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U.K. Police Launch Investigation Into Alleged “Non-Recent” Offenses After Russell Brand Sexual Assault Claims

The Metropolitan Police in the U.K. have launched a probe into allegations of sexual offenses after a joint investigation by Channel 4 and The Times revealed allegations of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse by comedian and actor Russell Brand. Without naming Brand or detailing the alleged offenses to protect its criminal investigation, the Met […]

Ontario Film Industry Must Make Sustainability a Priority, Says Report

The Ontario film and TV industry is working to reduce its carbon footprint and introduce sustainable practices as Hollywood studios and streamers have increasingly shot their originals in the Canadian province in recent years. But a report unveiled Monday indicates far more sustainable steps are needed for real change that reduces overall carbon emissions. The […]

Oscars 2024: Poland Picks ‘The Peasants’ Over ‘The Green Border’ After Government Attacks

Poland’s Oscar committee has selected The Peasants, a sumptuous animated literary adaptation from Loving Vincent directors DK and Hugh Welchman, as the country’s submission for the best international feature category at the 2024 Oscars, over The Green Border, a critically-acclaimed film from two-time Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, In Darkness). The decision, announced by […]

Imax Defends $124M China Buyout Against Investor Opposition

Facing opposition from a Canadian investment fund, Imax has defended a proposed $124 million deal to acquire a 28.5 percent stake in its Shanghai-based Imax China unit that it does not already own. On Friday, Canadian investment fund Letko, Brosseau & Associates, which holds around 1.7 percent of Imax China shares, said it will vote […]

Donatella Versace Attacks Italian Government’s Anti-LGBTQ+ Policies at Milan Fashion Week

Italian fashion icon Donatella Versace has sharply criticized moves by Italy’s far-right government to restrict the rights of same-sex couples, lashing out at anti-LGBTQ+ policies in a speech Sunday night at the CNMI Sustainable Fashion Awards during Milan Fashion Week. The new Italian government, under Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, which took power last year, has […]

Federation Studios Acquires French Animation Group Go-N Productions

Fast-growing French production group Federation Studios has acquired French animation company GO-N Productions, Federation unveiled on Monday. The animation studio, set up by Anne de Galard and Eric Garnet in 2004, is known for such kids series as Simon Super Rabbit, Lou!, Zip Zip and Tootuff. That week, it was named producer of the year […]

Amazon Prime Takes ‘The Swarm’ for Africa

Amazon Prime is diving into The Swarm, snatching up rights across sub-Saharan Africa for the ecological thriller from Game of Thrones producer Frank Doelger. The limited series, adapted from Frank Sch?tzing’s international best-seller, tells the story of a series of escalating disasters emerging from the world’s oceans. As scientists around the globe rush to discover […]

Patrick Schweitzer Named CEO of Studiocanal’s ‘It’s a Sin,’ ‘Years and Years’ Producer Red

Patrick Schweitzer has been named the new CEO of Red Production Company, the U.K. producer behind such hits as It’s a Sin, Years and Years and the upcoming Neil Gaiman-adapted fantasy series Anansi Boys. Red parent company Studiocanal unveiled the news on Monday, with Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh calling Schweitzer “an incredible asset to Red. […]

U.K. Writers Guild on Tentative Deal to End Strike: “Your Solidarity Has Counted and Your Voice Has Been Heard”

With the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and representatives of Hollywood studios and streamers reaching a tentative deal on a new contract late Sunday, international reactions started pouring in Monday. Among the groups chiming in on the development was the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB). “We send our congratulations to our sister union in the States […]

Sophia Loren Hospitalized After Fall, Has Several Fractures

Sophia Loren underwent emergency surgery Sunday after suffering several fractures, including one to her femur, after a bad fall at her Swiss home. The Italian acting icon, who turned 89 on Sept. 20, fell in her bathroom and sustained several fractures to her hip as well as a serious fracture to her femur, which needed […]

China Box Office: ‘Oppenheimer’ Still Holding Strong, Nears $60M

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer nudged near the $60 million mark in China during a somewhat downbeat weekend for moviegoing in the world’s second-largest theatrical territory.  The Universal Pictures-backed historical blockbuster added $2.5 million from Friday to Sunday, taking its total to $58.1 million, according to data from box office tracker Artisan Gateway. Oppenheimer came in fourth […]

Tokyo Film Festival: Xiaogang Gu and Mouly Surya to Receive Kurosawa Akira Award

The Tokyo International Film Festival revealed Monday that China’s Xiaogang Gu and Indonesia’s Mouly Surya will jointly receive the festival’s prestigious world cinema honor, the Kurosawa Akira Award, at the upcoming 36th edition of the event. The award, which until last year had been on a 14-year hiatus, is presented to “filmmakers who have made […]