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16 March 2006

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  • Aardman's double triumph at European animation awards

    TheUK's Aardman Animations scored a double triumph by taking home two of theCartoon Movie Tributes voted on by representatives of the European animationindustry attending this year's co-production forum at the Babelsberg Studiosfrom March 9-11.Thefilmmaking duo Nick Park and Steve Box were named Best European Director of theYear for Wallace & Gromit: The CurseOf The Were-Rabbit - just a week after being awarded the Academy Award forthe first feature-length film based on the two
  • Accused, Life In Colour take top prizes at Miami

    The Miami International Film Festival concluded on Saturday nightwith the announcement of three juried awards offering cash sums of $25,000each. Presentations were made at a closing ceremony introduced by festivaldirector Nicole Guillemet and hosted by actors Alice Braga and Jose Antonio.
  • Akeelah to open 200-film Philadelphia Film Festival on March 30

    Daniel Atchison's drama Akeelah And The Bee will open and Nicole Holofcener's LosAngeles-set friendship drama Friends With Money will close the 15th Philadelphia FilmFestival.
  • Akeelah, Sweet Land bookend Cleveland Film Festival

    Doug Atchison's spelling bee drama Akeelah And The Bee and Ali Selim's Minnesota-set romance SweetLand bookend the 30thCleveland International Film Festival, which runs from Mar 16-26.
  • Almodovar's Volver gets warm reception in Madrid

    Pedro Almodovar has submitted his muchanticipated new film, Volver, forcompetition at Cannes."The selectors have seenit and I understand they liked it, and we will have an answer from them inApril," Almodovar said.The director openedCannes in 2004 with his last film, Bad Education (La Mala Educacion), and wonbest director honours in 1999 for his widely praised All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madre).
  • Arts Alliance Media partners for Norwegian digital rollout

    Arts Alliance Media has announced two steps forward forEuropean digital cinema. AAM said it has formed a new partnership with newly-formedNorwegian industry group Kristiansand Digital CinemaAlliance for a trial roll-out of up to 10 digital screens in Norway.Three screens have already been equipped with digital projection equipment sofar. The trial, funded partly by Film & Kino, is expected toexpand into a larger rol
  • Audience slump, shrinking windows under the spotlight at ShoWest

    "Let's look at things in thelong term" emerged as the mantra for addresses given by Motion PictureAssociation of America (MPAA) chairman Dan Glickman and National Association ofTheater Owners (NATO) president John Fithian at the opening ceremonies of theShoWest convention for theatrical exhibition today in Las Vegas. Glickman broke from thelong-standing tradition of presenting statistical data about such basics as boxoffice, production and marketing costs and average ticket prices to f
  • Bayside Shakedown duo reteam for Udon

    The director and producerbehind mega-hit franchise BaysideShakedown are teaming again on culinary comedy drama Udon which is set to star Yusuke Santa Maria (The Negotiator).The film, to be directed by KatsuyukiMotohiro and produced by Fuji TV's Chihiro Kameyama, revolves around a man who loseshis dreams, but rediscovers his roots in his hometown of Kagawa prefecture, in a bowl of noodles. Production is scheduled tostart in mid-March in Kagawa prefecture for
  • Beresford to direct Rachmaninoff romance Rhapsody

    Bruce Beresford will direct the Sergei Rachmaninoff romance Rhapsody for producers Ed Pressman, and FrederickMuller and Floyd Bradley of London-based Prelude Features.
  • Bernard joins Fox Searchlight as senior vp, media and promotions

    Fox Searchlight Pictures hasappointed Laurel Bernard as senior vice president of media and promotions,reporting directly to Searchlight's chief operating officers Nancy Itley andSteve Gilula.Bernard (pictured) comesfrom Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC) where she was vice president of nationalmedia, working on media campaigns for shows like American Idol, 24, PrisonBreak, The OC and House.Prior to FBC, she was vicepresident of media at 20th Century Fox where she overs
  • Blockbuster to close all its Spanish stores

    Blockbuster has announced it will close86 of its stores in Spain by May 15. Blockbuster Video Espana, which openedits first stores in 1991, reported losses of $6.6m (Euros 5.5m) in 2004, up 65%over 2003, and expects even greater losses for 2005.The company attributed the closure,which will affect some 688
  • British directors rush to beat Irish tax deadline

