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7 November 2004

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  • 2046 leads Golden Horse nominations

    Wong Kar-wai's 2046 came outas the favourite after nominations yesterday for Taiwan's 41stGolden Horse film awards.The romantic fantasy was nominated in eightcategories including best film, best actor (Tony Leung Kar-fai), best actress (ZhangZiyi), best cinematography, best art direction, best costume, bestmusicand best sound.But surprisingly,there was no nomination for Wong himself.Three Hong Kong films- 2046, Breaking News, One Nite InMongkok
  • AFM deals in brief

    Media Asia unveiled the first sales on Korea Raiders, Jingle Ma's big-budget comedy action sequelto Tokyo Raider. The film wassold to GSC for Malaysia and Shaw Renters for Singapore. Meanwhile, Media Asiaalso sold A World Without Thieves,a gangster film by popular Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, to ComstockOrganisation for Japan, GSC for Malaysia, Shaw for Singapore, PT Teugh forIndonesia and Deep Joy for Taiwan.Celluloid Dreams sold Jia Jiang K
  • AFM: New Films turns producer on The Mermaids Singing

    LosAngeles-based distributor New Films International is moving into productionwith the announcement that it is co-producing an adaptation of Lisa CareyC;sromantic novel The Mermaids Singing starring Jessica Lange,Neve Campbell and Evan Rachel Wood.New FilmsInternational will retain all worldwide distribution rights to the $10mproject, which is due to begin filming in Eastern Europe in summer 2005, andthe company will commence sales at AFM this week.
  • AFM: Emperor to handle own sales slate

    Hong Kong's Emperor MotionPictures (EMP) is making its debut at the AFM as a fully-fledged sales outfit,handling world sales on a busy slate of product headed by Jackie Chan actionadventure The Myth.Since rebranding last year,the production and distribution outfit has worked with Sydney-based sales agentArclight Films on select titles, typically handling Asian rights while Arclightsold the rest of the world. However, the company is selling all territories onits upcoming slate.
  • AFM: Pathe International takes on IFC's American Gun

    Pathe PicturesInternational is handling sales on IFC FilmsC; American Gun, starring Donald Sutherland, Marcia GayHarden and Forest Whitaker. IFC will distribute the film in North AmericaThe deal,announced by Pathe sales chief Alison Thompson and Jonathan Sehring, presidentof IFC Entertainment and executive producer on American Gun, marks a strengthening of the USmaterial on the UK-based sales operationC;s line-up.Currently inproduction,
  • AFM: Pathe International takes on IFC's American Gun

    Pathe PicturesInternational is handling sales on IFC Films' American Gun, starring Donald Sutherland, Marcia GayHarden and Forest Whitaker. IFC will distribute the film in North AmericaThe deal,announced by Pathe sales chief Alison Thompson and Jonathan Sehring, presidentof IFC Entertainment and executive producer on American Gun, marks a strengthening of the USmaterial on the UK-based sales operation's line-up.Currently inproduction, American Gun interweave
  • AFM: Southwick, CDI team up for international businessAFM: Southwick, CDI team up for internaitonal business

    BradSouthwickC;s Southwick Pictures anddistributor Chris Davis International have teamed up to produce and distributepictures worldwide, kicking off with five projects at AFM.
  • Alien Vs Predator has strong French opening for Fox

    Fox International's AlienVs Predator raised its internationalrunning total by an estimated $6.9m on 1,780 screens in 18 markets to $40.5m atthe weekend.The action horror pictureopened on $3.3m on 568 in France for an unconfirmed top five ranking, and openedtop in at least four markets including South Africa, Finland, Venezuela andIceland.The sci-fi thriller I,Robot is fast approaching $200mafter adding $1.4m in its second weekend in Italy on 444
  • Arclight gets Duff sisters in Material Girls

    Arclight Films closed a dealon Tuesday to handle international sales on Maverick Films' teen comedy MaterialGirls which will team US teen starHilary Duff with her sister Haylie Duff for the first time in a movie.The Duffs play two siblingheiresses who lose their fortune because of a scandal and have to fight to winback their dignity and their standing in life. A director has not yet beenassigned to the picture which is set to start shooting in Jan 2005.The deal was negoti
  • Armada sells domestic rights to teen horror pic to Lions Gate

    Lions Gate Films has picked up North American distribution rightsto Armada Pictures and D H Blair Pictures' teen horror project Drive Thru, which is due to begin principalphotography in January.
  • Artists Independent Films launches sales op with Malkovich, Cronenberg pics

    John Malkovich,Nastassja Kinski and David Cronenberg are involved in projects lined up forIndependent Film Sales, the new sales division of production operation Artists Independent Films (AIF).Malkovich andKinski, clients of sister management business Artists Independent Management(AIM), are to star The Holy Beast. Erich Breuer is directing the gothic horror from his screenplay.Also in theworks is a Cronenberg project based on Iris Murdoch's acclaimed The Sea TheSea
  • As It Is In Heaven (Sa Som I Himmelen)

    Dir/scr: Kay Pollak.Sweden-Denmark. 2004. 130minsSweden's entry in theforthcoming Academy Awards, As It Is In Heaven is an accomplishedcrowd-pleaser, and surely a front runner for this year's Film Most Likely To BeRemade By Hollywood.A tragi-comic musical romancethat shamelessly but efficiently tugs the heartstrings, the determinedlymiddle-brow offering represents a comeback for veteran director Kay Pollak, whohas spent the 18 years since his last feature
  • AUSTRALIA 1 November

    BVI's Shall We Dance'had no trouble holding on to the top spot in the chart in its second weekend,taking A$1,724,248 from 268 screens, or 18% less than the corresponding fourdays a week ago. It again registered the highest screen average, it being A$6,433.Two UIP films fought it out for the next two spots with The Manchurian Candidate in its openingweekend losing to Collateral, whichis now in its third week in c
  • Becker's Love secures female lead

    Canadianactress Sarah Gadon (Siblings, FastFood High) has been cast in the keyrole of Sabina opposite Armin Muller Stahl in the forthcoming Where LoveReigns, a drama about psychoanalystCarl Jung.
  • Berlin battles with demand for February market

    Will Berlin be able toaccommodate the pent-up demand among sales companies here for a full-fledgedmarket next February'
  • Big Dreams for Intandem

    Intandem Films is renewing the relationships with US studioswhich the team behind the UK sales company built on titles such as MGM's Heartbreakerswhen they ran Winchester Entertainment.In what Intandem aims to be first project in an ongoingrelationship, the sales house is set to take on sales duties on Neon Dreams,MGM's contemporary Alice inWonderland story now starring Daryl Hannah,Marilyn Manson and Alan Cumming. MGM will retain North American distribution onthe
  • Blethyn vehicle wins Oz funding

    Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) is to backdirector Cherie Nowlan's comedy drama Clubland, starring Brenda Blethyn.Blethynplays a raunchy Sydney club performer whose shy 20-year-old son is forced to make a decision between her and his feisty new girlfriend.The RB Films project has the backing of MovieHouseEntertainment in the UK and Palace Films in its home
  • Bogeydom takes worldwide sales on Canadian hit Camping Sauvage

