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2 March 2006

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  • 16 Blocks

    Dir: Richard Donner. US. 2006. 113mins.A grizzled Bruce Willis and a wisecracking Mos Def play the odd couple at the centre of 16 Blocks, a not very convincing yetstill quite likeable cop thriller from LethalWeapon franchise director Richard Donner.Though there are echoes of Donner's late-1980s buddy cop classics in the set-up andtone, there's no chance of a LethalWeapon-sized gross from this relatively modes
  • 4:30

    Dir: Royston Tan. Sing-Jap.2005. 93mins.There are few 93-minute films as long as 4:30, Royston Tan's study of youth that feelslike a tribute to Tsai Ming Liang - or, for thatmatter, Eric Khoo, one of the film's executive producers.Nothing like15, Tan's over-the-top and similarlythemed work, it is meticulously shot in spare sets and abstract to the point ofopacity in its study of a young Singapore
  • Aardman director duo nominated for Cartoon Movie Tributes

    Directorialduo Nick Park and Steve Box, the UK's Aardmananimation studios behind their Wallace& Gromit: The Curse Of TheWere-Rabbit, and Italian distributor Mikado Film are among the nominees forthis year's Cartoon Movie Tributes which will be announced at the eighthedition of the Cartoon Movie co-production market at the BabelsbergStudios in Potsdam from March 9-11.Parkan
  • Alan Menken signs multi-picture deal with Disney

    Composer Alan Menken, who has won eightAcademy Awards for his music for Walt Disney films such as The Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Pocahontas, has signed a non-exclusivemulti-picture deal with Walt Disney Pictures/Touchstone Pictures. Menken, whose most recent score was writtenfor the upcoming Disney comedy The ShaggyDog, will among other things develop a newanimated musical for Walt Disney Feature Animation entitled The Frog Princess. He is
  • Another Morning (Sobhi Digar)

    Dir/scr: Nasser Refaie. Iran. 2006. 89minsA study in grief and solitude verging on theexperimental, Nasser Refaie's second feature Another Morning is a tough nut to crackfor all but the most dedicated students of Iranian cinema.It's not as if the messagehe wishes to deliver is that obscure or difficult to unravel; rather it is theextreme austerity he employs to tell his story that may dissuade many.
  • Arista planning UK development conference in April

    Arista Development is planningits third Business of Development Conference, to be held in London on April25-26. The topics will includeinformation on development investments in the UK, US studio involvement in UK film developme
  • Artificial Eye enjoys box office returns with Hidden

    Hidden became the latestfilm to join the select few foreign language titles to pass £1m ($1.7m) in theUK at the weekend and became distributor Artificial Eye's first £1m hit since1994. Hidden (Cache) opened onJanuary 27 and crossed the mark after just five weekends in the territory. Thefilm, which won best director for Michael Haneke atthe 2005 Cannes Film Festival, has taken $1.85m (£1.06m) in the UK up to S
  • Audiard's Beat wins hearts at Cesars

    JacquesAudiard's The Beat That My Heart Skippedhas claimed eight Cesars, France's most prestigious film awards.
  • Bavarian fund backs family entertainment and Wixxer sequel

    Three familyfilms and a sequel to the 2004 box office hit Der Wixxer are among seven feature projects awarded over $4.8m (Euros4.1m) by Bavaria's regional film fund FFF Bayernat its latest sitting.The largestamount $1.6m (Euros 1.4m) - went to Uli Limmer's Collina Filmproduktion for HerrBello which reunites the successful producer (The Robber Hotzenplotz) with director Ben Verbong and children's author Paul Maar.The tri
  • Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (46 Oku Nen No Koi)

    Dir: Takeshi Miike. Jap. 2006. 84mins.The softening of Takeshi Miike- after the loopily tender Zebraman, and Box, his operatically stylised contributionto the Three Extremes anthology- continuesapace with this bizarre gay prison yarn.With shades of Gohatto (Taboo) and early German expressionistcinema, Big Bang Love, Juvenile A beginsintriguingly as a sort of cosmic, po
  • Black sweeps the board at Indian Filmfare awards

    SanjayLeela Bhansali's Black won all the majorawards at the 51st Filmfare awards held in Mumbai.
  • Bob Yari in lawsuit mayhem over Crash

    With just four days to go before the Academy Awards, Crash financier Bob Yari was last nightengaging in a legal snowstorm over his official role on the picture andbusiness dealings with former associates Cathy Schulman and Tom Nunan.
  • British cinematographers announce 2006 award nominees

