“Why would he go away and say that we didn’t want to make a gritty film?” Queen guitarist Brian May has slammed Sacha Baron Cohen over recent comments the actor made about the long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic, for which he was initially attached to star. Talking last month to Howard Stern, Cohen claimed that he walked away from the project he’d...

4:24 AM PDT 4/11/2016 by Nyay Bhushan Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, right, meets Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at a Bollywood-inspired Charity Gala. The Dutchess of Cambridge wowed Indian fashionistas with outfits that mixed looks from British and Indian designers. On their first India visit, Prince William and Kate Middleton, officially...

3:13 AM PDT 4/11/2016 by Alex Ritman The British distributor has partnered with France’s Pan-Européenne to release the film, which co-stars Audrey Tautou, in the U.K.. In a bid to overcome difficulties faced by French films in the U.K., Brit distributor Altitude Film Entertainment has formed a joint venture with the local arm of French banner Pan-Européenne...

2:10 AM PDT 4/11/2016 by Alex Ritman “In cold practical terms, we’re done,” said Laurie on the six-part spy thriller ahead of its launch on AMC April 19. The Night Manager may not have even released yet in the U.S., but the ratings and critical acclaim for the six-part spy thriller when it aired on the BBC in the U.K. was such that speculation over...

3:49 AM PDT 4/11/2016 by Patrick Brzeski ‘Zootopia,’ meanwhile, climbed past ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ to become Disney’s biggest movie ever in the booming Chinese film market. Buoyed by Chinese filmgoers’ abiding love for Morgan Freeman, Millenium Pictures’ London Has Fallen handily won the weekend at China’s ever-expanding...

12:13 AM PDT 4/11/2016 by The Associated Press The singer says he can’t “in good conscience” perform in a state where “certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.” Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state’s new law that allows religious...

1:15 PM PDT 4/10/2016 by Etan Vlessing NBC Sports is primed for a ratings bonanza as the Stanley Cup tournament is an all-American team affair this year. Diehard Canadian hockey fans aren’t trading in their Toronto Maple Leaf jerseys for Chicago Blackhawk or Detroit Red Wing ones just yet.  But as the 2016 NHL playoff rounds get underway this week, an all-American...

9:29 AM PDT 4/8/2016 by Ariston Anderson The presidential hopeful has accepted an invitation from Pope Francis to speak at a conference on April 15. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has accepted an invitation from Pope Francis to speak at the Vatican next week on April 15, at the Holy Father’s annual Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences conference. The appearance...

6:40 AM PDT 4/8/2016 by Scott Roxborough Peter Aalbaek Jensen has stepped down as CEO of Zentropa, now Scandinavia’s largest production company. Groundbreaking European film producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen has resigned as CEO of Zentropa, the production company he co-founded with infamous Danish director Lars von Trier. Jensen and von Trier launched Zentropa in...

7:22 AM PDT 4/8/2016 by Etan Vlessing The Canadian event, which has been rebranded to introduce iHeartRadio to Canada, also added Alessia Cara and hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to its performance lineup. Nick Jonas, having just nabbed his highest Hot 100 debut as a soloist with “Close,” will perform at the 2016 Much Music Video Awards. The Canadian...

9:57 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Alex Ritman Courtesy of Warner Bros. ‘Eddie the Eagle’ scored the highest opening for a British film since ‘Spectre.’ Mirroring its fall in the U.S., Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was able to stay on top of the box office despite a steep drop of 69 percent from its record-breaking British bow. Warner...

9:22 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Pamela Rolfe Mediaset Spain will co-produce the Spanish version with Warner Bros. ITVP. Mediaset Spain announced Monday it will co-produce a local-language version of Little Big Shots for Spanish television with Warner Bros. ITVP Spain. The deal was timed to coincide with MIPTV. It isn’t clear when Mediaset, which owns two of Spain’s...

8:40 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Nick Holdsworth U.S. adaptation of ‘The Bridge’ Russia’s NTV Channel has commissioned Endemol Shine partner company Weit Media to produce 20 episodes. International hit Scandinavian scripted crime series The Bridge is set to be adapted for the Russian market, Endemol Shine said Monday. Russia’s NTV Channel has commissioned...

7:46 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Alex Ritman “Not only does she have an entire night of primetime on ABC in the United States, but her groundbreaking shows and iconic characters are avidly followed by over 300 million viewers worldwide,” says Academy CEO Bruce Paisner. Shonda Rhimes is set to add to her trophy cabinet when she attends the International Emmy Awards...

“The show certainly invites you to ask about what they stood for vs. what people stand for today,” says the creator who also discusses bringing the U.S. writers’ room concept to Italy. The X-Files and The Man in the High Castle creator Frank Spotnitz has taken a significant step back in time, working on his first historical drama in the form of Medici:...

