“Circus” is the first full-length directorial effort from Canadians Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, who earned recognition in Hollywood with their Oscar-nominated animated short “Madame Tutli-Putli.”
Another of their shorts, “Higglety Pigglety Pop,” was produced by Spike Jonze and starred the voice talent of Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker.
“Circus” is an adventure-romance that takes place on a snowy New Year’s Eve, when a young pilot crashes his plane into a war-torn town on his first mission. There, he falls in love with a beautiful cabaret singer, befriends a talking circus bear and incites the townsfolk to liberate themselves from a despot.
“Chris and Maciek are the worthy heirs of Gilliam, Jim Henson and Tim Burton, yet their work boasts an ever bigger crossover appeal while being smart and innovative,” said Gregoire Melin at Kinology, which is producing and repping the pic in international markets.
“Circus” is also produced by Melissa Malkin and Dave Valleau of Canada’s Silo Corp., Stefan Arndt at Germany’s X-Filme Creative Pool and Andjelija Vlaisavljevic at Serbia’s Work in Progress.
“The White Circus” is due to start shooting in Germany and Serbia in February 2014.
Cannes Film Festival
Willem Dafoe on Making 'The Lighthouse' With Robert Pattinson
Chloë Sevigny on Bill Murray's Charm While Filming 'The Dead Don't Die'
Zhou Dongyu: Roles for Chinese Actresses Improving
Trans Actress Makes History at Cannes
Quentin Tarantino Rejects Reporter's Question About Margot Robbie’s Role in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Pamela Anderson Fears Julian Assange 'Won't Survive' Extradition
Hollywood Sexism: By the Numbers
Inside the Chopard Trophee Dinner at Cannes Film Festival
Eva Longoria Talks Abortion Ban, Time's Up and the 2020 Election
Will Quentin Tarantino Really Retire From Film After 'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood'?
Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel was vetted for an unidentified role in the Trump Administration in November 2016, Axios reported on Sunday. Axios received a leak of nearly 100 internal vetting documents from the Trump transition, including reports on Rex Tillerson, Betsy DeVos, Gary Cohn and James Mattis. The researchers scrubbed news clippings, LinkedIn pages, and [...]
As the movie that ushered in both the modern-day superhero genre and a new peak in the art of saturation marketing, Tim Burton’s “Batman” has a legacy that’s hard to overstate. Virtually everything associated with the 1989 comic-book adaptation became a cultural phenomenon, from Burton’s mischievous, mainstream-goth aesthetic to the meta-narrative of the film’s record-breaking [...]
Viacom’s BET Networks has teamed with Tyler Perry to create a subscription streaming service that combines the prolific auteur’s library of movies and TV shows with BET’s programming vault. The service dubbed BET Plus will bow in the fall with a handful of original series and productions and a deep library offering that will be [...]
Judith Krantz, a best-selling author known for her novels “Scruples” and “Princess Daisy,” died Saturday from natural causes, surrounded by family, friends and her four dogs at her Bel Air, California home, her publicist John Tellem confirmed. She was 91. Krantz began her career in journalism, working for Good Housekeeping writing freelance articles for Macleans, [...]
Attorneys representing Soundgarden, Hole, Steve Earle and the estates of Tupac and Tom Petty today filed a class-action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over the master recordings destroyed in a 2008 fire, the extent of which was revealed last week in a New York Times article. The lawsuit, obtained by Variety, seeks some “50% of [...]
Out of all the awards shows Variety Music attends every year — and we hit a few — in many ways A2IM’s Libera Awards, which celebrate the tight-knit independent label sector, is the most fun. It’s got awards and performances and a host and people get dressed up and all that, but at the end [...]
When calculating the new, higher rates determined by the U.S Copyright Royalty Board — which Spotify, Amazon, Google and SiriusXM/Pandora have appealed — Spotify has determined that it overpaid publishers in 2018 and would like a refund. “According to the new CRB regulations, we overpaid most publishers in 2018,” a Spotify spokeperson said. “While the [...]