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?‘A Cool Fish’: Review
Rao Xiaozhi’s second feature tackles hot-button social issues in ChinaA Cool FishDir: Rao Xiaozhi. China. 2018. 109 minsAn assortment of desperate characters find themselves on a collision course in Rao Xiaozhi’s second feature A Cool Fish. Aiming for...
'An Elephant Sitting Still' Wins Best Film at Golden Horse Awards
Zhang Yimou’s Shadow walked away with the most number of awards, including best director.‘An Elephant Sitting Still’The late Hu Bo’s directorial debut An Elephant Sitting Still was named best film at the 55th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, while Zhang...
Australian 2019 Oscar Submission 'Jirga' Finds US Home
Pashtun-language drama contains some English dialogue and shot guerrilla-style in Afghanistan.JirgaLightyear Entertainment has acquired US rights from Visit Films to Australia’s 2019 Oscar submission Jirga, two years after it distributed the country’s...
Benedikt Erlingsson on Icelandic Eco-Terrorist Drama 'Woman at War'
Erlingsson’s film premiered at Critics’ Week at Cannes 2018.Benedikt Erlingsson on the set of ‘Woman At War’Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson might be the first director to make an action film that features only one drop of blood. “I like action,...
China Box Office: 'Venom' Fights of 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald'
Chinese box office rises by 4% week-on-week.‘Venom’Venom fought off new entrant, the latest Fantastic Beasts to retain both the weekly and weekend box office crown in the period of Nov 12-18. With two Hollywood blockbusters delivering a one-two punch,...
Chinese Regulator Approves Disney-Fox Deal
Breakthrough allays fears that US-China trade war would block approval.Bob IgerChinese regulators have approved the impending acquisition by Disney of the 21st Century Fox entertainment assets, ending fears that local antitrust authorities would block...
'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Opens Top of UK Box Office with Strong £12.3M Weekend
MUBI release Suspiria posts £163,223 opening.‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’Today’s GBP to USD conversion rate: 1.29.Rank Film / Distributor Three-day gross (Nov 16-18) Gross Week1 Fantastic Beasts 2 (Warner Bros) £12.3m £12.3m 12...
How EAVE Has Supported Filmmakers for 30 Years
Celebrating 30 years, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs has trained nearly 2,400 film professionals in 90 countries.‘The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki’“Showing the deepest respect and appreciation for people from the diverse cultures and countries...
Judi Dench to Receive Honorary BIFA
Actress will receive award at BIFA ceremony on December 2.Judi Dench in ‘The Dames’The British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) have announced that Judi Dench will be honoured with the 2018 Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution by an actor...
Ken Watanabe, Koichi Sato to Star in Nuclear Power Plant Action Drama 'Fukushima 50'
Production to begin in Japan this month.Ken Watanabe, Koichi SatoKen Watanabe and Koichi Sato will star in Fukushima 50, Kadokawa Corporation’s upcoming action drama about the 2011 meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and the on-site...
Mexican Star Alessandra Rosaldo Joins 'The Obituary of Tunde Johnson' (Exclusive)
Production underway in Los Angeles on queer prep school senior drama.Alessandra RosaldoAlessandra Rosaldo, the Mexican actor and former front woman of pop band Sentidos Opuestos, has joined the cast of US production The Obituary Of Tunde Johnson.Rosaldo,...
Natalie Dormer Signs with Fremantle
The UK actress and filmmaker will co-develop a drama slate.Natalie DormerGame Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has sealed a first-look deal with Fremantle to co-develop a slate of dramas.The multi-year deal expands on Fremantle’s existing relationship...
Oren Katzeff Named Condé Nast Entertainment President
Former global head of programming at lifestyle media company Tastemade stars on December 17.Oren KatzeffCondé Nast has named its replacement for Dawn Ostroff at Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) and appointed Oren Katzeff president.Katzeff most recently...
Paramount to Produce Original Films for Netflix
Deal enables studio to avoid costly theatrical duds.ParamountParamount Pictures has become the first Hollywood studio to produce original films for Netflix in a multi-film deal that could signal the road ahead as studios try to manage theatrical expectations...
Revamped Marrakech Film Festival Announces Line-Up, Jury, Honorary Awards
Festival to kick off with Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate.‘At Eternity’s Gate’The Marrakech International Film Festival (Nov 30-Dec 8) has revealed its 2018 line-up, jury and honorary awards. The Moroccan festival has been running since 2001, but...
Sundance Institute Unveils Programming Hires, Inclusion Initiatives, Inaugural Talent Forum
Festival to run in Utah from January 24-February 3.Sundance InstituteSundance Institute announced changes to its programming team less than two weeks before it unveils the 2019 festival programme, and unveiled several broad innovations under its inclusion...
'This Is Spinal Tap', 'Reality Bites' Anniversary Screenings Set for Tribeca 2019
Stars of mockumentary to perform live.Reality Bites Spinal TapTop brass at next spring’s 18th Tribeca Film Festival have scheduled anniversary screenings and cast reunions for This Is Spinal Tap and Reality Bites.Director Rob Reiner will join his This...
UK Talent Agent Janie Jenkins Dies Aged 55
Jenkins’ former clients included Tom Conti, Gemma Whelan and Richard Glover.Janie JenkinsLondon-based talent agent Janie Jenkins has passed away following a sudden, acute heart attack at her home on October 29.Jenkins was born in Milton, Cambridge in...
Willem Dafoe on Playing Van Gogh, and Why Working in TV "Can Make You Lazy"
The actor was taught how to paint by director Julian Schnabel for Venice award winner At Eternity’s Gate.Julian Schnabel and Willem Dafoe on the set of ‘At Eternity’s Gate’When Willem Dafoe took on the role of troubled 19th century post-Impressionist...
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