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25 April 2004

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  • Alliance Atlantis restructures operations

    There's about tobe a lot of new business cards printed at Alliance Atlantis. Two years afterintroducing its operating groups of Broadcast, Motion Picture Distribution andEntertainment, the company is re-integrating those groups into a single corporatestructure - all save Motion Picture Distribution, which became a distinctcorporate entity in the autumn of2003.The company hasappointed former Broadcast Group CEO Phyliis Yaffe to the new role of COO ofAlliance Atlanti
  • Annenberg Foundation dishes out $5m to Sundance

    The SundanceInstitute received its largest ever grant of $5m from the Annenberg Foundationlast night (22) and will use the award to establish the Annenberg Film FellowsProgramme to help aspiring film-makers.The five-yearscheme will offer personal stipends, residencies and creative support for up tofive participants on the institute's Feature Film Programme, with eachfellowship extending over two years to cover a specific project.The 2004 fellowswill be announced this spring foll
  • Another $6.1m for Scooby as Warner sequel tops $75m

    Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed grossed an estimated $6.1m at theweekend, raising its international running total to $76.7m for Warner Bros.
  • Appleseed

    Dir: Shinji Aramaki. Japan. 2004. 103 mins.Japanese animation is insinuating itself into everything from Kill Bill Vol. 1 to kiddy cartoon channels on US cable. Unlike makers of Japanese live-action films, whose total annual exports wouldn't underwrite one middling Hollywood movie, Japanese animators can strike it truly rich abroad - the millions raked in by the Pokemon franchise being only one example.Seeing animation as the safest film industry bet,
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  • Arclight, Instinct capitalise on Strange Bedfellows

    On the eve of the film'sinternational premiere in the Cannes market, Arclight Films has signed on as'subagent' for the Australian comedy Strange Bedfellows, which openedstrongly enough to claim third place in the local weekend box office charts.The film sold A$1,373,957worth of tickets from 194 screens during the five-day long weekend to April 26for distributor Becker. In the lead was newcomer Kill Bill Vol. 2 with Starsky& Hutch second in its third week.Aud
  • Argentine directors commemorate Jewish massacre with short film project

    Ten up-and-coming Argentine directors are joining to make acollaborative feature of short films commemorating the tenth anniversary of amassacre targeting the local Jewish community.Among others, talents expected to contribute are DanielBurman, whose Jewish community-centered Lost Embrace (El Abrazo Partido) won Silver Bears for best film and actor in Berlin;Carlos Sorin (Minimal Stories);Adrian Caetano (Red Bear);Alberto Lecchi (Arcibel's Ga
  • AUSTRALIA 27 April

    Despite a cold receptionfrom the critics, Australian comedy Strange Bedfellows was able to claimthird place in the charts on the five-day holiday weekend due to its verystrong A$1,373,957 gross from 194 screens.Obviously there remains alot of affection for the Becker film's stars, Paul 'Crocodile Dundee'Hogan and Michael Caton from The Castle, who play a pair pretending tobe gay in order to trick the tax department.The most popular film of thewe
  • Barnett rejoins Canton as senior vp, production, at Atmosphere

    Steve Barnett has been named executive vice president offilm production at Atmosphere Entertainment and has brought on board creativeexecutives Ray Kimsey and Silenn Thomas.Barnett arrivesfrom Artists Production Group, where he served as senior vice president ofproduction, and his appointment is seen as a key step in the company's effortsto ramp up production.Barnett willmanage more than 60 projects, 20 of which the company says are set up at majorstudios. He w
  • Berlin festival confirms 2005 dates

    The Berlin Festival has confirmed its dates for next year as 10-20 February, 2005.The festival said that many of the new elements it initiated this year had been a success and will be continued at the next Berlinale.These include the 14plus section of the Kinderfest sidebar, the Berlinale Special section, which this year featured the Marshall Plan retrospective. The festival said that it will also be pressing on with the Co-Production market which was introduced as part of the T
  • Best Of Youth director cooks up Kipling drama

    Hot Italian director Marco Tullio Giordana, whose last film, The Best of Youth, won Un Certain Regard last year and has swept all the Italian awards, is currently preparing his next film.A drama named Quando Sei Nato (literally, When You Were Born), it is inspired by Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure novel, Captain Courageous.Produced by Rome outfit Cattleya, When You Were Born has a budget of Euros 4-5m and is set to shoot in Italy and on th
  • Bill starts second international onslaught

    This weekend revenge is a dish best served hot asMiramax's Kill Bill Vol 2 opens wide infive major international markets within a week of its table-topping US bow.QuentinTarantino's sequel opened in Germany and Australia on Apr 22 and goes out inthe UK and Italy on Apr 23 - all through Buena Vista International (BVI). Itopens in Japan on Apr 24 through Gaga.The sequel shoulddo well following Kill Bill Vol 1's storming international run last year t
  • Cannes Festival launches DVD label