    Toronto-based international sales company Bogeydom Licensing ishanding worldwide sales on the comedy Camping Sauvage, Canada's biggestrelease of 2004 that grossed CA$4.3m ($3.6m) in Quebec since opening in 100theatres on Jul 9.Produced by Tony Roman for Cine Roman and Lyse Lafontaine forLeyla Films, Camping Sauvage opened in Quebec through Alliance AtlantisVivafilms and stars Guy A Lepage, who also directed, Sylvie Moreau and AndreDucarme.The st
  • Brodlie lands at TriStar Pictures

    Longtime Miramax acquisitions executive Matt Brodlie hasjoined the exodus from the company and landed at Sony as senior vice president,production and acquisitions for TriStar Pictures.Relocating from New York to Los Angeles, Brodlie will beresponsible for all TriStar acquisitions and productions, reporting directly toTriStar president Valerie Van Gelder.In addition, Brodlie will be involved in acquiring foreignlanguage films for theatrical distribution in local territories.
  • Buyers snap up Shochiku sci-fi fantasy Casshern

    Shochiku has succeeded in finding buyers across the worldfor Japanese sci-fi fantasy Casshern.It was bought by Studio Canal in France, Momentum Picturesin the U.K. and Ireland, Noble Entertainment in Scandinavia, I-ON New Media inGermany, Mikado Films in Italy, Bright Angel Distribution in Benelux, Lusomundoin Portugal, Audio Visual in Greece, Rialto Entertainment in Australia and NewZealand, Dawoori Entertainment in Korea, Universe Films Distribution in Hong
  • Capitol seals two-picture deal with Constantin for Slevin, Dust

    Capitol Filmsclosed some high profile territorial deals on the eve of AFM on its ganglandthriller Lucky Number Slevin after the news that Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman had joinedthe cast.Constantin Filmbought the Paul McGuigan-directed film for Germany in a two-picture packagealong with Robert Towne's Ask The Dust starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek. Tri Pictures boughtSlevin for Spain andArtport bought it for Japan. The movie, which stars Josh Hartnett, Lucy
  • Celluloid Dreams enjoys AFM sales spree

    Powerhouse French sellerCelluloid Dreams has enjoyed a muscular start to the autumn AFM with strongsales in the US and Japan.It closed the last majorterritory on Francois Ozon's Venice competition title 5x2 when it closeda US sale with THINKfilm. The company will open it stateside in spring,2005 "What 5 X 2 has in spades is Ozon'spatented blend of emotion, eroticism, wit and wisdom'in short, all thequalities that have made him one of the brightest lights in contemporary w
  • Choice few set AFM buying pace

    Buying interest among studiodistributors and leading territorial indies is starting to coalesce around aprized handful of projects being touted here by script packages and promoreels.
  • Christopher Lambert set for Day Of Wrath

    Christopher Lambert is set to star as a 16th century Spanishdetective in the thriller Day Of Wrath,which Mark Lester's American World Pictures has acquired for worldwidesales.'I play this sheriff whoinvestigates a series of murders that are going on around the time of theSpanish Inquisition,' Lambert told Screen duringa brief stop at AFM this week.'People are paralysed with fear because all theseimportant people go missing and
  • City Of God spawns feature follow-up

    Fernando Meirelles' City Of God looks set to spawn not only a record breaking TVseries called City Of Men butanother feature film as well.Recently-launched UK-based sales outfit Lumina Films aims tolaunch sales for the full-length feature at Cannes, with shooting slated for alate 2005 start. No director is as yet attached, but the film will form part ofthe slate at Buena Onda, Lumina's production and acquisition sistercompany headed by Donald K Ranvaud
  • Clarification: Shark Tale box office figures

    Due to the All Saints Day holiday in many internationalterritories on Monday November 1, certain territories did not report figuresfor the weekend Oct 29-31 on UIP's Shark Tale.At time of posting the international chart and commentary ScreenInternational/ScreenDaily.com had not beenmade aware that figures were omitted for the weekend on Shark Tale which would have placed it top of the internationalchart for a fourth consecutive week.Germa
  • Clooney readies McCarthy era drama

    George Clooney will direct and star in McCarthy era drama Goodnight.And Good Luck. for Section Eight and ToddWagner and Mark Cuban's 2929 Entertainment.Clooney's directing follow-up to Confessions Of ADangerous Mind is being set up at WarnerBros Pictures for domestic and sold to overseas buyers through 2929International, 2929's new sales arm under Shebnem Askin.Already on board as co-production partners are MetropolitanFilms of France, the UK's Redbus and Tohokushi
  • Coixet embarks on Secret Life shoot

    Spanish director Isabel Coixet begins shooting today(Monday, November 8) on her new English-language film, The Secret Life OfWords, starring Tim Robbins and SarahPolley.The Euros 4m film is a co-production between the Almodovarbrothers‚ El Deseo, which backed Coixet's award-winning My LifeWithout Me, and MediaPro. Focus Features,which also handled My Life, hasinternational rights.The story revolves around a lonely 30 year old nurse
  • Comic veterans take on animation series

    IDT Entertainment's New Arc Films and comic book legendStan Lee, Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman's POW! Entertainment have signedtwo veteran comic book writers for the first two animated features in asix-title deal.Marv Wolfman will write El Lobo, the story of a physica
  • Content partners with US distributor Image

    US-UK operation ContentFilmand US DVD company Image Entertainment have struck a long-term co-productionand distribution deal.Under the agreement, Contentwill source and produce a series of films that Image will distribute in theNorth American video market under a new ContentFilm label.Content's sales arm, ContentInternational, will handle worldwide sales on the films, which will be intendedfor theatrical release but with DVD and video driving revenues.'Our goal is to brin
  • ContentFilm takes on Water Giant rights

    ContentFilm haspicked up international sales rights outside the US to Jim Henson partanimation Mee-Shee The Water Giant.Jamie Carmichael,head of the UK-based sales operation, announced he would be selling the $23mproduction in time for this week's AFM. Now in post, the film is producedby Rainer Mockert's MBP Medien and Barry Films, with Jim Henson CreatureShop.John Hendersondirects the story of an oil company trouble-shooter played by Bruce Greenwoodand his ten year-old s
  • Controversial Dutch filmmaker murdered

    Controversial Dutch director Theo van Gogh (47) was murderedthis morning in Amsterdam. According to police reports, the filmmaker, knownfor his provocative statements, was stabbed and shot in the centre of the Dutchcapital. A suspect was arrested near the scene of the crime after an exchangeof gunfire with police.Van Gogh had just finished his film 06/05 about the assassination of right-wing politician Pim Fortuyn,who was shot dead by an animal rights activist two years ago.
  • CPH:DOX unveils ambitious 2nd edition

    The second editionof Copenhagen's international documentary film festival CPH:DOX, runs in theDanish capital from Nov 5-14, with higher expectations and a greater number offilms after last year's success which recorded 11,700 admissions.The Danish Producers'Association has instigated a documentary award, GoldDoc, which will be awardedto the best local films at the opening ceremony on Nov 4.Prizes will go tobest cinematography, editing, sound as well as best film in the categorie
  • Darwin evolving at Icon

    Icon EntertainmentInternational is understood to be taking sales duties on The Darwin Awards, a romantic comedy starring Winona Ryder and JosephFiennes.Written and to bedirected by Finn Taylor, the film tells the story of a detective (Fiennes) andan insurance claims investigator (Ryder) looking into a potential winner of theDarwin Award, an Internet award given to people who hurt or kill themselves inridiculous ways
  • DENMARK 2 November

