Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Gone With The Bullets’ Gets China Release Date; ‘Samba’ Hitting French Theaters In October; More

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 10:00pm PST

‘Gone With The Bullets’ Sets China Release Date
Gone-with-the-BulletsJiang Wen’s Gone With The Bullets has secured a December 18 release date in China. The film is the follow-up to Jiang’s blockbuster Let The Bullets Fly, which made $140M worldwide in 2010. Based on a true story, 3D comedy Gone With The Bullets is set in 1920s Shanghai. Ma Zouri (Jiang Wen) and Xiang Feitian (Ge You) establish a notorious beauty pageant called the Flowers Competition. All of the city’s elite attend the gala event, but when an unexpected winner is crowned, it sets into motion a series of tragic events that change their destinies. Per FilmBizAsia, Jiang’s Buyilehu Film told local media that it hopes the title will represent China at the Oscars next year. The film will be handled internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International. December is a hot time locally for Chinese films with U.S. movies often out of the frame. FBA says other films believed to be eyeing a December release include Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem and Chen Kaige’s Taoist Mountain. Read More »

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‘The Butler’s David Oyelowo To Play Exiled Royal Seretse Khama In ‘A United Kingdom’

By | Wednesday December 4, 2013 @ 11:04am PST
Mike Fleming

David_Oyelowo_2012[1][1]EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from his turn in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, David Oyelowo has been set to star in and produce A United Kingdom, a love story based on the true tale of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams. The … Read More »

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Hot AFM Trailer: Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘Quai D’Orsay’

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 3:39am PST

The latest entry to Bertrand Tavernier‘s diverse canon is a political satire that’s inspired by a comic book. Quai D’Orsay opened on Wednesday in France, scoring the best first-screening numbers in Paris, but ended up second overall for the day, behind another French film, En Solitaire. … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: EFA Announces European Documentary Noms; Pathé Lays Off 9, Will Cut Distribution Slate

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 10:00pm PST

European Film Academy Unveils European Documentary Nominees
The Act Of Killing, Stop-Over and The Missing Picture are the European Film Academy‘s nominees for Best European Documentary. The Act of Killing is a Denmark-Norway co-production from director Joshua Oppenheimer about Indonesian death squad veterans re-enacting their deeds musical numbers, twisting arms in film noir gangster scenes, and galloping across prairies as yodeling cowboys. Stop-Over (L’Escale) is a Switzerland-France co-prod from Kaveh Bakhtiari that centers on Amir, an Iranian immigrant in Athens whose modest becomes a place of transit for migrants who, like him, have chosen to leave their country. In the France-Cambodia pic The Missing Picture (L’Image Manquante), which won the Un Certain Regard Prize at Cannes, writer-director Rithy Panh addresses his family’s horrifying experiences during the Pol Pot regime’s reign over Cambodia from 1975-79. The winner will be announced during the European Film Awards on December 7 in Berlin. Read More »

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‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ Sets Royal Screening To Benefit UK Charity

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 10:11am PDT

The Royal Film Performance is the major annual fundraising event for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, the UK charity that cares for industry employees and their families who are suffering hardship. Last year, Peter Jackson’s The Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: François Ivernel Exits Pathé; Canal Plus France Legal Battle Will Go To Mediation

By | Friday May 31, 2013 @ 9:00pm PDT

Veteran Exec François Ivernel Exits Pathé To Launch Production Company

Pathé said today that veteran top executive François Ivernel has resigned to launch Montebello Productions, a London-based film-production company that will open June 3. He most recently … Read More »

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Cannes: Forest Whitaker, Orlando Bloom Thriller ‘Zulu’ To Close Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival will wrap with Jérôme Salle’s noir thriller Zulu on May 26. The Pathé, Lobster Tree and M6 Films co-production stars Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom. Shot on location in South … Read More »

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Hot Teaser Trailer: ‘The Bling Ring’

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 8:51am PST

Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring recently got a June 14 domestic release date from distributor A24, which acquired the film in January. Before that, Pathé releases in France on June 5 (there’s also buzz about a potential slot at May’s Cannes Film … Read More »

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Studiocanal’s Leonard Glowinski To Launch Film Structuring & Financing Outfit 22h22

By | Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 4:03am PST

As craftily built co-productions become increasingly attractive, Studiocanal executive Léonard Glowinski is moving on to launch Paris-based production structuring and financing group 22h22. Glowinski, who started out as a banker for BNP Media in the 90s, spent 10 years at Pathé before joining Studiocanal in 2009 as head of French and European productions. He tells me the new company will bring European backing to international producers on films with substantial budgets in order to best optimize financing and reduce risk. He intends to work with a small number of films from the outset, creating co-production packages that take advantage of the various mechanisms available throughout Europe including subsidies, local incentives and private equity. Films that Glowinski had a hand in structuring at Pathé include Oliver Stone’s Alexander, box office hit Asterix And Obelix At The Olympic Games and Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell And The Butterfly which he executive produced. At Studiocanal, he was involved in putting together Liam Neeson-starrer Unknown and Oscar nominee Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Read More »

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‘Le Prénom’: Pathé Co-Producing Movie Adaptation Of Hit French Stage Comedy

By | Thursday January 5, 2012 @ 10:22pm PST

What’s in a name? Well if the name is Adolph – and it’s what you plan to call your new baby – you can be sure there’s a hornet’s nest. That’s just the tip of the iceberg in Alexandre de la Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte’s hit Parisien play Le Prénom (The Name) which Pathé is bringing to the bigscreen. I’ve learned that the French major is co-producing and will begin international sales on the feature next week at the Rendez-Vous With French Cinema in Paris. The film stars Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling, Guillaume de Tonquédec and Judith El Zein. The premise is this: Expectant father Bruel is interrogated as to the baby’s name during a dinner at his sister and brother-in-law’s home. When he announces he’s chosen “Adolph,” the family is plunged into chaos. He defends the name on an intellectual basis – it is after all the title of a famous piece of 19th century literature by Benjamin Constant – but the family is having none of it. The bourgeois-bohemian living room satire extends to other discoveries about the family and was a hit at Paris’ Théâtre Edouard VII last year, drawing comparison to Harold Pinter. Read More »

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French Films Finish #1 And #2 For 2011 Beating Harry Potter Finale, Tintin, Pirates 4

By | Friday November 25, 2011 @ 2:35pm PST

Here’s a shot in the arm for French cinema: Gaumont’s award-winning crowd-pleaser Untouchable has catapulted to the top of the French box-office heap for 2011 in less than four weeks of release. The studio announced today that the film has … Read More »

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Danny Boyle To Squeeze In ‘Trance’ Before Summer Olympics

By | Wednesday May 4, 2011 @ 10:33am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Director Danny Boyle will follow his Oscar-nominated 127 Hours with Trance, a thriller that will shoot in London this September. I’m told it’s an art heist gone wrong, and it’s got the dark, sexy, hard-edged tone of Boyle films … Read More »

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Guillermo Del Toro Starting Stop-Motion ‘Pinocchio’ Feature With Henson And Pathe

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo del Toro, The Jim Henson Company and Pathe are ready to go on Pinocchio, a 3D stop motion animated adaptation of the Carlo Collodi fairy tale that will be edgier than the 1940 animated Disney classic. Gris Grimly will co-direct with Mark Gustafson, and production will begin later … Read More »

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