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28 July 2006

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  • Academy tweaks marketing rules

    The Board ofGovernors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a slightchange to the regulations governing marketing campaigns for the upcoming 79thAcademy Awards.Going forward notifications about screening schedules may include informationabout regular theatrical release screenings alongside details of private,invitation-only screening
  • Angry Monk secures domestic deal

    Angry Monk Productions hasclosed a domestic deal for its documentary Angry Monk, which played at Sundance earlier this year.First Run/Icarus in New York has picked up the profile of the rebelliousTibetan monk Gendun Choephel directed by Luc Schaedler.The picture has also sold to Zorro Film in Germany, and previously went toAustria's Polyfilm and Xenix in Switzerland.Paris-based Wide Management is handling worldwide sales.
  • Arrests made in north London pirate DVD operation

    Authoritieshave arrested 11 pirate DVD sellers working in Leyton Mills Retail Parkin northeast London.Theshopping area had had an ongoing problem with pirate
  • Aspen Filmfest to honour Harrison Ford

    Harrison Ford will receivethe Aspen Filmfest's annual Independent by Nature Award at this year's 28th autumn festival in recognition ofhis contribution to modern cinema.The evening tribute will take place on Sept 30. The award recognises a filmartist whose body of work has redefined the movie experience and has previouslygone to Anjelica Huston, William H Macy and Michael Douglas, among o
  • Bet Collector scoops top prizes at Cinefan

    The Bet Collector, directed by the Philippines' Jeffrey Jeturian, was awarded best film and bestactress for Gina Pareno's performance in the Asian Competition at Osian'sCinefan in New Delhi on Sundaynight. Pareno plays a middle-agedhousewife who collects bets for the illegal game of 'jueteng' in the film,which also picked up the Fipresci jury award. The jury for th
  • Bigfoot extends film fund to Singapore

    LA and Asia-basedproducer/investor Bigfoot Entertainment plans to invest in Singapore-producedfeatures through its Bigfoot Partners Film Fund.The fund, which aims tosupport high-quality independent productions from emerging and established filmmakers,will pump between $200,000 and $2m into individual Singapore projects. According to Bigfoot directorof creative development, Timothy Doolen, the fund is looking for Asi
  • Borat to premiere in Toronto's Midnight Madness

    Killersheep and Sacha Baron Cohen are highlights of aseriously upgraded Midnight Madness programme at theupcoming Toronto International Film Festival. The late-night cult-themedsidebar has been graced with five world premieres including the docu-spoof Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make BenefitGlorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, starring the Ali G star Cohen in hisguise as Kazakhstani journalist BoratSagdiyev. Otherworld premieres are Black She
  • Brazil box-office up 12% during first half of 2006

    Brazil's box office sales totaled $154.4m (Brazilian Real 340.8m) in the first six months of 2006, registering a 12.1% increase over the same period last year, according to figures released by Filme B, a local film company that reviews theatrical market numbers. The average ticket price reached $3.51 (BRL 7.73), up 6% from the same period. The country's total attendance increased by 6% as a result of 44.1m tickets sold. Local productions admissions were up 58% in relation to January-Ju
  • Breaking News: Venice Line-Up Announced

    IN COMPETITION OPENING FILM: THE BLACK DAHLIADir: Brian De PalmaUSA - 120'Main cast: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner,Mike Starr, Fiona ShawFALLENDir: Barbara AlbertAustria
  • Broken Lizard, Warner Bros line up The Babymaker

    Broken Lizard Industries andGerber Pictures will produce comedy The Babymaker for Warner Bros.Broken Lizard's Jay Chandrasekhar, whose credits include The Dukes Of Hazzard is set to direct and colleague KevinHeffernan will star under the company's first-look deal with the studio.Written by Ice Age: The Meltdownco-screenwriters Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow, The Babymaker tells the story of a desperate aspiring father whosefriends attempt to help by
  • BVI rejoices as Pirates, Cars cross century marks

    Buena Vista International(BVI) remained the dominant distributor overseas this weekend as the number onepicture Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Cars togethergrossed an estimated $70m.Once again Dead Man's Chest was asizeable presence on the international stage as it added $62m to raise thetally to $217m.It became the 20th BVI release to cross $200m, the Walt Disney Company's 10thpicture to cross $500m globally and the stu
  • BVI seeks to tighten grip on overseas market

