Pinewood Studios In $425 Million Takeover Deal With U.S. Property Fund Venus Grafton

Pinewood Studios, one of the world’s leading production facilities companies, is nearing a $425 million deal to be taken over by U.S. property investment fund Venus Grafton.  Pinewood chief exec Ivan Dunleavy has been looking for an investor to come in to the group for some time. Pinewood owns studios and facilities across the world, including its namesake studio in the UK,  Shepperton,
“We believe that we have found the right partner for the business and one that shares…


A&W’s Root Beer Mug Has Many Uses Beyond Holding Root Beer, Says Goofy Infomercial

We had high hopes for this A&W Restaurants infomercial by agency Cornett for the A&W mug. Created for InStyle TV, it promised to be tongue-in-cheek, possibly nostalgic and—why not?—mobile friendly. 

Well, it’s definitely mobile friendly, if the vertical panels are any evidence.

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Venice Fest Lineup: New Pics By Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Terrence Malik, Pablo Larrain

ROME — The Venice Film Festival’s 73rd edition will feature a batch of star-studded English-language dramas directed by Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Pablo Larrain, Antoine Fuqua and Damian Chazelle, as well as promising new titles by big-name international auteurs such as Emir Kusturica, Francois Ozon, and Wim Wenders, plus plenty of potential discoveries. This year’s selections look… Read more »

San Sebastian: ‘Smoke & Mirrors,’ ’May God Save Us,’ ‘La Reconquista’ Make Competition Cut

MADRID — Two of Spain’s most anticipated titles of the year – Alberto Rodriguez’s true-life Spanish espionage expose “Smoke & Mirrors” and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s serial-killer procedural “May God Save Us” – will world premiere in main competition at the 64th San Sebastian Festival. Also competing at the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world: Romantic… Read more »