6:27 AM PDT 4/4/2016 by Alex Ritman YA series ‘Class,’ billed as a “British ‘Buffy'” by outgoing ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffatt, has now started production. The register for Class, the Doctor Who spinoff, has been called. New talents Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Sophie Hopkins and Vivian Oparah have been cast in the upcoming...

8:00 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Scott Roxborough Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe An L.A. private detective teams up with a Hollywood actress straight out of rehab in the new comedy crime series. Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller, the creator and the executive producer, respectively, of long-running ABC hit Castle, have set up their new project with StudioCanal’s...

The BBC America drama returns April 14. As the face of Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany has captured high ratings playing a cast of clones, each grappling with personal crises and vulnerabilities. Ahead of the fourth season debut April 14, Maslany opened up about how she juggles a dozen, and counting, different characters in the popular drama on BBC America and Space in...

6:50 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Georg Szalai and Marisa Guthrie The company crossed the benchmark earlier than it did for the London Summer Olympics in 2012. NBCUniversal’s NBC Olympics unit said Tuesday that it has surpassed $1 billion in national advertising sales for its coverage of the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer. The company crossed the benchmark...

8:56 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Alex Ritman Courtesy of Warner Bros. Warner Bros.’ superhero universe starter defied critics to also claim the year’s biggest opening to date. Mirroring its smash hit results in North America, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice posted record-breaking numbers in its first weekend in U.K. cinemas. Warner Bros.’ big-budget superhero...

2:09 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Scott Roxborough Gavier Productions Inc. Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg star in the story of a young couple in 1930s Hollywood. Woody Allen is going to Cannes. Again. The director’s latest film, Cafe Society, will open the 69th Cannes International Film Festival on May 11 in an out-of- competition slot.  Kristen Stewart and...

1:58 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Alex Ritman The follow-up to last year’s hit spy thriller is due out in 2017 and has signed up Halle Berry and Julianne Moore. It was the unexpected box-office hit of 2015, grossing in excess of $400 million internationally, giving British star Taron Egerton his breakout and ensuring a follow-up. Now the 20th Century Fox sequel to Kingsman:...

1:41 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Lee Hyo-won Courtesy of Warner Bros. The Warner Bros. superhero film dominated 68.3 percent of the market share, while ‘Zootopia’ crossed the $20 million mark at No. 2. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice recorded the biggest March weekend opening ever at the South Korean box office, with a cumulative haul of $10.2 million. After...

1:14 AM PDT 3/29/2016 by Alex Ritman and Georg Szalai The firm, whose projects have included recent hit ‘The Witch,’ feature documentary ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’ and Channel 4 doc ‘When Bjork Met Attenborough,’ has been building out its U.S. operations. Vice Media, led by CEO Shane Smith, has expanded its British footprint, acquiring...

7:41 AM PDT 3/14/2016 by Alex Ritman The photo, which appears to be from the couple’s recent wedding, featured the newlyweds’ 10 children from previous relationships. Jerry Hall may not be the most active Twitter user (just 17 messages in a little over two years), but the former model and actress broke her social media silence on Monday to post a photo...

7:00 AM PDT 3/14/2016 by Karen Chu The Chinese-language version of the 2006 comedy will take place in Shanghai. China’s Desen International Media is to remake the 2006 Fox hit The Devil Wears Prada. The fashion focused comedy that starred Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, will relocate from New York to Shanghai in the Chinese-language version. Fox is currently...

11:55 AM PST 3/7/2016 by Nick Holdsworth Robert Folk is to score and produce a film starring Isabella Rossellini and Franco Nero. Robert Folk, the composer for Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, set to produce and score a film starring Isabella Rossellini and the voice talents of Franco Nero about a heartthrob of Hollywood’s early silent era, Rudolph Valentino. Folk,...

7:31 AM PST 2/15/2016 by Etan Vlessing The ‘Maggie’s Plan’ actress commented to Berlin Film Festival reporters on Italy’s “step-child...

5:38 AM PST 2/15/2016 by Nick Holdsworth The company is in talks with producers to develop content to air on its HBO Nordic service. HBO Europe will...

6:42 AM PST 2/15/2016 by Rebecca Ford and Alex Ritman Matt Damon and Julianne Moore are attached to the crime comedy that’s already been picked...

7:00 AM PST 2/10/2016 by Hilary Lewis The reinvention of the 50-year-old classic, a mix of live action and CGI Animation, features ‘Gone Girl’s’ Rosamund Pike voicing Lady Penelope. Amazon has ordered four 13-episode seasons of ITV’s kids series Thunderbirds Are Go, it was announced on Wednesday. The first season of the reinvention of the 50-year-old...

