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11 April 2013

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  • 42

    Dir/scr: Brian Helgeland. US. 2013. 128mins
  • Academy Museum to bear Geffen name

    The Academy’s in-the-works Museum Of Motion Pictures will be called the David Geffen Theater in recognition of a recent $25m pledge from the David Geffen Foundation.
  • Alcon sets Point Break director

    Ericson Core will take the reins on the action thriller reboot.
  • Bel Borba in action

    New shorts from the team behind Bel Borba Aqui.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch joins Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak'

    Guillermo del Toro will direct the UK’s white hot Benedict Cumberbatch, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam in Legendary Pictures’ haunted house thriller.
  • BFI backs feature debuts

    Debbie Tucker Green and Esther May Campbell feature debuts get production support.
  • Birds Eye View unveils winners

    Festival wrapped last night [April 10] with Susan Youssef’s Dubai award-winning romance Habibi.
  • Bradley Cooper joins Jane

    The Oscar nominee has replaced Jude Law in the villain’s role on the Western Jane Got A Gun.
  • Brandon Cole Joins Vermont Film Faculty

    Top brass at the Vermont College Of Fine Arts announced Wednesday [10] the appointment of screenwriter and playwright Brandon Cole to the faculty of the school’s brand new film MFA [master of fine arts] programme.
  • Brooklyn Film Festival: Patchwork preview

    As part of their ‘Expand Your View’ project, Brooklyn Film Festival have created an innovative festival trailer.
  • Cinedigm acquires ABC library

    Cinedigm has acquired digital/VoD rights for US, Canada and Latin America to more than 1,000 episodes of television from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) library. 
  • CineEurope to honour Weststrate

    UNIC Achievement Award to be presented at Barcelona convention on June 24.
  • CinemaCon 2013

    The annual convention in Las Vegas hosts the likes of Ben Stiller, Johnny Depp and Sandra Bullock.
  • CinemaCon to honour Lin

    The Fast Five director Justin Lin will receive the CinemaCon Director Of The Year Award in Las Vegas on Apr 18, convention managing director Mitch Neuhauser announced on Tuesday [9]
  • CinemaCon to honour Vaughn, Wilson

    Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, the Wedding Crashers stars set to reunite in The Internship, will receive the CinemaCon Comedy Duo Of The Year Award on Apr 18 in Las Vegas.
  • CinemaCon: Power to the people

    Online service Tugg aims to match audiences with films and address the issue of low cinema occupancy. Jeremy Kay speaks to co-heads Nicolas Gonda and Pablo Gonzalez.

    Photos from the opening night of the Copenhagen-based festival.
  • CPH PIX kicks off with Northwest; Munk wins Nordisk prize

    Copenhagen festival will screen 160 features.
  • Cross Creek, Smuggler find Ruins

    Todd Field has set up his next film Beautiful Ruins with Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson’s Cross Creek Pictures and Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody’s Smuggler Films.
  • Devils focus of The Reading

    Academy Nicholl winner James DiLapo’s script Devils At Play will be presented as the 2013 production of The Reading on May 18 in Texas.
  • Distribution: Strand acquires Darker

    Strand Releasing has picked up all US rights to Matt Porterfield’s I Used To Be Darker [pictured]. Separately, Variance Films and FilmBuff are teaming up to release The History Of Future Folk.
  • Divergent starts production

    Summit Entertainment reported on Monday [Apr 8] that the sci-fi is underway in Chicago.
  • DK-Soda Films join Fiennes drama

    EXCLUSIVE: Soda Pictures partners with UK producer David P. Kelly on production of Two Women; takes UK rights.
  • DoubleK PR & Marketing launches

    New York-based Kahn Media Strategies founded by Sharon J Kahn and Los Angeles-based Kallista PR and Marketing headed by Beve Regas have launched an inter-agency alliance.
  • Dudley-Smith earns WBITD stripes

    Warner Bros International Television executive Malcolm Dudley-Smith will return to his native Australia as the company’s svp and general manager, Asia Pacific.
  • EFP extends to Australia, New Zealand