    In an effort to build itself a year-round brand and keep up with moderntechnology the Cannes festival has launched a DVD label and a new prize.The festival will not be moving into the rights market, but rather givea badge of approval to a number of titles handled by existing homeentertainment distributors.For the first edition of the "DVD - Festival De Cannes" label, itappointed a committee of journalists and distributors to pick 20 titlesreleased between June last year and June
  • Cannes launches DVD label

    In an effort to build itself a year-round brand and keep up with moderntechnology the Cannes festival has launched a DVD label and a new prize.The festival will not be moving into the rights market, but rather givea badge of approval to a number of titles handled by existing homeentertainment distributors.For the first edition of the "DVD - Festival De Cannes" label, itappointed a committee of journalists and distributors to pick 20 titlesreleased between June last year and June
  • Cannes market predicts record attendance

    Cannes' Marche du Film has said that it expects arecord number of 8500 participants at this year's event withpre-registration figures already up by ten per cent compared to 2003.The highest increases are from the UK, the US, Asia, Spain,South Africa and Finland.The Marche also reports that the number of buyers is alsonoticeably up with 300 more registered at this stage, particularly from the US,the UK, Japan, Italy, South Korea as well as Spain and South Africa.The Marche
  • Cannes market set for record attendance figures

    Cannes' Marche du Film has said that it expects arecord number of 8500 participants at this year's event withpre-registration figures already up by ten per cent compared to 2003.The highest increases are from the UK, the US, Asia, Spain,South Africa and Finland.The Marche also reports that the number of buyers is alsonoticeably up with 300 more registered at this stage, particularly from the US,the UK, Japan, Italy, South Korea as well as Spain and South Africa.The Marche
  • Constantin financial chief to leave after five years

    Constantin Film's Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Dr DanielWiest is to leave the German producer-distributor at the end of next monthafter five years with the company.Constantin's Chairman of theSupervisory Board Bernd Eichinger noted that Wiest had 'played a prominentrole in helping to make Constantin Film one of the most successful German mediacompanies.'CEO Fred Kogel will assumethe CFO's duties on a temporary basis until a successor is app
  • Costa-Gavras, Haneke features win Eurimages funding

    New feature film projects by Michael Haneke, ConstantinCosta-Gavras, Robert Glinski and Pal Sletaune are among nine Europeanco-productions which were awarded Euro 3.3m by the pan-European co-productionfund Eurimages in its latest round of funding.The largest amounts - Euro 600,000 each - went to Haneke's Cache and Pasquale Scimeca's Italian-Spanishco-productionPassione Di Giosue L'Ebreo, while Costa-Gavras' Le Couperet picked up Euro 550,000 and Glinski's Gunter Gr
  • Critics' Week unveils competition line-up

    The organisers of Cannes' Critics' Week announced their line-up on Thursday in Paris for the 57th Cannes Film Festival ( May 12-23).Seven films from five different countries will have a shot at the prize with a predominance of works coming from France (see full list below). Included among the competitors are six first time efforts and one second feature. The first-timers will have an opportunity to compete for the Camera d'Or which goes to a first film with a berth in any of the main c
  • Critics' Week unveils line-up

    The organisers of Cannes' Critics' Week announced their line-up on Thursday in Paris for the 57th Cannes Film Festival ( May 12-23).Seven films from five different countries will have a shot at the prize with a predominance of works coming from France (see full list below). Included among the competitors are six first time efforts and one second feature. The first-timers will have an opportunity to compete for the Camera d'Or which goes to a first film with a berth in any of the main c
  • Danish film studio is put up for sale

    The Danish Ministry of Culture has decided to sell off The Danish FilmStudio, which is situated in the northern rim of Copenhagen.The studio has been in the red since 1997, with the Danish FilmInstitute covering the loss every year.The state originally bought the former ASA-studio back in 1972 in orderto keep film production on the site, and it aims for a potential buyer to sothe same.The sale has been expected for some time, as other plans to revive theStudio's income ha
  • Dates rakes in further $7.8m for CTFDI

    Love was in the air thisweekend as Sony's romantic comedy 50 First Dates enjoyed a string of number one bows through ColumbiaTriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI), grossing $7.8m on 2,444screens to raise its international running total to $36.3m.The picture was number onein its first four days in Germany but eventually ceded the top spot toMiramax's Kill Bill Vol 2, taking$2.5m on 664 screens.It opened top in Spain on$982,000 from 288
  • DENMARK 26 April

    The second volumeof Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill had what it took to oust the hitanimated Terkel In Trouble from the top of the Danish chart, with amuscular 746 admission screen average on its 28 prints.While Terkeltook second s
  • Dillon, Tomei to star in Bukowski adaptation

    Matt Dillon and Marisa Tomei are to star in Norwegianwriter-director-producer Bent Hamer'sadaptation of Charles Bukowski's Factotum,Hamer, who charmed audiences and critics alike at last year's Canneswith Kitchen Stories, will shoot his English-language debut inMinneapolis from June with a mixed Norwegian and US crew.The script was written with co-producer Jim Stark and is a drama abouta jack-of-all-trades wandering around Los Angeles trying to live off jobs whichd
  • Distance takes top Silver Screen award in Singapore

