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18 April 2013

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  • EC reveals Creative Europe budget

    The European Commission (EC) has issued a revised budget breakdown for the proposed Creative Europe framework programme from 2014-2020.
  • 2014 Globes set for Jan 12

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and producer dick clark productions made the announcement on Thursday [18].
  • 42 scores in US on $27.3m

    Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures’ baseball drama 42 starring Harrison Ford hit an eye-catching number one home run during an otherwise sluggish box office session in North America.
  • ABBA star to adapt witch novel

    ABBA musician Benny Andersson has launched a new production company with his son to adapt award-winning Swedish novel The Circle.
  • Alamo to open Lubbock theatre

    Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas announced plans on Wednesday [17] to open its first Lubbock area location with franchise partner Triple Tap Ventures.
  • Anchor Bay finds Mr. Jones

    Anchor Bay Films has picked up North American rights to Mr. Jones ahead of its world premiere on Friday at Tribeca.
  • Andhare to head Viacom18 film unit

    Ajit Andhare has been appointed as chief operating officer of India’s Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
  • Ariel Vromen, The Iceman

    The director talks to Tyler Pukatch about his inspiration for The Iceman, the key to finding the right cast and his fascination with the real-life assassin.
  • ARP acquires Cannes title Borgman

    French distributor ARP acquires Alex van Warmerdam’s new film from Fortissimo ahead of Cannes world premiere.
  • Athens Francophone Film Festival

    Photos from the 14th edition of the festival, which ran April 4-14.
  • Barlow launches US distribution outfit

    Former China Lion executive Milt Barlow has launched a North American distribution outfit, Asia Releasing, which will release Chinese production One Mile Above (Kora) on June 7.
  • Benaroya launches sales venture

    EXCLUSIVE: LA-based financier and producer Michael Benaroya and a coterie of partners are understood to be applying the finishing touches to a new sales company, International Film Trust.
  • BFI details £26m education push

    Eric Fellner to chair board of new organisation called Film Nation UK.
  • Blackbird, High triumph at Sonoma

    Jason Buxton’s Blackbird was named best world feature as the 16th annual Sonoma International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday [14].
  • Cannes chief on 2013 line-up

    Some 1,858 features were submitted to the festival this year. Surprises include first Dutch picture in competition in 38 years. 
  • Cannes Film Festival 2013 line-up

    The Official Selection for the 66th Cannes Film Festival has been revealed in Paris.
  • Cannes short films revealed

    Nine films will compete for the 2013 Short Film Palme d’or, presided over by director and jury president Jane Campion.
  • Cinedigm, BitTorrent unite for Newman

    The companies have struck a deal over the release of Arthur Newman, whereby fans will be able to see an exclusive first seven minutes of the film prior to the Apr 26 release.
  • CinemaCon: DLP footprint crosses 82k

    Worldwide adoption of Texas Instruments’ DLP Cinema technology reached 82,364 screens by Apr 1, of which 43,615 were 3D-enabled, the company announced on the opening day of CinemaCon on Monday [15].
  • CinemaCon: stars shine for studios

    Paramount, Warner Bros and Universal kicked off the studio presentations at CinemaCon in Las Vegas with glitzy showreel events for attendees.
  • CinemaCon: Wanda, Dolby Atmos

    Technology announcements flowed from Caesars Palace on the first day of CinemaCon on Monday [15], led by the news that Chinese theatre giant Wanda plans to instal Dolby Atmos as the standard audio equipment in all its X-Land giant screens.
  • Cold War sweeps Hong Kong Film Awards

    Edko Films’ Cold War swept the Hong Kong Film Awards on Saturday night, winning nine prizes including best picture.
  • Company3 ties with iDailies to secure 35mm processing in UK

    The mid-term future of 35mm and 16mm film processing in the UK looks to have been secured in an eleventh hour deal struck between Deluxe-owned Company3 and London film lab iDailies.
  • Demange’s 71 underway, adds cast

    Principal photography is underway on Yann Demange’s thriller ‘71, starring Jack O’Connell.
  • Dublin fest boosts management team

    Gráinne Humphreys role extended; Jackie Ryan named general manager.
  • eOne boards Cronenberg thriller

    eOne to co-finance David Cronenberg’s Map to the Stars, which is due to shoot in July starring Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack and Sarah Gadon.
  • Evolution cuts sub-agency deals

    Miramax’s worldwide licensing and promotions agency Evolution announced on Tuesday [16] the international sub-agents in Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.
  • Fast 7 set for July 2014

    Universal Pictures announced on Tuesday it will release Fast & Furious 7 on Jul 11, 2014.
  • Film Arcade, Par get A.C.O.D.

