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8 August 2013

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  • Bill Edwards, 1929-2013

    The former MGM international publicity director died at his home in Cape Town, South Africa, on Jul 31. He was 84.
  • 2 Guns fires up $27.4m debut

    The independent action comedy starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg led a decent session in North America, scoring an estimated $27.4m through Universal.
  • About Time

    Dir/scr: Richard Curtis. UK. 2013. 123mins
  • Adele to open Helsinki FF

    Palme d’Or winner to open Finnish festival, which has announced its gala films.
  • Alex Garland’s Ex Machina begins shoot

    Principal photography has begun on the artificial intelligence thriller starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.
  • BAFTA LA to honour Bigelow, Kingsley

    Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley have been added to the honourees roster for the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Nov 9 in Beverly Hills.
  • BBFC reveals kids' download habits

    A quarter of children and teenagers download or stream movies from unofficial sources which offer no guidance on age ratings, according to new research.
  • Blanc-Biehn lines up The Girl

    EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn will direct The Girl for her Blanc/Biehn Productions label.
  • Bold lands $35m facility

    Heading into Cannes the word was that Bold Films was about to ramp up operations and so it has proved to be as the hierarchy announced on Thursday [8] a revolving credit line with Comerica Bank.
  • Cameron Bailey's 15 films to transform you

    Toronto Artistic Director Cameron Bailey wants to change the way you see the world.
  • Campanella's Futbolin to open San Sebastian

    Animated film is already a box-office hit in Argentina.
  • Cast join Jude Law on Black Sea

    Michael Smiley, David Threlfall, Ben Mendelsohn and Jodie Whittaker join Jude Law on submarine thriller, which has begun production in the UK.
  • Cheap Thrills wins at Fantasia

    Festival honours E.L. Katz’s genre thriller.
  • Cinedigm to release Penguin

    Cinedigm announced on Thursday [8] that it had acquired North American rights to the documentary Adventures Of The Penguin King from Atlantic Productions.
  • CineLink reveals work in progress line-up

    Six out of 40 submitted projects have made the final cut for the CineLink Work in Progress section, taking place as part of the Sarajevo Film Festival later this month.
  • Color Force goes crazy for Asians

    Nina Jacobson’s production entity has acquired feature rights to Kevin Kwan’s comedic bestseller Crazy Rich Asians.
  • Content Media revenue up 54%

    The UK/US firm also increased growth after acquiring a majority stake in Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.
  • Continental sells Bela to UK

    EXCLUSIVE: Continental Media, run by partners Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts, has closed an all-rights deal with Tony Taglienti’s 4Digital Media for the vampire-serial killer story.
  • Creatives, Sganzerla win at HBRFest

    The Moving Creatures by Caetano Gotardo was named best narrative fiction award as the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) climaxed on Aug 4.
  • Curse Of Chucky

    Dir/scr: Don Mancini. US. 2013. 97mins
  • D Films finds Romeo & Juliet

    The distributor has acquired exclusive, long-term Canadian rights in all media from Speranza13 Media to the Shakespearean tragedy adapted by screenwriter Julian Fellowes.
  • Dailymotion secures London riots doc

    Dailymotion to exclusively screen alternative take on the London Riots.
  • Davis joins Winslet on The Dressmaker

    Judy Davis has joined Kate Winslet on The Dressmaker, which has received backing from Screen Australia and is Jocelyn Moorhouse’s first film since 1997.
  • Digital edition: Locarno 2013

    Browse the digital edition of our Locarno Film Festival supplement here.
  • Discopath

    Dir/scr: Renaud Gauthier. Canada. 2013. 80mins
  • Dislecksia gets October release

    Area 23a announced on Monday [5] that Dislecksia: The Movie will open theatrically in cities across the US in October.
  • Disney takes Lone Ranger hit

    Disney says loss on Johnny Depp western could reach $190m; total company revenue up 4%.
  • DWKs Animation hires Taubin

    Dawn Taubin has joined DreamWorks Animation as chief marketing officer, replacing the recently departed Anne Globe.
  • Ed Harris joins Cymbeline

    The Oscar nominee has joined the cast of Michael Almereyda’s Shakespeare adaptation. International Film Trust handles sales outside the US, where CAA represents the project.
  • Ellen DeGeneres to host Oscars

    The comedian and talk show host will return to the Dolby Theatre for the Academy Awards on Mar 2, 2014.
  • Fantasia co-director hails "exceptionally strong" year

    Co-festival director Mitch Davis [pictured] talks to Screen about this year’s Fantasia, which wrapped yesterday [Aug 7].
  • Fantasia win for Big Bad Wolves

    Revenge horror Big Bad Wolves has won the best film prize at the Fantasia International Film Festival, which has revealed record attendance figures for its 17th edition.
  • FilmNation finds Good House

    FilmNation has acquired film rights from Tribeca Productions’ Jane Rosenthal to The Good House, which will mark the reunion of Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro for the first time in 17 years.
  • First UK-Albania co-pro shooting

    EXCLUSIVE: F&ME, ATP and Popov unite for Amsterdam Express.
  • FrightFest reveals shorts finalists

