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Spain Welcomes a Surge of Foreign Shoots

When it comes to attracting foreign shoots in Spain, the motto could well be: “It’s the tax breaks, stupid.”

Of course, Spain has long been a foreign shoot locale: Think Samuel Bronston’s ’60s epics such as “El Cid.” International movies have always sought stunning locations, Mediterranean climate and low-cost labor. Since 2015, however, Spain has offered tax rebates for international shoots of up to 20%; 40% in the Canary Islands.

Tax credits are available to Spanish shoots and co-productions, reaching 25% in the Peninsula, 45% in the Canaries. Also, Navarre is dangling a 35% tax credit for local and international productions.

Three years after their launch,
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Spain Welcomes a Surge of Foreign Shoots

When it comes to attracting foreign shoots in Spain, the motto could well be: “It’s the tax breaks, stupid.”

Of course, Spain has long been a foreign shoot locale: Think Samuel Bronston’s ’60s epics such as “El Cid.” International movies have always sought stunning locations, Mediterranean climate and low-cost labor. Since 2015, however, Spain has offered tax rebates for international shoots of up to 20%; 40% in the Canary Islands.

Tax credits are available to Spanish shoots and co-productions, reaching 25% in the Peninsula, 45% in the Canaries. Also, Navarre is dangling a 35% tax credit for local and international productions.

Three years after their launch, the rebates are having a huge impact on the sector: As a shooting locale, the country has never been more active in the past half century.

Benefits attract a wide range of projects. The biggest, among TV dramas, is “Game of Thrones,” which first lensed part of Season
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Elisabeth Moss Says Female Directors Not Hired Because of Sexism

Elisabeth Moss Says Female Directors Not Hired Because of Sexism
When it comes to the lack of female directors, Elisabeth Moss says the answer is simply sexism.

In an interview with Katie Couric for the new National Geographic docuseries “America Inside Out with Katie Couric,” the “Handmaid’s Tale” star discusses the challenges faced by women in Hollywood.

Asked why there are so few female directors in the industry, Moss says “there are female directors in Hollywood.” The problem, she says, is that they’re not being hired by the “people in charge.” “I don’t know why, except for it to be sexist,” says Moss. “It’s idiotic. There
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Agc Studios signs $150m co-finance pact with UK's Ingenious Media (exclusive)

Ingenious will cover 50 percent of equity investment on each film produced and financed by Agc.

Stuart Ford’s Agc Studios, in Cannes selling Missing Link and Midway, has signed a $150m co-financing pact with UK-based Ingenious Media as it ramps up its production ambitions.

Film and TV financing division Agc Capital struck the deal, which will see Ingenious Media cover 50% of the equity investment required to fund each film produced and financed by Agc, and additionally provide debt financing.

London-based private equity manager Ingenious Media collaborated with Ford on a number of projects at his former venture Im Global, and
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Hulu Renews “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Gives Series Order to Mindy Kaling’s “Four Weddings”

Kaling in “The Mindy Project”

Offred is staying put at Hulu and Mindy Kaling is set to return. The streamer has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a third season and given a series order to Kaling’s latest project, an anthology adaptation of “Four Weddings and Funeral.”

The first two episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” sophomore run debuted last week. As The Hollywood Reporter explains, Hulu doesn’t release viewership data, but the VOD service did reveal that the show’s Season 2 premiere “doubled its audience” compared to Season 1.

An adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in a totalitarian society ruled by a fundamentalist regime that has stripped women of their reproductive and economic rights. Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred.

The series made history at this year’s Emmys when it was named best drama — it’s the first streamer to take home the honor.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 red carpet interviews with Ann Dowd, Joseph Fiennes, Bruce Miller [Watch]

Hulu unveiled the second season of its Emmy award-winning hit “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Thursday, April 19. Gold Derby was on-hand at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood and snagged red carpet interviews with creator Bruce Miller and stars Ann Dowd and Joseph Fiennes. Watch our exclusive video recap of the premiere event above.

See ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ season 2 trailer: Emmy-winning drama series starring Elisabeth Moss returns to Hulu on April 25 [Watch]

Based on Margaret Atwood‘s acclaimed novel, the show imagines a theocratic society in the not-too-distant future where women are forced into sex slavery. Elisabeth Moss stars as June Osborne, later known as Offred, who becomes a concubine to a high-ranking government official (Fiennes) trying to start a family with his barren wife (Yvonne Strahovski). Dowd costars as Aunt Lydia, the brutal overseer and trainer of the Handmaids.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” hit the Emmy jackpot last year for its first season,
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Joseph Fiennes talks ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 and the #MeToo movement [Red Carpet Interview]

