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8 August 2005

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  • 20 Centimetres (20 Centimentros)

    Dir/scr: Ramon Salazar.Sp-Fr. 2005. 113mins.A bawdy, picaresque Spanish yarn about a transvestite whoyearns for a sex change operation (she has 20cm she wishes to dispense with -hence the title), Ramon Salazar's second feature carries obvious echoes of theearly work of Pedro Almodovar. There is the same irreverent humour, a sharedfascination with gender politics and a fondness for kitsch. Salazar throws in ahandful of Jacques Demy-style musical sequences as well as some spiri
  • AUTLOOK Filmsales racks up Crash Test Dummies sales

    AUTLOOKFilmsales has clocked up the first sales on Joerg Kalt's Crash Test Dummies which had its worldpremiere in Berlin's International Forum sidebar and was shown in Karlovy Varylast month. AUTLOOK'smanaging director Peter Jager told ScreenDaily.com that Kalt's debutfeature has been sold to Germany's Stardust Filmverleih and Poland's AgainstGravity, while he is 'currently in final negotiations' withdistributors from Switzerland, France, the Benelux,
  • Axel Springer takes over ProSiebenSat.1 Media

    Germanpublishing empire Axel Springer has acquired a majority stake in theProSiebenSat.1 Media to create the only listed media group in Germany withactivities both in the print media and television sectors.Inan Euros 2.5bn acquisition subject to anti-trust and media authority approval,Springer intends to increase its existing shareholding in ProSiebenSat.1 fromthe present 12% to 100% of the ordinary voting shares and to 25% of thenon-voting preference shares. Commentingon the ag
  • Bignardi plans life after Locarno

    Locarno's outgoing artistic director Irene Bignardi says she hopes hersuccessor will build on the work of the last five years to give the festivalits own unique place in the international festival landscape.Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily.com, she diplomatically skirtedthe issue of confirming who
  • Bleiberg leaves Dream to pursue new vision

    DreamEntertainment principals Ehud Bleiberg and Yitzhak Ginsberg are parting ways,with Ginsberg staying on to run the Los Angeles-based production and salesoutfit and former chairman Bleiberg leaving to set up his own venture.Both parties will share rights and jointly sell a number of projects in
  • BSkyB in talks to acquire UK cinemas

    UK satellite giant BSkyB isreportedly in talks to buy six UGC multiplex theatres from US private equityfirm The Blackstone Group.Sky chief operating officerRichard Freudenstein is said to be spearheading the talks, with a bid rumouredto be around £30m, according to Broadcast magazine.Sky reportedly plans to usethe cinemas as part of its bid to reach its target of 10 million subscribers by2010. This could include foyerdemonstrations of Sky services, HDTV presentations, or advance
  • Charlie wins international weekend with $14.4m in 23 markets

    Charlie And The Chocolate Factory drew the winning ticket for the secondconsecutive weekend as the family remake grossed an estimated $14.4m on 2,500screens in 23 markets through Warner Bros Pictures International for a $67.2mrunning total.
  • Co Op acquires film rights to Levangie Grazer's Teacher, Teacher

    Bob Jason and Bob Kravitz's New York-based production company Co.Op has acquired feature rights to Gigi Levangie Grazer's dark comedy Teacher,Teacher.
  • Czech relief as Omen 666 books into Prague

    20th Century Fox's The Omen 666 is set to shoot in Praguein the Czech Republic from late October.Prague-based productionoutfit Etic Films will work with Fox on the new instalment in the Omenfranchise, which is directed by John Moore, Etic's head of production VeronikaFinkova told ScreenDaily.com.The Omen 666 joins YoungHannibal: Behind the Mask as the second high-profile film
  • Dellal readies On A Clear Day follow-ups

    British filmmaker Gaby Dellal, whose film On A Clear Dayscreened to an enthusiastic response at the Locarno Film Festival at theweekend, is to team up with producers Dorothy Berwin and Sarah Curtis on asecond project. The new film, again to be scripted by Alex Rose, has theworking title Excess Baggage. Set in New York and Russia, it is a familydrama.Meanwhile, Dellal is also attached to direct 10 SecondsFrom The Sun, an adaptation of the novel by Russell Cel
  • Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

    Dir: Mike Bigelow. US.2005. 83mins.The comic novelty ofshort, dark and not so handsome Rob Schneider playing a likeably inept'man-whore' helped turn 1999 gross-out comedy Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolointo a surprise hit - but it's wearing pretty thin in this belated sequel.Schneider and co attempt to make up the difference by milking the sequel'sEuropean setting and supporting cast for easy and very broad laughs. Yet theirefforts still leave Deuce Bigalow: European Gig
  • Dukes Of Hazzard reign at the box office with $30.6m weekend