    Turkish director Nuri BilgeCeylan's Uzak (Distance) emerged as the main winner at the Silver ScreenAwards of the 17th Singapore International Film Festival, bagging three majorprizes in the Asian feature film category.Beating 12 other contenders,Uzak was named the Best Film, with Ceylan winning Best Director andMehmet Emin Toprak earning Best Actor. The film, which tells the story of anemigre in Istanbul, won the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes last year. Toprakwho play
  • Emmett/Furla acquires Contract script for Millenium deal

    Randall Emmett and GeorgeFurla's Emmett/Furla Films has acquired the rights to Stephen Katz and JohnDarrouzet's thriller screenplay The Contract.This will be the firstproject on a new slate of 10 pictures to be handled under the extendednon-exclusive international distribution deal with Millennium Films, reportedhere last week (Screendaily.com, Apr 15).The Contract is a father-and-son redemption story involving oneman's bid to bring a world-clas
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    FILM INDUSTRY FOOTBALL EVENT 2004THE DEN, MILLWALL FOOTBALL CLUBSUNDAY 23rd MAY 2004ENTRY FORMPlease complete and return the form, by post or fax, to:Chris HiggsFIFE 2004NCH85 Highbury ParkLondon, N5 1UDFax: 020 7704 7063Please enter my team at £1,000. I understand that teams will be sold on a first come first se
  • Find out about FIFE

    Find out about FIFEThe Film Industry Football Event (FIFE) is an annual 5-a-side football tournament, open to people who work in the UK film industry.Now in its seventh year, FIFE has raised more than £200,000 towards the work of NCH, one of the UK's leading children's charities.Firmly established as one of the most enjoyable days in the film year, FIFE attracts teams from a wide variety of industry people, including distributors, lawyers, exhibitors, production co
  • Focus takes Creek to international waters

    Focus Features Internationalhas finally closed its deal to buy international rights excluding NorthAmerica, the UK and Australia to Whitewater Films' debut feature Mean Creek, which will play in the Directors' Fortnight sectionat Cannes.Focus Features executivevice president of international sales and distribution Glen Basner and vicepresident of acquisitions Jason Resnick negotiated the deal.Directed by first-timerJacob Estes from his Nicholl Award-winning screenplay,
  • Former J&M executive Roberts joins Dream as senior vp

    Industry veteran Karen Roberts has joined LosAngeles-based production and international sales company Dream Entertainment assenior vice president of acquisitions and development.Roberts will beresponsible for identifying finished features as well as new projects forDream's development slate. She will report directly to company presidentYitzhak Ginsberg.Roberts mostrecently served as senior vice president of acquisitions and development forMy
  • FRANCE 22 April

    Jean-Jacques Annaud's tiger tale Two Brothers remains in the top spot this week with a mere 17% drop off from its first week. Along with the number two film Les Choristes - which jumped 4% on last week and whose soundtrack is selling on a par with that of 2001 blockbuster Amelie - strong screen averages are giving Pathe something to smile about.The Scooby-Doo sequel jumped up a slot to number 3 while the Passion Of The Christ fell to fourth position a
  • Fremaux defends Cannes' Ma Mere snub

    Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremauxformally denied allegations Friday which had been lodged by producer PaoloBranco regarding the absence of his film, Ma Mere, in the officialselection.Branco, who is no stranger to Cannes havingproduced competition films such as Raoul Ruiz's Le Temps Retrouve and CeJour-la and Manoel de Oliveira's Je Rentre A La Maison, claimed thatthe festival had assured him a midnight screening on May 15 and noted hissurprise at Wedn
  • Fremaux defends Ma Mere 'snub'

    Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremauxformally denied allegations Friday which had been lodged by producer PaoloBranco regarding the absence of his film, Ma Mere, in the officialselection.Branco, who is no stranger to Cannes havingproduced competition films such as Raoul Ruiz's Le Temps Retrouve and CeJour-la and Manoel de Oliveira's Je Rentre A La Maison, claimed thatthe festival had assured him a midnight screening on May 15 and noted hissurprise at Wedn
  • GERMANY 27 April

    Kill Bill Vol. 2 shot into the German box-office charts in poleposition with a screen average of $5,582 from each of its 515 screens to grossover $2.8m in its first weekend. It was one of four BVI releases in the top 6,including Vol. 1 of Kill Bill - now in its 28th week of release - whichre-entered at No. 5 to add another $427,000 to its gross from 402 screens.However, Vol. 2 did not takethe honours for highest screen average - this distinction went t
  • Global, Daybreak Pacific team up for finance and sales venture

    Peter Elson's foreign salesand distribution outfit Global Cinema Group is teaming up with Dale and GrantBradley's New Zealand-based financing and production house Daybreak Pacific tofinance, produce and distribute features.Global will handle worldwidesales and distribution for Daybreak's slate, while the latter will provideGlobal with a flow of product.Global will bring twoDaybreak productions to Cannes - the $25m action adventure High Tide, which Dale Bradley is set to d
  • Green Butchers director prepares follow-up feature