    The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution have acquired worldwide rights to Black Bear Pictures’ Sundance entry.
  • Film London launches int’l training

    Pilot scheme in Georgia may pave the way for other territories.
  • FilmBuff to release Red Obsession

    FilmBuff said on Wednesday [17] that it will release wine documentary Red Obsession, set to receive its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
  • FilmDistrict opens High Top

    The standalone subsidiary and boutique distributor will provide theatrical booking services to independent producers.
  • Films Without Borders up for innovation award

    Organisation selected as finalist at fourth Annual Britweek UKTI Business Innovation Awards.
  • Filmworks CEO Tim Smythe dies

    Founding CEO of Dubai-based Filmworks lured shoots of Syriana and The Kingdom to the region.
  • First LIFE Summit sets date

    The du Cap hotel will host the inaugural LIFE Summit on the French Riviera immediately prior to Cannes on May 14.
  • Four Lions pulled after Boston blasts

    Chris Morris’ satirical film Four Lions, in which four men detonate explosives during the London Marathon, has been pulled from Film4’s schedules following the blasts in Boston.
  • Fox Int'l hits $1bn box office

    Fox International executives are projecting the company’s aggregated release slate will cross $1bn for the year-to-date today [Apr 12] in what would become the second fastest time in history.
  • G.I. Joe 2 storms China

    The Asian market’s powerhouse status is nothing new, however its ability to shape the box office landscape continued to inspire awe as a $33m opening week single-handedly returned the international box office crown to Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
  • Gravitas takes J-horror remake

    Gravitas Ventures has acquired theatrical and digital rights to Apartment 1303 3D from MonteCristo International.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    Raindance is producing its first feature film and shooting has started on Steve Gomez’s Kill Command in London.
  • Hugh Grant romcom begins shoot

    Production is underway on two unrelated projects – Marc Lawrence’s untitled romantic comedy in New York and A Fighting Man in Ontario, Canada.
  • Imagina’s Sanze to join K5

    Rodolphe Sanze has left Spanish firm Imagina and will join Germany’s K5 International, where Sara Boss has been promoted ahead of Cannes.
  • IMAX expands Cinepolis footprint

    UPDATED APR 15: IMAX Corporation will instal five theatres in existing Cinepolis multiplexes across Mexico, the companies announced on the first day of CinemaCon on Monday [15] in Las Vegas. Separately IMAX has extended its deal with Paramount.
  • In Bloom wins at goEast

    In Bloom wins the Skoda Award at Wiesbaden’s goEast; Visions du Réel opens with Alphée des étoiles
  • Independent to sell Coherence

    EXCLUSIVE: Rango co-writer Jim Byrkit directs thriller produced by Lene Bausager.
  • Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles

    The 11th annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles got underway on Tuesday [Apr 9] with the red carpet Los Angeles premiere of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur. Festivities will continue through Apr 14.
  • International Women's Film Festival Dortmund

    Photos from the 2013 edition of the festival, which wrapped yesterday [April 14].
  • Jupiter Ascending begins shoot

    Filming is underway on Lana and Andy Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending for Warner Bros and Village Roadshow Pictures.
  • Legal film-sharing service launches

    Stockholm-based VoD firm unveils the “world’s first legal film sharing service”.
  • Lincoln Center to co-present CUFF

    Columbia University School Of The Arts Film Program’s 26th Annual Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF) is set to take place from May 3-9 in New York.
  • Manet: Portraying Life

    Dirs/scr: Phil Grabsky, Ben Harding. UK. 2013. 93mins
  • Marchand to lead eOne production push