    The British Society ofCinematographers has announced the 2006 nominations for its best cinematographyaward. The nominees are Cesar Charlone for TheConstant Gardener, Andrew Dunn for MrsHenderson Presents, John Mathieson for Phantom of the Opera, Wally Pfister for BatmanBegins, and Roger Pratt for HarryPotter and the Goblet of Fire. In a change from recentyears when September to August releases were eligible,the BSC now nominates films based on
  • Bye Bye Berlusconi

    Dir: Jan Henrik Stahlberg. Ger. 2006. 88mins.It's easy to see why the Berlinaleprogrammed this tricksy political satire in itsPanorama sidebar: dealing as it does with the controversial figure of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi,it comes with guaranteed news cachet. But although it has some hilariousmoments, the German-produced, Italian-language Bye Bye Berlusconi craves its audience'ssympathy and indulgen
  • Celestial Pictures launches youth culture channel

    Hong Kong-based CelestialPictures is rolling out a 24-hour youth lifestyle and entertainment channel,WaTV, starting with a launch on Indonesia's PT Direct Vision pay-TV service on Feb 28. The channel, which isfocused on content from mainland China, will launch in Malaysia and
  • Celluloid Dreams doing brisk international sales with Offside

    French sales company Celluloid Dreams has reported strong internationalsales on Berlinale Jury Prize winner Offside, with a US deal also close to being announced.Offside, directed by Jafar Panahi, is set during the Iran-Bahrain World Cup qualifierwhere female football fans disguise themselves as men to
  • Cinema Libre picks up worldwide rights to Giuliani Time

    Politically-drivenUS distributor Cinema Libre Studio has acquired worldwide rights to KevinKeating's documentary Giuliani Time about former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's personal background and hiscontentious Zero Tolerance policy.
  • Close To Home (Karov La Bayit)

    Dir/scr: Dalia Hager, Vidi Bilu. Israel. 2005. 90mins.A modest, low-budget feature that shows the rarelyexplored routines of female soldiers in Israel, Close To Home was one of the more pleasant surprises from Israellast year.A theatrical debut for itstwo directors, it follows two 18-year-old girls, Smadar(Smadar Sayar) and Irith (Naama Schendar),new to military service. Allowed the privilege of serving
  • Cuesta to direct true life horror Shiver for Dimension

    Dimension Films has acquired newcomer Mikey Wigart's thriller screenplayShiver, which is setto be directed and produced by Twelve And Holding director Michael Cuesta.
  • Dutch Film Fund grants $2.03m in production subsidies

    The Dutch Film Fund has granted production subsidies for five major new Dutch featurefilms. The total production subsidy amounts to $2.03m (Euros 1.7m.) The grantshave been awarded to four different production companies: IdtVFilm, 24FPS Features, Feature Partners and LagesteeFilm.IdtV Film received funds for two features, the first Unfinished Sky is the long awaitedremake of Dutch 1998 art house hit ThePolish Bride, the story of a female Afghan refugee escaping from anAus
  • Family Reunion scores another hit for Lionsgate

    Lionsgate'scomedy sequel Madea's Family Reunion repeated the original's success this time last year with anumber one debut that grossed an estimated $30.3m.Tyler Perry, awell-known figure on the US playwriting circuit, returns as the pistol-packingmatriarch and also wrote and directed. It opened to mixed reviews but averageda powerful $13,787 on 2,194 screens.The two othertop 10 arrivals did not fare so well. The Weinstein Company's CG-animated Doogal(aka The Ma
  • Flood surges forward in South Africa, London

    TonyMitchell's disaster film Flood hasstarted shooting, with a cast including Robert Carlyle, JessalynGilsig, Tom Courtenay, Joanne Whalleyand David Suchet. Power'sJustin Bodle is producing alongside Peter McAleese. The film is production from the UK's Power, known for its TV dramas andminiseries, with South Africa
  • Focus seals key deals on Zhang, Gondry titles at Berlin

    Focus Featureshas finalised major sales from the European Film Market on two key titles, UntitledZhang Yimou Epic and DaveChappelle's Block Party.Rights to Zhang Yimou's upcoming period epic went to Tobisfor Germany, RAI for Italy, Nordisk for Scandinavia, RCV for Benelux, Odeon forGreece, Shani for Israel and Eco Filmes for Portugal. Remainingterritories are in negotiations for Focus' seventh collaboration with producerBill Kong and the company's
  • French Supreme Court rules against private DVD copies