6:40 AM PST 2/10/2016 by Scott Roxborough The actor, famous for his hit German rom-coms, will produce, direct and star in ‘Wanted,’ a hacking thriller. Amazon has signed up Matthias Schweighofer, one of Germany’s biggest movie stars, to star in the online video giant’s first German-language series. Multi-hyphenate Schweighofer will direct, star...

2:26 AM PST 2/10/2016 by Nick Holdsworth ‘Game of Thrones’ – one of HBO’s most popular drama series. The three new streamlined channels in Central and Eastern Europe will focus on blockbusters, family entertainment and original series. HBO Europe is re-launching its linear channels in Central and Eastern Europe to showcase its best programming...

1:46 AM PST 2/10/2016 by Scott Roxborough and Georg Szalai Volker Bruch will star in the show based on the first novel in a popular crime drama series set in the 1920s, which German public broadcaster ARD will show in 2018. Tom Tykwer’s upcoming 1920s crime series Babylon Berlin will start shooting in April, producers said in Berlin on Wednesday. The show will...

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British TV giant Endemol Shine, which became the biggest TV production company in Europe after Endemol, 21st Century Fox’s Shine and Core Media merged in Dec. 2014, has lost its president. The company confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday that Tim Hincks would be leaving the production house behind Broadchurch, Humans, The Fall and Masterchef. Hincks had...

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has praised the Golden Globes win for Son of Saul, the first ever for a Hungarian film. “Wow! A unique Hungarian success! I convey my heartfelt congratulations to Laszlo Nemes and all the creators and actors of Son of Saul,” Orban wrote on his official Facebook page about the harrowing drama,...

J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hit another international milestone this past weekend, winning its fourth weekend in Germany and becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in the country, not adjusting for inflation. The Force Awakens earned another $7.3 million (€6.7 million) over the weekend to bring it total gross...

Although news of David Bowie’s death has reverberated around the world, one person close to the late singer who hasn’t yet been informed is his ex-wife. Angie Bowie, who was married to the rock icon between 1970-80 and is mother to their film director son Duncan Jones, is currently a contestant in the British edition of reality show Celebrity Big Brother. As...

Since he first burst onto the scene in the late 1960s, David Bowie – who passed away on Sunday – has provided the iconic soundtracks for hundreds of films and TV show. But few productions can claim to feature a title song written especially by the man himself. The Last Panthers – Sky/Canal Plus’ co-produced crime drama series that is due to air...

The sudden news of David Bowie’s death from cancer has shocked the country of his birth, with TV news and radio stations breaking into their regular coverage and reactions pouring in from leaders and other prominent Brits.  The U.K. woke up to the news that Bowie, real name David Jones, passed away aged 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. As well as a brief...

David Bowie, legendary musician and artist, died Sunday following an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. A rep for the British singer said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s...

David Bowie died Sunday after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded...

Mexican authorities want to speak with Sean Penn following the revelation of his Rolling Stone interview with drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, NBC News reported on Sunday. Mexican law enforcement officials told NBC News that they wanted to speak to Penn and Latin television star Kate del Castillo, who facilitated the two-time Oscar winner’s clandestine...

Hungary’s Son of Saul received the Golden Globe for best foreign-language film on Sunday. The Holocaust-set movie tells the story of a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner who is forced to burn the bodies of those killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz.  Son of Saul‘s seemingly unstoppable awards-season momentum comes off the back of widespread critical success. The Hollywood...

He’s already a major new name across much of the world thanks to the record-breaking success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but John Boyega is now among those shortlisted for BAFTA’s Rising Star award. The award, which is voted for by the public, will be handed out at the BAFTA Awards ceremony on Feb. 14 and has an impressive track record in picking future...

With one Oscar already under his belt, another potentially on the way for The Danish Girl and a lead role in the first Harry Potter spin-off, Eddie Redmayne probably doesn’t have to worry about paying the rent for a few years. But the actor says he appreciates what a struggle it can be for those without his credentials, especially in London, where the price of a...

RTL Germany, Germany’s leading commercial broadcaster, has unveiled plans for an international pay TV channel, repackaging its entertainment content for a global audience. The channel, RTL International, will premiere Jan. 18 in multiple territories, including Canada, Australia, Israel, Georgia, South Africa and Namibia and will bow in the U.S. in February. RTL has...

Continuing its film programming, Milan’s newest art space, the Fondazione Prada is bringing Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Inarritu’s exhibition “Flesh, Mind, and Spirit,” to its cinema from Jan. 13 to Feb. 1. The event will open with a special screening of Pal Fejoi’s Lonesome (1928), presented with a live score. The exhibition...

Chen Sicheng’s comedy-mystery Detective Chinatown won the busy first weekend of 2016 at the Chinese box office. The film, set in Thailand and produced by Wanda and Tencent’s Heyi Pictures, grossed $43.6 million from Friday to Sunday. Local films are making hay before Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes its belated bow in China on Jan. 9.  Bolstered by strong...