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16 October 2005

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  • ...and cast $9.2m spell over international box office

    DreamWorks International's animated romp Wallace and Gromit:The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit ruled the international box office charts at the weekend, grossing anestimated $9.2m on 1,895 sites through UIP.
  • AFI FEST to tribute Depp, screen world premiere of Libertine

    Johnny Depp willbe the subject of this year's tribute at AFI FEST 2005, which includes an on-stageinterview followed by the world premiere of the final cut of The Libertine.In TheLibertine Depp plays theEarl of Rochester, the 17th century poet whose wild behaviour scandalizedsociety and who drunk himself into an early grave. A work-in-progress screeningof the film was at Toronto 2004, but since then about 30 minutes has been cutfrom it.The Weins
  • AFM declares record number of market premieres

    A record 529films including a best ever 382 market premieres are confirmed to screen at the26th American Film Market running in Santa Monica from Nov 2-9.Forty-fivetitles are official selections at the AFI FEST 2005, which for the second yearruns concurrently with the AFM and is scheduled to take place form Nov 3-13.'Thisrecord breaking market is a testament to the strength of the independent filmbusiness around the world,' AFM managing director and executive vicepresident of th
  • Altman lines up Tortoise shoot in London

    Followinghis success with murder-mystery Gosford Park, US directorRobert Altman is set to return to the UK. He isattached to direct The Tortoise And The Hare
  • Asian Film Industry Network launches at Pusan

    The Asian Film IndustryNetwork (AFIN) - an initiative that aims to promote Asian film industriesinternationally - was officially launched at the 10th Pusan International FilmFestival this morning (Oct 11).The network's four foundingmembers include the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), UniJapan, the Vietnam MediaCorporation and the Federation of National Film Association of Thailand. Twoadditional organisations - China Film Promotion International and the SingaporeFilm Commission are attendi
  • AWARDS Che, Chang get promoted at NBC Universal International TV

    Justin Che has been namedvice president of international on-demand licensing and Sandra Chang has beenappointed manager of international on-demand licensing for NBC UniversalTelevision Distribution.Both Che and Chang will bebased in Los Angeles and report to senior vice president of internationalon-demand licensing Beth Minehart.Che will support Minehart inall aspects of on-demand licensing for NBC Universal's product outside NorthAmerica, focusing on Asia, new technologies and
  • AWARDS The Dog of Love

  • AWARDS The Dog of Love

  • Balkan films emerge as big winners at Warsaw festival

    Balkancinema was the big winner at this year's Warsaw International FilmFest (Oct7-16) taking home three of the top prizes. TheInternational Jury headed by Polish-born UK director Pawel Pawlikowski gave theNescafe Grand Prix for Best Film in the 'New Films, New Directors'international competition to Croatian filmmaker Ognjen Svilicic's comic drama SorryFor Kung Fu (Oprosti Za Kung Fu), while Warsaw's first ever FIPRESCI Jurygave their International Critics Pr
  • Becker picks up world rights to Cattaneo's Dream

    Becker Films Internationalhas snapped up world sales rights to the finished film Opal Dream, setin outback Australia and helmed by Full Monty director PeterCattaneo.The UK-Australianco-production started life on the Renaissance Films slate but was orphaned whenthe UK sales agent folded. It had its world premiere at theDinard British Film Festival
  • Biggs, Fisher star in GreeneStreet's Pleasure Of Your Company

    New York-based GreeneStreet Films is financing the romantic comedyThe Pleasure Of Your Company starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher, who recently gave ascene-stealing performance in Wedding Crashers.
  • Canary snaps up top Raindance prize

    The 13th annual Raindance Film Festival wrapped in London on Sunday with AkihikoShiota's Canary from Japan taking the top competitionprize. The film is about a 12-year-old boy who is raised by a cult. Lou Ma Ho's A Monk'sAwakeningfrom
  • Cannes festival to overhaul final weekend schedule

