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Xixi Pictures Sets Its Sights on Building a Global Brand for Chinese TV Drama

China’s Xixi Pictures has arrived at the 61st MIPTV buoyed by a slate of recent successes that have helped the Shanghai-based production house celebrate its fourth anniversary, but the company is nevertheless keen also to share with the international content community what’s on the immediate horizon. Over the past 12 months, Xixi’s development has been […]

Bong Joon Ho Unveils Irreverent First Trailer for Robert Pattinson Starrer ‘Mickey 17’

The many facets of Robert Pattinson were on display in the first trailer for Mickey 17, the upcoming film from Bong Joon Ho that delves into human printing, identity and space colonization. Bong made his first trip to CinemaCon to show off the trailer, with Bong saying it’s the story of “a simple man who […]

George Miller, Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth Debut High-Octane ‘Furiosa’ Footage at CinemaCon

Furiosa fired up CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled a sneak peek at five minutes of footage of Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga inside Caesars Palace during its studio presentation with the help of director George Miller and his stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth to help pump the upcoming release […]

Kit Harington-Led Jon Snow ‘Game of Thrones’ Sequel No Longer Happening

HBO’s Jon Snow-centered Game of Thrones sequel has been shelved, Kit Harington confirmed on Tuesday. “There are no plans for it at the moment. It’s off the table for the foreseeable,” Harington told the Associated Press. Game of Thrones, based on the fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, finished its eighth and final season […]

London’s Garden Studios Hires Sky Studios Top Exec Bee Devine as COO

Garden Studios in London, which opened its doors in early 2021, has hired Sky Studios top executive Bee Devine as chief operating officer. She will start the role in June and report to Garden Studios founder and CEO Thomas Hoegh. Devine has worked as director of content operations at Sky Studios, the production arm of European […]

With MIPTV Gone, Will International Execs Embrace MIP London?

MIPTV is dead, long live MIP London. At a packed press conference Tuesday, Lucy Smith of MIP organizer RX France marked the end of Cannes’ decades-old international television market MIPTV and the official launch of its hoped-for successor in the British capital next year. As RX announced last month, the current MIPTV, which runs through […]

Martini Film Studios Takes Majority Stake in Lighthouse Pictures (Exclusive)

Martini Film Studios, operator of a giant studio complex outside Vancouver, has taken a majority stake in Lighthouse Pictures, a genre film and TV production banner led by Jamie Goehring and Shawn Williamson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the transaction will see Lighthouse Pictures’ current management and production teams remain at the […]

Cannes: George Lucas to Receive Honorary Palme d’Or

George Lucas is set to receive the Honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival at its closing ceremony on May 25, organizers said on Tuesday. “The Festival de Cannes has always held a special place in my heart. I was surprised and elated when my first film, THX-1138, was selected to be shown in a […]

Paul Bettany to Play Salieri in ‘Amadeus’ Series Opposite Will Sharpe as Mozart

Paul Bettany (A Very British Scandal, WandaVision) will star in Sky original series Amadeus, portraying composer Antonio Salieri opposite Will Sharpe (Giri/Haji, The White Lotus) in the titular role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The series is described as a “playfully reimagined limited event series” from writer Joe Barton (Giri/Haji, The Lazarus Project) and director Julian […]

Tom Hanks’ Costly Wildlife Docuseries ‘The Americas’ Gets Sneak Preview at MIPTV

Hollywood studios have long made a point of promoting tentpole movies at the Cannes Film Festival, using the Cote d’Azur location to highlight their A-list titles with splashy promotional campaigns. A similar, if less flashy, version of the big Cannes launch took place Tuesday for The Americas, the long-awaited premium wildlife documentary series from BBC […]

Andrea Arnold to Receive Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Golden Coach Award

British director Andrea Arnold (American Honey, Cow) will receive the 2024 Carrosse d’Or, or Golden Coach Award, at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, which runs alongside the Cannes Film Festival. Organizers on Tuesday lauded the British director as “an avid explorer of the fringes of society.” She will receive the honor on May 15 during the opening ceremony of […]

Jon Stewart Calls Out Biden Administration’s Double Standards on Israel: “They Slap America in the Face”

Jon Stewart took the Biden administration to task over how it deals with Israel, pointing out the stark contrast between the U.S. government response to the Ukraine-Russia conflict and that over the war in Gaza. On Monday’s episode of The Daily Show, Stewart took a “wellness check” on the war on Gaza, adding that “as […]