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23 October 2005

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  • 2929 launches US sales and marketing service

    Continuing itsefforts to circumvent the traditional distribution model, Mark Cuban and ToddWagner's 2929 Entertainment has launched Truly Indie, a US sales and marketingservice for independent filmmakers.Truly Indie willsupply all basic marketing services offered by theatrical distributors,including publicity, promotion, press screenings and advertising.Each campaignwill be tailored to the filmmaker's needs and the programme boasts strategicpartnerships with theatres in 20 of th
  • AFI Awards to get makeover for TV debut

    Organisers of the AFI(Australian Film Institute) Awards have revealed a major revamp on the heels ofthe recent announcement that the event is being hosted by Russell Crowe.The awards have been splitinto a craft and non-feature awards event on Friday November 25 at theWaterfront City Pavilion and a cocktail party and sit-down dinner for the keycreative awards at Melbourne's Central City Studios.The dinner presentation andthe highlights from the red carpet will be screened on Nine
  • Almodovar, Trier among heavyweights on GFI board

    Pedro Almodovar,Lars von Trier, Cameroon's Jean-Pierre Bekolo and Mexico's Carlos Reygadas areamong the Global Film Initiative's (GFI) new 15-strong film board of filmmakersand industry personnel.GFI heads hopeto spread the organisation's message of cross-cultural understanding throughthe appointees, a full list of whom appears below."Filmmakers inevery corner of the world bring the rich texture of life into their work," GFIchair Susan Weeks Coulter said. "Ou
  • Asian producers unveil historical epic Battle Of Wisdom

    The four co-producers behind pan-Asian historicalepic Battle OfWisdom officially unveiled the production at a press conference in Beijingtoday. Japan'sComstock and South Korea's Boram Entertainment have joined previously announcedpartners Huayi Brothers from mainland
  • Benigni's Tiger takes pole position in Italy

    As expected, The Tiger and The Snow, the new filmfrom Italy's top grossing comic Roberto Benigni, landed at number one at thelocal box office on its opening weekend, earning $3,740,934 for Rai Cinemalabel 01 Distribution.However, with noother major pictures opening over the weekend, some local analysts felt thefilm underperformed - notwithstanding a major strike in the Italian filmindustry, which shut all cinemas across the country on October 14
  • Berlin boosts film funding coffers

    The BerlinSenate has increased its backing for Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB) this year by Euros 1.5m to bringthe regional fund's overall budget for film funding and location marketing toEuros 17.9m."We canreally use these additional funds as the run of film producers onBerlin-Brandenburg continues undiminished," noted MBB managing directorKirsten Niehuus who pointed out that the increased
  • Cecchi Gori announces comeback - again

    Almost fiveyears after his spectacular fall from grace, Italian former moviemogul Vittorio Cecchi Gori has announced - again - that he is back At a pressconference held in his luxurious Rome residence, Palazzo Borghese, theflamboyant producer said he expects several imminent legal victoriesthat will finally turn the tide and put him firmly back intobusiness."From thisMonday, I will be back at work. After the coup of which I was thevictim, after the tsunami that has hit me, the moment I
  • Deep Focus named Weinstein Co online media strategist

    The Weinstein Company hassigned Deep Focus as its online agency of record, overseeing all of the company's online media planning and buying, creative advertising, and public relations.Deep Focus chief executive officer Ian Schafer previously served as vice president of new media at Miramax and Dimension Films from 1999 to 2002.The agency has handled Miramax and Dimension Films' online media and creative strategies for the past three years, working on such tit
  • Djurkovic wins Sheffield Doc fest's Jerwood prize

    The12th Sheffield International Documentary Festival (October 10-16) has awardedits top prize, the Jerwood First Cuts DocumentaryAward, to Sasha Maja Djurkovic's Last MenStanding. Djurkovic is a student at the National Film and Television School, and she topped theshortlist of 12 projects to win a cash prize of £3,500 towards her next film.T
  • Doom

    Dir: Andrzej Bartkowiak. US. 2005. 101mins.Just as knowing one's own intellectual limitations isits own form of intelligence, so it is wise for a film to have a keen sense ofboundary and mission. Sometimes economy is the smartest choice, as Doom, the surprisingly enjoyable newadaptation of the wildly popular first-person videogame series, amplyde
  • Doom

