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3 April 2009

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  • Anne Hathaway to play Judy Garland in TWC's Get Happy

    Anne Hathaway, nominated for a lead actress Oscar last season for Rachel Getting Married, is attached to star for The Weinstein Company as Judy Garland in film and stage versions of Gerald Clarke’s biography Get Happy: The Life Of Judy Garland.Get Happy is based on hundreds of interviews and Garland’s ownunfinished and unpublished autobiography and portrays the dramatichighs and lows of the cultural icon’s life from her tumultuous
  • Art Alliance Media (AAM) announces expansion and new appointments

    Art Alliance Media (AAM), the European digital cinema provider, has promoted Fiona Deans to chief operating officer as part of an expansion of its operations team. Deans, who was previously senior vice president of content and distributor services, takes over the role immediately. Deans, who joined the company in 2002, was responsible for growing AMM's digital cinema business in the UK and Europe but will now take over its digital cinema operations, digital content pro
  • Babelgum offers mobile video application to US users

    Online content platform Babelgum has released a US version of its mobile video application. At the same time the babelgum.com website has been redesigned with a Flash-based player.Babelgum had previously launched its mobile services in the UK and Italy.In the US, the mobile appication is free and available for download on iPhone and iPod Touch with a G-Phone 1 version coming later this month. Babelgum hopes to soon offer the applications to Blackberry Storm, S
  • Babelgum takes online/mobile rights to Workbook's Radar

    Online content platform Babelgum has acquired the worldwide exclusive Internet and mobile rights to weekly video series Radar.The three-minute episodes, which examine innovative projects across creative disciplines, are produced by WBP Labs, the experimental lab division of the Workbook Project.The deal was negotiated by Babelgum's GM and publisher - film division Karol Martesko-Fenster with WBP Labs founder Lance Weiler.Radar
  • Boyle to chair Shanghai film festival jury

    The Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced that Danny Boyle will chair the international jury at the upcoming 12th edition of the festival (June 13-21). Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire had its China premiere in Beijing yesterday (March 26) and the film is opening on more than 1,000 screens this weekend. At a press conference in Beijing this week, Boyle said he would give full support to SIFF and expressed interest in working with China.
  • Breitman's Someone I Loved will open COL-COA in Los Angeles

    The world premiere of Zabou Breitman's Someone I Loved (Je L'Aimais) starring Daniel Auteuil and Marie-Josee Croze will open the 13th Annual City Of Lights, City Of Angels (COL-COA) film festival to run from April 20-26.Backed by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, the festival will present 50 films, including 30 feature
  • Broken Embraces international rollout

  • Canadian Telefilm to set new standards for film investment

    Canadian film and TV financing agency Telefilm Canada has advised producers it is implementing new standards for its selective investments in the English market starting with 2009-2010. The new measures will incorporate 'Best Practices' into its Canada Feature Film Fund (CFFF) decisions that concentrate on identifying target audiences and developing marketing campaigns earlier in the development and production cycle. In an announcement, the agency said, ' F
  • Cast lines up for wolf pack in Summit's New Moon

    Native American/First Nation actors Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman have signed on to star as the members of the wolf pack in Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner reprise theirroles from Twilight. The sequel finds Bella, played by Stewart, drawnin to the world of werewolves. The wolf pack defends humans against
  • Chloe shoot wraps after Neeson's return

    Atom Egoyan has wrapped the shoot for Chloe this weekend, after Liam Neeson returned to the set following the death of his wife Natasha Richardson.Neeson had to leave the shoot temporarily after Richardson died in New York City March 18 after hitting her head in a fall at a Quebec ski resort two days prior.Production had been halted in the immediate aftermath of Richardson’s accident as scenes without Neeson were moved forward. The film, a story of a marr
  • CJ scores Singapore, Malaysia presales on Haeundae

    Seoul-based distributor CJ Entertainment has pre-sold JK Youn’s tsunami-attacks-Busan filmHaeundaeto VSG for Singapore and Malaysia.’Haeundae is a concept film with high production values - Hans Ulrich who worked on A Perfect Storm, Star Wars 4 and 5, and The Day After Tomorrow is supervising the CGI, and so far it looks great. It’s been attracting buyers since we opened sales for it in Berlin,’ says Kin
  • CJ seals further deals on disaster movie Haeundae

