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25 August 2006

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  • Abdulhamid Juma takes new post in Dubai

    Dubai Technology and MediaFree Zone Authority (DTMFZA) has appointed Abdulhamid Juma as deputy director general.As part of his role, Juma willsupervise overall management of the Dubai International Film Festival. He isone of the festival's founders.
  • Artsworld to upgrade BFI classics to HD

    Sky arts channel Artsworld has signed a one-year sponsorship deal with theBritish Film Institute (BFI) to help with the transfer and restoration of 16films to HD quality.The list of films includesJean-Luc Godard's Sympathy for the Devil; Derek Jarman's Caravaggio and Wittgenstein; Peter Greenaway's The Draughtsman's Contract, A Zed And TwoNoughts, and Four American Composers series; MichaelPowell's The Edge of the World,the Bill Douglas Trilogy; Terence Davies' Dist
  • Bauer Martinez settles legal wrangles with McTiernan

    Bauer Martinez Entertainmentand film-maker John McTiernan have settled the litigation between them thatarose over the project Crash Bandits which McTiernan was to have directed for Bauer Martinez.The two parties have agreedto the dismissal of the April 26, 2006, complaint by Bauer Martinez and thesubsequent counterclaim by McTiernan."Bauer Martinez and JohnMcTiernan acknowledge that the litigation was a result of a misunderstandingand that the parties have resolved their
  • Beautiful Dreamer to open Temecula Valley Film festival

    Terri Farley's romanticdrama Beautiful Dreamer will openthe 2006 Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival on Sept 13.The festival, which runs Sept 13 to 17, will also screen the short West BankStory on opening night, a musicalcomedy about an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian girl torn between their lovefor each other.Among the artists beinghonoured for career achievement on closing night are singer Dionne Warwick,actors Dennis Haysbert and Hector Elizondo and c
  • Beta Cinema on board for Quinn's 32A

    Germany's BetaCinema has taken on world sales for Marian Quinn's bittersweet comedy 32A which is now in principalphotography in Ireland. The film, about 13-year-old girls in 1979 Dublin, starsthe director's brother Aidan Quinn along with Ailish McCarthy, Orla Brady,Jared Harris, Sophie Jo Wasson, Orla Long and Riona Smith.
  • Birds Eye View to host documentary festival

    The UK's Birds Eye View Film Festival, dedicated to womenfilm-makers, is presenting the third part of this year'sfestival with a documentary programme at London's ICA from Sept 15-17.The documentary festival includesthe UK
  • BVI set for eighth straight weekend lead with Pirates

    Buena Vista Internationalshould rule the international box office seas for the eighth consecutiveweekend with Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. The adventure sequel has only two small openings- Greece and Lebanon, which both opened today (Thursday) - but itshould easily stay top bearing in mind its seventh weekend take was $25.5m.At Wednesday its totalinternational gross was $535m and it domestic was $403m, bringing its globaltotal to $938m. That figure makes it the fo
  • Celluloid picks up Maddin's Toronto premiere Brand

    Celluloid Dreams hasacquired international sales rights to Guy Maddin's upcoming Toronto title BrandUpon The Brain! The film will besold through Celluloid Nightmares, the company's genre label.The silent feature willscreen at TIFF as a Special Presentation with live orchestral accompaniment aswell as on-stage foley artists, a narrator and a castrato. It is described as "equal parts childhood reminiscence, expressionist horrormovie, teen detective serial and Grand Guignol reverie
  • Cholera cast beefs up with Leguizamo, Montenegro

    John Leguizamo, HectorElizondo and Fernanda Montenegro have joined the cast of Mike Newell's film ofGabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Love In The Time Of Cholera which is set to start shooting on Sept 4 inCartegena, Colombia and London.They join Javier Bardem,Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Benjamin Bratt in the film which has been adapted byRonald Harwood and is being produced by Scott Steindorff and his Stone VillagePictures.New Line has domestic rightsto the film, while Summit E
  • Constantin sales up 25% in first half of 2006