    Pirates Of The Caribbean:Dead Man's Chest should cruise past$250m this weekend as it extends it reach with a further 11 debuts throughBuena Vista International (BVI).The adventure romp boosted its international tally by more than $20m this weekto $239.1m and sets sail in Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerlandon Jul 27.Meanwhile Cars is expected totake the chequered flag in the UK when it opens on Jul 28. The Pixar title hasamassed $99m, contrary to est
  • Cambridge festival sets attendance record

    The 26thCambridge Film Festival saw more than 14,500 admissions, a new festival record,during its run from July 6-16. The event hosted 225 screenings and events. Audience awards went toPedro Almodovar's Volver and Mike Flores's short Waiting/Hoping. The young person's jurywinner was 14-year-old Melinda Barber from Parkside Community College. The festival hosted
  • China box office up 40% with Hollywood in the lead

    China's box office grew by 40% to $125m (RMB1bn) in the first half of 2006,compared to the same period last year, according to local reports, of which revenue-sharingHollywood imports accounted for 51%. The other 49% of the marketwas shared by flat-fee imported films and local productions. Sony's The Da Vinci Code and UIP's KingKong were the top imported films, while Fearless
  • Chris Cornell recruited for next Bond soundtrack

    Former Soundgardenfrontman Chris Cornell will perform the main titlesong for the forthcoming James Bond film CasinoRoyale. Cornell wrote the track,titled You Know My Name, with Bondcomposer David Arnold. "I've always loved Chris'work, both as a writer and as an artist, and had hoped someday to find theright film to inspire him," said Lia Vollack, president of worldwide music for ColumbiaPictures. "His music is both soulful and tough. It was the
  • Cinema ad revenues enjoy blockbuster boost in UK

    Revenues from cinema advertising in the UK rose9.3% year-on-year for the first six months of the year.The Nielsen Media Research figures show that therewas a big spike - 34% - during last month's World Cup.
  • City Of Violence star set to make Comeback

    Korea's LJ Film has announced plans for its first English-language actionfilm Comeback to be the directorialdebut of Jung Doo-hong, who also stars in recent The Weinstein Company pick-up The City OfViolence.Jung is well-known as amartial arts expert and action choreographer for box office hits such as KangWoo-suk's Silmido and upcomingswordplay fantasy Restless. He alsofounded
  • Columbia, IMAX sign Spider-Man 3 global deal

    Columbia Pictures andIMAX Corporation have signed a simultaneous global release deal for Spider-Man 3 next year in conventionaland large-screen format.The picture will be digitally re-mastered for the IMAXformat, and opens around the world on May 4, 2007.Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Graceand Bryce Dallas Howard star i
  • COMIC-CON: Russell heads Grindhouse cast

    Kurt Russell will star in DeathProof, Quentin Tarantino's segmentof the horror double feature Grindhouse he and Robert Rodriguez are shooting for The Weinstein Company (TWC).Russell joins TWC regular Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell, Vanessa Ferlito, Jordan Ladd,Rose McGowan in the slasher project.Tarantino made the announcement at the annual COMIC-CON event here, which drewapproximately 100,000 popular culture fans - many of them sporting theirfinest Spider-Man and Jedi
  • COMIC-CON: Studio, Singer eye 2009 Superman sequel

    Bryan Singer is in talks with Warner Bros top brass to direct a high-action Superman sequel to open no later than 2009.Speaking at the COMIC-CON popular culture convention here in San Diego, Singer said he had not agreed terms yet but confirmed he was keen to make the picture."Now that there's a context with characters who we're invested in, now we cango into the action realm," Singer told jubilant attendees. "It's a way ofrolling it out that I learned on X-Men."
  • Congorama to open 35th Montreal festival

    Montreal's Festival duNouveau Cinema will screen a selection of titles from the Cannes festival,including Ken Loach's Palmed'Or-winner TheWind That Shakes The Barley, Pedro Almodovar's Best Screenplay-winner Volver and Philippe Falardeau's Congorama, whichhas been selected to open the Montreal festival. The FNC said it expects both Loach and Almodovar to be in attendance. Meanwhile, local hero Falardeau will bring his entire cast -- Olivi
  • Contest winner cast in Shochiku franchise

