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25 September 2006

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  • 11th week at the top for Pirates powered by Italy hold

    Buena Vista International's (BVI) old warhorse Pirates Of TheCaribbean: Dead Man's Chest registered its 11th weekend at the top of the international chartsfollowing an estimated $7.6m weekend haul.
  • AFM, AFI FEST tout record attendance figures for Nov events

    Organisers at the upcoming AFM and AFI Fest are predicting recordattendances ahead of the partner events set to take place in November.
  • Amazing Grace

    Dir. Michael AptedUK 2006 111mins.A historical drama about the efforts of 18th-centuryBritish parliamentarian William Wilberforce to legislate an end to the slavetrade in Britain, Amazing Grace is aworthy but ultimately flat chronology. It will suffer by comparison with recentUK TV production such as Bleak Houseand Elizabeth I while US theatricalprospects are slim given the historical and geographica
  • Asia feasts on Feng Xiaogang's Banquet

    Chinese director FengXiaogang's $20m The Banquet had astrong four-day opening weekend across Asia, grossing $8.5m from five territories.The lavish $20m costumedrama, loosely based on Hamlet and starring Zhang Ziyi and Daniel Wu, recentlypremiered out-of-competition at Venice and opened across Chinese-speaking territories on Sep 14. The film has already becomethe highest-grossing loca
  • Athens festival opens tonight with Volver

    The 12th AthensInternational Film Festival, otherwise known as Opening Nights Conn-X, kicksoff tonight with the gala presentation of Pedro Almodovar's Volver.Volverwill be joined in the Premieres section with Brian De Palma's The BlackDahlia, Michael Mann's Miami Vice,Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smoking,Aki Kaurismaki's Lights In The Dusk, GelaBabluani's 13 (Tzameti), MichelGondry's The Science of Sleep
  • Australia mulls 40% tax rebate for producers

    The Australian government ismulling a 40% tax rebate for producers, as a means to boost local production, aproposal which has secured the backing of the Film Finance CorporationAustralia (FFC).The government is currentlyreviewing its direct and indirect support of the film industry and the FFC madeits submission public this week thereby confirming that it is in line with manyother agencies and organisations.The proposed rebate is astraight-forward and transparent mechanism that
  • Austria submits You Bet Your Life for Oscar consideration

    Antonin Svoboda'sdirectorial debut You Bet Your Life(Spiele Leben) has been submittedas Austria's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2007Oscars.Starring Georg Friedrichand Brigitte Minichmayr, You Bet Your Life is the story of a gambler who
  • Bangkok's World Film Festival spreads Banquet

    The 4th World Film Festivalof Bangkok will open on October 11 with a gala premiere of Feng Xiaogang's The Banquet. The 13-day festival, ashowcase of contemporary Asian and world cinema, will screen more than 70 filmsfrom 30 countries at three venues in Bangkok. Eight films have beenselected for competition, including Corneliu Porumboiu's 12:08 East of
  • Black Book to be opened by Sony Classics

    Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American, Australian,New Zealand and Indian rights to Paul Verhoeven's WWII thriller Black Book.
  • Blue Valentine wins $1m Chrysler Film Project contest

    Derek Cianfrance has won the 2006 Chrysler Film Projectscreenplay competition for his project Blue Valentine.Cianfrance will receive $1m towards financing the story of acouple that breaks up and meets up ten years later only to fall in love again.
  • Born And Bred (Nacido Y Criado)

    Dir: Pablo Trapero. Arg-It-UK.2006. 100mins.The first 10 minutes of Born And Bred seem indicate that Pablo Trapero'snew film will contain the some of the same gentle touches prevalent in hisprevious feature Rolling Family. Butthen the picture's true theme kicks in and any expectations that we are aboutto watch a story about comfortable upper middle-class existence are brutallydispelled. Instead Trapero prop
  • Cinematography legend Sven Nykvist dies in Sweden