    France's Supreme Court has ruled that it is illegal to make a copy of a shop-bought DVD even for personal use.The so-called Mulholland Drivecase, was brought by a consumer who argued that he should not be prevented from copying a DVD he bought as long as he did not distribute it to anyone else. He also said that the copy protection warnings were not clear.The claim, backed by French consumer associationUFC Que Choisir, against the producer,
  • Heaven's Doors

    Dirs: Swel and Imad Noury. Morocco. 2006.132mins.With their powerful, if flawed, debut feature Heaven's Doors, twentysomethingbrothers Swel and Imad Noury demonstrate an abundance of talent. Made on theproverbial shoestring budget, with mum (Pilar Cazorla) producing and dad (director Hakim Noury) in one of the key roles, it overflows with anambition that is both its greatest virtue but which also derails a
  • Hong Kong festival to open with Election 2 world premiere

    This year's Hong KongInternational Film Festival (HKIFF) will open with two local films - the worldpremiere of Johnnie To's Election 2and Pang Ho Cheung's Isabella, whichrecently won a Silver Bear for best score at Berlin. The festival, which runs April4-19, will close with two other Berlin competition titles - Marc Evans' Snow Cake and Neil Armfield's Candy. Other
  • Hotel Harabati (De Particulier A Particulier)

    Dir: Brice Cauvin. Fr. 2005. 94mins."Sublimely enigmatic" is one way to describe Hotel Harabati;for many viewers, "maddeningly inscrutable" will becloser to the mark. Either way, Brice Cauvin'steasing debut will keep audiences arguing long after its unexpectedly beatificending.Personably spikylead performances, a willfully fractured narrative and a defiantly provocativeattitude to viewer expectations gi
  • Infinity Media to back Hailwood story Mike The Bike

    Capoteproducer Infinity Media is preparing Mike The Bike, a biography based on the life oflegendary British motorcycle world champion Mike Hailwood.
  • John & Jane

    Dir: Ashim Ahluwalia. India. 2005. 83mins.Tracing a fine line between fact and fiction, John & Jane, AshimAhluwalia's documentary about workers in Bombay callcentres, is an intriguing, understated meditation on the new hi-tech slavery.It follows, in relay sequence, the lives of six workers in a facility run by aUS company which specialises in outsourcing phone sales and customer servicesto India. Ahluwa
  • Karl Urban to star in Robert Sarkies' untitled feature

    Karl Urban, who played Eomer in The Lord Of TheRings and Matt Damon's nemesis in TheBourne Supremacy, takes one of the lead roles in director Robert Sarkies' untitled feature now in production.Tim White, who is producing alongside Steven O'Meagher, told ScreenDaily.comthey experienced some of the wildest weather he had ever encountered last week,the first week of principal photography. Filming is taking place in Otago, at the bottom of the South Island of New Zeala
  • King Kong breaks box office records in China

    Peter Jackson's King Kong has lumbered past the RMB100m($12.4m) threshold at the mainland Chinese box office to become thetop-grossing imported film of the past five years and the third biggest foreignfilm in the history of Chinese cinema.Up until Monday (Feb 27), King Kong had taken in RMB100.49m sinceits release on Jan 12, according to the film's mainland Chinese distributorHuaxia Film Distribution Co.Since China opened itsmarket to revenue-sharing imported films
  • Korean theatres opt to keep screen quota intact

    In a new twist in the on-goingsaga of Korea's screen quota system, the Seoul Theatre Associationhas announced it will maintain the current quota for local films irregardlessof the recent government decision to cut it by half. At a meeting yesterday (March2) arranged by the government between theatre representatives, governmentofficials and politicians, Lee Chang-moo, chairman of the Seoul TheatreAssociation, announced: "Me
  • LA French Film Festival to open with La Doublure

    City Of Lights,City Of Angels (COLCOA) French Film Festival in Los Angeles unveiled its lineupyesterday for its tenth annual event which takes place April 3-9.Funded by theFranco-American Cultural Fund - a collaboration of the Directors Guild OfAmerica (DGA), SACEM, Writers Guild Of America, west (WGA), and the MotionPicture Association (MPA), COLCOA will screen 18 features kicking off on April3 with Francis Veber's La Doublure (The Valet) starring Daniel Auteuil and Kris
  • Lassie to open Sprockets in Toronto in April

    Lassie Come Home will make its North Americanpremiere as the opening night film at the ninth annual Sprockets TorontoInternational Film Festival for Children on April 21.
  • Lassie to open Sprockets Toronto in April