    Award winning Green Butchers writer and director Anders Thomas Jensen is readying his next feature, an as yet untitled comedy drama.Veteran producer Tivi Magnusson is currently in the final stages of financing the film, which has been nicknamed AT3. It will be the third installment in the Danish director's trilogy following Flickering Lights (2000) and The Green Butchers (2003).Though the filmmaker's trademark mix of black humour, drama and snappy dialogue h
  • Hanks to receive BAFTA/LA Britannia Award

    Tom Hanks will receive theStanley Kubrick Britannia Award in honour of his services to the industry at aBAFTA/LA ceremony in Los Angeles on Nov 4.Hanks became the first actorin 50 years to win back-to-back Oscars for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump in 1994 and 1995 respectively and his expansivecredits roster includes Cast Away, Apollo 13 and Saving Private Ryan.He currently stars in TheLadykillers and will appear laterthis year in Steven Spielbe
  • Haunted Mansion takes top spot in Japan with $4.7m for BVI

    The Haunted Mansion scored an impressive bow in Japan through BuenaVista International (BVI) at the weekend, opening top on $4.7m and breaking astring of records in the process.It was the Walt DisneyCompany's second biggest live action branded bow ever behind Pirates Of TheCaribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl in local currency and the biggest ever in US dollars. The picture wasalso BVI's eighth biggest release ever in Japan.Overall The HauntedMansion gros
  • India gears up for Summer box office bonanza

    April 30th sees India'ssummer movie season kick off with the release of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer theUS$5m Main Hoon Na.The film, which is beingreleased by Eros Entertainment, marks the debut of director Farah Khan whochoreographed Bombay Dreams. Thecast features Suniel Shetty, former Miss India and Miss Universe (1994)Sushmita Sen, Zayed Khan, Amrita Rao and Naseeruddin ShahShah Rukh plays Major RamPrasad Sharma who is responsible for the success of "Mission Milaap"
  • Internationalmedia negotiates $18m credit line

    Internationalmediahas negotiated a credit line of up to $18m over a 12 month period with aprivate US investor group to reduce its bank liabilities and finance pre-production for upcoming film projects,among other things.This latest move was revealed on the publication ofInternationalmedia's 2003 figures which saw its performance affected"disproportionately" by the low US dollar exchange rate.Revenues amounted to Euros 248.3m, down Euros 11.3m on the yearbefore,
  • ITALY 28 April

    BVI's KillBill Vol. 2 knocked The Passion Of The Christ off the top spot atthe Italian box office last weekend. The Quentin Tarantino picture opened on331 screens, earning $1,811,276 for a solid if unspectacular average of $5,472per screen.Eagle Pictures'Passion registered a further $1,346,435 from 485 screens on its thirdweekend - marking the first time the Mel Gibson film has dropped to secondplace - bringing its total earnings to date to a mi
  • ITALY Production Listings - April 28 2004

    ITALYPRE-PRODUCTIONADIUS,LA FESTA E' FINITA(Verdecchi Film) Backing: Fondo di Garanzia. Word gets out in high-flying Romansociety that a well-known Italian singer-songwriter is to make his comeback -despite the fact that his death was officially announced in 1980. Prod:Alessandro Verdecchi. Dir: Ezio Alovisi. Scr: Ezio Alovisi.Contact: Verdecchi Film, (39) 06 39 388 751.ALL'OMBRADEL PADRE(Tea Nova) Drama about an oppr
  • ITALY Production Listings - April 28 2004

    ITALYPRE-PRODUCTIONADIUS,LA FESTA E' FINITA(Verdecchi Film) Backing: Fondo di Garanzia. Word gets out in high-flying Romansociety that a well-known Italian singer-songwriter is to make his comeback -despite the fact that his death was officially announced in 1980. Prod:Alessandro Verdecchi. Dir: Ezio Alovisi. Scr: Ezio Alovisi.Contact: Verdecchi Film, (39) 06 39 388 751.ALL'OMBRADEL PADRE(Tea Nova) Drama about an oppr
  • Klapisch readies L'Auberge Espagnole sequel

    As a followup to his summer 2002 hit Pot Luck (L'Auberge Espagnole)), CedricKlapisch will begin shooting its sequel Russian Dolls (Poupees Russes))on June 1 in Paris.The filmreunites its production team, including Klapisch's partner Bruno Levy - the twoare at the head of production outfit Ce Qui Me Meut which produced Pot Luck.Levy told ScreenDaily.com that other financial partners such as France 2 Cinemaand Mars Films would likely jump on board as well. Stu
  • Knightley to star in Working Title's Pride And Prejudice

    Keira Knightley is in advanced negotiations to star in Working Title Films' Jane Austen adaptation Pride And Prejudice.The UK star is to start shooting mid-August, according to UK press reports, although Working Title is still to cast the role of Darcy.The production means Knightley will be moving from a book by Deborah Moggach to a script by the same writer. Moggach wrote the original Pride And Prejudice screenplay - with Lee Hall coming on board later - while Kni
  • Lassally launches LA management and production outfit Kustom

