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1 August 2013

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  • eOne acquires Teen Lust

    The Canadian giant has taken English-speaking territories to Blaine Thurier’s upcoming comedy Teen Lust.
  • 104 Films to deliver Welsh fast-track scheme

    104 Films has won the contract to deliver The Accelerator, a training and development programme for Welsh creativetalents.
  • A Stranger, Circles triumph in Pula

    Cowboys wins audience award, Hush also wins multiple prizes.
  • Absolutely Modern

    Dir/scr: Phillipe Mora. US. 2013. 105mins
  • Adore to close Montreal fest

    Anne Fontaine’s drama is set to close the Montreal World Film Festival’s 37th edition on Sept 2.
  • AFI boosts scholarships

    AFI executives announced on Wednesday [31] a scholarship funding hike at the AFI Conservatory, the institute’s two-year graduate programme, that they said would raise funding to nearly three times previous levels.
  • AFM to launch producer forum

    AFM executives announced on Wednesday [31] the launch of the AFM Producers Forum as well as topics and schedule for the forthcoming AFM Conference Series. Unifrance will return to the market for the first time in three years.
  • Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, Big Bad Wolves

    Ian Sandwell talks to the filmmaking duo behind Israel’s first horror film Rabies about their latest feature, Big Bad Wolves.
  • Alcon lines up Dolphin Tale 2

    Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman will return for Alcon’s Dolphin Tale 2 following the $72m North American success of the original family drama in 2011 through Warner Bros.
  • Andy Fickman to direct The Exes

    CBS Films announced the development on Monday [29].
  • Artemis Fowl lures Weinstein, Disney

    Harvey Weinstein is teaming up with his old associates The Walt Disney Studios on an adaptation of children’s book Artemis Fowl. Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal serve as executive producers.
  • Artist Services to support 15

    Sundance Institute announced 15 films that will receive their digital debuts this autumn through the Institute’s Artist Services programme.
  • Avatar to become four-parter

    James Cameron and Fox confirmed this week that the biggest film of all time will be followed by three sequels and not two as previously planned.
  • Bankside MD backs Australian finance outfit

    Phil Hunt, a managing director at UK sales company Bankside Films, is backing a new Australian financing entity dedicated to low budget features.
  • BBC to adapt The Great Escape

    The BBC is developing a TV series based on iconic Steve McQueen film The Great Escape.
  • BECTU, PACT talks stall

    EXCLUSIVE: Film production employment reform stalls, union eyes rate card pay-rise.
  • Bernard Hill eyes Crossing

    The British actor announced on Thursday [Aug 1] that he will make his feature film directorial debut on Sound The Crossing.
  • BFI Film Fund backs three debuts

    New films from Philippa Lowthorpe, Andrew Steggall, Jane Linfoot receive backing.
  • Bushido Man

    Dir/scr: Takanori Tsujimoto. Japan. 2012. 88mins
  • Captain Phillips to open London Film Festival

    Paul Greengrass’ hijack thriller starring Tom Hanks to get European Premiere in London.
  • Captain Phillips to open NYFF

    Another awards season hopeful has slotted into the calendar after it emerged on Monday [29] that the world premiere of Paul Greengrass’ Somali hijacking thriller starring Tom Hanks will open the 51st New York Film Festival on Sept 27.
  • Captain Phillips to open Tokyo

    The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is to open with Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.
  • Cast join Welcome To Me

    Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack, James Marsden and Alan Tudyk have joined the cast of Gary Sanchez Productions and Bron Studios’ comedy starring Kristen Wiig.
  • Celestial Wives wins at Wroclaw

    Rural Russian film takes top prize at Poland’s New Horizons International Film Festival.
  • CNN boards Sole Survivor

    CNN Films top brass made the announcement on Friday [26] ahead of the documentary’s world premiere at the Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan on Saturday.
  • Cold Eyes

    Dirs: Cho Ui-seok, Kim Byung-seo. South Korea. 2013. 119mins
  • Collabor8te backs new shorts

    EXCLUSIVE: Eight scripts selected from 1,400 submissions, including short from The Brothers Lynch.
  • Commando: One Man Army

