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Influential French Auteur Jean-Marie Straub to Receive Locarno Lifetime Achievement Award

ROME — French auteur Jean-Marie Straub, who with his late wife Danièle Huillet formed one of cinema’s most intense, innovative and influential collaborations in modern cinema, will be honored by the Locarno Film Festival with its Pardo d’onore Manor lifetime achievement award. Born in Metz in 1933, and currently a resident of Switzerland after living in… Read more »

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Strand Releasing to Roll Out Liu Jian’s ‘Have a Nice Day’ in the U.S. (EXCLUSIVE)

Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Liu Jian’s animated neo-noir feature “Have a Nice Day” which premiered in competition at Berlin. Represented by Memento Films International (along with Edko which sold key Asian territories), “Have a Nice Day” is set in a small town in Southern China and follows the journey of a… Read more »

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‘I Am Rocket,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Director James Gunn Tells Chinese Screenwriters

“The structure of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ comes straight from Hong Kong cinema (where anything can happen at any moment),” “Guardians” director James Gunn said this week. “Johnnie To, John Woo and Ringo Lam made me fall in love with cinema even more than I had been before.” Other early influences when Gunn was a… Read more »

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Constantin Inks First-Look Film and TV Deal with Prime Universe

Constantin Film has inked a first-look deal with producer Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe Films. The two-year agreement covers movie and TV projects and is the latest step in Munich-based Constantin’s efforts to ramp up its English-language slate. In the wake of the deal, Prime Universe Films will be based at Constantin’s West Hollywood offices. Askarieh’s… Read more »

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Aims for Production in 2018

The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year. The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. in 2015 and… Read more »

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Shaquille O’Neal, Lil Rel Howery in Talks for Basketball Movie ‘Uncle Drew’

Shaquille O’Neal and  Lil Rel Howery are in talks to join NBA star Kyrie Irving in basketball drama “Uncle Drew.” Variety first reported on Feb. 9 that the project had been set up with Temple Hill Entertainment acquiring the feature film rights to Irving’s “Uncle Drew” Pepsi commercials. “Skiptrace” scribe Jay Longino was set to… Read more »

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‘Wonder Woman’ Partners With Hello Kitty in Japan for Adorable Promotion

In Japan, “Wonder Woman” will get some help from homegrown hero Hello Kitty to promote the DC Comics film. The promotion marks the first time Hello Kitty character has partnered with a major Hollywood film, though Hello Kitty previously helped market local films such as “The Ring.” “Wonder Woman” opens August 25 in Japan. Sanrio… Read more »

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Authorized Lou Gehrig Biopic ‘The Luckiest Man’ in Development

An authorized biopic of iconic baseball player Lou Gehrig was announced Wednesday, the 78th anniversary of Gehrig’s retirement from the New York Yankees. The baseball team has given its endorsement to the new project “The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth.” The film will be directed by Jay Russell (“My Dog Skip” “Ladder… Read more »

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