    The Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28) has said that its 2006 edition willsee a slight change in its second weekend programme. The festival's awards ceremony will now revert back to the last Sundaynight, having been held on the last Saturday for the past two years. TheSaturday night film will now be a competition film with the Palmed'Or winner screening again on Sunday night after thetrophies are handed out.Artistic director Thierry Fremaux said he hadnoticed that many festivals h
  • Carnaby takes on sales for Pensmith's Much Too Young

    UK sales company Carnaby International hasacquired its first externally produced film, Too Much Too Young, from PensmithPictures. The comedy about twostreet-wise brothers is directed by Trevor Steven Smith, produced by Stuart D. Fenegan, and stars Steve John Shepherd, Adam Croasdell, and Kellie Shirley. "Too Much Too
  • Cave Of The Yellow Dog (Die Hohle Des Gelben Hundes)

    Dir: Byambasuren Davaa. Mon-Ger. 2005. 93mins.After the extraordinary success of The Story Of The Weeping Camel, whichshe co-directed with her fellow Munich Film School student Luigi Falorni, Byambasuren Davaa returns to Mongolia for her second film The Cave Of The Yellow Dog, which hasbeen named the official Mongolian entry
  • Celsius signs on for Flying Scotsman sales

    UK based sales outfit Celsius has signed to handle world sales on DouglasMackinnon's The Flying Scotsman.The Flying Scotsman is the true story of Graeme Obree, a Scottishamateur cyclist who in 1994 went on to break the world Hour Record on a bike hebuilt at home, using parts from an old BMX and even a discarded washingmachine. The cast incl
  • Che, Chang promoted at NBC Universal International TV

    Justin Che has been namedvice president of international on-demand licensing and Sandra Chang has beenappointed manager of international on-demand licensing for NBC UniversalTelevision Distribution.Both Che and Chang will bebased in Los Angeles and report to senior vice president of internationalon-demand licensing Beth Minehart.Che will support Minehart inall aspects of on-demand licensing for NBC Universal's product outside NorthAmerica, focusing on Asia, new technologies and
  • Conversations talk for Fabrication

    Los Angeles-basedFabrication Films concluded a raft of deals at Toronto and Telluride recentlyon Hans Canosa's romance Conversations With Other Women starring Aaron Eckhart and Helena BonhamCarter.All respective territory rights have gone to MK2 inFrance, Dendy in Australia, Solopan in Poland, Prooptiki in Greece, Shapira inIsrael, VideoFilmes in Brazil, and Cathay in Singapore/Malaysia.Ram Bergman'sGordonStreet Pictures, Bill McCutchen and Kerry Barden produced the story
  • Craig crowned as new James Bond

    After taking$3.6bn worldwide, 43 years, 20 films, 58 girls and 18 Martinis, James Bond hasa sixth face - English actor Daniel Craig. The 37-year-oldactor was officially announced as the new James Bond today at a London newsconference held at HMS President, a naval training facility, on the RiverThames. Craig arrived atthe venue on a speedboat. "it's a huge challenge and life is about challenges. It's an iconic figure in movie history and these things don't come along very often,
  • Daniel Craig crowned as 'blond' Bond

    After $3.6bnworldwide, 43 years, 20 films, 58 girls and 18 Martinis, James Bond has a sixthface - English actor Daniel Craig. The 37-year-oldactor was officially announced as the new James Bond today at a London newsconference held at HMS President, a naval training facility, on the RiverThames. Commenting onwhy he wanted to take on the coveted role, Craig said, "It's a huge challengeand life is about challenges. It's an iconic figure in movie history and thesethings don't come
  • Dickman gets senior vp stripes at Focus

    In the latestmove to accommodate Focus Features and Rogue Pictures' expanded slate, DonnaDickman has been promoted from head of East Coast publicity at Focus to seniorvice president of publicity.Dickman willcontinue to report directly to Adriene Bowles, Focus' LA-based executive vicepresident of publicity and marketing, and will continue to oversee theday-to-day activities of the New York publicity team.Her promotionrounds out Bowles' bi-coastal reshuffle. Remaining in place are
  • Dinard honours Father's Den

