‘River of Blood,’ ‘Ambush,’ ‘Today Me Tomorrow You’ Win Top Prizes at India’s Film Bazaar

Nithin Lukose’s Malayalam-language “Paka: The River of Blood,” Chhatrapal Ninawe’s Marathi-language “Ghaath” (Ambush) and Sreejith Karanavar’s Konkani-language “Aiz Maka Falea Tuka” (Today Me Tomorrow You) were among the winners at India’s Film Bazaar project market that concluded on Thursday. “Paka” … Read more…

Norway’s Mer Film Produces Social Issue Sami Musical Drama ‘Arru’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Mer Film, the well-established Norwegian film production banner, is reteaming with “Sami Boy” filmmaker Elle Sofe Sara on her feature debut “Arru.” The project will be pitched for the first time at the virtual Nordic Film Market, the industry program … Read more…

Icelandic Soccer World Cup Hero Bows Directorial Debut at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market (EXCLUSIVE)

A national hero at the 2018 soccer World Cup 2018 after famously blocking a penalty shot from Argentine star Lionel Messi, Icelandic-born professional goalkeeper and filmmaker Hannes Þór Halldórsson is poised for another daunting challenge – pitching his first feature … Read more…

Sky, Studiocanal Ink Feature Film Deal Covering ‘Supernova,’ ‘Last Letter From Your Lover’ – Global Bulletin

In today’s Global Bulletin, Sky picks up hundreds of hours of Studiocanal feature film content; Banijay aims to raise domestic abuse awareness; GoQuest Media picks pair of Serbian drama series; Oble finds a home on Viu Middle East for “The … Read more…

Back to Normal Selection for Second Virtual Edition of Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum

Twenty-nine projects from across Asia have been selected to take part in March’s Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), which will go virtual for the second time. Scheduled to take place March 15-17, 2021, HAF will run concurrently with the … Read more…

Film Festival Chiefs Debate Move to Virtual and Shifting Dates at UniFrance Rendezvous

Speaking at a panel organized as part of UniFrance’s Rendezvous With French Cinema market on Tuesday, festival directors Vanja Kaludjercic of Rotterdam, Carlo Chatrian of Berlin, and Mickaël Marin of Annecy made clear that in order to survive this challenging … Read more…

Say What Now? Religious Film Producer Tim Gautier Arrested for Alleged Murder of His Wife During Domestic Dispute

Tim Gautier, the writer and producer behind the 2016 religious film Eternal Salvation, has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing his wife, Gina Gautier. The 55-year-old was arrested and booked on one count of murder on Monday evening. via … Read more…

Iris Brey and Totem Films Team on ‘The Female Gaze: A Screen Revolution’ Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Franco-American critic and broadcaster Iris Brey has teamed with Paris-based sales/production outfit Totem Films to adapt her 2020 book “The Female Gaze: A Screen Revolution” as a nonfiction feature. A member of France’s 50/50 Collective and a lecturer at the … Read more…

Iris Brey and Totem Films Team on ‘The Female Gaze: A Screen Revolution’ Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Franco-American critic and broadcaster Iris Brey has teamed with Paris-based sales/production outfit Totem Films to adapt her 2020 book “The Female Gaze: A Screen Revolution” as a nonfiction feature. A member of France’s 50/50 Collective and a lecturer at the … Read more…

Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures Enters Film & TV Partnership With ‘Riviera’ Producer Archery

Golden Globe-winner Idris Elba and Riviera and Kick-Ass producer Kris Thykier are entering into a joint venture that will see their respective production companies, Elba’s Green Door Pictures and Thykier’s Archery Pictures, working together on multiple film and TV projects. … Read more…

U.K. Court Resolves Writing Credits Dispute Over Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant Film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

The U.K.’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) has ruled that Julia Kogan be formally recognized as joint author of the film “Florence Foster Jenkins.” Directed by Stephen Frears and starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, the 2016 film told the … Read more…

‘Mr. Bean’ Actor Rowan Atkinson Weighs in on ‘Cancel Culture,’ Teases New Film

Rowan Atkinson, the British actor known the world over for his “Mr. Bean” character, has delivered a broadside against the so-called online “cancel culture.” During an extensive interview with U.K. outlet Radio Times, Atkinson said: “The problem we have online … Read more…

Ten Storylines That Will Dominate The International Film Biz In 2021, From Covid To Brexit And Animation To India