    Tom Lassally launched hisfilm and television management and production company Kustom Entertainmentyesterday (April 21), naming Marc Forster's recently wrapped Stay as its first feature and announcing a host of talentunder its wing.Lassally, who shepherdedmore than 25 features including Heat and The Hudsucker Proxyduring his eight-year tenure as executive vice president at Warner Bros, isbacked by San Francisco-based CSI Capital Management and aims to provide aone-
  • Lives adds another $3m for Warner Bros

    Taking Lives grossed an estimated $3m and 547,000 admissions from1,967 screens in 39 territories through Warner Bros Pictures International atthe weekend, raising its international cumulative total to $18.2m.The thriller opened in theUK on $575,000 on 258 screens, which by comparison was roughly 52% better thanthe opening of High Crimes inlate 2002.Taking Lives opened second in Holland on $247,000 on 49,approximately the same as the openi
  • London acts to tackle shooting 'nightmare'

    At a swanky reception in the heart of London's financial district, Film London yesterday announced a range of measures designed to turn the new film and media agency into a body with the same scope and power as the New York Film Commission."It has been a nightmare trying to make films in London, let's be honest," the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone told a packed audience of sponsors and filmland grandees.Through the London Development Agency, Livingstone is investing £3 million
  • Low budget comedy is the toast of Istanbul

    A tiny coming-of-age comedy,bearing the unlikely title of Boats Out Of Watermelon Rinds, shot on ashoestring budget with a cast of unknowns in a remote corner of Anatolia,turned out to be the real discovery of this year's Istanbul Film Festival.Ahmet Ulucay'sautobiographical first film, shot on digital video, surprisingly stole theshow from better known directors such as Yesim Ustaoglu and Zeki Demirkubuz andgrabbed top honours in the national competition.Simple and unpre
  • Man On Fire

    Dir: Tony Scott. US. 2004. 145mins.Just weeks after The Rock (Walking Tall) and Tom Jane (The Punisher) decimated parts of the US, comes Denzel Washington to wreak havoc on Mexico City. Man On Fire is yet another post-9/11 vigilante movie in which a righteous American tough man takes revenge on the bad guys with such Bush-ian ferocity that, frankly, by the time his trail of devastation is over, you don't know who to root for.A bloated, swaggeri
  • Man On Fire blazes to the top of the box office for Fox

    Revenge sagas continued todominate the box office as Twentieth Century Fox's Man On Fire opened top on an estimated $23m, narrowly edging outColumbia/Revolution's romantic comedy 13 Going On 30 in second place on $22m.
  • Maradona biopic set to unveil star actor

    The Spanish, Argentinean and Italian co-producers of a Euros 6m-plus feature film about the life of Argentinean football hero Diego Maradona have unveiled new details of the project days after the star was hospitalised in Buenos Aires for a heart problem and lung infection.The film starts with the heart problems Maradona suffered in 2000, an event which inspires him to reflect back on his childhood and adolescence.Three actors will play Maradona at different stages of his life.
  • Metzstein begins Guy X shoot in Iceland

    Jason Biggs, NataschaMcElhone and Jeremy Northam are to star in Guy X for young Britishdirector Saul Metzstein, who made his mark with 2001's well-received LateNight Shopping.The black comedy is beingproduced by Film and Music Entertainment with Spice Factory, tax-basedfinancier Movision, National Lottery franchise The Film Consortium and itssister sales company The Works. The film started shooting this week on locationin Iceland before a five-week studio shoot in Montrea
  • Mikhalkov to head Cannes short film competition jury.

    Russiandirector Nikita Mikhalkov is to head the jury that will judge the short filmcompetition at Cannes.Also on thejury are actress-director Nicole Garcia, actress Marisa Parades and directorsNuri Bilge Ceylan and Pablo Trapero.They willpreside over the short and medium films from film schools presented in theCinefondation section.Prizes forthe Cinefondation will be announced on Thursday 20 May and the OfficialSelection's short films revealed on Satur
  • Mikhalkov to head short film competition jury

    Russiandirector Nikita Mikhalkov is to head the jury that will judge the short filmcompetition at Cannes.Also on thejury are actress-director Nicole Garcia, actress Marisa Parades and directorsNuri Bilge Ceylan and Pablo Trapero.They willpreside over the short and medium films from film schools presented in theCinefondation section.Prizes forthe Cinefondation will be announced on Thursday 20 May and the OfficialSelection's short films revealed on Saturday 22 May.
  • Miramax scores $18m as Vol 2 kicks off rampage in 21 territories

  • Moviehouse takes on Nina's Tragedies, Overnight

    London-basedsales company Moviehouse Entertainment has picked up international rights forSundance title Overnight and Israeli hit Nina's Tragedies. Both titles will receive market premiere screenings at theupcoming Cannes market.Overnightis documentaryfollowing the rags-to-riches-to-rags story of filmmaker Troy Duffy who,approached by Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein, is offered the once in alifetime opportunity to turn his screenplay, Th
  • Moviehouse takes on Nina's Tragedies, Overnight sales

