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2018 French Film Exports Tumble 52% Absent Luc Besson’s Influence In English

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Without a marquee English-language title to boost overall performance, French films in 2018 saw a precipitous drop in overseas admissions, totaling 40M versus 2017’s 82.5M. That 52% tumble is matched by a 51% slide in receipts to 237M euros, export body Unifrance reported today in Paris.

In its findings, Unifrance said it was clear that 2018 “was a disappointing year overall, with certain films performing below forecasts.” These annual ups and downs have become somewhat commonplace owing to the production cycle and the fact that animation and French movies produced in English skew performance in particular years.

Over the past few, such films as Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, Leap! Le Petit Prince, Taken 3, The Transporter Refueled and Lucy have been the strongest earners outside the Hexagon. Many of those have in common that they hail from Luc Besson’s now beleaguered EuropaCorp, which, despite the struggles it is facing,
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Strong French Films Play Venice Fest But Look to Crack U.S. Market

  • Variety
Strong French Films Play Venice Fest But Look to Crack U.S. Market
The three French majority productions playing in competition in Venice are entirely different from one another in style and tone, and even more so in terms of their American distribution strategies.

Both Jacques Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers” and Olivier Assayas’ “Double Lives” will be released under significantly different conditions, while David Oelhoffen’s “Close Enemies” will hit the Lido still looking for a buyer. Taken all together, however, these three cases offer a reasonable snapshot of the current U.S. market for French cinema.

Audiard’s “The Sisters Brothers” stands as the outlier, one of the rare French productions to land U.S. distribution before the cameras ever rolled. L.A.-based production company Annapurna Pictures came on board in May 2017 and announced that it would release the English-language Western through its nascent distribution arm.

Time will no doubt tell, but Annapurna’s interest in the project likely does
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Maleficent 2 Gets Deadpool Star Ed Skrein as the Main Villain

Disney's Maleficent 2 is finally moving forward, with the studio bringing aboard Ed Skrein to play the new villain. Unfortunately, no details about his character were given at this time, with the actor joining original Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in this sequel. This report doesn't reveal any details about when production may or may not take place, and Disney hasn't set a release date at this time, but there was previously a report that indicated filming was supposed to start yesterday.

The last we heard about Maleficent 2 was back in January, when it was revealed that director Joachim Ronning has entered pre-production on the sequel, with principal photography reportedly set to begin on April 16 in London. That report also indicated that filming was slated to last until August, with Angelina Jolie reportedly choosing this project over the prospect of starring in Universal Pictures' Bride of Frankenstein,
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Baby on the Way for Narcos Star Boyd Holbrook and Tatiana Pajkovic

Baby on the Way for Narcos Star Boyd Holbrook and Tatiana Pajkovic
Baby on board!

Actor Boyd Holbrook – best known as DEA agent Steve Murphy on Netflix series Narcos – is expecting a baby with girlfriend Tatiana Pajkovic.

The pair was spotted out and about in Los Angeles recently, with Pajkovic sporting an obvious baby bump.

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Pajkovic is a Danish actress who last appeared in 2015 film The Transporter Refueled, while Holbrook has also starred in Logan and will appear in the 2018 reboot of The Predator.

From Coinage: The Most
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Deadpool’s Ed Skrein Just Joined The Hellboy Reboot

Deadpool and The Transporter Refuelled star Ed Skrein has officially joined the cast of Neil Marshall’s reboot of Hellboy. The British actor, who is also known for the likes of Game Of Thrones, is set to play the role of Major Ben Daimio, a rugged military member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense who, due to a supernatural encounter, can turn into a jaguar when angered or in pain.

He joins the already cast David Harbour, who assumes the lead role, and Ian McShane, who will play Hellboy’s adoptive father in the film. Mill Jovovich was last week confirmed to play the villain of the piece, the Blood Queen.

Shooting is about to commence in the UK and Bulgaria with a launch date in the diary for 2018.

More as we get it.

