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29 January 2005

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  • Clarkson calls for increased per-province funding

    Wayne Clarkson,the newly appointed executive director of Telefilm Canada, has called forincreased provincial funding for development and production of domesticfilmmaking instead of relying so heavily on US-financed production to supportthe nation's production infrastructure. Addressing theannual meeting of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association(CFTPA) in Ottawa, Clarkson said it has been "fascinating and frustrating" towatch the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and British
  • 06/05

    Dir: Theo van Gogh. The Netherlands, 2004. 120 mins06/05 has considerable, albeit morbid, fascination as thelast feature of the Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, who was killed by an Islamicextremist in November 2004. There are uncanny parallels between Van Gogh's owndismal fate and the events he depicts in the film. This is a very slickly madeconspiracy thriller, exploring the backdrop to the assassination of right-wingDutch politician P
  • Alexander takes $4m in 51 territories over the weekend

    Alexander grossedan estimated $4m on 2,200 screens in 51 territories at the weekend, raising theinternational running total to $112.5m.
  • Allen's Melinda to open first Glasgow festival

    Woody Allen's MelindaAnd Melinda will open the first Glasgow World Film Festival on February 9. The event, sponsored byGlasgow City Council and Visit Scotland, will screen seventy films over thefollowing eight days closing with Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic onFebruary 17.
  • Alone In The Dark

    Dir: Uwe Boll. US. 2004.96mins.Feeling like a throwbackto the video quickies of the late 1980s, Alone In The Dark, from Germandirector Uwe Boll, is an amusingly cheesy screen version of the popular Atarivideo game of the same name. Economical screen versions of video game hits havesometimes worked well in the past - the two Resident Evil films are themost recent examples - but this ham-fisted offering will satisfy only the mostloyal and undem
  • Audiard's Beat leads Cesar nominations

    JacquesAudiard's The Beat That My Heart Skipped leads the nominations for this year's Cesar Awards.
  • AUSTRALIA 31 January

    Closer has knocked Meet The Fockers off the top ofthe chart, where UIP's in-laws comedy has reigned for the previous fiveweekends. In its opening weekend SonyPictures' Closer took A$1,609,499 from 157 screens for the four days toand including January 30, equating to a screen average of A$10,252, the highestin the chart. The A$1,158,856 taken from 279 screens by Meet The Fockersput it in second place.Rounding out the top five,and wi
  • AUSTRALIA/NZ Production Listings Feb 2

    AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALANDLISTINGS AUSTRALIA FINANCED THE BETGerrycan Productions. Budget: tba. Backers: Private investors. Urban drama. Ayoung Sydney stockbroker risks it all to win a friendly bet about making money.Prod: Caroline Gerard. Dir: Mark Lee. Scr: Caroline Gordon. DoP: Hugh Miller.Production design: Sam Wild
  • Bac takes on sales for Gitai's Free Zone

    Frenchdistributor Bac Films has acquired the latest work from Israeli director AmosGitai, Free Zone, which stars Oscar nominee Natalie Portman.BacInternational, the company's newly-launched sales arm will handle world saleson the film.Currentlyshooting in Israel and Jordan, Free Zone also stars Hanna Lazlo, HiamAbbas and Carmen Maura. Aco-production from France, Israel, Spain and Benelux, it is executive producedby Agat Films and Agav Films. The filmf
  • Battle of sequels: Ocean's goes head to head with Fockers in UK

    Ocean's Twelve has the unenviable challenge of trying to knock MeetThe Fockers off its perch when itgoes out in the UK through Warner Bros Pictures International on Feb 4.Strong results areanticipated bearing in mind that Ocean's Eleven opened second in the UK in February 2002 on $7.3m in433 theatres, a strong performance in the days when Monsters, Inc ruled the roost. Ocean's Twelve has grossed $187.1m to date.The distributor is alsoactive in
  • Belgrad, Tolmach named Columbia production presidents

    DougBelgrad and Matt Tolmach have each been promoted to president of production atColumbia Pictures following three of the most successful years in the studio'shistory.Both senior executives have extended their contracts until 2008 and willcontinue to report to Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion
  • Berlin set for Troma invasion

    The Berlinale, or officialBerlin film festival, will find itself with some light-hearted competition thisyear.German fans of the Tromaschool of low-budget film-making will be running Tromanale (10-20 Feb).Screenings and events will be held at C-Base, a high-tech grunge location inthe Mitte district, some 2 km from the Berlinale's Potsdamer Platz. "Tromanale is the Berlinfilm festival dedicated to bringing back art to the people. Tromanale aims toprovide a space to celebrate real
  • Berlinale launch for Arts Alliance's digital film network

    A newdigital service that claims to make life easier for buyers and sellers of filmsis being launched at this year's Berlinale.Venture capital outfit Arts Alliance Media, which is anofficial partner of the Berlinale, is rolling out the Arts Alliance FilmNetwork (AAFN) - a digital network which allows films, trailers and promos tobe transported securely between producers, sales agents, distributors,festivals and exhi
  • Berlinale unveils full Panorama line-up

    The Berlin International Film Festival's Panorama section has unveiled the final additions to its lineup, which now comprising 34 features, 18 documentaries and 26 short films inits main programme and Special,Dokumente and Short Film series. The films come from 30 different countries and 28 of themwill be screened as world premieres.The latest entries selected for the programme come fromdirectors such as Rebecca Miller (USA), Ventura Pons (Spain), Giu
  • Best Man wraps after London, Budapest shoot

    The Best Man, a romantic comedy starring StuartTownsend, Amy Smart and Seth Green, wrapped last month after a seven-week shootin London and Budapest. Directed byStefan Schwartz and produced by Neil Peplow, The Best Man will bereleased in the UK by Redbus Film Distribution and sold internationally by TheWorks.Written by EdRoe (Teachers) and Stefan Schwartz, the film follows Olly (Townsend) - aluckless author with writer's block who is stuck in a dead-end job.
  • Best Original Screenplay form guide

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY FRONTRUNNERS1 Woody Allen, MatchPointMaybe Allen needed a change of location to get his mojoback, since his London-set thriller about the randomness of luck is one of hisbest-reviewed in a decade. It features an amoral plot worthy of PatriciaHighsmith and one of the most delicious endings in his 35-film oeuvre. 2 Noah Baumbach, TheSquid
  • Binoche, Whitaker line-up for Ferrara's Mary