    Three films already familiarto UK audiences - In My Father's Den,Festival, and Ladies in Lavender- were the winners at the 16th Dinard British Film Festival (Oct 6-9). Brad McGann's In My Father's Den, which UK distributorOptimum released in theatres in June and on DVD last week, was something of asurprise winner, sweeping the awards with the jury's Golden Hitchc
  • Domino

    Dir: Tony Scott. US. 2005.127mins.There's something to be said for cinema that avoidsthe comfort margins of the mainstream, and Tony Scott's effusive, edge-skating Domino - a loosely plotted biopic of thedaughter of actor Laurence Harvey, who spurned privilege and became a bountyhunter - is certainly one such offering.Far more pluckyth
  • Evangelist's story gets US video release through Maverick

    Director-actorDamian Chapa and Sabeva Film Distribution have partnered with US videodistributor Maverick Entertainment Group (MEG) to release Man Of Faith on Maverick's Spirit label on Jan 10,2006.MEG picked upNorth American rights to the picture, based on the true story of controversialOhio evangelist Leroy Jenkins. Chapa stars along with Faye Dunaway, RobertWagner, and Brad Dourif."We feel thestory of Leroy Jenkins, a larger than life character, is a
  • Fairy Tale, Heartbreak share top PPP award

    Korean directorLee Kwang-mo's Fairy Tale Of A Picture Tree and Thai project HeartbreakPavilion shared the top prize at this year's Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) -the $20,000 Busan Award - supplied by the city of Busan. When it goes intoproduction, Fairy Tale will mark the first film from Lee since hismultiple award-winning debut, Spring In My Hometown, in 1998. His newproject is a fantasy drama that touches on issues including families dividedbetween South and
  • Fly's Manslaughter wins Nordic Council prize

    Per Fly's Manslaughterhas won the prestigious NordicCouncil Film Prize 2005The third film in Fly's class trilogy, Manslaughter is still playing well in Denmark after six weeks of releaseand nea
  • Fox restructures Asia/Pacific, moves HQ to Sydney

    FoxInternational has rung in the changes at its Asia/Pacific regional operation,cutting jobs at the Tokyo-based headquarters and relocating the regional baseto Sydney, Australia.Fox Australiamanaging director Sunder Kimatrai is promoted to vice president of Asia/Pacificbased in Sydney, supported by Asia/Pacific marketing director Janice Tay, salesmanager Brendan Gutsell, and print services director Georgina Bates.In addition theJapan territory office managed by Toshiharu Karaki
  • German box office woes continue in third quarter

    Cinemaadmissions in Germany were down 27% and box office takings 25.5% less in thethird quarter between July and September compared to the same period last year,according to figures collated by Nielsen EDI.Thestatisticians noted that releases like Madagascar(Euros 3
  • German student film-maker wins Next Reel festival in NYC

    Germany's HolgerErnst has won New York University's Next Reel International Film Festival firstprize for Rain Is Falling.Poland's LeivIgor Devold came second with Tomorrow, and Indian filmmaker Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni took thirdprize for Grinding Machine.Other awardshanded out at the closing night ceremony in New York on Oct 1 include the bestfiction film award to Finland's Zaida Bergoth for Glass Jaw, best documentary to Italy's Ni
  • German-US investors take over Senator Entertainment

    A German-US group of investors, headed byCologne-based media lawyer Helge Sasseand German-born, Los Angeles-based independent producer Marco Weber (Igby Goes Down, The 13th Floor), has acquired amajority 50.1% interest in insolvent distributor-producer Senator Entertainment.Sasse and Weber struck the deal with Deutsche Bank and a consortium offinancial investors, who are to remain minority shareholders w
  • Good Night to open, Potemkin to close Sao Paolo

    The 29th annualSao Paulo International Film Festival will kick off on Oct 21 with GeorgeClooney's Good Night, And Good Luckand close with the restored version of The Battleship Potemkin accompanied by the local Jazz Symphonic Orchestra onNov 3.Some 350 films from morethan 50 countries will screen at the event which will pay tribute to RobertoRossellini, Sweden's Victor Sjostrom and Portugal's Manoel de Oliveira, as wellas screening Isabella Rossellini's short film tribute
  • Grain, Unforgiven take top awards at Pusan

