Promotion of Roman Polanski’s New Film Canceled in France, but Not Its Premiere

In the wake of French actress Valentine Monnier’s allegation of rape against Roman Polanski, the promotion of the director’s latest film, “An Officer and a Spy,” has been axed in France, but the movie’s premiere Tuesday night an…

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Studio Lambert Strikes Deal With ‘The Masked Singer’ Showrunner Izzie Pick Ibarra

Studio Lambert is linking up with Izzie Pick Ibarra, the showrunner and exec producer of Fox’s “The Masked Singer.” The development deal will see All3Media-backed Studio Lambert and Pick Ibarra work together on new projects and others already in the wo…

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Another Period Drama Series About Austrian Empress Sisi Is in the Works

Another TV head-to-head is brewing with the announcement of a second period drama series about Austrian Empress Elisabeth II – known as Sisi – in the works. Germany’s Story House Pictures and Austria-based Satel Film, which made Netflix’s “Freud,” are …

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Two Episodes of ‘The Mandalorian,’ Other Originals to Drop This Week as Disney Plus Goes Live

New episodes of Disney Plus original series dropped Tuesday as the streaming service went live in three countries, with second installments of “Star Wars” spinoff “The Mandalorian” and other shows set to become available just a few days lat…

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ITV Revenues Down in ‘Uncertain Environment’

ITV revenues were down in the first nine months of 2019. CEO Carolyn McCall, who has set a strategy refresh in motion, said the U.K.-based TV firm’s performance was in line with its expectations. She added that “although the economic environment contin…

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Marrakech Chief on Selecting Arthouse Films With a Big Stress on the Word ‘Art’

The 18th edition of the Marrakech Film Festival (Nov. 29-Dec. 7) – one of the leading cultural events in the Africa and Middle East region – will screen 98 films from 34 countries. The fest is also reinforcing its industry presence this yea…

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Inaugural Gangneung Film Festival Pays Tribute to Pierre Rissient

The opening ceremony of the first edition of the Gangneung International Film Festival was dominated by a tribute to the French film scout and festival selector Pierre Rissient, who died in May 2018. The new festival, 240 km from Seoul, counts former B…

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AFM: Panel to Launch Blockchain Working Group for the Film Industry

A group of film executives and tech industry entrepreneurs are to establish a working group seeking to plan how blockchain technology should be applied to the creative industries. The call will be made at the American Film Market on Tuesday in Santa Mo…

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Blood Window Announces 2019 WIP and World Premiere Lineup (EXCLUSIVE)

Ventana Sur’s Blood Window sidebar for projects and films in progress has been a standout event on the Latin horror calendar since its launch in 2013, and is one of the Buenos Aires market’s most popular sections. In the following years, it has b…

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Austria’s Oscar Entry, ‘Joy,’ Disqualified for Having Too Much Dialogue in English

Austria’s contender for the international feature film Oscar has been disqualified from the race for having too much dialogue in English. Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy” is the second film to be ruled ineligible to compete for what until this year was known a…

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Netflix Boards Its First Dutch Film, War Movie ‘The Battle of the Scheldt’

Netflix continues to push into local content, producing its first Dutch film, war drama “The Battle of the Scheldt,” in partnership with local broadcasters and other backers. Alain de Levita is producing the Dutch-Belgian picture through his Levitate F…

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Arte, Kloos & Co. to Co-Produce Vernon Films’ Miniseries ‘Celluloid Dreams’ (EXCLUSIVE)

French-German broadcaster Arte is teaming with U.K.-based production house Vernon Films to co-produce Ilinca Călugăreanu’s non-scripted hybrid miniseries “Celluloid Dreams.” Stefan Kloos’ German production company Kloos & Co, whose co-p…

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China Box Office: ‘Midway’ Shot Down by Local Drama ‘Better Days’

Roland Emmerich’s big-budget World War II film “Midway” was no match for local drama “Better Days” at China’s box office, bringing in $3 million less than the top-earning Chinese title, which is already in its third weekend in theaters. One of th…

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Zig Zag Hires Ronnie Krensel to Run U.S. Operation (EXCLUSIVE)

Leading U.K.-based indie Zig Zag Productions has recruited award-winning producer and showrunner Ronnie Krensel to lead its U.S. business. He will be EVP, Zig Zag USA and take charge of development and pitching projects to networks, cable channels, and…

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Kristin Scott Thomas to Receive Richard Harris Award at BIFAs

Kristin Scott Thomas will be honored at this year’s British Independent Film Awards with the Richard Harris Award for her contribution to British film. Thomas will join a celebrated list of former honorees including Judi Dench in 2018, and Daniel…

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Malta Looks to Change the Game With 40% Tax Rebate and New Stages

The Mediterranean island nation of Malta has long been attracting international film and TV productions mainly for tales with either a strong marine or biblical element, and often for limited portions of the overall shoot. Now Malta is trying to make a…

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China’s Joy Pictures Turn Towards Sale and Production of Animation

China’s Joy Pictures — previously a buyer, marketer and distributor best known for bringing “La La Land” to China — is now turning towards the production and sale of animation, and is at AFM for the first time this year as a seller. S…

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Roman Polanski Denies Rape Allegation by Valentine Monnier

Responding to French actress Valentine Monnier’s accusation of rape, a lawyer for Roman Polanski has issued a statement saying that the filmmaker denied the allegations and was considering suing the newspaper that published Monnier’s story….

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Oliver Laxe’s ‘Fire Will Come’ Wins Best Film at Thessaloniki Film Festival

Oliver Laxe’s “Fire Will Come” won the top prize, the Golden Alexander, at the 60th Thessaloniki Intl. Film Festival on Sunday, as well as the best actor award for Amador Arias, playing an arsonist who returns to his family home in th…

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Belgium’s Frakas Produces Ludivine Sagnier Starrer “The Hive” (EXCLUSIVE)

Frakas Prods., the Belgian independent company behind Julia Ducournau’s “Raw,” is collaborating with another promising filmmaker, Christophe Hermans, on his feature debut, “Hive,” which a teenage-driven psychological thril…

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