    European Film Promotion (EFP) is expanding its activities to Australia and New Zealand by welcoming producers from both film industries to participate in the fourth edition of Producers Lab Toronto.
  • Eric Roth in Kanbar honour

    Eric Roth will receive the 2013 Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from Apr 25-May 9.
  • Evil Dead tops US on $26m

    The remake of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead dominated the charts with a solid debut through TriStar Pictures in a nostalgic North American session that also produced a solid number four launch for Universal’s Jurassic Park 3D.
  • Evil Dead tops US on $26m

    The remake of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead dominated the charts with a solid debut through TriStar Pictures in a nostalgic North American session that also produced a solid number four launch for Universal’s Jurassic Park 3D.
  • Exclusive first look at Mo Ali's Montana

    McKell David takes aim alongside Lars Mikkelsen in the first image from Montana, director Mo Ali’s second feature.
  • Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde unveils Cannes 2013 slate

    Filipino Joanna Arong, Burkinabe Michel K. Zongo and Brazilian Gustavo Pizzi head to Cannes with latest projects. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck [pictured] is honorary patron.
  • Film Movement tastes Agua

    Film Movement has secured North American rights to Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s Uruguayan debut Tanta Agua and anticipates a release later this year.
  • FilmDistrict has The Last Word

    The company announced on Wednesday [10] it has come on board to co-finance the paranormal horror with Boss Media.
  • FilmDistrict to release Pompeii

    The distributor, riding high on the number one release of Evil Dead and the ongoing activity of its biggest release to date Olympus Has Fallen, will release the action film on Feb 28 2014. Lionsgate handles international sales.
  • FIP to produce Giddens Ko’s Kung Fu

    Fox International Productions (FIP) is backing Kung Fu, the second film from Taiwanese filmmaker Giddens Ko, who directed box office hit You Are The Apple Of My Eye.
  • First Thai Destination fest wraps

    The inaugural Thailand International Film Destination Festival (TIFDF) wrapped yesterday with organiser Thailand Film Office calling it a success with hopes to continue in future.
  • Fisher on rise at CBS Films

    CBS Films has promoted Lauren Fisher to manager of acquisitions and co-productions. Fisher previously served as coordinator for the department.
  • Franco to receive Ally honour

    Multihyphenate James Franco will receive the Ally Award at the 15th Annual Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, set to run from Apr 26-May 5.
  • G.I. Joe targets $125m int'l BO

    G.I. Joe: Retaliation rules the international roost and the action adventure looks a good bet to maintain winning ways heading into its second weekend.
  • Gabe Cowan and John Suits, New Artists Alliance

    Jeremy Kay talks to the co-founders of the Los Angeles-based company whose Cheap Thrills won an audience award at this year’s SXSW.
  • Ghosts gears up for Apr 15 start  

    Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton and Jake Abel will star in The American Film Company’s WWII thriller, set to begin shooting on Apr 15 in Mexico.
  • GI Joe rules int'l on $40.2m

    G.I. Joe: Retaliation held on to its international berth thanks to an estimated $40.2m weekend through Paramount Pictures International that propelled the early running total to $145.2m after two sessions.
  • Good Universe, Lionsgate taste Candy Store

    The companies are partnering on the thriller to star Jason Clarke and Omar Sy. Lionsgate will distribute in North America and Good Universe will introduce what looks to be an early hot project to international buyers in Cannes.
  • Gulf Film Festival to feature 78 world premieres

    Sixth edition opens today [April 11] with Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Wadjda.
  • Hamptons sets Lab roster

    Top brass at the Hamptons International Film Festival announced on Monday [Apr 8] the participants in the 12th Annual Screenwriters’ Lab.
  • HMV sold to Hilco

    Hilco buys retail giant from administrators Deloitte.
  • I’m So Excited! to open LAFF

    The North American premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s new comedy will kick off the Los Angeles Film Festival on Jun 13.
  • IM Global, Open Road set House 2