    Swedishfilm-maker Sven Nykvist, a legendary cinematographer who worked on many IngmarBergman classics, died Wednesday in Stockholm. He was 83 and being treated fora form of dementia. The Stockholm International Film Festival announced that its forthcoming 17th event would be dedicated to Nykvist.Nykvistwon two Oscars, for Bergman's 1973 Cries And Whispers and 1984's Fanny And Alexander. His workon about 120 films a
  • Copying Beethoven

    Dir: Agnieszka Holland. UK-Hung. 2006. 104mins.With Copying Beethoven,workmanlike director Agnieska Holland partiallyredeems herself for such embarrassing earlier Toronto misfires like Total Eclipse (1995) - will anyoneever forget the silliness of ultra-American teen Leonardo DiCaprioas French poet Arthur Rimbaud' - but only partially.Movies thatcentre on classical music, of course, have a built-
  • Damon, Horwitz, Bleiberg join IFTA executive committee

    Several new members have bolstered the Independent Film &Television Alliance (IFTA) executive ranks following the body's annual generalmeeting in Los Angeles [Thursday].
  • Death Of A President

    Dir. Gabriel Range. UK. 2006. 93mins.The blurring of reality and fiction takes anintriguing step sideways in Death Of APresident, a mock documentary that posits the assassination of George WBush and the political shockwaves such an event would surely generate. Nosurprise, the film, which world premiered at Toronto and won the FIPRESCIprize, has generated shockwaves of its own within North America - generallyfrom people who have not s
  • Digital Watermarking Alliance formed to promote content protection

    Twelve companies including Cinea and Philips Electronics haveformed the Digital Watermarking Alliance (DWA) to promote content protectionwithin the industry.
  • Dinard competitors include London To Brighton

    The Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard has announced the six competition titles for thisyear's 17th festival (Oct 5-8).The competitorsare Yousef Ali Khan's Almost Adult, Sean Ellis' Cashback, Menhaj Huda's Kidulthood, Paul Andrew Williams' London To Brighton, Adrian Shergold's Pierrepoint and Niall Heery's Small Engine Repair. Those titles willcompete for the jury's Hitchcock D'Or award, whichcomes with $3811 (Eur
  • Estevez's Bobby to open LA's AFI FEST

    The US premiere of Emilio Estevez's ensemble drama Bobby will open AFI Fest 2006 on Nov 1.Festival
  • Feng enlists Korean expertise for war epic

    Chinese director FengXiaogang, whose latest film The Banquetis currently topping the box office across Asia, is working with crew membersfrom Korea's MK Pictures on his upcoming war epic, tentatively entitled The Assembly. Speaking at a Korean press conferencefor The Banquet, Feng said he was a fanof Kang Jegyu's blockbuster war epic Taegukgiand had asked the Korean director for advice on his next project - a $10m warfilm set during the Chinese Civil War and
  • Fernando Szew takes over CEO reins at MarVista Entertainment

    Joseph Szew, founder of LA-based production and distributionoutfit MarVista Entertainment, has reshuffled his executive suite, handing overthe chief executive officer reins to his son Fernando Szew.
  • Filmstiftung NRW backs Loach and Spottiswoode

    International co-productionslead the line-up of new feature film projects backed in the latest $3.8m (Euros3m) funding round from Duesseldorf-based Filmstiftung NRW International.The regional public fund hasawarded backing to Ken Loach's next project TheseTimes, which is being written by his regular collaborator Paul Laverty andwill be co-produced by The Wind ThatShakes The Barley's German partner EMC P
  • Flyboys

    Dir: Tony Bill. US. 2006.138mins.Impressively staged and expansive in scope, World WarOne aviation feature Flyboys isrooted in the true story of those young American men who volunteered as fighterpilots for the French prior to their country's entry into the war. It alsosuccessfully captures how aeroplanes, these newinventions of the sky, were somewhat impulsively plugged into a vast warmachine, one that would even
  • Fortune Star producing Dead Air with Chen

