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14 July 2006

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  • Academy invites 83 foreign language entries

    The Academy of MotionPicture Arts and Sciences has invited 83 countries to submit films forconsideration in the foreign language film category for the 79th AcademyAwards.Last week Academy members changed the rules so that foreign language entriescan be submitted in any language or combination of languages so long as thedominant language is not English.The ruling was
  • AMPAS elects six new governors including Brooks, Epstein

    Six new governors, three of them serving for the first time, havebeen elected to represent their branches on the Board of Governors of theAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • Anand Tucker set to shoot new project for Number 9 and FilmFour

    Number 9 Films and FilmFour have planned an autumn shoot for Anand Tucker's And When Did You LastSee Your Father' Tucker's schedule is free this autumn as he's no longer atthe helm of New Line's The GoldenCompass. Starter For Ten author David Nicholls adapted the Father screenplay from Blake Morrison'sbestseller. Morrison's memoir is about a son's conflicting memories of hisfather.Jim Broadbent and ColinFirth are set to star
  • Appeals deadline looms for studios in Spanish case

    Monday marked the deadline forappeals to be filed in the ruling which found five studios guilty ofanti-competitive practices in Spain.Disney/Buena Vista, SonyPictures, Hispano Fox, UIP and Warner Sogefilms werefined $3m (Euros 2.4m) each for cartel-like practices in a decision handed downby Spain's Competition Defense Court
  • Applegate joins Farce Of The Penguins voice cast

    Christina Applegate islending her sultry tones to the voice cast of THINKFilm's documentary spoof FarceOf The Penguins.Applegate will voice the part of Melissa, whom director Bob Saget describes asa 'grounded and sexually compatible' partner to his character, Carl.Samuel L Jackson narrates the story and Lewis Black, Mo'Nique and Tracy Morganround out the key voice cast. Jason Biggs, Drea De Matteo and rising UScomedian Dane Cook are among the cameo p
  • Applegate joins Farce Of The Penguins voice cast

    Christina Applegate islending her sultry tones to the voice cast of THINKFilm's documentary spoof FarceOf The Penguins.Applegate will voice the part of Melissa, whom director Bob Saget describes asa "grounded and sexually compatible" partner to his character, Carl.Samuel L Jackson narrates the story and Lewis Black, Mo'Nique and Tracy Morganround out the key voice cast. Jason Biggs, Drea De Matteo and rising UScomedian Dane Cook are among the cameo performers.Sa
  • April Snow director's cut breaks Japanese record

    The director's cut version ofhit Korean film April Snow, starringBae Yong-joon, has broken the all-time record for first-day advance ticketsales in Japan. Distributed by UIP in Japan, the film grossed $24.2m (Y2.75bn) last year, makingit the second most successful Korean film ever at the Japanese box officebehind A Moment To Remember. Thedirector's cut will be released on September 9, a full year after its or
  • Arts Alliance takes stake in La Banque Audiovisuelle

    UK-based digital film services company Arts Alliance Media (AAM) has announced an investment in Paris-basedLa Banque Audiovisuelle,managers of French video-on-demand (VOD) portal VODEO.TV. AAM also has the option to acquire thecompany within the next 12 months.
  • Ascot Elite acquires six new films

    Swiss distributor AscotElite, whose forthcoming release of Christopher Smith's horror comedy Severance will be screened as part of Locarno's Piazza Grande open-air programme next month, hasacquired Laurence Malkin's psychological thriller Five Fingers, starring Laurence Fishburne and Ryan Philippe, and Wilson Yip's Hong Kongaction film SPL for Germany, Austriaand Switzerland.In addition, the leading independent has picked up Swiss rights for MikeNe
  • Babenco to start shooting The Past on Monday

    Argentinian-bornBrazil based director Hector Babenco will start shooting his long-awaited ninthfilm, The Past, on Monday inBuenos Aires. Based on thebest-selling 551-page novel by Alan Pauls, winner of the prestigious HerraldePrize, The Past centres on a
  • Brownsey named executive director of British Columbia Film