Here’s our rundown of the 10 storylines set to dominate the international film business in 2021. Covid, of course What a difference a year makes. The pandemic that pretty much no one foresaw has re-shaped the entire world, including the … Read more…

From Paul Thomas Anderson To Park Chan-Wook, 46 Movies (And A TV Series) That Could Light Up Film Festivals In 2021

Film lovers roll up. Here’s our annual list of movies that could have festivals drooling in 2021. In the age of Covid-19, could has never felt more operative. With Sundance and Berlin reimagining their events next year, traditional festival paths … Read more…

Italy’s Cineteca di Bologna Publishes Book With Full Screenplay of Charlie Chaplin’s Unfinished Film ‘The Freak’ (EXCLUSIVE)

When Charlie Chaplin passed away on Christmas Day in 1977, aged 88, he left the screenplay for a last unfinished film titled “The Freak,” a passion project about a young woman with wings named Serapha who is exploited in all … Read more…

India Consolidates Film Units Under National Film Development Corporation Umbrella

India’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has announced the merger of four of its film media units, Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives, and Children’s Film Society, with the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). The NFDC will … Read more…

Stars record Christmas poem with Charles and Camilla to support struggling film industry

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have joined a star-studded cast to record a festive treat and raise awareness of the difficulties facing the film and theatre industries. Entertainment News – Latest Celebrity & Showbiz News | Sky … Read more…

Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Foundation Selects McKenzie Chinn As Inaugural Recipient Of NBCUniversal Grant

Geena Davis’s Bentonville Film Foundation (BFFoundation) has selected McKenzie Chinn as the inaugural recipient of a $ 25,000 grant to fund her short film, A Real One, from NBCUniversal. This continues BFFoundation’s mission of inclusivity through research, education and supporting the … Read more…

Virtual Edition of Bridging the Dragon Keeps Alive the Flame of Sino-European Film Production

Film industry relations between China and Europe have been kept alive throughout the coronavirus outbreak by Bridging The Dragon, an informal trade organization now in its sixth year. After its regular event held during the Berlin film festival in February, … Read more…

‘Riders of Justice,’ Starring Mads Mikkelsen, to Open 50th Rotterdam Film Festival

Anders Thomas Jensen’s action comedy “Riders of Justice,” starring Mads Mikkelsen, will open the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam. The festival will be staged in two parts this year: the first, in a hybrid format, running Feb. 1-7, and the … Read more…

Screenlife Creator Timur Bekmambetov Plans Indian Film Slate, Partners With Graphic India & Reliance Entertainment

EXCLUSIVE: Russian director and producer Timur Bekmambetov, whose creation of the innovative Screenlife format has spawned hit movies such as Profile and Unfriended, is setting his sights on India by striking a partnership with local players Graphic India and Reliance … Read more…

‘Greenland’ Director Ric Roman Waugh on Action, Emotion and Finishing His Film in Lockdown

Director Ric Roman Waugh’s “Greenland” was originally scheduled to be released in June, but the pandemic changed that — it’s now available on premium VOD. Waugh, who reunites with “Angel has Fallen” actor Gerard Butler, had not yet finished his … Read more…

The Real Events That Inspired Your Name Engraved Herein, Taiwan’s Highest-Grossing LGBTQ Film of All Time

Director Patrick Liu did not play the trumpet in his high school marching band. Unlike Chang Jia-Han, the lead character in Liu’s movie Your Name Engraved Herein, Liu played the flute. But there’s special meaning to the instrument of choice … Read more…

Why ‘The Joy Luck Club’ is the most interesting — and frustrating — addition to the National Film Registry this year

The film was chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress, along with 24 others, including “The Dark Knight,” “The Blues Brothers” and “Grease.” Lifestyle BEST DEAL UPDATE: 5 Star hotel Deals! Get $ 100 off with Coupon Code HWIZ100

‘Dune’ Star Timothée Chalamet Dons Legendary Hoodie During ‘SNL’ Curtain Call As Studio Challenges WarnerMedia’s Decision To Move Film To HBO Max

Timothée Chalamet closed off his Saturday Night Live hosting debut by donning a Legendary-brand hoodie during the sketch show’s curtain call. While it may be an interesting fashion choice at first glance, the Dune star’s attire may hold a deeper … Read more…

Netflix Top Viewing Lists Reveal India’s Huge Film Appetite, ‘Extraction’ Popular Across Asia Region