    German producer-distributor Constantin Film generated sales of $159m (Euros 124m) inthe first six months of 2006, an increase of 25% over the same period in 2005,and remains on track for its planned sales target of $321m (Euros 250m) for thefull year.The increased sales volumewas largely achieved with the Constantin Group's TVservice productions, although home entertainment operations and the licensingof TV rights also accounted for 'further significant proportions'
  • Cruise/Wagner parts with Paramount in full media spotlight

    Tom Cruise and PaulaWagner's Cruise/Wagner Productions is leaving Viacom's Paramount Pictures after13 years at the studio. The news was the talk ofHollywood yesterday (Tuesday) after the publication of a Wall Street Journalinterview with Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone in which Redstone said "As muchas we like [Cruise] personally, we thought it was wrong to renew his deal. Hisrecent conduct has not been acceptable to Paramount."Wagner immediately repliedto Redstone's comments wi
  • Dubrovnik's Libertas festival to open with Three Burials

    The second Libertas Film Festival begins Friday (Aug 25) with ascreening of Tommy Lee Jones' The ThreeBurials Of MelquiadesEstrada. Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelsonare among the guests expected to attend the six-day festival in the picturesqueCroatian port of Dubrovnik. M. Night Shyamalan's Lady In The Waterwill close the festival following the awards ceremony Aug 30. Other films in
  • Emerging to screen Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film in 20 US cities

    New York-based digitalcinema network Emerging Pictures is partnering with Thirteen/WNET New York andother local PBS TV stations across the US to screen Andy Warhol: ADocumentary Film in theatricalvenues in 20 cities.The two-part, four-hourdocumentary, directed by Ric Burns, is part of Thirteen/WNET's American Mastersseries. Each PBS station will host the screenings at Emerging theatre venues,as they did last year with Martin Scorsese's No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.
  • Europa Cinemas names jury for Venice Days prize

    Europa Cinemas has announced the jury for its Europa Cinemas Label award in Venice (Aug 30-Sept 9). The jury of four exhibitors willjudge the best European film in the Venice Days programme.The jurors will be MariannePiquet from Le Rex in Chatenay-Malabry, France; Ted Chiaradia from Luxin Nijmegen,
  • Fox's History Boys to have royal world premiere in London

    Nicholas Hytner's upcomingfilm of Alan Bennett's stage phenomenon The History Boys will have its world premiere in London in thepresence of the Prince Of Wales and the Duchess Of Cornwall on Oct 2. Thepremiere will be held in aid of The Prince's Trust.The cast of the play, whichalso appears in the film, will fly directly from New York where the currentBroadway run ends on Oct 1.The film is produced byKevin Loader, Hytner and Damian Jones, and financed by DNA Films and BBC
  • Harness wins UK Film Council's 25 Words Or Less scheme

    Writer Peter Harness and hispitch The Bone Family has won the"Director's Cut" competition for the UK Film CouncilDevelopment Fund's 25 Words Or Less scheme. Harness is now working with Intermission director John Crowley todevelop the script, about a man cursed with freezing the women he falls in lovewith.Other 25 Words OrLess-winning writers are Ben Steiner with Louis,about a 12-year-old boy who takes revenge on a bachelor who dumps his singlemo
  • Holland, Broomfield to compete in San Sebastian

    Lars von Trier,John Boorman, Tom DiCilloand Agnieszka Holland are among the directors set toscreen films in the official selection of the upcoming Donostia-SanSebastian International Film Festival (Sept 21-30). Von Trier'snew Dogme comedy TheBoss Of It All (DirektoerenFor Det Hele), about anactor whose principles are put to the test when he is hired to impersonate acompany chairman, will screen out of competition. Also screening out ofcompetition isSpanish documentary dir
  • Hood takes best British short prize at Edinburgh