    British Columbia Film hasappointed Richard Brownsey as its new executive director, effective September1. Brownsey, formerly executivedirector of the British Columbia Arts Council and director of the ProvincialCultural Services Branch, was an architect of the province's film andtelevision tax credit system. "I am looking forward tothis challenge," said Brownsey in a statement."British Columbia Film hasplayed a critical role in developing the film and television community inBritis
  • Cannes Residence names next six directors

    Six directors have beenselected by the Cannes Film Festival Residence to participate in the 13thedition of the scheme from October 2006 through February 2007.A jury presided over bydirector Rithy Panh haschosen Natacha Feola fromthe US, Fien Troch fromBelgium, Antonio Campos of the US, Sebastian Campos of Chile, Alexis Dos Santosof Argentina and Babk Jalaliof Iran.The six will spend four anda half months at the Residence in order to develop their first or sec
  • Cars drives into China's crowded summer schedule

    Now that China's month-long blackout on foreign blockbusters isover, there's a bottleneck of Hollywood films waiting for release. Disney has just confirmedthat Pixar animation Cars will bereleased in China on August 22, but the release of PiratesOf The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has been delayed indefinitely, accordingto l
  • Catalunya establishes new $7.6m co-production fund

    Spain's regional government of Catalunya has approved a new $7.6m (Euros 6m) filmco-production fund, Mesfilms Inversions.The CatalanInstitute of Finances (ICF), the Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries(ICIC) and regional public broadcaster TVC each bring $1.3m (Euros 1m) to thefund initially, with an agreement to bring an additional $1.3m (Euros 1m) eachby the end of next year.The partnerswil
  • CJ's Gwangju Massacre pic starts production

    Production started July 7 onKim Ji-hoon's $10m drama, Hwaryuh-hanHyuga (lit trans: Splendid Holiday),about South Korea'sGwangju Massacre.Old-school production houseKeyweckshidae, which previously worked with director Kim on Mokpo Gangster's Paradise, is producing.CJ Entertainment is co-financing and plans to release the film in March. Set against the real eventsof the military government's bloo
  • Corbijn starts UK shoot for Ian Curtis biopic

    Anton Corbijnstarted filming today for Control, hisbiopic of late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Thisshoot starts before a rival Curtis project, Jamie Thraves'All The Time,goes into production with US-based Washington Square Films. The Control film-makers have set up a studio and production base in Nottingham, with additional shooting on location in Nottingham and Macclesfield.Orian Williams and Todd Eckert, u
  • Crazy Stone (Feng Kuang De Shi Tou)

    Dir:Ning Hao. China. 2006.100mins.The commercialpotential for modestly budgeted, audience-oriented films in China's filmindustry may be more theoretical than fully realised -but Ning Hao's Crazy Stone is a model exampleof how it can work, combining as it does box-off
  • Crazy Stone becomes China's biggest local film in 2006

    Ning Hao's black comedy Crazy Stone has become the highest-grossinglocal production at the Chinese box office so far this year, with box officereceipts of $775,000 (RMB6.2m).The low-budget comedy, distributed by Warner China Film,was also the best performing domestic production during the "Local FilmProtection Month", which ended two days ago.Ronny Yu's Fearless took a whopping $9m over Chinese New Year 2006, but was produced by Hong Kong's Bill Kong and had a Hong
  • Eastwood to get BAFTA/LA's Britannia Award for excellence in film

    Clint Eastwoodwill get a new addition to his trophy cabinet in November when he receivesBAFTA/LA's Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.Eastwood, whowon best director and best picture Oscars for both Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven, will collect the accolade at the 15thAnnual Britannia Awards on Nov 2 in Los Angeles."ClintEastwood is an undisputed international icon and an enormous creative force,both behind and in front of the camera," BAFTA/L
  • Edinburgh to open 60th year with The Flying Scotsman

