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        Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross Co-Starring in Comedy ‘Covers’

        • Variety
        Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross Co-Starring in Comedy ‘Covers’
        Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross will co-star in “Covers,” a comedy set in the music scene in Hollywood.

        Late Night” director Nisha Ganatra is helming from a screenplay by Flora Greeson. Focus Features is partnering with Working Title Films on the movie. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce with Alexandra Loewy as executive producer. Focus Features will distribute the film in the U.S., and Universal Pictures International will distribute overseas.

        Johnson starred as Anastasia Steele in Universal’s “Fifty Shades” franchise. She’s a repeat collaborator of Luca Guadagnino, having appeared in his films “Suspiria” and “A Bigger Splash.” She’ll next be seen starring in “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

        Ross is best known for her role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson on the series “Black-ish” and playing Joan Clayton on the long-running series “Girlfriends.”

        “Together Dakota and Tracee are an undeniable force of comedic talent,
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        Cannes: Fox Searchlight Nabs Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’

        • Variety
        Cannes: Fox Searchlight Nabs Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’
        Fox Searchlight has picked up rights for U.S. and several international territories on Terrence Malick’s contemplative World War II drama “A Hidden Life,” following its enthusiastic reception at the Cannes Film Festival.

        A Hidden Life” tells the true story of the Austrian farmer Franz J?gerst?tter, who rejected Adolf Hitler and objected to the war. He was ultimately ostracized by his community, imprisoned for his convictions, and executed. Bidders such as Netflix and A24 were circling the project following its world premiere on Sunday.

        The movie, which is headlined by Austrian actor August Diehl, marks Malick’s return to the Cannes Film Festival competition following his Palme d’Or winning 2011 “The Tree of Life.” Diehl stars opposite Valerie Pachner. The cast also includes Maria Simon, Tobias Moretti, the late Bruno Ganz and Matthias Schoenaerts.

        The reviews have been strong, but Malick movies have been box office duds in recent years.
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        ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Begs Cannes Crowds to Avoid Spoilers

        • Variety
        ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Begs Cannes Crowds to Avoid Spoilers
        Quentin Tarantino wants Tuesday’s Cannes Film Festival premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” to be a spoiler-free zone. The director took to Twitter on the eve of the red carpet debut to implore media and others attending the hot-ticket event to avoid giving away too much about the film.

        “I love cinema, You love cinema,” Tarantino wrote on Instagram and Twitter. “It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time.”

        “The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids revealing anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film in the same way,” he added.

        Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is set during the late-60’s and is said to include Charlie Manson and Sharon Tate as characters. It’s unclear if Tarantino (who offed Hitler in “Inglourious Basterds” in a machine
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        Sony Interactive Launches Unit to Adapt Games for Film, TV (Exclusive)

        Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched PlayStation Productions, a production studio that will mine the company's extensive catalog of video game titles for film and television. The new enterprise, headed by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by chairman of Worldwide Studios at SIE, Shawn Layden, is already in production on its first slate of projects and has set up shop on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City.

        "We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories," Layden tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We feel that now ...
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        Bong Joon-ho's Cannes title 'Parasite' lands UK deal (exclusive)

        Curzon buys Palme d’Or contender ahead of today’s premiere.

        Curzon Artificial Eye has taken UK and Ireland rights to Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite ahead of the film’s world premiere in Cannes Competition tonight (May 21).

        The deal was negotiated by Cate Kane for Curzon Artificial Eye and James Seo for sales representative Cj Entertainment.

        The film stars Song Kang-ho in the story of two families - Ki-taek’s family of four is close, but fully unemployed, with a bleak future ahead of them. The son Ki-woo is recommended for a well-paid tutoring job, spawning hopes of a regular income.
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        China’s Huanxi Media Picks Up ‘Snowpiercer’ TV Show From ITV Studios

        China’s Huanxi Media Picks Up ‘Snowpiercer’ TV Show From ITV Studios
        China’s Huanxi Media Group Limited has bought the exclusive broadcasting right in the mainland for the forthcoming sci-fi TV series “Snowpiercer” from ITV Studios Global Entertainment — a show based on Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s film of the same name. The series is set to debut on TBS in the U.S. in the spring of 2020. Netflix has licensed the international Svod rights outside of China and the U.S.

