Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Negotiates Sale of Its Exhibition Business to Cinemas Gaumont-Pathe

Refocusing on its core production and distribution activities, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has entered into exclusive negotiations with Cinemas Gaumont-Pathe, France’s biggest exhibition chain, for the sale of Europacorp’s three-year-old exhibition business. Aiming to drive into a premium end of the exhibition business, EuropaCorp launched its cinema theater investment in October 2013 at its Aeroville 12-screen… Read more »

Sundance TV, ITV Partner for ‘Liars,’ Starring Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd

Sundance TV and ITV are teaming up to co-produce “Liars,” a six-part thriller starring Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd. The miniseries hails from BAFTA- and Golden Globe-nominated producers and screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams and their company Two Brothers Pictures. “Liars” stars Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) and Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”) as Laura Newell and Andrew Ellis,… Read more »

Joanne Froggatt & Ioan Gruffudd To Star In Sundance TV’s ‘Liar’ From Two Brothers Pictures

Downton Abbey alumna Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) are set to star in Liar, Sundance TV’s new six-part thriller series from Fleabag producer Two Brothers Pictures. The series is being produced in conjunction with ITV in the UK.
Created and written by BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated producers and screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams, Liar tells the story of a night that changes the lives of Laura Newell (Froggatt) and Andrew Ellis (Gruffudd)…


The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day: Scout dances during the making of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD!

Young Mary Badham cuts loose in this amazing candid shot from the iconic drama!

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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Fantastic Fest is officially over, which means I’m going to sleep. Like, a lot. Before I enter my mini-hibernation I figured I’d make sure to get up the next BTS pic so I don’t feel so crappy about missing yet another column.
Today’s image brings a huge smile to my face. It’s a great moment captured of young Mary Badham dancing while making To Kill A Mockingbird. Scout is already the reason I’d be psyched to have a daughter some day and this image really nails that feeling home. It’s pure joy.
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Tomorrow’s pic comes with many rules, but as long as you don’t feed it after midnight you’ll be fine. See ya’ then!
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Mumbai Festival to Honor China’s Jia Zhangke, India’s Sai Paranjpye  

The 18th MAMI Mumbai Film Festival will honor Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke and Indian filmmaker Sai Paranjpye with ‘Excellence in Cinema’ awards. The festival that runs Oct. 20-27 will open with actor Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut “A Death in the Gunj” that bowed at Toronto and will play in Busan. Two new gender-based awards have… Read more »

Michael Ovitz & Ron Meyer Discuss Bill Haber, Malibu And Their CAA Split

“The bottom line is the Malibu thing is completely his fault,” joked Michael Ovitz, to a capacity crowd at the DGA Theatre tonight. Appearing for the first time in more than 20 years alongside his one-time partner in the founding of CAA, Ron Meyer, Ovitz was setting the record straight on the beachside property he attempted to snatch from Meyer following what Ovitz hoped would be a reconciliation lunch in the years after their acrimonious split. “One of the reasons I made…


Indian Producers Seek Ban on Pakistani Talent in Political Fallout  

The Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) has called on its members to stop working with Pakistani talent and technicians until the current political tensions between India and Pakistan ease. Separately, political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has called for all Pakistani artistes to leave India and that their films be banned. The latest tensions between… Read more »

Mike Ovitz and Ron Meyer Patch Things Up in “Powerhouse” Talk

After months of anticipation, Ron Meyer and Mike Ovitz took the stage at the DGA Theater on Thursday night and opened up about the history of CAA. The co-founders of the agency rarely speak on the record — much less in an open forum in front of several hundred industry members. But they agreed to… Read more »