HONG KONG — Chinese online video giant Youku Tudou has launched a movie production and investment company Heyi Film. Heyi will be run by Allen Zhu and CEO with Youku Tudou’s founder Victor Koo as its chairman. Lee Yong Kwan-director of the Busan International Film Festival will serve on its board as an independent director…. Read more »
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PARIS– Following months of speculations, Netflix has finally unveiled details about its first French drama commission: “Marseille,” a sprawling crime skein created and penned by “Carlos” co-scribe Dan Franck. Shot entirely in France, “Marseille” will debut exclusively in all Netflix territories in late 2015. A tale of power, corruption and redemption set against the rich… Read more »
Clearly a work of passion and scholarship, docu “Night Will Fall” is both time capsule and teaching tool.
A timely reminder of how images of African-Americans have been stereotyped and demonized by popular media, “Through a Lens Darkly” tells the lengthy history of that misrepresentation while also celebrating the contrasting work of black photographers.
Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow staged a miniature “Friends” reunion on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night on ABC. The five minute sketch, which followed Aniston’s guest appearance on the show, began with Kimmel telling the actress he was a huge fan of the ’90s sitcom and that he wanted to act out some “fan… Read more »
Moving into the international distribution of firstrun films, the Bureau Sales, the overseas licensing arm of London- and Paris-based production houses the Bureau/Le Bureau, is repping international sales rights to “The Goob,” scribe-helmer Guy Myhill’s debut feature. World premiering today in Venice Days, “The Goob” is the first film to go into production from more… Read more »
Tapping into France’s new generation of femme filmmakers, Pyramide Intl. has struck early sales on Alix Delaporte’s “The Last Hammer Blow,” which world premieres in competition at Venice. Pyramide will also handle international sales on Lucie Borleteau’s Locarno competition hit “Fidelio: Alice’s Journey,” which Pyramide Distribution releases Dec. 24 in France. In first “Hammer Blow”… Read more »
Hungary’s Mirage Film Studio is teaming with France’s Les Films de L’Apres-Midi, the Netherland’s Rotterdam Films, Germany’s One Two Films and Bleck Film in Sweden to produce Hungarian Balint Kenyeres’ “Hier,” one of the highest-profile titles at the first Venice European Gap Financing Co-production Market. Filmfreaks has closed Benelux distribution rights via Rotterdam Films, said… Read more »
France’s BAC Films is renewing its production focus, upping French distrib buys and dramatically increasing film investment under owner-CEO David Grumbach. The company is at the fest for Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “The President,” which it co-produced and which opened Venice Horizons Wednesday. BAC is also selling the pic and will distribute in France. That level of… Read more »