    Warner Bros' The Dukes Of Hazzard kicked the hides of the competition overthe weekend as the TV adaptation opened on an estimated $30.6m.
  • Ex-Renaissance exec Canning joins Becker Films

    Former Renaissance executive Iain Canning has joinedBecker Films International (BFI) as head of worldwide acquisitions, and willalso act as a consultant on acquiring Australian rights for sister companyDendy Films. He will continue to be based in London.In a statementreleased on Friday, Canning said he looked forward to working with BFIpresident Reiko Bradley and Dendy joint general managers Richard Payten andAndrew Mackie to identify and acquire top independent films. Canning w
  • Flying Scotsman takes off in Glasgow

    Shooting has begun onlocation in Glasgow on The Flying Scotsman, the feature debut of TVveteran Douglas Mackinnon.Thierry Wase-Bailey's newsales outfit Celsius has taken on international sales for the film, which starsJohnny Lee Miller (Melinda and Melinda), with Billy Boyd (The Lord ofthe Rings trilogy), Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy) and LauraFraser (A Knight's Tale) in support.Peter Broughan (Rob Roy)is producing for Mel Films, and
  • Four Brothers

    Dir: John Singleton. US.2005. 109mins.Set against a vastconspiratorial backdrop in which daylight shootouts take place with noimpunity, director John Singleton's Four Brothers is a formulaic andover-the-top crime drama that offers forth a guileless daisy chain of violentincidents with no convincing explication of place or consequence. Despite itsintriguing multi-cultural casting, it's a dramatic misfire.Box office prospects for thefilm still should be decent
  • Goal! 2 signs House Of Wax director

    Jaume Collet Serra, the Spanish director of Warner Bros' HouseOf Wax, has signed to direct Goal! 2, the second film in MilkshakeFilms' football trilogy. Shooting starts in October in Spain and London. Thetrilogy follows a Mexican boy from Los Angeles to play football in the UK,before transferring to a Spanish club and then playing for his national team inthe World Cup fi
  • Gordon joins Langley as president of production at Universal

    Jon Gordon (pictured) will join Donna Langley as president ofproduction at Universal Pictures.The two exec
  • here! plots multi-platform release for Assassin

    Thesimultaneous multi-platform releasing bug is catching on with news that gay andlesbian premium television network here! will launch Margaret Cho's liveconcert film Assassinday-and-date in US theatres, on satellite television and video-on-demand.The pattern echoes that announced back in
  • Higuchi named head of licensing at Constantin

    Yoko Higuchi has been promoted to the post ofhead of licensing at Munich-based Constantin Film.She will work closely with Constantin's CEO Fred Kogel onall licensing and sales activities and also oversee international acquisitionsin tandem with Kogel and Herman Weigel.Over the past two years, Higuchi played a key role in theacquisition of such Constantin releases as Les Chor
  • Imax signs eighth US cinema deal of 2005

    IMAX Corp. and SaltLake City-based LHM Group have signed an agreement to install one of itsgiant-screen cinema systems at the Jordan Commons Megaplex in the city.The 17-screen complexis the highest-grossing in Utah. The deal will see an existing 70mm auditoriumretrofitted as an IMAX facility; it should be operational by Autumn 2005. It'sthe eighth US cinema deal signed by IMAX this year.LHM Group's cinemascontrol nearly 60% of the Salt Lake City and Utah Coun
  • IndieWIRE, Emerging Pictures team up on Undiscovered Gems

    New York-based indieWIRE and distributorEmerging Pictures have partnered up to take undistributed filmsto cities across the United States.The Undiscovered Gems venture will bring six to 10 titles from indieWIRE'sannual list of the best undistributed films to at least 12 cities nationwide.The official selection of films chosen for syndication will be announced thisautumn.For the past two years IndieWIRE has presented itsUndiscovered Gems series with the California Film Ins
  • Island floats to UK, Mexico in foreign rescue mission

    Warner Bros Pictures International stable-mates The Island and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory will be the ones to beat this weekendwith a slew of major market debuts.
  • Italian directors win legal battle over lack of funding

