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VFX Biz Gains Big Boost from New French Production Policies

For some time, the French VFX sector suffered an acute case of brain drain, as young professionals would graduate from internationally admired institutions and nearly immediately take their talents abroad.“Years ago, when I spoke with students from [the renowned school] ArtFX, something like 95 of them planned to leave after graduation,” says VFX supervisor Emmanuel […]

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‘Emily in Paris,’ ‘The Last Duel’ Among Recent Productions Aided by French Incentives

Playing a foundational role in the history of film and benefitting from enough picturesque locales to launch a thousand postcards, France has long attracted directors and crews from across the globe.Keeping them on site for more than a few days, however, was once a different story altogether.The 2009 passage of the Tax Rebate for Intl. […]

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Paris Images Online Attracts Top French Film, TV & Tech Players

Paris Images Online, an industry showcase promoting locations in the French capital, has lured some of France’s top dogs, including Federation Entertainment’s Pascal Breton, “Sing 2” producer Jacques Bled, and “Notre Dame on Fire” filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud. The conference is taking place on Jan. 24 as part of the Paris Images conference, which kicks off […]

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Ben Affleck Is Done Making IP-Driven Movies

Ben Affleck, the artist formerly known as Batfleck, has a new movie, “The Tender Bar,” coming to theaters and Amazon Prime Video. He’s also coming off a recent reunion with his “Good Will Hunting” co-writer and co-star, Matt Damon, in Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel,” which is now available on home media. “The Tender Bar” goes […]

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Ben Affleck On ‘The Tender Bar,’ ‘The Last Duel’ & Saying Goodbye To IP Content [Interview]

Ben Affleck is coming to terms with a new reality. And, no, it’s not in regards to his personal life, but his film career. After accumulating a resume filled with massive blockbusters and a Best Picture Oscar, the 49-year-old actor, screenwriter and director is now in an industry where the viewing dynamics have changed. In […]

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Jennifer Lopez Rom-Com ‘Marry Me’ to Debut Simultaneously in Theaters and on Peacock

“Marry Me,” a musical romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez, will debut on Peacock on Feb. 11, 2022, the same day as its theatrical release.The Universal Pictures film was intended to premiere exclusively on the big screen, but the studio opted to shake up its release plan at a time when dramas and comedies — and […]

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Florence Pugh, Rami Malek, Benny Safdie Join Christopher Nolan’s Epic ‘Oppenheimer’

Christopher Nolan is adding more star power to his World War II drama “Oppenheimer.”Oscar winner Rami Malek, Oscar nominee Florence Pugh and “Uncut Gems” director Benny Safdie have joined an ensemble that already includes Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Cillian Murphy and Emily Blunt.The film, with its oh-so-commercial-sounding story about the development of the atomic […]

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‘Raised by Wolves’ Season 2 Trailer: Ridley Scott-Produced HBO Max Sci-Fi Drama Returns in February

The HBO Max original series “Raised by Wolves,” created by “Prisoners” writer Aaron Guzikowski, is returning to the streaming platform this coming February 3, 2022. The android science-fiction drama is executive-produced by Ridley Scott, who’s currently on the press and awards circuits promoting his films “House of Gucci” and “The Last Duel.” Ahead of the […]

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