    Production started today onthriller Dead Air which acclaimedfilmmaker Teddy Chen is producing for Star Group's Fortune Star Entertainment.The high-definition featureis directed by newcomer Xavier Lee and stars hot up-and-coming actors DerekTsang, Tong Ling, Terence Yin, Jo Koo and Raymond Wong. The film will have anexclusive TV premiere on Star Chinese Movies and is also aimed for theatricaland home video release. The film is one of a seriesof HD features in which Star ha
  • Fox launches faith-based US home entertainment label

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has launched the labelFoxFaith, which plans to take at least six pictures specifically targeted atChristian film-goers into limited theatrical release each year.
  • Gang to star in Lee Myung-se's M

    Korea's Core Studio has announced that Gang Dong-won will star in M, the next project from Lee Myung-se,director of Duelist and Nowhere To Hide.Selected for the upcomingPPP, M is a mystic melodrama about awriter who is suffering from constant dejà vu as he falls for a mysteriousgirl. The film is set to go into production in late October.Lee, well-known for workingwith promising young
  • German film takes top prize at Pyongyang festival

    North Korea's Pyongyang International Film Festival (Sep 13-22) awardedDennis Gansel's Napola as best film atthe closing ceremony in the People's Palace of Culture.The German film is about ayoung boxer at one of Hitler's elite schools for future heads of the Naziworld. More than 70 films from atleast 30 co
  • German film takes top prize at Pyongyang festival

    North Korea's Pyongyang International Film Festival (Sep 13-22) awardedDennis Gansel's Napola as best film atthe closing ceremony in the People's Palace of Culture.The German film is about ayoung boxer at one of Hitler's elite schools for future heads of the Naziworld. More than 70 films from atleast 30 co
  • Ghosts

    Dir: Nick Broomfield. UK.2006. 96mins.Labelled as fiction but closer in spirit to thedocumentaries he is best known for, Nick Broomfield's Ghosts initially looks like a milder version of Michael Winterbottom's Berlin winner In This World. But then this San Sebastian opener seems to segueinto Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation, with touches of Ken Loach, as it unfurls itsstory, loosely drawn from the real-life deaths o
  • Gomes, Bier and Kaurismaki films added to Oscar longlist

    Several more territorieshave come forward with their submissions for best foreign-language Oscar. Brazil's entry for consideration is Marcelo Gomes' debut Movies, Aspirin and Vultures (Cinema, aspirinas e urubus), while Finland's is Aki Kaurismaki's Lights In The Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) and Denmark's is SusanneBier's Af
  • Hula Girls (Hula Garu)

    Dir: Lee Sang-il. Jap. 2006. 108minsHula Girls has allthe ingredients for a crowd-pleasing heartwarmer butit sweats and strains to make the recipe work. Despite being based on trueevents it feels entirely formulaic with even the most casual cinemagoer likelyto be one step ahead of every twist and turn in the plot. The comedy is verybroad, the sentiment is shameless and the
  • Hungary submits White Palms for Oscar race

    Hungary has selected Szabolcs Hajdu's WhitePalms (Feher Tenyer) as its official entry for the foreign-languagecategory of the Academy Awards. The film stars GheorgheDinica, Zoltan Miklos Hajdu and Kyle Shewfelt in the story of a Hungariangymnast, sidelined by injury, who returns home to coach a young Canadian.Hajdu's third feature (whichhe also wrote) swept several prizes at Hungarian Film
  • IFP announces prizes as Independent Film Week ends

    Scott Teems' I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down and Sean Patrick McCarthy's Pansy tied for the IFP Market EmergingNarrative Screenplay Award as the IFP Market and Independent Film Week ended inNew York today.
  • Inaugural Conch winners include Boom and De Lane Lea

    UK Post& Services held its inaugural Conch Awards in London tonightto recognise the audio industry.The best UK soundfacility award was shared by Boom and De Lane Lea.
  • Initial Entertainment plans Queen Victoria film