    Dictynna Hood won the Kodak and UK Film Council-sponsored best British short film award at this year's Edinburgh Festival, jointly by Kodak and the UK Film CouncilMain award winnersUK Film Council Kodak Award for Best British Short FilmThe Other Man (Dictynna Hood)McLaren/ BBC Film Network Award for New British Animation Rabbit (Run Wrake)European Film Academy Short Film 2006 - Prix UIPZakaria (Gianluca De Serio and Massimiliano
  • Hunter and Gardner to head Glasgow festival

    AllanHunter and Allison Gardner will serve as joint directors of the third GlasgowFilm Festival (Feb 15-25, 2007). The festival'sprogramme of international and Scottish features and documentaries will beannounced in January.
  • India's UTV signs production pacts with Hollywood

    Indian entertainment giant UTV has signed a co-productiondeal with Will Smith and his production company Overbrook Entertainment andSony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) for two films to be created and distributedworldwide. The $30 million agreement will include a live-action filmbudgeted at $10 million and a CG animated motion picture at $20 million. Thedeal with UTV emerged when Sony arranged a visit for Will Smith and his partnerin Overbrook James Lassiter to India in February 2006 to e
  • Intertainment settles legal battle with Samaha, Franchise

    Germanlicence trader Intertainment has settled its longstanding legal battle withElie Samaha, former chief executive of Franchise Pictures, and productioncompany Sidonian Holdings (formerly Glickson Investments International).
  • Irish Film Board gets $3m boost

    Ireland'sMinister for Arts, Sport & Tourism, John O'Donoghue,has given supplementary capital funding of $3m (Euros 2.3m) to the Irish FilmBoard. The additional money is intended to facilitate an increase in film andtelevision production in the last quarter of 2006 and the first half of 2007.The move is part of a $21m (Euros 16.4m) capital a
  • jindabyne gets North American deal with SPC

    Sony Pictures Classics hasacquired North American rights to Ray Lawrence's jindabyne which had its world premiere in Directors' Fortnightat Cannes this year and which will have its North American premiere at Torontoas a Special Presentation.The April Films production,which is based on Raymond Carver's short story "So Much Water So Close To Home"stars Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne and was filmed in the Australian highcountry of Jindabyne. It revolves around a fishing trip and th
  • Kim Ki-duk stirs controversy in Korean film world

    Maverick Koreandirector Kim Ki-duk, known internationally for filmsincluding 3-Iron, Samaritan Girl and Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring,has renounced all his previous films as "trash" saying he will leave the Koreanfilm world after a public brouhaha started on a television debate program. On Aug 18, whileappearing on an MBC TV panel discussing Bong Joon-ho'scurrent blockbuster hit The Host andthe local distribution system
  • Life & Lyrics

    Dir: Richard Laxton. UK.2006. 99 mins.Easily pitched as 8Mile with a British sensibility, Life& Lyrics moulds every musical genre clicheknown to humankind into a wearily familiar, entirely predictable tale of rivalrap crews, star-crossed lovers and a dynamic slamming competition finale.Slickly made but bereft of originality, it seems more at ease with theconventional Romeo And Juliet ro
  • Life & Lyrics

    Dir: Richard Laxton. UK.2006. 99 mins.Easily pitched as 8Mile with a British sensibility, Life& Lyrics moulds every musical genre clicheknown to humankind into a wearily familiar, entirely predictable tale of rivalrap crews, star-crossed lovers and a dynamic slamming competition finale.Slickly made but bereft of originality, it seems more at ease with theconventional Romeo And Juliet ro
  • Match Factory takes on Venice competitor Euphoria

    Cologne-basedThe Match Factory has picked up world sales rights for the Venice competitiontitle Euphoria by Russian writer-directorIvan Vyrypaev.
  • Material Girls

    Dir: Martha Coolidge. US.2006. 110mins.US teen icon Hilary Duff may never have exhibited theacting chops of, say, Lindsay Lohan, but she does atleast usually project some sort of likeable presence on screen. The problem' Duff is the same presence in every film that she'sever been in - and it's never been more evident than with flimsy riches-to-ragstale Material Girls.In the US - where Material Girls screened without
  • Melbourne audiences praise Thank You For Smoking