    The2006 Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will open with the worldpremiere of The Flying Scotsman. Thefilm tells the true story of champion cyclist Graeme Obreeand marks the feature directorial debut of Douglas MacKinnon. Jonny Lee Miller plays Obree andthe cast also includes Brian Cox, Billy Boyd and Laura Fraser.The60th Festival runs Aug 14 to 27 and has an expanded programme of screenings andevents. The Festival's patron Sean Connery will host a birthday party for
  • Film Sales Company picks up festival hit Dirty Laundry

    The Film Sales Company has picked up worldwide rights to Maurice Jamal'scomedy Dirty Laundry.
  • German funds back new initiatives for Eastern Europe

    Three German funding bodieshave launched new initiatives to support the film industry in Central andSouth-Eastern Europe.Baden-Wuerttemberg's MFG andLeipzig-based MDM have joined forces with the Vienna Film Fund tooffer up to six grants worth $5097 (Euros 4,000) each for young producers fromCentral and South-Eastern Europe to participate in the EAVE producers trainingprogramme next year.Applications will be open toproducers
  • Giffoni festival competition includes Opal Dream

    ElijahWood, Kathy Bates and Anna Paquin are among the guestswho will be attending the 36th edition of the GiffoniFilm Festival, one of the world's leading events for children's films.Filmsscreening in competition at Giffoni (July 13-22) includePeter Cattaneo's OpalDream about a girl who lives in a small Australian opal mining town and hastwo special friends nobody else can see.Thecompetition will also feature Jalla
  • Goldblum signs on to Schrader holocaust project

    Jeff Goldblum hassigned on to star in Beverly Hills-based Bleiberg Entertainment's holocaustdrama Adam Resurrected, followingmonths of courtship and negotiation.Bleiberg Entertainment chief Ehud Bleiberg is preparing a spring 2007 start onthe project, which is being directed by Paul Schrader and will be shot inGermany, Romania and Israel.Bleiberg Entertainment
  • Golden Harvest to raise $13m for mainland cinemas

    Hong Kong's Golden Harvest Entertainment plans to raise $12.9m(HK$100m) through the sale of convertible debt to fund its new cinemas anddigital screen advertising business in mainland China. Half the notes will be soldto existing shareholder Hanny Holdings while Golden Harvest chairman RaymondChow and another investor, Li Ka-shing, will each buy 20% through their privatecompanies.
  • Hong Kong action maestros set to draw Triangle

    Three of Hong Kong's leadingaction directors - Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To - are gearing up to worktogether on an innovative action thriller with the working title Triangle. Each of the three directorswill be responsible for around 30 minutes footage of the $5m film, withoutforewarning the others what he's going to shoot. Tsui, the internationallyrenowned director of films such as SevenSwords and the Once Upon A Time InChina series, will direct and c
  • Intermedia options Alleca's sci-fi action thriller script Man

    Intermedia hasoptioned Adam Alleca's speculative sci-fi action thriller screenplay TheDrowning Man.Based on HideshiHino's manga book Living Corpse, the story follows a man who wakes up without a pulse and discovershe's at the heart of a sinister government experiment.On the run fromruthless enemies, he must team up with a former lover to cure the degenerativecondition that threatens to destroy his body within days.Intermedia'sScott Kroopf
  • Internet doc Loose Change eyes theatrical run

    US film-makers Dylan Avery and Korey Roweof Louder Than Words have released a new version of their film Loose Change, a documentary that alleges the US government lied about the events of 9/11, as Loose Change 2 following a surge of interest in the project afteran article in the August issue of Vanity Fair. The new version is compris
  • Janek takes over as director of Citizen Havel

    Czech documentary film-maker Miroslav Janek has agreed to take over as director of Citizen Havel,a documentary about former Czech president Vaclav Havel,following the tragic death of the project's original director, Pavel Koutecky. Janek has directed numerous Czech documentaries,including Kha-chee-pae,which screened in documentary competition at Karlovy Vary, and served as editor onGodfrey Reggio's Powaqqa
  • Japan's Avex Entertainment plans anniversary film

