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29 July 2005

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  • Aishwarya Rai enlists in De Laurentiis' Last Legion

    Aishwarya Rai has joined thecast of Dino De Laurentiis' The Last Legion, which begins filming inTunisia on August 5. The Bollywood star joins previously confirmed leads ColinFirth and Sir Ben Kingsley. Directed by Doug Lefler, TheLast Legion is a Dino De Laurentiis presentation produced by Martha DeLaurentiis and Raffaella De Laurentiis. It is also being produced with QuintaCommunications' Tarak Ben Ammar and British co-producers Chris Curling and PhilRobertson of Zephyr
  • Amritraj and Hyde Park seal five-year overall deal with Fox

    Ashok Amritraj's Hyde ParkEntertainment has signed a five-year, first-look production and distributiondeal with 20th Century Fox which incorporates co-financing, production anddistribution and includes a number of put pictures.
  • Audiences prefer the Factory to The Island

    Charlie And The Chocolate Factory stayed top and passed $100m in itssecond weekend at the North American box office over the weekend, butDreamWorks' The Islandflopped in fourth place and overall box office fell back into its familiarslump.
  • Battsek finally confirmed as new Miramax president

    Daniel Battsek was finallyconfirmed as the new president of Miramax Films today, ending speculation overone of the industry's most widely known open secrets of the year.Battsek, the highlyrespected executive vice president and managing director of distribution andproduction at BVI UK, will be based in New York and reports directly to WaltDisney Studios chairman Dick Cook.His immediate prioritieswill be to address executive recruitment and staffing levels and assemble thecompany'
  • Bay's Island looks for international rescue

    As NorthAmerican figures broke over the weekend analysts were quick to label MichaelBay's The Island adisaster. Certainly it isthe director's first domestic flop, but observers largely failed to recognisethe film's strong start in international markets, which more and more oftenacts as a saviour these days. That will be oflittle consolation to US distributor DreamWorks as Warner Bros PicturesInternational has international rights to the film.Launching innine intern
  • Brazilian admissions plunge in first half of 2005

    Cinema admissions in Brazildropped 26% in the first six months of 2005, according to figures released byFilme B, a local film company specialised in compiling theatrical statistics. The total number of ticketssold fell to 41.7 million compared to 56.3 million in the same period lastyear.Total sales amounted to$125m (R$304.1m), a 20% fall compared to the first six months of 2004. Theaverage ticket price reached $3, up 10% on the period.With a total of 18 titlesreleased, Br
  • Brown named programming director at Miami

    Film critic andformer HBO executive and Dwight Brown has been appointed programming directorat the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF). Brown will scout, screen andrecommend films for the festival in all categories, oversee staff, seek out newtalent, and develop outreach programmes and special presentations."Our rapidlyexpanding festival needs a programming executive and Dwight Brown is perfectfor the job," director Nicole Guillemet said in a statement.Guillemetpointed out
  • Charlie remains victorious, but The Island disappoints

  • Charlie remains victorious, but The Island disappoints

    Charlie And The Chocolate Factory stayed top and passed $100m in itssecond weekend at the North American box office over the weekend, butDreamWorks' The Islandflopped in fourth place and overall box office fell back into its familiarslump.
  • Chinese media giant takes stake in Oz film channel

    ShanghaiOriental Pearl Group (OPG), owned by China's second largest media conglomerate,the Shanghai Media Group (SMG), is acquiring a stake in Australian TV channeloperator Pan TV, according to local press reports. OPG has signedan agreement to buy the stake but is still awaiting approval from Chineseregulators according to spokesman Hua Wei. He didn't reveal the size or priceof the proposed shareholding. Pan TV operatesthe World Movies Channel which screens independent and worl
  • Copenhagen selects ten Euro films for competition

    The third Copenhagen International Film Festival (Aug18-28) has unveiled a ten strong line-up of European films for its maincompetition. Danish cinema is represented by by Murk, Jannik Johansen's thrillerfollow up to his caper comedy Rembrandt. German director Andreas Dresen follows up his festivalhit Grill Point with Willenb
  • Dutch court jails van Gogh killer for life

