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Mip: Italian TV Exec Tozzi Talks Netflix and How to Reach Global Audiences

U.K.-based ITV Studios recently bought a majority stake in top Italian production shingle Cattleya, which made “Gomorrah” for Sky and “Suburra” for Netflix. The deal marked the biggest foreign acquisition in the Italian media sphere in recent memory. Cattleya founding partner Riccardo Tozzi spoke exclusively to Variety about the vision behind the company’s increasingly international scope, what he thinks is driving the success of Italian TV dramas in the global marketplace and the next necessary steps.

What prompted the Cattleya sale to ITV Studios and what’s its significance — not just for Cattleya but perhaps for the Italian TV industry at large?
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‘The Walking Dead’ episode 13 recap: Maggie defends The Hilltop in ‘Do Not Send Us Astray’

‘The Walking Dead’ episode 13 recap: Maggie defends The Hilltop in ‘Do Not Send Us Astray’
With just three more episode left in Season 8, “The Walking Dead” upped the action quotient for Episode 13, titled “Do Not Send Us Astray.” As The Saviors descend on Hilltop Colony, some characters give their life defending it, while The Widow proves she’s the biggest badass of the apocalypse.

Hilltop Prepares – Hilltop enters battle mode as the troops take their positions. Survivors of The Kingdom have arrived, and Carol (Melissa McBride) is busy convincing Henry to stay out of harm’s way. Siddiq (Avi Nash) sets up shop in the infirmary but is interrogated by a female doctor who isn’t impressed with his lack of experience. I don’t know where this medical expert has been hiding all season, but Siddiq ultimately wins her over by standing his ground. Morgan (Lennie James) is in the woods on lookout duty. He sounds his car horn as rumbling noises grow near,
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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8: Has Rick created a new monster with Jadis? [Poll]

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8: Has Rick created a new monster with Jadis? [Poll]
The latest episode of “The Walking Dead” may have centered its attention on Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) grief, but the storyline surrounding Jadis (Pollyanna McIntosh) may have deadly ramifications in the future. Will Jadis become the next major villain of the series? Take a look at the evidence and let us know in the poll below. Warning: Spoilers are abound for “The Walking Dead” TV series and comic books.

See‘The Walking Dead’ revives the helicopter mystery yet again in Season 8, Episode 10

Jadis, the queen of the junkyard Scavengers, had a rough go of it in “The Lost and the Plunderers.” Her constant double crossing came back to bite her when Simon (Steven Ogg) paid her tribe a visit. Enraged that Jadis reneged on a deal with The Saviors, Simon and his men slaughter all the Scavengers while Jadis is forced to watch.

Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) arrive at
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‘The Walking Dead’ royalty coming McM London Comic Con

McM London Comic Con is all set to give a right royal welcome to The Walking Dead’s King Ezekiel,aka screen actor and noted voice talent Khary Payton, and Cooper Andrews, who plays Ezekiel’s right hand man Jerry in the hit zombie apocalypse series.

Payton’s character Ezekiel is the self-proclaimed monarch of a community known as The Kingdom. Usually a seemingly-benevolent settlement in The Walking Dead puts us on the alert for sinister secrets. With Ezekiel, the show pulls the reverse trick – it turns out that rather than being a tyrant, the tiger-owning king is a genuinely good guy! A kindhearted, noble leader who just wants to protect his people, King Ezekiel is faking an over-the-top regal persona so that his ‘subjects’ have a figurehead to follow. When he’s not ruling his zombie-infested kingdom, Khary Payton is best known for his voice acting work – in particular,
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‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Bloody mid-season premiere ‘Honor’ says farewell to a beloved character

‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Bloody mid-season premiere ‘Honor’ says farewell to a beloved character
The Walking Dead” Season 8 returned this Sunday with the devastating mid-season premiere, “Honor.” In this super-sized episode, Alexandria reels from The Saviors’ attack, one survivor suffers a mental break, and audiences say goodbye to one of the series’ original characters. Here are the best moments from “Honor.”

