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Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o in Talks for Disney's 'Jungle Book' (Exclusive)

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Disney is swinging forward with its adaptation of The Jungle Book, with two actresses in the midst of boarding the project being directed by Jon Favreau. Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o are in the middle of negotiations to join the already cast Idris Elba in what is being envisioned as a live-action/CG hybrid movie. Nyong’o is in final negotiations to play Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli.  Johansson is in earlier stages of talks to voice the character of Kaa, the python who eats other animals

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‘Midnight Rider’ Star Pulls Out of Movie After Fatal Accident

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William Hurt has pulled out of his starring role in “Midnight Rider,” in which he was set to play musician Gregg Allman.

Production on “Midnight Rider” was halted after camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed in a train accident during preproduction in February in Georgia.

Hurt had come on board the project in December.

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Fox rebooting 'Flash Gordon with 'Star Trek 3' writers

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Eighty years ago, polo-playing Yalie Flash Gordon first appeared in his own comic strip in newspapers throughout the country. No one under the age of 20 understands half the words in that sentence, yet Flash Gordon endures. Originally created by Alex Raymond as a ’30s-era pulp hero, the character inspired the retroactively beloved 1980 film and, more recently, a shortlived sci-fi series. The strip itself ran through the mid-’00s (you can get a closer look at it here) — and he could be staging a return trip to the big screen: EW has confirmed the news, originally uncovered by The Hollywood Reporter, »


- Darren Franich

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Screen, Winston Baker team on Cannes Finance Forum

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Screen International becomes media partner on 5th Annual International Film Finance Forum.

Screen International is to partner with conference producer Winston Baker on the fifth annual International Film Finance Forum during the Cannes Film Festival.

Speakers at this year’s forum, held at the InterContinental Carlton Hotel on May 16, include Pierre-Ange Le Pogam [pictured], Rodolphe Buet, David Glasser, Philippe Carcassonne and Claudia Blümhuber.

Additional sponsors and partners include O’Melveny & Myers Llp, Rothstein Kass, Silver Reel, Stroock, Variety, and Women in Film and Television Germany.

More information, including registration details, can be found here.

Speakers include:

Robbert Aarts, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Fintage House

Nicole Ackermann, Managing Partner, Mouna GmbH

Claudia Blümhuber, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Silver Reel Partners Ag

Rodolphe Buet, Chief Executive Officer, StudioCanal Germany

Joseph Calabrese, Partner and Chair of Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice, O’Melveny & Myers Llp

Philippe Carcassonne, Producer, Ciné-@

Joseph Chianese, Executive Vice President, Ep Financial »


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Eurimages launches childrens film award

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The new co-production development award will be dedicated to films for youngsters.

Eurimages’ Board of Management has moved to create a special Eurimages Co-production Development Award dedicated to children films.

It follows the success of the Eurimages Co-Production Development Prize awarded within the co-production markets of Rotterdam (CineMart), Sarajevo (CineLink), Rome (New Cinema Network) and Copenhagen (Cph:forum) film festivals,

This award, a cash prize of €20,000 ($28,000), will be given during the Junior Co-Production Market of the Cinekid for Professionals event in Amsterdam.

The two-day co-production market enables financers, broadcasters and producers to assess new projects across the cross-media, film and television sectors and meets the objective of the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, which has been created to promote the fund’s role in encouraging European co-production from the initial stages of a project.

To be eligible, projects must participate in the Junior Co-Production Market and be designed from the outset as a European co-production intended for cinema release »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Finecut adds three for Cannes

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South Korean sales agent Finecut has secured three new titles for the Cannes Market led by Ha Jung-woo’s Chronicle Of A Blood Merchant, based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Yu Hua.

Chronicle Of A Blood Merchant will be directed by Ha Jung-woo, who will also play the lead. Ha, star of The Chaser and The Berlin File, made his directorial debut last year with light-hearted comedy Fasten Your Seatbelt, backed by Cj Entertainment. Ha Ji-won from Sector 7 and Haeundae also stars.

Published in 1996, the bestselling novel is from Yu Hua, the celebrated Chinese author of To Live, which was also adapted by Zhang Yimou into the Cannes-awarded film in 1994.