    Juliette Binoche, ForrestWhitaker, Heather Graham and Matthew Modine are to star in Abel Ferrara's nextfeature, Mary. French sales and distributioncompany Wild Bunch has taken rights to the film - outside North America andItaly - ahead of Berlin's European Film Maket.Mary is a Bible-themed drama about a contemporary trio -an actor, an actress and a TV journalist -
  • Bond producers confirm Campbell as Casino Royale director

    Martin Campbell has been named as the director of the 21stfilm in the James Bond series - which will be called Casino Royale. It is Campbell's second outing as director of a James Bondfilm. In 1995 he directed Goldeneye, thefirst 007 film to star Pierce Brosnan.However,no decision has yet been made on who will replace Brosnan as Bond.The news was announced by Michael G. Wilson and BarbaraBroccoli, producers of the James Bond films, and MGM. Casino Royale,
  • Busy CineMart overshadows Rotterdam's gab fest

    Rotterdam's CineMartyesterday got off to both a bang and a whimper. Some 900 film producers, buyersand financiers poured into town, many directly from Sundance, to pick throughthe details of some 48 art-house film projects in various stages of completion.And for those not tied up in deal-making CineMart ran the third Rotterdam FilmParliament of recent years. With so many delegates inattendance the market's facilities were bursting at the seams, theNFVF-sponsored lunch was standing room
  • Canadian production levels dip in 2004

    The Canadian production industry saw amodest decline in volume in 2003/2004 - down 2.1% from $4.05bn (C$5.03bn) in2002-2003 to $3.96bn (C$4.92bn) - but the bad news was concentrated in thedomestic sector. According to numbers released today by theCanadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA), Canadian contentproduction was down 7% from the previous year, 12% below the peak reached in1999-2000, driven by a trend in declining foreign investment, particularlypre-sales of Can
  • Canal Plus extends DreamWorks deal

    The Canal Plus Group hasextended its exclusive agreement with DreamWorks to cover the next forty titlesfrom the Hollywood studio.The agreement gives Canal Plusexclusive first window pay-per-view and Pay TV rights as well as exclusivesecond window airings on Canal Plus' thematic channels.Films included in the dealinclude upcoming releases such as animated feature Madagascar
  • Cecchi Gori may form new partnership with Medusa

    According to local reports,Cecchi Gori could soon enter into a new partnership with Medusa, Italy'sleading film producer and distributor.The Cecchi Gori Group willhold a board meeting on February 4, Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Orereported. Its agenda is expected to include discussing a partnership proposalwhich was put forward by "a leading film and communications company,"the newspaper said, quoting unconfirmed sources.The troubled Cecchi GoriGroup has in the past
  • Chen Kaige's Chinese epic enters 10 months of post

    Chen Kaige's Wuji - ThePromise has completed principalphotography in its multitude of Chinese locations and the China Film Group setin Beijing.The epic fantasy romance, aco-production between China Film Group, Shengkai Films and worldwide salesagent Moonstone Entertainment, now enters approximately 10 months ofpost-production as the visual effects are created.Touted in the Asian press asthe Asian Lord Of The Rings, thesaga began shooting in March 2004 under tight s
  • China singled out as major piracy culprit in Asia

    China accounted for three quarters of all seizures ofpirated VCDs and DVDs in Asia last year in cases involving the Motion PictureAssociation (MPA), the group said on Thursday. Reuters reported that the MPA, which represents the majorUS studios, estimates its members lose about $900m annually in potentialrevenue in the Asia-Pacific, about a quarter of the $3.5bn lost globally. The MPA said it helped seize 50 million pirated discs inthe region, of which 37 million were confiscate
  • Chinese film giant moves towards Hong Kong listing

    China's Asian Union Film and Media has sold a 50%stake to Hong Kong's Universal Holdings, in a move that leads toward aback-door listing in Hong Kong.The Beijing-based company sold half its equity for $70m(HK$550m) to Universal (not to be confused with Universe InternationalHoldings), a digital broadcasting equipment distributor which is listed on themain board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Asian Union Film is one of China's largest filmproduction and distribution groups and
  • Cinemart names project market winners

    Two films have won the Arte France Cinema Awards, worthEuros 10,000, at this year's CineMart project market at the Rotterdam FilmFestival.Five Worlds is a five part film project byfilmmakers Sobhi al-Zobaidi (Palestine), U-Wei bin Hajisaari (Malaysia), KamalTabrizi (Iran), Homayoun Paiz (Afghanistan), Garin Nugroho and producer leBrocquyFraser Productions.Dry Season (Daratt), which is set in Chad, is to bedirected by Mahamat Saleh Haroun (France) and producer Ching
  • Closer nears $50m for SPRI

    Closer added an estimated $10.1m on 2,353 screens in 28markets through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) at the weekend,bumping up its international cumulative total to $44.4m.Highlights were $1.6m on 330 in Australia for an unconfirmed ranking, $235,000on 27 in Holland for third place, and a $215,000 number one debut in Taiwan on19 screens in Taipei.The drama added $1.8m on 330 in its third weekend in the UK to rank second on$11.1m. Lates
  • Contagious teams with Yari to co-finance three films a year

    Entertainmentfinancing and production company Contagious Entertainment has launched in LosAngeles with a deal to co-produce and co-finance at least three featureprojects a year in association with Bob Yari and the Yari Film Group.The commerciallyoriented titles will be budgeted from $2m-$6m and will be available for domesticand international release.Founded by LosAngeles-based industry veteran Joey Horvitz and New York-based venturecapitalist Ted Liebowitz, C
  • Czech box office stabilises in 2004

    Cinema-goers in the CzechRepublic spent $48m (CSK1.1bn) at the box office in 2004, a small increase on2003 figures of $47m (CZK1.08bn).However, the number ofvisits to the cinema fell slightly - 2004 saw 12 million admissions, down from12.1 million in 2003. Average ticket prices rose from $3.9 to $4.The figures indicate thatthe Czech market has stabilised since the slump of the 1990s when admissionsfell to 8.4 million in 1999.The Lord Of The Rings:The Return of the King
  • Dealer wins Hungarian critics' prize

