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With Industry and Political Clouds Hovering, Shanghai Film Festival Opens on Quieter Note

At the shiny Lyric Theater in the heart of China’s biggest city, the Shanghai International Film Festival celebrated its 20th edition Saturday in relatively low-key fashion.

There were the usual speeches, parades of past award winners, and hordes of local media. But the star wattage on the red carpet (which was strewn with gold cups and an oversized Cadillac) was a couple of notches lower than in previous years. And on the industry side, there is similarly little expectation of a deals-announcement frenzy.

Last year the corridors and conference rooms of the festival-owned Crowne Plaza throbbed with slate announcements of jaw-dropping proportions. Numerous new connections were being made between Chinese companies and overseas filmmakers, many from Hollywood.

But the intervening year has been an instructive one. In hindsight, the 2016 Shanghai festival looks like the last hurrah of an old era when everything and anything seemed possible.

Soon after the festival,
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Afm: Metro International heads 'Into The Rainbow'

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Afm: Metro International heads 'Into The Rainbow'
Exclusive: UK sales outfit boards 3D family fantasy with Willow Shields.

Metro International has boarded sales on completed UK-China-New Zealand family adventure movie Into The Rainbow (formerly The Wonder).

The Hunger GamesWillow Shields, Chinese star Leo Wu, Taiwanese actress Joe Chen, Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Archie Kao star in the story of two teenagers who travel inside a super-powered rainbow to China.

Norman Stone (Shadowlands) and Gary Wing-Lun Mak (My Beautiful Kingdom) direct the 3D feature written by Ashley Sidaway, Robert Sidaway and Lindsay Edmonds. Producers include Richard Fletcher (Boy) and Iain Brown (Indian Summer).

The English-language production is part-financed by Tien Ran Media Group, a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba. The Golden Era distributor Stellar Mega Films is due to release locally.

The project was previously handled by Embankment Films.
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Archie Kao Joins China-New Zealand Fantasy Film ‘The Wonder’ (Exclusive)

Archie Kao Joins China-New Zealand Fantasy Film ‘The Wonder’ (Exclusive)
Rising star Asian-American actor, Archie Kao (“C.S.I.) has joined the cast of “The Wonder,” which is now shooting in China.

The film is a 3D teen fantasy directed by the U.K.’s Norman Stone (“Shadowlands.) The story follows a group of schoolkids, who are magically transported by a rainbow to China, where they find themselves pursued by a mysterious organization as well as the cause of a major natural disaster.

Kao plays a scientist studying the energy field effects of rainbows. He joins Karl Urban (“Star Trek,” “Lord Of The Rings”) and Willow Shields (“The Hunger Games”) in the China-New Zealand – UK coproduction.

International sales for the film are handled by London-based sales outfit Embankment Films. “The Wonder” also marks Tien Ran Media Group’s, a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba, first foray into English-language production. Stellar Mega Films will release the film theatrically in China next year.

Kao started out in the U.
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'The Wonder' 3D fantasy heads for China shoot

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'The Wonder' 3D fantasy heads for China shoot
Exclusive: China-nz-uk production with Karl Urban, Willow Shields gets cast, finance, director.

China-nz-uk 3D fantasy The Wonder, starring Karl Urban (Dredd) and Willow Shields (The Hunger Games) is currently prepping in China with shoot due to get underway early next month.

UK sales outfit Embankment Films has boarded international sales on the $20m feature, which will now be directed by actor-director Saul Rubinek (True Romance) who has taken over from Sliding Doors filmmaker Peter Hewitt.

Additional cast includes Il Postino actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Chinese teen star Wu Lei and leading Chinese actress Joe Chen Chiau-En (The Monkey King).

Also new to the English-language production is financier Tien Ran Media Group, a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is making its first foray into international film production.

Tien Ran replaces Show + Share Investment as the film’s primary Chinese financier.

The Golden Era distributor Stellar Mega Films is due to release locally.

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In another 'Sopranos' classic, Tony has to fight off two assassins

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In another 'Sopranos' classic, Tony has to fight off two assassins
Welcome to the penultimate installment of our summer trip through "The Sopranos" season 1. When I revisited early seasons of "The Wire," as well as the whole run of "Deadwood," I did separate versions of each review for newcomers and veterans, but over time realized that the newcomers weren't commenting much, if at all, and that it therefore made sense to simply do one review. Any significant spoilers for episodes beyond the one being reviewed will be contained in a separate section at the end of the review; so long as you avoid that, and the comments, you should be fine. Thoughts on the twelfth episode, “Isabella," coming up just as soon as I buy you some sweat socks at The Sports Authority... "To tell you the truth, I feel pretty good." -Tony I'll be honest: even though I'd never specifically recapped these early "Sopranos" seasons, I've written so much about the show over the years,
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Alfonso Arau readies period-romance

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Alfonso Arau readies period-romance
Exclusive: Germany-set drama and TV mini-series in works.