    London-basedsales company Moviehouse Entertainment has picked up international rights forSundance title Overnight and Israeli hit Nina's Tragedies. Both titles will receive market premiere screenings at theupcoming Cannes market.Overnightis documentaryfollowing the rags-to-riches-to-rags story of filmmaker Troy Duffy who,approached by Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein, is offered the once in alifetime opportunity to turn his screenplay, Th
  • MPAA hails worldwide anti-piracy raids

    MPAA chiefs have hailed a series of worldwide anti-piracyraids that resulted in the seizure this week of tens of thousands of titles foronline use worth at least $50m.Operation Fastlink launched on the morning of Apr 22 in 27US states and ten other countries including the UK, Germany, France, Hungaryand Singapore.Undercover officers from the FBI's cyber division andthe US Department of Justice (DoJ) conducted 120 coordinated searches in whatDoJ officials described as the largest
  • Myriad to close London sales office

    Myriad Pictures is closing down sales operations in London following its turbulent production of UK-Canadian title The River King.The US sales company will continue to maintain a UK production presence under Marion Pilowsky, head of international production, but Samantha Horley, senior vice president of international distribution, and sales executive Alice Weston have decided not to take up Myriad's offer of posts in Los Angeles and will leave the company after Cannes.Myr
  • NCH, the children's charity

    NCH, the children's charityNow in its seventh year, FIFE has raised more than £200,000 towards the work of NCH, one of the UK's leading children's charities.NCH supports the most vulnerable children, young people and their families so that they have the opportunity to reach their full potential.NCH improves the lives of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people by offering them diverse, innovative and responsive services and by campaigning for change.
  • New Italian films tipped for Venice selection

    As Venice's newartistic director Marco Mueller steams ahead to gather a high profile line-upfor the 61st edition of the festival, bets are already out on which Italianfilms could potentially make the cut.Among these is thenew film by popular Italian director Carlo Mazzacurati, La Relazione,which is currently shooting and is co-produced by Italy's Bianca Film andFrance's Pyramide. Adapted from Carlo Cassola's novel of the same name, LaRelazione is set in Tuscany in the 193
  • NEW ZEALAND 26 April

    The NZ$555,222 gross for Starsky& Hutch on its opening weekend was the biggest at the New Zealand boxoffice since The Last Samurai opened over three months ago. TheBVI/Miramax comedy went out on 48 screens, considerably less than the screencount of each of the next four films in the chart.Starsky & Hutch was also the hit of the week in terms of itsNZ$11,567 screen average. The only other film that came close was 50 FirstDates, which took
  • Nine Queens director readies Aura thriller

    Fabian Bielinsky, director of international hit NineQueens, is putting the finishing touches onthe script for his follow-up film, a psychological thriller provisionallytitled The Aura (El Aura) and setto star Ricardo Darin.Darin (Nine Queens, Son Of The Bride) will play a taxidermist whose fantasies aboutsetting up the perfect crime come unexpectedly to life. The film is beingprepared to shoot in Argentina's Patagonia region in October on an approximate $2.8m budge
  • Noeltner unveils new sales outfit CMG, first film Hoodwinked

    Edward Noeltnerhas officially launched his new company Cinema Management Group (CMG), anLA-based sales outfit which kicks off with one of the firstindependently-financed 3-D animated movies Hoodwinked: The True Story Of RedRiding Hood.Noeltner, whowas most recently senior vice president, international distribution, at MiramaxFilms, has hired Judy Hart Perrault who has been appointed senior vicepresident of international sales & distribution and Jill Sattinger who hasbeen named s
  • Noeltner unveils new sales outfit CMG, first film Hoodwinked

    Edward Noeltnerhas officially launched his new company Cinema Management Group (CMG), anLos Angeles-based sales outfit which kicks off with one of the firstindependently-financed 3-D animated movies Hoodwinked: The True Story Of RedRiding Hood.Noeltner, whowas most recently senior vice president, international distribution, at MiramaxFilms, has hired Judy Hart Perrault who has been appointed senior vicepresident of international sales & distribution and Jill Sattinger who hasbee
  • Passion faces up to post-Easter decline

    Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ retained its lead over the international chart for the post-Easter weekend, largely because it played so wide across the international marketplaceThe film also took the opportunity to pass the $200m mark and has a few territories, including Japan, still to open. However the Easter-themed epic took a big hit in many territories with Easter now behind it.Massive declines of over 70% were seen in Germany and Finland (mirroring the 73% i
  • Passion gets its final Fox opening at second in Thailand

    The Passion Of The Christ opened in its final Fox International market at theweekend, ranking second in Thailand on $225,000 on 70 screens.Overall the picture added$2.2m overall on 1,318 screens in 14 markets for a $73m international runningtotal in Fox territories.Elsewhere the thriller ManOn Fire began its international runwith a strong number one bow in Puerto Rico on $208,000 on 41.Latest cumulative scoresreleased by Fox International
  • Pere reveals his inaugural Directors' Fortnight selection

