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5 September 2013

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  • 6 Sales acquires Of Good Report

    Controversial film Of Good Report, initially banned by South African censors for its depiction of a teacher’s affair with a pupil, has been picked up by sales agent 6 Sales ahead of its world premiere at Toronto.
  • A Lonely Hero

    Dir. Gianni Amelio. Italy. 2013. 104mins
  • Abrahamson to direct Room adaptation

    Element Pictures producing update of Emma Donoghue’s acclaimed novel; UTA reps US rights.
  • Academy to honour Gabriel Figueroa

    Writer-director Gregory Nava, Gael García Bernal, cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto and Gabriel Figueroa Flores will celebrate the life and career of the renowned Mexican cinematographer on Sept 17.
  • Academy to honour Jolie

    The board of governors of the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences has named Angelina Jolie recipient of this year’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and will present honourary awards to Angela Lansbury, Piero Tosi and Steve Martin.
  • AFI FEST lines up Banks, Foxcatcher

    The Los Angeles event will open on Nov 7 with the North American premiere of John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr Banks - one day before the world premiere of Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher.
  • Amr Waked receives death threats

    Egyptian actor-producer Amr Waked - serving this week on the Venice Film Festival’s Orrizonti Jury - has revealed that he received death threats because of his outspoken criticism of the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Anchor Bay gets MURPH: The Protector

    Anchor Bay Films has acquired all rights to Mactavish Pictures’ MURPH: The Protector. 
  • Anchor Bay pact with Richwater

    Anchor Bay Entertainment, the UK home entertainment arm of US distributor Anchor Bay, has signed a four film co-production agreement with Jonathan Sothcott’s Richwater Films.
  • Andrew Scott joins Pride cast

    EXCLUSIVE: The Sherlock actor joins Matthew Wachus’ gay pride comedy.
  • Andrew Scott: The Stag isn't too laddy

    The Stag is not the Irish Hangover, says one of the film’s lead actors, Andrew Scott.
  • Ang Lee to head Golden Horse Awards jury

    Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has announced that Ang Lee will head this year’s jury.
  • BAFTA LA to honour Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch, the star of Thursday night’s [5] Toronto opener The Fifth Estate, will receive BAFTA LA’s Britannia Award for British Artist Of The Year in Los Angeles on Nov 9.
  • Ballpark acquires Who Needs Enemies

    Ballpark Film Distributors takes all UK rights to British crime thriller; sets release date.
  • Beresford, Farhadi to head Mumbai juries

    The Mumbai Film Festival has announced that Bruce Beresford will head its International Competition jury, while Asghar Farhadi will head the jury of the India Gold competition.
  • BFI launches young talent hunt

    British Film Institute (BFI) allocates 900 places for 16-19 year olds to join BFI Film Academies.
  • BFI names regional hub partners

    The BFI has announced the eight organisations selected to help diversify film offering across the UK.
  • Bill Murray visits Kasbah

    Barry Levinson is shaping up to be the man of the moment heading into Toronto with potentially two titles on the market, one of which has been announced as the Murray vehicle from QED, Venture Forth and Shangri-La Entertainment.
  • Bradley Cooper joins Guardians of the Galaxy

    The Oscar nominated star has joined the cast of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and will voice the part of Rocket Raccoon.
  • Broken Circle UK premiere at Sensoria

    Award-winning Berlin title to open Sensoria Festival in September; full line-up unveiled.
  • Brown earns MGM marketing stripes

    Michael Brown has been promoted to evp of worldwide marketing at MGM.
  • Busan reveals 2013 line-up

    The 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its full line-up of 301 films from 70 countries with 95 world premieres and 42 international premieres.
  • Canadian producers and distributors discuss future

    Key distributors and producers talk to Jeremy Kay about the landscape in Canada currently.
  • CBS finds Husband’s Secret

    CBS Films has made a preemptive bid for exclusive rights to Liane Moriarty’s novel, published on Jul 30 through Amy Einhorn Books.
  • Child Of God

    Dir: James Franco. US. 2013. 104mins
  • Cinedigm promotes Vincent Scordino

    Scordino to oversee distribution and acquisitions at LA-based distributor.
  • Cinedigm, Drafthouse forge home ent deal