    Chinese-Korean co-productionGrain In Ear and Korean independent film The Unforgiven dominatedthe awards at the tenth edition of the Pusan International Film Festival (Oct6-14).Zhang Lu's Grain In Ear, which premiered in the Critics Week section at Cannes earlier this year, picked up the $30,000 NewCurrents Award for first and second-time Asian directors, which is the highestprofile award given by the festival. The film de
  • Gromit success hit by Aardman warehouse blaze

    A firehas broken out at the Bristolwarehouse of UKanimation maestros, Aardman Animations.Theblaze, which began early on Monday morning, has destroyed many irreplaceable Aardman sets, props, storyboards and models as well as somefestival awa
  • HK government to set up film development board

    Hong Kong's new chief executive Donald Tsang has outlinedplans to set up a film development board to support the territory's ailing filmindustry. Speaking in his first policyaddress on Wednesday, Tsang said the board would improve government consultationwith the Hong Kong film industry, review its present conditions andfuture opportunities and formulate a development plan. The board will take over thework of the existing Film Service
  • Hodge signs on to adapt Dark for Walden

    Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge will adapt SusanCooper's British children's fantasy novel The Dark Is Rising for Walden Media.As previously reported here (Screendaily, May 6 2005),Marc Platt is producing the project about a young boy who discovers that he isdescended from a line of immortal warriors dedicated to fighting evil."We are thrilledto have a world-class writer like John Hodge on board for a world-classproduction like The Dark is Rising," Wald
  • Hof Film Days unveils festival programme

    German documentariesare particularly strong at this year's International HofFilm Days (October 26-30) including world premieres of new films about musicianJohn Cale, a 'behind the scenes' look atthe casting couch in Hollywood, and thelegendary 1940s screenwriter 'Buzz' Bezzerides.Joerg Bund
  • IDT to handle international sales on Yankee Irving

    US-based IDT EntertainmentSales will handle international sales for its computer-generated animatedfeature Yankee Irving, which is setto be released in the US in August 2006 through 20th Century Fox. The project was originallyto be directed by the late Christopher Reeve and centres on a boy who embarkson a cross-country adventure to help out his favorite sports hero. Yankee Irving features an all-star voice cast including RobReiner, Whoopi Goldberg, William H Macy,
  • IMAX system to be installed in ZAO multiplex in Ufa, Russia

    IMAX Corp. and Ufa,Russia-based exhibitor ZAO Kompaniya Perspektiva have signed an agreement toinstall an IMAX MPX theatre system in ZAO's flagship multimplex. Located in central Russia,Ufa is the fourth Russian city where IMAX cinemas are set to debut by the endof 2006. New facilities are expected to open in Kazan, Perm and St. Petersburgnext year. In a statement, IMAXco-chairs and co-CEOs Richard Gelfond and Brad Wechsler credited the company'sMPX systems which can play
  • Intandem takes on sales for Nobody's Hero

    Intandem Films has taken on international sales for Jason Lehel's forthcoming drama Nobody's Hero, which the company is also executiveproducing. The film follows a soldier from the Iraq war who tries to return to normal life back home. The film is currently inpre-production with producers Esther Randall of Open Eye Productions (Bob The Butler
  • Italian industry rallies behind cinema strike

    Leading lightsin the Italian film industry joined a nationwide strike on FridayOctober 14, which closed down all cinemas, theatres and opera houses fora day and sent thousands to the streets to picketoutside theItalian Parliament. Those that tookpart included producers Aurelio De Laurentiis, DomenicoProcacci, RaiCinema chief Giancarlo Leone and actor-director Roberto Benigni, who sawthe release of his latest film, The Tiger and TheSnow, delayed by one day becaus
  • Jackson launches US video label Freestyle Home Entertainment

