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9 October 2006

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  • 51st Valladolid line-up announced

    Fifteen feature films willcompete for the top Golden Spike Award at this year's 51st International FilmWeek of Valladolid, Spain, also known as Seminci (Oct 20-28).Last year's Golden Spikewinner, Matias Bize's In Bed (En LaCama), has been selected to represent Chile in the nominations to the foreign-language Oscar.Bize will sit on the official jury at Valladolid this year.
  • A Stone's Throw

    Dir: Camelia Frieberg. Canada. 2006. 98mins.The directingdebut of producer Camelia Frieberg, AStone's Throw is a family drama underscored with hot button social issues.Adroitly crafted and well observed, the film shows a nascent talent behind thelens. However, the familiarity of the yarn and the absence of marqueeperformers present an uphill struggle to secure theatrical sales.The film is setin an old Nova Scotia mining town now populated in equ
  • Affleck, Film Foundation to receive HFA honours on Oct 23

    MartinScorsese's non-profit organisation The Film Foundation will receive theHollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Film Preservation Award and Ben Affleckwill collect the Hollywood Supporting Actor of the Year Award.Festivalorganisers will bestow the awards at the 10th Annual awards ceremony in LosAngeles on Oct 23.Scorseselaunched the non-profit Film Foundation in 1990 with the backing of FrancisFord Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick and Woody Allen, am
  • AFM to screen 589 films, launches online resource

    The 27th AFMwill open next month with a record 589 films, organizers said yesterday [IOct 4],an increase of 10% over last year.The numberincludes 54 titles playing in official selection at AFI Fest, and a record 384market premieres.AFM managingdirector and Independent Film & Television Alliance executive vicepresident Jonathan Wolf said the organisation was also launching a newyear-round catalogue resource at www.afmfilms.org.Exhibito
  • Argentinian director Eduardo Mignogna dies aged 66

    AcclaimedArgentinian director and writer Eduardo Mignogna died October 8 of cancer in BuenosAires. He was 66.Mignogna shoteight multi-awarded feature films and was also a published writer and arenowned TV director. Autumn Sun (Sol de Otono), TheEscape (La Fuga), Cleopatra, The Lighthouse (El Faro), Flop and mostrecently The Wind (El Viento) wereall critical and commercial successes in Argentina and also in foreignterritories, especially in France and Spain.
  • Argentinian director Eduardo Mignogna dies at 66

    AcclaimedArgentinian director and writer Eduardo Mignogna died today of cancer in BuenosAires. He was 66.Mignognashot eight multi-awarded feature films and was also a published writer and arenowned TV director. His filmssuch as Sol de Oto-o (Autumn Sun), La Fuga(The Escape), Cleopatra, El Faro (The Lighthouse), Flop and most recently El Viento (The Wind) were all critical and commercialsuccesses in Argentina a
  • Aronofsky, Lynch films set for AFI FEST gala slots

    Darren Aronofsky's time-travel epic The Fountain starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weiszand David Lynch's mystery INLAND EMPIRE starring Laura Dern and Jeremy Irons have been added to theroster of AFI Fest centerpiece galas.
  • Australia's award season kicks off

    Australia's award season kicked off this week withnominations announced for both the Inside Film Awards and the Film CriticsCircle of Australia Awards. The people's choice IF Awards revealedtheir nominations on Oct 4. The three films up for best film are: Kenny, a low-
  • Avex Asia appoints Koo to head production arm

    Avex Asia, the Hong Kong-based subsidiary of Japan's Avex Group, has established a film production armto be headed by former Applause Pictures executive Esther Koo. Koo, who has been named headof film development, will be responsible for generating film productions in Hong Kong, China,
  • Babel to open, Host to close Hawaii festival

    Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's ensemble drama Babel and the US premiere of Lee Sang-il'sfeel-good Japanese picture Hula Girls booked the 26th Hawaii International Film Festival (LVHIFF),which straddles several Hawaiian islands from Oct 19-Nov 5.
  • Beach gets Rising Star award at 18th Palm Springs festival

