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Tupac Shakur biopic sells out for Voltage, Morgan Creek

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Exclusive: Buyers from UK, Australia, France flock to All Eyez On Me.

Voltage Pictures and Morgan Creek Entertainment announced on Wednesday that all major territories have sold out on the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me.

The film is in post and scheduled to open in the Us through Lionsgate’s Summit label on June 16.

Deals have closed with Lionsgate for the UK, Village Roadshow for Australia, Constantin for Germany and Switzerland, and Netflix for France.

Rights have also gone in Latin America, Eastern Europe and South Africa (Cdc), Scandinavia (Svensk Filmindustri), Benelux (Dutch FilmWorks), Japan (Parco), and South Korea (Scene And Sound).

Front Row will distribute in the Middle East, Vvs in Canada, Lusomundo in Portugal, United King in Israel, and Gahkal Brothers Entertainment in India.

All Eyez On Me chronicles the life and legacy of the late Shakur, from his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, to his imprisonment »

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M Night Shyamalan prepares 'Glass' mash-up

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Universal unveils name of Split-Unbreakable sequel, sticks with January 2019 release.

M Night Shyamalan is preparing Glass, which will combine the narratives and stars of the global hit Split and 2000 release Unbreakable.

Shyamalan announced the development in a series of tweetson Wednesday, saying: “It was always my dream to have both films collide in this third film.”

Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn alongside Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass.

Joining them on Glass are Split star James McAvoy (pictured) as Kevin Wendell Crumb and his multiple identities, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke.

The plot of Glass will see Dunn pursue Crumb’s superhuman iteration The Beast. In the background is Price, who holds secrets critical to both men.

Shyamalan has completed the screenplay and will produce with Jason Blum, Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock. Steven Schneider is executive producer. »

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Christian Mercuri launches Capstone Group

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Venture targets four to five commercial theatrical films a year; signs deal with Red Granite.

Sales veteran Christian Mercuri is heading to Cannes next month with his new venture, the financing, production and full service international sales company Capstone Group.

The Beverly Hills-based company is backed by private equity, in partnership with Jeanette Zhou of Jaguar Entertainment, and aims to handle an annual roster of four to five big-budget, theatrical films across all genres.

While Mercuri said he was not ready to announce any tiles yet, this will be music to the ears of buyers who fear the impact of disruptors like Netflix and, to a lesser extent, Amazon Studios.

“I’m a traditionalist,” Mercuri told Screen. “There’s a place for cinema and that’s the focus of this company – to make films that have value in the theatrical window and of course bring value on ancillary platforms.”

The executive has also struck a three-year deal to »

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Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn take 'Swallows And Amazons'

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HanWay Films handles international sales.

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have secured North American rights to Philippa Lowthorpe’s Swallows And Amazons.

The film, based on the classic 1930s novel by Arthur Ransome of the same name, stars Rafe Spall, Andrew Scott, and Kelly Macdonald.

Swallows And Amazons centres on four children on summer holiday who find adventure when the camp on an island in the middle of a lake. Andrea Gibb adapted the screenplay.

Harbour PicturesNicholas Barton and BBC FilmsJoe Oppenheimer served as producers.

Swallows And Amazons is a Harbour Pictures Productions in association with HanWay Films, Studio Canal, BBC Films, BFI, Screen Yorkshire, Electric Shadow Company, and Maiden Investments.

“I believe it’s important to bring a good family film to the market, and that’s what I found in Swallows And Amazons,” Peter Goldwyn, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films, said. “The film has a talented cast, and I know »

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Bill Block named CEO of Miramax

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beIN Media Group and Miramax chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi announces hire of industry veteran.

Miramax on Wednesday announced that industry veteran Bill Block has been appointed the company’s CEO.

Block, the producer, former agent, founder of Qed International and a former president of Artisan Entertainment, will lead efforts to create content across a range of platforms.

The executive and his team will mine the company’s library and source new properties to exploit through film, television, mobile platforms and other channels.

“Bill’s extensive experience across numerous platforms, combined with his deep knowledge of the industry, makes him outstandingly qualified to propel Miramax into this new and transformative world of distribution, content and sales,” Al-Khelaifi said.

Miramax is committed to expand production and acquisitions in film and television and Bill’s strong leadership will surely lead Miramax successfully into the future, and we are thrilled to have him on board.”

Miramax is a storied »

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Film industry reacts to Jonathan Demme's death

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Martin Scorsese, Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith among those to pay tribute to director.

