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Disney Offers Concessions to Secure E.U. Approval For Fox Deal

The Walt Disney Company has offered antitrust concessions to try and help secure E.U. approval for its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets. The move was announced Monday by the European Commission, which is reviewing competition concerns over the merger, with Disney having submitted the proposal Friday. Details of the concessions offered have […]

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Appeals Court Reverses Stage Money Counterfeiting Conviction in Hong Kong

The film props master who was earlier found guilty of possessing counterfeit money by owning dummy banknotes used in Hong Kong film “Trivisa” had his name cleared on Monday. A High Court ruled that he was improperly convicted. In an appeal, the court ruled in favor of Cheung Wai-chuen, owner of a well-known film properties […]

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Mipcom: Viacom’s Pierluigi Gazzolo on Latin America’s TV build, Ramping Up Originals, Producing for Third-Parties

CANNES — Few executives are better positioned to pinpoint the vast changes sweeping over Latin American TV than Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of Viacom Intl. Media Networks – Americas. VIMN – America’s purchase of Telefe, Argentina’s highest-rating broadcast network, and then investment in Porta dos Fundos, Brazil’s second-biggest YouTube channel, have been milestones in the region’s […]

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Gaspar Noé’s ‘Climax’ Takes Top Honors at Sitges

BARCELONA— A take on physical joy and hellish pain, Gaspar Noé‘s “Climax” took best film at the 51st Sitges’ Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. Among other main awards, Panos Cosmatos (“Mandy“), Quentin Dupieux (“Keep An Eye Out”) and “Atsushi Doi” snagged director, script and FX respectively. Produced by Germany’s Wild Bunch and Rectangle Productions,”Climax” took […]

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Finally Lands a Release Date in China

After weeks of speculation, “Crazy Rich Asians” has landed a release in China. The brash Asian-centric romcom hit is scheduled to hit theaters on Nov. 30. Doubt over a release in the world’s second-biggest film market had dogged the Warner Bros. film, with observers wondering whether its depiction of ostentatious wealth among the ethnic Chinese […]

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Jane Fonda: One of Hollywood’s Strongest Leading Ladies

It might sound contradictory, but perhaps the greatest testament to Jane Fonda’s six-decade career is how many people are unfamiliar with every facet of it. Not everyone who grew up with Fonda as the face of 1980s workout culture is immediately aware of the ambitious artistic extremes of her screen acting career; younger viewers getting […]

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HFPA to Partner with Lumière Festival on Lumière Brothers’ Films Restoration

LYON, France  — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is partnering with the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon to help restore 300 short films by brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière. In collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna and the Lumière Foundation, the donation will fund the second phase of restoration. “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has […]

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10th Lumière Festival Opens with Bardem, Bellucci, Dujardin, Del Toro, Lelouch

LYON, France  — The Lumière Film Festival opened in Lyon, France, on Saturday with a grand ceremony celebrating the event’s 10th anniversary. Institut Lumière Director Thierry Frémaux welcomed a host of French and international stars and filmmakers to the festivities at the city’s immense Halle Tony Garnier concert hall, among them Javier Bardem, Monica Bellucci, […]

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