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15 December 2006

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  • AFC continues support for low-budget pictures

    Two low-budget thrillers, Cactus and Cedar Boys, have received production funding from the AustralianFilm Commission (AFC), while a third film, TheBullet Boy, was promised money for post-production.Writer/director JasmineYuen-Carrucan, producer Paul Sullivan and executive producer Bryan Brown, whois best known internationally as an actor, are behind Cactus. The film tells the story ofa man who take
  • AFC outlines plans for digital cinema network

    The Australian FilmCommission (AFC), which has been planning a digital cinema network in regional Australia for quite some time, has at last gone public withits plans. Eight independently-ownedregional cinemas - one in each state and two in New South Wales - will receivedigital equipment on loan and in exchange will be required to screen a range ofAustralian content, old and new, for pat
  • Aria Films signs on to represent Cinecitta in UK

    London-based AriaFilms has been appointed the UK intermediary for Cinecitta Studios in Rome.Carlo Dusilaunched Aria in 2002 as an international co-financing and productionspecialist. The company's work with Cinecitta will aim to grow high-levelproductions with emphasis on the studio's post-production facilities.The legendaryCinecitta, known for producti
  • Arthur Penn to receive Berlin lifetime honour

    Veteran American director Arthur Penn will receive a Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement at the forthcoming Berlinale (February 8-18, 2007) as part of a 10-film homage being held in his honour during the festival.The homage will include such classic titles as Bonnie And Clyde, Alice's Restaurant, and Little Big Man."Arthur Penn's films of the 1960s and early 1970s reanimated the crisis-ridden American cinema," said festival director Dieter Kosslick. He is a great director, w
  • Atlantic Overseas, EuroCo set US/Hungarian co-production slate

    New York-based AtlanticOverseas Pictures and Budapest-based EuroCo Productions are partnering up toco-produce a slate of films kicking off with Holocaust love story The FlowerOf The Fence starring RichardDreyfuss and Maia Morgenstern.Written by Atlantic Overseaspresident Harris Salomon and Matt Salzberg, the film tells the real story ofHerman Rosenblat who found his soulmate in the concentration camps of NaziGermany. The companies plan to start production in late 2007 in Hungary
  • Austria close to double-digit box office bounce back

    Austriancinemas are set to post an increase of 10-11% in admissions and gross boxoffice this year, according to Kurt Kaufmann of the exhibitors association FLA.
  • Away From Her, Rasmussen in TIFFG's annual Canada's Top Ten list

    Sarah Polley's directorial debutAway From Her and Zacharias Kunukand Norman Cohn's The Journals Of Knud Rasmussen were among the titles listed in the TorontoInternational Film Festival Group's Canada's Top Ten. The annual announcement,published in alphabetical order, highlights ten titles produced in Canadaduring the year. Other titles to make the cut were Robert Falardeau's ASunday In Kigali and MikeClattenburg's Trailer Park Boys The Movie, one of the high
  • Babel, Departed, Dreamgirls lead Globe nominations

    Paramount Vantage's maidenrelease Babel leads the fieldheading into January's 64th Golden Globe Awards with seven nominations, whileHelen Mirren earned three acting nods, Leonardo DiCaprio picked up two, andForest Whitaker kept his robust prospects alive with a nomination for TheLast King Of Scotland.Hollywood Foreign PressAssociation (HFPA) voters spread their goodwill far and wide this year,rewarding 10 films with at least two mentions each. The Departed earned s
  • Babel, Dreamgirls and The Departed lead Globes nominations

    Paramount Vantage’s maiden release Babel leads the field heading into January’s 64th Golden Globe Awards with seven nominations, while Helen Mirren earned three acting nods, Leonardo DiCaprio picked up two, and Forest Whitaker kept his robust prospects alive with a nomination for The Last King Of Scotland.
  • Berlin World Cinema Fund receives extra funding