    With itshigh 77 prints Sharks (Inkasso)stayed on top of the Danish box-office chart with the 60 prints of Kings' Game a close second.The newrelease of Michael Mann's Collateralcame in third with a better box-office screen average (DKK32,129) from its 40prints.
  • Dragon launched as first production services company in China

    Underlining the growinginterest in China as a production location, the country's first productionservices company Dragon Studios was launched this week at the AFM.The company, which aims toprofessionalise and rationalise the Chinese industry, is a joint venture between Santa Monica andBeijing-based producer Peter Loehr, Er Yong, one of China's top line producers,He Peng, director of Cinerent, China's largest equipment rental company and thegiant Hengdian Group."Dragon Studios lo
  • Dutch distribs press ahead with Van Gogh release plans

    The Dutch distributors ofmurdered director Theo van Gogh's latest film, 06/05, are pressing aheadwith plans to release it in the next two months.06/05, which deals with the assassination on Dutchpolitician Pim Fortuyn in 2002, was finished just before van Gogh was shot andstabbed yesterday by a 26-year old Moroccan with a Dutch passport.Internet provider Tiscali,which owns the rights to the Euros 2m feature, will premiere the film on theinternet in two parts on Dec
  • Echo Bridge enters US distribution

    Los Angeles-based independent Echo Bridge Entertainment isentering the domestic distribution market with two titles, the family drama WhenZachary Beaver Came To Town and the Tobe Hooper horror feature Mortuary.Echo Bridge plans to release four to six wide andspecial
  • Eight films shortlisted for France's Prix Louis Delluc

    Eight films have beenshortlisted for France's Prix Louis Delluc, considered one ofFrance's most prestigious cinema awards. Six other features have been shortlisted for the Prix LouisDelluc for a first feature effort.The jury is headed up by Cannes president Gilles Jacob. Theprizes will be handed out in mid December.The eight films in the first competition are OlivierAssayas' Clean; AgnesJaoui's Look At Me,documentary 10eme Chambre, Instants d'A
  • Eurocine takes on international sales rights to El Rey

    VenerableFrench sales and production house Eurocine has picked up international salesrights on El Rey, the Colombiansubmission for the foreign-language Oscar.Thefilm documents the origins of the drug-cultivation in 1940s Colombia, the USpolitical intervention that initially supported production and the origins oftrafficking when the political winds changed.El Rey is directed by Jose Antonio Dorado Zuniga, avenerable documentarian who originally conceived the film a
  • First-look deal puts Focus on Africa

    Focus Features has signed a first-look deal with independentproducer Kisha Imani Cameron and her Completion Films.
  • Fortissimo boards Hedwig follow-up Shortbus

    Fortissimo Film Sales haspicked up international rights to Shortbus,the much-discussed sexually frank new ensemble piece from Hedwig AndThe Angry Inch director John CameronMitchell.
  • Fortissimo enters martial arts arena with Tsui's Seven Sword

    Netherlands and HongKong-based Fortissimo Film Sales has picked up Seven Swords, the newfilm by celebrated Asian action director Tsui Hark.The $18m film, which is nowin production, is a return to the martial arts action-adventure genre whichTsui was instrumental in shaping earlier in has career. It is also the biggestinvestment to date by the fast-rising Fortissimo. The sales company isunderstood to have invested "mid-seven figures" in a deal that gives it aposition in the film
  • Fortissimo strikes first major sale on Seven Swords

    Fortissimo Film Salesclocked up its first sale on new Tsui Hark film Seven Swords that it picked up on the eve of the American FilmMarket.Although many Italiancompanies are boycotting this autumn's AFM, whose move did so much to dent lastmonth's Mifed, Italian buyer Medusa was first to step up for rights. In a dealdone over the phone, the big-budget martial arts action film was sold toItalian major Medusa."We are thrilled by this," said Fortissimo co-chief WouterBarendrec
  • fox21 to sponsor Slamdance Teleplay Competition

    Slamdance Film Festival hasannounced the year-round sponsorship of fox21, 20th Century Fox'sboutique production, kicking off at the upcoming festival in January with theBlind Script Deal award for the winner of the Teleplay Competition Grand Prize.Slamdance set up theoriginal Teleplay Competition to discover new voices in television writing. Therecipient of the Blind Script Deal will receive a prize of $30,000 to $45,000depending on the length of the script."We couldn't be more
  • fox21 to sponsor Slamdance's Teleplay Competition

    SlamdanceFilm Festival has announced the year-round sponsorship of fox21, 20thCentury FoxC;s boutique production, kicking off at the upcoming festival inJanuary with the Blind Script Deal award for the winner of the TeleplayCompetition Grand Prize.Slamdanceset up the original teleplay competition to discover new voices in televisionwriting. The recipient of the Blind Script Deal will receive a prize of $30,000to $45,000 depending on the length of the script.
  • France's ARP falls for Spanish Queens

    France's ARP has picked uplocal rights to star-studded romantic comedy Queens (Reinas) fromFortissimo Film Sales. The deal was struck over the phone on the eve of theAFM.The Euros4.5m film, whichcompleted its principal photography last month, is the first Spanish-languagefilm to be handled by Fortissimo. It was produced by Warner Bros' localproduction division and is directed by Boca A Boca director Manuel GomezPereira. Warner will release it in Spain and Italy in July 20
  • Frozen

    Dir: Juliet McKoen.UK-Den. 2004. 90minsWintry and melancholic, writer-director Juliet McKoen'sdebut feature is a mood piece, exploring loss and obsession. Despite somestarkly beautiful imagery, it's a strangely cumbersome affair which soon beginsto sink under the weight of its own symbolism.McKoen has an eye for apoetic shot but is dragged down by her own heavily loaded screenplay whichcombines murder mystery, dream sequences, flashbacks, mythic a
  • Genre house New Arc launches

    Live action and animationgenre production house New Arc Entertainment launches at AFM with a slate ofpictures including an anthology of 13 one-hour titles from horror veteransincluding John Carpenter and George Romero.John W Hyde is named chiefexecutive officer of New Arc. Hyde is also chief operating officer of IDTEntertainment, which will handle worldwide sales on the slate.Titles include Kevin VanHook's supernatural thriller The Fallen Ones starring Robert Wagner, whic
  • Genre house New Arc launches at AFM

    Live action and animationgenre production house New Arc Entertainment launches at AFM with a slate ofpictures including an anthology of 13 one-hour titles from horror veteransincluding John Carpenter and George Romero.John W Hyde is named chiefexecutive officer of New Arc. Hyde is also chief operating officer of IDTEntertainment, which will handle worldwide sales on the slate.Titles include Kevin VanHook's supernatural thriller The Fallen Ones starring Robert Wagner, whic
  • German comedy tops international box office chart

    For the first time since its launch in April, Screen'sexclusive international box office chart is headed by a non-US producedfilm.Germancomedy 7 Dwarfs topped the chart, led by its $11.7m (Euro 9.2m) openingon its home turf. It also receivednumber ones in Austria and Switzerland.Itwas the third highest open
  • German exhibitors angered by window wavering

    The German exhibitors association HDF has calledon distributors to honour the six-month window for theatrical releases afterseveral cases of films appearing on DVD/video before six months had elapsed.HDF managing director Andreas Kramer said that'the six month exploitation window for feature films must remain a basicconstant factor. A general reduction will have an effect on all of thefollowing stages of exploitation. That cannot be in the industry's interest.The screening of Michael M
  • GERMANY 3 November