        It stars Oscar-winner Jennifer Connelly, and is produced by Tomorrow Studios, a joint venture between its CEO Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios. WarnerMedia announced last week that it has already ordered a season two even before season one has hit screens.

        The Huanxi deal covers both seasons. The Chinese company also recently secured the mainland rights to terror thriller “Bodyguard,” produced by World Productions, an ITV Studios company.

        “‘Snowpiercer’ is another hugely exciting drama on our global slate and we are delighted that,
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        Johnny Depp accuses ex-wife Amber Heard of 'painting-on' bruises

        Depp makes deposition in $50m defamation case, claiming Heard faked evidence of physical abuse

        Johnny Depp has accused ex-wife Amber Heard of having “painted-on bruises”, as he denied being physically abusive in newly filed court documents.

        Hollywood actors Depp and Heard married in 2015 before an acrimonious divorce two years later, with both sides accusing the other of violence. After Aquaman star Heard wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post in December 2018, describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse, Depp launched a $50m (£39m) defamation lawsuit against her. Heard asked a judge in Virginia to dismiss the lawsuit, drawing a new response from Depp.
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        Greta Bellamacina, Rileigh McDonald to Star in Jaclyn Bethany’s ‘Thomasina’ (Exclusive)

        Greta Bellamacina, Rileigh McDonald to Star in Jaclyn Bethany’s ‘Thomasina’ (Exclusive)
        Greta Bellamacina will star in “Thomasina,” an upcoming horror movie from Jaclyn Bethany. Rileigh McDonald (“The Sinner”) has also signed on for the movie, which is set in the underbelly of L.A.

        Director and actress Bellamacina has been in the news at Cannes after being refused entry to the Marche with her baby son, then being told she needed to pay an accreditation fee for the infant, a procedure that would take 48 hours to process. The organizers said there was a mix-up on the ground and that it had fixed the situation, but it was an embarrassing incident at a moment when gender equality is firmly in the spotlight.

        The “Thomasina” announcement and casting is more regular Cannes news. McDonald, who has been starring in “Matilda” on Broadway, plays the titular character in the picture, a mysterious, down-on-her-luck teenager whose life begins to spin out of control after her mother’s murder.
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        New Abortion Ban Laws Take Center Stage at Moca Gala

        Forty years ago in Los Angeles, the decision to invest millions in a museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art — not to mention its formerly desolate downtown location, where the vibe was more apocalyptic than artsy — was a risky proposition. But now that the city’s cultural heart has shifted south of Hollywood, it seems visionary.

        And thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s new director Klaus Biesenbach, what once seemed bound to be a big flop was buzzy on Saturday night, with the Moca Benefit gala attracting an eclectic crowd that included punk rockers (Patti Smith) and politicians (Mayor Eric Garcetti) as well as pop stars (Katy Perry and Ricky Martin) and leading men (Keanu Reeves and Orlando Bloom) to its benefit.

        “I’m excited about Klaus leading the museum because he has a vision and he’s someone who is willing to take risks,” said the Mayor of
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        ‘I Lost My Body’ Director Jeremy Clapin On His Critics’ Week Breakout

        Cannes — Jeremy Clapin’s feature debut “I Lost My Body” follows Naoufel, a young man who moves to France, falls in love and tries to create a new life. Then in a parallel storyline, it follows Naoufel’s severed hand, which runs, jumps and rolls across Paris in an attempt to find the rest of its body. The fact that these timelines are not quite simultaneous creates a tension that escalates as the film goes on – and pays off in unexpectedly emotional ways.

        Launching out of Critics’ Week (where it is the sole French title in competition), the film will next travel to Annecy, and will likely play more festivals after that.

        The film has a unique narrative structure: One strand follows Naoufel’s hand as it tries to find the rest of its body, while the other strand follows Naoufel before losing the appendage.

        The idea was not to
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Writers Guild Expands Suit Against Agencies With New Fraud Allegations

        The Writers Guild of America has bulked up its lawsuit with additional fraud allegations against Hollywood’s four biggest talent agencies.