Set in 1950s Korea, it tells the story of a man who sells his blood over the years in a draining effort to make his family’s life better.

Budgeted at $5.5m, Next Entertainment World (New) is investing in and distributing the film. Produced by Dhuta »


- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Siddharth wins best film at Bjiff

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Richie Mehta’s Siddharth was awarded best film at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), while Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster picked up three prizes including best director.

The Grandmaster also scooped best actress for Zhang Ziyi and best cinematography for Philippe Le Sourd at the festival’s Tiantan Awards on Wednesday night. Wong Kar Wai and Zhang both won prizes for the film in the same categories at the recent Asian Film Awards in Macau.

Best actor at Beijing’s Tiantan Awards went to Guillaume Gouix for French director Sylvain Chomet’s Attila Marcel, which also won best music. Korean director Lee Joon-ik’s Hope won best supporting actress for the performance of child actor Lee Re. Alan Rickman won best supporting actor for his role in Patrice Leconte’s A Promise.

Peter Ho-sun Chan’s American Dreams In China won best screenplay (Zhou Zhiyong, Zhang Ji and »


- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Bankside secures sales for Hector

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Exclusive: Deals on Simon Pegg comedy include South Korea, Spain, Benelux.

UK sales outfit Bankside has closed a number of deals on Peter Chelsom’s comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness, starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.

Buyers include World Airlines (Entertainment in Motion), Benelux (Imagine Film Distribution), Cis/Baltic States (Exponenta), Greece (Feelgood Entertainment), Hong Kong (Cinehub/UA Films), Israel (Forum Film), Poland (Kino Swiat), Portugal (Outsider Films), South Korea (GreenNarae) and Spain (Festival Films).

Previously announced presales include UK (Koch Media), Canada, (Eone) Australia/Nz (Becker Film Group), Germany/German Speaking Europe (Wild Bunch Germany), Middle East (Eagle Films) and Turkey (Aqua Group).

Relativity announced its acquisition of Us rights earlier this week with a theatrical release scheduled for September 2014.

Maria von Heland, Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay’s script, based on the bestselling novel by François Lelord, charts the journey of a psychiatrist (Pegg) who searches »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Terracotta festival unveils line-up

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London-based Asian film festival to open with the UK premiere of Erik Matti’s On the Job and features a focus on the Philippines.

The sixth Terracotta Far East Film Festival (Tfeff), one of the UK’s biggest showcases for contemporary Asian cinema, is to open with the UK premiere of Erik Matti’s On the Job, which debuted at Directors Fortnight during the Cannes Film Festival 2013.

The festival, which will be held in two central London venues from May 23 to June 1, will comprise 24 films. It will close with the international premiere of Judge!, attended by director Akira Nagai.

Tfeff’s Spotlight On section will focus on the Philippines and director Matti will attend the opening ceremony of the strand with his film, On the Job.

The spotlight strand will be hosted by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Ica) from May 23-27, which will also feature a double bill dedicated to award-winning Filipino actor Felix Roco. He will »


- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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AMC/Sundance acquire Kinowelt TV

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AMC/Sundance Channel Global makes its first foray into Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the acquisition of the German pay-tv channel

AMC/Sundance Channel Global has secured an agreement to acquire KinoweltTV, a basic pay-tv channel distributed throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 

The 24/7 linear network airs classic and contemporary films. The acquisition expands AMC/Sundance Channel Global’s European presence with full distribution across all platforms in German-speaking Europe.  The transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions, including regulatory approval.

Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC/Sundance Channel Global and MGM Channel Global, said: “The acquisition of KinoweltTV is an important moment for AMC/Sundance Channel Global as it increases its international footprint and provides widespread distribution across all major platforms throughout German speaking Europe.

“KinoweltTV’s high quality critically acclaimed films complement Sundance Channel’s distinctive programming and we expect this acquisition will fit perfectly into our portfolio.”

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: Korea’s Ha Jung-woo to Direct, Star in ‘Blood Merchant’

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Hong Kong – Top South Korean actor, Ha Jung-woo will direct and star in “Chronicle of a Blood Merchant,” a drama based on a Chinese-best-selling novel

Production gets under way in May on a $5.5 million budget. Production is by Dhuta and Dasepo Club with distribution and finance through powerful indie distributor Next Entertainment World. International sales are handled by Finecut.

