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China Becomes Largest Export Market for European Films

  • Variety
China has replaced North America as the largest export market, by admissions, for European movies, according to Europe’s Audiovisual Observatory.

Research results released Monday show that China accounted for 37% of all admissions to European films outside of Europe itself. At the same time, the number of tickets sold to European movies in North America dropped from 29.8 million to 27.1 million in 2017, or 28% of the total. Latin America accounted for 24% of the European export market.

The Audiovisual Observatory said that a sizable year-on-year increase in admissions in China and ongoing decline in admissions in the U.S. were responsible for China becoming the biggest export market. Ticket sales to European films in the Middle Kingdom grew from 21.2 million in 2016 to 35.8 million in 2017.

“This occurred despite the fact that the Chinese market remains accessible only for a highly limited number of European films, fewer than 30 first releases, and does not (yet) offer
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France Aims to Lure Large Productions With Big Studio Expansions

  • Variety
France Aims to Lure Large Productions With Big Studio Expansions
With Luc Besson’s Cite du Cinema and the Bry-sur-Marne studios both facing uncertain futures, France hopes to lure ambitious productions with a vast new studio complex in Bretigny, on the outskirts of Paris, and with a revamped La Victorine, the historic 100-year-old studio on the French Riviera.

Lacking a facility as large as Pinewood in the U.K. or Babelsberg in Germany, France has struggled to attract big productions for non-exterior shoots, despite the fact that its tax incentive for international productions is highly competitive, offering a 30% tax rebate capped at €30 million ($33.5 million) per project. Private and public investors are now working to remedy the situation by ordering up studios that combine top-notch technology with massive back lots and sound stages.

Bretigny Studios is based at a former air force base in Plessis-Pâté, near Paris, and boasts a 20-acre back lot. Launched in 2018, the new studios are operated by Tfs Groupe,
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Luc Besson’s ‘Anna’ Flops at French Box Office, Adding to Pressure on EuropaCorp

  • Variety
Luc Besson’s ‘Anna’ Flops at French Box Office, Adding to Pressure on EuropaCorp
Luc Besson’s latest film, the Helen Mirren-starring thriller “Anna,” is failing at the French box office, dealing a further blow to his financially ailing EuropaCorp, which is in talks to be taken over by one of its lenders.

After falling flat at the U.S. box office with a mere $7.6 million in nearly five weeks, the action-packed “Anna” has managed to gross only $3 million (€2.7 million) in two weeks in Besson’s native France, where distributor Pathe gave it a wide release backed by ample marketing muscle. It’s Besson’s second-biggest flop after “The Lady,” his 2011 biopic with Michelle Yeoh.

The failure of “Anna” to catch fire increases the pressure on Besson and EuropaCorp, which is in negotiation to be taken over by its junior lender, the New York investment fund Vine Alternative Investments. Up till now, Besson has been regarded as one of EuropaCorp’s key selling points,
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A Tribute to Rutger Hauer

Tom Jolliffe pays tribute to Rutger Hauer after the news of his passing…

I’ve been a huge fan of Rutger Hauer from the very first time I watched Blade Runner. The film shouldn’t have connected so instantly with me, for someone so young, but it did. Though it was Harrison Ford a.k.a. Solo, a.k.a. Indiana Jones who drew me to that film, and those glorious visuals and soundscapes that bewitched me so much, it was always Hauer who left the most lasting impression.

Over time and over more subsequent viewings that performance began to show more and more layers of nuance. Hauer, as an actor when given the freedom to play, was capable of the unique and the electrifying. Batty isn’t a great villain. He’s so much more. It’s why Hauer gives the ‘iconic’ performance in a film loaded with great
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Rutger Hauer, Star of Blade Runner, Passes Away at 75

Joseph Baxter Jul 24, 2019

The inimitable Rutger Hauer has died at 75, leaving behind a prolific legacy in film and television.

“I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die.”

Rutger Hauer passed away this past Friday, July 19, at the age of the age of 75, having succumbed to a short illness. The news was revealed today by the actor’s agent, Steve Kennis. However, unlike the unforgettable soliloquy – quoted above – that he delivered in 1982’s Blade Runner, his moments will not be lost in time.