    Dir: Andrzej Bartkowiak. US. 2005. 101mins.Just as knowing one's own intellectual limitations isits own form of intelligence, so it is wise for a film to have a keen sense ofboundary and mission. Sometimes economy is the smartest choice, as Doom, the surprisingly enjoyable newadaptation of the wildly popular first-person videogame series, amplyde
  • Doom blazes to the top in slow weekend

    Universal's video gameadaptation Doom met with futileresistance as it smashed its way to the top of the charts on an estimated$15.4m in a weekend that saw ticket sales plunge for the fourth consecutive weekend.Andrzej Bartkowiak directedthe high-octane story in which Karl Urban and The Rock lead a Marine unit on adeadly mission to contain a Martian research station overrun by mutants.The picture played mostly to male teens and accordin
  • Doom tops US in slow weekend

    Universal's video gameadaptation Doom met with futileresistance as it smashed its way to the top of the charts on an estimated$15.4m in a weekend that saw ticket sales plunge for the fourth consecutive weekend.Andrzej Bartkowiak directedthe high-octane story in which Karl Urban and The Rock lead a Marine unit on adeadly mission to contain a Martian research station overrun by mutants.The picture played mostly to male teens and accordin
  • Durupty named as CNC deputy chief

    Anne Durupty has been named to the post of deputygeneralmanager of France's film body the CNC.Recently tippedas head of the organisation, Durupty is a highlyeducated civil servant who has recently served as a communications director forthe Direction of Media Development. She waspreviously general manager of broadcast watchdog the CSA and has also worked atterrestrial channel France
  • Eisner to revisit Creature From The Black Lagoon

    Breck Eisner hassigned to direct Universal Pictures' remake of the horror classic CreatureFrom The Black Lagoon.Gary Ross willproduce through his Larger Than Life production company and has written a draftscreenplay, which may not end up as the final version.Ross' fatherArthur A Ross wrote the screenplay to the 1954 original, in which Gill Manterrorised archaeologists in the Amazon.Studio sourcessaid yesterday the remake will be a "smart, scientific update" and wil
  • Election leads race for Taiwan's Golden Horse

    Johnnie To'sElection leads the nominations for this year's Golden Horse awards with11 nods, followed by Stephen Chow's Kung-Fu Hustle with 10 nominationsand Hou Hsiao-hsien's Three Times with nine.All three films have beennominated for best feature and best director along with Tsai Ming-liang's TheWayward Cloud. Feng Xiaogang's A World WithoutThieves was also nominated for best feature but didn't make it to the finalfour best director nods.
  • Fastest Indian shines at home and keeps selling

    NZ Film has just signed overSpanish and French rights to The World'sFastest Indian to Alta and Rezo respectively, as the film has topped theNew Zealand chart in its first week of release with $542,000 (NZ$775,375), fivetimes more than nearest rival Dark Water.Kathleen Drumm, NZ Film headof sales and marketing, told Screendaily thatthere are very few territories
  • Feast

    Dir. John Gulager. US. 2005. 80mins.The third instalment from the Project Greenlight program, John Gulager's Feastis a stripped down, grungy exercise in blood and gore that agreeably satisfiesthe expectations of the horror movie without transcending or ever slylysubverting the materi
  • Fog remake takes lead at US box office with $12.2m

    The horror genre returned tothe top of the charts over the weekend as Sony/Revolution's remake The Fog opened narrowly ahead of last weekend's championWallace & Gromit on an estimated $12.2m. Paramount's romantic comedy Elizabethtown opened in third place on a middling $11m, while NewLine's action biopic Domino disappointed in sixth place on $4.7m. None of the three debutsinspired the critics and the lack of sparkling new product painted a similarlyla
  • Fox follows Disney in signing digital deal with Christie

    TwentiethCentury Fox has become the second US major to sign a non-exclusive deal tosupply its features to digital cinema projection systems deployed by Christie.Christie willinstall between 2,500 and 4,000 systems in North America over the next twoyears in a development that has taken a long time to reach fruition.The announcementfollows hot on the heels of a similar agreement between Christie and the WaltDisney Company.Last summer theDigital Cinema In
  • France's TFI renews film deal with BVITV

    Buena Vista International Television (BVITV) and France'sleading private terrestrial broadcaster TF1 renewed multi-year agreements forvarious genres at this week's international television market, Mipcom.The deals consist of drama series, first-run and library features andkids programming.Announced by BVITC's Philippe Maigret and TF1's Laurent Storch,the renewal will give TF1 access to such high-
  • Glitzy Gardener opens London festival