    EXCLUSIVE: Former Alliance exec Xavier Marchand segues into production role at eOne; Suite Francaise due to shoot in June.
  • Markowitz earns eOne stripes

    Entertainment One Films US announced on Friday [12] the appointment of Ryan Markowitz to the newly position of vp of theatrical sales and distribution.
  • Media Asia taking Yen titles to Cannes

    Hong Kong’s Media Asia has added two titles starring Donnie Yen to its Cannes slate – Soi Cheang’s Enter the Master and Dragon City, to be directed by Derek Kwok.
  • Meetings on the Bridge awards winners

    The eighth Meetings on the Bridge, part of the Istanbul Film Festival, has handed out cash prizes to a raft of new projects.
  • Miss Lovely wins at IFFLA

    Ashim Ahluwalia’s drama [pictured] won the 11th annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles’s grand jury prize for best feature at the end of six days of screenings and panels.
  • Mitty pleases, Liongate unveils logo

    CinemaCon: The 20th Century Fox showreel impressed exhibitors on Thursday [18] with footage from Ben Stiller’s potential awards contender The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, while in a separate session Lionsgate unveiled its new corporate logo [pictured].
  • Morgan Freeman in Transcendence talks

    Morgan Freeman is in final talks to join Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall and Kate Mara on Alcon’s Transcendence.
  • Move over, Dimbleby

    BAFTA hosted a Question Time-style event which drew dozens of interesting queries.
  • MPAA, NATO in ratings campaign

    CinemaCon: MPAA chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd and NATO president John Fithian gave their annual addresses to the Las Vegas convention on Tuesday [16] and launched an initiative to help parents better navigate the ratings system.
  • New film festival for Cork

    A new independent film festival has been founded by former Cork Film Festival veterans Mick Hannigan and Una Feely with the support of director Ken Loach.
  • News Corp to rename ent assets 21st Century Fox

    News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch told staff the development on Tuesday ahead of the expected July separation of his company.
  • Not Another Happy Ending closing EIFF

    World premiere of comedy starring Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan selected as the closing film of the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
  • Oblivion leads US on $38.2m

    Tom Cruise returned to the top of the North American charts for the first time since December 2011 as Oblivion debuted on an estimated $38.2m from 3,783 sites.
  • Oblivion posts $60.4m debut

    UPDATED APR 15: Tom Cruise’s enduring appeal mobilised the crowds in 52 territories as Universal Pictures International executives confirmed the weekend gross on Monday [15] as the sci-fi adventure opened top in 48 of 52 territories. It arrives in the US on Apr 19.
  • Oblivion set to top int'l charts

    The weekend international box office champion looks likely to be Tom Cruise action thriller Oblivion, which opens through Universal across most of the world.
  • Oblivion to cross $100m

    Universal Pictures International executives anticipate a consolidation session as Oblivion seeks to retain its international box office crown.
  • Oblivion tops UK box office

    Universal’s sci-fi scores $7.6m (£4.95m) debut, including previews, to knock The Croods off the top spot.
  • Online film services close to saturation

    YouGov poll highlights potential saturation point for film services and lack of UltraViolet awareness.
  • Opera tops ‘event cinema’ in Europe

    First report on ‘event cinema’ reveals opera to be the most popular alternative content across Europe.
  • Oscar producers to return in 2014

    Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a second time in 2014, Academy president Hawk Koch announced on Tuesday [16].
  • Peter Kang earns Par stripes

    Paramount Pictures has appointed Peter Kang as evp of production. 
  • Philm Company finances Last Showing

    EXCLUSIVE: Psychological horror/thriller to shoot in summer; Alexandra Baranska joins London-based company from Fox.
  • Pinewood inks China joint-venture

    Joint venture with Seven Stars Media to include skills academy and Chinese co-productions.
  • Polar Bear starts shoot

    Production has commenced in Providence, Rhode Island, on Infinitely Polar Bear starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. Aldamisa International launched pre-sales at the EFM and will continue in Cannes next month.
  • Raindance crowd-funding first film

