Sun Entertainment Makes English-Language Debut, Backs Philip Lee’s $120 Million ‘Inversion’

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The $120 million multinational disaster movie “Inversion” leads a slate of two feature films and a TV series from Hong Kong-Chinese producer and financier Sun Entertainment Culture (SUNEC). The two movies mark Sun’s English-language film debut. F…

FilMart: Chow Yun-fat Stars in ‘Be Water, My Friend’ for Distribution Workshop

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Hong Kong- and Taiwan-based group Just Creative will use this week’s FilMart to launch “Be Water, My Friend,” one of the year’s biggest movies from Greater China. The drama is currently in production with Chow Yun-fat in the lead role as a pathological…

‘When Calls The Heart’ Will Continue On Hallmark, Channel Assures Fans

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The Hallmark Channel has confirmed that its series When Calls The Heart is not being canceled, despite the parent company’s firing of key player Lori Loughlin for her alleged role in a college bribery scandal.
In an Instagram post sent Friday on …

Cinematographer Captures Life of Artist ‘Mapplethorpe’ in Grimy Gotham

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Don’t tell cinematographer Nancy Schreiber that she’s having a renaissance. That would imply there’ve been slumps in her long career, and she won’t have any of that, even if for a time she was taking smaller jobs as the gaps widened between larger gigs…

LeRoy Bennett Keeps Top Acts Like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande in the Spotlight

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You might say that LeRoy Bennett is a shining light among lighting and production designers for pop music. Doing double duty creating both touring sets and their illumination, he started out with a 14-year run as Prince’s collaborator, went on to work …

Lois Carl, Former On-Set Tutor to Haley Joel Osment And Other Child Stars, Dead At 82

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Veteran studio teacher Lois Carl, a longtime tutor who worked side-by-side with young Hollywood stars such as Haley Joel Osment, David Arquette and Josh Hutchinson, has died from complications related to end-stage kidney disease. She was 82.
Carl died …

Nimble Studio’s New Pipeline Helps Take Animation to the Cloud

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Cloud-based collaboration has transformed the world of digital content, and the technology now extends into animation. One company at the forefront of this change, Nimble Studio, aims to provide high-level tools while eliminating high-cost infrastructu…

‘Captain Marvel’ Composer Shatters Glass Ceiling for Superhero Movies

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With the March 8 opening of “Captain Marvel,” composer Pinar Toprak becomes the first woman to score a Marvel superhero movie — possibly the most high-profile accomplishment yet for a female in a notoriously male-dominated profession. But the Turkish-b…

Amazon Prime Launches Original Series ‘The End’ With India’s Akshay Kumar

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Amazon Prime Video’s India service launched action-thriller original series “The End” in Mumbai on Tuesday. The series marks the streaming debut of bankable Bollywood star Akshay Kumar (“2.0”). Abundantia Entertainment, one of the producers  of Kumar’s…

India’s Hotstar Belatedly Joins Original Content Race With Slate of Applause Shows

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India’s leading OTT platform, the Fox- and Star-owned Hotstar will launch its recently announced original programming slate, branded Hotstar Specials. It has commissioned four shows produced by Applause Entertainment, the content arm of the $43 billion…

New York State’s Ample Production Incentives Continue to Lure Major Projects

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Few places offer as much iconic imagery as New York City: Times Square, One World Trade Center, Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, Wall Street… just to name a few. But the state of New York has more to offer than just the bustling metropolis of…

Hollywood’s Stunt Industry Grapples With Issues of Race and Skin Color

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In August, a photo surfaced of a boy in an Afro wig with makeup-darkened skin standing in for 11-year-old African-American actor Keith L. Williams on the Vancouver set of “Good Boys,” a comedy about three sixth-graders who ditch school and wind up on a…

Industry Celebrates Life Of Samuel Hadida At LA Event For Late Distributor/Producer

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EXCLUSIVE: Members of the international industry community gathered on Thursday night in Los Angeles to celebrate the life of Samuel Hadida, the veteran French producer and distributor who passed away suddenly in November. The event was hosted by a gro…

New Line Exec Michael Disco Exits to Launch The Disco Factory, Will Executive-Produce ‘Sopranos’ Prequel ‘Many Saints of Newark’

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Longtime New Line Cinema executive Michael Disco is leaving the studio to open his own shop, The Disco Factory, an individual with knowledge of the departure told TheWrap on Thursday.
The company will launch with a two-year producing deal with Warner B…

‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Soars With Fiery Score

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Composer John Powell knows a little something about scoring for animation. One-third of his entire feature-film output has been for such top-grossing pics as “Kung Fu Panda,” “Happy Feet,” the “Ice Age” series and “How to Train Your Dragon.” The latter…

UK Grime Artist Rapman To Direct ‘Blue Story’ For Paramount & BBC Films

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UK artist/director Rapman, a.k.a Andrew Onwubolu, is set to direct Blue Story, a feature film which he also wrote based on his short video trilogy of the same name. Paramount Pictures acquired the worldwide distribution rights and is aiming to release …

Sony India Readies ‘Major’ Tale of Mumbai Siege Hero

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Sony Pictures International Productions is continuing its drive into Indian local movie-making with the green-lighting of “Major,” a stirringly nationalist tale about a soldier who became a hero during the Taj Mahal Hotel siege. Adivi Sesh, who previou…

The Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions Sets Exec Team; Priya Swaminathan & Tonia Davis Co-Heads

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President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama on Tuesday unveiled the executive team for the pair’s Higher Ground Productions, with ex-Annapurna exec Priya Swaminathan and Chernin Entertainment’s Tonia Davis named co-heads. The production compa…