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17 October 2013

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  • Abu Dhabi reveals masterclasses

    Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton and The Missing Picture producer Catherine Dussart among those to host masterclasses.
  • AFI FEST unveils New Auteurs, shorts

    AFI FEST 2013 presented by Audi top brass unveiled the New Auteurs and shorts sections that will screen at the festival, set to take place from November 7-14 in Hollywood.
  • AFI unveils galas, special screenings

    John Wells’ August: Osage County, a 3D version of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor and the world premiere of Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor will screen as galas at the TCL Chinese Theatre next month.
  • AFM 2013 to screen 400+ features

    Premieres will include Pathé International’s recent Toronto hit Philomena and Huayi Brothers’ box office smash Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon.
  • Altar Identity boards Big Stone Gap

    Altar Identity Studios will co-produce and finance Donna Gigliotti, James Spies and J E Craig’s Big Stone Gap to star Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg.
  • Asian Film Market wraps with prizes

    Busan’s Asian Film Market wrapped with a record number of participants and the Asian Project Market (APM)’s top Busan Award going to Kim Jee-woon’s Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade.
  • AWFJ to launch Whistler award

    The Alliance Of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) has announced the presentation of a juried AWFJ EDA Awards at this year’s Whistler Film Festival, set to run from December 4-8 in British Columbia.
  • Ben Wheatley to direct Doctor Who

    EXCLUSIVE: Kill List and Sightseers director will direct the first two episodes in the new series of Doctor Who.
  • BFI launches international strategy

    The British Film Institute (BFI) has unveiled its new international strategy.
  • Blade Runner duo to reunite

    EXCLUSIVE: Rutger Hauer joins UK thriller Kickback with John Cusack, Sean Young.
  • Blanc-Biehn bulks up Perception

    EXCLUSIVE: Jon Huertas has joined the cast of Blanc-Biehn Productions and Small Red Star Productions’ Altered Perception.
  • BT strikes Sky Movies deal

    11 Sky Movies channels to be available on BT TV.
  • Butterfly Children wins Slamdance honours

    Melanie Schiele’s Butterfly Children has won the $50,000 Slamdance 2013 Writing Competition grand prize and $10,000 in cash presented by JuntoBox Films.
  • Camerimage to honour John Turturro

    Cinematography festival will also honour Avatar production designer Rick Carter and documentary cinematographer Joan Churchill.
  • Camerimage unveils competition line-up

    Sebastian Junger and Andrea Nix Fine among filmmakers screening in competition at the cinematography festival.
  • Canal+ Canada to take on Netflix

    French pay-TV group Canal Plus is set to launch French-language SVOD and VOD services in Canada in November via Paris-based video-sharing platform DailyMotion, the companies announced in a joint statement.
  • Carrie

    Dir: Kimberly Peirce. US. 2013. 99mins
  • Cause and effects

    With Hollywood VFX companies in trouble, the industry is looking at its business practices and the need for a lobbying body.
  • Charlie Hunnam exits Fifty Shades

    Charlie Hunnam, the star of cable TV smash Sons Of Anarchy and last summer’s international hit Pacific Rim, has pulled out of Universal and Focus Features’ Fifty Shades Of Grey due to work commitments.
  • Cinedigm to buy GVE

    Cinedigm has agreed to acquire Gaiam Inc’s entertainment unit GVE in a $51.5m move.
  • Cole to direct Daylight Robbery

    EXCLUSIVE: Exclusive Media producing with James Gay-Rees; marks start of Exclusive’s new focus on UK non-genre productions.
  • Content sells Pact 2 to IFC

    Content has announced that IFC Midnight has picked up US theatrical rights to The Pact 2, a candidate for Park City At Midnight in Sundance 2014 given that the first film premiered there in 2012.
  • CPH:DOX reveals 2013 programme

    Line-up includes two programmes curated by Ai Weiwei and The Yes Men.
  • Creativity Capital gets credit facility

    EXCLUSIVE: Creativity Media subsidiary gets £2m facility from Schneider Media Investments.
  • Crowe joins Voltage’s Fathers

