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Box Office: ‘IF’ Stumbles on Opening Day With $10.3 Million, ‘The Strangers: Chapter 1’ Unmasking Third Place - variety.com
variety.com
18.05.2024 / 15:35

Box Office: ‘IF’ Stumbles on Opening Day With $10.3 Million, ‘The Strangers: Chapter 1’ Unmasking Third Place

J. Kim Murphy Paramount’s family comedy “IF” is leading domestic charts in its opening after earning $10.3 million from more than 4,041 locations across Friday and preview screenings. But the John Krasinski-directed fantasy feature has decidedly fallen behind its projections heading into the weekend, which had originally forecast a debut around $40 million.

Ruben Östlund Teases ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ With Kirsten Dunst & Daniel Brühl At Cannes Presser: “It’s F–ing Hard To Make A Good Airplane Movie” - deadline.com - Sweden
deadline.com
18.05.2024 / 12:19

Ruben Östlund Teases ‘The Entertainment System Is Down’ With Kirsten Dunst & Daniel Brühl At Cannes Presser: “It’s F–ing Hard To Make A Good Airplane Movie”

“It’s f–ing hard to make a good airplane movie,” Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund emphasized multiple times this morning in Cannes as he spoke to international press about his plans for The Entertainment System Is Down, the latest feature he has set to direct starring a buzzy cast led by Kirsten Dunst and Daniel Brühl. 

Brazilian Producer Maria Farinha Films Takes Minority Stake in ‘The White Helmets’ Production Company Violet Films (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Brazil - Cuba
variety.com
18.05.2024 / 08:37

Brazilian Producer Maria Farinha Films Takes Minority Stake in ‘The White Helmets’ Production Company Violet Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent Brazilian social impact entertainment company Maria Farinha Films has taken a minority stake in Joanna Natasegara’s London-based production company Violet Films, which is known for high-profile docs such as “White Helmets,” “Virunga,” “The Edge of Democracy” and Prince Harry’s Netflix series “Invictus.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Barry Jenkins are involved as producer and writer, respectively, in Violet Films’ upcoming feature film adaptation of “Virugna” for Netflix. São Paulo-based Maria Farinha Films is a leading studio in Latin America, known for its hit Globoplay Original “Aruanas” — created by the company’s co-founders Estela Renner and Marcos Nisti — about four women in a São Paulo environmental NGO battling devastation wrought by a mining corporation.

Fundamental Films’ Mark Gao Talks New Strategy For Buying, Producing & Co-Productions: “China Market Is Just Looking For Something New” - deadline.com - France - China - city Shanghai - city Taipei
deadline.com
18.05.2024 / 06:53

Fundamental Films’ Mark Gao Talks New Strategy For Buying, Producing & Co-Productions: “China Market Is Just Looking For Something New”

Fundamental Films chairman Mark Gao and his CEO Ivy Hua are in Cannes to reconnect with the international industry as part of the Shanghai-based company’s return to international acquisitions and production. 

Neon Buys ‘The Unknown’ With Lea Seydoux, ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Writer Arthur Harari Directing - variety.com - France - USA
variety.com
17.05.2024 / 15:37

Neon Buys ‘The Unknown’ With Lea Seydoux, ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Writer Arthur Harari Directing

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Neon has bought North American rights to “The Unknown” (“L’Inconnue”), the hotly anticipated next movie from “Anatomy of a Fall”’s Oscar-winning co-writer Arthur Harari. As revealed by Variety earlier this week, the movie will star Léa Seydoux (“Dune 2”) and is being represented in international markets. Harari is rolling off of “Anatomy of a Fall” which he co-wrote with director Justine Triet, abd won an Oscar, two Golden Globes, a BAFTA and the Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Mediawan CEO Pierre-Antoine Capton Celebrated With Variety’s Intl. Visionary Award at Cannes Event - variety.com - France - Germany - city Hugo
variety.com
17.05.2024 / 13:19

Mediawan CEO Pierre-Antoine Capton Celebrated With Variety’s Intl. Visionary Award at Cannes Event

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Reflecting the breadth of Mediawan CEO Pierre-Antoine Capton‘s vast network and friendships, an impressive roster of film industry players flocked to celebrate him as he received Variety‘s International Visionary Award at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. Attendees included CAA’s co-chairman and CEO Bryan Lourd, who said a few words about Capton on stage, as well as AGC Studios’ Stuart Ford, SPC’s Tom Bernard, Netflix’s Larry Tanz and Pauline Dauvin, and Mediawan executives including Elisabeth d’Arvieu and Justine Planchon.

