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Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman

Toronto 2014 unveils first wave

NEWS: Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos to close TIFF

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Kundo: Age Of The Rampant

Kundo: Age Of The Rampant

By Jason Bechervaise

Dir: Yoon Jong-bin. South Korea. 2014. 137mins

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Jeff Blake

Jeff Blake to depart Sony

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The Sony Pictures Entertainment vice-chairman and chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution said on Tuesday (22) he will leave the studio on August 1 to pursue other opportunities.

Maleficent crosses $700M worldwide

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The Disney smash starring Angelina Jolie has become the 15th release in industry history to reach the milestone.  

  • Is boycotting the answer in Israel?

    By Melanie Goodfellow

    Palestinian directors refused to show their films at the Jerusalem Film Festival last week in protest at Israeli treatment of Palestinians. Is it the right approach?

  • Life After Beth: Up in the attic

    By Ian Sandwell

    Ian Sandwell picks the brains of Jeff Baena, Aubrey Plaza and Matthew Gray Gubler to find out more about Life After Beth.

  • Star Wars X-Wing unveiled by Abrams Video

    By Andreas Wiseman

    In the latest manna from heaven for Star Wars fans, J.J. Abrams has teased an X-Wing Starfighter that will be used in next year’s Star Wars VII.

  • Mamoru Oshii honoured at Fantasia

    By Ian Sandwell

    Japanese film-maker receives Lifetime Achievement award on opening night of genre festival in Montreal.

  • Max Steel shows his mettle

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    The people behind Dolphin Films’ live-action adaptation of the Mattel property have released latest photos from the production as the stars and director prepare to descend on Comic-Con

  • Yann Demange’s ’71 launches BAM

    By Michael Rosser

    The Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM) opened on Monday night with British thriller ’71, starring Jack O’Connell.

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FESTIVAL FOCUS: KARLOVY VARY

 Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Paris of the North

After seeing his debut feature Either Way remade into US film Prince Avalanche, director and writer Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson talks to Laurence Boyce about his second feature, which receives its world premiere in Karlovy Vary.

Cherry Tobacco

Katrin & Andres Maimik, Cherry Tobacco

Estonian film Cherry Tobacco has its World Premiere in Karlovy Vary. Laurence Boyce talks to the married director Andres and Katrin Maimik about influences, first love and dumpling faces.

Grzegorz Jaroszuk

Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Kebab & Horoscope

KARLOVY VARY: Grzegorz Jaroszuk’s debut feature Kebab & Horoscope is the eagerly awaited first feature from the graduate of Lódz Film School which will premiere in the East of the West Competition. Laurence Boyce asks him about his influences and improvisation.

Ben Rivers

Karlovy Vary: Ben Rivers

British filmmaker and artist Ben Rivers will be one of the three recipients of a retrospective at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Laurence Boyce caught up with him to ask what the retrospective holds.

Signe Baumane

Signe Baumane, Rocks In My Pockets

Rocks In My Pockets, the debut feature from respected animator Signe Baumane, will be the first animated feature ever to take part in the Karlovy Vary International Competition. Laurence Boyce spoke to her about the film.

Festival Focus: Karlovy Vary 2014

Karlovy Vary (July 4-12) offers an eclectic guest list — ranging from Lech Walesa to William Friedkin — and screens close to 200 films. Artistic director Karel Och gives the lowdown to Michael Rosser.

True Detective

Anonymous Content: dramatic leanings

Ahead of Karlovy Vary’s tribute to Anonymous Content, CEO Steve Golin tells Jeremy Kay about how his company is finding its niche as talent continues to migrate from film to television drama.

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INTERVIEWS

Suburban Gothic

Richard Bates, Jr. & Matthew Gray Gubler, Suburban Gothic

Writer/director Richard Bates, Jr. and lead actor Matthew Gray Gubler talk to Ian Sandwell about Suburban Gothic, which world premiered at Fantasia.

Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill, I Origins

Mike Cahill burst onto the scene three years ago when his feature directorial debut Another Earth premiered at Sundance and won the special jury prize and the $20,000 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.

Noboru Iguchi at Fantasia

Noboru Iguchi, Live & Nuigulumar Z

Ian Sandwell talks to the Japanese film-maker about his two films screening at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

TERRITORY FOCUS

Malta: Treasure island

An improved film rebate and renowned water facilities make Malta a big draw. Melanie Goodfellow reports.

Malta: Buoyant industry

Rebecca Cremona’s Simshar — Malta’s first fully fledged home-grown feature — marks a turning point for the indigenous film-making community. Melanie Goodfellow reports.

SCREENTECH

Maleficent

VFX on Maleficent

Digital Domain’s Kelly Port tells Elbert Wyche how he created technical processes to produce the stellar effects for Disney’s fantasy blockbuster Maleficent.

LipSync Post at 30

LipSync Post celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has invested in more than 50 feature films. Wendy Mitchell talks to financial director Norman Merry about the company’s flexibility and the diversity of its work.

Schedule 2: stand and deliver

Schedule 2, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and opened a New York outpost, makes sure films are seen at their very best. Michael Rosser meets Rebecca Hawkes, chief of the ‘technical police’.

IMAX

IMAX: big and bigger

IMAX is set for a huge summer, continuing its global expansion. Wendy Mitchell talks to company executives Andrew Cripps and Greg Foster.

Cinema

ScreenTech: Laser technology

A better 3D experience and cheaper running costs bode well for laser projection’s success, but are its benefits enough to encourage mainstream theatres to make the investment? John Hazelton reports.

ScreenTech: Sound investments

With the dust barely settled on digital switchover, exhibitors have begun investing in new audio technology to further differentiate their offer from home cinema. Adrian Pennington reports

Roundtable: Tapping into talent

Industry experts gathered at a Creative England, British Council and Screen International roundtable in Cannes to discuss ways to support new film-making talent. Andreas Wiseman recaps the key discussion points.

SET REPORT

Set report: Yakuza Apocalypse

Japan’s Takashi Miike returns to his action roots with a suitably off the wall gangster-vampire story, Yakuza Apocalypse. Jason Gray visits the set.

STARS OF TOMORROW

Zombie Killer Squad

3BlackDot launches

Former Machinima division heads Angelo Pullen and Luke Stepleton have teamed up with ex-Ducky Dynasty executive producer Hank Stepleton and former YouTube gaming influencers Tom Cassell and Adam Montoya.

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DIGITAL EDITIONS

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Yahoo in pre-theatre One Chance release

Yahoo will platform the drama in an exclusive slot before The Weinstein Company releases the film theatrically in the US on August 29.