    The German Federal Culture Foundation has agreed to extend funding for the Berlin-based World Cinema Fund (WCF) for another two years.Support will now run for 2008 and 2009, having initially been planned for just three years from 2005-2007. But there will be a reduction in contributions to $395,000 (Euros 300,000) annually instead of the $660,000 (Euros 500,000) in the pilot stage.Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick told ScreenDaily he was "really grateful" for the efforts
  • Biel to get Rising Star award at Palm Springs

    The 18th AnnualPalm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honour Jessica Biel withthe Rising Star Award.Biel, who starsin The Illusionistand upcoming release Home Of The Brave, will collect her honour at the festival's annual AwardsGala on Jan 6, 2007.'This isone of our most star-studded award galas to date and we're pleased to includeJessica Biel in our stellar line-up of honourees,' festival chairman EarlGreenburg said.'Biel'
  • Chambers takes CEO role with Australian state film agency

    Tania Chambers is to become the chief executive of the News South Wales Film and Television Office (FTO), the government film agency in the Australian state that hosts the most production.She will relocate to the east coast from the opposite side of the country once she has stepped down from ScreenWest at the end of January. ScreenWest is the equivalent agency in Western Australia - but much smaller - and she has been chief executive there for six years.News of the appointment has not been
  • Cinemavault acquires Chatham with Reynolds, Hopper

    Cinemavault Releasing International has picked up internationalrights to the $8m romantic comedy Chatham starring Burt Reynolds, Dennis Hopper and Martin Landau.
  • Coach 14 arrives on international sales scene

    Former Funny Balloons partner Pape Boye has left the company to team up with Spain's Iris Star in the creation of a new sales entity, Coach 14.Coach 14 will be based in Paris and run by Boye along with Jaume Domenech of Barcelona-based Stardis. The company will aim to work with five-to-seven films in its first year with budgets between $1.3m (Euros 1m) and $7.8m (Euros 6m). No projects are currently signed, but the pair expect to have at least two films come Berlin.Domenech, who alon
  • Dafoe joins Goldblum in Schrader's Adam Resurrected for Bleiberg

    WillemDafoe has joined Jeff Goldblum in the cast of Paul Schrader's Holocaust drama AdamResurrected whichis being financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment.Bleiberg'schairman and CEO Ehud Bleiberg is producing the film with Werner Wirsing, headof German distributor EMS/3L. Ulf Israel is executive producer.Based onthe novel by Yoram Kaniuk, the film tells the story of a former circusentertainer who was spared the gas chamber so he might entertain thousands ofJews as
  • Dublin's art-house Light House Cinema revived

    The Lighthouse Cinema, atone time Dublin's only arthouse which fell foul of the celtic tiger's appetitefor urban redvelopment, is to be re-established as a four-screen, 600-seat sitelate next year.Founder Neil Connolly,together with Maretta Dillon (Access Cinema), David Collins (Samson Films) andDavid Kavanagh (formerly of the European Script Fund) have secured a mix ofpublic and private support to fund the cinema fit-out in a new development inSmithfield, one of th
  • Ennio Morricone to receive honorary Oscar in 2007

    Italian composerand conductor Ennio Morricone will receive an honorary Oscar at next year'sAcademy Awards ceremony on Feb 25, 2007, 'for his magnificent and multifacetedcontributions to the art of film music.'Remarkably,Morricone, who has received five nominations before, has never won the Oscar.His nominations were for Days Of Heaven (1978), The Mission (1986), The Untouchables (1987), Bugsy (1991) and Malena (2000
  • Eragon

    Dir: Stefen Fangmeier. US. 2006. 103mins.Lord Of TheRings-lite it may be. But Eragon, based onthe hugely successful young adult novel by Christopher Paolini,still manages to deliver some involving fantasy and brisk adventure in itssword-and-sorcery tale of a feisty dragon and her hunky young rider.Lacking the dramatic heft ofthe Rings films, this
  • Eragon takes off with $30.3m international haul

