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24 June 2008

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  • 3D can be 'saving voice' for cinema, claims Nielsen

    3D cinema is a 'three-legged stool operation', requiring co-operation from not only exhibitors and distributors, but consumers as well, delegates at Cinema Expo in Amsterdam were told.Ann Marie Dumais, SVP at Nielsen PreView, said that the faster exhibitors and distributors took on board 3D cinema, the quicker consumers will eventually adopt it.'The lines are blurring between home theatre and real theatres,' she said.'Homes are starting to catch up with the theatre experi
  • 3D can be 'saving voice' for cinema, claims Nielsen

    3D cinema is a 'three-legged stool operation', requiring co-operation from not only exhibitors and distributors, but consumers as well, delegates at Cinema Expo in Amsterdam were told.Ann Marie Dumais, SVP at Nielsen PreView, said that the faster exhibitors and distributors took on board 3D cinema, the quicker consumers will eventually adopt it.'The lines are blurring between home theatre and real theatres,' she said.'Homes are starting to catch up with the theatre experi
  • AAM moves into Spain with five-screen Yelmo deal

    Digital cinema company Arts Alliance Media is making its first move into the Spanish exhibition market with a Madrid multiplex.AAM has struck a deal with exhibitor Yelmo Cines and equipment installer Suministros Kelonik to fully outfit Yelmo's Isla Azul five-screen site in Madrid.The five digital systems - Christie 2K projectors with Doremi servers - will be installed ahead of the complex's opening in July.AAM has an ongoing relationship with Yelmo Cines, which operates 3
  • Academy welcomes 105 new members including Cotillard, Haneke

    The Academy Of Arts & Sciences has welcomed 105 new members into its hallowed ranks representing 'artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.'Among the new members were Oscar winners from 2007 such as Marion Cotillard (best actress), Diablo Cody (best original screenplay), Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald (best makeup), Suzie Templeton (best animated short) and Philippe Pollet-Villard (best live action short).
  • AMPAS changes foreign-language Oscar rules

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has tweaked itsforeign-language picture rules and made changes to its original songcategory.The first stage in the two-step process to determine the foreignlanguage entries for the 81st Annual Academy Awards has been amended so the Phase I Committee, open to any voting member who views a minimum number of the eligible films, will now vote to determine only six of the nine films that will ultimately go to the Phase II com
  • AMPAS invites 96 countries to submit films for foreign language Oscar

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has posted entry forms for the 81st Academy Awards' foreign language competition to 96 countries.Countries need to be return the forms so they are received at the Academy by October 1. To qualify for the 81st Academy Awards a film must be released in the submitting country between October 1 2007 and September 30 2008 and be publicly screened in 35mm or 70mm film or in a qualifying digital cinema format for at least seven consecutive day
  • Anders Banke's Newsmakers moves from Moscow to Trollywood

    Swedish-born Anders Banke's Newsmakers (Goryachie Novosti), a Russian remake of the Johnnie To 2004 film Breaking News (Daai Si Gin), is now moving to the Trollywood studios in Western Sweden's Trollhattan after shooting on location in Moscow since April 29. The $4m co-production between Moscow-based Tandem Pictures and Gothenburg's Illusion Film received backing from the Swedish regional fund Film I Vast.The screenplay for the first Russian remake of an Asian film wa
  • Ballast, Frozen River win top prizes at Provincetown Film Festival

    Ballast director Lance Hammer won the John Schlesinger Award for a first time film-maker as the 10th Provincetown Film Festival came to a close at the weekend.Another Sundance premiere, Courtney Hunt's Frozen River, won the audience award for best feature while Irena Salina's FLOW: For Love Of Water took the documentary prize. Whitney Peters'
  • Bandit country

    The death in May of Paul Reyes, one of the leaders of the Colombian terrorist group, Farc (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), lends a timely appeal to Victor Gaviria's new project about the origins of the movement.The Colombian director, probably the best known film-maker to emerge from the territory, is working on Black Blood - The Hour Of The Traitors (Sangre Negra - La Hora De Los Traidores), which may turn out to be his most controversial film to date.
  • Bertha Bay-Sa Pan lauches New York-based Slew Pictures

    New York-based Bertha Bay-Sa Pan has launched Slew Pictures to focus on making 'universal stories that will both entertain and inspire' and has lined the company's first feature, Almost Perfect.Pan wrote and will direct the story in New York this autumn of a young career woman who tries to pick her way through her complicated family and discover what she needs in life.Will Yun Lee, who appeared in Pan's 2002 drama
  • Canadian government to amend tax credit legislation

    Amendments proposed by the Canadian Senate will restore the financial security of production tax credits, two senators announced today. Under the proposed changes, the Canadian government will not have the power to deny tax credits based on vague guidelines.The non-elected upper chamber has heard from over 50 witnesses in examining the legislation over several weeks. The omnibus tax bill, C-10, threatened to withhold production tax credits should a production be found contrary to 'pu
  • Carell's Smart roundly beats Myers' Guru at US box office