    The 49th Times bfi London Film Festival opened amid torrential rain on Wednesday night (Oct 19) witha gala screening of Fernando Meirelles' TheConstant Gardener. The director was in attendance along with stars Ralph Fiennes,Rachel Weisz, Danny Huston, and author John Le Carre, who wrote the nove
  • Gold Circle, Vertigo team up for Eye 2 remake

    Gold Circle Films andVertigo Entertainment have teamed up to co-produce In-Utero, an adaptation of the Pang brothers' Hong Konghorror title Jian Gui 2 aka TheEye 2 that will be released throughNew Line.Gold Circle is financing theproject and Mandate Pictures will handle international sales. Gold Circle Filmspresident Paul Brooks will produce with Vertigo principals Roy Lee and DougDavison. Gold Circle's Scott Niemeyer and Norm Waitt will serve as executiveproducers
  • Hard Candy sweeps prizes at Sitges

    David Slade's Hard Candy picked up best film and script honors at Spain'sInternational Film Festival of Catalunya, better known as Sitges (Oct 9-17).Brian Nelson wrote thescript for Hard Candy, a shockingtale of sexual politics and revenge about a thirtysomething fashionphotographer and a 14 year-old girl who meet online then arrange to meet inperson.The jury was in sync withthe Sitges public, which voted the film winner of its audience award.This year's fes
  • HK government appoints film committee members

    The Hong Kong government has appointed 11 members to the newly-established FilmDevelopment Committee (FDC), which was first unveiled by chief executive DonaldTsang last week. Jack So, deputy chairman oflocal telco PCCW, will chair the committee with Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology, John Tsang, servingas vice-chairman. The other appointees includeleading members of the Hong Kong film
  • Hollywood Classics launches InFrame sales agency

    HollywoodClassics, a decades-old distributor of classic films, is launching a new salesagency devoted to contemporary independent films. Joe Dreier, headof Hollywood Classics and its new InFrame division, said that the new arm wouldwork with "new independent films from first or second-time directors who showgreat promise." He estimated the company's titles would be on the lower end ofthe budgetary scale, with most films capping out at $2-$3 million.InFrame will beselling its ini
  • IFC aqcuires UK hangman story Pierrepoint

    IFC Films hasacquired US rights from Capitol Films to Adrian Shergold's true-life drama Pierrepoint (formerly The Last Hangman) following its recent world premiere inToronto.The distributorplans a 2006 release on the picture, which stars Timothy Spall as Albert Pierrepoint,Britain's last Chief Hangman and arguably the country's best-known publicexecutioner.Pierrepoint wassingly responsible for 450 hangings before his sudden resignation in 1956following his experien
  • IMAX to launch first cinema in Brazil

    IMAX Corp and Brazilianretail developer Tacla Shopping have signed an agreement to build the South American nation's first IMAX cinema.The new cinema will be part of a 10-cinema multiplex to be installed in the proposed Palladium Shopping Centre in Curitiba, which is anticipated to be the largest shopping mall in southern Brazil.As with most new IMAX facilities, the cinema will be designed to handle both traditional 2D and 3D IMAX content as well as MPX pictures, which are ref
  • IndiVision project West set to crank up in Sydney

    West, the second film greenlit under the Australian FilmCommission's new low-budget initiative IndiVision, is scheduled to startproduction in Sydney next week. The first draft of the film waswritten by its writer/director Daniel Krige about 20 years ago when he was just16 years of age.The film stars young actorsNathan Phillips, whose credits include Wolf
  • Italians unveil replacement Oscar contender

    Followingdays of polemics, Italy has selected Cristina Comencini's drama Don't Tell(La Bestia Nel Cuore)as its candidate for the best foreign language film Oscar. The countryhad previously selected Saverio Costanzo's Middle East drama Private, but the picture was ruledineligible by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, since the filmwas not shot in Italian. (It wasshot in Arabic and Hebrew, with some dialogues in English.)Comencini'sDon't Tell stars
  • Kadokawa to enter Chinese cinema market

    Kadokawa Holdings (HD), thecore company of Japan's Kadokawa media group, has announced plans to join with HongKong-based Sun Wah Group to build and manage 20 multiplex cinemas in mainlandChina. Kadokawa will be the firstJapanese company to enter the Chinese multiplex market with a Chinese partner. The two partners will soonlaunch a joint venture company
  • Kinowelt takes German rights to Hood's Tsotsi