    Japan's Avex Entertainment hasannounced plans to produce a commemorative feature film for release in April2008, in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding ofthe Avex music and media group.Starting from this monthuntil October, the company will solicit story ideas from the public. The range ofpossible ideas is fully open as long as an element of music is central to thestory. Music from Avex Group's massive library and stable of artists will serveto score the film.
  • Karlovy Vary gives top prize to Sherrybaby

    Laurie Collyer's Sherrybaby has taken the grandprize at the Karlovy Vary International FilmFestival.At the festival's closing ceremonies July 8, the director received theCrystal Globe for Best Feature and $20,000 for her film about a recovering drugaddict who struggles to reconnect with her daughter after being released fromprison.Collyer also accepted the BestActress award for Maggie Gyllenhaal, who was unableto attend the festival because she is preg
  • Kathy Bates joins jury of Montreal World Film Festival

    Oscar-winning US actressKathy Bates will serve on the jury of the 30th Montreal World Film Festival.The veteran star of stage and screen is best known for her roles in Titanic, where she played "the unsinkable Molly Brown", and Misery(1990), as the tormentor of JamesCaan's author in the adaptation of the Stephen King thriller, a role whichearned her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She was twice nominated forsupporting-role Oscars for Primary Colors (1998) and About
  • Kluft leaves Universal to take senior vp publicity job at SKE

    Stephanie Kluft is joiningSidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) in the newly created position of executivevice president of publicity.Kluft arrives fromUnviersal, where she served as senior vice president of publicity. She willreport to SKI marketing and distribution president Mark Kristol.Kluft began her career atthe boutique PR agency Clein + Feldman, and moved on to become director ofnational publicity at The Samuel Goldwyn Company.
  • Korea's Puchon festival wins back industry support

    The 10th PuchonInternational Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) opened yesterday amid signs thatit's winning back industry support. This year's new festivalhead and programming team have been working for reconciliation with the localfilm industry after the ninth edition was widely boycotted over festivalpolitics. Festival director Lee Jang-ho said that being able to open thefestival successfully was like "stepping into the sunlight after a fever".Minister of Culture andTourism Kim
  • Liu, Murphy star in Detectives for Plum, Peace Arch

    Lucy Liu andCillian Murphy will star in Peace Arch Entertainment and Plum Picture'sromantic comedy Watching The Detectives, which is set to begin shooting in New York this week.New York-basedPlum is producing, with Peace Arch serving as co-financier and worldwidedistributor.Paul Soter wroteand makes his feature directorial debut on the story of a film noir buff whoseworld is thrown into chaos when he encounters a femme fatale with trouble onher mind.
  • Locarno's line-up boasts more US films

    The full line-up for the 59ththLocarno International Film Festival (Aug 2-12) hasbeen unveiled, marked by a boost in US fare underlined by opening film Miami Vice, final night film Little Miss Sunshine and two Sundancetitles in the International Competition. Actor Willem Dafoe will behonoured with an artistic excellence award while previously announced Leopardof Honour winner Alexander Sokurov will premiere hisdocumentary Elegy OfLife, about cello virtuoso Mistlav
  • Magnolia buys multiple territorial rights to Cocaine Cowboys

    MagnoliaPictures has acquired rights in North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealandto Billy Corben's Tribeca Film Festival premiere Cocaine Cowboys.The picturedocuments the explosion of the drug trade in 1980s Miami and featuresinterviews with some of the era's leading law enforcement officers,traffickers, suppliers, dealers and killers.Jan Hammer, whowrote the score to the television series Miami Vice, composed the score. Magnolia plans an
  • Manual Of Love sequel starts shooting in Barcelona

    Manual OfLove: The Stories, a sequel to the hit Aurelio De Laurentiis-producedcomedy, has started shooting in Barcelona with Monica Bellucci and Carlo Verdone.Directedby Giovanni Veronesi, the film also stars Riccardo Scamarcio, Barbora Bobulova, Sergio Rubini, and comedians Antonio Albanese, Fabio Volo and Claudio Bisio.Likethe original film, also directed by Veronesi, thesequel will be divided into four epi
  • Monster House