    Eragon has ended CasinoRoyale's reign at the top of the international box office chart. The FoxInternational fantasy adventure grossed an estimated $30.3m over the weekend inits 76-territory day-and-date launch, while Sony's James Bond outing --international leader for the past four weeks -- took an estimated $21m from 64markets. Fox International executives saidthey were pleased with E
  • Euro equity firms buy majority stake in Germany's ProSieben

    Lavena Holding 4 GmbH has signed a share purchase agreement forthe acquisition of German Media Partners' majority stake in TV broadcasterProSiebenSat.1 Media AG for 3.1bn Euros ($4.1bn).
  • European Commission shelves plans to reform copying levy

    The European Commission has shelved plans to review the levy which forces manufacturers of copying technology, such as iPods and even blank DVDs, to compensate artists, including film-makers.The levy, or "fair compensation," takes the form of a tax on gadgets although the costs are generally passed on as higher prices to consumers.The IT industry has put the commission under heavy pressure to reform the system operating in 19 EU countries, claiming it is outdated.The Commission has also
  • Factory Girl to open Santa Barbara Film Festival on Jan 25

    George Hickenlooper's Edie Sedgwick biopic Factory Girl will open the 22nd Santa BarbaraInternational Film Festival, which runs from Jan 25-Feb 4 2007.
  • FFC greenlights Scott Hicks' The Boys Are Back In Town

    Film Finance CorporationAustralia (FFC) has given three features a green light, including director ScottHicks' comic drama The Boys Are Back InTown, his first film back in Australia since he made Shine over 10 years ago.The other films that werefinanced are Mary & Max, thefirst feature from animator Adam Elliot who won an Oscar for his short film Harvie Krumpet, and The Square, short filmmaker and stuntman Nash Edgerton's debutfeature as a director.
  • Four films dominate Goya nominations

    Fourfilms, Alatriste, Volver, Pan's Labyrinth and Salvador dominated the nominations for this year's Goya Awards.Thenominees were announced in Madrid by a team led by the newly-elected presidentof the Academy, writer-director Angeles Gonzalez Sinde. The ceremony for the 21st annual edition of the awards will be held over the lastweekend in January.Alatriste led the nominations with 15 nods including best
  • Fox's fantasy Eragon flies into 76 territories

    Fox International unleashes the fantasy adventure Eragon in 76 territories this weekend day-and-datewith the North American release.
  • France's Elia Films gets $13,200 production prize

    France's Institute for the Financing of Cinema & Cultural Industry (IFCIC)has awarded its third annual "young independent production company" prize toElia Films.The award was created in2004 and comes with a $13,216 (Euros 10,000) purse, which goes to a companythat has successfully sought financing for and either prepared or produced afeature film with particular professionalism in the previous year.
  • French film admissions up 10% over last year

    Compared to the same timelast year, France's film admissions are up 10.4% thus far in 2006.In total, 167.5m ticketshave been sold as of the end of November with the month marking a 13% climbover November 2005. While the score is not a record, it is a big improvementover October which saw a drop of 13% over last year, according to the CNC.French films are holding
  • French-Algerian film wins Golden Muhr at Dubai

    The thirdDubai International Film Festival (DIFF) came to an end on Sunday evening witha resplendent ceremony in the desert to announce the winners of the inauguralMuhr Awards for Arab Cinema. DjamilaSahraoui's French-Algerian production Barakat! unexpectedly took the $50,000award for feature filmmaking, followed by audience favourite Falafel, the one-night-in-Beirut drama byMichel Kammoun, which won the $40,000 Silver Muhr. In thedocumentaries section, Tunisian di
  • Full List Of Golden Globe nominations 2006

    Best Motion Picture - Drama:BabelBobbyThe DepartedLittle ChildrenThe QueenBest
  • German box office heading for 5-10% box-office recovery

    Germandistributors trade association Verband der Filmverleiher (VdF) is forecastingan increase of between 5-10% for admissions and gross box office in Germancinemas for 2006.
  • German funds back new films by Khrzhanovsky, Madsen

