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4 April 2013

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  • A first look at Elysium

    Sony drew back the curtain on its summer blockbuster-elect Elysium on Monday in a canny promotional event to mobilise social media’s chattering classes four months before theatrical release.
  • Agile develops Stoddart feature

    Former Screen Star of Tomorrow and Coming Up director David Stoddart is developing his debut feature Disturbed with London-based producers Agile Films.
  • All Things To All Men

    Dir/scr: George Isaac. UK. 2013. 88mins
  • Andy Boyd named head of 3D at MPC LA

    Film work includes Oliver Stone’s W.
  • Audrey Delaney joins Myriad

    EXCLUSIVE: The veteran has left Lightning Entertainment and arrived this week at Kirk D’Amico’s Santa Monica-based production, sales and financing company as svp of marketing and acquisitions.
  • Avengers 2 to assemble in UK

    EXCLUSIVE: The Avengers 2 is scheduled to shoot at Pinewood-Shepperton in early 2014.
  • Belgium: Fighting fit

    Belgium is increasingly prominent on the world stage as a source of hot films and talent that can travel. Geoffrey Macnab explores the rise of a territory with big potential
  • Belgium: In the money

    Belgium’s Tax Shelter is vital to production in the territory. So why are some in the industry calling for it to be revised? By Geoffrey Macnab
  • Belgium: The rising tide

    From Marion Cotillard uniting with the Dardenne brothers to the latest from rising new directors, Geoffrey Macnab explores the hottest new Belgian films in the works
  • Berlinale to show restored Dr. Caligari

    Berlinale Classics screening to include world premiere of John Zorn’s new music.
  • Bird's Food wins Hellenic award

    Harsh criticism for the lack of state support for film production and the downgrading of the ministry of Culture.
  • Brand New-U starts shoot

    UK-Irish–Netherlands transmedia co-production is written and directed by Simon Pummell [pictured] and will shoot for four weeks in London and Dublin.
  • Calls to hurry copyright laws

    Copyright pressure group says Treasury is undermining tax reliefs by delaying secondary legislation.
  • Catherine Hardwicke joins Miracles

    River Road has set Catherine Hardwicke to direct The Age Of Miracles based on Karen Thompson Walker’s coming-of-age bestseller.
  • Charity kicks

    Annual film industry five-a-side event renews Millwall engagement, inspires Hollywood spinoff.
  • Cinedigm launches doc tour

    The distributor and multi-faceted digital entertainment company has scheduled a series of screenings across the US through its independent Docurama label starting on Apr 22.
  • CineFile takes Paris-Manhattan

    Boutique outfit picks up UK rights to Sophie Lellouche’s debut.
  • CinemaCon to honour Morgan Freeman

    The veteran actor, set to star opposite Tom Cruise in the upcoming sci-fi Oblivion, will receive the 2013 Cinema Icon Award on Apr 18 in Las Vegas.
  • CinemaCon: Going large

    IMAX is heading to this year’s CinemaCon on the back of strong growth. Jeremy Kay reports.
  • CinemaCon: The big attraction

    A new wave of technologies aims to further enhance the theatrical experience. But will exhibitors be receptive after the costly transition to digital? By John Hazelton.
  • CinemaCon: The view from the aisles

    New technology, the importance of theatrical and the rise of China will all be among the talking points at this year’s CinemaCon, which gathers exhibitors and distributors in Las Vegas (April 15-18). Jeremy Kay reports.
  • City heat

    New York’s Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28) may sit between Sundance and Cannes, but that has not stopped it becoming a major US platform for world cinema. By Jeremy Kay
  • Constantin named top German producer distributor

    Constantin Film has been named by the German Federal Film Board (FFA) as the nation’s most successful producer and distributor of German films for the eighth consecutive year.
  • Creative England's crew night coming to Pinewood

    Creative England’s crew night will be run at Pinewood Studios for the first time on April 17 from 6-8 pm.
  • Croisette-set comedy Cannes cancelled

    Adrien Brody was due to star as a beleaguered director attending the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Croods defeats G.I. Joe in UK

    Fox’s 3D animation records second consecutive week as UK’s number one, crossing £10m in the process; Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation debuts to $4.2m (£2.8m), including previews.
  • Curacao IFFR opens with Blancanieves

    The second edition of the Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam is to open with Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves.
  • CZ12 wins grand prix at Okinawa