Like Water Like Chocolate director Alfonso Arau is in development with Bagdad Café writer Chris Doherty on 1930’s-set drama The Crime of Love, about an illicit love affair between two German officers in Nazi Germany.

Carsten Lorenz is on board to produce the project, which is being exced by Mark Holdon with Arri Worldwide in talks to handle sales.

“I was looking for a great love story,” Arau told Screen. “Germany in the 1930s was such an interesting and intense period in history that I knew I wanted to set this love story at that time.”

“This project, like the greatest romance of all, Romeo and Juliet, is about real love in a world where such love is prohibited.”

Arau’s hit romance-drama Like Water for Chocolate was nominated for a BAFTA in 1994.

Latest directorial effort L’imbroglio nel lenzuolo (2010) starred Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Geraldine Chaplin.

Arau and exec
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Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant Shine at Shanghai Festival’s Red Carpet Opening

Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant Shine at Shanghai Festival’s Red Carpet Opening
ShanghaiNicole Kidman and Hugh Grant headed a stellar roll call of international celebrities in attendance at the opening night gala of the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Others included John Cusack, France’s Jean-Jacques Annaud, Italy’s Maria Grazia Cucinotta, South Korea’s Song Hye-kyo and Japan’s Takako Tokiwa.

The 17th edition of the festival got under way on a warm Saturday night at the city’s Grand Theater.

Organizers promised some 400 stars from Greater China. Those leading the pageant included Jackie Chan, Shanghai festival jury president Gong Li, Lin Chiling, John Woo, Liu Yifei, Gao Yuanyuan, Nicholas Tse and Wang Jingchun.

At the opening ceremony itself Kidman received an outstanding contribution award, presented to her by Grant and Woo. Director Jiang Wen, whose upcoming “Gone With The Bullets” is expected to be a year end hit, received a prize for his contribution to Chinese cinema.
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Cannes: Stealth and Atlas Nab Frankie Muniz Comedy ‘Road to Capri’

Cannes — Stealth Media Group has boarding comedy “Road to Capri” for international sales, and will introduce the project to buyers in Cannes. Atlas Distribution Company will handle U.S. distribution.

The cast includes Frankie Muniz (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Virginia Madsen (“Sideways”), Ian McShane (“Deadwood”), Maria Grazia Cucinotta (“Il Postino”), Franco Nero (“Django”) and Nicolas Vaporidis (“Men Vs Women”).

The film follows two young men, one American, Daniel (Muniz), and the other Italian, Luca (Vaporidis), who have absolutely nothing in common until one fateful day. On that day each would learn of the death of their father — but what neither was expecting to learn was that their father was the same man, and that they had inherited the family home in Capri, equally. Under the guidance of their uncle, Guido (Nero), they set out on a road of discovery that leads to Capri and the “sharing” of the family home.
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Italy’s Cinecitta Studios Get Google Doodle Celebration

Italy’s Cinecitta Studios Get Google Doodle Celebration
Rome – Rome’s Cinecittà Studios are being celebrated with a Google Doodle on the 77th anniversary of the day the sprawling facilities were inaugurated, on April 28 1937, by Benito Mussolini in an attempt to boost the Italian film industry.

This rare distinction for a film studio caused their website to crash.

Alas the historic studios known as Hollywood on the Tiber in their 1960′s heyday have long been languishing, with production levels plummeting since the 1990′s and workers recently protesting against layoffs amid a long-stalled controversial makeover which has yet to materialise.

Still, the massive 100-acre facility once considered Europe’s largest, where “Ben Hur,” “Quo Vadis” and, more recently, Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of new York,” and HBO’s “Rome” where shot, has seen some international biz lately. A portion of Baltasar Kormakur’s “Everest,” produced by Working Title, recently shot there. And next up is U.S. comedy “Road To Capri,
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Siddharth wins best film at Bjiff

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Siddharth wins best film at Bjiff
Richie Mehta’s Siddharth was awarded best film at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), while Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster picked up three prizes including best director.

The Grandmaster also scooped best actress for Zhang Ziyi and best cinematography for Philippe Le Sourd at the festival’s Tiantan Awards on Wednesday night. Wong Kar Wai and Zhang both won prizes for the film in the same categories at the recent Asian Film Awards in Macau.

Best actor at Beijing’s Tiantan Awards went to Guillaume Gouix for French director Sylvain Chomet’s Attila Marcel, which also won best music. Korean director Lee Joon-ik’s Hope won best supporting actress for the performance of child actor Lee Re. Alan Rickman won best supporting actor for his role in Patrice Leconte’s A Promise.