    New featurefilms by Doris Doerrie, Esther Gronenborn, Ilya Khrzhanovsky, and Ole ChristianMadsen are among the projects supported with more than $5.3m (Euros 4m) by thethree German regional funds FFF Bayern, FilmFoerderung Hamburg and MDM at their last funding sessions for2006. The largestamount allocated by the Bavarian fund - $663,024 (Euros 500,000) - went toDoerrie's drama Hanami
  • Gitai, Springali films to screen at New York Jewish Film Festival

    The 16th annualNew York Jewish Film Festival will run from Jan 10-25 2007 featuring 31 filmsand two world, nine US and nine New York premieres.Highlightsinclude Amos Gitai's documentary News From Home/News From House, Christian Delage's documentary Nuremberg:The Nazis Facing Their Crimes, and the US premiere of Alejandro Springall's comedy MyMexican Shivahco-produced by John Sayles.George Roland's1939 melodrama Love And Sacrifice i
  • Golden Flower has record-breaking opening...

    Zhang Yimou's Curse Of The Golden Flower grossed$12.3m (RMB96m) on its four-day opening weekend in mainland China, breaking the record for the opening of a domesticfilm. The film opened on Thursday,Dec 14 on 826 prints, jointly distributed by Hong Kong-based Edko Films, ChinaFilm Group and Beijing New Picture Films.The number of film prints also broke the record for film releases in Ch
  • Golden Flower triggers dispute in mainland China

    Chinese distributor Beijing PolybonaFilm Distribution has issued an open letter accusing the local distributors of Curse Of The Golden Flower ofmonopolising China's digital cinema chains. The company claims that analleged exclusive screening agreement to screen Golden Flower for one month has blocked other domestic films frombeing released on the country's 200 digital screens. One of the films affectedis
  • Golden Globes: the nominations

    Best Motion Picture - DramaBabelBobbyThe DepartedLittle ChildrenThe QueenBest Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - DramaPenelope Cruz VolverJudi Dench Notes On A ScandalMaggie Gyllenhaal SherrybabyHelen Mirren The QueenKate Winslet Little ChildrenBest Performance By
  • Happy Feet ends James Bond's UK reign

    Warner Bros' animatedfeature film Happy Feet has kicked JamesBond from the top spot in the UK box office this weekend, taking $5.43m (£2.76m). The penguins barely knockedSony's Casino Royale from itsthree-week tenure at number one by raking-in a site average of $12,206 (£6,217)from 445 sites across the UK. The animated family film,which fe
  • Happyness for Sony at US box office

    Will Smith drama The Pursuit of Happynessbeat two other family-oriented new releases to top the North American boxoffice chart this weekend -- and give distributor Sony the biggest single-yearaggregate gross ever recorded.
  • Hudson of Dreamgirls to get breakthrough performance award at Palm Springs

    Jennifer Hudson, the star ofDreamgirls, will receive the BreakthroughPerformance Award at the 18th annual Palm Springs International FilmFestival awards gala on Jan 13, 2007.Hudson, a runner-up on TV's AmericanIdol, will also perform at the galaevent. The newcomer, who plays Effie White in the film, recently won a GoldenGlobe nomination for her performance.She joins other honorees atthe gala who include Kate Winslet, Todd Field, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, AdamBea
  • Indonesian censors ban five films screening at Jiffest

    Dutch documentary Promised Paradise by Leonard RetelHelmrich, which contains images of 2002 Bali bomber Imam Samudra, has becomethe fifth film to be banned at this year's Jakarta International Film Festival(Jiffest) which opened last Friday.The documentary is about anIndonesian puppeteer who travels to Bali to find theroots of the terrorist attacks. He confronts Imam and even talks to one of thedead suicide terrorists with the help of a paranormal. The
  • Jiffest hands out awards at inaugural competition