    In the wake of The Queen, another film about theBritish Royal Family is in the pipeline. In London this week with MartinScorsese's $120m The Departed (whichhe produced for Warner Bros), Initial Entertainment Group producer Graham Kinghas revealed that he is planning a new feature about the early years of QueenVictoria."Julian Fellowes has writtenan amazing script for me. It is something that has never really been told,"King told
  • John Hurt signs on for de la Iglesia's Oxford Murders

    John Hurt will take aleading role in Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia'sin-the-works English-language thriller Oxford Murders.Hurt will play an Oxford University professor embroiled in the investigation of a series of murdersseemingly linked by mathematical symbols. The story is based on
  • King And The Clown selected as Korea's Oscar entry

    The Korean Film Council(KOFIC) has announced Lee Joon-ik's KingAnd The Clown as Korea's official entry for best foreign-language film inthe 79th Academy Awards. The sleeper hit, which brokelocal box office records earlier this year, was up against Kim Ki-duk's Time and Bong Joon-ho's The Host - which in turn broke King And The Clown's all-time admissionsrecord over the summer.The entry wa
  • Korean train office launches first-run cinema scheme

    Korea's office of railroads,Korail, has announced it is to screen films that are on release in itshigh-speed KTX trains starting December. The cinema train patent belonging toKorail is the first in the world.TheKTX trains, similar to France's TGV, run at 300km perhourKorailsigned a memorandum of understanding with Cinewood Entertainment today toproceed
  • Landscapes, Congorama win top prizes at Atlantic Film Festival

    Jennifer Baichwal's ManufacturedLandscapes, a feature documentaryabout environmental landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky, won the prize forBest Canadian Documentary as the 26th Atlantic Film Festival (AFF)wrapped in Halifax this Friday. The film won the Best Canadian Feature prize atToronto earlier in the month.Other major AFF prizewinners were Philippe Falardeau for Congorama, which won Best Canadian Feature, and CameliaFrieberg, best known as producer of several Ato
  • Leondis signs to direct animated Igor for Exodus, TWC

    Animation veteran Tony Leondis is attached to direct Exodus Film Group'sCG-animated feature comedy Igor, which is set to go into production in the first quarter of 2007.
  • Mehta's Water gets Canada's vote for Oscar

    Deepa Mehta's Water has been selected as Canada's entry for the foreign-languageOscar at the 79th Academy Awards. Starring H.T.J. Sarala, LisaRay, John Abraham and Seema Biswas and produced by David Hamilton, the film wasdistributed in the US by Fox Searchlight Pictures and in Canada by MongrelMedia. Celluloid Dreams was the international sales agent.The Opening Night film atthe 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, it went on to become the all-timehighest grossing Hi
  • Metrodome's wider losses in line with expectations

    UK distributor Metrodome reportedfinancial results for the first half of 2006, with pretax losses widening to $840,337(£445,000) against a loss of $389,010 (£206,000) last year. Turnover fell 11% from$3.13m (£1.66m) to $2.79 (£1.48m) year-on-year. The loss was in line with expectations duringthe period the company described as a time of "a period of important andsystematic change for Metrodome, during which a great deal of
  • Mexican expansion talks for Films In Progress scheme

    Jorge Sanchez, director of Mexico's Guadalajara International Film Festival is negotiating with San Sebastian and Toulouse to extend the successful Films In Progress completion financing initiative. The leading Mexican festival wants the scheme to be in place for next March, covering films from Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean.Films in Progress kicks off its 10th edition in San Sebastian on Tuesday, while its counterpart for films from the Maghreb and Portuguese-speaking Africa,
  • MGM takes North America on Pleasure Of Your Company

    MGMhas bought North American rights to Michael Ian Black's romantic comedy ThePleasure of Your Company, whichreceived its world premiere in Toronto recently.
  • Miller's follow-up to Capote lands at Vantage

    Bennett Miller has teamed up with Paramount Vantage to develop TheImmortalist, the Oscarnominated director's follow-up to Capote.
  • Mon Meilleur Ami