    In a break from the usualtalent agency system of Japanese movie casting, an unknown 20-year-old actresshas won a role in the 17th installment of Shochiku's long-running Free & Easy comedy series. Kyoto college student Hana Ebise was selected from more than10,000 entrants in Shochiku's nationwide "Star Gate" open audition contest,which ran from last summer to winter as part of the conglomerate's 110thanniversary celebration. Ebise won a
  • De Palma's The Black Dahlia to open Venice

    Brian De Palma will returnto the Biennale with a film for the first time in 14 years as it was announcedhis star-studded film noir The Black Dahlia will open the 63rd Venice International FilmFestival on Aug 30.Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank, Josh Hartnett and Aaron Eckhart star in theJames Ellroy adaptation and to add to the event's lustre Johansson and Swankplan to attend with De Palma and production designer Dante Ferretti.Inspired by the notorious 1940s murder in
  • Dixie Chicks doc gets Toronto gala berth

    Dixie Chicks - Shut UpAnd Sing, by filmmakers BarbaraKopple and Cecilia Peck, will screen as a Gala presentation at the upcomingToronto International Film Festival (TIFF).It was one of 23 documentaries unveiled today, 13 of them world premieres,including Kurt Cobain About A Sonby A J Schnack, featuring unreleased audio interview with the late father ofgrunge, and The Prisoner Or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair from Gunner Palace filmmakers Petra Epperlein
  • Double joy for BVI as Pirates, Cars cross century marks

    Buena Vista International(BVI) remained the dominant distributor overseas this weekend as the number onepicture Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Cars togethergrossed an estimated $70m.Once again Dead Man's Chest was asizeable presence on the international stage as it added $62m to raise thetally to $217m.It became the 20th BVI release to cross $200m, the Walt Disney Company's 10thpicture to cross $500m globally and the studio's fifth live-act
  • Driving Lessons

    MIME-Version: 1.0Content-Location: file:///C:/2A8CB117/drivingreview.htmContent-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printableContent-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii"Dir/scr: Jeremy Bro=ck. UK. 200=6.95mins.Funny and tender enough to compe
  • Driving Lessons

    Dir/scr: Jeremy Brock. UK. 2006.95mins.Funny and tender enough to compensate for itslightweight, conventional core, DrivingLessons, the first directorial feature from scriptwriter Jeremy Brock (Mrs Brown, Charlotte Gray) is a likeable HaroldAnd Maude rerun that is given a commercial leg-up by the canny casting ofthe three ma
  • Duo to oversee acquisitions and co-productions at TWC

    Maeva Gatineau andMichelle Krumm have been named executive vice presidents and co-heads ofacquisitions and co-productions at The Weinstein Company (TWC).Gatineau, based in the company's UK office, and Krumm, based in the LA office, will jointly lead worldwide acquisitions activities, and will report to Bob and Harvey Weinstein.Former acquisitions chief Agnes Mentre left TWC earlier this
  • 'Everything's being done right this time that wasn't done right back in the 1950s'

    Long regarded as afilm-making pioneer, James Cameron is a self-described "evangelist" for digital3D. The director recently talked to Screen International about his vision ofcinema's future. A shorter version of this interview appears in the July 28print edition of Screen International as part of a cover feature on digital 3D.Screen International: Why do you think 3D and digital are the next stepin the evolution'JC: I started experimenti
  • Forester, Kessler join Myriad executive suite

    Myriad Pictures hasmade two key hires, naming Kevin Forester vice president of finance andcontroller and Craig Kessler vice president of business and legal affairs.Both appointments are effective immediately and the executives will report toMyriad president and chief executive officer Kirk D'Amico.Forester joins Myriad following an 11-year tenure at The Bubble Factor
  • French distributor Bac posts strong revenues

    Bac Majestic has announced a marked increase in revenues for the first half of 2006. With $15.1m (Euros 12m) in income, the French distributor saw a 56.6% rise over the same period last year. Figures were especially notable in theatrical distribution with $7.8 (Euros 6.2m) in revenues for 12 films released including The White Planet, The Caiman, Transamerica and Hoodwinked.Video distribution brought in $2.1m (Euros 1.7m) while international sales spiked to $2.6 (Eu
  • Gold Circle hires Rivet for Dead Daughters