    Making his debut as artisticdirector of Directors' Fortnight, Olivier Pere unveiled the line-up for thisyear's edition this morning in Paris.Among the twenty titles inthis year's selection are 10 French or French co-produced films, four from theUS, two from Japan and two from Iran. Among the other territories representedare Spain, Italy, Belgium, Chile, Argentina, the Philippines and Lebanon.Notable entries includeThomas Vincent's Je Suis Un Assassin, the director's highl
  • Pere reveals his inaugural Quinzaine selection

    Making his debut as artisticdirector of Directors' Fortnight, Olivier Pere unveiled the line-up for thisyear's edition this morning in Paris.Among the twenty titles inthis year's selection are 10 French or French co-produced films, four from theUS, two from Japan and two from Iran. Among the other territories representedare Spain, Italy, Belgium, Chile, Argentina, the Philippines and Lebanon.Notable entries includeThomas Vincent's Je Suis Un Assassin, the director's highl
  • Perry quits The Works for independent career

    The Works' chief executive,Aline Perry, is to leave the company to pursue an independent career in theindustry, it was announced yesterday. The surprise move comes only a few daysafter the Cannes world premiere of Olivier Assayas's prize winning Clean, which headed up The Work's Cannes slate."My departure couldn'tbe more amicable and I am
  • Polanski unveils Oliver Twist cast

    Roman Polanski introducedthe press to the lead actor for his upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens' OliverTwist in Paris yesterday. After a search that included drama schoolsthroughout England, ten year-old Barney Clark will play Twist alongside Ben Kingsleyas Fagin.The virtually unknown youngman's previous experience includes two television roles in the UK. The normallypress shy Polanski proudly showed him off during an hour long discussion thatranged from details about the pr
  • Prescience Film Finance appoints head of business affairs

    Start-up tax financingscheme Prescience Film Finance has poached Sharon Menzies as head of businessaffairs from rival financier Baker Street Media.Menzies, who takes up thepost next month, was head of business affairs at Baker Street, one of the mostestablished medium-sized players in UK tax financing circles. Before BakerStreet, she worked at sales and production company Portman Films."Sharon Menzies brings awealth of experience and will make a key contribution towards establis
  • Princess Diana crash feature readied by French producers

    French producers Pierre Kubel and Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar have purchased the rights to Laurence Cosse's award-winning novel The 31st of August 1997 (Le 31 Aout 1997) which they will adapt for the big screen in the coming year.The titular date was the day that Princess Diana died in a car accident in central Paris.Cosse's book is a fictionalised account of the owner of the mysterious Fiat Uno which is reported to have bumped into the doomed Mercedes as it head
  • Rapkowski named director at THINKFilm

    Richard Rapkowski has beenhired as director of business and legal affairs at THINKFilm, where he isexpected to play an integral role in the New York-based distributor's expansionplans.Rapkowski will reportdirectly to senior vice president of acquisitions and business affairs RandyManis and prior to his appointment held a similar position at the obsolescentFireworks Entertainment.The company, which hasoffices in New York and Toronto, has been busy staffing up recently.As r
  • Return Of The King crosses $90m in Japan

    New Line's The Lord OfThe Rings: The Return Of The Kingpassed $90m in Japan at the weekend (24) as it added $602,770 on 330 screensover two days for a superb $90.4m running total in its 11th week.Released through NipponHerald, The Return Of The King performedfar better than trilogy predecessor The Two Towers, which grossed just over $65m in Japan.Overall The Return Of TheKing grossed a little over $1m on1,252 screens in 39 markets
  • ROMANIA 22 April

    Following an weak period at the Romanian box office, last weekend saw an impressive number of admissions, the two main attractions being Mel Gibson's The Passion Of The Christ and 21 Grams, but most other films also improved on their previous performances.The Passion which features one of Romania's bestselling acting exports, Maia Morgenstern in the role of Maria, took nearly 26,000 admissions on six prints measuring a screen average of over 4,000.21 Gram
  • Saved! wins top jury award at New York's Gen Art Film Festival

    Brian Dannelly's dark comedySaved! won the Acura Grand JuryFeature Film Award for $10,000 at the closing night ceremony of the 9th AnnualGen Art Film Festival in New York.The Acura Grand Jury ShortFilm Award and $5,000 went to Jessica Weigmann for Gardening Tips ForHousewives.Meanwhile the Gen Art filmBUZZ Audience Award for best feature went to Brian Herzlinger, Jonn Gunn andBrett Winn for their comical documentary My Date With Drew and the counterpart for short f
  • Spyglass closes five-year credit facility with JPMorgan Securities

    Spyglass Entertainment andJPMorgan Securities have closed a $250m five-year revolving credit facility,which will enable Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum's production powerhouse tofinance production or acquisition of approximately five theatrical releases ayear, including pictures under its non-exclusive first-look production andco-financing pact with Columbia Pictures.In a joint statement Barberand Birnbaum said: "John Miller, Christa Thomas and the JPMorgan team have beenwith us from th
  • Strange Crime (Sotto Falso Nome)