    A group of first time directors, known as Gruppo 16/12,who took legal action against the Italian government after being denied publicfunds that had been awarded to their projects, have won their case. Earlier this year, the government told the directors there were insufficientfunds to finance their 20 features which had been awarded public funds by theCultural Ministry in December 2003. Filmmakers were invited to reapply forfunding this year.Producers of theemerging writers and
  • Jeremy Thomas readies Royle's Director's Cut

    Britishproducer Jeremy Thomas, who picks up the Locarno Film Festival's prestigiousRaimondo Rezzonico award today, has revealed further details of what looks setto be his second film as a director.The Director's Cut is an adaptation of NicholasRoyle's novel. Royle has already written a draft of the screenplay and Thomashopes to shoot next year. The story, set in London in the 1
  • Kerrigan's Keane pulls out of Edinburgh line-up

    Lodge Kerrigan's Keane will no longer bescreening at this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) Aug17-28).The festival cited a conflicting commitment -understood to be a screening at this year's Deauville Festival of British film- as the reason for the move.
  • Kindred picks up techno-thriller Phreaker

    Musicproducer Joe Nicolo's fledgling boutique distributor Kindred Media Group haspicked up universal rights from Tasty Pixels to Mark Young's techno-thriller Phreaker.The Los Angeles and Pennsylvania-based Kindred plans a limited 2006 release on the story of a digital-age entrepreneur who
  • Laemmle/Zeller bulks up with Down To The Bone, Cautiva

    GregLaemmle and Steven Zeller's "virtual" distributor Laemmle/ZellerFilms has picked up Debra Granik's Down To The Bone and Gaston Biraben's Argentinean thriller Cautiva.The company, which launched earlier this year with the aim ofchampioning titles that might typically fall through the distribution net, willopen Down To The Bonein early October and Cautiva in early 2006.Down To The Bone won the director's award and the special jury prize at Su
  • London hosts shoot of Pfeiffer/Heckerling project

    Principal photography isunderway in London on Amy Heckerling's $27m romantic comedy I Could Never BeYour Woman starring MichellePfeiffer.Paul Rudd and Tracey Ullmanalso star in the story of a successful businesswoman who encounters nothing butstress in her love life.Fred Willard and Mel Smithalso feature in the cast and there are cameos from Graham Norton, MacKenzieCrook, Henry Winkler and Sally Kellerman, among others.Philippe Martinez, ScottRudin, Alan Latham and
  • Maire to replace Bignardi as Locarno artistic director

    Frederic Maire is to succeed Irene Bignardi as artistic director for the Locarno FilmFestival from the 2006 edition.Originally, the festival hadintended to announce the successful candidate on August 14, a day after thisyear's event wraps. But an apparent leak has led to news of the appointmentbeing widely reported on Swiss television and press. Thefestival is refusing to confirm or d
  • Malkovich lines up Zemeckis project

    JohnMalkovich has revealed details of several new projects he is slated to work onduring the next year. The actor producer-director discussed the projects whilegiving a masterclass at the Locarno film festival this week. Chiefamongst these was the revelation that he may be joining the cast of RobertZemeckis' highly anticipated project B
  • Mimmo Rotella to head Venice's Orizzonti jury

    Italian artist Mimmo Rotellawill head the jury of Venice's Orizzonti competition, the Biennale hasannounced.Milan-based Rotella, who isone of Italy's leading contemporary artists, will be joined on the jury bySpanish writer-director Isabel Coixet, whose latest film, The Secret Life OfWords, with Tim Robbins and Sarah Polley, opens Orizzonti out-of-competition. Italian actor ValerioMastandrea, French critic Jean-Michel Frodon, Japanese director ShinyaTsukamoto
  • Montreal unveils full competition line-up

    Iranian filmmaker MohsenMakhmalbaf's Sex And Philosophy andveteran Canadian director Claude Gagnon's Kamatakiare among 22 titles selected for the 29th Montreal World Film Festival's Competition. Other world premieres includeSwiss filmmaker Simon Aeby's six-territory coproductionThe Headsman;Bosnia-Herzegovina-Croatia title Go Westfrom Ahmed Imamovic; Jocelyne Saab's Duniaand UK host
  • Moreau to head San Sebastian jury

    Jeanne Moreau will preside over a high-profile official jury at the Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival(Sept 21-30).She is joined by Bruno Barreto, Isabel Coixet, Sara Driver, Bruno Ganz, Manuel Gomez Pereira and Jose Saramago.Mexican actress Patricia Reyes Spindola will preside over the New Directors' jury. The festival has also made a number of announcments about this year's programme:* Nick Broomfield's UK immigration documentary Ghosts will open the official
  • Music producer Nicolo launches distribution venture

