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Universal Russia To Release Eight Premium Pictures, Including Latest Chan and Schwarzenegger Flicks

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 19, 2012 at 12:59PM

As the studios puruse an increasingly global business, Universal Pictures International (UPI) Russia has closed a principal agreement with Moscow's Premium Film to release their upcoming slate of eight movies. Studio distributors dominate the Russian box office with Hollywood pictures.
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Jackie Chan in 'Armor of God'
Jackie Chan in 'Armor of God'

As the studios puruse an increasingly global business, Universal Pictures International (UPI) Russia has closed a principal agreement with Moscow's Premium Film to release their upcoming slate of eight movies. Studio distributors dominate the Russian box office with Hollywood pictures.

Now UPI Russia will handle physical theatrical distribution of Premium's eight films in Russia and CIS countries (excluding Ukraine), according to Vadim Ivanov, Managing Director of UPI Russia, and Aram Hovhannisyan, Marketing Director of Premium Film.

First up is Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan’s "Chinese Zodiac," the next installment of his "Armor of God" series. Chan wrote, directed and choreographed. Next is Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Last Stand," his first lead role since he returned to acting, followed by "Scary Movie 5." 

Founded five years ago, Premium Film releases more than 20 titles a year, from wide release to art house films, among them "Mr. Nobody" (2010), "Pina" (2011) and "My Week With Marilyn" (2012).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.