    The critically acclaimed films will go out across all home entertainment channels and kicks off in January 2014 with the pre-theatrical VoD release of SXSW hit Cheap Thrills.
  • CMG to sell Revolution

    EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group will commence pre-sales in Toronto on Rob Stewart’s eco documentary.
  • Copenhagen Film Fund backs first title

    The Copenhagen Film Fund has backed its first project, the SBS TV series Heartless directed by Natasha Arthy and produced by Fridthjof Film.
  • Cynthia Kim to Blumhouse Int’l

    Heading into Toronto, Jason Blum of fledgling Blumhouse International announced he has hired the former Exclusive Media executive as svp of international sales and distribution.
  • David Walliams to voice Pudsey

    Little Britain star to voice the Britain’s Got Talent winner in Pudsey: the Movie. Shoot began this month.
  • de Matteo joins Dark Places

    Drea de Matteo has joined Charlize Theron on the Louisiana shoot of crime mystery Dark Places for co-financier, co-producer and international sales agent Exclusive Media.
  • Dean Devlin launches sales division

    Electric Entertainment’s Dean Devlin, who co-founded Voltage Pictures with Nicolas Chartier, has launched an international film and television sales division.
  • Details revealed for Cronenberg Project

    The Cronenberg Project will run from November 1, 2013 to January 19, 2014 at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox and will allow visitors to experience the director’s filmography through a series of multi-platform exhibits.
  • Disney sets 'Banks' UK release date

    Walt Disney Pictures to release the story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the big screen, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, in November.
  • Dogwoof acquires Mullins’ Chameleon

    Dogwoof has acquired all foreign rights for Ryan Mullins’ documentary Chameleon, currently in production.
  • Dogwoof gets Unstable Elements

    Dogwoof has boarded international rights for Madeleine Sackler’s Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus.
  • Dogwoof nabs new Mark Cousins doc

    EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up theatrical and home ent rights to Cannes and Toronto entry.
  • Dogwoof signs first Al Jazeera deal

    Dogwoof has secured its first TV sales deal with Al Jazeera English for Village at the End of the World.
  • Double Dutch boards TIFF duo

    Double Dutch International has acquired worldwide distribution rights excluding Canada to Peter Stebbings’ addiction drama Empire Of Dirt and worldwide rights to Terry Miles’ family drama Cinemanovels. Both titles premiere in Toronto on Friday [6].
  • Duo on the rise at eOne

    The reorganisation of the Canadian broadcast and digital division comes as svp of television and online at eOne Films Canada Naveen Prasad exits the company.
  • Elysium rules int’l on $18m

    UPDATE: Sony Pictures Releasing International (SRI) executives reported that the sci-fi added an estimated $17.9m from 5,095 screens in 55 markets to reach the cusp of $100m.
  • Empire Leicester Square to get IMAX

    Empire Cinemas to split ‘Screen 1’ into an IMAX theatre and an additional digital screen.
  • eOne cuts AMC, Sundance Channel deal

    eOne has signed an exclusive multi-year distribution deal to handle international distribution on all original scripted series from AMC Networks’ AMC and Sundance Channel.  
  • Errol Morris’ Rumsfeld doc sells at Venice

    EXCLUSIVE: I Wonder Pictures takes Italian rights to Erros Morris documentary.
  • Exchange to sell Made In America

    CEO Brian O’Shea and his team will handle international sales on Ron Howard’s film about Jay-Z’s two-day music festival that is set to premiere in Toronto on Saturday [7].
  • Faith sells to France, Switzerland

    EXCLUSIVE: Pan Nalin’s documentary Faith Connections has been sold to France and Switzerland ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week.
  • FIRST IMAGE: Suite Française

    Matthias Schoenaerts and Michelle Williams give stern stares in the first look at the Second World War drama.
  • Fortissimo takes iNumber Number

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights for South African film iNumber Number, which premieres at Toronto.
  • FSC takes Burt’s Buzz to TIFF

    EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company president Andrew Herwitz has acquired international rights to Jody Shapiro’s documentary ahead of its world premiere in Toronto.
  • Gilliam: 12 Monkeys TV series a "very dumb idea”

    EXCLUSIVE: Director responds to plans for a TV spin-off to the sci-fi thriller.
  • Greengrass: British film-making “never been stronger”

