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2 May 2013

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  • Trust Me

    Dir: Clark Gregg. US. 2013. 90mins
  • 10 Canadians to watch at Cannes

    Telefilm Canada has launched 10 Canadians To Watch At Cannes, a timely list of talent headed for the Croisette in May that includes eOne sales executive Charlotte Mickie.
  • 3x3D to close Cannes Critics' Week

    Triptych explores impact of 3D on cinema. 
  • 5 To 7 bulks up cast

    Glenn Close, Frank Langella, Bérénice Marlohe, Lambert Wilson and Olivia Thirlby have joined Anton Yelchin on Mockingbird Pictures and Demarest Films’ 5 To 7, which The Solution Entertainment Group will be selling in Cannes.
  • A Case Of You

    Dir: Kat Coiro. US. 2103. 91mins
  • Academy names student finallists

    Thirty-eight students from 17 US colleges and universities and nine students from international universities have made it to the final of the Academy’s Student Academy Awards. 
  • Adult World

    Dir: Scott Coffey. US. 2013. 97mins
  • All Stars

    Dir: Ben Gregor. UK. 2013. 100mins
  • Alpha Violet hooks Flying Fish

    Paris-based sales outfit adds Marcela Said’s film to Cannes line-up.
  • Alt content outfit Mr Wolf launches

    Production and distribution outfit backed by Arts Alliance Ventures, to release RSA’s Springsteen & I doc.
  • Aroused

    Dir: Deborah Anderson. US. 2013. 73mins
  • BFI announces Vision Awards

    20 UK production companies selected for £2.8m awards from 170 applicants.
  • BFI builds on Christie deal

    BFI adds new Solaria 4K DLP platform.
  • Big Bad Wolves

    Dirs/scr: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado. Israel. 2013. 110mins
  • Bird’s Food wins Crossing Europe

    Ektoras Lygizos’ Greek drama wins cash prize.
  • Blaines begin debut feature Nina Forever

    Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Abigail Hardingham and Cian Barry star in darkly comic love story.
  • Bling Ring to close Seattle

    Sofia Coppola’s film will receive its North American premiere at the 39th Seattle International Film Festival after it opens Un Certain Regard in Cannes.
  • Canada's NFB backs doc scheme

    The National Film Board Of Canada (NFB) has got behind an initiative to launch a new international multiplatform destination for viewing and engaging with auteur documentary creators and subjects.
  • Cannes Classics 2013 line-up

    Mark Cousins’ follow-up to The Story of Film is to feature in this year’s line-up of Cannes Classics.
  • Cannes names Un Certain Regard jury

    Enrique Gonzalez Macho, CEO of troubled Spanish firm Alta Films, is to join the five-strong jury.
  • Cannes to screen first Super Hi-Vis film

    World premiere of the first 8K narrative film, the comedic short film Beauties À La Carte [pictured], to be screened by Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
  • Chancellor launches UK tax credits

    Chancellor George Osborne was today [29] tub-thumping on behalf of the UK’s creative industries and calling for film and TV producers to help revive the UK economy.
  • Cineworld-Picturehouse deal investigated

    Cineworld and City Screen ‘confident’ ahead of enquiry which will highlight five key sites.
  • CMG to sell Prime Ministers in Cannes

    Moriah Films announced on Monday [29] that it has signed and recorded the voice talents of Michael Douglas, Christoph Waltz, Sandra Bullock and Leonard Nimoy for its latest film The Prime Ministers. CMG will handle international sales in Cannes.
  • CNN acquires Pandora’s Promise

    The company has taken domestic television rights to Robert Stone’s Sundance premiere and will broadcast in the US in November ahead of a June theatrical release orchestrated by Richard Abramowitz.
  • Cohen acquires Mademoiselle C.

