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Fede Alvarez, Good Universe's Bad Hombre sets debut project

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Untitled Techno Thriller to be first project released under Bad Hombre.

Bad Hombre, the company formed by Good Universe and Fede Alvarez last February, has announced its first project, Untitled Techno Thriller.

Bad Hombre, producer of films in the horror, thriller and sci-fi genres, is not revealing plot details on the thriller to be written by Simon Barrett and directed by Jason Eisener.

Alvarez (pictured above) and Rodo Sayagues of Bad Hombre will produce.  Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman of Good Universe will serve as executive producers alongside Jay Basu.

Barrett wrote the horror films You’re Next and A Horrible Way To Die. His most recent releases include the thriller The Guest and horror sequel Blair Witch.

Eisener’s credits include Hobo With A Shotgun, The ABC’s Of Death, V/H/S/2 and the short film Treevenge.

Basu, who is also a writer, is currently working with Alvarez on Sony’s The Girl »


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Bad Hombre announces first project

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Company created by Good Universe, Fede Alvarez announce Untitled Techno Thriller.

Bad Hombre, the company formed by Good Universe and Fede Alvarez last February, has announced its first project, Untitled Techno Thriller.

Bad Hombre, producer of films in the horror, thriller and sci-fi genres, is not revealing plot details on the thriller to be written by Simon Barrett and directed by Jason Eisener.

Alvarez (pictured above) and Rodo Sayagues of Bad Hombre will produce.  Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman of Good Universe will serve as executive producers alongside Jay Basu.

Barrett wrote the horror films You’re Next and A Horrible Way To Die. His most recent releases include the thriller The Guest and horror sequel Blair Witch.

Eisener’s credits include Hobo With A Shotgun, The ABC’s Of Death, V/H/S/2 and the short film Treevenge.

Basu, who is also a writer, is currently working with Alvarez on Sony’s The Girl »


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Will Packer, Discovery, Universal partner on production venture

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Will Packer Media will produce scripted, unscripted, and short form digital content.

Producer Will Packer has partnered with Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures to form Will Packer Media, a production and branded content company. 

The venture will focus on what the company calls the “New American Mainstream audience, with an urban millennial core that is defining and driving pop culture at large.”

Will Packer Media will produce episodic scripted and unscripted series across television and digital platforms. The company will also create branded content, as well as short form content aimed at millennial audiences. Packer will serve as CEO.  

In support of its digital short form media and branded content goals, the company has acquired creative and technology agency Narrative_, co-founded by Tricia Clarke-Stone and Russell Simmons, which will form a core part of Will Packer Media.

Alix Baudin, most recently senior vice-president and general manager of digital operations at Scripps Networks Interactive, has joined »


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Tiff 2017: 'Darkest Hour', 'Kings', 'mother!' among line-up

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Update: Tiff unveils Galas, Special Presentations selections.

Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour (above) starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang follow-up Kings, and Darren Aronofsky’s mother! with Jenifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are among the initial wave of Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) picks announced on Tuesday.

Toronto promgrammers updated the premiere status of each film announced in Galas and Special Presentations on Tuesday morning. Darkest Hour is a Canadian premiere, suggesting Telluride and possibly Venice berths, while mother! is a North American premiere, which indicates a world premiere slot in Venice.

Kings ia a world premiere, alongside many others (see below) including Hany Abu-Assad’s plane crash survivor drama The Mountain Between Us with Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon drama Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal, and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie, Wim Wender’s romantic thriller Submergence with Alicia Wikander and James McAvoy, [link »


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Protagonist reveals CEO and restructure

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Dave Bishop appointed CEO; expanded roles for Vanessa Saal, Dimitra Tsingou; Len Rowles joins.

Protagonist Pictures has promoted Dave Bishop to CEO.

The appointment comes as part of an internal management restructure for the diversifying international sales company.

Bishop will oversee Protagonist’s slate of films as a sales agent, as well as the company’s continued push into development, production and finance. Bishop’s former position as head of worldwide acquisitions will be replaced in the coming months.

Dimitra Tsingou, who is chief operating officer, adds the title president of production to her role and she will spearhead the company’s drive into production with Bishop.

Vanessa Saal, who is head of worldwide sales, now takes on the role of managing director, sales and distribution, overseeing the company’s films through all stages of sales and release while working closely with acquisitions and production.

Longstanding head of marketing Bridget Pedgrift rounds out the senior management team.

