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4 January 2005

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  • Alexander approaches $50m in international ticket sales

    Alexander added an estimated $7.5m on more than 1,400 screensin 29 territories through I.S. Film Distribution at the weekend to raise its international running total to$43.5m.The picture opened well in South Korea, ranking number one on justover $4m on 270 screens and 801,000 admissions. Results for India wereunavailable at time of writing.Alexander ranked third in its second weekend inGermany, where it added $1.8m on 499 for an early $5.8m running total. Afterthe
  • Berlinale gets new perspective

    The fourth PerspektiveDeutsches Kino section of the Berlinale has revealed its first five films to beselected."The breadth of themesand characters in these films covers everything from social hardships under thecurrent wave of reforms to the tenderness of heartfelt moments. What's beingdealt with is always authentic - no matter whether it involves financialworries or emotional outbursts", section head Alfred Holighaus said of thetrend evident in the five films selected for the series s
  • Berlinale unveils Panorama line-up

    TheBerlinale's Panorama section has announced the first films to make itsselection.Thearthouse strand, which plays alongside the Berlinale's official Competition,includes a string of features from high profile directors including KevinSpacey, Fruit Chan, Dominic Savage and Sally Potter as well as notable films by newcomers.The wide-ranging selection has aparticularly strong focus on European featu
  • Controversy sparked by exit of Puchon Film Festival director

    Kim Hong-joon, the popular director of Korea'sPuchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), has been removed from hisposition due to lobbying by the city's mayor.The decision wasmade at a meeting of the festival's board of directors on December 29, and Kimwill be replaced by Jung Hong-taek, a former president of the Korean FilmArchive.In pushing for Kim's removal, mayor
  • Doc fever continues as What The Bleep passes $10m

    Samuel Goldwyn Films &Roadside Attractions reported yesterday (4) that William Arntz, Betsy Chasseand Mark Vicente's docudrama What The #$*! Do We Know' has passed $10m at the North American box office.The picture wasself-financed by Arntz to tune of $5m and released by the filmmaker in February2004. Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions took over distribution inMay and, more than 30 weeks later, the picture had amassed $10.1m.What The #$*!
  • Film banker Jorge Gallegos confirmed dead in Tsunami

    It was confirmedyesterday that veteran film banker Jorge Gallegos (pictured) died on Dec 26last year, while on holiday in Khao Lak, Thailand, as a result of the tsunamicatastrophe.Gallegos is survived by hiswife Lorna and their two sons Christian and James, who themselves all threesurvived the tsunami. The family has selected a specific relief fund and ask that anyone interested in making a donation in Jorge Gallegos' name should contact James Gallegos on BoucanierBH@aol.com.Gal
  • Five titles nominated for BBC Four's World Cinema Award

    UK broadcaster BBC Four hasannounced the nominations for the BBC Four World Cinema Award 2005, as voted byUK film critics, film school heads and exhibitors. Two Asian martial arts films- Zhang Yimou's Hero and Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi - make thefive strong shortlist. The other competitors are Pedro Almodovar's BadEducation, Walter Salles Motorcycle Diaries and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Uzak.Jonathan Ross, who will hostthe live aw
  • Fourteen films to compete for Rotterdam Tiger awards

    The InternationalFilm Festival Rotterdam has selected fourteen films for the Tiger AwardsCompetition of its 34th edition. The Competitionline-up includes four world premieres, four international premieres and fourEuropean premieres. Two titles were supported by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fundand one title was previously selected as CineMart Project.The jury memberschoosing the winning films will be American photographer Nan Goldin, Australianproducer Jan Chapman, Lia van Leer, direc
  • French box office hits 20-year high

    The French box office for2004 was released Tuesday by France's exhibitors federation (FNCF). In what isthe best year of the past twenty, 196 million tickets were sold, a 12% increaseon 2003. The first half of the yearproved the engine for the growth, with a 19% increase over the first six monthsof 2003.The FNCF claimed a Euros1.7bn investment in construction and renovation of French cinemas as one of thereasons behind the increase.Forty-eight films broke thesignificant 1
  • Holy Lola

    Dir: Bertrand Tavernier.Fr. 2003. 128mins.At times Holy Lolafeels closer to fly-on-the-wall documentary than dramatic feature as it followsa handful of French couples in Cambodia on the trail of children to adopt. Thefilm's worthy subject matter and the reputation of veteran director BertrandTavernier may get it some play at smaller festivals. But the story's lack ofdepth or character and the execution's lack of zeal severely limit itsprospects for commercial travel be
  • Hong Kong box office surges in 2004

