Goodbye Cannes and Kevin Spacey charged – Deadline

Afternoon insiders, this is Max Goldbart. Cannes is winding down and we have the latest from the Croisette, plus plenty more in this week’s deep dive. Continue reading.

Goodbye Cannes

Cautious optimism: Diana Lodderhose here, back with week two of our Cannes roundup. For most, this year’s festival will be remembered as a hopeful festival, filled with optimism for enterprise in a post-pandemic world. In the run-up to the event, a record number of packages have been announced – most of which have been broken here at Deadline – but deals are apparently not closing as quickly as one might expect, which which suggests cautious optimism among buyers. Andreas Wiseman noted in his mid-festival temperature check that there are record prices on offer for buyers this year, such as German demand for Lionsgate’s hunger games $30 million prequel. Deadline broke the market’s first two big deals: Netflix’s global acquisition of the Emily Blunt package Adventurers of Pain and Apple’s revival of the Jessie Buckley-Riz Ahmed drama Nails. Tom Quinn’s Neon also secured the competition title rights from Ruben Östlund triangle of sadness.

FTW Women: The female filmmakers featured at the festival really stood out this year as Un Certain Regard After Sun (photo), first director Charlotte Wells and Marie Kreutzer Bodice were the top two titles courted by domestic buyers. After Sunthat recent Deadline International disrupter Carole Barton bought through her Charades banner was picked up by A24, while Bodice was taken over by IFC.

Do politics: Politics continued to feature prominently with protests against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine staged at three red carpet events this week, kicking off with the premiere of George Miller’s Three thousand years of nostalgia last Friday where a screaming naked woman with the colors of the Ukrainian flag painted on her body and the ‘Stop Raping Us’ worlds charged outside the Palace. Protesters also came out in force on the red carpet of the premieres of the feminist thriller holy spider and Ukrainian title Un Certain Regard Butterfly vision. I spoke to the latter film’s director, Maksym Nakonechnyi, as well as director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk and producer Aleksandra Kostina, the team behind the Directors’ Fortnight entry. Pamfir, on how they will use their voice in film to keep Ukraine on the map. Their touching experience can be read here.

let them come: Meanwhile, the films continued to play on the Croisette and we continued to see them again. Check out Pete Hammond and Todd McCarthy’s review of the best and worst films from the festival’s first week here. And while the main prizes will be announced tomorrow at the festival’s main closing ceremony, the parallel Critics’ Week handed out awards on Wednesday, with the Grand Prize going to Andres Ramirez Pulido The Juria. Nancy Tartaglione was there.

Kevin Spacey charged

Sinister Reading: It’s been almost five years since actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Hollywood superstar Kevin Spacey made sexual advances towards him at a party in 1986 (when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26). Fifteen other people have come forward alleging similar abuse and, while Spacey has spent the past few years trying to resurrect his public image, that came crashing down on Thursday when he was charged with four counts of sexual assault involving three men in the UK. Of the four, one charge sees the Card castle star accused of ‘causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without their consent’. The allegations are grim and will likely mark the end of Spacey’s standing in public life. This carefully reconstructed image had seen him feature in two Cannes projects 1242 – Gate to the West and Peter Five Eight, and the film industry now has questions to answer about how defendants are returned to the fold. We are waiting for the next steps.

BBC Cuts (again)

BBC

“Digital First”: Major change underway with the BBC this week as chief executive Tim Davie unveiled the ‘digital first’ vision that will guide the company for the next five years. Davie and his team have been smart in trying to use the savings imposed on them by the UK government (around £280m). [$353M] per year until 2027 mainly due to freezing annual license fees for the next five years) to bring the BBC into the future as it prepares for another round of cuts. Linear channels like BBC Four and CBBC will eventually be phased out and more shows ordered for iPlayer, with a target of having 75% of BBC viewers per week watching the VoD player, a figure which is currently below 50 %. Overall, 200 fewer hours of original shows will be ordered per year, and Davie was determined to quickly cancel shows that didn’t perform well enough. The BBC has long been accused of doing too much and spreading too much and Davie is clearly trying to shake off that notion.

