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28 November 2007

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  • 4 Months wins Stockholm's Bronze Horse

    Cristian Mungiu's Palme D'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days has added Stockholm's Bronze Horse to itsimpressive list of honours.The Stockholm International Film Festival jury, led by Tom Kalin praised theRomanian film, which centres on an illegal abortion during the oppressive Ceaucescu dictatorship,for its 'honesty and devastating humanity'Anamaria Marinca's central performanceearned her the best actress prize.Click
  • Analysis: International box-office - Weekend November 15-17

    ANALYSIS: INTERNATIONAL BOX-OFFICE WEEKEND NOVEMBER 15-17(Last3-dayweek)Film (origin)gross $ScrsCume $Terr1NewBeowulf (US)$17,408,8142,432$17,408,814132NewAmerican Gangster (U
  • Austria's Bohrer takes top post at new European Film Commissions Network

    The newly established European Film Commissions Network (EuFCN) appointed Arie Bohrer of Location Austria and the Austrian Film Commission as its first board president Nov 23 in Prague. Delegates from the 55 member commissions representing 18 European countries also appointed Patrick Lamassoure of Film France as general secretary of the EuFCN board and Marianne Gassner of Stuttgart Region Film Commission as Treasurer. Other members of the first board are Andrea Rocco, Genova Set Film
  • Awards Countdown - Crafts - The Perfectionist

    There is a wealth of spectacular productions on offer to Academy crafts committees and voters this year, from fantasy spectacles such as Spider-Man 3, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End, Harry Potter And TheOrder Of The Phoenix, Transformers and The Golden Compassto exquisitely designed period pieces Lust,Caution, Atonement and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
  • Baltic Event selects 12 projects for Tallinn co-production market

    Films from Croatia, Romania, Estonia and Armenia are among a dozen projects selected from a record 37 submissions for the Baltic Event's third co-production market which will be held in the Estonian capital of Tallinn from Dec 3-4. This year's lineup features: Barabbas, dir: Aleksei Muradov (Russia), a drama set in Western Ukraine in 1944, to be produced by Kinoglaz Billy Goat, dir: Georgi Djulgerov (Bulgaria), comedy on the contradictions bet
  • Beowulf to reign over international box office for second weekend

    Warner Bros Pictures International's (WBPI) Beowulf ruled the roost last weekend and should do the same this weekend as it goes out in France and Belgium on November 21, Russia and Holland on November 22 and Spain on November 23. It has so far taken $17.3mLatest figures put The Brave One on $32.4m, Invasion on $23.6m, License To Wed on $27m and
  • Beta takes on sales for Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo

    Beta Film will handle world sales for director Paolo Sorrentino's much awaited film The Divo (Il Divo), Andrea Occhipinti of Italy's Lucky Red confirmed. Sorrentino's film is inspired by the life of Giulio Andreotti, who served as Italian Prime Minister seven times whose name is a symbol for Italian post-war politics. Il Divo was his nickname. Currently in post-production, Il Divo, which has a $7.4m (Euros 5m) budget, has been a
  • Bill Harrison promoted at PR company Fifteen Minutes

    Howard Bragman has appointed recent hire Bill Harrison president and COO of Los Angeles-based public relations agency Fifteen Minutes. The promotion comes barely four months after Harrison came aboard following a stint as head of corporate communications at the boutique talent agency Paradigm. 'In just a few months Bill has demonstrated the leadership, initiative and temperament to earn this title,' Bragman, who will now assume the title of chairman and CEO, said. 'Bill j
  • Birds Eye View festival to include women's comedy programme

    The UK 's Birds Eye View festival, devoted to women's film-making, will run March 6-13, 2008, at London 's ICA and BFI Southbank, followed by a local tour to Manchester, Newcastle and other UK locations. The 2008 programme will include a special comedy retrospective celebrating women in silent comedy, including Dorothy Arzner, Clara Bow, Mary Pickford, Marion Davies, Agnes Christine Johnston, and Ossi Oswalda. Debate, discussion and film introductions will include Jo Brand, Zoe Rahman
  • Boom for UK film locations

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  • Box office: data - Digital cinema - Continental d-drift'

    The decision of French cinema chain Circuit George Raymond to sign a virtual print fee agreement for sharing the cost of digital cinema with Arts Alliance Media represents a significant step in the evolution of d-cinema in Europe.With its 400 screens, Circuit George Raymond (CGR) is the first significant exhibitor to sign up to a scheme announced by Arts Alliance Media (AAM) earlier this year. However, it remains to be seen whether this will prove a tipping point in the development of
  • Brick Lane backed by $400,000 from UK P&A fund