    GoldCircle Films has hired Jared Rivet to write its English-language remake of DeadDaughters based on PavelRuminov's upcoming Russian horror picture.Rivet previously wrote Killers Of The Dead, which Brian Witten is producing and JC Barros isdirecting.Gold Circle chief Paul Brooks will produce the story of a crazed woman whosparks a chain of supernatural
  • Gravehopping takes top prize at Serbian festival

    Festival favourite Slovenian Jan Cvitkovic's Gravehopping won the Golden Tower prizefor the best film at the 13th Festival of European Film at Palic,Serbia (July 15-21). The film had already won the Grand Prize at Cottbus, aspecial mention at Ljubljana and best director award at San Sebastian.The Palic Tower for unique artistic approach went toGerman Detlev Buck's Tough Enough,while Cillian Murphy took the best actor prize for Neil Jordan's B
  • Gruesome notches up string of overseas sales

    CinemavaultInternational has closed key territory sales on Joshua and Jeffrey Crook'sSundance horror picture Gruesome(formerly Salvage), which hasjust been accepted to the upcoming Fantasy Filmfest tour of Germany.Rights have gone to Galileo in Germany, LPR in Brazil, One Movie in Italy,Spenzos in Greece and Cine Video & TV in Mexico.Gruesome cha
  • ICM agrees terms to acquire BWCS

    In its first major play since last year's $100m cash injection by investors, ICM has signed an agreement to acquire The Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann (BWCS) Agency.The move boosts ICM's credibility in the television arena and will see BWCS managing partner Chris Silbermann become ICM co-presidentalongside co-president Ed Limato.All of BWCS' 27 agents will join ICM a
  • Icon Productions options Libba Bray fantasy trilogy

    Icon Productions hasoptioned the rights to Libba Bray's best-selling trilogy about four rebelliousteenagers in Victorian England who discover a portal to another world.The UK's Firstsight Films will partner with Icon and director Charles Sturridgeon the first title in the trilogy, A Great And Terrible Beauty.Icon president Bruce Davey and Firstsight's Sturridg
  • Ireland establishes new Academy to run awards

    Ireland's arts minister John O'Donoghue has announced the creation of a new Irish Film and Television Academy. The body will take over the running of the Irish Film and TV Awards from previous organisers The Irish Film and Television Network. The timing of the awards will be move to February in the international awards season, from its previous November slot. The 2007 event will be held on Feb 9, with submissions from the calendar year of Jan 1 to Dec 31. Aine Moriarty wi
  • Ireland's BCI backs Lenny Abrahamson's Garage

    Garage, Lenny Abrahamson's second feature following Adam & Paul, has been awarded $833,513 (Euros 660,000) in the second round of funding from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland's (BCI) Sound & Vision fund. Garage is the only feature project to have been backed by the BCI in the second round of the fund which allocated $12.1m (Euros 9.59m) in total to 39 projects with letters of support from Irish broadcasters. In the first round of BCI funding substantial back
  • Jakubisko wraps shoot for $13.5m Bathory

    Slovak director Juraj Jakubisko has wrapped principal photography on Bathory, anEnglish-language drama about the 17th-century Hungarian noblewomanand reputed murderess Countess Erzsebet Bathory.The $13.5m project is a Slovak-Czech-UK-Hungarianco-production. Jakubisko Film Slovakiais the delegated producer in partnership with JakubiskoFilm Czech Republic. Film & Music Entertainment and LunarFilms represent the
  • Jindabyne gets off to strong start on home turf

    Ray Lawrence's Jindabyne hashad the biggest opening week for any Australian film so far this year grossing$928,000 (A$1.2m) from 65 screens. The film, which was released on July 20, also had the biggest openingamong local films on less than 100 screens since Muriel's Wedding in September 1994. Distributor Roadshow has nowwidened the film to 86 screens.Adapted from one of the Raymond Carver short stories used by RobertAltman in Short Cuts, Jindabyne is
  • King And The Clown rings Korea's Grand Bell

    Korean box officerecord-holder King And The Clown,directed by Lee Joon-ik, swept Korea's 43rd Grand Bell Awards on Friday (July21).Nominated in an all-timehigh of 15 categories, the film took seven awards including best film, bestdirector and best leading actor for Gam Woo-sung who played a masculine courtjester.Lee Joon-ki, who shot tostardom playing a transvestite clown opposite Gam in the film, took the newactor award as well as the local and overseas popularity awards
  • Lionsgate takes US and UK rights to Blood Trails