    Winner to be announced at FrightFest in London later this month.
  • Full Moon to stream films

    Full Moon Features has launched a subscription-based video streaming service to further monetise its library.
  • Galore

    Dir/scr: Rhys Graham. Australia. 2013. 103mins
  • Gotham to honour Oliver

    The Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will receive the 23rd annual Industry Tribute at the 23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Dec 2.
  • Goyer, Curtis to give lectures

    BAFTA and the BFI line-up Dark Knight, Bourne and Four Weddings screenwriters for annual lecture series.
  • Greenway pacts with ZSS Entertainment

    UK-based Greenway Entertainment has struck a deal with ZSS Entertainment in the US to produce 12 films together over the next six years.
  • Helen Saunders joins Wiggin’s Incopro

    Former BPI executive joins Wiggin’s online rights service.
  • Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend

    Dir/scr: Takashi Ishii. Japan. 2013. 112mins
  • Hungary selects Notebook for Oscars

    Hungarian Oscar selection committee chooses János Szász’s period drama.
  • Imboden, Koller among Zurich premieres

    New films from Markus Imboden and Xavier Koller among new films at the Zurich Film Festival.
  • Inbetweeners Movie 2 confirmed

    Comedy sequel will be released in August 2014.
  • Jimmy's Hall likely Ken Loach's last feature

    EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy’s Hall, which has begun shooting in Ireland, is likely to be Ken Loach’s last narrative feature - but he will continue to direct documentaries.
  • Judge dismisses Lovelace suit

    A New York federal Judge ruled in favour of Lovelace filmmakers and distributor RADiUS-TWC.
  • Koch resumes PGA role

    Hawk Koch has rejoined Mark Gordon as president of the PGA following his one-year term as president of the Academy.
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler

    Dir: Lee Daniels. US. 2013. 132mins
  • London Banks on Hanks

    European premiere of Disney’s Saving Mr Banks, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, to close the London Film Festival on October 20.
  • Lost Orson Welles film recovered

    Silent short Too Much Johnson features Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles.
  • Match Factory strikes deals for Locarno films

    EXCLUSIVE: The Match Factory has signed a raft of deals for Sam Garbarski’s Vijay And I and David Wnendt’s Wetlands ahead of their world premieres in Locarno.
  • McQuarrie to direct M:I5

    Paramount and financing partner Skydance Productions have announced that Christopher McQuarrie will direct the next instalment on the Mission: Impossible franchise starring Tom Cruise.
  • Moebius cleared for release with cuts

    Maverick auteur Kim Ki-duk’s controversial Moebius has finally been given the greenlight by the Korean Media Rating Board (KMRB) for local release - with two and a half minutes cut from the original.
  • Mongrel gets Brother for Canada

    Mongrel Media has acquired Canadian rights to Steve Hoover’s Sundance 2013 US Documentary Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Blood Brother.
  • Motovun Film Festival

    The 16th edition of the Croatia-based festival ran July 27-31.
  • Music Box gets Bettie Page

    Music Box has picked up US rights to Mark Mori’s Bettie Page Reveals All. Separately, Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to teen drama S#x Acts.
  • Netflix moves into local commissioning

    Netflix is moving to produce lower-cost local programming internationally for the first time and has commissioned its first major project outside of the US.
  • Neve Campbell starts Division 19

    Detroit may just have filed for bankruptcy but that hasn’t stopped filmmakers arriving in the troubled US city in their droves, among them British writer-producer-director Suzie Halewood.
  • OddLot hires Rachel Shane

    The new arrival joins as evp of production and reports to OddLot co-presidents Michael Nathanson and Bill Lischak.
  • Olympic Studios gets cinema convert

    The Olympic Studios in Barnes is being converted into a cinema venue with two screens.
  • Oscilloscope gets close to Doors

    Oscilloscope Laboratories plans a 2014 release after it announced that it had acquired all North American rights to Sam Fleischner’s Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors .
  • Pac Rim crosses $200m in thriller

    UPDATED AUG 5: Warner Bros’ biggest opening weekend in China helped Pacific Rim beat The Smurfs 2 in one of the closest international box office races in years as the sci-fi took a confirmed $53m from 58 markets compared to a confirmed $49.4m from 43 for Sony’s family sequel.
  • Paranoia

    Dir: Robert Luketic. US. 2013. 106mins
  • Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters

    Dir: Thor Freudenthal. US. 2013. 106mins
  • Planes

    Dir: Klay Hall. US. 2013. 92mins
  • Raven Banner gets Fear

    The Toronto-based company has acquired Canadian rights to Slasher Films’ Nothing Left To Fear and plans an autumn theatrical release.
  • RealD, Cinemex ink 10-year deal

    RealD and Mexico’s second-largest exhibitor Cinemex have inked a ten-year deal that will see RealD become the exclusive 3D technology provider for the circuit.
  • Renner back for new Bourne

    Jeremy Renner and a new screenwriter have been signed up for a fifth instalment of the ‘Bourne’ franchise, it has been announced.
  • Rome renews MAXXI strand

    Mario Sesti programmes retrospective and preview strand in new museum MAXXI.
  • San Sebastian unveils titles in competition