    Optimum Releasinghas received a $400,000(£200,000) boost for its release of Sarah Gavron's Brick Lane from the UK Film Council's Prints & Advertising Fund. The adaptation of Monica Ali's bestseller about a Bangladeshi woman's experiences in East London is one of a number of titles to benefit from the fund aimed at widening UK audiences for specialist film.The media campaign was increased to include national media advertising ahead of the film's November 16 release.
  • Central Partnership sells Revenge, Wolfhound to Weinstein Company

    Russian sales company Central Partnership has struck a number of deals in the wake of the American Film Market earlier this month. Titles that have lured buyers include thrillers Revenge and fantasy epic Wolfhound, already a substantial box-office hit in Russia. Revenge has been sold to North America/UK/Australia/New Zealand and English speaking South Africa (The Weinstein Company), Brazil (Ocean Pictures),and China (Polybona Films). Wolfhound ha
  • China's Red Awn wins Golden Alexander at Thessaloniki

    Shangjun Cai's Red Awn (Hongse Kangbaiyin) won the Golden Alexander award in the international section of the Thessaloniki Film Festival. (Click here to see review)The best film award is accompanied with a prize of $55,000 (Euros 37,000).The $33,000 (Euros 22,000) Silver Alexander award went to Colombian Spiros Stathoulopoulos' PVC-1.Best director was Estonian Veiko Ounpuu for the Cannes entrant Autu
  • Christopher Doyle to wrap Polish thriller in December

    Australian filmmaker Christopher Doyle is scheduled to wrap shooting Dec 10 on Polish-language political thriller Warsaw Dark. The story is based on the 2001 murder, still unresolved, of Jacek Debski, Polish minister of sport and tourism. Doyle began filming Nov 12 on location in Warsaw with a Polish crew of less than 100 people. The cast features well-known Polish actors Jan Frycz, Anna Prybylska, Adam Ferency and Lukasz Simlat. According to producer Ozumi Films,
  • Coffee company Cafedirect plans series of three features

    Cafedirect, the UK fairtrade coffee and tea company, is undertaking a film project that will include three feature-length films.Cafedirect's The Trilogy will be three large-scale productions for commercial release that will reflect future society based on the current social, economic, political and environmental global issues.The company is seeking film and TV companies, writers directors producers and actors to work on the films.The collaborators on each feat
  • Collins and Francke join UK development fund

    Chris Collins and Lizzie Francke have been appointed as development producers at the UK Film Council Development Fund.They will reportto Tanya Seghatchian, head of the recently restructured fund.Click here for more on the restructuringCollins and Francke willbe responsiblefor managing applications to the two new funding programmes. Brick Lane producer Collins will manage the Feature Film Development Programme - a new fu
  • Control takes top honours at British Independent Film Awards

    Anton Corbijn's Control was the big winner at tonight's tenth-annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs).Control won Best British Independent Film, Best Director (Anton Corbijn), Best Supporting Actor/Actress (Toby Kebbell), Best Newcomer (Sam Riley), and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director (Corbijn). The film, a black-and-white biopic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, had le
  • Costa-Gavras to serve as Berlinale jury president

    The Greek-French director Costa-Gavras has been named as president of the International Jury for February's Berlin International Film Festival.Costa-Gavras has often seen his films shown at the Berlinale in past years: Music Box, with Armin Mueller-Stahl and Jessica Lange, received the Golden Bear at the 1990 festival, while La Petite Apocalypse, with director-actor Jiri Menzel in the lead role, screened
  • Creative Soundtracking

    The downturn in the fortunes of film soundtracks is not mirrored in the TV industry. The sector is capitalising on its musical muscle, particularly in the US where programmes such as Grey's Anatomy have tapped into a burgeoning indie music market for material and are reaping the rewards through sales of a species of soundtrack.According to Mitchell Leib, president, music and soundtracks for Walt Disney Studios, which handles Grey's Anatomy soundtracks (Disney's Tou
  • Curzon Artificial Eye, NFTS back Ahmed's The Last Thakur

    Shooting will begin next month in Bangladesh on Sadik Ahmed's The Last Thakur, the 'Spaghetti Eastern' that is being co-produced by Curzon Artificial Eye and the UK's National Film & Television School. The film is being executive produced by Philip Knatchbull, Nik Powell and Daniel Chamier. The producer is Tamsin Lyons. The crew is made up primarily of NFTS students.Channel 4 has already boarded the project, picking up UK premiere TV rights. Delivery date is May next ye
  • David Cronenberg to write his debut novel for Penguin Canada

    Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has signed a deal with Penguin Canada to write his debut novel, the publishing house announced today. The deal was negotiated by Nicole Winstanley, executive editor at Penguin Group Canada, and UK literary agent Andrew Wylie of the Wylie Agency. Wylie is handling world rights on publishing in other territories.Penguin is mum on the subject matter of the as-yet-untitled novel. A company spokesperson would only say the story is partially set
  • Doug Davis joins blinkBox as acquisitions director

    Online film and TV company blinkBox Entertainment has appointed Doug Davis as acquisitions director.Davis had been advising the company and is now with blinkBox full time, signing up film and TV partners for the service.He had previously been a TV agent at William Morris in London and had also served as European sales director for AtomFilms.'The blinkBox proposition is very exciting for film and TV rights owners. Blinks are fun messages between friends which e
  • Drea Clark named executive director of Slamdance Film Festival

    Drea Clark has been appointed executive director of the Slamdance Film Festival, which next year runs from January 17-25 2008.Clark has worked her way through the ranks since joining the festival as an intern in 1998 and will now manage all aspects of festival preparation and production and serve as chair of narrative feature competition programming.Her duties include supervising the year-round direction and activities of Slamdance and relaunching the festival website wit
  • EFA FIPRESCI Award goes to Alain Resnais' Private Fears

    The International federation of film critics, FIPRESCI, will give this year's European Film Academy Critics' Award to Alain Resnais' Private Fears In Public Places (Coeurs). FIPRESCI said that Resnais 'treats the characters the way an affectionate puppeteer would treat his creatures. He contemplates their comings and goings with the benevolence of one who knows that agitation is vain, but who prefers that people find it out for themselves.' The film, adapted from an Ala
  • Encounters Short Film Festival announces winners

    Film-makers fromthe UK, France, Romaniaand the US were among 11 prizewinners at this year'sEncounters Short Film Festival.Theawards were handed out atthe Watershed in the UK city of Bristol.Some 1,750 shorts from a record 66 countries entered the event.The WinnersAnimate Artist Award, sponsored by Animate Projects, C4, Arts Council England: 200,000 Phantoms (Nijuman No Berei)(Jean-Gabriel Periot. France, 10 mins)
  • Eros and Carving Dreams to launch venture with Roshan project

    Eros International has struck a co-production joint venture with Carving Dreams Motion Pictures, a new division of management and marketing company Carving Dreams Entertainment. Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan, who has been a client of Carving Dreams for two years, will star in the first joint feature between the companies.Kishore Lulla, Chairman & CEO of Eros said: 'We are happy to be working with Carving Dreams, one of the best outfits in the business of celebrity and ent
  • Finnish government boost cinema funding after producers' strike

    Apologising that he actually gave them more money than they went to strike for, Finnish culture minister Stefan Wallin has complied with Finnish producers' demands of increasing state funds for film production. As recommended by the Finnish Parliament's education, culture and audit committees, Wallin confirmed that the revenue from the state lottery be spent on culture and sports activities rather than cover rental costs as proposed in the first draught of the budget. Of the $15
  • Francesco Rosi to receive Berlinale tribute and Golden Bear

    Veteran Italian director Francesco Rosi is to be honoured with an Homage and an Honorary Golden Bear at February 2008's Berlin International Film Festival. The Homage will present a selection of 13 films documenting Rosi's oeuvre of politically committed cinema over the decades and will include his 1961/62 film Salvatore Giuliano which won him the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 1962 Berlinale. It will be screened on Feb 14 after Rosi has been presented with the Golden Be
  • Fuji TV's Bayside Shakedown team reassemble for The Guardian

    Fuji TV's head feature film producer Chihiro Kameyama will reunite with the writer behind hit franchise Bayside Shakedown to produce police drama The Guardian (Dare Mo Mamotte Kurenai). Ryoichi Kimizuka is set to write and direct The Guardian (working title), starring Koichi Sato (Suite Dreams) as a detective who vows to p
  • Halcyon days

    They may not have arrived from the future like the Terminator himself, but when they announced last May that their Halcyon Company had acquired rights to the Terminator franchise Derek Anderson and Victor Kubicek were still unknown quantities in the film industry big league.Six months later, with a fourth Terminator film in pre-production, two more deals under their belts and other ventures in the offing, the youthful co-CEOs appear to be on the way to establishing Halcyo
  • Haynes, Schnabel, Reitman films lead Independent Spirit nominations

    Fox Searchlight led the way at the 2008 Independent Spirit Award nominations earlier today with 11 nods for Juno, The Savages and Waitress, among others, followed by Focus Features and Paramount Vantage on five apiece and Miramax and The Weinstein Company (TWC) on four each.TWC's I'm Not There was the leading individual film with four nominations and the inaugural R
  • High Point closes UK TV deal for Extraordinary Rendition with BBC

