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30 March 2006

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  • ACI to handle 120-film Amity library in key international markets

    Nashville-based Amity Entertainment has hired American CinemaInternational (ACI) to distribute its library of more than 120 feature films inEurope, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  • Basic Instinct 2

    Dir: Michael Caton-Jones.US/UK. 2006. 113 mins.The crime of BasicInstinct 2 is
  • Beecroft promoted to vice president at First Look International

    Amy Beecroft has been promoted to vice president of international theatricaldistribution at Los Angeles-based First Look Studios.
  • Beijing Rosat lines up three-picture slate

    Beijing-based Rosat Film andTV Productions is lining up a slate of three films including period martialarts drama Green Dragon Scimitarwhich is scheduled to start shooting in September. Budgeted at $12.5m, the filmis about the life of Guan Yu, a general in China's Three Kingdoms period. Rosat founder Li Shaohong is in talks withTakeshi Kaneshiro to portray the general and Zhang Ziyi to play his lover.The film
  • Budapest festival opens with Three Burials

    Budapest deputylord mayor János Schiffer isscheduled to open the 13th Titanic Budapest International FilmFestival on March 29 with a gala screening of Tommy Lee Jones' The Three Burials of MelquiadesEstrada.For the firsttime in the festival's history, an international jury will choose a competitionwinner from among nine contenders which have already collected a forest oflaurels between them.Films in internationalcompetition include Russian entry 4,which earned
  • Canada's Seville swoops on Seven Swords

    Fortissimo Films has soldTsui Hark's martial arts epic SevenSwords to Canada's Seville Pictures, one of several deals that the Dutch/HK-based salesagent concluded at last week's Filmart in Hong Kong. Seville, a Montreal-based distributor, is planning a theatricalrelease for the film in late summer or early autumn this year. The dealcontinues a long-s
  • Chris Graham's horror film The Ferryman goes into production

    Horror film, The Ferryman, a United Kingdom/New Zealand co-production to star the Emmy-nominated John Rhys Davies and Silver Bear winner Kerry Fox, goes into production March 31.The film shoots in Auckland and Waiheke Island and follows a group of twenty-something-year-olds as they charter a boat into the South Pacific, intending to have the trip of a lifetim
  • Cissi Elwin takes over leadership of Swedish Film Institute

    Cissi Elwin, a 40-year old journalist who hasbeen the editor-in-chief at Sweden's largest weekly magazine, Ica-Kuriren, was appointed the new CEO ofthe Swedish Film Institute (SFI) on Friday. Elwin takes over the position in May after predecessor Ase Kleveland returns to her native Norway where she will be the CEO of Rikskonsertene.The appointment of Cissi Elwin was somewhatsurprising. To the Swedish people, she is best known as a television ho
  • Constantin Film sets itself a sales target of $302m for 2006

    Germanproducer-distributor Constantin Film has set itself asales target of $302m (Euros 250m) for 2006, which would top the $298m (Euros 246.9m)posted in the record yearof 2004 when Constantin released Dreamship Surprise - Period 1 and Downfall.Thisforecast for 2006 is based on the anticipated theatrical performance of suchin-house and co-productions as Die Wilden Huehner, TKKG Und Die Raetselhafte Mind-Maschine, Der Raeuber Hotzenplotz,Hui Buh - Das Schl
  • Controversy counts for The Caiman at box office

    Political controversy kept Nanni Moretti's controversial The Caiman on the front page and helped it to a sound opening at the box office.The film opened in Italy on 380 prints on Friday, earning $481,000 (Euros 400,000) onits first day.It wasthe widest release to date for Moretti, whose
  • Croall named director of Sheffield documentary festival

    The SheffieldInternational Documentary Festival has appointed Heather Croallas its new director.She starts her newpost in early April and this year's Sheffield event will be held October 30-November 5. Croall was previously director ofAustralian International Documentary Conference. She also previously worked forthe South Australian Fi
  • Crossing Europe Film Festival launches Austrian Screenings

