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Paul Dano, Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, Zach Galifianakis, Tom Sturridge Team Up in Olivier Assayas’ ‘The Wizard of the Kremlin’ for Gaumont (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Russia - county Wilson - Indiana - county Love
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17.05.2024

Paul Dano, Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, Zach Galifianakis, Tom Sturridge Team Up in Olivier Assayas’ ‘The Wizard of the Kremlin’ for Gaumont (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Paul Dano, Alicia Vikander, Jude Law, Zach Galifianakis and Tom Sturridge team up in Olivier Assayas’ political thriller “The Wizard of the Kremlin”, based on Giuliano da Empoli’s bestseller by the same name. Produced by Olivier Delbosc’s banner Curiosa Films and Gaumont – who last partnered on Cannes prizewinning “The Taste of Things” — “The Wizard of the Kremlin” is one of the hottest packages launching at the Cannes Film Market where Alexis Cassanet, Gaumont’s EVP international sales and distribution, is kicking off pre-sales.

Mubi Acquires Magnus von Horn’s Chilling Cannes Competition Entry ‘The Girl With the Needle’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Italy - Ireland - India - Austria - Germany - Denmark - Turkey - city Copenhagen
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19.05.2024

Mubi Acquires Magnus von Horn’s Chilling Cannes Competition Entry ‘The Girl With the Needle’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Mubi has swooped on its third 2024 Cannes competition title, Variety has learned. Having acquired worldwide rights to Coralie Fargeat’s buzzy body horror “The Substance” and U.K.

Roger Corman Reboot ‘Deathstalker,’ Exec Produced by Guns N’ Roses’ Slash, Unveils First Look, Raven Banner Launches Sales at Cannes (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Canada
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18.05.2024

Roger Corman Reboot ‘Deathstalker,’ Exec Produced by Guns N’ Roses’ Slash, Unveils First Look, Raven Banner Launches Sales at Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Naman Ramachandran Raven Banner Entertainment has launched sales at the Cannes Film Festival‘s market on the reboot of Roger Corman‘s cult sword and sorcery film series, “Deathstalker,” which is currently shooting in Canada. Daniel Bernhardt (“John Wick,” “The Matrix Reloaded”) stars as the titular character in this reimagined instalment, directed by Steven Kostanski (“The Void,” “Psycho Goreman”). Bernhardt plays a barbarian cursed by a magical talisman, leading him into conflict with a malevolent wizard and monstrous assassins.

Cannes Classics Title ‘The Churning’: Inside the Restoration of 1976 Indian Masterpiece - variety.com - India
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18.05.2024

Cannes Classics Title ‘The Churning’: Inside the Restoration of 1976 Indian Masterpiece

Naman Ramachandran The restored version of Indian filmmaker Shyam Benegal’s 1976 masterpiece “Manthan” (“The Churning”) is screening at the Cannes Film Festival‘s Cannes Classics strand. Shot by DoP Govind Nihalani in rural Gujarat, western India, the film is produced by 500,000 farmers who contributed towards its making, under the banner Gujarat Milk Co-Op Marketing Federation Ltd. The film is a fictionalized version of the beginnings of the dairy cooperative movement that transformed India from a milk-deficient nation to the world’s largest milk producer, inspired by Dr.

Burna Boy, Mandla Dube Headline Latest Slate From Pape Boye and Logical Pictures’ Black Mic Mac Production Banner (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - South Africa - Nigeria
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18.05.2024

Burna Boy, Mandla Dube Headline Latest Slate From Pape Boye and Logical Pictures’ Black Mic Mac Production Banner (EXCLUSIVE)

Christopher Vourlias Nigerian Afrobeat megastar Burna Boy and fast-rising South African filmmaker Mandla Dube are among the names headlining the new slate from Black Mic Mac, the production banner championing African and Middle Eastern talent that was launched last year by production and sales vet Pape Boye and Logical Pictures. The line-up includes close to a dozen films and television series from both emerging and established talents that showcase the range of dynamic voices the region has to offer.

