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November 1, 2018 10:35PM PT French film company Orange Studio has acquired international sales rights to Erwan Marinopoulos’ “Kill Ben Lyk,” an English-language thriller set in London and starring Eugene Simon (“Game of Thrones”), Dimitri Leonidas (“The Monuments Men”) and Bronson Webb (“The Dark Knight”). TF1 Studio will release “Kill Ben Lyk” in France and
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November 1, 2018 10:16PM PT Revolver Amsterdam is working up a 10-part adaptation of “Takeover,” the thriller from Jussi Adler-Olsen, the Nordic crime writer behind the “Department Q” series. Adler-Olsen has sold over 20 million books globally. Several of his “Department Q” books have been successfully adapted for the big screen in the author’s native
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It’s probably no coincidence that Tyler Perry chose this week, just days before the release of his latest film, “Nobody’s Fool,” to make the announcement that he is planning to retire Madea, the rowdy, blaring, acid-tongued, tiny-pistol-toting church lady from hell who will dress down anyone under the Atlanta sun who crosses her. The madly
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November 1, 2018 7:36PM PT Kate Mara and Simon Pegg are in negotiations to star in the independent thriller “Inheritance” with British director Vaughn Stein attached. The film explores what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens
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German films have continued to perform strongly at the box office this year despite record high temperatures over the summer, usually a death knell for local cinemas, and not to mention World Cup soccer, which kept many potential moviegoers at home or in sports bars across the country. Local pics have benefitted from a strong
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November 1, 2018 5:10PM PT “It” director Andy Muschietti is attached to develop a movie version of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way producing along with Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures. Andy Muschietti and his producer sister, Barbara Muschietti, have written a treatment for the film and Andy Muschietti will direct
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In opting to rebrand his festival with a simple, four letter moniker, GIFF director Emmanuel Cuenod knowingly invokes comparisons to Toronto’s TIFF and Austin SXSW and welcomes the association. “Our central aim is to present a program full of strong and disruptive content, and to do so with a way of working that hews closer
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Operating a mid-tiered European festival within the fall corridor means confronting a certain truth: There are a number of other festivals with similar programming mandates, and all are competing for eyes and attention. Confronted with this intractable fact, Geneva Intl. Film Festival director Emmanuel Cuenod has spent the past several years working to develop for
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PLAYBACK is a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. New episodes air every Thursday. Rami Malek received the opportunity of a lifetime with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the role of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury. Moving from the quiet and reserved character he portrays on television’s
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Things are changing fast in China’s entertainment industry. The country’s film business is expected to enter a period of slowdown as the government continues to crack down on tax evasion after the eruption of the scandals surrounding Chinese actress Fan Bingbing (pictured above) and the war epic “Unbreakable Spirit.” Many productions in the making have
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In today’s TV News Roundup, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” announces an hour-long holiday special, and Molly Ringwald joins the”Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City” reboot. DATES VH1 will air “Rupaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular,” a one-hour special bringing back eight past franchise favorites to compete for the title of Drag Race Xmas Queen: Eureka O’Hara, Jasmine
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So far in its short history, Tangren Cultural Film is little known outside the specialty film corner of its Australian home base. But splashy branding, useful give-aways, and an events program at the American Film Market in Santa Monica are aimed at quickly raising its profile. That is in keeping with the leap to another
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When Emmanuel Cuenod came on board the Geneva Intl. Film Festival in 2013, he took the reins of a markedly different event than the one about to unfurl Nov. 2-10. For one thing, the festival went by a different name. At its inception in 1995, the festival was known as Tous Ecrans — French for
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Peter Capaldi has joined the all-star voice cast for the BBC and Netflix adaptation of “Watership Down,” and Sam Smith is recording the theme song for the animated miniseries. News had already leaked about other voice cast members, including James McAvoy, John Boyega, Olivia Colman, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley, Daniel Kaluuya, and Taron Egerton. The BBC has now confirmed
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Live Nation Entertainment today released financial results for the past quarter and the year to date, and reports Q3 2018 was the “best quarter ever” for all of its divisions: concerts, sponsorship, and ticketing. According to the announcement, for the quarter ended Sept. 30, revenue was up 11%, operating income was up 16% and AOI
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Courtesy of Louis Vuitton There’s something electrifying about a collision of icons. Case in point: Louis Vuitton’s most recognizable motifs—the monogram flower and the letter V—cross paths for the first time in a high jewelry collection. Together they form a subtle, albeit luminous, coat of arms on the necklaces, chokers, earrings, rings, and bracelets of
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Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox “It’s not a concert, it’s a fashion show,” Freddie Mercury once famously said. And any superfan of the Queen frontman or rock ‘n roll devotee can attest to the rock god’s larger than life stage presence and unconventional sartorial taste, which has inspired legions of musicians, artists, and fans
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