    UIP's release of 7Dwarves (7 Zwerge - Maenner Allein Im Wald) blasted into the German Top 15at No. 1 taking over $ 11.7m with a tremendous $ 15,076 screen average from its777 screens.Starring the creme de la creme of German comic talent suchas Otto Waalkes, Atze Schroeder, Christian Tramitz and Mirco Nontschew, the Dwarves' opening was the third best forthis year after another local comedy (T)RaumschiffSurprise - Pe
  • Grudge star Gellar signs to Kapadia's Revolver

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, whosestar is on a high after the success of The Grudge, has signed to star in another supernatural thrillercalled Revolver (not to beconfused with Guy Ritchie's film of the same name for EuropaCorp) which isbeing produced by Aaron Ryder's Raygun Pictures for Focus Features' RoguePictures label.The UK's acclaimed AsifKapadia (The Warrior) is thedirector of the movie in which Gellar plays a young executive haunted byvisions and nightmares who i
  • HanWay adds Morgen, Pepe, Fulton titles to slate

    HanWay Films has acquired Addiction,Inc, a nicotine docu-drama from TheKid Stays In The Picture's BrettMorgen, and Brothers Of The Head, by Lost In La Mancha's Louis Pepe and Keith Fulton.Addiction, Inc usesreal-life footage and re-constructions to tell the story of Victor DeNoble, whodeveloped a cigarette with far less health risks only to be shut down afterpressure from the Big 5 tobacco companies. Charles Evans Jr, whose creditsinclude The Aviator,
  • Happinet invests $1m in A Thousand Plateaux

    Japanese finance anddistribution company Happinet this week committed $1m for an equity stake andJapanese rights to A Thousand Plateaux.
  • HONG KONG 1 November

    Local actionromance, Yesterday Once More, held onto the top spot at the Hong Kong box office in its second week, grossingUS$660,172 from 48 screens.Featuring thelucrative combination of director Johnnie To and stars Andy Lau and SammiCheng, the film revolves around a gentleman thief and a cat burglar who try tooutwit each other, only to find their old flame rekindled. It marks the secondfilm that To has directed for Media Asia this year following detective th
  • Horizon brings One Missed Call 2 to AFM

    Vancouver-basedinternational sales company Horizon Entertainment is handling worldwide saleson Kadokawa Pictures' Japanese horror feature One Missed Call 2.Horizon is bringing firstfootage of the film to next week's AFM in Santa Monica. The picture is currentlyin post-production and will open in Japan in early 2005.One Missed Call 2 picks up from Takashi Miike's 2003 original about aseries of "death" calls to mobile phones. This time round a reporter'sinvestigation
  • Hotel Rwanda booked into Spain, other territories, by Lions Gate

    Lions Gate Films International has announced a raft of sales on HotelRwanda, Terry George'sToronto Audience Award winning drama starring Don Cheadle.
  • Hoy joins Columbia Tristar UK as distribution chief

    Columbia Tristar UK has appointed Paul Hoy as director ofsales and distribution for the UK. He joins from UIP where he served assales manager.Hoy will take up his post at Columbia Tristar UK in the NewYear and replaces Peter Taylor who earlier this month was named as the newmanaging director UK & Ireland of Warner Bros. Pictures International UKFrank Smith, currently sales manager at Columbia Tristar UK,will be promoted to deputy sales director and work with Hoy in leading thesa
  • Hurt joins Short Order cast

    John Hurt will join the cast of theIrish/UK/German co-production Short Order, currently in the final days of the German leg ofthe shoot which is due to wrap in Hamburg on November 5.Hurt joins Emma de Caunes, RadeSerbedzija, Cosma Shiva Hagen, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jack Dee in the story oflife, by turns realistic and fantastic, centred on
  • IFTA chief optimistic over US tax break

    The US tax break just signedinto law by returning President George W Bush could prove to be a windfall forindependent producers worth up to 16% of their movie budgets, claim the organisersof the American Film Market.The production incentive,which was written into the Jumpstart Our Business Strength Act(JOBS), allows films of up to $15m to write off their entireproduction expenses within a year, provided that three quarters of th
  • Insurance group buys Milstein's completion bond outfit

    HCC Insurance Holdings haspaid an undisclosed sum to acquire cineFinance, Fred Milstein's LA-based movieunderwriter that also brought Hollywood-style completion bond financing to HongKong and Korean cinema.Based in Houston, HCC is aninternational insurance holding company with offices across the US, and inBermuda, England and Spain. HCC has assets of more than $5bn and shareholders'equity exceeding $1bn.Milstein, whose career spansstints at William Morris, Miramax and Cineplex O
  • ITALY 3 November

    The November 1st holiday weekend in Italy saw Buena VistaInternational's The Village open at number one, as it registered a 3-daygross of $3,293,899 for a massive screen average of $8,014.Hot on its heels in dance-loving Italy was Jennifer Lopezand Richard Gere vehicle Shall We Dance',which grossed $2,989,347 for 01 Distribuzione.The weekend's only new Italian release, Medusa Film's comedyIn Questo Mondo Di Ladri, came inseventh, earning
  • It's all gone UK, US for Pete Tong

    Rapidly building areputation for its innovative approach to commercially-oriented low-budget filmmaking,the UK's Vertigo Films has secured suitably unusual UK and US distributiondeals for its Toronto title It's All Gone Pete Tong.Vertigo has partnered withdistributor Redbus in the UK for a hefty 300-screen release next April. The twocompanies will collaborate on all marketing aspects of the film, about the riseand fall of a superstar DJ.For the US, the film's salescompany
  • Japan set for epic Miyazaki vs Pixar box office clash

    It'snow official -- the big match-up of the coming Christmas season will be HayaoMiyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle, scheduled to open on November 20,versus Pixar's The Incredibles, set for release on December 4.Thissort of big head-to-head box office battle is a first bet
  • Japan's Artport snaps up heist thriller Chaos

    Mobius International has sold the heist thriller Chaos starring Jason Statham, Ryan Phillippe and WesleySnipes to Artport in Japan.Written and directed by Tony Giglio, the story involves twodetectives who team up to solve a $1bn-plus bank robbery and uncover a powerfulconspiracy.The company's president of international distributionMimi Steinbauer and Artport's James Matsushita negotiated the deal on theproject, which is currently in post production.
  • Jeunet linked to Harry Potter 5

    AVery Long Engagement director Jean-Pierre Jeunet says he has beenapproached as a possible director for the fifth Harry Potter movie.Askedin an interview with Empire magazine whether he had been approached,Jeunet said: "They proposed me something like this, yes."Potter producer David Heyman told ScreenDaily.com that "nodecision had yet been made" about a director for Harry Potter And The OrderOf The Phoenix.Heymanadded he would like to s
  • Jeunet's Engagement dominates French box office with $8.7m

    Following its mighty opening day last Wednesday (27), A VeryLong Engagement remainedtop throughout the French holiday weekend as it grossed an estimated $8.7m(Euros6.8m) through Warner Bros Pictures International and drew 1.1millionadmissions.
  • Kaplan named as US rep for Romanian studio