    The 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF)will honour Adam Beach with the Rising Star Award at its annual awards gala onJan 6, 2007.
  • Besson reconsiders directing 'retirement'

    Luc Besson says he will reconsider returning behind the camera if he finds, "a good script" - despite a recent interview announcing his retirement from directing.Speaking at the Frankfurt Book Fair, he told Agence France Presse: "I made 10 films and I never would have imagined being able to do that when I was young. It's the end of a cycle, that's certain. "If I don't direct any more films, that's fine. I've said what I had to say. But, I am not an idiot. If someone shows me a good
  • BFI announces opening program for Southbank

    The British Film Institute(BFI) has announced the opening program of the refurbished National FilmTheatre, which is set to reopen as BFI Southbank on 1 Feb, 2007. The opening season willinclude a restored print of Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidadosand a special run of Distant Voices,Still Lives, including an onstage presentation by director Terence Davies.The BFI will also distribute the Davies film to select cinemas around the
  • Black Book takes best feature and director at Dutch awards

    Black Book (Zwartboek) was the big winner as The Dutch Cinema Awards, theGolden Calves, were presented during the Dutch Film Gala at the close of the 26thNetherlands Film Festival. Black Bookwon best feature film, Paul Verhoeven won best director while Carice van Houtenwon best actress. The jury said of Verhoeven:"The Dutch cinema can be proud of having a master in its ranks who, with histechnical abilities, has made a world-class film in the
  • Brazilians vie for Latin American Film Fund

    Brazilianproducers need to build bridges with the financial community in order toattract more private production investment, delegates at the Rio InternationalFilm Festival (Sept 21 - Oct 5) were told.A seminaron production included speakers Joseph Woolf, Citigroup entertainment financingdirector, Doug Hansen, COO
  • Cage to receive Chopard career award at 3rd Bahamas film festival

    Nicolas Cage will receive the 3rd Annual Bahamas InternationalFilm Festival (BIFF)'s Chopard Award in recognition of his career.
  • Canana finishes first picture Cochochi in Mexico

    Canana, the new Mexicanproduction company founded by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz,has wrapped the six-week shoot of its first film Cochochi in co-production with Donald K Ranvaud's Buena OndaLtd.The movie, about Mexico'snative Raramuri Indians, was co-financed by LA-based Alcove Entertainment whoseprincipals Robin Fox and Amina Dasmal are executive producers. Parviz Yazdani'sCanada World Cinema Project and the Mexican Film Insitite are also backers.Buena
  • Celestial signs deals with Australian duo

    Hong Kong-based CelestialPictures has sealed separate deals with Australian broadcasters SBS and Pan TVfor distribution of its Shaw Brothers library. Public broadcaster SBS haslicensed free TV rights to a package of Shaw Brothers films, including The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin, Come Drink With Me and The Magic Blade. The deal marks thefirst time that Celestial's Shaw Brothers titles will be available onAustralian free-to-air TV. Meanwhile Pan TV haslicensed pay
  • CMG to rep international on Buster Keaton collection

    EdwardNoeltner's ambitious international sales house Cinema Management Group (CMG)has bolstered its AFM slate with all international theatrical and DVD rights tothe Buster Keaton Collection.The collectionincludes all 12 of the silent comedy master's features from the 1920s, as wellas 18 shorts and two specials including Vernon P Becker's 1968 documentary TheGreat Stone Face.Titles includesuch time-honoured classics as Sherlock Jr, The Navigator, and The General
  • Costa-Gavras to host masterclass at Thessaloniki

    Director Costa-Gavraswill present a masterclass at this year's International Thessaloniki Film Festival(TIFF). Gavras joins previously announced guests, film-makers Wim Wenders andWalter Salles, in attending the 47th anniversary of the festival.Wenders will host amasterclass as well as a major retrospective of his works at TIFF, which isheld Nov 17-26. An exhibition of film stills photographed by his wife andcollaborator, Donata Wenders, will accompany the retrospective.Salles a
  • Days Of Glory star Debbouze barred from Algerian screening