Mallory Wanecque, Sami Bouajila Star in Thriller ‘Vultures;’ Boarded by Federation Studios’ Ginger & Fed (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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17.05.2024

Mallory Wanecque, Sami Bouajila Star in Thriller ‘Vultures;’ Boarded by Federation Studios’ Ginger & Fed (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Mallory Wanecque, the breakout actor of “The Worst Ones” who headlines Cannes competition title “Beating Hearts,” is starring alongside Sami Bouajila (“Through the Fire”) in “Vultures,” a thriller directed by Peter Dourountzis (“Rascal”). Produced by Mediawan-owned 24-25 Films (“Black Box”), “Vultures” is represented internationally by Ginger & Fed, the new international film sales arm of Federation Studios headed by former TF1 Studio boss Sabine Chemaly.

Logical Pictures Launches Africa Venture, Creates Investment Fund to Spur Fast-Growing Market (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France
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17.05.2024

Logical Pictures Launches Africa Venture, Creates Investment Fund to Spur Fast-Growing Market (EXCLUSIVE)

Christopher Vourlias Logical Pictures is launching a new Africa venture that will see the production, financing and distribution outfit expand its global footprint into the fast-growing African market. According to the group’s head, Frédéric Fiore, the move will help position Logical Pictures as the preferred financing partner on the continent for the international industry and the leading production company of African content with global ambitions.

‘Fall’ Sequel to Be Directed by ‘Jigsaw’ Helmers the Spierig Brothers for Capstone (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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16.05.2024

‘Fall’ Sequel to Be Directed by ‘Jigsaw’ Helmers the Spierig Brothers for Capstone (EXCLUSIVE)

Alex Ritman Genre filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig (Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw”) are set to direct “Fall 2,” the second installment in the “Fall” franchise. Scott Mann, who directed and co-wrote the first film, is returning to co-write with Jonathan Frank. Following the hugely successful survival thriller “Fall,” released in 2022 by Lionsgate, “Fall 2” — set to start production in June — will reunite producers Mark Lane and James Harris of Tea Shop Prods.

Why Are Movies With Big Stars Struggling to Score U.S. Distribution Deals? - variety.com - Berlin
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16.05.2024

Why Are Movies With Big Stars Struggling to Score U.S. Distribution Deals?

Small Things Like These,” based on the novella by Claire Keegan, opened the Berlin Film Festival, scored solid reviews for both Murphy’s quietly intense starring role and Emily Watson’s turn as a tyrannical nun (a performance that won her the Golden Bear). Yet a domestic deal for the film — which Murphy also produced for his new Big Things Films banner — has yet to be announced by FilmNation. But “Small Things Like These” is just part of a growing new trend of starry indie titles that are struggling — or at least taking much longer than usual — to secure a U.S.

Tim McGraw to Star in Bull Rider Drama Series at Netflix - variety.com - New York
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15.05.2024

Tim McGraw to Star in Bull Rider Drama Series at Netflix

Joe Otterson TV Reporter Country music superstar Tim McGraw is adding to his acting resume with a new drama series at Netflix. Variety has learned that McGraw will star in the untitled series, which is set in the world of competitive bull riding.

France’s Les Films du Losange Acquires Raymond Depardon’s Banner Palmeraie et Desert (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France
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15.05.2024

France’s Les Films du Losange Acquires Raymond Depardon’s Banner Palmeraie et Desert (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent France’s Les Films du Losange, the iconic distribution company owned by producer Charles Gillibert (“Annette”), has acquired Palmeraie et Desert,” the production company founded by celebrated filmmaker Raymond Depardon. Les Films du Losange, which was bought by Gillibert from longtime manager Margaret Menegoz in 2021, has been dedicated to preserving and promoting cinematic heritage since its inception.