    Benedek Fliegauf's Dealerwas named the best Hungarian film at this week's Hungarian Film Critic'sawards.The critics gave a specialprize to Szabolcs Hajdu's Tamara while Ferenc Torok was named bestdirector for his second feature Eastern Sugar. Both films receivedfurther honours: Eastern Sugar received the best soundtrack award forBalazs Zsager while Istvan Szaladjak was named best cinematographer for Tamara.Monika Esztan won the rar
  • Demand heats up for Berlin market

    The number of films submitted to Berlin's European Film Market (EFM) hasrisen by a third, underlining its growing importance as the first market of theyear following the AFM's move to autumn dates.Speaking to,festival director Dieter Kosslick said that the market has seen "moredemand from all over the world, but especially from Asia and the US, and wehave new companies from Korea and from Japan." Around a dozen new Japanese buyers are attending in 2005, in
  • Doom wraps production in Prague

    Video game adaptation Doomwrapped principal photography at Prague's Barrandov Studio on 28 January and isconcluding work with a reduced unit this week, unit publicist Geoff Freemantold "Filming went very well and I hope we do justiceto the video game," he said. The film is tied in with therelease of the Doom 3 computer game and is set to open in North America on 5August.Andrzej Bartkowiak (RomeoMust Die, Exit Wounds) reportedly replaced vete
  • Dougray Scott joins powerhouse female trio in Mermaids Singing

    Dougray Scott has joined thecast of The Mermaids Singing,Robin Swicord's adaptation of Lisa Carey's family epic that already stars thepowerhouse female trio of Jessica Lange, Neve Campbell and Evan Rachel Wood.Scott will play an estrangedfather who is forced to come to terms with his past or lose his teenagedaughter. He will next be seen in Walter Salles' upcoming English languageadaptation of Dark Water."My daughters broughtDougray Scott to my attention when he pl
  • Dutch TV company expands into film production

    Dutch independent television productioncompany Eyeworks is expanding into film production. The creator of successfulTV formats as The National IQ Test and The 10' is working on twoprojects to be filmed in 2006.Dutch producer Rolf Koot, co-creator of AllStars and executive of its English remake Things To Do Before You're 30,has been appointed head of the drama department.Eyeworks is a young and independentproduction company, with television formats bro
  • DVD retailers benefit from UK tax loophole

    A tax exemption used byTesco, Amazon and others to avoid charging VAT on DVDs will this week facecriticism from MPs. According to the UK's SundayTelegraph, the retailers have set up operations in Jersey, in the ChannelIslands, where under a 20-year-old law, they can sell goods to consumers on theBritish mainland worth under £18 without charging 17.5% VAT. While the practice isperfectly legal, it is thought to be costing the UK treasury many of millionsof pounds a y
  • Eastwood raises his Oscar prospects

    Clint Eastwood was votedbest director by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) at the weekend for MillionDollar Baby, strengthening his claim on next month's Academy Award.The DGA honour is a key indicator of Oscar success, with 50 out of 56recipients going on to win it since the inception of the DGA awards in 1949.Eastwood went head-to-head with a strong field this year, including MartinScorsese for The Aviator, Alexander Payne for Sideways, MarcForster fo
  • Economic boom sees surge in Russian cinema building

    The number of modern cinema screens in Russia is expectedto nearly triple to 1,900 by 2009, according to research published this week.DodonaResearch's report CinemagoingRussia says that the growth in newshopping complexes is providing locations for entertainment facilities andunderpinning a rapid expansion in the cinema sector.Several operators have successfully raised investmentfinance over the last year which will result in the develop
  • Elektra passes $14m for Fox International

    Fox International'sElektra grossed an estimated $5.5m on 1,721 screens at the weekend after numberone debuts in Spain and string of Asian markets raised its international cumulativetotal to $14.4m.The picture opened on $1.9mon 350 screens in Spain, while other table-topping launches saw it take$556,000 on 155 in Thailand, $462,000 on 109 in the Philippines, and $214,000on 40 in Malaysia.New Zealand and Indonesia producedrespective first place grosses of $177,000 on 40 and
  • Find out about FIFE

    TheFilm Industry Football Event (FIFE) is an annual 5-a-side football tournament,open to people who work in the UK film industry.Nowin its eighth year, FIFE was set up by a committee of high profile senior filmindustry personalities, chaired by Stewart Till CBE, Chairman and ChiefExecutive of UIP. FIFE has raised more than £240,000 towards the work of NCH,the children's charity.Firmlyestablished as
  • Fockers storms international chart

    Propelled by a $14.9mopening weekend in the UK, Meet The Fockers easily topped theinternational box office, grossing $18.8m from 20 territories and scoring anexcellent screen average of $10,937.But the real star performerswere two South Korean releases: Another Public Enemy and Running Boy.Selling more than half amillion tickets over the weekend, Kang Woo-suk's sequelto his local smash hit Public Enemy grossed a phenomenal $4.6m from 408screens
  • Focus to launch Jet Li actioner at Berlin

    Focus Features has acquiredinternational sales rights excluding Asia to Jet Li's upcoming martial artsproject and will launch it to buyers at Berlin.The latest producing venturefrom veteran producer Bill Kong, the as yet untitled film will be directed byRonny Yu and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon choreographer Yuen Wo Ping will orchestrate theaction sequences.The deal continues Focus'longtime relationship with Kong, whose Edko Films has produced many Chineselanguage hits
  • Foreign films struggle at Oz box office

    The numberof foreign films released in Australia in 2004 from countries other than the USand the UK nearly doubled compared to 2003.However,the 80 films in question from across the world earned $28.4m (A$36.8m) -down from the $32.6m earned by just 43 foreign films in 2003. Thisequated to average earnings of only $390,000 per film last year, which was halfof the result of the previous year.Of therecord 318 films released in 2004, 200 or nearly two-thirds were from the US,2
  • Forty Shades Of Blue

    Dir: Ira Sachs. US. 2004. 107minsThe winner of this year'sGrand Jury Prize for best American dramatic feature at the Sundance FilmFestival, Ira Sachs second full-length film certainly lives up to its title. Anentire spectrum of loneliness is explored in this intimate, naturalistic studyof a young Russian mother's cultural and emotional dislocation in Memphis,Tennessee; too bad there wasn't more dramatic colour to enliven theunder-stated storytelling
  • Forty Shades Of Blue wins top prize for US drama at Sundance

