Category: Global

Martin Delaney on Playing Unsung Tech Visionary Robert Ryan in ‘The Man Who Saved the Internet With a Sunflower’: ‘It’s...

Actor Martin Delaney has stepped into the shoes of a tech visionary in the new film “The Man Who Saved the Internet With a Sunflower.” Delaney portrays Robert Ryan, the founder of Ascend Communications who played a crucial role in the early days of the internet. The film has already garnered critical acclaim, recently winning […] Go to Source

Pharrell Williams, LVMH to Co-Host Olympics Event Prelude in Paris With Charlize Theron, Serena Williams

Charlize Theron, Serena Williams, Rosalía and Omar Sy will be in Paris to kick off Olympics festivities at Prelude, an exclusive event co-hosted by Pharrell Williams and LVMH boss Bernard Arnault. Prelude will take place on the eve of the Opening Ceremony, on July 25, in Paris at the Foundation Louis Vuitton. Williams and Arnault […] Go to Source

Kinepolis Gives Milliamges’ Animated Series ‘Molang’ Event Cinema Treatment in Five European Countries (EXCLUSIVE)

Renowned French animation studio Millimages has adapted its hugely popular “Molang” series of episodes and shorts into a 58-minute theatrical feature, which leading European distributor Kinepolis will screen in 40+ cinemas across France, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg starting on September 1. “Molang at the Movies” is an hour-long recut of individual “Molang” shorts aimed […] Go to Source

Korean Vengeance Miniseries ‘The Tyrant’ Launching on Disney+

“I Saw the Devil” screenwriter and director of “New World,” Park Hoon-jung has written and directed Korean espionage-revenge-drama series “The Tyrant.” Production is by Goldmoon Pictures. The four-part miniseries which launches on the Disney+ streaming platform next month (Aug. 14), centers around a cutting-edge virus that is stolen during a secret handover between Korean and […] Go to Source

Kevin Spacey Wins Folkestone Independent Film Award for ‘Control’ Voice Acting Role

Kevin Spacey has won an award for his turn in micro-budget thriller “Control.” The actor, who does not appear on screen in the movie, has been awarded a gong for best thriller performance by the Folkestone Independent Film Awards. “Control,” which was directed by Gene Fallaize, has also won for best thriller. Other actors set […] Go to Source

Amazon Prime Video Sets Launch Date for Melanie Laurent’s ‘Freedom,’ Starring ‘Emily in Paris’ Actor Lucas Bravo; Unveils First Pics...

Amazon Prime Video has set the launch date and unveiled art for Mélanie Laurent’s upcoming heist romance “Freedom” (“Libre”) starring Lucas Bravo (“Emily in Paris”). The movie, which will launch exclusively on Prime Video on Nov. 1 across more than 240 countries, reteams the streamer and the acclaimed actor-turned-filmmaker following “The Mad Women’s Ball” which […] Go to Source

Korea Box Office: ‘Inside Out 2’ Reaches $48 Million After Strong Fourth Weekend

Disney’s “Inside Out 2” held very strongly in its fourth weekend of release in South Korea to reach a cumulative score of $48 million. It earned $6.30 million between Friday and Sunday, earned from 906,000 ticket sales, according to data from Kobis, the tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council (Kofic). That represented a […] Go to Source

France’s Leftist Party Wins Second Round of Pivotal Parliamentary Elections; Beating Far Right

The leftist coalition Nouveau Front Populaire dominated the second round of the pivotal parliamentary elections with approximately 175 to 205 seats, beating the far right, according to exit polls on July 7. The turnout rate reached 67.10%, slightly more than the first round of the elections — it’s the highest rate for French elections since […] Go to Source

Why Karlovy Vary Winner Mark Cousins, Tilda Swinton Are ‘On Fire’ for Painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: ‘She Was an Unstoppable Life...