‘The Chronicles of Libidoists,’ ‘A Foggy Tale’ Among Golden Horse Goes to Cannes Showcase - variety.com - county Will
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15.05.2024

‘The Chronicles of Libidoists,’ ‘A Foggy Tale’ Among Golden Horse Goes to Cannes Showcase

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau Chief The Golden Horse Film Festival, which operates the premier awards in the Chinese-language film industry, has teamed up with Cannes’ Marché du Film to showcase a handful of new films and projects under the banner Golden Horse Goes to Cannes. To be presented May 16, the five films comprise new works from directors Chen Yu-hsun, Yang Ya-che, Huang Xi, Giddens Ko and John Hsu, with such high-profile producers as Lee Lieh, Sylvia Chang, Aileen Li, Jeffrey Chan and Hou Hsiao-hsien.

Greece Launches New Industry Org, Overhauls Rebate Scheme to Make Booming Mediterranean Biz More Sustainable - variety.com - Greece
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15.05.2024

Greece Launches New Industry Org, Overhauls Rebate Scheme to Make Booming Mediterranean Biz More Sustainable

Christopher Vourlias A delegation of Greek officials arrived in Cannes this week to announce the launch of a new government body, Creative Greece, that will oversee all audiovisual production in the Mediterranean nation. They’ll also look to reassure foreign producers and investors that the country’s wildly successful cash-back program remains on track, after the Greek government announced last week it was pressing pause on new rebate applications until the fall.

Watch Reese Witherspoon Do the 'Bend & Snap' Again While Announcing New Elle Woods Prequel Series - www.justjared.com - New York
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14.05.2024

Watch Reese Witherspoon Do the 'Bend & Snap' Again While Announcing New Elle Woods Prequel Series

Reese Witherspoon had several big announcements to make at the Amazon upfront, but the most exciting one involved Legally Blonde!

Warner Bros. Discovery U.S. Hispanic Launches FAST Channel Package, Más (More) (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com
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14.05.2024

Warner Bros. Discovery U.S. Hispanic Launches FAST Channel Package, Más (More) (EXCLUSIVE)

Anna Marie de la Fuente With more people tuning in to free, ad-supported streaming TV alternatives, Warner Bros. Discovery U.S.

'Legally Blonde' Prequel Series 'Elle' Ordered at Prime Video: Synopsis & Reese Witherspoon's Role Revealed! - www.justjared.com - county Woods
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14.05.2024

'Legally Blonde' Prequel Series 'Elle' Ordered at Prime Video: Synopsis & Reese Witherspoon's Role Revealed!

A Legally Blonde prequel series has been ordered to series at Amazon. The news was first rumored last month.

The Bureau Sales Boards ‘Whispering in the Woods,’ by Cesar-winning Director of ‘The Velvet Queen’ (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - county Woods
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14.05.2024

The Bureau Sales Boards ‘Whispering in the Woods,’ by Cesar-winning Director of ‘The Velvet Queen’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent The Bureau Sales has teamed with French production banner Paprika and filmmaker Vincent Munier on “Whispering in the Woods,” a documentary that will be teased to buyers at the Cannes Film Market. “Whispering in the Woods” marks Munier’s follow-up to “The Velvet Queen” (co-directed by Marie Amiguet), a critically acclaimed documentary that competed for a Golden Eye Award at the Cannes Film Festival and won a Cesar prize in 2022. The doc is currently filming across different locations, from the Vosges mountains to Tibet, and is expected to be delivered by next spring.