    John De Rantau's Denias Senandung Di Atas Awan was namedbest Indonesian film while Rudy Soedjarwo took best Indonesian director for 9 Naga at the 8th Jakarta InternationalFilm Festival (Jiffest). A special mention went toGarin Nugroho's Opera Jawa for its'outstanding artistic value and for the metaphorical and spectacular visualstory'. Jiffest launched for thefirst time this year an Indonesian film competition with 28 local filmsreleased from late last year.
  • Lady Chatterley takes the Prix Louis Delluc

    Pascale Ferran's Lady Chatterley was awarded the 64th Prix Louis Delluc on Monday in Paris. The prize is one of the most prestigious awards in French cinema and often acts as a harbinger of further trophies to come. Actor-turned-director Jean-Pierre Darroussin was awarded the Louis Delluc prize for best first feature for his Le Pressentiment in which he also had a starring role. The film was produced by Agat Films, Bac Films and France 2 Cinema and released by Bac in France i
  • Lionsgate tries Tenderness in multiple territories

    Lionsgate has acquired rights in North America, UK,Australia and South Africa to GreeneStreet Films' thriller Tenderness which is directed by John Polson and stars RussellCrowe.Based on the novel by Robert Cormier, the film featuresSophie Traub as a 15 year-old dreamer who becomes embroiled with a mysteriousyoung man (Jon Foster). Crowe plays a cop determined to unmask the man as aserial killer. Laura Dern also stars.The film is produced by John Penotti of GreeneStreet wi
  • London critics give seven nominations to The Queen

    The nominations have been announced for the 27th London Critics' Circle Films Awards.The awards will take place on February 8th at the Dorchester Hotel with proceeds supporting UK children's charity, the NSPCC.The nominations are:British Producer Of The YearPaul Greengrass, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner - United 93 (UIP/UK)Al Clark, Ken Marshall, Rachel Robey, Paul Andrew Williams - London To Brighton (Vertigo Films)Lisa Bryer, Andrea Calderwood, Charles Ste
  • Lotte Cinema to sell movie tickets through ATMs

    Major Korean exhibitor LotteCinema has announced it will start selling film tickets at automated tellermachines (ATMs) in subway stations and convenience stores starting in March ofnext year. Lotte Cinema signed amemorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nice E-banking Services today regardingthe strategic alliance to sell tickets at the Nice ATMs in 1,400 locations.A subsidiary of Lotte Group,which owns a chain of department stores and hotels, Lotte Cinema is also anaffiliate of d
  • Maura to receive honorary prize at Malaga Festival

    Spanishactress Carmen Maura, the early Pedro Almodovar muse and co-star of hisaward-winning Volver, will receive the honoraryMalaga Prize at next year's 10thanniversary edition of the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga (March 9-17).
  • MEDIA grants $14,000 to EFP for 2007 programmes

    The MEDIAProgramme of the European Union will back European Film Promotion with $859,430(Euros 650,000) for EFP's promotional events and activities and a further $568,546(Euros 430,000) for Film Sales and Support. In 2007 EFPwill organise seven promotional events, including Picture Europe!, highlightingnational box-office hits outside their country of origin; Shooting Stars at theBerlinale; touring Shooting Stars at three other European festivals; Producerson the Mo
  • Met Film School adds two-year BA in film-making

    London-basedMetropolitan Film School has launched a new two-year BA degree in film-making,which will start in October 2007.The schoolsaid this course would offer practical training in digital film production,with an estimated contact time with tutors of 50% compared to the usual 20%.Producer and school director Jonny Persey said: "Creating aprofessional working environment is crucial to this course and we are focused
  • Metrodome strikes UK deal for Sherrybaby

    UK distributor Metrodome has acquired all UK rights to the award winning drama Sherrybaby, starring Maggie Gyllenhaaland written and directed by Laurie Collyer. The deal was negotiatedbetween David Jourdan, general manager from US sales agent Katapult and Metrodome's gen
  • New production venture to back low-budget UK films

