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BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) has taken the worldwide rights for Villa Captive, a French-American rape-revenge movie.
The film, which was directed by Emmanuel Silvestre, was released last year in France. It has already been picked up in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan and Benelux. The cast is led by Liza Del Sierra, a French-American adult film actress.
CANNES: There are 17 titles from the Video Mercury Films catalogue that BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) is presenting at MIPCOM, among them the Porky’s trilogy, The Stunt Man and Zorro, the Gay Blade.
BMW also recently picked up representation for 11 titles from the Italian filmmaker Ovidio Assonitis, including Beyond the Door and Red Riding Hood.There’s also a small library of features from Aries Films that includes, among others, Stagecoach, starring John Wayne.
The company will be heavily promoting the 720-title library from RKO Pictures for licensing in Asia, says Paul Rich, BMW’s owner and CEO. “We have sold every other territory perpetuity licenses for this library, and we are confident that it will be of prime interest to big TV players, investors and bankers in Asia.”
BoPaul Media Worldwide has concluded a round of sales this week in Japan, the U.K. and New Zealand.
GPS Co. of Japan picked up the pay-TV and SVOD rights for Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, celebrating the life of the father of stop-motion animation. Rialto Film Channel in New Zealand also scooped up the title. Movies4Men in the U.K. licensed the pay-TV rights for four films: Porky’s, Zorro, the Gay Blade, Cloud Dancer and Somebody
LOS ANGELES: The horror-fantasy film library of Italian filmmaker Ovidio G. Assonitis is to be represented by BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) at MIPCOM.
The catalogue includes the horror classic Beyond the Door and the 2003 horror feature Red Riding Hood. BoPaul will be presenting 11 vintage titles from the Assonitis library at MIPCOM, including other titles such as Tentacles, The Visitor, Rollerboy, Curse: The Bite and Train Amok.
This MIPCOM BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) plans to present a number of theatrical features produced and/or directed by Italy’s Ovidio G. Assonitis, including Red Riding Hood and Beyond the Door.
Red Riding Hood and Beyond the Door are horror films from 2003 and 1974, respectively. Other Assonitis movies to be presented by BMW include Tentacles (1977), The Visitor (1979) and Rollerboy (1981). There is also Curse: The Bite, Last Concert, Mad House, Choke Canyon, Iron Warrior and Train Amok.
They say “Name-dropping is everything in Hollywood”, so what if I told you there’s a name that not only is mentioned by filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron and many more, but it’s also responsible for inspiring their careers? That name is Ray Harryhausen.
Written and Directed by Gilles Penso, Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan is the ultimate documentary about the prodigious Filmmaker/Animator, and a moving and deserving homage to one of the biggest talents in the special effects industry, who not only created some of the most visually iconic moments in cinema, but revolutionized the way films were made and enlightened the imaginations of generations to come.
If you were a kid who, like me, was obsessed with movies and animation, you might recall the sense of wonder watching reruns on TV of films like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad or Clash of The Titans and admiring their unique look and beauty. Still to this date, the skeletons sword fight scene from Jason and the Argonauts is one of the most technically brilliant animated sequence I’ve ever seen. And it was made over 50 years ago.
But I wasn’t the only one: the interviews with A-listers is just fascinating. From John Lasseter including many nods to him on Monsters Inc. to candid and heartfelt moments about the big impact he had on the careers of Randy Cook, Rick Baker, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Jackson, Joe Dante, and many more. The list is as long as it is impressive.
But definitively the highlight of this feature are the interviews with Harryhausen himself. Shot over the course of five years, you don’t have to be an special effects fan to be in awe by the stories and the process behind the making of his films: from only eating celery and carrots on his lunch breaks while animating the gorilla in Mighty Joe Young to “get into character”, to how the giant octopus from It Came From Beneath the Sea had to become a “sixtopus” due to budget restrictions. He not only had to come up with the term “Dinamation” (described as “Dinamic Animation for Adults”) to differentiate his method from the one used on kids films back in the day, but also created an impressively effective projection technique to compose his stop motion shots with live action footage.
But besides his impressive resume, the people he influenced and his endless talent, the part that moved me the most was the man himself. He never called his creations “monsters”, he would call them “creatures”, since to him they were never evil, just misunderstood. He would ad humanoid elements so people could feel for them, since “that’s what you’d remember when the movie is over”. About C.G.I. he said: “It’s just another way of making films” and that he would prefer to use puppets since to him “when something looks “too real” it looses fantasy”. In an era where we have become C.G.I.-numbed already, I wish more directors thought the same way.
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan is not only a loving homage to one of the greatest talents and innovators in the history of film, but an introspective look about what it means to be a pioneer in an unforgiving industry, and ultimately a real artist. Because his imagination had no limits, he was capable of inspiring millions into believing his creations were real: from flying saucers destroying cities, to mythical creatures battling humans. And that’s the real measurement of someone’s achievements: that’s not his face or his name what we will remember from him, but his talent, and ultimately, his legacy.
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) has scored the global television and ancillary rights for Melvin Simon movies, which include the Porky’s teen comedy trilogy and The Stunt Man, led by Peter O’Toole.
Spain’s Video Mercury is the copyrights holder of the 17-film catalogue as well as 7,000 other mostly-Spanish features and television shows. Simon is the executive producer of all 17 movies. Additional productions include The Man with Bogart’s Face and Zorro the Gay Blade. BMW’s vintage film collection is now comprised of more than 1,300 titles.
LOS ANGELES: Just in time for MIPTV, BoPaul Media Worldwide has added the cult classic Hercules Returns to its catalogue.
The company has picked up the film’s worldwide rights in all media outside of Australia/New Zealand from L.A. Entertainment. The movie first premiered as a theatrical release in Australia in 1993.
The movie will be ready for sales at MIPTV from BoPaul Media Worldwide.
LOS ANGELES: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan, a documentary on the “grandfather of stop-motion animation,” has been sold by BoPaul Media Worldwide (BMW) to broadcasters in the U.S., Europe and the Asia Pacific.
Set to make its official MIPTV sales debut, Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan is headed to Sony Movie Channel in the U.S., BBC in the U.K., Rimini Editions in France and Umbrella Entertainment in Australia/New Zealand. Produced by Arrow Films, the 90-minute production features clips and commentary from several acclaimed filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg and James Cameron. Five hours of behind-the-scenes bonus footage will also be offered to international buyers at next week’s event.
In the documentary, Spielberg said of Harryhausen: “He is the father of all we do today in science fiction, fantasy and adventure.” Cameron added: “When I was a kid, I’d see a Harryhausen film and for the next five weeks I would draw my own comic books and do my own version of Ray’s work. I did this for a long time (with all of his films).”
Harryhausen is best known for creating such films as The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, It Came from Beneath the Sea and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, to name a few.
LOS ANGELES: BoPaul Media Worldwide has licensed the film Blood and Sand, starring Sharon Stone, to the Russian distributor Big Movie.
BoPaul Media acquired the title in a package deal with Spain’s Jose Frade Producciones. The film, from 1989, stars Stone as a rich American socialite who falls in love with a matador. The film was released prior to Stone’s breakout inBasic Instinct. BoPaul Media has the worldwide rights, excluding Spain, to exploit the film across all media. The company will be ready for discussions onBlood and Sand with buyers at MIPTV.