    The changing face of US comedy delivered a stinging rebuke to the old guard as Steve Carell, one of the biggest success stories of recent years, outgunned the prodigal genius Mike Myers, back in his first live-action role in five years.Get Smart, in which Carell reprises the role of the bumbling spy Maxwell Smart made famous by Don Adams in the spoof TV series of the late 60s and 70s, opened at number one on $39.2m.Anne Hathaway, Dw
  • Chang, Yeoh launch management outfit Stellar Entertainment

    Actress Michelle Yeoh, producer Terence Chang and Taiwanese media veteran David Tang officially unveiled their joint talent management company, Stellar Entertainment, in Hong Kong on Saturday. Based in Hong Kong and Taipei, the company has already signed acting talent including Kelly Lin (Sparrow), Zhang Fengyi (Red Cliff), Brandon Chang (The Touch), Pace Wu, Mark Cheng and two newcomers from the mainland - Yang Zisan and Yuen Xinyu.It has also signed screenwri
  • Chapa to star in Gangster for his own Amadeus Pictures

    Amadeus Pictures is lining up a July start in Los Angeles for its action adventure Mexican Gangster starring company founder and president Damian Chapa.Mexican Gangster is based on the true story of Johnny Sun, an ex-con who struggles to break free from his former life of crime.Christine Manoukian, Romanian newcomer Ion Muj, William Bailey and Monica Ramon round out the key cast.
  • Chen, Zhu Wen win top prizes at Shanghai projects market

    Taiwanese filmmaker Leste Chen and China's Zhu Wen have won the top two awards at the Shanghai International Film Festival's projects market, China Film Pitch and Catch (CFPC). Chen's The Last Rainstorm, a prophetic story about humanredemption set in a city suffering from drought due to global warming,was awarded Most Creative Project, while Zhu's Flash Flash, an adventure about a group of rich, youngChinese peopletrapped in a jungle, won the award for the Most Promising
  • China's Sichuan province delays Kungfu Panda

    Cinemas in China's earthquake-hit Sichuan Province have decided to postpone the release of DreamWorks' Kungfu Panda for five days in the wake of recent protests about the film. The film opened in China on Friday, June 20 except for all cinemas in Sichuan Province.Sichuan's five cinema circuits - Pacific Cinema Circuit, Wanda Cinema Circuit, Chengdu Stella Megamedia, Shanghai United Cinema Circuit in Sichuan and Emei Cinema Circuit - issued a joint statement on Thursday eveni
  • Chinese developer close to deal to acquire Shaw Brothers

    Chinese property developer Yeung Kwok-keung is close to finalising a deal to buy a 75% stake in Hong Kong's Shaw Brothers from Sir Run Run Shaw. The deal would give Yeung, who is chairman of Guangdong-based development company Country Garden Holdings, control of Hong Kong's largest broadcaster TVB. Shaw Brothers is the largest shareholder in the free-to-air broadcasterwith a 26% stake.It was earlier believed that the deal had fallen through when Yeung failed to meet the asking pric
  • Cinema chain urges digital change at Cinema Expo

    Steve Knibbs, COO of Vue Cinemas, has urged distributors to start making more digital trailers alongside their digital films.In December 2007, the UK cinema chain opened Europe's first all digital 10-screen multiplex in Hull and Knibbs told attendees at this year's Cinema Expo conference in Amsterdamof the benefits and teething problems of running an all-digital theatre.He said that since the multiplex's inception, 85% of films on offer were shown in digital but when it came to
  • City Screen goes beyond DSN to back five new digital installations

    In an important step in the evolution of digital cinema in the UK, independent exhibitor City Screen Picturehouse Cinemas is planning to commercially back the installation of five new digital screens.The 18-cinema small chain (which has 50+ screens) has already seen the UK Film Council's Digital Screen Network install 18 digital machines across its sites in recent years. But with the DSN now completed in its latest phase, City Screen wanted to continue its own digital expansion.
  • Cole promoted to evp of media at Universal Pictures

    Suzanne Cole has been promoted to executive vice president of media at Universal Pictures and will continue to oversee the studio's print, broadcast, online and outdoor media strategy.Cole has served as senior vice president of media since 2004 and continues to report to president of marketing Eddie Egan.During her nine-year tenure at the studio she has overseen media campaigns for American Gangster, Knocked Up, United 93, The 40-Year-Old
  • Davies, Skenderlis-Kallis join post house Evolutions

    London-based post-production facility Evolutions has appointed two new key staff members.Jeremy Davies joins as business development manager and Fiona Skenderlis-Kallis joins as post production producer.Jeremy joins from a business development role at Elmwood Design, and Fiona from The Sanctuary where she was post-production manager and head of bookings.Simon Kanjee, managing director, Evolutions, said: 'These are two key appointments for Evolutions, Jere
  • Dogwoof's Whitaker sets up new indie distribution co-operative

    Andy Whittaker, head of forward-thinking UK distributor Dogwoof Pictures, is heading a new film distribution co-operative. Essentially, ordinary film fans will be part of a group acquiring rights to independent launches officially today at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.The co-op has been set up to raise capitol to invest in acquisition and P&A funding for feature film members will also get to vote on and m
  • Eagle Pictures reveals first slate since Ben Ammar takeover