    Kinowelthas acquired all German rights for Gavin Hood's gangster drama Tsotsi which wonthe People's Choice Award at last month's Toronto International Film festivaland the Michael Powell Award and the Audience Award in Edinburgh in August.Kinoweltplans to release the film in German cinemas in early 2006, but will have itsGerman premiere next week at the International HofFilm Days.Meanwhile, Atl
  • Lelouch, Japanese cinema to get tribute programmes at Denver

    Organisers at the 28th StarzDenver International Film Festival have announced tributes to Claude Lelouchand Japanese cinema at next month's event.Lelouch will be interviewedon stage following a screening of his latest drama The Courage To Love on Nov12. Lelouch's Les Miserables and AMan And A Woman will also screen.The Japanese spotlight kicksoff with a screening of Yoji Yamada's samurai tale The Hidden Blade and includes a three-film tri
  • Lions Gate acquires Redbus in the UK

    Lions Gate Entertainment hasacquired the UK's Redbus Film Distribution in a combined cash and stocktransaction valued at approximately $35m.The move gives theburgeoning US independent studio a vital distribution outlet in the UK, one ofthe leading markets outside North America, and brings in a library of more than130 titles including Bend It Like Beckham, Jeepers Creepers and The Mothman Prophecies.Under the terms of the deal,Lions Gate has signed long-term contrac
  • Little Fish swims into lead for AFI Awards

    Rowan Woods' Little Fish has received the largestnumber of nominations for this year's AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards,announced today in Melbourne, with 13 nods including best film. Look Both Ways and two UK-Australian co-productions, The Proposition and OysterFarmer, we
  • Lucas to accept Hollywood Movie Of The Year award for Episode III

    George Lucas will bepresented with the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Movie of the Year Awardon Oct 24 after Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith was voted best film.More than 70,000 people casttheir votes on Yahoo and ETonline, which together reported more than 20millionimpressions throughout the poll.The sixth instalment inLucas' sci-fi franchise beat out Batman Begins, War Of The Worlds and a pack of other 2005 mainstream hits to
  • Media 8 brings Persuasion to AFM buyers

    Los Angeles-based productionand sales house Media 8 Entertainment has added Pretty Persuasion to its AFM slate after picking up all internationalrights from Prospect Pictures.The company will screen thepicture for buyers after the market kicks off in Santa Monica on Nov 2.Marcos Siega's high schoolsatire stars Evan Rachel Wood and received its world premiere at Sundancebefore going on release in North America in August through Samuel Goldwyn Filmsand Roadside Attractions.
  • Merged festivals to boost French cinema in UK

    French cinema is set to receive a significant boost to its UK profile with the merging of two festivals into a single focused promotional event to be held each Spring. The UK's annual French Film Festival, first launched in 1991, is to merge with the Renault French Film Season to form the Renault French Film Festival UK
  • Moviehouse takes on sales for UK teen comedy Popcorn

    London-based sales agent Moviehouse Entertainment has taken on sales of UK teen comedy Popcorn.Darren Paul Fisher (Inbetweeners)is directing with Rebecca Knapp and Daniel M. San producing.Moviehouse's Gary Phillips and Mark Vennisare executive producing with Sheryl Crown of Screen East. The film recentlycompleted shootin
  • Nanny McPhee

    Dir: Kirk Jones. UK 2005. 98minsEmma Thompson makes her long-awaited return toactress-screenwriter mode (her first since Sense& Sensibility, for which she won several major awards) with Nanny McPhee,a family film based on the Nurse Mathilda children's books.Also appearing
  • NBC Universal extends TV deals with Televisa, TV3

    NBC UniversalInternational Television Distribution has announced two key deals at MIPCOM inCannes, extending licensing deals with Televisa in Mexico and TV3 in NewZealand.Televisa hasextended its exclusive multi-year licensing agreement for free terrestrialtelevision rights in Mexico to NBC Universal's current and library televisionprogramming and feature films.Titles in thedeal include the upcoming King Kong, as well as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Glad
  • Neverwas

    Dir: Joshua MichaelStern. US. 2005. 108mins.Harry Potter flies over the Cuckoo's Nest in Neverwas, a mixed-up attempt to combine a psychologicalthriller with a children's fairytale under t
  • Nikifor, Lazarescu win top Chicago prizes