Morale question marks: But the impact on employee morale is more difficult to measure. Another 1,000 people are expected to be made redundant (1,200 have already been made redundant since Davie took over 18 months ago) and Davie’s vague indication that money will be saved by “running the organization better where we we can” will not really inspire confidence. Davie and the BBC’s board are clearly walking a tightrope and, in the first indication that they may have to go along with the government’s thinking, Davie and chairman Richard Sharp told a committee hearing on Monday that they were “open-minded” about the future of license fees after 2027. A review of this method of funding will begin in a few weeks, alongside the mid-term review of the Charter, which has kicked off this week as Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries – who was ridiculed this morning for a grumpy TikTok ‘rap’ video – urged the company to do better with its portrayal of the working class. The pressure really comes from all angles. More to come over the next few months.

Reiner on Russia

“I will have to live with this disappointment”: What do Rob Reiner, Mark Zuckerberg and John McCain have in common? Well, as of this week, they’re no longer allowed in Russia, and yes, you read that right: former Republican Party nominee McCain was one of three deceased senators on a list of nearly 1,000 Americans “definitely banished” from the nation from Monday. , as the war in Ukraine enters its fourth month. Speaking exclusively to Andreas, spinal valve Filmmaker Reiner joked that he was “heartbroken and will have to live with the disappointment”. The Kremlin’s decision-making seems to be getting more and more erratic as the war drags on, but in Ukraine there are still many heroes. One such brave group is the team behind Porn, I love youa Netflix comedy Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom producer Den Tolmor who was the last to film before the invasion and is nearing final post-production in a bomb shelter. Propagate is already offering the show to US buyers, hoping it can benefit from FILM.UA’s $20 million Ukrainian content club.

Discount A Saudi

Kandahar

“Wealth of new talented voices”: Saudi Arabia took a step closer to dominating film production in the Middle East yesterday, launching its long-awaited 40% discount on Saudi films at Cannes. Details are scarce, but the move will essentially grant a maximum of 40% incentives to productions with local actors and behind-the-screen talent working in the region and “showcasing the diversity of Saudi Arabia’s selection of scenery.” Concerns about the creative development of a nation with such a poor human rights record have been voiced repeatedly, but Saudi Arabia continues. Three Hollywood photos have been shot there in the past 18 months, including that of Roman Waugh Kandahar (photo), and others will follow.

The essentials

Mel Gibson

🌶️ Here’s a hot one: Saban Films has acquired the US rights to the Email Gibson Thriller in French On the line, in which the Oscar-winning actor embodies a radio presenter confronted with a hostile interlocutor. Andreas had this one.

🌶️ Another: Oscar winner Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho’s next project, a sci-fi thriller based on Edward Ashton Micky7, went into pre-production at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

🌶️ More and more hot: Tim Roth replaced Ian McShane as Paramount + Australia drama lead Last King of the Cross. McShane quits due to “health issues”.

🏆 Latest Awards: Canadian Dallas Buyers Club Director Jean-Marc Vallée will receive a major posthumous award at the Rockie Awards gala at the Banff World Media Festival next month.

🤝 Deal done: German M&A-hungry Leonine Studios has acquired Berlin-based Gen Y/Z content creation company Hyperbole Median.

🏪 Shop creation: Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, boobies rich asian producer SK Global, Jeff Sagansky and Florence Sloan launched global content company Jaya Entertainment. Nellie Andreeva brought the news.

🖊️ Sign: I got the scoop on Google engineer turned YouTuber Jonathan Ma signing a major deal with boobies rich asian-Stars Collective support from Peter Luo.

🍿Tickets: After his highly publicized Cannes screening, Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick gave him his best world start ever, according to Nancy and Anthony’s roundup

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