The post Deadpool’s Ed Skrein Just Joined The Hellboy Reboot appeared first on The Hollywood News.
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Hellboy Reboot Gets Deadpool Star Ed Skrein

Hellboy Reboot Gets Deadpool Star Ed Skrein
A report surfaced last week that revealed a number of Hellboy characters from the comics will be featured in the new Hellboy reboot, such as Abe Sapien, Alice Monaghan, played by the most recent casting addition, Sasha Lane, and Ben Daimio. Today we have word that Ed Skrein, who is coming off his villainous role as Ajax in last year's Deadpool, will play Major Ben Daimio, who is described as a "rugged military member" of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.). It's possible that Abe Sapien's casting will be just around the corner, as we get closer to a September production start.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that this B.P.R.D. character Ben Daimio can transform himself into a jaguar, when he's angered or when he's in pain. While Abe Sapien was featured in the original Hellboy movies, starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro,
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Watch Two Clips From ‘Security’ Starring Antonio Banderas – On UK DVD Now!

Arrow Films release the edge-of-your seat thriller Security on DVD and Digital Download from July 3, and to coincide with the release we have two new clips to share.

Starring Antonio Banderas (The Mask of Zorro, Once Upon A Time in Mexico, Shrek) as a down-on-his-luck security guard and Sir Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3, Shutter Island) as the psychopathic criminal he’s up against, Security is a spectacular and explosive ride guaranteed to thrill action fans.

An ex-special services veteran (Banderas), down on his luck and desperate for work, takes a job as a security guard at a run-down mall in a rough area of town. On his first night on the job he opens the doors up to a distraught and desperate young girl who has escaped and fled from a hijacking of the Police motorcade that was transporting her to testify as a trial witness in a big case.
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DVD Review – Security (2017)

Security, 2017.

Directed by Alain Desrochers.

Starring Antonio Banderas, Ben Kingsley, Liam McIntyre, Chad Lindberg, Katherine de la Rocha, and Gabriella Wright.

Synopsis:

A shopping mall security guard has to protect a female trial witness from a psychopathic criminal and his gang of soldiers looking to stop her testifying against them.

And so the run of direct-to-dvd action movies starring **ahem** older action movie actors continues with Security, a film that stars Antonio Banderas (Desperado/The Expendables 3) and could be neatly summed up as ‘Die Hard in a shopping mall’ and left at that. However, the whole ‘Die Hard in a…’ thing was done with a long time ago and these days not even the Die Hard franchise itself can claim to be anything like those halcyon days of likeable everyday characters taking extraordinary measures to stop the bad guys, so why not delve back into that mindset of late
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Why French Cinema Faces an Uncertain Future in America

Why French Cinema Faces an Uncertain Future in America
As the film distribution landscape keeps evolving, distributors of foreign language fare in the United States are struggling to keep up with a brave new world. French cinema, a niche favorite of American audiences for decades, is struggling to stay in the game — and right now, its future is uncertain.

Ten years ago, we had more success at the box office,” Isabelle Giordano, the Executive Director of UniFrance, recently told IndieWire. “We have to admit that the situation is not as good as it was then.”

But it’s not for lack of effort. Thanks to a number of initiatives headed up by UniFrance – a government-supported body that operates with the sole aim of promoting French cinema throughout the world – French films are fighting to find new life at the U.S. box office.

Per Deadline, ticket sales in foreign markets for French titles dipped to $35 million in 2016, down 69% from
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Taken 4 Is Not Happening Says Liam Neeson

Taken 4 Is Not Happening Says Liam Neeson
Taken 3 rounded out the Taken trilogy last year, and though it did well at the box office, it wasn't really received very well by anyone, be it fans or critics. The law of diminishing returns, at least on the quality side of things, caught up with the franchise, but it did make money, so is there a chance we are going to see Taken 4 at some point? According to Liam Neeson, absolutely not.

The actor recently appeared on The Late Show in order to promote his upcoming movie A Monster Calls, which is getting some very positive buzz ahead of its release. Stephen Colbert found some time to ask him about the possibility of Taken 4 happening at some point, and Liam Neeson makes it clear that there is absolutely no chance of that, at least to his knowledge. Here is what he had to say.

"No, there's not. There's
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Paging ‘Doctor Strange’ and the ‘Arrival’ of ‘Almost Christmas’: Box Office Weekend Preview

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Paging ‘Doctor Strange’ and the ‘Arrival’ of ‘Almost Christmas’: Box Office Weekend Preview
Led by the Disney/Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” and “Trolls” (20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation), the Top 10 box office continues to be strong. And with three new wide releases, totals could be 20 percent over last year.