    British film-making has “never been stronger” according to director Paul Greengrass, who was speaking at the programme launch of the London Film Festival, which will open with his latest feature Captain Phillips.
  • Hayao Miyazaki to retire

    Spirited Away director and Studio Ghibli co-founder set to retire.
  • Hollywood Classics, Arclight in Asia pact

    EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Classics appoints Arclight as TV and new media rep for Asia.
  • Honeytrap begins London shoot

    Anchor Bay on board to release urban drama, starring Skins actress Jessica Sula, in the UK.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    Benni Diez’s horror comedy Stung set to commence shooting, while principal photography is now underway on Guy Myhill’s The Goob.
  • Hunnam, Johnson to lead Fifty Shades of Grey

    Pacific Rim star and daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith land lead roles in the adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel.
  • IFC Midnight buys Haunt

    EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has acquired all US rights to Mac Carter’s genre title starring Jacki Weaver. QED International handles sales outside the US.
  • IN PICTURES: LFF 2013 line-up

    Pictures from the gala films and competition titles at the 57th London Film Festival.
  • Ingenious' McKenna named NFTS chair

    Financier behind Avatar, Life of Pi and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to help steer £13m fundraising for second phase of the school’s Digital Village
  • Italy backtracks tax credit scrapping

    ANICA president Riccardo Tozzi has welcomed the Government’s decision to back track on its threat to scrap tax credits for the film industry.
  • Item 7, Nguyen line up Origin

    EXCLUSIVE: Montreal–based producers Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin are back in business with Kim Nguyen after their collaboration on this year’s Canadian Oscar nominee War Witch.
  • Joe

    Dir: David Gordon Green. US. 2013. 117mins
  • Julian Assange on Raindance jury

    WikiLeaks founder to judge films at the 21st Raindance Film Festival; 2013 line-up unveiled.
  • Kemppinen named Nordisk Fond CEO

    Head of production at Finnish Film Foundation to join in November.
  • Kodak emerges from Chapter 11

    The company has filed notice of the effectiveness of its Plan of Reorganisation with the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
  • Krishnamma to direct Megan's Game

    Filming on the romantic thriller set for spring 2014.
  • Kurylenko in talks for YSL biopic

    EXCLUSIVE: Olga Kurylenko is in talks to join Mandarin Cinéma and Europacorp’s Yves Saint Laurent’s biopic, set to begin shooting in October.
  • LFF boasts strong 2013 line-up 

    Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, 12 Years a Slave, Under the Skin among impressive line-up; 22 world premieres, 234 features.
  • Lincoln Center unveils Views

    The Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced the complete lineup for the 17th edition of Views From The Avant-Garde, set to run from Oct 3-7 in New York.
  • Locke

    Dir/scr: Steven Knight. UK. 2013. 84mins
  • London Film Festival 2013: full line-up

    Browse all the sections of the 57th London Film Festival (Oct 9-20) including the galas, competition titles and individual sections.
  • London Film School details Barbican move

    EXCLUSIVE: LFS outlines £14m relocation and upgrade to Barbican site by 2016.
  • Magnolia promotes buyer duo

    Heading into Toronto, Magnolia Pictures has promoted Peter Van Steemburg to vp of acquisitions and John Von Thaden to director of acquisitions.
  • Martha Coleman joins Australia's Goalpost

    Outgoing Screen Australia exec to join producers of The Sapphires.
  • Master Of The Universe

    Dir/scr: Marc Bauder. Germany-Austria. 2013. 90mins
  • May In The Summer

    Dir/scr: Cherien Dabis. US-Jordan-Qatar. 2013. 100mins
  • McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes

    Icon, See-Saw, FilmNation, Anne Carey, BBC Films on board the feature about a retired Sherlock Holmes.
  • Miss Violence

    Dir: Alexandros Avranas. Greece. 2013. 99mins
  • Moebius

    Dir/scr: Kim Ki-duk. South Korea. 2013. 91mins
  • Monsters Uni, Pac Rim excel

    Disney executives announced that the Pixar family film Monsters University was on course to cross $700m at the worldwide box office.
  • Namit Malhotra, Prime Focus

    Jeremy Kay talks to the founder of one of the world’s leading effects and post houses about their work on the likes of Gravity and World War Z.
  • New Russian fund backs three