Italian Producer Carlo Degli Esposti Joins Mediawan Board as European Powerhouse Looks to Expand in Italy - variety.com - Italy - Germany - Rome
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14.05.2024

Italian Producer Carlo Degli Esposti Joins Mediawan Board as European Powerhouse Looks to Expand in Italy

Nick Vivarelli International Correspondent European powerhouse Mediawan has appointed Italian film and TV producer Carlo Degli Esposti – who is founder and chief of its Rome-based Palomar shingle – as a member of its board of supervisors and strategic committee. Degli Esposti in his new role will be involved “in all strategic decisions” at Mediawan, a statement said, adding that he “will make his experience available to the group’s activities in the Italian market and, in particular, for future development operations and acquisitions in this important European territory.” Mediawan, which is a global production conglomerate comprising more than 85 labels around the world — it recently announced its acquisition of German production-distribution outfit Leonine — is clearly in expansion mode in Italy where, besides Palomar, they are in final stages of acquiring a 51% stake in Our Films, the new company being launched by prominent producers Mario Giananani and Lorenzo Mieli after their recent exit from the Fremantle fold.

Audrey Diwan to Direct Adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s ‘The Marriage Portrait’ for Element Pictures, Wildside (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Italy - Ireland
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14.05.2024

Audrey Diwan to Direct Adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s ‘The Marriage Portrait’ for Element Pictures, Wildside (EXCLUSIVE)

Audrey Diwan is attached to direct “The Marriage Portrait,” based on the novel by award-winning Northern Irish writer Maggie O’Farrell, best known for “Hamnet.” Variety hears that the project will see the fast-rising French auteur team with two of Europe’s leading arthouse producers in Ireland’s Element Pictures (which has three films in Cannes’ official selection this year) and Italy’s Wildside. Film4 helped develop the feature.

Phoebe Dynevor in Talks to Star in Untitled Shark Thriller at Sony, Tommy Wirkola to Direct - variety.com - Australia - city Santa Claus - Norway
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14.05.2024

Phoebe Dynevor in Talks to Star in Untitled Shark Thriller at Sony, Tommy Wirkola to Direct

Michaela Zee Phoebe Dynevor is in talks to star in an untitled shark thriller at Sony Pictures with Tommy Wirkola (“Violent Night”) directing, Variety has confirmed. While plot details are being kept under wraps, production is set to begin in Australia this summer.

Daniel Cockburn to Direct ‘The Eden Express’ Adaptation With Producer Daniel Bekerman, EP Stephen Fry - variety.com - Britain - Scotland - Canada - Jordan
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09.05.2024

Daniel Cockburn to Direct ‘The Eden Express’ Adaptation With Producer Daniel Bekerman, EP Stephen Fry

Jack Dunn Daniel Cockburn will write and direct an adaptation of Mark Vonnegut’s memoir “The Eden Express” from executive producer Stephen Fry. Daniel Bekerman (“The Apprentice”) will produce. Per an official logline, “The Eden Express” follows “Mark’s 1970 quest alongside his girlfriend Virge, leaving his famous father’s [Kurt Vonnegut] house in Nixon’s America to go west in search of a better way of life on a British Columbia commune — ‘Eden’ on earth.

‘Pam & Tommy’ Stars Sebastian Stan and Lily James Reuniting on ‘Let the Evil Go West’ - variety.com - county Anderson
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09.05.2024

‘Pam & Tommy’ Stars Sebastian Stan and Lily James Reuniting on ‘Let the Evil Go West’

Brent Lang Executive Editor “Pam & Tommy” stars Sebastian Stan and Lily James will reunite to star in psychological horror thriller “Let the Evil Go West.” The film sounds very different from Stan and James’ previous collaboration, which saw them playing Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson in a Hulu mini-series. In “Let the Evil Go West,” a railroad worker stumbles upon a fortune under deeply disturbing circumstances. As horrifying visions and manifestations drive him toward madness, his wife becomes convinced that an evil presence has attached itself to their family.

Julie Plec Signs With CAA - deadline.com - city Roswell, state New Mexico - state New Mexico
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09.05.2024

Julie Plec Signs With CAA

EXCLUSIVE: Julie Plec has signed with CAA for representation. 

‘The Chi’ Renewed For Seventh Season By Paramount+ With Showtime - deadline.com - Chicago - county Stone - county Shelby
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08.05.2024

‘The Chi’ Renewed For Seventh Season By Paramount+ With Showtime

Paramount+ with Showtime has renewed the series for a seventh season.