    Cohen Media Group has acquired all US rights to Mademoiselle C. and plans to release in major markets this spring.
  • Content Film takes He Who Dares

    Content to handle worldwide sales on Paul Tanter’s He Who Dares.
  • Continental Media adds four for Cannes

    EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based boutique sales agency run by partners James Andrew Felts, Matthew Shreder and Neil Harrington heads to the Croisette with Coldwater, God’s Slave, Solo and Duke.
  • Crossing Europe, Linz

    Photos from the tenth anniversary of Crossing Europe, which took place in Linz from April 23-28.
  • Digital maestro joins Universal

    Peter Levinsohn will join the Universal Pictures leadership team as president and chief distribution officer.
  • Django to open in China

    Sony Pictures announced on Friday [26] it had reached an understanding with Chinese authorities who pulled the film inexplicably on Apr 11 within minutes of the first screenings.
  • Doc/Fest names MeetMarket filmmakers

    The filmmakers taking part in Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket pitching forum have been announced.
  • Doueiri's Attack banned in Lebanon

    Drama about a Palestinian surgeon who discovers secrets about his wife following a suicide bombing banned by Lebanese government.
  • Drift

    Dirs: Morgan O’Neill, Ben Nott. Aust. 2012. 113mins
  • Edelstein launches Hooked Digital Media

    The next-generation production company is committed to delivering storytelling through apps for tablet and mobile devices.
  • El Ardor kicks off in Argentina

    Pablo Fendrik’s revenge tale has commenced shooting and is the first production to emerge from the recently announced Participant PanAmerica fund. Bac Films commenced international pre-sales at the AFM last November and Participant holds North and Latin American rights.
  • Ethan Hawke joins LaBute thriller Hope

    EXCLUSIVE: Ethan Hawke takes on lead role in thriller director has “been waiting my whole life to make”, set for Jan 2014 shoot. Salt handles sales.
  • Exchange plots Supremacy

    Brian O’Shea and his sales team have added the Danny Glover thriller to its Cannes slate.
  • Exchange takes CBGB to Cannes

    EXCLUSIVE: Brian O’Shea has acquired international sales rights to Randall Miller’s upcoming punk rock saga starring Alan Rickman and Malin Akerman. Paradigm represents US rights and will announce a domestic deal shortly.
  • Fanning, SC Films join animation Gus

    EXCLUSIVE: SC Films swoops on 3D animation about an orphaned bird from writer Cory Edwards.
  • Far Moor Opens LA Office

    Far Moor Media announced on Monday [29] that it has hired producer and UK industry representative Louisa Spring to open the company’s offices in Los Angeles in light of demand for access to the new UK TV tax credit for high-end television.
  • Far Moor opens US division

    TV financier and indie producer Far Moor has opened an office in LA and hired industry veteran Louisa Spring as part of its expansion into the US.
  • Film4 in talks to join Loach feature

    Wild Bunch to handle sales on Ken Loach drama due to shoot later this summer.
  • FilmBuff, Tugg in Arrested Development doc release

    FilmBuff, Tugg and direct-to-consumer service VHX are partnering on the May 3 release of the Arrested Development Documentary Project.
  • Films Without Borders wins philanthropy award

    Organisation beat celebrity chef Jamie Oliver at fourth Annual Britweek UKTI Business Innovation Awards.
  • FilmTrack signs key partners

    EXCLUSIVE: The cloud-based content and rights management company has closed deals heading into Cannes with XYZ Films, LD Entertainment, uMedia and Pacific Northwest Pictures.
  • First La Costa fest set for October

    The first annual La Costa Film Festival will run in North San Diego County from Oct 24-27.
  • Firth, Stone set for Allen comedy

    The producers of Woody Allen’s untitled new comedy confirmed on Tuesday [30] that the film will star Colin Firth and Emma Stone, as previously reported.
  • Five face £125m film fraud charges

    Five include Salt co-directors Robert Bevan and Cyril Megret and former Little Wing Films execs. UPDATE: Salt offers comment.
  • FRED Film Radio launches Asian channels

    Multi-lingual digital film festival radio now broadcasts in 14 different languages.
  • Friedkin to receive Venice honour

    Exorcist director to receive honorary Golden Lion.
  • Frontières expands to Brussels

    Fantasia’s international co-production market to take place in Brussels in 2014.
  • Gaye biopic heads to Cannes

    Focus Features International has boarded Julien Temple’s Untitled Marvin Gaye project currently shooting in Luxemburg and Belgium. Screendaily first reported on the film in February.
  • German Film Awards

    Photos from Saturday’s [27] German Film Awards, which saw Oh Boy scoop six awards.
  • Gibney to direct Sinatra doc

    Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney will make a film about the iconic Frank Sinatra for the new Alcon Television Group and Frank Sinatra Enterprises.
  • Greece guest of honour at Cannes