Those new films — “Arrival” (Paramount), “Almost Christmas” (Universal), and “Shut In” (EuropaCorp) — won’t top the second-week blockbusters. Even if “Doctor Strange” and “Trolls” each drop 50 percent, they’d gross $42 million and $23 million, respectively. None of the new titles are likely to cross $20 million, though “Arrival” and “Almost Christmas” could come close.

This weekend gets an added boost from Veteran’s Day on Friday, a Federal holiday that gives many school kids the day off. That will boost all grosses, but particularly “Trolls” and also the already well-received “Doctor Strange.”

See More‘Arrival’ Critical Roundup: Reviews Say Amy Adams is Out Of This World in Sci-Fi Drama

The release of Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival
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Alita: Battle Angel Gets Deadpool Villain Ed Skrein

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Alita: Battle Angel Gets Deadpool Villain Ed Skrein
You loved him as the main villain Ajax in Deadpool. Now, actor Ed Skrein is ready to return to the genre that made him semi-famous in producer James Cameron's long anticipated adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel. The movie will be directed by action legend Robert Rodriguez.

Alita: Battle Angel is a live-action adaptation of the iconic manga graphic novels. Ed Skrein will once again play the bad guy. He is in the process of closing his deal. He will join a cast that already includes actress Rosa Salazar in the lead role. Christoph Waltz and Jackie Earl Haley have also come aboard.

Battle Angel is being produced by Lightstorm Entertainment, with James Cameron and his longtime partner Jon Landau. The sci-fi adventure will be released by 20th Century Fox. The story is set in the 26th Century, and follows a female cyborg discovered in a scrap yard by a scientist.
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Deadpool's Ed Skrein Signs On For James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel

The Hollywood Reporter learned yesterday that Ed Skrein has signed on for a major role in 20th Century Fox's highly ambitious adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's popular manga series, Alita: Battle Angel. 3x Academy Award-winner James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) & long-time collaborator Jon Landau will produce the project with Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) in the director's chair.  The story takes place in the 26th century and picks up shortly after a scientist discovers a female cyborg in a scrapyard with no memories of her past, save for her lethal marital-arts training. She then uses this knowledge to become a bounty hunter and track down the worst of the worst. Skrein will portray one of her potential targets, a villainous cyborg named Zapan, who is in possession of a weapon known as the Damascus blade.  Skrein is best known to audiences for his role as Ajax in the Tim Miller-directed blockbuster Deadpool,
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Deadpool's Ed Skrein Signs On For James Cameron's Alita: Battle Angel

The Hollywood Reporter learned yesterday that Ed Skrein has signed on for a major role in 20th Century Fox's highly ambitious adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's popular manga series, Alita: Battle Angel. 3x Academy Award-winner James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) & long-time collaborator Jon Landau will produce the project with Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) in the director's chair.  The story takes place in the 26th century and picks up shortly after a scientist discovers a female cyborg in a scrapyard with no memories of her past, save for her lethal marital-arts training. She then uses this knowledge to become a bounty hunter and track down the worst of the worst. Skrein will portray one of her potential targets, a villainous cyborg named Zapan, who is in possession of a weapon known as the Damascus blade.  Skrein is best known to audiences for his role as Ajax in the Tim Miller-directed blockbuster Deadpool,
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Alita: Battle Angel Ropes In Deadpool Villain Ed Skrein

He’s dabbled in the realm of superhuman mercenaries with middling reboot The Transporter Refueled, not to mention going toe-to-toe with the Merc With a Mouth himself in Deadpool; now, Ed Skrein is bound for the dystopian future initially dreamed up by manga artist Yukito Kishiro for Alita: Battle Angel.

News hails from The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that Skrein has closed a deal to join the long-gestating adaptation as, you guessed it, a villain – specifically Zapan, a nefarious cyborg who holds control of a powerful weapon called the Damascus blade. Details are thin beyond that; all we know for sure is that he’ll be rubbing shoulders with Maze Runner actress Rosa Salazar, who is attached to the title role of a female cyborg, Christoph Waltz and Preacher star Jackie Earl Haley.

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Behind the scenes, James Cameron – a director who has been fostering Battle Angel
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Box Office Labors Over Labor Day, While ‘Don’t Breathe’ Takes A Victory Lap

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Box Office Labors Over Labor Day, While ‘Don’t Breathe’ Takes A Victory Lap
Box office is laboring this weekend; that’s par for the Labor Day holiday course. This year, the weakness stems almost entirely from the failure of new studio releases, with “The Light Between Oceans” (Disney) and “Morgan” (20thCentury Fox) flailing.

