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21 April 2006

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  • Academy Awards set for Feb 25, 2007

    The79th Annual Academy Awards will take place on Feb 25 2007 at Hollywood's KodakTheatre.TheAcademy Of Mot
  • Bogandovich will crack The Broken Code

    Peter Bogdanovich has signedon to direct the competitive science drama The Broken Code, which is being backed by The UK Film Council andCapitol Films though Capitol Films Production's Super Slate developmentcompany, along with Signature Films.The story puts under themicroscope the life of Rosalind Franklin, an unsung research scientist whosepioneering X-ray photographs were instrumental in the discovery of DNA'sdouble-helix structure.David Baxter wrote thescreenplay based
  • Camden 28, Off Screen are jury winners at Philadelphia

    Anthony Giacchino's anti-Vietnam War saga The Camden 28 achieved the unprecedented feat ofwinning both the 2006 Philadelphia Film Festival's documentary jury prize andaudience award at the closing ceremony on Apr 11.
  • Cannes Competition yields surprises

    CannesFestival organisers have announced the official lineup for this year's edition, with 19 films competing for the Palmed'Or - one less than 2005.Many filmshad been predicted prior to the announcement, including Pedro Almodovar's Volver, SofiaCoppola's Marie-Antoinette, Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth,Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel
  • Cannes line-up: Un Certain Regard

    Un Certain RegardOpening film Paris Je T'Aime Bled Number One (Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche)Il Registra Di Matrimoni (The Wedding Director) (Marco Bellocchio)Cronica De Una Fuga (Free Pass) (Israel Adrian Caetano) Hamaca Paraguaya (Paz Encina)* Ten Canoes (Rolf De Heer) Uro (Stefan Faldbakken) Suburban Mayhem (Paul Goldman)Sca
  • Danish films under the spotlight at Seattle Film Festival

    Fourteenfeatures from Denmark including five North American premieres have beenselected to spotlight the Scandinavian country in the upcoming 32nd SeattleInternational Film Festival (SIFF).
  • Dimension takes Easter in North America with Scary Movie 4

    Dimension's Scary Movie 4 stormed to the top of the North American box office andrecorded the biggest Easter weekend in history as it took an estimated $41mover three days. It is the first specactular opening for the independentcompany since it separated from Disney and resumed business under The
  • Driver races to worldwide deal with Rogue/Focus

    Rogue Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rightsexcluding Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland to Constantin Filmand Impact Pictures' video game adaptation Driver.
  • Elmer to head acquisitions at Pathe UK

    Emil Elmer has been named as the new head of acquisitions at Pathe UK following the departure of Berenice Fugard to Paramount's specialty arm.Formerly director of acquisitions at Miramax UK, Elmer said he was joining a great team: "I have for a long time admired Francois and his team at Pathe for their good taste and expertise in distributing films of various genres." Francois Ivernel, managing director of Pathe UK, said he was delighted by Elmer's appointment."He has a great eye for co
  • Focus Features gets Woody Allen's Scoop

    Focus Featureshas picked up North American, Australian and New Zealand rights to WoodyAllen's second UK project Scoop, which is currently in post-production.Scoop was shot in London last summer and starsScarlett Johansson as a journalism student who investigates a string of murdersand falls in love with a handsome Englishman. Hugh Jackman, Ian McShane andAllen also star.Johanssonstarred in Allen's last release Match Point, which played in official selection
  • Frank Oz signs to direct Kimmel's Death At A Funeral

    Frank Oz has signed on to direct the ensemble comedy Death At AFuneral for US bi-coastal outfit Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE).
  • German media fund acquires Odeon Film

    German private media fund GFP Medienfonds has taken a majority stake in the Munich-based TV/film producer Odeon Film.Aninvestment division of the GFP II and GFP III funds acquired the 53.66%shareholding held in Odeon Film until now by the Bavaria Film Group "afterseveral months and long negotiation
  • G-Jones joins New Films as co-production finance specialist

    Film Financier and producers representative Luke G-Jones, hasjoined New Films International (NFI) as director of co-production finance.
  • Hamilton to head festival centre programming at TIFFG

    Jim Hamilton has been appointed to the new post of director offestival centre programming for the Toronto International Film Festival Group(TIFFG).
  • Hannigan appointed to European Film Academy