    Three veteran British directors are in the finalstages of pre-production on films which will commence shooting in Ireland before the end of the month. The three films aretimed to beat the 31 March deadline on the existing UK tax regime and are among a last group of productionsto utilise the stable
  • Brodlie, Stier swell ranks at Paramount specialty division

    Matt Brodlie has been named senior vice president of production andacquisitions and Geoff Stier senior vice president of production anddevelopment at Paramount's fast-expanding specialty division.
  • Busan boosted by spring shoots

    For years the southern South Korean cityof Busan (also spelt "Pusan")was known as something of a cultural backwater, more so when compared to its biggermetropolitan rival Seoul.Then five years ago director KT Kwak shot his 1980s-set feature Friend back in his hometown, taking advantage of its distinctive characteristicssuch as the old-time fish markets, railroad tracks and seawa
  • Cutting Edge Music signs music deal with Lucky 50 Productions and Bauer Martinez Entertainment

    One of the UK'sleading providers of music services to the film industry, Cutting Edge Music,has entered into a joint venture with Lucky 50 Productions, the wholly-owned U.S.production entity of Bauer Martinez Studios.The joint venture, Music Rites, will have the exclusive right toacquire, administer, exploit and supervise the available music from Lucky 50'smotion pic
  • Director Jan Sverak commences shooting Vratne lahve

    Oscar-winning Czech director and producer Jan Sverak has begun filming Vratne lahve on location in Prague.Zdenek Sverak, thedirector's father and long-time collaborator, wrote the script and plays thelead role in the film about a reluctantly retired teacher who takes a job in asupermarket. In addition to Zdenek Sverak,the cast features other Czech stars, including Tatiana Vilhelmova(Something LikeHappiness) and Jiri Macha
  • Eurimages puts more than $4.2m into nine projects

    Strasbourg-based pan-European co-production fund Eurimages has backed nineprojects with more than $4.2m (Euros 3.6m).The first funding selection of 2006 includes new features by the Taviani brothers, Carlos Saura, Nana Djordjadze, and Milcho Manchevski. The largest sum, $772,849 (Euros 650,000) was awarded tothe Tavianis' story of the massacre of the Armenianpeople at the beginning of the last century, La Masseria Delle Allodole, which is being structured as anItalian-Spanish
  • Exhibitors and distributors face new challenges, says Glickman

    ShoWest, the annualconvention of film exhibition, got underway today in Las Vegas with itstraditional Monday emphasis on the international marketplace. Since 2000, theevent has sought to erase global borders in its participation and this yearattracted delegates from 50 nations with major increases in participation fromRussia and Asian countries. Korea's Lotte Cinema was given the award ofinternational distinction during the curtain raiser.Motion Picture Associationof America (MPAA) cha
  • Failure is anything but at domestic box office

    Paramount's romantic comedy Failure To Launch was anything but a failure in itsopening weekend, soaring to number one on an estimated $24.6m weekend haul.
  • Feature debut for Unjoo Moon with adaptation of children's book

    Unjoo Moon is to direct an adaptation of children's book The Wicked, Wicked Ladies In The HauntedHouse. She directed short film, Sorrow'sChild in 1998 and this will be her feature debut. It also looks likely to bethe next project for Moon's cinematographer husband, DionBeebe who won an Oscar for Memoirs Of A Geisha and was previously nominated for Chicago. He is the sixth Austral
  • FFC to keep funding requirements intact

    Film Finance CorporationAustralia (FFC) chief executive Brian Rosen has confirmed that the funding bodyhas backed off from a proposal to ask for more money from its feature filminvestment partners.As it always does at thistime of year, the FFC has been conducting open meetings with Australian filmmakersand liaising with key industry bodies over several proposed changes to itsfunding guidelines, including this one. "The industry at large feelswe should stay the way we are," said
  • Flannel Pajamas

    Dir/scr: Jeff Lipsky. US. 2006. 124mins.With his reportedly autobiographical FlannelPajamas, former arthousedistribution specialist Jeff Lipsky successfully tracksthe emotional ups and downs of a relationship, moving from sublime rapture andsurrender to grim heartbreak.Guided by two excellent leadperformances and shaped by some raw writing, he reveals a finely shaded and tactilesense of physical expression, from the play betw
  • Focus to back Euro projects from McDonagh and Barra