    A Dutch court has sentencedthe self-confessed killer of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh to life in jail.Mohammed Bouyeri, anAmsterdam-born Muslim, was convicted of killing van Gogh as he cycled to workin Amsterdam on Nov. 2, 2004. He was found guilty of shooting and stabbing vanGogh, slashing his throat and pinning a note to his body with a knife. Van Gogh was known for hisoutspoken criticism of Islam. His controversial film Submission criticised the treatment ofwomen under
  • Emmerich, VIP project wins FFF Bayern backing

    MarcoKreuzpaintner's first English language feature Welcome To America is one of 34 projects to receive atotal of Euros 5m in the latest round of funding by the Bavarian Film &Television Fund (FFF Bayern).Welcome ToAmerica is one of thefirst productions from the Reelmachine outfit formed at the end of 2004 byRoland Emmerich and private media fund manager Andreas Schmid of VIPMedienfonds,Euros 300,000was awarded to Welcome To America which was previously know
  • Fabrication closes multiple sales on Game

    LosAngeles-based sales company Fabrication Films has completed a raft of sales onDavid Anspaugh's real-life sports drama The Game Of Their Lives.Film division presidentWendy Reeds reported sales to 21st Century in Australia, Wise Policy in Japan,Aurum in Spain, NoShame Films in Italy, Conquest Films in Brazil, and HollywoodEntertainment in Greece.Rights also wentto Bosphorus in Turkey, Vitra in Poland, Shapira in Israel, and Cathay inSingapore.Based on the USfootba
  • Foster to direct Sugar Kings for Universal, Tribeca

    Jodie Foster will direct and may star in the class action drama SugarKings for UniversalPictures and Tribeca Films.
  • Four, Madagascar vie for international crown

    Fox International's Fantastic Four added an estimated $22.9m over theweekend for a $78.4m running total and a possible top international spot.
  • Fraser in frame for Spottiswoode's Sea in China

    Brendan Fraserhas been lined up to star in historical drama The Bitter Sea which Roger Spottiswoode is set todirect in China later this year. The US$19mproject, also known as The Children Of Huang Shi, is based on the true story of Britishjournalist George Hogg who saved a group of children during the Japaneseinvasion of China in 1937. Faced with advancing Japanese troops, Hogg led thechildren on a 1000km trek to a safe haven in China's remote west. The project was
  • French DVD revenues plateau as prices plunge

    French consumers spentEuros 770.3m on DVD and VHS purchases in the first half of 2005, a one percentfall on the same period last year. The total number of units sold was up, however,with a 22.6% increase. The discrepancy can be explained by a shift inpricing. During first half of 2005, DVDs cost an average Euros 12.19 - a fallof 20.2% compared to the same period last year.Ove
  • Gaumont on the mend with healthy financial results

    French majorGaumont has announced its first half figures for 2005 with a healthy 25%increase in revenues compared to the same period last year. The film companyposted revenues of Euros 46.2mn and a profit of Euros 5.3m in the first sixmonths of 2005.Gaumont, whichis coming back into its own following a string of bad years, ushered in a newmanagement team in late 2004 made up of Sidonie Dumas, Franck Chorot andChristophe Riandee. The trio's aim is to focus on a diverse slate of p
  • Gay Sex doc gets US deals with Wolfe, Sundance

    Joe Lovett has signed a raftof distribution deals for his documentary Gay Sex In The 70's, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festivalearlier this year.The picture will open intheatres on Nov 4 through, followed by DVD/video release through Wolfe Video in2006 and a television premiere on the Sundance Channel in 2007.The theatrical release willcommence in New York and San Francisco and will be supported by the picture'seducational partner Frameline and
  • German politicians eye UK sale and leaseback model

    The UK sale and leasebackmodel has been identified as an incentive to emulate by Germany's FreeDemocrats (FDP) who could become the junior partner in a new administrationunder the CDU/CSU's Angela Merkel after September's general election.Launching itselection manifesto, the FDP stated that there was a need for "innovativemodels which, alongside state funding instruments, can offer in particularprivate investors incentives for investment in the film industry and in Germanyas a film loc
  • Gilliam, Tanovic set for Toronto world premieres

    World premieres from TerryGilliam and Danis Tanovic are among nine new titles unveiled for the 30th TorontoInternational Film Festival (Sept 8-17).Tideland (Can-UK), Terry Gilliam's second feature this yearafter Brothers Grimm, is scheduled to play in the Masters section.Janet McTeer, BrendanFletcher, Jeff Bridges, and Jennifer Tilly star in the tale of Jeliza-Rose(Jodelle Ferland), a young girl who uses her imagination to escape the harshrealities of real life. Th
  • Hitler Cantata gets festival slots in Montreal, Tokyo