    Thank You For Smoking, which releasesin Australia this week, wasthe most popular film among Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)audiences.Director Jason Reitman and his long-time producing partner Daniel Dubieckiwere guests of the event with Dubiecki, whose father is Australian, exploringAustralian opportunities while in the country. The top five MIFF films according to audience vo
  • Minghella, Scott, Apted, Nair all premiere at TIFF

    New films from AnthonyMinghella, Ridley Scott, Michael Apted, Patrice Leconte, Mira Nair will maketheir world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF organizers unveiled thecomplete line-up for the 31st event, totaling 261 features including85 world premieres from outside Canada. Among the higher-profileworld premieres getting the Gala treatment are:Breaking And Entering, written, directed and produced by Minghella andstarring Jude Law as
  • MPD begins legal proceedings against Loewy et al

    Antagonism between Canadiandistribution company Motion Picture Distribution (MPD) and a trio of formerexecutives escalated today, as MPD announced plans to seek legal redressagainst the executives while their lawyer vowed to "see the truth out in court".MPD launched the firstvolley, with a late afternoon release announcing it had commenced proceedingsagainst former CEO Patrice Theroux and former general counsel Paul Laberge "forbreaches of their legal duties" and, in a separate proceed
  • Nelson named to run Warner Bros new direct-to-DVD arm

    Diane Nelson (pictured) has been namedpresident of Warner Premiere, a newly created direct-to-DVD production divisionof Warner Bros Entertainment. She will report to both Kevin Tsujihara,president of Warner Bros Home Entertainment Group, and Jeff Robinov, presidentpf production at Warner Bros Pictures.Warner Premiere was founded to develop, produce and market15 features a year for the direct-to-DVD market, focusing on well-known talentor brands, sequels and prequels to already-producer
  • New competition launched for UK screenwriters

    A new script competition hasbeen launched for emerging young UK writers. The Make Your Mark in Film With CobraVision is connected to EnterpriseInsight's Make Your Mark programme and Cobra Beer's short film competition CobraVision.The winner, working with ascript of the theme of "having an idea and making it happen" will win $5677 (£3000)and the finished film will be shown in the
  • New outfit Diffusion takes UK rights to Mutual Appreciation

    New UK distributor Diffusion Pictures hasacquired all UK rights to director Andrew Bujalski's first two films, Mutual Appreciation and FunnyHa Ha. Diffusion struckthe deal with US-based Goodbye Cruel Releasing and FilmFour/Channel4 International at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where Mutual Appreciation is
  • Nolte, Foster, Suvari board Groundswell's Mysteries

    Nick Nolte, Jon Foster andMena Suvari have joined Peter Sarsgaard and Sienna Miller in the cast of TheMysteries Of Pittsburgh, the firstfilm to go before the cameras for Michael London's new financing and productionoutfit Groundswell Productions. Arclight Films has come onboard to handle international sales.The film starts shooting inPittsburgh on Sept 5 with Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) writing and directing. Based on Michael Chabon'sfirst nov
  • Oli Harbottle joins UK distributor Dogwoof

  • Onoma takes on sales for Ferenc Torok's Overnight

    French sales company Onoma International has taken on the world sales forHungarian filmmaker Ferenc Torok'snew film Overnight.The project has been shooting in Budapest since July 14 and will be moving to Germany on Aug 30 before a final stage of shooting in Bombay.Overnightis the final film in Torok's trilogy about thegene
  • PHEI makes series of senior appointments and promotions

    Paramount Home EntertainmentInternational (PHEI) has made a series of promotions and appointments in itsinternational management team to reflect the integration of DreamWorks into thecompany, among other factors.The appointments wereannounced by Kelley Avery, president of worldwide home entertainment atParamount Pictures.Don Hunton, currently seniorvice president of the Asia Pacific business adds the UK to his regionalresponsibilities. Prior to PHEI, Hunton worked at MGM where h
  • Regent takes worldwide rights to Aurora Borealis