Everybody loves painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, including Tilda Swinton. “I messaged her a while ago, saying I was making this film. She said: ‘I’m on fire for Willie,’” Mark Cousins, director of biographical documentary “A Sudden Glimpse to Deeper Things,” tells Variety. “Willie didn’t live a dramatic life, she wasn’t going to fancy parties. Then there […] Go to Source

‘The Hungarian Dressmaker’ Focuses on a Dark Slovak Past Many Try to Forget

Slovak director Iveta Grofova says she became fascinated with one of the darkest periods in her country’s recent past when she read Peter Kristufek’s book “Emma and the Death’s Head,” which tells the story of Marika, a Hungarian widow who shelters a young Jewish boy in her home. Set near the Hungarian border during WWII […] Go to Source

Mark Cousins’ ‘A Sudden Glimpse to Deeper Things’ Wins Top Prize at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Mark Cousins’ portrait of a British modernist painter, “A Sudden Glimpse to Deeper Things,” took the Karlovy Vary Film Festival top prize Saturday, winning over a jury that included Christine Vachon and Geoffrey Rush with its perceptive take on art and seeing. Cousins said the film’s subject, painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, “lived completely, truly and utterly […] Go to Source

Clive Owen Says David Bowie ‘Has More to Do With Me Being an Actor’ Than Anyone Else: ‘He Showed Me...

Clive Owen has not forgotten his roots. Growing up in a working-class family in Coventry in the 1970s U.K., he yearned to explore different roles in life – and the youth wing of the city’s civic Belgrade Theatre gave him that opportunity. More than four decades later, Owen — who most recently appeared in “Monsieur […] Go to Source

Daniel Brühl Talks Giving Jude Law a ‘Hard Time’ in Ron Howard’s ‘Eden,’ Working With ‘Maniac’ Ruben Östlund and ‘Crazy...

Daniel Brühl went to “Eden” and survived to tell the tale. “I can’t compare it to any of my films. I’ve never done anything like it,” he says, teasing Ron Howard’s upcoming thriller. “Two days ago, I was doing the dubbing and saw Jude Law giving me a hard time on screen. We are both […] Go to Source

France’s Oscar Committee Increases Size and Term Length After Last Year’s ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Snub

France’s Oscar committee, which selects the country’s submission for the best international film category, has introduced key changes affecting the size of the group and term length of its members. In an announcement on Friday, the CNC — France’s National Film Board — revealed that the committee will now be made up of 11 members […] Go to Source

Alia Bhatt, Sharvari-Led Yash Raj Spy Universe Film Reveals Title (EXCLUSIVE)

India’s Yash Raj Films (YRF) has unveiled the title for its first female-fronted instalment in the studio’s successful spy universe franchise. Titled “Alpha,” the film stars Alia Bhatt and Sharvari as super agents. “This is a clear take by YRF to highlight a societal misinterpretation that only men can be Alphas,” said a source close […] Go to Source

Huma Qureshi, Chandrachur Singh to Star in ‘Bayaan’ From Indian Indie Stalwarts Bikas Mishra and Shiladitya Bora (EXCLUSIVE)

Indian indie producer Shiladitya Bora is set to begin production on “Bayaan,” a new drama featuring Huma Qureshi (“Gangs of Wasseypur,” “Leila”) and Chandrachur Singh (“Maachis,” “Josh”). The film, by writer-director Bikas Mishra (“Chauranga”), is slated to start shooting this month in Rajasthan. Additional cast members include Sachin Khedekar (“Sita Ramam”), Avijit Dutt (“Piku”), Shampa […] Go to Source

‘Cold Feet’ Gets Finnish Adaptation From ITV Studios Finland (EXCLUSIVE)

ITV Studios Finland has begun production on a local adaptation of “Cold Feet,” the beloved British comedy-drama series that ran for five seasons between 1997 and 2003 before launching a hit reboot 13 years later. Produced for MTV and set to premiere in 2026, the 8 x 42” series (“Rimakauhua ja rakkautta” in Finnish) is […] Go to Source

Zaid Abu Hamdan’s Arab Thriller ‘Boomah’ Rounds Out Cast as Production Starts in Jordan

Principal photography has commenced on the Arab underworld thriller “Boomah” (“The Owl”), written and directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan and marking the Jordanian filmmaker’s second feature following his critically acclaimed “Daughters of Abdul Rahman.” Previously announced in December, Rakeen Saad is set to play the titular role of the female thug Boomah. Saad rose to […] Go to Source

Rise of Far-Right Populism in France Threatens Culture Across Europe, While U.K. Potentially Sets Opposite Course

Europe is in a flux. Two sets of elections taking place within days of each other could see two of the continent’s most powerful countries — both with influential entertainment industries — head in opposite directions. In the U.K., the Labour Party is expected to claim a landslide victory, shifting the country to the left […] Go to Source

