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21 March 2013

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  • Return To Nim’s Island

    Dir: Brendan Maher. Australia. 2013. 90mins
  • 3D Producers Lab applicants named

    Successful applicants for the 3D Creative Summit Producer’s Lab have been revealed a week ahead of the inaugural event.
  • A British Cannes deluge?

    There is an impressive, if dauntingly large, crop of British films that will be considered for the Croisette.
  • a52 hires Andrew Romatz

    CG and VFX artist [pictured] joins a52 as Lead CG.
  • AFI hires marketing head

    Top brass at The American Film Institute (AFI) announced on Thursday [21] that following a “comprehensive national search”, Liza deVilla Ameen has joined as chief marketing officer.
  • AID forms jv with Prime Focus

    Hong Kong-based private equity firm AID Partners Capital is partnering with post-production house Prime Focus on a joint venture in China.
  • Alan Partridge film gets release date

    A first look at the upcoming Alan Partridge film has been unveiled along with an official title and a release date.
  • All Rights checks into Doomsday Party

    Paris and Hong Kong-based sales agent All Rights Entertainment (ARE) is handling international sales outside Asia on Doomsday Party, which has been selected for this year’s HAF.
  • American Pavilion to turn 25

    The American Pavilion on Monday [18] announced presenting sponsors American Express and The Peninsula Hotels in honour of its 25th anniversary at this summer’s Cannes Film Festival.
  • Ang Lee joins 3D Creative Summit

    Ang Lee, who scooped this year’s Best Director Oscar for Life of Pi, is to speak at the inaugural 3D Creative Summit alongside the film’s VFX consultant, David Conley.
  • Arc promotes Kallan Kagan

    The executive has been promoted to president and chief creative officer at Toronto-based Arc Productions.
  • Arclight promotes Mike Gabrawy

    The executive has been promoted to chief creative officer at Arclight Films.
  • ARRI pays tribute to Bill Lovell

    Bill Lovell, head of digital and 3D at ARRI Media in London, has died aged 58.
  • Asa Butterfield in CinemaCon honour

    The star of Hugo and upcoming lead in Ender’s Game will collect the CinemaCon Rising Star Of 2013 Award at a ceremony in Las Vegas on Apr 18.
  • Asian Film Awards 2013 afterparty

    The afterparty (sponsored by E-Max Cineplex) for the 7th Asian Film Awards was held at Hong Kong’s revolving restaurant, View 62.
  • Atmosphere gets Caught In The Act

    Mark Canton’s Atmosphere Entertainment has acquired theatrical film rights to Steve Klayman’s original screenplay Caught In The Act.
  • Australia earmarks $21m for incentives

    The Australian government this week put aside $21m (A$20m) to attract high-budget international film production, but exactly how it is going to be used will not be known until the industry has been consulted, which may be a few weeks.
  • Australian delegation returns to China

    An official delegation of Australian film producers, bureaucrats and film service company representatives are heading to China for the third round of formal meetings in four years.
  • Bankside seals Spike Island, Everyday deals

    EXCLUSIVE: Vertigo/Universal Pictures UK to release Spike Island in UK, IFC picks up Winterbottom drama for US, The Philosophers in-demand.
  • BFI's Greg Dyke named FA chairman

    Greg Dyke, the chairman of the British Film Institute (BFI), is to become the chairman of the Football Association (FA).
  • Brightstar's Deathday Party shooting in Yunnan

    China’s Brightstar Cinema has started production on its first feature, The Deathday Party, starring Archie Kao, Anita Yuen and Naijin Xiong.  
  • British contingent joins Hercules

    Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell [pictured], Joseph Fiennes, Rebecca Ferguson, Aksel Hennie and John Hurt have joined the cast of Paramount and MGM’s Hercules.
  • Budget boost for creative industries

    Creative industries pledged skills and innovation funding, support for VFX industries; corporation tax reduced, support for SMEs.
  • Buyers take Showbox's Commitment

    EXCLUSIVE: Assassin thriller sells to North America, German-speaking Europe, Hong Kong and further territories.
  • Career honour for Martin Landau