    2004 was a greatyear for Hong Kong's theatrical business with strong box office revenues postedfor both local and foreign productions. The figurescompiled by the Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA) put total box officetaking at $118m (HK$917m) as of December 30 - almost returning to the high 2001level of $129m.HongKong-produced films grossed $54 million in total, up 15% from last year andaccounting for an impressive 46% of this year's total box office. The number oflocal
  • IMAX signs with Lark for six systems in China

    IMAX Corporation and China'sLark International Multimedia have signed an agreement that will see six ImaxMPX theatre systems installed in multiplexes over the next four years. Under the agreement, new andretrofitted facilities will open in major urban areas through 2008. Specificlocations are pending. It's the largest multi-theatre deal the giant-screencompany has signed in Asia and increases the number of announced Imax cinemabuilds in China to 19.Lark owns two subsidiaries,UA
  • Incredibles regains international chart lead

    A dearth of wideinternational launches meant that holdovers were left to do battle over the NewYear weekend. BVI's TheIncredibles regained the chart lead over the final weekend of the 2004 boxoffice year (Dec 31-Jan 2) and is fast approaching the $300m mark.It wa
  • Israeli cinema grows on all fronts

    While Israel's overallcinema attendance figures for 2004 shows no significant increase over the lastcouple of years (approx. 9.5 million admissions), the local industry has made amajor leap forward, recording its best results for the last 20 years. Less than 1% of the localaudience went to see home-grown films five years ago, now, this figure hascrossed the 13% mark, with over 1,250,000 tickets sold in 2004. Despite the ongoingreticence of local distributors to release sales fig
  • Italian producers take legal action against cultural ministry.

    Some members of the Italianfilm industry have taken legal action against the Italian government afterwaiting for over a year for public funds that had been awarded to theirprojects.Producers of 20 emergingwriters and directors who won a public competition at the end of 2003, have nowtaken legal action to freeze the funds of the Italian cultural ministry untiltheir situation is resolved.Last week, the culturalministry announced that there were insufficient funds to finance the 20
  • Kung Fu Hustle continues strong run for SPRI

    KUNGFu Hustleadded anestimated $10.1m on 1,095 screens in sixmarkets at the weekend through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) toraise its international cumulative total to $31.1m.Key highlights were a $3.2m second place debut on 368 Japanese screens behindHayao Miyazaki's reigning champion, Howl's Moving Castle. SPRIexecutives expect strong results going into the school holidays this week.The picture remained number one in Ch
  • Meet The Fockers reigns supreme

    Universal's Meet TheFockers stayed atop the US charts with a mighty second weekend's businessthat propelled the comedy past $150m and helped set a new annual domestic boxoffice record.The picture grossed an estimated $42.8m over three days, raising its runningtotal to $163.4m, which means Fockers should pass Meet The Parents'$166.2m lifetime gross on Monday (3).Fockers grossed a record amount for any picture on both New Year's Ev
  • Meet The Fockers reigns supreme

    Universal's Meet TheFockers stayed atop the US charts with a mighty second weekend's businessthat propelled the comedy past $150m and helped set a new annual domestic boxoffice record.The picture grossed an estimated $42.8m over three days, raising its runningtotal to $163.4m, which means Fockers should pass Meet The Parents'$166.2m lifetime gross on Monday (3).Fockers grossed a record amount for any picture on both New Year's Eveand New Year's Day,
  • Meet The Fockers stays top as records fall

    Universal's Meet TheFockers stayed atop the US charts with a mighty second weekend's businessthat propelled the comedy past $150m and helped set a new annual domestic boxoffice record.The picture grossed an estimated $42.8m over three days, raising its runningtotal to $163.4m, which means Fockers should pass Meet The Parents'$166.2m lifetime gross on Monday (3).Fockers grossed a record amount for any picture on both New Year's Eveand New Year's Day,
  • Miami Film Festival pays tribute to Ullman, Rouch

    MiamiInternational Film Festival organisers unveiled two special programmes today (Jan4) that will run during the festival from Feb 4-13.Liv Ullmann will receive acareer achievement tribute and filmmaker Jean Rouch will be the subject of aretrospective and symposium showcasing work including Jaguar and Chronicle Of A Summer.For moreinformation see www.miamifilmfestival.com.
  • North American box office narrowly beats 2003