    Nine young Greek producers selected to promote their projects at Cannes.
  • Greetings From Tim Buckley

    Dir/scr: Daniel Algrant. US. 2013. 100mins
  • HanWay takes Toback's Seduced and Abandoned

    EXCLUSIVE: HanWay Select to sell Cannes-bound doc from Tyson director.
  • Hat-trick for Swiss documentaries

    Swiss documentaries are currently riding on a wave of success, having picked up main prizes at festivals in Switzerland and Austria at the weekend in addition to the Golden Lola for Markus Imhoof’s More Than Honey.
  • ICG re-elects Steven Poster

    Saturday’s [27] vote of the national executive board of the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) returned Poster to the presidency after he first won six years ago.
  • iFeatures2 greenlights two films

    Creative England has named the final two films to be greenlit through its iFeatures2 low budget filmmaking initiative.
  • IM Global to sell Joplin biopic

    EXCLUSIVE: Stuart Ford’s LA-based powerhouse is back in business with Lee Daniels and will introduce buyers in Cannes to the upcoming Janis Joplin biopic Get It While You Can to star Amy Adams.
  • IM3 scores $198.4m int’l record launch

    UPDATED APR 29: One Marvel Studios film has replaced another as the international opening weekend record holder after Disney confirmed on Monday [29] that Iron Man 3 had usurped the previous $185.1m mark set by The Avengers and took $3m more than Sunday estimates.
  • IM3 sets new China record

    DMG said on Thursday [May 2] the official SARFT/CFG opening day number came to $18.7m or 117.5m RMB, which Disney said would rise to $21.5m including cinemas that have not reported. The film has crossed $300m internationally.
  • In God We Trust

    Dirs: Victor Kubicek, Derek Anderson. US. 2012. 82mins
  • Iron Man 3 climbs to $242.1m

    Marvel Studios’ blockbuster season curtain raiser is on course to soar past $400m internationally and most likely will break the $500m worldwide barrier by the end of this weekend after Disney reported an estimated $24.3m haul on Tuesday.
  • Iron Picker to open Sarajevo

    Danis Tanovic’s An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker is to open the Sarajevo Film Festival.
  • Irvine, Fox join Angel of Death

    War Horse star Jeremy Irvine and Phoebe Fox have signed on to star in The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.
  • Jarmusch joins Cannes Competition

    Jim Jarmusch’s vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, has been added to the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition line-up; four more titles to be included in Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard.
  • Laurie May departs eOne

    Former Alliance Films evp and Maple co-president departs to pursue other opportunities.
  • Let The Fire Burn

    Dir: Jason Osder. US. 2013. 95mins
  • Lightning takes Gus to Cannes

    EXCLUSIVE: The Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company has swooped on international sales rights to the SXSW entry starring Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell and Michael Weston. ICM Partners is in the process of negotiating a US deal.
  • Lily

    Dir: Matt Creed. US. 2013. 87mins
  • Locarno co-pro projects unveiled

    New projects from Ovashvili, Pirveli and Shek selected for Locarno’s Open Doors.
  • Magnolia acquires Tasting Menu

    Magnolia Pictures and Vendetta Film has bought all rights to Roger Gual’s Spanish ensemble-comedy Tasting Menu from Scandinavia’s TrustNordisk.
  • Martin, Milner join Barking At Trees

    Heidi Greensmith’s drama shooting now in East London.
  • Marvin Gaye biopic shoot pauses

    EXCLUSIVE: Julien Temple’s film will resume shooting in early June.
  • McGurk, Sadoff, Silver among speakers at Film Finance TV in Cannes

    Film Finance TV has announced the latest confirmed speakers for its event on May 19 in Cannes.
  • McGurk, Sadoff, Silver among speakers at Film Finance TV in Cannes

    Film Finance TV has announced the latest confirmed speakers for its event on May 19 in Cannes.
  • Memento takes Directors’ Fortnight title Blue Ruin

    MFI scores Directors’ Fortnight hat trick with Ilo Ilo and We Are What We Are.
  • Michael Fassbender, See Saw partner on Macbeth

    EXCLUSIVE: Michael Fassbender, Justin Kurzel attached to new version of Macbeth, from the producers of The King’s Speech.
  • Miele

    Dir: Valeria Golino.  Italy-France. 2013. 96mins
  • Missing Image taken by Films Distribution