    Focus Features has boardedtwo new European productions - Belgium-set hitman drama In Bruges directed by this year's live action short Oscarwinner Martin McDonagh, and an adaptation of the bestselling World War II novelNaples '44: A World War II Diary Of Occupied Italy by Norman Lewis.In Bruges is being produced by Graham Broadbent and PeteCzernin of UK production outfit Blue Print Pictures. McDonagh, who won theOscar for his short Six Shooterstarring Brendan
  • France produces a record number of films for 2005

    France produced a record number of films in 2005 accordingto national film body the CNC. In total, 240films were given a green light by the film board including 187 which wereinitiated by the French.CNC president Veronique Cayla noted her enthusiasm for the record which represents20 films more than the previous year. Still, she was cautious in adding that the CNCwould be vigi
  • Fraser's No. 2 benefits from festival exposure

    New Zealand Film has signedoff on several sales on Toa Fraser's No.2 which won the audience award for drama in the World Cinema section atSundance and later screened in Berlin. The film has been sold to Spain (Avalon), Scandinavia (CCV), Switzerland (Xenith), Greece
  • Goal! 3 goes ahead with plans for World Cup shoot

    Milkshake Films hasconfirmed that it will go ahead with previously announced plans to shoot atthis summer’s World Cup in Germany for the final instalment in its football trilogy, Goal! 3.“We’ll be filming the crowdsand filming the action, filming a dozen games or so entirely in documentarystyle,” Milkshake chairman and producer Mike Jefferies says.The producer confirmed that the trilogy is set to c
  • Heartland Film Festival ups prize money to $200,000

    The Heartland Film Festival,which takes place in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Oct has announced that it willincrease its prize money for films to $200,000 for its 15th editionthis year.The festival, which is setfor Oct 19 to 27, will double its grand prize for dramatic feature to $100,000,making it one of the largest single cash prizes given by a film festivalanywhere in the world.In addition, two new prizeshave been added - a $25,000 prize for best documentary feature and a$10,000
  • Im's Thousand Year Crane cranks up with Prime backing

    Korean maestro ImKwon-taek's 100th film has started production with backing from start-up studioPrime Entertainment which is contributing 40% of the $3.8m budget and willdistribute the film. In addition, producer Kino2officially announced Cho Jae-hyun, whose credits include Kim Ki-duk's Bad Guy, as the male lead.Im's Cheon-nyun-hak, which translates literally as One Thousand Year Crane, is a story based on three wanderingmusicians, featuring the same charact
  • In Between Days

    Dir: So Yong Kim. US-Can 2005.83mins.Some of the most interesting films in this year's Berlinale screened in the supposedly off-off Forum sidebar,with In Between Days - a small butmemorable teen romance - a case in point.So Yong Kim's feature is, asthe title hints, a work that takes its time getting not very far,and impatient audiences will find its crawling pace a problem. But the film isso good on the
  • Ireland cashes in on Walk The Line

    The UK/Ireland market hasproven a strong territory for Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line, however, the true successhas come from Ireland. Walk TheLine has been nothing short of a phenomenon in Ireland. The biggest release of 2006 so far in the Republic Of Ireland, the fi
  • King Kong takes top prize at Empire Awards

    UK filmmagazine Empire crowned King Kong thebest film at its awards last night in London. Kong beat fellow nominees Star Wars Episode III:Revenge Of The Sith, War OfThe Worlds, Crash, and Sin City."Thisfilm was made with a lot o
  • Kirk Jones signs to US remake of Everybody's Fine

    UK director Kirk Jones, whohas just scored a $100m worldwide hit with Nanny McPhee, has signed to writeand direct a contemporary English-language US-set remake of GiuseppeTornatore's 1990 movie Everybody's Fine (Stanno Tutti Bene) forHollywood Gang Productions and Cecchi Gori USA.Gianni Nunnari of HollywoodGang and Vittorio Cecchi Gori of Cecchi Gori USA will produce the film which isexpected to start shooting in Jan 2007.Everybody's Fine centres arou
  • Korea to say hello to MGM, Hallyuwood

    South Korea is in line for its first two entertainment themeparks - a Korean Wave-themed "Hallyuwood" and a Hollywood-themed MGM Studio City.Hallyuwood is set to open inGyeong-gi Province by 200
  • Korean DVD market springs to life for US studios

    The US studios can expect DVD sales in South Korea to reach a record high this year, according to localIT trade publication The Electronic Times.Industry analysts estimatethat the five major US studios in Korea, including Warne
  • Lin launches Taiwan's first venture capital film fund

