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28 April 2008

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  • Air drumming comedy Adventures Of Power berths at Shoreline

    Shoreline Entertainment has picked up international rights ahead of Cannes to Ari Gold's air drumming comedy Adventures Of Power, which premiered at Sundance.Gold's feature directorial debut stars himself as a small-town dreamer who tries to become the world's greatest air-drummer.Adrian Grenier from the hit HBO series Entourage also stars with Michael McKean and Jane Lynch.Shore
  • Andre Van Heerden named CEO of Cloud Ten Pictures

    Andre Van Heerden has been promoted to CEO at Cloud Ten Pictures, the Canadian producers of the Left Behind series of Christian films.Katherine Kunberger has been brought in as president and Michael Walker as vice president of marketing and operations as the company prepares it upcoming release Saving God starring Ving Rhames, Dean McDermott and Ricardo Chavira.Van Heerden has been with the
  • Ang Lee to take on Taking Woodstock for Focus Features

    Ang Lee's next film will be the true story Taking Woodstock, based on events surrounding the legendary 1969 music festival. As always with Lee's films, it is being produced at Focus Features.The comedy will follow Tiber, a Greenwich Village interior designer, as he steps in at the eleventh hour to save the Woodstock concert after a permit refusal.Focus CEO James Schamus is adapting the screenplay from Elliot Tiber's memoir
  • Apatow, Ryan to receive awards at Nantucket Film Festival

    Judd Apatow will receive the Suzanne And Bob Wright Screenwriter's Tribute Award at the 13th Annual Nantucket Film Festival in June.Apatow produced Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which opened in second place in the North American charts at the weekend, as well as 2007 hits like Superbad and Knocked Up, which he also wrote and directed along with 2005's
  • Assembly takes top honours at Beijing Student Film Festival

    Feng Xiaogang's The Assembly was the biggest winner at the 15th Beijing Student Film Festival, which wrapped yesterday in Beijing. The film won best picture, best director, and best actor for Zhang Hanyu's performance. The best actress award went to Miao Pu for Sino-Japan co-production Crossing Over.The festival also gave away three Jury Awards: Postman From Paradise, produced by Beijing Forbidden City Films; Gun Of Mercy, from Shenzhen Film Studio and S
  • Australia - Hopscotch jumps to next level

    Independent Australian distributor Hopscotch is reinventing itself. The company's ambitious managing director Troy Lum wants to transform Hopscotch from a theatrically-focused distributor to a vertically integrated, content-driven entity.'When the digital era really hits, producers will reap the rewards,' says Lum. 'Distribution is changing because people consume content in different ways - it's no longer about lugging prints but all about global marketing and promotion, and smart deal
  • Babelsberg looking to expand to Tempelhof

    Studio Babelsberg has reaffirmed its interest in locating film production facilities at Berlin's historical Tempelhof Airport after a public referendum at the weekend failed to attract enough support to prevent the airport's planned closure this autumn.Speaking to the local newspaper Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten on Monday, Studio Babelsberg president and CEO Carl Woebcken said his company still had the 'serious desire' to develop part of the Tempelhof site as a third production hub
  • Baby Mama, Harold & Kumar 2 lead domestic box office

    Two new comedies dominated the North American charts as Universal's Baby Mama launched at number one on estimated $18.3m followed by New Line/Warner Bros' Harold And Kumar sequel on $14.6m.Box office was up for the second consecutive weekend as the top 12 titles combined for $91m and climbed 17% against the same period last year.Year-on-year the cumulative box office trails 2007 by approximate
  • Bart Got A Room

    Dir: Brian Hecker. 2008. USA. 80mins.Bart Got A Room falls in that painful neurotic sphere that connects the vulgarities of lower-middle-class Jewish family life in Tamara Jenkins's The Slums of Beverly Hills, the Floridian sterility and kooky dysfunction of Little Miss Sunshine, and the unfocused, ever-horny worldview of Philip Roth's adolescence. Yet its director, Brian Hecker, is for the most part an original, a perceptive observe
  • Bavaria Film International picks up Critics' Week title

    Martin Blaney in Berlin Bavaria Film International has picked up international distribution rights for Emily Atef's second feature film The Stranger In Me (Das Fremde In Ihr), which has been selected for this year's Critics' Week in Cannes.The drama of a young mother who is thrown into emotional turmoil after the birth of her baby son and then realises she is becoming a threat for the child, was produced by Berlin-based NiKo Film in co-production with the Germ
  • Beta Cinema lining up two market premieres for Cannes

    German sales company Beta Cinema will have two market premiere screenings at next month's Marche du Film during the Cannes Film Festival.Beta will be presenting Thomas Roth's biopic Falco - Quit Living On Dreams, about the larger-than-life Austrian pop star whose international hit Rock Me Amadeus became the first German language song to go to number one on the US Billboard chart.The cast features musician Manuel Rubey in the key role of Falco together with Nich
  • Bold Films hires Joseph Ruben to direct thriller Jack

    Bold Films co-presidents Gary Michael Walters and David Lancaster are preparing the thriller Jack in time for an early autumn start of production.Worldwide president of distribution Stephanie Denton of the newly formed sales arm Bold Films International will introduce the project at Cannes.Joseph Ruben, whose credits include Sleeping With The Enemy, will direct from a screenplay by David Ven
  • Canadian Film Centre, NFB launched theatrical doc programme

    The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will launch Canada's first programme to develop theatrical documentaries. Announced today at Toronto's Hot Docs festival, the CFC NFB Feature Documentary Program will begin in January 2009 with the goal of developing feature documentaries for international cinema audiences.The six-month programme will select between four and six established Canadian directors who have a theatrical documentary conce
  • Cannes 2008: The build up

    The line-upThe slatesThe interviews
  • Cannes 2008: The Screen Guide

    The buzzCannes Buzz: Competition Cannes Buzz: Out of competitionCannes Buzz: Director's fortnightCannes Buzz: Hot picksIn Focus: Searching for a new supply line
  • Cannes Critics' Week unveils selection

    The line-up for the 47th running of Critics Week was announced at Paris Cinematheque Francaise on Thursday morning. In his opening remarks, the section's artistic director Jean-Christophe Berjon noted that submissions this year had come from 69 countries, with 850 feature films being screened by the selection committee. Ultimately, with only ten slo
  • Cannes line-up includes last-minute surprises including Che and Eastwood's Changeling

    Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob and general manager Thierry Fremaux announced the official line up for the 61st edition this morning in Paris.Among the surprises were the last minute additions of Clint Eastwood's Changeling and Steven Soderbergh's two Che Guevara films The Argentine and Guerilla, although in press documents they are listed under the title Che and with a four-hour running time (the films
  • Cannes quartet taken on by The Match Factory