    Days Of Glory star, and Palme d'Or winner, Jamel Debbouze has been refused a visa to enter Algeria for a screening of the film.Debbouze, who was born in France, is of Moroccan origin and, according to reports earlier this year in Moroccan daily Maroc Soir was already refused entry to the country when heading there to play nightclub dates with his stand-up act.Days Of Glory producer Jean Brehat told AFP that the reasons for the latest refusal were not indicated by the
  • Delirious

    Dir: Tom DiCillo. US. 2006. 107mins.Neither a spoof of the celebrityindustry nor an earnest appraisal of what this industry is all about, TomDiCillo's Delirious is anintermittently amusing rags-to-riches lark about a small time paparazzo and hishandsome sidekick who ends up a screen star. DiCillo aims his gently pointedbarbs at pop idols and trendsetters and their retinue of advisers, agents, PRs,bodyguards, and othe
  • Development package lures Mediterranean documentary makers

    Registration hasopened for Greenhouse, a development program funded by the European Union forMediterranean documentary film makers. The project wasorganised by The New Israeli Foundation for Cinema and Television, Turkey's Ankara Cinema Foundation, The CzechRepublic's Institute of Documentary Film
  • Dinard awards top prize to London To Brighton

    London To Brighton won the Hitchcock d'Or, or grand jury prize, of the17th Festival Du Film Britannique in Dinard, France. PaulAndrew Williams' debut feature, a gritty thriller, previously screening in Edinburgh and Toronto. The Dinard prize comes with $3780 (Euros 3000)toward distribution
  • Everything's Gone Green

    Dir: Paul Fox. Canada. 2006. 92mins.A generally wellcrafted, breezy yarn, Everything's Gone Green has a lot of bright, nascenttalent but falls short of an artistic or commercial bull's-eye. It'sintelligently observed when it ought to be hilarious and lacks the requisitebite and tartness that would set it apart from the ceaseless stream of humancomedies in the marketplace.Leads PauloCostanzo and Steph Song are very appealing leads and that might be sufficientto secure limi
  • FACT welcomes new Director General Kieron Sharp

    The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) has announced the appointment of Kieron Sharp as its new DirectorGeneral. Sharp has a 30-year law-enforcementbackground, most recently as Head of Specialist Crime Operations at the City ofLondon Police Service where he headed major crime investigations andsurveillance operations, among other duties. He is a graduate of the FederalBureau of Investigation (FBI) national academy in
  • Film Independent announces participants in 2006 Producers Lab

    Film Independent has announced the participants in its annual ProducersLab, which runs in Los Angeles for seven consecutive weeks starting on Oct 16.
  • Film piracy a $1billion business in Latin America

    Piracycost the Brazilian cinema market $102m last year according to figures announcedby the Motion Picture Association (MPA) at the Rio International Film Festival.Aseminar featuring producer Diler Trindade, Total Filmes' Walkiria Barbosa,producer Luiz Carlos Barreto, the MPA's Marcio Goncalves and attorney MarceloGoyanes heard that piracy was wo
  • First sales for Golden Shell winner Half Moon

    The Match Factory hasconcluded its first deals for Bahman Ghobadi's Golden Shell winner Half Moon, with sales to GolemDistribution (Spain), Providence Filmes (Brazil) and Cinemien (Netherlands,Belgium), while negotiations are underway for the UK, Scandinavian and LatinAmerican territories.In addition to winning theGolden Shell ex aequo,
  • Five new features for Brazil's Conspiracao Filmes

    Conspiracao Filmes, theBrazilian production outfit behind Andrucha Waddington's House Of Sand and local hit Two Sons Of Francisco, has announced aslate of five features for 2007/08.The first project, Right On! (PodeCrer!),is currently in post production for release early next year. Directed by ArthurFontes, the film is a coming-of-age story about seven high school graduates intheir last school year.Other projects include:-Leaving The Office (La
  • Fortissimo picks up worldwide rights to Guest's Consideration