    Voltage Films has cast Oscar winner Russell Crowe in the lead of Gabriele Muccino’s upcoming love story Fathers And Daughters, igniting what is sure to become one of the must-have titles of the AFM.
  • Danny Boyle's Babylon underway

    Channel 4 pilot written by Peep Show team underway; cast includes Brit Marling, Jimmy Nesbitt, Adam Deacon.
  • Doctor Who's Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue give NFTS Masterclass

    The award-winning writer-producer duo advised on how to go from script to screen.
  • Emily Browning in talks to join Rosa

    EXCLUSIVE: Celsius takes rights to Ray Lawrence, Barrie M Osborne sweeping romance.
  • eOne acquires Gabrielle for US

    eOne has picked up US distribution rights to Canada’s foreign-language Oscar submission Gabrielle and plans to release this winter.
  • eOne partners' appreciation lunch

    On Monday in Santa Monica, Entertainment One hosted a Partners Appreciation Lunch, coinciding with the AFM.
  • Escape Plan

    Dir: Mikael Håfström. US. 2013. 115mins
  • Europe's Cinema Communication unveiled

    The European Commission (EC) has finally adopted a new Communication on state aid for films and other audiovisual works.
  • Event Cinema on growth curve

    Event Cinema (formerly known as alternative content) could account for 3% of the worldwide box office by 2017, according to experts at an all day networking event dedicated to the sector.
  • Fey, Poehler back to host Globes

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to host the ceremony in 2014 and 2015 following their acclaimed stint earlier this year.
  • Film Nation unveils anti-piracy ad

    Film made by UK teenagers to be shown before every screening at this month’s National Youth Film Festival.
  • Film Sales Co finds Galapagos

    EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company president Andrew Herwitz has acquired international sales rights to Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller’s documentary The Galapagos Affair: When Satan Came To Eden.
  • Filmmakers to oversee Creative England funding schemes

    New funds aimed at helping regional filmmakers and production companies across England have been launched this week by Creative England.
  • FilmNation boards Selick's Grimm

    FilmNation has come on co-produce and handles sales on the live-action feature A Tale Dark & Grimm to be directed by Henry Selick.
  • FilmNation to sell Allen's Magic

    EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation has landed a major new title for the AFM and will commence sales on the company’s first Woody Allen collaboration Magic In The Moonlight.
  • Finecut scores Asian Film Market sales

    South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of Asian Film Market deals led by Kim Ki-duk’s controversial Moebius.
  • First Event Cinema Awards unveiled

    NT Live and the Royal Opera House among winners at the first Event Cinema Awards, organised by the Event Cinema Association to honour content including opera, ballet and rock concerts.
  • Five up for EFAs Discovery award

    The European Film Academy has announced the five nominees for the European Discovery 2013 - Prix Fipresci.
  • Fox promotes Hanneman, Jegeus

    Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus have been promoted to co-presidents of worldwide marketing and distribution at 20th Century Fox Film as it emerged that chief marketing officer for the domestic division Oren Aviv will leave the company.
  • Frears readies 'Lance Armstrong'

    StudioCanal and Working Title Films reunite for the untitled ‘Cycling Project’ directed by Stephen Frears.
  • 'Gatsby' wins Box Office award

    Other awards handed to Mt Zion, The Hobbit, Intouchables and Skyfall.
  • Gravitas plots California Scheming

    Gravitas Ventures and Rapid Eye Film announced that teen thriller California Scheming will open day-and-date in theatres and on VOD on January 31 2014.
  • Gravity adds $28.5m to rule int'l

    UPDATED: Gravity stayed top of the international arena as a confirmed $28.5m from close to 3.4m admissions on more than 5,785 screens in 38 markets propelled the early tally to $68.3m after two weekends.
  • Gravity leads LFF online buzz

    Study of online chatter around the BFI London Film Festivals reveals major audience interest for Gravity, Under the Skin and Blue is the Warmest Colour.
  • Gravity stays aloft on $44.3m

    Audience demand kept Warner Bros’ all-categories Oscar contender at the top of the North American charts as an estimated $44.3m in the second session boosted the running total to $123.4m.
  • Gravity, Riddick in battle of Brazil

