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Disney Touts French-Speaking African Market With ‘Moana’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Marrakech, Morocco– The Walt Disney Company is set to expand its footprint across French-speaking Africa, kicking off with this week’s release of “Moana” – dubbed in Arabic — in Magrehb countries, including Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. “Moana” marks the first Disney movie dubbed in Arabic in French-speaking Africa. The company has traditionally limited the Arabic… Read more »

Hollywood Reacts to ‘Last Tango in Paris’ Director’s Rape Scene Confession

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Several celebrities took to Twitter on Saturday to express disgust over the recent uncovering of a 2013 video in which “Last Tango in Paris” director Bernardo Bertolucci admits he and Marlon Brando conspired against then-19-year-old actress Maria Schneider to film a rape scene. In the well-known scene, Brando’s character used a stick of butter as… Read more »

Billy Chapin, Child Actor in ‘Night of the Hunter,’ Dies at 72

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Billy Chapin, a child actor known for his roles in “The Kid from Left Field” and “The Night of the Hunter” has died. He was 72. Chapin’s sister and fellow former child actor, Lauren, announced the news on Facebook Saturday. She wrote that Billy had died Friday night “after a long illness.” “Billy was a… Read more »

SGIFF: Fruit Chan Says Indies Must Remember to Entertain

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SINGAPORE – Veteran Hong Kong-based director and producer Fruit Chan is all for entertainment in independent films. “We need to strike a balance between serious themes and commercial elements,” he said as part of a masterclass delivered Saturday at the 27th Singapore International Film Festival. “My films are quite entertaining.” Chan had little formal training and… Read more »

Watch the New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ Trailer

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Baby Groot is back. Disney has issued a new trailer for the sequel to box office smash, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Directed by James Gunn and co-starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” hits theaters May 5, 2017. Other new cast members include Elizabeth Debicki, Chris… Read more »

Ventana Sur: Argentina’s INCAA Launches Incentive Program For Genre Production

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BUENOS AIRES — In what is certainly a first for Latin America, perhaps for the world, Argentina’s film authorities have unveiled a dedicated public-sector incentive support for genre and fantastic cinema and web series production and development. Together with Blood Window, one of the major parts of Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur which has the backing… Read more »

‘Woodpeckers,’ ‘Belzebuth,’ ‘La Educacion del Rey’ Click at 2016 Ventana Sur

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BUENOS AIRES — Sundance-selected “Woodpeckers,” Emilio Portes’ horror movie “Belzebuth” and Argentine debut “La Educación del Rey” set the pace in deal announcements at the 8th Ventana Sur which saw a slew of trading or sales announcements, however small some art film deals these days inevitably tend to be. Fiction Factory, Animation! and Trends, three… Read more »

Argentina’s Fernan Miras on His Directorial Debut, ‘The Heavy Hand of the Law’

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A star in Argentina since at least “Tango Feroz,” Fernan Miras has gone behind the camera to direct “The Heavy Hand of the Law,” produced by Fernando Sokolowicz, one of Argentina’s most established producers. It is a showcase for two things which so many Argentine movies so often do well: Trenchant comedy and eliciting fine… Read more »