    Dir: Gil Kenan. USA. 2006.89mins.Seemingly every neighbourhoodhas a house or two whose spooky reputation derives either from an owner neverglimpsed or else an atmosphere unnervingly caustic and weird. The animatedmovie Monster House takes this impressionto the extrapolated extreme in a slick, wholly rousing family adventure aboutthree pre-teens banding together to battle a living, breathing haunted abode.Commercialtheatric
  • Moore replaces Hewison at Melbourne film festival

    Richard Moore will be thenext programmer of the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), replacingJames Hewison as executive director from September.Moore co-programmed 'Real Life on Film', a documentaryfestival held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne in February as part of the cultural programme of the2006 Commonwealth Games. He also curated the TV50 Exhibition,
  • National Film Board Of Canada hires Din, Van Beusekom

    The National Film Board ofCanada has appointed Ravida Din as executive producer of the Quebec Centre andMichelle van Beusekom as assistant director general of English Programming. Din was previously assistantdirector general for English programming and was associate producer on themulti-award winning NFB title The Tree That Remembers. In her new role, Din will manage a programme ofdocumentary, interactive, children's films and community engagement projects. Van Beusekom c
  • New Britdoc festival names 20 features in competition

    Britdoc, a new international feature documentary festivalbeing launched by the Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation, hasannounced the 20 films in its two feature competition sections. The British competition willfeature Ben Hopkins' 37 Uses for a DeadSheep, Rex Bloomstein's KZ, Marc & Nick Francis' BlackGold, Stevan Riley's Blue Blood, Xiaolu Guo'sHow is Your Fish Today', Chris Petit's UnrequitedLove, Hazel Chandler's Kimmie, Do
  • New Cinema Fund backs Roeg's Puffball

    The UK Film Council's NewCinema Fund has given funding to two film-makers at very different stages intheir careers: 78-year-old Don't Look Now veteranNicolas Roeg and first-time feature director PaulAndrew Williams. The fund, which aims tosupport "unique ideas, innovative approaches and new voices," awarded $1.2m (£664,214)of National Lottery funding to Roeg's Puffball. Puffball is a supernatural thriller based on the Fay Weldon novel ofthe sam
  • New joint board announced to make way for Creative Scotland

    Theestablishment of Creative Scotland has taken another step forward with theannouncement that there is to be a new joint Board for Scottish Screen and theScottish Arts Council which will be appointed before the end of the year.Thisfollows the Scottish Executive's announcement earlier this year that ScottishScreen and the Scottish Arts Council were to be merged into a new culturaldevelopment agency that was expected to be operational by April 2008.Effectively
  • New York bulks up 5% city tax credit for film, TV

    New York City's Mayor Bloomberghas signed into law a bill that expands the city's 5% tax credit on below-the-line expenses for qualified film and television productions.The New York State 2007 executive budget allocates $30m in annual funding for the tax credit scheme through 2011, complementing a $60m state allocation for a 10% tax credit spanning the same period.The law broadens the pr
  • New York extends tax credits until 2011

    New York's Mayor Bloombergyesterday [11] signed into law a bill that expands the city's 5% tax credit onbelow-the-line expenses for qualified film and television productions.The New York State 2007 executive budget allocates $30m in annual funding forthe tax credit scheme through 2011, complementing a $60m state allocation for a10% tax credit for the same period.The l
  • Pakistani feature starts historic shoot in India

    Pakistani director JavaidFazil has started shooting his latest film, IShall Return (Ek Din Lot Kar Aain Ga),in Mumbai, marking the first time that a Pakistani film has ever lensed in India. Fazil, who started shootinglast week, had earlier gone to Mumbai with composer Javaad Ahmad to recordsongs with the voices of Asha Bhonsley and Sharya Ghonsal. The cast, mostlyfrom the television world, includes Humayun Sa
  • Pirates generates mighty $46.6m in seven international territories