    Eagle Pictures has announced the first titles to make up the 2008-2009 slate of the company since its take over last year by Franco-Tunisian financier Tarak Ben Ammar.Eagle Pictures head of acquisitions Maria Grazia Vairo told Screen the titles announced will be released in Italy, and in some cases will see distribution in the other territories that make up the newly-formed Alliance network.'We won't always be buying movies for all the territories, unless a film works f
  • Ealing signs UK deal for Julian Fellowes' film

    Ealing Studios International has sold Julian Fellowes' From Time To Time to new distributor Delanic Films for the UK.Ealing has also announced other deals for the film including Australia and New Zealand (Hopscotch), Odeon (Greece) Castello Lopes (Portugal), and Shooting Stars (Middle East).The second directorial feature from the Oscar-winning writer of Gosford Park, based on Lucy M Boston's The Children Of Green Knowe series of books, tells the story of a
  • Edinburgh kicks off first Directors' Lab with Woolley as patron

    Six rising film-makers have been selected for the new Directors' Lab at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.The six directors, moving from shorts to features, are: Hope Dickson Leach, Charles-Henri Belleville, Scott Graham, Jane Linfoot, Rene Mohandas and Amy Neil.Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films has come on board as a patron of the scheme, which is backed by teh UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund, Film4, and Skillset. The Lab is run by Lifesize Pictures.The five da
  • Editorial - Industry' What industry'

    The idea of a film 'industry' is a comforting thing. When Joe or Joanna pawn the car and sell the kids to the circus to produce an indie movie, they need to believe they have entered a recognisable business rather than slipped into mid-life madness. In reality, the ability to tell people you are in the movie business may be as good as it gets in a 'career'.In Los Angeles, there is something one could unequivocally describe as an 'industry'. There's a relationship between finance and ta
  • EM Media backs new Considine, Glenaan, Meadows films

    EM Media, the UK's regional screen agency based in the East Midlands, announced a new slate of projects today at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.They are: Brian Percival's A Boy Called Dad, Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur, Shane Meadows' King Of the Gypsies, Kenny Glenaan's Red Sail and Paul King's Bunny And The Bull.A Boy Called Dad will get about $500,000 of European Regional Development Funds for co-financing produ
  • Eric Lagesse takes control of Pyramide Films

    Eric Lagesse has taken a majority stake in French sales and distribution outfit Pyramide Films and will henceforth be the company's president.Fabienne Vonier, who owns the entirety of production company Pyramide Productions, will maintain a minority share in Pyramide Films.In mid-2005, Lagesse became managing director of Pyramide Films after having been sales chief at what was then known as Flach Pyramide (now Pyramide International).At that time, Vonier had shifted her a
  • European Box Office Review

    While Sex And The City and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull battle it out with local super-hits for European box-office supremacy, the words 'recession', 'credit crunch' and 'weak dollar' are worrying the region's distributors and exhibitors.Click for country reviews: United Kingdom, France, Spain,
  • European Box Office Review: France

    SURPRISE HITWelcome To The Sticks (Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis) has become France's all-time biggest local hit and number two overall behind Titanic. The film is directed by local favourite Dany Boon and co-stars the popular Kad Merad. The fish-out-of-water comedy, set in Nord Pas de Calais, built on the healthy buzz from its premiere in the northern region.NEW ENTRIES
  • European Box Office Review: Italy

    SURPRISE HITItaly has been the most successful European territory for Marc Forster's The Kite Runner. Filmauro released the adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel, about two boys growing up in 1980s Afghanistan, in March and it has grossed $12.4m (EUR8.1m) to date. Filmauro president Aurelio De Laurentiis says the distributor backed the launch with a marketing budget of $3.1m (EUR2m), and played the trailer before popular
  • European Box Office Review: Italy

    SURPRISE HITItaly has been the most successful European territory for Marc Forster's The Kite Runner. Filmauro released the adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel, about two boys growing up in 1980s Afghanistan, in March and it has grossed $12.4m (EUR8.1m) to date. Filmauro president Aurelio De Laurentiis says the distributor backed the launch with a marketing budget of $3.1m (EUR2m), and played the trailer before popular
  • European Box Office Review: Russia and CIS

    SURPRISE HITReleased during the New Year holiday, The Irony Of Fate 2 (aka The Irony Of Fate: The Sequel) has become the highest-grossing film (nearly $50m) in the CIS. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch, Wanted) and starring Night Watch/Day Watch hero Konstantin Khabensky, the film is a contemporary take on Eldar Ryazanov's comedy of the same name, which has been screened
  • European Box Office Review: Spain

    SURPRISE HITAlex de la Iglesia's $10m English-language thriller The Oxford Murders was released by Warner Bros Spain on January 18 and has notched up $12.5m to date. Warner Bros built on the Spanish director's local following and the strength of the cast led by Elijah Wood and John Hurt.NEW ENTRIESWide Pictures, run by former head of Manga Films Luis De Val, has put toge
  • European Box Office Review: United Kingdom

