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Articles from Vol. 427, No. 6, June 18-June 24

Basking in Barcelona
CineEurope, the annual convention for the European exhibition sector, is moving its venue from Amsterdam to Barcelona, where it will run June 18-21.It was time for a change of scene, says Robert Sunshine, exec director of the event"Amsterdam was a great...
'Bethenny' off to Steamy Start
Warner Bros, talker "Bethenny" got off to a good start last week, but whether it will hold up over its six-week summer test remains to be seen.The show premiered on Monday, June 11, to a 1.5 rating/5 share among households, according to Nielsen, on Fox...
Blast from the Past
POLITICAL HOLLYWOODRaise your hand if you've heard this one before: A Democratic president, facing a wave of Republican money, turns to Hollywood to help fill his re-election war chest, even if that means withstanding attacks from the right for being...
Breezy 'Love' Affair
BREEZY 'LOVE' AFFAIRFILM: TO ROME WITH LOVE (SONY CLASSICS) LOS ANGELESItaly-U.S.Director: Woody Allen; Cast: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope CruzFrisky and frivolous, Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" serves up four comical vignettes,...
Celtic Mama Drama
Celtic mama dramaFILM: BRAVE (DISNEY) LOS ANGELESAnimatedDirectors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman; Voices: Kelly Macdonald, Billy ConnollyWalt Disney began his feature career with a princess story. Now Pixar gives princesses a go after making a dozen...
Comedic Comeback
New topper puts spotlight on global laugh linksItaly's Taormina Film Festival is undergoing a radical reinvention, trading in its image as a semiserious shindig with art pics at its core to one that aims to take the pulse of global mainstream comedy.Taormina's...
Critters Stampede to the Top O'seas
There was room at the international box office for both "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" and "Prometheus" over the June 8-10 ñame, with Paramount launching the DreamWorks Animation three-quel in 28 territories to $77.3 million, while the Fox sci-fi...
Duo Helps Edinburgh Come Back from Brink
After last year's PR disaster, the Edinburgh Film Festival is bidding to revive its fortunes under a new artistic director, New York-born critic Chris Fujiwara, and a new CEO, former Scottish Screen topper Ken Hay.Both are under contract only for this...
Euro Giants Ready to Stake H'wood Tentpoles
European funding may get easier for big U.S. productions.Cultural requirements and restrictive funding guidelines attached to European film incentives have put frustrating limitations on Hollywood studios looking to tap into subsidy coin from multiple...
Gkids Toons in to 2D
New York-based distrib Gkids made a big splash at the recent Annecy fest, which drew buyers from around the world looking for the kind of animated art films that are the event's stock in trade.Gkids picked up three films for U.S. distribution in as many...
Harvey
LEGIT BROADWAYHarvey(Studio 54; 1,002 seats; $140 top)Comedy can be deadly. Just a few directorial misjudgments and uh-oh, sudden death: forced laughs, desperate thesps, and an aud growing surlier by the minute. Something like that has befallen the Roundabout's...
HBO's Elite Feat
TUNING INThe Newsroom," HBO's new drama from Aaron Sorkin, possesses all the trappings expected of premium cable: adventurous subject matter, a high-profile cast and dialogue crafted by an Oscar- and Emmy- winning writer.Yet if the project speaks to...
Latino TV's Pol Position
With Latinos now accounting for approximately 10% of the U.S. electorate, Hispanic media - led by Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español (CNNE) and NuvoTV - are hoping to see a bigger share of ad spending for the coining presidential election than they...
Local Pics Raise Their Game, Grab Market Share
European films have been raising their game at the box office recently, with their market share in the continent climbing from 25.2% to 28.5% last year, whereas the share for U.S. pics fell from 68.5% to 61.4% - the lowest share for American pictures...
Lore
FILM SYDNEYLoreGermany-Australia-U.K.Told through the eyes of a Nazi-indoctrinated teenager leading her siblings on a trek to promised safety in the immediate aftermath of World War II, "Lore" offers a fresh, intimate and mostly successful perspective...
People like Us
FILM LOS ANGELESPeople Like UsGenuine emotions barely win out over soapy complications in "People Like Us," the story of two siblings' responses to their father's death. That the brother and sister in question are total strangers reps the narrative hook...
Projects Profit from Post Haste
On-set digital dailies trim costs, but quality (and billing rates) can sufferDailies have been part of the filmmaking process since the dawn of the industry. For the nearly 100 years that features were shot mostly on film, the raw, unedited footage captured...
Rock of Ages
FILMRock of AgesA soundtrack stuffed with '80s chart-toppers, a gleefully self-mocking turn from Tom Cruise and a whole lot of gnarly hairdos arent enough to recommend the bigscreen version of "Rock of Ages," a jukebox tuner that knows the licks and...
'Rock' Producers Are on a Roll
DIALOGUE: ADAM SHANKMAN & JENNIFER GIBGOTBrother-and-sister team Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot run Offspring Entertainment, the production company behind "Rock of Ages," "17 Again" "Hairspray" and the "Step Up" films, plus more than a dozen pics...
Sorkin's Broadcast Blues
Sorkin's broadcast blues TELEVISION: THE NEWSROOM (HBO)Series; HBO, Sun. June 24, 10 p.m.Creator: Aaron Sorkin; Cast: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.Despite recent successful feature detours (see "The Social Network" and "Moneyball"),...
Storefront Church
LEGIT OFF BROADWAYStorefront ChurchLinda Gross Theater; 199 seats; $65 topChurch, theater; theater, church - sometimes you can't tell the difference. That makes John Patrick Shanley's "Storefront Church" a smart choice with which to reopen the handsomely...
That's My Boy
FILMThat's My BoyStarting with the premise that statutory rape can be occasion for laughter, even applause, "That's My Boy" is a shameless celebration of degenerate behavior, a work of relentless vulgarity and staggering moral Idiocy. All in all, it...
The 50% Solution
GOTHAM LIMELIGHTMost would agree that the season's biggest Tony winner, "Once," can now expect to run longer than it would have without those eight awards. But how much longer?A theater vet might respond: No telling, kid, because Broadway ain't an exact...
Theaters at Tipping Point
Arthouses feel pressure as Europe's exhibs face fade-out of 35mm filmWith approximately 52% of all European screens digitized as of January, Europe is now at an important tipping point in the digital transition. According to Media Salles, this year began...
The Heineken Kidnapping
FILMThe Heineken KidnappingDE HEINEKEN ONTVOERINGNetherlandsOne of the most famous abduction cases in Dutch history is brought to the bigscreen in writer-director Maarten Treurniets "The Heineken Kidnapping." Pic not only casts Rutger Hauer In the role...
The Honorees
At an awards luncheon on June 21, CineEurope will deliver its kudos to this year's honorées.INT'L DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEARPaul Higginson and Todd HuntleyIntl. Distributor of the Year goes to 20th Century Fox Intl.'s Paul Higginson and , who are, respectively,...
Tyro Helmer's 'End' Game
When Lorene Scafarla sold her pitch for "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" to Mandate in 2008, she had one stipulation: The buyers had to agree to let her make her directorial debut with the film.It was quite a request from a writer with only...
Young & Restless
The under-35 male demo continues to ditch TV and embrace vidgames, though embattled broadcasters will benefit from game-sellers' ad blitzThe television industry went into panic mode a decade ago as executives realized young men were tuning out in droves...
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