    IraSachs' intense drama Forty Shades Of Blue was named winner of the America Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and EugeneJarecki's Why We Fight was winnerof the American Documentary Grand Jury Prize as the Sundance Film Festivalwound down to a close on Saturday night.
  • Fox India closes distribution office

    20th Century Fox has closedits Indian distribution arm in Mumbai after 73 years of operation. CEO AdityaShastri has already left the company to joinMumbai based UTV. Fox, which opened its officein 1932, had recently been suffering losses on its Hollywood releases and tried to diversify operations in India byparticipating in the dubbed film market as well as taking on Hindi filmdistribution. Fox recently acquired Indianfilms for distribution including Pinjar, Tehzeeb, Bollywoo
  • FRANCE 31 January

    Mike Nichols' Closeropened in the top spot this week with nearly 500,000 admissions. Japanese legend HayaoMiyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle spent its second week at number two witha now cumulative $4,668,259. The film fared well against the competition, asdid many others this week, only dropping off by 13% from the previous week. Vanessa Paradis vehicle MonAnge debuted at number eight with a low per screen average of $2,936 on 307copies. Ne
  • Gavin Film strikes Yasmin deals

    UK based sales outfit GavinFilm has closed a string of deals on Yasmin,Kenny Glenaan's post 9/11 tale of Muslim life in Britain. It has sold France (LesFilms du Safran), Brazil (California Films) and the UK (3DD Entertainment).Academy Films have the rights for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.In the UK the film won 12.5%national television audience share attracting more than a million viewers forits recent Channel Fou
  • George Michael to attend Berlinale documentary screening

    Pop star George Michael isto attend the Berlin International Film Festival to support A DifferentStory, a documentary about his life and career.The film will have its worldpremiere at the German event on Feb 16. Contributors include Sting, MariahCarey, Elton John, Noel Gallagher, Boy George and Andrew Ridgeley.Rainer Grupe at UK-basedGorilla Entertainment is handling international sales.
  • German fund Academy pitches $42m into three Inferno projects

    Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel's production and financing houseInferno Distribution has received $42m to finance three projects in 2005 fromGerman film fund, Academy.
  • GERMANY 2 February

    Despite a 58% week-on-weekdrop in box-office takings, Warner Bros.' Blade:Trinity held onto thetop spot for a second week with a $1.8m gross to bring its tally for the firsttwo weeks of release to over $ 7m.Last weekend saw threestrong new entries to the Top 10 with Lemony Snicket's A Series OfUnfortunate Incidents, A Very Long Engagement, and the local German film VomSuchen Und Finden Der Liebe. Helmut Dietl's romantic drama starringAlexandra M
  • Giffoni chief named general director of Italy's AIP

    Giffoni Film Festival chief Claudio Gubitosi has been namedgeneral director of AIP, the Italian film organisation which overseespromotional body Filmitalia as well as the Mifed film market.Envisaged as an outfit similar in scope to Frenchpromotional body Unifrance, AIP was created in 2003 by Cinecitta Holding andFiera di Milano.As well as boosting the profile of Italian films, one of itsaims is to raise the stature of the Venice Screenings and Mifed.
  • Golden Screen Cinemas boosts Malaysian circuit

    Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC)has opened Malaysia's first multiplex in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur:the nine-screen multiplex is located in Berjaya Times Square shopping mall. The $5.8m (RM22m) multiplexclocked up 1,000 ticket sales on its first day of business on Jan 27 whichcoincided with the opening of Elektra and local production Tak OriTapi Ok. The multiplex, the 17th for GSC, has 1,570 seats in total,including a 48-seat premiere class auditorium.GSC Berjay
  • Hardcore

    Dir. Dennis Iliadis. Gre.2004. 98minsA promising sketch ratheran actual probe into Athens' sleazy dives, lo-fi drama Hardcorenevertheless shows distinct promise for debut feature film-maker DennisIliadis.While his film-making giftsclearly need more mileage to mature, Iliadis' first feature neverthelessmaintains a steady course between coyness and titillation, conveying in theprocess a credible and at times quite moving approach to a tale
  • Heidi producers option Roman Mysteries

    The British productioncompany behind Heidi, the family film remake which Warner Bros isreleasing in July, has optioned The Roman Mysteries, an 18-book seriesset in first century Rome.Martyn Auty and Ian Gordon,partners in Suitable Viewing, have optioned the books with Dashiell Productionsto adapt into a family film. Written by Caroline Lawrence, the stories featurethe adventures of feisty young heroine Flavia and her crime-fighting friends.The first cr
  • Hide And Seek

    Dir: John Polson. US.2004. 105mins.A good cast and somespooky build-up fall victim to cliched plotting and an unlikely surprise endingin suspense thriller Hide And Seek, the second US film from Australiandirector (and actor) John Polson. The cast, headed by Robert De Niro and rising10-year-old star Dakota Fanning, might get the film some attention at the boxoffice when it opens in the US and certainly in video stores; but the chancesof a sizeable au
  • Hide And Seek discovers winning form

    TwentiethCentury Fox's thriller Hide And Seekopened top at the weekend on an estimated $22m that was some way ahead of lastweekend's champion Are We There Yet', which was shunted into secondplace on $17m for $39.1m after two weekends.John Polson's picture went out on 3,005 screens and averaged $7,321 on the backof poor reviews. Robert De Niro, Famke Janssen and Dakota Fanning star in taleof a grieving young girl who creates a terrifying
  • Hide And Seek dominates weekend on $22m

    TwentiethCentury Fox's thriller Hide And Seekopened top at the weekend on an estimated $22m that was some way ahead of lastweekend's champion Are We There Yet', which was shunted into secondplace on $17m for $39.1m after two weekends.John Polson's picture went out on 3,005 screens and averaged $7,321 on the backof poor reviews. Robert De Niro, Famke Janssen and Dakota Fanning star in taleof a grieving young girl who creates a terrifying
  • Hide And Seek dominates weekend with $22m debut