The LA Screenings Are Back: Talent Returns & Slates Get International As Buyers Head For Studio Showcases - deadline.com
deadline.com
17.05.2024 / 10:17

The LA Screenings Are Back: Talent Returns & Slates Get International As Buyers Head For Studio Showcases

As buyers touch down at LAX for the annual LA Screenings, it will be a case of a return to the norm following the unusual circumstances of last year. The Hollywood labor strikes not only threw confusion on what would be a realistic purchase, but also stopped acquisitions executives getting face time (and a quick selfie) with acting and writing talent — something many value as part of their buying process.

Cameron Carter Vickers trolls Rangers as Celtic icon noises up 'unlucky' rivals with meme to thrill partygoers - www.dailyrecord.co.uk - Scotland - USA - Ireland
dailyrecord.co.uk
17.05.2024 / 07:03

Cameron Carter Vickers trolls Rangers as Celtic icon noises up 'unlucky' rivals with meme to thrill partygoers

Celtic hero Cameron Carter-Vickers jumped on a table to send his condolences to Rangers – as Parkhead punters lapped up his title celebrations.

Czech Filmmakers Forge Ties, Ramp Up Foreign Co-Productions to Boost Growing Industry - variety.com - France - Eu - Czech Republic
variety.com
17.05.2024 / 05:45

Czech Filmmakers Forge Ties, Ramp Up Foreign Co-Productions to Boost Growing Industry

Christopher Vourlias It’s been 20 years since the Czech Republic hosted its first pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival’s Marché du Film, with a Czech delegation arriving at the prestigious French fest just days after their country had joined the European Union. The timing was both propitious and symbolic: In the two decades since, the Czech industry has grown more international in its outlook, spurred on by a growing number of co-productions and a wave of industry professionals who have come of age since the country joined the E.U.

Mediawan CEO Pierre-Antoine Capton on Breaking Barriers to Build One of Europe’s Biggest Independent Production Groups - variety.com - France - Italy - Germany
variety.com
16.05.2024 / 14:47

Mediawan CEO Pierre-Antoine Capton on Breaking Barriers to Build One of Europe’s Biggest Independent Production Groups

Mediawan CEO Pierre-Antoine Capton into France’s Legion of Honor last October, calling the exec “the ultimate French success story.” In a country rarely known to promote social mobility, Capton-esque career trajectories are scarce. A self-made entrepreneur born into a middle-class Normandy family, Capton began his professional life as a teen with an entry-level internship, eschewing elite universities, making the exec a rare bird among France’s top media execs.

India Vies for Global Production Hub Status With Attractive Filming Incentives - variety.com - India
variety.com
16.05.2024 / 05:41

India Vies for Global Production Hub Status With Attractive Filming Incentives

Naman Ramachandran India is making a concerted push to become a global production hub with enhanced incentives, diverse locations and a strong presence at Cannes. It is a record year for India at Cannes, with its first title in competition in 30 years, Payal Kapadia’s “All We Imagine as Light,” and seven more Indian or Indian-themed films across the festival’s various strands. In addition, the country has a strong Cannes Film Market presence, while the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, on behalf of India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), has organized a range of events aimed at global content co-producers, sales agents and distributors at the India Pavilion on the Croisette.

India, Papua New Guinea Co-Production ‘Papa Buka’ Sets July Shoot – Global Bulletin - variety.com - Australia - Britain - India - Japan - Papua New Guinea
variety.com
15.05.2024 / 12:51

India, Papua New Guinea Co-Production ‘Papa Buka’ Sets July Shoot – Global Bulletin

Naman Ramachandran Indian filmmaker Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran‘s next film “Papa Buka” will commence principal photography in Papua New Guinea in July. The film will follow Indian historians Romila and Anand who go to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, to write a book about the Indian soldiers who fought with the British and Australian armies against the Japanese during WWII in the country.

U.K. Distributor Other Parties Launches Production Arm Led by Former Amazon Studios’ Exec Emily Guarino (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - London - Beyond
variety.com
15.05.2024 / 11:03

U.K. Distributor Other Parties Launches Production Arm Led by Former Amazon Studios’ Exec Emily Guarino (EXCLUSIVE)

K.J. Yossman U.K. distributor Other Parties has launched a new production arm headed by former Amazon Studios U.K.

