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Global Showbiz Briefs: Agnieszka Holland To Direct ‘House Of Cards’ Episodes; France’s Webedia Acquiring Germany’s Moviepilot

By | Wednesday June 25, 2014 @ 10:00pm PDT

Global Showbiz Briefs: Agnieszka Holland To Direct ‘House Of Cards’ Episodes; France’s Webedia Acquiring Germany’s MoviepilotAgnieszka Holland To Direct Season 3 ‘House Of Cards’ Episodes
Agnieszka Holland has signed to helm multiple episodes of the upcoming season of Netflix‘s signature drama House Of Cards. The veteran Polish director most recently helmed the NBC miniseries Rosemary’s Baby and European mini Burning Bush along with episode of HBO’s Treme — scoring an Emmy nom for its pilot — and AMC’s The Killing. Her TV credits also include Cold Case and The Wire. Holland, a 1992 Oscar nominee for her adapted screenplay Europa, Europa, will helm some midseason episodes of House Of Cards, but there’s no word on where on when she will shoot.

France’s Webedia Acquires German Film Site Moviepilot
French online publishing company Webedia has completed an asset deal to purchase Germany’s leading film website, for €15 million ($20 million). The site recorded 11 million hits per month and more than 5 million monthly users in the first quarter. The deal gives Webedia controls of Germany’s two largest film websites, as joins with Filmstarts, the German subsidiary of French property Allocine. Webedia said both brands will continue to operate independently moving forward.

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UPDATE: Directors Almodóvar, Daldry, Leigh, Loach, And More Join European Film Academy Call For Release Of Arrested Ukrainian Director In Moscow

oleg sentsovUPDATE: In an open letter released today more European film pros have joined European Film Academy chairwoman Agnieszka Holland in calling for the release of detained Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was arrested a month ago and has yet to be officially charged by Russian officials.


Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – President of Russia
Sergey Evgenyevich Naryshkin – Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation
Alexander Wassiljewitsch Bortnikow – Director of the FSB
Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kolokoltsev – Russian Minister of Internal Affairs
Vladimir Medinsky – Russian Minister of Culture
Yuriy Yakovlevich Chaika – Prosecutor General

According to the information currently available, the Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was arrested by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) in his house in Simferopol on 11 May and brought to Moscow where he is detained and awaiting trial. There has not been any official information about the charges brought up against him for almost three weeks.

We, his undersigning European colleagues, are deeply worried and cannot stop wondering how he is and what his future will be. In the light of these circumstances, we respectfully call upon you
to ensure the safety of Oleg Sentsov;
to make public the whereabouts of the detained;
to have the detained charged with a recognisable offence or released;
to instigate a full, prompt and impartial investigation into the apparently arbitrary detention by the FSB in order to bring all those responsible to justice.

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Kino Lorber Takes U.S. On ‘Burning Bush’

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 3:12pm PST

burningbush1Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to the Agnieszka Holland-directed film that follows the plight of Czech student Jan Palach, who set himself on fire to protest the the Soviet occupation of Prague in 1969, and his family’s legal fight to clear his name. Having lived in Czechoslovakia at the time the events took place, Holland made Burning Bush as a three-part, 234-minute HBO Europe miniseries, and subsequently edited it herself as a 206-minute feature length work. The nearly four-hour version of the film (at 234 minutes) is slated to open at New York’s Film Forum on June 11, before a national theatrical expansion during the summer followed by VOD and home media rollout later in 2014. Kino Lorber also controls U.S. television rights which does not include any planned HBO broadcast in the U.S. This deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Dirk Schürhoff, the Managing Director at Beta Cinema.

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NBC Greenlights ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Miniseries With Agnieszka Holland Directing

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 10:25am PST
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rosemarysbaby1Four months after NBC signaled a push in the longform arena with a development slate of several miniseries and event series, the network has greenlighted the first project from that slate, four-hour miniseries Rosemary’s Baby,  an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin. Agnieszka Holland, who has been nominated for both an Oscar (Europa, Europa) and an Emmy (Treme), has come on board to direct the mini, written by Scott Abbott (Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) and James Wong (American Horror Story). Casting begins immediately, with filming set to begin in January in Paris. Lionsgate Television is producing, with Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin agneszkahollandand David Stern serving as executive producers. “Ira Levin’s mesmerizing book was a groundbreaking reflection on how effective and influential a psychological thriller could be,” said Quinn Taylor, NBC’s EVP, Movies, Miniseries and International Co-Productions, who has been shepherding NBC’s longform strategy since joining the network from ABC in June. Added NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, “As we move into the event movie and miniseries space, Rosemary’s Baby represents the kind of attention-getting, surprising project that will make noise for us. The story has been updated and moved to Paris, but it’s faithful to the spirit of Ira Levin’s classic novel.”

Rosemary’s Baby centers on a young married couple who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes … Read More »

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