 1200 Media and Funimation, to create Vaquero Entertainment.

Developing product for film, home entertainment and television, Vaquero Entertainment will be distributed through Group 1200 Media. The first venture will be the direct to video film “You’re Gonna Miss Me,” which has a release date scheduled for June 6.

The film tells the story of how a deceased country music star (John Schneider) sends his estranged sons (Justin Deeley and Leo Howard) on a road trip to collect their inheritance. Along the way, the brothers learn about life, love, and the power of forgiveness through a series of misadventures.

A founding member of the country band, Brooks & Dunn, Brooks’ past credits in the film world include “Ambush at Dark Canyon” and “Born Wild.” He is repped by Wme.

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Directors Guild of America Awards Ceremony Lands 2018 Date

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The Directors Guild of America has set the 70th annual DGA Awards for Feb. 3, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The guild will announce feature film and first-time feature film nominees on Jan. 11. It will announce the television, commercial, and documentary nominees the day before.

DGA members will be able to vote online between Nov. 29 and Jan. 10 for the feature film nominations and between Dec. 11 and Jan. 8 for TV nominations in five categories.

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All voting will continue to take place online. The DGA will also continue to allow feature film screeners to be distributed to members.

Damien Chazelle won the most recent DGA Award and the Academy Award for “La La Land.” The DGA Award is one of the top indicators of Oscar sentiment, with all but seven of all DGA winners since 1948 going on to take the best director Oscar. »


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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Florida Project’

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The Florida Project” is the new movie from writer-director Sean Baker, who staked his claim two years ago with “Tangerine,” an indie feature he shot entirely with an iPhone camera. It told the story of a transgender prostitute and several other L.A. drama-queen wastrels, and the small miracle of the movie is that it wasn’t just visually accomplished. Despite the ultra-low-rent technology (or, actually, because of it), it was visually astonishing, its images electrified by a mysteriously expressive herky-jerky incandescence. The whole turbulent magic-hour look of “Tangerine” busted out with more life and atmosphere than almost anything an expensive movie camera could buy you.

I was avid with curiosity to see the opening shots of “The Florida Project,” because I wanted to know if Baker would be using the same technique, or maybe something just as innovative. The film opens with an image of two children seated against a rough plaster wall, »


- Owen Gleiberman

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Nick Searcy Joins Taraji P. Henson in Civil Rights Drama ‘Best of Enemies’ (Exclusive)

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Nick Searcy has joined the cast of civil rights drama “The Best of Enemies” opposite Babou Ceesay, Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson.

Production commences in Atlanta later this month under Fred Bernstein’s Astute Films banner with Danny Strong, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe, Bernstein, Matt Berenson, Robin Bissell, and Dominique Telson producing. Rick Jackson and Jeremiah Samuels are executive producers.

Bissell, an exec producer on “The Hunger Games,” will make his directorial debut from his own script, based on Osha Gray Davidson’s book “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.” The story centers on civil rights activist Ann Atwater (Henson) who battled Kkk leader C.P. Ellis (Rockwell) for a decade until 1971, when the two agreed to co-chair a two-week community meeting to deal with a court-ordered school desegregation decree.

Searcy will play the role of the wealthy leader of the White Citizen’s Council, »


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Japan Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Wins Fifth Weekend

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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the biggest hit of Japan’s Golden Week holiday period, won its fifth successive weekend at the Japanese box office. For the May 20-21 frame the film earned $3.9 million on 307,000 admissions, extending its cumulative total to $80 million.

At number two for the fifth weekend was Toho animation “Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter” with $1.45 million. With its cumulative total up to $55 million, the film looks likely to take the franchise record from “The Darkest Nightmare,” by next weekend.

Teen romantic drama “Peach Girl” was the highest ranking new release, at number four. A girls comic adaptation starring Kei Inoo of the boy band Hey! Say! Jump, the film made $1.3 million from 301 screens, with Shochiku distributing.

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Teams With eOne on International Distribution

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Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and Entertainment One (eOne) have unveiled a new distribution partnership in a multi-year deal that will begin this summer with Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit.”

The film, Annapurna’s inaugural release under their new marketing and distribution arm, will launch in the U.S. on Aug. 4. The partnership covers all media for Annapurna films in five major territories: Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Benelux, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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“Annapurna’s track record of director-driven, award-winning projects continues to raise the bar,” said Steve Bertram, president of Entertainment One’s Global Film Group.

Annapurna President of Distribution Erik Lomis said, “It was important to us that we have a trusted distribution partner in navigating these key international markets and are very excited to join forces with eOne as we continue to expand the »


- Dave McNary

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Cannes Talk: Mike Goodridge, Protagonist Pictures

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Protagonist Pictures, which is in its 10th year, has a stable of auteur thoroughbreds, including two films in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight. Recent festival hits include “Lady Macbeth,” “God’s Own Country” and “American Honey,” with upcoming fare including Clio Barnard’s “Dark River” and Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War.” Mike Goodridge, CEO of the U.K.-based sales outfit, talks to Variety.

What are the highlights of your Cannes slate?

We have two American films in Directors’ Fortnight, one is Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider,” and the other is Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” starring Willem Dafoe. They are both really exciting filmmakers.

[“The Florida Project”] is Sean’s sixth film; “Tangerine,” “Prince of Broadway” and “Starlet” are his most famous films, and this is the next step up if you like. It is really exciting that he has joined the Cannes fraternity because “The Florida Project” is a really accomplished piece of work. »


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