    SURPRISE HITSGarth Jennings' quirky comedy Son Of Rambow, follows two children - and aspiring film-makers - as they grow up in 1980s Britain.Optimum Releasing opened the film in the UK on April 4, and it enjoyed a $1.8m (£925,000) opening weekend. It has grossed $8.3m (£4.3m) to date.The UK-France co-production held well at the box office, seeing a modest 16% drop in its second weekend and a 22% drop in its third weeken
  • Eye Of The Sun takes Taormina honours

    Egyptian film maker Ibrahim El Batout's Eye Of The Sun (Ein Shams) won the Golden Tauro for best film atSicily's Taormina Film Festival.The film was part of the festival's main 'Mediterranean' competition section.Eye Of The Sun, El Batout's second film focuses on a taxi driver named Ramadan whose routes through the city force him to compare Egypt's contemporary decline with its ancient days of splendour.The special jury prize for best director in the Med
  • Eyes on Edinburgh as festival kicks off June event with Edge Of Love

    It's an especially pivotal opening night tonight for the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Not only does the festival have A-list stars Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller on the red carpet for the world premiere of John Maybury's The Edge Of Love, but also there will be more industry scrutiny on the event as it moves from its traditional August timeslot to June. 'It feels like the first in a way,' artistic dire
  • Feng to shoot romantic comedy for Chinese New Year

    Beijing-based Huayi Brothers has confirmed that Chinese director Feng Xiaogang is to make a romantic comedy tentatively titled Don't Bother Me (Fei Cheng Wu Rao), rather than his originally planned satire The Nobles. Huayi Brothers will produce the $7.3m (RMB 50m) film that is set to star long-time Feng collaborator Ge You and actress Shu Qi. Stars from Huayi Brothers' talent stable such as Li Bingbing and Zhou Xun are also likely to be recruited for the film.T
  • Film4 extends sponsorship of FrightFest until 2009

    Film4 has extended its headline sponsor deal with the UK's FrightFest for the third year running.The 2009 event will be the 10th anniversary of the genre festival. The partnership will expand further with Film4 for more on-air and off-air initiatives.Meanwhile, the 2008 FrightFest will be held at London's Odeon West End from Aug 21-25, opening with Eden Lake's world premiere. Film4 plans a season of films, a supported website and links with Channel 4's new initiative Ge
  • First Of All, Felicia

    Dirs/scr: Razvan Radulescu, Melissa de Raaf. Romania, France, Croatia, Belgium. 2009. 120 mins.
  • Five Korean webhards prosecuted for copyright infringement

    Five heads of Korean webhard (online storage) sites were arrested yesterday (June 17) by the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office for alleged copyright infringement. The high-tech crimes investigation unit of the Prosecutors' Office took into custody five CEOs, including Moon Yong-shik of the company Nowcom which operates webhard portal sites and The two sites have a combined membership of 17 million users.The four other operators are Medianetworks (which op
  • Focus Features starts Africa First Program for emerging film-makers

    Focus Features has established the Africa First Program offering five prizes of $10,000 to emerging film-makers of African nationality and residence.The money will go towards production and/or post-production on a narrative short film made in continental Africa that taps the resources of the local film industry.The five film-makers selected will retain international rights to their completed shorts. Focus will retain North American rights and the right of first negotiatio
  • France - Tomorrow le monde

    Gregoire Melin shot onto the French sales scene as an independent at this year's Cannes with a new company and a line-up of notable, robust-selling titles. But he is no wet-behind-the-ears newcomer. The founder of new label Kinology, Melin began his career in sales at French major Gaumont in 1998. Having impressed then-Gaumont head of worldwide sales and marketing Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Melin followed him in 2001 to EuropaCorp, which was just starting out under the aegis of Luc Besson and Le P
  • Gigantic picks up Dews documentary

    Gigantic Releasing, the new distribution arm of New York-based Gigantic NYC, has acquired all North American and English-speaking rights to Morgan Dews' documentary, Must Read After My Death.The film will receive its US premiere on June 20 at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Gigantic Releasing plans to open it in the fourth quarter of 2008.Must Read After My Death spans 10 years in the lives of a Hartford couple whose family life spirals out of control through
  • Graham, McDonald take key footballer roles in The Damned United

    As the shoot continues for Tom Hooper's Brian Clough story The Damned United, Stephen Graham and Peter McDonald have taken the roles of legendary 1970s footballers Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles, respectively. Bremner was the Leeds Captain and Giles was a midfielder.Other actors taking on footballing roles are Mark Cameron as central defender Norman Hunter, Martin Compston as John O'Hare and Colin Harris as John McGovern (both of whom followed Brian Clough from Derby County to Lee
  • Grover Crisp takes seniorSony library role

    Grover Crisp has been named senior vice president of asset management, restoration and digital mastering for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).Crisp previously served as vice president and will oversee all facetsof the restoration, preservation and mastering programme for theColumbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures feature film and televisionlibraries.Under Crisp the feature and television libraries have beenconsolidated into a digital mastering group in on
  • Helen