    Final annualNorth American box office figures released by Nielsen EDI reveal that 2004 narrowlybeat 2003 by 0.5% with $9.21bn in total ticket sales compared to $9.17bn.Despite weekend reports from other sources declaring 2004a record year, in the final reckoning Nielson EDI said this was not the case,which means 2002 remains the record-holder on $9.27bn.Nielsen EDIcalculates annual grosses up until the Sunday after New Year's Day and its 2004figures ran from Jan 5 2004 to Jan 2
  • North American box office scales new heights in 2004

    Early estimates today (2)declared 2004 a record year at the North American box office, spurred on by asuperb opening 12 days for Universal's Meet The Fockers that saw the comedy race past $150m (seeseparate story).According to industry calculations annual ticket sales amounted to $9.4bn, a 1.4%rise from $9.27bn in 2003 that eclipses the previous mark of $9.32bn set in2002.Business in 2002 was driven chiefly by the gravity-defying antics of Spider-Man,The Lord Of
  • Nunnari buys film rights to Coelho's 11 Minutes

    Gianni Nunnari'sHollywood Gang Productions has optioned movie rights to Eleven Minutes, the bestselling novel by Paolo Coelho,who also wrote the worldwide hit The Alchemist.ElevenMinutes centres on ayoung Brazilian girl's quest for romantic satisfaction as she navigates thewaters of sexual pleasure and true love.The titlederives from the apparent fact that the average sexual encounter lasts 11minutes. The book was published in 2003 and went on to become a be
  • Ocean's Twelve, Polar Express pass $100m international

    Ocean'sTwelveand The Polar Express both passed $100m at the international box officein a bumper weekend for Warner Bros Pictures International.Ocean's Twelve added an estimated $20.9m haul on 4,900 prints in 49countries to raise its total to $107.3m. The picture is scheduled to open inJapan on Jan 21 and the UK on Feb 4.Weekend highlights were second place in Taiwan behind Asian martial artssensation Kung Fu Hustle on $1.1m on 104, and first place i
  • Ocean's Twelve, Polar Express pass $100m international

    Ocean'sTwelveand The Polar Express both passed $100m at the international box officein a bumper weekend for Warner Bros Pictures International.Ocean's Twelve added an estimated $20.9m haul on 4,900 prints in 49countries to raise its total to $107.3m. The picture is scheduled to open inJapan on Jan 21 and the UK on Feb 4.Weekend highlights were second place in Taiwan behind Asian martial artssensation Kung Fu
  • Ocean's, Polar Express pass $100m at International box office

    Ocean'sTwelveand The Polar Express both passed $100m at the international box officein a bumper weekend for Warner Bros Pictures International.Ocean's Twelve added an estimated $20.9m haul on 4,900 prints in 49countries to raise its total to $107.3m. The picture is scheduled to open inJapan on Jan 21 and the UK on Feb 4.Weekend highlights were second place in Taiwan behind Asian martial artssensation Kung Fu
  • Old guard meets new in DGA nominations

    Clint Eastwood, MarcForster, Taylor Hackford, Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese have beennominated for the Directors Guild of America's DGA Award for OutstandingDirectorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2004.Eastwood is nominated for MillionDollar Baby, Forster for FindingNeverland, Hackford for Ray, Payne for Sideways, and Scorsese for The Aviator.The winner will be announcedat the 57th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Jan 29 at the Beverly Hil
  • Palms Springs to honour Payne

    Alexander Payne will receivethe Director of the Year award at the 16th Annual Palm SpringsInternational Film Festival (PSIFF).Payne, whose latest picture Sideways has garnered a host of best pictureawards from North American critics groups and picked up seven Golden Globenominations, will collect the honour at the annual awards gala on Jan 8."We are thrilled to be able to include Alexander Payne among our honoreesat the festival's awards gala," festival chairman Earl Gr
  • PGA opts for Aviator, Sideways, Neverland

    Finding Neverland,Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, The Aviator and The Incredibles havebeen nominated for the Producers Guild of America's Darryl F Zanuck Producer ofthe Year Award.The nominees were announcedin Los Angeles yesterday (5) among a host of television categories and thewinner will be unveiled at the PGA awards gala at Culver Studios on Jan 22.The award is a temperamentalOscar indicator, with few nominees going on to earn Academy Awards nominations.However
  • Polar Express maintains 3D heat in North America

    Warner Bros' The Polar Express: An Imax 3D Experiencecontinued its record-setting running at the North American holiday box office,earning $7.18m on 62 screens during the 10-day holiday period from Dec 24 toJan 2 for a per-screen average of $116,000.The picture's three-day gross on the ultimate weekend of 2004 was $2.1m, anincrease of roughly 12% over the previous weekend and a match of its openingweekend take.Estima
  • Quebec boosts tax credit for foreign shoots

