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28 March 2013

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  • 12 In A Box

    Dir/scr: John McKenzie. UK. 2013. 93mins
  • 1864 set for April shoot

    Miso Film and DR’s ambitious feature and television project will be directed by Ole Bornedal.
  • All In to open UK-Argentine festival

    The Ritzy cinema, Hackney Picturehouse and Cineworld Haymarket will feature 10 new films from and about Argentina.
  • Ang Lee: 3D offers 'so much realism'

    Speaking at the 3D Creative Summit, the Life of Pi Oscar winner tells filmmakers to learn new cinematic language themselves and “don’t trust anybody”.
  • Artsploitation acquires Animals

    EXCLUSIVE: Artsploitation Films has acquired North American and UK theatrical, TV, VoD, Digital and DVD rights to the Spanish fantasy drama Animals.
  • BAFTA Crew participants named

    Industry jury selects more than 200 film and TV crew members outside of London for skills development networking programming.
  • BAFTA sets 2014 awards date

    BAFTAs move back a week to remain ahead of the Oscars.
  • Beat Girl to receive multi-media platform release on May 10

    Maírtin de Barra’s coming-of-age feature was produced by beActive.
  • Black Nights, Norden launch Nordic Video Library

    Online & offline video library provides 36 films from all Nordic countries for educational purposes.
  • Blood Brother wins at Thessaloniki

    The 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival-Images of the 21st Century (March 15-24) and its concurrent Doc Film Market drew to a close with a series of awards.
  • Canadian deal for The Wait

    Visit Films has licensed Canadian rights to M Blash’s The Wait to Berkshire Axis Media (BAM) Distribution Inc following the film’s premiere at SXSW.
  • Cannes poster pays tribute to Paul Newman

    The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled the poster and short animated film for its 66th edition, featuring late star Paul Newman and wife Joanne Woodward.
  • Cannes: Will there be women?

    With less than a month to go until Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux reveals this year’s Official Selection, speculation is mounting over the female presence in competition this May after last year’s all male line-up.
  • Chapman College sets top women panel

    Diablo Cody, Penelope Spheeris and Universal Pictures co-chairman Donna Langley [pictured] will take part in Chapman University’s 14th annual Women In Focus Conference.
  • China: Enlight Pictures

    Low-budget comedy Lost In Thailand has become the biggest local film ever in China and the producers, Enlight Pictures, are taking the lessons of its success to heart. Liz Shackleton reports
  • China: High cost of admissions

    Explosive growth in screen numbers is driving up box-office revenues in China, but such rapid expansion could present risks for some exhibitors. Liz Shackleton reports
  • Cinedigm acquires Short Term 12

    Cinedigm has picked up all North American and Latin American rights to Destin Daniel Cretton’s SXSW hit.
  • CinemaCon to honour Melissa McCarthy

    The star of Identity Thief will receive the CinemaCon Female Star Of The Year Award in Las Vegas on Apr 18, it was announced on Wednesday [27] by convention managing director Mitch Neuhauser.
  • CinemaCon to honour Plaza

    Aubrey Plaza, the comedienne and star of Safety Not Guaranteed, will receive the convention’s CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer Of The Year Award on Apr 18.
  • Clotiaux back at Digital Domain

    Digital Domain has hired Terry Clotiaux as vp of feature film production, promoted longtime VFX marketing director Joanna Capitano to executive producer and moved up executive producer Lisa Beroud to the senior management team.
  • CMG acquires Go For Sisters

    EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has taken all international rights to the John Sayles thriller following its world premiere in SXSW.
  • Cork fest CEO, programmer laid off

    Surprise move sees veterans shown the door. Board claims structure was “unsustainable.”
  • Croods rule int'l on $63.3m

    UPDATED MAR 25: The first DreamWorks Animation film to open through Fox opened in fine style outside North America thanks to a confirmed $63.1m haul from 11,709 screens in 46 markets. Meanwhile, Django Unchained crossed $250m through Sony.
  • Croods tops UK box office