    Top brass at the 27th Israel Film Festival announced on Tuesday [19] that the Oscar winner will receive the 2013 IFF Career Achievement Award at the opening night gala on Apr 18.
  • Catapooolt springs into Asian crowdfunding

    Mumbai-based crowdfunding platform Catapooolt is launching in Hong Kong this week as an official partner of the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF).
  • CBS Films moves up Kings

    The distributor has moved up the release of its Sundance acquisition The Kings Of Summer from Jun 14 to May 31.
  • Chapman to produce Trigger

    Scott Glenn will star in the first project to emerge from Chapman Filmed Entertainment, the production company run through Chapman University’s Dodge College Of Film And Media Arts.
  • Chris Parks, Vision3: "3D has come a long way"

    The co-founder of Vision3 talks to Ian Sandwell about working on Jack the Giant Slayer, Gravity and the use of 3D as a storytelling tool.
  • Cinedigm takes 3D thriller Static

    The North American acquisition out of SXSW marks the third sale for burgeoning producer New Artists Alliance following deals on Milo and Cheap Thrills.
  • CinemaCon to honour Chris Pine

    The Star Trek actor will receive the CinemaCon Male Star Of The Year Award in Las Vegas on Apr 18.
  • CinemaCon to honour Hailee Steinfeld

    The former Oscar nominee will receive the CinemaCon Female Star Of Tomorrow Award at the annual Las Vegas convention on Apr 18.
  • Cineplex, Raven Banner launch Sinister

    The Canadian theatre chain Cineplex Entertainment and Toronto-based Raven Banner has teamed up to present a series of arthouse genre cinema in 25 sites across Canada.
  • Clarius to release Summertime's Oz

    Summertime Entertainment has signed a deal with Clarius Entertainment for what it said would be a wide theatrical release with “significant” p&a of 3D animated musical Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.
  • Cohen Media Group acquires Breathe In

    Cohen Media Group has acquired US rights to Drake Doremus’ acclaimed Sundance drama and will distribute in the fourth quarter. QED handles international sales.
  • COL•COA adds docs to roster

    The Sons Of Wind, Becoming Traviata and The Invisibles [pictured] round out the documentary section at the upcoming French showcase in Hollywood, set to run from Apr 15-22 at the DGA.
  • Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Cinema

    The 16th edition of Diagonale took place from March 12-17 in Graz, Austria.
  • Doc/Fest reveals 2013 guests

    Michael Palin, Melvyn Bragg and Adam Buxton among confirmed guests at the festival’s 20th annual event.
  • Edinburgh festival names first film

    Feature documentary I Am Breathing is to receive its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and will also be screened around the world to mark Global Motor Neurone Disease Day.
  • Edko unleashes Tales From The Dark

    Edko Films unveiled two-part horror feature Tales From The Dark at Filmart yesterday, comprising six segments adapted from stories written by best-selling Hong Kong author Lilian Lee.
  • EFA Young Audience Award nominations

    The Suicide Shop [pictured], UPSIDEdown and The Zigzag Kid chosen by a committee consisting of children’s film experts.
  • Film Independent names Doc Lab fellows

    Film Independent announced the fellows for its 2013 Documentary Lab on Tuesday [19].
  • Filmart to explore book adaptations

    Panelists include novelist Chetan Bhagat [pictured] and literary agent Marysia Juszczakiewicz.
  • Filmart's French-Asian Connection Party

    On March 19 at The Pawn in Wan Chai, Hong Kong, Filmart guests celebrated with the Ile de France Film Commission, Imaginove and the Taipai Film Commission.
  • Films Boutique makes Haneke doc sales

    EXCLUSIVE: Michael H Profession: Director sells to Australia, Taiwan, Canada and beyond.
  • Finecut spreads Miracle to buyers

    Finecut has announced a slew of deals for Miracle In Cell No. 7 – the record-breaking hit of the year in Korea which is clocking up over 12 million admissions.
  • Forever Love

    Dirs: Aozaru Shiao, Kitamura Toyoharu. Taiwan. 2013. 124mins
  • France pitches TRIP scheme to Asia

