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London-based "curated" SVOD service Mubi has named Roberto Soto COO. Soto, a former Fox International Channels and Liberty Global executive, joins the company with immediate effect and will report to founder and CEO Efe Cakarel. "It`s an honor and I am really excited to join the amazing Mubi team in this journey," said Soto. "We have a fantastic value proposition and a committed team that passionately cares about great cinema. We are excited about all the great news that we want to share with our subscribers and Mubi fans in the future." The appointment comes at a time of a major...

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The 69th Locarno Film Festival will honor Canadian composer and conductor Howard Shore with its Vision Award, which puts the spotlight on someone who has left an indelible mark on film history. Well-known for his collaborations with fellow Canadian David Cronenberg, Shore has had a long and varied career that kicked off as the original music director for from 1975-1980, appearing in many memorable moments with Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Over his career,...

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India's Reliance Entertainment is forming a joint venture with Friday Filmworks, creating a Bollywood production company called Plan C Studios. Plan C Studios will kick start its slate with historical drama Rustom starring top actor Akshay Kumar which will be directed by Tinu Suresh Desai. The new company's lineup also includes Ghalib Danger, to be helmed by Pandey, in addition to projects from a slew of directors including Shivam Nair, Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Anurag Singh, Anvita Dutt and Shree Narayan Singh. No financial terms related to the venture were given. Reliance...

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Steven Soderbergh is coming out of his self-imposed retirement from feature filmmaking. Maybe. Sources tell THR the filmmaker is involved with his first new film project in several years and is teaming up with Channing Tatum for the new venture. The project is circulating to studios and is described as being in the vein of Ocean's 11, the all-star caper movie Soderbergh directed in 2001, but with hillbillies. The plot revolves around a heist during a NASCAR-syle race. Glen Basner's FilmNation is handling foreign sales. An initial report about the project that surfaced on the web...

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While China's stock markets recently gave economists plenty of , the country's movie box office showed no signs of slowing its historic expansion in the first month of 2016. Box office revenue reached $583.4 million (3.839 billion yuan) in January, usually a relatively slow month for movie-going in the country. The haul represents a 47.2 percent increase over January 2015. The performance is roughly in line with the astonishing 48.7 percent full-year growth rate the Chinese theatrical market achieved in 2015 (the January growth figures were...

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