This year’s Zurich Summit kicked off with a bang as a host of top industry execs gathered on stage to discuss one of the most challenging topics facing the independent film world today – how to finance an independent film in the streaming age? The panel inevitably was drawn to the pros and cons of going down the streaming route. Former Lionsgate film chief Patrick Wachsberger , who recently was a producer on Oscar-winning hit CODA , spoke at length about the challenges he faced when financing the project. The Pathé title was a project he helped develop at Lionsgate and took with him when he left the US studio. The film had pre-sold to a number of international territories but famously caused a stir when Apple came in and acquired the film at Sundance for $25M in a worldwide deal, causing the streamer to make buyback deals with those rights holders. “We needed equity, the budget of the movie was $14M,” he said. “There was a pandemic, there was no theatrical market … [Read more...] about How To Finance Indie Films In The Age Of The Streamers? Patrick Wachsberger, Killer Films, UTA, Memento & Walden Explain — Zurich Summit
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SS Rajamouli is a name that needs no introduction all over the world. The creative director, who always has a particular way of approaching films, is someone who does work on his terms. The number of films he made throughout his career is comparatively less but the impact those films made on Indian cinema and global cinema is beyond comprehension. Rajamouli, who happened to achieve the feat of signing Hollywood-based Creative Artists Agency (CAA) , one of the largest entertainment organizations, is now back in the headlines for a crazy rumour. Although we secretly wish the rumour to turn into a reality, for now, fans of Rajamouli and Mahesh Babu are going berserk about the latest buzz. None other than Chris Hemsworth AKA Thor is now rumoured to become part of SS Rajamouli's upcoming film with Superstar Mahesh Babu. According to a few entertainment websites and Tweets, it is learned that Rajamouli, who has signed up for international collaborations, is interested … [Read more...] about Chris Hemsworth To Be Roped In For A Special Cameo In Rajamouli’s Film With Mahesh Babu?
Vaigai Puyal Vadivelu is making a comeback to the Tamil film industry after a long gap. He completed his portions in upcoming films Naai Sekar Returns and Maamannan . Recently, he visited Tiruchendur Murugan temple and media people surrounded him as usual. When they asked him for new and exclusive updates about his upcoming projects, he replied with a smiling face "I'm doing a film with Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi after completing my portions in Chandramukhi-2 ." Vijay Sethupathi on the other hand is silently doing 3 big projects in Hindi. Jawan with Shah Rukh Khan directed by Atlee, an untitled project with Katrina Kaif and a web series directed by Raj & DK. In Tamil, he completed Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir and an untitled film directed by Ponram. Coming back to this film with Vaigai Puyal Vadivelu and Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi together, a huge expectation is already created and fans of both the actors are curious to know who is directing the two … [Read more...] about Legendary Actor Vaigai Puyal Vadivelu Join Hands With Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi For His Upcoming Film
The pressing post-pandemic issue of how to find a theatrical audience for arthouse films was the subject of a morning panel at the Zurich Summit . Among speakers were A24 acquisitions and distribution executive David Laub, Sierra/Affinity exec Kristen Figeroid and Christian Bräuer, MD of top German indie exhibition group Yorck Kinogruppe. A24’s Laub noted that there had been a box office comeback in recent months thanks to movies like Everything Everywhere All At Once and Top Gun: Maverick: “While arthouse movies remain challenged, overall, people are returning to cinemas. If people didn’t care, they would have switched off entirely after the pandemic, but they didn’t. We are very proud of Everything Everywhere All At Once . It was a movie that appealed to a younger audience, which is very important to our brand at A24. But this fall will be very telling. We have some films that skew older that played at Venice [ The Whale ] and other fall festivals. Will that older … [Read more...] about “Will That Older Audience Come Back To Cinemas After The Pandemic? Fall Will Be Very Telling”: A24 — Zurich Summit
James Earl Jones – one of the most distinctive voices in the history of film – appears to have made steps to step back from voicing the Star Wars character, Darth Vader , after nearly 40 years in the role. Vanity Fair reports that the actor, aged 91, has signed over the rights to his voice to filmmakers using new AI, technology, Matthew Wood of Lucasfilm told the magazine that the actor “wished to keep Vader alive” “He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character,” Wood told Vanity Fair . “So how do we move forward?” Jones made his debut as the legendary Star Wars villain in the 1977 film, and followed this up with voicing the same character throughout the franchise up to this point on both the big and small screen. He most recently starred as the character for the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. While actor David Prowse dressed in the distinctive black uniform of the Sith Lord for the original films, it was Jones … [Read more...] about James Earl Jones Signs Over Rights To Voice Of Darth Vader, Signalling Retirement From Legendary Role