    High Point Media Group has sold UK TV rights to the BBC for Jim Threapleton's Extraordinary Rendition. The feature, starrin Andy Serkis and Omar Berdouni, is about an innocent man who is suspected of terrorism. High Point has also sold the project for Danish TV (Danmarks Radio) and all Benelux rights (FEG). High Point's Carey Fitzgerald said: 'Extraordinary Rendition is one of those rare films which simply, starkly and effectively compels the audience to t
  • High Point sells Storm Force to MTI for North America

    High Point Television, a division of UK-based sales company High Point Media Group, has sold the North American TV and video rights for Storm Force to MTI.The Belgian helicopter-rescue action film, starring Kevin Janssen, is produced by Peter Bouckaert of MMG Film & Television. High Point also sold the film to Latin America (America Video Film), Taiwan (Jiant) and China (DD Dream). 'It's a widely held philosophy that action films are the birthright of exclusively
  • Hitman

    Dir: Xavier Gens. US. 2007. 100mins.In the annals of renowned cinematic assassins, Jason Bourne needn't fear any challenge to his legacy from Agent 47, the bald-headed killing machine of Hitman. Though stylish shot and occasionally exciting in its frenetically-edited action sequences, this adaptation of the popular video game can only go so far with its mindless violence until cardboard characters and a dull plot snuff out the momentum. Opening in the U
  • Hungary's Korda and Colorfront strike strategic partnership

    Hungary's Korda Studios and new Budapest-based post-production company Colorfront have signed a partnership agreement to offer Colorfront services to productions based at Korda.Colorfront will have satellite offices and post facilities based at Korda and the companies will be connected by a high-speed fiber-optic network, enabling work such as color-graded digital dailies to the studio. 'We will give the DoP and crew the ability to watch digital dailies in DCI-compliant cinema qualit
  • In focus - Facing the 4-month challenge

    It is increasingly difficult to market the non-quantifiable film,' warns David Mamet in his book Bambi Vs Godzilla.Certainly the recent box office has been dominated by the easy sells - remakes, adaptations and sequels. And under pressure from tightening budgets and heavyweight competition from a Hollywood buoyed with private equity dollars, even arthouse distributors have been opting to play safe.Genre pictures and smaller local films have been increasingly important to
  • Indian box office could rise 30% in next five years

    Increased investment in the Indian exhibition sector could see the territory's box office gross increase by 30% in the next five years, Dodona Research predicts. The industry analysts found that a strong economy, retail boom and rising middle class disposable incomes in addition to expansions in the downstream exhibition business will boost industry revenues.While multiplexes in India currently account for only 4% of the country's cinema screens, certain films generate up to 40%
  • International - Medusa bares its fangs

    Italian distributor Medusa Film made a solid imprint on the international top 40 this weekend with two films - Matrimonio Alle Bahamas and Come Tu Mi Vuoi - generating more than $7m and accounting for 5.2% of the chart's total revenue.New entry Matrimonio Alle Bahamas opened at number eight on the chart with a $4.4m take from 431 sites in its home territory. The romantic comedy, which is the highest non-US entry in this weekend's chart, boasted the third-highest sc

    ISLE OF MAN Set up in 1995, the Isle of Man Film commission has helped establish the island as one of the busiest areas of film production in the British Isles. It has recently hosted Things To Do Before You're 30, Colour Me Kubrick and The Libertine. It has also set up a production fund much larger than any of the regional agencies: last year's Miss Potter raised 25% of its estimated $25m budget from the Isle of Man Film commission,
  • Israel's Tehilim takes top prize at Tokyo Filmex

    French director Raphaël Nadjari's Tehilim was awarded the Grand Prize at the conclusion of the 8th edition of Tokyo Filmex (Nov 17-25). The award carried a cash prize of Y1m ($9,235). Tehilim examines Judaism through the story of an average Israeli family affected by the mysterious disappearance of their father after a car accident. The Israel-France co-production competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and was released in Israel last
  • Israel's The Policeman wins $15,000 co-production award

    Israelifilm The Policeman was the winner of the Crossroads co-production forum prizeat the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. The award worth $15,000 (Euros 10,000) was offered by the Festival sponsor Nokia N series. The project, selected from a shortlist of 14, was presented to scriptwriter/director Nadav Lapid. The film is produced by Edgar Tenembaum (Tu vas Voir Film Productions) and Geraldine Michelot (Les Films Pelleas) from France. The members
  • Italy sees growth in production but lags behind European admissions

