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7 March 2013

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  • 21 & Over

    Dir/scr: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore. US. 2013. 93mins
  • 30 Euro films get Filmart FSS

    European Film Promotion (EFP) deals with increased demand for marketing support at Asia’s film & TV market
  • Admission

    Dir: Paul Weitz. US. 2013. 106mins
  • AFI Fest sets 2013 dates

    The festival presented by Audi is set to run this year from Nov 7-14 in Hollywood, when once again there will be the offer of free tickets to all screenings.
  • After Tiller to play San Francisco

    Organisers at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival announced the narrative and documentary competition sections on Tuesday [5], featuring such work as Tall As The Baobab Tree and A River Changes Course.
  • Amy Ryan joins Birdman

    EXCLUSIVE: The Oscar nominee has become the latest star to join Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s upcoming comedy.
  • Andrew Kramer joins Lionsgate

    The TWC executive has been appointed COO of international distribution, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman announced on Tuesday [5].
  • Arclight acquires Everyone’s Going To Die

    The company has snapped up worldwide rights ahead of the Mar 10 world premiere at SXSW. In other news, worldwide rights holder Factory 25 releases I am Secretly An Important Man on digital and VoD platforms on Tuesday [5].
  • Arrow takes Hour of the Lynx

    EXCLUSIVE: The Killing’s Sofie Grabol [pictured] leads the cast.
  • BBC3 hunts Fresh doc directors

    Six fledgling documentary directors are being offered the chance to make their primetime debut on BBC3 as part of the UK digital channel’s Fresh documentary strand.
  • Blackfish

    Dir: Gabriela Cowperthwaite. US. 2013. 82mins
  • Blackfish, Frances Ha bookend Sarasota

    The 15th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will open on Apr 5 with Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Sundance premiere and orcas in captivity documentary Blackfish [pictured].
  • Borrowed Time raises distribution funding on Kickstarter

    EXCLUSIVE: Micro-budget British film set for UK theatrical release following Kickstarter campaign; High Point handles international sales.
  • Breakthrough acquires Shanghai Gypsy

    The Toronto-based distributor has negotiated a deal for worldwide rights with Slovenian-based producer Arsmedia for the $4m sweeping epic.
  • Butterfield, Spall circle Origin's X + Y

    EXCLUSIVE: Asa Butterfield attached, Rafe Spall in talks for Origin-produced drama due to shoot in the UK this summer.
  • Cannes co-pro market's 2013 selection

    Middle Eastern projects make a strong showing this year.
  • Carl Zeiss wins iF product design award

    Optics company also wins four further product design prizes at the 2013 iF design awards, three for stills camera lenses and one for the cine Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9.
  • Christie MicroTiles utilised at 27th Goyas

    Two T-shaped stands on stage where the winners received their prizes and gave their speeches were each made up of five MicroTiles modules.
  • Cinando launches viewing app

    Cinando Viewer App connects to Cinando Screening Room, allowing users to access and watch the library of 4,000 titles on the iPad.
  • CinemaCon honour for Armie Hammer

    The rising star will receive the CinemaCon Male Star Of Tomorrow Award in Las Vegas on Apr 18.
  • CinemaCon to fete Gordon-Levitt

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt will receive the CinemaCon Breakthrough Filmmaker Of The Year Award on Apr 18.
  • Cineworld box office up 4%

    Exhibitor Cineworld is due to open four more cinemas following an increase in box office takings in 2012.
  • Claude Lanzmann: Record of the ages

    Documentary maker Claude Lanzmann speaks to Michael Rosser about his new film, an honorary Golden Bear and his appreciation of Quentin Tarantino
  • Creative Skillset appoints new chairmen

    Hain and Talfan Davies [pictured] appointed respective chairmen for its Scottish and Welsh national boards.
  • Curacao festival starts award for rising filmmakers

    The Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam is introducing a new prize, The Yellow Robin Award, for its second edition.
  • Curzon rebrands on-demand service

    EXCLUSIVE: Service rebranded as Curzon Home Cinema; upcoming titles include A Late Quartet, Stories We Tell, Something in the Air.
  • Cutie And The Boxer

    Dir: Zachary Heinzerling. US. 2013. 82mins
  • Dead Man Down

    Dir: Niels Arden Oplev. US. 2013. 118mins
  • Die Hard eyes $150m

    Fox International’s reigning box office champion A Good Day To Die Hard could use its $133.8m perch to cross $150m in this, its third weekend in release.
  • Die Hard leads int'l on $18.3m