    Jackie Chan’s treasure-hunting hit CZ12 won the Uminchu Prize Grand Prix in the Laugh Category at the 5th Okinawa International Movie Festival (OIMF).
  • Demian Bichir to direct Refugio

    Bichir will make his feature writing and directorial debut on the story of a circus-born dreamer who embarks on a search for his true love.
  • Dogwoof moves Jarecki's House to Lat Am, Poland

    AT MIPTV, Dogwoof Global has announced sales for Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live in to HBO Latin America and TVP for Poland.
  • DreamWorks, Participant acquire Church abuse story

    DreamWorks and Participant Media are partnering on a drama about the Catholic Church sex scandal after acquiring rights to the story uncovered by the Boston Globe.
  • Duane Hopkins shooting second feature

    George MacKay leads the cast of the character-driven thriller Bypass.
  • EC asks for extra €2.5m for MEDIA

    EXCLUSIVE: 27 initiatives backed by MEDIA Mundus for 2013-2014
  • eOne going Rogue at MipTV

    Entertainment One is to bring Thandie Newton thriller Rogue, new drama Dates and comedy series Seed to MipTV.
  • EU backs EFP’s first Russia push

    European Film Promotion will make its first foray into the Russian market with a European film event in Moscow this autumn.
  • Eurocinema, Euronews strike partnership

    VoD channel Eurocinema has struck a deal to carry Euronews’ magazine programme Cinema.
  • Europe VoD: Popularity contests

    How quickly is the VoD market developing across Europe – and how do services across the region compare? Screen correspondents report
  • Fandango Portobello Sales closes UK office

    Sales and finance outfit, which handled Gomorrah and Reality, closes London office.
  • Film Finance TV plans six sessions in Cannes

    Industry series Film Finance TV is gearing up for sessions in Cannes covering current trends in entertainment finance.
  • Film London boosts TV budget

    London Mayor Boris Johnson today announced an expansion of Film London’s £1.3m budget by £750,000, which will go towards promoting and developing TV production opportunities in London.
  • Filmart: Film adaptations help integrate cultures

    Indian investment banker-turned-novelist Chetan Bhagat said the Indian film industry is only recently becoming more active in adapting books for screen, but that shoudl grow as India’s independent film production sector grows.He noted that in India, commerical films are driven by the audience’s desire for escapism, formulaic stories and stars, but he hopes a space will always be available for arthouse films.“A $25 million box office is considered a hit in India but you can get $
  • Finding Dory to open in 2015

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures announced on Tuesday [Apr 2] the name of the Finding Nemo sequel previously known as Pixar Animation Untitled.
  • G.I. Joe tops US on $41.2m

    G.I. Joe: Retaliation from Paramount, MGM and David Ellison’s slate financier Skydance Productions arrived on an estimated $41.2m to set the second best three-day Easter opening after Clash Of The Titans posted $61.2m in 2010.
  • Gabrielle Hanna to leave PIFF

    Gabrielle Hanna will step down in July as executive director of the Provincetown Film Society after 10 years in the post due to personal reasons.
  • GI Joe set to battle Croods

    Paramount top brass have high hopes for G.I. Joe Retaliation heading into the holiday weekend and with more than 50 territories ready to launch, the action-adventure will challenge The Croods.
  • Gulf fest readies first film market

    The 6th Gulf Film Festival (GFF) has announced it will screen 169 films later this month for free to the public and will host the inaugural Gulf Film Market.
  • HanWay inks slew of VOD deals

    EXCLUSIVE: Buyers include Jaguar, LoveFilm, Yota, Sohu, Filmin, Polar Star, Curzon on Demand, Blinkbox.
  • Hossein Amini

    The screenwriter of Drive and Snow White And The Huntsman talks about his lengthy career in this excerpt from FilmCraft: Screenwriting.
  • Hoyts confirms name change to StudioCanal

    As of today, Australia and New Zealand distributor Hoyts Distribution will be named StudioCanal.
  • IFFLA names festival jurors

    The Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles has unveiled its jurors for the 11th edition festival that runs from Apr 9-14 in Hollywood.
  • IFTA confirms conference plans

    The Independent Film & Television Alliance’s 14th annual conference, Embracing The Small Screen: How Independents Are Defining Their Future in Television and Digital Media, will take place on Apr 19 in Beverly Hills.
  • In Bloom snares Firebird award at HKIFF

    Georgian production In Bloom, co-directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, was presented with the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition at the close of the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) last night.
  • Julian Levin, Canana