    After Jackie Chan’s recent shoot in Paris for CZ12 (also known as Chinese Zodiac), France is hoping to attract more Asian productions.
  • Free Stone takes on trio for Filmart

    EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Free Stone Productions is launching sales at Filmart on Yuya Ishii’s human drama Endroll, Masahide Ichii’s comedy Blindly In Love [pictured] and Katsuya Matumura’s contemporary art biopic Tenshin.
  • Freestyle takes Tiger Eyes

    Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media (FDM) have acquired US theatrical and VoD rights to the young adult property Tiger Eyes and will distribute on Jun 7. Separately, First Run has struck a deal for Living Downstream.
  • French producers boycott CNC

    Long-running dispute between French producers and crew unions over pay and conditions blows-up.
  • Gaga sells Like Father, Like Son

    EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Gaga Corporation has sold Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Like Father, Like Son to Hong Kong and Macau (Edko) and Taiwan (Filmware).
  • Golden Network sells Vajra to Germany's Splendid

    Hong Kong-based sales agent Golden Network Asia has sold martial arts drama The Wrath Of Vajra to Germany’s Splendid Film.
  • Grindstone prepares Christ Is Risen

    Grindstone Pictures has acquired feature rights to Christ Recrucified from Nikos Kazantzakis, the author behind The Last Temptation Of Christ.
  • Gus

    Dir/scr: Jesse McCormack. US. 2013. 86mins
  • HAF honours Doomsday, Barber's Tales

    Ho Hong’s Doomsday·Party took the HAF Award for a project originating in Hong Kong, while Barber’s Tales, to be directed by the Philippines’ Jun Robles Lana, took the HAF Award for a project originating outside Hong Kong.
  • HAF/Fox jury talk talent development

    The jury of the HAF/Fox Chinese Film Development Award shared their thoughts on the development of the Chinese film industry at a press briefing yesterday.
  • Halo expanding after Oscar success

    The post-production company’s current slate includes Richard Curtis’ About Time, Shane Meadows’ Stone Roses feature documentary and Justin Chadwick’s Long Walk to Freedom.
  • HanWay signs Sohu VoD deal

    EXCLUSIVE: HanWay Film’s London-based specialist film division HanWay Select has signed a subscription VoD deal with Sohu Video, the VoD arm of Chinese internet giant
  • He Who Dares wraps shoot

    Runaway Features has wrapped principal photography on SAS hostage thriller He Who Dares.
  • HKIFF opening night

    The 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival kicks off with a screening of Ip Man - The Final Fight.
  • Hopewell to open nine-screen multiplex

    Hong Kong property giant Hopewell Holdings unveiled details of its planned Kowloon Bay multiplex at a launch party last night.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    George Clooney commences principal photography on The Monuments Men, while sci-fi Dreck completes its shoot.
  • Hyde Park hires Stephen Gary

    Hyde Park Entertainment chairman and CEO Ashok Amritraj made the announcement on Thursday [14] in the run-up to Cannes.
  • Ile-de-France out in force at Filmart

    Companies attending include Bayoo, which has worked on films including Jackie Chan’s Chinese Zodiac.
  • IM Global signs output deals

    Sales outfit signs output deals with Universum/RTL, Top Film and Sun Distribution; pacts reach across 100 countries.
  • IMAX adds three theatres in Turkey

    Deal with Mars Entertainment Group brings the number of IMAX theatres in Turkey to five.
  • IMAX, Disney to make space film

    In the first deal of its kind between the companies, the untitled 3D film will consider mankind’s future on Earth and take viewers on a deep space journey in search of other habitable planets.
  • Ip Man – The Final Fight

    Dir: Herman Yau. Hong Kong, China. 2013. 102mins
  • Janegate: Gavin O'Connor in, Jude Law out

    UPDATE: Jane Got A Gun financier Scott Steindorff confirmed the O’Connor development to ScreenDaily early on Wednesday morning [20], while separately sources close to the film said Jude Law has departed. Exclusive Media handles international sales.
  • John Woo epic heads Galloping Horse slate