    Dirs/Scr/Prods:Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor. UK/Ireland. 2008. 79 mins
  • Hulk casts green shadow over weekend box office

    Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk has amassed more than $36.1mmostly through UPI and is expected to dominate this weekend as itlaunches in 12 territories including Italy on June 18 and India onJune 20.The comic-book adaptation has amassed more than $36.1m and wasreleased in Australia and New Zealand through PPI.Comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall has taken $27.2m so far and opens ineight including France on June 18.Family adv
  • IFC Films buys the world on Medicine For Melancholy

    IFC Films has picked up worldwide rights to Strike Anywhere's romance Medicine For Melancholy, which will play in competition in the Los Angeles Film Festival later this week.IFC will release the film in 2009 through its theatrical and VOD day-and-date platform IFC in Theaters.Medicine for Melancholy is a love story about a one-night stand told through the eyes of two African-American twenty
  • IMAX signs giant screen deal in Dubai

    IMAX Corp. and Dubai-based property developer Meydan LLC have signed an agreement for a giant-screen system to be installed at Nad Al Sheba horse race track, the home of the Dubai World Cup. The installation is expected to be completed by year-end 2009. IMAX says it will be its twelfth screen in the Middle East operational by 2010. 'IMAX is one of the most prestigious and globally recognized cinema brands, and we are confident that our new IMAX theatre will help to reinfo
  • In focus - Distribution - Start of a French affair

    According to Unifrance, France's film export body, French films account for an estimated 3 million admissions in the UK, an impressive 2% of the market. This was led by 2007's Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose, directed by Olivier Dahan, which took $3.3m in the territory, while Guillaume Canet's thriller Tell No One generated $2.3m."Last year was an exception," says Hugo Grumbar, president of distribution at Icon Film Distribution (IFD) which handled La Vie En Rose.
  • In Focus - UK Distribution - How to plan a Channel crossing

    The worldwide success of films such as the critically acclaimed La Vie En Rose and the thriller Tell No One has whetted foreign appetite once again for French product - but not all of it fits the UK theatrical market.Vincent Maraval of Wild Bunch, whose The Fox And The Child from Luc Jacquet will be released in the UK this summer, says the number of deals has gone up because "there is competition between several important distributors". He is likely referring to pl
  • Indiana Jones reclaims international crown

    Indiana Jones ruled the roost over the weekend thanks in large part to a spectacular $13.1m number launch in Japan that left Paramount/PPI within touching distance of $400m.It was close at the top. Marvel Studios' The Incredible Hulk, released almost everywhere through Universal/UPI, bashed its way through 12 new territories and took $23.4m for $65.8m, while New Line International's Sex And The City added
  • International - Finding space to grow

    Cinema analyst Dodona this week points to a growing split between the mature markets of the West and emerging markets.It is an undeniable fact, if one allows for a little blurring about what constitutes emergence. The simplest dividing line between the two worlds is in screen capacity.The markets of the West and the more developed Asian territories have reached a point where new build of screens is all but impossible. The big box-office growth in the 1990s was largely the result
  • International - Indian Summer Arrives

    Tamil film Dasavatharam was the highest non-US entry in the international chart, taking $4.6m from 11 territories in its opening weekend.The sci-fi drama played on 1,211 screens for a $3,825 screen average, putting it at number seven this weekend. It opened at number 11 in the UK with a $248,175 take on 19 screens, enjoying a whopping $13,062 screen average.The film is the 12th feature from director KS Ravikumar, and is distributed by Ayngaran International.Two mor
  • International Screenwriters festival completes stellar line-up

    The third International Screenwriters Festival is set to cement its position in the industry calendar with a stellar line-up that includes some of the world's best-known writers.Among the speakers this year are film-makers and writers who have been major names at the major awards ceremonies.They include BAFTA and Palme d'Or winner and Oscar nominee Mike Leigh;Oscar winners Christopher Hampton, Julian Fellowes and Ronald Harwood; BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee Stephen Woolley and
  • Japanese star Koji Yakusho makes directing debut

    Japanese actor Koji Yakusho, who starred in 1996 hit Shall We Dance', is making his directorial debut with drama Gama No Abura (Toad Oil), in which he also stars. Based on an original idea by Yakusho, the film tells the story of a father (Yakusho) whose son is seriously injured in a car accident, his relationship with the son's unknowing girlfriend and the son's juvenile delinquent friend whom the family takes in.The film also features dream-like flashbacks to
  • Justin Long, Fred Willard join Cera in Youth In Revolt

    Justin Long and Fred Willard have joined Michael Cera and newcomer Portia Doubleday on the cast of Dimension Film's tale Youth In Revolt.Zach Galifinakis, Ari Graynor, Erik Knudsen, Adhir Kalyan, Jonny Wright, Tricia Mara and Mary Kay Place have also come aboard.The Permut Presentations and Shangri-La Entertainment project is based on CD Payne's cult book about a teenage tearaway who meets the girl of his dreams on family vacation.
  • Kaplan takes anti-piracy role at Warner Bros