    Subsidiary Films Boutique also picks up two youthful Cannes titles.
  • Mistaken For Strangers

    Dir: Tom Berninger. US. 2013. 74mins
  • MK2 picks up Touch of Sin

    France’s MK2 has picked up international rights to Jia Zhangke’s A Touch Of Sin screening in Cannes competition.
  • MPAA promotes Bedingfield, Gantman

    The Motion Picture Association Of America announced on Thursday [May 2] key changes to its communications team led by evp global communications Laura Nichols.
  • Mulroney joins JuntoBox’s Sacrifice

    Dermot Mulroney has joined the crowdfunding platform’s first feature, currently shooting in Houston, Texas.
  • Mymovies hires Sega exec

    Digital agency hires videogame exec to bolster marketing team.
  • Myriad takes Fishes to Cannes

    EXCLUSIVE: Kirk D’Amico’s Santa Monica-based financing, production and sales company has acquired international rights to Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes starring Jessica Biel and will screen in Cannes.
  • Myriad takes Life Partners to Cannes

    Santa Monica-based Myriad Pictures has come on board to sell Life Partners starring Leighton Meester [pictured], Gillian Jacobs and Adam Brody.
  • Natalie Portman to play Lady Macbeth

    EXCLUSIVE: Portman to play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in See-Saw production.
  • Nobody's Home

    Dir/scr: Deniz Akcai Katiksiz. Turkey. 2013. 81mins
  • Noel Clarke joins The Habit of Beauty

    Feature will shoot in London and Florence this year.
  • Nymphomaniac teaser poster unveiled

    Zentropa has unveiled the first teaser poster for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac.
  • Oh Boy wins six Lolas

    Oh Boy takes home six Lolas while Cloud Atlas bags five.Separately, European film industry have been engaged in a game of political ping pong with Brussels.
  • One Net Labs launches new app

    FoundLove ties into themes of documentary Occupy Love [pictured].
  • Oppenheimer developing Act of Killing follow-up

    EXCLUSIVE: The team behind the multiple-award-winning documentary The Act of Killing is developing a follow-up, The Look Of Silence.
  • Pain prevails in US on $20m

    Paramount’s controversial Pain & Gain opened top of the North American charts on an estimated $20m and will need to make hay while the sun shines. Marvel Studios/Disney’s Iron Man 3 opens this week and will crush everything in sight.
  • Park Circus reps three Cannes Classics

    Park Circus is representing three new restorations in the Cannes Classics programme.
  • Pinewood building first US studio

    Pinewood-Shepperton pacts for new US studio in Atlanta.
  • Premiere takes Scenic Route

    Premiere Entertainment has acquired all international rights excluding North America to the Josh Duhamel thriller Scenic Route and has added it to the Cannes sales slate.
  • Pretty Pictures acquires Hany Abu-Assad's Omar

    EXCLUSIVE: Cannes Un Certain Regard selection sold by The Match Factory.
  • Q&A: David Arnold, composer

    At Sundance London, James Bond composer David Arnold talked about his big break, discovering music for Independence Day in his dreams and if he’ll return to the 007 franchise.
  • Q&A: Jeff Nichols, director, Mud

    Following a screening of Mud at Sundance London, director Jeff Nichols talked deleted scenes, inspirations, that ending and how he is turning to sci-fi for his next film.
  • Raven Banner hires Mahnert 

    Annick Mahnert has joined the company as manager of international sales and acquisitions in the run-up to Cannes. Additionally the Toronto-based company has licensed US rights to The Last Will And Testament Of Rosalind Leigh to Image Entertainment.
  • Raze

    Dir: Josh Waller. US. 2013. 87mins
  • Recreation adds three for Cannes

    The Los Angeles-based sales company has added Slamdance audience award winner Hank And Asha, Sundance entry Milkshake and War On Whistleblowers to its sales roster.
  • Rialto, StudioCanal strike pact

    Two significant alliances in the specialty sector were announced on Monday [29]. Rialto Pictures secured US first-run rights to five titles from StudioCanal while Kino Lorber struck a deal to release the Artsploitation Films slate.
  • San Sebastian adds extreme sports

    Savage Cinema strand will be introduced at the 61st San Sebastian Festival in September.
  • Secret Cinema “confident” of launch