    Martin Blaney in Berlin The Match Factory will be handling international sales for four films selected to the official programme of next month's Cannes Film Festival.After last year's The Edge Of Heaven, Michael Weber's Cologne-based company has another film in this year's Competition: Ari Folman's animated documentary Waltz With Bashir, produced by Bridgit Folman Film Gang with France's Les Films d'ici and Germany's Razor Film.In addition, the sale
  • Cannes Un Certain Regard line-up includes Tokyo! triptych

    The 2008 Cannes Un Certain Regard line up includes films from such directors as Michel Gondry, James Toback and Abel Ferrara. It also includes a film by American indie director Kelly Reichardt, who previously made Old Joy, which made its way to Cannes general manager Thierry Fremaux unsolicited and via regular post.In total, there are six first films out of twenty in the line up which are thus eligible for the Camera d'Or. Heavy with five French films, UCR has four from the US an
  • Cannes unveils competition line-up of 19 titles

    CompetitionLaurent Cantet - Entre Les Murs (France)Nuri Bilge Ceylan - Three Monkeys (Turkey-France-Italy)Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne - Le Silence De Lorna (Belgium-France-Italy-Germany)Arnaud Desplechin - A Christmas Story (France)Clint Eastwood - Changeling (US)Atom Egoyan - Adoration (
  • Cannes unveils shorts competition, Cinefondation selections

    Short Films in Competition Jerrycan, dir: Julius Avery (Australia)El Deseo, dir: Marie Benito (Mexico)Megatron, dir: Marian Crisan (Romania)411-Z, dir: Daniel Erdelyi (Hungary)De Moins En Moins, dir: Melanie Laurent (France)My Rabbit Hoppy, dir: Anthony Lucas (Australia)Buen Viaje, dir: Javier Palleiro, Guillermo Rocamora (Uruguay)Smafuglar, dir: Runar Runar
  • Carlos Acosta to star in $3m feature for Rosa Bosch

    Cuban ballet star Carlos Acosta is set to star in a dramatic feature inspired by his own life story. The film, based on the Acosta biography No Way Home, will shoot in Cuba and the UK. Acosta's nephews will play him as a younger man.The $3m project is being produced by Acosta and by Rosa Bosch (Buena Vista Social Club, The Devil's Backbone) through London-based production company B&W Films.Acosta, born in Havana in 1973, grew up in a poor background and overcam
  • CEC hires Yann Le Quellec as European chief

    Citi affiliate Continental Entertainment Capital (CEC) has hired EWB Finance co-founder Yann Le Quellec as managing director.Le Quellec will head the company's new European operation CEC Europe in Paris and will report directly to CEC's president and CEO, Benjamin Waisbren.CEC Europe will provide structured financing solutions to European media and entertainment companies with a special focus on the film industry.Le Quellec co-founded consulting and corporate
  • Chak De India, Om Shanti Om lead IIFA technical awards

    Yash Raj Films' Chak De India and Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om are the big winners at this year's International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in the technical categories. Both films star Shah Rukh Khan. Chak De India bagged five awards including best cinematography (Sudeep Chatterjee), best editing (Amitabh Shukla), best sound recording (Manas Choudhary and Ali Merchant), best sound re-recording (Anuj Mathur) and best screenplay (Jaideep Sahni).Om Shanti Om
  • Chang, Yeoh to establish Asian talent management outfit

    Producer Terence Chang and actress Michelle Yeoh will jointly establish a talent agency based in Hong Kong and Taipei, which is scheduled to begin operation in June. The yet-to-be-named company has so far signed with three actors including Kelly Lin Xilei (After This Our Exile), Chang told Screendaily.Kelly Lin is likely to star in John Woo's new Western-themed English-language film, which is scheduled to begin after Woo finishes a yet-to-confirmed Chinese-language pr
  • Charly wins top award at Crossing Europe

    French director Isild de Besco won the main European Competition award for Charly at the fifth Crossing Europe Film Festival. The win is her second in Linz, following Half Price in 2005. The prize, worth $15,660 (Euros 10,000), was presented by a jury comprised of Swiss film critic Catherine Ann Berger; Rastislav Steranka, co-founder of International Film Festival Cinematik in Piestany, Slovakia; Koen v
  • Cloud Ten signs domestic distribution deal with Koch, CNI

    Cloud Ten Pictures, the Los Angeles producer of faith-based content, has signed a distribution deal for its library titles and upcoming features with New York-based Koch Entertainment and Nashville's CNI Distribution.Koch will replace Sony Pictures Home Entertainment as Cloud Ten's North American DVD and video retail distributor of the existing library, including the Left Behind franchise.'We're ramping up in a lot of areas, from p
  • Coen brothers' Burn After Reading to open Venice Film Festival

    Joel and Ethan Coen's Burn After Reading will open the 65th edition of the Venice Film Festival as a world premiere.The film's classification as a gala or competition screening will be announced at a later date, the Biennale has said.In either case, the follow-up to the Coen Brother's celebrated No Country For Old Men assures a glamorous opening night for the festival, which will also mark artis
  • Connecticut company launches campaign to attract international producers

    The Connecticut Film Center (CFC) will reach out to international producers at Cannes next month in a bid to strengthen its claim to be one of the most attractive production locations on the East Coast.CFC representatives will be on the Croisette to promote the company's facilities, the state's aggressive 30% tax credit for both above- and below-the-line expenses for qualifying in-state productions, and the weak dollar.CFC's new division CFC Capital will provide incentive
  • ContentFilm strikes $40m loan with JPMorgan Chase

    ContentFilm has signed a deal with JPMorgan Chase for a $40m long-term debt facility.JPMorgan Chase will structure and arrange the five-year senior secured revolving credit facility.ContentFilm noted that it had drawn down $27.5m of its existing $32m loan facility (including the CBC acquisition). The new $10-$15m of liquidity in the short term will help with product acquisitions and corporate expansion.John Schmidt, CEO of ContentFilm, said: 'In coming out of our recent o
  • Danielak's Arsenal to pre-sell Gooding comedy Harold at Cannes

    Yarek Danielak's Arsenal Pictures has boarded the Cuba Gooding Jr comedy Harold and will commence pre-sales at Cannes.The City Lights, M.E.G.A. Films and Blue Star Pictures production is in the $3.5m-4m range and will go before the cameras shortly.The story centres on a friendship between a prematurely bald 13-year-old and his school janitor. Spencer Breslin, Nikki Blonsky and Fred Willard round out the key cast.Gooding
  • Darjeeling Limited gets greenlight for India release