    Dir: Patrice Leconte. Fr. 2006. 94mins.Patrice Leconte, whosebelated second sequel to his breakthrough 1978 smash Les Bronzes was France's biggest homegrownblockbuster this year, stays in similar territory for his follow-up Mon Meilleur Ami.In fact, this broad high-concept comedy of the Dinner Game or Apres Vous variety could have been a Francis Veber film were it not for the odd moment
  • Myriad closes Italy, Spain, Mexico and Brazil on 10 Items

    Myriad Pictures has closed major territory sales on BradSilberling's comedy 10 Items Or Less following the North American deal with THINKFilm concludedjust before Toronto.
  • New international film festival launched in Dallas with AFI

    The inaugural AFI Dallas International Film Festival will run inTexas from Mar 22-Apr 1 2007.Approximately
  • New soundstage complex breaks ground in New Mexico

    Albuquerque Studios has moved ahead with plans to build NewMexico's first major soundstage complex.Pacific
  • Newcastle plans fourth Northern Lights festival

    The fourth Northern LightsFilm Festival (Nov 16-23), which is held in Newcastle and surrounding towns and celebrates Nordic andBaltic film, will host more than 80 screenings.The festival will show filmsfrom 12 Northern European countries as well as retrospectives and specialscreenings, workshops, and more. The festival's third andexpanded Industry Summit will run Nov 17-18, with networking events, talks,screenings a
  • North West Vision plans October conference in Liverpool

    Regional screen agency NorthWest Vision will host a free conference in Liverpool for film-makers in the Northwest of England. The Film Focus conference,at Liverpool's FACT on Oct12, will look at the opportunities and challenges for feature film-makers inthe region. Panelists will include film-makers Carl Hunter, Juliet Mckeown, andJohn Maxwell; Steve Perrin, deputy head of distribution
  • Online resource Fylmz launches Nashville festival with $100,000 in prize money

    Online filmmaker resource is launching the inauguralFylmz Festival Competition and will offer $100,000 and a guaranteed distributiondeal for the best feature in competition.
  • Peter Smith to head NBC Universal International

    Peter Smith has been promoted to president of NBC UniversalInternational. He had been president of Universal Pictures International sinceits inception in 2000. His new appointment is effective immediately, although he will continueto look after Universal Pictures through the end of the year while areplacement is appointed. Smith will continue to be based in London. He will nowspearhead internation
  • Philippe Cardon promoted at Warner Home Video

    Philippe Cardon, Warner Home Video executive vice president and general manager forEurope Middle East and Africa, has been promoted to Warner Home Video president, international.Cardon, in the newly created post, will have responsibilityfor all Warner Home Video titles outside the US, except Canada. The heads of the r
  • Prague (Prag)

    Dir: Ole Christian Madsen. Den.2006. 92mins.Danish film-maker Ole Christian Madsen plunges onceagain into the darker recesses of marital life for Prague, a powerful drama in which his strong direction and the overwhelmingperformances that he draws smooth over some of the script's inconsistencies.Madsen, whose earlier drama Kira's Reason (2001) dealt with similarmaterial and was also highly
  • Prime, CJ CGV to collaborate on multiplexes

    Start-up Korean studio, PrimeEntertainment, has signed a memorandum of understanding with leading exhibitorCJ CGV for a strategic partnership to collaborate on multiplexes. At its launch at thebeginning of this year as an integrated producer-distributor-exhibitor, Primehad threatened to flex its real estate muscle by terminating CJ CGV leases onthe multiplex buildings it owned in hotspots such as Seoul's Gangbyun and Myungdong districts.
  • Princess team sets up new Danish production company

    Danish producer SaritaChristensen and director Anders Morgenthaler, the team behind this year's Cannesanimation title Princess, have brokenaway from Zentropa to establish their own company to deliver cutting-edgeentertainment for kids and families. The new production company's name will be Copenhagen/Bombay."There wasn't enoughspace for all the talent at Zentropa in one company structure," Christensen "This goes for bothspace enou
  • Revolver takes UK rights to Wright's contemporary Macbeth