        The WGA amended its suit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court with the claim that CAA, Wme, UTA and ICM partners have engaged “constructive fraud” by allegedly placing their own interests ahead of their clients and by concealing facts about how packaging works.

        The amended complaint alleges “failure of a fiduciary to disclose a material fact to his principal that might affect the fiduciary’s motives or the principal’s decision constitutes constructive fraud, regardless of whether the fiduciary acted with fraudulent intent.”

        The amended complaint also alleged that agencies are operating in a conflicted position because their interests in negotiating packaging fees for themselves are at odds with the interests of writer clients.

        The Association of Talent Agents, which serves as the negotiating arm for the agencies, brushed off the amended complaint.
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Cannes Film Review: ‘Heroes Don’t Die’

        Just when you think modern cinema has exploited the found-footage conceit from every conceivable angle, along comes a tragicomic mockumentary tracing Bosnia’s recent war-ravaged history via the travails of a young French film crew getting to the root of a reincarnated identity crisis. Aude Léa Rapin’s first narrative feature “Heroes Don’t Die” is nothing if not novel, passing its elaborate concept through a range of genre possibilities — from droll road movie to post-war trauma study to metaphysical ghost story — without settling on one in the course of 85 minutes. Yet this amount of fussing over its final form means the film’s own characters never quite come into focus, making it hard to invest much belief in their wilfully absurd meta-movie: The final result is a curio at best, given flashes of human dimension by the ever-reliable Adèle Haenel as the project’s forbearing director.

        For Haenel, “Heroes
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        The Mediapro Group Launches Master’s Program at Madrid’s Complutense University

        Madrid-based production hub The Mediapro Studio has announced finalized details of an arrangement with Madrid’s Complutense University (Ucm) and the National Film and Television School of London (Nfts) on a new Master’s program designed to develop new screenwriting talent.

        Mediapro general director Juan Ruiz de Gauna, Ucm dean of information sciences Jorge Clemente and Irene Ortega, who will fill the role of director for the new program, made the announcement at Madrid’s Matadero, an early 20th century slaughterhouse now converted into an arts center, where the course will be taught.

        Ran Tellem, Daniel Burman, Maikol Sánchez Romero (“The Intermediate”), Fernando León de Aranoa (“A Perfect Day”), Iván Escobar (“Locked Up”), Fernando González Molina (“Palm Trees in the Snow”), Diego San José (“Vota Juan”) and Marc Cistaré (“Victim Number 8”), among others, will tutor or lecture in the program’s first year.

        Classes will prepare the students – as many
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Argentina Joins European Co-Production Fund Eurimages

        Cannes – Argentina will join the European Council’s co-production fund Eurimages as an associate member starting on October 1 2019, it was officially announced Monday at the Cannes Film Market.

        The agreement was unveiled by Ralph Haiek, president of Argentine agency Incaa, Eurimages executive director Roberto Olla and the president of global producers assn. Fiapf, Luis Alberto Scalella, who was recently renewed for another four-year mandate.

        Founded in 1989, Eurimages takes in 38 of the 47 member states of the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe, plus Canada. Eurimages’ annual budget is set at €25 million ($27.9 million).

        A key basis for building co-productions across Europe, Eurimages kicked off its intercontinental expansion in 2015 with the inclusion of Canada.

        Two new countries, one European and one non-European, are preparing a request for membership to Eurimages over the coming months, Variety learned.

        Argentine producers will now be able to apply for co-production funding from the call for applications on Oct. 22, 2019.

        “Fortunately,
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Chinese Director Diao Yinan Drills Down on ‘The Wild Goose Lake’

        Chinese Director Diao Yinan Drills Down on ‘The Wild Goose Lake’
        Diao Yinan is the only Chinese director with a film in the main competition this year at Cannes. He’s already a known entity on the arthouse circuit, having won the Golden Bear in Berlin in 2014 for his hardscrabble, coal-blackened detective thriller “Black Coal, Thin Ice.” Now he’s made the leap to the Croisette with a bigger-budget, more choreographed gangster film.