    Wes Anderson's India-set Darjeeling Limited, initially scheduled to be released in India in January, is finally being released on April 25. The film hit a road-block when the Indian Censor Board denied a certification of the film citing inadequate permissions to shoot animal life. While the shots of animals in the wild passed the Censor Board's scrutiny, the objectionable scene was one of a snake in a cage.Distributors Warner Bros Pictures India has now deleted the said obje
  • Deception

    Dir: Marcel Langenegger. US. 2008. 107 mins.The spirit of Joe Eszterhas and Adrian Lyne is revived to disappointing results in Deception, a slick, cat-and-mouse thriller that unfolds with sharply-diminishing plausibility. Polished production values and star names will have a limited effect in trying to counteract the old-hat nature of the material and the blunt generic title. Apart from their respective blockbuster franchise roles, neither Hugh Jackman (X Men
  • Del Toro to direct Hobbit double bill

    Guillermo Del Toro has landed his 'dream' job as the confirmed director of TheHobbit for New Line and MGM, the studios and executive producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh announced on Thursday.The move was widely expected after it emerged four months ago that Jackson would serve as executive producer on J R R Tolkien's precursor to The Lor
  • Delphis does aggressive business on Arthy's Fighter

    Montreal sales house Delphis Films has wrapped a number of international deals on Natasha Arthy's Fighter. The film, which premiered in the Berlinale 14+ competition and will screen at Tribeca, has sold to more than a dozen countries, including Momentum for the UK, Europacorp for France, Hopscotch for Australia, VCL for Germany, and R Film in Turkey. Delphis reports strong interest from the US and Japan.Described as 'the first larg
  • Disney unveils nature documentary label Disneynature

    Walt Disney Studios unveiled Disneynature on Monday [April 21], a dedicated nature documentary label and the first new Disney brand to launch in 60 years since the True-Life Adventures documentary series launched in 1948.The unit will be based in France under the leadership of Jean-Francois Camilleri, the former senior vice president and general manager of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures France who was an early and vocal supporter of the Oscar winning documentary
  • Documentaries stir up heat at Tribeca Film Festival

    In its short history the Tribeca Film Festival has been slow to trigger buying sprees and sure enough as the event reached the first weekend's halfway mark no major deals had closed.However by Saturday interest had coalesced around Keif Davidson's World Documentary Competition entry Kassim The Dream, which recounts the remarkable story of Kassim Ouma, the former Ugandan child soldier who went on to become world junior middleweight boxing champi
  • Duran named svp at Warner Channel Latin America

    Alfredo Duran has been named senior vice president of branded services and general manager of The Warner Channel Latin America.Duran will be based in Miami and will report to Malcolm Dudley-Smith, who as executive vice president of sales and business development for Canada, Latin America and Asia, oversees WBITD's branded linear and non-linear channels in these areas.Duran has nearly 30 years of television experience and most recently served as executive vice president an
  • Edinburgh unveils new cult section calledUnder the Radar

    The 2008 Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) will host a new section celebrating cult film, Under the Radar.'The term 'cult cinema' has become mere marketing-speak in recent years,' EIFF artistic director Hannah McGill said in statement issued to the press. 'With this new section, we want to re-animate the spirit of the truly cult-worthy 'midnight movie', by showing films that take real risks with their ideas, their aesthetic choices and their humour.' The sectio
  • Europa Corps restructures sales team

    EuropaCorp has restructured its sales team and brought in two new international sales directors, the company said in a statement Wednesday evening. Marie-Laure Montironi joined Europa this month while Pascal Degove will take up his new post as of May. Montironi is an industry veteran who was instrumental in the development of M6's international arm before spendingseven years at Tele Images/Marathon as head of the international department.Degove has spent the last seven years as a sales
  • EuropaCorp hires Montironi, Degove on international sales staff

    EuropaCorp has restructured its sales team and brought in two new international sales directors, the company said in a statement Wednesday evening. Marie-Laure Montironi joined Europa this month while Pascal Degove will take up his new post as of May.Montironi is an industry veteran who was instrumental in the development of M6's international arm before spending 7 years at Tele Images/Marathon as head of the international department. For his part, Degove has spent the last 7 years a
  • Film Consultancy, High Point team for McGuckian's Inconceivable

    Penny Wolf's The Film Consultancy Partners and Carey Fitzgerald's High Point Media Group have joined forces to handle international sales for Mary McGuckian's Inconceivable, the third film in the director's 'amorality trilogy.'The film, previously known as Art In Las Vegas, is a UK-Canadian co-production between the UK's Pembridge Pictures, Canada's Prospero Pictures and financing from Scion Films.The ensemble cast features Andie MacDowell, Jennifer Tilly, Eliz
  • Film Source acquires screwball sci-fi comedy Fingerman...

    Alex Massis' The Film Source has acquired AJ Rickert-Epstein's screwball sci-fi comedy Fingerman, Dr London And The Triangle Project.Rickert-Epstein and Stephen Murray produced the story of an ordinary suburban man who has to thwart a plot by evil scientists from the future. Christopher Clark and Dan Davidson star.Film Source's vice president of acquisitions Edward Jordon called Rickert-Epstein a 'modern-day prophet', adding: 'He b
  • Filmaka names first annual contest winner as 21 year-old Londoner

    Filmaka, the digital entertainment studio and online creative community, has announced the winner of its first annual feature film competition as the UK's Nuru Rimington-Mkali for his short film And I Refuse To Forget.The 21 year-old will be awarded the opportunity to direct his first feature, which Filmaka will produce.Founded by producer Deepak Nayar and run by Sandy Grushow, Filmaka is run as a series of themed monthly contests
  • Filmaka- the contest Engine

    Deepak Nayar's original idea in hatching Filmaka in late 2006 was to create a platform for pitching material that would then be judged by peers and a panel of A-list judges.The concept was that aspiring film-makers submit one to three-minute short films to the site on designated themes. Every month, the community of film-makers select the 10 highest-quality films and five to 10 additional films are selected by Filmaka executives. Those 15-20 members receive $500 each.They are th
  • Forbidden Kingdom sets opening day record in China

    Echoing its strong first weekend gross in the US, The Forbidden Kingdom achieved a record-breaking opening-day gross in mainland China. The film raked in $2.29m (RMB16m) on Thursday, April 24, surpassing the $2.14m (RMB15m) record set by The Warlords last December, as well as that of Curse Of The Golden Flower in 2006.The film also set a record for the widest release so far in mainland China. It was released on 683 film prints and also in 545 digital screens ac
  • Fortissimo picks up Mendoza's Cannes-bound Serbis