    This year's CrossingEurope Film Festival in Linz (April 25 - 30) is launching the AustrianScreenings to give international film festival programmers and buyers theopportunity to view new Austrian films.The Screenings programme,which has been compiled in collaboration with the Austrian Film Commission, Sixpa
  • Danielak's Arsenal strikes alliance with Mindfire

    Yarek Danielak's fledgling film and television sales houseArsenal Pictures has struck a strategic alliance with Mark Gottwald'sproduction company and magazine publisher Mindfire Entertainment ahead ofMIP-TV and Cannes.Arsenal will represent the majority of Mindfire's upcoming fea
  • Denmark's NATfilm festival promises record screenings

    Denmark's 17th edition of the NATfilm whichopens on Friday, (24 March- 9 April) will be showing a record number of 165 moviesfrom around the world. This audience festival attracts a good number of peoplewith ticket sales usually around the 40,000 mark with screenings in Copenhagen,Odense, Århus and Aalborg and Malmö in Sweden.Besides early screenings of Pernille FischerChristensens A Soap NATfilm are screeningthe world premiere of Christoffer Boe's new feature, Offs
  • Elephant Tales, Lassie, RV among family titles at Tribeca.

    The world premiere of Mario Andreacchio's Elephant Tales, as well as Charles Sturridge's Lassie, DreamWorks Animation comedy Over TheHedge, and BarrySonnenfeld's RV areamong the Tribeca Family Festival screenings next month.
  • Fabrication, Strand team up on US release of Conversations

    LosAngeles-based Fabrication Films is teaming up with Strand Releasing on the UStheatrical release of Hans Canosa's dual-screen drama Conversations WithOther Women.
  • Film London launches trainee programme

    Film London has now opened traineeapplications for its new Company Placement Scheme, which is offering six-monthpaid posts at film and TV production companies. Film London already has thescheme's six companies on board: Karen Hamilton Productions, TwofourProductions, Diverse Productions, Number 9 Films, Tigerlily Films
  • First Danish-Austrian co-productions unveiled

    ZentropaEntertainments and DOR-Film are to be partners on the first ever Danish-Austrianco-production with Jacob Thuesen's Erik Nietzsche - The Early Years. Thisalso marks the first collaboration between national public funds the DanishFilm Institute (DFI) and the Austrian Film Institute who are backing theproject that previously had Lone Scherfig attached asdirector. Based on Larsvon Trier's own traumatic experiences as a student atthe
  • Ford, Hopper, Kingsley join awards roll call at LA's Russian Nights

    Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, Ben Kingsley, filmmaker Roger Cormanand cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak will receive the fourth annual RussianNights Festival's Tower Awards during the Los Angeles event, which runs fromApr 2 to 8.
  • Fortissimo buys world rights for Mexican feature

    Fortissimo`s Wouter Barendrecht has secured world sales outside the US for the Mexican feature Broken Sky (El cielodividido) at theGuadalajara International Film Festival. The deal was concluded after the Fortissimoco-chairman saw the film during its Mexican premiere in the event's officialsection.
  • Forward clinches broadcast deals for Unknown White Male

    Forward Entertainment hassold a raft of broadcast rights on Rupert Murray's amnesia documentary UnknownWhite Male.Rights have gone to Canal+in France, Fox International's Cult channel in Italy, HBO Ole in Latin America,YES - DBS Satellite Service in Israel, and Filmtrade in Greece.Forward principals SheriLevine and Michael Thornton will continue to sell remaining internationalrights at MIP-TV in Cannes next month.Murray's film follows hisNew York-based friend and f
  • Francke to head UK regional screen agency EM Media

    Lizzie Francke has been named executive producer for film at UKregional screen agency EM Media.EM Media, w
  • German Federal Film Board backs 11 projects with over $5.7m

    Newfeature films by Marco Kreuzpaintner, Fatih Akin, Peter Timm and Ben Verbong are among 11 projects backed with over $5.7m (Euros4.8m) by the German Federal Film Board in its latest funding session.Thelargest amount $961,399 (Euros 800,0000) went to Kreuzpaintner'sadaptation of the children's classic Krabat for Claussen + Woebke Filmproduktion, while$841,365 (Euros 700,000) each were allocated to Peter Timm'ssequel of his 1995 racing pig comedy Rennschwein Rudi Ruess
  • Greengrass-directed United 93 to open Tribeca