    EXCLUSIVE: China’s Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co (BGH) is unveiling an ambitious new production slate at Filmart, headed by John Woo’s next film as director, which is scheduled to start shooting in mid-May.
  • Jonas brother joins Careful

    Pop star Nick Jonas has been cast as the lead in Careful What You Wish For, which Hyde Park International represents outside the US.
  • JS out of running for Rhythm and Hues

    The beleaguered US effects house said on Tuesday [19] that the South Korean bidder JS Communications indicated it will miss the Mar 19 deadline set by the bankruptcy court to execute a sale agreement in connection with its stalking horse bid.
  • Kon-Tiki directors secure Beatles

    A film adaptation of Norwegian best-seller Beatles is finally going ahead after securing the rights to use the Fab Four’s music.
  • Le Grisbi, DCM to produce Korine film

    EXCLUSIVE: John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions and Berlin-based DCM Productions will partner on Harmony Korine’s untitled project about a family of criminals from the South.
  • Library Wars

    Dir: Shinsuke Sato. Japan. 2013. 128mins
  • LipSync invests in Leigh’s Turner

    Mike Leigh’s untitled period drama about British painter JMW Turner is to benefit from equity investment and post-production from LipSync.
  • LipSync Post seeks deal over debts

    LipSync Post has contacted its creditors in a bid to renegotiate its debt through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).
  • Magnolia acquires Drinking Buddies

    Joe Swanberg’s relationship film was one of the highlights of SXSW.
  • Mak lines up psycho thriller with Miike

    EXCLUSIVE: Following his collaboration with Takashi Shimizu on Rigor Mortis, Hong Kong filmmaker and actor Juno Mak has revealed that he is working with another iconic Japanese filmmaker, Takashi Miike, on his next project.
  • Man From Reno starts shoot

    Principal photography is scheduled to commence on Thursday [21] on Man From Reno starring Kazuki Kitamura from Gareth Evans’ upcoming The Raid 2 and Ayako Fujitani [pictured] from Tokyo!
  • McCorkell named Organic Publicity MD

    Organic is to operate its publicity business as a standalone division and has promoted Emma McCorkell to run it.
  • Media Asia moves into Campus

    EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong’s Media Asia Films has picked up international rights (excluding Taiwan) to comedy Campus Confidential, produced by Taiwan’s Su Chao-pin and Jimmy Huang.
  • Michael Grigsby dies aged 76

    British documentary filmmaker Michael Grigsby has died aged 76.
  • Mystery triumphs at Asian Film Awards

    Lou Ye’s Mystery scooped best film and two other prizes at the Asian Film Awards last night, while Japan’s Takeshi Kitano took best director for Outrage Beyond.
  • Nekisa Cooper to receive Fox Film Grant

    Film Independent and FOX | HBCU Media Alliance will present producer Nekisa Cooper with the inaugural Fox Film Grant.
  • Oh, Boy wins top Sofia prize

    Jan Ole Gerster’s debut Oh, Boy won this year’s FocusFox Grand Prix at the Sofia International Film Festival’s (SIFF).
  • Olympus Has Fallen

    Dir: Antoine Fuqua. US. 2013. 117mins
  • Open Road to delay jOBS

    The distributor has put back the US release date, previously scheduled for Apr 19.
  • Oscar Isaac to star in Partisan

    Oscar Isaac, who plays the lead in the Coen Brothers’ upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis, has been hired to star in Warp Films Australia’s Partisan. Madman will distribute in Australia and New Zealand and UTA Independent Film Group arranged remaining financing and represents world sales.
  • Oz conjures $47m int'l

    UPDATED: Disney’s Oz The Great And Powerful held on to top berth as an estimated $46.6m weekend propelled the early tally to $136.8m. Meanwhile, Die Hard 5 crossed $200m and Hansel And Gretel reached $150m.
  • Oz eyes $100m int'l milestone

    Oz The Great And Powerful will surge past the $100m international mark this weekend and is expected to hold on to pole position without much trouble.
  • Oz holds firm at UK box office