Joseph Fiennes talks ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 and the #MeToo movement [Red Carpet Interview]
Joseph Fiennes reveals that the cast and crew of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” felt the heat following up the show’s breakout first season, given “the political zeitgeist and the movement that’s going on, and how pertinent and prescient the show’s been. There’s a pressure to keep our show aligned with those conversations.” We chatted with Fiennes on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2, held April 19 at the Chinese Theater. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

See Ann Dowd beams with joy when discussing her ‘unbelievable’ Emmy triumph for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ [Red Carpet Interview]

This adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s classic novel imagines a dystopian future in which women are imprisoned and forced into child-bearing servitude. Fiennes plays Fred Waterford, a high-ranking government official who uses a concubine named Offred (Elisabeth Moss) to help him and his wife (Yvonne Strahovski) start a family.
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Bruce Miller teases ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at Hollywood premiere: ‘I’ve had 30 years to think about Season 2’ [Red Carpet Interview]

Bruce Miller teases ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at Hollywood premiere: ‘I’ve had 30 years to think about Season 2’ [Red Carpet Interview]
“I’ve had 30 years to think about Season 2,” reveals Bruce Miller when teasing the upcoming episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The showrunner has long wondered what happened after the ending of Margaret Atwood‘s classic novel about a woman (Elisabeth Moss) forced to become a concubine in the not-so-distant future. “The most frustrating thing about the book is how it ends,” he jokes. Now, the wait is finally over. We chatted with Miller on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere for “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2, held April 19 at the Chinese Theater. Watch the exclusive video interview above.

See Ann Dowd beams with joy when discussing her ‘unbelievable’ Emmy triumph for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ [Red Carpet Interview]

Season 1 closely followed the structure of Atwood’s book, ending with a cliffhanger where Offred (Moss) is arrested for disobeying orders. For the second season, Miller and his team of writers
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Inside ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Horrifying Season 2 Premiere (Non-Spoiler)

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Inside ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Horrifying Season 2 Premiere (Non-Spoiler)
Note: This Party Report does not contain any spoilers of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2. If you haven’t yet seen season one, beware.

When we last saw Elisabeth Moss’ Offred in the final shot of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 1, she was loading herself into a prisoner transport van, as the opening riffs of Tom Petty’s “American Girl” swelled and the door slammed shut.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Review: Season 2 Showcases a Bigger and More Brutal Universe, But Lacks Momentum

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Review: Season 2 Showcases a Bigger and More Brutal Universe, But Lacks Momentum
“The Handmaid’s Tale” has never been an easy show to watch, or to write about. The further we go into its storytelling, the more we learn about this haunting world, the more that we find ourselves struggling with the harshness that June (Elisabeth Moss) wants to escape.

In the episodes of Season 2 made available to critics, a lot happens, especially as it relates to June attempting to find safety in this unsafe world. Much of the season is driven by the big reveal from the end of last season: In a nation starved for children, June is pregnant. But while her pregnancy gives her new power in Gilead, it also leaves her more vulnerable than ever, which plays out in fascinating ways over the first few episodes.

There are brutal moments that result not only from June’s pregnancy, but also her rebellion. That being said, some of Season
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TV Review: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 on Hulu

June Osborne is angry.

What comes through clearly in the opening episode of the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is June’s silent, burning rage. We now know, of course, that her name is not Offred, but June. Chin up, defiant, she declares her first and last name quietly but fiercely several times as the Hulu drama gets underway in a year in which it is, somehow, even more relevant.

What it does to June to switch between names — and each adjustment costs part of her soul — is apparent in every close-up of Elisabeth Moss in this handsome,
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'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2: TV Review

For the past few months, since I started watching second season screeners from Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, whenever somebody asked how the new episodes were, my stock answer was: "Dark."

That was inevitably greeted by a face somewhere between a wince and eager anticipation, an expression that perfectly encapsulated how many people felt about the Emmy-winning drama's first season. People's general willingness to rave about Elisabeth Moss' performance, Bruce Miller's solid capturing of Margaret Atwood's themes and the glorious series-establishing direction by Reed Morano was almost always followed by, "But it's such a hard show to watch" or "It hurts...
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Ellen Shanman to Adapt Sci-Fi Assassin Thriller “The Hidden Girl”

The story has been compared to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” pictured here

Ellen Shanman has been tapped to pen “The Hidden Girl” for Studio 8. Inspired by an ancient Chinese myth and a short story by Ken Liu, the sci-fi pic follows “a team of women assassins who are able to navigate between dimensions,” according to Deadline, who broke the news.

Described as being in the vein of “Interstellar” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “The Hidden Girl” was acquired by Studio 8 in 2016.

Shanman is an author whose books include “Right Before Your Eyes” and “Everything Nice.” She “most recently adapted the bestselling spy-girl book series ‘Gallagher Girls’ for Paramount as well as the Japanese cult anime series ‘Tiger & Bunny’ for Imagine Entertainment and Anew,” according to the source. She previously adapted Ya superhero story “The Brokenhearted” for New Line Cinema and Alloy Entertainment.