    In a distinctly personal selection that reflects the origins ofthe Tribeca Film Festival, organisers have chosen the world premiere of PaulGreengrass' United 93to open next month's annual event.
  • Hahn's Midsummer Madness starts Latvian shoot

    Alexander Hahn's Midsummer Madness (Janu Nakts) starts principal photography this weekend in Riga, Latvia. The comedy stars Dominique Pinon, Maria de Medeiros, Tobias Moretti, Orlando Wells, Birgit Minichmayr, Detlev Buck, Roland Düringer, and Gundars Abolins. Austria's Fischer Film, the UK's Steve Walsh Productions, and Latvia's Kaupo Filma are producing.EastWest Filmdistribution is handling the international sales.The $3.25m English-language project
  • Haneke adds Austrian prize to list of honours

    Michael Haneke's drama Hidden(Cache) took the Diagonale GrandPrix for best Austrian feature film 2005/2006at this year's annual celebration of Austrian cinema in Graz.The film has already won a longlist of awards including the best director and FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes and theEuropean Film Award for best European Film of 2005.In a letter of thanks, readout by his director of photography Christian Berger, Haneke once more voicedhis concern about the adoption of a film fund
  • Hollywood studios plan their first Hindi films

    Hollywoodstudios are actively seeking partnerships with Indian production houses asSony, Paramount and Disney announced their plans to make their first Hindifilms. With India's filmed entertainment business valued at $1.5billion in 2005 Hollywood studios see a huge opportunity to cash in on the Bollywood (Hindi Song & Dance film industry) marketthrough co-productions.Disneyis to acquire or produce 20
  • Icon, Infinity sign three-picture deal

    Vancouver and LA-based Infinity Features and Mel Gibson and BruceDavey's Icon Productions have signed a non-exclusive three-picture developmentand production deal.
  • Ken Loach to close Celtic festival

    Film-maker Ken Loach will deliver the closing interview at this year'sCeltic Film and Television Festival, to be held in Falmouth, Cornwall. The 27th Celtic festival will run from March 29-31, with Loach's talk ending the event on March 31. Other speakers during the
  • Korea's Jeonju film festival kicks off with Offside

    South Korea's JeonjuInternational Film Festival (JIFF) has announced the line-up of its seventhedition (April 27 - May 5), which kicks off with Iranian director Jafar Panahi'sOffside, about a female soccer fan, makingits Asian premiere after winning the Berlinale Silver Bear this year.JIFF's closing film will bethe world premiere of Korea-Japan co-production Don't Look Back. The film, about a college girl's experiences inlife and love, is by Kim Young-
  • Korea's Nabi Pictures moves into Chinese production

    Korea's Nabi Pictures is establishing a branch in China, Beijing Nabi Pictures, to produce aChinese-language film. Speaking to reporters at China's Hengdian World Studios, Nabi Pictures co-CEOs JoMin-hwan and Kim Sung-soo claim this marks the first time that a Korean filmcompany has set up a local
  • Kramer leaves Warner Independent for Dimension

    Andrew J Kramer has been named executive vice president ofbusiness and legal affairs for Dimension Films.K
  • Landmark opens New York office, hires Bunnell, Raddatz

    USarthouse cinema chain Landmark Theatres has opened a New York office and hiredLisa Bunnell as its East Coast film buyer and Melissa Raddatz as director ofpublicity.
  • Lange named as recipient of annual Lincoln Centre tribute in NYC

    JessicaLange will be honoured at the Film Society of Lincoln Centre's annual galatribute in New York City on Apr 17.A two-time Oscarwinner for Blue Skyand Tootsie, Lange hasacted in more than 30 features including Frances, Music Box, Country, Titus, and the current release Don't ComeKnocking opposite SamShepard.
  • Lassally leaves LA management firm Kustom, Meisinger & Kolbrenner take the reins.