    The director of the CorkFilm Festival, Mick Hannigan, has been invited tojoin the European Film Academy. The 50-year-old Festivalhas also been chosenas a participant in the European Film Academy PrixUIP initiative in 2006. As a voting member of theEFA, Hannigan will join a membership including LordAttenborough, Ingmar Bergman, Pedro Almodovar,Federico Fellini, Davi
  • Ice Age continues to sink competition with $54m weekend

    Fox International's Ice Age 2: The Meltdown remained the runaway number one title inthe international marketplace as it crossed $250m in its third weekend.
  • Ice Age sequel set to soar with major openings

    Fox International's Ice Age 2: The Meltdown should soar past $300m this weekend,powered by expected strong holds and several major launches.
  • IMAX to add fifth giant screen in CJ CGV Pusan multiplex

    IMAX has signed a deal with leading Korean exhibitor CJ CGV Coto add a fifth giant screen theatre to its original four-theatre commitment inPusan's Seomyun 12 multiplex.
  • India's independent filmmakers heading to Cannes

    A delegation of independentIndian filmmakers with international ambitions will be attending and exhibitingunder one umbrella at this year's Cannes film festival.The group, which is called IndependentIndian Filmmakers (IIF), comprises 24 individuals who are seeking to workinternationally - either by co-producing, co-financing or distributing globally- and to create products outside of the established Indian film industrysong-and-dance models.
  • Istanbul festival director Ucansu steps down after 25 years

    Hulya Ucansu, the directorof Istanbul Film Festival through its entire 25 years of existence, is leavingher post at the end of this year's edition of the event. Rumours were persistentthroughout the festival and were confirmed on the last day by a an officialpress release put out by the Istanbul Foundation for Arts and Culture, thefestival's parent organization. While the decision was surprisingly unmentionedon stage at the closing night ceremony, it was made public later, at theclosin
  • Japanese conglomerate invests in Klockworx

    Japanese conglomerate SojitzCorp has announced the purchase of a 17.94% stake in independent filmdistributor Klockworx for $1.33m (Y157m). Sojitz execs were dispatched to thecompany this month.Sojitz, which already has agrowing library of animation contents for mobile phone distribution, sees theinvestment as a way to expand its content and methods of distribution throughKlockworx' specialty for acquiring high-quality foreign product. The indiedistributor has a well-established theatri
  • Jonathan King takes on evp production role at Focus

    Jonathan King, the formerhead of production at Sony-based Laurence Mark Productions, is joining FocusFeatures as executive vice president of production.King begins work this weekbased in the company's West Coast offices. He will report to Focus' productionpresident John Lyons.At Laurence Mark ProductionsKing's credits included Bill Condon's upcoming musical Dreamgirls, and Scott Frank's upcoming thriller The Lookout.Prior to Laurence Mark, Kingserved as an i
  • Journey opens LA Asian Pacific Film Festival

    Ham Tran's Journey From The Fall and Eric Byler's AMERICANese bookend the 22nd VC FILMFEST: The LosAngeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, set to run from May 4-11.
  • June deadline for expanded Grierson Awards

    TheGrierson Awards for documentaries have expanded beyond the UK this year totake in factual films made anywhere in the world.The entry deadline is June 2 in 10 categories: bestdocumentary on a contemporary issue, best documentary on the arts, besthistorical documentary, best documentary on scie
  • Khan joins Momentum as UK finance director

    Saher Khan has been appointed as director of finance at Momentum Pictures in the UK.Khan, who is currently financial controller at Universal Pictures International, will take up her position in the London office this month, reporting to Krista Wegener, UK VP of Finance."We are delighted to have Saher join our finance team. She is joining Momentum at an exciting time, and her extensive planning, reporting, and controllership experience will support the company's continued growth," said Weg
  • KOFIC to send Korean filmmakers overseas

    The Korean Film Council(KOFIC) is setting up a series of international training programmes, startingin China, to help Korean filmmakers to work more easily overseas.The "Business R&DCampuses" will enable Korean filmmakers to meet with and learn from local industryfigures and government officials, in order to adapt to and work moreefficiently in each territory.KOFIC aims to hold the firstcampus for one week in Novemb
  • Melbourne film festival to close with Mayhem