    David P Kaplan has been named senior vice-president and intellectualproperty counsel on worldwide anti-piracy operations at Warner BrosEntertainment.Kaplan will be responsible for the coordination and execution of thestudio's anti-piracy strategy and reports to president of Warner BrosTechnical Operations Darcy Antonellis.He joined the studio in 1996 and previously served as vice presidentand intellectual property counsel and was an original member
  • Karel De Vries takes MD post at Universal's Dutch arm

    Universal Pictures International has appointed Karel De Vries as managing director of its operations in the Netherlands. He replaces Max Van Praag, who is leaving the post after 23 years with Universal.De Vries will join UPI at the end of September to work with Van Praag on the transition, and he will then officially take the new post at the beginning of 2009.De Vries will report to London-based Duncan Clark, executive vice president of international distribution and on d
  • Karlovy Vary announces competition line-up

    The 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) has announced its final line-up.The festival will conclude July 12 with a gala screening of Mamma Mia!, Phyllida Lloyd's adaptation of the musical inspired by the music of Abba.As previously reported, Barry Levinson's What Just Happened' will open the festival July 4.Robert De Niro will present the film and receive a Crystal Globe in recognition of his Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema
  • Kung Fu Panda has strong China opening despite protests

    Local protests against DreamWorks' animation Kung Fu Panda didn't do much to dent the film's opening weekend box office in China. The film received a warm welcome from the Chinese audience, including areas affected by the earthquake in Sichuan, which is also home to the giant pandas. On its first weekend (June 20-22) the film grossed $5.53m (RMB38m), according to distributor Huaxia Film Distribution.Despite announcing a five-day delay for the film, cinemas in Sichuan started
  • Leung joins Distribution Workshop as head of sales

    Hong Kong distribution executive Virginia Leung has joined start-up international sales outfit Distribution Workshop as head of sales. Leung was formerly senior manager, distribution, at Hong Kong-based Mandarin Films where she oversaw international sales of films such as action hits Dragon Tiger Gate and Flash Point and Tsui Hark's recent release Missing.She started in her new role yesterday (June 19) and will continue to be based in Hong Kong.Establish
  • Liberation buys North American rights to Irish drama Eden

    Liberation Entertainment has picked up North American rights to Declan Recks' Irish drama Eden.The company plans a theatrical release in autumn for the picture, which screens at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this week and premiered at Tribeca in April.Reck's adaptation of the Eugene O'Brien play examines a troubled marriage in a small provincial town and stars Aidan Kelly and Eileen Walsh.David Collins of Ir
  • Lightning takes international rights to Shortcut

    Santa Monica-based Lightning Entertainment has picked up internationalrights from Leomax Entertainment to the recently announced thrillerShortcut.Ingo Vollkammer's Leomax Entertainment is financing the film andco-producing with Adam Sandler's newly launched production label ScaryMadison.Nicholaus Goosen will direct from a script by Scott Sandler and DanHannon about two brothers who discover a strange and rarely usedshortcut in their t
  • Man On Wire, American Teen among winners at Nantucket

    FM Strype's Anna Down East won Showtime's Tony Cox Screenplay Competition as the 13th Annual Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) came to a close on Sunday (June 22).Showtime's Tony Cox Award For Screenwriting was presented to Daniel Schechter for Goodbye Baby, while the second annual Adrienne Shelley Excellence In Filmmaking Award and a cash prize was presented to American Te
  • MSNBC launches film division to produce documentaries

    MSNBC has launched MSNBC Films to produce and showcase documentaries on television and support festival runs and theatrical releases. The initiative will kick off with Kurt Kuenne's Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father, in which Kuenne sets out to commemorate his murdered friend and learns that the woman who killed him was pregnant with his child. The film will premiere on MSNBC following a theatrical release that is un
  • National Geographic to distribute Grand Canyon in 3D worldwide

    National Geographic will distribute Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets to mark the film's 25th anniversary in 3D worldwide.The company will sell the film to exhibitors through Cinema Ventures' film distribution arm. Giant screen pioneer Destination Cinema will oversee updates to the script and musical score and the conversion of the film to 3D.The film will be housed permanently at the Grand Canyon IMAX Theater at the National Geogra
  • Palme d'Orwinner The Class opens Munich Filmfest

    Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner The Class (Entre Les Murs) will open this year's Munich Filmfest on Friday evening (June 20), which will show 237 films from 41 countries, including a retrospective dedicated to the Bavarian film-maker and artist Herbert Achternbusch and an homage to the UK actress Julie Christie who will be presented with the CineMerit Award for her services to cinema on June 27.Sundance Festival director Geoff Gilmore, Celluloid Dreams' festivals director P
  • Paramount gets to $1bn in domestic grosses in record time

    Paramount Pictures has crossed the $1bn mark in domestic ticket sales in record time just days after its international division PPI achieved the same feat. Paramount becomes the first studio to reach the milestone this year and bettered the old record by three weeks.The studio was the first to reach $1bn last year as well. It also holds the distinction of leading the market share rankings for the past five weeks and has released the top three grossing films of the year-to-date.
  • Patricia Clarkson takes lead in Ruba Nadda's Cairo Time