    UPDATED MAR 4: A Good Day To Die Hard remained the top Hollywood film internationally courtesy of a confirmed $17.5m from 8,140 screens in 67 markets through Fox International that propelled the tally to $161.5m after three weekends.
  • DIFF unveils first ten films

    The Dallas Film Society announced on Thursday [28] the first ten films chosen to screen at the 7th annual Dallas International Film Festival.
  • Dirty Wars

    Dir: Richard Rowley. US. 2013. 86mins
  • Disney governance proposal squashed

    A bid by Disney shareholders to split Bob Iger’s dual chairman and CEO role was defeated at the AGM on Wednesday [6].
  • Disney readies blizzard of Oz

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International rolls out its adventure fantasy Oz The Great And Powerful in more than 60 territories this weekend day-and-date with North America.
  • Distrify, D-Word expand partnership

    D-Word to oversee documentary collection for new Distrify VoD platform
  • Dogwoof to launch TV sales push

    Film distributor Dogwoof is moving aggressively into international television sales for the first time, with plans to launch a number of feature-length documentaries at MipTV.
  • EC plans third consultation on state aid

    European Commission (EC) planning to launch a third round of consultation on its Cinema Communication this spring.
  • Echo Bridge promotes Emilia Nuccio

    The industry veteran will serve as president of international distribution at Echo Bridge Entertainment and replaces Daniel March following his recent departure after ten years.
  • Edko whips up Firestorm

    Hong Kong’s Edko Films will be unleashing a new production slate at the upcoming Hong Kong Filmart (March 18-21), headed by action title Firestorm, starring Andy Lau.
  • eOne, Les Films Séville unveil exec roster

    eOne top brass announced on Monday [4] the team appointments for operations headquartered in Toronto and Montreal.
  • Epic

    The first ever Georgia-UK co-production just wrapped its six week shoot in Georgia and is now in Frankfurt, Germany for the final leg of principal photography. Film and Music Entertainment co-founder and producer Mike Downey spoke to Maria Sell about the project.
  • Epic expands, hires John Short

    Epic Pictures Group co-heads Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson are expanding production and finance operations and have brought on John Short as vp of international sales.
  • EuropaCorp sets up US office

    Former Lionsgate senior executive Lisa Ellzey has joined the company as evp of US motion picture production based in Los Angeles and will report to CEO Christophe Lambert. 
  • Factory 25 buys Kid Thing

    Factory 25 has picked up US rights to The Zellner Brothers’ Kid Thing and has set a day-and-date theatrical and digital release for May 24. Separately, Area 23a has announced details of the Silver Circle release.
  • FilmDistrict promotes three

    Three executives move up within the LA-based company’s business affairs, finance, and marketing divisions. 
  • Fire With Fire

    Dir: David Barrett. US. 2012. 96mins
  • Full Frame announces lineup, opener

    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced on Thursday [7] the full programme of its 16th edition including Apr 4 opening night screening Gideon’s Army.
  • Full Frame honours trio

    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will honour Jessica Yu, Molly Thompson and Amir Bar-Lev.
  • Full Moon launches Grindhouseflix

    US-based Full Moon Features has entered the VoD sector with the announcement on Tuesday [5] that it was launching the streaming service Grindhouseflix for rare B-movies with the premiere of Ooga Booga.
  • Gangs Of Wasseypur to open IFFLA

    Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur and Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children bookend the 11th annual Indian Film festival Of Los Angeles.
  • Goddess

    Dir: Mark Lamprell. Australia. 2012. 104mins
  • Hansel & Gretel tops UK box office

    Paramount’s 3D action horror records $2.3m (£1.5m) debut, including previews, to topple Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph.
  • HiBrow gets new programme

    Former director Don Boyd’s online arts platform HiBrow has a new slate of programmes, including Here Be Dragons, a snapshot of Mark Cousins in Albania and AfriqueCannes, a feature about Africa’s foremost film festival in Ouagadougou.
  • Hobbit crosses global $1bn

    Warner Bros announced on Sunday [3] that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey had become the 15th film in history to reach the milestone, grossing $700m internationally and $301.4m in North America.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    Marion Cotillard is to star in the new film from the Dardenne brothers, while Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle has landed a role in an upcoming Christmas drama.
  • I Am Breathing

    Dirs: Emma Davie, Morag McKinnon. UK-Denmark. 2012. 73mins
  • I’m So Excited!