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights outside of France and the Philippines to Brillante Mendoza's Serbis, the first Filipino film to screen in competition at Cannes in 24 years. The last Filipino film to screen in Cannes competition was the late director Lino Brocka's Bayan Ko: My Own Country. The last film from the Philippines that Fortissimo handled was Mel Chionglo's 1999 Burlesk King.Mendoza first gained attention with his debut film The Masseu
  • Francemay openup tax breaks to international productions

    The French government is considering relaxing its tax breaks to include foreign films. French daily Le Figaro reported Friday that the culture and finance ministries are considering opening up what is known as the credit d'impot system in order to attract international productions.The credit d'impot was originally set up four years ago to encourage French films to shoot locally. The scheme allows for a write off of 20% of a film's below-the-line costs and has a cap of $1.6
  • Fuji TV's Shaolin Girl sells throughout Asia

    Katsuyuki Motohiro's martial arts action comedy Shaolin Girl has sold to eight Asian territories, co-producer Fuji TV announced today. Gaga Communications, which is handling international sales on the film, has closed deals with Bill Kong's Edko Films for Hong Kong and Macau, San-Byte Hong Kong Co for Taiwan, Sahamongkol Film International for Thailand and Festive Films for rights in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.The deals follow a reported flood of offers from o
  • Golden Globes set awards schedule for 2009

    The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 11, 2009, Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) president Jorge Camara announced today [April 22].
  • Hamer selected for Un Certain Regard as Norway targets the Croisette

    Norwegian director Bent Hamer's O'Horten - his return to local film-making after his US feature, Factotum (2005), from Charles Bukowski's novel - will unspool in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, as Hamer's fourth official entry in the festival. The selection coincides with Norway's largest promotional effort on the Côte d'Azur, focusing on Norwegian cinema, filming in Norway and tourism in Norway, staged by Innovation Norway,, the film institute and the film
  • Hays and Mullen join TIFF Canadian programming team

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added two new faces to its Canadian programming team. Montreal-based academic and film journalist Matthew Hays joins Jesse Wente and Steve Gravestock on the feature film selection committee.Programming veteran Kathleen Mullen will handle the Short Cuts Canada selection for TIFF 2008 along with programmers Alex Rogalski and Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo, who will be going on maternity leave and acting as a consultant this year. Hays ha
  • I Am Because We Are

    Dir: Nathan Rissman. USA. 2008. 85 mins.On just about every level, Los Angeles and landlocked Malawi, the second poorest nation on earth, would appear to exist in universes not so much parallel as perpendicular. Yet in I Am Because We Are, the Madonna production chiefly about the plight of Malawian orphans, these worlds converge, mainly in the perception of its star backer. What is lost is anything not already well covered about AIDS over the past three decades (M
  • Icelandic comedy among new titles on Bac Films Cannes slate

    Bac Films will bring three new projects to the Cannes market this year and also unveil the market premiere screening of Back Soon by Solveig Anspach.The comedy is about a woman in Iceland who's had enough of her pot-selling business and decides to move away with her two sons. Unfortunately, her customers aren't quite as keen that she's leaving them.Newly-announced titles include two animated films: Jasper and Round Da Way . The former is directed by Eckart F
  • Icelandic comedy among new titles on Bac Films Cannes slate

    Bac Films will bring three new projects to the Cannes market this year and also unveil the market premiere screening of Back Soon by Solveig Anspach. The comedy is about a woman in Iceland who's had enough of her pot-selling business and decides to move away with her two sons. Unfortunately, her customers aren't quite as keen that she's leaving them.Newly-announced titles include two animated films: Jasper and Round Da Way . The former is directed by Eckart Fin
  • International - Mangas draw audience

    Japanese animated sequels came up trumps this weekend with two entries from Toho entering the top 15 and generating a combined $6.5m in their home territory.Detective Conan: Full Score Of Fear came in at number seven with a $4m take over 335 screens for an enormous $12,087 screen average - the biggest of the weekend. The 12th instalment of the manga series is directed by Yasuichiro Yamamoto and voiced by Akira Kamiya and Minami Takayama. It follows last year's instalment, Det
  • Interview: Thierry Fremaux

    Cannes' general manager Thierry Fremaux has become a respected trendsetter, carving his mark on the festival by welcoming feature documentaries and animations into the competition and embracing US film-makers.In the week the 2008 Cannes line-up is unveiled, Fremaux talks to Nancy Tartaglione-Vialatte about where he plans to take the festival and what he sees for the future of arthouse film-making.Which festivals do you enjoy attending'Before I started at
  • Iron Man

    Dir: Jon Favreau. US. 2008. 126 mins.
  • Japan rides high at international box office, led by Detective Conan

    Japanese animated sequels came up trumps this weekend with two entries from Toho entering the top 15 and generating a combined $6.5m in their home territory. The top 40 international films generated $110.9m across 38,186 screens for the period of April 18-20.For the full international chart, compiled by Len Klady, click here.Detective Conan: Full Score Of Fear came
  • Kadokawa acquires Chen Kaige's Mei Lanfang

    China Film Group Corporation has announced that it has sold all Japanese rights to Chen Kaige's biopic Mei Lanfang to Kadokawa Pictures. Although the amount of the deal was not disclosed, CFGC chairman Han Sanping said it is the highest price in recent years for a Chinese film sold to overseas. Kadokawa previously acquired Chen's 1993 Palme d'Or winner Farewell My Concubine.'We had a good cooperation with Mr. Chen Kaige. In real life, Mei Lanfang went to Japan three t
  • Little Girl Blue takes top honours at Plzen

    An international jury at the 21st Finale Plzen film festival awarded the Golden Kingfisher for Best Film to Alice Nellis' Little Girl Blue. Produced by Jan Sverak, the film tells the story of one fateful day in the life of a middle-aged woman, played by actress and musician Iva Bittova. Portobello Pictures handles international sales for the film.Little Girl Blue beat out 11 othe
  • Love Pain And Vice Versa (Sexo, Dolor Y Vice Versa)

    Dir. Alfonso Pineda-Ulloa, Mexico, 2008, 86 minutesAlfonso Pineda-Ulloa's thriller is a stylish feature debut that infuses Alfred Hitchcock's influence into every frame of a story about mutual obsession. Love, Pain & Vice Versa may not rock the box office - although it seems to have potential for modest success - but it certainly points to a future for its director in commercial movies, once he jettisons some unnecessary mannerisms. The dark drama,
  • Magnolia picks up North American rights to Red