    Organisers at the 41stChicago International Film Festival announced jury prize winners yesterday,headed up by the Gold Hugo award in the International Film Competition section forKrzysztof Krauze's Polish drama My Nikifor (Moj Nikifor).Cristi Puiu's Romanian entryThe Death Of Mr Lazarescu (Moartea Domnului Lazarescu) took the Silver Hugo special jury prize, while InkaFriedrich and Nadja Uhl shared the Silver Hugo Award for Summer In Berlin (Sommer Vorm Ba
  • Palm takes North American rights to Machado's City

    Palm Pictures has picked upNorth American and Caribbean rights for Sergio Machado's Lower City (Cidade Baixa) from sales outfit Lumina Films.London-based Lumina also hasPalm on board for two of its other projects
  • Prime

    Dir/scr: Ben Younger. US. 2005. 105mins.It's doubtful that Prime, Ben Younger's bittersweet comedyabout the age-gap love affair between an older woman and a younger man, willgenerate as much interest as the recent nuptials of DemiMoore and Ashton Kutcher.Neither as broadly comic noras sophomorically crude as Meet The
  • Producers warn of uncertainty for UK film financing

    UK film financing is stillploughing through choppy waters as the consultation period for the new taxbreaks comes to an end this Friday (Oct 21).And while producers andfinanciers at Screen International's UK Film Finance Summit in London onTuesday were hardly talking up doomsday scenarios, they did foresee uncertaintyahead, followed by new schemes that are unlikely to be as lucrative as currentmodels.High on the agenda was thefinancial landscape after the end of sale-and-leasebac
  • Red Mercury

    Dir: Roy Battersby. UK.2005. 110mins.Completed before the July bombings in London, Red Mercury has become one of thoseprescient films which looks somewhat visionary in itschoice of subject matter. But while audiences should find much of it intriguingand compelling, it does not necessarily deliver the dramatic punch it promises.Commercially it stands some
  • Saudis open first cinema in 20 years

    Saudi Arabia is to allow the opening of itsfirst cinema in two decades, according to reports.The cinemawill be located in the InterContinental Hotel in the capital Riyadh, and will have 1,400 seats. There areno signs of a wider thawing of restrictions.The newfacility will present only cartoons aimed at women and children, beginning during the Eid
  • Sean Farnel leaves TIFF for Hot Docs

    Sean Farnel, documentaryprogrammer at the Toronto International Film Festival, has been appointed tothe newly-created post of director of programming at Hot Docs, the CanadianInternational Documentary Festival. As well as leading the programming team, Farnelwill be charged with refining the event's slate of professional developmentindustry programming.Farnel told Screendaily:"It's an organic step forward in many ways both in terms of what I've beendoing over the past five years at TIFF
  • Shoreline, Matador embark on Dark Corners shoot

    Shoreline Entertainment and Matador Pictures recently started principalphotography on horror thriller DarkCorners. Shooting started October 11 in London. Ray Gower wrote and is directing the film, which stars Thora Birch as a woman living two lives who is stalked by amonster. Toby Stephens and Christien Anholt also star.Shoreline will handle worldwide sales rights. Shoreline is also working wit
  • Slow Burn

    Dir/scr: Wayne Beach. US. 2005. 93mins.A debut feature directed and written by Wayne Beach, Slow Burn is too reminiscent of The Usual Suspects for its own good, andas such seems more likely to end up at the neighbourhood video store than the nearestmultiplex.
  • Sogepaq takes on Leon's Princesses

    Spain's Sogepaqhas picked up international rights outside North America just ahead of the AFMon Fernando Leon's Princesses.The drama abouttwo prostitutes from different walks of life, played by Candela Pena (TakeMy Eyes) and newcomerMicaela Nevarez, is Leon's follow-up to the internationally well-received MondaysIn The Sun (Los Lunes Al Sol), which Sogepaq also sold.The film has been seen by over a million people in Spain,where it has taken in close to Euros
  • Sony to back first Hindi film with Leela Bhansali

    Sony PicturesReleasing India is teaming up with Sanjay Leela Bhansali to co-produce Sony'sfirst Indian feature Saawariya (Beloved)in Hindi."India hasa rich and a prolific film history," Michael Lynton, chairman and chiefexecutive officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), said."We at Sony Picturesrecognise the potential and importance of the Indian market and welcome theopportunity to team up with the film industry in India."This is adefining moment for u
  • Spain finalises plans for new guarantee fund