    Monella Kaplan, who recently served as associate producer on Edison, has been named US representative ofKentauros Studios and Production, the new Romanian full-service productionfacility backed by a group of international investors.
  • Kaye returns with Reaper for Media 8

    Maverick filmmaker Tony Kaye (American History X) has been confirmed to direct the thriller Reaper, which Media 8 will co-produce with Circle OfConfusion and is financing and distributing.Production is set to begin in February 2005 on the project,which tells of a private eye hired to work for a beautiful woman who becomesimmersed in a surreal underworld world where nothing is as it seems.
  • Leon named consumer marketing czar for Columbia

    George Leon has been promoted to executive vice presidentof worldwide consumer marketing for Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group in amove that consolidates theatrical licensing, merchandising, product placement,consumer products and worldwide promotions under one division.In his new capacity Leon will take on the additionalresponsibility of supervising licensing, merchandising, and consumer products,a division previously overseen by Al Ovadia, who
  • LGFI handles international sales on Frankenstein

    Lions Gate Films International will handle international sales on Frankenstein,which makes its market screening premiere at AFM and stars Thomas Kretschmann, ParkerPosey and Vincent Perez.The project was directed by Marcus Nispel, whose recent creditsinclude the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.The Mary Shelley adaptation relocates the action to present-dayNew Orleans, where a human engineering project goes horribly awry. MichaelMadsen, Adam Goldberg and Ivana Milice
  • Lightning strikes on documentary hit

    Los Angeles-based sales and distribution house LightningEntertainment has acquired international rights to What The Bleep Do WeKnow'
  • Lions Gate locks up trio for North America

    Lions Gate Films has finalized its deal for North American theatrical and pay TV distribution rights to A Good Woman. In separate deals, the noticeably acquisitive indie also secured all North American rights to Uwe Boll's video game horror adaptation Alone InThe Dark as well as to Gianni Amelio's Le Chiavi Di Casa.Directed by Mike Barker, A Good Woman is the adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play Lady Windermere's Fan and stars Helen Hunt, Tom Wilkinson an
  • Lions Gate, Twisted set Saw 2 for Halloween 05

    Lions Gate Filmsand Twisted Pictures have announced plans to release Saw 2 over Halloween 2005 following the horrorpicture Saw's mighty$18.3m weekend debut.Saw opened in third place and averaged morethan $7,900 on 2,315 screens, ranking behind the second place opening of Ray and Columbia's The Grudge, which stayed top in its second weekend."We were confident going into this weekend as the only newhorror release that we would h
  • London Film Festival wraps on a high

    Asthe London Film Festival closed last night with a screening of David O.Russell's I Heart Huckabees, the festival organisers were claiming thatthis has been the best attended LFF yet.There were around 150 sell-outs and ticket sales, at over 102,000, were up 3% on last year's figures. LFF artistic director Sandra Hebron believes thisunderlines the 'hunger of audiences for non-m
  • Lorber Media acquires Luis Bunuel 1950s crime drama

    Lorber Media has picked up North American rights to TheYoung And The Damned (Los Olvidados), LuisBunuel's 1950s Mexican crime drama from France's Films SansFrontieres.Lorber plans a theatrical release starting in New York inFebruary 2005 and will distribute on a multi-disc DVD set next autumn. Lorberalso picked up Liquid Sky, SlavaTsukerman's 1982 drug-culture satire. The film, bought from Alex Massis,will also get a theatrical release.
  • Media Asia shares begin trading in Singapore

    Hong Kong's Media Asia,producer of the Infernal Affairs trilogy, began trading on the SESDAQ ofthe Stock Exchange of Singapore yesterday (Nov 3). The IPO attracted strong interest from both institutions and small private investors. The retail tranche was eventually 23 times subscribed.After the first day of trading the shares were p
  • MKB readies Shiri 2 and mega-budget Kang action flick

    A sequel to Shiri anda new action film by the director of Shiri and record-breaker Tae GukGi give Korean sales company MKB plenty of leverage on what is its marketdebut.The company emerged from the merger earlier this year of production houses KangJegyuFilms and Myung Films which were acquired by local manufacturing company SeshinBuffalo to form MK Buffalo. The group is headed by Lee Eun with salesoperations are headed by familiar faces Paul Yi, formerly with E Pic
  • Momentum hits Raw Nerve with GreeneStreet

    New York's GreeneStreetFilms International has closed its first key European territory on its debuttitle from genre label Raw Nerve, selling all UK rights to 2001 Maniacs to Momentum Pictures.GreeneStreet partner andsales head Cedric Jeanson aims to set up a network of one or two regular buyersin each major market to handle Raw Nerve product. Momentum's Spanish sisterdistributor Aurum is also in talks to come on board."This is the first step inhopefully a longterm relatio
  • Moonstone wraps Chen Kaige's Promise

    EtchieStroh's Moonstone Entertainment has completed principal photography on ThePromise (Wu-Ji), a top-levelpan-Asian production in the hands of legendary Chinese director Chen Kaige.
  • Moviehouse debuts four new titles led by Blinded

    Blinded, a thriller starring acclaimed UK actor PeterMullan, heads a quartet of new titles that London-based MoviehouseEntertainment is screening as market premieres at the AFM.Blinded, which played in the British Gala section of theEdinburgh International Film Festival, is billed as exploring the darker sideof jealousy, passion and sexual desire. It also stars Jodhi May and Anders WBerthelsen.Moviehouse has worldwidesales rights to all four new titles, which inclu
  • Myriad takes worldwide rights to true-life drama Dark Matter

    Myriad Pictures has picked up worldwide rights in all mediato the true-life drama Dark Matter starring Meryl Streep,Greg Kinnear and Chinese star Liu Ye, who stars in Chen Kaige's ThePromise .Filming is scheduled to begin in spring 2005 in Utah andChinese opera director Chen Shi-Zheng will make his feature directorial debut.Myriad will begin sales at AFM this week.Andrea Miller and Mary Salter are serving as producers and Janet Yang will serve as executive producer
  • Neverland scores in UK, The Village in Italy for BVI

    Finding Neverlandopened in fourth place in its first international market of the UK at theweekend, grossing an estimated $1.4m on 324 screens through Buena VistaInternational (BVI).Mystery TheVillage opened top inItaly on $3.2m on 302. Overall it amassed $3.5m at the weekend for a $136.1minternational running total.The PrincessDiaries 2 opened top inSouth Korea on $404,000 on 84. It grossed $2.1m at the weekend for a $19
  • New Films turns producer on The Mermaids Singing

    LosAngeles-based distributor New Films International is moving into productionwith the announcement that it is co-producing an adaptation of Lisa CareyC;sromantic novel The Mermaids Singing starring Jessica Lange,Neve Campbell and Evan Rachel Wood.New FilmsInternational will retain all worldwide distribution rights to the $10mproject, which is due to begin filming in Eastern Europe in summer 2005, andthe company will commence sales at AFM this week.TheMermaids Sing
  • NEW ZEALAND 2 November

    The two most popular films at the box office on the weekendwere both openers, being Shall We Dance'which took NZ$267,734 from 58 screens for BVI/Miramax, and The Forgotten, which grossed NZ$198,866 from 10 fewer screens forColumbia TriStar.The strongest performer of the four other openers in thechart besides Shall We Dance' and The Forgotten is Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle, a Roadshow title
  • Night People, GAMERz win Scottish funding