    Italy is seeing positive growth in terms of production, budgets and box office trends, yet it still lags behind the other major European territories, particularly in terms of ticket sales. That was the news as Cinecitta Holding presented new research revealing the state of the Italian film market at the Turin Film Festival. The study focused on 2006-07 and was compiled by Cinecitta Holding's research unit, led by Economist Alessandra Priante. The data shows that in 2006, It
  • Jakarta fest to open with Persepolis, close with Lotus

    The 9th Jakarta International Film Festival (Jiffest), which takes place Dec 7-16, will for the first time close with a local Indonesian film, the world premiere of Nia Dinata's Chants Of Lotus. The omnibus film of four stories addresses poignant women's issues which are rarely portrayed in today's Indonesian cinema. The multiple effort is directed by four female directors (Dinata, Upi, Lasja Fauzia and Fatimah Tobing Rony) and written by two female writers (Melissa Karim and Vivi
  • Jakarta to close with premiere of Indonesian film Chants Of Lotus

    The ninth Jakarta International Film Festival, or Jiffest, will for the first time close with a local Indonesian production, the world premiere of Nia Dinata's Chants of Lotus. The omnibus film of four stories addresses woman issues which are rarely portrayed in contemporary Indonesian cinema. The multiple effort is directed by four female directors (Dinata, Upi, Lasja Fauzia and Fatimah Tobing Rony) and written by two female writers (Melissa Karim and Vivian Idris). The fe
  • Jellyfish wins top prize at Argentina's San Luis festival

    Shira Geffen and Etgar Keret's Jellyfish won the Golden Puntano prize for best film at San Luis International Film Festival first edition, which closed on Sunday in the small and prosperous city located 800 km far from Buenos Aires.The Israeli-French co-production, which won the Camera d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, received the $50,000 cash award at the third major film event in Argentina after Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires. The jury, headed by actress Gerald
  • LA PR agency Fifteen Minutes names Harrison president & COO

    Howard Bragman has appointed recent hire Bill Harrison president and COO of Los Angeles-based public relations agency Fifteen Minutes.The promotion comes barely four months after Harrison came aboard following a stint as head of corporate communications at the boutique talent agency Paradigm.'In just a few months Bill has demonstrated the leadership, initiative and temperament to earn this title,' Bragman, who will now assume the title of chairman and CEO, said.
  • Leomax buys North American rights to Norway's Cold Prey

    Leomax Entertainment has picked up North American rights from Sweden's AB Svensk Filmindustri to the Norwegian psychological horror title Cold Prey.Leomax' first acquisition will be released in the US and Canada through Anchor Bay Entertainment via Leomax's genre label Indigomotion.Roar Uthaug makes his feature directorial debut on the tale of college friends whose snowboarding trip takes a turn for the worse when they take shelter
  • Local box-office hit El Greco sweeps Greek State Cinema Awards

    Just a day after the wrap of the 48th Thessaloniki Film Festival - where, for the first time, Greek talent garnered the bulk of awards - more Greek films were honored during the Greek State Cinema Awards organized by the Culture Ministry in Thessaloniki. This year's local box office hit, artist biopic El Greco, a Greek/Spanish/Hungarian co-production directed by Giannis Smaragdis, won 8 awards including best picture, director, cinematography, artistic direction, editing, music, so
  • Look

    Dir: Adam Rifkin. US. 2007. 102 mins.Shot to give the impression its action was entirely captured by the surveillance cameras that are becoming ever present in modern life, Look is a cleverly made curio that's as entertainingly watchable as the soaps and tabloid TV shows it often resembles. Whether its gimmicky premise and multiple storylines add up to a significant comment on the right to privacy in a post-9/11 wor
  • Malaysia's Golden Screen Cinemas opens luxurytheatre

    Malaysia's largest exhibitor Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) is further strengthening itself as a pioneer in South-East Asia with the opening of a luxury-hall-only boutique cinema. GSC Signature consists of two Gold Class and five Premiere Class halls with a combined 572 seats, making it the first such cinema without normal halls in the region. 'We aim to entice a different segment who normally doesn't go to the cinema. GSC Signature will complement our positioning with first-class se
  • Marrakech to open with Elizabeth and close with The Neighbor

    The seventh edition of the Marrakech Film Festival will open with Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth: The Golden Age and close with Eddie O'Flaherty's The Neighbor, organisers have announced.The jury will be headed by Milos Forman who will be backed up by Kapur, John Hurt, Pavel Lounguine, Aissa Maiga, Claude Miller, Parker Posey and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon. The festival runs from Dec 7 to 15 and will include 110 films of 23 nationalities. The main competition includes
  • Mermin's Shot In Bombay secures UK run at London's ICA