    Twentieth Century Fox'sthriller Hide And Seek opened topat the weekend on an estimated $22m that was some way ahead of last weekend'schampion Are We There Yet', which was shunted into second place on $17m for$39.1m after two weekends.John Polson's picture went out on 3,005 screens and averaged $7,321 on the backof poor reviews. Robert De Niro, Famke Janssen and Dakota Fanning star in taleof a grieving young girl who creates a terrifying imaginary friend.
  • Hoffman joins star-studded cast of Forster's Fiction

    Dustin Hoffman has joinedthe cast of Marc Forster's upcoming comedy Stranger Than Fiction, which will also star Will Ferrell, MaggieGyllenhaal, Emma Thompson and Queen Latifah.Written by Zach Helm, StrangerThan Fiction centres on a taxauditor who hears an inner voice that foretells his death. Hoffman will playProfessor Jules Hilbert, who helps the auditor find the source of the voice andchange his fate.Principal photography isscheduled to begin in April on the Mand
  • HONG KONG 31 January

    Good word-of-mouth helpedpropel Universe Entertainment's Crazy N' The City from fourth to firstposition in its second week.The US$2m action dramaleapfrogged an almost spent Kung-fu Hustle and opener Blade Trinitywith US$284,289 from 22 screens. Directed and written by James Yuen, the filmtells the story of a spineless cop who is inspired by an energetic andconscientious female partner. Eason Chan, Francis Ng and Joey Yung head thecast. Am
  • Hong Kong pay-TV leader moves into film production

    Hong Kong's leading pay-TV operator, i-CABLECommunications, has unveiled plans to move into film production by investing upto $38.5m (HK$300m) in 10-20 features over the next two years. The company is in talks with several Hong Kong productionhouses about providing funding for a slate of productions to be selected on aproject-by-project basis. It has also sealed an output deal with one of HongKong's leading distributors, Bill Kong's Edko Films, for theatricaldistribution of the films.
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  • Hustle & Flow

    Dir/scr. Craig Brewer.US. 2004. 114mins.Hustle & Flow sets a new standard for films about rap music, ifonly because it's a strong-piece of story-driven filmmaking in its own right.While 8 Mile was a star-vehicle for rapper Eminem, the new film exploresnot just the making of the music - by any means necessary - but the forces thatmake rap so vital a mirror of the US underclass.Paramount-MTV Films, whopaid $9m for the title at
  • I Am A Sex Addict

    Dir/scr:Caveh Zahedi. US. 2005. 90minsAttimes, you don't know whether to laugh or cringe at I Am A Sex Addict, awitty, self-reflexive, often painfully revealing drama-doc confessional from USindependent film-maker Caveh Zahedi. As the title suggests, the film isZahedi's account of some 20 years struggling with his fetish for prostitutes,an obsession that destroyed his relationships with three women.Zahedi'sengagingly neurotic screen prese
  • IMAX teams with Pathe for screen in Amsterdam - just in time for Cinema Expo

    IMAX Corp. and PatheNetherlands have signed an agreement to install an IMAX MPX theatre system inthe nation's largest multiplex, Amsterdam's Pathe Arena.It will be the firstlarge-format screen in city, and the first in the nation capable of handling thecompany's DMR conversions of Hollywood films. The new cinema is expectedto open in late spring, in time to showcase the standard large-format and DMRfilms at the annual Cinema Expo conference in Amsterdam, June 27-30, 2005. TheIMA
  • Imax to release 3-D live action films within a year

    Imax is developingtechnology which will allow it to convert traditional 2-D live action filmsinto 3-D features - and is in discussions with Hollywood studios aboutreleasing its first 3-D feature within the next year."Imagine, for example, iffilms like Star Wars or Harry Potter were in 3-D," said Imaxco-chairman and co-chief executive Richard Gelfond. "We think this could haveenormous potential at the box office."Gelfond said that Imax hadrecently made strong advanc
  • Indie Circle takes up Smoking

    IndieCircle, the pan-European distribution consortium, has pre-boughtmulti-territory rights to Thank You For Smoking, a black comedysatirising the tobacco industry. Thefilm is sold internationally by US-UK combine ContentFilm International and isa co-production between ContentFilm and Room 9 Entertainment. Directed by JasonReitman, it went into production earlier this week.TheIndie Circle deal means that the film will be distributed in Italy by LuckyRed, Haut Et Court in
  • INTERNATIONAL 3 February

    Propelled by a $14.9mopening weekend in the UK, Meet The Fockers easily topped theinternational box office, grossing $18.8m from 20 territories and scoring anexcellent screen average of $10,937.But the real star performerswere two South Korean releases: Another Public Enemy and Running Boy.Selling more than half amillion tickets over the weekend, Kang Woo-suk's sequelto his local smash hit Public Enemy grossed a phenomenal $
  • Int'l box office preview: Ray prepares for wide release

    Universal's Ray stands to benefit from its six Academy Awardsnominations earlier this week with a full-on assault through UIP in a raft ofmajor markets this weekend.The picture opened on an Australian national holiday on Jan 26 and Russia a daylater, and follows up with debuts in Spain on Jan 28 and Japan on Jan 29. Ithas grossed $5.4m to date.Stablemate Meet The Fockers opensin the UK and Brazil on Jan 28 and should perform strongly bearing in mind thesuccess of
  • ITALY 1 February

    The Aviator soared to the top of the Italian box office on itsopening weekend, on the back of its freshly announced 11 Oscar nominations.The Leonardo Di Capriovehicle earned $2,759,240 for 01 Distribution from 438 screens, registering astrong average of $6,300 per screen.At the same time, WarnerBros's Alexander, currently playing on a wide 372 screens, shed a big56% of its earnings on its third weekend, dropping into second place with atotal gro
  • Italy pledges Euros 74m for local film-making

    Silvio Berlusconi'sgovernment has announced that it will hand out around Euros 74m to the localproduction sector in 2005. Local producers now hope that the government promisewill finally put an end to a crippling two-year freeze in state subsidies.Around Euros 54m will beawarded to support feature-length films that are deemed of "nationalcultural interest," and Euros 18m will be handed out to first and secondfeatures. The government also said it will award Euros 1.6m to short films, an
  • Japanese box office surges in 2004