    Regent Releasing hasacquired worldwide rights to James Burke's family drama Aurora Borealis and will release it domestically on Sept 15.The film, which stars JoshuaJackson, Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis and Louise Fletcher, has played atnumerous film festivals throughout the US including Tribeca, Jackson Hole andFort Lauderdale.Jackson plays an aimlessyoung man who becomes an assistant handyman at his grandmother's seniorresidence where he develops a special bond with
  • Richard Laxton starts shoot for The Allotment

    Warp Films and Art in Action have started shooting a comedywith the working title of The Allotment.Richard Laxton, who recentlycompleted Life & Lyrics, willdirect from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce with Carl Hunter. The Allotment follows a refugee familytrying to fit into the community of their gardening allotment.
  • Romero to start Diary Of The Dead in October

    Nicolas Chartier's LA-basedsales agency Voltage Pictures has acquired worldwide sales rights to George ARomero's Diary Of The Dead, thelatest film in Romero's Dead series,which is scheduled to begin shooting on Oct 11, 2006.The film has been written byRomero and is being produced by Romero-Grunwald Productions and Artfire Films,the latter of which is fully financing. Peter Grunwald, Sam Englebardt andArtur Spigel are producing, with Dan Fireman and John Harrison acting as
  • Rush Hour 3 starts six week shoot in Paris

    Brett Ratner'sRush Hour 3 has begun shooting in Paris, marking continued interest from American filmmakersin the capital city.The third installment of the action comedy stars Chris Tucker andJackie Chan along with French actor Yvan Attal, director Roman Polanski and a French actress ofrenown whose name has yet to be revealed.Rush Hour 3will shoot for six weeks in various sites all over
  • Saari's Kasting wins horror short competition

    Aloysha Saari'sKasting haswon the Zone Horror CUT! short film competition.London-based Aloysha wins $9460 (£5000) and gets aspecial screening Aug 26 with nine other CUT! finalists at the Zone Horror FrightFest. The two-minute film's budget was only £100. It stars Monica Bertei as an actress auditioning for a part that could endher life. Judges for the competition were Evil Dead producer Rob Tapert, Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman and FrightFest'sAla
  • San Sebastian's pearls include Inarritu's Babel

    American films are the starsof the "Pearls" section and Spanish documentaries lead the Special Screeners inthe Zabaltegi sidebar of the upcoming Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept21-30).Among the "Pearls" competingfor the TCM Audience Award, which offers $38,503 (Euros 30,000)to the Spanish distributor, are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu'sCannes best director winner Babel,starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett
  • Sano, Gamst named SPRI managers in Japan, Spain

    Sony Pictures Releasing International has named two newterritorial general managers in Japan and Spain.Noriaki Sano has been appointed senior vice president andgeneral manager, Japan, and Ivan Losada Gamst has been appointed generalmanager, Spain.Sano will be based in Tokyo and Gamst in Madrid and bothwill be charged with overseeing sales, marketing and finance for all SPRIreleases as well as locally produced Sony titles.Sano comes to SPRI from Buena Vista International,
  • Showbox picks up UK rights to Edinburgh title Cards

    Shoreline Entertainment hassold UK rights to Dead Man's Cardsto Showbox Media Group. The film had its world premiere this week as a BritishGala at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Showbox plans to release thefilm theatrically later this year.The gritty drama stars PaulBarber as a struggling boxer from Liverpool who loses everything after an eyeinjury costs him his marriage and career. Tom Bell plays the old school dark angelwho escorts him into a world of dirty deeds a
  • Sony breaks $1bn international gross mark in record time

    Sony Pictures ReleasingInternational (SPRI) has announced that it passed $1bn in grosses today(Aug 24)- a record time for the company. The previous record for the studio wasSept 8, 2002, when the company went on to take $1.3bn in international grosses.So far in 2006, the companyhas taken $2.1bn in worldwide grosses and it will be looking to beat itsworldwide best of $2.878bn in 2002 with upcoming releases like first Bond film CasinoRoyale, The Pursuit Of Happyness starringWill S
  • Stone named director of the year at Hollywood Film Awards