    Taiwanese entrepreneur AlanLin has launched Media Vantage, Taiwan's first venture capital company specialising in the entertainmentand cultural industries.Lin, president of EmersGroup, has raised $240m over a six-year period towards planned initial capitalof $300m for the fund. While Media Vantage will prioritise television seriesand film projects, general manager Diane Chou, a film industry veteran, notesthat it may also
  • Lionsgate sets next Perry comedy for Feb 2007

    Following in the footsteps of box office hit Madea'sFamily Reunion, Lionsgate has pickedup worldwide rights to Daddy's Little Girl, the third film starring, written and directed by Tyler Perry.The company has fast-trackedthe film for a June production start and a theatrical release in Feb 2007,hoping for a repeat of the success of the Feb 2005 hit Diary Of A Mad BlackWoman and Madea's Family
  • Lionsgate to handle US release of Peaceful Warrior

    Lionsgate will handle US distribution of Peaceful Warrior, the film based on Dan Millman'sself-help international bestseller Way Of The Peaceful Warrior which was produced by Mark Amin's Sobini Films.
  • London's Met Police forms filming unit

    London'sMetropolitan Police is forming its first Metropolitan Police Filming Unit.The dedicated police team will supportfilming in the capital. A team of officers, trained in both film issues andassociated police procedure, will provide a single point of contact for filmingrequests requiring police assistance.The u
  • Look Both Ways wins best feature at London Australian Film Festival

    The 12thLondon Australian Film Festival (March2-12) closed on Sunday having welcomedover 5,000 people through the door which represents, an 11% rise on 2005figures with box-office takings also up by 13%. The audience voted for their favourite filmsthroughout the festival and awarded Best Feature to Sarah Watt's debut feature Look Both Ways (Australia 2005) with BestDocumentary going to David Bradbury's Blowin' In The Wind (Australia 2005).
  • Matzner's Dreamland to open 11th Gen Art in New York

    Jason Matzner's familydrama Dreamland and Gregg Kavet and AndyRobin's crime caper Live Free Or Diebookend the 11th Gen Art Film Festival, which runs from Apr 5-11 in New YorkCity.For the first time thefestival will honour a festival breakout talent with the juried Stargazer Awardfor excellence in acting.The award joins the AcuraGrand Jury Feature and Short Film Awards.For more inform
  • MPAA, NATO launch theatre employee training programme

    The Motion PictureAssociation of America (MPAA) has stepped up its anti-piracy campaign on theeve of ShoWest, teaming up with the National Association of Theatre Owners(NATO) and its Canadian counterparts to launch an online theatre employeetraining isalso supported by the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association (CMPDA)and The Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada (MPTAC).The p
  • My Country, My Country

    Dir: Laura Poitras. US. 2006. 90mins.The trouble with current affairs documentaries istheir topicality: contemporary as they may seem at the time, they lose lustreby the time they premiere.It could be an obstacle forLaura Poitras' MyCountry, My Country, about the Iraqi elections of January 2005. There islittle more she can add to the media reports, while taking the Americans totask has been done countle
  • New Line plans open auditions for Golden Compass star

    New Line Cinema has announced a UK-widecasting call to find a young actress to play the lead role, LyraBelacqua, in its forthcoming feature The Golden Compass. Shopgirl director AnandTucker will direct The Golden Compass,the first in New Line's planned trilogy based on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials
  • Odd Lot reteams with Lexi Alexander on A House Divided

    DeborahDel Prete and Gigi Pritzker's Odd Lot Entertainment has acquired A HouseDivided, a script by Lexi Alexanderfor whom they produced Green Street Hooligans.
  • Orchestra Seats (Fauteuils D'Orchestre)

    Dir: Daniele Thompson. Fr. 2006. 106mins.A sparkling champagne-light ensemble piece of a moviewhich showcases one of Paris's most deluxe thoroughfares, Orchestra Seats is the third successful solo outing from writer-directorDaniele Thompson.The daughter oflate comedy director Gerard Oury, with who she wroteseveral of French cinema's biggest box-office smashes back in the 1960s and 1970s,Thompson has emerged as an accomplis
  • Panther laughs its way into France, Germany, Australia

    20th Century Fox International takes MGM's US hit ThePink Panther out in aslew of major territories this weekend including France, where the film is set,Germany, Australia, Norway and South Africa.
  • Panther steals $9.2m for Fox, while Narnia powers on

    The Pink Panther was the number one international picture of the weekend thanks toa raft of major market launches through Fox International that generated anestimated $9.2m.
  • Piano 17

