Cannes: South Korean Action Film ‘The Merciless’ Sells to France

Tweet The movie will open in French theaters in June following its premiere in the fest’s Midnight Screenings section. South Korean crime action film The Merciless has been sold to France’s ARP, CJ Entertainment announced on Friday. The movie will open in French theaters on June 28, following its premiere in the fest’s Midnight Screenings section. Directed by Byun Sung-hyun,...
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Feminist Drama ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ Cleared for Indian Theatrical Release With Edits

Tweet After winning accolades on the international festival circuit, Alankrita Shrivasta’s film can be released in India with voluntary edits of some scenes. Feminist drama Lipstick Under My Burkha is cleared for a theatrical release in India after the country’s Film Certification Appellate Tribunal overruled the censor board’s refusal to issue the film a certificate. The...
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Tribeca: Jon Favreau on ‘Lion King’ Fans’ Expectations, ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ Disappointment

Tweet When Scarlett Johansson and Jon Favreau sat down for a QA at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, the two reminisced about their multiple collaborations, including Iron Man 2, Chef and The Jungle Book. And they opened up about dealing with failure. While Johansson was the interviewer for this exchange — and the actress came well-prepared with a legal pad full of detailed questions — she...
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Margot Robbie to Play Queen Elizabeth in ‘Mary Queen of Scots’

Tweet Saoirse Ronan also is set for the Josie Rourke-directed feature. Margot Robbie will play royalty in the upcoming drama, Mary Queen of Scots. The Suicide Squad star has been cast as Queen Elizabeth opposite Saoirse Ronan’s Mary Stuart in the Working Title and Focus Features project. Mary Queen of Scots will take on the historical family rivalry between Elizabeth and Mary,...
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Cannes: Juliette Binoche, Gerard Depardieu, Vanessa Paradis to Add Star Power to Directors’ Fortnight

Tweet The sidebar will include new movies from Cannes favorites Claire Denis, Bruno Dumot, Abel Ferrara and Philippe Garrel, as well as Sundance festival hits. A number of filmmakers that had been conspicuously absent from the Cannes Film Festival’s main competition lineup will still get their day in the Cannes sun as part of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar. Among them is...
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Salma Hayek’s ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ to Open Sundance London

Tweet Hayek is set to introduce the film at the British edition of the legendary U.S. indie festival. Sundance Film Festival: London, the U.K. spinoff of the famed U.S. indie festival, has unveiled the opening night film for its 2017 edition.  Beatriz at Dinner, which had its world premiere in Park City, Utah, this year, will raise the curtains on the summer event in London, with star...
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Clifton James, Sheriff in James Bond Films, Dies at 96

Tweet His long list of roles includes the swaggering, tobacco-spitting Louisiana Sheriff J.W. Pepper opposite Roger Moore. Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. He was 96. His daughter, Lynn James, said he died Saturday at another daughter’s home in Gladstone,...
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Beijing Festival Says Lack of Korean Films "Not a Political Decision"

Tweet “The collection of films is oriented to the whole world, without preference for any particular countries,” says a member of the organizing committee. The lack of South Korean films at this year’s Beijing International Film Festival has nothing to do with politics, one of the organizers said Friday, as relations between China and South Korea continue to plummet...
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What the ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer Can Teach Other Franchises

Tweet There are, of course, multiple responses to the fact that the first trailer for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok shattered records in terms of viewership in its first 24 hours. For example, it could be looked at as more evidence that trailers are, in general, getting more views more quickly these days: Stephen King’s It had almost 200 million views in its first 24 hours, and Disney’s...
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Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement Pay Tribute to Late NZ Satirist John Clarke

Tweet Clarke, who died Sunday, was known for his biting humor and was a big influence on the ‘Flight of the Conchords’ creators and a generation of antipodean comedians. New Zealand satirist, writer and actor John Clarke, a huge influence on antipodean comedy in a near 50-year career, died suddenly Sunday while hiking in Victoria, Australia. He was 68.  According to his family,...
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