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Articles from December 21

'All Is True': Review
Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in this dramatisation of Shakespeare’s final yearsDir. Kenneth Branagh. UK. 2018. 101minsDespite flirtations with Agatha Christie, Mozart and even Marvel Comics, Kenneth Branagh’s most consistent fascination has been...
'Aquaman' Glides Past $300M Heading into Holiday Season
Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Verse, Bumblee to challenge reigning champion.Aquaman has crossed the $300m international milestone and heads into its third session as the clear favourite to retain the international crown, although several other titles...
Berlin Generation Title 'My Extraordinary Summer with Tess' Gets Sales Deal (Exclusive)
Picture Tree International takes rights to Berlin selection.Berlin-based sales agent Picture Tree International has picked up Dutch family film My Extraordinary Summer With Tess ahead of the film’s premiere in the Generation strand of the 2019 Berlinale....
Cinema Management Group Unveils Key Hire, Promotions (Exclusive)
Lydia Ianni joins; Jonathan DuBow, Brianna Matthews move up.On the back of a rousing 2018 that delivered an Oscar-nomination for the animated feature Loving Vincent as well as a sales slate of four animations and four live-action films, Los Angeles-based...
Doha Supports Upcoming Films by Mounia Akl, Scandar Copti and Bassel Ghandour
Qatar gives grants to TV and two web series for the first time.The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has announced the latest round of 38 projects to be supported under its autumn 2018 grants cycle.Among the grantees is Lebanese filmmaker Mounia Akl who won...
?Erika De Hadeln, Pioneering Film Festival Chief, Dies Aged 77
She was the first woman to head an A-list festival.Erika de Hadeln, the first woman to head up an A-category film festival, has died at the age of 77 after a long illness.She founded the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival (now known as Visions...
Harvey Weinstein to Stand Trial for Sex Offences in 2019
Disgraced mogul’s attorney vows to defend case ‘vigorously’ at trial.Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein will stand trial in 2019 on five sex offence charges including two counts of rape after a New York judge threw out an attempt to dismiss the...
How Odeon's UK and Ireland Chief Plans to Transform the Multiplex Experience
Carol Welch previously worked in brand innovation for Costa Coffee.Three decades ago, US exhibition giant AMC revolutionised the then struggling UK cinema sector by opening The Point in Milton Keynes, a medium-sized ‘new’ town about 40 miles north-west...
Jean Louis Piel, Producer of 'Birth', 'My Blueberry Nights' and 'Burnt by the Sun' Dies, Aged 69
French producer worked with Wong Kar Wai, Wayne Wang, Nikita Mikhalkov, Zhang Yimou, Peter Greenaway and Jonathan Glazer.France-born, Hong Kong based producer Jean Louis Piel, who worked with international filmmakers including Wong Kar Wai, Wayne Wang,...
Local Comedies Once Again Powered the Spanish Box Office in 2018
‘Champions’ was a stand-out Spanish title.Sports comedy Champions, directed by Javier Fesser, stands out as the year’s most popular local film at the Spanish box office with $21.6m, ranking at number four overall for 2018 after Hollywood trio Jurassic...
Olivia Colman Talks Fame and 'The Favourite': "You Have to Be a Bit Better Behaved"
Colman won best actress at Venice for the film.Despite having a Golden Globe and three TV Baftas to her name, Olivia Colman still finds herself overwhelmed by awards attention. “I still go, ‘Oh my god, it’s really exciting,’” says Colman on the buzz...
Saoirse Ronan on 'Mary Queen of Scots': "She'd Be a Brilliant Politician"
Ronan stars opposite Margot Robbie’s Queen Elizabeth I.Saoirse Ronan already knew and liked Margot Robbie, but didn’t want that to get in the way once the cameras rolled on Working Title Films’ and Focus Features’ Mary Queen Of Scots. As Mary, the 16th-century...
Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly on the Daunting Challenge of 'Stan & Ollie'
Jon S Baird’s film tells the story of the comedy performers.It is the day after Stan & Ollie’s world premiere as the closing film of the 2018 BFI London Film Festival, and not even the rigours of a full day of press promotion can dampen the spirits...
The BFI's 11 Biggest Production Awards of 2018
Projects include Sally Potter’s Molly and Keira Knightley-starrer Misbehaviour.1. Molly (also known as Seed), Adventure Pictures (£1.1m)Sally Potter’s under-the-radar follow-up to The Party boasts an A-list cast including Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning,...
The Downward Trend at the Italian Box Office Continued in 2018
Takings still on the slide despite a decent effort from local fare.After a sharp decline at the Italian box office from 2016 to 2017, the trend continued in 2018. For the first 11 months of the year, total box office was down 6.3% on the same period...
UK Box Office 2018 Verdict: A Remarkable Year for the Cinema Industry
Where most European countries have struggled, UK box office is on the up.This was a year in which the UK navigated a turbulent political landscape, with the deadline for the country’s exit from the European Union looming and the terms of a Brexit deal...
UK Box Office Preview: 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Hit Cinemas
Emily Blunt stars as the titular nanny.UK cinemas are dominated by one title this weekend, as Disney’s musical fantasy Mary Poppins Returns launches in venues across the country.The film is the most high-profile of the titles to fill the void left by...
Visit Films Snaps Up Sundance Premiere 'The Sharks' in Ventana Sur (Exclusive)
World Cinema selection marks feature directorial debut by Lucía Garibaldi.Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has snapped up worldwide rights excluding Uruguay, Argentina and Spain in Ventana Sur to The Sharks ahead of its world premiere in Sundance next month.Film...
'Vox Lux' Starring Natalie Portman Secures UK and Ireland Deal (Exclusive)
Natalie Portman stars as a troubled pop star in the latest film from Brady Corbet.Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux, starring Natalie Portman as a narcissistic, world-famous pop star, is heading to the UK and Ireland with Curzon.Sierra/Affinity handles sales on...
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