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Gaumont Leaps Into Comicbook-Based ‘Tricky Old Dogs’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 14 hours 57 min ago
Gaumont has boarded Christophe Duthuron’s “Tricky Old Dogs,” a feel-good comedy based on Wilfrid Lupano and Paul Cauuet’s popular French comicbook “Les vieux fourneaux.” “Les vieux fourneaux,” which has sold over 1 million copies in France and has been translated into six languages, follows the adventures of Antoine, Emile et Pierrot, three elderly men who […]

Author James Patterson Makes Brief Stop at ’48 Hours’ to Examine Aaron Hernandez

Variety - Front Page - 15 hours 25 min ago
Viewers tuning in to “48 Hours” on Saturday will see a new face. For some, he might be an old friend. Maureen Maher, Erin Moriarty and Peter Van Sant, some of the CBS program’s regular correspondents, have the week off. In their place: James Patterson, the famous author behind Alex Cross and the Women’s Murder […]

NBC News Backs ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Producers After Employee Alleges Behavior Concerns

Variety - Front Page - 15 hours 33 min ago
NBC News said it would stand by two senior producers of its “Megyn Kelly Today” after a writer on the program made allegations about the way they treated staffers on the program. An email from Kevin Bleyer, said to be a temporary staffer on the NBC morning program, surfaced late Thursday detailing various ways he […]

Sebastian Hofmann’s Sundance World Cinema Contender ‘Time Share’ Unveils Clip (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 15 hours 43 min ago
Caribbean holidays may never be quite the same after watching “Time Share,” the second movie from Sebastián Hofmann, one of the most admired young talents working in Mexico, which is world premiering in World Competition at Sundance. Paradigm is selling world rights; Variety has had exclusive access to a clip from an early stretch of […]

UniFrance’s Serge Toubiana, Isabelle Giordano, on the 2018 Rendez-Vous Highlights and French Cinema’s Challenges

Variety - Front Page - 16 hours 43 min ago
PARIS — 2018’s Paris UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema celebrates two anniversaries: It is the 20th anniversary of an event which, founded by Daniel Toscan du Plantier, then UniFrance head, has inspired other national cinema showcases around Europe.  Second, in 2008, many distributors caught Dany Boon’s “Welcome to the Sticks” at the Rendez-Voys as a […]

Turner, Warner Bros. Launching New Movie SVOD Service Filmstruck

Variety - Front Page - 16 hours 53 min ago
The increasingly crowded streaming market is set to welcome a new player, with major backers. Turner International and Warner Bros. Digital Ventures & Innovation unit are launching FilmStruck, a movie-based SVOD service that will first launch in the U.K. The partners said the streaming service will span mainstream, cult, independent, classics, art house, foreign and […]

Alpha Violet Takes ‘La Camarista,’ Berlin Competition Player ‘Dovlatov’(EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 17 hours 20 sec ago
PARIS — Paris-based sales company Alpha Violet has acquired world sales rights to “La Camarista,” a standout at Mexico’s Los Cabos Festival and Argentina’s Ventana Sur, and first feature of of Mexico’s Lila Aviles, a standout among a rapidly emerging and exciting new generation of women film-TV directors and screenwriters. Also the subject of a […]

BBC Studios Sets Leadership Team, BBC Worldwide Content Chief Exiting

Variety - Front Page - 17 hours 14 min ago
BBC Studios, the BBC’s soon-to-be-formed production and distribution business, has set out its full leadership team, with various regional and genre bosses. The BBC announced last Nov. that it will merge its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, with its production arm, BBC Studios, into a single operation under the name BBC Studios. It starts operation in April, and a key […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Private Life’

Variety - Front Page - 18 hours 23 min ago
Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti), the beleaguered bohemian-geek couple at the center of “Private Life,” have been trying, through fertility treatments, to get pregnant for years. The movie, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, is a comedy of fragile hopes and frayed nerves: the story of how these two attempt to have a […]

Sony Launches New Unscripted Banner with U.K. Producer Alan Brown

Variety - Front Page - 19 hours 43 min ago
Sony Pictures Television is rolling out a new unscripted production label, Human, with British producer and director Alan Brown. Human will be housed in SPT’s London headquarters and is charged with working up new unscripted shows and properties based on existing Sony IP. Brown’s credits include factual entertainment shows “Driving School of Mum and Dad,” and […]