Other female-led films about assassins on
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The Handmaid’s Tale director to helm Anne Frank drama

Emmy Award-winning The Handmaid’s Tale director Reed Morano is in talks to helm the Anne Frank drama Keeper of the Diary for Fox Searchlight.

The film will detail Anne’s father Otto Frank’s quest to find a publisher for his daughter’s diary, which recounts her family’s experience as they found themselves trapped in Amsterdam during the Nazi’s persecution of the Jews during World War II. Otto is aided in his efforts by the ambitious young junior editor Barbara Zimmerman, who would go on to become the founder of the New York Review of Books.

Kenneth Branagh had previously been in talks to direct the movie, as well as starring as Otto Frank. However, he is no longer involved in the project in any capacity.

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Daily Podcast: Jurassic World 3, Adam Sandler, Bill & Ted 3, Netflix Maybe Buying EuropaCorp, The Tommyknockers, Kate McKinnon

On the March 30, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about Jurassic World 3, a pair of buzzed-about directors uniting with Adam Sandler, a new Kate McKinnon comedy, The Tommyknockers movie, Reed Morano’s Anne Frank film, Bill & Ted […]

The post Daily Podcast: Jurassic World 3, Adam Sandler, Bill & Ted 3, Netflix Maybe Buying EuropaCorp, The Tommyknockers, Kate McKinnon appeared first on /Film.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano to Helm Anne Frank Drama

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano to Helm Anne Frank Drama
Reed Morano may not be directing a Star Wars film, but she’s got another high-profile project on her hands. The Emmy Award-winning director of The Handmaid’s Tale has been tapped to helm Keeper of the Diary, a drama about Holocaust victim Anne Frank. Reed Morano is in talks with Fox Searchlight to direct Keeper of the Diary, The Wrap reports. The […]

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano To Helm Anne Frank-Based Film ‘Keeper of the Diary’

Cinematographer-turned-director Reed Morano broke out in a major way last year with her work on the hit Hulu series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which garnered critical acclaim and earned the director an Emmy award. Although her film debut, 2015’s “Meadowland,” was met with, mostly, positive reviews and past work in TV dramas such as “Vinyl,” “Halt & Catch Fire,” and “Billions” put her on the map, directing most of the first season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was a game-changer for Morano and showcased her raw talent for blocking a scene and bringing a unique, feminist auteur voice to male-dominated TV.
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'The Handmaid's Tale' Director Reed Morano Tapped to Direct Anne Frank Drama

'The Handmaid's Tale' Director Reed Morano Tapped to Direct Anne Frank Drama
Fresh off of her Emmy win for The Handmaid's Tale, director Reed Morano is eyeing another story amplifying a woman's voice, a drama about the search for a publisher of Anne Frank's diary.

Morano is in talks to direct Keeper of the Diary, about Otto Frank's quest to find a publisher for the diary his daughter, Anne, kept while in hiding from the Nazis in the World War II-era Netherlands, for Fox Searchlight. He finds an ally in Doubleday junior editor Barbara Zimmerman, who later co-founded and co-edited The New York Review of Books.

Kenneth Branagh was previously in talks...
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano in Talks for Anne Frank Drama ‘Keeper of the Diary’ (Exclusive)

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano in Talks for Anne Frank Drama ‘Keeper of the Diary’ (Exclusive)
The Handmaid’s Tale” director Reed Morano is in talks to direct the Anne Frank-diary drama “Keeper of the Diary” for Fox Searchlight, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Morano won an Emmy last season for directing episodes of Hulu’s dystopian feminist drama. “Keeper of the Diary” is about Otto Frank’s search for a publisher for the diary his teenage daughter kept while they hid from the Nazis during the Holocaust. Anne Frank died in a concentration camp before the book was published years later. Kenneth Branagh was previously in talks to direct and star as Otto Frank. Searchlight won “Keeper of the Diary”...
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Greg Shapiro Joins Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios as Head of Film

Greg Shapiro Joins Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios as Head of Film
Academy Award-winning feature film producer Greg Shapiro is re-teaming with Stuart Ford at his recently launched AGC Studios as head of film.

Ford, who carries the titles of chairman and chief executive officer, made the announcement Monday. Shapiro will oversee all feature film development and production activity for the Los Angeles and London based studio.

Agc Studios was announced in February with significant backing from three key strategic investors: Latin American private asset management firm MediaNet Partners; Silicon Valley entrepreneur and CEO Greg Clark; and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Shapiro will also be a stakeholder in Agc Studios alongside senior executives Ford and Chief Operating Officer Miguel Palos.

Shapiro won a best picture Academy Award for Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker.” He was also an executive producer on Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” which received five Academy Award nominations, and on Bigelow’s 2017 release “Detroit.” Since September, 2016, Shapiro has
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