    Films from Roger Michell and Bertrand Tavernier as well as Jonathan Teplitzky’s The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, among first wave of titles.
  • Sarajevo juries announced

    The juries for the feature film, short film, documentary film and EFA categories of the 19th Sarajevo Film Festival have been revealed.
  • Scott Free signs Universal Music deal

    Long-term deal with Ridley Scott’s company will encompass all film and TV projects.
  • Smurfs 2 eyes int’l BO crown

    Sony Pictures Releasing International discharges the family sequel in an initial volley of 45 territories this weekend. Summit’s Now You See Me has crossed $100m.
  • Smurfs 2 lands top UK spot

    Sony’s 3D sequel scores $4.9m (£3.2m) debut, including previews, to lead busy field of new releases; Warner Bros’ The Conjuring leads Fri-Sun weekend; eOne’s Now You See Me crosses £10m mark.
  • Sony to open digital facility at Pinewood

    Sony has announced plans to open a Digital Motion Picture Centre (DMPC) at Pinewood Studios.
  • Spike Jonze's Her to close NYFF

    The world premiere of Spike Jonze’s Her starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Scarlett Johansson will close the 51st New York Film Festival on Oct 13.
  • Stephen Graham joins Hyena

    This Is England star joined by Elisa Wald Lasowski and Twilight’s MyAnna Buring in rounding out the cast of the London crime thriller.
  • Stranger wins Bauer Award at Motovun

    Neus Ballus’ The Plague also won the international Propeller prize at the festival in Croatia.
  • Strategic Partners welcomes 21 countries

    The Canadian market for international film, TV and digital co-production will run in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from Sept 12-15.
  • Summertime launches Legends portal

    Summertime Entertainment has announced the launch of as the official online destination for Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.
  • Talking Drum brings Flower Girl to UK

    Talking Drum Entertainment, which specialises in black film and TV distribution, will release the Nigerian romantic comedy FlowerGirl across UK cinemas in October.
  • These Final Hours

    Dir/scr: Zac Hilditch. Australia. 2013. 86mins
  • Thor Freudenthal, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

    Director Thor Freudenthal talks to Elbert Wyche about his entry into filmmaking and the challenges of directing a sequel.
  • TIFF execs: get entry visas early

    Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival have urged visitors to get their travel arrangements in order as soon as possible in light of the ongoing strike by Canadian foreign office workers.
  • TIFF unveils Canadian line-up

    Denis Villeneuve will have two films in the festival as it emerged that Canadian Features world premiere Enemy starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a man and his doppelganger [pictured] has joined the previously announced Prisoners, also starring Gyllenhaal.
  • Tim Winton’s The Turning

    Dirs: Marieka Walsh, Warwick Thornton, Jub Clerc, Robert Connolly, Anthony Lucas, Rhys Graham, Ashlee Page, Tony Ayres, Claire McCarthy, Stephen Page, Shaun Gladwell, Mia Wasikowska, Simon Stone, David Wenham, Jonathan auf der Heide, Justin Kurtzel, Yaron Lifschitz, Ian Meadows. Australia. 2013. 179mins
  • Tribeca, AT&T announce deal

    AT&T was unveiled on Monday [5] as the presenting sponsor of the Tribeca Film festival, replacing American Express who will remain involved in a sponsorship capacity. The festival’s 13th edition will run from Apr 16-27 2014.
  • Tula: The Revolt to close Trinidad and Tobago fest

    The slave uprising drama starring Danny Glover will close this year’s trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) on Oct 1.
  • TWC merger reports dismissed

    A source at The Weinstein Company said talks of a merger with Miramax were unfounded but added that joint ventures could be on the table.
  • Venice adds A Promise; Carrie Fisher joins jury

    Patrice Leconte’s A Promise will receive its world premiere at the 70th Venice Film Festival, where actress Carrie Fisher has been appointed to the international jury.
  • Venice Days to present The Abramovic Method

    Abramovic will present the film and revive her method in Venice.
  • Vijay And I

    Dir: Sam Garbarski.  Belgium-Germany-Luxembourg. 2013. 96mins
  • Vikander circles Kapadia epic

    EXCLUSIVE: Alicia Vikander in talks to join period love story Ali and Nino, adapted by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton.
  • Visit goes to Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition

    EXCLUSIVE: US sales outfit Visit Films has picked up rights to Locarno-bound drama.
  • Warsaw enters Beijing Film Market pact

    The Warsaw Film Foundation, Beijing Film Market and Film Factory have partnered to launch the China-Eastern Europe Film Promotion Programme (CEEFPP).
  • We're The Millers

    Dir: Rawson Marshall Thurber. US. 2013. 109mins
  • When Evening Falls On Bucharest Or Metabolism

    Dir/scr: Corneliu Porumboiu. Romania-France. 2013. 89mins
  • WWE, Lionsgate see more Evil

    WWE Studios and Lionsgate announced on Tuesday [6] that production on See No Evil 2 will begin in the autumn.
  • Yale Chasin swells ranks at UTA

    The international sales and distribution executive has left Relativity Media for UTA Independent Film Group.