    The Quebec provincial government will boostits labour-based film production tax credit from 11% to 20%, following asimilar move in Ontario before Christmas. Ontario increased its production servicescredit from 11% to 18% and its credit for local production from 20% to 30%.Production service providers in British Columbia are calling on theirprovincial government to follow suit.The rising value of the Canadian dollar andincreasing competition from US and international locations ha
  • Revolution signs US free-TV representation deal with Debmar, Mercury

    Revolution Studios has signed a deal with Mort Marcus’ DebmarStudios and Ira Bernstein’s Mercury Entertainment to act as distributionagents for the free television rights to its pictures.
  • Sands confirmed as DreamWorks president

    Miramax chief operating officer Rick Sands has joined DreamWorksSKG as president and chief operatingofficer. Sands' long anticipated departure comes as Miramax grapples withrecent layoffs and an ongoing contract dispute between parent company Disney andMiramax co-chief executives Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein. Sands will be primarily responsible for day-to-day management ofDreamWorks SKG, reporting directly to principal partner David Geffen. Sands joined Miramax in 1
  • Seven films shortlisted for sound editing Oscar

    The Academy Of MotionPicture Arts And Sciences has named seven pictures for consideration forachievement in sound editing for the 77th Annual Academy Awards.Ten-minute clips from eachof The Aviator, Collateral, The Day After Tomorrow, The Incredibles, ThePolar Express, Ray and Spider-Man2 will screen for the sound editingaward committee on Jan 18.Committee members will thennominate three of the seven for Oscar consideration and the nominations w
  • Spotless Mind shines in BAFTA shortlist

    Fifteenfilms have been selected to go through to BAFTA's second round of voting forthe best film category - including four British pictures and threeforeign-language titles.It takes three rounds of voting for BAFTA members tomake their final choice of winning films. The first round, which closed onTuesday night (Jan 4), has whittled down all qualifying films to shortlists offifteen in each category. The second round
  • Technicolor enters battle for digital dominance

    TechnicolorDigital Cinema has signed a deal with US chain Century Theatres to installdigital projection systems for up to 120 screens.The betatest is the start of a plan to convert 5,000 screens in the next three to fiveyears. Technicolorsays it wants its digital equipment in 15,000 screens in the next 10 years. The deal withCentury - which has more than 1,000 screens in the US
  • Twenty one films cross $100m mark at international box office

    Twentyone films crossed the $100m mark at the international box office in 2004,according to Screen International research.TwoWarner Bros titles, Ocean's Twelve and The Polar Express passedthe $100m mark in international markets over the New Year's weekend.
  • UK home video market growth hit by piracy in 2004

    The UK video retail market grew by 12% last year, according to figuresreleased by the British Video Association. Although impressive, the 12% growth in 2004 is significantly down fromthe 30% growth posted in 2003 - a slowdown blamed on a maturing market and anincrease in piracy.First reports from the BVA
  • Wild Bunch sets out stall for Rendez-Vous

    French sales anddistribution outfit Wild Bunch has announced a slew of new titles which arelikely to be the talk of the upcoming French Film Rendez-Vous organised byexport body Unifrance.Along with three films fromnew directors, Wild Bunch will handle the latest films from Bertrand Blier andNicole Garcia. Wild Bunch chief Vincent Maraval told Screendaily.comthat while these two films will not be sold until Cannes, some elements will beavailable for perusal by buyers.The B
  • Woolworths blames DVD piracy for poor Christmas

    High street retailer Woolworths has blamed DVD piracy forcontributing to disappointing trading results over the Christmas period. Chief executive Trevor Bish-Jones told The DailyTelegraph that Woolworths was particularly hit by DVD piracy, losing £1.5m ofsales on some individual titles. The latest Harry Potter film, Prisoner of Azkaban,released in November, sold 770,000 units in its first two days, compared withthe 1.6m units that the previous Harry Potter title ac
  • World premiere of The Moguls closes Santa Barbara

    The SantaBarbara International Film Festival will kick off with a special preview ofWoody Allen's Melinda And Melinda starring Will Ferrell and Radha Mitchell on Jan 28 and closes onFeb 6 with the world premiere of Michael Traeger's comedy The Moguls starring Jeff Bridges.Overall nine world premieresand 11 US premieres will screen at the festival, which celebrates its 20thanniversary this year. The centerpiece gala screening is the world premiere ofJef

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