    Fortissimo Films has picked up worldwide rights excludingNorth America and the UK to Christopher Guest's upcoming comedy For YourConsideration.The picture, which received its world premiere at Toronto inSeptember, takes a tongue-in-cheek swipe at the Hollywood Awards seaso
  • Fox revises Prada international weekend to $19.4m

    The DevilWears Prada was a biggeroverseas hit at the weekend than originally thought and grossed $19.4maccording to revised figures from Fox International.Thecomedy debuted in three major territories and took $2.7m in France, $2.3m inRussia, and $6.1m in the UK as previously reported. The international runningtotal currently stands at $
  • Franka Potente to play Pope Joan

    Germany's FrankaPotente is to play the lead in Volker Schloendorff's long-gestating adaptationof Donna Cross' novel Pope Joan.Cross'bestseller tells the story of Johanna von Ingelheim, who succeeded in enteringthe highest ranks of the Roman clergy disguised
  • Fry to host BAFTA/LA's Britannia Awards on Nov 2

    Comedian, author and filmmaker Stephen Fry will host the 2006BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards on Nov 2 at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotelin Los Angeles.
  • Fur: An Imaginary Portrait Of Diane Arbus

    Dir: Steven Shainberg. US. 2006. 122mins.A surprising and seductive curio from Secretary directorSteven Shainberg, Furis one of the season's most unusual films. On the one hand, its high-calibrecast led by Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jrscreams of prestige awards contender, while on the other its unconventionalpacing, largely fictional story about the iconic Arbusand decidedly bizarre characters mark it out as a cult item w
  • Golden Village installs 3D digital cinema system

    Through its brand newflagship multiplex GV Vivocity, Singapore's largest exhibitor Golden Village has become the first in South-East Asia toinstall a 3D digital cinema system provided by Kodak. Using Real D's 3Dstereoscopic technologies, the new system is equipped with a Kodak cine-serverand Barco projector. Upcoming
  • Grbavica gets another award in Reykjavik

    Bosnian director JasmilaZbanic's Grbavica, which won theGolden Bear at this year's Berlinale, received the Discovery of the Year Awardat the third Reykjavik International Film Festival, which ended Sunday. Grbavica follows a mother and her12-year-old daughter struggling to make their way through the aftermath of theBalkan war.In the New Visionscompetition of 14 features, the international jury presided over by UK
  • Griffin & Phoenix

    Dir: Ed Stone. US. 2006. 102mins.A theatrical remake of a 1976 TV movie, Ed Stone's featuredebut Griffin & Phoenix never movesbeyond the narrative and emotional restrictions of a story about two people in lovedying from cancer. Stone tries his best to avoid manipulation or sentiment, butthe story is almost entirely built around incident rather than any examination ofloss and pain, resulting in little sense of discovery o
  • Griffin & Phoenix

    Dir: Ed Stone. US. 2006. 102mins.A theatrical remake of a 1976 TV movie, Ed Stone's featuredebut Griffin & Phoenix never movesbeyond the narrative and emotional restrictions of a story about two people in lovedying from cancer. Stone tries his best to avoid manipulation or sentiment, butthe story is almost entirely built around incident rather than any examination ofloss and pain, resulting in little sense of discovery o
  • Hong Kong's Innotion to launch CG feature at AFM

    Start-up Hong Kong animationstudio Innotion is launching what it describes as the world's first CG bearmovie, Tonki Bear, at upcomingmarkets including MIPCOM and the AFM. The English-language film,which is scheduled for release in spring 2007, is aimed squarely atinternational markets and has no recognisable Asian elements. With a budget of $12m, thecreators say they're aiming for Hollywood standardsat Hong Kong prices. A team
  • Indonesia submits Love For Share as Oscar entry

    Nia Dinata's Love For Share (Berbagi Suami) has been named Indonesia's official entry for this year's foreign-languageOscar category. The entry was selected byPersatuan Perusahaan Film Indonesia (PPFI) which has created a 17-memberselection committee comprising film-makers, actors, writers, critics anddistributors. The committee is headed byfilm critic Leila Chudori and members include 21 Group CEO Har
  • Inferno spearheads US remake of Germany's Das Experiment