    Lassie Come Home will make its North Americanpremiere as the opening night film at the ninth annual Sprockets TorontoInternational Film Festival for Children on April 21. Released in the UKin December 2005 under the title Lassie, the Charles Sturridge-directed update of theclassic canine hero stars Peter O'Toole, Samantha Morton and Peter Dinklage.Sturridge adapted Eric Knight's original 1938 story.
  • Les Bronzes 3 continues to top international box office

    Runaway Frenchhit Les Bronzes 3became one of the top ten grossing pictures of all time in France as itremained number one after an estimated $8.1m weekend haul drew 1.1 millionadmissions.The mightyrunning total now stands at $68.4m and film is still playing on 950 screensthrough Warner Bros France. Les Films Christian Fechner, TFI Films Productionsand TPS Cinema co-produced.Warner BrosPictures International opened Syriana in 10 new territories as the thriller took
  • Lionsgate, Twisted set Saw III for Oct 27, 2006

    Lionsgate and TwistedPictures are reuniting the original creative team behind Saw and fast-tracking the third episode in time forHalloween this year.An Oct 27 US release datehas been set for the project, which will be directed by Saw II director Darren Lynn Bousman based on a story from Saw creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan and ascreenplay by Whannell.Twisted's Mark Burg and OrenKoules will return as producers with Whannell and Wan set to executive produ
  • Malaga Film Festival line-up is finalised

    Fourteen new Spanish filmsand co-productions will compete at the upcoming ninth annual edition of theSpanish Film Festival of Malaga (March 17-25).More than 60 buyers from 23countries are expected at the feature film Market Screenings (March 23-25),where they will screen more than 50 titles, including the competition line-up.Among the competition titlesare three recent Berlin screeners: Mireia Ros' The Triumph: TheBeat Of The Stre
  • Milarepa

    Dir. Neten Chokling. Bhutan, 2005. 96mins.Milarepa is a glossy,lovely movie from Bhutan that details the life of Tibetan Buddhism's most reveredsaint, who was born as Thopaga in the eleventh century.Whilesomewhat slow-moving at times - although would one want a life-transforming awakeningaccompanied by MTV-style editing'- its stateliness, deep spirituality, gorgeous mountainscenery
  • Miramax gets North American rights to Becoming Jane

    Miramax has taken North American rightsto Becoming Jane, starring AnneHathaway as young novelist Jane Austen.Becoming Jane is set to start its eight-week shoot in Ireland on March 27. Director Julian Jarroldpreviously directed Kinky Boots,another UK project that Miramax distributed. James McAvoyhas joined the cast starringas
  • New pan-African co-production market for Sithengi market

    A new pan-African co-production market will be launched at this year's Sithengi Film And TV Market in Cape Town.The African Co-Production Forum is an initiative between Sithengi and various international and African funds andfestivals to select two projects to pitch at Rotterdam's co-production mark
  • Oscar shorts on sale at iTunes

    Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures have struck a deal to offer this year's five live action shorts Oscar nominees for paid download at the iTunes Music Store. Also, Shorts International and Magnolia are working with UK exhibitor Picturehouse Cinemas to release a program of the Oscar-nominated shorts to 14 cinemas across the UK before the Oscarsceremony on Sunday.
  • Polar Express IMAX version crosses $60m worldwide gross

    Warner Bros' Christmas titleThe Polar Express has crossedanother milestone in its IMAX format release, entitled The Polar Express: An Imax 3D Experience.It is now the most successful digitally-remastered IMAX film to date. The giant-screen version hasgrossed $60m worldwide, having earned $45m in its first release beginning in2004 and some $15m since its second season release on November 23, 2005. Thatsecond release was pegged around the film's entry into the home video se
  • Princesas

    Dir/scr: Fernando Leon de Aranoa. Sp. 2005. 113mins.Princesas, FernandoLeon De Aranoa's latest slice of social realism, isalmost a total gender switch from the ultra-masculine unemployed dockyard saga Mondays In The Sun, which vaulted himonto the international stage in 2002.A beautifully acted storyabout the friendship between two prostitutes in Madrid, Princesas has alr
  • Sandrew Metronome acquires rights to five feature films

    Sandrew Metronome acquired Scandinavian rights to five newfeature films following the Berlin Film Festival. Winners of the Silver Bearfor Best Director documentary, Michael Winterbottomand Mat Whitecross', The Road to Guantanamo is part dram andpart documentary and tells the tale of a trio of British Muslims, known as theTipton Three who were held at Guantanamo Bay for twoyears before being released without charge.
  • Seville picks up nine titles for Canada from Berlin