    Fox’s 3D animation debuts top with a confirmed $8.3m (£5.4m), including previews; Warner Bros’ Jack the Giant Slayer opens with $2.4m (£1.6m) to chart second.
  • Croods tops US box office on $48m

    The latest DreamWorks Animation family spectacle debuted top of the North American charts on an estimated $44.7m through Fox, followed by an impressive $30.5m launch through FilmDistrict for the Gerard Butler action thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
  • Curzon Home Cinema strikes Film4 deal

    VoD service Curzon Home Cinema has licenced more than 50 features from Film4’s catalogue.
  • Dermot Mulroney joins murder thriller

    Hyde Park ImageNation and Troika Pictures announced this week that Dermot Mulroney has joined the cast of the thriller Careful What You Wish For.
  • Details of 3D Last Emperor revealed

    Oscar-winning producer and Recorded Picture Company boss Jeremy Thomas has revealed details of his plans for the 3D version of Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor (1987).
  • Dimension buys Ink And Bone

    The studio has made a preemptive purchase of Zak Olkewicz’s screenplay, described as a horror thriller in the vein of Dimension’s hit 1408.
  • Divergent adds cast trio

    Summit has announced the latest round of casting on Divergent.
  • Dogwoof takes to The Act of Killing

    UK distributor nabs Joshua Oppenheimer’s acclaimed documentary about Indonesia’s murderous 1960’s paramilitary.
  • Dust wins at Toulouse festival

    Guatemalan film Dust (Polvo) has led the winners at the 25th ‘Rencontres’ festival of Latin American cinema in Toulouse.
  • EC greenlights UK TV tax credit

    The European Commission has greenlit the UK government’s proposed tax credits for high end TV and animation meaning the new system will be in place from April 1.
  • Eclipse cinemas get 4K upgrade

    Ireland’s Eclipse cinemas in Bundoran have become the first in the territory to be fully converted to Sony 4K.
  • eOne strikes multi-territory Scintilla deal

    AV Pictures and producers strike deal for sci-fi-thriller currently shooting in the UK.
  • EU's Vassiliou seeks to allay French free trade talk fears

    EXCLUSIVE: In a move to allay French fears about forthcoming free trade talks with the US, the EU’s Education and Culture Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has outlined her position publicly for the first time.
  • Ex-Beatwax MD launches agency

    PS Live will focus on brand experience work as part of wider media campaigns.
  • Factory 25 gets Nancy, Please

    The distributor has acquired US theatrical rights to Andrew Semans’ drama, which premiered at Tribeca 2012.
  • Family Weekend

    Dir: Benjamin Epps. US. 2013. 96mins
  • Film Movement takes Watchtower

    The distributor has picked up North American rights from Visit Film to Pelin Esmer’s Turkish drama and anticipates an autumn release.
  • Focus World, Screen Media acquire The Lifeguard

    Kickstarter heroine Kristen Bell stars in the Sundance premiere directed by Liz W Garcia. Joker Films handles international rights.
  • Fox runs Vine Wolverine ad

    Hollywood continued to dip its toes in the viral marketing potential of the Twitter-owned platform on Monday [25] as director James Mangold launched a six-second clip of Fox’s upcoming superhero release.
  • Fox Searchlight takes Grand Budapest Hotel

    EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has acquired worldwide rights from Indian Paintbrush to Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom follow-up The Grand Budapest Hotel and has come on board as co-financier.
  • Fox unleashes The Croods

    A new era begins this weekend when Fox distributes its first DreamWorks Animation film in the shape of The Croods.
  • France's CNC reveals 2012 production figures

    Record number of films made amid falling investment. Independent producers sound alarm over finance squeeze. 
  • French producers rally against crew deal

    More than 1,500 French industry professionals - including producers and directors - sign petition against collective labour deal for crew.
  • Fribourg International Film Festival