    Jutta Bruckner's Germandrama Hitler Cantata, the storyof composer Broch and how he was commissioned to write a cantata for Hitler's50th birthday, has been selected for the Montreal World FilmFestival in Aug and for an official competition slot at the Tokyo InternationalFilm Festival in Oct.The festival slots wereconfirmed by the film's sales company Atrix Films; Movienet is handling Germandistribution, with a release scheduled for winter 2005.Hilmar Thate plays Broch inth
  • Hrebejk embarks on Beauty shoot at Barrandov

    Leading Czech director JanHrebejk has begun shooting his new feature, Beauty in Trouble, at Barrandov Studios. The film is produced byTotal HelpArt and Czech Television in cooperation with Barrandov Studios andHBO. Beauty in Trouble is expected to be another in a string of criticaland commercial successes for Hrebejk and Total HelpArt. Up and Down last year took home four Czech Lions, the localequivalent of the Oscars, and led local productions at the box of
  • Innocent Voices scoops top Giffoni prize

    Mexican director LuisMandoki's Innocent Voices has scooped the top GoldenGryphon prize at the 35th Giffoni Film Festival, one of theworld's leading events dedicated to childrens' films. Innocent Voices, which is based on the true life story of co-screenwriterOscar Torres, is set in El Salvador in the 1980s against the back drop of thecivil war and focuses on a child soldier.UK directorShona Auerbach won the festival's Grand Jury Prize for Dear Frankie,about
  • Jarmusch's Flowers takes Cambridge prize

    Jim Jarmusch's BrokenFlowers starring Bill Murray has won the audience award at the CambridgeFilm Festival (7-17 July).The Jarmusch film nudgedStudio Ghibli's Howl's Moving Castle into second position and ThomasVinterberg's Dear Wendy into third place. The 25th Cambridge FilmFestival saw audiences of over 13,000 watch 137 feature films from 29countries, 57 of them UK premieres. The Festival played host toguests including directors: John Sayles (Sil
  • Lions Gate announces second family film Sylvester

    Lions GateFamily Entertainment (LGFE) has announced its second feature film project Sylvester, based on the late William Steig'saward-winning children's book "Sylvester And The Magic Pebble".LGFE acquiredthe rights from Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing and will begindevelopment immediately on the story of a donkey that finds a magic pebble.'To havethis much loved property as our second film under the Lions Gate FamilyEntertainment banner is very exciting, and we are
  • Locarno adds two features to official competition

    Irene Bignardiis pulling out all stops for her last outing as Locarno's artistic director byselecting another two films for the official competition and bestowing aLocarno Excellence Award on the US actress Susan Sarandon.The twolatecomers just confirmed for the International Competition are Canadian LouiseArchambault's feature debut Familia, which is described as 'a penetrating portrayal of familycontacts', and Yvan le Moine's Vendredi Ou Un Autre Jour, starring Philipp
  • Low budget horror Nailed cranks up in Belfast

    Productionhas begun in Belfast on low budget horror feature Nailed from first-timedirector Adrian O'Connell and writer Stephen McAnena. The film,which is set in Brooklyn but being shot entirely on location in Belfast, starsCharles Porter and Sam Sarpong (American History X) as two pettycriminals on the run who hide out in a derelict
  • Madagascar wins international weekend with $24.6m take

    At the final reckoning, DreamWorks' Madagascar did in fact rule the roost at the weekendinternational box office second consecutive weekend, as revised results fromUIP reveal it grossed an estimated $24.6m.
  • McInnis programmes Palm Springs short film festival

    Kathleen McInnis has been named director of short film programmingat this year's 11th Annual Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films& Short Film Market.
  • MDC falls in love with Max Hansen Story

    MDC International has picked upinternational distribution rights for Douglas Wolfsperger'shistorical documentary The Max HansenStory - Did You Ever Fall In Love With Me' (War'n Sie SchonMal In Mich Verliebt')which will have its world premiere in the Critics Week sidebar at next week's Locarno International Film Festival (August 3-13, 2005).The co-production between Cologne-based
  • Media Luna takes on sales for Three Degrees

