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Watch: Ethan Hawke Plays Chet Baker in Toronto Film Festival’s ‘Born to Be Blue’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Variety has been given exclusive access to a clip from “Born to Be Blue,” which stars Ethan Hawke as jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 International will be selling the movie at the Toronto Film Festival, where it has its world premiere in Special Presentations on Sept. 13. The film, which… Read more »

‘Puddle,’ ‘Morphable,’ ‘Yamaha’ at Raindance’s Focus on Mexico (EXCLUSIVE)

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Jack Zagha’s “A Useless Puddle,” Jonathan Ostos Yaber’s “The Morphable Man” and Jorge Michel Grau’s “Yamaha 300” figure among feature projects chosen to form part of Focus on Mexico. The co-production forum has been launched by London’s Raindance Film Festival in partnership with Mexico’s Guadalajara Intl. Film Fest and Variety. Running Sept. 30-Oct.1, Focus on… Read more »

Canal Plus Group’ Boss Bertrand Meheut Steps Down

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PARIS– Canal Plus Group’s chairman Bertrand Meheut has stepped down after a 13-year tenure at the Vivendi-owned French pay TV giant. Jean-Christophe Thiery, who previously served as president of Bolloré Group, has been appointed to replace Meheut at the helm of Canal Plus Group. He’s also joining the company’s supervisory board, along with Julien Verley…. Read more »

Norway Rides With ‘The Wave’ For Foreign-Language Oscar Race

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Norway has selected Roar Uthaug’s disaster movie “The Wave” to represent the Nordic country in the the foreign-language Oscar race. An epic tale based on the 1934 Tsunami which killed 40 people in Norway’s Tafjord, “The Wave” takes place in contemporary Norway and centers around a geologist who realizes the inferno is about to hit…. Read more »

Molotov.tv Signs Up French Networks to Stream Live Shows, Woo Cord-Cutters

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In a market as heavily regulated as France, where Netflix faced tremendous resistance ahead of its launch in September 2014, introducing a disruptive, digital TV service seems like mission impossible, but not to Jean-David Blanc and Pierre Lescure, the co-founders of AlloCine and pay TV giant Canal Plus, respectively. Lescure, now president of the Cannes… Read more »

Venice: Cohen Media Group Takes U.S. on Competition Player ‘Marguerite’

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VENICE – In the biggest biz announcement to date at the Venice Festival, Cohen Media group has acquired all U.S. domestic rights to Xavier Giannoli’s Venice competition player “Marguerite,” which is sold by Memento Films Intl. A French period drama, directed by Giannoli (“In the Beginning,” “Superstar”), “Marguerite” sees acclaimed Cesar Award winner Catherine Frot… Read more »

Venice Film Review: ‘Spotlight’

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It’s not often that a director manages to follow his worst film with his best, but even if he weren’t rebounding from “The Cobbler,” Tom McCarthy would have a considerable achievement on his hands with “Spotlight,” a superbly controlled and engrossingly detailed account of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the widespread pedophilia scandals… Read more »

Film Review: ‘Memories of the Sword’

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An archetypal tale of love, betrayal and revenge among swordplayers of South Korea’s Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), “Memories of the Sword” is a visually arresting but vacuous, instantly forgettable period martial-arts romance. Helmer Park Heung-sik aspires to the vibrant color schemes and multiple twists of Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers,” but his underdeveloped screenplay (co-penned with… Read more »

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