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SANFIC: Alicia Scherson’s Adapts Roberto Bolaño ‘Third Reich’ in ‘1989’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:37
SANTIAGO DE CHILE — Teaming up with producer Isabel Orellana at Araucaria Cine (“Nunca vas a estar solo”), Alicia Scherson (“Family Life,” “Il Futuro”) is tackling the world of men for the first time in her second adaptation of a Roberto Bolaño novel after “Il Futuro,” her 2013 screen adaptation of the Chilean novelist’s “Una... Read more »

RTE, ARTE, APT Team on Religious Documentary With Hugh Bonneville

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:29
Irish broadcaster RTE, ARTE and American Public Television (APT) are teaming up to co-produce a special one-hour documentary on the final week of Jesus’ life for Easter 2018, to be presented by Hugh Bonneville. “Countdown to Calvary” will see the “Downton Abbey” star travel to Jerusalem to tell the story of the last six days... Read more »

San Sebastian: Features by Rory Kennedy, Jennifer Peedom Play Savage Cinema

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 12:26
MADRID  —  “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton,” by Oscar-nominated docu filmmaker Rory Kennedy (“Last Days in Vietnam”) and Australian Jennifer Peedom’s documentary “Mountain” figure among the six titles playing at San Sebastian Festival’s 5th Savage Cinema sidebar. A pioneering initiative to profile many of the year’s best action sports/adventure productions at an... Read more »

Asghar Farhadi Kicks Off Filming of ‘Everybody Knows’ With Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Ricardo Darin in Spain

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:06
Asghar Farhadi, the Oscar-winning Iranian director of “A Separation” and “The Salesman” has kicked off the principal photography of “Everybody Knows” (“Todos Lo Saben”), his anticipated psychological thriller starring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin. Budgeted at 10 million Euros, the Spanish-language film is being produced by Alexandre Mallet-Guy at Paris-based Memento Films Production... Read more »

‘Dunkirk’ Helps Push U.K. Cinema Admissions Past 100 Million by End of July

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 10:47
Christopher Nolan’s depiction of the events at “Dunkirk” has helped rescue the U.K. box office in 2017 after a mid-year slump. A strong July performance, boosted by “Dunkirk’s” July 21 opening, has taken British cinema admissions for the year to more than 100 million – the first time since 2010 that that number has been... Read more »

Norwegian Director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose’s ‘The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King’ – First of a Movie Trilogy (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 10:32
Norwegian director Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, whose latest feature, 2013’s “Ragnarok,” received two Amandas, Norway’s national film prize, will open “The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King” (“Askeladden – i Dovregubbens hall”) in Norwegian cinemas on Sept. 29 as the first of a trilogy about the Norwegian national hero. Credited with such titles... Read more »

Haugesund: Norway’s Thomas Aske Berg on His Pioneering ‘Vidar the Vampire’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 10:01
HAUGESUND, Norway — Norwegian actor-writer-composer-director-producer Thomas Aske Berg’s feature debut “Vidar the Vampire” (“VampyrVidar”) is most probably the least expensive entry in the main program at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund- It was produced without public support, on a NOK 500,000 ($54,000) budget, “from heritage, savings, mum and dad investments and endless hours... Read more »

Japan Box Office: ‘High & Low the Movie 2’ Opens on Top

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 09:06
“High & Low the Movie 2 End of Sky,” the third film in a multi-media project featuring the all-male dancing and singing group Exile Tribe, opened atop the Japanese box office. For the Aug. 19-20 weekend the film made $3.2 million on 266,000 admissions from 314 screens, with Shochiku distributing. The score was 27% weaker... Read more »

Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ to Close London Film Festival

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 08:30
Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic drama “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” will be the closing-night film of the 61st BFI London Film Festival.  The film, which stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, will receive its U.K. premiere Oct. 15 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square. McDonagh, McDormand and Rockwell are all expected to attend. The... Read more »

