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U.S. Agencies Court International Distributors as Market Consolidation Puts Domestics in Disarray

As the global film industry emerges from the worst of the pandemic — and wide-ranging consolidation in the U.S. puts studio and streaming strategies in disarray — representatives for CAA, UTA and WME Independent say international distributors are more important than ever to their businesses.That claim will be put to the test at this week’s […]

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The Euro 75: Vendôme Group (France)

They were producers on Sian Heder’s Oscar best-picture winner ‘Coda’Need to know: Co-CEOs Philippe Rousselet and Fabrice Gianfermi are currently flying high as the producers of Sian Heder’s Oscar best-picture winner Coda. They were the first European producers to achieve this feat since Thomas Langmann with The Artist in 2011. Paris-born Rousselet, who has had […]

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Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ Shifting to 2023, Apple Eyes New Date After Slap (Exclusive)

Don’t expect an “Emancipation” for Oscar winner Will Smith in 2022. Originally expected to drop on the fall festival circuit later this year, the actor’s next film from Apple, and co-produced by his production company Westbrook Studios, is planning to delay the film’s release to sometime in 2023.Directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”), the movie […]

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Do ‘Everything Everywhere,’ ‘Northman’ and ‘Unbearable Weight’ Offer More Action Than Awards Voters Can Handle?

With “The Northman,” “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” and the continued success of “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” this month has been about action-forward movies that are entertaining and worthy, but might fail to be taken seriously as real “achievements” in Hollywood. Timing has also proven to be an essential factor, and not just […]

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Sam Esmail’s ‘Metropolis’ TV Series Will Bring New Spin to Fritz Lang’s Classic

Hot off a Best Picture win for “Coda” and a blockbuster TV drama in “Severance,” Apple TV+ is plotting its most ambitious project yet: an epic eight-part television adaption of “Metropolis” from “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail.Fritz Lang’s original “Metropolis” is one of the most influential films in cinematic history. The silent film, which tells […]

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Activists Demand UCLA Amend Hollywood Diversity Report to Document Disabled, Lgbtqia+ Representation

UCLA’s latest Hollywood Diversity Report found some improvement in 2022 in regards to hiring women and people of color, but activist group Fwd-Doc is demanding that UCLA address other overlooked groups such as Lgbtqia+ individuals and the “invisible minority” — disabled people — in the industry.Jim LeBrecht, co-founder of Fwd-Doc and co-director of the Oscar-nominated […]

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‘Coda’ Has Changed Oscar Movies’ Release Strategies Forever

In analyzing how “Coda” achieved its Best Picture win, we must face a discomfiting reality: Beyond Oscar qualification, theatrical play had very little to do with its success.Most years, winning Best Picture includes a careful effort by its distributor to make it hit. Recent winners such as “Parasite” and “Green Book” played theaters during the […]

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