    A new joint venture between UK production outfit Matador Pictures and Regent Capital is to provide up to 30% of the budgets on a series of films qualifying for the new British tax break.The initiative - called Cinema One - will be focused on backing four to five films with commercial prospects in the $1.8-3.5m (£1-2m) range next year.Cinema One will cashflow the tax credit, which comes into force on January 1. Matador founders Nigel Thomas and Lauri Apelian will act as directors. Matado
  • Norwegian debut director Eva Sorhaug prepares $2.3m Lunch

    Norwegian director Eva Sorhaug is working on her feature debut, the $2.3m (Euros 1.8m) Lunch.The film, scripted by Per Schreiner, who won an Amanda, the local Oscar, for The Bothersome Man has the backing of the Norwegian Film Fund which will pick up $1.5m (Euros 1.1m) of the budget.Lunch, which will be produced by Hakon Overas and Agot Skeldal for 4 ' Productions, interweaves several plots which follows the soiling of a jacket by a seagull. "I hope that everybody w
  • Oliver Stone pays fines over Cuba documentaries

    OliverStone has confirmed that his production company, Ixtlan Corp, has paid the USTreasury department $6,300 in fines over his Cuba documentary Looking ForFidel in order "to end the affair". However,he stressed, "we maintain our innocence."Speakingat the Dubai International Film Festival, where he is accepting a career award,60-year-old Stone said the fine was for "contributing to the Cuban economy orwhatever."Stone madetwo documentaries in Cuba between 2002 and 2003; the first,
  • Palm Springs to open with Outsourced close with Tiger's Tail

    The Palm Springs International Film Festival will open its18th annual event on Jan 4 with the US premiere of John Jeffcoat's Outsourced about a salesman who heads to India to train hisreplacement after his entire department is outsourced. It will close on Jan 14with the North American premiere of John Boorman's The Tiger's Tail starring Brendan Gleeson and Kim Cattrall.254 films from 73 countries will screen at the festivalwhich includes 55 of the 61 films submitted for t
  • Peter Pan official sequel film rights go to British consortium

    A consortium of BBC Films and the UK Film Council and Newcastle-based Headline Pictures have acquired the film rights to the official sequel to JM Barrie's Peter Pan.Geraldine McCaughrean was commissioned to write Peter Pan In Scarlet last October by London children's hospital Great Ormond Street (GOSH), which holds the copyright to the classic."We have no doubt that they will help to build on the ongoing success of Geraldine McCaughrean's brilliant sequel which will continue
  • PGA Vanguard award goes to TV awards producer Ken Ehrlich

    Televisionawards producer Ken Ehrlich will receive the Producers Guild of America's (PGA)2007 Visionary Award at the Annual PGA Awards on Jan 20 in Los Angeles.The VisionaryAward honors producers and/or a television or film production that demonstratesa 'unique or uplifting quality.'Ehrlich has beenthe creative force behind televised shows for the Grammys, the Emmys, theEuropean MTV Awards and the MTV Movie Awards, which he created in 1992.He has produ
  • Pinewood Studios Group relaunches website

    As part of its rebranding as the Pinewood Studios Group - including Pinewood,Shepperton and Teddington Studios - the company has re-launched its website. The new site has enhancedservices for both clients and consumers and has added an online shop. The sitewill be updated daily with news and other content as well as sign-ups for emailnewsletters.The site was designed byFeref Digital."In an increasinglycompetitive marketplace it is important for us to h
  • Pirates DVD sells 10.5m units in first week for Buena Vista

    Pirates OfThe Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest sold 10.5 million units in its first week of release in NorthAmerica, putting it on course to become the biggest live-action DVD seller ofall time and the biggest DVD of the year.Results overseashave been similarly impressive. Pirates has sold nearly 1.5 million copies inits first week on release in the UK, and nearly 1 million in the first week inJapan. Furthermore the title has already become the biggest live action titlein history in
  • Roberts to produce, may star in Happiness Sold Separately