    Seoul-based distributor CJ Entertainment has announced further pre-sales from Hong Kong Filmart on JK Youn's tsunami-attacks-Busan film Haeundae. The film has been sold to J-Bics for Thailand, IOF Entertainment for India, Visicom Suraya for Indonesia and Suraya for the Philippines. With CGI by Hans Ulrich, who worked on films such as A Perfect Storm, Star Wars IV, Star Wars V and The Day After Tomorrow, the film has been doing st
  • Czech Center New York to host contemporary European filmseries

    The Czech Center New York will host Disappearing Act: European Cinema from New Wave to New Wave, a series of 18 contemporary feature films running April 16-23.The films from nine countries are presented in partnership with eight European institutes. The series also marks the Czech Republic's presidency of the EU. Irena Kovarova curated the series, which sill screen in a newly opened digital cinema. The series kicks off April 16 with Vaclav Marhou
  • Dragonball Evolution

    Dir: James Wong. US. 2009. 85 mins.A Hollywood film version of the Japanese manga phenomenon, Dragonball Evolution is puerile childrens’ sci-fi of a strictly B-movie standard.Produced by Hong Kong film-maker Stephen Chow Sing-chi but entirely missing his inventive stamp, the film is essentially a bland Hollywood dumbing-down of the books and animated TV series beloved by Japanese and Asian consumers for the last 20 years. Although it opened well ac
  • E1 Entertainment ships 1m DVD units of Twilight

    E1 Entertainment has shipped 1m DVD units of the vampire love story Twilight for its March 21 release. According to the company, the film is setting records for fastest sell-through at most major retailers. Twilight fans have taken part in late-night parties at locations across Canada, queuing to be among the first to purchase the DVD. 'Based on the high level of pre-sales we knew the interest wa
  • El Sistema to open Nyon's Visions du Reel 2009

    Paul Smaczny and Maria Stodtmeier's El Sistema will be the opening film at the 2009 Nyon International Film Festival. El Sistema looks at the work of Venezuelan pianist and activist Jose Antonio Abreu, focusing on the network of children's and youth orchestras and music centres to provide a route out of poverty for young people in Venezuela. The film is produced by Euro Arts Music Production and Medici Arts International is handling international s
  • Filmart takes on regional flavour

    As Filmart reached the half-way point on Tuesday, sellers were reporting that the market was relatively busy but much more Asia-focused than in previous years.'We've been quite busy but most of our meetings have been with Asian buyers - there are fewer companies from the US and Europe and substantially less from Japan,' said Distribution Workshop co-founder Jeffrey Chan.Indeed, most of the sales reported by Tuesday afternoon were
  • Five Japanese majors join forces for VoD movie channel

    Japanese majors Kadokawa, Shochiku, Toei, Toho and Nikkatsu have partnered to supply feature films through newly established pay-per-view (PPV) channel Marumaru Eiga. The channel, which went live on March 26, is offered through the Actvila VoD service, which offers TV viewers movie contents through a broadband internet connection and a set top box. April titles include Toei's Battle Royale, Shochiku's Casshern and Nikkatsu classic The Eagle And Th
  • Fortissimo seals deals on Food, Mishima, Face

    Fortissimo Films has sealed a slew of deals on food industry documentary Food, Inc following its screening at the Berlinale and during Filmart, including a sale to A-Films for Benelux and Cafe Groove for Japan.The film, which world premiered at Toronto before it screened in Berlin, has also gone to United King for Israel, Golden Village for Singapore and Deltamac for Hong Kong and Taiwan.Tod
  • Fortissimo seals deals on Food, Mishima, Face

  • Gabriele Salvatores to play Happy Families

    Oscar winning director Gabriele Salvatores will shoot his next feature, the comedy Happy Family in Milan from June. Salvatores' long time producer Maurizio Totti of Colorado Films will produce. The budget and cast have yet to be confirmed. Speaking to Screendaily, Totti confirmed that the project has been in development for two years and that Salvatores adapted the script from the successful Italian play of the same name by Alessandro Genovesi.
  • German cinemas post strong first quarter with $280m takings

    German cinemas have posted a strong start to the year with one of their strongest first quarter performances in five years, according to figures from Nielsen EDI. German exhibitors reported overall takings of $280.1m (Euro 210.8m) for January 1 to March 22. The figures are down 5% on the same period in 2008, when takings reached $290.6m (Euro 218.7m), but beat the first quarter of 2007 ($220.6m, Euro 166m), 2006 ($241.3m, Euro 181.6m) and 2005 ($ 239.6m, Euro 180.3m).
  • German producers fear $135m worth of production at risk