    The Japanese box office was worth $2.05bn (Y211bn) in2004, an increase of 3.8% over 2003, according to figures released today by TheJapan Motion Picture Producers Association (Eiren). Admissions stood at 170 million.In comparison, the US box office reached $9.4bn in 2004 on ticket sales of 1.51 billion; the UK saw box office returns of $1.24bn on ticket sales of 171 million for the year, while Germany registered $1.15bn from 151 million admissions. Meanwhile, France enjoyed its best ye
  • Jegeus takes up top marketing position at Fox International

    Tomas Jegeus (pictured) has been named executive vice president of marketingat Fox International, where he will develop and supervise strategic marketingplans for all Fox releases overseas.
  • Jobson wraps A Woman In Winter

    Richard Jobson is finishing theHD feature A Woman In Winter, which shot in Edinburgh and stars Jason Flemyng, Brian Cox, French actress JulieGayet and newcomer Jamie Sives.The story involves a destructive love affair between an astronomer and a mysteriousFrench photographer.Regular
  • Kung-fu Hustle scoops Hong Kong Film Award nods

    Stephen Chow's Kung-fuHustle heads the pack in the nominations for this year's Hong Kong FilmAwards, bagging 16 nods including best film, best director and best actor forChow.The box office smash wasnominated in every category apart from best supporting actress and best song.It picked up two best supporting actor nods for Chan Kwok Kwan and martial artslegend Yuen Wah. Yuen Qiu, also a kung-fu veteran, picked up a best actress nodfor her role as a chain-smoking landlady with a d
  • KWA takes international rights to Argentine Hours

    Madrid-based sales outfit Kevin Williams Associates (KWA)has picked up international rights on Berlin Forum title The Hours Go By(Como Pasan Las Horas) by Argentine director Ines de Oliveira Cezar.The film stars newcomer Guillermo Arengo and TV veteran RoxanaBerco in a minimalist tale following three generations of a family on distinctphysical and emotional paths over the course of a single day. Baraka Cineproduces.Hours is one of only two Spanish-language f
  • LA memorial service for Jorge Gallegos this Friday

    A "Celebration Of Life"memorial service will be held for Jorge Gallegos on this Friday Feb 4 at 11amat the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.Mr Gallegos died tragicallywhile on holiday in Thailand on Dec 26 as a result of the tsunami disaster.He was a veteran in theworld of independent film finance and banking. He is survived by his wife Lornaand his two children Christian and James.
  • MediaCorp Raintree embarks on Leap Of Love

    MediaCorpRaintree Pictures started production this week on its long-gestating Leap Of Love, a romantic comedy that CEODaniel Yun has been developing for years with the aim of raising the profile ofSingapore film on the international stage. TheEnglish-language picture - which has a high $1.5m (S$2.5m) budget by localstandards - is directed by French-Venezuelan Fina Torres (Woman On Top,
  • Mighty Celt to open Dublin festival

    The worldpremiere of Pearse Elliott's The Mighty Celt will open the DublinInternational Film Festival on February 11, it was announced at the programmelaunch this week (Jan 26). Elliottpreviously wrote Man About Dog, also produced by Treasure Entertainment,which was the highest earning local film at the Irish box office last year.
  • Milestone gets worldwide on lost Valentino/Swanson classic

    New Jersey-based Milestone Film & Video has picked upworldwide rights excluding the Benelux countries to Sam Wood's 1922 silentclassic Beyond The Rocks, which untilrecently was believed to be lost and stars Rudolph Valentino and GloriaSwanson.Milestone vice-president Dennis Doros negotiated the dealwith Jan Rofekamp of Films Transit International on behalf of the NederlandsFilmmuseum.The picture willopen theatrically throughout North America this year and the company isco
  • NCH, the children's charity

    NCH, the children's charityProceeds from the FIFE tournament willgo to NCH, the children's charity. NCH supports some of the most vulnerable and excluded children in the UK and works with more children and young people than any other UK charity.NCH believes that every childshould have the chance to live thier
  • NEW ZEALAND 3 February

    Elektra was the most popular film in New Zealand cinemas onthe weekend, taking NZ$254,990 from 40 screens for 20th Century Fox in itsopening week and clocking up a screen average of NZ$6,375, which was thehighest in the chart. This was for the usual four days from Thursday to Sunday,although Monday was a public holiday so more people were out and about.In fourth was Ray,which sold NZ$167,296 worth of tickets to 42 screens in its opening weekend forUIP.
  • On The Outs leads Slamdance winners

    A highly successful Slamdance that produced record attendance and severalmajor deals closed on Saturday (29) as LoriSilverbush and Michael Skolnik's drug drama On TheOuts won the Grand Jury SparkyAward for Best Narrative Feature and the corresponding audience award,while Jenny Abel and Jeff Hockett's hoaxer study AbelRaises Cain took the Grand Jury SparkyAward for Best Documentary Feature.TheAudience Sparky Award for Best Documentary Feature went to The Real Di
  • One Eyed Films picks up two Latin American titles

    UK-based sales companyOne Eyed Films has picked up two award-winningLatin American titles - Almost Brothers and Up Against ThemAll.Almost Brothers boasts a string of awards including Best Brazilianfilm of 2004 at Sao Paulo and best director, and best Latin American filmamongst others at the Rio film festival.Produced by Fernando Meirelles, Up Against Them All won theSilver Firebird 2004 in Hong Kong.
  • Palm acquires US rights to du Welz's Ordeal

    Palm Pictures has acquired North American rights to FabriceDu Welz's The Ordeal (Calvaire). The film recently took three prizes at the GerardmerFantastic Film Festival including the jury and critics' prizes. Sales have alsobeen concluded in the UK with Tartan Films, Germany's I-On New Media andBenelux's Lumiere. Laurent Lucas stars in the thriller/horror film which wasalso a contender in Critics' Week at Cannes 2004.French based sales house Funny Balloons concluded
  • Ray approaches $10m for UIP

    Universal's Ray addedan estimated $3.9m on 1,050 screens in 22 markets through UIP at the weekend toraise its international running total to $9.2m.The picture opened in Australia on $860,000 on 159 and ranked third bySaturday, and opened fifth in Japan on $400,000 on 103.Spain produced $400,000 on 129 for eighth place, while in its second weekend inthe UK Ray added $600,000 on 224 for $2m. There are 30 markets still toopen including Mexico and
  • Roissy Films to broker L'Entente Cordiale