Peter Ho-sun Chan’s American Dreams In China won best screenplay (Zhou Zhiyong, Zhang Ji and
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Beijing Film Festival Aims for International Flavor

Beijing Film Festival Aims for International Flavor
Beijing Intl. Film Festival organizers have given this year’s event a stronger international flavor and more high-tech elements, moves that reflect the Chinese industry’s desire to go global. Festival runs April 16-23.

One big change? This fourth edition features an opening-night screening — something that is standard at other festivals, but which the first three Beijing fests dispensed with, in favor of a pomp and circumstance show befitting the city’s status in the emerging world order and its powerhouse backers, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the Beijing city government.

“The norm for major international film festivals around the world is for the opening film to enjoy a good reputation and respect within the industry. To reflect the international … and market-oriented nature of Bjiff, the organizing committee decided on ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ” a festival spokesman says. The Franco-German romantic fantasy by Asiaphile French director
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Rajkumar Hirani has been invited by the Beijing International Film Festival

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Rajkumar Hirani has been invited by the Beijing International Film Festival 2014 to be part of the jury. The director had gained huge fame in China with his film 3 Idiots. I was the first film to do huge business and become a household name. Mr. Hirani is the first Bollywood personality who has been invited by the Bjiff.

The director will be sharing the jury table with some of the big names from the film industry including China’s Lu Chuan, Ireland’s Jim Sheridan, France’s Philippe Muyl, Spanish producer Andrés Vicente Gómez and Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta.

The 4th Bjiff will be held between, April 16th to 23th 2014.

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Rajkumar Hirani invited for Beijing International Film Festival

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Rajkumar Hirani invited for Beijing International Film Festival
Known for his commercial yet out of the box films, Rajkumar Hirani is one of the most respected filmmaker amidst the Bollywood fraternity and now the director has been presented with an invite to attend the Beijing International Film Festival-2014. Moreover, he has also been asked to be a part of the jury. Rajkumar Hirani is first Bollywood personality who has been invited by the Bjiff. The director gained fame in China with his film 3 Idiots since it was the first Indian film to do huge business and went to become a household name. The director will be sharing the jury table with some of the big names from the film industry including China's Lu Chuan, Ireland's Jim Sheridan, France's Philippe Muyl, Spanish producer Andres Vicente Gomez and Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta. The 4th Bjiff will be held between, April 16 to 23 2014.
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Rajkumar Hirani on Beijing International Film Festival Jury

Rajkumar Hirani on Beijing International Film Festival Jury
Rajkumar Hirani

Rajkumar Hirani will be part of the 7-member Tiantan Award International Jury at the 4th edition of Beijing International Film Festival. Richie Mehta’s Siddharth is one among the fifteen films in competition for the Tiantan Award.

The Beijing International Film Festival will be held from April 16-23, 2014.

Director of three critically acclaimed features- Munna Bhai Mbbs, Lage Raho Munna Bhai and 3 Idiots- Rajkumar Hirani is the only Indian on the jury. His film 3 Idiots, featuring Aamir Khan, was a major commercial success at the Chinese box-office. Besides, it was screened at the inaugural edition of the Beijing International Film Festival in 2011.

Headed by Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo, the international jury at the festival comprises of Spanish producer Andrés Vicente Gómez; Irish director, scriptwriter and producer Jim Sheridan; Chinese director, scriptwriter and executive producer Lu Chuan; Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta; and French director, scriptwriter and producer Philippe Muyl.
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Casting: McShane, Jonas, Harewood, Washington

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Road To Capri

Ian McShane, Frankie Muniz and Virginia Madsen will star in Boris Damast's road comedy "Road To Capri" which begins filming in the Us and Italy this spring.

The story follows two men who live far apart and learn they shared the same father and inherit the family home in Capri. Giancarlo Giannini, Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Nicolas Vaporidis also star. [Source: Screen]

Navy St.

Nick Jonas and Kiele Sanchez have scored co-starring roles in DirecTV's gritty yet family-oriented mixed martial arts drama "Navy St." Frank Grillo plays a former Mma fighter whose drug addiction prevented him from making it big and now operates an Mma gym on Venice Beach.

Jonas plays his youngest son Nate, a shy kid who receives a Ufc contract but is impacted by the addiction to drugs of his older brother Jay (Jonathan Tucker). Sanchez will play Lisa Prince, the Grillo character's long-time girlfriend.
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Ian McShane heads to Capri

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Boris Damast’s road comedy to start shooting in spring.

Frankie Muniz, Virginia Madsen and Ian McShane will star in Boris Damast’s comedy Road To Capri, set to commence principal photography in the Us and Italy in spring.