    Mexico’s Canana is having a banner 2013 with its biggest production, a new deal with Participant and a joint venture with IM Global. Wendy Mitchell talks to CEO Julian Levin about how the company grows while maintaining its incubator vibe.
  • KFD acquires Hip Hop Hoax

    Jeanie Finlay’s documentary picked up worldwide, excluding UK/Ireland, by London-based sales and distribution company.
  • LAAPFF unveils 29th festival line-up

    Linsanity will open the 29th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, set to run from May 2-12.
  • Laurence Fishburne joins Khumba

    South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation announced the latest voice cast element on the follow-up to the hit Zambezia. Cinema Management Group handles international sales and Millennium Entertainment will release in the US this year.
  • LevelK gets funny with Komedy label

    International sales company LevelK is launching a new comedy label, Komedy, that will work with films from across the globe.
  • Luc Déry and Kim McCraw, micro_scope

    The founders of Montreal’s micro_scope tell Melanie Goodfellow how their production outfit draws on the city’s rich talent base to achieve international reach
  • Magnolia takes I Give It A Year

    StudioCanal fully financed and Working Title produced the British rom-com from Sasha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer. Separately, Film Movement has acquired North American rights to the upcoming Tribeca rom-com from Taiwan, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
  • Marvel, DMG tailor Iron Man 3 for China

    Marvel Studios is working with DMG on a bespoke version of the summer tentpole for Chinese audiences, top brass said on Friday [29] in an announcement whose omissions were as intriguing as its revelations.
  • Memento takes on sales of SXSW hit Short Term 12

    EXCLUSIVE: Destin Cretton’s award-winning picture stars Brie Larson as a care-worker in a foster care facility.
  • Milan exhibitor to add IMAX venue

    Milan-based exhibitor Arco Program is to add an IMAX screen to its Skyline multiplex in Milan.
  • MIPTV roundup: Swedish VOD company eyes UK; partners for Jonathan Strange

    A roundup of news from the first day of MIPTV, including Fremantle’s Cecile Frot-Coutaz’s thoughts on how Europe’s recession is impacting TV.
  • MipTV Tuesday: at a glance

    Round-up of news from day two of MipTV in Cannes includes Warner Bros acquisition of the rights to Spanish gameshow Money Time and a Max Steel recommission.  
  • Miramax grows TV, digital teams

    Richard Tulk-Hart, Jo Sherlock and Emily Briggs added to sales teams.
  • Monterey Media acquires Between Us

    Monterey Media announced on Tuesday [2] that it had acquired US and Canadian rights to the dark comedy.
  • Mother’s Milk heads to MipTV

    BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Gerald Fox is taking his first feature-length drama production, Mother’s Milk, to MipTV.
  • MPG breaks away from research giant Ipsos

    Paris-based market research company Ipsos has split off its Motion Picture Group feature division to a consortium of investors led by MPG top executive Vincent Bruzzese.
  • Nordisk buys Norwegian cinema giant

    Danish major Nordisk Film has purchased all shares in Oslo Kino - Norway’s largest cinema chain - for $103m (NOK 600m) from the municipality of Oslo.
  • Papadopoulos & Sons

    Dir/scr: Marcus Markou. UK. 2013. 105mins
  • Paramount partners with China on Transformers 4

    Paramount Pictures has entered into a “co-operation agreement” with CCTV’s China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises on the production of Transformers 4 in China.
  • Peccadillo acquires Margarita

    Dominique Cardona & Laurie Colbert’s comedy drama recently closed the 27th BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
  • Prana affiliate prevails in R&H auction

    UPDATED MAR 29: 34x118 Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles-based VFX and animation house Prana Studios, has emerged victorious in its bid for beleaguered Rhythm & Hues.
  • Puttnam calls for online monetization

    Lord Puttnam has called on young filmmakers to pioneer the online monetization of movies – and used All the President’s Men to defend new press regulation.
  • QED eyes Brad Pitt for Fury

    QED International and CAA declined to comment on Wednesday [Apr 3] after reports emerged that the A-lister is in final talks to star in David Ayer’s forthcoming WWII tank thriller.
  • Quebec cinema casts a spell

    Québécois cinema is winning over festival juries and audiences around the world. Melanie Goodfellow visits Quebec’s cultural hub Montreal to look at the global reach of the region’s film-makers
  • Relativity closes $115m facility

    Top brass announced they have closed a $115m five-year revolving credit facility led by OneWest Bank, Barclays and City National Bank. 
  • Retaliation tops int'l on $80m