    Following the robust box office performance of A Haunted House, IM Global and Open Road are teaming up on a sequel.
  • Inception Media Group launches in UK

    EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based producer-distributor has hired Maura Ford to oversee its ambitious international digital distribution operation from a new office in London.
  • Intandem adds to board

    Corinne Lambert and Chris Sykes join as non-executive directors.
  • IOSONO unveils CORE

    New 3D audio processing service [pictured] to be released later this year.
  • Jane Campion to receive Carrosse d'Or

    New Zealand filmmaker will be presented with the honorary award on the opening night of Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes.
  • Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive On Stage! The New Generation

    Dir: Nick Morris UK. 2013. 118mins
  • Keeping Rosy

    Screen visited the set of female-led thriller Keeping Rosy and spoke to actress Maxine Peake about women in film, Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison about playing an unlikeable character and the producers about surprise endings.
  • Kellan Lutz to play Hercules

    Millennium Films has announced that Kellan Lutz, who appeared in the Twilight franchise, has signed on to play the mythic hero in Hercules 3D. Nu Image handles international sales.
  • Kill Command starts shoot in London

    Filming will take place over six weeks in the UK on Vertigo Films’ action sci-fi.
  • Lakeshore sets digital division

    Lakeshore Entertainment announced on Monday [Apr 8] the arrival of Lakeshore Premium Digital Content and has appointed Todd Olsson to run the unit.
  • Lynton renews Sony contract

    The Sony Entertainment CEO and Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton has extended his tenure at the studio.
  • Matthew Velkes named VRPE COO

    Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment (VRPE) has promoted Matthew Velkes to the newly created position.
  • Mipcom 2013 to honour Argentina

    Focus on Argentina will run through MIPJunior and Mipcom later this year.
  • MIPTV roundup: Jimmy McGovern, Ian McKellen and more

    New dramas about 18th century Australia and first World War planned; McKellen’s Vicious gets Christmas special; Simon Beaufoy adapts spy series.
  • Much Ado to open Seattle

    Top brass at the 39th Seattle International Film Festival made the announcement on Monday [Apr 8].
  • New Europe takes on sales for Mother, I Love You

    Warsaw-based sales company New Europe Film Sales has taken on Berlinale award winner Mother, I Love You.
  • New Zealand hits $3.3bn record high

    New Zealand screen industry earnings have broken the $3bn barrier for the first time.
  • Oblivion

    Dir: Joseph Kosinski. US. 2013. 125mins
  • Open Road gets Nut Job

    Open Road Films has acquired all US rights to the 3D animated family film The Nut Job and set a Jan 17 2014 release date.
  • Our Children wins at Athens Francophone festival

    Festival guests include Alexandre Desplat and Carole Bouquet.
  • peacefulfish launches Enter Europe

    Training programme for investors aims to develop their understanding of the investment needs and opportunities inherent in the European audio-visual sector.
  • Pee Mak scares up Thai box office

    Thailand’s GTH has announced Pee Mak has become the second highest-grossing local film ever at the local box office.
  • Puttnam takes aim at VPF model

    Lord Puttnam calls for greater release flexibility, clarification of VPF model, launches educational website.
  • QED, Columbia strike Fury deal

    UPDATE: Columbia Pictures announced on Wednesday [10] it had acquired the US and most of the world to David Ayer’s upcoming WWII tank thriller, leaving several key markets for QED International to exploit at Cannes next month.
  • Regal responds to demand for Girl Rising

    The Regal Entertainment Group announced on Friday [5] that the online demand-driven documentary Girl Rising will make encore showings in Regal and Regal-owned United Artists and Edwards Theatres sites across the US from Apr 19-25.
  • Reliance MediaWorks taps Murphy as CCO

    India’s Reliance MediaWorks (RMW) has appointed VFX supervisor George Murphy as chief creative officer.
  • Rob Thomas, Veronica Mars