    Susan Jackson, who alongwith Mark Borde and Mike Doban owns Los Angeles-based US theatricaldistribution and marketing outfit Freestyle Releasing, has launched DVD labelFreestyle Home Entertainment. With an output anddistribution deal through Visual Entertainment, Freestyle Home Entertainmentplans to release a varied slate of 20 titles in 2006, kicking off on Nov 1 withthe teen slasher picture The Rockville Slayer, about two detectives investigating the murder oftwo high school c
  • Kino snaps up US rights to Look Both Ways

    Australian break-out hit Look Both Ways has found a UStheatrical distribution partner in Kino International. The Sarah Watt-directed title, which won the Discovery Award at theToronto Film Festival, has taken $1.6m (A$2.11m) at home in Australia in eightweeks of release and is being touted as a long-awaited international prospectfor the Australian film
  • Lamba leaves Disney to join Dimension as executive vp

    Sanjeev Lamba is joiningDimension Films as executive vice president of marketing and new mediadevelopment. Based in New York, Lambawill begin work on Oct 24 and reports to Dimension chief Bob Weinstein. He will oversee online andnew media marketing for both the theatrical and home video slate, and willcreate new business with retailers, electronic game companies and interactivedigital content arrangements. The executive will also beinvolved with promotions and tie-in prom
  • Lee joins Celestial as production chief

    Hong Kong's Celestial Pictures has appointed respectedproducer Philip Lee as vice president, New Film Contents, as part of its driveto become more involved in production and content acquisition.One of Hong Kong's leading production executives, Lee's credits include the role ofassociate producer on Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and line produceron Zhang Yimou's Hero. He was also a founding partner of Hong Kong-basedproduction
  • Lie With Me

    Dir: Clement Virgo. Can.2005. 92mins.Graphic sex and a voracious, predatory femaleprotagonist are the hallmarks of Lie With Me, a raw perspective of carnality that's initiallydisarming in its aggress
  • London to host inaugural Children's Film Festival

    The Barbican Centre and theIndependent Cinema Office are working with Film London to create the firstcity-wide London Children's Film Festival. The inaugural event will be heldNovember 9-20, screening 60 films at the Barbican and 15 other venues. Disney's animated comedy Chicken Little will open the fest witha charity gala screening on November 9, and Japanese feature Shining Boy and Littl
  • Mandel named dean of LA's AFI Conservatory

    Director and AFIConservatory alumnus Robert Mandel (pictured) has been named dean of the AFI Conservatoryin Los Angeles.Mandel graduatedfrom AFI in 1979 and his subsequent credits include FX, The Substitute,School Ties and BigShots."Having analumnus at the helm of the AFI Conservatory for the first time in its 36-yearhistory is an exciting moment," Jon Avnet, AFI Conservatory alumnus and chairof AFI's board of directors, said."Robert Mandelbrings a dedicatio
  • Mfaume named managing director of Manga in Japan

    IDTEntertainment subsidiary Anchor Bay Entertainment has named Kaoru Mfaumemanaging director of its Manga Entertainment.The Japan-basedMfaume recently held the post of vice president acquisitions at the company andbegan his career at Manga UK in 1995 as a production co-coordinator, eventuallytaking on the role of vice president of acquisitions for Manga and artistdevelopment for Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures.MangaEntertainment specializes in the production
  • Monte Carlo fest to launch Remake Film Market

    TheInternational Cinema and Literature Forum of Monte Carlo will launch theworld's first and only Remake Film Market during its fifth annual run in April.FormerCannes Market US representative Edith Grant has been named to head up theconcurrent International Literary Adaptation Market and the Remake Film Marketwhich will take place this year from April 7-9 in the principality.The forumand its market have become important stops on the industry calendar by linkingliterature and com
  • Myriad picks up art robbery documentary Stolen

    LosAngeles-based production and sales house Myriad Pictures has picked upinternational rights in all media to Rebecca Dreyfus' documentary Stolen.Produced inassociation with the US's Court TV, Stolen follows the art detective Harold Smith as he investigates a$500m robbery from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner museum that includedVermeer's prized work "The Concert".Blythe Danner and Campbell Scott narrate the Persistenceof Vision Films production, which was made in
  • Opa!