    Dir: Dilip Ghosh. India. 2013. 124mins
  • Creative England launches £1m loans

    Film-makers among those able to apply for interest free loans.
  • CSA 'grateful' for Academy recognition

    The president of the Casting Society Of America expressed gratitude following the Academy’s announcement of a casting directors branch on Wednesday [31].
  • D Films lines up Scarehouse

    D Films announced on Monday [29] that pre-production will begin on Aug 20 on thriller The Scarehouse in Windsor, Canada.
  • Dante boards Kickstarter bid

    Joe Dante has endorsed a crowdsourcing campaign to raise $50,000 towards production costs on Nick Basile’s [pictured] thriler.
  • Digital launch for Dick Figures film

    Cinedigm announced on Tuesday [30] that Dick Figures: The Movie, based on the animated YouTube series created by Ed Skudder and Zack Keller, will open on Sept 17.
  • Dimension buys Pest for US

    TWC’s genre label negotiated the deal with IM Global for Mark Tonderai’s virus thriller.
  • Doppelgänger lands Smash

    Music Box Films’ genre arm has acquired US rights to Smash & Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers, Havana Marking’s documentary about the world’s most successful diamond thieves.
  • Elysium

    Dir/scr: Neill Blomkamp. US. 2013. 109mins
  • Encounters unveils competition films

    The 19th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival has announced its international line-up, with films starring Ben Whishaw and Alan Rickman.
  • Fabienne Vonier dies aged 66

    The Paris-based Pyramide co-founder, producer and distributor worked closely with Aki Kaurismaki, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Catherine Corsini, among others.
  • Film Movement acquires Salvo

    The distributor has picked up North American rights to Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s Salvo, winner of the Critics Week Grand Prix and the France 4 Visionary Award in Cannes.
  • Former LFF director Sheila Whitaker dies

    Sheila Whitaker, former director of the London Film Festival and director of international programs for the Dubai International Film Festival, has died.
  • Fox Int'l unleashes The Wolverine

    Hugh Jackman returns in his sixth outing as the mutant with adamantium claws in The Wolverine and Fox International’s action release is the favourite to tear through the competition this weekend.
  • FrightFest screams guest line-up

    A Field in England’s Ben Wheatley and The Raid’s Gareth Evans set to attend.
  • Global Screen inks Last Love deals

    Michael Caine, Clemence Poesy drama goes to Italy, Russia and more.
  • GoDigital books Butch Walker

    GoDigital announced Thursday (Aug 1) it had acquired North American VOD and digital distribution rights to the documentary Butch Walker: Out Of Focus.
  • Gothams ring the changes

    Top brass at the Independent Filmmaker Project will host the 2013 awards show on Dec 2 and have introduced best actor and actress categories, scrapped Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You and renamed the Breakthrough Award in honour of Bingham Ray.
  • Hawke returns to Shakespeare

    Ethan Hawke will star in Michael Almereyda’s modern day adaption of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in the vein of TV hit Sons Of Anarchy. International Film Trust (IFT) will handle international sales and CAA represents US rights.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    New films on Screenbase include comedy-drama Legacy as well as animation Once Upon A Time In The Kitchen voiced by Nicholas Holt and Gemma Arterton.
  • ICM Partners names lit heads

    The agency announced on Tuesday [30] that Doug MacLaren and Harley Copen have been named co-heads of the partnership’s motion picture literary department. 
  • Isaacs named Academy president

    Marketing executive Cheryl Boone Isaacs has become the first black president of the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences and the third woman to hold the post in the body’s 86-year history.
  • ITV buys Big Talk for $19m

    Big Talk Productions, the company behind The World’s End and Sightseers, has been acquired by ITV for $19.2m (£12.5m).
  • John Williams to score Star Wars: Episode VII

    World renowned composer announced by Kathleen Kennedy at Star Wars Celebration. Williams discusses new film and JJ Abrams in video message.
  • Johnny Depp may quit acting

    The Lone Ranger star says he is looking forward to a quieter life.
  • Kosslick to “godfather” SOFA training

    Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick is to serve as a “godfather” to the new training venture School of Film Agents (SOFA) and has revealed he wants attract more TV product to Berlin’s EFM.
  • Locarno to honour Victoria Abril

