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18 July 2013

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  • ‘Soldiers of the Damned’ wraps

    Psychological horror set during the Second World War wraps shoot.
  • AAM partners with dcinex

    Digital cinema company Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is to partner with Belgium’s dcinex to bring AAM’s Virtual Print Fee (VPF) deals and software to exhibitors across Europe.
  • Adrian Bull joins Cinelabs

    Adrian Bull has joined Cinelabs International as Chief Technology Officer.
  • Asia pre-sales for Rigor Mortis

    Fortissimo has sold rights to Juno Mak’s directorial debut.
  • BAM: Colombia feels global pull

    Colombian broadcast giant RCN is looking to shift its film production focus away from local product in favour of low budget English-language genre fare, top brass said on Thursday [11].
  • Blue Jasmine

    Dir: Woody Allen. US. 2013. 98mins
  • Brightlight, Telefilm Canada ready Nootka

    EXCLUSIVE: Brightlight Pictures with the support of Telefilm Canada is lining up period epic White Slaves Of The Nootka.
  • Candelabra bags 15 Emmy noms

    HBO’s acclaimed Liberace drama Behind The Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon may be ineligible for Oscar consideration but that has not stopped recognition coming from the world of television.
  • Census reveals more women, less ethnic diversity in creative industries

    Creative industries employment census reveals increase in women in workforce, troubling decline in ethnic minorities.
  • Christiansen back in Denmark for Razone sequel

    Christian E Christiansen, whose US debut The Roomate opened at the top of the box office in 2011, has returned to Denmark to shoot a sequel to Råzone (Life Hits).
  • Codeblack nets Flyy Girl

    The Lionsgate subsidiary has acquired the rights to Omar Tyree’s coming-of-age trilogy bestseller.
  • Comic-Con: Dravn film in the works

    Heading into the annual convention in San Diego, Universal Pictures-based Dravnverse has announced the start of pre-production on the first Dravn feature adaptation.
  • Comic-Con: footage can pay

    The importance of preview footage as a driver of audience engagement is highlighted in Comic-Con research conducted by international communications agency Way To Blue.
  • Comic-Con: IMAX gets Divergent

    Ahead of Thursday’s [18] convention panel on Divergent, top brass from IMAX Corporation and Lionsgate-owned Summit said that the first episode of the sci-fi trilogy will be remastered into IMAX and released worldwide commencing on Mar 21, 2014.
  • Comic-Con: SPWA gets Grace

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired worldwide rights to the horror-thriller from Automatik, Oddfellows Entertainment and Colony Pictures.
  • Cronenberg starts Maps shoot

    eOne and Prospero Pictures executives have announced that principal photography has begun on David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars.
  • Danny Glover to curate Katrin Cartlidge Bursary

    The Sarajevo Film Festival has announced that US actor Danny Glover is to curate this year’s Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award.
  • Dark Touch wins at Neuchâtel

    Marina de Van’s horror movie has won the top prize at the 13th Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF).
  • DCMS defends BFI cuts; industry responds

    DCMS says it’s ‘baffled’ at BFI complaints; industry says Government is sending mixed messages.
  • Despicable Me 2 stays top in US

    Universal’s Despicable Me 2 led a strong weekend and stayed top in its second session as an estimated $44.8m beat Sony’s number two arrival Grown Ups 2 on $42.5m and a relatively mediocre $38.3m haul by Warner Bros’ Pacific Rim in third place.
  • Dogwoof fishes for Edinburgh winner Leviathan

    Dogwoof has acquired all UK rights for documentary Leviathan, directed by Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor.
  • Doha extends partnership with Giffoni

    The Doha Film Institute is broadening the scope of its partnership with Italy-based Giffoni Film Festival, Europe’s largest film festival for children.
  • Draft Cinema Communication fails to dispel industry concerns

    The European Commission’s latest draft Cinema Communication on state aid for films and other audiovisual works has failed to dispel major concerns expressed by various sections of the European film industry, particularly about proposed territorialisation guidelines.
  • Drever starts London shoot for Superbob

    Brett Goldstein stars; producers are Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones.
  • Encounters Film Festival goes Swiss

    The Bristol based short film festival has partnered with Swiss Films and Swiss short film festival International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur for this year’s edition.
  • Eric Khoo to head Puchon Choice jury

    Brontis Jodorowsky, Shinji Higuchi, Choi Yong-bae and Benjamin Illos also on jury
  • Eurimages to expand fund outside Europe

    Eurimages executive director Roberto Olla has confirmed that the Council of Europe’s film fund is to be expanded beyond Europe.
  • Exploring the 'Dark Matter of Love'

