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The fest's sixth and final daily issue takes a look at the abortion protests hitting the Croisette, why buyers are thrilled with the market and Paramount's deal for Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish's action comedy.
The Hollywood Reporter has released its sixth and final Cannes Film Festival daily issue, which includes a look at activists protesting restrictive abortion laws at the palais, why buyers deem this year's market as one of the best and Paramount nabbing worldwide rights to an action comedy starring Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish.
"This Is a Pushback"
Cannes' red carpet continued its political streak Saturday, with a pro-choice demonstration on the red carpet ahead of the premiere of Argentine director Juan Solanas' abortion documentary Let It Be Law (Que Sea Ley). The demonstration brought together 60 women and activists from Argentina who unfurled a green sign and flags (green is the signature color of the pro-choice movement in the country). "In the U.S., what is happening now is part of a kind of global reaction to women's rights," Solanas told THR.
Plenty to Buy
As the Cannes market hit the midway point, buyers had struck early but not necessarily often. When it came to the hottest projects on offer, sellers started making their presentations in the two days leading up to the market opening, moving up the timeline of years past. But did it work? Sort of. THR breaks down what has been "one of the best markets in years."
Paramount Goes 'Down Under'
In the biggest deal of the 2019 Cannes market by far, Paramount has snapped up worldwide rights to the Chris Hemsworth-Tiffany Haddish action-comedy film Down Under Cover, making a $40 million budget commitment, according to sources. Netflix reportedly chased the project, offering $50 million, but Paramount — in town for the Rocketman launch — closed the deal, giving it a Lethal Weapon-esque buddy comedy, potentially for its 2020 slate. THR looks into the most promising studio bet from this year's market.
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