    Warner Bros Pictures International’s space thriller had reached $39.4m by Thursday (October 10) and is expected to cross $50m by the end of the weekend with 10 new markets set to open.
  • Hollywood Classics, HanWay tie up

    EXCLUSIVE: The Last Emperor 3D to get UK theatrical release in 2014 as part of deal.
  • IDFA reveals 2013 line-up

    Selection includes competition titles, a focus on Southeast Asia and a ‘Top 10’ compiled by director Rithy Panh.
  • Indonesia's Balinale reveals winners

    Films from Ifa Isfansyah and Endri Pelita take top prizes at Bali film festival.
  • Ireland boosts tax incentive

    The Irish government has amended its tax incentive for the film, TV and animation industries so that non-EU talent is now included as eligible expenditure.
  • Jean-Marc Vallee starts Wild shoot

    Dallas Buyers Club director adapting true story, starring Reese Witherspoon.
  • Julian Assange's WikiLeaks doc stalks The Fifth Estate

    EXCLUSIVE: Julian Assange-produced doc sees VOD success; heads for free US release.
  • LAFCA to honour Richard Lester

    The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has selected to honour the director with its 2014 Career Achievement Award.
  • Legendary acquires Reminiscence

    Legendary Pictures has paid low seven figures for the sci-fi thriller spec script by Lisa Joy.
  • Legendary lures Crane to Hot Wheels

    Renowned second unit director Simon Crane will direct Legendary Pictures’ Mattel adaptation Hot Wheels from a screenplay by Paul Attanasio.
  • Lionsgate home ent promotes Ceylan

    Akin Ceylan has been promoted to COO of Lionsgate Home Entertainment Group.
  • Locarno opens doors to Sub-Saharan Africa

    The 12th edition of Locarno’s Open Doors co-production forum to focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • London Korean FF reveals line-up

    Box office smash Hide and Seek to open festival; Kim Jee-woon to present his favourite short films.
  • Lotte reports busy Busan sales

    Hot sellers include Hope and The Terror, Live.
  • Lumière fest launches Classic Films Market

    Heritage festival spearheaded by Thierry Fremaux bumps up industry presence.
  • Magnolia takes US on The Double

    Magnolia Pictures has come on board to distribute The Double in the US following the recent world premiere in Toronto.
  • Michael Barker to give PFM keynote

    Michael Barker, co-president and co-founder of US distributor Sony Pictures Classics, will deliver this year’s keynote address at the Film London Production Finance Market (PFM).
  • Netflix orders thriller from Sony

    Netflix has commissioned its first original series from a major Hollywood studio, a Sony-produced psychological thriller from the team behind legal drama Damages.
  • Norris named National Theatre director

    The director of Broken will suceed Nicholas Hytner from April 2015.
  • NYFCC set Dec 3 vote

    The New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) hierarchy has announced it will stage its vote for the 2013 awards season on December 3.
  • Once Upon A Time In Vietnam

    Dir/scr: Dustin Tri Nguyen. Vietnam. 2013. 106mins
  • Open Road, Searchlight set key releases

    Open Road Films in association with SB Films and Dolphin Films will release the Justin Bieber concert documentary Believe nationwide on December 25. Separately, Fox Searchlight will release The Grand Budapest Hotel on March 7, 2014.
  • Paradise

    Dir/scr: Diablo Cody. US. 2013. 86mins
  • Parkland set for JFK anniversary release

    UK release moved back to November 22 to mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F Kennedy.
  • Pascha, Remote Control take top prizes at Busan

    The 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) wrapped with the two New Currents Awards going to Ahn Seonkyoung’s Korean film Pascha and Byamba Sakhya’s Mongolia-Germany co-production Remote Control.
  • Pasolini, Polanski to bookend Warsaw

    Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life to open this year’s Warsaw Film Festival (WFF) tonight, which will close with Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur on Oct 20.
  • Prisoners records hat-trick in UK

    eOne’s drama takes $1.6m (£968,990) to retain top spot for third straight week, crossing the £5m mark in the process; Fox’s Turbo posts previews of $2.2m (£1.4m).
  • Quentin Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho in conversation