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First look at Johnny Depp in 'Richard Says Goodbye'

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Danny Huston, Rosemarie Dewitt, Zoey Deutch, Devon Terrell and Odessa Young also join cast.

The first image of Johnny Depp on the set of Richard Says Goodbye has been released (see above, full image below).

Shooting has started on location in Vancouver on the comedy drama, which is written and directed by Wayne Roberts (Katie Says Goodbye).

Danny Huston (Wonder Woman), Rosemarie DeWitt (La La Land), Zoey Deutch (Everybody Wants Some!!), Devon Terrell (Barry), and Odessa Young (Looking For Grace) have also joined the cast.

In the film Depp plays Richard, a world-weary college professor who is given a life-changing diagnosis and decides to abandon conventions and live his life as freely as possible.

Richard Says Goodbye is co-financed by Im Global and Cirrina Studios with additional financing from Leeding Media. Im Global is also handling international sales with CAA repping domestic rights.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Sinister, Midnight Special) of Automatik Entertainment and Im Global’s President of Production »


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Venice Days lineup: Kim Nguyen, Ermanno Olmi, Chloe Sevigny

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Venice sidebar to screen eleven world premieres; first screening of Ermanno Olmi doc.

The Venice Film Festival’s (Aug 30 - 9) independently run Venice Days section will host 12 competition titles, 11 of which are world premieres, including new films from Kim Nguyen, Chloe Sevigny, Pengfei, and Sara Forestier.

War Witch director Nguyen will show drama Eye On Juliet, starring UK actor Joe Cole, while M marks the directorial debut of Standing Tall actress Forestier.

Pengfei, who was in Venice Days in 2015 with his first film, Underground Fragrance, is returning with followup The Taste of Rice Flower (pictured).

Screening in the special events category will be a never seen before and thought to be lost Ermanno Olmi documentary from the 1960s: Il Tentato Suicidio Nell Adolescenza (Attempted Suicide In Youths).

The documentary follows the pioneering work of the emergency psychiatric branch of the Policlinico di Milano.

Meanwhile, new short films by Sevigny and Us choreographer-director Celia Rowlson-Hall will screen in Venice »


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Venice Days lineup: Kim Nguyen, Sara Forestier, Chloe Sevigny

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Venice sidebar to screen eleven world premieres; first screening of Ermanno Olmi doc.

The Venice Film Festival’s (Aug 30 - 9) independently run Venice Days section will host 12 competition titles, 11 of which are world premieres, including new films from Kim Nguyen, Chloe Sevigny, Pengfei, and Sara Forestier.

War Witch director Nguyen will show drama Eye On Juliet, starring UK actor Joe Cole, while M marks the directorial debut of Standing Tall actress Forestier.

Pengfei, who was in Venice Days in 2015 with his first film, Underground Fragrance, is returning with followup The Taste of Rice Flower (pictured).

New short films by Sevigny and Us choreographer-director Celia Rowlson-Hall will screen in Venice Days’ Women’s Tales Project, sponsored by Miu Miu, the women’s fashion brand.

Screening in the special events category will be a never seen before and thought to be lost Ermanno Olmi documentary from the ’60s: Il Tentato Suicidio Nell Adolescenza.

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Industry launches ten-point plan to boost European movie exports

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Efad releases ten-point plan to help promote films internationally.

The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) has released a paper highlighting the need to better promote European films and increase exports outside the continent.

The paper, which includes a 10-point action plan, was put together after a roundtable discussion in Cannes involving the European Commission, film promotion agencies, national film bodies and other representatives of the European audio-visual sector.

The reports says that Europe has not yet reached its full potential in terms of exports despite being a giant market.

It also calls for a clearer and more co-ordinated strategy to boost this growth from organisations at national, European and international level, such as Media, Acp Culture+, Eurimages and national film funders.

Efad is the body representing the national film agencies from 31 European countries.

10-point strategy for growth:At European level, the European Commission was encouraged to relaunch a dedicated scheme to support operators in third countries to release »


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Industry creates ten-point plan to boost European movie exports

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Efad releases ten-point plan to help promote films internationally.

The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) has released a paper highlighting the need to better promote European films and increase exports outside the continent.

The paper, which includes a 10-point action plan, was put together after a roundtable discussion in Cannes involving the European Commission, film promotion agencies, national film bodies and other representatives of the European audio-visual sector.

The reports says that Europe has not yet reached its full potential in terms of exports of that content, despite being a giant market.