    Event specialist Secret Cinema is “very confident” that it will launch its latest production this weekend after having to cancel its opening due to “licensing reasons”.
  • Secret Cinema cleared to open

    Secret Cinema has been given the green light to stage its latest screenings but without any alcohol until next weekend.
  • Secret Cinema opening cancelled

    Event specialist Secret Cinema has been forced to cancel the opening of its latest production just hours before its launch due to “licensing reasons”.
  • SIFF to honour Ford

    Harrison Ford will receive the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival’s2013 Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting.
  • Sky confirms 3D commitment

    BSkyB affirms commitment to 3D programming in wake of BBC deciding to ditch the technology.
  • Some Velvet Morning

    Dir/scr: Neil LaBute. US. 2013. 82mins
  • Someone You Love heading to Cannes

    Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Swedish drama to reunite Mikael Persbrandt and Trine Dyrholm.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness

    Dir: J.J. Abrams. US. 2013. 135mins
  • Steph Green, director, Run & Jump

    Leon Forde talks to the Oscar-nominated director about her feature debut Run & Jump, which world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival
  • Sundance London: The Eagles

    After the acrimonious break-up of The Eagles in 1980, Don Henley, co-founder of the rock band, famously quipped that they would play together again “when hell freezes over”.
  • TFF 2013 draws 450k attendees

    The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) drew more than 450,000 attendees to screenings, panels, community events and other attractions, festival top brass said on Monday [29].
  • The Director

    Dir: Christina Voros. US-Italy. 2013. 95mins
  • The English Teacher

    Dir: Craig Zisk. US. 2013. 93mins
  • The Exchange to sell Mob

    Andy Garcia and Ray Romano will join Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda on Rob The Mob, which Brian O’Shea and his sales team will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.
  • The Numbers Station

    Dir: Kasper Barfoed. UK-US. 2012. 89mins
  • The Pretty One

    Dir/scr: Jenée LaMarque. US. 2013. 90mins
  • Thou Gild'st The Even

    Dir/scr: Onur Unlu. Turkey. 2013. 107mins
  • Timberlake to spin Gold for Foresight

    Foresight Unlimited heads to Cannes with Spinning Gold, a biopic to star Justin Timberlake as the iconic 1970s music entrepreneur Neil Bogart. Timberlake will attend the market and host a buyers dinner.
  • Tribeca awards audience prizes

    Kim Mordaunt’s The Rocket [pictured] impressed Tribeca Film Festival judges last week and had a similar effect on audiences who gave it the narrative award on Saturday [27].
  • TWC, Sundance Channel hail Kon-Tiki

    Thor Heyerdahl’s 1951 documentary will air exclusively on May 11 on Sundance Channel and will be followed by a broadcast of the featurette Kon-Tiki: The Incredible True Story.
  • UK releases update: Cuban Fury, American Hustle

    StudioCanal has set an early 2014 release for salsa comedy starring Nick Frost, while Entertainment date four including David O. Russell’s American Hustle.
  • Ukraine on piracy watch list

    The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday [May 1] released its annual Special 301 report evaluating the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in US trading partners.
  • uMedia expands Celluloid Dreams partnership

    Slate includes Takashi Miike’s Cannes competition film Shield of Straw and Katrin Gebbe’s Un Certain Regard title Tore’s Pogo.
  • uMedia expands international offices

    New appointments made in London and Paris ahead of plans for LA office.
  • Warner, BAFTA back Prince William scholarships

    Scholarships in film, TV and games backed by BAFTA and Warner Bros.
  • Way, Way Back to close LAFF

    Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s hit Sundance comedy The Way, Way Back will close the Los Angeles Film Festival on Jun 23.
  • Well Go USA takes Here

    The distributor has acquired all North American rights to And While We Were Here and has set an Aug 13 ultra-VoD launch followed by theatrical release on Sept 13.
  • Wise Buddah appoints James Doyle

    London-based studio is also upgrading a second sound suite to 5.1 after seeing an increase in high-end TV audio post-production work.
  • Worldview takes US on Jimmy P.

    Chris Woodrow’s ambitious financier has acquired US rights to Arnaud Desplechin’s Cannes competition entry in a deal with Wild Bunch that marks its latest foray into the US distribution arena.
  • Yozgat Blues

    Dir: Mahmut Fazil Coskun. Turkey-Germany. 2013. 96mins