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‘It’s the Cosiest Film I Have Ever Made’: Finnish Helmer Aleksi Salmenpera Embraces His Softer Side in ‘Bubble’

Fresh off another win at Finland’s Jussi Awards, this time for his short film “The Bouncer,” Aleksi Salmenperä is already in post-production with his upcoming feature “Bubble,” about to be presented at Helsinki International Film Festival’s industry event Finnish Film Affair in its Fiction in Progress section. “I was sort of embarrassed by this win,” […].....»»

[Via: Variety][Cat: Top]Sep 21st, 2021Related News

Syrian Director Diana El Jeiroudi on How Personal and Practical Considerations Shaped Venice Doc ‘Republic of Silence’

Syrian director and producer Diana El Jeiroudi spent 12 years making “Republic of Silence,” her decidedly non-conventional documentary, perhaps better described as a personal video diary, depicting the turmoil of Syria’s civil war seen from the outside. This sprawling non-linear work that jumps between Syria and her present home in Berlin and comprises the plight […].....»»

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China’s Hugoeast Acquires Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Film ‘The Tale of King Crab’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Beijing-based distributor Hugoeast Media has acquired Chinese distribution rights to Cannes Directors’ Fortnight film “The Tale of King Crab,” the first feature venture into narrative fiction of Italian filmmakers Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis. Hugoeast Media plans a limited theatrical release in Chinese theaters in the course of 2022. The deal with Hugoeast […].....»»

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Eva Longoria, Anne Hathaway, Richard Gere Among Stars Urging World Leaders to Give COVID Vaccines to Developing Countries

Eva Longoria, Anne Hathaway, Debbie Allen, Peter Dinklage, Richard Gere, Connie Britton and other Hollywood notables have signed an open letter urging world leaders to make COVID-19 vaccines widely available in developing countries. On Tuesday, humanitarian organization Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) released the open letter with more than 70 signatures from prominent […].....»»

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Basque Country’s Newest Film Talents Eye International, Ready Feature Debut, Sophomore Titles

Tabling straightforward simple stories and experimenting with new narratives, the newest wave of Basque film talents has started to dip their toe into the international scene, landing at movie launchpads such as Venice, Berlin and San Sebastian festivals. The new generation addresses universal issues telling small, local stories, attaining quality standards thanks in part to […].....»»

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Unai Iparragirre, the New Boss at Basque Public Broadcast Network ETB, on His Ambitious Mandate

There’s a new kid in town, who is actually an old kid in town, at the Basque public broadcaster EiTB. After 15 years working at Discovery in the U.K. – latterly as its VP, editorial department, EMEA – Unai Iparragirre has returned to his native Northern Spain and taken over as director of ETB, the […].....»»

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Local Stations Have Chosen Impressions Over Ratings. Nielsen Will Join Them

A bevy of owners of local TV stations have already moved to stop selling ads based on traditional TV ratings. Nielsen intends to start helping the effort next year. The measurement giant, which has been under scrutiny in recent months for what media and advertising companies believe is a slower approach to transforming its long-held […].....»»

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Finnish Series ‘Mister8’ Set to Bow Internationally at Canneseries (EXCLUSIVE)

Finnish series “Mister8,” produced by It’s Alive Films and sold internationally by Federation Entertainment, will celebrate its international premiere at Canneseries. The series festival will take place on Oct. 8-13 in Cannes, alongside the 37th edition of the MipTV market. Starring Krista Kosonen (spotted in “Blade Runner 2049”) and Pekka Strang, reuniting after their 2019 […].....»»

[Via: Variety][Cat: Top]Sep 21st, 2021Related News

Finnish Producers Act to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Local Production

Finnish producers are hailing a new partnership aimed at combatting climate change on projects shooting in the country, says Anni Wessman, head of APFI, the film and TV producers’ association in Finland. The initiative, done in concert with the Albert international environmental nonprofit focused on the film and TV sector, will give producers a set […].....»»

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Canneseries Spotlights ‘Gomorrah,’ ‘Sisi’ and ‘Around The World in 80 Days’ in International Fourth Edition

Sky Original’s fifth and final season of “Gomorrah,” RTL Group and Beta Film’s German-language “Sisi,” and Canal Plus’ hip-hop themed “All The Way Up” will — rather fittingly — join the David Tennant-led, Slim Film+Televison/Federation co-produced “Around the World in 80 Days” for an internationally accented edition of Canneseries, which plays from Oct. 8-13. Running […].....»»

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Drunk Drivers in Canada Forced to Listen to Nickelback as Punishment

Police in Kensington, Prince Edward Island, Canada are warning holiday revelers about making spirits too bright. Alcoholic spirits, that is. Drunk drivers will not only face the usual charges, they will also be forced to listen to Nickleback on the way t.....»»

[Via: Variety][Cat: Top]Nov 30th, 2016Related News

Here Are the Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Offline on Netflix

Introverts rejoice — you can finally watch Netflix offline. Netflix announced Wednesday morning that members worldwide can now download select movies and TV shows for viewing on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices while disconnected from t.....»»

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Denise Richards, Nikki Leigh, Charlotte McKinney to Star in Blackpills’ New Show (EXCLUSIVE)

Denise Richards (“Starship Troopers”), Nikki Leigh, Charlotte McKinney are set to topline “A Girl is a Gun,” a grindhouse-style feminist series turning on three powerful women on a mission to fight misogyny at all costs. The series.....»»

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TV News Roundup: Jamie Foxx To Executive Produce Marvin Gaye Series

In today’s TV news roundup, Jamie Foxx has been slated to executive produce an upcoming Marvin Gaye limited series, Z Living announced three new series as part of its new Tuesday primetime lineup, and more. DEALS Jamie Foxx will executive produce a.....»»

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GoPro to Close Offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin (EXCLUSIVE)

Embattled camera maker GoPro will shutter its offices in Los Angeles and Austin as it lays off teams in both cities, Variety has learned from a source familiar with the matter. The company is also looking to wind down its downtown San Francisco office an.....»»

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Rob Letterman to Direct ‘Pokemon’ Live-Action Movie for Legendary

Rob Letterman has been tapped to direct the “Pokemon” movie “Detective Pikachu” for Legendary, sources confirmed to Variety. Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch penned the script for the live-action film. The news comes following the an.....»»

[Via: Variety][Cat: Top]Nov 30th, 2016Related News

Kanye West Reportedly Checks Out of Hospital

Kanye West reportedly left the UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday after more than a week of hospitalization, according to the Los Angeles Times. West is now at home with wife Kim Kardashian West and their children, reports TMZ, which first broke the news t.....»»

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John Goodman to Star in Rupert Wyatt’s Sci-Fi Film ‘Captive State’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Goodman will star in Rupert Wyatt’s next film, “Captive State,” sources tell Variety. Wyatt, whose past credits include “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Gambler,” will direct from a script he co-wro.....»»

[Via: Variety][Cat: Top]Nov 30th, 2016Related News

State of the Entertainment Industry Conference Addresses TV Growth in Foreign Markets

The burgeoning television markets in China and India were two of the main topics of discussion at this year’s State of the Entertainment Industry Conference, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, on Wednesday at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. The .....»»

[Via: Variety][Cat: Top]Dec 1st, 2016Related News

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Sticks Up for Network Neutrality Amid Repeal Concerns

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos spoke out in support of the FCC’s network neutrality policy Wednesday as speculation swirls that the policy could be repealed during the presidency of Donald Trump. “This is an unpredictable new admin.....»»

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