    Buena Vista International(BVI) films amassed more than $60m over the weekend in which Pirates Of TheCaribbean: Dead Man's Chestdominated the world stage.The adventure sequel'soverseas performance complemented the record breaking North American debut bygrossing an estimated $46.6m, an astonishing tally that produced runaway numberone debuts in all seven of its markets.Pirates took $25m in the UK on 514 screens, some 258% betterthan the 2003 original; $9m in South Ko
  • Pirates loots the domestic box office, smashes records

    Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest smashed Spider-Man's four-year domestic three-day opening record as theBuena Vista sequel opened on an estimated $132m.The three-day tally averaged $31,944 on 4,133 screens anddominated the global stage with the help of a $
  • Pirates, Superman take on the world

    Now that the World Cup is over, Hollywood's overseas distributors arelooking to dominate the entertainment arena once again this weekend with widereleases for Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Superman Returns.
  • Roy promoted to artistic director in Hamptons restructuring

    Hamptons International Film Festival director of programmingRajendra Roy has been promoted to artistic director and programming associateJosh Koury will now serve as programming manager/shorts programmer as part of amajor restructuring.
  • Screen, HFF name jury for Hollywood World Award

    Screen International and TheHollywood Film Festival have named the panel of international judges assembledto decide on the nominations of this year's Hollywood World Award. The Award, now in its thirdyear, will be presented to the best film in world cinema and presented at theHollywood Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Oct23.Qualifying films must havetheir world premieres between Oct 1, 2005, and Oct 1, 2006, encompassing thisyear's crop from all th
  • Syntek acquires stake in slate of films from Ed Pressman

    Private equity investment company Syntek Capital is acquiring a stake in a slate of filmsbeing lined up by New York-based Edward Pressman Film Corp.
  • Taipei film festival wraps with record ticket sales

    The 8th edition of theTaipei Film Festival closed this weekend with ticket sales of $300,000, almost50% up on last year's box office record.Cheng Yu-chieh's Do Over, receiving its world premiere,was voted best film in the Taipei Grand Awards by both the jury and festival audience.The $30,000 prize was presented at the festival's closing ceremony on July 8. The jury, which includeddirectors Ann Hui, Chen Kun-hou and Alan Tuan, also gave prizes in thecategories of narrative
  • Telefilm Canada funds four films through Quebec office

    Telefilm Canada's Quebecoffice has agreed to fund four projects, including Capitalisme Sentimental, the first feature of writer-director Olivier Asselinsince 1997's The Seat Of The Soul. Three projects will beFrench-language and one in English. Funding is through Telefilm's Low BudgetIndependent Feature Film Assistance Program, which provides support up to$176,000 (C$200,000) per project.The other French-languageproductions are Lost Song, fromwriter-director
  • The Destiny (El Destino)

    Dir: Miguel Pereira. Arg-Sp. 2006. 102mins.An allegory about the rape of Latin America throughforeign intrusion, Destiny has justthe kind of political message that will appeal to liberal festival and arthouse audiences. The addition of spectacular landscapesand generous splashes of local colour should help usher it to events around theworld.But while it is easy toidentify with the screenplay' admirable intentions, sales ma
  • The Host generates advance bookings fever

    Bong Joon-ho's sci-fithriller The Host is already whippingup unprecedented advance bookings in Korea, selling more tickets in a shorterperiod than ever before, according to producer Chungeorahm Film.Starting three weeks beforeits July 27 release, advance bookings for about 100 select theatres have beenselling like hotcakes, with the multiplex Megabox COEX site alone selling 2,000tickets in advance.Online ticket reservationsites Maxmovie and Yes24 are saying the film is br
  • The Music Box (Lifashi)

    Dir:Chen Yifei. China. 2006. 104mins.Lushly photographedhistorical romances from mainland China are not exactly in short supply intoday's film market, but The Music Boxdistinguishesitself with its meticulously illuminated visual polish. Yet although this taleof a hairdresser's grand adventures, both amorous and political, is set againstthe tur
  • Toronto announces Spanish films in festival including Labyrinth