    The recently created Saint-Petersburg-based Point Of View (POV) Development Fund has backed three film projects a total of $86,000 (€65,000).
  • Night Moves

    Dir: Kelly Reichardt. US. 2013. 112mins
  • Nighy, Staunton's 'Pride' sets shoot date

    Matthew Warchus’ gay pride comedy to begin shooting next month.
  • nWave buys Galapagos 3D

    nWave Pictures acquires distribution rights to Galapagos 3D for February 2014 release.
  • NYFF to host Godard tribute

    The New York Film Festival will kick off a three-week Jean-Luc Godard retrospective on Oct 9.
  • One Direction top UK box office

    Sony score second number one in as many weeks as One Direction: This is Us debuts with $5.5m (£3.5m), including previews.
  • One Direction win LDW on $17m

    The summer session neared a conclusion over Labor Day Weekend as One Direction: This Is Us, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about the UK-Irish pop sensation, opened top on an estimated $17m through Sony’s TriStar label over three days.
  • Open Road picks up Testament

    Open Road Films has acquired US rights to the supernatural thriller financed by Voltage Pictures and will release nationwide in the first quarter 2015.
  • Open Road to release Max Steel

    Dolphin Entertainment and Mattel have partnered to develop the live-action story based on Mattel’s toy and consumer product IP of the same name. n
  • Paradigm to sell Cheerleaders

    EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm is to jointly represent North American rights with Modern Distributors to the Toronto Midnight Madness world premiere All Cheerleaders Die.
  • Parkland

    Dir/scr: Peter Landesman. US. 2013. 95mins
  • Pattinson, DeHaan join Life

    EXCLUSIVE: Robert Pattinson will star as Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and Dane DeHaan will play James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Life. FilmNation handles international sales and will introduce the script to buyers in Toronto.
  • Philomena

    Dir: Stephen Frears. UK. 2013. 94mins
  • Pollak eyes comedy doc

    Kevin Pollak will direct the documentary Misery Loves Comedy about the mind of the stand-up comic and those in the profession.
  • Prisoners

    Dir: Denis Villeneuve. US. 2013. 151mins
  • Raindance 2013 nominees revealed

    After announcing its line-up and the inclusion of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on its jury, the Raindance Film Festival has unveiled the nominees competing for awards.
  • Rainer wins grand prize for RBC/TIFF award

    The Royal Bank of Canada and the Toronto International Film Festival has announced its winners for the 2013 edition of RBC’s Emerging Filmmakers Competition.
  • Richard Gere to star in Franny

    Gere has set his first film since the acclaimed Arbitrage and will star in the drama from Treehouse Pictures, TideRock Media, Big Shoes Media, Magnolia Entertainment and Soaring Flight Productions. QED International will commence pre-sales in Toronto.
  • Rio unveils Première Brazil

    Top brass at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival have revealed the 11 features and eight documentaries that will compete for the Redentor prizes.
  • Rush

    Dir: Ron Howard. UK-Germany. 2013. 122mins
  • Salinger added to TIFF line-up

    Toronto International Film Festival organisers have scheduled a special screening of Shane Salerno’s documentary Salinger.
  • Schrader: working with Lohan was "exhausting"

    The air of anti-climax at today’s Venice Film Festival press conference for Paul Schrader’s The Canyons was palpable.
  • SFFS teams up with Diab

    The San Francisco Film Society has announced Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab as its selection for the Fall 2013 Artist In Residence programme.
  • Spinning Plates to open in US

    The Film Arcade and Inception Media Group have acquired Joseph Levy’s restaurant documentary Spinning Plates. 
  • Stray Dogs

    Dir: Tsai Ming-Liang. Taiwan-France. 2013. 135mins
  • Strong titles in Telluride, Venice signal big competition

    There have been a lot of rave reviews at the autumn festivals so far, before we even get to Toronto.
  • StudioCanal pact with Radio-Canada

    StudioCanal and Radio-Canada have entered into a distribution deal for Canada.
  • Studios serve up record summer

    Lee Daniels’ The Butler restored supremacy at the top of the North American charts as a record four-day Labor Day weekend wrapped up a record $4.7bn summer.
  • Summer box office tops $5.99bn