    Paris based sales outfitRoissy Films has acquired rights to comedy L'Entente Cordiale as itheads into the European Film Market.The film is a $20m productionfrom Les Films Christian Fechner with a heavyweight cast that includes DanielAuteuil, Christian Clavier, Jennifer Sanders, Francois Morel and FrancoisLevanthal.Vincent De Brus will direct L'EntenteCordiale for a late 2005 delivery. The film is being released by WarnerBros France. The unlikely buddy comedy
  • Runaway business helps Australian production

    Becker Film Internationalhas taken world sales rights on Feed, a psychological thriller thatBrett Leonard is now shooting in Australia.Runaway US films play a keyrole supporting service companies and building skills in host countries but Feedis a rare example of how runaway production has directly helped a localfeature. Producer Melissa Beaufordmet Leonard while executing the legal contracts on the US film Man-Thing,which shot in Australia. Feed actors Patri
  • Russia's Return wins BBC Four prize

    Russian drama The Returnhas been named winner of the BBC Four World Cinema Award.Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, The Return previously won the 2003 Golden Lion award at theVenice Film Festival. The prize was presented at an awards ceremony held in Londonon Thursday and hosted by Jonathan Ross.
  • Sea Inside dominates Spain's Goya awards

    AlejandroAmenabar's Oscar-nominated The Sea Inside dominated Spain's 19th annualGoya Awards ceremony on Sunday night, making history by winning 14 statues inthe 15 categories in which it was nominated..Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) beat the competition - includingPedro Almodovar's Bad Education (La Mala Educacion) which went homeempty-handed - in the best film and director categories, and incredibly
  • Senator acquires Silentium rights for Germany

    Berlin based Senator Film has acquired German rights forAustrian box office hit Silentium, while Frenetic Films acquired allSwiss rights.A murder story centring in the city of Salzburg, thethriller has racked up more than 200,000 admissions through Austriandistributor Luna Film. World Sales are handled by Solveig Langeland's Sola Mediaand Beatrix Wesle's Atrix Films.
  • Serbia and Montenegro has new box-office champ

    SrdjanDragojevic's We Are Not Angels 2 (Mi Nismo Andjeli 2) has scored thebiggest opening of all time in Serbia and Montenegro. The sequel to his1992 blockbuster achieved 88,526 admissions over the weekend, and with previewssince last Tuesday, grossed $395,120 from a total 124,417 spectators. Despitesnowstorms closing many roads in the territory, the 25-print release fromCinears succeeded in boosting the overall box-office by 481% compared to theprevious weekend. T
  • Spain's Lauren picks up Berlin opener Man To Man

    Spain'sLauren Films has picked up local distribution rights to Berlin opening title,Regis Wargnier's Man To Man.Itis one of the first new pick-ups revealed by Lauren founder and chairmanAntonio Llorens as he works to turn the page on the company's recent financialtroubles.Once one of the largestSpanish distributors with a lengthy arrangement with Miramax Films, Laurenfiled for credit protection in June 2004 - six months after Miramax announcedthat it would release
  • Spectators

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  • Sponsors

    Opportunity for your organisation to raise profilewithin the sectorAt FIFE 2004 over 36 differentcompanies where represented from the film and television industry, if yourcompany would like to discuss the opportunity of sponsoring part of FIFE 2005plea
  • Submarine drama triumphs at Russian Oscars

    VladimirKhotinenko's 72 Metres, about a Russian submarine crew strandedbelow sea, has won the best film prize at the Golden Eagles, Russia'sequivalent of the Oscars.Theannual awards ceremony was presided over by its founder and Russian Oscarwinner, Nikita Mikhalkov.
  • Sundance: Focus cements Brick purchase

    Focus Features has landedits second major acquisition in four days at Sundance, sealing worldwide rights to Rian Johnson's award-winning Brick, a neo-noir set in a contemporary US high school .Buyers had been tracking the film all week but Focus's persistence finally won out hours before Brick went on to share a special jury prize at Saturday's awards' ceremony. Universal's specialist division paid nearly $3m for the picture, aLynchian homage to the gumshoe genre
  • Sundance: Par Classics goes Ballroom dancing

    Paramount Classics andNickelodeon have teamed up to buy worldwide rights excluding Australia and New Zealand toSlamdance opening night picture Mad Hot Ballroom, on a day that produced a raft of major deals atSundance (27).In three North American acquisitions Samuel Goldwyn Films and RoadsideAttractions picked up Pretty Persuasion, THINKFilm took The Aristocrats and Warner Independent Pictures bought Strangers With Candy.Slamdance organisers said the
  • Tango Entertainment announces key appointments

    Tango EntertainmentInc, the home entertainment operatorformed at the end of 2004 by industry veterans Paul Levinson and WarrenGoldberg, has made two key appointments.Evan Fisher joins thecompany as senior vice-president of sales and marketing with an emphasis onestablishing a broad spectrum of distribution channels and originating newretail outlets.Working alongside Fisher inthe capacity of senior vice-president of finance and administration is VictorElizalde
  • Tango staffs up in LA with Fisher, Elizalde

    Paul Levinson and WarrenGoldberg's fledgling Los Angeles-based home entertainment distributor TangoEntertainment has hired Evan Fisher as senior vice-president of sales andmarketing and Victor Elizalde as senior vice-president of finance and administration.Fisher's overall task willbe to set up a broad range of distribution channels and new retail outlets. Hepreviously ran his own consultancy group and has served at Warner Brothers,Universal Studios, Lorimar, BBC Vi
  • Task force to investigate production decline

    Although hopes were high atthe beginning of the year, the number of films produced in Hong Kong has fallento an all-time low of around 65 this year and many films performed belowexpectations over the summer. As a result, 20 film professionals have set up anemergency task force to find solutions to the industry's continuing decline. The group includes suchhigh-profile filmmakers as Infernal Affairs producer Nansun Shi - who isacting as convenor - Hero p
  • The Emperor's Journey (La Marche De L'Empereur)

