James Bond achieves best start of the year in France

Posted on Oct 13, 2021, 10:13 PM

Mission accomplished for James Bond. The British secret agent has filled the dark rooms since his comeback last Wednesday. The new opus “Die can wait” crushed the box office when it was released in French theaters, thus signing the best start of the year and boosting cinema attendance by 25% over one week, according to figures published by Cbo-Box Office.

As in the United States, the film starts off with a bang. Of the 2.1 million people who went to the movies during the week, 1.38 million wanted to see this latest installment with Daniel Craig of the adventures of the famous British spy invented by the writer Ian Fleming.

Better than “Fast and Furious”

The film is certainly a poorer first week than the previous “007”, far from the score of “Specter” in 2015, which had brought together 2.2 million spectators. But he made the best movie start of the year, ahead of “Fast and Furious 9”, released in July.

Far behind, the other films share the crumbs. In second position, Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” has attracted 275,000 science fiction enthusiasts, and has accumulated 2.4 million spectators in theaters for four weeks.

Two French films follow: “Boîte Noire”, a thriller in the field of aviation safety with Pierre Niney, has now come close to one million spectators since its release five weeks ago (100,000 still over the week), then “Bac Nord”, which exceeded two million spectators in eight weeks (90,000 over the week).

Over half a billion in revenue

The release of the latest installment in the James Bond saga, performed once again by Daniel Craig, had been delayed for 18 months due to the Covid-19 crisis. The film is said to be the most expensive of all the 007s shot so far. The Hollywood studio MGM has thus disbursed 250 million dollars (216 million euros) for the feature film. The last episode, “Specter,” cost $ 245 million.

Daniel Craig’s fifth and final 007 is a daunting task. Since the actor’s arrival as Her Majesty’s Agent in 2006, his films have all grossed over half a billion dollars each at the box office worldwide. With a record in particular for “Skyfall”, which even exceeded the billion dollars of receipts.


Semiconductors: the limits of a 6 billion euro plan

Posted on Oct 13, 2021 6:28 PMUpdated Oct 13, 2021, 7:12 PM

Semiconductors are essential for the France of 2030 as depicted by Emmanuel Macron… but the France of 2021 is lacking. To prepare for the future, the Elysée is counting on 6 billion euros of investment while the country, like the whole world, has been experiencing a shortage of electronic components for a year. The latter is already paralyzing many factories, especially in the automotive industry, as these chips and other sensors are now ubiquitous.

Until the details of the plan are known, the semiconductor industry has welcomed the state summit announcements. “It is good to hear a President of the Republic who understands that the semiconductor market is strategic: 6 billion euros, this represents 20% of the investment plan 2030”, rejoices Paul Boudre, the director general of Soitec, the second largest French company in the sector after STMicroelectronics.


Wattpad, the $ 600 million platform that lets publishers find new feathers

Posted on Oct 13, 2021, 12:00 PMUpdated Oct 13, 2021, 12:13 PM

For a long time, there were only manuscripts feverishly mailed by aspiring authors to publishers in the hope of having their book published. But to make themselves known to potential readers and publishers, the new feathers can also go through Wattpad which was bought for 600 million dollars in January by Naver, the “Korean Google”.

Launched in 2006, this writing and reading sharing platform took a few years to make a name for itself. ” In the beginning, there was a lot of “fanfiction” in the teenage literature genre with sort of saga “spin-offs” like Twilight or The Hunger Games. This is how Wattpad took off », Recalls Xavier d’Almeida, collection director at Pocket Jeunesse. The putting into orbit dates back to the mid-2010s. Then unknown to the battalion, Anna Todd published chapters of her work entitled “After” – boxing in the category of “young adult” romance, a genre ubiquitous on Wattpad -, on the platform and attracts a growing readership over the weeks.