    Liz Mermin's latest film, Shot In Bombay, will have a two-week UK theatrical run at London's ICA from Jan 18, 2008 before going on a regional tour. The documentary goes behind the scenes of a Bollywood film, Shootout at Lokhandwala, starring Bollywood screen legend Sanjay Dutt. US director Mermin, who previously directed Office Tigers and The Beauty Academy of Kabul, shot the project over six months in Mumbai. The film includes the last int
  • More Sunshine in 2008 Sundance Film Festival lineup

    Sundance Film festival director Geoff Gilmore and director of programming John Cooper unveiled the 2008 competition line-up today [Nov 28], hailing an eclectic roster of 'passionate and personal' storytelling culled from a record number of submissions.Including the Premieres, Spectrum, New Frontiers and Park City At Midnight selections - all of which will be announced tomorrow - Gilmore and his team have chosen 121 features and 87 world premieres from 3,624 submissions comprising 2,0
  • MPA and Singapore's MDA launch Centre for Content Protection

    The Motion Picture Association (MPA) today launched the Centre for Content Protection (CCP) as the first clearing house and resource centre for digital distribution and content protection in Asia Pacific. The centre aims to expand consumer viewing choices through secure distribution of digital television as well as legal downloads, home networking and remote access. 'Consumers receive content through an ever-increasing number of paths and wish to enjoy it on an ever-increasing var
  • Mumbai, London sign co-operation agreement

    London and Mumbai have solidified the relationship between their two film production industries by signing a city-to-city agreement. Signed by Film London and the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, the agreement sees the two cities pledge to 'share ideas and best practice on domestic and international film production and promotion'. Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan joined Mayor of London Ken Livingstone to witness the signing at the Whistling Woods Film School at Mumba
  • Mungiu's 4 Months set for Oscar qualifying run in LA

    IFC Films & Red Envelope Entertainment will open Cristian Mungiu's acclaimed drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days for a one-week qualifying run in Los Angeles on Friday December 21.The film will officially re-open on January 25 2008 at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and IFC Center in New York and on February 1 2008 at Los Angeles' Laemmle Royal.4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days is Romania's official forei
  • New Line takes domestic on Handmade's animated Planet 51

    New Line Cinema has picked up domestic rights from Handmade Films International to its first CGI animated film Planet 51, written by Shrek and Shrek 2 writer Joe Stillman.Ilion Animation Studios' $60m feature is currently in production and due to be complete around mid-March 2009.Jorge Blanco is directing and Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez, who worke

    NORTHERN IRELAND/ REPUBLIC OF IRELANDThe Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have experienced contrasting fortunes since the introduction of the UK tax credit over 18 months ago. While the North, which is part of the UK, has managed to attract a major US studio production, the Republic has lost its appeal to US producers.Northern Ireland Screen (NIS) has every reason to celebrate thanks to the arrival of Walden Media/Playtone's $50m fantasy adventure Cit
  • Peace Arch's Weapon stars UFC middleweight champion Franklin

    Peace Arch Entertainment Group has started principal photography on the action film Weapon in Hamilton, Ontario.UFC Middleweight champion Rich Franklin, Bruce Greenwood and Tiffani Thiessen will star in the story of a US border patrol agent who apprehends a genetically enhanced super-soldier who is being pursued by his creator.John Stead is directing from a screenplay by Peace Arch president and COO John Flock and Christopher Warre
  • Piche begins principal photography on Nothing Really Matters

    Jean-Marc Piche has begun principal photography on his entirely self-financed film Nothing Really Matters, a black comedy starring Yannick Bisson, Pascale Bussieres, Kenneth Welsh and Canadian musician Gord Downie, lead singer and composer of The Tragically Hip. Written by Piche and Catlin Stothers, the film shoots in Toronto through December 12 followed by a sequence to be shot in Paris in January. Some second unit material has already been c
  • Pinewood shares fall after writers' strike forces shoot cancellation

    Pinewood Shepperton has seen its share price tumble after the Hollywood writers' strike forced the cancellation of a major US shoot.The UK studio is facing a $6m (£3m) loss on the film. Although the studio wasn't commenting, industry sources confirmed that the film concerned is Columbia Pictures'Angels & Demons, the prequel to the The Da Vinci Code. The project was already in preparation with a production office set up at Pinewood and plans to shoot in late Feb
  • Polanski's adaptation of The Ghost to start shooting in summer 2008

    UK novelist Robert Harris, in Turin to promote his novel The Ghost, provided new details on the film adaptation of the book which Roman Polanski will direct. The pair are working together on the script now.Harris also discussed Pompeii, the $100m epic that was cancelled last September when Polanski pulled out, reportedly over looming industry strikes and location complications.
  • Pretty Pictures acquires French rights to Hallam Foe