Back to Before – The episode begins with the shot of Rick (Andrew Lincoln) from the season premiere, muttering “my mercy prevails over my wrath” while tears roll down his cheek. A stained glass window hangs overhead. But then we see his heavenly vision of the future, where an older Rick leads a blissful life with Judith. Finally, we travel to the moment where Carl (Chandler Riggs) was bitten. He brings his new friend Siddiq (Avi Nash) to Alexandria without mentioning his wound, but Rick and Michonne aren’t there. Worried he will die before they return he spends the hours before the Savior
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King Ezekiel and Gavin Share a Crucial Conversation in New Clip from The Walking Dead Mid-Season 8 Premiere Episode

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King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) and Gavin (Jayson Warner Smith)—two of the most intriguing, conflicted characters on The Walking Dead—share a conversation about where things now stand with The Kingdom and The Saviors in a new clip from the mid-season premiere episode.

You can watch King Ezekiel and Gavin's conversation in the clip below. The Walking Dead Season 8's second half premieres on Sunday, February 25th with an extended episode at 9:00pm Et on AMC, and in case you missed it, check here for our previous coverage of The Walking Dead's eighth season.

The Walking Dead” Season 8B Synopsis

All out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered -- half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors.

At the very center -- Rick,
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Berlinale: Latido Pre-Sells ‘Champions’ to Major Territories (Exclusive)

Madrid — In further bellwether deals, Germany’s Concorde, Italy’s Movies Inspired and China’s Joy Pictures have pre-bought “Campeones” (Champions), a comedy-drama from Academy Award-nominated Javier Fesser (“Binta and the Great Idea”).

Sold by Madrid-based Latido Films, “Champions” will receive its market premiere at the Berlinale’s European Film Market which kicks off Feb. 15 in the German capital.

Produced by two major forces in Spain’s film industry – Morena Films (“Altamira,” “Cell 211,” “Comandante”) and Telefonica pay TV division Movistar + (“Tadeo Jones 2,” “Dragonkeeper”) as well as Luis Manso at Fesser’s Películas Pendleton, “Champions” has also been licensed to Switzerland’s Praesens.

Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte announced last September that it had acquired French distribution rights; Universal Pictures International (Upi) will release “Champions” in Spain.

Written by Fesser and writer-director David Marqués, a best film Fipresci Prize winner for “Aislados” at the London Film Festival, “Champions” embodies the strong line often pursued by Fesser
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The Walking Dead’s New World Order Reveals [Spoiler] Is Still Alive

Warning: The following article contains major spoilers for The Walking Dead #175 by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, Cliff Rathburn and Rus Wooton, on sale now.

The inhabitants of The Walking Dead universe have built themselves a pretty solid life in the heart of a zombie apocalypse. Among the communities of Alexandria, The Hilltop, The Kingdom and The Sanctuary, the survivors have assembled something approaching civilization, but they still don’t know what it’s like in the rest of the country or even the world.
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Photos of McFarlane Toys’ New King Ezekiel and Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead Action Figures

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He's known for being lethal with a crossbow, but Daryl Dixon's only weapon as a prisoner of The Saviors is a mop—something he's more likely to use on the floors than on his captors in AMC's The Walking Dead. This captured version of the Norman Reedus character is replicated in a new action figure from McFarlane Toys that's due out in February along with a new King Ezekiel collectible.

The new King Ezekiel and Daryl Dixon figures stand seven inches tall and are priced at $19.99 apiece. You can view both figures below, and visit McFarlane Toys' official website for more information. Will you be adding them to your shelf?

King Ezekiel Action Figure: "A wise and theatrical personality, Ezekiel, often referred to as ‘King Ezekiel,” is the leader of the peaceful community known as The Kingdom. Flanked by his pet tiger Shiva at his side, Ezekiel has a reluctant truce with The Saviors,
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International Newswire: Broadcaster-Driven Movie Production Dominates Spain

Madrid — The rise of digital platforms has, of course, been one recent revolution in film and TV. Another, not so sung about, is in international, the rise of the broadcaster-driven movie production model. That may be seen most clearly in the Spanish-speaking world.

