FD News: Weinstein Company sued; ‘Get Out’ named best film; ‘Coco’ takes China by storm
Tom Ford and Kristin Chenoweth honored for work among LGBTQ community
Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals) and Kristin Chenoweth (Bewitched) have been honored by The Trevor Project, a group which is committed to prevention of suicide among LGBTQ youth. The pair were celebrated for their outstanding work and the impact they have had on the LGBTQ community. Ford was presented with the Hero Award, while Chenoweth took home the Icon Award.
David O. Russell sues The Weinstein Company for breach of contract
Things aren’t looking good for The Weinstein Company. The indie film studio has been running on life support since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, with its far-reaching consequences having engulfed Hollywood, and exposed systematic sexual abuse and harassment that dates back decades.
But things are about to get even worse for the ailing company, now at the center of a $2 million fraud and breach of contract lawsuit from filmmaker David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), who was tasked with putting together a series for Amazon Studios. The suit details that the deal was “effectively a ticking time bomb”, with TWC having “lured [the] plaintiffs into a trap”.
Get Out named fest film by Sight & Sound critics; Lynch’s Twin Peaks close behind
The British Film Institute‘s Sight & Sound magazine has named Jordan Peele’s breakout indie hit Get Out as the Best Film of the Year 2017. The selection was chosen after the BFI’s international magazine polled more than 180 critics. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as the film has been scooping up the accolades as of late. But the runner up might turn a few heads, with David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return becoming the first television show to make the top ten list.
Coco strums to success; takes $75 million at Chinese box office
Pixar’s Coco, inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, continues to strum its way to success. The animated feature, already the highest-grossing film of all time in Mexico, has scored a whopping $75.6m at the Chinese box office in a mere ten days. In the international market, the family-friendly pic has trounced past the likes of Justice League, having plucked up a global tally of more than $281 million. Mighty impressive when one considers that the flick has yet to open in Australia, Italy, Brazil, Korea, Japan, and the UK.