SAN SEBASTIAN — Chilean actress Paulina García, winner of a Berlin best actress Silver Bear for Sebastian Lelio’s 2013 ”Gloria,” which inspired his Toronto hit “Gloria Bell,” with Julianne Moore, is attached to star in the second feature of Pepa San Martín, “Happiness.” The project will be pitched at the 7th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum
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SAN SEBASTIAN — In 2014, launching in France and Germany, Netflix hesitated about entering Spain, reportedly because of prevalent piracy. Four years later, the U.S. streaming giant has chosen Madrid for its first European production hub. Spain is on a roll, impelled by the launch of original series production at Movistar +, Netflix, Amazon and
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September 22, 2018 8:11PM PT The legal battle between Ozzy Osbourne and AEG officially ended Friday when the singer’s attorney agreed to drop a lawsuit against the live-entertainment giant stemming from its block-booking policy, which the company ended last week. The policy required artists playing the London’s O2 Arena to also perform at Staples Center
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September 22, 2018 2:39PM PT The Gdynia Film Festival, Poland’s leading event for local movies, has signed the gender-parity pledge, following in the footsteps of Cannes, Locarno, Venice and Toronto. The pledge was signed Friday by Gdynia’s general director, Leszek Kopec, and writer/director Wojciech Marczewski, who is head of the festival’s programming board. The pledge
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Sky has recommended that its shareholders accept Comcast’s blockbuster $39 billion bid for the company, an offer hailed by chief executive Jeremy Darroch as “the beginning of the next exciting chapter for Sky.” Comcast won a three-round auction for Sky on Saturday, with a £17.28-per-share deal that almost certainly puts enough distance between it and
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September 22, 2018 11:54AM PT The Senate Judiciary Committee is finalizing an agreement that will allow Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. According to emails made public between Blasey’s lawyers and the committee’s counsel, Ford accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee’s request to testify, but details
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SAN SEBASTIAN — Swiss filmmaker Hannes Baumgartner’s debut feature “Midnight Runner” headed into its San Sebastian’s New Directors world premiere on Saturday afternoon buzzing off a series of international press screenings held the week prior. The film’s protagonist, Jonas Widmer, seems to have it all together. He’s his country’s most impressive young distance runner and
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World premiering in New Directors at San Sebastian in 2014, Simon Jaquemet’s first feature, “Chrieg” (War), a nuanced portrait of disaffected Swiss youth, established Jaquemet as one of the most prominent voices in a new generation of Swiss directors, questioning Switzerland’s status quo and aura of democratic civility. Four years later, Jaquemet is back. But,
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September 22, 2018 1:36AM PT The Film Federation of India has chosen Rima Das’ “Village Rockstars” as the country’s entry to the Oscars foreign-language category. The film follows a 10-year-old growing up in straitened circumstances in a flood-prone village in the state of Assam, with ambitions of starting her own rock band. “Rockstars’ premiered at
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Bill Cosby Lock Him Up Monday After Sentencing … Prosecutors Say 9/22/2018 1:00 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Bill Cosby better enjoy what little freedom he’s got left, ’cause prosecutors in his sexual assault case want him locked behind bars Monday morning. Authorities connected to the case tell TMZ … prosecutors will push for the disgraced comedian/felon to
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The phenomenon of treating anthology series as collections of films is a fairly recent invention — episodes of “Sherlock” and “Black Mirror” have won the past three best TV movie Emmys, beating out genuine-article made-for-TV movies. It’s easy to be dubious about the treatment of these shows, whose episodes share a united sensibility as well
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September 21, 2018 7:16PM PT Everyone’s having a bad day in this misfired ensemble comedy, and viewers will share the feeling. Some projects presumably gather their own momentum heedless of whether they ought to have gotten rolling in the first place. A first directorial and screenplay feature for actors Judy Greer and Gary Lundy, respectively,
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In a pop-culture era rife with cleverness for its own sake, how did Rowan Atkinson’s new spy-spoof sequel wind up with a title as retro bland as “Johnny English Strikes Again”? Was “Johnny English Is Back!” already taken? How about “The Return of Johnny English”? “Johnny English Strikes Again” is the third in the series
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