    Julia Roberts will produce and may star in Scott Coffey'sbittersweet drama Happiness Sold Separately.
  • Rocky Balboa

    Dir/scr: SylvesterStallone. US. 2006. 100mins.Sixteen years since the last installment,multi-hyphenate Sylvester Stallone delivers RockyBalboa, a stirring and pleasingly grounded tale of an erstwhileunderdog-turned-champion coming to terms with his ownageing. The most emotionally resonant film in the iconic series since theOscar-winning 1976 original, it also showcases by far Stallone'sbest performance in years.
  • Romanian director Caranfil wraps epic The Rest Is Silence

    Romanian director Nae Caranfil (Philanthropy, Asphalt Tango) has concluded photography on The Rest Is Silence, a $3.2m retelling of the filming of the first Romanian feature in 1911. The production is unusual in its scope both in cost (the most expensive Romanian films in recent years, Philanthropy and Catalin Mitulescu's How I Spent The End Of The World, each cost around $1.2m) and in that all the funding came from Romanian sources.Producer Cristian Comeaga's
  • Romanian director Caranfil wraps epic The Rest Is Silence

    Romanian director Nae Caranfil (Philanthropy, Asphalt Tango) has concluded photography on The Rest Is Silence, a $3.2m retelling of the filming of the first Romanian feature in 1911. The production is unusual in its scope both in cost (the most expensive Romanian films in recent years, Philanthropy and Catalin Mitulescu's How I Spent The End Of The World, each cost around $1.2m) and in that all the funding came from Romanian sources.Producer Cristian Comeag
  • Senator acquires Weinstein films for Germany

    German producer-distributor Senator Entertainment has acquired a package of six films from The Weinstein Company, including the latest films by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.'I am awfully pleased that we can release these films in the cinemas for Dimension in Germany,' commented Marco Weber, Senator's board member responsible for production and distribution. 'I see the Grind House films by Tarantino and Rodriguez, in particular, as the highlights of our strong 2007 slat
  • Seven film shortlisted for visual effects Academy Award

    Seven film have been shortlisted for consideration for the visual effects Oscar by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS).They are Casino Royale, Night At The Museum, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Poseidon, Superman Returns and X-Men The Last Stand.On Jan 17, the Academy's visual effects award nominating committee will view 15 minute film excerpts from each of the seven short
  • Sherry Lansing to receive Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at 2007 Oscars

    Former Paramount chairman Sherry Lansing will receive the Jean HersholtHumanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' boardof governors.
  • Sohonet upgrades services at Pinewood

    Digital media network Sohonethas recently completed a total upgrade in the fiber infrastructure at PinewoodStudios. The studio worked closelywith Sohonet to plan and implement the upgrade, which enhances Pinewood's networkingand data-transfer capabilities. A similar upgrde is ongoing at SheppertonStudios.Since 2002, Pinewood hasbeen a part of the Sohonet community, which also includes Warner Bros,Universal Studios, Technicolor, HBO, The Mill, Moving Picture C
  • Sundance names 12 screenplays in Jan 2007 Screenwriters Lab

    12 projects covering themes ranging from the Haitian immigrationexperience to the legacy of violence in Argentina make the cut for the SundanceInstitute's annual Screenwriters Lab, which takes place from Jan 12-17 2007 atthe Sundance Resort in Utah.
  • The Hands dominates Argentinian Academy Awards

    The Argentinian Academy ofFilm Arts and Sciences awarded Alejandro Doria's The Hands (Las Manos) with eight Sur prizes, including best film,director, actor (Jorge Marrale) and actress (Graciela Borges), at a gala heldin Buenos Aires on Tuesday.The local Academy, comprisedof 222 renowned professionals (directors, producers, screenwriters, actors andtechnicians), also named Rodrigo Moreno's El Custodio as the best first film of 2006. Based on the true story offather
  • The Host sweeps Korea's Blue Dragon Awards