    Patricia Clarkson is starring in Ruba Nadda's romantic drama Cairo Time which started shooting this week in Cairo, Egypt.The Canada-Ireland co-production co-stars Alexander Siddig, Elena Anaya and Tom McCamus and will shoot through to July 13.Producers on the film are Daniel Iron of Foundry Films (Away From Her, Manufactured Landscapes) in Canada and David Collins of Samson Films (
  • Production - Eastern Europe - Pole star

    As a filming location, Poland is building a reputation as a healthy alternative to its bigger, more established neighbours. In recent years, major productions such as The Chronicles Of Narnia films and David Lynch's Inland Empire have been lured by Poland's cheap costs, contrasting scenery and established reputation as a film-making country.Walden Media and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures shot most of Prince Caspian in the Czech Republic, and were tempte
  • Profile: Luis Berdejo

    Many international directors working in Hollywood can fall victim to being over-hyped by agents and publicists. There has been plenty of buzz, for example, surrounding Spanish director Luis Berdejo and his first English-language film, The New Daughter, which is produced by Gold Circle Films and stars Kevin Costner.This time, if development and production executives working on the film are to be believed, the hype is real.Berdejo, now in his early thirties, came to the att
  • Profile: The public life of Rebecca Miller

    The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee is a homecoming of sorts for Rebecca Miller. The film is based on her own novel of the same name and is being shot in the area of Connecticut where she grew up.'The house I'm staying in while I film is where I grew up with my parents. It's a wonderful experience to be able to work here, it makes life so much easier,' she says.Miller says she enjoys seeing her novel-turned-screenplay being reinterpreted by her cast, which is a director's drea
  • Reliance in talks to invest in DreamWorks

    India's Reliance ADA Group is close to a deal with DreamWorks' chiefs Steven Spielberg and David Geffen to launch a new venture that would enable them to split with Paramount Pictures, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Click here to see article.The Mumbai-based conglomerate would provide Spielberg and Geffen with equity of $500m-$600m towards setting up a film venture outside Pa
  • Robert Davi, Bai Ling join US/Russia co-production Magic Man

    Robert Davi and Bai Ling have joined Russian star Alexander Nevsky and Billy Zane on the US-Russian Magic Man set to start filming in Las Vegas on June 25.The story revolves around a famous magician (Zane) who is suspected of being a serial killer. Nevsky plays an investigative policeman and Davi will play his partner. Ling portrays the magician's assistant.Nevsky and his producing partner on Magic
  • Russian drama Mukha wins top prize at Shanghai fest

    The 11th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) ended with diminished star power, but a strong theme of compassion and humanity on Sunday June 22. Only Asian stars such as Charlie Yeung, Karen Mok, Chang Chen and Fann Wong attended the closing ceremony.Russiandirector Vladimir Kott'sMukha, which depicts a peculiar father-daughter relationship, was awarded with the highest honour of the festival - the best picture of the Jin Jue Award.Chinese director Gao Qunshu's
  • Screen Australia announces seven board appointments

    Chief executive of IBM Australia and New Zealand, Glen Boreham, is the first chair of the new super agency Screen Australia,while entertainment lawyer Ian Robertson is his deputy. Arts Minister Peter Garrett set the Australian film industry abuzz today by announcing the first board; the make-up should please everyone given its broad representation.Robert Connolly (Romulus, My Father, The Bank) and Rachel Perkins (One Night The Moon, Radiance) are both di
  • She Unfolds By Day wins grand jury prize at CineVegas

    Rolf Belgum's She Unfolds By Day won the 10th Annual CineVegas Film Festival's grand jury prize while Rachel Samuels' Dark Streets earned a special jury award.Bill Pullman received a Special Jury Award for his role as the science fiction writer William J Frick in Your Name Here.Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard's Beautifu
  • SILVERDOCS fetes The Garden, The English Surgeon

    Scott Hamilton Kennedy's The Garden won the SILVERDOCS Sterling US Feature Award and Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Trouble The Water earned a special jury mention.Geoffrey Smith's The English Surgeon won the Sterling World Feature Award and a special mention went to Chao Gan's The Red Race.In the Sterling Short Aw
  • Snow to open Sarajevo with Ceylan president of the jury

    The 14th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has announced that Cannes Critics Week Grand Prix winner Snow by Bosnian Aida Begic will officially open the festival at the Heineken Open Air with capacity of 3,000 seats.Other films to screen at the prestigious venue include Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Three Monkeys.Ceylan will also serve as the president of the jury which will also be comp
  • Stone Of Destiny

    Dir. Charles Martin Smith. UK/Canada. 2008. 96 mins
  • Summer

    Dir. Kenny Glenaan. UK. 2008. 82 mins
  • Tajudin takes international home entertainment role at Sony