    Black comedy Suburban Mayhem, starring Emily Barclay,will close the 55th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) on August 13. Director Paul Goldman (Australian Rules, The Night They Called It A Day) said the festival is seen as bothan audience-friendly and cutting edge event and is the perfect place to launchthe film: "I like to think that Mayhemmirrors the brave, dynamic and exciting programming of the festival."Suburban Mayhem represent
  • Miami Film Festival takes industry delegation to Chile

    The Miami International FilmFestival (MIFF) has launched an industry delegation to Chile this week to shareknowledge, build contacts and increase exposure to media and industryprofessionals in the local film community.The initiative is the secondpart of a film exchange programme launched during the 2006 festival in Marchwhen the work of six emerging Chilean film-makers were screened to US audiencesand festival attendees. The Santiago leg of the MIFFAbroad: In
  • Miller and Relph join Arts Alliance Media

    Digital film distributor Arts Alliance Media has appointedSir Robin Miller and Simon Relph as non-executive directors.Miller was formerly chief executive and chairman of Emap,owners of Screen International.Relph was thefounding chief executive of British Screen Finance Limited and is anindependent producer with 17 films under his belt.
  • National Video Resources unveils 20 recipients of media fellowships

    US non-profit group NationalVideo Resources (NVR) has unveiled the 20 recipients of its Media ArtsFellowships and two additional awards to artists of exceptional promise.Recipientsinclude Down To The Bone director DebraGranik, whose Church Ave is thestory of a streetwise Brooklyn man, Nanobah Becker whose feat
  • Noeltner's CMG takes on rap & hip-hop collection

    Ed Noeltner's CinemaManagement Group (CMG) will commence pre-sales in Cannes on its 12-title rapand hip hop DVD premiere set The Streets Are Talkin'.Each DVD in the collectionwill feature cutting edge music, interviews and footage and will be accompaniedby a specially created bonus CD mix.The first title set fordomestic release in June is Reality Check - Junior Mafia Vs Lil Kim, which explores hip hop's long running feud andfeatures previously unreleased music from
  • Panavision secures $345m credit facility

    Camera manufacturer Panavisionhas refinanced its debt and signed a $345m senior secured credit facility as itembarks upon a new phase of corporate expansion.The company'spresident and chief executive officer Bob Beitcher said the move allowedPanavision to develop new products following the success of the Genesis digitalcamera, and expand its worldwide television operation, among other things.The company alsopaid $15m in cash and issued 49,792 shares of its Se
  • Prater steps down as head of Bangkok Film Festival

    Craig Prater hasstepped down as executive director of the Bangkok International Film Festival(BKKIFF), a post that he has held for the last three years. Prater cited"personal reasons" for his decision to resign from Film FestivalManagement (FFM), the US consulting firm that the Tourism Authority of Thailand(TAT) hired for the overall management and programming of BKKIFF. He workeddirectly for FFM rather than TAT. Although noofficial announcement has been made, a TAT official who
  • Shanghai teams with Warner China Film on Phone Call

    Shanghai Film Group isjoining forces with Warner China Film HG Group to produce contemporary drama The 601st Phone Call.Director Feng Xiaogangserves as the producer of the film while TV actor Zhang Guoli takes thedirector's seat. Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung and Zhou Bichang, winner of China's top-rated SuperGirl TV contest, will lead the cast.Warner China Film - a jointventu
  • Sony's Mexican production unit starts Charm School

    Sony'sMexican local production unit Columbia Films Producciones Mexico has startedprincipal photography in Mexico City on its first feature, Fernando Sarinana'scomedy Charm School.
  • Taking Father Home wins digital prize at HKIFF

    Shanghai-based director Ying Liang's Taking Father Home was awarded the Golden Digital Award at this year's Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF). The film tells the story of a country boy who travels to the big city in search of his father whom he believes has become a rich property developer - but soon discovers that the reality is quite different. It was also awarded the Special Jury Prize at
  • Ten new directors to compete at Crossing Europe festival