    Photos from the 27th edition of the Fribourg International Film Festival, which ran March 16-23.
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation

    Dir: Jon M. Chu. US. 2013. 112mins
  • Galloping Horse picks up the pace

    The purchase of the digital-effects studio behind the Transformers franchise put Beijing Galloping Horse on Western radars. Now its latest hook up — with John Woo — is set to take the company to the next level. Liz Shackleton reports
  • Global box office hit $34.7bn in 2012

    Global box office in 2012 climbed 6% on the previous year to reach a record $34.7bn as international gross receipts accounted for 69% of the pie, gaining 6% on 2011 levels to finish on an unprecedented $23.9bn.
  • Gomes to head Cannes Critics jury

    Portuguese filmmaker [pictured] to award Nespresso Grand Prize for La Semaine de la Critique at the upcoming 52nd Cannes.
  • Gravitas takes Jug Face

    Gravitas Ventures has acquired US VoD rights to Slamdance entry Jug Face.
  • HKIFFS explains HAF award error

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) has confirmed that A Happy Wish is the winner of this year’s HAF Script Development Fund Award.
  • Iconic signs Frankowski for two films

    Los Angeles-based Iconic Productions has signed a two-film deal with director Nathan Frankowski [pictured].
  • IFFLA names Leadership Award recipients

    Top brass at the Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on Friday [22] announced that Universal Television evp Bela Bajaria and producer Guneet Monga will collect the Sixth Annual Industry Leadership Awards.
  • IMAX strikes Indonesia deal

    The giant screen pioneer has signed an agreement with the country’s largest exhibitor Cinema 21 to install eight theatres, bringing its commitment thus far to 10.
  • imcube launches future-proof 3D conversion

    Berlin-based imcube labs is introducing ‘multi-view 3D’ as an add-on option to their 2D-to-stereo-3D conversion process.
  • Iron Man 3: Stark contrast

    Just what exactly links croissants and Iron Man 3?
  • John Boorman awarded BFI Fellowship

    BFI fetes Point Blank, Deliverance and Hope and Glory director at ceremony in London.
  • Jon Stewart drama heads to Cannes

    Sierra/Affinity will commence pre-sales in Cannes on Daily Show presenter Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut Rosewater.
  • Kate Mara joins Transcendence

    The American actress joins Johnny Depp on the Alcon Entertainment project. Separately, JK Simmons and Chris Elliott are on board Marc Lawrence’s untitled rom-com.
  • Kate Winslet joins Divergent

    Summit confirmed the addition of Kate Winslet to the cast of Divergent on Thursday [21].
  • King Of Comedy to close TFF

    A restored version of Martin Scorsese’s darkly comic fable will close the 12th Tribeca Film Festival on Apr 27 to mark the film’s 30th anniversary.
  • LAGFF to screen Tightrope

    Organisers at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival announced on Monday [25] that they will screen Elia Kazan’s Man On A Tightrope as a prelude to the festival proper.
  • Lightning to sell The Reckoning

    Jonathan LaPaglia and Luke Hemsworth have joined the cast of The Reckoning, which is set to begin shooting on Apr 29 in Australia. Lightning Entertainment will handle international sales.
  • Love is not a Crime wins at Asian Side of the Doc

    Fourth edition of the co-production market ran March 19-22.
  • Metrodome takes Passion, Upstream Color

    EXCLUSIVE: Indie outfit takes UK and Ireland rights to thriller starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.
  • MGM, King eye Tomb Raider

    MGM announced on Wednesday [27] it had acquired feature rights to the video game franchise and will produce and develop with GK Films in a move that signals a return to tentpole producing for Graham King.
  • Millennium, Gravitas sign distribution pact

    Gravitas will handle digital distribution duties while Millennium will oversee DVD releases on a slate that includes Sundance 2013 entry Hell Baby [pictured].
  • Mind the (converging) gap...