Fifth Annual RTVE Showcase Puts Emphasis on International Co-Production - variety.com - Spain - Germany - Madrid - Serbia
variety.com
14.05.2024 / 20:53

Fifth Annual RTVE Showcase Puts Emphasis on International Co-Production

Jamie Lang Spanish public broadcaster RTVE held its fifth annual RTVE Showcase late last week in Madrid. Eight of the network’s top shows were profiled for international buyers, and several panels debated the current state of affairs in Spain’s TV production industry. Professionals from around the world tuned into this year’s Showcase, which had the overriding theme of international co-production.

How ‘Doctor Who’ Exec Producers Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner Helped Transform South Wales Into a Buzzing Hive of Production - variety.com - Los Angeles
variety.com
14.05.2024 / 09:13

How ‘Doctor Who’ Exec Producers Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner Helped Transform South Wales Into a Buzzing Hive of Production

Leo Barraclough International Features Editor The renaissance of “Doctor Who,” which started its latest season this week, is a 20-year journey that is entwined with the establishment of a thriving TV production scene in South Wales, where it shoots, and the meteoritic rise of the production company Bad Wolf. This dates back to 2003 when writer Russell T. Davies was asked by the BBC’s then head of drama, Jane Tranter, to revive the show and to base the production in South Wales, an area hitherto known for coal mining and heavy industry.

Frank Murray And Frida Torresblanco Team To Launch Transatlantic Production Company Hangtime International Pictures - deadline.com - Australia - Britain - Spain - London - New York - USA - Ireland - Canada
deadline.com
14.05.2024 / 07:23

Frank Murray And Frida Torresblanco Team To Launch Transatlantic Production Company Hangtime International Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran producers Frida Torresblanco (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Frank Murray (First Reformed) have teamed up to launch Hangtime International Pictures, a new transatlantic production company headquartered in London and New York.

Box Office: ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Climbs to No. 1 With $56 Million Debut - variety.com - USA
variety.com
12.05.2024 / 16:07

Box Office: ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ Climbs to No. 1 With $56 Million Debut

Rebecca Rubin Senior Film and Media Reporter Primates ruled over the North American box office as “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” collected $56.5 million in its first weekend of release. Those ticket sales were a hair above early projections of $50 million to $55 million and were easily enough to tower over the nonexistent competition.

Man Utd icon had team-mate ready to punch him and Roy Keane fuming 'f*** off back to London' - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Manchester - county Cole
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
12.05.2024 / 13:59

Man Utd icon had team-mate ready to punch him and Roy Keane fuming 'f*** off back to London'

Roy Keane told a Manchester United team-mate to "f*** off back to London" in a heated dressing room altercation.

French Production Incentives Boost Country’s Visual Effects Sector - variety.com - France - USA - Canada
variety.com
08.05.2024 / 18:47

French Production Incentives Boost Country’s Visual Effects Sector

Ben Croll The growth of France’s VFX sector cannot be overstated, as the implementation of a comprehensive 10% bonus for international productions that spend more than $2.1 million with local companies (and the fact that the full 40% tax rebate can be earned off digital expenditures alone) has supercharged the post-production ecosystem, funneling first financial and then human capital. On paper, the equation is self-evident: Where investment goes, talent soon follows. In practice, this cause-and-effect has fueled a wide repatriation, as skilled graduates of the country’s top training programs return from outposts abroad for the opportunity to work on projects at home. Studios like Paris- and Montpellier-based the Yard have reaped the benefits of this inverse brain-drain, building on commissions from recent projects like “Halo,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” and “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” to bulk up a workforce well-versed in international pipelines and methods — a staffing asset that further facilitates partnerships with bigger commissioners. “Our entire working model is similar to those of studios in Canada, the United States and England,” says the Yard founder and senior VFX supervisor Laurens Ehrmann.

Israeli Documentary Co-Production Market CoPro Sets 26th Hybrid Edition (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Israel - city Tel Aviv
variety.com
08.05.2024 / 14:13

Israeli Documentary Co-Production Market CoPro Sets 26th Hybrid Edition (EXCLUSIVE)

K.J. Yossman Israel’s leading documentary co-production market CoPro is set to return next month for its 26th edition in a hybrid format amidst the ongoing war in the region.

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