Netflix Nabs ‘Hunger Games’ For The UK & Ireland
Netflix has secured exclusive rights to The Hunger Games for the UK and Ireland before it hits the streaming service in the U.S. Netflix entered the market in January 2012 where Amazon’s Lovefilm is a strong player and where Sky continues to build its business. It hit 1M subscribers last August and has UK deals with studios including Disney, Fox, NBCU, Paramount and Miramax.
Bérénice Bejo To Star In ‘Le Dernier Diamant’
The Artist star Bérénice Bejo has booked her latest French film and will start shooting next week. The Eric Barbier-directed Le Dernier Diamant co-stars Yvan Attal, Jean-François Stévenin and Annie Cordy. France’s Vertigo Productions is producing with international sales handled by Other Angle Pictures. The heist movie follows an ex-con who is coerced into participating in the theft of a celebrated diamond during an auction in Antwerp and who becomes entangled with the diamond’s owner (Bejo). READ MORE »
The Artist star Bérénice Bejo will replace Marion Cotillard in the next film from A Separation director Asghar Farhadi after scheduling conflicts forced a switch, Paris-based producer Memento confirms. Shooting starts in October in and around Paris on the … Read More »
Bérénice Bejo is not in any way blasé about the acclaim showered on her and The Artist. Indeed, she remains humbled and amazed at the improbable attention the black-and-white silent film about a 1930s Hollywood romance from French director Michel Hazanavicius has received. When the New York Film Critics Circle dubbed The Artist the best movie of 2011, Bejo was already back in France shooting a new film, Populaire. Exhausted by her shooting schedule and a round of promotion for The Artist, she was less jump-up-and-down excited than her significant other Hazanavicius, the movie’s writer and director. “I’m like, oh great, oh great — I’m going to bed,” Bejo recalls. Now the 35-year-old daughter of Argentine filmmaker Miguel Bejo finds herself nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, Hazanavicius for Best Director and Original Screenplay, and the movie for Best Picture and six others. Bejo is not thinking about it… but she is thinking about it. With a little prompting she also talked with AwardsLine contributor Diane Haithman about portraying spunky young American starlet Peppy Miller in The Artist.
AWARDSLINE: Peppy is a big role. Was there a reason you were submitted for Oscar consideration for supporting actress?
BEJO: Harvey [Weinstein] said best actress is too complicated. Especially this year, with Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, Viola Davis for The Help, Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor Momentum Pictures has acquired François Ozon’s In The House and Regis Roisnard’s period romcom Populaire, both from Wild Bunch. Ozon’s latest stars Kristin Scott-Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, Fabrice Luchini and Inglourious Basterds’ Denis Menochet. The comedy/thriller sees an unusual student create pandemonium in the life of his professor. It’s produced by Ozon’s Potiche collaborators Eric and Nicolas Altmayer via their Mandarin Films. Populaire is a Mad Men-era comedy set around a typing contest that stars Romain Duris, Deborah François and The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo. Tell No One’s Alain Attal is producing the film that’s partly set in New York. Momentum’s Robert Walak tells me the company is very excited to continue to diversify its slate with these French titles, giving the marketing team an extra chance to exercise its muscle. Momentum, which is a member company of Alliance Films, has had a busy EFM with other acquisitions including FilmNations’ A Most Wanted Man for the UK and Spain and Steven Soderbergh’s Bitter Pill for Spain (in Spain the titles go out under Alliance’s Aurum), Kate Hudson-starrer Everly for the UK and Canada from Sierra/Affinity, and John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary for the UK and Canada which Protagonist is selling plus Read More »
Throw them a party and they will come. Or at least a reception with good food and drink. That seems to be the case with the increasingly strong turnouts of Academy members at screenings this season. As with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and other groups studios are discovering a shrimp … Read More »