    Michael Rosenkrantz talks to Rob Thomas about his congested inbox, exhaustion and the responsibility to fans of the super-sleuth Veronica Mars.
  • Roger Ebert dies aged 70

    The world renowned critic died on Thursday [Apr 4] in Chicago following a long battle with cancer. He was 70.
  • Roger Rabbit goes digital at 25

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences screened a digital restoration of Who Framed Roger Rabbit to a packed house on Thursday [4] night at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary.
  • Second screen horror App launched

    Dutch horror film App is released in the Netherlands this weekend and aims to enhance fear in viewers by using a second screen concept in the cinema experience.
  • Sitges to honour Takashi Miike

    Prolific Japanese director to attend 2013 festival, which will screen his latest Lesson of the Evil [pictured] in competition.
  • Sky, Entertainment ink new deal

    Under the new multi-year deal, Sky Movies will be the first subscription service in the UK & Ireland to show Silver Linings Playbook [pictured] and The Master, among others.
  • Spanish director Bigas Luna dies

    Bigas Luna, the Spanish director considered the “discoverer” of Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, has died aged 67.
  • Streisand to direct love story

    Further details have emerged on the project that Barbra Streisand will direct for Kilburn Media and was first announced at the EFM in February. Aldamisa International handles worldwide sales.
  • Tax breaks dominate MIPTV talks

    It was equal parts sunshine and rain in Cannes for MipTV, which summed up perfectly the mood of the market.
  • TFI, Sloan unveil grantees

    Tribeca Film Institute said on Thursday [Apr 4] that four projects have been selected from 127 global applicants to receive support from the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund provided by the Alfred P Sloan Foundation. 
  • Thatcher's film legacy

    A look back at how Thatcher-era policies impact the UK film industry of today, from the elimination of the Eady Levy to the founding of Channel 4 and British Screen. Geoffrey Macnab talks to the experts and re-examines the history.
  • The Croods records hat-trick at UK box office

    Fox’s 3D animation holds onto top spot for third consecutive weekend; Vertigo’s Spring Breakers debuts with $528,000 (£345,153) from 181 sites.
  • The fear factor

    Is resurrecting a horror brand a sure-fire way of scaring up box office around the world? Ian Sandwell reports
  • Tomorrow You’re Gone

    Dir: David Jacobson. US. 2013. 91mins
  • Top UK directors urge review of BBC's 16mm policy

    Directors UK and 32 British directors have sent a letter to the BBC’s Creative Director Alan Yentob [pictured] about concerns of format delivery for HD.
  • Tucker boards Inside Outside Man

    Tucker [pictured] to direct Haas Silver Levene Film Studios’ based on real life spy thriller.
  • Twenty Feet to open Montclair

    The second annual Montclair Film Festival has completed its programming schedule, festival artistic director Thom Powers and executive director Raphaela Neihausen announced on Thursday [Apr 4].
  • Udine to open with The Berlin File

    15th edition of the Udine Far East Film Festival to feature two world premieres and 19 European premieres.
  • UK releases update: 47 Ronin, Inside Llewyn Davis

    Sony also sets date for Austenland and Warner Bros push back Gravity, while eOne dates 2 Guns and Insidious 2 among others.
  • UK releases update: Fast & Furious 6, Secret Service

    Fox to release Woody Allen’s latest Blue Jasmine on Sept 20, while Stand Up Guys will be out on June 28 through Entertainment.
  • Weeping Spring to open IFF

    The 27th annual Israel Film Festival will take place between Apr 18 and May 2 in Beverly Hills, festival founder and executive director Meir Fenigstein announced on Thursday [Apr 4].
  • When Screen met the Queen

    Screen’s chief critic and reviews editor Mark Adams ventured to Windsor Castle to meet the Queen and to see her presented with an honorary BAFTA award in recognition of her support for British film and television.
  • XLrator acquires Holy Ghost People

    XLrator Media has acquired all North American rights to the Southern Gothic thriller Holy Ghost People following the recent world premiere at SXSW.