    Ensemble drama Night People and comic fantasy GAMERzare the latest features to be funded under the New Found Films scheme runby Scottish Screen, Scottish Television and Grampian Television.Each feature will have a budget of £300,000 and both areexpected to go into production in the first months of 2005.Written by Adrian Mead and Jack Dickson and directed by Mead, Night Peopleweaves together four different stories that unfold over the course of oneevening in Edi
  • NZ arthouse player plans expansion into UK and US

    New Zealand's dominant arthouse player, Rialto, isplanning to establish distribution operations in the US and the UK, as well assetting up a cinema chain in Australia, where it has been distributing filmsfor nearly three years.The ambitious global expansion, to be funded through cashreserves, is unprecedented for a specialist distributor from either New Zealandor Australia."Rialto stands for arthouse films and we want to b
  • Omagh wins best film prize at Irish awards

    There was no clear runaway winner at the Irish Film andTelevision Awards (IFTAs) hosted by James Nesbitt in Dublin on Saturday night.Fourteen major categories of award for Irish filmmakingtalent were divided out among eleven different films before an audience of overfive hundred luminaries of the Irish film and television industry.Omagh, the HellsKitchen International/Tiger Aspect production for Channel 4, led the pack,taking both the Best Irish Film award and the Best Ac
  • Oscar Moore winner teams with Secretary director

    Oscar Moore prize winnerLindsay Shapero is adapting Tibor Fischer's award-winning novel Under TheFrog for American director/producer Steve Shainberg (Secretary).The film, which is currentlyin development, will be produced by Shainberg and directed by US-basedHungarian director Dezso Magyar.Under the Frog is a black comedy set against the backdrop of theHungarian uprising of 1956.Shapero won the inauguralOscar Moore script writing competition in 1998 f
  • Paris Hilton goes Bottom's Up for Blue Collar

    Paris Hilton is in talks tostar in the satire BottomC;s Up, which actor Paul Walker isproducing with his Blue Collar Films partner Brandon Birtell along with HalfMoon Bay and Cameo FJ Entertainment.The story centres on aseemingly witless Midwestern bartender whose Hollywood connections confoundeveryone he encounters.Walker will take a cameorole in the picture, which is being directed by first-timer Erik MacArthur, who wrote the screenplay with Nick
  • Paris Hilton goes Bottom's Up for Blue Collar

    Paris Hilton is in talks tostar in the satire Bottom's Up,which actor Paul Walker is producing with his Blue Collar Films partner BrandonBirtell along with Half Moon Bay and Cameo FJ Entertainment. Gibraltar International is selling the film at AFM.The story centres on aseemingly witless Midwestern bartender whose Hollywood connections confoundeveryone he encounters.Walker will take a cameorole in the picture, which is being directed by first-timer Erik MacArthur, who wro
  • Plague to start with Barker, Armada

    CliveBarker's Midnight Picture Show label (MPS) and Armada Pictures are teaming upto produce the horror picture Plague, which is set to begin shooting inFebruary 2005.Barker,Jorge Saralegui and Tim O'Hair will produce and Armada's Chris Sievernich andMatt Milich will serve as executive producers with MPS's Joe Daley and AnthonyDiblasi and
  • Ray, Saw open big but they can't budge The Grudge

    Senator/Ghost House Pictures' Japanese horror remake The Grudge, released through Columbia Pictures inthe US, stayed top in its second weekend as it added an estimated $22.4m for a$71.3m running total.
  • Red Dust

    Dir: TomHooper. UK-S Africa. 2004. 100mins.While itssubject matter is almost identical to John Boorman's Country Of My Skull,the feature debut from UK TV director Tom Hooper proves far superior to thebigger budgeted Berlin competition entry, delivering a tighter and better-actedthriller drama. Itproves neither controversial nor edgy, but rather plays everything by the book.However, this may limit its theatrical potential, although sales h
  • Renaissance gets Creeeepy! with Araki

    London-based Renaissance Films has picked up internationalrights to Gregg Araki's next film - a scary movie with teen sexcomedy elements called Creeeeps! whichis currently casting and will start shooting early next year. Araki wrote thescript and Mary Jane Skalski, who produced his last film MysteriousSkin, will produce.UTA is handling the North American sale on the film whichRenaissance managing director Angus Finney said will feature a young, sexycast. "We are thrilled
  • Renaissance wraps Only Human sales

    Disproving the notion that humorous films do not traveleasily, Only Human (Seres Queridos), theSpanish comedy about a beautiful TV presenter and her dysfunctional family,racked up a large number of sales ahead of its AFM premiere on Saturday (6 Nov)The picture, handled by the UK's Renaissance Films,has been sold to Odeon Films (Canada), Haut et Court (France), ItalianInternational Film (Italy), Verve (UK), A-Film (Netherlands), Cinelibre(Belgium), Frenetic (S
  • Rotterdam wins cash injection for Hubert Bals Fund

    The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will is to investEuros 2.5m in the Hubert Bals Fund, part of the International Film Festival ofRotterdam (IFFR).Between 2005 to 2008, the money will be shared betweenprojects from film-makers in developing countries.In its autumn round of funding, the fund says it will back22 film projects from 15 countries. One of these projects is Ghayer Saleh(Underexposure) by Oday Rasheed, thefirst fiction feature out of Iraq after the fall
  • Russian distributor, exhibitor team to market talent abroad

    Russiandistributor Michael Schlicht and Moscow based exhibitor Paul Heth have teamedup to market Russian film talent to Hollywood following their successfulbrokering of Russian blockbuster NightWatch to 20th Century Fox.The newcompany PGM (Patten Media Group) will market not only Russian productinternationally but also Russian scripts, re-make rights and talent."We thinkit's the right time for this," said Schlicht who heads Gemini Film, one ofRussia's oldest distributors
  • Samuel Goldwyn picks up Saint Ralph for US

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquiredUS distribution rights to Michael McGowan's comedy Saint Ralph, produced by Alliance Atlantis and Amaze Film +Television Production. The US release is scheduled for spring 2005.Campbell Scott, AdamButcher, Jennifer Tilley and Gordon Pinsent star in the bittersweet comedyabout a Catholic schoolboy who attempts to save his mother's life with amiracle by winning the Boston Marathon."Adam Butcher'sperformance as Ralph is captivating.Saint Ralp
  • Schizo takes top prize at Cottbus festival

    Guka Omarova's feature debut Schizo(Schiza) picked up the Main Prize for Best Film at this year's FilmFestivalCottbus - Festival of East European Cinema (November 2-6).TheRussian-Kazakh-French-German co-production, which was
  • Shark Tale passes $100m internationally

    Having already celebrated becoming the first studio toproduce two $100m animated hits in a single year in North America, DreamWorksAnimation can cheer again this week as SharkTale passed $100m internationally.It was DreamWorks' fifth $100m international hit, following1998's 2-D The Prince Of Egypt($117.2m), 2000's stop-motion animation ChickenRun ($118m) and 2001 3-D smash Shrek($210.8m) and its sequel Shrek 2($441m), which opened earlier this year.
  • Shimizu follows US hit The Grudge with The Death