    Work on more than 30 German feature film projects could be ‘at acute risk’ in 2009 because of the uncertainty surrounding the finances of the German Federal Film Fund (FFA), according to the German Producers Alliance.The figures come from a survey of its members by the Alliance. Three quarters of the producers who responded to an Alliance questionnaire felt that this was a possibility.The problem stems from fears that the FFA’s automatic funding could be suspend
  • Gran Torino poised to cross $70m internationally with Mexico launch

    Gran Torino should march on towards the $70m mark this weekend through strong holdover business and a debut in Mexico on March 27 through Warner Bros Pictures International.Clint Eastwood's drama has reached $63.9m to date and crossed $210mworldwide and its prospects are looking formidable with roughlytwo-thirds of international markets yet to open.Meanwhile The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is believed to havecrossed $200m,
  • Gran Torino races ahead in international box office

    It may have been overlooked during the awards season, but Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino is outperforming all five best-picture contenders in North America. Since a wide release on January 9, Gran Torino has grossed $145.2m domestically and passed $65m internationally. This brings its worldwide tally for Warner Bros Pictures within sight of the $217m worldwide gross amassed by Million Dollar Baby in 2005.Gran Torino has also given Eastwood his best-ever North
  • Hamburg backs projects by Polanski, Espinosa and Guo

    International co-productions by Roman Polanski, Daniel Espinosa and Xiaolu Guo are among the projects to be supported by FilmFörderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH), which has handed out a total of $3.5m (Euro 2.69m) at its latest funding session. Polanski will receive $263,000 (Euro 200,000) for his adaptation of the Robert Harris thriller, The Ghost, starring Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor and Kim Cattrall. The production has moved to the North Sea isla
  • HanWay Films seals a number of deals ahead of MIP-TV

    HanWay Films has closed a number of deals on a wide variety of titles from its library of 600 films in advance of MIP-TV.The UK’s Optimum Releasing has re-licensed the Recorded Picture Company collection which includes The Last Emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence by Nagisa Oshima.Meanwhile Zazie Films has taken rights to The Merchant Ivory collection for Japanwhile Kinowelt has taken the rights for German speaking Eur
  • Hong Kong Filmart news digest

    March 25Filmart takes on regional flavourYoung’s Christmas Rosereceives full financing at HAFMarch 24Fortissimo seals deals on Food, Mishima, FaceCJ scores Singapore, Malay
  • Hot Docs unveils 36 world premieres

    New films from Kevin McMahon, Larry Weinstein and John Greyson were among the 36 world premieres unveiled as the Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival announced its full line-up today. The festival runs in Toronto from April 30 to May 10.McMahon’s Waterlife explores the complex ecology of and environmental damage wrought upon the Great Lakes while Weinstein’s Inside Hana’s Suitcase unravels the story behind a suitcase from Auschwitz and the girl who
  • IFC takes US rights to Unmade Beds from Protagonist

    IFC Films has taken US rights from Protagonist Pictures to the romance Unmade Beds from Argentinean director Alexis Dos Santos and plans to release later this year via IFC In Theaters or IFC Festival Direct.Dos Santos wrote the screenplay about two ex-pats living in EastLondon who embark on journeys of self-discovery. Deborah Francois andFernando Tielve star.The film receives its New York premiere on March 28 at the Museum OfModern Art
  • In Focus: What has Almodovar done to deserve this'

    Pedro Almodovar's 17th feature, Broken Embraces, has been poorly received by Spanish critics and opening weekend figures have suffered. But is the territory's most famous auteur critic-proof' Barry Byrne looks at the evidence.At the end of Pedro Almodovar's Broken Embraces, blind movie director Mateo Blanco (played by Lluis Homar) tells the audience films have to be completed, they must come to an end. The end couldn't have come too soon for a significa
  • Joe Dante on the set of The Hole

    The Hole isn't Joe Dante's first 3D film but it might as well be. In 2002, the director was hired by Florida-based amusement park Busch Gardens to shoot a 25-minute ride film entitled Haunted Lighthouse. 'They called it 4D,' says Dante. 'The film was 3D and then they threw stuff on you, soaked you with buckets of water.'Between shots on the set of The Hole, a digital 3D production shooting in Vancouver, Dante details how far the format has come in a few years. On t
  • Jon Hamm joins Howl cast for Werc Werk Works

