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20 June 2013

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  • CineEurope day 2 news roundup

    Dolby Atmos adds five more titles; Sony introduces TMS Lite; Harkness unveils Clarus 170.
  • 1982 wins US In Progress top prize

    Event, hosted by Champs-Elysées Film Festival, aims to find European distribution for upcoming US fare.
  • 3D Bootcamp coming to London

    Ravensbourne, one of the organisers of March’s 3D Creative Summit, is now launching the 3D Bootcamp, which will run from July 22-26.
  • A Long Way From Home

    Dir/scr: Virginia Gilbert. UK-France. 2013. 85mins
  • Act of Killing wins at Doc/Fest

    Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary wins jury award at the Sheffield festival.
  • AFCI show to focus on tech, incentives

    The impact of technology on global production will take centre stage at the upcoming AFCI Locations Show, set to run at the LA Convention Center from Jun 27-29.
  • All Together Now

    Dir: Alexander Mirecki. US. 2013. 84mins
  • AV services excluded from EU-US talks

    European Trade Ministers agreed on Friday evening (June 14) in Luxembourg to a negotiating mandate for the forthcoming EU-US free-trade talks which excludes audiovisual services.
  • Benaroya hires production chief

    Prashant Shah has joined Benaroya Pictures as vp and head of physical production.
  • BFI backs two Doc/Fest projects

    The BFI Film Fund has revealed the two feature documentaries it will support following its first ever pitching session at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
  • Blasting off with Spaceship

    Ahead of a panel at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sarah Cooper caught up with iFeatures executive producer Tristan Goligher and Screen Star of Tomorrow Alex Taylor, whose debut feature Spaceship will go into production in August as part of the scheme.
  • Central Europe box office tops $400m

    Romania and Slovakia fastest growing markets in the region.
  • CineEurope news day 1: AAM, Dolby, Odeon/UCI, IMAX, more

    UPDATED: News roundup from CineEurope’s first day.
  • CineEurope: A call for more trailers

    Sony’s Rory Bruer urges exhibitors to screen more trailers; UNIC’s Phil Clapp wants studios to keep supplying 35mm prints where needed.
  • Cinegi to launch UK digital distribution service

    Cinegi, a UK-based digital distribution service, is now signing up content partners ahead of its launch later this year.
  • City exec launches film slate

    EXCLUSIVE: Slate backed by city executive Sonny Schneider and director Arjun Rose includes feature adaptation of a new short starring Laura Haddock, Ed Skrein.
  • Columbia readies Bad Teacher 2

    The studio is developing Bad Teacher 2 and has set Jake Kasdan to direct the comedy from a screenplay by Justin Malen.
  • Content Media secures $40m credit

    Content Media, currently handling sales on titles such as Pudsey: the Movie and A Long Way Home, has renewed and extended a key line of bank credit.
  • dcinex, China Film Equipment join Philips as lamps partners

    Philips has added partnerships with Belgium-based dcinex and China Film Equipment Corp (CFEC) as key value added resellers of Philips digital cinema xenon lamps.
  • Desert Runners

    Dir: Jennifer Steinman. US. 2013. 91mins
  • Despicable Me 2

    Dirs: Chris Renaud & Pierre Cofffin. US. 2013. 98mins
  • Doc/Fest delegates up 18%

    Audience Award winners revealed as documentary festival reports record numbers.
  • Downey Jr signs for Avengers 2, Avengers 3

    Robert Downey Jr will reprise his role as Tony Stark / Iron Man in the next two Avengers films, Marvel has revealed.
  • Eclair Group recapitalises to tune of €12.4m

    Cash injection will help fund move into other parts of Europe.
  • Eric Steel: Kiss The Water

    Eric Steel’s Kiss The Water, which plays at the EIFF this weekend, is much more than just a documentary about fly fishing, as Sarah Cooper discovers. 
  • Event cinema website launched

    Event Cinema Association launches industry and consumer database.
  • Ex-Aardman exec opens digital studio

    Former Aardman Animations TV boss Miles Bullough has launched digital studio Wildseed Studios with a fund of $785,000 (£500,000) to invest in multiplatform ideas.
  • FilmDistrict picks up Dating

    FilmDistrict has picked up US rights to Treehouse Pictures’ Zac Efron comedy Are We Officially Dating? and plans a wide release on Jan 31, 2014. Separately, the distributor has pushed back the release of Walk Of Shame to Mar 14, 2014.
  • FilmDistrict takes Christ the Lord

