WestEnd Films Seals Multiple Deals For Nicolas Cage Drama ‘Joe’
Vodafone Set To Acquire Germany’s Kabel Deutschland For $10.2B
Shareholders of Kabel Deutschland — Germany’s largest cable company — voted Friday to accept Vodafone’s buyout offer of €87 ($115.70) a share, which includes
Rupert Murdoch To Deliver 10th Anniversary Lowy Lecture In Sydney
Danes Buy 32,000 Sneak Preview Tickets For ‘The Keeper Of Lost Causes’
Mikkel Norgaard’s The Keeper Of Lost Causes doesn’t release in Denmark until October 3, but it’s already burning up the box office. The first installment in the Department Q franchise that’s based on the books by Jussi Adler-Olsen has so far sold 32,000 sneak preview tickets. Cineuropa reports it has beaten the advance ticket sales of last year’s Skyfall and is on its way to nearing the all-time record set by , The Girl Who Played With Fire, the second film in the original Millennium trilogy. A Royal Affair’s Nikolaj Arcel penned Keeper Of Lost Causes and the three follow-up films. The second pic, The Absent One, starts shooting this month. Nordisk Film is releasing the police thrillers locally and TrustNordisk is handling sales.
Wild Bunch Testing New Distribution Model With ‘The Spirit Of ’45′
Wild Bunch is testing a new distribution model under the auspices of the MEDIA Program’s “circulation of European films in the digital era” experiment. Via its Speed Bunch label, Wild Bunch has organized the simultaneous release of Ken Loach’s The Spirit Of ‘45 in five European territories beginning today. The release plan covers Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Belgium, where the film goes out today via VOD available on iTunes, and via local services. The film also is opening simultaneously or quasi-simultaneously in theaters in Spain (Vertigo) and Italy (BIM Distribuzione). Loach’s documentary covers the year 1945 and how a spirit of unity that buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society. The European Union has committed a total of nearly €2 million to groups experimenting with media chronology as it looks to analyze the viability of day-and-date theatrical and VOD releasing.
France Cuts Tax On Movie Tickets From 7% To 5%
France has moved to slash the value-added tax on movie tickets from 7% to 5%. The new rate will go into effect on January 1. Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti made the announcement Friday to the great joy of the National Distributors Federation. There previously had been concerns the tax would be upped to 10%. France had previously cut VAT on theater tickets and books, and this move is seen as supportive of the arts. It should also benefit exhibitors, distributors and producers. Ticket prices overall are unlikely to drop.
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