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Red, the revenge thriller directed by Trygve Allister Diesen and Lucky McKee which had its world premiere at Sundance this year.The film stars Brian Cox, Robert Englund, Amanda Plummer and Tom Sizemore in the story of an elderly recluse (Cox) who tracks down the teenager who killed his dog and embarks on a series of increasingly violent acts of retribution.New York-based Magno
  • M-Appeal adds five titles to line-up for Cannes market

    Fledgling Berlin-based company M-Appeal has added another five titles to its sales line-up, which will have their market premieres at the forthcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.M-Appeal will be handling international distribution on the following films:Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi's documentary Suddenly, Last Winter about homophobia in Italy, first shown at the Berlinale in February;Spanish film-maker Antonio Hens' Clandestinos, focussing on a wannabe ETA
  • Marcie Bloom launches Marcie Bloom Fellowship In Film

    Marcie Bloom, a founding partner of Sony Pictures Classics, is launching The Marcie Bloom Fellowship In Film.The New York-based initiative is a mentoring programme designed to introduce up to four students a year to the world of independent film production and distribution. The fellowship will allow the fellows to define their particular areas of interest be it development, screenwriting, production, distribution, advertising, marketing or publicity as well as offering ne
  • Mark Urman takes over from Sackman as THINKFilm president

    Mark Urman has been named president of THINKFilm in the wake of Jeff Sackman's departure last week.Urman was a co-founder of the company and previously served as head of the theatrical division. He will remain in New York, which will serve as the company's new headquarters.'Mark has played a crucial role in establishing THINK as a brand that is known and respected around the world,' THINKFilm chairman David Bergstein said. 'His strengthened role in the company guarantees
  • Mason, Collee partner with Hopscotch in production venture

    Australian distributor Hopscotch has enticed two of Sydney's most successful international filmmakers, producer Andrew Mason (the Matrix trilogy) and screenwriter John Collee (Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World) to help attract investment and talent to pump into its new production division. The pair will work closely with Hopscotch managing director Troy Lum and production and acquisitions executive Rachel Okine to source and develop films. They will option book
  • Match Factory adds Liverpool to its Cannes slate

    The Match Factory has added Argentinian film-maker Lisandro Alonso's Liverpool as the fifth title in its sales lineup for next month's Cannes Film Festival.Alonso's film will have its world premiere in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar and be the director's fourth time in Cannes after his debut La Libertad in Un Certain Regard in 2001, and Los Muertos and Fantasma in the Directors' Fortnight programmes of 2004 and 2006.Produced by Alonso's 4L P
  • Mendes starts production on Big Beach/Focus romantic comedy

    Production is set to get underway in Connecticut this week on Sam Mendes' untitled contemporary comedy starring Leatherheads lead John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Toni Collette and Cheryl Hines.Novelist Dave Eggers and his wife Vendela Vida wrote the screenplay and Focus Features is co-financing with producers Big Beach and will distribute worldwide. Catherine O'Hara, Paul Schneider, Alison Janney and Chris Messina round out the key
  • MGM buys domestic rights to How To Lose Friends...

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has acquired domestic rights to How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, Robert B Weide's film of Toby Young's bestselling memoir, and set a US release date of Oct 3 this year.Simon Pegg, currently shooting Star Trek in which he plays Scotty, stars in the film as Sidney Young, an English journalist who proves a dismal failure on the staff of New York's most prestigious magazine.
  • Morales steps down as Miromar CEO, Heizmann to take over

    Michel Morales has stepped down from his post as CEO of the Ludwigsburg-based production house Miromar Entertainment to concentrate on the creative aspects of filmmaking and will be succeeded by Peter Heizmann.Morales, who co-produced the Heather Graham romantic comedy Buy Borrow Steal (known as Miss Conception in the US), has plans, apart from producing, to be in the director's chair for the English-language action film Car Pirates, based on a screenplay by
  • Moxie Makers shortlists eight projects for $500,000 prize

    The Big Pitch, a new competition from UK-based micro studio Moxie Makers, has short listed eight projects to compete for a feature film production prize worth up to $500,000 (£250,000). The scheme, supported by Skillset, was launched through Ipso Facto Films, (which manages Moxie Makers) in December 2007 at the Northern Lights Film Festival (NLFF) in Newcastle and will provide training and development for six producer/writer/director teams as they compete for the prize.A panel
  • Natalie Sakai promoted in film acquisitions at IFDC

    Natalie Sakai has been promoted to manager of worldwide acquisitions and operations at entertainment consultants IFDC Inc.Sakai joined IFDC Inc in 2007 and continues to work alongside president Jerome Bliah in international film acquisitions.Sakai began her professional career as an assistant to Academy Award winning documentarian Robert Amram.She moved into production for commercials, television and features at the management and production firm Anonymous Con
  • New Figgis feature to screen at Tribeca and Cannes

    Danny Plunkett in LondonLove Live Long , the first feature from Mike Figgis since 2003's Cold Creek Manor, will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28. It will launch internationally in the market at Cannes on May 18.Written and directed by Figgis, the film was shot over seven days in London, Istanbul and Bratislava and is set against the background of international supercar event the 2007 Gumball Rally. It stars Sophie Winkleman and Daniel Lapaine.T
  • Newcastle

    Dir/scr: Dan Castle. Australia. 2008. 106 mins.Dan Castle is an American-born director, but he recognises the dichotomies of Australia, where he makes films. The best thing about Newcastle, a feature set in the country's third largest city, is its awareness of how an industrial landscape (coal and shipping) can coexist with some of the world's most beautiful beaches. And some hot beefcake as well, if a bit on the jailbait side. Castle, former co-pr
  • Noeltner's CMG brings Under Still Waters to Cannes

    Edward Noeltner's Cinema Management Group (CMG) has acquired international rights to Carolyn Miller's noir Under Still Waters and will commence pre-sales in Cannes next month.The film will receive its market premiere on the Croisette on May 15. It stars Lake Bell, who appears with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher in the upcoming romantic comedy What Happens In Vegas.
  • Om Puri appointed chairman of India's NFDC

    Veteran actor Om Puri has been appointed chairman of the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) by the Indian government. The term of the appointment is three years. In his new role Puri will look out for new talent in filmmaking, examine scripts and consider production and co-production opportunities for the NFDC.At a press conference in Mumbai, Puri talked about an initiative entitled Cooperatives, in which the NFDC will provide assistance in enlisting talent at a subsidise
  • Paraiso Travel