    FilmDistrict acquires US distribution rights to feature based on Anne Rice’s bestseller.
  • Filmmaker In Residence, New York

    The Film Society Of Lincoln Center and Jaeger-LeCoultre announced members of the advisory board for their new Filmmaker In Residence initiative at a dinner in New York last week.
  • FIP to remake Buena Vida Delivery

    Fox International Productions has announced the latest project in its burgeoning remakes roster, taking rights to the Argentine social satire from FilmSharks Int’l.
  • Galway names Talent nominees, masterclasses

    Five nominees for Bingham Ray New Talent Award; Julien Temple, Zachary Quinto among masterclasses.
  • Gaumont’s Paris or Perish packs in sales

    EXCLUSIVE: Comedy is directorial debut of popular comedienne French Reem Kherici.
  • Goodbye World

    Dir: Denis Henry Hennelly. US. 2013. 100mins
  • Guldvog named Norwegian Film Institute boss

    Publisher will replace Nina Refseth.
  • Half Crown lines up biopic

    Colorado-based Half Crown Media has hired UK screenwriter Bart Gavigan to write an untitled biopic about the British missionary Hudson Taylor. 
  • Hammer Of The Gods

    Dir: Farren Blackburn. UK. 2013. 99mins
  • Hatchet III

    Dir: B.J. McDonnell. US. 2013. 81mins
  • Hickel: tough times ahead for VFX

    Industrial Light & Magic animation director Hal Hickel has said the San Francisco-based VFX powerhouse faces interesting but tough times ahead.
  • Huston joins TWC’s Big Eyes

    UPDATED JUN 20: Tim Burton has cast Danny Huston in his upcoming drama about painter Margaret Keane and her husband Walter, who took credit for his wife’s work while she toiled in obscurity.
  • IM3 crosses $400m domestic

    Iron Man 3 has become Disney’s fifth release to reach $400m in North America after crossing the threshold on Tuesday [18].
  • Ischia honour for Baz Luhrmann

    The Australian director of global hit The Great Gatsby will collect the Luchino Visconti Legend Award in Italy on Jul 19.
  • ITV buys Hatfields & McCoys indie

    ITV has acquired its third American indie, paying $30m (£19m) for a controlling stake in Hatfields & McCoys producer Thinkfactory Media.
  • James Gandolfini dies aged 51

    James Gandolfini, who shot to fame as a mob boss in The Sopranos, died on Wednesday [19] while on holiday in Rome. He was 51.
  • John Travolta to receive Karlovy Vary honour

    Actor to receive Crystal Globe at the festival, which will screen his latest film, Killing Season.
  • Joss Whedon in conversation at BAFTA

    The Avengers director recalled his “Life in Pictures” at BAFTA in London, covering Buffy, Firefly and Toy Story as well as his recent adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
  • Justin Edgar and Alex Usborne, 104 Films

    As 104 Films prepares to screen two films at Edinburgh, Sarah Cooper speaks to founders Justin Edgar and Alex Usborne about giving disabled and disadvantaged talent opportunities in the industry.
  • Korea's CJ to co-pro The Fist

    Korea’s CJ Entertainment has announced a deal with China Film Group (CFG) and Pegasus & Taihe Entertainment on sci-fi fantasy project The Fist.
  • Last 5 Years begins production

    Shooting is set to begin this week in New York on The Last 5 Years starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
  • Legendary hires Bruce Rosenblum

    Weeks after his departure as president of the Warner Bros Television Group, the executive has been named president of Legendary Television and Digital Media.
  • Legendary to decide on move within 60 days

    Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull told a gathering of reporters in Los Angeles on Tuesday [18] that he will decide within 60 days whether to renew his production deal at Warner Bros or move on.
  • Life Of A King

    Dir: Jake Goldberger. US. 2013. 101mins
  • Lovers And The Despot shoot starts in Korea

    Documentary is about filmmaking team whose lives are changed by Kim Jong-il.
  • Machete Kills to open on Oct 4

    Open Road Films has moved back the release of Robert Rodriguez’s action sequel starring Danny Trejo from Sept 13.
  • Makhmalbaf to chair EIFF jury

    The Iranian director will be joined by Scottish actor Kevin McKidd and film critic Derek Malcom.
  • Man of Steel eyes $200m mark

    Warner Bros’ Superman reboot should deliver a mighty follow-up session this weekend, complemented by significant plays from a marauding horde of zombies and a far cuddlier breed of monster.
  • Man of Steel tops UK box office