    Golden Globe winner and star of TV's Mad Men Jon Hamm has signed on to Werc Werk Works' Allen Ginsberg project Howl currently shooting in New York City.Hamm will star as the Beat Gernation poet's celebrated defenceattorney Jake Ehrlich in the story about the obscenity trial thatsurrounded Ginsberg's eponymous poem.James Franco plays Ginsberg and the key cast includes Mary-LouiseParker, David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, Bob Balab
  • Jose Martinez Jr promoted to executive VP at Maya Entertainment

    Jose Martinez Jr has been promoted to executive vice president of Maya Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based vertically integrated company targeting the growing US Latino market.Since joining Maya Entertainment a year ago as general counsel andhead of acquisitions, Martinez has led company efforts to acquire suchnotable films as How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer starringAmerica Ferrera, Maldeamores produced by Benicio del Toro,
  • Knowing takes international crownwith $9.8m from 10 markets

    Summit International's sci-fi thriller Knowing finished the weekend as the biggest overseas Hollywood release in play as it launched in nine markets and grossed an estimated $9.8m including previews from 1,711 sites in ten markets. The film opened at number one in the UK on $3.6m from 390 sites including previews and scored a number one debut in Australia on $1.4m from 192. Mexico wasabout $745,000 in second place at the local box office. The overall internation
  • Lionsgate faces second round of job cuts

    Lionsgate is believed to be slashing 8% of its workforce in a second round of redundancies after the Santa Monica-based studio cut 41 jobs last November. The studio did not return calls about the latest cull, which is understood will reduce the headcount by 45 to approximately 500 people.Studio sources also made no comment when asked about rumours that Lionsgate is in talks with Ryan Kavanaugh's ambitious Relativity Media on a major financing deal. Relativity sour
  • Lionsgate takes film rights to Shange's 1975 play For Colored Girls

    Lionsgate has acquired worldwide film rights to Ntozake Shange's 1975 stage play and Nzingha Stewart's adapted screenplay of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf.The play was first performed in California at the Bacchanal women'sbar near Berkeley and first produced in 1975 at New York's StudioRiobea. A year later it went on to play Off-Broadway the followingyear and finally made it to Broadwa
  • Local heroes - the hitmakers in key territories

    Screen looks at local film-makers helping drive the box office in key international territories.GERMANYGerman cinema-owners look forward to packed screens when a new film from comedy director Michael ‘Bully’ Herbig is on the release schedule. Constantin Film is opening his next film, Wickie The Mighty Viking, in September. Promotion has already begun, with the teaser trailer screening in 3,000 cinemas from this weekend, Herbig is
  • Locations trade show slated for April 16-18 in Santa Monica

    The Association Of Film Commissioners International’s annual locations trade show will take place in Santa Monica from April 16-18.More than 3,000 industry professionals and 240 exhibitors representingmore than 30 countries are expected to attend the event.Seminars will cover Candid Conversations, in which studio executivesdiscuss their film-making experiences, as well as soft money channels,global tax incentives and the impact of digital techn
  • Michael Bay to receive ShoWest Vanguard Award

    Michael Bay will receive the ShoWest 2009 Vanguard Award forExcellence in Filmmaking at a ceremony in Las Vegas on April 2.Bay directed this summer’s tentpole release Transformers: Revenge OfThe Fallen, the sequel to his 2007 smash Transformers.His films have grossed more than $3bn worldwide and include PearlHarbor, Armageddon, The Rock, the Bad Boys films, and The Island.ShoWest will take pla
  • Minister'sfunding comments heighten fears for Scottish film

    Scottish Culture Minister Michael Russell has stated that there is unlikely to be any additional government funding for Scottish film production in the near future. Russell was appointed Culture Minister in February and one of his priorities is overseeing the troubled merger of Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council into one organisation to be known as Creative Scotland. The move has proved controversial with many Scottish filmmakers voicing their concerns that
  • Monsters Vs Aliens scares up year's biggest domestic opener at $58.2m

    DreamWorks Animation's 3D family release Monsters Vs Aliens stormed to the top of the North American charts through Paramount in a $58.2m three-day debut that marked the biggest launch of the year to date and delivered a ringing endorsement for the nascent digital 3D movement. The opening was in line with what analysts had predicted and helped box office return to a positive outlook, climbing 39% on the same weekend last year. The critical statistic here,
  • Mugabe doc to premiere at Canada's 2009 Hot Docs

