‘China’s Next Top Model’ To Be Produced by IPCN

May 7, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rights and formats broker, IPCN is to co-produce the next series of hit reality show “China’s Next Top Model.”

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Cannes: Vietnam’s ‘Yellow Flowers’ Picked by Fortissimo

May 7, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fortissimo Films has picked up Vietnamese social drama “Yellow Flowers on The Green Grass,” a 1980s set picture, directed by Victor Vu.

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Film Review: ‘Number One Fan’

May 6, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

When a pop singer bashes his g.f.’s head in by accident, he turns to his most devoted groupie to help clean up the mess in “Number One Fan,” an exceptionally well-polished French thriller that seems less invested in whatever suspense that scenario might hold than in its characters and the darkly satirical undercurrent that runs beneath.

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Japan’s Shochiku Brings Kabuki To Las Vegas

May 5, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Shochiku, the leader in Japanese traditional theater, is to launch a Kabuki show in Las Vegas in May 2016.

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‘Ode to My Father’ Takes Top Prize at Udine Festival

May 3, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Korean films fill top places in audience poll

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Film Review: ‘War of Lies’

May 2, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In the lead-up to the Iraq War, defector Rafid Ahmed Alwan — aka “Curveball” — became an expert at telling his interrogators what they wanted to hear, ultimately supplying the “evidence” the Bush administration needed to oust Saddam Hussein. In “War of Lies,” the notorious (mis)informer proves an equally slippery interview subject.

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Cannes: Dakota Fanning, Helen Hunt Starring in Drama ‘Please Stand By’

May 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a pre-Cannes move, Dakota Fanning and Helen Hunt have been set to star in road-trip drama “Please Stand By” with Ben Lewin (“The Sessions”) directing. Embankment Films is handling international sales. CAA is handling the U.S. sale. Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles-based The Allegiance Theater are producing. Todd Wagner and Mark...

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Film Review: ‘Maya the Bee Movie’

May 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Bee yourself — a simple message for Studio 100’s simple-minded “Maya the Bee Movie,” being the latest adaptation of Waldemar Bonsels’ beloved apian adventures, in which an anthropomorphized honeybee explores the meadow around her hive, befriending all the creatures she meets there.

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Film Review: ‘Planetary’

May 1, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Those who prefer their eco-consciousness delivered with a drop (or a full draught) of New Age-iness will have a new favorite movie.

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Film Review: ‘Above and Below’

April 30, 2015  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Some of us fall by the wayside, and some of us soar to the stars.” So goes the circle-of-life wisdom from a certain pop Disney hit, but it could just as well be the mantra of Austrian helmer Nicolas Steiner’s poignantly down-to-earth thesis project, “Above and Beyond” — a mesmerizing plunge into the damaged psyches of five characters floating by on the margins of American society, from a couple scraping by in a Las Vegas drainage tunnel to the young woman determined to be among the first crew to colonize Mars.

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