    Los Angeles-based Inferno Entertainment is partnering withAdelstein/Parouse on The Experiment, a remake of Oliver Hirschbiegel's German thriller DasExperiment.Inferno is fully financing and will handle worldwide saleson the project, which is set to begin principal p
  • Joe Wright honoured with Hospital award

    UK film-maker Joe Wright was honoured for his "outstanding creativecontribution" in the medium of film at the inaugural Hospital Awards.Joe Wright directed thecritically acclaimed Pride and Prejudicestarring Keira Knightley,which received four Academy Awards nominations and three BAFTA nominations, oneof which Wright won for most promising newcomer. Wright's next feature is anadaptation of Booker
  • Lake Of Fire

    Dir: Tony Kaye. US. 2006. 152minsThe Book of Revelations talks of a lake "which burnswith fire and brimstone" and this state of eternal doom proves an apt metaphorfor the subject of abortion. While there are hints on which side film-makerTony Kaye stands, his film will not be embraced by either pro-lifers or thosethat favour a woman's right to chose. It is a complex, nuanced, penetratingstudy that compliments familiar voice
  • Leung to star in See Movie's Chinese Fairy Tale

    Tony Leung Ka-fai has signedup to star in Lam Wai Lun's The ChineseFairy Tale (working title), to be co-produced by Hong Kong's See Movie and mainland Chinese partners.Written and directed by LamWai Lun, the film is based on a true story which took place in Changchun in northern China, where 2,000 citizens banded together to help ayoung girl with a t
  • Macedonia set to become Film City

    Macedonia is to be established as a"one-stop shop" for the digital entertainment industry, according toplans by Collaborative Media Group (CMG) to create the Film City Macedonia with support from theMayor of Skopje, the Government of the Republic
  • Mandate signs doc specialist Jones for Boomerang

    Documentarymaker Sam Jones is embarking on his narrative feature directorial debut Boomerangfor Mandate Pictures.Boomerang tells of a young man's attempt to reclaimhis life from his controlling parents, and is based on a screenplay by JamesMottern.Bona FideProduction partners Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, whose credits include LittleMiss Sunshine, Election andCold Mountain, are producingwith Mandate.Mandate is fullyfinancing and will handle worl
  • Mark Jay starts shooting Dolphins in Brighton

    Writer/directorMark Jay has started filming his debut feature, Dolphins, in Brighton, UK.Themovie is a teenage love story set in Brighton's custom-car culture and stars Emmerdale's Karl Davies, FootballFactory's Frank Harper, Po
  • Martel's third film Headless Woman to shoot next March

    Acclaimed Argentiniandirector Lucrecia Martel is set to shoot her third film La Mujer Sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) next March.Lita Stantic Produccioneswill finance the $2m film in co-production with Pedro and Agustin Almodovar'sEl Deseo in Spain and the support of the National Film Institute (Argentina).Both Stantic and El Deseo were involved in Martel's Cannes 2004 competitionentry The Holy Girl."We are still in talkswith other European companies to secu
  • MGM to handle domestic TV syndication of New Line product for two years

    MGM and New Line Television have formed a strategic relationship wherebyMGM will handle domestic distribution for TV syndication of New Line featuresand series programming for the next two years.
  • Michel promoted to head of east coast talent at William Morris Agency

    WilliamMorris Agency (WMA) has promoted Randi Michel to head of talent, East Coast.Michel willoversee the growth of the agency's talent operations in New York. BeverlyHills-based Gaby Morgerman heads WMA's worldwide talent operations.'It givesus great pleasure to promote one of WMA's home grown agents,' WMA chiefexec
  • Midori, Noble sign agreement for Scandinavia

    An exclusiverepresentation agreement has been signed between Scandinavian distribution company Noble Entertainment and Ontario's Midori Multimedia inall media for the territory of Scandinavia.The d
  • Name changes for Universal