    Mugabe And The White African a British made theatrical documentary from Arturi Films, will premiere at the 2009 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival which runs from April 30 to May 10, 2009. It will be presented in the International Spectrum programme, the official competition for International productions and is also eligible for the Audience Award. The documentary, which was shot covertly in Zimbabwe in 2008, charts whit
  • Norwegian features take top prizes at Nordic Film Festival

    Norwegian cinema left Normandy having won two top prizes at the Nordic Film Festival in Rouen, which wrapped on Sunday (March 29). Norwegian director Eva Sørhaug's feature debut, Cold Lunch (Lønsj), which was launched last year in the Critics' Week at Venice and has since toured the international festival circuit, received the Jury Grand Prix. The Audience Award went to Norwegian direc
  • Nuclear Mango and Eros to bring Indian legends to life

    Govind Menon and William Keenan's Indian-US production consultancy Nuclear Mango is lining up a slate of features with Eros Entertainment based on mythological Indian creatures.The partners are jointly developing the initial roster and are talking to writers about character concepts. Eros will handle worldwide distribution on the slate.Menon said: 'It will be like an Indian X-Men. A movie will have one central character with others in the story who we might explor
  • Opinion: the troubled star system in the tabloid era

    If movie stars are what sells movies, movies might be in trouble. The coverage of celebrities not just in the tabloids but in the mainstream media and the unregulated online universe has now become so relentless that any actor who steps out of line in public runs the risk of seriously hurting the movies they star in.Take Christian Bale, the star of the expensive sci-fi sequel Terminator Salvation due out this May. His on-set tantrum from last year's shoot became a major news sto
  • Oscars move one week later in 2010 to avoid Olympics clash

    The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will take place on Mar 7th 2010, a week later than usual to avoidthe closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver on February 28.
  • Paramount and Abrams' Bad Robot extend deal til 2013

    Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams' Bad Robot Productions have extended their first-look deal through 2013 ahead of the summer release of Abrams' Star Trek.The partners first collaborated on Cloverfield, which scored thebiggest January opening weekend in history when it took $40.1m overthree days. They are scheduled to begin production in June on the comedy Morning Glory starring Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams that Abrams is producing.S
  • Patricia Clarkson to get ShoWest Independent Award for Acting

    Patricia Clarkson will receive the ShoWest Independent Award For Excellence In Acting at the Las Vegas event on April 2.Clarkson is honoured for what ShoWest co-managing director MitchNeuhauser called 'a diverse resume that includes work on stage,television and the big screen' that had earned her 'great accoladesand success around the world.'Clarkson stars in Woody Allen's comedy Whatever Works, which will open Tribeca on April 22 and
  • Q&A with Take 12 partner Huge Entertainment

    Q&A with Morgan Holt from Huge EntertainmentHuge Entertainment is one of Take 12's innovation partners, working with VOD AlmightyWhat do you think of the concept of VOD Almighty'There's definitely a need for an editorial film proposition and they have an already -established network of country agents to help them achieve that. They've also got great film credentials as individuals. How are you helping them'
  • Rachel McAdams named Female Star of the Year at ShoWest

    Rachel McAdams has been named the 2009 ShoWest Female Star Of The Year and will be honoured at a ceremony in Las Vegas on April 2.McAdams broke through with star turns in The Notebook and Mean Girls and will next be seen in Universal's thriller and BBC series adaptation State Of Play opposite Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck and
  • Regent takes international rights to Weaver's Weather Girl

    Regent Worldwide Sales has acquired international rights to Blayne Weaver’s romantic comedy Weather Girl starring Tricia O’Kelley and Mark Harmon.Regent spotted the film at Slamdance and struck the deal withSubmarine. The story centres on a Seattle TV weather girl who embarkson an affair with her brother’s best friend after she learns that heranchorman boyfriend has cheated on her.O’Kelley produced the film with Steak House and the fil
  • Relativity extends Tucker Tooley's contract through 2011

    Relativity Media has extended president of production Tucker Tooley’s contract through 2011.Along with CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, Tooley has helped to grow the company and played a critical role in developing the single pictures filmsdivision into an entity that fully finances and produces eight to tentitles a year. Tooley also oversees Rogue Pictures, the productionlabel recently acquired by Relativity from Universal.‘Tucker’s experience and innate k
  • RiverRun to open with Mark Webb's (500) Days Of Summer