    Media Luna Entertainment has picked up international distributionrights for Florian Hoffmeister's Three Degrees Colder (3° Kaelter) whichwill have its world premiere in the forthcoming International Competition atthe Locarno Film Festival.Starring Bibiana Beglau, Sebastian Blomberg, Meret Becker, Johannvon Bülow, Katharina Schüttler, and Alexander Beyer, the drama among a group offriends reacting to the return of one of their number after a long absence isHoffmeis
  • Misher signs first-look deal with Paramount

    Paramount Pictures hasbrought Kevin Misher, the producer of The Interpreter and The Scorpion King, into the fold with a three-year first look deal. Misher Films executivesPatrick Baker and Andrew Berman will join Misher at Paramount; the termcommences once Misher's deal with Universal Pictures expires. Titles in developmentinclude an adaptation of Dan Zevin's comedic memoir The Day I Turned Uncool: Confessions Of A Reluctant Grown-Up, and the family c
  • Mosawi forms new genre outfit The Mayhem Project

    Former Mutual Film Co COOAnthony Mosawi has set up a new production and finance company called TheMayhem Project. Backed by European private equity source, the outfit plans todevelop, finance and produce genre films budgeted between $10m and $25m such asthe first property acquisition, videogame horror hit Clock Tower."We are looking for highconcept branded genre movies with international appeal," said Mosawi in astatement. "Our goal is to make movies based on branded IP - comic
  • MPAA's Glickman welcomes new US anti-piracy czar

    MPAA chief Dan Glickman has welcomed the announcement thatPresident Bush has created a new anti-piracy czar as the high-profile waragainst counterfeit films continues.
  • Must Love Dogs

    Dir:Gary David Goldberg. US. 2005. 9s7mins.With itscyber-dating-driven plot and plays on modern romantic mores, Must Love Dogssets itself up as a contemporary take on the time-honoured search for love.Deep down, though, this resolutely lightweight romantic comedy is just tootradition-bound and familiar seeming to be very effective. It is only perked upby agreeable performances from leads Diane Lane and John Cusack and a strongsupporting cast.Older,predominan
  • NBC Universal keeps mum on DreamWorks acquisition report

    Studio sources have declined to comment on yesterday's report thatNBC Universal is in talks to acquire live-action unit DreamWorks SKG.
  • On A Clear Day

    Dir: Gaby Dellal. UK2005. 99mins.British cinema has alwaysloved its underdogs. Gaby Dellal's big-hearted debut feature is yet anotheryarn about a small-timer fighting back against a society that marginalises him.In this case, the protagonist is a 55-year-old newly unemployed Glaswegian whostrives to redeem his life by swimming the English Channel.Confidently directed, thefilm is buoyed up by some redoubtable British character actors and by a superbcentral performan
  • Optimum acquires UK rights to Focus pair

    Independentdistributor Optimum Releasing has acquired all UK rights to Rian Johnson's Brickandpurchased UK rights to Jeff Wadlow's Cry Wolf from Focus Features. The deal is the first between Focus andOptimum. Brick was awarded the Special Jury Prize at this year'sSundance Film Festival and is the story of a high-school loner who embarks on amission to track down his girlfriend's killer. Cry Wolf, which features Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, JaredPadal
  • Philadelphia's TLA expands, outlines UK distribution venture

    TLA Releasing is expanding operations and its staff roster, withJohn Rayser coming aboard as managing director and Andrew Chang joining asbooking agent.
  • Puchon festival wraps under shadow of industry boycott

    Following months of controversy and a tense weekduring which a rival festival unspooled in Seoul, the Puchon InternationalFantastic Film Festival (PiFan) drew the curtain on its ninth edition with asubdued closing ceremony that was almost devoid of local stars or industryfigures.Programmer Zeong Cho-sin, who alsofulfilled the duties of festival director, told the audience he had learned the"aesthetics of suffering and the philosophy of
  • Rittman promoted to vice president for Asia-Pacific at MPAA

    Frank S Rittmanhas been named vice president, regional legal counsel, Asia-Pacific and deputyregional director, Asia-Pacific, at the Motion Picture Association of America(MPAA).Rittman will serve as the MPAA's regional spokesman on legalissues and will manage legal aspects of the organisation's re
  • Six composers line up for Sundance Composers Lab this week

    The Sundance Institute has announced the six musicians chosen forthe 8th Annual Sundance Institute Composers Lab, which runs from Jul 26-Aug 11.
  • Sky High