    Robyn Meisinger and Adam Kolbrenner have been appointed to head upLos Angeles-based management and production outfit Kustom Entertainment followinga management transition.
  • LoveFilm strikes download deal with Momentum Pictures

    LoveFilm has struck a deal with UK distributor Momentum Pictures to add Momentum titlesto its film download service.Momentum will initially supply 100 titles fordownload at LoveFilm, including films such as Bowling for Columbine, The Mother, The Centre ofthe World, Stander, and People I K
  • Malkovich joins Jane in Mutant Chronicles

    John Malkovichwill join Thomas Jane in Ed Pressman's sci-fi adaptation of hit board game TheMutant Chronicles.Simon Hunter isdirecting from a screenplay by Philip Eisner set in the 23rd century in whichcorporations have ravaged the planet's resources, leaving humans and mutants tofight it out for the scraps.Malkovich willplay the omnipotent head of the corporate council against Jane's battle-wearymarine who leads a crack squad against the mutants.Pressman and hisEd
  • Montreal's FNC unveils new programmers, prizes

    Montreal's Festival du NouveauCinema (FNC) has drafted three new programmers, including New York-based producerMadeleine Molyneaux and Japanese film scout Hiromi Aihara, and will introducethree new prizes at its 35th anniversary edition, October 18 to 28,2006. The festival also announced that it hopesto increase the profile of short films by including 20 titles in its competitivesection.Molyneaux, a producer whose creditsincl
  • NBC Universal International TV Distribution opens offices in Singapore, Russia

    NBCUniversal International Television Distribution has announced that Rajiv Dhawnwill head up its new office in Singapore and Maxim Mikhailov will head up itsnew office in Russia.
  • Ninja-style Romeo & Juliet drama bought for North America

    US-basedNavarre subsidiary FUNimation Entertainment has acquired North American rightsto Shochiku's Shinobi. No theatrical release date has beenset, but the film will open sometime before its DVD release in autumn.Broadcast rights were also included in the deal.Describedas a ninja film meets Romeo and Julietand starring Joe Odagiri (Suite Dreams,Blood and Bones
  • NPA chooses I Love You, Joseff Hughes

    The UK's New ProducersAlliance (NPA) has named Sandra Gorel's I Love You, JoseffHughes the winning film in its annual shorts competition. Gorel's short also won theaudience award. Her prize includes a screening at London's East End FilmFestival, a screening at the Cannes 2006 UK Film Centre through the UK FilmCouncil, £1000 of Kodak film stock, two months post-production o
  • NYC's Lincoln Centre launches Kieslowski retrospective a decade after his death

    New York's Film Society of Lincoln Centre will present acelebration of Krzysztof Kieslowski on the 10th anniversary of his death.
  • Pernille Fischer Christensen's A Soap sold to the US

    Pernille Fischer Christensen's Silver Bear winning debutfeature A Soap has been acquired byStrand Releasing for US and by Theodora Films for Italian rights. The US deal was struck between Jon Gerransof Strand Releasing and Natja Rosnerof Trust Film Sales."We're thrilled to be
  • Pike, Dillane cast in Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces

    UKactors Rosamund Pike and Stephen Dillane will take key roles in Canadianfilmmaker Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces, the long-gestating project to be produced by Robert Lantos'Serendipity Point Films with Athens-based Cinegram SA.
  • Pinewood profits slump due to UK tax uncertainty

    Film studio Pinewood Shepperton reported disappointing financial results on Tuesday, blaming the UK film tax uncertainty of the past year and the overall downturn in UK film production. Pinewood Shepperton said that operating profits were down 70% last year, from £6.4m in 2004 to £571,000 last year. Profits fell from £11.3m to £3.7m. Chief executive Ivan Dunleavy said the 2005 performance was "in line with market expectations." Film revenue dropped 30% from £26.2m to £18m
  • Plans for a new St Petersburg Film Festival move ahead