    The creative and business elements between TV and film appear to be growing ever closer.
  • Miramax, Scorsese to develop Gangs TV series

    The production company and library owner has teamed up with Martin Scorsese to develop a TV series based on his 2002 Oscar-nominated crime saga Gangs Of New York.
  • Monsters sequel shoot underway

    EXCLUSIVE: Sci-fi sequel stars Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley and Joe Dempsie.
  • generates 750,000 screenings

    Screenings drop year-on-year but receipts for exporters increase; Pierre Pinaud’s On Air [pictured] was the most viewed film.
  • Nabil Ben Yadir shooting 'Marche des Beurs' film

    Jamel Debbouze, Olivier Gourmet, Lubna Azabal and Hafsia Herzi star in story of “Marche des Beurs.”
  • Netflix orders series from Matrix creators

    Netflix has commissioned a sci-fi drama that will see The Matrix creators Andy and Lana Wachowski team with Babylon5 creator Joe Michael Straczynski.
  • Oscars move to March in 2014

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has set the 86th annual awards show for Mar 2 2014 and the 87th show for Feb 22 2015.
  • O-Scope acquires 12 O’Clock Boys

    The recent SXSW premiere will next screen at the Hot Docs and Full Frame documentary festivals before Oscilloscope Laboratories takes it to additional festivals prior to theatrical, DVD and digital release. 
  • Participant hires Robert Kessel

    Kessel will help manage the development, production, and acquisition of narrative features.
  • Participant sets pivot launch

    Participant Media top brass said on Wednesday [27] its cable service pivot would launch on Aug 1 with more than 40m subscribers and more than 300 hours of original programming in its first year.
  • Phil McNally, Dreamworks Animation

    The self-proclaimed “Captain of 3D” talks to Tyler Pukatch about Dreamworks’ plans for the inaugural 3D Creative Summit at the BFI in London from March 27-28.
  • Prague International Film Festival

    Photos from the 20th edition of the Prague International Film Festival, which ran March 14-22.
  • Producers jailed over film fraud

    The producers behind a low budget film designed to cheat the taxman out of £2.7m ($4.1m) have received jail sentences at Southwark Crown Court in the UK. Screen has spoken to director Paul Knight about the project.
  • RealD signs with Russia’s Mirage

    Mirage to equip up to 60 auditoriums across Russia with RealD 3D.
  • ro*co to sell Dark Matter of Love

    EXCLUSIVE: Sarah McCarthy’s film is about a Russian orphan learning to love her adoptive parents.
  • Saint Tropez to open COL•COA

    This year’s festival will host three international premieres, 11 North American or US premieres and 16 West Coast premieres.
  • Scott Free, Focus ready genre slate

    EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Fingleton sci-fi horror Fog set to be first project with executive producer Ridley Scott.
  • Screen Awards launches 2013 entries; new categories

    The Screen UK Marketing & Distribution Awards 2013 are now open for entries.
  • Sister tops Swiss Film Awards

    Ursula Meier’s Sister and documentary More Than Honey were the big winners at this year’s Swiss Film Awards.
  • Skills shortage fears over UK tax break

    The UK drama community has raised concerns of a skills shortage if the imminent high-end TV tax credits prompt an influx of US drama.
  • Skyfall takes two Empire awards

    23rd official Bond mission wins two awards as director Sam Mendes picks up Inspiration award; Sightseers takes home Best British Film.
  • Sonoma to honour Parker

    Mary-Louise Parker will receive the Sonoma Spotlight Award at the festival’s 16th edition in California’s Wine Country, set to run from Apr 10-14.
  • Starbuck: Ken Scott, Patrick Huard

    Ken Scott, director of sperm donor comedy Starbuck, speaks about the forthcoming US remake and actor Patrick Huard reflects on the success of the original.
  • Stolen

    Dir: Simon West. US. 2012. 96mins
  • Sundance London adds three films

    Additions include Jeff Nichols’ 2012 Cannes Competition title Mud [pictured].
  • Sundance sets ComposersLab: LA