The challenge and opportunity of transatlantic production was the subject of a session at the Zurich Summit this morning, with the panel comprising Bert Hamelinck, head of films and global MD at Belgian-U.S. film and TV group Caviar, CAA Media Finance ’s Benjamin Kramer, Elysian Film Group CEO Danny Perkins and Hype Studios founder Ilya Stewart. Russian producer Stewart is riding high with latest production Sanctuary , which this week sold to Neon label Super for the US. The genre film, starring Margaret Qualley and Christopher Abbott, is an example of a US-European collaboration. “ Sanctuary started out with Rumble Films in the U.S. We came aboard with French sales firm Charades, putting together pre-sales and equity. It was a relatively low-budget and a great festival premiere was essential.” The movie world-premiered at Toronto, where it earned strong reviews (it currently holds a 93% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Stewart acknowledged that another … [Read more...] about How To Succeed With Transatlantic Production? “Don’t Ever Give Up” — Zurich Summit
Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan 1 is all set to hit the screens all over the world on September 30. The movie, which has an impeccable star cast is one of the prestigious projects for the Tamil cinema industry. Based on the ficitional literary work of Kalki Krishnamurthy by the same name, the movie is releasing in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam. The entire film's team are busy touring cities for the promotions of PS 1 currently. All is well for the Ponniyin Selvan 1 and the pre-release buzz is just right, catching up with the viewers of films and fans of the respective director, actors, and actresses in the film. The movie's tracks composed by AR Rahman are already super hit on the YouTube, adding to the excitement. However, being a pan-Indian project of Mani Ratnam, couple with a star studded cast- Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Sobhita Dhulipala, among others having a strong fan base in the Telugu states, the movie, if strikes … [Read more...] about Ponniyin Selvan To Have An Impact On Chiranjeevi’s Godfather And Nagarjuna’s Ghost At The Telugu BO?
The beleaguered Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) had a good piece of news this week with the announcement that the landmark 80th edition of its Golden Globe awards will return to primetime TV after a year off the air. Under a one-year deal with NBC and Peacock, the show will be broadcast and streamed across the U.S. on January 10, 2023. Talking on a Zurich Summit panel on Saturday, HFPA President Helen Hoehne welcomed the deal but said boosting viewing figures for the Golden Globes show remained challenging. “How do we make people tune in again and get interested?” she said. “The truth is since we don’t really celebrate commercially successful films and award shows, why do people tune in? What do they want to watch?” she said. “People watch things differently,” she continued, noting that the most popular live TV event in the U.S. was NFL Football. “That’s our biggest enemy. That’s what we struggle with. I think you all know, next year, the Golden … [Read more...] about HFPA President Talks Challenge Of Golden Globes Revamp & Teases “Exciting” Host — Zurich Summit
Rating: 2.5 /5 Film: Atithi Bhooto Bhava Cast : Pratik Gandhi, Jackie Shroff, Sharmin Segal, Divinaa Thackur Director : Hardik Gajjar This film starts off as a romcom between two young adults located in Mathura and then takes an outlandish turn. The narrative appears to be marrying two parallel narratives - a 'Love Aaj Kal' meets 'Athithi' and, in spite of the intriguing concept, the resultant never quite hits the right notes to be entirely amiable or credible. Shrikant Shirodkar( Pratik Gandhi), a not-so-successful stand-up comedian and Nethra Bannerjee ( Sharmin Segal), an air hostess, have been in a live-in relationship for three years but the recriminations from Nethra are an on-running gripe. She is forever complaining that he doesn't remember their anniversaries, her birthdays or any important milestone worth remembering about their relationship, or even her likes and dislikes. Yet she is not willing to let him go and neither is he. … [Read more...] about Atithi Bhooto Bhava Review: Pratik Gandhi And Jackie Shroff Fail To Make A Mark
The Scintillating song 'Rendu Raaja' from Naane Varuvean is out. The magical lines of Poetu Dhanush along with our main man Yuvan Shankar Raja's oscillating synth sounds will definitely hook you right away!! Naane Varuvean starring Dhanush is directed by his brother and mentor Selvaraghavan. Music for this film is composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja. This trio is back after so many years and it gives instant goosebumps while listening to the album. The term 'Rendu Raaja' literally means 'two kings' and it is well connected with the content of the film as Dhanush is playing a dual role. The movie team also used it like a metaphor by presenting the trippy voices of the two kings Dhanush and Yuvan Shankar together for this brilliantly composed song. The lyrics has a philosophical treatment like Na Muthukumar's 'Oru Naalil' from the same trio. It feels so good to see Yuvan coming up with his retro compositions. The lyric video of the song is released with a lot of … [Read more...] about Rendu Raaja Song Review: This Second Single From Dhanush Starrer Naane Varuvean Gives Goosebumps