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Dylan Leiner Re-Ups at Sony Pictures Classics


Dylan Leiner has extended his contract as executive vice president at Sony Pictures Classics for another three years. The pact keeps Leiner at the company he has called home since 1994. He started as an assistant to co-president and SPC co-founder Marcie Bloom, rising up the ranks and forming key relationships with filmmakers such as… Read more »


Cannes: Un Certain Regard Winner ‘Rams’ Sells to Further Territories (EXCLUSIVE)


LONDON — Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has closed further distribution deals on Grimur Hakonarson’s Icelandic drama “Rams” (Hrutar), which won top prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section. A U.S. deal is under negotiation. The latest buyers to pick up the film include U.K. (Soda), Spain (Karma), Italy (Bim), Hungary… Read more »


Korea Box Office: ‘Mad Max’ Wins Holiday Weekend


“Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Spy” dominated the Korean box office over the three-day Buddha’s Birthday holiday weekend.


Cannes: Caramel Films Buys ‘Assassin,’ ‘An,’ ‘Nahid,’ ‘Crazy’


MADRID – Pacting with Wild Bunch, Enrique Gonzalez-Kuhn’s Madrid-based Caramel Films has acquired Spanish rights to Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin,” Cannes ‘ best director winner, one of the best reviewed of its 2015 competition titles and Variety’s favorite – like many others’ – for Sunday’s Palme d’Or. Buys come as Caramel topper Enrique Gonzalez-Kuhn has… Read more »


Richard Loncraine to Direct Romantic Comedy Drama ‘Finding Your Feet’

"Ruth & Alex" Premiere - Arrivals - 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

LONDON — Richard Loncraine, who was Emmy nominated for “My House in Umbria,” is to direct “Finding Your Feet,” a romantic comedy-drama written by Meg Leonard and “St. Trinian’s” scribe Nick Moorcroft. The story follows a middle-class, judgmental snob who finds her aspirational world turned upside down as she approaches retirement. Unable to deal with… Read more »


Cannes: ND Mantarraya Sources Wild Bunch, Films Distribution, Le Pacte (EXCLUSIVE)


CANNES – Mexico’s ND Mantarraya has snagged Wild Bunch’s “Our Little Sister“ and “My Golden Years” and Films Distribution’s “My Mother” and “Lamb,” as well as Le Pacte’s “Valley of Love” and “Brand New Testament.” In a total nine-title raid, ND Mantarraya, Mexico’s biggest arthouse distributor, also closed with The Match Factory on “Cemetery of… Read more »


Tyler James Williams Would ‘Absolutely Love’ to Play Spider-Man (VIDEO)


Tyler James Williams as Miles Morales? He certainly wouldn’t mind it. The actor, best known for playing the title role in “Everybody Hates Chris” and a recent turn on “The Walking Dead,” revealed in a recent interview with Flicks and the City that he would “absolutely” portray the Morales iteration of Spider-Man, and that he’s… Read more »


Variety Critics Debate the Best and Worst of Cannes 2015

Director Jacques Audiard, Palme d'Or award winner for his film "Dheepan", actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan and actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan pose on stage during the closing ceremony of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

PETER DEBRUGE: Well, I didn’t see that coming. In what feels like a twist ending — one that leaves me feeling a bit like Tim Roth at the end of “Chronic” — the Cannes jury has awarded the Palme d’Or to “Dheepan,” a movie that lags among my least favorites in the competition, and the weakest… Read more »


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