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Venice: Good Films To Release ‘Short Skin’ in Italy (EXCLUSIVE)
Indie distributor good Films will handle the Italian release of “Short Skin.” Films Boutique has acquired for international sales for the feature. Lead produced by Tuscany’s La Regle du Jeu in a...
Italian Films Unspooling at Venice Fest Promise to Deliver
The dozen features by Italian directors that made the cut for Venice — out of an amazingly high 177 pics submitted for entry — are a promising batch, with some titles centered around familiar Ital...
Microcinema Nabs Iranian Drama ‘Melbourne’
VENICE: Italy’s Microcinema Distribuzione has acquired local rights to Iranian drama “Melbourne,” which opened Venice Critics’ Week playing out of competition. A first work, written and direct...
Venice Q&A: Jordanian ‘Theeb’ Director Abu Nowar
Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar’s bold first feature, “Theeb,” is a Bedouin Western shot in the Jordanian desert with real Bedouins. Nowar, who studied screenwriting at the Sundance Institute ...
Box Office for Italian Films Hits 30% Market Share, But Lower Pic Prod Coin is Worrying Trend
In the year when Italian cinema took the foreign-language Oscar for “The Great Beauty,” the country’s film industry is going through a transformative phase. First the positives: The local box of...
Artscope Goes to ‘Court’ With Chaitanya Tamhane’s Venice Player (EXCLUSIVE)
Artscope, the art film sales label of Paris-based producer-distributor-sales agent Memento Films, has acquired sales rights to Indian writer-director Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court” before its world...
Iranian Director Hits Out at U.S. Sanctions
Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad lashed out against U.S. economic sanctions imposed on her country during Thursday’s press conference for her film “Tales,” which depicts social ills in Iran...
Venice: China Blue Boards ‘Dead & Beautiful’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Amsterdam-based lemming Film is teaming with Paris’ Les Petites Lumieres and Shanghai’s China Blue to produce “Dead & Beautiful,” an English-language China-set vampire movie from Dutch hel...
The Wrap's ShortList Film Fest Crowns ‘Noah’ and ‘Not It’
There are no small films, only shorter running times. That was the sentiment at Thursday's Third Annual ShortList Film Fest hosted at YouTube Space LA. And while of course it's an honor to be ...
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Accused Drug Dealer Avoids Jail Time
The man arrested after Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Feb. 2 from a lethal combination of cocaine, heroin and other drugs avoided jail time on Thursday. Robert Vineberg was never charged with any conn...
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Rep Sheet Roundup: UTA Signs 'Magic Mike' Actor Adam Rodriguez
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Box Office: 'Guardians' Leading Sleepy Labor Day, Becomes No. 1 Film of Year
Pierce Brosnan's 'November Man' and 'As Above, So Below' can't beat holdovers read more
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L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Defends Made In America Plans, Brags About Cutting Red Tape
"What's important is that Los Angeles figure out a way to get to 'Yes'"read more
‘Fargo's’ Allison Tolman Seeks Romance on ‘The Mindy Project’
Allison Tolman, fresh off an Emmy nomination for her performance in the FX drama “Fargo,” is heading to “The Mindy Project” for a blind date with Adam Pally's Dr. Peter Pre...
Joan Rivers’ Daughter Melissa on Comedian's Condition: ‘She Is Resting Comfortably’
Melissa Rivers has released an update on the status of her mother, legendary comedian Joan Rivers. In a statement issued to “NBC Nightly News” on Thursday evening and posted on Twitter, ...
California Boost: Will Tripling Tax Credits Work?
The news that California will more than triple the size of its tax credit program for movie and TV production was met with words of praise from crew members and studio reps, and pledges of  new jobs ...
Ethan Hawke Documentary Acquired by Sundance Selects
Sundance Selects has bought U.S. and Latin American rights to Ethan Hawke’s documentary “Seymour: An Introduction,” just prior to its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. T...
ABC Examines Medical Drama Project from ‘Smash’s’ David Marshall Grant
Hoping to continue its success with femme-focused shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Revenge,” ABC has given a put-pilot order to a medical advocate drama project from acto...
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Nikki Finke Signs Book Deal
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Venice Film Review: Ramin Bahrani’s ‘99 Homes’
The perils of illegally gained One Percent privilege make for engrossing, high-stakes viewing in "99 Homes," which sees Andrew Garfield's blue-collared Florida everyman enter a Faustian pact with Mich...

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