    The first St.Petersburg International Film Festival is slated for 18 - 31 July. The festivalis the brainchild of businessman Mark Rudinstein,head of Kinomark, a Moscow-based company thatcurrently runs Russia's Golden Ram Awards and the specialised Faces of Love andKinotavrik film festivals. 'This is a veryambitious undertaking,' Rudinstein said, 'The idea isto be on the level of Cannes, Venice, Berlin and San Sebastian.'The festival has beenembroiled in controversy for a number
  • Pressman picks up rights to Indian maths genius bio

    Edward R Pressman Film Corphas picked up feature rights to The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life Of TheGenius Ramanujan, Robert Kanigel's1991 biography of the self-taught Indian maths prodigy Srinavasa RamanujanIyengar.Ramanujan left the slums ofMadras during the First World War to study at Cambridge, where he partneredwith the brilliant professor G H Hardy and authored highly advanced theories inmathematics.Matthew Brown has writtenthe screenplay based on the book and will d
  • Publicist Drutz joins Jeremy Walker in New York City

    Judy Drutz has joined New York-based Jeremy Walker + Associates asa senior publicist following a six-year stint at Dan Klores Communications.
  • Railroad All Stars to open Hot Docs in Toronto

    Chema Rodriguez's TheRailroad All Stars will open the13th Hot Docs Toronto International Documentary Film Festival on April 28. The Spanish title, whichpremiered at the Berlinale, tells of the efforts of Guatemalan prostitutes whoform a football team in an effort to raise awareness and support. It's one of 99 titlesannounced today, including the world premiere of American Fugitive: TheTruth About Hassan, by Quebecoisfilmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond, the story of US ass
  • Rare Fellini doc to open Beverly Hills Film Festival

    Organisers at the 6th AnnualInternational Beverly Hills Film Festival have lined up the world premiere ofEugenio Cappuccio's documentary Verso La Luna Con Fellini (Towards The Moon With Fellini) as the opening night film.Verso La Luna Con Fellini, which will screen on Apr 5, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse ofFederico Fellini at work on his last picture, La Voce Della Luna.Fellini's former assistantChristina Engelhardt stars in t
  • Richard Attenborough starts Belfast shoot for Closing The Ring

    Director Richard Attenborough started production Monday in Belfast on Closing The Ring,an epic love story that stars Shirley MacLaine,Christopher Plummer, Mischa Barton, Brenda Fricker, and Pete Postlethwaite. Jo Gilbert is producing with Attenborough, with Martin Katzco-producing. Closing the Ring is apresentation of the UK Film Council, Scion Films, the Northern Ireland Film andTelevision Commission, and ContentFilmInternation
  • Russian and Polish films are the focus of goEast festival

    Filmmakingfrom Russia and Poland will be the focus of this year's goEast- Festival of Central and East European Cinema in Wiesbaden (April 5-11).Apart from athree-day symposium on mainstream Russian cinema and a roundtable on new trendsin the Russian film industry, the festival will include a homage to Polishactor-director Jerzy Stuhrand an exhibition dedicated to the late Krzysztof Kieslowski. There will alsobe a podium discussion on the state of distribution for films from Central an
  • Sapadin named business affairs vp at KOCH

    Lawrence Sapadin has been named vice president of business affairsfor KOCH Vision, KOCH Lorber Films, and KOCH Entertainment Distribution.
  • Scapel Films scores raft of sales for football drama

    Pierre Menahem's Paris-basedScalpel Films has scored a raft of sales on Icelandic gay football comedy-dramaEleven Men Out following its Berlinale Panorama screening.Currently playing at New Directors, New Films in New York, ElevenMen Out has been picked up by Here! Films for the US, France'sSwift, Ve
  • Scorsese to be honoured for documentary work at Silverdocs

    The Silverdocs: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival willhonour Martin Scorsese at the third annual Charles Guggenheim Symposium on Jun15 in Maryland.
  • Seldin stays at Miramax to oversee international distribution

    Colleen Seldin (pictured) is staying inthe Miramax fold as senior vice president of international distribution andoperations beyond the company's transitional period.She will be based in NewYork and reports to Miramax president Daniel Battsek.Seldin has been a member ofthe Miramax team for the past six years and will oversee all aspects ofinternational distribution including strategy, marketing and publicity.Upcoming releases throughBuena Vista International (BVI) include
  • Shipps promoted to senior vp of marketing at WBITD