    Dir/scr: Pedro Almodovar. Spain. 2013. 90mins
  • ICO, FDA launch distribution workshop

    The Independent Cinema Organisation and the Film Distributor’s Association (FDA) have teamed to create a distribution workshop, funded by Creative Skillset, taking place from April 17-19 in London.
  • ICTA Europe recruits Thomas Ruttgers

    The International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) has appointed Thomas Ruttgers as its representative for ICTA Europe.
  • IFF to honour Sherry Lansing

    The former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and president of 20th Century Fox will receive the 2013 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Israel Film Festival, set to run from Apr 18-May 2 in Beverly Hills.
  • Indican to sell int’l on A Green Story

    Indican Pictures announced on Thursday [28] that it has acquired all international rights to Paramyth Film’s A Green Story. The company previously acquired all North American rights.
  • Insidious 2 sets September release

    Insidious Chapter 2 sees Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins reprise their roles in the sequel to the 2011 horror release that grossed $97m worldwide. eOne is financing the film.
  • Investors fund Toast & Jam

    Financiers Howard Silverman and Neil Grossman have partnered with Cinipix principals and Cosmic Toast Studios to form Toast & Jam Holdings LLC.
  • IPR launches book rights initiative for film-makers

    Fox-owned Blue Skies Studios and Tribeca Film signed up.
  • IPR License launches book rights initiative for filmmakers

    Film production companies will be able to search and secure book rights through the global digital licensing platform.
  • Istanbul reveals competition titles

    The 32nd Istanbul Film Festival to open with Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited on March 29.
  • 'Jack' slays $28m US box office

    Warner Bros and New Line’s fantasy adventure Jack The Giant Slayer led an otherwise soft weekend that gained a mere 7% on the traditionally weak Oscar session seven days earlier.
  • Jack slays Asian box office

    Jack The Giant Slayer grossed around $2.3m from seven opening days in select Asian markets to rank number one in six out of seven through Warner Bros Pictures International.
  • James Franco blasts Australian Classification Board over ban

    In the wee hours of Monday [4] morning, James Franco, perhaps already the industry gold standard for straight actors defending gay rights, posted a video online blasting the Australian Classification Board for banning pal Travis Mathews’ LGBT film, I Want Your Love, from the Melbourne and Sydney LGBT festivals.
  • Kibo buys Visualnet stake

    Kibo Ventures, the fund backed by Spanish telecoms giant Telefónica, has invested in online production services marketplace
  • Kino Lorber buys Deceptive Practice

    Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to Molly Bernstein and Alan Edelstein’s Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors Of Ricky Jay. 
  • Liam Neeson joins The Nut Job

    Liam Neeson has joined the all-star voice cast on Canadian animator ToonBox Entertainment and South Korea-based Redrover Co’s animation comedy The Nut Job.
  • Lionsgate takes UK, int'l rights to A Little Chaos

    EXCLUSIVE: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts to star in Alan Rickman’s sophomore directorial outing; Lionsgate UK to be main financier; shoot set for April.
  • Lore gets first BFI Sleeper award

    Artificial Eye scores $60,000 (£40,000) funding to distribute war drama to more UK screens.
  • Lucia Puenzo to adapt La Mujer Infinita

    BN Films’ Alex Garcia and Lucas Akoskin announced on Thursday [28] that the Argentinian writer-director Lucia Puenzo will direct a Spanish-language adaptation of José Ignacio Valenzuela’s novel.
  • Magnolia takes Muscle Shoals

    The New York-based distributor announced the US deal on Tuesday [12] ahead of screening at SXSW.
  • Magnolia takes world on Touchy Feely

    Lynn Shelton’s comedic drama premiered at Sundance and stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston and newcomer Tomo Nakayama.
  • Management 360 expands board

    The Los Angeles-based company said on Tuesday [5] that partners William Choi and Peter Kiernan will join the company’s original founders on the board.
  • Masson heads online with The End

    Art house, hybrid work features Elodie Bouchez and Aki Kaurismaki collaborator André Wilms in the cast.
  • Miami fest opens with "music magic"

    The 30th Miami International Film Festival opened to rousing applause and a bit of old-fashioned music magic, with singing legend Darlene Love belting out Lean On Me on-stage at the gloriously over-the-top-art deco Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts following the opening night screening of hot documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom.
  • Mike Morris launches Cue Card Media

    Mike Morris, former managing director of Channel 4’s commercial arm 4Rights, has launched Cue Card Media, a new consultancy and IP development venture.
  • Mistaken For Strangers to open Tribeca

    The New York-based festival will open on Apr 17 with the world premiere of Tom Berninger’s documentary Mistaken For Strangers.
  • Monterey buys This Is Martin Bonner

