BBC WW Ups Stake In Lookout Point; Factory 42 Launches With VR ‘Giselle’

BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in British drama producer Lookout Point from 35% to 49% with an option to take full ownership at a future date. Lookout Point, run by Chairman Simon Vaughan and his co-CEO Faith Penhale, was founded in 2009 and has become a leader in global drama financing. The company recently teamed with The Weinstein Co and the BBC on epic miniseries War And Peace. Its other credits include period crime series Ripper Street and Benedict…


China Ticketing Giant Weying Expands Into Movie, TV Production

Weying Technology, one of China’s leading online ticketing companies is to become a major film producer and distributor. Its debut slate contains an animated movie with a budget of $9 million, and a comedy to be executive produced by and star China’s leading male actor Ge You (“Let The Bullets Fly,” “Deam Factory”.) Weying, which… Read more »

Korea’s Oscars Hopeful ‘Shadows’ Scores Multiple Sales

South Korea’s Oscar-contender “The Age of Shadows” has been acquired for distribution in several territories in Europe, Asia and South America. Directed by Kim Jee-woon, the period espionage film was sold by Finecut to California Filmes for Latin America, to La Aventura for Spain and to Films4You for Portugal. Within the Asia-Pacific region it was… Read more »

Exclusive Clip: Monster Squad’s Fred Dekker picks his favorite genre movies currently on Shudder!

John Carpenter, George Romero and John Landis make the cut, but which of their movies did director Fred Dekker pick?

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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. The fine folks at Shudder, the cool-ass horror streaming service, have had regular guests show up to currate some of their favorite films avialable to stream at this very moment. Their latest guest is my good buddy Fred Dekker who talks to another buddy of mine, Sam Zimmerman, about his four picks from the archives.
Fred of course directed The Monster Squad and Night of the Creeps and has had a hand in Enterprise and is currently helping his old pal Shane Black on his Predator reboot/sequel thing.
I’ve had the pleasure of bullshitting movies with Fred for years now and can tell you he’s a real deal cinephile and knows his shit. His choices below reflect that. He picks films from John Carpenter, George Romero, John Landis and Steve Miner and explains why in the below video, which I’m getting to debut for you nutballs.

Gotta agree with Fred on Day of the Dead. That’s totally how shit goes down if the zombie apocalypse actually happens. It won’t be walled city World War Z style heroics, it’ll be bickering in some bunker and undermining our only shot at solving the problem with testosterone-fueled ego.
Day of the Dead, House, An American Werewolf In London and Assault on Precinct 13 are all available on Shudder right now. If you’re a horror fan you really should check out the service! Tons of quality genre, both obscure and obvious, at your disposal.
-Eric Vespe”Quint” Follow Me On Twitter

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Rita Moreno Honored With Legacy Award Alongside ‘10 Latinos to Watch’ at 2nd Annual Variety Latino Event

Rita Moreno, appearing alongside several of Hollywood’s most promising up-and-coming talent, was feted at Variety Latino’s second annual “10 Latinos to Watch” event, held Wednesday night at The London Hotel in West Hollywood. This year’s previously announced honorees included: Alfonso Herrera (“Sense8,” “The Exorcist”), Eiza González (“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” “Baby Driver”), Carlos PenaVega (“Big Time Rush,” “Grease Live!,”… Read more »

Raindance: ‘Thirsty’ Director Margo Pelletier on Gender Identity, ‘Post-Queer’ Cinema and the Search for Cher

LONDON – Margo Pelletier’s “Thirsty,” her first narrative feature after the 2009 documentary “Freeing Silvia Baraldini,” arrives at Raindance within weeks of winning the Audience Award at the Harlem International Film Festival. It’s not hard to see the film’s appeal; riffing on musicals as diverse as “West Side Story,” the series “Glee” and John Cameron… Read more »