    Grammy Award-winningmusic producer Joe Nicolo has teamed up with a group of entrepreneurs to launch Kindred Media Group.Backed by private equity, the new distribution venturewill handle domestic and international rights on projects and will be headed upby new media entrepreneur Jeffrey D Erb, who founded the business-to-businesstechnology company precision Media, among others.Also on boardare Erb's longtime business partner Robert L Robinson Jr, and Dani Englander,who hails from
  • NatGeo festival includes South African world premiere

    The work of indigenous and under-representedminority-culture filmmakers will be celebrated at National Geographic's secondannual All Roads Film Festival commencing in Los Angeles next month.The four-day multimedia event includes the world premiere of EmmaKaye and Eric Oldrin's
  • Newsday's Seymour to chair NY Critics Circle

    New York Newsday critic Gene Seymour will take over as chairman ofthe New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) this year as the group prepares tounveil its award winners on Dec 12.Over the years the group has demonstrated a hit-and-missrecord as an Oscar bellweather, and members' s
  • Nolan named as Screen South chief executive

    Jo Nolan has been appointedchief executive of Screen South, the regional screen agency for the South ofEngland. She replaces from Gina Fegan.Nolan has been deputy chiefexecutive and head of regional development and production at Screen South sinceNovember 2004. Prior to this she was head of regional development and skillsfor the agency. Graham Benson, chair OfScreen South announced: "Gina has done a brilliant job launching andthen running Screen South.
  • North African countries launch Maghreb promotional body

    Filmmakers from Tunisia, Algeria and Moroccohave joined forces to launch Maghreb Cinemas, an international promotional bodyfor the three countries' film industries.The initiative was unveiled during this year's Open Doorsworkshop in Locarno where 25 filmmakers from the Maghreb region presented newfeature projects to potential production partners from Western Europe
  • Oldman, Ledoyen headline Filmax horror Backwoods

    Gary Oldman and Virginie Ledoyen are headlining a new Englishlanguage horror title from Spain's Filmax, The Backwoods.To be sold internationally by Filmax, the film is aco-production with Spanish start-ups Monfort Producciones and Videntia FramesProducciones together with the UK's Holy Cow and France's Divine Productions.It began shooting under award-winning short film directorKoldo Serra on August 1 and will continue in locations around Spain's BasqueCountry for e
  • Oz opens applications for $15.5m tax fund

    The Australian government has called for applications fromlocal companies interested in winning a licence giving them the right to raise$15.5m (A$20m) over the next two years for investment in the film andtelevision industry.Investment inproduction in Australia already delivers a 100% tax deduction but under theFilm Licensed Investment Company (FLIC) Scheme there is less risks associatedwith getting the deduction, which applies as soon as investors buy into thescheme.The announc
  • Oz producers navigate funding Puzzle

    Writer/director Mark Forstmann and producers MiriamStein and Tamara Popper go into production on October 31 on Monkey Puzzleafter extensive workshops with a cast of young emerging actors.The coming of age, character-driven drama centres onfive friends who go looking for world's rarest tree. As they descend into theravines and canyons of the Blue Mountains, the vast landscape begins to closein on them. They are forced to confront hidden pasts, unrequited love, fear ofintimacy and
  • Paris court overturns L'Ex Femme, Warners ruling

    The Paris court of appealshas overturned a ruling that prevented the film L'Ex Femme de Ma Viefrom benefiting from French subsidies.France's National CinemaCentre (CNC), responsible for granting subsidies to French and European films,appealed the decision on the film last year.
  • Picturehouse unveils senior marketing team

    Bob Berney's fledgling NewYork-based distribution company Picturehouse has consolidated its marketingteam by fusing former staff members from both Newmarket Films and Fine Line Features.As previously announced, Marian Koltai-Levine and Dennis O'Connor will head upthe department as executive vice presidents of marketing, while Nina Baron joins as seniorvice president of national publicity and Jennifer Stott is named senior vicepresident of publicity and promotions.Baron previous
  • Relief as Italian box office soars in July

    After the gloomand doom of reports that Italian admissions tumbled sharply in the first halfof 2005, Italy has announced a formidable 44% rise in box office takings forthe month of July.According to figures released by data-gathering body,Cinetel, Euros 19m were earned at the box office in July, a 44% hike on thesame month last year. The rise waslargely due to The War of the Worlds, which itself was responsible for 50% of all box officegrosses in July.Walter Vacchi
  • Riviera