    Oliver Stone is to receivethe Hollywood Film Award for Hollywood Director of the Year at the HollywoodAwards ceremony on Oct 23 in Los Angeles.In addition, arestrospective of Stone's films will screen during the Hollywood Film Festivalpresented by STARZ. Titles screening are Salvador, Platoon, Born On TheFourth Of July and World TradeCenter. Stone will be seen in stageconversations after the screenings on both Oct 21 and Oct 22.
  • Sweet Mud (Adama Meshuga'at)

    Dir/scr: Dror Shaul. Is-Ger-Fr-Jap.2006. 100minsDror Shaul's Sweet Mud features the obligatorydisclaimer at the end of the credits about how none of the characters nor events are based on real-life. But it does not take agenius to figure out that it is an intensely personal settling of accounts, anangry and bitter portrait of the suffocating kibbutz society and thenon-conformists who were un
  • Tanovic lines up first feature set in his Bosnian homeland

    Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land) is planning his firstBosnian-set film.The project is an adaptation of Croatianjournalist Ivica Djikic'sdebut novel Circus Columbia. Speaking after presenting his secondfeature Hell at the Sarajevo FilmFestival, Tanovic explained that fellow Bosnian directorDino Mustafic (whose feature d
  • Tanovic lines up first feature shot in his Bosnian homeland

    Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land) is planning his firstBosnian-shot film.The project is an adaptation of Croatianjournalist Ivica Djikic'sdebut novel Circus Columbia. Speaking after presenting his secondfeature Hell at the Sarajevo FilmFestival, Tanovic explained that fellow Bosnian directorDino Mustafic (whose feature debut Remake
  • The Secret to open Tahoe-Reno Film Festival

    The Tahoe-Reno International Film Festival, which stagedits first event last year with a specific mandate to showcase sociallyresponsible films, has set The Secret asits opening night film on Aug 23.The film is a historic account of an age-old secret saidto be 4,000 years in the making and known only
  • TIFF Group sets ground-breaking for new centre in 2007

    The Toronto InternationalFilm Festival Group says it will break ground on its proposed headquarters inthe first quarter of 2007 towards an opening in the second quarter of 2009. Construction of FestivalCentre, as it is dubbed, was announced in April 2003 and was originally plannedto begin in 2005 - and be operational for this year's festival -- but itsfunding drive did not proceed at the anticipated clip. The C$196 capital campaignhas raised C$132m thus far and the organization
  • TWC acquires worldwide rights to Dixie Chicks doc

    The Weinstein Company has picked up worldwide rights toBarbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's documentary Dixie Chicks: Shut Up And Sing which will have its world premiere at the TorontoInternational Film Festival next month. It is the first documentary in 14 yearsto be screened in Toronto as a gala presentation.Produced by Kopple and Peck, the film follows the lives andcareers of the Dixie Chicks over a period of three years during which time leadsinger Natalie Maines made an infamo
  • TWC, IFC Films reteam to import Indigenes

    The Weinstein Company andIFC Films are reteaming to co-distribute Rachid Bouchareb's Indigenes aka Days Of Glory in North America. The film played in competition atCannes this year and won the best actor award for male ensemble cast. It willhave its North American premiere at Toronto next month.The film takes place in 1943and follows four North African soldiers who enlisted in the French army alongwith 130,000 other "indigenous soldiers" to liberate France from the Nazis.
  • Universal hires Baard to run Australia, New Zealand office

    Universal Pictures has hiredMike Baard (pictured) as managing director, Australia and New Zealand. The movecomes in the wake of the restructuring of UIP and the studio's preparations toopen its own theatrical operations in 15 major territories on Jan 1, 2007.Baard will report directlyto Duncan Clark, executive vice president, international distribution.The veteran executive hasspent the last two-and-a-half years involved in the management of threeseparate entertainment businesse
  • Verhoeven's Black Book selected as Dutch Oscar entry