Aamir Khan’s ‘Secret Superstar’ Poised to Top China Box Office

Variety - Front Page - 20 hours 5 min ago
“Secret Superstar,” the latest film vehicle for Indian superstar Aamir Khan, looks set top open on top of the Chinese box office. It is enjoying the momentum created by Khan’s previous film “Dangal,” which enjoyed an unprecedented $193 million of business in China. “Superstar” had clocked up $3.5 million (RMB23.3 million) by 3pm on Friday, […]

MyFrenchFilmFestival: Spotlighting Swiss Doc ‘Before Summer Ends’ and Director Maryam Goormaghtigh

Variety - Front Page - 21 hours 25 min ago
Perhaps it was just wishful thinking, or lust for warmer temperatures, that was cause for organizers of this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival to select so many summer-themed films for UniFrance’s annual Paris-based, and online streaming event. Or maybe there were just a lot of really good French-language films about summer over the last 18 months. Maryam Goormaghtigh’s […]

MyFrenchFilmFestival: Aude Léa Answers Questions on Competition Short ‘Long Live the Emperor’

Variety - Front Page - 21 hours 34 min ago
In 2015, Napoleon’s troops were forced to suffer one of history’s most historic defeats once again, before getting back into their sweats, hopping in their cars and driving back home. 2015 marked the 200th anniversary of the extraordinary battle, which shaped Europe for a century, and was too unique an opportunity for director Aude Léa […]

France’s Ankama, China’s Benlai Pictures Link for ‘Old Street’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - 21 hours 38 min ago
PARIS — In a pioneering animation deal, France’s Ankama, whose second animated feature, “Mutafukaz,” screens at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous on Saturday, is linking to China’s Benlai Pictures to co-produce “Old Street,” an animated movie based on the Chinese comic book by Nie Jun. Founded in 2015 and with offices in Shanghai and Beijing, Benlai Pictures […]

Film Review: ‘Kailash’

Variety - Front Page - 21 hours 44 min ago
A somewhat controversial first Indian Nobel Prize winner at home gets a laudatory documentary portrait in “Kailash.” Derek Doneen’s feature directorial debut, after working on prior projects for producer Davis Guggenheim, can hardly help but rivet attention with the alarmingly still-widespread issue of child slavery as its subject. Driven activist Kailash Satyarthi has spent decades […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Loveling’ (Benzinho)

Variety - Front Page - 22 hours 35 min ago
Some people go to the movies in search of authenticity, while others merely seek escapism. “Loveling” was clearly intended with the former group in mind, as Brazilian director Gustavo Pizzi crafts a warm and wonderfully universal love story that comes across surprisingly unconventional for something so familiar, if only because it focuses not on youthful […]

Sundance Film Review: ‘Blindspotting’

Variety - Front Page - 22 hours 39 min ago
In psychology, a black-and-white drawing known as Rubin’s vase poses a visual puzzle in which the brain perceives one of two images — either the outline of a vase or two faces posed in profile — but can’t see both at the same time. Take that phenomenon one step further and you get “Blindspotting,” not just […]

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Black Mirror’ Among Winners at Casting Society Artios Awards

Variety - Front Page - 22 hours 44 min ago
“Dunkirk” and “Black Mirror” were among the winners at the 33rd Annual Artios Awards on Jan. 18. Casting director John Papsidera was awarded for feature film big budget — drama for his casting in “Dunkirk.” Bernard Telsey and Tiffany Little Canfield, along with Rori Bergman and Patrick Goodwin, won the feature film big budget — comedy […]

Samuel Tilman on ‘The Benefit of the Doubt,’ Trial by Intuition, Belgium Cinema

Variety - Front Page - 22 hours 44 min ago
PARIS — Played by the Dardenne brothers regular Fabrizio Rongione(“Two Nights, One Day,” “Lorna’s Silence”), David, a school teacher, is holidaying in the Vosges hills with his wife, two young children, and their friends, a close-knit gaggle of school teachers. One night he goes jogging along the forest paths, and when he stops to gain […]

UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Director Laurent Tirard on ‘Return of the Hero’ Starring Jean Dujardin, Melanie Laurent

Variety - Front Page - 22 hours 44 min ago
PARIS — A seemingly cozy corner of France in 1809, with a spic-in-span middling chateau and near fairy tale nearby village. Bedecked in his Hussars uniform, in the first scenes of Laurent Tirard’s “Return of the Hero,” the dashing Captain Neuville mounts his white stead and dashes to the local chateau to ask the hand […]
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