Following the news that American director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73, the film industry has taken to social media to mourn the loss.

Martin Scorsese issued a statement that read: “Whenever I ran into Jonathan, he was filled with enthusiasm and excitement about a new project. He took so much joy in moviemaking. His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground – even a story like The Silence Of The Lambs.

“I have great admiration for Jonathan as a filmmaker – I love the freshness of his style and his excellent use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa. There’s so much more to be said, and I hardly know where to begin. I also loved him as a friend, and to me he was always young. My young friend. The idea that »

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Film industry mourns Jonathan Demme

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Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith, Elijah Wood among those to pay tribute to director.

Following the news that American director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73, the film industry has taken to social media to mourn the loss.

Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright referred to Demme as a “great”, adding that “he could do anything”, in a tweet.

The Lord Of The Rings actor Elijah Wood took to Twitter to simply post that he was “sad to hear that Jonathan Demme has passed.

Tribeca Film Festival’s official account posted a tribute tweet, quoting Demme as saying “The chance to make a film that deals in an imaginative way with stuff you care tremendously about is a real high.”

David Simon, the creator of The Wire, stated that Demme was “a warm, gracious man”, expressing that he wished he’d had the chance to work with the director, though had come close twice.

Clerks director »

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'Silence Of The Lambs' director Jonathan Demme dies aged 73

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He also helmed Philadelphia, The Manchurian Candidate and Rachel Getting Married.

Filmmaker Jonathan Demme has died aged 73, his publicist has confirmed.

In a statement to Screen International they said:

“I would like to correct and clarify reports on Jonathan Demme’s death.

“Sadly, I can confirm that Jonathan passed away early this morning in his Manhattan apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children. He died from complications from esophageal cancer and is survived by his children Ramona, age 29, and her husband James Molloy, Brooklyn, age 26, and Jos, age 21.

“There will be a private family funeral. Any possible further plans will be announce later. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Americans For Immigrant Justice in Miami, Fl. www.aijustice.org”

Demme’s most famous film was Silence Of The Lambs in 1991. It won five Oscars, including best picture and best director for Demme.

He also directed »

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David Puttnam calls for strong EU links and Vpf wind-down

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Fda president also calls for a senior indie distributor to be appointed to the BFI board.

As Brexit continues to pose fundamental questions to the industry a year after the UK voted to leave the European Union, veteran British producer and Film Distributors’ Association (Fda) president David Puttnam has called for Britain to remain in the EU’s Media programme.

Speaking to Screen after delivering his annual keynote address to the Fda, he expressed his confidence it may now be possible for the country to remain in the EU initiative, which provides funding to support the development and distribution of films.

“A soft Brexit, which becomes more possible because of the election, would incorporate things like university research. If we manage to create an environment in which it was accepted that British universities would engage with the Leonardo Programme and all those university programmes, I can well imagine this (the Media Programme) being bundled in with that »

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First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis' 'Let The Sunshine In'

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English title for Un Beau Soleil Intérieur, set to open Directors’ Fortnight, also announced.

The first image and the English-language title for the new Claire Denis film have been unveiled.

Let The Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur) will open Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Formerly known as Dark Glasses, it is adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments and also stars Gérard Depardieu, Bruno Podalydès and Josiane Balasko.

The 1977 novel is seen from a lover’s point of view and explores the language of love, drawing upon a number of different philosophers.

Paris-based Films Distribution is handling international sales on the title, which was produced by Olivier Delbosc’s Curiosa Films.

Directors’ Fortnight artistic director Edouard Waintrop said of the film: “What touched us is that it marks a radical change in tone for Claire Denis. We like it when film-makers try something new.”

Denis was previously nominated for the Palme d’Or in 1988 for »

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First image: Juliette Binoche in Claire Denis's 'Let The Sunshine In'

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English title for Un Beau Soleil Intérieur, set to open directors’ fortnight, also announced.

The first image and the English-language title for the new Claire Denis film have been unveiled.

The still from Let The Sunshine In (Un Beau Soleil Intérieur), which will open Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes, depicts star Juliette Binoche lying down on a bed.

The movie - formerly known as Dark Glasses - is adapted from Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments and also stars Gérard Depardieu, Bruno Podalydès and Josiane Balasko.

The 1977 novel is seen from a lover’s point-of-view and explores the language of love, drawing upon a number of different philosophers.

Paris-based Films Distribution is handling international sales on the title which was produced by Olivier Delbosc’s Curiosa Films.

