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
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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
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
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
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?
Singer Neha Kakkar is receiving severe backlash for remaking dandiya queen Falguni Pathak's 1999 track Maine Payal Hai Chhankai. The original song featured actors Vivan Bhatena and Nikhila Palat. The original track was a huge hit upon its release and is still popular amongst 90s kids. It seems that Neha Kakkar's recreation of the song has upset not only fans but also Falguni Pathak. In an interview with Pinkvilla, singer Falguni Pathak opened up about Neha's version of her superhit song, which is titled O Sajna . She told the publication that neither Neha nor T Series or anybody else associated with the song consulted her before recreating the song. The veteran singer also commented that she wished she could take legal action against Neha Kakkar, but she doesn't control the rights to the original song. In the interview, she said, "I feel overwhelmed and touched on receiving so much love from all over for the song, so had to share their feelings." On being … [Read more...] about Falguni Pathak Reacts To Neha Kakkar’s Remake Of ‘Maine Payal Hai’, Says ‘I Wish I Could…..’
Ever since Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt's epic fantasy adventure released in theatres, it has been trending on the internet for several reasons. Besides the jaw-dropping VFX and the grand scale of the film, Mouni Roy's antagonist act as 'Junoon' has also caught everyone's attention. There were even claims that the Naagin actress has overshadowed other huge stars in the film. Similarly, Mrunal Thakur who rose to fame with Ekta Kapoor's popular soap Kumkum Bhagya , has just delivered one of the biggests hit of her career- Dulquer Salmaan starrer Sita Ramam. In short, gone are those days when it was assumed that the faces from the small screen ain't cut for the marquee. Be Shah Rukh Khan, late Sushant Singh Rajput or Vidya Balan, these big names in the film industry are examples that all that matters at the end of the day, is hard work, perseverance and patience. Keeping in mind this mantra, let's have a look at some of the promising talents (actresses) from the … [Read more...] about Sumbul Touqeer To Jennifer Winget: TV Actresses Who Deserve To Spread Their ‘Jalwa’ On Big Screen
Samantha Ruth Prabhu's upcoming fantasy drama Shaakuntalam is finally set to hit the screens all over the world on November 4. The makers of the film have released a motion picture video and announced the theatrical release date on September 23. Shaakuntalam is an epic mythological love story between Shaakuntala and Dushyanta, written by Kalidasa. Their love story was largely talked about, and the attire of Shaakuntala was one of the regular features at any school's fancy dress competition. Such is the popularity of the novel written by Kalidasa, titled Abhignana Shaakuntalam, on which the film is heavily based on. Director Gunasekhar, who is known for films like Okkadu, Rudramadevi, and Manoharam among others, is a fan of mythology and history. He makes sure to take his creative thought process back in time and make epic historical movies. His films scream luxurious backdrops, humongous sets and brilliant costumes. With Shaakuntalam too, one can expect him to … [Read more...] about Dil Raju Chalks Out A Huge Promotional Campaign For Samantha’s Epic Love Story Shaakuntalam!
TMZSports.com Chris Johnson is now one of 129 people hoping to make the Hall of Fame in 2023 ... but according to his former teammate, LenDale White , he doesn't need to sweat it -- 'cause he WILL get a bust in Canton next summer. CJ2K -- one of the best running backs in NFL history -- was officially nominated for the HOF for the first time earlier this week ... alongside 128 other former stars , including Joe Thomas and Darrelle Revis . Johnson swung by the TMZ office with White just a day after he got the good news -- and he was pumped ... saying he was hopeful it'd now all eventually lead to him getting the call to the Hall later this season. Most games of 100+ RUSH YDS during 1 season in #Titans / #Oilers history: pic.twitter.com/CLyS3U0DeH — Pro Sports Outlook (@PSO_Sports) September 17, 2022 @PSO_Sports "Just to be a nominee, it's a blessing," he said. "Hopefully I can make it all the way through. We gon' see what happens." … [Read more...] about Chris Johnson Hopeful For Hall Of Fame Nod, But Ex-Teammate Promises It Will Happen