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Can ‘The Farewell’ Become a Summer Box Office Breakout?

A24’s “The Farewell” lit up the specialty box office with a stellar limited debut, making its performance the one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster weekend for the movie business. “This is the blockbuster of the indie world this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore. The studio opted for a platform  Full Article…

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Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’ to Be Turned Into Animated Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Terry Pratchett’s “The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents” is set to become the first of the much-loved author’s books to be adapted as an animated movie. The Discworld novel, the 28th in the series and the first for children, has been optioned by Germany-based Ulysses Filmproduktion, which will make the film alongside Ireland’s Cantilever  Full Article…

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TV Review: ‘The Hot Zone’

“The Hot Zone,” a new limited series that played at the Tribeca Film Festival April 30 ahead of its debut on National Geographic May 27, begins with a graphic burst of effluvium. A boil-covered air passenger flying over central Africa discharges vomit; later, in the hospital, he practically explodes blood onto a doctor, who very  Full Article…

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MipTV: ‘The Life of Earth From Space’ Heads to Europe

Zee’s Global Content Hub has announced the first European deals for its blue-chip documentary “The Life of Earth From Space.” RTL’s pay-TV service Geo TV will show the documentary in Germany, while Discovery has taken it for its U.K., Spain and Benelux channels. Other buyers include Planete + for France and Africa, NRK for Norway,  Full Article…

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Vanessa Kirby Joins Sci-Fi Movie ‘StarDream’ From ‘The Wife’ Director Bjorn Runge (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Crown” star Vanessa Kirby is swapping British royalty for outer space after signing on for “StarDream,” the upcoming sci-fi movie from “The Wife” helmer Bjorn Runge. Kirby takes the lead role of Andreya in the Silver Reel and Bigscope Films-produced picture, which follows the story of a spaceship hastily constructed to transport hundreds of  Full Article…

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