    Dir: Udayan Prasad. UK. 2005.97mins.Make no mistake, UdayanPrasad, director of such smart racial explorations as Brothers In Trouble or My SonThe Fanatic, se
  • Pathe boards Coppola's Youth Without Youth

    France's Pathe has boardedFrancis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth as French co-producer and international sales agent. Pathe PicturesInternational will start selling the American Zoetrope film to buyers at AFM.The movie, a low-budgetreturn to directing for the US master, is currently shooting in Bucharest,Romania, and will continue production on and off around Europe until early2006. Bim is on board as Italianpartner, and the film has been submitted to France's CNC as
  • Pavee Lackeen

    Dir: Perry Ogden. Ire. 2005.87mins.Perry Ogden's debut feature Pavee Lackeen, which charts the lives of Irishtravellers on the outskirts of Dublin, joins a long list of desolate portraits- including Hector Babenco's Pixote and the Darden
  • Polanski, Silverstone set for Amazonas festival

    The 2nd World Adventure Film Festival, held in the remoteAmazonas city of Manaus, has announced its line-up - and several starsincluding Alicia Silverstone and Roman Polanski are packing their bags for aweek in the jungle.Set to unspoolbetween November 4 and 11, the Amazonas festival will open with Oliver Twist and close with An Unfinished Life. Eight films willfeature in competition, all with a theme of man and his relationship with theenvironm
  • Private disqualified as Italian Oscar candidate

    Italy's Oscar candidate, SaverioCostanzo's Private,has been ruled ineligible by the Academy Of MotionPicture Arts & Sciences for the foreign-language film Oscar category thisyear, since the picture was not shot in Italian. Private is adrama about the Middle East conflict, which focuses on an Israeli
  • Pusan market wraps with flurry of deals

    Although sellers weren't expecting much action until the AFM, the marketat the Pusan filmfestival closed with several major sales on Wednesday (Oct 12).Among the biggest deals, start-up Korean sales agent iHQsold Sad Movie to Japan's Gaga for asum that was more than 80% of the film's $3.5m budget. The melodrama, whichopens in Korea on Oct
  • Pusan unveils plans for 'biggest' Asian film market

    The Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF)has unveiled ambitious plans for a full-scale market which it claims will bethe biggest and most comprehensive in Asia. To be held alongside PIFF in October 2006, the four-day event has beenchristened the Busan Film Market (Busanis the new name for the city although the festival has kept the old spelling).It will be structured around market booths, with room to accommodate 300companies from 40 countries, the BFM-TV mult
  • Scholl to open Made In Germany at AFI FEST

    Made In Germany, the annualshowcase of new German cinema held in Los Angeles as part of AFI FEST,commences on Nov 4 with Marc Rothemund's wartime drama and German foreignlanguage Academy Award submission Sophie Scholl - The Final Days.Other titles in the 6thAnnual Festival of German Films Los Angeles include the North Americanpremieres of Dominique Deruddere's drama The Wedding Party, Ed Herzog's Almost Heaven, which is the tale of anaspiring country music singer who acci
  • Screen names ten films in line for Hollywood World Award

    The full list of nominees for The Hollywood World Award sponsored by Screen International were unveiled yesterday.The award, now in its secondyear, will be presented on Oct 24 at the Hollywood Film Awards in Los Angeles.The shortlist consists of: Ilya Khrzhanovsky's 4 from RussiaCarlos Reygadas' Battle In Heavenfrom MexicoJacques Audiard's The Beat That My Heart Skipped from FranceMichael Haneke's French-Austrian co-production Hidden
  • Shoe Fairy flies to Japan's IMX

    Hong Kong star Andy Lau's Focus Films has sold Robin Lee's TheShoe Fairy, the first film to emerge from its Focus: First Cuts series, toJapan's IMX.Produced by Taiwan's Three Dots Entertainment, the film combines fairytaleimagery and computer graphics in a love story between a woman, her new husbandand her collection of shoes. The film premiered here atthe Pusan International Film Festi
  • Shore leaves Kong after differences with Jackson