    Dir: Mike Mitchell. US2005. 90mins.Withmore than a passing nod towards Harry Potter, Spy Kids, TheIncredibles and X-Men, new superhero feature Sky High is setin a school for kids who are just coming into their paranormal powers - as ifteenage angst was not enough already.Given its mild, frequentlycorny, humour and the near-absence of dark, scary elements, thisfamily-fri
  • Sony launches Stealth in Russia, Mexico, Korea

    UIP executivesexpect to record two significant milestones this weekend, as Paramount's WarOf The Worlds is poisedto pass the $300m gross mark and DreamWorks International's Madagascar prepares to cross $200m.Both titles have been market leaders over the past monthor so, and have grossed $298.9m and more than $190m respectively.Meanwhile FantasticFour will once againchallenge the UIP titles for the international box office crown and shouldcross $100m this wee
  • Stealth

    Dir:Rob Cohen. US. 2005. 119mins.RobCohen's latest big-budget B-movie has the cheesiness of the director's XXXand The Fast And The Furious but none of the saving graces that helpedturn those two outings into entertaining as well as widely appealing summerhits. An airborne action adventure with a US military setting and the specialeffects front and centre, Stealth comes across as a cartoonish update -with a sci-fi twist - of eighties fl
  • Stein named senior vp for Dimension at The Weinstein Co

    Matthew Stein has been named senior vice president of productionfor Dimension Films at The Weinstein Company.
  • Story of Canadian killers gets world premiere at Montreal

    The world premiere of Karla, Joel Bender's true-life account of Canada's mostinfamous criminal couple, will take place at the Montreal World Film Festivalnext month.The story of Karla Homolkaand Paul Bernardo, who were arrested in 1993 following the kidnapping, rape andmurder of two young girls, will play in special screening on Aug 29.Laura Prepon, Misha Collins,Tess Harper and Patrick Bauchau star and the picture was produced by Michael DSellers. The
  • String of international projects gear up for China shoots

    IfChina wasn't such a big place, the film crews would be tripping over each otherthis summer. Several international productions are gearing up to shoot in thecountry which, following a temporary Sars-induced blip, has once again become ahot production base. On August 15, The Painted Veil, which John Curran isdirecting for Warner Independent Pictures and Stratus Film Co, starts
  • Tartan Films in Great Ecstasy for Clay debut

    Indiedistributor Tartan Films has acquired UK rights from Wild Bunch to ThomasClay's controversial Cannes Critics Week entry, The Great Ecstasy of RobertCarmichael. The feature,which is 25 year old Clay's directorial debut, stars newcomers Dan Spencer,Ryan Winsley and Charles Mnene alongside established talents Danny Dyer (HumanTraffic, The Football Factory) and Lesley Manville (Vera Drake, All Or Nothing). The original screenplay wasco-written by Thomas Clay and t
  • The Skeleton Key

    Dir: Iain Softley. US.2005. 104mins.Iain Softley'sLouisiana-set The Skeleton Key is a horror film which does not alwaysseem to know which doors it is trying to unlock. The film is at once apsychological chiller in similar vein to Amenabar's The Others, a ratheroverwrought and inadvertently comic slice of Southern Gothic, and a drama aboutdemonic possession.It is handsomely crafted,features a strong cast, plenty of bluesy music and some very effectives
  • UK announces new tax proposals: Section 42 to go

    The UK Government has signaledits intent to do away with Section 42 as well as Section 48 in a set of long-awaitedproposals for new tax incentives for the British film industry. In future, low-and high-budget films would be bedealt with under a "single coherent regime".At the same time, theDepartment for Culture, Media and Sport has launched a consultation on aproposed "cultural test" to ensure that films which qualify for thenew tax relief "are genuinely culturally British." The aim b
  • UK exhibitor launches online DVD rental service

    UK exhibitor Vue Cinemas has partnered with online DVDrental outfit to launch 'Vue at Home'.The partnership will see Vue customers able to accessScreenSelect's library of over 34,000 titles through The summer launch will involve promotions across all Vue's52 cinemas nationwide. When buying cinema tickets, all Vue customers will begiven a voucher offering them 5 free DVD rentals to try Vue at Home. Inaddition,
  • UK Film Council boss responds to 'unrealistic' Kuhn speech