    Pretty Pictures has acquired French rights to David Mackenzie's Hallam Foe from UK-based sales company Independent.Mackenzie's drama, which won the Silver Bear in Berlin, stars Jamie Bell and Sophia Myles.Pretty Pictures head James Velaise negotiated the deal with Independent's head of sales Abigail Walsh. 'We are absolutely thrilled that Pretty Pictures have come on board to be our Gallic partner,' Walsh said. 'Their enthusiasm and commitment is tremendous,
  • Profile: Philip Knatchbull, Curzon Artificial Eye

    Philip Knatchbull, CEO of Curzon Artificial Eye, has a distinguished film background to live up to - his father, John Brabourne, produced the likes of Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo & Juliet and David Lean's A Passage To India.But Knatchbull has a different sort of film mission. He aims to grow Curzon Artificial Eye while remaining true to its identity as one of the UK's leading distributors of foreign-language films. Pam and Andi Engel founded Artificial Eye in 1976, and the
  • Renny Harlin's $15m Mannerheim to shoot in August 2008

    Finnish actor Mikko Nousiainen, who starred in local blockbuster The Restless will play Finnish historical legend Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim in a $14.7m (Euros 10m) biopic, which will mark the return to Finland of Finnish/Hollywood director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2: Die Harder).Principal photography for the film has been scheduled for August 2008. It will be staged as a Finnish-Russian co-production by
  • Robinov promoted at Warner Bros to oversee marketing, distribution

    Jeff Robinov has been named president of the newly formed Warner Bros Pictures Group, a streamlined production operation that encompasses the studio's worldwide production, marketing and distribution units as well as Warner Independent Pictures.Robinov will assume his new post in January 2008 following the announcement by Warner Bros president and CEO Alan Horn, to whom he will report and who retains ultimate greenlight authority.The new position grants Robinov greater in

    SCOTLANDThis year, Scotland has hosted Columbia Pictures' romantic comedy Made Of Honor, which shot in the Highlands, including at Fort William, Glencoe and the Isle of Skye. The landscape to the north boasts mountains, lochs, moorland and one of the longest coastlines in Europe at 6,000 miles with 790 islands along the shoreline.'We tend to be asked about locations for second-unit stuff,' explains Belle Doyle, locations department manager for Scot
  • Singapore, Philippines sign MOU for film collaboration

    Singapore and the Philippines today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for greater media collaborations in the areas of animation, games, TV and film. 'The world is witnessing an unprecedented interest in Asian culture and media content. There is thus great potential and promise for ASEAN nations to leverage our collective culture capital for the regional and global markets,' said Tan Chin Nam, permanent secretary of Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts and chai
  • Some Enchanted opening for Disney with $50m in five days

    Buena Vista's fairy tale Enchanted stormed to the top of the charts over Thanksgiving weekend on an estimated $35.3m from three days and $50m from five.Amy Adams stars as a fairy tale princess who is thrust into that also stars Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon.This was the second best Thanksgiving weekend launch in history behind Toy Story 2's $80.1m five-day haul.Opening in second place was Screen Gems'
  • Soundtracks - A one-stop shop for film scores

    Becky Bentham and Karen Elliott of London-based Hot House Music like to think of themselves as a "one-stop shop" for film music.They are a boutique agency for composers, provide music supervision and score co-ordination, and can even create hypothetical budgets at the financing stage. They are presently working on How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, The Golden Compass and Mamma Mia!As Elliott explains, they can also go above and beyond the usual scoring or lic
  • Soundtracks - Meet the music supervisors: Randall Poster - Poster soundtracks a life

    "I have an abiding passion for music and movies," says Randall Poster, the renowned music supervisor of films ranging from Rushmore to The Aviator. His skill is evident in a diverse crop of projects including The Darjeeling Limited, The Nanny Diaries, The Savages and I'm Not There, and forthcoming films Stop Loss by Kimberly Peirce, Revolutionary Road from Sam Mendes, and the feature version of Grey Gardens.Based in New York City, Poster
  • Soundtracks - What's the Score

    Doug Frank remembers The Bodyguard with fondness. Not the movie, the soundtrack. Powered by an ascendant Whitney Houston, the 1992 release sold 17 million copies in the US market and the same number around the world. It was and remains the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time. It is a record that is likely to stand for all time.But like Houston's career, soundtracks are not what they used to be. 'Ten years ago, my walls were covered with platinum and gold records,' s
  • Stardust re-enters top three at UK box office as total crosses $28m