    Lionsgate Films has picked up the German horror film Blood Trails by Robert Krause for distribution in the US and UK in the first quarter of 2007. Krause's film won the audience award at the recent Dead by Dawn Film Festival in Scotland and screened at the Madrid Fantasy Film Festival. The film is now on an eight-city tour throughout Germany as part of the national Fantasy Filmfest (July 26-August 23) and will have its US premiere at the Fantastic Fest in Austin in late Septembe
  • Locarno drops Israeli sponsor in bombings protest

    As aresponse to Israel's bombing of Lebanon, the Locarno International Film Festivalhas decided to drop the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of thesponsors of this year's Leopards of Tomorrow sidebar. A group offilmmakers, including Palestinian directors Elia Suleiman, Sameh Zoabi,Annemarie Jacir and Lebanese-born Elie Khalife and Myrna Maakaron, who havefilms invited to screen in the sidebar's competition or retrospective, haddemanded that the festival withdraw the Israeli m
  • Magnolia sees light in The Hero of Colour City

    Magnolia Pictures hasacquired North America rights to Exodus Film Group's CG-animated feature TheHero Of Color City.The story follows a group of crayons as they strive to save a vibrant land from a tyrant who clearly subscribes to the monochrome school of interior design.J P McCormick and Rich Raczelowski co-wrote the screenplay and Magnolia plansan autumn 2007
  • McShane joins cast of Coraline

    Ian McShane hassinged on to star in LAIKA Entertainment and Pandemonium Films' stop-motionanimated children's story Coraline,which is being distributed worldwide by Focus Features.As previously announced the cast includes Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, and theBritish comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.Coraline is based on a story byfantasy writ
  • MediCinema starts first project in Scotland

    MediCinema,the charity that installs cinemas in hospitals, has started building work forits second project in the UK.Followingthe first MediCinema in St. Thomas's hospital in London, the second project is being built at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. Thecinema will be wheelchair and bed accessible. The Charity was establishedin 1996 and is currently fundraising for other facilities in the South GwentChildren's Centre and Stoke Mandevi
  • Melbourne film festival opens with Thalluri's 2:37

    The mystery film that openedJames Hewison's sixth and final Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)tonight turned out to be writer/director Murali K Thalluri's 2:37, which screened in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.Hewison wanted audiences tohave the rare experience of going to a film they knew nothing about, an ideathat was sparked by a conversation he had last year with MIFF patron, the act
  • Miami Vice

    Dir: Michael Mann. US. 2006.132mins.Forget "MTV cops" in pastel suits. Michael Mann's bigscreen version of TV landmark Miami Viceturns the stylish (in its day) mid-1980s series into a darkly intensecontemporary crime drama with a vivid digital video look and broodingperformances from stars Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx. Mann'sdaring approach results in a film that's always intriguing but ultimately toomoody and distant for its own art
  • Montreal secures Yamato international premiere

    Japanese second worldwar naval epic Yamato: The Last Battle will receive its international premiere at the Montreal World FilmFestival (MWFF).Directed by Junya Sato, produced by Haruki Kadokawa for the Toei Studio, andstarring Takashi Sorimachi and Shido Nakamura, the film recounts the lastmission of the pride of the Japanese fleet during the closing months of the con
  • Ostrow, MarVista agree terms on Surfer King

    Producers representativePage Ostrow has closed an international distribution deal for Bernard Murray'steen comedy The Surfer King withLos Angeles-based MarVista Entertainment.MarVista will handle international theatrical, television and video distributionon the story, which stars Lindsay Wagner, Randy Wayne, Ben Ziff, Alan Thicke,and Cerina Vincent.The Surfer King charts the exploits of a 17-year-old who secures a summer jobat an amusement park near his new Colorado hom
  • Pinball Films wraps UK, German shoot for Horner's KAZ

    UK-basedPinball Films has wrapped principal photography on KAZ, which marks director Ashley Horner's feature debut. Theproject shot for six weeks in Newcastle upon Tyne and Berlin. KAZ stars Nora Von Waldstatten as a German music journalist who discoversshe's inherited a blood disorder from a rock musician father she never knew. Thecast also features Michael Hodgson. Peter Dill
  • Pirates bounty gives boost to UK box-office

