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Articles from February 2017

Aardman Hires Sarah Cox as Executive Creative Director
Aardman Animations, the studio behind Shaun The Sheep and Wallace And Gromit, has hired industry veteran Sarah Vox as executive creative director.Cox will oversee the development of a new slate of Aardman intellectual properties aimed at kids and family...
Beta to Sell X Filme Drama, TV Series 'Babylon Berlin' Inks Deals
Berlin-based X Filme Creative Pool Entertainment has recruited Beta Cinema to handle international sales on veteran Bavarian actor-director Josef Bierbichler's adaptation of his 2011 novel Mittelreich.The chronicle of a rural Bavarian community facing...
BFI Flare Festival to Open with World Premiere of Political Drama 'Against the Law'
The 31st BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival (March 16-26) will open with historical drama Against The Law.Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts between adult males in England and Wales, the...
Celluloid Boards Andre Téchiné's Identity Drama 'Golden Years'
Celluloid Dreams has boarded international sales for André Téchiné's new feature Golden Years (Nos Annees Folles).The film stars Pierre Deladonchamps (Stranger By The Lake) in the true story of Frenchman Paul Grappe, a First World War deserter who spent...
David Gordon Green, Danny McBride Join 'Halloween' Reboot
Gordon Green will direct from a screenplay he wrote with McBride and Carpenter, whose ground-breaking 1978 original launched the horror franchise, will serve as executive producer.Malek Akkad produces for Trancas International Films with Jason Blum for...
'Django': Berlin Review
Tribute to Gypsy jazz icon Django Reinhardt (Reda Kateb) set in wartime Paris opens the 2017 BerlinaleDir: Etienne Comar. France, 2017, 115 minsAs a pre-eminent jazz aristocrat once taught, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. While, in...
'Django' Star Reda Kateb Talks Berlin Opener, Trump and Minorities
"I have the sort of look that allows me to pass from one character called Stéphane to another who is called Mohammed," says Reda Kateb, star of this year's Berlinale opener Django, capturing the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist's escape from the Nazi in...
Emma Watts Named Twentieth Century Fox Film Vice-Chairman
Watts will continue to serve a president of production, a role she has held since 2007, and continues to report to Snider.She will now oversee a restructured group that brings together all of Twentieth Century Fox's films and include physical production,...
'Emo the Musical': Berlin Review
The emo subculture is skewered in Neil Triffett's Australian parody, showing in Berlin's Generation sidebarDir/scr. Neil Triffett. Australia, 2016, 94 mins.It might seem several years too late to skewer the emo subculture with the appropriate bite or...
'Fifty Shades Darker' Launches Worldwide
Universal's sequel to the 2015 hit Fifty Shades Of Grey, led once again by Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, hopes to duplicate the success of the first instalment, which grossed $571m worldwide.Fifty Shades Darker kicks offthis weekend with launches...
'Fifty Shades Darker': Review
Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson slurp it up in the first Fifty sequel.Dir: James Foley. US. 2017. 118minsSometimes sexy, sometimes campy, Fifty Shades Darker is a smorgasbord of silliness, its dopey pleasures indistinguishable from its many awkwardly melodramatic...
FilmSharks Picks Up 'You're Killing Me Susana' with Gael Garcia Bernal
FilmSharks has bolstered its EFM slate with international sales rights to comedic drama You're Killing Me Susana starring Gael Garcia Bernal.Los Angeles-based Hola Mexico Distribution holds US rights and the Latin cinema specialist has set a February...
Fortissimo Set to Relaunch with Chinese Backers
In a major boost to the independent film sector, Fortissimo Films looks set for a re-launch.According to multiple sources, the Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based sales outfit, which filed for bankruptcy last summer, is to be acquired by new Chinese owners,...
Gaumont Reunites with Guillaume Gallienne for 'Bright Weakness'
Gaumont is kicking offsales on actor and director Guillaume Gallienne's new film Bright Weakness (Maryline) about the journey of a talented actress haunted by a difficult childhood.Based on a true story, it stars Adeline D'Hermy as a beautiful but complex...
Robert Redford, Jackie Chan Join 'Earth' Sequel
Robert Redford and Jackie Chan have been set to narrate the English and Mandarin versions of documentary Earth: One Amazing Day, the sequel to 2007 box office hit Earth.Directed by Peter Webber (The Girl With The Pearl Earring) and Richard Dale (The...
Sony Pictures Classics Takes Berlin Competition Title 'A Fantastic Woman'
Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has acquired North America, Australia and New Zealand rights to Sebastián Lelio's A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantastica).The film is set to premiere in the Berlin Film Festival's competition on Sunday, Feb 12.Jackie director...
TrustNordisk Plans 'Ministudio' Model and Move into TV Drama
TrustNordisk is diversifying its film sales business by concentrating more on development and financial backing of films and TV drama series as something of a "ministudio," CEO Rikki Ennis told Screen."We're taking the next step into the future, you'll...
US Briefs: Breaking Glass Pictures Takes North American Rights to 'Illicit'
Illicit is headed for the Pan African Film Festival and Toronto Black Film Festival later this year.David Ramsey, Vivica A Fox and Dean Cain star in the story about a police officer and his model wife who find themselves entangled in a world of secrets,...
Wild Bunch Boards Prince Documentary 'Pop Life'
Wild Bunch has boarded sales on upcoming documentary Prince: Pop Life, capturing the music, life and legacy of the late pop legend who passed away in April 2016.French-American photographer, art director and film-maker Mathieu Bitton, is co-directing...
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