    Two of the world’s biggest genre geeks, Quentin Tarantino and Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, discussed Asian cinema, casting and creative independence at the Busan film festival on Friday.
  • Rio splits top prize between two

    The 15th annual Rio International Film Festival winners were announced on October 10 at an awards ceremony held at the festival’s downtown Armazem 6 dockland pavilion.
  • Rome Film Festival unveils line-up

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Seventh Code and Takashi Miike’s The Mole Song added to the competition titles.
  • Royal premiere for Mandela film

    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has been selected for this year’s Royal Film Performance.
  • Schlessel unveils executive team

    Incoming Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel has announced his core team in the wake of the company’s merger with FilmDistrict as it emerged that senior executives Andrew Karpen, David Brooks and Jack Foley will be leaving the new set-up.  
  • Screen and Broadcast launch diversity forum

    Baroness Oona King to chair event at BAFTA, speakers include Danny Cohen, Ben Roberts, Bettany Hughes, Lenny Henry, Pat Younge, Damian Jones.
  • Seyfried joins Fathers & Daughters

    Amanda Seyfried has signed on as the female lead opposite Russell Crowe in Fathers And Daughters, the epic romance that Voltage Pictures will introduce to AFM buyers next month.
  • Sitges festival set to kick off

    Fantasy film festival to include world premieres of Mindscape and The Returned as well as a focus on high end TV drama.
  • Soda nabs London Film Festival duo

    EXCLUSIVE: UK deals for Abu-Assad’s Omar and Groning’s The Police Officer’s Wife.
  • Soulmate sales to begin at AFM

    Supernatural thriller, presented by Neil Marshall, marks the directorial debut of actress Axelle Carolyn.
  • SPC's Barker delivers PFM keynote

    The beleaguered community of film critics has received strong support from an influential source in the shape of Sony Pictures Classics Co-President and Co-Founder Michael Barker.
  • Spotlight picks up Authors

    Spotlight Pictures will introduce AFM buyers to the rom-com Authors Anonymous starring Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory alongside Chris Klein, Teri Polo and the late Dennis Farina in one of his final roles.
  • Stalingrad best opening for Russian film

    Actor-director Fedor Bondarchuk’s $30m war spectacle Stalingrad has had the strongest opening ever for a locally produced film with $14.3m takings from 1,400 screens across Russia on its first weekend.
  • SXSW announces daily keynotes

    Filmmakers Lena Dunham, Jason Blum and Casey Neistat will deliver daily keynote addresses at SXSW 2014.
  • Tamako In Moratorium

    Dir: Nobuhiro Yamashita. Japan. 2013. 78mins
  • TFI, Rockefeller back Hurricane Sandy doc

    The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced a grant in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation to fully fund Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman’s (pictured) documentary This Time Next Year.
  • The Dinner

    Dir/scr: Kim Dong-hyun. South Korea. 2013. 125mins
  • The Fake

    Dir/scr: Yeon Sango-ho. South Korea. 2013. 101mins
  • Thuy

    Dir: Kim Jae-han. South Korea. 2013. 108mins
  • Ti West, The Sacrament

    The horror filmmaker talks to Ian Sandwell about his latest feature The Sacrament, which received its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival.
  • TRAILER: Grand Budapest Hotel

    The first trailer for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel has been released.
  • TWC close to Macbeth deal

    The Weinstein Company is understood to be about to close a domestic deal on the Shakespeare adaptation that will star Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
  • UTA signs Anthony Chen

    Director won the Camera d’Or award at Cannes for his feature debut Ilo Ilo, which represents Singapore in the foreign language Oscar race.
  • Venice selects 12 for filmmaking scheme

    A total of 12 projects have been selected for the second edition of Venice filmmaking scheme, the Biennale College - Cinema, a programme for training young filmmakers and producing micro-budget films. 
  • We Are The Best! secures more sales

    Deals closed in France, Russia and Hong Kong among others.
  • Woody Allen film title revealed

    Woody Allen’s new film is titled Magic In The Moonlight.
  • Xbox orders first unscripted series

    Microsoft has commissioned a football-themed series as the first unscripted series to stream via its Xbox games console.