    Dir: Luc Jacquet. Fr.2004. 84mins.Although Cole Porterdidn't specifically mention them by name, penguins do it too, and Luc Jacquet'slyrical documentary continues the successful trend of wildlife and nature filmsthat have revitalised a genre long relegated to unimaginative, formatted TVfare.Though less wondrous andexhilaratingly spectacular than previous French productions such as Microcosmosor Winged Migration, The Emperor's Ma
  • The Incredibles, National Treasure prosper for BVI

    Buena Vista International's(BVI) The Incredibles passed $350m at the international box office atthe weekend and is expected to break into the industry's all-time top 20pantheon within a week.The Pixar hit added an estimated $4.6m for $353.3m and is currently the 22ndbiggest international release of all time, according to results issued by BVI.Its $611m global tally makes it the 24th biggest picture ever afterovertaking The Passion Of The Christ. In BVI history
  • The Shutter (Sutter Kodtid Winyan)

    Dirs: Parkpoom Wongpoom,Banjong Pisanthanakun. Thai. 2004. 95mins.The Shutter is a film happily demonstrating that it is possibleto combine all the familiar staples of the current Japanese-Korean horror boomand still come up with some new chills and an entertaining picture.A low-budget ghost picturefrom Thailand, the film follows a couple of twenty-somethings who discoverdisturbing images in their class photographs. While it screams out genre-labelvid
  • The Upside Of Anger

    Dir/scr: Mike Binder. US.2004. 116mins.Enigmatic stand-up comic,actor, writer and film-maker Mike Binder whose credits include Londiniumand The Sex Monster, has crafted an enigmatic fourth film in TheUpside Of Anger. The independently financed, star-studded affair is acurious blend of romantic comedy, women's melodrama and shaggy dog story whichhas a shot at making a dint in the world's specialised theatrical marketchiefly because of t
  • Top Korean distributor drops assassination drama

    A South Korean political drama that is dividing audienceson the same scale as Fahrenheit 9/11 has been dropped just ahead of itsFebruary 3 release by distributor CJ Entertainment.The President's Last Bang by Im Sang-soo --director of Venice entry A Good Lawyer's Wife (2003) - is a creativeretelling of the hours before and after authoritarian president Park Chung-heewas assassinated by the head of the nation's intelligence services in 1979.Citing political se
  • Van Gogh shadow hangs over Rotterdam

    The shadow of the murdered director Theovan Gogh is hanging over this year's Rotterdam Film Festival (Jan 26-Feb 6).A new prize, the GoldenCactus Theo van Gogh Award for Maverick Filmmakers, was awarded on Sunday toIlya Khrzhavonsky for his subversive feature 4, which has been banned by Russian censors. The award was introduced tohonor the "quirky, maverick spirit" of the murdered Dutch director. The ceremony took placebefore the
  • Warner Bros to open five more cinemas in China

    WarnerBros has signed an agreement with the state-owned Shenzhen International Trust& Investment Corp to open five joint venture cinemas in China, according tothe Xinhua news agency.Warner Bros will hold a controlling 51% stake in the fivecinemas with the Shenzhen-based investment firm holding the rest. In additionto Shenzhen, the partners will build cinemas in four provincial capital
  • Wertmuller lines up Loren for tsunami feature

    Veteran Italian film director Lina Wertmuller is lining up afilm about the South-East Asia tsunami, which is set to star Sophia Loren.In an interview with Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera, Wertmuller said she plans to shoot the film in thebeach resorts that have been destroyed by the tsunami. The film's working titleis Dream Islands (Le Isole del Sogno).Wertmuller explained that the film, which she is currentlywriting, will not be a straightforward account of t
  • When and Where

    FulhamFootball Club is hosting the event at the recently refurbished riverside CravenCottage ground, Stevenage Road, Fulham, London SW6 6HH. Click the link below for a pla
  • Where is Fulham Football Club'

    Click the link below for a Football ClubCraven CottageStevenage RoadFulhamLondonSW6 6HHTel: 020 7893 8383
  • Who will be playing' - Past teams and celebrities

    Teamsthat have been fielded in the past have included: Aon Entertainment RiskServices, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Empire Design, CreativePartnership, First Foot FilmsLimited, Freud Communications, Glasgow Film Office, Momentum Pictures, NFTS,Picture Production Company,Rafford Film, Redbus, ReprisalFilms, Samuelson Productions, Thin Man Films, Tiger Aspect Productions,UIP, UK Film Council, Universal Video International, Working Title, Warner Home Video (U
  • Why We Fight

    Dir. Eugene Jarecki. US.2004. 98mins.Any serious documentary,one hopes, strives to provoke. Eugene Jarecki's scintillating Why We Fight isa marvel of restraint, making it all the more provocative. Following on fromhis 2002 title The Trials Of Henry Kissinger, he here explores themilitary-industrial complex that has been a primary engine of the US economyduring the 60 years since the end of the Second World War.The work's absence of
  • Wild Bunch unveils European Film Market slate

    French sales and distributionoutfit Wild Bunch has lined up several new titles ahead of next month'sEuropean Film Market in Berlin.The company has taken worldrights, outside France, to competition title The Wayward Cloud bydirector Tsai Ming-Liang. Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval told ScreenDaily.comthat the Taiwanese-Chinese-French co-production, which juxtaposes colourfulmusical scenes with explicit sex scenes, will be one of the festival's most talked about.Wil
  • With Blood On My Hands ' Pusher II (Pusher II)

    Dir/scr: Nicolas Winding Refn. Den. 2004. 96minsAfter Pusher and Bleeder,Nicolas Winding Refn's third low-life drama could easily have been called Loser,with its portrait of a small-time thug on the skids. Going back to realistroots after a bold detour with the US-set existential thriller Fear X,Denmark's Refn offers his most confident feature yet, pushing skinhead Tonny -the sidekick figure in 1996's Pusher - to centre stage, and providingstar Mad
  • Worldwide rights to Sex, Politics & Cocktails go to here!

    Los Angeles-based productionand distribution company here! Films, has picked up worldwide rights from KUBAPictures to Sex, Politics & Cocktails and scheduled the US release for Apr 1.Written, directed, producedby and starring Julien Hernandez, the picture chronicles the sexual odyssey ofa Cuban filmmaker.Other key cast includesMarisa Perturb, Paul Lekakis, Don Max, Seth Macari and Alex Douglas."We are delighted to haveacquired Sex, Politics & Cocktails and t