    Revolver Entertainment has taken UK rights toGeoffrey Wright's new adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in contemporary Melbourne.The deal was signed with sales company Arclight after Macbeth's recent world premiere in theVanguard section at the Toronto International Film Festival. It comes on theeve of its 30-screen release in Australian cin
  • Rio festival to host 300 films and new industry events

    The Rio International FilmFestival, which kicks off Thursday (Sept 21) and runs until Oct 5, hasannounced a line-up of more than 300 films from 60 countries. The festival, sponsored bythe City of Rio, the Secretary of Culture, Riofilmeand Petrobras, aims to provide a world platform fornew Latin American cinema as well as showcasing the best new internationalfilms.The Premiere Brazil andPremiere Latin America sections will present more than 60 films with highl
  • Rome Festival sets 16 films for children's competition

    The new Rome Film Fest (Oct 13-21)has announced its Alice in the City sidebar for children and young adults.The 16 feature films incompetition include Doug Atchison's spelling-bee drama Akeelah And The Bee, Jeremy Brock's UK coming-of-age story Driving Lessons and Michel Ocelot's animated fable Azur et Asmar. The selection alsoincludes two films which premier
  • Rome's Extra programme to include Cobain documentary

    RomeFilmFest has announcedsome of the films selected for its Extra section, which presents innovativeworks across formats and genres. The Extra programme willinclude fictional features, animations, documentaries, filmed concerts,innovative TV works, a tribute to the Tribeca FilmFestival in New York, andspecial events and workshops. Films will include AJSchnack's Kurt Cobain About A Son, Deborah Scranton's
  • San Sebastian chief warns of festival overcrowding

    Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival director Mikel Olaciregui has warned that the festival calendar is overcrowded.Speaking during the opening weekend of the event, he told reporters that his $7.8m (Euros 6m) budget - reportedly half thatof the new Rome Film Fest - didn't stretch to private jet-type expensesincreasingly required by top international stars. "It's not easy to bring a star at a time when there isa saturation of festivals," Olaciregui added, calling on the FIAP
  • School For Scoundrels

    Dir: Todd Phillips. US.2006. 101mins.Todd Phillips' new comedy School For Scoundrels seems divided against itself, telling two interconnectedstories that rarely cohere. It treads on familiar territory recognisablethrough Phillips' previous work (Road Trip,Old School), enlivened here by thepeculiar love triangle ensnaring Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Hederand Jacinda Barrett.These talente
  • School For Scoundrels

    Dir: Todd Phillips. US.2006. 101mins.Todd Phillips' new comedy School For Scoundrels seems divided against itself, telling two interconnectedstories that rarely cohere. It treads on familiar territory recognisablethrough Phillips' previous work (Road Trip,Old School), enlivened here by thepeculiar love triangle ensnaring Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Hederand Jacinda Barrett.These talente
  • Schreiber joins Love In The Time Of Cholera cast

    LievSchreiber has joined the cast of Stone Village Pictures' upcoming GabrielGarcia Marquez adaptation Love In The Time Of Cholera.
  • Second Jackass tops domestic box office for Paramount

    Paramount's Jackass sequel smashed its way to the top of the charts onan estimated $28.1m, leaving the more choreographed mayhem of Rogue Pictures' JetLi's Fearless far behind in secondplace on $10.6m.The world war one aerialcombat tale Flyboys opened infourth place through MGM on a disappointing $6m, while Sony's poorly receivedpolitical drama All The King's Menstarring Sean Penn also failed to inspire audiences and limped home in seventhplace on $3.8m.
  • Seraphim Falls

    Dir. David Von Ancken. US. 2006 115mins.Had it been made 50 years ago, Seraphim Falls might now be considered aclassic western. But the intervening years have warped and reshaped the genreso many times that an effort like this seems besidethe point. Unlike John Hilcoat's savagely post-modernThe Proposition, which screened atToronto last year, there's nothing new here for contemporary audiences, andthere
  • Sheffield DocFest to open with Paul Weller film