    Dir:Roberto Ando. It-Switz. 2004. 105 mins.Asurprise choice as closing film for this year's Cannes Critics' Week, StrangeCrime is a frustratingly unresolved erotic thriller about false identityand dark secrets from hardworking Italian indie director Roberto Ando. Mostmemorable for its steamy sex scenes between Daniel Auteill and Anna Mougalis,which take us back to the good old days when European arthouse cinema was soldabroad as soft porn for intell
  • Survivor will shoot despite Polish producer's jail-term

    The president of AtlanticAlliance Pictures said yesterday (26) that filming on the upcoming Holocaust drama LoveIs A Survivor will go ahead despitethe corruption conviction of co-production and funding partnerHeritage Films' Lew Rywin.Rywin, who served asexecutive producer on The Pianist, co-produceron Schindler's List and producer(Poland unit) on Proof Of Life,was sentenced yesterday to two-and-a-half years in prison by a Warsaw court after he wasfound guil
  • SWEDEN 28 April

    Tarantino's KillBill Vol.2 effortlessly cut into the top of the Swedish box-office pushinglast week's strong opener Starsky & Hutch to second with double thescreen average, $7.456 on its less 39 prints.However, Scanbox'srelease of the Oscar-winning drama, Monster, actually managed a slightlybetter screen a
  • Swipe Films takes Int'l sales on Sundance award winner

    London-based Swipe Films has picked up international salesrights to Debra Granik's Sundance award-winner Down To The Bone.The digitally-shot film, which tells the story of a workingclass mother hiding a cocaine addiction from her family, won the DirectingAward and a special jury prize for lead actress Vera Farmiga at the festival inJanuary. The film marks the feature debut of Granik, whose short Snake Feedwon a prize at Sundance in 1998."I'd heard great things abou
  • The Calcium Kid

    Dir:Alex De Rakoff. UK-US-Fr. 2004. 89mins.Orlando Bloom's post-Lord Of The Rings appeal will be sorely testedby The Calcium Kid, a title fight mockumentary that packs a puny punch.A world removed from the genre-defining classics of Christopher Guest and histroupe, this uninspired effort has more in common with parochial British farelike Mike Bassett England Manager.Box-officemay struggle when the film starts its UK theatrical
  • UIP has $3.2m weekend with Strike's Dawn Of The Dead

    Strike Entertainment's horror remake Dawn Of The Dead grossed an estimated $3.2m through Universal/UIPfrom 1,200 screens in 14 countries at the weekend, raising its internationalrunning total to $7.6m, excluding $10.1m in the UK where it was releasedindependently through Entertainment.
  • UK government moves to close down co-production abuse

    In a crackdown on co-production abuse that is expected to hit films across Europe, the UK is to announce today that it is raising minimum spend to 40% for co-productions with France, Italy, Denmark and Iceland.The hike, predicted last week in Screen International, means co-productions with the four European countries must spend at least 40% of their budgets in the UK instead of the current 30%.The government said that the move follows clear evidence that international co-product
  • Video Island DVD service strikes UK Post Office deal

    UK online DVD rental service Video Island has signed a dealwhich will allow the service to be promoted in many of the UK's 17,000post offices.The exclusive partnership deal was signed withPostmasternetwork, a commercial group which supports local Postmasters. 90% ofPost Offices are run independently by local Postermasters.Postmasternetwork members will promote Video Island'sonline DVD rental service on their retail counters using specially designedPoint of Sa
  • Vol 2 kicks off $18m rampage in 21 territories

    Miramax's Kill Bill Vol 2 went on an estimated $18mrampage in 21 territories through Buena Vista International (BVI) at theweekend, opening top in several key markets.QuentinTarantino's revenge saga sequel opened top in the UK on a strong $5.1mfrom 500 screens, top in Italy on $1.9m from 250 and top in Australia on $2.2mfrom 280.It also opened topin Germany on $3m from 500, beating Columbia TriStar's 50 First Dates in the final tally. Allfigures w
  • Who's already involved'

    Who's already involved'The following Film Industry companies have already entered teams for the 2004 tournament' why not join them'UIPThin Man FilmsWorking TitleTiger Aspect ProductionsUniversal Video InternationalCreative PartnershipBuena Vista Home EntertainmentNFTSReprisal FilmsFirst Foot Films LimitedFreud CommunicationsMomentum PicturesEmpire DesignSamuelson ProductionsAon Entertainment Risk ServicesWarner H
  • Wild Bunch Man plugs financing hole

    Man ToMan, WildBunch's period piece starring Joseph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas,has patched together its financing after tax fund First Choice fell thoughfollowing the government's Feb 10 clamp down.The UK-Frenchco-production is plugging the hole left in the budget - about a third ofits total - with a standard sale and leaseback deal under the UK'sSection 48, plus gap financing through a bank.The hold-upto repairing the damage done by Feb 10 was dow

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