    Dir. Simon Brand, Colombia, 2008, 116 minutes.Paraiso Travel takes on the much-travelled (and, recently, much-filmed) journey from Colombia to the dubious paradise of New York where immigrants perform gruelling jobs and live in squalid illegal dwellings. Other films have trod this path with far more drama and imagination.Director Simon Brand's subtitled Spanish-language drama will be a hard sell for American audiences. Colombians in the US will s
  • Queensland signs MoU with Korea's Gyeonggi province

    A 10-year-old sister state relationship between the Australian state of Queensland and the Gyeonggi Province of South Korea has been extended into the film arena with this week's signing of a memorandum of understanding. The agreement is between the Gyeonggi Film Commission, the Gyeonggi Digital Contents Agency, and the Pacific Film and Television Commission (PFTC). Its aim is to exchange ideas, information, skills and technologies to foster the development of film and digital content and
  • Redbelt

    Dir: David Mamet . US. 2008. 99mins.Clearly a David Mamet film from its first line of dialogue, Redbelt exhibits many of the tenets of the playwright-film-maker's earlier efforts, although they find a novel new setting in the world of mixed martial arts. Some of Mamet's techniques have certainly lost their freshness, but buoyed by a terrific lead performance from Chiwetel Ejiofor, this drama about personal integrity versus moral comp
  • Revitalised MGM Studios picks up comedy spec script The Zookeeper

    MGM has acquired Jay Scherick and David Ronn's comedy spec script The Zookeeper with Walt Becker attached to direct.Becker directed the 2007 comedy hit Wild Hogs as well as the upcoming comedy Old Dogs and will produce The Zookeeper with Jennifer Eatz for The Walt Becker Company. The story tracks a lonely zookeeper who lea
  • Richie Mehta's Amal wins Grand Jury Prize at IFFLA

    The sixth annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles finished on Sunday with the announcement that Richie Mehta's Amal, which opened the festival last Tuesday, won the Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature and Yunus Vally's The Glow Of White Women won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary.Shivajee Chandrabhushan's Frozen won a special mention in the nar
  • RiverRun top prizes go to Edge Of Heaven, Up The Yangtze

    The tenth annual RiverRun International Film Festival ended on Sunday (April 27) with the announcement that Fatih Akin's The Edge Of Heaven had won the narrative juried competition and Yung Chang's Up The Yangtze had won the documentary competition.RiverRun takes place in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.The audience award for best narrative feature went to Gareth Lewis'
  • Rob Williams gets key acquisitions job at Liberation Entertainment

    Rob Williams, formerly an acquisitions executive at Netflix/Red Envelope Entertainment, has been named vice president of acquisitions and theatrical distribution at aggressive new US independent Liberation Entertainment.Williams will develop and oversee the company's US acquisitions strategy for film and TV across multiple platforms.The announcement was made by Jay Boberg, the chairman and CEO of Liberation, which he launched in 2006 with the backing of private equity fir
  • Rose and Ravid named to vice presidents at Senator US

    Marco Weber's Senator Entertainment has promoted Rachel Rose to vice president of production and finance and hired Orly Ravid as vice president of acquisitions and domestic distribution.Rose has been with Senator for two years and most recently served as executive director of production and finance.Ravid, a former Maxmedia executive, will head the company's acquisitions efforts at all global film festivals and markets and is also charged with devising domestic distributio
  • Sarah Marshall hopes 8 territories won't forget this weekend

    The start of the blockbuster season is almost upon us and with one week to go before Paramount Pictures International (PPI) unleashes Marvel's Iron Man around the globe, the release schedule is predictably subdued.Universal's comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall gets a push this weekend with eight launches through UPI including Russia on April 24 and the UK on April 25.Executives hope the romant
  • Sarah Marshall is queen of international with $7m weekend

    Universal's Forgetting Sarah Marshall led the international market through UPI thanks to an estimated $7m haul from 1,000 sites in nine territories.The three-day result elevates the comedy's early running total to $9.3m and was driven by an excellent number one UK launch on $4.1m from 393 for producer Judd Apatow's biggest opening in the territory.Sarah Marshall held firm at the top in its sec
  • Screen opinion: The changing face of distribution

    In any list of over-rated virtues, suffering for one's art should come pretty high. Of course, there's the great myth of the tortured artist - slicing off the occasional ear or slaving in a cockroach-ridden garret is meant to get the juices flowing.Most, however, find it possible to operate effectively with a distinct skewing towards the second part of the pain-gain equation. And that is surely true of the film business.This is one of the few industries where heroism is expected fr
  • Secret Of The Grain lands in the US through IFC Films

    IFC Films has acquired US rights to Abdellatif Kechiche's Cesar winner The Secret Of The Grain, which will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 28.The French-language drama centres on a man from the French port town of Sete whose plans to set up a restaurant heal deep wounds in his dysfunctional family.The Secret Of The Grain launched in Venice last year where it picked up the Fipres
  • Set visit: Lone Scherfig's An Education

    It is the Easter holidays and in a quiet Japanese school in West London, Danish director Lone Scherfig is shooting a scene with a school orchestra in an airy assembly hall.With its dark wood the hall looks right at home in the early 1960s period in which An Education is set. 'I love to shoot in the UK,' the Danish director says over lunch. 'Even this little school - it's a beautiful location.'The project marks the first produced screenplay written by bestselling novelist
  • Shane Meadows leads UK delegation at Tribeca

    BAFTA winner Shane Meadows gave a masterclass to Tribeca Film Festival attendees including graduates of the UK Skillset academies on Saturday [April 26].Meadows, whose latest film Somers Town received its North American premiere here, spoke to an audience that included film-makers from seven UK projects selected under the auspices of Skillset and the Edinburgh International Film Festival's Trailblazers programme.The British film-ma
  • Shochiku to launch video-on-demand service

    Japanese major studio Shochiku has announced the launch of a video-on-demand (VoD) service which will stream movies from its library of over 2,000 titles. Dubbed 'Shochiku Online', the service will launch on May 21. Approximately 200 titles are scheduled to become available in the first year, with 10 to 20 titles added each month. Initial offerings will include classics such as Yasujiro Ozu's Late Spring, Keisuke Kinoshita's Twenty-Four Eyes and titles from the Tora-san
  • Shyer, HandMade set nine year-old Australian Beatty to play Eloise

    Nine year-old Australian actress Jordana Beatty has been cast in the title role of Eloise in the new live action feature of children's classic Eloise In Paris being backed by HandMade Films and directed by Charles Shyer.Beatty joins Uma Thurman, who has been cast as Nanny in the contemporary adaptation which is intended as an ongoing franchise for the Eloise characterThe film begins principal photography on Aug 12 in Paris, New Yor
  • Silverdocs to honour Spike Lee at June event