    How a Toronto-bound documentary could change perceptions about Putin’s adoption ban.
  • Fantasia: Jeremy Gardner moves beyond typical zombies

    Screen checks out the micro-budget zombie road movie The Battery, which received its Québec premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival.
  • Foursquare, CBS, Regal 'Do' Con

    CBS Films and Regal Entertainment have partnered with the Foursquare app on a Comic-Con promotion centred on upcoming release The To Do List.
  • Fox Int'l revs up for Turbo

    Fox International launches DreamWorks Animation’s latest family fare day-and-date with North America in approximately 28 territories. There are significant new launches too for Pacific Rim, White House Down and Universal’s R.I.P.D.
  • Fox Searchlight to produce Wild

    The studio has acquired worldwide rights to Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Wild with Reese Witherspoon set to star and produce.
  • Godzilla teaser poster unfurled

    Ahead of Comic Con in San Diego, Mondo has created a teaser poster for next year’s monster remake Gozilla.
  • Gravitas takes Calvin & Hobbes doc

    Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights to Joel Allen Schroeder’s documentary Dear Mr. Watterson.
  • Grown Ups 2

    Dir: Dennis Dugan. US. 2013. 101mins
  • Guggenheim on Yousafzai doc

    The plight of Pakistani student activist Malala Yousafzai has captured the imagination of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who have signed Davis Guggenheim to direct Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s documentary about the teenager.
  • Guiding Lights mentors include Madden, Park, Abrahamson

    Lighthouse and Creative Skillset have confirmed a number of top filmmakers in mentoring scheme Guiding Lights.
  • Hawkins, Marsan join X PLUS Y

    EXCLUSIVE: Origin Pictures recruits cast and Bankside Films for comedy-drama, set to shoot July 22.
  • IFB backs new films from Sheridan, Crowley, Dillon

    The Irish Film Board (IFB) has announced its funding awards for the first and second quarters of 2013.
  • IMAX, CJ CGV to add 35 theatres

    IMAX in partnership with CJ CGV Holdings, operator of South Korea’s largest multiplex cinema chain, has announced the addition of 35 new IMAX theatres to the companies’ existing commitment in South Korea and China.
  • In Bloom wins at VOICES

    Co-directors Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross’ second feature In Bloom has continued its successful run of winning prizes by picking the Grand Prix at the 4th edition of the Vologda Independent Cinema From European Screens Festival (VOICES).
  • Jarman Award shortlist announced

    The sixth annual Jarman Award has announced its shortlist of 10 UK contemporary artists.
  • Joanna Hogg’s ‘London Project’ given title

    Details of Joanna Hogg’s third feature have emerged, including a title for the film previously known as ‘London Project’.
  • Lew Weitzman, 1937-2013

    A memorial service in honour of literary agent Lew Weitzman, who died on Jun 30 aged 76, has been set for Jul 24 in Los Angeles.
  • Locarno unveils ‘diverse’ line-up

    A total of 18 world premieres feature in the main Competition line-up of this year’s Locarno Film Festival.
  • Mexico touts more attractive film incentive

    Mexican officials are considering further updates to the country’s current film incentives, a panel at London Mexfest reveals.
  • Mike Figgis film gets lingerie tie-in

    Swipe Films is releasing Mike Figgis’ new erotic thriller Suspension of Disbelief with a promotional tie-in with lingerie boutique Coco De Mer.
  • Mischa Barton, Sean Astin join Kickback

    Mischa Barton, Sean Astin, John Hannah, Michael Biehn, Stelio Savante and Noureen DeWulf have joined the cast of thriller Kickback.
  • Monsters University tops UK chart

    Disney’s animated prequel scores $5.2m (£3.45m) debut to dethrone Despicable Me 2; Warner Bros’ Pacific Rim opens with $3.3m (£2.19m).
  • MPAA beefs up global unit

    Shanna Winters has joined the Motion Picture Association Of America (MPAA) as senior vp of global policy.
  • Mr. Go

    Dir: Kim Yong-hwa. China-South Korea. 2013. 132mins
  • New Horizons adds Silent Ones to competition

    Ricky Rijneke’s Silent Ones has been named as a late addition to the main Competition line-up at Poland’s T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival.
  • New territories eye Creative Europe

    Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia could be among six potential new members of the European Union’s (EU) forthcoming Creative Europe programme, which is expected to begin operations from January 2014.
  • NEXT Weekend unveils roster

    Sundance organisers have announced the line-up for the inaugural NEXT Weekend event, set to run in Los Angeles from Aug 8-11 at various venues. The programme includes world premieres of The Foxy Merkins and How To Be A Man.
  • Pacific Rim impresses on int'l debut

    Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi tentpole Pacific Rim delivered an encouraging $53m first foray outside North America but it was not quite enough to usurp Despicable Me 2 as the reigning champion generated $55.5m to climb to $243.2m. Fast & Furious 6 roared past $700m worldwide.
  • Pacific Rim starts strong

    International preview: Pacific Rim grosses $7.8m from the initial wave of weekend launches, while Man Of Steel and The Lone Ranger head to Brazil.
  • Pascal, Utley named AMPAS governors

    Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and Fox Searchlight co-president Nancy Utley are among 10 first-time members voted to the board of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.
  • Pictures Dept seals US deals

    Sake-Bomb [pictured] and It’s Me, It’s Me are slated for US theatrical release
  • Polish Days titles revealed

    All titles for the main industry event at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival have been announced.
  • RED 2

    Dir: Dean Parisot. US. 2013. 116mins
  • Remstar, D Films bulk up prestige slates

    Canadian distribution: Remstar Films has acquired Parkland and Dark Places in a deal with Exclusive Media while separately D Films has struck a deal with Cohen Media Group for The Attack.
  • Rigor Mortis in Venice Days

    The tenth edition of Venice Days has announced its lineup of 12 films in the official selection, three special events, two shorts in Women’s Tales and two special screenings (pre-opening and closing night).
  • Robert Englund joins The Last Showing

    Psychological horror, which starts shooting this week, to star Nightmare on Elm Street’s Robert Englund and Game of Thrones’ Finn Jones.
  • Roberto Paris named Italy MD at UPIE

    Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) top brass announced on Monday [15] that the former Sony Pictures Home Entertainment executive has been hired as managing director of Italian operations.
  • Run & Jump wins at Galway

    Steph Green’s Run & Jump has picked up the Best Irish Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh.
  • Sarajevo names doc, Kinoscope titles

    Sarajevo Film Festival’s documentary competition will include seven world premieres. Non-competitive sidebar Kinoscope will feature 17 films.
  • Sarajevo unveils Competition line-up

    Feature film competition five world premieres and four regional premieres, including multi award-winner In Bloom.
  • Screen Awards entry deadline extended

    Screen’s UK Marketing & Distribution Awards have extended the deadline for entries until Friday, Aug 2.
  • Soda to release Love Tomorrow

    Raindance Festival award-winner set for a November 2013 release in the UK.
  • Sony to release Inferno in 2015

    The studio will relesae the third adaptation in the Dan Brown series on Dec 18, 2015.
  • Studios scrap Hulu sale plans

    Fox, NBCUniversal and Disney executives announced on Friday [12] they will retain ownership of the streaming site and arrange a $750m recapitalisation.
  • The Missing Picture

    Dir/scr: Rithy Panh. France. 2013. 95mins
  • The Scottish studio debate

    After numerous false starts, the plans for a film and TV studio in Scotland are now back on the agenda. And the word is, it’s more likely than ever to actually happen.
  • The Wolverine

    Dir: James Mangold. US. 2013. 129mins
  • TIFF/ RBC name nominees

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is partnering with RBC for the fourth year to present the 2013 RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition.
  • Tracks to open Adelaide FF

    John Curran’s Tracks, from The King’s Speech producer See-Saw Films, will have its world premiere as the opening night film of the Adelaide Film Festival on October 10.
  • Trio join Wiig's Welcome

    Linda Cardellini, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tim Robbins will join Kristen Wiig in the upcoming Welcome To Me, which Cargo International is selling outside North America. Separately, financier Kilburn Media has lined up its first film, Flock Of Dudes.
  • UK MEDIA funding up $2m

    British companies received nearly $12m (€9m) in funding from the MEDIA Programme in 2012.
  • Uni print control exec to retire

    In a sign of the times, Universal Pictures announced on Wednesday [17] that Mark Link will retire from his role as vp of print control in January 2014 after 38 years with the studio. 
  • UPIE finds Noel Clarke’s Anomaly

    EXCLUSIVE: Universal nabs rights UK rights to thriller starring Ian Somerhalder, Luke Hemsworth, Brian Cox.
  • Venice online screenings to return

    The Venice International Film Festival will bring back its web-based screenings, Sala Web, for the second year.
  • Venice reveals ‘restored’ selection

    Italian actress Claudia Cardinale to be guest host for the section at the 70th Venice International Film Festival where William Friedkin will receive a lifetime achievement honour.
  • Venice's pre-opening to show restored Hands Over The City

    Screening planned for Aug 27 in Campo S. Polo.
  • Visiting Southcliffe

    The team behind intense new four-part TV drama Southcliffe have unveiled the first two chapters and discussed the project at BAFTA.
  • Youth triumphs in Jerusalem

    Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf speaks about Iran-Israel relationship.