    Andrew Shipps has beenpromoted to senior vice president of marketing at Warner Bros InternationalTelevision Distribution (WBITD).Shipps will develop andimplement global marketing strategies for all of the studio's content in theinternational television marketplace.He will oversee campaignsfor original series produced by Warner Bros Television, TelepicturesProductions and Warner Bros Animation, as well as the international televisionwindows for features distri
  • Shooting begins on Taku Shinjo's kamikaze pilot drama

    Today marked the first day of shooting on Japan'slatest WWII drama, Ore wa, Kimi no Tame ni Koso Shinini Iku (literal translation I WillDie for You), which centers around Japan'sfamed kamikaze pilots. The project was announced last August by To
  • Skillset, Samuelson launch new scheme for emerging producers

    UK training body Skillset and production companySamuelson Productions have launched a new producer training programme.Skillset and Samuelson will select eight up-and-coming producers and place themin a rotation at some major film companies for nine months. The producers in the programmewill also attend a regular series of workshops, master-classes, and sessionswith industry experts. The producers won't pay fo
  • Smoking team signs first look deal with Searchlight

    Hot on the heels of the storming opening of Thank You ForSmoking, director JasonReitman and producing partner Daniel Dubiecki of Hard C have signed a two-yearfirst-look deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures.
  • Soderbergh, Wagner, Glickman to discuss distribution platforms on Tribeca panel

    Steven Soderbergh, MPAA chief Dan Glickman and 2929 co-head ToddWagner will take part in a panel discussion on evolving distribution platformsin the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival's Talks Panel Series from Apr 29 to May6.
  • Sony BMG buys US rights to Slamdance hit Sasquatch

    Sony BMG Music Entertainment has acquired US rights in all mediato by Tim Skousen's 2006 Slamdance Film Festival winner, The SasquatchDumpling Gang.
  • Sony signs distribution deal with niche producer 360

    Columbia Pictures has signeda deal with producer Frank Mancuso Jr (pictured) and entrepreneur Tom Gores' 360 Picturesto acquire and distribute 360 films for the domestic theatrical anddirect-to-home entertainment markets.Sony Pictures will secureNorth American theatrical and home entertainment rights to all 360 Picturesprojects it acquires, starting with the coming-of-age drama Crossover.The picture follows thedivergent fates of two talented basketball players and stars A
  • Sundance buys eight-screen theatre in San Francisco

    Sundance Cinemas has signed a purchase agreement with AMC Theatresto acquire the Kabuki 8 Theatre in San Francisco.
  • The Baker to start Wales shoot for Grandville, Picture Farm

    Grandville Pictures and Picture Farm Ltd. willstart principal photography on March 27 for The Baker, the feature film debutfrom writer/director Gareth Lewis. The comedy will shoot on location in South Wales for six weeks.Damian Lewis, who is the director's brother,stars as a hitman who hides out in a small Welshvillage and is mistaken for a baker. The cast also features Michael Gambon and Kate Ashfield. Adrian Sturges, Damian Lewis, Justin Williams,
  • The Proposition takes top honours at Bermuda festival

    John Hillcoat'sThe Proposition took the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green award for bestnarrative feature at the ninth Bermuda International Film Festival. "We were impressed with the provocative portrait of The Proposition, of whether the humanrace can overcome its base need for violence," said jury chair and actor Peter Riegert. "All the elements - cinematography, writing,acting and direction - made this a compelling and horrific look at thatquestion." Pippa Scott's Ki
  • THINKFilm swallows Candy for North America

    THINKFilm has picked up North American rights from FortissimoFilms to Neil Armfield's drug drama Candy, which received its world premiere in competition at Berlinin Feb.
  • THINKFilm takes worldwide rights to Fuck

    THINKFilm has picked up worldwide rights to Fuck, Steve Anderson's documentary about theworld's most common expletive.
  • Triple triumph for Adam's Apple at Brussels Film Festival