    Warner Bros’ 3D reboot scores $17.6m (£11.2m) debut for 2013’s second biggest three-day weekend.
  • MGM pacts with Fox on Poltergiest

    Production on the horror remake, produced by Sam Raimi, scheduled to begin this autumn.
  • Millard Ochs, Warner Bros

    Millard Ochs steps down on June 30 after 19 years as president of Warner Bros International Cinemas (WBIC) and 50 years in the industry.
  • Mixed reaction to AV exclusion

    Trade ministers’ decision to exclude audiovisual services from EU-US free trade agreement has provoked a mixed reaction from European film-makers and  politicians.
  • Moore unveils Song of the Sea footage

    Feature scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2014.
  • Moscow prepares launch; Media Luna nabs two

    As this year’s Moscow International Film Festival readies for launch, Germany’s Media Luna New Films has picked up international distribution rights to a title in competition at the 35th edition.
  • Muhammad Ali theatrical doc planned

    EXCLUSIVE: Passion Pictures, executive producer of Searching for Sugar Man and The Imposter, board documentary centred on recorded conversations of the boxing champion.
  • National Youth Film Festival announced

    UK schools invited to take part in free film screenings as part of a £26m ($40m) investment in film education.
  • NBCUni expands consumer VoD service

    NBCUniversal is offering its movie subscription VOD service PictureBox Films direct to consumers in the UK and Ireland following a major redesign and rebrand of the site.
  • Netflix strikes Dreamworks deal

    Netflix has struck a landmark deal with Dreamworks Animation that will see it stream more than 300 hours of exclusive original programming from the Shrek and Kung Fu Panda producer.
  • Netflix to launch in Netherlands

    Online streaming service Netflix has announced the Netherlands as its next new market, with a late 2013 launch on the cards.
  • OddLot signs deal with McDonough

    Linda McDonough is transitioning from her role as OddLot evp of production and development into that of full-time producer and has signed a producing deal with the company.
  • Only God Forgives wins in Sydney

    Nicolas Winding Refn’s violent thriller, starring Ryan Gosling, wins top prize at the Sydney Film Festival.
  • Paladin, FilmBuff find Spark

    Paladin and FilmBuff are to team up on the release of Spark: A Burning Man Story from filmmakers Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter.
  • Palin: TV production like selling toilet paper

    Michael Palin, the travel documentary presenter and Monty Python comedian, has taken a swipe at some modern forms of documentary storytelling.
  • Phase 4 takes Sin Bin

    The company has acquired North American rights to Billy Federighi’s debut feature n starring Michael Seater, Jeff Garlin, Gillian Jacobs, Bo Burnham, and Tim Blake Nelson.
  • Phil Oatley, Park Road Post Production

    Park Road’s head of tecnhology Phil Oatley talks about how 3D is evolving and the intricacies of the stereoscopic post process.
  • PiFan unveils line-up; Congress to open

    The 17th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced its line-up, opening with the Asian premiere of Ari Folman’s The Congress.
  • PIFF to kick off on Jun 19

    The 15th anniversary of the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) will begin on Jun 19 and runs through Jun 23.  
  • Producers line up George Jones biopic

    28 Entertainment principals announced on Tuesday [18] that they have acquired the life rights to country music legend George Jones and his wife Nancy.
  • Red Granite, Uni board Dumber sequel

    Red Granite has come on board to finance the Dumb & Dumber sequel after Warner Bros let the film go. Universal will distribute in the US.
  • Relativity eyes awards for Furnace

    The studio said on Tuesday evening [8] it was moving the release of Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck deeper into awards season.
  • Rio 2096 crowned Annecy winner

    Marks the first time a Latin American film has taken the top prize at the animation festival, which has also set the dates for its next edition.
  • Selects to distribute Jaffa

    Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Hilla Medalia’s documentary Dancing In Jaffa following its world premiere at Tribeca. Separately Doppelganger Releasing has acquired Black Out and Image Entertainment announced it will release the found footage thriller Evidence this summer.
  • SFFS names 13 Doc Fund finallists

    The San Francisco Film Society has announced the contenders for the 2013 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards totalling $100,000.
  • Shanghai film market launches

    The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) Market kicked off today with approximately 850 film production and distribution companies and 1,617 registered buyers.
  • Shanghai names market award winners

    The Shanghai International Film Festival’s SIFF Project market closed last night (June 19) with Gao Bo’s Fantasy Journey picking up the award for Most Promising Investment Project.
  • Shooting begins on thriller November Man

    Will Patton and Caterina Scorsone have joined Pierce Brosnan on the cast of November Man, which Roger Donaldson is currently shooting in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Shopping