    Takashi Shimizu, riding highafter the sensational US launch of his English-language horror feature TheGrudge, will begin filming LionsGate International's third J-Horror picture The Death in March 2005 in JapanLions Gate Internationalretains worldwide distribution on The Death and launched the J-Horror franchise with Japaneseproducer Taka Ichise in Cannes this year.The first two releases - Infection (Kansen)by Masayuki Ochiai and Premonition
  • Six suitors seek sales on sexy Shanghai Lady

    At least half a dozen of the world's top sales companies havejoined the frenzied chase for the next Wong Kar-wai film The LadyFromShanghai, which stars Nicole Kidman and Gong Li.The sellers range from Studiocanal, TF1, Wild Bunch, Pathe andWong's regular sales and finance house Fortissimo Film Sales to US powerhouseSummit Entertainment.The film is being put together by Jean-Louis Piel, a Frenchproducer who recently worked with Kidman on Jonathan Glazer's Birth andw
  • Sogepaq sells on de la Iglesia's Crime

    Spain's Sogepaq hasannounced the first sales on cult director Alex de la Iglesia's new blackcomedy Ferpect Crime.The film, which willscreen twice for buyers at this weekC;s American Film Market, has sold broadlyin Europe and Latin America.Distributors in Europeinclude La Fabrique de Films in France, Eco Filmes in Portugal, Audiovisual inGreece, Noah for Israel, MCF for Serbia and Montenegro, and Blitz for Croatia,Bosnia and Slovenia.Gussi ha
  • Sonet recruits Wallhem as head of distribution

    Swedish distribution and production company Sonet Film hasrecruited Staffan Wallhem of Sandrew Metronome as vice president and head ofsales and distribution.Currently managing director of Sandrew Metronome'sdistribution branch, Staffan Wallhem has resigned after 19 years with thecompany.The appointment of Wallhem will give Peter Possne, founderand managing director of Sonet film, more time to concentrate on creativeissues."With Staffan on board I will get more time and vi
  • Southwick, CDI team up for international business

    BradSouthwick's Southwick Pictures anddistributor Chris Davis International have teamed up to produce and distributepictures worldwide, kicking off with five projects at AFM.
  • Southwick, CDI team up for international business

    BradSouthwickC;s Southwick Pictures anddistributor Chris Davis International have teamed up to produce and distributepictures worldwide, kicking off with five projects at AFM.
  • Stiles cast opposite Butler in Content International's Burns

    Julia Stiles is to playRobert Burns' muse in Burns,ContentFilm International's story of the legendary Scottish poet.The US actress, whosecredits include The Bourne Supremacy and Mona Lisa Smile, willplay Jean Armour, the woman that the roistering 18th century bardeventually married.The cast includes GerardButler as Burns and Brian Cox, John Hannah, James McAvoy, James Cosmo, DavidO'Hara and David Hayman. Director Vadim Jean will start shooting from a scriptb
  • Stockholm announces full festival line-up

    The Stockholm International Film Festival has unveiled itsfull line-up for this year's event (Nov 18-28).The 15th anniversary of the festival sees a strong programmeconsisting of 170 films from more than 40 nations - divided into 14 sections.Half of the films in this year's competition for directorsmaking their first, second or third films, are directed by women, and twothirds are the work of debutants.Maria Blom incarnates this statistic with her debut
  • Storm clouds ahead for Canada's production sector

    The "perfect storm" metaphor has beenflying around Canada's service production industry of late. There's nothinglike a handful of negative coincidences to put the fear into people.Item One: Mel Brooks decides to shoot theadaptation of his hit musical TheProducers in New York.Item Two: the state of New York and NewYork City both introduce tax credits to boost local production while the newSteiner Studios soundstages set to open their doors in Brooklyn's Navy Yard.It
  • Studios target individuals in war on piracy

    The MPAA fired its latestvolley in the war against piracy yesterday, announcing that it will commence legalaction against individuals who trade in illegal digital copies of films overthe internet."Illegal movie traffickingrepresents the greatest threat to the economic basis of moviemaking in its110-year history," MPAA president and chief executive officer Dan Glickman saidin a press conference yesterday (4).Glickman, who was joined bystudio executives, union leaders and filmmake
  • Summit teams with Constantin on Goldie Hawn, Impact Pictures pics

    PatrickWachsberger's Summit Entertainment arrives at AFM with Goldie Hawn'sdirectorial debut, a new Impact Pictures video game adaptation and Tom Tykwer'sPerfume cast andready to go.Hawn's AshesTo Ashes and Impact's DOA:Dead Or Alive are backedby Bernd Eichinger's Constantin Film and continue the long relationship betweenConstantin and Summit.Ashes ToAshes is being producedby Hawn's company Cosmic Entertainment and she will both direct and star in the
  • Sutherland prize shortlists three films for Trophy

    Threefilms have been shortlisted for the British Film Institute (bfi)'s SutherlandTrophy.Selectedby a jury from ten nominated titles, the shortlist comprises Innocence,a haunting story of a girls' school from French director Lucile Hadsihalilovic;Tarnation, a psychedelic memoir from American director JonathanCaouette; and Thirst
  • SWEDEN 2 November

    After nine weeks on release and seven at the top of theSwedish chart, As In Heaven, has nowpassed 800,000 admissions and grossed $1,2m, and the theme song by HelenSjoeholm is second on the music chart.The new release of another local film, the low-budget youthfilm Fourteen Sucks (Fjorton Suger),won't reach those highs but did reasonably well, opening sixth taking a $4,408box-office screen average from its 30 prints. That was considerably better than
  • Tae Guk Gi director readies new action film

    A new action film by Kang Je Gyu, the director behind theKorean box office smash Tae Guk Gi, isin the works at the newly-formed Korean powerhouse MKB.The untitled film by Kang, whose $13m Tae Guk Gi was the record grossing film of all time in Koreawith a $65m take, is billed as a high-concept, high quality action film. He iscurrently writing the screenplay with a view to beginning production in autumn2005.Whereas Tae Guk Giwas sold widely
  • Tartan, TLA team on Skin flick

    Tartan Films USA and TLA Releasing have jointly acquiredNorth American rights to Gregg Araki's drama Mysterious Skin.The deal for the controversial film was brokered by TartanFilms USA chief executive officer M J Peckos and John Sloss of Cinetic Media.Tartan and TLA plan a May 2005 theatrical release with DVDset to follow in the autumn. The companies already have an agreement wherebyTLA distributes all DVD and video product from Tartan Video.
  • Telefilm extends Montreal film festival deadline

    Telefilm Canada and itsQuebec counterpart SODEC have granted a one-month extension to the four partieswho submitted proposals for a new film festival in Montreal.While declaring the call forproposals officially closed, Telefilm chairman Charles Belanger and SODEC chairJean G Chaput said in a tele-conference that the four proposals tabled wereclose to meeting the standards sought by the agencies' joint selectioncommittee and that all four were invited to re-submit projects by December 1
  • TF1 extends relations with Cattleya

    France's TF1 is to extendits relationship with Italian producer Cattleya by handling the next twoprojects from the thrusting talent shop.It will handle the next filmby The Best Of Youth director Marco Tullio Giordano and the next film byveteran actor-director Michele Placido. Already on TF1's bulging autumn AFMslate is Cattleya's Eyes Of Crystal, a Euros2.5m horror-thriller byLuigi Puglielli which screens on Friday.Tullio Giordano's QuandoSei Nato is a drama
  • The Bridesmaid (La Demoiselle d'Honneur)