Indeed, the ever-emotive and versatile Dutch actor, Hauer, whose funeral was held today, leaves behind a breadth of work in the realms of film and television, spanning back to his first onscreen role, in the 1969 medieval television series,
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Luke Perry's Wrestler Son Climbs Once Upon a Time Billboard in Hollywood

Luke Perry's Wrestler Son Climbs Once Upon a Time Billboard in Hollywood
As if any of us have forgotten by this point in time, back in March, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Riverdale star Luke Perry suffered a stroke and passed away at age 52. But all is not lost as his final film role will be in Pul Fiction and Kill Bill writer-director Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. That motion picture is all set to hit a theatre near you this Friday, and today we have a heartwarming story from Luke Perry's son. Jack Perry posted a tribute to his late father over on Instagram along with a video of himself climbing up onto his father's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood billboard.

Oh, boy. I'm getting a little verklempt over here. Talk amongst yourselves for a moment. I'll give you a topic. The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire. Discuss. Okay,
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The Most Overlooked Movies of the Decade — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week, IndieWire published our list of the 100 Best Movies of the 2010s.

Of course, any list of 100 movies barely scratches the surface of a decade that saw the release of thousands (and thousands), and a ton of special films — especially of the contested or obscure varieties — didn’t make the cut. And, so with that in mind, we asked our panel of film critics to pick the one overlooked film of the past 10 years that they most hope people will find, rediscover, or reconsider in the future.

Advantageous” (Jennifer Phang)

Allyson Johnson (@AllysonAJ) TheYoungFolks.com,ThePlaylist.net, CambridgeDay.com,TheMarySue.com

There’s always been an abundance of beautifully insightful films that miss the general audience conversation but few have been as audaciously assured as director Jennifer Phang’s 2015 feature “Advantageous.
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'Spider-Man', 'Toy Story 4' stay top of UK box office as 'Annabelle Comes Home' lands third

'Spider-Man', 'Toy Story 4' stay top of UK box office as 'Annabelle Comes Home' lands third
New openers also include Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die.

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RankFilm (Distributor)Three-day gross (July 12-14)Total gross to date Week 1 Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures) £4.4m £22.6m 2 2 Toy Story 4 (Disney) £3.8m £42.6m 4 3 Annabelle Comes Home (Warner Bros) £1.5m £2.2m 1 4 Yesterday (Universal) £1.1m £8.1m 3 5 Aladdin (Disney) £360,000 £35.2m 8 Sony Pictures

Spider-Man: Far From Home held onto its position at the top of the UK box office chart in its second weekend, dropping 48% on its opening weekend with £4.4m taking it to £22.6m so far.

Drops of 40-50% were consistent across
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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Initiates Takeover Talks With Vine Alternative Investments

  • The Wrap
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Initiates Takeover Talks With Vine Alternative Investments
EuropaCorp, the European movie studio founded by Luc Besson, has resumed talks with junior lender Vine Alternative Investments to have it take over the company.

The deal, which was first reported by French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, is still being finalized between Vine and EuropaCorp’s senior lender, Jp Morgan, and comes after EuropaCorp previously opened talks to sell a majority stake in the studio to Pathe, EuropaCorp’s film distributor in France. According to Dimanche, a deal with Vine is the studio’s current preferred choice.

As part of the deal to take over the studio, the €80 million debt owed by EuropaCorp to Vine would be converted into a stake in the company, and Vine may also move to take full ownership of the studio’s film library.

Also Read: Luc Besson's Financially Troubled EuropaCorp Placed Under Court Protection in France

The new talks come two months after
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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Confirms Discussions With Vine Alternative Investments – Update

  • Deadline
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp Confirms Discussions With Vine Alternative Investments – Update
Updated with EuropaCorp statement: Luc Besson’s embattled EuropaCorp has responded to a report in French weekly, Le Journal du Dimanche, which said on Sunday the studio was entering a deal that would see NY-based Vine Alternative Investments come to its rescue. In a statement provided to Deadline, Europa confirmed discussions “with several financial partners including the group Vine, as part of the restructuring of its debt and the strengthening of its financial capacity.”