    Citing creative differenceswith Peter Jackson, composer Howard Shore has "amicably" left the production ofKing Kong two months before itsNorth American release. Shore will be replaced byJames Newton Howard, the multi-Academy Award nominee whose credits include BatmanBegins, The Sixth Sense and RunawayBride. "I have greatly enjoyed mycollaborations with Howard Shore, whose musical themes made immeasurablecontributions to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy,"
  • Skillset names successful applicants for Inside Pictures programme

    Skillset's film business training programmeInside Pictures has announced the 14 successfulapplicants for its 2005/6 programme. The group was chosen from hundreds of applicationsthrough a committee selection process and a shortlist of interviews. The successful applicants are:- Alexei Boltho, Commercial Executive, BBCFilms -Tara Buckwell, Legal and Business Affairs Manager,Tiger Aspect Pictures -George Duffield, Producer, Arcane Pic
  • Sky to show entire Star Wars saga in 2006

    BSkyB has signed a deal with Twentieth Century Fox and LucasFilmtoshow the entire Star Wars saga in 2006. The deal gives Sky exclusive UKtelevision rights for all six Star Wars films from August 2006, to coincidewith the start of the pay-tv window for StarWars: Episode III -
  • Spanish broadcasters bankroll commercial fare

    Spanishbroadcaster Antena 3 cranks up production on Monday (Oct 17) on its biggest feature filmto date, the Euros 10m period drama Los Borgia.The 100% Antena3 production is set to roll during 10 weeks in Spain and Italy beginningOctober 17 with stars Paz Vega (Spanglish), Lluis Homar (Bad Education), Maria Valverde (Melissa P) and Sergio Peris Mencheta (SecretAgents).Los Borgia is just one of several high-profilefilms currently in produc
  • Storm brews over Venezualan Oscar choice

    A storm is brewing overVenezuela's choice as Foreign Language Oscar candidate. The cause of therumbling is the decision by El Centro Nacional De Cinematografia (CENAC) tooverlook the claims of Secuestro Express, the country's biggest box-office hit in history. Some, notably thefilm's 27-year-old writer director Jonathan Jakubowicz, believe the decisionmay be politically motivated."It was a very lastminute decision," Jakubowicz told "The entire week, they (
  • Tenerife to host new Historical Film Festival

    Spain's Canary Island of Tenerife will host thenewly-created International Historical Film Festival of La Laguna (Oct 13-15).Billed as a pioneer cultural and social eventin Spain, the festival, dubbed FICHLA, hopes to up its budget next year and runsubsequent editions over seven days.Teodoro Rios, organiser of the Spanish Film Screenings of Lanzarote, is director of the new festival, which houses
  • The Orphanage launches CG animation studio

    SanFrancisco-based effects house The Orphanage has launched Orphanage AnimationStudios (OAS), a CG production division that will be headed up by GenndyTartakovsky, the Russian animator and creator behind the Cartoon Network's hitseries Star Wars: Clone Wars, Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory.The company launches with a multi-million dollardevelopment fund raised through private equity and is actively developing aslate of CG feature projects in the $50m-$75m range to be
  • The Tiger And The Snow (La Tigre E La Neve)

    Dir: Roberto Benigni. It. 2005. 114mins.Strictly for those with high schmaltz threshholds, Roberto Benigni's The Tiger And TheSnow will go down well at home, but outside of Italy it isunlikely to ex
  • The Tin Mine (Mahalai Meung Rae)

    Dir: Jira Maligool. Thai. 2005. 110mins.A picture that presents life working underground asan uplifting, character-building experience is nothing if not an oddity. Andwhile this attitude should bestow on TheTin Mine - Thailand's best foreign language Oscar submission - adistinctiveness all
  • The Willow Tree (Beed-e Majnoon)

    Dir: MajidMajidi. Iran. 2005. 96minsWith The Willow Tree, Iranian film-maker MajidMajidi gives in to the mawkish melodramatictendencies he was always managed to keep at arm's length in past works like Colours Of Paradiseand
  • These Girls

