Canarias Unleashed: The Islands Film Ambitions to Grow Beyond Big International Shoots (EXCLUSIVE)

First they conquered Hollywood film shoots, now they’re aiming to drive up local production, adding a new local edge to one of Europe’s most popular big shoot locales. A decade ago, Spain’s Canary Islands started to become a top shoot destination for big international films, offering wide-ranging landscapes and unique tax advantages. An influx of […]

‘Jeepers Creepers: Reborn’ Sells to Screen Media, Gets 2021 Release (EXCLUSIVE)

The Creeper is back and looking for blood. “Jeepers Creepers: Reborn,” the fourth installment in the long-running horror franchise, has sold worldwide distribution rights to Screen Media. The studio plans to release the film in North America in the fall of 2021. Screen Media previously released “Jeepers Creepers 3.” The latest installment in the series […]

ZDF Enterprises Boards ‘Ku’damm 63,’ the Latest Instalment from the Hit Miniseries Franchise (EXCLUSIVE)

Germany’s ZDF Enterprises has acquired global distribution rights to three-part period drama “Ku’damm 63,” the third instalment in one of ZDFE’s best-selling franchises, which has been licensed to more than 30 broadcasters around the globe. Produced by UFA Fiction for German public broadcaster ZDF and made up of three 90-minute episodes, the miniseries will be […]

Happy Madison Co-Founder Jack Giarraputo Launches Advertising Agency Slice Collective (EXCLUSIVE)

Jack Giarraputo, the veteran Hollywood executive who co-founded Happy Madison with Adam Sandler, is launching advertising agency Slice Collective at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. The company, co-founded with former Lazard private equity executive Abhishek Som, is a full-service creative advertising agency aiming to produce Hollywood-level campaigns for clients around the world. Films […]

SF Studios Unveils Teaser Trailer for Big-Budget Thriller ‘Omerta 6/12’ (EXCLUSIVE)

SF Studios has released the first teaser trailer for the anticipated action thriller “Omerta 6/12” which just wrapped shooting. The big-budget film is directed by Aku Louhimies and stars Finnish actor Jasper Pääkkönen (“Da 5 Bloods,” “BlacKkKlansman”) and Swedish actors Nanna Blondell (“Red Dot”) and Sverrir Gudnason (“Borg vs. McEnroe”). “Omertà 6/12″ is expected to […]

Michael Cassel Group Hires Disney Theatrical’s Jane Abramson (EXCLUSIVE)

Australia-based theatrical producer Michael Cassel Group is planting a flag in the United States. The company has made its first New York City-based hire, tapping Jane Abramson to serve as its new head of creative development. It’s a statement-making move. Abramson joins Michael Cassel Group from Disney Theatrical Group, where she held the role of […]

Organ Transplant Comedy Drama ‘Risks and Side Effects’ Picked Up by PTI, Trailer Debuts – EFM (EXCLUSIVE)

Picture Tree Intl. has picked up the global sales rights on comedy drama “Risks and Side Effects,” which follows a woman’s kidney transplant journey that threatens to break-up her friendships and marriage. The sales agency will launch sales at the European Film Market (March 1-5). Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer. Austrian […]

Was Woody Allen Guilty of Sexual Abuse? ‘Allen v. Farrow’ Filmmakers Dissect Episode 1 (EXCLUSIVE)

In “Allen v. Farrow,” the four-part docuseries that premiered on HBO Sunday night, documentarians Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy have tackled an especially daunting and divisive subject, even for them. The filmmakers behind the documentaries “The Hunting Ground,” “The Invisible War” and “On the Record,” have investigated Dylan Farrow’s 1992 allegations that her […]

Wim Wenders, David Byrne-Directed Series ‘This Is Music’ Taps Road Movies as German Partner (EXCLUSIVE)

Wim Wenders’ Berlin-based Road Movies has boarded “This Is Music,” a series whose episode directors – New German Cinema leading light Wenders, singer-songwriter David Byrne, “Skam” creator Julie Andem and “Louder Than Bombs” director Joachim Trier – make the title the highest profile project at this year’s Berlinale Co-Pro Series. Norwegian public broadcaster NRK is […]

‘Saturday Night Live’ Returns to Korea (EXCLUSIVE)