The 1996 novel is by Yu Hua, whose previous “To Live” was adapted as a film by Zhang Yimou that won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 1994. It tells the story of a man who sells his blood over many years in an attempt to better himself and his family Ha (“The Berlin File,” “Yellow Sea,” “The Chaser”) will star opposite Ha Ji-won (“Haeundae”, “Sector 7”.)

Finecut is preparing a Cannes sales launch and will also unveil “Fashion King,” and stereoscopic 3D horror “The Tunnel.”

Now in production, “Fashion King” is a »


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Salvation heads to France, Greece, Estonia

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Kristian Levring’s upcoming western The Salvation, set to play in Cannes, has been picked up by distributors in France, Greece and Estonia.

The film, starring Mads Mikkelsen, has been picked up by French distributors Jour2Fête and Chrysalis Films (co-distribution), Greek distributor Hollywood Entertainment and Estin Film from Estonia.

Levring, director of The King is Alive, has co-written the feature with Oscar winner Anders Thomas Jensen, writer of In a Better World and Love Is All You Need.

The Salvation was named as part of the Official Selection at the upcoming Cannes International Film Festival (May 14-25) where it will screen as one of the Midnight Screenings.

It stars Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Eric Cantona and Jonathan Pryce, lead by Mikkelsen as a Danish settler in 19th century North America, who sets out to avenge his family.

Jour2Fête and Chrysalis Films previously co-distributed TrustNordisk’s A Royal Affair.

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BBC to revisit Lady Chatterley’s Lover

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Cider With Rosie, The Go-Between and An Inspector Calls will be adapted as 90-minute dramas for a BBC1 season of early 20th century British novels and plays.

Controller Charlotte Moore and drama controller Ben Stephenson have ordered the dramas, which include Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s version of Dh Lawrence’s controversial 1928 novel, previously adapted for BBC1 by Ken Russell in 1993.

The sexually explicit novel, which details an affair between an upper-class woman and her gamekeeper, was censored in the UK for 30 years.

The project is a co-production between Hartswood Films and Serena Cullen Productions, and will be produced by Cullen with Sherlock exec Beryl Vertue on board as executive producer.

Meanwhile, Ben Vanstone is adapting Laurie Lee’s childhood memoir Cider With Rosie, about growing up in a Cotswold village on the verge of industrial change.

The drama will reunite Origin Pictures with Jamaica Inn director Philippa Lowthorpe.

Adrian Hodges is adapting »


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Film Review: ‘Brick Mansions’

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Given that it not only covers the same narrative ground as the hyperkinetic 2004 French actioner “District B13,” but even borrows one of that film’s stars — the amazingly nimble, frequently shirtless parkour artist David Belle — there’s no denying that “Brick Mansions” qualifies as one of the more redundant English-language remakes on record. Which in no way makes it an unnecessary or unenjoyable one: Ten years on, this second stab at the same material from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp generates nearly as much propulsive excitement as its predecessor, and considering how few saw “District B13” Stateside (where it grossed only $1.2 million theatrically), there’s clearly a sizable American audience ready to thrill to all those glass-smashing, stairwell-hopping stunts.

Still, the chief draw and talking point for this quick-and-dirty Relativity release will surely be Paul Walker, seen here in the last role he completed filming before his death in November. It »


- Justin Chang

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The Hurricane: the facts of Rubin Carter's life story are beaten to a pulp

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Denzel Washington's compelling performance gives Norman Jewison's biopic punch despite its many inaccuracies

The Hurricane (1999)

Director: Norman Jewison

Entertainment grade: B

History grade: D

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who died this week, was a boxer in the United States. He was convicted of a 1966 triple homicide in two trials and became a cause celebre, inspiring Bob Dylan's song Hurricane. The convictions were set aside by a federal court in 1985, on the grounds that they had been "predicated upon an appeal to racism rather than reason".

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Cannes: ‘The Salvation’ Finds Home In France, Greece and Estonia

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Paris– TrustNordisk has sold Kristian Levring’s western “The Salvation” to France, Greece and Estonia, in the run-up to Cannes Film Festival, where the movie will world-premiere in the Midnight section.

