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Swiss Fests Pact on 'Connect to Reality' Initiative to Boost Local Film Industry

The Locarno, Zurich, and Geneva Tous Écrans festivals have joined forces to launch a collective initiative and think tank called Connect to Reality meant to help Swiss industry professionals analyse specific challenges they face in film development, production and distribution. The new initiative ...

Cannes: Michel Hazanavicius' Dramedy 'Redoubtable' Lands at Cohen Media

Cohen Media Group has bought the North American rights to Michel Hazanavicius' dramedy “Redoubtable” following its premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie centers on iconic French director Jean-Luc Godard and the drama surrounding the shooting of ...

Cannes: Oscilloscope Buys Pyrotechnic Documentary 'Brimstone and Glory'

Oscilloscope has bought North American rights to Viktor Jakovleski's documentary “Brimstone & Glory” for release later this year. The film focuses on the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, a 10-day celebration of San Juan de Dios, patron saint of firework makers. ...

Leonardo DiCaprio, David Beckham, Will Smith Steal the Show at Cannes amfAR Gala

Leo and David! Leo and David! Everybody was trying to get near this year's power duo at the Cannes amfAR gala. At around 8 p.m., at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, the world's biggest movie star was chatting with the famous soccer player, as bodyguards flicked away photographers. Leonardo DiCaprio ...

Cannes: Naomi Kawase's 'Radiance,' Tom Volf's 'Maria by Callas' Sell in Major Markets

Ahead of its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Japanese film master Naomi Kawase's “Radiance” has already found a home in major markets across the world. Represented by MK2 Films, “Radiance” marks Kawase's fifth Cannes competition title. The film ...

Cannes Film Review: 'L'amant double'

It practically goes without saying that the French have different standards when it comes to kink. For example, when 50 Shades of Grey' opened overseas, the French barely raised an eyebrow, giving the tawdry sado-maso potboiler a light forbidden to children under 12' rating, which meant that even ...

Lil Yachty's Photographer Talks 'Teenage Emotions' Cover, Which Includes Gay Couple Kissing

An album cover being proclaimed as groundbreaking' is a rarity in today's musical landscape. But when Lil Yachty unveiled the artwork for his major label debut Teenage Emotions' — which is released today on Quality Control/Motown/Capitol Records — it was met with that adjective. The cover ...

Cannes Film Review: 'In the Fade'

The excellent first quarter gives way to a standard-issue though handsome legal drama with several stock characters and a script guided by the presumed requirements of mainstream cinema.

Liam Gallagher to Perform First Solo Concert in Manchester, With Funds Going to Bombing Victims

Singer Liam Gallagher announced Friday that his first-ever solo concert would take place next week in Manchester, the city where 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber at the Manchester Arena. The former Oasis frontman will perform at Manchester's O2 Ritz next Tuesday, with all profits going to ...

'Wonder Woman' Director Patty Jenkins: 'Just Trying to Make a Badass'

On Thursday, Wonder Woman , the final of DC Comics trinity , finally held the world premiere of her first movie at the Pantages theater. Gal Gadot revealed at the premiere that one of the things she's most looking forward to about the films release is a new kind...

Cannes Film Review: 'Visages Villages'

There was once a time — it now sounds ageist and sexist — when something would get written off as “an old man's movie.” That meant a film created by a director at an age where just watching it, you could feel a certain stiffness in the joints, a too-slowed-down-for-its-own-good pace, ...

Germany's Culture Minister Launches Second Edition of Face to Face with German Films in Cannes

In Cannes this week Germany's minister of culture Monika Gruetters helped launch the second year of “Face to Face with German Films,” a campaign that celebrates German cinema success internationally. She was joined at the event, staged at the elegant Villa Rothschild, by actors Ronald ...

Bryson Tiller Drops New Album, 'True to Self,' a Month Early

At 12:03 a.m. ET on Friday a press release arrived from RCA calmly stating “BRYSON TILLER'S BRAND NEW ALBUM 'TRUE TO SELF' AVAILABLE NOW AT ALL DIGITAL SERVICE PROVIDERS!” — a month ahead of schedule. The fast-rising R&B singer/rapper had announced just two weeks ago that the ...