Vine, Europa said, “has expressed interest in a potential stake in the capital of the company” and talks are ongoing. As of March 31, EuropaCorp’s net debt stood at $181M. In May, the company was granted a six-month debt waiver to give it time to balance the books. Vine would be expected to convert Europa’s debt into capital shares.

A rescue deal between Europa and Vine was reportedly hatched on July 3 in the office of the French judicial administrator.
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Luc Besson's EuropaCorp Confirms Rescue Talks With U.S. Investment Group Vine

Luc Besson's EuropaCorp Confirms Rescue Talks With U.S. Investment Group Vine
Luc Besson's struggling studio EuropaCorp on Sunday confirmed it was in rescue talks with one of its creditors, U.S. investment fund Vine Alternative Investments.

It is understood that Vine is looking to take a majority stake in EuropaCorp, producer of Lucy, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Anna, to save the company from collapse.

Responding to a report in the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche, EuropaCorp said it was speaking to Vine about "a possible equity participation" but that it "cannot give any guarantee that this operation will carry through" with a deal.

The report said Besson preferred ...
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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp to Be Taken Over by Vine Alternative Investments

  • Variety
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp to Be Taken Over by Vine Alternative Investments
Luc Besson’s financially struggling EuropaCorp is to be taken over by the New York investment fund Vine Alternative Investments, its junior lender, Variety has confirmed.

EuropaCorp confirmed the talks with Vine on Sunday but declined to comment on the deal because negotiations are ongoing with both Vine and EuropaCorp’s senior lender, Jp Morgan, which would also have to sign off on the deal.

The French studio behind “Taken” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” had been in discussions with Pathe for the latter to take a majority stake in the company. But those talks failed because Pathe could not reach an agreement on restructuring EuropaCorp’s debt to Vine of €80 million, according to three financial sources. EuropaCorp’s credit line with Vine matures in April 2020.

The new deal – which was first reported by the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche – will see Vine convert the
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EuropaCorp confirms rescue deal talks with Us firm Vine (update)

EuropaCorp confirms rescue deal talks with Us firm Vine (update)
’Vine has expressed interest in a potential stake in the capital of the company.’

Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has confirmed French media reports on Sunday (14) that it is in talks with New York-based asset management company Vine Alternative Investments, for the latter to take a stake in the debt-ridden company.

EuropaCorp did not comment on whether talks with Pathé, first reported in late May, had stalled.

The Paris-based company put out a statement on Sunday evening in response to a report earlier in the day in French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that it had dropped rescue plan talks with
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Crawl review – brutal alligator horror is a snappy summer surprise

Piranha 3D director Alexandre Aja returns to the water for a lean, suspenseful tale of a father and daughter trapped in a flooding, predator-filled house

Withholding a film from the press until the very day that it opens is usually the surest sign said film is a catastrophe. (The recent example of Luc Besson’s misfiring assassin thriller Anna proves this point quite perfectly.) So when Paramount decided not to screen the Sam Raimi-produced horror Crawl, assumptions inevitably slithered through the critical community, another underwhelming summer stinker predicted. It is, then, with genuine surprise and relieved pleasure that I can say Crawl is far from the mess one might assume. And while it’s also far from perfect, it’s a great deal more successful than many of the season’s more hyped offerings.

Related: Point Blank review – mediocre action thriller remake lands on Netflix
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‘Anna’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Lera Abova, Alexander Petrov, Nikita Pavlenk, Anna Krippa, Aleksey Maslodudov, Eric Godon, Ivan Franek, Jean-Baptiste Puech, Adrian Can | Written and Directed by Luc Besson

Luc Besson returns to cinema screens with his first, and presumably last, film he will be afforded to make after the colossal financial failure of his predeceasing feature Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, that has plunged his production company into chaos and, has been levelled a string of sexual assault allegations against the famed director whose credits include Leon and The Fifth Element. Besson’s latest, on paper at least, is exactly what he needs to fight against in his dark corner of sexual aggression. Gaining back an audience’s trust while also generating a significant profit margin to secure a future for his production company. However with Anna, his latest, Besson fails on both fronts.
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Movie Review – Anna (2019)

Anna, 2019.

