Director Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Jack Strong has taken the box office in Poland by storm since its release on February 7. The Polish, English and Russian-language film made about $1.5M in its debut and increased over the next two frames. It’s now passed the coveted 1M admissions mark, according to the Polish Film Institute, and has about $6M in takings. It’s the top film of the year and is expected to continue to have legs. The Cold War period thriller stars Marcin Dorocinski who was in last year’s top Polish grosser Drogówka (Traffic Department), American actor Patrick Wilson and Maja Ostaszewska. It’s based on the true story of Colonel Ryszard Kukliński, a high-ranking officer in the Polish army. Privy to the most classified operations of the Warsaw Pact, he become a CIA asset and from 1971 to 1981, Kukliński provided the West with over 40,000 pages of classified documents. Helmer Pasikowski (Aftermath) wrote the screenplay based on CIA documents, interviews with witnesses and never-before-seen materials from the archives of the Institute of National Remembrance. The Glos Wielkopolski newspaper called Jack Strong, “a very good thriller” somewhere in between “the intellectual complexity of Tomas Alfredson and the lightness of James Bond.” The film was produced by Scorpio Studio and co-produced by Vue Movie Distribution (formerly ITI Cinema), Orange Polska, and Tauron Polska Energia with co-financing from the Polish Film Institute. A limited run in the UK and Ireland …
Gena Rowlands Barred From Australian Movie
Gena Rowlands has been bumped from the Australian film Last Dance because of restrictions on casting of foreign talent, the Australian reports. The 81-year-old actress was to have played a Holocaust survivor of German and Jewish origin who is taken hostage in her apartment by a radical Palestinian (Underbelly‘s Firass Dirani). Under Australian union guidelines, a local production must obtain 30% foreign investment if it hires foreign actors although that rule apparently did not apply to Last Dance because of its less than A$2.5million budget. Terence Hammond wrote the screenplay with Rowlands in mind and she rehearsed for months. The decision by the actors union comes weeks after it bowed to pressure and allowed Richard E. Grant to star in The Kath and Kim Fillum now shooting in Melbourne. The barring of Rowlands has raised the ire of the production industry and placed pressure on the actress who replaced her, Julia Blake, weeks before filming was to begin.
Animal Logic Wins Contract For Lego Movie
Sydney and Fox Studios-based Animal Logic, which worked on both Happy Feet movies and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, will make the Lego movie for Warner Bros, according to Encore and the Herald Sun. New South Wales Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said the government helped secure the Lego project against strong competition from the US and Canada. The production …
London/Warsaw, 6 May 2011: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), and Endemol, the largest independent television and digital production company in the world, today announced a strategic partnership to launch a new entertainment brand for women targeted to 16-49 year olds – Viacom Blink! It will debut in Poland in summer 2011 and will be available in more than one million households through two leading pay TV platforms, Multimedia Polska and N Platform, as well as other local distributors. VIMN and Endemol are also exploring additional international distribution opportunities, specifically in Central Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
More overseas love for Everybody Loves Raymond. Sony Pictures Television is announcing at MIPTV today that it has sold local-language versions of the hit CBS comedy in Israel and Poland. Poland’s TVN has ordered 30 episodes and Israel’s Reshet has picked up 33 episodes to be jointly produced by Sony TV. The sales follow the success of Sony’s first international version of Raymond in Russia, where The Voronins (Воронины) has reached 210 episodes on CTC network, matching the series’ U.S. run, and is the country’s No. 1 comedy. Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal chronicled his experience of helping develop The Voronins in the feature documentary Exporting Raymond, which is being released April 29. Additionally, Sony remade all 250 U.S. episodes of Married … With Children for Russia’s TNT and is now working on 100 new original episodes of the show for the Russian network.