    Dir: Manetti Bros. Italy2006. 105mins.Italy long ago lost the talent for genre film-makingthat made it such a commercial force in the 1960s and 1970s. But a few bravesouls, like the Manetti brothers, are trying to kicksome life into the old corpse. The Rome-based brothers' first feature, thetrash horror parody Zora La Vampira,was spoiled by its lack of narrative focus and its slushy social conscience.Their
  • Pixar's Cars surprises industry audience at ShoWest

    Pixar Animation's eagerlyawaited Cars screened at ShoWeston Tuesday night to a mixed reception from industry delegates.The tale of a hip, rookieNASCAR-style racer that winds up shanghaied in a small town and learnsimportant life lessons is one of the most anticipated summer releases. It opensin June through PIxar's new parent company Walt Disney Studios.The crowd of theatre ownersand such luminaries as rival Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks Animation wereprimed for a pote
  • Rabbit, Italian among titles in Russian Nights LA festival

    Tigran Keosayan's Rabbit Over The Void about the mysterious disappearance ofLeonid Brezhnev for three days in 1971, will open the film section of thefourth annual Russian Nights festival in Los Angeles on April 2.
  • Revolver acquires UK rights to Tideland

    Aggressive new London-based distributor RevolverEntertainment has taken UK rights to Terry Gilliam's Tideland. Revolver will be releasing the film (represented by Hanway) in British cinemas later this summer.A US
  • San Francisco doc fest will open on May 12 with Long Gone John

    Gregg Gibb's The Treasures Of Long Gone John will open the sixth San FranciscoDocumentary Film Festival, which runs from May 12-21.
  • Sandino Moreno signs on to Cuadri's new feature

    Oscar-nominated Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Morenohas signed on to the cast of $14.3m (Euros 12m) Spanish-UK-Portugalco-production The Heart Of The Earth,shooting from March 31.Sandino Moreno, who earned anOscar nomination and Berlin'sSilver Bear for her feature film debut in 2004's Maria Full Of Grace (Maria LlenaEres De Gracia), starsin the true story-inspired, English-language tale of an uprising at a Spanishcopper m
  • Sarasota unveils lineup, tribute to Werner Herzog

    The eighth annual Sarasota Film Festival, which takes place March31 to April 9, will open with Leslie Greif's Funny Money, a comedy starring Chevy Chase and ChrisMcDonald and close with a screening of Robert Altman's A Prairie HomeCompanion.
  • Shmuger, Linde named to run Universal Studios

    The appointments of MarcShmuger (pictured) to chairman and David Linde to co-chairman of Universal Studios weremade official with an announcement this morning after days of media speculationin the US. The news came just two weeksafter the former chairman Stacey Snider left Universal after nine years to joinParamount-based DreamWorks as co-chairman and CEO.The Shmuger and Lindeappointments had been expected, as Universal president and COO Ron Meyer mulledover his options in the l
  • Sight, Pounds take audience awards at NY Israel Film Festival

    DanielSyrkin's mystery Out Of Sighttook the Panavision Audience Choice Award at the 21st Israel Film Festival,which ran in New York from Feb 23-Mar 9.
  • Six titles chosen for Films in Progress financing initiative

    The Films in Progresscompletion financing initiative of the Latin American Film Festival of Toulouseand the Donostia-San Sebastian International FilmFestival has announced the six titles participating in the upcoming 9thedition March 23-24 in Toulouse.The films, chosen from 67entries from across Latin America and Spain, will screen for companies and festivals whichcould play a decisive role in helpin
  • Sofia Meetings co-production forum unveils line-up

    Tensecond feature film projects have been selected for this year's third editionof the Sofia Meetings co-production forum (March 17-18). During the two day event,filmmakers will have an opportunity to pitch to more than 50 internationalproducers and film funds.The line-upincludes three filmmakers who hav
  • Sogepaq agrees Spanish distribution deal with Fox

    Spain'sSogepaq has signed a deal to release all of itsproductions and acquisitions locally through Hispano Foxfilm,including new titles from Antonio Banderas and Julio Medem.This agreement follows the December 31, 2005 end to Warner Sogefilms, the local distribution venture forged by Sogepaq and Warner Bros in January 1998.The deal encompasses theatrical distributi
  • Sundance favourite Quinceanera lands at SPC

    Sony Pictures Classics (SPC) has picked-up North American andLatin American rights to the double Sundance winner Quinceanera directed by Richard Glatzer and WashWestmoreland.
  • Tribeca announces 33 projects in All Access Connects programme