    PaulVerhoeven's long-awaited Black Book has been named as the official Netherlands entry for the Best ForeignLanguage Film Academy Award.The filmwill have its world premiere Sept 1 at the 63rd Venice FilmFestival, where it is screening in competition.The$21.8m (£17m) wartime thriller is the most expensive predominantly Dutch-languageproduction ever made and tells the story of a Jewish girl
  • Viacom upgrades MTV Films, Nick Movies to Paramount labels

    Viacom has elevated thestatus of its subsidiary production companies MTV Films and Nick Movies fromon-the-lot producers to "full labels" under the Paramount Motion Picture Group(PMPG) umbrella alongside Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Vantageand Paramount Classics.The company has hiredproducer Scott Aversano (pictured), who is an independent producer on the lotand previously spent seven years with Scott Rudin Productions, most recently ashead of production, to be presiden
  • Video-on-demand service prepares Asia Pacific launch

    Singapore-based video-on-demand company Anytime is set to launch an on-demand entertainment portal that allows consumers access to internet-delivered programming in the Asia Pacific region.Anytime TV is an Intel Viiv technology-based digital entertainment platform, which can transfer Hollywood movie content from the PC to the TV at home.Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel Corporation, has acquired a stake in Anytime, joining the ranks of Fox, Sony and Warner Bros among investor
  • Von Sychowski joins London's Deluxe Laboratories

    Patrickvon Sychowski has joined Deluxe Laboratories in London as director of digital business development.Hehad been of director of business development at Unique Digital Ltd., and priorto that was a senior analyst at Screen Digest.VonSychowski will complete the creation of DeluxeDigital C
  • Wide Blue Yonder finds funding at first Nordic Co-Production Forum

    UK producer John Cairns of Parkland Films left theNorwegian Film Festival in Haugesund yesterday with his new feature, Wide Blue Yonder, fully financed, havingrecruited Stavanger's Sydvest Film as Norwegian co-producer at the first NordicCo-Production Forum.Cairns was one of the ten UK independent producers,pitching new feature film projects to potential co-producers in Scandinavia atthe forum, which concluded the 12th edition of New Nordic Films, the annual
  • Wide notches up sales on Locarno doc Carla's List

    France's Wide Management has announced sales on its Locarno presentation Carla's List. The film, by Marcel Schuepbach, is the first documentary ever shot inside the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.Rights were sold in France's Pierre Grise Distribution, Italy's Ripley's Film and Croatia's HRT with discussions ongoing in Germany and the UK.Wide also acquired two new films for which it will handle international sales. Locarno closing night work L'Orch
  • Wolfe picks up seven gay and lesbian titles for US distribution

    Gay and lesbian-focused USindependent distributor Wolfe Releasing has picked up seven films on the summerLGBT film festival circuit. Wolfe president Maria Lynnand acquisitions director Orly Ravid attended Frameline in San Francisco,NewFest in New York City, the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Outfestin Los Angeles in search of new films and acquired film festival rights,broadcast and home video rights to:
  • World premiere of Fur will open Rome festival

    The opening film of the inaugural Rome Film Festival is to be Steven Shainberg's Diane Arbus biopic Fur.Its star Nicole Kidman will present the film at a grand opening gala on October 13th in the Santa Cecilia Hall at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Fur is an adaptation of Patricia Bosworth's biography of iconic US photographer Arbus. The film is produced and distributed internationally by New Line Cinema and released in Italy by Nexo. Rome has also announced two oth
  • World's Fastest Indian sweeps New Zealand awards

    The World's Fastest Indian drove away with sevenprizes at the 2006 Air New Zealand Screen Awards. RogerDonaldson's film stars Anthony Hopkins as the motorcycle legend Burt Munro.They won awards for best director and actor respectively, while the film tookbest picture, editing, sound, production design and screenplay (also byDonaldson).ChrisGraham's Sione's Wedding, sold internationally as Samoan Wedding, left the Awards emptyhanded despite its 10 nomi