    The US distribution deal follows the world premiere of Chad Hartigan’s film in Sundance in January.
  • Monuments Men starts shoot

    Production is underway on the Smokehouse production in Berlin. North American distributor Columbia Pictures and international distributor Twentieth Century Fox made the announcement on Tuesday [5].
  • NBCU eyeing more UK indies

    NBC Universal wants to further expand its international production division in the UK, Australia and Canada as part of the next stage of the company’s growth plans.
  • Neighbouring Sounds wins top prize at !f Istanbul

    Screenwriters’ Association award goes to The Act of Killing.
  • New £2m start-up fund launched

    Funding from Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the McKenna Charitable Trust and Ingenious Media.
  • New Europe Market launching in Dubrovnik

    Media Vision is organising a new content market that will be held in Dubrovnik from May 8-11.
  • Oscars: GREAT British Film reception

    The GREAT British Film reception in honour of British Oscar nominees drew a big crowd to the Los Angeles residence of British Consul-General Dame Barbara Hay.
  • Oz The Great And Powerful

    Dir: Sam Raimi. US. 2013. 130mins
  • Panorama bites into Pride, Prejudice And Zombies

    Panorama Media will introduce a heavy-hitter to the Cannes market after the sales, production and financing company announced on Friday [Mar 1] it had come on board the red-hot Pride, Prejudice And Zombies.
  • Park Road, Disney execs join 3D Creative Summit

    The inaugural 3D Creative Summit has added speakers including Park Road Post’s Phil Oatley [pictured], who will be speaking in the UK for the first time on his work on films such as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
  • Paul Bettany joins Transcendence

    The British actor is in negotiations to star alongside Johnny Depp in Alcon’s project marking the feature directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer Wally Pfister.
  • Picturehouse strikes Film4 distribution deal

    EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse picks up Ben Wheatley horror, Shane Meadows’ Stone Roses documentary and The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology.
  • Post-EFM German deals secured

    EXCLUSIVE: ARRI Worldsales announces EFM deals. Constantin Film acquires four titles while Ascot Elite pick up six.
  • Rebecca Hall joins Transcendence

    Alcon announced on Monday [4] that the UK actress will star alongside Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany in the closely guarded project. Lionsgate handles international sales and Warner Bros will distribute in the US.
  • Reel Angels launches as women-focused agency

    Reel Angels is launching as a new agency to represent female camera, lighting and sound crew members.
  • Relativity to make Silver Or Lead

    The company will produce the Pablo Escobar thriller with Atmosphere Entertainment based on a screenplay by UK writer Piers Ashworth.
  • Requiem for Revolver

    Remembering Revolver’s pioneering spirit and risk-taking marketing innovations, as well as wondering what went wrong at the beleaguered UK distributor.
  • Revolver office shut as company future in question

    EXCLUSIVE: London office unmanned as staff told not to return; sales outfits and producers ink deals with new distributors.
  • Robert Koehler departs FSLC

    Robert Koehler will step down as director of programming at the Film Society Of Lincoln Center in order to return to Los Angeles to attend to family matters. The Society has appointed critic and programmer Dennis Lim to serve as director of Cinematheque programming.
  • Sal triumphs at First Time Film Fest

    The inaugural event in New York ran from Mar 1-4 and honoured Diego Rougier’s Sal with the grand prize and the reward of theatrical distribution through Cinema Libre.
  • Sam Mendes off Bond 24

    Search underway for director of Bond 24; Eon “hopes to collaborate with Sam again”.
  • Sarila to open TIFF Kids fest

    Canada’s first 3D feature The Legend Of Sarila licensed internationally by Cinema Management Group and Germany’s Famous Five 2 bookend the 16th annual TIFF Kids International Film Festival, set to run in Toronto from Apr 9-21.
  • Screenvision Renews With ReelzChannel

    Cinema advertiser Screenvision has extended its partnership with cable channel ReelzChannel.
  • Siberian Education

    Dir: Gabriele Salvatores. Italy. 2013. 105mins
  • Skyfall leads Empire nominations

    Sam Mendes’ James Bond blockbuster leads the pack with six nominations for the Empire Awards 2013.
  • Sony adds new 3D solution for 4K projectors

    Sony Digital Cinema is introducing a new 3D offering to allow exhibitors to screen 3D films on two Sony DCI-compliant 4K projectors: the SRX-R320SP and the SRX-R515P.
  • Steampunk Treasure Island sets sail

    A new animated feature from Belfry Animation and DeZerlin Media will re-imagine Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island.
  • Sundance Institute's Film Forward initiative kicks off