    Raindance Raw Talent, the production arm of the Raindance Film Festival, has partnered with Mulholland Pictures to make its first feature – a home invasion thriller directed by Ate de Jong.
  • Sales of Christie Solaria One accelerate

    Since its launch in November 2012, small-screen theatres in China, Russia, India, Brazil and across Europe and North America have purchased Christie’s projector [pictured].
  • Scary Movie 5

    Dir: Malcolm D. Lee. US. 2013. 86mins
  • SFFS, Rainin hand out $340,000

    San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced on Thursday [18] the projects that will receive $340,000 in funding.
  • Shane Meadows to head shorts jury

    This is England director Shane Meadows and former Doctor Who star David Tennant are to help judge this year’s Virgin Media Shorts competition, which is now open for entry.
  • Silverdocs rebrands, expands

    The American Film Institute has announced that Silverdocs will now be called AFI Docs presented by Audi and will expand this year into Washington DC.
  • Sony partners with Dolby 3D

    New Dolby 3D system is designed to be used in conjunction with Sony’s SRX-R320 series 4K projector [pictured].
  • Sony sets Russia Stalingrad release

    Sony Pictures Releasing International will handle distribution in Russia for Fedor Bondarchuk’s [pictured] epic love story and the first Russian-made feature to be released in IMAX.
  • Spain’s Alta Films faces closure

    Leading Spanish distributor, exhibitor and producer Alta Films is facing closure, according to CEO Enrique González Macho.
  • Star Wars VII set for 2015

    CinemaCon: Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn led a three-hour presentation in Las Vegas in which he revealed release dates for the next three Star Wars movies.
  • Steel Magnolias joins AFI line-up

    The AFI has added Steel Magnolias to its line-up for the one-off Target Presents AFI Night At The Movies on Apr 24.
  • Sundance hit Fruitvale gets new title

    The Weinstein Company has changed the name of its potential awards season contender Fruitvale to Fruitvale Station.
  • Tee quits Malaysia film festival

    Malaysian born/Hong Kong-based film producer and film festival consultant, Lorna Tee, has resigned as the co-festival director of the International Film Festival Malaysia (IFFM).
  • TFF launches Ephron prize

    Organisers at the 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced on Tuesday [16] the new $25,000 Nora Ephron Prize.
  • TFI unveils Heineken winner

    Tribeca Film Institute and Heineken USA on Saturday [20] announced that the public had elected Ava DuVernay to receive the inaugural Heineken Affinity Award.
  • The Bling Ring to open Un Certain Regard

    Director was last in Cannes in 2006 with Marie Antoinette which played in competition.
  • Tony Goldwyn joins Divergent

    Goldwyn has come on board the cast of Summit Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller, shooting now in Chicago.
  • TWC closes in on Suite Francaise

    EXCLUSIVE: TWC on the verge of a US deal for period drama set to star Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts.
  • UCLA honour for Black

    UCLA alumnus Dustin Lance Black will receive the 14th annual Lew and Pamela Hunter/Jonathan and Janice Zakin Chair Holder in Screenwriting Award.
  • UK’s biggest Everyman to open

    The largest Everyman cinema in the UK – and the first in the north of England – is to open in Leeds with five days of special screenings, including a Q&A with the producer of Searching for Sugar Man.
  • Warp strikes ITVS first-look deal

    This Is England producer Warp Films is to ramp up its move into TV production after striking a first-look deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
  • West End shows going global

    EXCLUSIVE: Digital Theatre and CinemaLive have partnered to distribute West End theatre productions into cinemas around the world.
  • What Richard Did wins in Istanbul

    32nd edition of the Istanbul Film Festival wrapped last night [April 14].
  • Whitney Hill joins Condé Nast

    Whitney Hill has been named svp of business development and strategy at Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), effective immediately.
  • XLrator hears Banshee call

    XLrator Media has acquired all US rights to Blair Erickson’s 3D horror thriller The Banshee Chapter.
  • Zulu to close Cannes Film Festival

    Jérôme Salle’s Cape Town-set thriller Zulu, starring Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, will close the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, running May 15-26.