    The Spanish government hasformed a landmark new mutual guarantee fund for the audiovisual sector,unveiled Monday in Madrid under the banner Audiovisual SGR.Spain's Minister of CultureCarmen Calvo announced the initiative in sketchier detail at last month'sDonostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival while the project awaitedapproval from supervising entity the Bank of Spain.It will start operatingearly next year with an initial capital fund of just over Euros 6m, splitalmo
  • St Jacques' La Mecque

    Dir/scr: Coline Serreau. Fr. 2005. 112mins.Comedy writer-director ColineSerreau came a cropper two years ago with 18 Years After, a pointless anduninspired sequel to Three Men And A Baby, her 1985 sleeper smash that definitivelyturned the tide for Hollywood's remake industry. Now Serreauattempts to return
  • Stay

    Dir: Marc Forster. US. 2005.103mins.After the mainstream success of his charmingtearjerker Finding Neverland,Monster's Ball director Marc Forstergoes dark and edgy again with Stay, apsychological thriller infatuated with its themes of death, identity, realityand
  • The Fog

    Dir: Rupert Wainwright. US.2005. 100mins.More turns out to be less in Revolution Studios'overly busy and insufficiently scary remake of John Carpenter's lean 1980horror yarn The Fog. With two youngTV actors starring and British actor-turned-director Rupert Wainwright at thehelm, the remake adds a lot of plot background and a bit of romance toCar
  • The Last Hangman

    Dir: Adrian Shergold. UK.2005. 90mins.A TV movie in every respect, The Last Hangman should enjoy a highly appreciative reception inits normal habitat, but is unlikely to hold the interest of theatrical audiencesfor all of its 90 minutes.The true story of Albert Pierrepoint, the last hangman in UK before capitalpunishment was abolished
  • The Quiet

    Dir: Jamie Babbit. US. 2005. 91mins.Put DesperateHousewives on a double dose of Benzedrine and you have a roughapproximation of Jamie Babbit's The Quiet, an overheated and lurid, if beautifully mounted,American indie melodrama that verges on guilty pleasureterritory for all the wron
  • The Weather Man

    Dir. Gore Verbinski. US. 2005.102mins.TheWeather Man is clearly a transitional work for director Gore Verbinski, a modestly budgeted, comically inflected dramamore alert to writin
  • Trans-Pacific represents King Of Beggars

    Internationalfilm consultant Trans-Pacific Media (TPM) has picked up Israeli theatredirector Uri Paster's multi-language historical drama King Of Beggars for worldwide representation, andexpects to announce a sales agent before AFM.Shot entirely inLithuania and based on Mendele Mocher Seforim's novel of the same name, KingOf Beggars charts therise of a Jewish hero who turns a band of beggars and thieves into a fightingmachine.The unit becomesso
  • Tree crosses 600,000 admissions in Iran

    Majid Majid'sfeature The Willow Treehas passed 600,000 admissions to become the highest grossing drama of all timein Iran.Majidi's earlierrelease The Color Of Paradise totalled 250,000 admissions in Iran. The director's other filmsinclude Children Of Heaven and Baran.The WillowTree, which is beingsold to international buyers through GreeneStreet Films International (GSFI),tells of a blind professor who regains his sight and realises the world a
  • Trust The Man

    Dir/scr. Bart Freundlich. US, 2005. 103 mins.An enjoyable and high-spirited romp, Trust The Manis one of the brightest and most uplifting US indiecomedies of late. A screwball romantic comedy, it may not be to all tastes, andthose averse to plot loopholes are advised to stay clear. But Bart Freundlich's fourth feature should
  • UGC signs on for Boorman's Memoirs Of Hadrian

    Rome-basedproduction outfit Movieweb has signed a co-production deal with France's UGC onJohn Boorman's new film, Memoirs ofHadrian.TheEuros 21m movie is adapted from Margherite Yourcenar's historical novel of the same title, a fictionalautobiography of the Roman emperor written as a series of letters to hisnephew, Marcus Aurelius.Spanishactress Paz Vega is currently intalks to star as the Emperor's wife in thefilm, which is written by R
  • UK box office promises strong end of year run