    Norman Z Tajudin has been named vice president of international for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE).Tajudin will oversee SPHE's portfolio of emerging global markets andwill oversee distribution partnerships and other strategic initiativesin the company's international territories.He reports to SPHE senior vice president of international Paul Miller.Tajudin previously served as vice president of business developmentand strategic planning for SPHE
  • The Edge Of Love

    Dir. John Maybury.UK. 2008. 112 mins.
  • The Kreutzer Sonata

    Dir. Bernard Rose.USA. 2008. 99mins
  • The Love Guru

    Dir: Marco Schnabel. US. 2008. 86 mins.The Love Guru 's rascally self-help guru who needs to learn to love himself may be Mike Myers' first original big-screen character in a long while, but he still feels familiar. Trading in Myers' favoured trademark steady diet of scatological humour, outlandish asides and laboriously-constructed sexual double entendres, he provides intermittent laughs - but they're detached from any sense of a cohesive whole. B
  • Toulon named general counsel at CBS Films

    Rik Toulon has been named executive vice president and general counsel at CBS Films.Toulon reports to CBS Films COO Bruce Tobey and will oversee all legal matters on behalf of the division.He arrives from the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman where he served as partner in the firm's entertainment and media group since January 2001 and represented CBS, NBC Universal, Sony, Paramount, New Line, The Weinstein Company, Marvel Studios, MTV Networks, Microsoft and DirecTV.
  • United Kingdom - If the shoes fit

    He is renowned as one of the UK's most intense and committed actors, and now Paddy Considine is taking his talent behind the camera.His debut short, Dog Altogether, picked up a Venice Silver Lion last year and a Bafta this year - and he is writing his feature debut, Tyrannosaur.In development with Warp Films and Film4, the $2m feature will star Olivia Colman (Dog Altogether, Peep Show) as a woman in an abusive relationship. "She does a very brave act,
  • United Kingdom - Summer school

    Camilla Bray may have come across a new genre with her first feature film as lead producer: she describes Kenny Glenaan's Summer as "an adult coming-of-age story".She explains: "It's about two best friends who live together as adults and have been partners in crime since they were young. Daz (Steve Evets) gets ill so Shaun (Robert Carlyle) has to look over his life and reflect on his relationships." The film also revisits the pair as teenagers during one pivotal summer, where th
  • Universal Pictures ties up Family Bond

    Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to Marc Platt Productions and Millar/Gough Ink's action comedy Family Bond.Jeff Lowell, who wrote John Tucker Must Die, will write the screenplayabout a spy and his relationship with his daughter.Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing for Marc Platt Productionsalong with Alfred Gough and Miles Millar for Millar/Gough.Platt produced and Siegel served as executive producer on Universal'sWanted
  • Universal Pictures ties up Family Bond

    Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to Marc Platt Productions and Millar/Gough Ink's action comedy Family Bond.Jeff Lowell, who wrote John Tucker Must Die, will write the screenplayabout a spy and his relationship with his daughter.Marc Platt and Adam Siegel are producing for Marc Platt Productionsalong with Alfred Gough and Miles Millar for Millar/Gough.Platt produced and Siegel served as executive producer on Universal'sWanted
  • Wanted

    Dir. Timur Bekmambetov. US. 2008. 110 mins. Maximum violence and minimum plot are the formula for Wanted, a flashy comic book adaptation that marks the US debut of Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov. It also marksthe transformation of British actor James McAvoy into something resembling a Hollywood action hero. The formula may please the core fanboy audience, and the presence of Angelina Jolie should broaden the appeal enough to produce at least mid-lev
  • Warsaw Dark

    Dir. Christopher Doyle.Poland. 2008. 87mins
  • Wesle's Atrix takes on sales for Kyrgyzstan love story Tengri

    Beatrix Wesle's Munich-based sales agent Atrix Films has picked up international rights to Marie Jaoul de Poncheville's Tengri - Blue Heavens, a love story set in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia which has its world premiere at the Munich Film Festival this week.The film will then be screened for buyers at the German Preview Screenings in Cologne in July (10-13).Directed by Jaoul de Poncheville, whose earlier films are
  • Wim Wenders and Dariush Mehrjui receive Yerevan honours

    Germany's Wim Wenders and Iranian film-maker Dariush Mehrjui are to receive lifetime achievement awards at this year's Golden Apricot International Film Festival (July 13-20) in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.Wenders' Cannes competition film The Palermo Shooting will be screened, while a retrospective of Mehrjui's film will show such films as The Pear Tree and The Postman.The fifth edition of the Golden Apricot festival will be opened by Roman Balayan's new feature
  • Winds Of September wins SIFF's Asian New Talent Awards

    Taiwanese filmmaker Lin Shu-yu's Winds Of September was awarded best film at the Asian New Talent Awardsof the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) on Friday night (June 20). The film, produced by Eric Tsang with Hong Kong-based Mei Ah Entertainment and co-produced by Taiwan's Ocean Deep Films, is the Taiwan chapter of the Winds Of September trilogy.It tellsa story of friendship, betrayal and a love of baseball by a high-school gang in 1990s Taiwan. The tr