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Yesterday — 24 July 2024Variety

Canal+ Group’s French Channel C8, Which Airs Controversial Talk Show, to Be Discontinued by Broadcasting Regulatory Body

By: Elskes
24 July 2024 at 11:24
Canal + Group’s popular channel C8, which airs the controversial talk show “Touche pas à mon poste,” looks bound to disappear. France’s broadcasting regulatory authority (Arcom) has decided not to grant the renewal of the TNT channel’s frequency to Canal+ Group following auditions with leaders of the Vivendi-owned TV banner. Contacted by Variety, Canal+ Group […]

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Snoop Dogg, Salma Hayek Among Stars Carrying Olympic Torch in Paris

By: Elskes
23 July 2024 at 16:41
Snoop Dogg and Salma Hayek are among the stars set to carry the Olympic torch as the Games prepare to kick off in Paris. Hayek — who is tied to France through her husband François-Henri Pinault, the boss of luxury group Kering and CAA owner Artemis — is currently carrying the torch from the Yvelines […]

Magnify Boards Neo Sora’s Venice-Bound Japanese Dystopian Film ‘Happyend’ (EXCLUSIVE)

By: Elskes
23 July 2024 at 14:59
Magnify has acquired global and U.S. sales rights to Neo Sora’s near-futuristic film “Happyend” ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The movie will play in the Horizons section and is being handled by Magnify outside of Japan and Singapore. Set in a near-future Tokyo, “Happyend” revolves around two rabble-rousing best friends […]

Celine Dion Poised to Make Comeback Performance at Paris Olympics (EXCLUSIVE)

By: Elskes
23 July 2024 at 14:05
Celine Dion looks set to make her return to the stage at the Olympic Games, and it’s rumored to be during the opening ceremony on Friday. It will mark the pop legend’s first performance since halting her touring schedule and stepping away from the spotlight after being diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome in December 2022. […]

Cannes Competition Feature Debut ‘Wild Diamond’ Finds North American Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

By: Elskes
22 July 2024 at 14:51
“Wild Diamond,” the feature debut of Agathe Riedinger which competed at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, has been acquired by Strand Releasing for North American rights. The critically acclaimed film tells the story of Liane, a 19-year old girl whose quick rise to fame in the world of social influencers and media explodes when she […]

Short Film on Rise of Antisemitism in France to Air on All Major French TV Networks on Bastille Day, Ahead of UEFA Euro Championship Final

By: Elskes
14 July 2024 at 20:11
With antisemitism in France escalating since the Oct. 7 massacre in Israel and the ensuing war in Gaza, a short film portraying a Jewish family grappling with fear will be broadcast on every French TV network ahead of the UEFA Euro Championship Final on July 14, Bastille Day. Directed by Katia Lewkowicz (“French Dolls”), the short […]

Will Seefried’s Romance ‘Lilies Not for Me,’ Starring ‘Normal People’ Actor Fionn O’Shea and ‘Rings of Power’s’ Robert Aramayo, Boarded by Memento Intl. (EXCLUSIVE)

By: Elskes
11 July 2024 at 09:08
Will Seefried’s romance drama “Lilies Not for Me,” led by Fionn O’Shea (“Normal People”) and Robert Aramayo (“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”), has been boarded by Memento International in the run up to its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The cast of rising actors also includes Erin Kellyman (“Willow”), […]

Pharrell Williams, LVMH to Co-Host Olympics Event Prelude in Paris With Charlize Theron, Serena Williams

By: Elskes
11 July 2024 at 05:17
Charlize Theron, Serena Williams, Rosalía and Omar Sy will be in Paris to kick off Olympics festivities at Prelude, an exclusive event co-hosted by Pharrell Williams and LVMH boss Bernard Arnault. Prelude will take place on the eve of the Opening Ceremony, on July 25, in Paris at the Foundation Louis Vuitton. Williams and Arnault […]

The Villain Isn’t the Only Thing That’s French! ‘Despicable Me 4’ Director Chris Renaud on the Animated Franchise’s Roots in France

By: Elskes
10 July 2024 at 08:08
It’s not just Maxime Le Mal, the “Despicable Me 4” villain with the broad accent, that has a distinctly French flavor. In fact, Universal and Illumination’s animated franchise boasts Gallic DNA throughout all of the hit movies. And even though Chris Renaud, the Oscar-nominated director of the latest “Despicable Me” and two of its predecessors, owes […]

French Entertainment Industry Relieved Over Defeat of Far Right in Pivotal Elections, but a Fragmented Political Landscape Remains

By: Elskes
8 July 2024 at 14:19
After rollercoaster-like parliamentary elections, the French film and TV industry has expressed relief over the far right’s defeat. Predictions had pointed to a triumph from Marine Le Pen’s National Rally based on the first round’s results, marking the first time that such a party would come into power since the pro-Nazi Vichy Regime, which had […]

Amazon Prime Video Sets Launch Date for Melanie Laurent’s ‘Freedom,’ Starring ‘Emily in Paris’ Actor Lucas Bravo; Unveils First Pics (EXCLUSIVE)

By: Elskes
8 July 2024 at 09:00
Amazon Prime Video has set the launch date and unveiled art for Mélanie Laurent’s upcoming heist romance “Freedom” (“Libre”) starring Lucas Bravo (“Emily in Paris”). The movie, which will launch exclusively on Prime Video on Nov. 1 across more than 240 countries, reteams the streamer and the acclaimed actor-turned-filmmaker following “The Mad Women’s Ball” which […]

France’s Leftist Party Wins Second Round of Pivotal Parliamentary Elections, Beating Far Right

By: Elskes
7 July 2024 at 18:15
In a surprise twist, the leftist coalition Nouveau Front Populaire dominated the second round of the pivotal parliamentary elections with approximately 172 to 192 seats, beating the far right and defying political pronostics, according to exit polls on July 7. The turnout rate reached 67.10%, slightly more than the first round of the elections — […]

Rise of Far-Right Populism in France Threatens Culture Across Europe, While U.K. Potentially Sets Opposite Course

By: Elskes
4 July 2024 at 07:00
Europe is in a flux. Two sets of elections taking place within days of each other could see two of the continent’s most powerful countries — both with influential entertainment industries — head in opposite directions. In the U.K., the Labour Party is expected to claim a landslide victory following Thursday’s election, shifting the country […]

Kevin Spacey to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award in Taormina, but Not at the Film Festival 

By: Elskes
3 July 2024 at 13:02
Kevin Spacey is to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily. The award is presented as part of the Nations Awards, organized by Michel Curatolo and Marco Fallanca in association with the Senate of the Italian Republic and the Region of Sicily. Previous recipients include Gerard Depardieu, Abel Ferrara and […]