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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Other Angle Pictures Boards ‘In and Out,’ ‘Grounded,’ ‘Just Divorced’ (Exclusive)

In a classic division of labor between a Hollywood studio and independent sales company, Paris-based Other Angle Pictures, France’s biggest comedy export specialist, has boarded three new French titles to be distributed in France by Universal Pictures International France: “In and Out,” “Grounded,” and “Just Divorced.”

Headed by Olivier Albou and Laurence Schonberg, Other Angle Pictures will take up the three comedies with buyers at next week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris. It is also representing two titles from Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome Production, which is positioning itself as the Working Title of France, producing upscale mainstream comedies with higher-profile casts and significant production values. “The Belier Family,” Vendome’s biggest hit to date, grossed about $64 million in France; Omar Sy-starrer “Two Is a Family” has earned over $15 million so far since its Dec. 12 bow.

In and Out” is the first pickup made by Xavier Albert,
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'Titans' still tops at overseas boxoffice

'Titans' still tops at overseas boxoffice
Rounding out a month as the No. 1 title on the foreign theatrical circuit, "Clash of the Titans" claimed an estimated $32 million from 10,075 screens in 60 markets on the weekend, raising its overseas boxoffice total to $240.4 million.

"Titans'" offshore domination ends this week as an early-to-arrive summer season, thanks to the June 11-July 11 World Cup, kicks off this week. Paramount's "Iron Man 2" begins its overseas run on Wed. in six markets, including France, Belgium, Sweden and Norway.

A Japan opening at 481 screens generated for the 3D update of MGM's 1981 action fantasy based on Greek mythology $3.1 million, including paid previews. In all, said distributor Warner Bros., 3D venues provided 64% of "Titans'" overseas gross.

Taking second place on the weekend was Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," which tallied $26.7 million in its eighth round on the foreign circuit from 7,233 venues in 54 markets. A Brazil bow generated $5.7 million from 649 locations, Disney's biggest market gross ever for this market.
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French production duo set up partnership

French production duo set up partnership
Paris -- French director Fabien Onteniente has joined forces with local producer Laurent Brochand to bring Gallic audiences laughs with a new comedy-based production partnership at Joinville Productions.

As other Gallic producers are setting their sights overseas with U.S. production outlets or English-language films in development, Onteniente and Brochand are keeping their work at home.

"We want to maintain a typically French spirit and focus on popular and traditional French comedy," Onteniente said of the new partnership.

The duo plan to develop between three and five projects a year, starting with "La Night," a humorous look at the world of Parisian nightlife that the producers hope to make with Pathe, though no deal has been signed.

Onteniente saw tremendous boxoffice results for Pathe release "Camping" in 2006 with more than five million tickets sold in France. The director formed his own production shingle Joinville Productions, named after the studio where
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Local films make strides at French b.o.

Local films make strides at French b.o.
PARIS -- With six homegrown films in the top 10 boxoffice slots, the French film industry is making strides to catch up to Hollywood, taking a 44.2% share of French boxoffice admissions for the first 11 months of the year, state-run film administrator CNC reported Wednesday. American imports grabbed a 46% share, a 1.2% decrease from 2005.

Overall admissions for the period jumped 10.4%, to 167.48 million.

After disappointing boxoffice returns in October, a 9.3% decrease from the same month in 2005, November saw a 13% increase in ticket sales compared with 2005, to 14.6 million.

The current boxoffice leader for the year is cult hit Les Bronzees 3, with 10.4 million admissions, followed by strong performances from other French fare, including Camping, You Are So Handsome and recent releases Prete-moi ta main and Days of Glory.

Ticket sales over the last 12 months are estimated at 191.2 million, an increase of 11.3% compared with the preceding year.

French flock to cinemas

French flock to cinemas
PARIS -- The dreary wet weather that reigned in August led to longer queues at French cinemas. Attendance climbed to 14.8 million admissions in August -- 19% up from the year before, France's Center National de la Cinematographie reported Thursday. Overall French boxoffice receipts for the first eight months jumped 12.5% to 128 million tickets sold, CNC said. French films chalked up a 42.2% market share through August, a 5.2-point rise from the same period last year, as French moviegoers flocked to see local hits such as Les Bronzes 3 and Camping. U.S. films retreated to a 48.8% share, giving up 3.2 points' worth of ground.

'Camping' opens strong in France

'Camping' opens strong in France
PARIS -- French comedy Camping grossed $13.8 million in its debut last week, making it the country's second-best opening of 2006. Directed by Fabrice Onteniente, Camping came in second behind Patrice Leconte's Les Bronzes 3 -- Amis Pour La Vie, which took $28.7 million in its first seven days in February. Camping has an ensemble cast that includes such popular French names as Gerard Lanvin, Mathilde Seigner, Franck Dubosc, Claude Brasseur and Antoine Dulery.

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