    With a promising fourthquarter to come, the UK box office looks set to leave the rest of Europe in the shade and may even have an outside chance of beating 2004's numbers. After a phenomenal run forWarner Bros' Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, theterritory is just 4% down on last year, according to latest figures fromleading statistics trackers Nielsen EDI. At the close of September,
  • UK directors take issue with government's tax proposals

    As theclosing date beckons for responses to the UK Government1s proposals forreforming film tax incentives, certain sectors of the industry are claimingthat their voices are not being heard. One lobby group determined to ensure its concerns are addressed is TheDirectors Guild of Great Britain (DGGB), which today (Oct 21), will besubmitting its own document to the Treasury and the Department of Culture,Media and Sport (DCMS).'When you see the forums in which people from the UK
  • Village Skycity takes control of the Embassy

    New Zealand's largest cinema circuit, Village Skycity Cinemas,has taken over management of the country's grandest picture palace, TheEmbassy, in a first step towards giving the chain a mainstream presence in Wellington.The Embassy had a majorrefurbishment in the lead-up to its hosting of the world premiere of The Lord Of The Rings: The Return
  • Voltage has rights to American Standard

    LosAngeles-based sales company Voltage Pictures has acquired international rightsfrom Eleven Eleven to Matthew Cole Weiss' psychological thriller TheAmerican Standard andwill begin selling at AFM.Eleven Eleven, whichproduced the eagerly awaited thriller Unknown, plans to begin shooting next week inLos Angeles on the story of a woman who comes between two male friends in asmall town.EmmanuelleChriqui, Luke Mably, Joe Pantoliano, Ashley Scott, Pell James, Matt Long a
  • Wallace & Gromit set to soar past $50m

    DreamWorks International's Wallace& Gromit has wasted little timein hitting its stride over the past two weeks and should continue its dominancethrough UIP this weekend.No particular title is launching in a significant number of markets this weekend, paving the way for the animated feature to bulk up on its $46.8minternational running total.The picture is set to open in Taiwan on Oct 22 and should hold well in itssecond weekend in the UK following that superb $11.3m num
  • Wallace & Gromit set to soar past $50m

    DreamWorks International's Wallace& Gromit has wasted little timein hitting its stride over the past two weeks and should continue its dominancethrough UIP this weekend.None of the major international distributors is firing off a significantvolley, paving the way for the animated feature to bulk up on its $46.8minternational running total.The picture is set to open in Taiwan on Oct 22 and should hold well in itssecond weekend in the UK following that
  • Wallace & Gromit set to soar past $50m

    DreamWorks International's Wallace& Gromit has wasted little timein hitting its stride over the past two weeks and should continue its dominancethrough UIP this weekend.None of the major international distributors is firing off a significantvolley, paving the way for the animated feature to bulk up on its $46.8minternational running total.The picture is set to open in Taiwan on Oct 22 and should hold well in itssecond weekend in the UK following that
  • Weinsteins appoint Deep Focus as online media planner

    MIME-Version: 1.0Content-Location: file:///C:/50991B13/deepfocus.htmContent-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printableContent-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii"The Weinstein Company= hassigned Deep Focus as its online agency of record, overseeing all of thecompany's online media planning and buying, creative advertising, andpublic relations.Deep Focus chief executive officer Ian Schafer previously served as vicepresident of new media at Miramax and Di
  • Were-rabbit casts its spell across the globe

    Animation ruledthe international waves for the second consecutive weekend as DreamWorksInternational's Wallace and Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-rabbit grossed an estimated $26.4m through UIP,powered by a mighty $11.3m UK launch.The UK debut in502 sites did not include $4.9m in previews and according to UIP executivesgenerated 96% more than the UK launch of Chicken Run, 74% more than Madagascar, and 25% more than Shark Tale.Wallace &Gromit open
  • Working Title cranks up Sixty Six

    WorkingTitle Films started principal photography in London for its coming-of-age comedy Sixty Six. Paul Weiland (Roseanna'sGrave, City Slickers II) is directing from a screenplay by Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor. Elizabeth Karlsen, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with NataschaWharton executive producing.UniversalPictures will handle world
  • Yemenidjian named director at Regal Entertainment

    Former MGMchairman Alex Yemenidjian has been appointed an independent director and amember of the audit committee at leading US exhibitor Regal Entertainment.Yemenidjian'sappointment became effective on Oct 13, along with that of real estate agentNestor R Weigand Jr, who was named independent director and member of thecompensation committee and nominating and corporate governance committee.Yemenidjiancurrently also serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer ofAr