Vuelta Group Buys German Producer Telepool From Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Inc. - deadline.com - Germany
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08.05.2024

Vuelta Group Buys German Producer Telepool From Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Inc.

European production and sales studio Vuelta Group has bought German producer Telepool from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook.

Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley Body Horror ‘The Substance’ Acquired by Mubi Ahead of Cannes Competition World Premiere - variety.com - Ireland - India - Austria - Germany - Turkey
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08.05.2024

Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley Body Horror ‘The Substance’ Acquired by Mubi Ahead of Cannes Competition World Premiere

Alex Ritman Mubi has kicked off its 2024 Cannes Film Festival early and in style, acquiring worldwide rights to one of the buzziest films set to premiere in competition. The arthouse distributor, production banner and streamer has landed Coralie Fargeat’s body horror “The Substance,” starring Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley and Denis Quaid, picking up all rights for North America, U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria, Latin America and Benelux, where it will release theatrically this year. Mubi has also acquired the rights for Turkey and India.

Vuelta Group’s SquareOne Acquires Telepool From Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook - variety.com - Germany
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08.05.2024

Vuelta Group’s SquareOne Acquires Telepool From Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook

SquareOne Entertainment, part of rising European film studio Vuelta Group, has acquired German film and TV production, distribution and licensing company Telepool, which was owned by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook. The news was announced Wednesday by Vuelta Group chairman Jerome Levy and CEO of SquareOne and Vuelta Group Germany Al Munteanu.

‘Playground’ Director Laura Wandel Sets ‘In Adam’s Interest’ With ‘Anatomy of a Fall,’ Dardenne Brothers Producers, Indie Sales (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - France - Belgium
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08.05.2024

‘Playground’ Director Laura Wandel Sets ‘In Adam’s Interest’ With ‘Anatomy of a Fall,’ Dardenne Brothers Producers, Indie Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

Elsa Keslassy International Correspondent Indie Sales is re-teaming with rising Belgian filmmaker Laura Wandel on her sophomore feature “In Adam’s Interest,” having previously sold around the world her critically acclaimed feature debut “Playground” which premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. “In Adam’s Interest” also reunites Wandel with producer Stéphane Lhoest at Belgium’s Dragons Films, and is produced by Delphine Tomson at Les Films du Fleuve, the Dardenne’ brothers banner. Co-producers are Jan de Clercq at Lunanime, who will release the film in Benelux under his distribution company Lumière; and Marie-Ange Luciani‘s Les Films de Pierre, the Oscar-nominated outfit behind “Anatomy of a Fall.” Memento will release “In Adam’s Interest” in French theaters.

‘Psycho Goreman’ Director Steven Kostanski’s ‘Frankie Freako’ Set for Cannes Market Sales Launch by Raven Banner (EXCLUSIVE) - variety.com - Jordan
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06.05.2024

‘Psycho Goreman’ Director Steven Kostanski’s ‘Frankie Freako’ Set for Cannes Market Sales Launch by Raven Banner (EXCLUSIVE)

Naman Ramachandran Raven Banner Entertainment will launch international sales at the Cannes Film Market for Steven Kostanski‘s latest feature “Frankie Freako.” Kostanski’s previous feature “Psycho Goreman” premiered at SXSW in 2020 and gathered a cult following worldwide. Reviewing the film for Variety, critic Owen Gleiberman described the film as “‘The Toxic Avenger’ remade by the Robert Rodriguez of ‘Spy Kids.'” “Frankie Freako” is described by Raven Banner as Kostanki’s homage to the practical-FX-driven monster horror-comedies of the 1980s like “Gremlins 2” and “Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College.” It tells the story of workaholic yuppie Conor Sweeney (“The Editor,” “Father’s Day”) whose perfect life is turned upside down when he accidentally unleashes a trio of tiny trouble-makers into his home, led by the maniacal rock-n-roll party monster Frankie Freako.

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