Directed by Luc Besson.

Starring Sasha Luss, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, Lera Abova and Eric Godon.

Synopsis:

A Russian woman escapes her abusive home when she is offered a chance at a new life if she agrees to work for the Kgb.

It’s fair to say that, if you’ve seen a female-led action movie in the last decade or two, you’ve basically already seen Anna – the new film from Luc Besson. This is a two-hour confection of standard, glossy thrills, peppered with energetic action sequences. And though that’s not particularly exciting, it is basically fine.

Sasha Luss is the titular Kgb hired muscle, plucked from an abusive partner by experienced operative Alex (Luke Evans) and given the opportunity to impress spy chief Olga (Helen Mirren). She’s soon on a mission in Paris where she infiltrates a modelling agency in order to get
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Cara Delevingne : "Puma"

Take a look at "Carnival Row" actress Cara Delevingne supporting the latest "Puma" Nova sneaker campaign:

Delevingne started her performance career when she signed with 'Storm Model Management' 2009.

She then won the 'Model of the Year' award at the 'British Fashion Awards' in 2012 and 2014, followed by appearances in shows for fashion houses 'Burberry', 'Mulberry', 'Dolce & Gabbana' and 'Jason Wu'.

She started her acting career with a minor role in the 2012 film adaptation of "Anna Karenin".

She then played 'Margo Roth Spiegelman' in the romantic mystery "Paper Towns" (2015).

Delevingne appeared in "Kids in Love", a British coming of age drama, followed by the role of 'Henrietta' in the period romance "Tulip Fever".

She also played the character 'Kath Talent' in the film "London Fields"based on the 1989 novel of the same name by author Martin Amis followed by playing a mermaid in
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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ tops UK box office with £8.3m opening weekend

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ tops UK box office with £8.3m opening weekend
Westlife’ live concert doc, ‘Midsommar’ also open in the top five.

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Rank Film (Distributor) Three-day gross (July 5-7) Total gross to date Week 1 Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony Pictures) £8.3m £14.1m 1 2 Toy Story 4 (Disney) £5.5m £36m 3 3 Yesterday (Universal) £1.6m £5.6m 2 4 Westlife – The Twenty Tour Live (Cinema Live) £880,628 £880,628 1 5 Midsommar (Entertainment Film Distributors) £635,938 £812,052 1 Sony Pictures

Spider-Man: Far From Home, starring Tom Holland, got underway in the UK with an £8.3m opening weekend. The film entered UK cinemas, day-and-date with the Us, on Tuesday (July 2), grossing just short of £5.8m in previews, and taking £14.1m so far.
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UK box office preview: will 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' ignite the summer?

UK box office preview: will 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' ignite the summer?
Ari Aster’s ‘Hereditary’ follow-up ‘Midsommar’ also out this weekend.

This weekend in the UK will see Spider-Man: Far From Home try to light up this year’s summer box office with a blockbuster opening session.

The Marvel film, released by Sony Pictures (which retains ownership of the Spider-Man franchise), follows the recent success of fellow Marvel title Avengers: Endgame, which has taken a goliath £88.3m in the UK, making it the country’s fifth highest-grossing release of all time.

Disney put Endgame back into cinemas last week (including some bonus content featuring the cast and crew) to capitalise on
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Interview with Kan Eguchi: I feel like it is easier to motivate audiences to go to the cinema for a comedy

For the past decade, Kan Eguchi has earned acclaim for his advertising and TV drama direction; in 2018, he made his feature debut with Riding Uphill, about professional bicycle racers. Eguchi won top awards for three years running at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, was named a “Director to Watch 2009” by Boards magazine (Canada), and served as a judge of America’s Clio Awards from 2010-2013. In 2013, he directed Japan’s successful PR film pitch for the Tokyo Olympics, as well as his first TV drama, Mentai Piriri, which swept Japan’s broadcast awards. He went on to direct more TV dramas, one of which, The Song of the Dragonlike Soul, proved a surprise hit on DVD release. Even more surprising: the hilariously deadpan brilliance of Eguchi’s second feature, the comedy actioner The Fable.

On the occasion of The Fable screening at New York Asian Film Festival, we
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