    Bong Joon-ho's monster film The Host swept Korea's 27th Blue Dragon Awards this Friday (Dec 15),scooping six awards including Best Picture.Producer Choi Yong-bae saidof the film, which is the country's box office record holder with 13 millionadmissions, "I was concerned the film's box office record was overshadowing itsartistic merits," but that the award helped make up for that.14-year-old Goh Ah-sungpicked
  • The Painted Veil

    Dir: John Curran. US-Chi.2006. 125mins.Adapted from W Somerset Maugham's novelabout an idealistic newlywed British couple living in turbulent 1920s China, JohnCurran's The Painted Veil is apalpably alive and heart-rending romantic drama about the extremes -geographic, sexual and emotional - travelled in a struggling marriage. Far morethan an attractive literary period-piece, it is successful b
  • Toho box office grosses reach all-time high in 2006

    Toho, one of Japan's oldest studios and its biggest distributor, hasannounced that box office earnings for 2006 have broken an all-time record forthe company.Grosses from January untilthe end of November totaled $476.24m (Y55.95bn), with end of year estimates at$502.69m (Y59bn). This beats the previous record of $467.09m (Y54.85bn) set in2001 when all-time box office champion SpiritedAway was released. It's also the
  • UK cinemagoing survey to change format

    The UK's annual research into cinema andits audiences, CAVIAR (Cinema and Video Audience Research) is being revamped bythe CAA for its 24th study.The studyis being rebranded as FAME (Film Audience Measurement and Evaluation) and will providein-depth insight into film viewing across cinema, DVD, onlin
  • UK producers voice concerns over new tax laws

    UK producers remain concerned about the scope of the new British tax laws, a panel of government representatives were told in London yesterday.The UK's new film tax breaks will come into practice on Jan 1, 2007, after a long journey of uncertainty but producers remain concerned about the qualifying criteria for the relief.The tax break, for example, does not to include 'in development' costs but producers are unclear about what exactly is meant by development.UK producer Cliv
  • UK second city to host digital conference

    The UK city of Birmingham has announced plans aimed at putting it as the centre of the changes to digital cinema and television.The city will host a series of events over the next 12 months, culminating in a major International Digital Film Event in 2008."We were the birthplace of the industrial revolution and now we are going to be at the heart of the digital revolution," said Leader of Birmingham City Council, Mike Whitby.
  • Vivendi won't sell its 20% stake in NBC Universal

    Vivendi has announced thatit will not exercise a right to unload its 20% share of NBC Universal inJanuary.Under a 2004 deal whichsaw Vivendi sell Universal to GE, the former retained a 20% stake in the newlyformed NBC Universal and was given the option to begin selling in 2006 althoughthat option was ultima
  • Warner Premiere staffs up in marketing, business affairs, production

    Warner Bros Entertainment has hired key executives to staffits recently launched direct-to-DVD and direct-to-platform production armWarner Premiere. Irika Slavin has been named senior vice president,marketing; Geoff Shaevitz is vice president, production; Sean Wimmer is vicepresident, post production; Stephanie Schroeder is vice president, businessaffairs and Eva Davis is vice president, acquisitions.The appointments were announced today by Diane Nelson,president of the Warner P
  • Warp X and Channel 4 on board for Breakout scheme

    Warp X andthe Channel 4 British Documentary Film Foundation (Britdoc) have partneredforBreakout, a year-longdevelopment programme for black and minority ethnic film-makers. The programmeis supported by Skillset and Breakout Training and Development in associationwith Screen East and the University of East Anglia.Thenational scheme will work with writers, directors and writer/directo
  • Welsh TV producers team with Pact

    Pact plans to merge with TeledwyrAnnibynnol Cymru (TAC)/Welsh Independent Producers, which representsindependent TV companies in Wales. The groups have agreed tomove towards a formal merger. The Welsh body will have access to Pact's greaterresources and lobbying power. TAC currentlyrepresents about 70 businesses.TAC said it exp
  • Yelmo buys out Loews' stake in Spanish theatrical chain

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