    Silverdocs will honour Spike Lee at the Charles Guggenheim Symposium, the centerpiece of the eight-day documentary festival that takes place in June just outside Washington DC.Lee was selected for his 'unyielding commitment to telling stories that challenge America's consciousness of social injustice, while also celebrating the resilience and power of the human spirit.'The symposium, named after the late, four-time Academy Award-winner Charles Guggenheim, honours a film-m
  • Slater, Bentley to star in Dolan's Cadillac for Film Bridge

    Christian Slater and Wes Bentley have signed up to star in the adaptation of Stephen King's novella Dolan's Cadillac.The thriller follows a young man (Bentley) who seeks to avenge his wife's murder by the untouchable Las Vegas mobster Jimmy Dolan (Slater).Emmanuelle Vaugier rounds out the key cast on the project, which is scheduled to begin shooting in the Canadian regions of Saskatchewan and Quebec on May 14. Erik Canuel will direc
  • Special report: Hollywood goes anglophile

    'Britain isin a golden era right now, particularly with directors,' says David Livingstone, worldwide president of marketing and distribution at UK powerhouse Working Title.Will and actors' strike benefit UK talent'At that company alone, there are new projects in the works from Edgar Wright, Joe Wright, Kevin Macdonald and Paul Greengrass. Those are not just fou
  • SPTI signs day-and-date VoD deal with KT Corp

    Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) has signed a day-and-date video-on-demand (VoD) licensing deal with South Korea's KT Corporation (KT). Films covered by the deal willbe shownon KT's internet protocol TV (IPTV) service MegaTV on the same day as local home video/DVD release. Titles include Vantage Point, The Water Horse, Across the Universe, Stephen Chow's box-office hit CJ7, Will Smith's upcoming superhero movie Hancock, and Kevin Spacey's dr
  • Strong showing for France and Latin America in Directors Fortnight

    Nancy Tartaglione-Vialatte in ParisThe Directors Fortnight line-up was announced Thursday morning in Paris with a robust 20 titles set to screen in between opening film Four Nights With Anna by Jerzy Skolimowski and closing film The Pleasure Of Being Robbed from US film-maker Josh Safdie.The section is heavy on Latin American films with co-productions coming from Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Chile and Brazil. There are also 12 French productions or co-productions
  • Summer Book (Tatil Kitabi)

    Dir:Seyfi Teoman. Turkey , 2008. 92 mins.Winner of Best Film in the national section at Istanbul, Seyfi Teoman's small-scale but poetic evocation of summer in a small provincial Turkish town will elicit a warm response both from festival programmers and Turkish communities abroad. The quiet, peaceful beauty of its landscape and its authentic-seeming characters will reward the patient viewer of this laid-back portrait of family life in Silifke, a town close
  • Summit options sci-fi script Arena by Wagstaff, Howell

    Summit Entertainment has optioned the rights to the speculative sci-fi script Arena from first-time writers Toby Wagstaff and Darren Howell.Benderspink will produce along with the writers' manager Jim Thompson, who recently produced War and the hip-hop documentary Diamonds In The Rough.Arena follows a unit of s
  • Swedish Film Institute backs 10 new features

    Signing for $9.3m (Euros 5.8m) production funding, the Swedish Film Institute has set 10 features, five documentaries and seven shorts rolling, including Jorgen Bergmark's A Rational Solution, which won the ARTE France Cinema Award for Jens Jonsson's script at Rotterdam's CineMart, and the new, un-titled film by Mans Herngren.A Rational Solution will be produced by Helena Danielsson for Hepp Film, with Rolf Lassgard, Pernilla August and Stine Ekblad in the leads. Nord
  • Telepool takes on sales for German box-office hit Summer

    Telepool will handle world sales for Mike Marzuk's Summer (Sommer) which has gone straight to the top of the German box-office chart on its first four days of release with over 230,000 admissions from 407 screens.The Walt Disney release of the SamFilm production had the weekend's best screen average of 567 admissions per screen and had almost double the admissions of another local hit, Constantin's school drama The Wave by Dennis Gansel.The feel-good story of f
  • The Cavanaughs wins Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship

    Sundance Institute and the Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship have announced [April 21] that this year's Maryland Filmmakers Fellowship goes to John Morgan and Meg LeFauve and their project The Cavanaughs.Presented in partnership with the Maryland Film Office, the annual fellowship provides Morgan and LeFauve with a $10,000 grant to help with advanced development and pre-production.The Institute's Feature Film Programme director Michel
  • The critical view: the art of the film ending

    Those of you who have been living in a forest hut for the last year and haven't got around to seeing the Coen brothers' No Country For Old Men should stop reading here.This week my subject is film endings - in particular the frustratingly brilliant climax to their adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's skewed lament for the American West - which continues to give rise to passionate debate almost a year after its Cannes 2007 debut.No Country For Old Men has what most peopl
  • The Edge Of Heaven claims four Lolas

    Fatih Akin's The Edge Of Heaven (Auf Der Anderen Seite) picked up four Golden Lolas, including for Best Film, at the German Film Awards at the weekend in Berlin.Produced by Akin's own company Corazon International, the film also received the Lolas for Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Editing (Andrew Bird) to add to a impressive list of prizes and distinctions since its premiere at last year's Cannes Film Festival where it won the Screenplay Award and Ecumenical Ju
  • The Objective

    Dir: Daniel Myrick. 2008. USA. 90 mins.Daniel Myrick co-directed the indie commercial sensation The Blair Witch Project with Eduardo Sanchez in 1999. It's nearly a quantum leap from three student campers lost in rural Maryland in 1994 to a gaggle of U.S. Special Ops in an arid, remote section of southern Afghanistan in 2001, but the template for what plot there is in The Objective and its faux-sci-fi cum metaphysical mood are almost identical.
  • Tribeca 2008 kicks off as NY state tax credit is tripled

    The seventh Tribeca Film Festival kicked off in high spirits yesterday [April 23] as New York Governor David Paterson signed into law a tripling of the state's tax credit for film and TV productions and festival sponsors American Express extended their commitment for a further five years.The new tax legislation raises the tax credit for below-the-line costs on in-state productions from 10% to 30% and brings New York on a par with its local rival Connecticut. The City of New York offe
  • Tribeca 2008: full list of reviews

    Click on a film title to see Screen's review Opening FilmBaby Mama (Michael McCullers. US)GalaRedbelt (David Mamet. US) Bart Got A RoomEncountersBart Got A Room (Brian Hecker. US)
  • Tribeca All Access awards narrative prize to Chatmon's $Free.99