It also calls for a clearer and more co-ordinated strategy to boost this growth from organisations at national, European and international level, such as Media, Acp Culture+, Eurimages and national film funders.

10-point strategy for growth: At European level, the European Commission was encouraged to relaunch a dedicated scheme to support operators in third countries to release, distribute, and promote »


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'Wonder Woman 2' to open in 2019

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Warner Bros reveals date for sequel to global hit.

Warner Bros announced on Tuesday that Untitled WB Event Film scheduled for release on December 13, 2019, is Wonder Woman 2.

Patty Jenkins is in talks to return to the director’s chair after this summer’s hit adaptation.

Wonder Woman has grossed $780m worldwide and counting, of which $389.7m comes from North America and $390.6m from international markets.

Despite the film’s commercial and critical success, Jenkins, who broke records for a female director, has not signed on for the sequel.

Star Gal Gadot attended the studio’s Comic-Con presentation in San Diego last Saturday and took part in a Justice League panel, although studio chiefs declined to make any announcement about the sequel. »


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£500k scheme for Scottish production companies launched

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Focus initiative aims to provide business support to Scottish film and TV companies.

An initiative worth up to £500k ($649k) to provide business support to Scottish TV and film production companies has been announced.

For the two-year pilot project, called Focus, Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise have allocated £250k each, which will be spread across 20 participating companies.

These companies are expected to contribute a further £250k between them to create a potential £750k of total project funding.

There are two stages to the project. In Stage 1 the company will work with a business development advisor to create a strategy for the company. This costs £5,550, with £1,850 payable by the participating company.

In Stage 2, the company will carry out the recommendations in the strategy by buying in expertise to help them develop. This might be expertise around distribution, financing, royalties, rights, Hr or sales. At this stage the funding will be allocated on a case-by-case basis and come to »


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TV diversity scheme reveals 2018 details

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Initiative aimed at experienced professionals sends one participant to attend a showrunner programme in La.

London and La-based media consultancy MediaXchange has revealed details of the 2018 edition of its diversity scheme to support UK Bame (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) television workers.

Open to scriptwriters, creative and executive producers, writer-directors and broadcaster and production company executives, entrants must have substantial credits or experience at a management level.

A judging panel will select one participant who will be given the chance to attend MediaXchange’s week-long Showrunner TV Drama Exchange programme in Los Angeles, which will take place in spring 2018.

There, the participant will be able to network with Us showrunners and executives, gaining insight into how Us TV shows are developed, run and maintained.

Last year’s prize was won by Pier Wilkie [pictured], whose credits at the BBC include Don’t Take My Baby, The Song Of Lunch, Criminal Justice and Shakespeare Retold: A Midsummer Night’s Dream »


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Sarajevo's Kinoscope to show 'The Square', 'Loveless'

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Michael Haneke’s Happy End also among titles in non-competitive strand.

The Sarajevo International Film Festival (August 11-18) has unveiled the line-up for its Kinoscope programme, with 17 titles competing.

The non-competitive strand, which first launched in 2012, selects titles from around the globe and excludes territories featured in the main competition.

Among this year’s cohort are major titles to have competed at Cannes including the Palme d’Or-winner The Square, Michael Haneke’s latest feature Happy End and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s well-received Loveless.

Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa’s Gabriel And The Mountain, Léonor Serraille’s Montparnasse Bienvenüe, Chloé Zhao’s The Rider and Valeska Grisebach’s Western are also included.

The 2017 Kinoscope Line-up

Ava

France, 2017, 105 min.

Director: Léa Mysius

Gabriel And The Mountain / Gabriel E A Montanha 

Brazil, France, 2017, 127 min.

Director: Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa

A Ghost Story

USA, 2017, 93 min.

Director: David Lowery

Godspeed / Yi Lu Shun Feng 

Taiwan, 2016, 111 min.

Director: Mong-Hong Chung

Happy End 

France, Austria, Germany »


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First trailer for Locarno premiere 'Iceman'

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Exclusive: Watch the first trailer for revenge movie about Neolithic man ‘Ötzi’.

Screen can reveal the first trailer for writer-director Felix Randau’s Locarno world premiere Iceman, which reimagines the last days of Neolithic man ‘Ötzi’.

Watch above or on mobile Here:

The epic survival and revenge story charts the fictional journey of a man who lived more than 5,300 years ago as the leader of a besieged Neolithic clan in the Ötztal Alps.