    SEPT 3 UPDATE EXCLUSIVE: The aggregated gross of Hollywood’s summer exports has surpassed the freshly minted $4.7bn record North American session by at least 22%.
  • Svensk buys Tre Vänner

    Swedish deal will see Tre Vänner boss Jonas Fors replace Rasmus Ramstad as Svensk CEO.
  • Tank Top Movies introduces on-demand widget

    Widget enables any website to connect audiences to legal on-demand films.
  • Terry Gilliam, The Zero Theroem

    As his latest film receives its world premiere at Venice, the director talks about getting movies made, film vs digital and what he thinks about a 12 Monkeys TV series.
  • The Armstrong Lie

    Dir/scr: Alex Gibney. US. 2013.122mins
  • The Police Officer's Wife

    Dir: Philip Groning. Germany. 2013. 172mins
  • The Solution to sell Blackbird

    The Solution Entertainment Group has added the Cate Blanchett thriller Blackbird to its Toronto slate and will introduce to buyers in Toronto.
  • The Unknown Known

    Dir: Errol Morris. US. 2013. 105mins
  • The Verdict

    Dir/scr: Jan Verheyen. Belgium. 2013. 102mins
  • The Wind Rises

    Dir/scr: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan. 2013.  127mins
  • The Zero Theorem

    Dir: Terry Gilliam. UK-Romania-France. 2013. 107mins
  • Tom At The Farm

    Dir: Xavier Dolan. France-Canada. 2013. 102mins
  • Tom Perlmutter, NFB Canada

    Jeremy Kay speaks to the Film Board’s chairman about the organisation and their work.
  • TWC gets Tracks in US

    The distributor has reunited with See-Saw Films, the producers behind Oscar winner The King’s Speech, and acquired US rights from HanWay Films to the true-life Australian drama.
  • U.N.C.L.E. sets shoot date

    Guy Ritchie will direct Warner Bros’ spy update starring Man Of Steel lead Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin.
  • UK premiere for Frears’ Philomena at LFF

    Stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan expected to attend gala screening.
  • UK, Morocco sign co-pro pact

    The UK and Moroccan governments have signed a co-production treaty.
  • Umbrella takes Aus/NZ on Words and Pictures

    EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures sells Fred Schepisi’s latest.
  • Under The Skin

    Dir: Jonathan Glazer. US-UK. 2013. 107mins
  • US premiere for 12 Years a Slave at NYFF

    Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave is to receive its US premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival (NYFF) on Oct 8.
  • Villeneuve signs Alcon deal

    Denis Villeneuve and Alcon, riding high on rave reviews out of Telluride for the French-Canadian auteur’s English-language debut Prisoners, have signed a two-year overall deal.
  • Vimeo dangles TIFF carrot

    Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor said the platform will offer $10,000 advances for a 30-day exclusive digital window on world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Vinterberg in running for Nordic Prize

    Danish director Thomas Vinterberg is among the contenders for the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize, complete with $62,000 (DKK 350,000).
  • Visit Films to sell Stay

    Ryan Kampe’s New York-based sales company has come on board to handle international sales excluding Canada ahead of the Toronto world premiere.
  • We Are The Best!

    Dir/scr: Lukas Moodysson. Sweden. 2013. 102mins
  • WestEnd takes on Inside Out

    EXCLUSIVE: Film is about French artist JR’s huge participatory art project of the same name.
  • Wide preps slate for autumn markets

    French sales outfit Wide Management has added a slew of titles in recent months.
  • Wolf Children

    Dir/scr: Rick Ostermann. Germany. 2013. 97mins
  • XYZ Films bites into Beth

    EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based company will kick off international sales in Toronto on the all-star zombie comedy Life After Beth.
  • Yellow Affair acquires Bluebird

    The Yellow Affair to take US drama, starring Amy Morton and Mad Men’s John Slattery, to Toronto.
  • Zurich names Brazil guest country

    Footballer Ronaldo due to walk the ‘green carpet’ at the Zurich Film Festival later this month; New World View opening film named as Brazilian Western.
  • Zurich to honour Hugh Jackman

    Wolverine, Les Miserables actor to receive Golden Icon Award at the 9th Zurich Film Festival; Prisoners to receive gala premiere.