    UniversalPictures has announced that it has renamed two of its divisions. As of Nov 1,its international theatrical releasing arm will be renamed Universal PicturesInternational and its international home entertainment group will be renamedUniversal Pictures International Entertainment. The new companynames reflect Universal Pictures' international distribution joint venture withParamount Pictures, which was announced last year.From Jan 1, 2
  • NBC Universal signs multi-year Japanese VOD deal with Jupiter

    Jupiter VOD and NBC Universal International TelevisionDistribution have agreed a multi-year licensing agreement for video-on-demand rightsin Japan covering current, library and upcoming Universal features.
  • New Welsh Film Agency sets up headquarters in Cardiff Bay

    Thenewly established Film Agency for Wales has announced that its headquarterswill be based in Cardiff Bay. The new Welsh filmagency will be based at 33-35 West Bute Street alongside other organisationssuch as Creative Business Wales, Skillset, Cyfle, the Welsh Music Foundati
  • Nonstop Sales secure Exit

    International sales agent NonStop Sales has secured both salesand distribution rights for the Peter Lindmark-directed Swedish thriller Exit.Exit stars MadsMikkelsen, who previously appeared in KingArthur and is set to appear in the Bond film Casino Royale (released Nov 17), and Alexander Skarsgard, who wasin Kill Your Darlings. Lindmark's previous films were action feature 9mm and thriller At Point Blank. Exit alsoa thrille
  • Off-Broadway hit Jewtopia to get big screen treatment

    Producer Tucker Tooley has optioned the screenplay ChrisO'Connell And Adam Lipschitz Lose Their Religion from actor-writers Bryan Fogel and SamWolfson.
  • Outfest to honour Regent Media, 25 years of films about AIDS

    Outfest's annual Honours gala in Los Angeles on Oct 13 willbenefit the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation.
  • Pathe holds worldwide rights to The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

    Pathe Pictures International has announced that itwill be selling the worldwide rights to French-language feature film TheDiving Bell and the Butterfly, whichis based on the best-selling memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Principal photography began on the film on Sept 4 in France under thedirection of Julian Schnabel, director of Basquiat and Before NightFalls. The screenplay was adapted from the novel b
  • Peace Arch hires Herne, picks up four new titles

    Peace Arch Entertainment Group has acquired US and internationalrights to four new features and hired Mary Herne as executive vice president ofinternational television and home entertainment.
  • Pecs unveils Central European Pitch Forum

    Screenwriters from Centraland Eastern Europe could have betterchances of finding a producer to come onboard their projectthanks to theCentralEuropean Pitch Forum (CEPF) initiative which was unveiled at the Pecs InternationalFilm Festival in Hungary this week.The event, which is to beheld for the first time in Pecs ina year's time, has been dev
  • Peter Howitt begins shooting Dangerous Parking

    SlidingDoors'director Peter Howitt started shooting his latest production on Oct 3.Howitt wrote, directs and stars in the film, anadaptation of Stuart Browne's 1999 cult novel Dangerous Parking. Richard Johns produces under Howitt and Johns'production outfit Flaming Pie Films.
  • Polanski to preside over competition jury at Marrakech

    The sixthMarrakech International Film Festival, which will take place from Dec 1 to 9, hasannounced that Roman Polanski will be the president of this year's competition jury. Thefestival which takes place under the patronage of Morocco's King Mohammed VIwill also feature a retrospective focus on Italian cinema.Polanski will presumably come to Marrakech immediately after receivinghis lifetime achievement award from the European Film Academy at the EuropeanFilm Awards on Dec 2 in Warsaw.
  • Prada has devilish $15.3m weekend for Fox International

    Fox International's The Devil Wears Prada wore its style on its sleeve at theweekend as it dominated the overseas arena on an estimated $15.3m from 2,900screens.
  • Rai takes on sales for two Rome titles

    Ahead of the Rome Film Fest,Rai Trade has taken on worldwide rights to Eugenio Cappuccio's One Out Of Two and Guiseppe Gagliardi's The True Legend Of Tony Vilar. One Out Of Two, a Rai Cinema/ITC production screening in Rome's Premiere section, is about a sickly lawyer whomakes surprising decisions after he meets a fellow hospital patient. The True Legend of
  • Raindance honours The Wind and London To Brighton