    Universal Pictures International (UPI)'s drama American Gangster kept a firm hold of the number one position in the UK this weekend with a $3.7m (£1.8m) take across 416 sites. The crime saga, which re-unites British director Ridley Scott with Russell Crowe for a third time (A Good Year, Gladiator), enjoyed the weekend's highest site average at $9,048 (£4,369) despite dropping 29% over the three-day period. It has generated $11.8m (£5.7m) after two weekends on release
  • Strand picks up Fatih Akin's latest The Edge Of Heaven

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Fatih Akin's official German foreign language Oscar submission The Edge Of Heaven.The film studies how the lives of four Turks and two Germans intersect through love and tragedy and stars Tuncel Kurtiz and Hanna Schygulla.Strand co-president Jon Gerrans struck the deal with The Match Factory's managing director Michael Weber.Strand previously released Akin's
  • Sundance Documentary Programme gives $750,000 in grants

    Thirty feature projects will receive a record number of financial grants from the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program amounting to almost $750,000.Sundance Institute Documentary Fund administrators scrutinsed 300 applications from more than 25 countries and announced the chosen titles on November 21.The line-up, which programme director Cara Mertes described an 'exceptional docket', includes renowned documentarian Albert Maysles account of his Boston roots in

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    THE NORTH Screen Yorkshire, the agency responsible for Yorkshire and the Humber area, has helped attract several projects to the region this year.They include Miramax's Brideshead Revisited, which filmed scenes at Castle Howard; Mark Tonderai's Hush, which shot around Sheffield in September and October; and Working Title's Wild Child, starring Natasha Richardson, which filmed in Harrogate, Haworth and Robin Hood's Bay. Bride
  • The Show Must Go On takes best film award at Korea's Blue Dragons

    Han Jae-rim's gangster drama The Show Must Go On nabbed Best Film and Best Leading Actor for Song Kang-ho at Korea's Blue Dragon Awards in Seoul on Friday.Hur Jin-ho picked up the Best Director award for his melodrama Happiness which portrays a love story between two terminally ill patients, starring Lim Soo-jun and Hwang Jung-min.Jeon Do-yeon took Best Actress for her performance in

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  • UK's WFTV give lifetime achievement award to Verity Lambert

    Verity Lambert, who produced the original Doctor Who TV series and feature film A Cry In The Dark, will receive Women In Film and Television's Working Title Films Lifetime Achievement Award. Lambert will be presented with the honours at the 2007 Five Women in Film and Television Awards in London on Dec 7. 'Verity's programmes have consistently been voted among the greatest of the television era. She has conspicuously promoted women on both sides of the camera,
  • United Kingdom - Free agents

    Cuba Pictures, the film and TV arm of London-based talent agency Curtis Brown, almost epitomises synergy.In late 2004, Curtis Brown's Nick Marston and Tally Garner set up the division, and they are now launching their successful first feature, Boy A, with a November 26 airing on the UK's Channel 4. The film has played at festivals including Toronto, where The Weinstein Company struck a deal for worldwide rights excluding the UK. It will also screen in the Berlinale's Panorama in
  • Upside Down scores $10m deal with Cinema Solutions

    Singapore's Upside Down Entertainment (UDE) has signed a $10m deal with US film finance company Cinema Solutions Inc (CSI) for two English-language feature films that the company will produce for the international market. CSI will provide up to 80% financing of romantic comedy Accidental Love, which is a quirky love story set in a flower shop, and Sky Pirate, an adventure thriller about a thief who steals from high-rise apartments and falls in love with a victim.
  • UTV scores Goal in 16 territories, while Beowulf keeps hold of top slot

    Indian distributor UTV Communications had an international hit this weekend with Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal, which enjoyed a $3.5m take and was the highest non-US entry into the top 40 chart.For the full chart, compiled by Len Klady, click here.The film, which is the second feature from director Vivek Agnihotri, played across 583 screens in 16 territories for a $5,798 screen average. Set in Lo

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  • Warner's Beowulf rules the roost at international box office

    Once again Beowulf ruled the waves as the animated ancient English adventure story grossed an estimated $26m through Warner Bros Pictures International (WBPI) from more than 5,400 prints in 43 markets for $48.5m.The film ranked number one in approximately 20 of its new 23 markets this weekend, fired up by an excellent $4.3m (105.5m roubles) Russian debut from 492 prints.Beowulf plundered $3.2m
  • Weinstein Co picks up worldwide rights to novel from Bridie Clark

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) has pounced on worldwide publishing, film and television rights to Bridie Clark's novel I Think She's Got It.The company has optioned the right to develop and produce film and television versions of Clark's modern retelling of Pygmalion, which transplants the action to Manhattan where a man-about-town takes it upon himself to turn a shy Midwestern girl into a confident social