Directors’ Fortnight Artistic director Edouard Waintrop said of the film: “What touched us is that it marks a radical change in tone for Claire Denis. We like it »

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IMAX strikes five theatre agreement with India’s PVR

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Baahubali 2: The Conclusion set for release in IMAX on April 28.

Big screen exhibitor IMAX Corporation has signed a five-theatre agreement with Indian cinema chain PVR.

The deal will double PVR’s IMAX footprint to ten screens, which will be built in a combination of new and existing complexes and are expected to all be completed by the end of 2019.

PVR, which operates 126 cinemas in 50 cities, will now be IMAX’s largest partner in India.

IMAX has been busy expanding its India footprint, signing 10 theatre agreements since April 2016. The latest agreement will take the total number of IMAX theatres in the country to 26, with 11 currently open.

Upcoming IMAX releases in India include big budget fantasy sequel Baahubali 2: The Conclusion [pictured], which is out on April 28.

“India is becoming a very important market for us,” commented IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond, “We’ve been trying to develop the Indian market for 15 years, and now finally »

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M-Line picks up Fox's Korean production 'Warriors Of The Dawn'

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Chung Yoon-chul’s war adventure stars Lee Jung-jae and Yeo Jin-gu.

South Korean sales company M-Line distribution has picked up Fox International Productions’ upcoming Korean production Warriors Of The Dawn (a.k.a. The Proxy Soldiers) (pictured).

Directed by Chung Yoon-chul (Marathon), the period war action adventure stars Lee Jung-jae (Assassination) and Yeo Jin-gu (Hwayi: A Monster Boy).

Back in 1592 when the Japanese were invading Korea - then the kingdom of Joseon, rich families would hire poor men to take the place of their sons in the draft. Tasked with fighting the enemy while supporting their impoverished families back home, the proxy soldiers were known to be superior combatants.

Lee plays a veteran proxy soldier who aids 18-year-old crown prince Gwanghae (played by Yeo), whose father the king fled to safety in China while ordering his young son to take over the country’s defense.

Warriors Of The Dawn is set for local release on May »

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Protagonist boards Chloé Zhao's 'The Rider' ahead of Cannes debut

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Us-set title gets sales deal before Directors’ Fortnight premiere.

London-based sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has boarded Chloé Zhao’s The Rider ahead of the film’s debut in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight next month.

Written and directed by Zhao, whose first feature Songs My Brothers Taught Me played in Directors’ Fortnight in 2015, the Us-set film follows a young cowboy who, once a rodeo star, suffers a tragic riding accident.

Non-professional actors Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau and Lane Scott star alongside Cat Clifford, who appeared in Songs My Brothers Taught Me.

Director Zhao met Brady, who is a professional cowboy, while working on her first feature, eventually writing the new film’s script based on his story.

The Rider

The film was produced by Zhao’s company Highwayman Films, with Bert Hamelinck and Sacha Ben Harroche of Caviar Films, and Mollye Asher. Caviar’s Michael Sagol and Jasper Thomlinson serve as executive producers.

Protagonist will launch »

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'The Orphanage' production outfit to receive CineEurope award

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Telecino Cinema to be given indie producer of the year prize at cinema convention.

Spanish production company Telecino Cinema will be named Independent Producer of the Year at the 2017 edition of exhibitor conference CineEurope (June 19-22).

The company was founded in 1996, and has worked on seven-time Goya-winning horror The Orphanage [pictured] and the Oscar-nominated The Impossible.

Its credits also include Pan’s Lanyrinth, The Spanish Affair, Tad, the Lost Explorer and For Your Own Good.

“For nearly two decades, Telecinco Cinema´s accomplishments have helped it grow into one of the major feature film studios not only in the Spanish market, but in Europe also,” said Andrew Sunshine, vice president of the Film Expo Group.

“We are delighted to honor Telecinco Cinema for all of their international success.”

CineEurope is a European convention and trade show for European and independent cinema professionals.

The 2017 edition will take place June 19-22 at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (Ccib) in Barcelona »

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Yu Ji-tae to feature in Lars von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built'

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Old Boy star becomes first Asian actor to appear in a von Trier movie.

Korean actor Yu Ji-tae, known for playing the villain in Old Boy, is featuring in The House That Jack Built – the upcoming film from Lars von Trier, controversial Danish director of films such as Nymphomania and Melancholia.

