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Paramount, Europe Anti-Trust Watchdog Agree on Deal on Cross-Border Access


MADRID — European anti-trust officials have accepted commitments by Paramount not to prevent consumers outside Britain from having access to its programming on U.K. pay-TV giant Sky, as long as Sky allows such access without advertising the Hollywood studio’s content. Paramount’s pledge is now legally binding as part of a deal struck between it and… Read more »


“Star Wars” Firm Guilty of Health Violations over Harrison Ford’s Broken Leg


LONDON – A British production company owned by Disney pleaded guilty Tuesday to two health and safety violations on the set of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in connection with an incident during filming that resulted in a broken leg for Harrison Ford. Ford, reprising his role as Han Solo, was walking through the spaceship… Read more »


Venice Days Unveils Lineup With Accent on Women Directors


ROME — The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section, modeled on the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled a lineup that emphasizes first-time and female filmmakers, with 10 of the 11 competition titles slated for world premieres. The accent on “female creativity,” as artistic director Giorgio Gosetti put it, is given by 7 women directors… Read more »


‘Beauty and the Beast’ Creatives Reflect on Disney Tale 25 Years Later


One of Disney’s classic films, “Beauty of the Beast,” waltzed the floor of Comic-Con this past weekend, where the “tale as old as time” celebrated its 25th anniversary with plenty of nostalgia and gratitude for fans in attendance. Dohn Hahn, who produced the animated “Beast” as well as the current live-action version, which opens next… Read more »


Korean Industry Halts Boycott of Busan Festival

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Korean film makers today said that they will call off their boycott of the Busan International Film Festival. The decision means that the 21st edition festival will go ahead in October, albeit on a smaller scale than in previous years. The move follows the acceptance on Friday (July 22) of amendments to the festival’s regulations. Those… Read more »


Vision Films Allies With Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Family movie specialist Vision Films has signed a distribution deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for its new releases in the United States and Canada, Variety has learned exclusively. Lise Romanoff, managing director/CEO of Vision Films, said, “Our distribution agreement will be instrumental in the growth of our home entertainment division, further ensuring our role… Read more »


Marni Nixon Remembered: A Wonderful Collaborator, Even if Natalie Wood Didn’t Agree


“You are the writer, but I am the author!” When famed ghost-singer Marni Nixon said those words to me, her ghostwriter, I didn’t quite understand how any of it would work. I had written previous books on my own (“That Book about That Girl,” “Noel Coward: A Bio-bibliography”), but had never been a ghostwriter before…. Read more »


Japan Box Office: ‘One Piece’ Wins Weekend, Dethrones ‘Dory’


“One Piece Film: Gold,” the thirteenth entry in the popular anime series about the adventures of the rubber-bodied Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew, debuted atop the Japanese box office for the weekend of July 23-24. Distributed by Toei on 739 screens nationwide, the film earned $10.9 million on 821,000 admissions. This was 15%… Read more »


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