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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp has announced a fifth film in the Marseilles-set Taxi franchise. A release for Taxi 5 is set for January 31, 2018, Europa said via Twitter. Franck Gastambide is directing the latest installment and penning the script with Ahmed Hamidi, and the participation of Malik Bentalha. Gastambide directed and co-wrote Gaumont’s hit comedy Pattaya from earlier this year. He also starred with Bentalha and the duo is expected to lead the cast for the new Taxi

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is said to be shaken but physically unharmed following a middle-of-the-night armed robbery in a luxury Paris residence. In the capital for Fashion Week, Kardashian was staying in a townhouse in Paris’ 8th arrondissement, near the Place de la Madeleine. At around 2:30 this morning, gunmen disguised as police officers entered the building and threatened their way past the concierge before two made it into Kardashian’s private apartment…

UPDATE, WRITETHRU: The international box office got a boost this weekend, jumping 110% from last frame across the Top 10 titles, and dipping just 6% versus the similar session last year. There were two major overseas openings for Hollywood, with a raft of hot local movies in the mix around the globe — many with savvy studio participation. There are also a series of key milestones as Finding Dory finally splashed into Germany and set a new bar for 2016 as well as crossing…

Anglo-French drama Versailles debuts Stateside on Ovation TV tomorrow night (October 1) at 10 PM with a two-hour opener. The English-language series from Canal+ Création covers the first years in power of the young Louis XIV (VikingsGeorge Blagden) and was a big ratings hit for France’s Canal Plus when it began airing in November 2015. In a rare move for a foreign TV production, cast and creators gathered at the French Embassy in Washington DC this week for a splashy…

Precisely one year ago, IMAX said it was expanding its Middle Kingdom footprint with a fund earmarked for local-language productions. The IMAX China Film Fund was being set up with subsidiary IMAX China and partner China Media Capital to invest in Mandarin-language tentpoles based on an initial capitalization of $50M. Today, the large-format company says it has completed the formative agreements to establish the fund with IMAX China and CMC. It will co-finance…

A perfect storm of strategic partners working with a piece of culturally resonant IP and a key release date helped Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures’ Warcraft to an Orc-sized $156M opening this weekend in China. At the same time, the expensive film yielded an unimpressive $24.1M opening domestically. While this isn’t the first time that a Hollywood movie bows bigger in the Middle Kingdom, it is an exponentially larger example than those that have come before it…

Sky, HBO and Canal Plus have dropped the first trailer (above) for their joint production, The Young Pope. From Oscar-winning director Paolo Sorrentino, the eight-part series sets Jude Law as Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, the fictional first American pontiff in history. The drama begins airing on Sky Atlantic from October in Italy, the UK, Germany, Ireland and Austria; and on Canal Plus in France. Domestically, HBO will also air it later this year. Law plays the young and…

Euro 2016 soccer play continued on Sunday with broadcasters in the major markets enjoying solid ratings. Last night, 2014 World Cup champs Germany bested Ukraine 2-0, including a last-minute winner from veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger who entered the ma…

Disney UK has dropped the first teaser for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ South Pacific adventure, Moana. The seafaring tale, with music by last night’s Tony champ Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by the Little Mermaid team of Ron Clements and John Musker. A story of self-discovery, Moana features the voices of newcomer Auli’I Cravalho as the eponymous 16-year-old navigator, and Dwayne Johnson as Maui: half-god, half-mortal, all-awesome. You see, Maui wields a fishhook…

Nicole Kidman is reteaming with her Portrait Of A Lady director, Jane Campion, for the second season of thriller Top Of The Lake. Kidman’s participation has been the subject of on-and-off rumors, with the BBC confirming the casting today as the actress arrived in Sydney to begin filming with series star Elisabeth Moss. Titled Top Of The Lake: China Girl, the story will see Moss’ Detective Robin Griffin investigating the case of an unidentified body which washes up on…