This will be the first time an Asian actor has featured in a von Trier film, according to Danish sales agent TrustNordisk and Korean distributor Atnine Film.

Atnine, which previously distributed Nymphomania, discussed Yu with TrustNordisk for the as-yet-undisclosed short role. The two companies suggested the actor to the filmmakers, as confirmed by production company Zentropa.

Lars von Trier, Yu Ji-tae, Manon Rasmussen © Atnine Film Co., Ltd.

The House That Jack Built takes place in America in the 1970’s and over the course of 12 years charts the evolution of a serial killer called Jack.

Matt Dillon stars as Jack, joined by [link »

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Paul Verhoeven plots lesbian nun drama with 'Elle' star Virginie Efira

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Producer Saïd Ben Saïd announces production of Blessed Virgin on twitter.

Paul Verhoeven is gearing-up to shoot his second French-language production Blessed Virgin (Sainte Vierge), an adaption of Judith C. Brown’s academic work Immodest Acts: The Life Of A Lesbian Nun In Renaissance Italy.

Paris-based producer Said Ben Said, who previously collaborated with Verhoeven on Isabelle Huppert-starrer Elle, confirmed the production via twitter on Tuesday evening.

Sainte Vierge de Paul Verhoeven avec Virginie Efira. En tournage prochainement. pic.twitter.com/kCnSqGYyVc

Saïd Ben Saïd (@saidbensaid66) April 25, 2017

Sbs confirmed the news on Wednesday but had no further details to add. 

Belgian actress Virginie Efira – who played a devout Catholic wife in Verhoeven’s last film Elle – has signed to play the central role of controversial 17th century abbess Benedetta Carlini.

Having entered a convent in the Tuscan town of Pescia as a child, Carlini rose-up the ranks, propelled by her claims of a series of lurid »

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Feature documentary about civil rights activist Michael X in the works

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Exclusive: Film to be introduced at Cannes market; Amy archive producers onboard.

Goalpost Film and Noah Media Group are working on a feature-length documentary about the life of controversial civil rights activist Michael X, who was executed in 1975.

Clint Dyer co-directs with Gabriel Clarke. Clarke previously co-directed Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (with John McKenna), which was in Official Selection at Cannes in 2015. He is also an award-winning sports broadcaster.

Director, writer and actor Dyer directed the Olivier-nominated production The Big Life, and is currently developing a new play on Michael X for Stratford East.

Michael X will be produced by Noah Media’s Victoria Barrell and John McKenna and executive produced by Tristan Whalley and Jessie Mangum of Goalpost Film, who will introduce the project to buyers at Cannes this year. 

Dog & Duck Films, who worked on Amy and Senna, are the archive producers.

Michael X (born Michael de Freitas) emerged as a leader »

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Saboteur Media launches production, sales, finance venture

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Exclusive: Sales and distribution veteran Mark Lindsay to introduce five new titles to Cannes buyers.

New York-based Saboteur Media has launched a production and finance operation with a broader sales remit and hired former Miramax International senior executive Mark Lindsay as president of distribution.

The moves comes as executive director Nick Quested expands the suite of services beyond those of documentary distributor and sales company initially launched under the auspices of Goldcrest Films.

Saboteur now operates as a stand-alone entity that produces, finances and sells narrative and documentary features, with particular emphasis on empowering the New York creative community and an opportunistic eye towards television.

The company has the ability to finance tax credits and invest equity in select projects, which will not rely on pre-sales in order to get greenlight. It serves as co-producer on all five titles headed for Cannes.

Lindsay, whose executive roles have included head of sales and distribution at Kimmel International, Arclight »

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Netflix lines up new Adam Sandler project 'The Week Of'

25 April 2017 4:22 PM, PDT

Project marks fourth in Sandler’s original deal with streaming giant.

Netflix said on Tuesday Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will star in The Week Of, a Netflix Original set to begin production in Long Island, New York, this summer.

Rock and Sandler last starred together in the Grown Up films (pictured) and will play fathers in the run-up to their children’s marriage.

Saturday Night Live writer-producer Robert Smigel will direct. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the screenplay and Sandler and Allen Covert will produce through Happy Madison Productions. Barry Bernardi and Tim Herlihy will serve as executive producers. 

The Week Of marks the fourth film in Happy Madison Productions’ original deal with Netflix that was extended recently to include an additional four features.

Netflix claims Sandler’s first three films in the deal – The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over, and new release Sandy Wexler – are three of the biggest film releases ever to launch on the service »

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