    The RiverRun International Film Festival will open its 11th-annual event on April 22 with Mark Webb's (500) Days Of Summer. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina, event will close April 29 with a screening of Harold Lloyd's classic 1928 silent comedy Speedy accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra.Ramin Bahrani will receive RiverRun's first Emerging Master Award after a screening of his latest film, Goodbye Solo, which is partially set in Winston-Salem
  • Saint John Of Las Vegas to open CineVegas on June 10

    The world premiere of Hue Rhodes' insurance fraud comedy Saint John Of Las Vegas starring Steve Buscemi, Sarah Silverman, Peter Dinklage and Tim Blake Nelson will open the 11th annual CineVegas Film Festival on June 10.Eight other films in competition get world premiere berths at the LasVegas event that runs until June 15. The co-called 'Jackpot Premieres'include Rania Ajami's Asylum Seekers, Daylight from David Barker, Kyle
  • Salon's pan-Asia alliance sets three new films led by Eat, Drink 2

    Companies under Hong Kong’s Salon Films’ pan-Asia alliance have announced new production projects including three projects from Taipei-based Zoom Hunt International.Producer Hsu Li-kong and his Zoom Hunt International is preparing the sequel to Ang Lee’s 1994 classic Eat Drink Man Woman, tentatively titled Eat Drink Man Woman II, a project to be co-produced wit
  • Screen Actors Guild appoints new director of communications

    Damon Romine has been appointed as director of communications at the beleaguered Screen Actors Guild. He will start work on April 1.He arrives at a difficult time for the Guild, which is locked in a stalemate with the studios over contract talks. The talks have focus on a number of issues including residual payments for work that appears in the new media sphere.Romaine was previously director of entertainment media at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation,
  • Sex, Party & Lies takes $2.4m in its opening weekend in Spain

    Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes' local comedy Sex, Party & Lies has taken the Spanish box office by storm with opening weekend figures of $2.4m (March 27-30). It comes just a week after Pedro Almodovar's new film Broken Embraces took just $1.3m in its opening weekend (March 20-22). Sony supported the launch with an extensive marketing campaign, including posters across Madrid and trailers on local TV channels. It helped the film reach the best figures for
  • ShoWest Triumph Award for directing to go to Kathryn Bigelow

    Hollywood's top female action director Kathryn Bigelow will receive the ShoWest Triumph Award For Outstanding Direction in Las Vegas on April 2.Bigelow's latest film The Hurt Locker, an Iraq-set thriller about abomb disposal unit that stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and BrianGeraghty, will open through Summit Entertainment on June 26.Her credits include Strange Days, Point Break, Blue Steel, K19: TheWidowmaker, Near Dark a
  • Showtime for Coco

    Gad Elmaleh's French comedy Coco has rocketed to the top of the international chart after a strong debut in France, Belgium and French-speaking Switzerland. Coco is the directorial debut of Elmaleh, a popular actor and comedian who also stars in the title role. The film revolves around Coco, a self-made immigrant to France who plans to celebrate his son's bar mitzvah with a glamorous event of enormous scale. Released by StudioCanal, Coco grossed $12.7m from 902 screens in
  • Simon Crowe flies solo with launch of SC Films International

    Simon Crowe, managing director of Velvet Octopus has launched his new production, sales and distribution outfit SC Films International.SC Films will be financed by Matthew Joynes of Aurelius Investments and Crowe’s new company will handle some foreign sales for the LA-based Aurelius Investments.Crowe’s main focus will be on commercial action, thriller and horror titles although romantic comedies, family and animation have not been ruled out.SC Films has c
  • Small wonder - are straight-to-TV deals on the rise'

    This year's MIPTV (through April 3) will take place in the midst of very turbulent times in both the film and TV industries. In early March, UK broadcaster ITV shed 600 jobs. Its smaller rival Five announced around the same time it would be making around a quarter of its 354 staff redundant. Advertising revenue has been shrinking. The cuts at the broadcasters come at a time when film slots on UK TV are already decreasing. (It remains to be seen how this upheaval will affect film buying at UK
  • Summit takes on Tommy O'Haver'sthriller Golden Gate