Take Spain. Last week, Telecinco Cinema, the movie production arm of Mediaset España, pointed out it had co-produced the four highest-grossing Spanish movies of the year in Spain: Animated feature “Tadeo Jones 2, and the Secret of King Midas” (grossed €17.9 million/$21.1 million); comedy “Es por tu bien” ($11.2 million); “Marrowbone,” a chiller ($8.4 million); and Alex de la Iglesia’s highest-grossing film ever, acerbic relationship satire “Perfectos desconocidos,” which has sprinted to a first 19-day $10.6 million.

On Tuesday, Atresmedia Cine, the production arm of rival broadcaster Atresmedia, came out with its own analysis: Its nine 2017 Spanish movie releases had garnered 4.8 admissions, some 31.8% of this year’s total Spanish movie box office.

Overall, the Spanish
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Atresmedia Cine Readies ‘Klaus,’ ‘The Sisters Brothers’

Madrid — Presenting its 2018-19 production-release slate, Atresmedia Cine, the movie production arm of broadcast network Atresmedia, confirmed Tuesday that it will co-produce Sergio PablosNetflix series “Klaus,” as well as “The Sisters Brothers,” with John. C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoenix and Riz Ahmed.

Directed by Jacques Audiard, who catapulted to fame with “The Prophet,” “The Sisters Brothers,” a darkly-humored Western, is produced by Annapurna Pictures and France’s Why Not Productions and shot in the Spanish region of Almeria as well as Tabernas, Navarre, famed for its Dali-esque rock formations, and Aragon.

First presented at France’s Annecy Festival by Pablos and producer Gustavo Ferrada way back in 2015, when it was one of the buzz titles of the whole festival, “Klaus” marks the directorial debut of “Despicable Me” co-creator Pablos. With a strong voice cast – Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack – “Klaus” brings exquisite 2D animation to a warm origins story set in
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Review: ‘Patriots Day’ is a Messy Hybrid of Reality and Hollywood Artifice

Filmmaker Peter Berg is not in the business of subtlety. He creates action films at a human scale, and Patriots Day is just that, trying to do too much in its 133 minutes. For much of the lead-up to the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013, the film patches its artificiality with archival footage from the day and concocted footage that looks like it had been. Cobbled together from multiple projects on the subject, Patriots Day is a curious case of a gritty piece of work wrapped in a traditional action flick full of artificial, crowd-pleasing one-liners and manipulative threads documenting the human cost of the bombing. A baby is saved from the attack by a Boston police officer; a couple is separated and taken to different hospitals; the tragic deaths, including a seven-year-old child. This film crams a Netflix mini-series’ worth of material into a sweeping theatrical feature that attempts to be
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First 'Patriots Day' Trailer Relives the Boston Marathon Bombing

As a director, Peter Berg isn't exactly subtle with his patriotism. Whether it's with the FBI embedded in the middle east (The Kingdom), a small Texas football town (Friday Night Lights), service members real (Lone Survivor) and fictional (Battleship), or civilian engineers facing a disaster (Deepwater Horizon), his movies proudly wave the American flag. It's only natural that his next movie is called Patriots Day. Co-written by Berg, Patriot's Day is about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing as seen through the eyes of the first responders and follow-up government teams that orchestrated the manhunt for the two bombing suspects.  Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons and Khandi Alexander star.  Patriots Day hits...

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First 'Patriots Day' Trailer Relives the Boston Marathon Bombing

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As a director, Peter Berg isn't exactly subtle with his patriotism. Whether it's with the FBI embedded in the Middle East (The Kingdom), a small Texas football town (Friday Night Lights), service members real (Lone Survivor) and fictional (Battleship), or civilian engineers facing a disaster (Deepwater Horizon), his movies proudly wave the American flag. It's only natural that his next movie is called Patriots Day. Cowritten by Berg, Patriots Day is about the 2013 Boston Marathon...

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Gears Of War Movie Is in Development at Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures has picked up the rights to Microsoft's hit video game Gears of War, and they are will be adapting it into a feature film. I'm a huge fan of the Gears of War franchise, and I'm eagerly awaiting the fourth installment, set to be released next week!