Pic was acquired by Jour2Fête and Chrysalis Films for French distribution, Hollywood Entertainment in Greece and Estin Film in Estonia. 

A North America-set revenge tale penned by Anders Thomas Jensen (“In A Better World”), “Salvation” stars Mads Mikkelsen as a 19th-century Danish settler who sets out to avenge his family. Mikkelsen plays opposite an attractive international cast including Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Eric Cantona and Jonathan Pryce.

Jour2Fête and Chrysalis Films previously teamed up on the distribution of the Oscar-nominated “A Royal Affair” in France.

 “Jour2Fête and Chrysalis Films are thrilled by the selection of ‘The Salvation’ in Cannes. We look very much forward to bringing this spectacular film to the French audience and to »


- Elsa Keslassy

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You & Me Forever review a brooding look at teen girls' friendship and desire

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Although it could have become a Nordic take on Blue Is the Warmest Colour, this well-acted Danish social drama deftly shows the blurry overlap of girlish sensuality and lesbian desire

This Scandinavian teen-centric film doesn't have the anarchic effervescence of Lukas Moodysson's We Are the Best!, last week's Scandinavian, teen-centric movie, but this more brooding work also astutely explores the subtle head games and micro-politics of adolescent girls, in this case that of 16-year-olds in suburban Denmark. When the story starts, Laura (Julie Andersen) and Christine (Emilie Kruse) are seemingly inseparable BFFs, but then Laura finds herself irresistibly drawn to new girl Maria (Frederikke Dahl Hansen), a troubled sophisticate with a wild streak. Working with a semi-improvised script, director Kaspar Munk deftly shows the blurry overlap between girlish sensuality, with its experimental kisses and sleepovers, and outright lesbian desire. At one point, it looks like this will turn into »

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Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg Talks Arrow, “Seeing Red” Spoilers, and What It Means for the Story and Characters Going Into Season 3

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So much is happening on the final few episodes of Arrow Season 2 that any of them could have been a season finale.  Story twists, character reveals and deaths have almost become expected, as things continue to escalate towards yet another and even bigger showdown between The Arrow (Stephen Amell) and Deathstroke (Slade Wilson). During this recent interview to talk about the remaining episodes this season, executive producer/writer Andrew Kreisberg addressed the big reveals of Episode 20, “Seeing Red,” and what it means for the story and characters, going forward.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some major spoilers. Before getting to the interview, here's our recap of Episode 20, "Seeing Red." Question:  How did you come to the choice of killing off Moira?  Was it something you’d been thinking about for awhile? Andrew Kreisberg:  No, it wasn’t something we were talking about, »

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Tribeca Film Review: ’5 to 7′

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Aspiring novelist Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin) receives nothing but rejection letters from publishers, but when it comes to romance, he has considerably better luck, earning coy encouragement from Arielle (Berenice Marlohe), a beautiful French woman he spies smoking on a New York sidewalk. There’s just one catch: She’s married, and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7, which isn’t nearly enough to satisfy this smitten scribbler. Courageously sentimental in an age of irony, Victor Levin’s refreshingly articulate “5 to 7” delivers romance of the sort thought lost since the days of Audrey Hepburn, for those who appreciate such finery. And who doesn’t?

Truth be told, the times are startlingly harsh for stories designed to make audiences actually feel something, and “5 to 7” risks ridicule from those who can’t abide Levin’s earnest, heart-on-his-sleeve approach. Like his naive 24-year-old protagonist, Levin would rather crash and »


- Peter Debruge

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Emily Browning in talks to star opposite Tom Hardy in Legend

7 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sucker Punch's Emily Browning is in negotiations to star in Legend.

The film has already cast Tom Hardy in dual roles.

Legend will chronicle the lives and crimes of UK gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray, The Wrap reports.

Hardy is set to portray both brothers in the film that was penned by Brian Helgeland.

Robin Hood's Helgeland will also direct the British feature.

Browning is in talks to take the female lead although exact details about her character are slim.

The actress was recently been seen in Paul Ws Anderson's Pompeii and Sleeping Beauty.

Watch an interview with Emily Browning below: »


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