    UPDATED APR 1: Paramount, MGM and Skydance Productions’ G.I. Joe: Retaliation stormed to the top of the international class over the holiday weekend thanks to an estimated $80.3m debut that posted the best result of the year-to-date.
  • Roadside readies Grace Unplugged

    Executives at Roadside Attractions announced on Tuesday [Apr 2] that production has finished on the faith-based drama Grace Unplugged and the film will open theatrically on Oct 4.
  • Rudderless sets sail in April

    Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Spring Breakers star Selena Gomez [pictured] and Laurence Fishburne have joined William H Macy and Felicity Huffman on Unified Pictures’ music drama Rudderless. Radiant Films International handles sales outside the US and will introduce in Cannes.
  • Ryan Guzman joins April Rain

    The star of Step Up Revolution joins Luke Goss, Vincent Spano, Andrew Keegan, Doug Savant, Ming Na Wen and newcomer Adrian Tudor.
  • Searchlight sets Slave for Dec 27

    In a move that will be of interest to prestige international distributors, Fox Searchlight will release Steve McQueen’s potential awards contender Twelve Years A Slave on Dec 27 in the US. Summit International handled sales outside the US.
  • SFIFF announces full line-up

    The San Francisco Film Society on Tuesday [Apr 2] announced the full line-up of films and events set to run at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival from Apr 25-May 9.
  • Sheffield MeetMarket draws record pitches

    A record 612 projects have applied for MeetMarket, the two-day pitching forum at Sheffield Doc/Fest that is also hosting funding opportunities from the BFI, Channel 4, Wellcome Trust and others.
  • Shine closes in on Big Talk deal

    News Corp-owned Shine Group is in advanced negotiations to acquire scripted indie Big Talk Productions.
  • Sky backs Warp heist drama

    Sky Atlantic has boarded edgy heist drama The Panthers, a co-production with premium French broadcaster Canal+ and indie Warp Films.
  • Sleep Alone takes Curacao prize

    More than 8,500 attendees turned up for second Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam.
  • Soda appoints head of distribution

    EXCLUSIVE: Former Pathe exec Rachel Woodward joins UK distributor.
  • Sokurov in Locarno

    “L’immagine e la parola”, the first spring spin-off of the Festival del film Locarno, was held March 24-27.
  • Spring Break Forever

    Harmony Korine stopped in London on his Spring Breakers tour, and spoke of inspirations from jaw bones to Skittles.
  • Sundance launches 12 on digital

    The Sundance Institute announced on Tuesday [Apr 2] that 12 films will make their digital debut from Apr 16-May 7 through a variety of platforms through the Artist Services programme.
  • Sundance London talks include Barbara Kopple, Jeff Nichols

    Sundance London (April 25-28) has unveiled the talks and musical performances at its Festival Hub under Cinewrold at the O2.
  • Sundance London: Exporting Sundance

    The organisers of Sundance London reveal how the programme was tailored for its second edition and why the UK is a good fit. Wendy Mitchell reports
  • Survey: Audiences want more imaginative films

    Bombay Sapphire surveyed more than 700 experts.
  • Sweden's Film i Vast scores record admissions

    Swedish and international features co-produced last year by Swedish regional film centre Film i Väst in Trollhättan took a record 21 million admissions - 40% up on the previous year.
  • Tokyo plots Asian focus

    Incoming Tokyo International Film Festival director general Yasushi Shiina says he will keep Tokyo’s green carpet theme, but that he is also looking for new initiatives and ways to improve the programme.
  • Tribeca inks VOD deals in UK

    Tribeca signs UK VOD deals for titles including Greetings From Tim Buckley, Fresh Meat.
  • Tribeca unveils online fest roster

    Seven titles will stream shortly after their theatrical premiere and these include Lil Bub & Friendz [pictured] and Alias Ruby Blade.
  • UK tax relief: Take your partners

    The UK is introducing tax credits for television production, high-end animation and video games this month. Michael Rosser explores how the relief could further strengthen a TV powerhouse
  • UK VoD: 'All eyes are on this market'

    The UK video-on-demand sector is developing at speed. On the eve of MIPTV, Andreas Wiseman explores the potential offered by a range of digital platforms, as well as the rise of subscription services
  • Vilnius International Film Festival

    Photos from the 18th edition of the Vilnius International Film Festival, which ran March 14-28.
  • WIDE House takes on Death Metal Angola

    Jeremy Xido directs.