    The 13th SheffieldInternational Documentary Festival has announced some programme highlights forthis year's festival, which runs Oct 30-Nov 5. The programme of93 films (including nine world premieres) will open with a gala screening of Paul Weller: IntoTomorrow.Other highlightsincluded Kim Flitcroft's FuckingSheffield, about the lives of several people in the city's dark underside;Larry Weinstein's Mozartballs, aboutMozart fanatics; Paul Watson's Rain In
  • Skillset awards $188,800 to Slingshot's digital training

    Slingshot, the new UK-based digitalfilm production and distribution company, has won a$188,804 (£100,000) grant from Skillset for its new development scheme forwriters, directors and producers. Slingshot's "Training andDevelopment into Greenlight" is a programme devoted to digital film-making andthe Slingshot model of production, with an eye to developing projects as partof the entire value chain through to distribution and audience development. The programme, with supportof par
  • Smith, Ricupero promoted in production/acquisitions at Myriad

    Myriad Pictures has boosted it production and acquisitions team,promoting Matthew Keene Smith to the role of director and naming Luiza Ricuperomanager.
  • Smythe-Bishop appointed senior vp, publicity & promotions, at MPD

    SusanSmythe-Bishop has been appointed senior vice president, publicity and promotionat Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution (MPD). A 14-yearveteran in the publicity and promotion offices of the Canadian releasingcompany, Smythe-Bishop will nowoversee all publicity and promotion strategies for all theatrical releases inEnglish Canada. 'Susan hasbeen integral in the growth of our organization from a smaller independent toan industry leader,' said MPD executive managing d
  • Spring Break shoot to continue in Croatia

    Richard Shepard's Spring Break In Bosnia started principal photography on locationsin Sarajevo on Sept 12. Financed by QED International and Intermedia, the film is produced by Mark Johnson and Scott Kroopf and stars Richard Gere, Jesse Eisenberg, Terrence Howard, James Brolin and Diane Kruger. Based on Scott Anderson's article in Esquire magazine and written for thescreen by Shepard and Anderson, the story follows a young journalist(Eisenberg), a seasoned cameraman (How
  • Spurlock confirmed, panels lined up for SXSW 2007

    Morgan Spurlock will discuss his career in one of several liveevents planned for the 2007 South by Southwest (SXSW) film conference andfestival.
  • Stefanac named director of AFI Digital Content Lab

    Journalist, author and interactive media and web design pioneerSuzanne Stefanac has been appointed director of the American Film Institute'sDigital Content Lab (DCL).
  • Strong Dutch opening for Verhoeven's Black Book

    Paul Verhoeven's acclaimed Black Book (Zwartboek) has given localfilms a welcome boost in The Netherlands this week, scoring the best localopening of the year and the fifth best opening for any title. The World War II thriller,which is this year's Dutch Oscar entry for best foreign language film consideration,claimed $863,524 (Euros 682,624) from 90 screens over its four-day opening(Sept 14-17). This gave the film a strong $9,595 per-screen average fordistrib
  • Studios roll out big guns for autumn as summer titles fade

    Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest will be hoping for an 11thweekend at the top as Buena Vista International (BVI) looks for strong holds inthe picture's second weekend in Italy.
  • Switzerland selects Murer's Vitus as Oscar pick

    Switzerland has chosen its foreign-language Oscar candidate,Fredi M. Murer's Vitus. The veteran film-maker'sdrama is about a wunderkind dreaming of flying and having a normal childhood. The seven-person nationaljury said it made its decision based on "the film's quality, itscommercial success in Switzerland (so far 200,000 admissions), itsparticipation in more than six foreign festivals including Berlin and S
  • The Boss Of It All (El Patron)

    Dir/scr: Lars Von Trier. Den. 2006. 110mins.After the epic sermonising of Dogville and Manderlay, Lars Von Trier is clearly in the mood for a little fun. Theomniscient narrator of The Boss Of It All even introduces the film as a humble comedylest we have any doubts about what might lie in store. Returning to the kind ofblack comedy that set the tone of TheKingdom and The Idiots, Von Tri
  • The Dog Problem