    Box-office figures from thefirst half of 2006 may have seen a 3% year-on-year deficit in the UK but Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has almostsingle-handedly turned fortunes around in just two weeks. After its third weekend (18days on release) Buena Vista International's sequel had already become thehighest-grossing film in the UK
  • Pirates buoyant, Lady underwater

    Buena Vista's world-beatingpirates ruled the waves for the third consecutive weekend and swept past $300m,as Sony's Monster House trailedin its wake in second place and M Night Shyamalan's Lady In The Water capsized in third.Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest added an estimated $35m to raise the domestic tally to $321.7m, and hasalready overtaken the original's six-month $305m final total.Dead Man's Chest crossed $300m ina record 16 days, an
  • Raindance to open with Brothers Of The Head

    The 14th Raindance Film Festival will open with Keith Fulton andLouis Pepe's BrothersOf The Head.The mockumentarystars Harry and Luke Treadaway as conjoined twins whoare recruited to front a punk-rock band.Raindance runs Sept 27 to Oct 8 at several cinemas in London's West End.Tartan will release the filmin the UK on
  • Rock band biopic wins best film at Cinemalaya

    Michael Sandejas' Tulad Ng Dati was named best film at thesecond Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival in Manila last night.The digital film based onthe story of rock band The Dawn alsotook away best sound and shared the best editing award with Rotonda. Ron Bryant was named bestdirector for Rotonda. Batad: Sa Paang Palay, directed by Benji Garcia and Vic Acedillo Jr, sweptfour awards, including the spe
  • Sarajevo's CineLink partners with The Netherlands

    TheNetherlands will be the countrypartner of Sarajevo's CineLink(August 23-27) after the co-production market's previous collaborations with Austria in 2004 and Germany in 2005.Adelegation of around two dozen representatives from film institutions,produc
  • Solo Dios Sabe kicks off NY latino festival

    The 7thAnnual New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) kicked off on Jul25 with Carlos Bolado's mystery Solo Dios Sabe and will close on Jul 30 with RichardGlatzer and Wash Westmoreland's drama Quinceanera.Programme highlights include the world premiere of Alfredo de Villa's musicaldrama Yellow, KevinJames Dobson's drama The Virgin Of Juar
  • Spacek joins Paramount comedy Hot Rod

    Sissy Spacek has joinedParamount's comedy Hot Rodalongside the Saturday Night Live (SNL) comedy duo Andy Samberg and JormaTaccone.SNL writer Akiva Schaffer makes his directorial debut on the story of anaccident-prone daredevil who plans to jump a river on a moped in a bid to winhis stepfather's approval.Lorne Michaels and John Goldwyn will produce through their Paramount- basedcom
  • Sundance names 2006 doc grant recipients

    Projects exploring the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Filipina supply teachers in Baltimore, and the legacy of a Ku Klux Klan attack are among 15 to receive grants from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund.The grants total $605,000 and comprise the first of two annual awards and were selected by human rights experts and film professionals to support films that focus on critical issues of our time."The projects selected in this funding cycle point to a growing chorus of inter
  • Superman Returns sets London IMAX record

    Superman Returns may not have been able to move Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest from the top of the UK chart but its run at the British Film Institute's London IMAX has proven a triumph. Superman Returns, which opened at the venue including 20 minutes of 3D scenes on the same day (July 14) as the all-2D version launched nationwide, saw the biggest opening the IMAX cinema has seen taking $111,596 (£60,300) on its first weekend, with every show sold out. T
  • Tartan's De Casto to oversee US and UK operations

    Tartan Films has expandedthe role of UK-based managing director Laura De Castoto also run Tartan USA in addition to her UK duties. She has become managing director of US theatrical and home entertainment, effectiveimmediately.De Castowill primarily continue to work out of Tartan's London office but will travel to
  • The Ant Bully

    Dir: John A Davis. US. 2006.87mins.Familiar tropes and jokes are trotted out in squirmingly obvious fashion with The Ant Bully, an intermittently sweetly moralisingbut rather lacklustre and ramshackle animated tale ofshifted perspective in which an adolescent is shrunk to the same size as theants in his front yard.Visually, the movierecalls somewhat the angular precision of Antz, though a duplica
  • The Film Source enters Compound