The enigmatic character has subsequently become the subject of one of the great unsolved historical murder cases.

Beta Cinema handles sales on the movie, starring Juergen Vogel (The Wave), Franco Nero (Django Unchained), André M. Hennicke (Victoria) and Sabin Tambrea (Ludwig II).

The film was shot in an early version of the Rhaetic language. Dop is Jakub Bejnarowicz (Mercy).

Producers are Port au Prince Film and Kultur Produktion/Jan Krüger (Jack) in co-production with Echo Film, Lucky Bird Pictures and Amour FouVienna.

Iceman premieres »


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Netflix orders Matt Groening's 'Disenchantment' to series

21 hours ago

Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxonand, Eric Andre voice series set to premiere in 2018.

Netflix has ordered 20 episodes of Disenchantment, an adult animated comedy fantasy series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening

Disenchantment will premiere on Netflix 10 episodes at a time starting in 2018, and is produced by The Ululu Company for Netflix, with Groening and Josh Weinstein serving as executive producers. 

The series takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, and follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools. 

The series will feature the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxonand, Eric Andre, along with John Dimaggio, Billy West, Maurice Lamarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery

Rough Draft Studios, the company behind Groening’s previous show Futurama, will »


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John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church join 'The Peanut Butter Falcon'

24 July 2017 2:17 PM, PDT

Principal photography underway in Savannah, Georgia.

Armory Films has announced that John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church, and Yelawolf will join the cast of The Peanut Butter Falcon.

The film directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz centres on Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome who has been confined to live in a retirement home for most of his life.

One day he breaks out and takes to the road to try to find his hero, a retired wrestler named The Salt Water Redneck. Along the way Zak experiences adventure and danger, and joins forces with a desperado crab fisherman and a kind nurse. 

The cast also includes newcomer Zachary Gottsagen, Shia Labeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern.

Armory FilmsTim Zajaros and Christopher Lemole are producing and financing the film, alongside Bona Fide ProductionsAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa, T Bone Burnett, Lije Sarki, and David Thies. Burnett will also »


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James Bond to return in November 2019

24 July 2017 2:10 PM, PDT

Details on cast and director to follow at later date.

Eon and MGM announced on Monday that Bond 25 will open in the Us on November 8, 2019.

In keeping with tradition, the upcoming instalment will debut earlier in the UK and the rest of the world on dates to be announced.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will write the screenplay, as they did on Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of Eon Productions are producing, and announced the date with MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber.

Additional details regarding cast, director and distribution will be announced at a later date. »


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Pierce Brosnan narrates family film 'Aldabra: Once Upon An Island'

24 July 2017 11:37 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Vision Films handles worldwide sales on eco-themed feature.

Pierce Brosnan has wrapped narration duties on the family feature Aldabra: Once Upon An Island, which Vision Films represents for worldwide sales.

The film is available in 2D and 3D and generated more than $1m in the Czech Republic through Falcon. It just opened in Italy through Twelve Entertainment and launches in Russia through Luxor. Next up is India through Picture House.

Brosnan voices every role in the English-language version and recorded the narration in Kauai, Hawaii. Vision Films will meet with Us buyers in Toronto and the Afm.

Characters include a giant tortoise, a coconut crab, a turtle, an old man, and a grouper. The story is set on Aldabra, the world’s little-seen second largest coral atoll that lies within the Seychelles. As the island rises and drops below Indian Ocean, the cycle gives life to new generations of creatures.

Aldabra: Once Upon An Island is a film »


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Streaming platform Kocowa launches in Us

24 July 2017 11:18 AM, PDT

Streaming platform Kocowa has launched in the Us by Kcp Global, a joint venture between major South Korean broadcasters Kbs, Mbc and Sbs.The platform says it will offer South Korean TV programmes translated into English within hours of their local broadcast, including drama, variety shows and K-Pop shows.Kocowa will be available on a range of platforms including PC, mobile and tablets and, later this year, smart TVs. ?Content includes TV dramas such as School 2017

Streaming platform Kocowa has launched in the Us by Kcp Global, a joint venture between major South Korean broadcasters Kbs, Mbc and Sbs.

The platform says it will offer South Korean TV programmes translated into English within hours of their local broadcast, including drama, variety shows and K-Pop shows.

Kocowa will be available on a range of platforms including PC, mobile and tablets and, later this year, smart TVs. 


Content includes TV dramas such as School 2017, Into The World Again (pictured »


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