    Montreal-based SevillePictures has picked up nine pictures out of the Berlin Film Festival fordistribution in Canada. Leading the pack is OskarRoehler's German box office topper Elementary Particles, which won the Silver Bear for best actor for leadMoritz Bleibtreu; Seville bought the film from Celluloid Dreams.From Trust Film Sales,Seville bought Lars Von Trier's The Boss Of It All, the Danish auteur's latest, a comedy which willhave its world premiere at the Cope
  • Singapore film festival to focus on Arab cinema

    Arab cinema is a majorhighlight of the 19th Singapore International Film Festival (April 13-29) whichwill open with Kiss Me Not On The Eyes,an Egypt-set drama about a female student of poetry and belly dancing byLebanese director Jocelyn Saab.This year's festivalline-up, announced today, features more than 300 films from 40 countries,including three world premieres, eight international premieres and 15 Asianpremieres. A special programme called "TheSecret Life of Arabia"
  • Skillset picks 26 for Guiding Lights mentor programme

    Skillset, the Sector SkillsCouncil, and training provider Lighthouse have announced the 26 successfulapplicants for mentoring scheme Guiding Lights. The scheme runs for 12months and pairs the applicants with established mentors including directors Paul Greengrass, GurindaChadha, Peter Cattaneo, andStephen Frears,
  • Snider leaves Universal for DreamWorks

    Stacey Snider has joinedDreamWorks as co-chairman and chief executive officer following a nine-yeartenure at Universal Pictures where she served as chairman for the last six.Snider joins the film and television studio recently acquired by Paramount and willassume responsibility for four to six release a year.Reporting to Paramount chairman and chief executive officer Brad Grey, Sniderwil
  • Something Like Happiness claims seven Czech Lions

    Bohdan Slama's Something Like Happiness took home seven Czech Lions, including best picture,at the Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) annual awards. Slama was named best director and best screenwriter for his involving,humanistic drama about working-class life in a small Czech city. Produced by Negativ, the film won the Golden Shell for bestpicture at San Sebastian in 2005. Something Like Happiness also earned awards for its cast and crew: best actor f
  • Supernatural thriller Shut In finishes shooting in LA

    Independentfeature Shut In hascompleted shooting in and around Los Angeles, marking the feature debut ofPablo Proenza, whose 33-minute short VIDI played at festivals around the world.A supernaturalthriller about a woman photographer whose camera makes people disappear, ShutIn stars Lisa Vidal,David Chisum and Lupe Ontiveros (Real Women Have Curves, DesperateHousewives).A Cut Glassproduction, the film was funded by private sources a
  • TAG and Myriad call off merger talks

    Beverly Hills-based TAGEntertainment Corp has ended takeover negotiations with Myriad Pictures underwhich it planned to acquire all outstanding shares of capital stock in Myriad.Both parties said the talks were called off after neither side was able tofulfil expectations laid out prior to the negotiation process."After careful consideration, we have determined not to proceed with thetransaction to acquire Myriad Pictures," TAG chairman and chief executiveofficer Steve Austin s
  • Taiwan's oldest studio closes

    Taiwan's oldest film company, the Central Motion Picture Corporation (CMPC), hasofficially closed its studio lots and once-popular theme park in northern Taipei marking the symbolic end of an era for local cinema.No recent films have shot at the studio lots, although Jay Chou's music videofor Jet Li's Fearless was recentlyfilmed there.Of ongoing concern to localfilmmakers
  • Telefilm Canada greenlights seven French-language films

    Telefilm Canada has approvedproduction financing on seven French-language feature films through the CanadaFeature Film Fund (CFFF). In a release Teiefilm saidthe CFFF's overall goal was to increase Canadian audiences in theatres forCanadian feature films to a five per cent share of the Canadian box office andthat goal had been realized in 2005, when Canadian cinema achieved a 5.3%share. However, no mention was madeof the fact that share was achieved almost entirely through the p
  • Thai horror Dorm tops local box office

    GMM Tai Hub (GTH)'s psychologicalhorror Dorm opened in the top spot atthe Thai box office last weekend, beating the opening of Fun With Dick And Jane and Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain which was already on release.The film, directed bySongyos Sukmakanan, racked up more than $762,082 (30 million baht) on 75 printsin Bangkok over four days, making it the second biggest openingof the year behind Underworld: Evolution.
  • The Feast Of The Goat (La Fiesta Del Chivo)