Competition: a five-year term marked by the regulation of tech

Posted on Oct 12, 2021 4:46 PMUpdated Oct 12, 2021, 6:31 PM

At the very least, one against twenty… Much less numerous than the lawyers of the American digital champions, the jurists of the French competition authority pronounced during the mandate of its president on departure, Isabelle de Silva, several thunderous fines against Apple and Google.

While continuing to monitor the balance of competition in more traditional markets (medicines, specialized distribution, etc.), the French arbitrator, from 2016 to 2021, cracked down as never before against abuses of a dominant position in the world of technology. Apple was thus fined in March 2020 a fine of 1.1 billion euros for having favored its own stores and certain wholesalers, to the detriment of other authorized resellers. A record for the institution which, according to its boss, had taken into account “the extraordinary dimension” of Apple.


Mbappé, Dicker, Sattouf …: the bet on the independence of the big book sellers worries the publishing sector

Posted on Oct. 12, 2021, 5:06 p.m.Updated Oct 12, 2021, 5:20 PM

Quite a symbol. Tuesday, the Editions de Fallois announced that they were closing shop, a little less than four years after the death of their founder. “The Editions de Fallois, founded in 1987, will end their activity on December 31, 2021,” the group notes in a press release. The Editions de Fallois have listed more than 800 titles in their catalog. […] Raymond Aron rubs shoulders with Marcel Pagnol in particular. […] They also made known in France the novels of Rose Tremain […] and revealed to the whole world those of Joël Dicker. “

A very timely conclusion. In March, the Swiss author who has sold millions of books (including “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair”) announced that he was leaving his historic publishing house to launch his own in early 2022. He unveiled some the name, “Rosie & Wolfe”, just five days ago. “It’s not self-publishing, but a real publishing house with a dedicated team,” he added. There he plans to publish his novels and those of other authors.


After the success of “Lupine”, Omar Sy signs for several years with Netflix

Posted on Oct. 12, 2021, 2:02 p.m.

The worldwide success of the Gentleman Burglar series opens new doors for Omar Sy. The 43-year-old actor, performer of “Lupine” on Netflix, has just signed a several-year contract with the streaming platform to produce and star in films he will star. This is what the Anglo-Saxon media “Variety” revealed on Tuesday.

Before releasing his own films on Netflix, Omar Sy joined forces with Louis Leterrier, the director of “Lupine” for his next film “Tour de force”, with Laurent Lafitte, which is due to be released on Netflix in 2022. The amount of the contract, negotiated by the California agency CAA on behalf of Omar Sy with Netflix, is not known. A similar agreement was made a month ago between Netflix and Vanessa Kirby, actress of “The Crown”, to develop and produce feature films.

The nuggets of French cinema targeted by Netflix

Almost ten years after breaking through to the screen in “Intouchables”, which grossed more than $ 400 million worldwide, the Caesarized actor is entering a new era in his career. And the streaming platform, which has become number 1 in France since its launch in 2014 in France, has forged links with other nuggets of the French seventh art.

Netflix has partnered up with some of the several major producers, filmmakers and local studios in France, offering successful series such as “The Hook Up Plan”, “Family Business” and the documentary series “Qui a killed little Gregory? “. Netflix has also developed a list of original films with mainstream appeal, including “8, rue de l’Humanité” by Dany Boon, produced by Pathé and launched on the platform on October 10.


Disney faces Chinese censorship again

Posted on Oct 11, 2021 4:50 PMUpdated Oct 11, 2021, 5:33 PM

The latest Marvel Studios blockbuster could in turn bear the brunt of Chinese censorship. Produced by Disney, the film “Eternals” was due for release in November. But according to information from the “Wall Street Journal”, Walt Disney Pictures has not yet received the approval of the Chinese authorities.

At the heart of the controversy, the remarks made in 2013 by the Chinese director of “Eternals”, Chloé Zhao, against the Chinese government. The main actor of the film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, Simu Liu, is also said to have posted comments online in 2017 in which he compared China to a country where people are starving to death.