    Spanish actress Victoria Abril is to be honoured with the Excellence Award at the 66th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 7-17).
  • Locarno's Carte Blanche reveals Chilean films

    Now in its third year, Locarno’s Carte Blanche will shine the light on Chilean films in post production.
  • Lotus, Sourian find War

    Lotus Entertainment and Sourian Productions are teaming up on Joseph Sousa’s spec script Man Of War. Lotus handles international sales and CAA represents US rights.
  • Love Eternal

    Dir/scr: Brendan Muldowney. Ireland-Netherlands-Luxembourg-Japan. 2013. 97mins
  • Lucia wins at London Indian FF

    Pawan Kumar’s Lucia has won the audience award at the 4th London Indian Film Festival.
  • Magnolia finds Color City

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to The Hero Of Color City and has pencilled in a 2014 release on the children’s story.
  • Manana to produce Floating director's third film

    EXCLUSIVE: Piotr Kobus’ distribution-production company Manana is to produce Tomasz Wasilewski’s third feature which aims to go into produciton at the end of 2014.
  • Marc Forster to head Zurich jury

    World War Z director to head international feature jury at the Zurch Film Festival that will also include Django Unchained producer Stacy Sher and Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik.
  • Melbourne’s 37º South selects best pitches

    A new project from the producer of Whale Rider, an adaptation of a US book and a Chinese-Australian co-production are to be pitched in the UK after being selected by Melbourne’s 37º South Market.
  • Mipcom to honour Jeffrey Katzenberg

    DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has been named Mipcom 2013 Personality of the Year.
  • MPAA hires regulatory exec

    Neil Fried has joined the Motion Picture Association Of America as svp of government and regulatory affairs.
  • Nova Scotia food film festival rebrands and expands

    Lia Rinaldo, former Artistic Director of the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is now managing director of Devour! The Food Film Fest.
  • Pacific Rim runs riot in China on $9m

    The projected opening day for Pacific Rim in China (Rmb 54.3m) set a new record for Warner Bros and scored the second biggest debut of a Hollywood release behind Iron Man 3 for the year-to-date.
  • Paramount promotes Megan Wahtera

    The executive becomes head of the studio’s interactive marketing department and succeeds Amy Powell who was named head of Paramount Television last week.
  • Parkland to open on Sept 20

    Exclusive Releasing will roll out the JFK assassination drama in theatres following the autumn festival debuts in Venice and Toronto.

    Dir: Mark Hartley. Australia. 2013. 96mins
  • Pinewood, BFI launch paid internships

    Pinewood Studios and the BFI announce a new intern programme to develop film production skills.
  • Reeves to attend TIFF Asian Summit

    Keanu Reeves, Johnnie To and Tatsumi “Tom” Yoda will be among participants at the Toronto International Film Festival’s second Asian Film Summit on Sept 10.
  • Scott Walker, The Frozen Ground

    After years at the helm of his world-renowned advertising agency Happy Dog, New Zealander Scott Walker quit his job and follow his dream of becoming a director.
  • See-Saw, CMG team for D-Day spy series

    EXCLUSIVE: The King’s Speech, Top of the Lake producer joins Cohen Media Group on adaptation of Second World War spy story Double Cross.
  • Sightseers wins two at PiFan

    The 17th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers bagging the top Best of Puchon Award as well as the Best Actress Award for Alice Lowe.
  • Skins star on Quiet Hour shoot

    Dakota Blue Richards, also known for her lead role in The Golden Compass, stars in the thriller produced by Sean McConville.
  • Sony, Rothman ready new venture

    TriStar Productions will launch on Sept 1 backed by Sony, who will handle worldwide distribution on all film and TV product. Former Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO Tom Rothman becomes chairman and will have an ownership share.
  • Spain's Smurf village

    The village of Juzcar has been given new life thanks to Sony’s Smurfs and a lick of blue pain so news of a sequel brought camera crews back to the area along with a famous footballer.
  • SPC acquires Tim’s Vermeer

    The distributor, riding high on a mighty launch for Blue Jasmine over the weekend, said on Monday [29] it had taken worldwide rights to the documentary.
  • SPC expands Before Midnight run