Cannes Facetime: Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania is the only Arab auteur in the Cannes official selection this year. Her first full-fledged feature, “Beauty and the Dogs,' which screens in Un Certain Regard, is centered around the rape of a young woman by policemen outside a beachfront nightclub in ...

Cannes: 'The Summit's' Santiago Mitre on Fiction in Politics, Politics in Fiction

CANNES , World premiering in Cannes' Un Certain Regard, the third feature from Argentine Santiago Mitre follows an Argentine President at a Latin American summit, who is conflicted on a political and personal level. Dolores Fonzi plays his daughter, Elena Anaya an Oriana Fallaci-ish journalist, ...

Cannes: Latido Films Acquires Burning Blue, Dynamo Production 'Siete Cabezas'

CANNES , Latido Films has acquired international rights to into-the-woods thriller Siete Cabezas,' produced by Colombia's Dynamo, line-producers of Netflix mega-hit Narcos,' along with Burning Blue, headed by Diana Bustamante. Burning Blue has, for five consecutive years, had films participating at ...

Greg Gianforte, Montana Candidate Charged With Assault on Reporter, Projected to Win Race

Greg Gianforte was projected to win a special election for a Montana congressional seat, one day after he was charged with misdemeanor assault on a Guardian reporter. Several outlets, including the Associated Press, projected that Gianforte would defeat his Democratic rival, Rob Quist, in a race to ...

'Rodney on the Roq,' Influential L.A. Radio Show, Ending After 40 Years on the Air

After 40 years of discovering new bands on his Los Angeles radio show “Rodney on the Roq,” Rodney Bingenheimer announced on Facebook that he will be doing his last show from midnight to 3 a.m. PT on Monday, June 5. “It has been an amazing run, and I will be thanking all of you ...

BAFTA Announces Student Film Award Finalists

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nine finalists for the 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards. BAFTA's Student Film Awards competition expanded internationally this year, with the final films having been selected from four countries. Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony ...

Made in NY Writers Room Program Unveils Fellows, Showrunner Mentors

The WGA East and several New York City agencies have set the inaugural group of fellows for its Made in NY Writers Room initiative designed to help open doors for aspiring writers from diverse backgrounds. After the program was unveiled last fall, the guild and the Mayor's Office of Media and ...

Universal Developing World War II Disaster Drama 'Salt to the Sea'

Universal Pictures is developing a movie based on Ruta Sepetys' historical novel “Salt to the Sea,' and set up the project with “Transformers” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The studio won the rights in an auction. Sepetys is repped by UTA, Steven Malk at Writers House, and ...

'America's Got Talent' Won't Air Segment With Couple Who Filed Suit

“America's Got Talent” will not air a segment featuring a couple who filed suit on Tuesday, alleging that host Tyra Banks had humiliated their daughter. The lawsuit claimed that Banks had made fun of the couple's song, which expressed their love for their daughter, and insinuated that ...

Sony Classics Buys Liam Neeson's Watergate Drama 'Silent Man'

Sony Pictures Classics has bought North American rights to Watergate era drama “The Silent Man,” starring Liam Neeson as FBI official Mark Felt. Felt revealed himself in 2005 as Deep Throat, the nickname given to him by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they ...

IFC Nabs U.S. Rights to Lars Von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built'

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Lars Von Trier's anticipated thriller “The House That Jack Built” which toplines Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman. Repped by TrustNordisk, “The House That Jack Built” also stars Bruno Ganz, Riley Keough and Siobhan Fallon Hogan. The movie is ...

IFC Buys Lars Von Trier Serial Killer Drama 'House That Jack Built'

IFC Films has nabbed U.S. rights to Lars Von Trier's “The House That Jack Built.” The indie label made the announcement out of the Cannes Film Festival, where it has been one of the most active stateside buyers. IFC and its sister label Sundance Selects nabbed the rights to Jonas ...