    The Sundance Institute’s Film Forward: Advancing Cultural Dialogue programme recently kicked off the first leg of its eight-city tour in Imperial Valley/Mexicali with the intention of promoting cross-cultural dialogue through film.
  • Sundance London adds UK Spotlight

    Sundance London has unveiled its programme for the second edition set to run April 25-28 at London’s O2, with selections including Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, documentary Muscle Shoals, and Lake Bell’s critically acclaimed directorial debut In A World…[pictured].
  • Sundance Selects buys Blue Caprice

    The distributor announced on Tuesday [5] it had acquired North American and Latin American rights to Alexandre Moors’ debut feature that premiered in Sundance.
  • Sundance to host LA event

    The Sundance Institute has announced the latest extension of the world-renowned brand and will stage NEXT WEEKEND in Los Angeles from Aug 8-11.
  • Technicolor to close Pinewood lab

    Technicolor has revealed plans to close its Pinewood film lab as the TV and film industries shift further towards digital acquisition and distribution.
  • Telluride readies 40th anniversary

    In advance of the Coloradan festival’s 40th anniversary edition top brass have added a fifth day of festivities and announced that the 650-seat Werner Herzog Theatre will be ready.
  • Tesco launches Clubcard TV

    Hundreds of films and TV shows will be available to watch for free online from today in the UK, with content specifically tailored to family and kids.
  • TFF pics nine for sports fest

    The world premiere of Big Shot has been selected as the gala screening at the seventh annual Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival, which also features the latest film by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg.
  • The Boy Who Smells Like Fish

    Dir: Analeine Cal y Mayor. Canada-Mexico. 2013. 92mins
  • The cat's meow of Tribeca

    Lil Bub gets the big screen treatment in a new documentary.
  • The Last Exorcism Part II

    Dir: Ed Gass-Donnelly. US. 2013. 88mins
  • The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

    Dir/Scr: Tinatin Gurchiani. Georgia-Germany. 2012. 97mins
  • Trademark rolls on The Wipers Times

    My Week With Marilyn producer starts shoot on First World War feature, commissioned by the BBC, co-written by Ian Hislop and starring Ben Chaplin, Michael Palin and Emilia Fox.
  • Tribeca unveils first wave

    Top brass at the festival, presented by American Express, announced the world narrative and documentary competition strands and Viewpoints. Tribeca is set to run from Apr 17-28 and as previously announced will open with the world premiere of Mistaken For Strangers.
  • Tribeca unveils transmedia Storyscapes titles

    Tribeca organisers announced on Wednesday [6] its inaugural transmedia section plus Spotlight world premieres from Neil LaBute, Clark Gregg and Junebug director Phil Morrison as well as the rebranded Midnight section.
  • Tugg celebrates first year

    Tugg has amassed a library of more than 1,100 titles in its first year of operation, the web-based on-demand platform’s co-founders Nicolas Gonda and Pablo Gonzalez said on Wednesday [6].
  • Twenty Feet From Stardom

    Dir: Morgan Neville. US. 2013. 90mins
  • UK's Asian Awards celebrate Bruce Lee

    The London-based Asian Awards will honour Bruce Lee with its Founders Award.
  • Uni moves up 2 Guns release

    Universal Pictures announced three schedule changes on Thursday [28] including the hottest project of the 2012 EFM, 2 Guns.
  • Universal quiet over StudioCanal suit

    Universal Pictures on Monday [4] maintined its “no comment” stance in the wake of the lawsuit initiated by StudioCanal over damage claims relating to a now defunct joint venture to develop, finance, produce and distribute Working Title films.
  • UtopiaPeople unveil global VFX talent resource

    UtopiaBook aims to facilitate the sharing of talent in the VFX global community.
  • Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War

    Dir: Jesse Acevedo. US. 2013. 81mins
  • Wahida Begum promoted at Vertigo

    EXCLUSIVE: Begum promoted to head of theatrical distribution.
  • Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life And Time Of Tim Hetherington

    Dir: Sebastian Junger. US. 2013. 79mins
  • Wolf Of Wall Street out Nov 15

    Paramount Pictures announced that it will distribute Red Granite Pictures’ Wall Street saga in the US on Nov 15.
  • Wong Kar Wai masterclass at HKIFF

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) has confirmed that Wong Kar Wai will conduct the masterclass at this year’s edition of the festival (March 17-April 2).
  • Zambezia soars for CMG

    Adventures In Zambezia 3D has become the highest grossing South African film in more than 30 years, the animation’s sales agent and executive producer Cinema Management Group (CMG) announced on Friday [Mar 1].