    Dir/scr:Anne Villaceque. Fr. 2005. 94mins.Emotionaldysfunction, repressed sexuality and Southern sunshine make a potentlydisturbing combination in Riviera, second feature by French directorAnne Villaceque. In her 2000 debut Petite Cherie, Villaceque establishedtroubled female sexuality as her key theme, and she returns to it with avengeance in this subtly intense portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship.Strongperformances
  • San Sebastian adds 13 titles to competition line-up

    The Donostia-San SebastianInternational Film Festival (Sept 15-24), now in its 53rd edition, has unveiled13 more predominantly European and Asian features selected to complete thisyear's official competition.Among the high-profiledirectors throwing in their hat are Terry Gilliam, with his Texas-set tale of ayoung girl's fantasy world in Tideland, and Michael Winterbottom's period comedy A Cock And Bull Story based on the classic The Life And Opinions OfTristram Shandy
  • Sandrelli set for Golden Lion at Venice

    The Biennale has announcedthat Italian actress Stefania Sandrelli will receive a Golden Lion for LifetimeAchievement at the upcoming Venice Film Festival (Aug 31-Sept 10).Festivaldirector Marco Mueller said: "A 45-year-old career in film, and she doesn'tshow it. Stefania Sandrelli has lived through all the various periods ofItalian cinema."TheTuscan actress started out working with post-World W
  • Secuestro Express

    Dir/scr: JonathanJakubowicz. Venez-US. 2005. 86mins.The debut feature fromVenezuelan-born 26 year-old Jonathan Jakubowicz, Secuestro Express is abold warts-and-all chronicle of a commonplace kidnapping on the brutal streetsof Caracas. Shot on digital video and filled with the kind of flash kineticenergy which will get him noticed on the world map, the film is certainly animpressive calling card. Indeed the film itself is produced by collaborators of
  • Shortlist narrows in search for new Locarno director

    With less than a week to go beforeLocarno's board makes a decision on the successor to Irene Bignardi as thefestival's artistic director, the news on the festival grapevine is that thechoice will be between two names: Jean Perret, director of the Nyon DocumentaryFilm Festival "Visions du Reel", and Frederic Maire, organiser of thecinema education initiative Laterna Magica.
  • Stoned

    Dir: Stephen Woolley. UK.2005. 102mins.Veteran UK producerStephen Woolley makes an accomplished directorial debut with Stoned, anabsorbing portrait of Brian Jones, the founding member of The Rolling Stones,and the events surrounding his death on July 2, 1969. Rich in period atmosphereand music, the film possesses the same knowing style and historical intrigue asScandal and Backbeat, both of which Woolley produced.Like those
  • Strings director wins backing for dark satire

    Danish director Anders Ronnow-Klarlund has won backingfor his follow-up to festival title Strings,called John, Bodil, China and Melanie.The Danish Film Institute (DFI) has invested Euros500,000 in the project which will be produced by Zentropa Entertainment.Ronnow-Klarlund's fourth film is a satire set in a nottoo distant future. A quarter of the population of Denmark has beenincarcerated in a sc
  • Swiss film chief calls for end to 'watering can' funding

    Nicolas Bideau,the incoming head of the film section at Switzerland's Federal Office ofCulture (BAK) from October 1, has called for concentration of funds into fewerprojects and an improvement of Swiss cinema's image at home and abroad.Speaking at the weekendat the Locarno Film Festival, Bideau said that he was looking to focus infuture on "popular quality films" by auteur directors."There are lots of talents but one must acknowledge thefact that Switzerland is a small country a
  • Switzerland to rejoin Media Programme

    Swiss filmmakers will be able to participate fully in the EuropeanUnion's MEDIA Programme from January 1, 2006 after being excluded for the lastthirteen years. Swiss media professionals had been barred from MEDIA after the Swisspopulation voted in December 1992 against membership of the European EconomicAre
  • Sydney festival poised for major overhaul

    The SydneyFilm Festival (SFF) is to hold a major review of its activities, including areassessment of it dates and venues.The movefollows news that both president Cathy Robinson and general manager JenniferNaughton have stepped down. "The festival has to finditself a position
  • The Great Raid

    Dir: John Dahl. US. 2005.130mins.The inherent messiness ofarmed combat gets a full and solemn workout in director John Dahl's detailed,solidly staged World War II liberation flick The Great Raid, anold-fashioned movie of stark moral clarity that will appeal to hardcore genrefans and flag-waving American patriots, but not likely make a huge commercialdent in the action market, either domestically or internationally.The film is of a kindperhaps slightly out of
  • The Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes

    Dirs: The Brothers Quay.UK-Ger-Fr. 2005. 99mins.A decade after theirdebut feature Institute Benjamenta (1994), Stephen and Timothy Quay havemade their second full-length film. As one might expect from film-makers widelyacknowledged as masters of stop-motion and miniaturisation, this is a richlydetailed affair. It is crammed full of literary, cinematic and fine artreferences. Individual set-pieces are often hugely inventive.Sadly, though, as afull-length narr
  • THINKFilm picks up Emmett Louis Till civil rights doc

    THINKFilm has picked up North American rights to KeithBeauchamp's civil rights documentary The Untold Story Of Emmett Louis Till.The picture will launch on Aug 17 in New York at a private UNscreening and at Film Forum, followed by a nationwide rollout coinciding withthe 50th anniversary of
  • TLA acquires Beverly Kills for North America, UK

    TLAReleasing has acquired theatrical, home entertainment and broadcast rights inNorth America and the UK to Damion Dietz' comedy Beverly Kills.Alimited theatrical run is planned for mid-2006 on the project, in which anembittered and ageing drag queen swears vengeance on the entire city of LosAngeles after he is rejected for a role.Thecompany's director of acquisitions Rich Wolff negotiated the deal with NewMedia Entertainment on behalf of Dietz.Dietz'credits includ
  • Toronto line-up confirms Oscar launchpad status

    Confirming its position as the launch padfor Oscar season, the Toronto International Film Festival has added nine worldpremieres to its line-up, many from or starring Academy Award-winningfilmmakers and actors.Among the new titles scheduled to screen at the 30thTIFF are Breakfast On Pluto, fromscreenplay winner and directorial nominee Neil Jordan; The World's Fastest Indian, starring multiple winner Ant
  • Toronto names documentary world premieres

    The Toronto International Film Festival hasadded thirteen documentary world premieres to its line-up, including SydneyPollack's Sketches Of Frank Gehry.Alex Hinton's Pick Up The Mic, a lookat gay rappers, and Lian Lunson's profile of Canadian troubadour Leonard Cohen,Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man,featuring performances by Cohen, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright and U2.
  • UK training levy to become mandatory for producers

    TheSkills Investment Fund (SIF), the UK film training levy, is to become amandatory payment for producers from next year. SIF is currentlyvoluntary and is collected by training body Skillset. It sees productions shooting in the UKcontribute 0.5% of their budgets up to a maximum of £39,500 into a fund tosupport training and education for film crews. So far the SIFlevy has raised
  • UK's Tucker to direct New Line's Golden Compass

    Anand Tucker is in talks with New Line to direct The GoldenCompass, the firstinstalment of Philip Pullman's children's fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials.
  • Universal lures Scott for Book Of Leo

    Seann William Scott, currently riding high following lastweekend's number one launch of The Dukes Of Hazzard, is being lined up to star in the comedy BookOf Leo for Universal Pictures.The project is being put together by Marc PlattProductions and Scott and Graham Larson's Identity Films, which both have termdeals with the studio.Platt, Scott andLarson will produce Joe Lovero's screenplay about a young man who undergoes aquarter-life crisis as his 30th birthday appr
  • Warner's Dukes lord it over US theatres with $30.6m weekend

    Warner Bros' The Dukes Of Hazzard kicked the hides of the competition overthe weekend as the TV adaptation opened on an estimated $30.6m.
  • Watt's Ways takes Fipresci prize at Brisbane

    Australian film Look BothWays, US coming-of-age tale Mysterious Skin, and South Koreanpicture Spying Cam (Frakchi) have each won major awards at the BrisbaneInternational Film Festival.Writer/director Sarah Watt'sdebut Look Both Ways won the FIPRESCI (Federation Internationale de laPresse Cinematographique) award for best Asia Pacific film. Watt was previouslybest known for her animation and has included animated sequences in the film,which Dendy launches na
  • What A Wonderful Place (Eize Makom Nifla)

    Dir/scr: EyalHalfon. Is-Ger. 2005. 104mins.Eyal Halfon's WhatA Wonderful Place, about the plight of foreign workers in Israel is a grim,angry and uncompromising drama. Three inter-related plots leading to violentfinal clash offer the bitterly ironic conclusion that Israel - or any othersupposedly liberal western country that treats its economic migrants in thisway - is anything but a wonderful place to be in.

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