Holdovers, however, are doing better. Also helping the cause are two limited-release films, CBS Films’ “Hell or High Water” and Pantelion’s “No Manches Frida,” both handled by Lionsgate for their partners.

See More‘White Girl’ Opens Strong, Kevin Smith and Jerry Lewis Not So Much: Arthouse Audit

The Top Ten

Don’t Breathe (Sony) Week 2 – Last weekend #1

$15,700,000 (-41%) in 3,051 theaters (no change); PTA (per theater average): $5,146; Cumulative: $51,124,000

The Suicide Squad (Warner Bros.) Week 5 – Last weekend #2

$10,005,000 (-18%) in 3,292 theaters (-290); PTA: $3,039; Cumulative: $297,422,000

Pete’s Dragon (Disney) Week 4 – Last weekend #6

$6,471,000 (-13%) in 3,272 theaters (+28); PTA: $1,978; Cumulative: $64,223,000

3 (tie) Kubo and the Two Strings (Focus) Week 3 – Last weekend #3

$6,467,000 (-18%) in 2,985 theaters (-294); PTA:
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36 Actors Who Could Be The 007th James Bond

Simon Columb with 36 actors who could be the 007th James Bond…

Straight off the bat, we’ve got to be open-minded about what defines James Bond. I’d argue that James Bond needs to be have a smart, smooth presentation with a brawling, rough depth beneath the surface. The whole backstory needs to be buried in the character. He needs to be ever-so-slightly uncomfortable in a tuxedo but to such a small extent that it carries the swagger that demands the attention of others in the room. There’s no particular figure, height, age or race that defines this presentation. Being a bit smarmy with the ladies is almost an expectation – especially as ‘Bond Girl’ is so rooted in the series. But, considering M was the Bond Girl in Skyfall, I can appreciate this may need a slight update. Nevertheless, a Jane Bond can’t be entirely off the table.
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Signature, Carnaby team on 'Footsoldier' prequel, 'Krays' feature

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Signature, Carnaby team on 'Footsoldier' prequel, 'Krays' feature
Exclusive: UK duo partner on sequels following lucrative home entertainment bows.

UK distributor Signature Entertainment and UK sales outfit Carnaby International are teaming on two genre projects due to enter production this summer.

Rise Of The Footsoldier: The Beginning will act as a prequel to 2007 crime feature Rise Of The Footsoldier, charting the story of the Essex Range Rover murders and gang member Pat Tate.

The film will see the return of Craig Fairbrass (St. George’s Day) as Tate as well as Julian Gilbey (A Lonely Place To Die) who wrote and directed the original film as writer and producer.
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Monroe, Skrein Take On A.I. In "Tau"

Maika Monroe ("Independence Day: Resurgence," "It Follows") and Ed Skrein ("Deadpool," "The Transporter Refueled") have signed on to star in Federico D' Alessandro's sci-fi thriller "Tau" at Waypoint Entertainment and Bloom.

Noga Landau will pen the film in which Monroe plays a street-smart grifter who becomes the latest victim kidnapped and held captive in a fatal experiment inside a futuristic smart house.

The only thing standing in the way of her freedom is Tau, an advanced artificial intelligence developed by her captor Alex (Skrein) and one with a battalion of drones at its command. She must soon connect to Tau and win her freedom before she suffers the same fate as the previous subjects.

David S. Goyer,Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder and Kevin Turen will produce.

Source: Bloom
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Here’s What’s Coming To Netflix and Amazon Prime in April

April has arrived and a new batch of movies are coming to Netflix like The Princess Bride and The Shawshank Redemption. It also means we’re losing a few titles, this month we’re losing Amistad, Hotel Rwanda, and 2 Fast 2 Furious just to name a few. On the TV side of things, season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt arrives, so if you enjoyed the first season, you should be good to binge the new season.

On the Amazon Prime front, check out below to see what you’ll be able to stream for free and what’s going to have a cost. Let’s watch!

All Title Dates are Subject to Change

Netflix U.S. Release Dates Only

Available 4/1

16 Blocks (2006)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Anthony Bourdain: Parks Unknown: Season 5

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story

Beat Bobby Flay: Season 1

Best in Show (2000)

Bob’s Burgers:
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