Cannes Film Review: 'West of the Jordan River'

In West of the Jordan River,' controversial Israeli director Amos Gitai returns to the occupied territories for the first time since his 1982 Field Diary' to observe how Israelis and Palestinians could together overcome the consequences of occupation. By appearing on-camera at times himself, the ...

Amazon Acquires Steven Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky' First-Run Streaming Rights

Amazon has clinched a pact with Steven Soderbergh making his forthcoming film “Logan Lucky” to Prime Video customers during its exclusive first-run US streaming window. The heist comedy is slated to hit theaters Aug. 18, 2017, and Amazon expects to release “Logan Lucky” on ...

Epix's 'Get Shorty' TV Series First Trailer Proves Show Business Is a Killer

Epix dropped the first trailer for their upcoming “Get Shorty” TV series on Thursday. Based in part on the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel of the same name, which was later adapted into the 1995 film, the 10-episode series follows Miles Daly , a hitman from Nevada who tries to become a movie ...

YouTube Stars, Wattpad Stories Tapped for Fullscreen's Fan-Fiction Anthology Series

Fullscreen and New Form are bringing some of the most popular , and bizarre , fan fiction to life in an anthology series featuring a lineup of big digital stars. FANtasies” is based on fan fiction posted to Wattpad and other social platforms, with each episode starring the creators who ...

With Animated Shorts, 'Best Fiends' Mobile Game Startup Seeks to Follow Flight of 'Angry Birds'

Seriously Digital Entertainment wants to turn the madcap bugs and slugs from its “Best Fiends” mobile games into Hollywood stars, with the startup looking to Rovio's “Angry Birds” as proof it can turn the gaming property into TV shows and movies. Andrew Stalbow, CEO and ...

Cannes Film Review: 'Alive in France'

Abel Ferrara, who is both the director and subject of “Alive in France,” deserves to be at the center of a documentary. He's a filmmaker who has given us one extraordinary film — “Bad Lieutenant” — along with a few good ones (like his 1981 midnight movie “Ms. ...

Cannes: Medienboard Toasts Festival Films 'Jupiter's Moon,' 'Western'

This week saw the Cannes Film Festival reception held by Medienboard, the film funding agency for the Berlin-Brandenburg region of Germany, at the Grand Hotel. Medienboard chief Kirsten Niehuus gathered together friends and partners to celebrate the films it has backed recently, including Cannes ...

Robert Pattinson on Shedding His Movie Star Looks for Cannes Drama 'Good Time'

For years, Robert Pattinson has tried to make it clear that he doesn't care about being labeled as a movie star. He's followed the Twilight' franchise with small indies where he's played aggressively unlikable men, a trend that continued at the Cannes Film Festival with the Safdie brothers' drama ...

Film Review: '96 Souls'

Although its opening scenes suggest a budget-challenged kickoff for a comic-book movie franchise, 96 Souls' turns out to be something even less engaging — a flavorless and fuzzy-headed melodrama about a scientist who accidentally develops the ability to read minds, and his attempts to aid a ...

Cannes Film Review: 'A Gentle Creature'

A dense, nightmarish feature taking aim at Russia's befouled soul, in which a nameless woman undergoes a hellish journey through a society stripped of humanity.

Cannes: Alfonso CuarĂłn On Del Toro, 'Chivo' And Giving It All He's Got

In Cannes Wednesday. Alfonso CuarĂłn gave a Masterclass spanning his life and passions: Friendships and films, made in both Mexico and Hollywood. As CuarĂłn gave the class, he said, proving humble throughout his interview with Michel Simon, that the true masters' were elsewhere in the festival, ...

Cannes Film Review: Robert Pattinson in 'Good Time'

Those already acquainted with the young oeuvre of Benny and Josh Safdie — the multitasking fraternal auteur duo with a joint eye to the social fringes of New York City — may see the title of their third narrative feature as a kind of perverse in-joke.

Cannes: Vis a Vis Program Showcases China's Arrival in Global Cinema

A tribute to cinematographer Chris Doyle on Friday night in Cannes will bring to a close the first edition of China Vis a Vis. A new Chinese cultural outreach program, it has run the duration of the Cannes Film Festival. Doyle, an Australian former sailor who has been based in Hong Kong for decades ...