    GoEast'smain prize-winner Tbilisi Tbilisi by Georgian filmmaker Levan Zakareishvili isamong 10 debuts or second films by promising new directors selected for thisyear's European Competition at the Crossing Europe Film Festival in Austria'sLinz (April 25-30).
  • The Sentinel

    Dir: Clark Johnson. US.2006. 108mins.One of the biggest challenges facing contemporary UScinema is the high quality of homegrown TV drama, beit The West Wing, The Shield or The Sopranos or so-called "procedurals" like Law And Order or CSI. It is why a movie like TheSentinel, a White House-set thriller about Secret Service agents, feelslike it is treading in very famili
  • The Unforgiven (Yongseobadji Mot-hanja)

    Dir/scr: Yoon Jong-bin. S Kor. 2005. 126mins.The traumas of masculinity and themilitary life are sensitively and obliquely probed in The Unforgiven, the debut feature fromKorean writer-director Yoon Jong-bin. Despitecurrents of menace and brutality, it lies at the more contemplative end ofSouth Korea's cinema spectrum, its elliptical, two-strand structure making itakin to the teasing narratives of Hong Sang-soo (The Day A Pig Fell In
  • The Wedding Director (Il Regista Di Matrimoni)

    Dir/scr: Marco Bellocchio. It. 2006. 102mins.After the compelling Red Brigade psycho-drama Good Morning, Night, Italian auteurMarco Bellocchio has returned to the hermetic,dreamlike mode of The Hour Of Religionwith his latest effort, in which a leading arthousedirector is talked into shooting a Sicilian wedding video. Occasionally comic,undeniably evocative, at times simmering with passion (though it peddles thedark-eyed Sicil
  • The Wedding Director (Il Regista Di Matrimoni)

    Dir/scr: Marco Bellocchio. It. 2006. 102mins.After his compelling Red Brigade psycho-drama Good Morning, Night, Italian auteurMarco Bellocchio returns to the hermetic, dreamlikemode of The Hour Of Religion with hislatest effort, The Wedding Director, inwhich a leading arthouse film-maker is talked intoshooting a Sicilian matrimonial video.Bellocchio is a profoundly visual director, and alt
  • Times, Father take top local film prizes at Istanbul

    MichaelWinterbottom's Tristram Shandy - A Cock and Bull Story won the Golden Tulip for best film in theinternational competition at the 25th International Istanbul Film Festival onSaturday, as well as the International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) prize.
  • UIP makes pioneering move into Vietnam

    United International Pictures (UIP) is to become the first of the major global film distributors to do business in Vietnam.Its agent Envoy Media Partners is to work with Megastar Media JVC to establish the country's first purpose-built multiplex operation. The first release will be Mission: Impossible III, which will go out on 13 screens on 26 May in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
  • UK Manga takes dominant role in download revolution

    A UK Manga-style animation is promising to be the first to offer serialised monthly downloads to iPod and Playstation before theatrical release.Dominator X, currently in production at the Brighton studios of Renga Media, is the creation of successful comic book writer Alan Grant and director Tony Luke.From July, the feature will be broken up into a series of approximately 15-minute chunks available through a website,, for the new formats for video iPod and
  • United 93

    Dir/scr. Paul Greengrass. US-UK. 2006.110mins.Gut wrenching and chilling, Paul Greengrass' United 93is a visceral recreation of the September 11 terrorist attacks that sharplydraws on the film-maker's documentary background. The result is a searingcollage, couched in sorrow and conjuring up mournful chaos and dread.Features of this scaleclearly are neither made nor witnessed in a vacuum, and no rece
  • Warner promotes Albery to anti-piracy vp in Europe, Middle East and Africa

    Trevor Alberyhas been promoted to vice president of anti-piracy operations in Europe, theMiddle East and Africa for Warner Bros.Albery will bebased in London and will report to Warner Bros' senior vice president ofworldwide corporate anti-piracy Darcy Antonellis.He joined thestudio as anti-piracy counsel for European anti-piracy operations in March2004.Prior to joiningWarner Bros, Albery server four years as senior legal adviser at theInternational Fed
  • Yari backs Jamie Kennedy vehicle Kickin It

    Jamie Kennedy is heading the cast on the comedy Kickin It OldSkool for Bob YariProductions and Kennedy's Jizzy Entertainment and Hi-Def Entertainment.