India has the highest consumption of films on Netflix globally. During 2020, 80% of subscribers in the country chose to watch a film every week, revealed Monika Shergill, VP, content, Netflix India. The information is part of year end viewership … Read more…

Bassel Ghandour’s ‘The Alleys’ Takes Main Prize at Cairo Film Connection

“The Alleys,” “The Legend of Zeineb and Noah” and “I Can Hear Your Voice… Still” were the big winners of the Cairo Film Connection, the co-production platform of the Cairo International Film Festival. “The Alleys,” the directorial debut from the … Read more…

‘Saint Maud,’ ‘His House,’ ‘Rocks’ Lead British Independent Film Awards Nominations

Rose Glass’ psychological horror “Saint Maud” leads the charge at the 2020 British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) with 17 nominations. “Saint Maud” is up for best British independent film, screenplay and director, and also features in the debut categories — … Read more…

India’s ‘Milestone’ Wins Best Film at Singapore’s Silver Screen Awards

Indian drama film “Milestone” (aka “Meel Patthar”) was named the best film at the Silver Screen Awards, the closing event of the Singapore International Film Festival. The festival is a cornerstone of the Singapore Media Festival consumer and industry event. … Read more…

Singapore Filmmakers Ponder Myriad Routes to Short Film Funding in Southeast Asia

Key practitioners working across Southeast Asia and beyond unpacked the various processes and benefits that go into the creation of short films at the Singapore International Film Festival, part of the overarching Singapore Media Festival. Filmmaker Kan Lume, whose 2012 … Read more…

‘Con Queen of Hollywood’ accused of duping actors with fake film scams is arrested in UK

A suspected con artist who allegedly impersonated top female Hollywood executives and tricked aspiring stars out of hundreds of thousands of dollars has been arrested in Manchester after a US extradition request. Entertainment News – Latest Celebrity & Showbiz News … Read more…

Unified Goods and Deeper Into Movies Join Forces to Celebrate Six Decades of Film Ephemera

Following on from its PlayStation 2-themed release last month, London-based vintage specialist Unified Goods has now revealed a new collection of film ephemera. The new capsule has been curated in collaboration with Deeper Into Movies, an organization that programmes classic … Read more…

Ventana Sur: Film Factory Acquires Psychological Horror Feature ‘Nest’ (EXCLUSIVE)

In a now firmly established Ventana Sur tradition, Film Factory Ent., one of the Spanish world’s premiere sales agents, has announced a new sales rights pick-up on the market’s final day: Italian-Argentine psychological horror movie “El Nido” (“Nest”). With “Nest” … Read more…

Francis Ford Coppola on re-cutting final “Godfather” film, vindicating his daughter Sofia

Thirty years after “The Godfather Part III” premiered, Academy Award-winning director Francis Ford Coppola has re-cut the film, changing the beginning, ending and title. Coppola tells Anthony Mason why this new version, “Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, Coda: The Death of … Read more…

‘Harriet’ Actress Cynthia Erivo To Star In & Produce Story Of Princess ‘Gifted’ To Queen Victoria; BBC Film, Benedict Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch & So So Producing

EXCLUSIVE: Two-time Oscar-nominee Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) is to star in and produce a film based on the remarkable life of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, a 19th Century African princess ‘gifted’ to Queen Victoria after she was orphaned and enslaved by a … Read more…

Bukky Bakray to Headline Ella Greenwood’s Mental Health Film ‘Self-Charm’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Rocks” star Bukky Bakray will headline “Self-Charm,” a mental health themed film from writer/director Ella Greenwood. The film will follow a young teen who is struggling with self-harm and so is recommended multiple alternatives by a therapist but each to … Read more…

Netflix’s Teresa Moneo, Producer Matteo Rovere Talk Italian Original Film ‘Rose Island’ (EXCLUSIVE)

In 1968, idealistic Italian engineer Giorgio Rosa founded an independent micro nation on a tiny island he built on a platform supported by steel pylons off the coast of Rimini, Italy, outside Italian territorial waters. He named the platform — … Read more…

Ron Howard’s Thai Caves Rescue Film ‘Thirteen Lives’ to Shoot in Australia

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard’s “Thirteen Lives,” based on the 2018 Thai caves rescue mission, will start filming in March in Queensland, Australia. Australia will provide A$ 13 million ($ 9.6 million) to MGM and Imagine Entertainment towards the production, with … Read more…