Tencent to Stream NFL in China

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 07:01
Tencent is to become the exclusive live streaming partner in China for the National Football League’s American football games. The social media, games and streaming giant will air live and on-demand selected preseason games, all Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football games, as well as selected Sunday afternoon games, the playoffs,... Read more »

Haugesund: Nordic Countries Plan New Pan-Regional Fund to Support Nordic Film and TV

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 06:13
HAUGESUND, Norway — Norwegian culture minister Linda Hofstad Helleland has announced that the Nordic countries are planning to set up a new pan-regional fund to support Scandinavia film and TV, which will be administered by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. The announcement was made at Bridging the Nordic Market, the Haugesund Festival’s main seminar,... Read more »

‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 04:00
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees. Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All... Read more »

MPA Wins Copyright Case Against China’s Xunlei

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 02:01
A Chinese court has found Xunlei Networking Technologies guilty of copyright infringement. The civil law case was brought by the Hollywood studios under the banner of the Motion Picture Association and started in 2015. The Shenzhen court found that that company did not have authorization to provide links to studio movie and TV titles on... Read more »

Trump Announces Continued Presence in Afghanistan: ‘We Will Fight to Win’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:56
President Donald Trump unveiled a strategy for Afghanistan that continues the U.S. military presence indefinitely, in a war that has stretched to almost 16 years. Trump would not say how many more troops would be sent to the country — reports were that 4,000 more personnel were under consideration — and he declined to provide... Read more »

Digital Creator Brat Unveils Fall Slate of High School-Set Shows

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 01:17
Newly minted digital company Brat has unveiled its fall slate with recognizable players including Annie LeBlanc, Hayden Summerall, MaeMae Renfrow, Meghan McCarthy, Madeleine Byrne, and Cristian Oliveras, Variety has learned exclusively. Founded by Rob Fishman — who previously started Niche, a digital marketing company acquired by Twitter — the company is backed by Lerer Hippeau... Read more »

Locarno Film Review: ‘The Poetess’

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 00:44
For a Western audience, there are several arresting elements to Stefanie Brockhaus and Andreas Wolff’s engaging, accessible documentary “The Poetess”: The first is that although we come to know its subject, Saudi writer Hissa Hilal, very well, and though she’s in almost every shot, we never see her face. The second is that the reason... Read more »

TV News Roundup: HGTV Renews ‘Flip or Flop Atlanta’ for Season 2

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 00:17
In today’s roundup, Major League Baseball has joined ESPN for their “Shred Hate” anti-bullying initiative, and HGTV renews “Flip or Flop Atlanta” for a second season. RENEWALS HGTV has renewed “Flip or Flop Atlanta” for a 14-episode second season after airing only five episodes of the first season. The second spinoff of the “Flip or Flop”... Read more »

Nikki Sixx Marks 10th Anniversary of ‘The Heroin Diaries’ With Special Editions, Vinyl, Audiobook

Variety - Front Page - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 00:10
Nikki Sixx’s New York Times bestselling memoir, “The Heroin Diaries,” turns 10 on Monday and to mark the occasion, the Motley Crue bassist has announced new editions of the book and soundtrack album, including vinyl, a graphic novel, and future audiobook. The book chronicles Sixx’s downward spiral to addiction, a battle that would nearly take his... Read more »

‘Do It Like an Hombre’: Mexico’s Highest-Grossing Local Film of the Year

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:26
Some new Mexican box office history has been made as the comedy “Do it Like an Hombre” followed its 68.7 million Mexican pesos ($3.89 million) opening weekend with a two weekend total of $130.3 million pesos ($7.4 million), giving it the highest Mexican movie box office total of 2017, according to comScore. In its first... Read more »

Former Google Marketing Exec Andrew Hotz Joins Warner Bros.

Variety - Front Page - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:00
Former Google marketing executive Andrew Hotz has been named executive vice president of worldwide digital marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures. JP Richards, the studio’s exec VP of worldwide marketing and chief data strategist, made the announcement on Monday. Hotz will oversee the division’s domestic and international digital teams, working with the broader marketing team on... Read more »
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