Millions of Chinese fans

The stakes are high, since the Chinese market weighs heavily in Disney’s profits. In 2019, Chinese cinemas accounted for nearly a quarter of “Avengers: Endgame” revenue. In the case of the Marvel, it is also the loyalty of millions of Chinese fans that weighs in the balance.

In recent months, several Disney productions have suffered the same fate. This is the case with Marvel’s previous opus, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”. The studio’s first film to feature an Asian superhero, it hit a world record on release day but has yet to release in China.

In 2020, “Mulan”, a blockbuster that cost Disney $ 200 million, saw its Chinese release disrupted by numerous calls for a boycott. He was accused in particular of featuring scenes shot in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, where Beijing is accused of violations of the rights of Uyghurs.

Focus on Chinese productions

Still very closed to the Western entertainment industry in the 1990s, China has gradually opened up to it. But over the past few months, Beijing’s posture towards Western entertainment has evolved dramatically, in the direction of tighter constraints and censorship. With a few exceptions: in October, the last part of James Bond, “No Time to Die”, as well as “Dune” were indeed screened in Chinese cinemas.

It is true that the recent reshuffle of the office responsible for authorizing the release of films in China has delayed the examination of certain works. At the same time, the authorities have become accustomed to banning the release of Western films during national holiday weeks. A strategy which aims to favor Chinese productions.


Radio plays its future with DAB +

Posted on Oct. 11, 2021, 5:47 p.m.Updated Oct 11, 2021, 5:54 PM

No more frequency hopping and crackling in the middle of a song or radio show on the Autoroute du Soleil. From this Tuesday, everyone – provided they are in an equipped car – will be able to listen to their favorite radio station all along the journey between Paris and Marseille, with digital quality sound.

It is, indeed, the big day for the national terrestrial digital radio. Called DAB + for “Digital Audio Broadcasting”, this technology, already deployed since 2014 in several French cities or regions, is finally starting to be broadcast nationally with 25 stations available on more than 2,000 kilometers of roads and highways on the Paris-Lyon- axis. Marseilles. For this century-old medium that is radio, it is the biggest revolution since the liberalization of the FM band in the early 1980s. “Radio is a medium that has always been able to adapt to new technologies” recalls Roch-Olivier Maistre, the president of the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA).


Google unveils several initiatives to fight climate change

Posted on Oct 10, 2021 2:30 PMUpdated Oct 10, 2021, 3:12 PM

Google goes on the offensive against climate skeptics. The Californian company unveiled on Thursday new rules to fight advertising and content that denies global warming and its causes. It will now be banned from displaying advertisements and monetizing content that “contradicts the well-established scientific consensus around the existence and causes of climate change,” says an update of the rules for advertisers.

They “just don’t want their ads to appear alongside this kind of content. And publishers and creators don’t want ads that make these claims on their pages or videos, ”Google explains. These rules will apply in particular to its YouTube video service. Other social networks, including Facebook, do not go so far to discourage the dissemination of climate skeptic messages.


The Usine Nouvelle and Le Moniteur group will be put up for sale

Posted on Oct. 10, 2021, 1:05 p.m.Updated Oct 10, 2021, 1:17 PM

New shock in the trade press. The business services group Infopro Digital, which publishes the titles Le Moniteur, L’Usine Nouvelle, LSA and L’Argus de l’Assurance and manages a series of trade shows such as Patrimonia and Le Salon des Maires, will change hands . Towerbrook, the British fund with a 74% majority since 2016, has mandated investment bank Morgan Stanley to study a sale, several sources indicate, confirming information from “Strategies”.

The fund, which has increased acquisitions in recent years in professional services and b-to-b internet services, believes that it has turned Infopro Digital into a tech and data management group – it notably bought the platform Companeo quote request. He would therefore wait for the underlying valuation: Towerbrook is not ready to cede less than 15 or 20 times its Ebitda, which would amount to more than 150 million euros and therefore not less than 2.2 billion. euros, report relatives of the case.