Cannes Film Review: 'Frost'

For a while the general consensus on Sharunas Bartas, founded mostly on regular international festival appearances, suggested that the Lithuanian filmmaker was more adept as a cameraman — his prior profession — than a storyteller.

Cannes: Studiocanal's 'Radioactive,' 'Russian Spy' Nearly Sell Out International

CANNES ,  European film-TV powerhouse Studiocanal has nearly sold out in international at Cannes on its two big new English-language projects: Working Title-produced Radioactive,' director Marjane Satrapi's story of the loves, life and lasting importance of Marie Curie; and The Tracking of a ...

Cannes: Studiocanal's 'Radiocative,' 'Russian Spy' Nearly Sell Out International

CANNES ,  European film-TV powerhouse Studiocanal has nearly sold out in international at Cannes on its two big new English-language projects: Working Title-produced Radioactive,' director Marjane Satrapi's story of the loves, life and lasting importance of Marie Curie; and The Tracking of a ...

Cannes Film Review: 'Before We Vanish'

Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Before We Vanish' may be a sci-fi thriller about an alien attack and brain-drain Ă  la Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' but its ultimate message is the salvation of love. Playing frequently like an absurdist political satire with only flashes of violence, this ...

Cannes Film Review: 'The Summit'

It's not just in its star, Ricardo Darín, that Argentinian director Santiago Mitre's Un Certain Regard title "The Summit" seems built to evoke his countryman Juan JosĂ© Campanella's Oscar-winning "The Secret in their Eyes."

Cannes: Studiocanal, Universal Music Group, Terra Mater Sign Co-Development Partnership

CANNES , Vivendi-owned Studiocanal and Universal Music Group and Red Bull's Terra Mater Film Studios have entered into a co-development partnership to produce feature films. Studiocanal's Ron Halpern, EVP international production & acquisitions,  and Marc Robinson, president of Globe, Universal ...

Cannes: Morelia Showcases Young Mexican Film Talent at Critics' Week

A selection of three Mexican short films, demonstrative of the deep Mexican young talent pool promoted every year by the Morelia Intl. Film Festival, screen May 25 at Cannes, invited by Cannes Critics' Week. Taking place every Cannes since 2005, the presentation is fruit of a strategic alliance ...

Cannes: Telecinco Cinema Boards Gracia Querejeta's Basque Country-Set Comedy 'Crime Wave'

In one of Spain's biggest box office bets for 2018, Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of broadcaster Mediaset España, has boarded Basque Country-set, Maribel VerdĂș-starrer black comedy Crime Wave.' Directed by Gracia Querejeta , film is scheduled to roll Oct.-Nov. in flagship locations in ...

Cannes: Celluloid Dreams' Clemence Lavigne Wins the 2017 Cinando Best Sellers Contest Award

CANNES , Clemence Lavigne, a sales agent at Hengameh Panahi's Celluloid Dreams, won the second Cinando Awards - for her accomplished pitch of Jumpman,' a new film project from Russia's Ivan L. Tverdovsky . The Award, a statue, was presented to Lavigne at the Plage des Palmes event on Wednesday ...

Cannes Facetime: Director Jung Byung-gil

Jung Byung-gil, whose The Villainess' unspools in in Cannes' Midnight Screenings, has a unique background: he's a stuntman who  trained at the Seoul Action School, which has naturally led him to focus on action films as a director. After his successful directorial debut with a documentary about ...

'Empire' Showrunner on Finale Cliffhanger, Season 4 'Trumpian' Theme

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the “Empire” Season 3 finale, which aired on Wednesday, May 24. Following the first part of “Empire's” Season 3 finale last week, which killed off Tariq at the hands of Lucious' mother , the grand finale nearly saw the ...

'Resident Evil,' 'xXx' Sequels Take Top Spots on Disc Sales Charts

Two new releases, both sequels, snagged the two top spots on the national home video sales charts for the week ended May 21. Sony Pictures' Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,' the sixth film in the movie series based on the survival horror video game franchise, topped the NPD VideoScan overall disc ...