I've always thought a film based on the property would be insanely badass if it was done right. The Studio has brought on producers Scott Stuber (Ted, The Kingdom) and Dylan Clark (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) to head the film's development.

Rod Fergusson, the head of game development and The Coalition game studios, talked to Variety about teaming up with Universal to making this happen, saying:

“As a way to support the franchise the next logical step was to make the movie. We’d done comics and novels in the past but the opportunity to work with Universal
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‘Gears of War’ Movie Adaptation in Works at Microsoft, Universal

‘Gears of War’ Movie Adaptation in Works at Microsoft, Universal
Microsoft’s “Gears of War” video game franchise is headed to the big screen.

The film adaptation, announced during a livestream for the upcoming release of “Gears of War 4,” is being developed with Universal Pictures under the eye of veteran film producers Scott Stuber (“Ted,” “The Kingdom”) and Dylan Clark (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”). A movie based on the popular third-person shooter franchise has been rumored for years, but Rod Fergusson, studio head of game developer The Coalition, said now was the right time to make the leap to film.

“As a way to support the franchise the next logical step was to make the movie,” Fergusson told Variety. “We’d done comics and novels in the past but the opportunity to work with Universal to bring the movie to life was perfect.”

It’s unclear at this point whether the film will be a straight adaptation of the games,
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Jamie Foxx Is On The Hunt In First Trailer For Sleepless

Though his career is far from stalled, Jamie Foxx’s upwards trajectory that started with Ray back in 2004 has considerably slowed down. After his Oscar win for Taylor Hackford’s biopic, he had a few memorable roles in films like Dreamgirls, Law Abiding Citizen, Horrible Bosses and The Kingdom, but most of what he put out was ultimately filed under the “forgettable” category.

Stuff like Rio (and its sequel), Valentine’s Day, The Soloist and Due Date failed to leave much of an impact on audiences or critics. They probably netted the actor a healthy paycheque, but they certainly weren’t worthy of his undeniable talents. 2014 was the last time we saw Foxx on screen, in the wholly mediocre Annie, and though he’s been gone for quite a while, 2017’s looking like his comeback year.

Aside from a sizeable role in Robin Hood: Origins, not to mention a part
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Review: Deepwater Horizon, Heroes At the Mouth of Hell

Six years ago, nightmare images of an oil rig burning at night in the Gulf Coast seared themselves into memory. The fire raged high and furious against a pitch-black landscape, leaving one to wonder just what had happened ... and who, if anyone, survived. Now comes Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon, a dramatization of events in the hours leading up to the explosion that claimed 11 lives. Its direct source is a magazine article by David Rohde and Stephanie Saul; the screenplay is credited to Matthew Michael Carnahan (Berg's The Kingdom, and also Lions for Lambs and others) and Matthew Sand. In its early scenes, the movie feels very much like a staged reading of a magazine article, filled with a copious amount of information that...

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The Weekend Warrior 9/30/2016: Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Masterminds

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month.
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Peter Berg Q&A: Why The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Director Is Never Going Back To Superhero Movies – Tiff 2016

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Peter Berg Q&A: Why The ‘Deepwater Horizon’ Director Is Never Going Back To Superhero Movies – Tiff 2016
Peter Berg likes stories about regular people — the kind of people who work on oil rigs and and don’t necessarily relate to on-screen smoothies like James Bond — and for the self-professed “second half” of his directing career, including films like “Lone Survivor,” Berg has started focusing on just that. For his latest film, the fact-based “Deepwater Horizon,” Berg turns his attention to the 2010 oil rig disaster on the eponymous Louisiana drilling platform, with thrilling — and often heart-wrenching — results.

The film follows the rig on its last viable day, as the so-called “bad well” starts collapsing after a series of terrible decisions, systematic breakdowns and just plain old pressure slowly render it not only inoperable, but hugely dangerous. Berg’s frequent star Mark Wahlberg stars as electrician Mike Williams, who leads the film alongside Kurt Russell as the rig’s head honcho, Gina Rodriquez as a whipsmart member of the
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