    Dir: John Hazlett. Can. 2005. 92minsThe thrust of These Girls sounds like a dirty joke andwhile the situation explored is provocative, it's a real testament to itsfilm-makers and cast that the comedy transcends the snick
  • Tiger spreads pawmark across Italy

    DreamWorksInternational's number one international title Wallace And Gromit looks a good bet to continue itsdomination this weekend.The animatedfeature was scheduled to open through UIP in France on Oct 12, Germany on Oct13 and the UK on Oct 14; it has amassed more than $13.8m to date.Other UIPreleases include Universal's sci-fi adventure Serenity ($4.1m international running total) inRussia on Oct 13, Focus Features' thriller The Constant Gardener in Brazil
  • TLA picks up US rights to Evilenko

    TLA Releasing has picked upNorth American home entertainment and broadcast rights from Blue Star Movies toDavid Grieco's Italian-Russian psychological thriller Evilenko.The Philadelphia-basedcompany plans an early 2006 release on the title, which stars Malcolm McDowellas the real-life Russian serial killer who killed more than 50 children over 20years.Marton Csokas, whose creditsinclude The Lord Of The Rings, Kingdom Of Heaven and the recent psy
  • UK tax plans get some credit

    Ever since the Government published its consultation document for thereplacement of Section 48 and 42 in July, accountants and producers have beenquick to run their slide rules over the new tax credit proposals to see whatthey are really worth.There were several immediate areas of concern. One was inward investment- would the new payable tax credits really offer a strong enough incentive for Hollywood studioslooking to set up camp in the
  • UK's World Cinema names Kelly as managing director

    Tom Kelly has been named Managing Director of World Cinema,the UK salesarm for the home entertainment products of independent distributors includingTartan Video and Artificial Eye. Kelly was previously commercial director for Cinema Club andsales and marketing director for 20th Century Fox. He started thenew position on October 3.He replaces Mike Flello, who hadbeen World Cinema's MD since its in
  • Valladolid unveils competition line-up

    Spain'sValladolid International Film Festival has unveiled the programme for itsupcoming 50th anniversary edition (Oct 21-29).To celebrate the event, the festival has created a one-time 50thAnniversary Prize with a cash award of Euros 50,000 to be split between thewinning film's producer and director. Another Euros 12,000 one-time prize willgo to a short film.Ang Lee is one of the internationaltalents anticipated at
  • Wallace & Gromit rule US with $16.1m weekend

    DreamWorksAnimation's Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit stole the show at the domestic box office over theweekend as it opened top on an estimated $16m.
  • Weyermann leaves Sundance for Participant

    Participant Productions hasappointed the former director of the Sundance Institute's Documentary FilmProgramme Diane Weyermann (pictured) to the newly created post of executive vice presidentof documentary production.Weyermann will beresponsible for the Los Angeles-based company's documentary department, andwill oversee acquisitions and development and production. She will report toParticipant president Ricky Strauss.Prior to the appointment,Weyermann served as the director of t
  • Wolf Creek release hit by Oz murder trial

    A murder trialthat starts on Monday (Oct 17) has led to Australian distributor Roadshowwithdrawing home-grown horror flick Wolf Creek from some cinema screens at the requestof the Director of Public Prosecutions. The film will nolonger be shown in the Northern Territory from November 3 but will be releasedeverywhere else in Australia as planned.Bradley JohnMurdoch, a truck driver in his 40s, is facing murder and abduction charges inthe Northern Territory Supreme Court in
  • Woodward speaks out to defend Film Council role

    UK FilmCouncil chief executive officer John Woodward has delivered an impassioneddefence of the function of the Film Council. Speakingthis week at an ACE (Ateliers Du Cinema Europeen) debate in London on 'The UK, A Suitable CaseFor Treatment,' Woodward sought to clarify the Council's position vis a vis the Government and thefilm industry.'We sit between Government and industry but we are not an industrybody,' Woodward said. 'We are a Government body. We're o