    Guillermo Del Toro's Pan'sLabyrinth will have its NorthAmerican premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. TheCannes competition title was among seven Spanish-language features announcedTuesday for screening during the September event. Another Cannes title is Fantasma, from Lisandro Alonso, which was a special screeningin the Quinzaine.In announcing the pictures,Toronto organizers paid tribute to Uruguayan filmmaker Juan Pablo Rebella whotook his
  • TWC reorganises publicity department as Burnett leaves

    Ten months after joining TheWeinstein Company as executive vice president of publicity, Liza Burnett isleaving her post to pursue other opportunities in the industry.She will consult with thecompany until the end of the month to assist with the transition. In theinterim, senior vice president Liz Biber will oversee the Dimension publicitydepartment and Los Angeles-based publicity personnel and senior vice presidentDani Weinstein will oversee TWC's publicity department and New York publ
  • UK visual effects specialist Mietkowski dies

    Rick Mietkowski, a visual effects specialist with a strong record in film, has died aged 51.Mietkowski was about to start work on the latest James Bond film in Prague, part of an impressive catalogue of feature films.His work as director of photography for visual effects included The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Da Vinci Code.He initially built his technical skills as one of a generation of technicians assembled by Derek Meddings at BBC's children's TV. The
  • UK's Eat Cinema channel partners with Metro Newspapers

    The UK's film promotion TV channel, EatCinema, has announced a three-month sponsorship deal with Metro Newspapers to startin mid-July.This is the first sponsorship deal Eat Cinema has signedsince its launch at the end of February.Over the three month period, Eat Cinema
  • Unifrance renews Menegoz as president

    French film export body Unifrancehas renewed the mandate of its president Margaret Menegoz.Three new vice presidents have also been elected: Elzevir Films' producer Marie Masmonteil,director Tonie Marshall and Francois Yon, co-founder of sales outfit Films Distribution. The VPs will oversee three of the four maincommissions which fall under the Unifrance umbrella. Masmonteil is charged with the feature film producers' commission,Marshall
  • Visual effects specialist Mietkowski dies aged 51

    Rick Mietkowski, one of the leading lights of the UK visual effects industry, has died aged 51.Mietkowski was about to start work on the latest James Bond film in Prague, part of an impressive catalogue of feature films.Recent work included The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Da Vinci Code.He was one of a generation of technicians assembled by Derek Meddings at BBC's children's TV. The move to feature films came naturally with motion control work on films such
  • Visual effects specialist Mietkowski dies aged 51

    Rick Mietkowski, one of the leading lights of the UK visual effects industry, has died aged 51.Mietkowski was about to start work on the latest James Bond film in Prague, part of an impressive catalogue of feature films.Recent work included The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Da Vinci Code.He was one of a generation of technicians assembled by Derek Meddings at BBC's children's TV. The move to feature films came naturally with motion control work on films such
  • Weinsteins launch African American comedy co with RLJ

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) has signed a deal with BET founderRobert L Johnson's RLJ companies to create a venture to produce African-Americancomedies.
  • You, Me And Dupree

    Dir: Anthony and Joe Russo. US.2006. 110mins.The married couple at the centre of You, Me And Dupreemust endure an obnoxious new housemate - and their agony may be shared by manyaudiences in Anthony and Joe Russo's ungainly and largely unfunny comedy.Opening on July14 in the US before working its way across the rest of the world throughout theautumn, distributors are doubtless hoping it will cash in on the prior successof star
  • Zentropa plans seven low-budget genre features

    Danish production company Zentropa has created a new low-budget genre scheme called Perestrojka. The project will support seven genre films for a total of $12.8m (Euros 10m), or about $1.8m each. Zentropa introduced the idea in Cannes and has fully financed the first film under the scheme, Anders Morgenthalers' Ekko. That film will be his follow-up to Directors Fortnight title Princess, which has sold to more than 20 countries.The plan is to finance the low-