Us-based Mechaniks, EMovies and Rainstorm are producing with world sales agent Atlas International.

Road To Capri centres on two men who live far apart and learn they shared the same father and inherit the family home in Capri.

Giancarlo Giannini, Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Nicolas Vaporidis round out the key cast.

Blake Armstrong, Giovanni Labadessa and Damast co-wrote the screenplay.

Producers are Andrea Kikot of Mechaniks, Max Czertok of EMovies, Steve G Kaplan of Rainstorm Entertainment and Stefan Menz of Atlas International Film.

Steve G Kaplan of Rainstorm Entertainment served as executive producer alongside Carol Bidault and Andrea Giannattasio from EMovies.
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McShane heads to Capri

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Boris Damast’s road comedy to start shooting in spring.

Frankie Muniz, Virginia Madsen and Ian McShane will star in Boris Damast’s comedy Road To Capri, set to commence principal photography in the Us and Italy in spring.

Us-based Mechaniks, EMovies and Rainstorm are producing with world sales agent Atlas International.

Road To Capri centres on two men who live far apart and learn they shared the same father and inherit the family home in Capri.

Giancarlo Giannini, Maria Grazia Cucinotta and Nicolas Vaporidis round out the key cast.

Blake Armstrong, Giovanni Labadessa and Damast co-wrote the screenplay.

Producers are Andrea Kikot of Mechaniks, Max Czertok of EMovies, Steve G Kaplan of Rainstorm Entertainment and Stefan Menz of Atlas International Film.

Steve G Kaplan of Rainstorm Entertainment served as executive producer alongside Carol Bidault and Andrea Giannattasio from EMovies.
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Red-band, Nsfw trailer: New giallo film “Tulpa”

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Red-band, Nsfw trailer: New giallo film “Tulpa”
Directed by Federico Zampaglione from a script he wrote with Giacomo Gensini, based on a story by veteran Italo-horror scribe Dardano Sacchetti, Tulpa stars Claudia Gerini as Lisa, a businesswoman who leads a secret night life of sexual exploration and experimentation, centered on the titular nightclub. When her lovers start getting brutally killed, she undertakes her own investigation to avoid exposing her carnal activities. Michele Placido and Nuit Arquint (Shadow’s memorable villaing Mortis) co-star; Leonardo Cruciano created the makeup FX, and actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta (whose credits range from The Day Of The Beast to The Rite) was one of the producers.

Tulpa, which we first reported on here, screened last year at London’s FrightFest in not-quite-completed form. “We knew what worked in the genre,” Zampaglione says, “but we were also aware of its shortcomings, and that is why we test-screened a rough cut of the film to an audience at Frightfest.
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Red-band, Nsfw trailer: New giallo film “Tulpa”

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Red-band, Nsfw trailer: New giallo film “Tulpa”
Directed by Federico Zampaglione from a script he wrote with Giacomo Gensini, based on a story by veteran Italo-horror scribe Dardano Sacchetti, Tulpa stars Claudia Gerini as Lisa, a businesswoman who leads a secret night life of sexual exploration and experimentation, centered on the titular nightclub. When her lovers start getting brutally killed, she undertakes her own investigation to avoid exposing her carnal activities. Michele Placido and Nuit Arquint (Shadow’s memorable villaing Mortis) co-star; Leonardo Cruciano created the makeup FX, and actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta (whose credits range from The Day Of The Beast to The Rite) was one of the producers.

Tulpa, which we first reported on here, screened last year at London’s FrightFest in not-quite-completed form. “We knew what worked in the genre,” Zampaglione says, “but we were also aware of its shortcomings, and that is why we test-screened a rough cut of the film to an audience at Frightfest.
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Red-band, Nsfw trailer: New giallo film “Tulpa”

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Red-band, Nsfw trailer: New giallo film “Tulpa”
Directed by Federico Zampaglione from a script he wrote with Giacomo Gensini, based on a story by veteran Italo-horror scribe Dardano Sacchetti, Tulpa stars Claudia Gerini as Lisa, a businesswoman who leads a secret night life of sexual exploration and experimentation, centered on the titular nightclub. When her lovers start getting brutally killed, she undertakes her own investigation to avoid exposing her carnal activities. Michele Placido and Nuit Arquint (Shadow’s memorable villaing Mortis) co-star; Leonardo Cruciano created the makeup FX, and actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta (whose credits range from The Day Of The Beast to The Rite) was one of the producers.

Tulpa, which we first reported on here, screened last year at London’s FrightFest in not-quite-completed form. “We knew what worked in the genre,” Zampaglione says, “but we were also aware of its shortcomings, and that is why we test-screened a rough cut of the film to an audience at Frightfest.
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