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‘THE ARCHIES’ WRAPS PRODUCTION

Production has wrapped up on “The Archies,” a Netflix coming-of-age, live action musical set in 1960s India, based on the teenagers of Riverdale and the popular comic book series of the same title. Directed by Zoya Akhtar (“Gully Boy”), the film stars the offspring of many of Bollywood’s current superstars. These include: Mihir Ahuja, Dot, Yuvraj Menda and Vedang Raina. They are joined by Khushi Kapoor, the daughter of the late actor Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor and sister of Janhvi Kapoor; superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan; and Agastya Nanda, the grandson of revered actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. It was written by Akhtar, Reema Kagti and Ayesha Devitre. Production is by Tiger Baby (Akhtar and Kagti), Graphic India (Sharad Devarajan) and Archie Comics.

GO MEN GONE

Using Instagram to make the announcement, Netflix has scooped up rights to Korean drama film “The Match” starring Lee Byung-hun (“G.I. Joe,” “Squid Game”) and Yoo Ah-in (“Burning”), meaning that it will no longer have a theatrical release in Korea. Directed by Kim Hyung-joo the film is based real-life characters from the 1980s and 1990s. The story involves a leading Go player who takes a raw talent under his wing, only to see the younger player later turn against him. International rights to the film had been pitched by Acemaker Movieworks at the Busan rights market in 2021.

HAINAN UNDER WAY

The Hainan Island International Film Festival got under way on Sunday, after a delay caused by changing COVID regulations in China. The festival announced its competition section shortly before the opening. It includes a selection of festival favorites: “Aftersun,” “As Bestas,” “Goutte d’Or,” “Saint-Omer,” “The Innocent,” “Trenque Lauquen,” “Vera,” “What Remains,” and “World War III,” as well as two titles from mainland China, “The Cord Of Life,” directed by Qiao Siyu and “Georgia,” directed by Chakme Rinpoche.
The documentary competition is entirely composed of foreign films: “A Marble Travelogue,” “A Steady Job,” “Blue Bag Life,” “Dry Ground Burning,” “Rookies,” “See You Friday Robinson,” “The Eclipse” and “We, Students!.”

Other sections were announced earlier. The festival runs until Dec. 25 at locations in Sanya and around the island province.

EROS APPEALS FOR MORE TIME


Indian entertainment group, Eros Media World says it will appeal against the New York Stock Exchange’s decision to delist the company’s A shares and suspend share trading. A hearing on the matter has been postponed at Eros’s request until April 13, 2023. The NYSE said that Eros had failed to file its annual and semi-annual interim reports on time. Eros said that it was still disentangling itself from STX Entertainment, the U.S.-based company that it acquired some two years earlier, and which it sold in April 2022 to The Najafi Companies. “Although the sale of the STX Entertainment business was necessary to enable the company to pursue its long-term strategy and maximize long term value for shareholders, the separation of the two companies caused complex financial reporting and other transition issues,” said Eros.

BERLINALE ENLISTS ARMANI BEAUTY, UBER AS MAIN SPONSORS

Armani beauty and Uber have partnered up with the Berlin Film Festival as principal sponsors for the 2023 edition. These two companies will join ZDF which is the festival’s long-time media partner, ZDF. I am very pleased about the large number of new partners we have been able to inspire for the 2023 festival,” said Berlinale executive director Mariëtte Rissenbeek.

“The Berlinale’s appeal as a platform for innovative marketing activities by international companies continues unabated, even after two exceptional years due to the pandemic,” Rissenbeek continued. The organizer pointed those two sponsors will bring some “important financial support,” on top of “diverse services.”

Armani beauty, which is also a principal partner of the Venice Film Festival, will provide the official make-up service for Berlinale guests, including celebrities who will walk the red carpet. Armani beauty’s faces are Cate Blanchett, Regé-Jean Page, Tessa Thompson, Nicholas Hoult, Adria Arjona, Greta Ferro and Alice Pagani, among others.