    Dir. Luis Llosa. Spain/UK. 2006. 135mins.In The Feast Of The Goat, action specialist Luis Llosa(Sniper, Anaconda) moves decisively from his Hollywood assignments to somethingmore personal and troubling. Adapting from the novel by his cousin Mario VargasLlosa, it results in a wrenching and awkward study aboutthe monstrous political reign of Dominican strongman Rafael Trujillo.It should play well toupsca
  • The Red Cockatoo (Der Rote Kakadu)

    Dir. Dominik Graf. Ger. 2006.128mins.Sharply pitched between funny, rueful memory andcautionary tale about compromise and lost promise, DominikGraf's The Red Cockatoo confronts thetime when sex, art and American rock and roll collided with crude ideologicalpolitics.The latest production from XFilme Creative Pool, it conflates the themes andstyle of its two internationally best known titles, Ru
  • Thema starts Russian shoot for In Transit

    UK/Russianco-production In Transit started productionin St Petersburg yesterday. TomRoberts, who has directed dozens of documentaries for BBC, PBS, and Channel 4,will make his narrative directorial debut.Thecast features John Malkovich, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel
  • Triangelfilm acquires six features from Wild Bunch at EFM

    Swedish film distributor Triangelfilm acquiredsix titles during the Berlin Film Festival, all of them from French salescompany Wild Bunch. Triangelfilm secured distribution rights for Sweden,Norway, Denmark and Finland for Marilyn Manson's Phantasmagoria, Emir Kusturica's Maradona, Nanni Moretti's IlCaimano, Emanuele Crialese's TheGolden Door, Luc Jacquet's The Foxand the Child, and Sabine Guzzanti's documentary Viva Zapatero!Two of the films,
  • Tropfest feature programme singles out September

    September,from writer/director Peter Carstairs, will be the first project to emerge from Tropfestand the Movie Network's new feature programme, which each year gives $743,000(A$1m) to the creator of a short film to make a feature.The debut feature is about afriendship between two teenage boys - one white Australian, the otherAboriginal - on a sheep station in Western Australia in 1968. It is due to go into production mid-year andwill
  • UK Film Council honours young filmmakers

    FirstLight, the UK Film Council's initiative for young filmmakers, presented itsawards in London today. The winners were TheEnchanted Gourd by East Riding School Improvement Service for bestanimation, Come Play by Calling theShots for best horror, Ice House byCre8 Studios for best thriller, Babes byAll Change Arts for best documentary, ARight Mayor by Intuition PPIMS forbest comedy, The Loneliness of aSpo
  • UK film marketers launch film channel on Sky Digital

    Digital TV company etv and the UK film industry group AllIndustry Marketing are partnering on a new Sky Digital channel, Eat Cinema,that will be devoted to promoting current films to consumers. Eat Cinema, channel 199, launchesFebruary 28 with 24-hours-a-day programming designed to lure UKaudiences into cinemas. The programming will include previews of forthcomingfilm releases, behind-the-scenes movie information, coverage
  • Universal appoints Neil as senior vice president of new media

    Doug Neil has been appointed senior vice president of new media atUniversal Pictures.N
  • Wild Brain buys into toy dealer Kidrobot, plans animated features

    San Francisco-based Wild Brain Animation Studios has expanded its stablefollowing a majority stake acquisition of New York-based limited edition toydealer Kidrobot.
  • Wolfe picks up US rights to Fitzgerald's version of 3 Needles

    WolfeReleasing has picked up US rights to the director's cut of Thom Fitzgerald'sglobal Aids drama 3 Needles starringLucy Liu, Chloe Sevigny and Stockard Channing.
  • Women In Film International launches first short film showcase

    Women In Film AndTelevision International (WIFTI), the global network of 35 Women In Film AndTelevision chapters, is launching its first annual Short Film Showcase next Wed(March 8) on 18 screens in five countries. For one nightonly, WIFTI chapters in the five countries will present collections of shortfilms by female film-makers from around the world. In Los Angeles, for example,the films shown are from the US, Canada, Australia, UK and India. The showcase,which takes place on
  • Working Title lines up March shoot for Hot Fuzz

    Working Title has confirmed that Hot Fuzz, the new film from Shaun of the Dead co-creators EdgarWright and Simon Pegg, will start shooting in Marchin the UK.Wright will direct the action comedy, which heco-wrote with Pegg. The action comedy i