    Summit Entertainment has acquired rights to the thriller Golden Gate that Tommy O'Haver will direct from a screenplay by Charles Bohl.The film centres on an athletics star on the verge of success who ishelped by a dangerous new friend when a secret from her past threatensto unravel her dream.Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce through their A Zadan/MeronProduction label along with Alison Rosenzweig of Gaeta/Rosenzw
  • Sundance and Skoll announce Stories of Change recipients

    The Sundance Institute and Skoll Foundation have announced the final five grant recipients of the Stories Of Change: Social Entrepreneurship In Focus Through Documentary initiative.The initiative is a three-year partnership to create a total of ten documentaries highlighting social entrepreneurship as a way of meeting the challenges of contemporary times.The announcement came at the Skoll World Forum this week (March 26).Sundance Institute officers took part in the Forum
  • Take 12: Q&A with Christopher Figg and Kirsty Peart of VOD Almighty

    Q&A with Christopher Figg and Kirsty Peart of VOD AlmightyHow did VOD Almighty come about' Peart: Time and time again, I would meet producers whose films were festival hits but they never make it to the UK. We realised that there was a market for a distribution method that could allow us to target those festival hits and bring them to territories where they haven't been seen. Who is VOD Almighty aimed at' Figg: We ar
  • The Boat That Rocked (Pirate Radio)

    Dir/scr. Richard Curtis. UK, 2009. 134 mins.
  • The Boat That Rocked to open Danish film festival CPH:PIX

    The Boat That Rocked will open CPH:PIX, Denmark's new international feature film festival which runs from April 16 to 26. Richard Curtis will introduce the film together with actors Bill Nighy and Nick Frost. The festival will screen over 180 new films from across the world, with the complete programme to be announced on March 26. There will be a special focus on the 12 films that have been selected to compete in the festival's main competition programme
  • The Damned United scores £618,929 in opening weekend

    Sony Pictures Releasing International’s The Damned United was the third-highest opener in the UK and Ireland this weekend, earning $875,926 (£618,929) from 236 screens for a screen average of £2,623.The film, a portrayal of legendary football manager Brian Clough’s ill-fated tenure as coach of Leeds United Football Club during the Seventies, reunites screenwriter Peter Morgan with actor Michael Sheen. The two have pr
  • Tribeca panelists to include Spike Lee, Tommy Ramone

    The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its discussions line-ups as part of the Tribeca Talks Series and Behind The Screens: Films and Conversations about Truth, Clarity and Responsibility.Tribeca Talks Special Events will include a politics/Hollywood discussion after the world premiere of Poliwood, featuring director Barry Levinson and actors including Josh Lucas and Matthew Modine; and a chat with Spike Lee, Stew and co-composer Heidi Rodewal
  • Tribeca Sloan fund to offer $170,000 for science/tech projects

    Promising film-makers whose projects relate to science and technology stand to receive $170,000 in funding from the Tribeca Film Institute through the return this year of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.Announcing a further grant initiative, Institute staff said four youngfilm-makers would each be eligible for a $1,500 scholarship throughthe Youth Achievement Awards.In related events the Institute flagged up the ongoing youth outreachprogrammes an
  • TVE's commitment to Spanish film

    Television Espanola (TVE) is one of the first ports of call for Spanish producers and one of Europe's leading buyers of third-party titles. Last year, the public free-to-air broadcaster screened 98% of all Spanish films shown on local television. Highlights included Pedro Almodovar's Volver (3 million viewers) and Vicente Aranda's historical drama Juana La Loca (2.6 million).Those kinds of numbers have inspired TVE to pre-buy a slew of high-profile Spanish projects and co
  • UK producers Rachel Robey and Al Clark find a better place

    A film production course in Nottingham in 1998 proved serendipitous for Rachel Robey and Alastair Clark. They met there, fell in love, got married and set up a production company called Wellington Films.Robey and Clark made a name for themselves in 2006 with Paul Andrew Williams' low-budget thriller London To Brighton and have since co-produced Duane Hopkins' Better Things, with Sam Haillay of Newcastle-based Third Films. The $1.6m (£1.1m) film screened in Un Certain Rega
  • UK's Exhibitors' Association to explore digital funding options

    The Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA) today started to explore the possibility of collective negotiation with studios and distributors for the funding required to move to digital cinema. The UK Film Council-funded Digital Screen Network has equipped 238 screens across the UK and some operators such as Odeon, UCIand Cineworld have installed theirown digital projection equipment. However, the main stumbling block to further roll-out is funding. As the cost of purchase an
  • Venice names Horizons and Lions of the Future jury presidents

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