    Alex Massis' The FilmSource Company has picked up worldwide rights on Will Fredo's psychologicalthriller Compound.John Arcilla, Janet Russ, Jake Macapagal and Liza Dido star in the English andFilipino-language tale of hidden paranoia and political intrigue in a seeminglyidyllic estate in the Philippines."Compound is a complexthriller that brilliantly re
  • UIP crosses $1bn mark on July 21

    UIP has joinedthe $1bn club in the international market this year. Following TwentiethCentury Fox International, which achieved the mark in record time in mid-June,UIP crossed $1bn in international returns on July 21.The result comes after two record-breaking years for the company, both of whichsurpassed $2bn in international grosses by the end of theyear.So far this year's highlights for UIP have been Paramount's Mission: Impossible III, which has taken$240.7m to date, Universal'
  • UK Post announces shortlist for new audio awards

    Industrybody UK Post has announced the shortlist for its inaugural Conch awards, whichwill honour the audio industry. The audioindustry nominated the shortlist, who will now be asked to submit material forjudging. Winners will be announced on Sept 21. The PinewoodStudios Group has come on board as a headline sponsor of the awards, with TotalAudio, Film London and Prism Sound among the other sponsors.
  • UK's Cinema Extreme open for next round of shorts funding

    Cinema Extreme, the short film initiative from FilmFour and the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund, is taking applications for its new funding round. Up to $92,447 (£50,000) will be awarded to the selected short film projects. Those accepted go through a development programme. The scheme's first two years backed nine films, including Andrea Arnold's Oscar-winning Wasp.The last funding round supported Miranda Bowen'sHoneymoon, Simon Ellis's Soft, Chris and Ben Blaine
  • Universal expands UK downloads through BT

    Universal Pictures growing its download and VODbusiness in the UKthrough a new deal with British Telecommunications (BT). This follows onearlier deals with LoveFilm and Wippit.Universal Pictures UK and NBC Universal International TelevisionDistribution have struck simultaneous digital distribution agreements with BTfor download-to-own or video-on-demand offerings in the UK
  • Venice competition includes 21 world premieres

    The 63rd Venice Film Festival (August 30-Sep 9) has unveiled an eclectic line-up, with directors such as Stephen Frears, Darren Aronofsky, Emilio Estevez, Emanuele Crialese and Alfonso Cuaron vying for the Golden Lion.For the first time in Venice's history, all 21 films in competition will be world premieres. "This year we can be really happy as all the films we wanted in Venice are here," artistic director Marco Mueller said at a press conference in Rome. With new competition from the
  • Venice Days line-up includes new films from Boe and Lerman

    Christoffer Boe's Offscreen andDiego Lerman's Mientras Tanto are among the films that willscreen in Venice's Director's Fortnight,known as Venice Days. Offscreen is the third feature fromDanish director Boe, after his acclaimed Reconstruction and Allegro, which screened in the section last year. Produced by Alphaville Pictures, Offscreen focuses on an actor,played by Nicolas Bro, who decides to
  • Venice line-up

    IN COMPETITIONOPENING FILM: THE BLACK DAHLIADir: Brian De PalmaUSA - 120'Main cast: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner,Mike Starr, Fiona ShawFALLENDir: Barbara AlbertAustria - 88
  • Weinsteins plan comedy franchise with Fletch Won

    Bob and Harvey Weinstein are planning a Fletchfranchise, kicking off with the origins story Fletch Won based on the eighth book in Gregory Mcdonald'scomedy-mystery series.Emmy-nominated Scrubs creator BillLawrence will adapt the screenplay for The Weinstein Company (TWC) and is expected to make his featuredirectorial debut in April 2007 during a break fr
  • World Trade Centre windfall for four NYC charities

    Ten per cent of thefirst five days of North American box office from Oliver Stone's upcoming WorldTrade Centre will be donated to fourNew York-based charities.Of that portion, 50% will go to The World Trade Centre Memorial Foundation,while the remaining 50% will be divided among Tuesday's Children, The TributeWTC Visitor Centre, and The New York Police and Fire Widows
  • Yubari fantastic film festival closes its doors

    After much speculation aboutthe future of the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival (YIFFF), it wasofficially announced today that the 17-year-old event is being shut down. The closure is due to thecurrent state of bankruptcy in the tiny town of Yubari in the Hokkaido region in the north of Japan. The festival was one of