Friday, December 30, 2016

Halle Berry Finalizes Divorce From Olivier Martinez

Fans holding out hope for a reconciliation from Halle Berry and her third husband Olivier Martinez were dealt a shocking blow yesterday when TMZ reported that the Academy Award-winning actress and French heartthrob have finalized their split.

While they still have to deal with the property settlement, which should be easy given they signed a prenup, they have agreed to share physical and legal custody of their 3-year-old son Maceo, and Martinez agreed to let Berry be listed as the petitioner in the divorce.

Monday, December 19, 2016

'Kings' Update: Production Start Date Set On Halle Berry Drama

Two days after Christmas, cameras will begin rolling on 'Kings', an independent drama set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots that is written and will be directed by Deniz Gamze Erguven in what will be her English-language debut.

Halle Berry and Daniel Craig signed on for the drama in June and Lamar Johnson, Kaalan Walker and Rachel Hilson were recently added to the cast ahead of the December 27th start on production, which is being financed by China’s Bliss Media and Maven Pictures.

China’s Bliss Media, Maven Pictures to Finance Halle Berry’s L.A. Riots Movie

China’s Bliss Media and Maven Pictures have come on board to finance “Kings,” the independent drama set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Halle Berry and Daniel Craig have been attached to star since June. Lamar Johnson (“The Next Step”), Kaalan Walker, and Rachel Hilson (“The Good Wife,” “The Affair”) are joining the cast.

Deniz Gamze Erguven, director of “Mustang,” is helming “Kings” from her own script in what will be her English-language debut. Production will begin Dec. 27 in Los Angeles.

Erguven is re-teamed with “Mustang” producer Charles Gillibert. He’s producing and co-financing through his CG Cinema. Maven Pictures co-founders Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray, and Charlotte Ubben serve as executive producers alongside Wei Han of Bliss Media.

IMR is handling international sales and CAA, which arranged the film’s financing, represents the movie’s domestic rights. Bliss Media owns the distribution rights for Greater China. “Kings” is also co-produced by Canal Plus, France 2 Cinema and Ad Vitam in France, and by Scope Pictures in Belgium.

“Kings” centers on a foster family in South Central in 1992, a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial. Erguven began working on the screenplay in 2004 and has spent years working with the South Central neighborhood.

Craig will portray a loner who lives in South Central Los Angeles and falls in love with Berry’s character. When the riots erupt, he will help Berry in protecting her children from the violence.

“‘Kings’ is such a powerful read. Its elegant simplicity, coupled with Deniz’ vision, make it the perfect kind of project that Bliss Media would like to be a part of,” said Bliss Media’s Wei Han.

Bliss Media most recently wrapped production in Shanghai on “S.M.A.R.T. Chase,” starring Orlando Bloom. Bliss co-financed and executive produced Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie,” starring Natalie Portman, and acquired the Chinese distribution rights to Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” which was released in China on Dec. 8 and set a box office record for imported war films in China.

“Maven Pictures’ mission is to support films with women in front and behind the camera,” said Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. “Deniz is an extraordinary talent, and we look forward to being part of such an incredible project.”

Maven’s credits include “The Kids Are All Right” and “American Honey.” Maven is partnered with Jessica Chastain in her production company Freckle Films, and is heading to Sundance with “Novitiate,” starring Margaret Qualley and Melissa Leo.

CG Cinema’s credits include “Clouds of Sils Maria” by Olivier Assayas; “Eden” by Mia Hansen-Love”; “Personal Shopper,” which won the best director award at the 2016 Cannes festival for Assayas; and “Mustang” which won four awards at the French Cesars and was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film.

Halle Berry Celebrates 1 Million Followers With Glowing Photo

Instagram: Wow, I woke up high key excited this morning to see that there are officially ONE MILLION of you here with me... engaging, connecting and commenting and not just with me, but with each other! I've only been here a short while and I have to say this social media platform is all that it's cracked up to be. This is so much fun and I enjoy it more and more each day. Thank you for your support, your kind words and your respect in allowing me to do my thing my way! In honor of this milestone I've decided to shake up my dark moody vibe for a minute. I hope you all enjoy these up coming LIGHT DAZE. With love HB