    The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the 33 winning projectsfor this year's Tribeca All Access Connects programme.
  • Tribeca names films in competition sections for April fest

    The 2006 Tribeca FilmFestival, which takes place from April 25 to May 7, has announced the lineupfor its four competition sections in international and New York-centric NY, NYsections. A total of 169 features and99 shorts have been selected for the festival this year from a record 4,100submissions - including 1,950 feature submissions. Broken down bysection, those 169 include 90 world premieres, ten international premieres, 29North American premieres, seven US premieres and 28 New York
  • UK's First Light launches new competition in North East

    FirstLight, the UK Film Council's youth filmmaking scheme, has started a newcompetition in the North East. The Futures in Motion competition will be opento 170 schools and 43 youth groups.Studentswill submit a short film proposal about how Lottery funding has impacted theircommunity. The winning group will work with film and advertising professio
  • UK's Forward scores Yates, Cole and Cattaneo projects

    Forward Films foundersTracy Brimm and Kate Myers are working on their firstslate of 10 features in development, with directors including Peter Cattaneo, John Crowley, David Yates and Nigel Cole.Brimm and Myers quietly startedthe London-based production company in January 2004 after meeting years earlieras colleagues at ICM -- Brimm in Los Angeles
  • Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y. sweeps the board at the Genies

    Itmay not have landed a foreign-language Oscar nomination but Quebecois title C.R.A.Z.Y.has more than compensated at home.
  • Vienna Film Fund puts $1.6m into 10 projects

    New featurefilms by Antonin Svoboda, Michael Glawogger,and Rupert Henning are among 10 projects awarded over $1.6m (Euros 1.4m) bythe Vienna Film Fund.The largestamount $542,609 (Euros 455,000) went to first-time director Rupert Henning'sadaptation of the satirical play Friendship(Freundschaft) which will be produced by Danny Krausz and Kurt Stocker's DOR-Film with Henning playing one of thelead roles opposite Erwin Steinhauer.Slummin
  • Walden to co-finance Wonder Emporium with Mandate

    Chronicles OfNarnia backer WaldenMedia has teamed up with Mandate Pictures to co-finance Mr Magorium's WonderEmporium, thedirectorial debut of screenwriter Zach Helm which will star Natalie Portman,Dustin Hoffman and Jason Bateman.Richard Gladstein of FilmColony and Jim Garavente areproducing the film which is scheduled to start shooting in Toronto at the endof the month.Portman stars inthe film as Molly Mahoney, the awkward and insecure manager
  • Wal-Mart: The High Cost Of Low Price

    Dir: Robert Greenwald. US.2005. 95mins.The reviled and lauded US corporate behemoth Wal-Martis - depending on your viewpoint- either the end of civilisation or anillustration of the triumph of free market brilliance.The largest employer inNorth America now falls in the sights of rakish and entertaining left-wingprovocateur Robert Greenwald in Wal-Mart:The High Cost Of Low Price, a sobering critique ofit
  • Water to open fourth Indian Film Festival of LA

    Deepa Mehta's 1930s Varanasi-set social drama Water will open the fourth annual Indian FilmFestival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on Apr 19.
  • Weinsteins acquire Crane-Iron Pentalogy for films, stage

    The Weinstein Company (TWC)has acquired worldwide film rights to Wang Du Lu's Crane-Iron Pentalogy, the series of novels upon which Ang Lee's classic CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon was based. TWChas also acquired the worldwide rights to develop and produce stage adaptationsof the pent
  • You And Me (Toi Et Moi)

    Dir: Julie Lopes Curval.Fr. 2006. 94mins.Writer-director Julie Lopes Curvalleapt into the front rank of promising Gallic auteur talent with her debutfeature, Seaside (Bord De Mer), a dramatic ensemble piece setin a once-fashionable seaside resort town, which won the prestigious Camera d'Or at Cannes in 2002. Three years on, she now deliversher second feature, You And Me, a gently ironic romant
  • Yu named LA-based director of acquisitions at Cinemavault

    Robert C Yu has joinedToronto-based Cinemavault Releasing International as director of acquisitions.Yu, who will work out ofLos Angeles, previously served as vice president at law firm and producers repTulchin Entertainment.Prior to that he workedas sales coordinator at Alliance Atlantis and began his career as assistant tothe president of Paramount Classics.'It's important int