Boris Becker, Arnaud Tournant and Caroline Kluft Lead Paris Olympics 2024 Coverage for Warner Bros. Discovery Eurosport

Colorful tennis personality Boris Becker, 14-time world champion cyclist Arnaud Tournant and rowing powerhouse James Cracknell will bring star-power and insider analysis to Warner Bros. Discovery’s Paris Olympic Games coverage through the group’s pay-tv banner Eurosport.   Marking its inaugural Olympiad as part of the wider WBD group, Eurosport has brought together more than 100 […] Go to Source

Taiwanese Rockers No Party for Cao Dong Feted With Triple Prizes at Golden Melody Awards

Taiwanese rock group No Party for Cao Dong won triple prizes for best band, album of the year and best Mandarin album over the weekend at the Golden Melody Awards. Taiwanese rapper MC HotDog won the best Mandarin male singer award, while the best Mandarin female singer award went to Shi Shi Sun. The Taiwan-based […] Go to Source

Karlovy Vary Proxima Competition Entry ‘Chlorophyll’ Unveils Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety is debuting the trailer (above) for Ivana Gloria’s feature debut “Chlorophyll” (Clorofilla), which will receive its international premiere Wednesday as part of the Proxima Competition at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. The film starts with a young girl, Maia, dashing through the undergrowth in a moonlit wood, her heart racing in sync with the […] Go to Source

Peter Farrelly’s ‘Balls Up’ Comedy With Mark Wahlberg to Shoot in Australia

“Balls Up,” an action comedy film from “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly and starring Mark Wahlberg, will shoot this month in Queensland, Australia. The picture is backed by Amazon MGM Studios and Skydance. The film follows two American marketing executives who are fired for blowing a client sponsorship opportunity and decide to use their free […] Go to Source

‘Wednesday’ Season 2 Set to Become ‘Largest Production’ Ever Shot in Ireland

One of the worst kept secrets in Ireland’s film and TV sector has been official confirmed by the local industry body — that the second season of “Wednesday” is now shooting in the country. The hit Netflix show — produced by Amazon MGM Studios — became a smash hit in 2023, with season one (which shot in Romania) […] Go to Source

Hangtime International Pictures Taps Producer Jessica Malik as Development Head, Inks Partnership With Gemma Arterton’s Rebel Park Productions (EXCLUSIVE)

Hangtime International Pictures is making its first major plays since launching at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The transatlantic production company, which was founded by Frank Murray and Frida Torresblanco, has snapped up “She Will” producer Jessica Malik as its new head of development as well as inking a strategic partnership with Rebel Park […] Go to Source

Australian Media Groups Are Rocked by Job Cuts, Following Lapsed Meta Deal, Slowing Economy

Nine Entertainment, Australia’s largest media conglomerate last week announced plans to cut 200 jobs. It blamed a weak advertising market and the non-renewal of a news content deal with Meta, the U.S. giant that operates Facebook and Instagram. It also follows scandals over alleged misbehavior by staff. That is a pattern that follows other media […] Go to Source

Glastonbury Expectations vs. Reality: Underwhelming Headliners, Celebs Galore and Plenty of Hidden Gems

Having come of age in the Tumblr indie sleaze era of the early 2010s, I’d always wanted to go to Glastonbury Festival. My mood boards were littered with photos of Alexa Chung traversing Worthy Farm’s muddy grounds wearing a mini skirt and wellies, and I fantasized about being part of the seemingly miles-long, flag-laden crowd […] Go to Source

Final ‘Demon Slayer’ Anime Films to Launch as Theatrical Trilogy

Crunchyroll has acquired “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Infinity Castle,” which will debut in theaters globally as a trilogy of films. The three films will be distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment worldwide, excluding some Asian territories and Japan. No release dates have been disclosed. The three-part cinematic movies represent the final arc and […] Go to Source

Fawad Khan, Sanam Saeed’s ‘Barzakh’ Unveils Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

Series “Barzakh,” starring top Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Sanam Saeed, has unveiled a trailer. Set in the Hunza Valley, “Barzakh” centers on a 76-year-old man who surprises his estranged children and grandchildren by announcing his engagement to the ghost of his first love. This revelation triggers a series of emotional confrontations as the family gathers, unsure how […] Go to Source