    Adam'sApple, by Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen (Flickering Lights, The Green Butchers), was the big winner of the24th edition of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festivalon Saturday. The film scooped the GoldenRaven (Grand Prize of the Festival), the Meliès d'Argent (Best European Fantastic Film)and the Pegasus (AudiencePrize).The International Jury made up of Chairman Michael Ironside,Philippe Nahon, Rob Schmidt and Matthew Robbinsdescribed the fi
  • Troma clips headed for mobile phones

    Zone Vision Network's ZoneMobile has struck a deal with Juice Mobile and Lloyd Kaufman's Troma Films to distribute film clips through mobiledevices. The clips will beavailable starting in mid-April through Zone's new Horror Channel WAP site. The deal will offer Troma cl
  • UK Film Council announces investment in three new films

    The UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund has announcedsupport of three new films in production, Pawel Pawlikowski's TheRestraint of Beasts, Neil Hunter and Tom Hunsinger'sSparkle, and Sarah Gavron's Seven Seas.The New Cinema Fund's investment in The Restraint of Beasts is $1.1m(£650,000). As reported by ScreenDaily in February, Pawlikowski's black comedy stars Rhys Ifans,Ed
  • UK publicity firm Premier PR acquires McDonald & Rutter

    UK public relations agency Premier PRhas acquired another London-based publicity company, McDonald & Rutter. The two willmerge under the Premier PR name, and will be jointly run by Premier's chiefexecutive Sara Keene and McDonald & Rutterfounding partners Charles McDonald and Jonathan Rutter.Premier hasabout 40 staffers in its London headqu
  • Universal's Inside Man arrives in Germany, UK, Brazil

    Fox International will be looking to keep The Pink Panther in the number one international slotthis weekend with a major launch in Italy.
  • Universal's Inside Man steals top spot in North America

    Universal's heist thriller Inside Man cracked the box office code as launchedat number one on a powerful estimated $28.9m weekend gross.
  • Universal's The Inside Man pips Panther to the post

    Final figures reveal that Universal's The Inside Man was the international champion over the weekend as it grossed $9.9m through UIP in 1,400 sites in 18 territories.
  • Uruguayan project wins $300,000 award at Guadalajara

    Uruguayan film Eighteen Cigarettes and a Half (18 cigarillos y medio)was the first winner of the Tornasol award at the Guadalajara FIlm Festival.The prize guarantees co-production services worth $301,449 (Euros 250,000).Twenty projects participated for the top prize in thesecond Iberoamerican Co-production Meeting which came to a close today. Thewinning project was selected by a jury comprising Braziliancritic Jose Carlos Avellar, Mexican screenwriter Vicente Lenero, Argentiniandire
  • US citizen jailed for running piracy ring in China

    Randolph Hobson Guthrie hasbeen sentenced to 45 months in prison and fined $15,000 by a Mississippi courtafter being convicted of jointly running an international piracy operation outof warehouses in Shanghai.Guthrie and five others werearrested in July 2004 after Chinese and US investigators seized more than210,000 counterfeit DVDs. Guthrie was extradited to the US last October.The federal judge on theSouthern District Court of Mississippi sentenced Guthrie to a maximum of 60mo
  • VIP investors file for damages estimated at $30m

    More than 200investors in the beleaguered VIP 3 and 4 private media funds have become the first to file fordamages.The claims against the German fund are estimated at around $30m (Euros 25m). The plaintiffs claim VIP Medienfondsprospectuses were misleading and that not all of the equity raisedwas actually channelled into production.The Bremen-basedlaw firm KTAG filed the claims for damages at 30 regional courts throughout
  • Vividas, Prime Time offer stream of The Secret

    Videotechnologies company Vividas is working with Melbourne's Prime TimeProductions to offer a feature length film stream over the Internet.The Secret, produced by Prime Time's Rhoda Byrne,is a 95-minute feature that the producers claim "reveals the great secret ofthe universe."
  • Volver

    Dir: Pedro Almodovar.Spain. 2006. 111 mins.The literal Englishtranslation of Volver