    Pete Chatmon won the fifth annual Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards narrative prize for $Free.99 at the weekend [April 25].Chatmon co-wrote the screenplay with Candice Sanchez McClaren about a bank robber who is more than he appears.In the emerging narrative section screenwriter Leigh Dana Jackson and producer Moira Griffin took top honours for The Infinite Life Of Stuart Hornsley a
  • UK documentary The English Surgeon wins top prize at Hot Docs

    UK filmmaker Geoffrey Smith's The English Surgeon won the Best International Feature Documentary Award as the 15th annual Hot Docs festival wrapped in Toronto this weekend. Produced by Smith and Rachel Wexler, the film follows renowned British brain surgeon Henry Marsh as he operates on life-threatening brain tumours in the Ukraine. The Special Jury Prize for international documentary feature went to Israeli filmmaker Tamar Yarom f
  • UK film-maker wins top prize at Nyon doc fest

    Martin Blaney in NyonUK film-maker Molly Dineen has been awarded the Grand Prix for The Lie Of The Land about the hard daily routine of English farmers at Nyon's Visions du Reel documentary film festival which closed on April 23.In addition, the International Jury, which included US producer Claire Aguilar and the Swiss DoP Severine Barde, gave the Prix SRG SSR Idee Suisse to Ju An-Qi's portait of contemporary urban China in Night In China.The Audien
  • UK Special - Hot Brits At The Box Office

    ACTORSW/wide grossSacha Baron CohenBorat (2006)$261.5mTalladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby (2006)$163mAli G Indahouse (2002)$23.3mWhat's next: He creates another memorable character in Bruno, for Universal.Gerard ButlerW/wide grossNi
  • UK Special - Picket line - Strike one'

    With a possible US actors' strike on the cards this summer, could it be a boom time for UK actors'Don't count on it, even if a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) strike goes ahead. All the leading UK actors are members of SAG as well as UK actors' union Equity, so would not be able to ignore SAG guidelines. Tim Gale, films organiser at Equity, notes that even if US studio projects go ahead without A-list actors, the B and C-list actors that might be members of Equity but not SAG are unlikely to
  • UK's New Wave adds Unrelated, Tricks, Quiet Chaos

    New Wave Films, the new UK distributor set up by Artificial Eye veterans Pam Engel and Robert Beeson in February 2008, has acquired three new films for its initial slate.The new acquisitions are Unrelated, Tricks and Quiet Chaos.Joanna Hogg's Unrelated from the UK won the Fipresci prize at the 2007 Times BFI London Film Festival. Kathryn Worth, Tom Hiddleston, Mary Roscoe and David Rintoul star in the story of a middle-aged English woman going on holid
  • UK's Warp, Australia's Madman pact for at least two low-budget films

    Mark Herbert, managing director of Warp Films in the UK, said he wanted to get involved with Australian filmmakers when he visited in October last year; he has turned out to be a man of his word. Warp, which is based in Sheffield in Yorkshire, plans to work with Melbourne-based distributor Madman to identify and produce at least two bold, high-risk high-energy low-budget films in the next three years. These are the kinds of films that have been made under the Warp X initiative in the UK.
  • United Kingdom - Character Counts

    Bob Hoskins' ease at switching from cuddly to menacing has kept his career ticking along nicely for decades. Since 1980's The Long Good Friday launched him as a film star, the actor has worked with Steven Spielberg, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Oliver Stone and Atom Egoyan.Hoskins has also lent his support to low-budget UK productions, such as Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa and Shane Meadows' debut feature TwentyFourSeven.He is again supporting local talent with Ruby Bl
  • United Kingdom - Virtuous circle

    It is a bitterly cold February day in deepest Nottinghamshire in the middle of England, with rain-clouds looming. But that does not stop cast and crew from braving the elements and putting their Thai curry lunch on hold while their enthusiastic, perfectionist director Stephan Elliott freeze-frames the shot he is chasing.Australian-born Elliott, best known for the more sunny climates of his 1994 breakthrough The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, is hard at work on a UK period
  • United States - A one-shot deal

    On a sombre late March morning in Chicago before dawn breaks, it is day four of shooting on Helix, the first feature from the Beverly Hills-based production company Windward Entertainment.The story, about the kidnap of a young woman (played by Alexa Vega), is drawn from an actual incident involving Aram Rappaport, the film's 20-year-old director and writer.The independent production is distinguished by a highly unusual and even experimental shooting style that captures th
  • Video-on-demand in Europe sees surge in growth

    The number of video-on-demand (VoD) services in Europe almost doubled in the 12 months to December 2007. A report published by the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) - Video On Demand In Europe - has found 258 VoD services in operation in the 24 European countries surveyed, compared with 142 at the end of 2006.Much of the growth is due to websites provided by broadcasters and television channels offering free catch-up TV, giving viewers access to certain programmes, notably episodes o
  • Warner Bros boards Indian title Saas Bahu Aur Sensex

    Warner Bros India has announced its second local Indian film production, Shona Urvashi's sophomore effort Saas Bahu Aur Sensex (SBS).Principal photography on the film, produced by PLA Entertainment and Warner Bros, has been completed and post work has begun. The film is slated for release on September 12.Saas Bahu Aur Sensex - which literally means 'mother-in-law, daughter-in-law and the Sensex' (the Indian stock market barometer), but is translated as 'From Te
  • Warner Bros signs multi-picture deal with India's Ocher Studios

    Warner Bros Pictures India is following its foray into the production of Hindi-language films with an exclusive multi-picture deal with South Indian-language film company Ocher Studios. Chennai-based Ocher Studios is headed by superstar actor Rajnikanth's daughter Soundarya. Warner Bros Pictures India and Ocher will produce and distribute live-action South Indian-language films under the Warner Bros brand.'We are proud to be working with Soundarya Rajnikanth who is extremely talent
  • Who is selling what: Cannes' sales slate stories

    The following stories about sales company slates will be frequently updated in the run-up to the Cannes market.The names of sales companies are in alphabetical order. Click on a story for more.Arclight Arsenal to pre-sell Gooding comedy Harold AWP
  • Wild Bunch picks up world rights to Khoo's My Magic

    France's Wild Bunch has acquired worldwide sales rights, excluding France and Singapore, to Eric Khoo's Cannes competition-bound My Magic. Khoo's Singapore-based production outfit Zhao Wei Films has separately sold the film to ARP for France. The new picture represents the first from Singapore to play in competition at Cannes. Khoo's previous picture Be With Me opened Directors' Fortnight in 2005 while his 12 Storeys played at Un Certain Regard a decade ago. He remain