“Saturday Night Live” is back for more high jinks in Korea. Leading Korean producers ASTORY, best known for dramas such as Netflix’s hit series “Kindgom,” are bringing back the storied sketch show, which will again be hosted by comedian Shin Dong-yeob (pictured). Initially produced by CJ ENM, “SNL” previously aired in South Korea on cable […]

Dimitri Rassam, Pathe Team on Big-Budget ‘The Three Musketeers’ Film Adaptation (EXCLUSIVE)

Dimitri Rassam is joining forces with Pathé on a €60 million ($ 73 million) two-part adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic French masterpiece “The Three Musketeers.” The star-studded cast includes François Civil, Eva Green and Vincent Cassel as D’Artagnan, Milady and Athos. The two sprawling feature films, titled “The Three Musketeers – D’Artagnan” and “The Three […]

‘The Seventh Function of Language’ Being Adapted as Feature Film (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Seventh Function of Language,” a novel by French author Laurent Binet, is getting the feature film treatment. Uri Singer, the CEO of TaleFlick, a production company that specializes in adapting books into movies and TV shows, has obtained screen rights to the popular work of fiction. Singer will produce “The Seventh Function of Language” […]

How Marvel’s Black Panther Had a ‘Perfect’ Comic Book Launch — Except for One Major Flaw (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

When Marvel Comics first launched the character of Black Panther, it was in the July 1966 issue of “Fantastic Four.” As explained in this exclusive clip from the upcoming Disney Plus documentary “Marvel’s Behind the Mask,” the character of T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, was presented just like any other Marvel superhero — attention wasn’t […]

‘All the Old Knives’ Helmer Janus Metz to Direct ‘Bastard Love’ Feature (EXCLUSIVE)

Danish helmer Janus Metz’s next feature project after Amazon Studios’ “All the Old Knives,” starring Laurence Fischburne and Chris Pine, will be the Danish drama “Bastard Love,” produced by Jesper Morthorst (“Silent Heart,” “Rita”) and Lise Orheim Stender (“Heartstone,” “Venus Effect”) for Motor. “Bastard Love” will be Metz’s sophomore Scandinavian feature film after the multi-awarded […]

Joel Silver Paid Ron Meyer’s $1.7 Million Debt at Las Vegas Casino (EXCLUSIVE)

Producer Joel Silver paid $ 1.7 million to the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas to cover Ron Meyer’s gambling debt in July 2014, multiple sources confirmed to Variety. At the time, Meyer was the vice chairman of NBCUniversal and Silver — his close friend — had a distribution deal with the studio. A few months […]

Dakota Johnson Joins Cast of Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne’s ‘Am I Ok?’ From Picturestart (EXCLUSIVE)

Dakota Johnson is among a slew of actors joining a new feature film from co-directors Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allynne, which marks the first solo financing effort from Erik Feig’s company Picturestart. The project, titled “Am I Ok?,” will see Johnson co-star alongside Sonoya Mizuno, “Coming 2 America” star Jermaine Fowler, Whitmer Thomas, Molly Gordon, […]

Jackie O’s exclusive Hamptons horse riding property asks $2M

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis spent her childhood summers there. Page Six

Shout! Studios Nabs North American Rights to Russian Action Thriller ‘Fire’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Shout! Studios has taken North American rights to the action thriller “Fire,” and Russian production and distribution powerhouse Central Partnership has closed a host of other territories, the company announced during the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Alexey Nuzhniy, “Fire” is a splashy, big-budget actioner about heroic smokejumpers racing against disaster. Since its Christmas Eve […]

Congo Rising Sets Assassinated Leader Patrice Lumumba Film, Aims to Rebuild Congo Film Industry (EXCLUSIVE)

U.S.-based production company Congo Rising is preparing “Patrice Lumumba,” a film on the life of the Congolese leader who was assassinated in 1961. Lumumba, the leader of the Congolese National Movement party, was instrumental in securing Congo’s independence from Belgium and became the new republic’s first Prime Minister in 1960. However, after a a political […]

Indian Women’s Collective Boards Oscars Contender ‘Bittu’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Newly formed cinema collective Indian Women Rising has boarded Student Academy Award-winning short film “Bittu” as presenter. IWR will shepherd the film through its Oscar campaign. Based on a real life incident from 2013, “Bittu” is based on the story of a close friendship between two girls (played by Rani Kumari and Renu Kumari) in […]

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