    UK FilmCouncil chief executive John Woodward has written a strongly worded letter toMichael Kuhn following the ex-Polygram Filmed Entertainment boss' speech to UKproducer's association, PACT. In his Mayspeech, titled 'UK Film Crisis And What Can Be Done', Kuhn argued that Britishproducers currently face the "bleakest prospects" since the mid-1980s.In response,Woodward wrote a four page memo to Kuhn late last month which has since beenleaked to Screen International.
  • UK film distributors boost media advertising spend

    UK film distributors are investing more money intomedia advertising according to the Film Distributor's Association (FDA), thetrade body for UK theatrical film distributors. Inthe first six months of this year the territory's distributors spent $139m (£79.8m)on media advertising, a massive increase of 16% over the same period of 2004when $120m (£68.9m) was invested.
  • US studios, exhibitors united on digital cinema standard

    Hollywood'svision for a brave new world took a step closer to reality yesterday as leadingstudio and exhibition representatives unveiled an industry standard governingdigital cinema rollout.The move comesmore than three years after studios and exhibitors formed the Digital CinemasInitiative (DCI), the umbrella group charged with devising a set of unanimoussystem requirements and specifications to help manufacturers create uniformdigital cinema equipment throughout the US.In fact
  • Venice Directors' Fortnight unveils 12 strong line-up

    Twelve films from around theworld will screen in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar of the Venice FilmFestival, including Christopher Boe's Allegro, Ticket to Jerusalemdirector Rashid Masharawi's Waiting (Attente), and Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee's C.R.A.Z.Y.The secondedition of Venice Days, an independent sidebar run by Giorgio Gosetti, willfocus on "memory and cultural diversity." It will kick offon September 1 with a special screening o
  • Venice festival shapes up as star magnet

    The Venice Film Festival (Aug 31-Sept 10) is once againshaping up as a glamorous magnet for A-list stars. However, visitors to theLido this year can expect a rather more streamlined and manageable event sinceartistic director Marco Mueller has reduced the number of pictures on the Lidoby a hefty 30% in a bid to avoid last year's overcrowding headache.Mueller, who hasbeen scouring the five continents for months on the look-out for pictures, hassuggested that this year's line-up will boa
  • Venice unveils full competition line-up

    The Venice FilmFestival (August 31-Sep 10) has unveiled its streamlined line-up, whichfeatures a record nine US world premieres, as well as an eclectic mix of HighDefinition titles, documentaries and pictures from celebrated internationalfilm-makers.The main competitionincludes George Clooney's Goodnight and Good Luck, starring Clooney, Jeff Daniels and Robert DowneyJr, Abel Ferrara's Marywith Juliette Binoche and Matthew Modine, Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm,
  • Venice unveils Secret History of Asian Cinema sidebar

    The Biennale has unveiled the line-up of its SecretHistory of Asian Cinema sidebar, which was curated by Venice Film Festivaldirector Marco Mueller.The sidebar,which is dedicated to 'forgotten' restored classic Chinese films andJapanese genre pictures, includes ten restored Chinese films spanning from the1930s to the counter-revolution in 1949, as well as films from the ChineseNouvelle Vague, pictures by classic directors such as Fei Mu, Shen Xiling,Zheng Junli and
  • When I'm 64, Sevigne win top prizes at Philadelphia lesbian and gay fest

    The 18th Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festivalclosed with its annual awards ceremony, which saw best feature (gay male) go toJon Jones' When I'm 64and best feature (lesbian) awarded to Marta Balletbo-Coll's Sevigne.
  • Wong Kar-wai's Lady shoot moves back to autumn

    Wong Kar-wai's upcoming ALady From Shanghai looks set to moveinto production in the early autumn instead of an originally projected startdate of July.StarNicole Kidman has reportedly re-confirmed her participation in the film whichwill shoot in Russia - most likely St Petersburg - and elsewhere in the west. The film is produced byJean-Louis Piel whose credits include Birth and Ken Park. France's StudioCanal is a financial co-producer and is handling salesout
  • Zhang Yimou to chair Tokyo Film Festival jury

    China's Zhang Yimou will chair the jury for the18th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (October 22-30) with hisnew film, Riding Alone ForThousands of Miles, opening the proceedings.Miles stars Ken Takakura as anelderly Japanese man who journeys to a provincial city in China