    Sundance Institute said on Wednesday [27] its film music programme will host the one-day workshop ComposersLab: LA on May 18.
  • Survivalist tops UK Brit List

    EXCLUSIVE: Other projects include a Charles Dickens adaptation from Hanna co-writer David Farr, developed by Origin Pictures and BBC Films.
  • Sydney Film Festival opens archive

    Sydney Film Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive has thousands of “pages” including 37 essays.
  • Tax breaks to bring Showtime’s Penny Dreadful to UK

    Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is set to be one of the first major US TV dramas that will be shot in the UK as a direct consequence of the imminent high-end drama tax breaks.
  • The ABCs Of Death

    Dirs: Nacho Vigalondo, García Bogliano, Diaz Espinoza, Marcel Sarmiento, Angela Bettis, Noboru Iguchi, Andrew Traucki, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Jorge Michel Grau, Yudai Yamaguchi, Anders Morgenthaler, Timo Tjahjanto, Ti West, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Bruno Forzani, Helene Cattet, Simon Rumley, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Srdjan Spasojevic, Jake West, Lee Hardcastle, Ben Wheatley, Kaare Andrews, Jon Schnepp, Xavier Gens, Jason Eisener, Yoshihiro Nishimura. US. 2102. 129mins
  • The Expatriate

    Dir: Philipp Stolzl. US. 2012. 100mins
  • The Host

    Dir: Andrew Niccol. US. 2013. 123mins
  • The Liability

    Dir: Craig Viveiros. UK.  2012. 88mins
  • The Way We Dance

    Dir/scr: Adam Wong. Hong Kong, China. 2013. 110mins
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

    The 15th edition of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival held its awards ceremony on Saturday [March 23], with Nikos Dayandas’ Little Land among the winners.
  • Three Sisters wins at Fribourg

    Chinese documentary wins Regard d’or and three more prizes at 27th Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland
  • Tribeca unveils community roster

    The Tribeca Drive-In series will showcase The Birds, Beetlejuice and new festival selection Lil Bub & Friendz [pictured], while Family Screenings include a sneak preview of The Smurfs 2.
  • Tugg, Codeblack free Angela

    Tugg and Lionsgate-owned Codeblack Films will partner on the release of Free Angela And All Political Prisoners.
  • Turkey renamed Free Birds

    Relativity and Reel FX said on Wednesday [27] the 3D project would open on Nov 1.
  • TWC sets Grace for awards run

    The Weinstein Company will distribute Nicole Kidman starrer Grace Of Monaco in limited release in the US on Dec 27, positioning the film for an awards season play.
  • UK releases update: Jurassic Park 3D, Grace of Monaco

    Metrodome set date for The Deep, while Universal move back R.I.P.D. to August.
  • US tax incentives likely to drop, conference told

    US state tax incentives are likely to drop in the coming years, a senior studio executive told attendees at a finance summit in Los Angeles.
  • Viacom18 unveils regional slate

    India’s Viacom18 Motion Pictures is entering regional film production with a slate of movies in five Indian languages.
  • Virgil Films gets Stevie Nicks doc

    Virgil Films has acquired US VoD and digital download rights to In Your Dreams.
  • Voltage acquires Paul Schrader’s The Canyons

    EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures has acquired international rights to Paul Schrader’s much-publicised crowd funded thriller The Canyons starring Lindsay Lohan. IFC will distribute in the US in early summer.
  • Wadjda to open Gulf Film Festival

    Haifaa Al Mansour’s award-winning drama [pictured] will launch the sixth edition of the festival on April 11.
  • WGA awards set for Feb 1 2014

    The Writers Guild Of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild Of America, East (WGAE) announced on Thursday [28] the date of the simultaneous East and West Coast shows.
  • WHSmith set for DVD push, distributors claim

    British retailer WHSmith has sought to distance itself from persistent rumours that it is poised to head back into the DVD business.