    Disney’s 3D prequel records second consecutive week as number one and climbs to $11.6m (£7.7m) to date.
  • Oz keeps US under its spell

    A decent hold session allowed Buena Vista’s Oz retain its grip on the North American box office thanks to an estimated $42.2m haul that boosted the running total to $145m after two weekends.
  • Petal Dance

    Dir/scr: Hiroshi Ishikawa. Japan. 2013. 90mins
  • Rare Hitchcock films to tour US

    A tour of nine of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest surviving works restored by the British Film Institute (BFI) will kick off in San Francisco on Jun 14.
  • Rays of Light nears start

    Kyra Sedgwick will star in Rays Of Light, the feature directorial debut of Terrence Malick and Julian Schnabel’s first AD Batan Silva that is set to commence shooting next week in Nashville.
  • Remstar takes Devil's Knot for Canada

    Remstar Films has acquired Canadian rights to the true-life miscarriage of justice thriller from The Weinstein Company. CAA represents US rights.
  • Roberto Girault readies Trees shoot

    EXCLUSIVE: El Estudiante director Roberto Girault has lined up Trees Die Standing (Los Arboles Mueren De Pie) for an April shoot in Mexico for local production companies Travere Films and Halo Studio.
  • Rodnyansky to head Odessa int'l jury

    Fourth edition of Odessa International Film Festival runs July 12-20.
  • Roeg readies First World War romance

    Montreal-based Amérique Films producing Western Front feature centered on a young British sniper.
  • Sakomoto named UniJapan president

    UniJapan has announced that Junichi Sakomoto will take over as the new president of the promotional organization after Hideyuki Takai leaves on March 31.
  • Salon's First Cuts unveils micro movie slate

    Hong Kong’s Salon Films has unveiled the first three micro movies to receive funding through its Asia First Cuts initiative, which was launched at Filmart last year.
  • Saving General Yang

    Dir: Ronny Yu. Hong Kong, China. 2013. 102mins
  • SFFS/KRF names grant finallists

    San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation have announced the 12 finalists for the latest round of SFFS / Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants.
  • Short Term 12

    Dir/scr: Daniel Cretton. US. 2013. 96mins
  • Short Term 12 wows SXSW audience

    Destin Daniel Cretton’s winner of the narrative feature competition grand jury prize has added the audience award to the trophy cabinet.
  • SPC acquires Turner biopic

    The distributor has made a pre-emptive swoop on North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights. Focus Features International handles the rest of the world and introduced the Mike Leigh project at the EFM last month.
  • Star Chinese Movies gets local with Emperor

    Star Chinese Movies (SCM) is partnering with Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) to launch a local-language production initiative, Go Local!, starting with five movies produced by Hong Kong actor-producer Chapman To.
  • Steindorff in Lynne Ramsay stew

    As Jane Got A Gun financier Scott Steindorff scrambled on Tuesday evening [19] to replace no-show director Lynne Ramsay, the project’s sales agent Exclusive Media said it was confident a new hire would be found within 24 hours.
  • Stephen Graham drama Orthodox set to shoot

    EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director David Leon’s feature debut, the first backed by Ingenious’ SEIS fund, is set to shoot in and around Newcastle.
  • Stone Roses premiere set for May

    Shane Meadows’ documentary about Manchester band The Stone Roses is to have its UK premiere in Manchester on May 30 - with the group in attendance - satellite-linked to 100 cinemas.
  • StudioCanal, Silver to Escape

    Silver Pictures has cut a deal with rights holder StudioCanal to produce a reboot of Escape From New York.
  • Supermarkets bring hope to UK video market

    As Hilco swoops to rescue HMV, Geoffrey Macnab reports on how optimism is returning to the UK video market.
  • SXSW: Magnet drawn to Milo

    The distributor picked up North American rights to Jacob Vaughan’s comedy-horror following the premiere in Austin last weekend.
  • Sylvia George to head RLJ US unit

    RLJ Entertainment has appointed Sylvia George president of its new US division.
  • Taiwan Mobile adds Shaw Brothers library

    Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures has signed a multi-year distribution deal with Taiwan Mobile for titles from its Shaw Brothers library.
  • Ten Asian projects in Filmart’s ACE line-up

    Ten producers and feature films from the region are among the 16 currently attending the third Hong Kong co-production lab held by Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE) during Filmart.
  • TFI Interactive announces roster

    The Tribeca Film Institute has set Apr 20 for its second annual day of panels and keynote addresses covering multi-platform storytelling in the digital age.
  • The Bureau launches third 'Save Our Scripts'

    Seven month programme will see writers develop a feature length screenplay and producers fast track their development experience.
  • The Great Passage

    Dir: Yuya Ishii. Japan. 2013. 133mins
  • The Manor to open Hot Docs

    World premiere of Shawney Cohen’s intimate family portrait [pictured] to kick off 20th edition of the festival, which runs April 25-May 5.
  • Theo James to star in Divergent

    Lionsgate-owned Summit Entertainment announced the casting on Friday [15], signalling a potential break-out role for the British actor from The Inbetweeners Movie and Underworld: Awakening.
  • TIFF unveils 2013 Asian Summit

    Toronto International Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey on Tuesday [19] announced the festival would host its second annual Asian Summit on Sept 10.
  • Trance

    Dir: Danny Boyle. UK. 2013. 110mins
  • Travelers

    Dir: Koichi Sakamoto. Japan. 2013. 83mins
  • Trevorrow to direct Jurassic Park 4

    The director of Sundance 2012 hit Safety Not Guaraneteed has signed on for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.
  • Tribeca unveils All Access projects

    Tribeca Film Festival top brass announced on Thursday [14] 11 projects as part of the 10th annual Tribeca All Access (TAA) programme.
  • Tributes paid to producer Tim Hampton

    Director Roman Polanski and Monty Python’s Terry Jones and Michael Palin are among those to have paid tribute to Tim Hampton, the British producer who worked on Frantic, Life of Brian and Superman, and has died aged 65.
  • TWC buys JD Salinger doc

    The Weinstein Company has acquired world rights and will screen the film at select festivals prior to a Sept 6 platform theatrical release.
  • TWC takes YSL for US

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) has snapped up US rights to the upcoming French-language biopic Yves Saint Laurent.
  • UK producers eye Netflix collaboration

    Producers will be jostling for Netflix’s attention at MipTV as the UK prepares to introduce new TV tax credits.
  • UK releases update: Before Midnight, Interstellar

    Warner Bros set dates for The Call and Interstellar among others, while Koch Media date four including The Frozen Ground.
  • UK tax boost expected for £20m+ productions

    EXCLUSIVE: This summer’s VFX consultation could lead to an extended cash rebate for films budgeted above £20m, in a bid to encourage more inward investment to the UK. 
  • Unified lines up Noah's Ark

    Los Angeles-based Unified Pictures has hired John Stevenson and Cameron Hood for its upcoming animated musical Noah’s Ark.
  • Walking Dead star supports Honeytrap

    Laurie Holden, star of US zombie drama The Walking Dead, is to executive produce London gang drama Honeytrap.
  • We Have A Pope re-released

    Sundance Selects will re-release its Cannes 2011 acquisition We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam), the distributor announced [14] one day after the election in the Vatican of Argentina’s Pope Francis.
  • What Maisie Knew to open SFIFF

    The 56th San Francisco International Film Festival will open on Apr 25 with David Siegel’s drama [pictured] and close on May 9 with Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight.
  • WIDE moves into Shanghai

    WIDE Management has taken on sales for Shanghai Belle, the first film in the planned Skin Territory Trilogy, about party girls.
  • X/Y begins New York shoot

    Production is underway on Ryan Piers Williams’ X/Y starring America Ferrera, Williams, Ann Dowd, Melonie Diaz, Jon Paul Phillips, Dree Hemingway, Adam Rapp, Maria Dizzia, David Harbour and Common.
  • Z-Machine starts Jim Morrison doc

    Z-Machine announced on Thursday [14] that production has begun on Before The End: Jim Morrison Comes Of Age.