    Dir. Claude Chabrol.Fr-Ger. 2004. 110mins.By now veteran film-makerClaude Chabrol should be able to deliver a film like The Bridesmaid (LaDemoiselle d'Honneur) with his hands tied behind his back - so comfortableand familiar and comfortable is he with the troubled, frayed fringes of theFrench bourgeoisie and their efforts to disguise themselves behind a prim,respectable facade.Adapting Ruth Rendell'snovels to this end is another on
  • The Grudge embarks upon wide UK debut

    Horror remake The Grudge, which opened in the US through Columbia Pictures, goes out wide through UIP in theUK on Nov 5 on 400 prints in what looks likely to be a muscular debut following its strong Stateside launch.Thepicture also opens in Mexico on the same day and can expect high grosses thereas well, given the near universal appeal of the horror genre.ElsewhereParamount'sThe Manchurian Candidate was due to open in France through UIP on Nov 3,while the remake of
  • The Grudge holds sway at US box office over Ray, Saw

    Senator/Ghost House Pictures' Japanese horror remake The Grudge, released through Columbia Pictures inthe US, stayed top in its second weekend as it added an estimated $22.4m for a$71.3m running total.
  • The Incredibles

    Dir/scr:Brad Bird. US. 2004. 121 mins.Thesixth - and probably penultimate - Disney/Pixar collaboration is a technicallybrilliant piece of CG animation that also manages to introduce muscular actionand real family drama to a genre known mostly for bubbly fun. Not that TheIncredibles isn't also fun; it's just that in this, his first CG outing,admired animation writer-director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant) deftlyblends the fun with other elements t
  • The Salon secures US deal with Avatar

    The Salon, a beautyparlour movie directed by super-hot screenwriter Mark Brown, has curled itselfround a US sale through UK seller Visual Factory.The film, which has a convoluted history including acourtroom battle with MGM over the title of the picture, has been sold toAvatar.The $3.5m black comedy, which stars Vivica Fox, will bereleased on some 100 prints in February to coincide with 'Black HistoryMonth'.US home entertainment rights are being
  • Theroux joins Delpy in The Legend Of Lucy Keyes

    Justin Theroux (pictured) has joined the cast of John Stimpson's TheLegend Of Lucy Keyes,which begins principal photography in early November in central Massachusetts.
  • Tokyo toasts Whisky

    Uruguay jointdirectors Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll's Whisky - a low-budget drama- won the Grand Prix at the 17th Tokyo International Film Festival,which wrapped Sunday. Mirella Pascual was awarded the Best Actress prize forher performance in WhiskyIm Chan-sang's President's Barber won both BestDirector and the Audience Award, while and Kekexili:Mountain Patrol by Taiwan-born director Lu Chuan won the Special JuryPrize.
  • UIP local pickup Seven Dwarfs a smash with $12.5m opening

    UIP's German pick-up and family comedy Seven Dwarfs dominated the German market at theweekend, opening top on a superb estimated $11.3m on 752 screens for 53% marketshare.
  • UK Film Focus sets 2005 dates

    The UK's mini-market London UK Film Focus will returnnext year between June 27 and 30 June at the National Film Theatre after a 2004edition which attracted 180 buyers.The event is backed by Film London, UK Film Council, FilmExport UK (FEUK), the London Development Agency through Creative London, UKTrade and Investment, London, the British Film Institute and the MarriottCounty Hall.
  • Universal, Paramount among Domino buyers for Summit

    Summit Entertainment isclose to completing its international sales patchwork on Tony Scott's KeiraKnightley-starrer Domino, thetrue life story of actor Laurence Harvey's daughter Domino who abandoned hercareer as a model to turn bounty hunter.Universal Pictures hasbought Latin America and Japan, Paramount Pictures has bought Australia and NewZealand, Entertainment has bought UK and Constantin Film has bought Germany.Producer Samuel Hadida retains French rights for his Metropolit
  • US distributor TLA promotes Ross, hires Raisola

    Richard Ross hasbeen named executive sales director at TLA Releasing, where he will workclosely with TLA President Raymond Murray and TLA partner and director ofacquisitions Richard Wolff.Ross joined thecompany as sales director in January 2002, and is the former Northeast salesmanager for Spartan Entertainment.He will beassisted by the new national sales manager John Raisola, who arrives from bookand video wholesaler Baker and Taylor, where he served as inte
  • US' Millennium strikes deal with producer Haft

    Avi LernerC;s MillenniumFilms has signed a five-picture production deal with veteran producer StevenHaft, whose credits include Dead PoetsC; Society, Tigerland and Emma.The non-exclusive agreementprovides his Haft Entertainment with funds to attach talent and producepictures with foreign distribution through MillenniumC;s Nu Image. Titles areexpected to be in the $15m-$45m range."We are committed to makingmajor films with major talent. ThatC;
  • US' Millennium strikes deal with producer Haft

    Avi Lerner's MillenniumFilms has signed a five-picture production deal with veteran producer StevenHaft, whose credits include Dead Poets' Society, Tigerland and Emma.The non-exclusive agreementprovides his Haft Entertainment with funds to attach talent and producepictures with foreign distribution through Millennium's Nu Image. Titles areexpected to be in the $15m-$45m range."We are committed to makingmajor films with major talent. ThatC;s what Steven d
  • Vampire thriller Perfect Creature enjoys strong sales

    New Zealand Film, which shares sales duties with Arclight,has enjoyed strong sales on vampire thriller Perfect CreatureThe film by writer-director Glenn Standring was sold toMagna Pacific for Austria and New Zealand, Jiants for Thailand, Festive Films forSingapore and Sunny Film for Malaysia.Perfect Creaturestars Dougray Scott, Saffron Burrows, Stuart Wilson and Scott Wills andexplores a retro-futuristic world where vampires and humans co-exist.
  • White Chicks raises international total by $2.6m in 24 markets

    Revolution Studios' comedy White Chicks raised its international running totalby $2.6m on 1,500 screens in 24 markets to $24.2m at the weekend throughColumbia TriStar Film Distributors International (CTFDI). The picture hasgrossed $25.3m to date through all distributors.
  • Wild Bunch in the Ascendant

    Wild Bunch, the ambitiousFrench sales and distribution group, has begun what it hopes is the beginningof a beautiful friendship with fast-rising US indie producer AscendantPictures. In a last minute dual addition to its autumn AFM slate,Wild Bunch has added the $40m heroic fantasy Outlander and the quirky$10m romantic drama The Loop. Billed as something akin to Predator meets Braveheart,Outlander is a hardcore monster movie which follows an ali
  • Yes

    Dir/scr: Sally Potter.UK-US. 2004. 99mins.Sally Potter can never beaccused of avoiding risks. From the magnificent Orlando on down, she hassought to push back the borders of 'acceptable' film practice, allthe while engaging herself autobiographically in the most contentious socialand political issues of the day.That noteworthy and welcometradition continues with the grand, if ultimately failed, experiment of Yes,an excellent vehicl
  • Zinc, GRB expand alliance

    Zinc Entertainment, adivision of Silver Pictures, and GRB Entertainment have expanded their existingalliance by agreeing to co-produce and distribute five television movies overthe next two years.The first two projects, TheForerunner and Body Armor, will be available this year's AFM, where GRB istaking a suite for the first time.All TV movies under thenew development/production arm will have EC content and be

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