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'All about Nina': Tribeca Review
Mary Elizabeth Winstead shines in this story about an abrasive New York comedian who moves to LAAll About NinaDir: Eva Vives. US. 2018. 97minsAn electric turn from Mary Elizabeth Winstead pulses through this striking feature debut from short filmmaker...
CinemaCon: 'BlacKkKlansman', 'Mary Queen of Scots' Impress for Focus Features
Rowan Atkinson returns in Johnny English Strikes Again.Saoirse RonanSpike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman shines a light onhow “stupid, idiotic and small-minded” the Ku Klux Klan were, producer Jason Blum told a CinemaCon audience during the Focus Features lunch...
CinemaCon: Cher Brings House Down with Live Abba Rendition
Studio puts on show with Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Samuel Jackson, Bruce Willis, Chris Pratt, Ryan Gosling and more.Universal Pictures rounded out a high-energy presentation in Las Vegas on Wednesday morning (April 25) when Cher delivered a show-stopping...
CinemaCon: Entertainment Studios Chief Will 'Fight' to Defend Theatrical Window
‘You are vey powerful. And there are people trying to take that power from you and don’t you dare let them.’Entertainment Studios founder Byron Allen told CinemaCon attendees on Wednesday (April 25) that he would fight to defend the theatrical window.Speaking...
CinemaCon: NATO Chief Says Film Industry Doesn't Need to Be 'Disrupted'
John Fithian says movie business is ”more dynamic than ever”.National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) chief John Fithian struck a typically defiant tone during his industry remarks at CinemaCon on Tuesday (April 24), separately sharing with reporters...
CinemaCon: Theatrical Windows Still 'Critical' Says CEO of Mexican Exhibition Giant Cinepolis
Alejandro Ramírez Magaña urged CinemaCon delegates not to be sidetracked by the debate over release windows.Alejandro Ramírez MagañaAlejandro Ramírez Magaña of Mexican exhibition giant Cinepolis urged CinemaCon delegates on Tuesday (April 24) not to...
Ellen Page Joins Netflix's 'Tales of the City' Spin-Off
Production scheduled to start later in year for 2019 series debut.Ellen PageExtending the 25-year run of TV adaptations of Armistead Maupin’s groundbreaking literary saga, Netflix has ordered a limited series based on Maupin’s Tales Of The City novels...
Epix Orders Forest Whitaker Series from 'Narcos' Team
ABC Signature Studios to produce 10-episode series.Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker is to star in Godfather Of Harlem, a fact-based crime series from Narcos writer Chris Brancato and producer Paul Eckstein that has been given a straight-to-series order...
Fox Searchlight Promotes Production Duo
Fox Searchlight has promoted Katie Goodson-Thomas to senior vice-president of production, and Taylor Friedman to vice-president of production.Katie Goodson-Thomas, Taylor FriedmanFox Searchlight has promoted Katie Goodson-Thomas to senior vice-president...
Netflix Originals Exec Reveals How Streaming Giant Makes Commissioning Decisions
Vice-president of original programming Cindy Holland said she commissions within strict parameters.Netflix’s originals supremo has lifted the veil on how the SVoD giant makes commissioning decisions, including the “projection models” that dictate its...
'Obey': Tribeca Review
British director Jamie Jones competes at Tribeca with a story set during London’s 2011 riotsDir/scr. Jamie Jones. UK. 2018. 90 mins.While he doesn’t quite tackle a new subject for a first-time British film-maker, Jamie Jones delivers something different...
Paulo Branco Seeks Writ against Cannes Film Festival over 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote'
It’s the latest twist in the legal battle over who owns the rights to the film.‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’Producer Paulo Branco is seeking an injunction against the Cannes Film Festival in a bid to halt the screening of Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who...
'Puzzle' Starring Kelly Macdonald to Open 2018 Edinburgh Film Festival
The Sundance premiere is directed by Marc Turtletaub and co-stars Irrfan Khan.‘Puzzle’Marc Turtletaub’s Puzzle, starring Kelly Macdonald, has been named as the opening film of the 2018 Edinburgh Film Festival (20 June - 1 July).The film premiered at...
SC Films Adds Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Dust Walker' to Cannes Slate (Exclusive)
Australian feature to shoot in May 2018.London-based sales outfit SC Films International has boarded international rights to Australian sci-fi thriller The Dust Walker ahead of next month’s market at the Cannes Film Festival.‘The Dust Walker’ conceptFrom...
The Ink Factory Hires Chief Strategy Officer
The Night Manager producer names key hire.Rod HenwoodUK-based production outfit The Ink Factory, the company John le Carré adaptation The Night Manager and the upcoming The Little Drummer Girl, has appointed Rod Henwood as its Chief Strategy Officer.Henwood...
'To Dust': Tribeca Review
Matthew Broderick and Geza Rohrig star in this two-hander about mortal decayTo DustDir. Shawn Snyder, USA, 2018, 91 minutes‘To Dust’ is a term that evokes the mortality of the flesh in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Shawn Snyder’s film about a...
UK Genre Outfit Hex Studios Wraps Supernatural Horror 'Automata' (Exclusive)
Jamie Scott Gordon, Alexandra Nicole Hulme star in horror.Hex Studios, the Scotland-based horror studio that launched in 2017, has wrapped filming on supernatural horror feature Automata.‘Automata’The company’s latest production is from writer-director...
Versatile Snaps Up World Sales on Cannes Doc 'The State against Mandela and the Others' (Exclusive)
Documentary reconstructs historic trial resulting in Nelson Mandela’s life sentence.‘The State Against Mandela And The Others’Paris-based company Versatile has snapped up world sales rights for feature documentary The State Against Mandela And The Others,...
Warner Bros Previews 'Aquaman', 'Fantastic Beasts', 'Oceans 8' at CinemaCon
Bradley Cooper also showed stirring first footage from A Star Is Born.‘Oceans 8’Warner Bros delivered a star-studded CinemaCon presentation on Tuesday evening (April 24) that paraded its talent from Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts:The Crimes Of Grindelwald,...
WestEnd Films Hires Toby Hill from AI Films
Hill joins UK sales outfit as head of acquisitions and development.Toby Hill, head of acquisitions at UK based financing outfit AI Film (I, Tonya), has joined London-based sales outfit WestEnd Films as head of acquisitions and development.Toby HillHill...
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