Dominique Delport, the well-regarded president of Vivendi Content and global managing director of advertising powerhouse Havas, is in advanced negotiations to join Vice as its head of international operations in May, Variety has learned. In the newly created position, Delport would be based in Vice’s London office and spearhead operations across international territories, sources say. […]
Week two of ABC’s “American Idol” reboot found judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie loosening up as a trio, sometimes at the expense of the “babysitter” at the table: Richie. The “All Night Long” singer was on the receiving end of several whoopee cushion pranks — and one collapsed chair — as Perry and […]
We may tend to speak of the romantic comedy being a formula-driven genre, but Spanish writer-director Mateo Gil takes that idea to unique extremes in “The Laws of Thermodynamics.” A winningly manic fusion of love story and physics tutorial, in which every step along the well-worn boy-meets-girl path is literally a teaching moment — not […]
SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Episode 12, Season 8 of “The Walking Dead,” titled “The Key” This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” pretty much had it all: a strong Rick-centered storyline, great performances from the supporting characters (most notably Steven Ogg’s Simon), and plenty of intense walker-slaying action. […]
Michael Gershman, cinematographer for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Crossing Jordan,” has died. He was 73. He was found dead in his Malibu home March 10. The cause of death was unknown. Gershman was best known for his extensive work on “Buffy;” he also directed several episodes of the cult TV series starring Sarah Michelle […]
Fox Networks Group Asia is to expand its production of original series and feature films. It will Monday announce plans to co-produce six Chinese language-films in co-operation with Singapore mini-conglomerate mm2 Entertainment. The channels group will have the exclusive pay-TV broadcast and digital rights in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Southeast Asia, North America, Australia to […]
A new film by Russia’s Sergei Bodrov (“Mongol,” “Seventh Son”) is the highlight of the debut slate of recently launched Goldfinch Neon. The company is a Hong Kong-based offshoot of the U.K.’s Goldfinch Studios mini-conglomerate. The company’s first FilMart sees the launch of four movies. Executives in attendance include local heads Mike Leeder (aka Big […]
Hong Kong-based video platform ViuTV has licensed more than 100 hours of factual TV content from independent distributor all3media international. The slate is headed by multiple shows from celebrity chef, Gordon Ramsay. The package includes Studio Ramsay’s 20-part “Culinary Genius,” a mashup of a traditional cooking format and Japanese style game show; food variety show “The […]
Finance and distribution companies, 108 Media and Aurora Media have teamed to back a trio of new film projects from South East Asia. Headlining the additions to their slate is “Eerie,” by cult Filipino director Mikhail Red. Others are Indian animation “Schirkoa” and thriller, “Mogwai.” Red shot to prominence with “Neomanila” and “Birdshot,” which was […]
China’s leading special effects company, BaseFX is to open its first overseas production facility in Malaysia. The outpost will be located in Kuala Lumpur’s Bangsar South complex and open in mid-June. The new Malaysia Studio will be a full service studio offering facilities from pre-visualization through to final compositing. With a staff of over 200, it […]
Much-loved Hong Kong actresses, Sammi Cheung and Gigi Leung star in the upcoming, untitled film by auteur Stanley Kwan (“Center Stage,” “Lan Yu,” “Rouge”). The story focuses on an actress who is past her prime attempting to make a comeback, only to discover that she is to be acting alongside her biggest rival. The film […]
Chinese and Canadian companies are to co-produce “Phoenix,” a biopic of Norman Bethune, a Canadian who served with the Communist Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War and brought modern medicine to rural China. The film will be produced by Canada’s Rare Earth Media and China’s Ray Production, as an adaptation of “Phoenix: The Life of […]
“On Happiness Road,” the Taiwanese animation that last week won the top prize at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival, has found buyers in Europe ahead of its debut at FilMart. With sales handled by Ablaze Image, the film was acquired for release in France by Eurozoom and for Spain by Media Solutions Partners. The film […]
Gilead is not just a setting within the world of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but has also become a state of mind and of being. “Once you’ve gotten out of Gilead, what happens? How do you recover? A theme of the season is Gilead is within you so you don’t lose it when you leave,” executive […]
Flight of the Conchords — the folk-comedy duo comprised of Kiwis Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie — has been temporarily grounded. The remainder of the group’s concert dates, planned for the U.K. and Ireland, have been postponed after McKenzie fell down a flight of stairs and broke two bones in his left hand. The band […]
Canadian comedian Mike MacDonald died on Saturday at Ottawa Heart Institute as a result of heart complications, his brother confirmed to CTV News. He was 63. MacDonald was a key figure in the Canadian stand-up scene, and had performed at the Montreal-based Just For Laughs comedy festival more times than anyone else. “Saddened to hear […]
Cirque du Soleil confirmed the death Sunday of Yann Arnaud, a performer who fell during a Tampa, Fla. show on Saturday night, writing in a statement posted to Twitter that although “emergency procedures were immediately activated” after the fall, Arnaud later died of his injuries at the hospital. According to the statement, Arnaud was performing […]
Roadside Attractions-Lionsgate’s faith-based “I Can Only Imagine” has crushed early box office forecasts with a surprisingly strong $17.1 million at 1,629 locations in North America. Recent estimates for “I Can Only Imagine” had been in the $2 million-$8 million range. It rang up the top per-site average by far among this weekend’s wide release movies with […]
Austin Police arrested a man late Saturday in connection with a bomb threat that caused the cancellation of the Roots’ show at South by Southwest conference. Trevor Weldon Ingram, 26, allegedly emailed Live Nation Music on Saturday afternoon saying there was a bomb planted at the Fair Market venue, according to a police statement. The officers searched the […]
Alicia Vikander’s “Tomb Raider” ruled the international box office with $84.5 million at 32,685 screens in 65 markets, led by a solid $41.1 million opening in China. Warner Bros. reported that “Tomb Raider” took in nearly 50% of the box office among the top five films in China, where the action-adventure played on 15,500 screens, […]