    Sony Pictures Classics will increase the theatre count on Before Midnight to 226 screens this weekend. Separately, FilmBuff and release IPF Productions said they will release SXSW entry Rewind This! exclusively on iTunes.
  • Starry cinema

    One of the perks of this job is seeing films around the world in some very special places.
  • Stranded

    Dir: Roger Christian. US. 2013. 84mins
  • Studer rises at Paramount

    Syrinthia Studer has been promoted to svp of marketing and acquisitions for Paramount Home Media Distribution.
  • The Battery

    Dir/scr: Jeremy Gardner. US. 2012. 101mins
  • The Bureau selects SOS writers

    EXCLUSIVE: New writers chosen for Save Our Scripts workshop; producers to follow.
  • The Canyons

    Dir: Paul Schrader. US. 2013. 99mins
  • The Smurfs 2

    Dir: Raja Gosnell. US. 2013. 105mins
  • The Terror Live

    Dir: Kim Byung-woo. 2013. South Korea. 98mins
  • Toronto reveals documentary line-up

    New work from Errol Morris and Frederick Wiseman will screen in the Toronto International Film Festival’s TIFF Docs strand, while City To City spotlights Athens and Alex Aja’s Horns is among the Vanguard offerings.
  • Toronto unveils Midnight Madness line-up

    The 25th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival’s genre strand to open with Chris Silvertson’s All Cheerleaders Die and feature the world premiere of Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno.
  • Two IMAX sites set for Ecuador

    Executives at IMAX and Supercines, Ecuador’s largest exhibitor, announced on Monday [Jul 29] the construction of two theatres in the city of Guayaquil, the country’s largest and most populous city.
  • UK's Bonafide strikes deal with ZDF

    Talking to the Dead-producer Bonafide Films has struck a development deal with German distributor ZDF Enterprises.
  • Venice head 'impressed' by UK films

    Venice chief Alberto Barbera discusses this year’s “improved quality”, the ones that got away and likely late additions.
  • Wadjda wins at Durban film festival

    First Saudi Arabian film to be shot by a woman wins alongside the previously banned and controversial Of Good Report.
  • Walesa producer plans Polish Mafia film

    EXCLUSIVE: Poland’s Akson Studio, producer of Andrzej Wajda’s Venice title Walesa. Man Of Hope, is preparing a film set in the world of the Polish mafia.
  • Walter Mitty to debut at NYFF

    Ben Stiller’s drama The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty will get its world premiere on Oct 5 as the Centrepiece Gala at the 51st New York Film Festival.
  • Weber joins Glass Children

    TV actor Steven Weber is attached to star in Vancouver-based ThinkBox Entertainment and Syndicate Seven Films’ upcoming feature Glass Children.
  • Wolverine debuts top in UK

    Fox’s 3D sequel scores chart-topping $7.2m (£4.7m) debut, while Disney’s Monsters University crosses £15m mark.
  • Wolverine grosses $86m int’l

    UPDATED JUL 29: Fox International unleashed the beast to deliver a confirmed $87.2m debut on 15,435 screens in 101 countries, a powerful launch in which Argentina was the only market not to return a number one result.
  • Wolverine slices $55m in US

    Fox’s X-Men tale put a lot of space between itself and the competition as the action release debuted top in North America on an estimated $55m, even though the result will have disappointed studio executives. TWC’s awards hopeful Fruitvale Station vaulted seven places to number 10.
  • WWZ to get domestic IMAX release

    Paramount executives said on Monday [29] they will re-release World War Z in North America in IMAX 3D for a one-week run beginning Aug 2.
  • Yellow Sun to open ttff

    Nigerian drama Half Of A Yellow Sun starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor will open the 2013 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), festival top brass announced on Monday [29].
  • Zagreb Cappuccino wins Pula’s works in progress

    Vanja Svilicic’s Zagreb Cappuccino has won the works in progress award at the Pula Film Festival.
  • Zero Hour to open Hollyshorts

    HollyShorts has announced that Dan Carrillo Levy’s Zero Hour will open the 9th annual HollyShorts Film Festival on Aug 15. 
  • Zombie Hunter

    Dir: K. King. US. 2013. 90mins