    Dir/scr: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland. New Zealand. 2013. 98mins
  • ShortFest unveils schedule

    The Palm Springs International ShortFest announced on Wednesday [19] the panels and forum topics to be discussed at this year’s even, set to run from Jun 18-24.
  • Smith & Foulkes unveil cross-media project

    Oscar-nominated creative duo planning interactive book, app, educational merchandise and first feature-length film. London-based Nexus producing.
  • Snoop Dogg hits CineEurope

    DreamWorks Animation and Fox International brought Snoop Dogg in to boost Turbo.
  • Sony dates Spider-Man 3 and 4

    Sony is putting its weight behind the Amazing Spider-Man franchise and has dated the third and fourth entries for Jun 10 2016 and May 4 2018.
  • South Korea, China sign tentative co-pro pact

    South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) has announced that it has signed a tentative accord on co-production with China in Seoul. The accord lays the groundwork for a Korea-China co-production treaty to be signed within the year.
  • Spanish int'l box office tops domestic

    Spanish films made more at the international box office than domestically, according to a report released at the annual Madrid de Cine.
  • SpectiCast to present Morrissey 25

    Eagle Rock concert recorded in March.
  • Spotlight takes Parker Posey office comedy

    Spotlight Pictures has picked up international sales to Sundance 2012 entry Price Check.
  • Star Wars VII lands at Pinewood

    EXCLUSIVE: Production on Disney and JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII is moving in to UK studio.
  • Steel tops June debuts on $113.1m

    Superman shot to the top of the North American charts on a record June launch thanks to an estimated $113.1m three-day haul that swelled to $125.1m since Thursday midnight screenings. Meanwhile another superhero tale, Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3, will cross $400m any day now through Buena Vista.
  • Stoker, Byzantium bookend Neuchatel

    Swiss festival Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (July 5-13) will open with Park Chan wook’s Stoker and close with Neil Jordan’s Byzantium.
  • Stranger begins Toronto shoot

    Production has begun in Toronto on Wernham Entertainment’s rom-com No Stranger Than Love starring Alison Brie, Justin Chatwin and Colin Hanks.
  • Sundance names 22 doc Fellows

    Sundance Institute has announced the 22 Fellows representing nine documentary film projects participating in the 2013 Documentary Edit and Story Labs, set to run from Jun 21-29 and Jul 5-13 at Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah.
  • Superman rules int'l on $72m

    UPDATED JUN 17: Man Of Steel blew away the competition on a confirmed $73.3m through Warner Bros Pictures International from 10,170 screens in 25 markets, while Star Trek Into Darkness earned the distinction of crossing $200m.
  • Svengali

    Dir: John Hardwick. UK.  2013. 85mins
  • Tarantino to receive Lumiere Award

    Quentin Tarantino will be awarded the 5th Lumiere Award at the Lumiere festival in France.
  • Tasting Menu, The Sea bookend Galway

    The 25th Galway Film Fleadh is to open with Spanish dramedy Tasting Menu, directed by Roger Gual, and close with John Banville adaptation The Sea, directed by Stephen Brown.
  • Taylor-Johnson to direct Fifty Shades

    Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced on Wednesday [19] that the British filmmaker will take the reins of their adaptation of EL James’ S&M thriller smash Fifty Shades Of Grey.
  • uConnect boards sales for Summer in February

    uConnect, the international sales division of uMedia, has taken on worldwide sales for Christopher Menaul’s Summer In February.
  • Vice hunts young directors

    Vice Media is looking for new directors to work with on its tranche of original UK productions.
  • VoD service to boost I Am Breathing rollout

    The Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) has partnered with UK VoD service Distrify to boost viewing and fundraising around documentary I Am Breathing.
  • Vue’s Tim Richards joins BFI board

    The BFI has appointed Vue CEO Tim Richards and former Disney exec Alison Cornwell to its governing board.
  • Wales gets £500k skills boost

    More than $780,000 (£500,000) to be invested in training.
  • We Are The Freaks to open Bornshorts

    EXCLUSIVE: Justin Edgar’s teen comedy stars Michael Smiley and Jamie Blackley. Watch the first trailer here.
  • Weinsteins, Cary Woods renew ties

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Cary Woods Pictures have sealed an exclusive first-look production deal.
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  • Whisky A Go Go

    Proving that the Scots really do know how to party, the whisky was flowing, the bagpipes were blaring, the haggis was hearty and the men in kilts dashing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival’s annual ceilidh last night.