    Dir: Scott Caan. US. 2006. 98mins.Told with a casual poignancy and unpredictability,Scott Caan's TheDog Problem is loose, funky and impressively original. Taking its titlefrom a quotation by playwright Edward Abbey, it's a detailed comedy of mannersabout the strange and complicated emotional odyssey that the title animal sparksin a struggling young writer.The secondnarrative feature from Caan (Dallas
  • The Last Winter

    Dir: Larry Fessenden. US-Ice. 2006. 106mins.The fourth feature from idiosyncratic American independentdirector Larry Fessenden, The Last Winter expertly conflates the psychological dread fundamentalto the horror genre, broadening it out into a deeper, existential malaise aboutthe disintegration of civilisation.A story about the madness thatengulfs a disparate group at a remote Alaskan drilling site, the
  • The Namesake

    Dir: Mira Nair. USA. 2006. 122minsMira Nair's best films have shown an optimism aboutlife and an affection for the flaws and failings of her characters, and shebrings a similar sense of compassion to TheNamesake, her adaptation of the novel by Pulitzer prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri. A sweeping saga ofculture clashes and the tensions between the generations, it steers a confidentcourse through a mass of incident, stay
  • The Road To San Diego (El Camino De San Diego)

    Dir: Carlos Sorin. Arg. 2006. 98mins.A natural crowdpleaserwhich could easily follow on the tracks of his previous film, Bombon: El Perro,Carlos Sorin's TheRoad To San Diego shows him to be that rare film-maker:one who still has some faith in human nature.Anyone who went for hisshaggy dog tale last time round will be delighted to find him in top form again,judging by this closely observed,
  • These Encounters Of Theirs (Quei Loro Incontri)

    Dir/scr: Jean-MarieStraub and Daniele Huillet.It. 2006. 68mins.A profoundly uncommercialpiece of avant-garde filmmaking, Jean-Marie Straub and DanieleHuillet's TheseEncounters Of Theirs divides 10 non-professional actors into couples, thenhas them take turns in declaiming the DialoguesWith Leuco, Cesare Pavese's abstract, philosophical work. The result isfeature tha
  • THINKFilm buys French Oscar submission Orchestra Seats

    THINKFilm has picked up all US rights to Daniele Thompson's OrchestraSeats (FauteuilsD'Orchestre), which willrepresent France in this season's foreign language Oscar race.
  • Thuesen starts shoot for Erik Nietzsche - The Early Years

    Erik Nietzsche - The Early Years starts shooting today in Denmark with newdirector Jacob Thuesen at the helm after previously attached Lone Scherfigdropped out of the project several months ago. Zentropa isproducing the $5.2m (Euros 4.1m) feature with co-producers Memfis Film, DOR Film, Lucky Red and Tju-Bang Film. Lars von Trier wrotethe script based on his years as a young snotty punk at the Danish Film School,but von Trier uses the al
  • Tokyo to open with Flags, close with Murder

    The Tokyo International FilmFestival (TIFF) has announced its full line-up for the 19th edition which willclose with veteran director Kon Ichikawa's MurderOf The Inugami Clan. TIFF and Kadokawa chairmanTsugihiko Kadokawa announced Ichikawa and director Milos Forman as recipients of the AkiraKurosawa Award, which carries a prize of $100,000.As previously announced, theopening film is Clint Eastwood's Flags Of Our Fathers,
  • Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days And 30 Nights - Hollywood To The Heartland

    Dir. Ari Sandel. US, 2006.110mins.The odd thing about Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show is that itson-screen success has little to do with Vaughn himself. The US actor may be theimpresario behind the comedy show, which was inspired by Buffalo Bill'straveling festival and played in 30 cities across America over 30 nights duringSeptember 2005 - but despite the billing, he is not the star.That di
  • Wedding Daze

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