        Diao had the idea for the film even before “Black Coal,” but it wasn’t until afterwards that he saw a news item so similar to his original concept that he knew he had to go ahead with the project. “My first idea — about a character wanted by the police who hopes to give the prize money for his capture to the woman he loves — was overly romantic. It was a bit too sweet and I don’t like sweet,” he told Variety, with a laugh, in Cannes.
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Switzerland’s Blaise Harrison on Directors’ Fortnight Player ‘Particles’

        Swiss filmmaker Blaise Harrison is bringing his fiction feature debut to this year’s Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.

        Known for his documentary work, Harrison was selected for competition at the 2013 Locarno Festival for his film “Harmony,” about a marching band in the small French town of Pontarlier.

        “Particles” follows P.A., a teenager in his final year of high school in a small rural town on the French-Swiss border. Famous for little else, the town is home to Cern’s Large Hadron Collider (Lhc).

        P.A.’s coming of age story, and the monumental shifts that come with the throes of growing up, are mirrored by a series of seemingly fantastic phenomena the young man observes in the world around him.

        The feature is co-produced by France’s Les Films du Poisson and Bande à Part Films, the Swiss company formed in 2009 by four of its most
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz on a New Market Realism (Exclusive)

        Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz on a New Market Realism (Exclusive)
        Cannes — 2019’s Cannes hit the floor running. Even after just two days of business, major sales companies were fielding offers from much of the world on top titles. After four days, quite a few were pretty confident they’d sell much of the world. Some of those deals are now being confirmed. Martin Moszkowicz, executive chairman of Germany’s Constantin Film, the company behind the “Resident Evil” franchise and now “Monster Hunter,” and Germany’s biggest independent distributor, gave his take on this year’s Cannes Film Market before it kicked off and then for a provisional Variety industry wrap. Constantin Film has of course skin in the game, producing “Black Beauty,” with Kate Winslet voicing the horse, and “Wrong Turn,” a reimagining of its hugely successful horror film franchise, which, brought onto the market by Mister Smith Entertainment, look like two of the market hits. Europe has few, if any,
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        ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ Finds a Director, Daniel Brühl and Emily VanCamp in Talks to Join Cast

        ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ Finds a Director, Daniel Brühl and Emily VanCamp in Talks to Join Cast
        Just this morning, we heard about what’s in store for Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, on the upcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Now we know who will be at the helm of the new series: Kari Skogland (The Walking Dead) has been hired to direct the six-episode show. She already has […]

        The post ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ Finds a Director, Daniel Brühl and Emily VanCamp in Talks to Join Cast appeared first on /Film.
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        Yellow Affair strikes North American deal for 'Romantic Comedy' (exclusive)

        Yellow Affair also closed deals on Mika Kaurismaki’s Master Cheng for Switzerland, Israel , and Hungary.

        The Yellow Affair has struck a North American deal with 1091 Media for Elizabeth Sankey’s essay film Romantic Comedy.

        Yellow Affair also closed deals on Mika Kaurismaki’s Master Cheng for Switzerland (Frenetic Films), Israel (New Cinema), and Hungary (Circo). A Japanese deal is in negotiations now.

        Kaurismaki produces for his own Marianna Films. The co-production companies are Huang Yaqui’s QianJi Culture Co. Ltd (China) and Iain Brown’s By Media (China/UK).

        Kaurismaki directs from a screenplay by Hannu Oravisto. The
        See full article at ScreenDaily »

        Latido Films scores key sales in Cannes led by Juan Campanella's 'The Weasel's Tale' (exclusive)

        Latido Films scores key sales in Cannes led by Juan Campanella's 'The Weasel's Tale' (exclusive)
        It has also secured deals for Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Goya-winning political thriller The Realm.

        Antonio Saura’s Latido Flms has sold Juan José Campanella’s The Weasel’s Tale to France (Eurozoom), Portugal (Outsider Films), Italy (Movies Inspired), Greece (Seven Films) and Hong Kong (Edko Films) after market screenings in Cannes.

        An Argentina-Spain co-production, The Weasel’s Tale is a black comedy starring óscar Martínez (The Distinguished Citizen), Graciela Borges (The Quietude) and Clara Lago (Spanish Affair) star. Campanella won the best foreign language Oscar in 2010 for The Secret In Their Eyes.

        Latido has also secured deals for Rodrigo Sorogoyen
        See full article at ScreenDaily »
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