Don't fear Hollywood. While the U.S. government is negotiating free trade pacts with various countries, it is not striving to abolish local TV quotas or film subsidies, Jack Valenti told Variety.
Two of Europe's biggest film companies, France's EuropaCorp and Italy's RAI Cinema, have inked a three-year production-distribution pact.
Digital video may be democratizing the biz but it brings downsides, agreed the assembled helmers at the American Directors session of the Variety Village Cannes Conference Series on Saturday.
A bio of Mother Teresa will kick off a six-pic $80 million co-venture between Blue Spice Films and Italo producer Lux Vide.
Spanish helmer Carlos Saura ("Cria Cuervos," "Carmen") will direct the tentatively titled "El septimo dia" (The Seventh Day) for Spanish prodco Lolafilms.
Stratus Films has inked a three-year, first-look co-financing and distribution pact with Universal and its Focus Features division. Stratus, financed by real estate mogul Bob Yari, will fund 80% of…
For Roadshow and Warners, the studios behind "The Matrix" franchise, it looks as if the wait has been worth it. Installment two, "The Matrix Reloaded," preemed in 13 countries over the weekend, day…
Warner Bros.'/Village Roadshow's "The Matrix Reloaded" plugged itself into Hollywood history several times over the weekend.
"Matrix" mania has fueled sales of the Atari vidgame "Enter the Matrix," which the Wachowski brothers wrote and directed while shooting "Reloaded" and the sequel. Game debuted worldwide the same day…
To make a film about something like the Columbine student shootings incident and provide no insight or enlightenment would seem to be pointless at best and irresponsible at worst, and that is what…
Unclassifiable cult figure Takashi Miike's films invariably have their share of weirdness and perversity, but "Gozu" arguably outweirds all previous efforts in the Japanese director's eclectic canon…