    The 14th Raindance FilmFestival closed its 12-day event in London with Eduado Mignogna's The Wind, an Argentine family drama, taking its top jury prize.The festival closed with ascreening of Ed Blum's UK feature Scenes Of A SexualNature. Paul Andrew Williamscontinued his winning streak for London To Brighton by claiming Raindance's Best UK Featureprize
  • Raindance to host Sean Lennon's Friendly Fire

    Sean Lennon will present his"conceptual feature" Friendly Fire atthe 14th Raindance Film Festival in London. The screening - previously asurprise -- will be held Saturday Oct 7 at 3:45at London's Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue. Lennon will present Friendly Fire and then parti
  • Reitman to direct Page, Cera in Mandate's Juno

    Ellen Page and Michael Cera have signed to star in MandatePictures' coming-of-age comedy Juno, which Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking) is preparing to direct based on ascreenplay by Diablo Cody.
  • Resfest to kick off world tour in Chicago

    Travelling digital arts andfilm festival Resfest will kick off in Chicago on Oct 19 before travelling to a total of 45 cities onsix continents. The festival, now in its 10th year, has announced dates for citiesincluding Paris (Oct 20-22), Rome (Nov 3-5), Singapore (Nov 10-12), Lo
  • Saban returns to production with virtual studio for family entertainment

    Haim Saban andSaban Entertainment Group (SEG) have launched a virtual studio to develop,produce and market family projects.Saban and SabanCapital Group chief creative officer Joel Andryc head the venture and willleverage their financial and creative contacts to develop the enterprise.'I amthrilled to return to my roots and focus on developing media properties forchildren and families,' Saban said. 'The SEG team's extensivebackground in children's entertainmen
  • Sally Joynson to head Screen Yorkshire

    Screen Yorkshire has appointed Sally Joynson as Chief Executive.Joynson has worked for theagency, which is is responsible for supporting film, broadcast and interactivemedia in Yorkshire and Humber, since its formation in 2002.During her tenure, ScreenYorkshire has accrued national partners on a number of initiatives includingbusiness growth schemes with PACT
  • Sitges line-up announced

    Terry Gilliam, Joe Dante,Paul Verhoeven, Darren Aronofsy and Brad Anderson are a few of the directorsexpected this year at the upcoming 39th edition of the InternationalFilm Festival of Catalunya (Oct 6-15), better known as Sitges.The popular genre event willopen with Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth then give way to a selection of films frominternationally recognised auteurs. David Lynch, a Sitges regular, willbeunable toattend the festival with his new film,
  • Suely In The Sky takes top prizes in Rio

    KarimAinouz's Suely In TheSky picked up both the best picture and best director awards at the Rio de JaneiroInternational Film Festival.HermillaGuedes also picked up the best actress award for her performance as anabandoned single mother stranded in the barren north east of
  • Sweden's Astoria cinema chain goes into receivership

    Sweden's second-largest cinema chain, Astoria Cinemas, has gone intoreceivership. The chain has applied for anadministration order, but CEO Mattias Nohrborg is said to be attempting a reconstructionof the company.Nohrborg went to court afterthe Swedish Film Institute had earlier this week asked the bailiff to cash in a$9.8 million debt from Astoria.Acco
  • Swedish exhibitor Astoria saved by SF Bio deal

    On the verge of bankruptcyfrom a debt estimated around $10.9m, Astoria Cinemas - Sweden's second-largest theatre circuit - was saved in the11th hour by arch rival, market leader SF Bio, which will take over the cinemasoutside the key cities of Stockholm,Goteborg and Malmo.H
  • Thai Film Federation drops Waves for Ahimsa

    In an unexpected move, Thailand has dropped Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Invisible Waves as its entry for the bestforeign-language film category of the Oscars and submitted Kittikorn Leosakun'sAhimsa: Stop To Run instead. The Federation of National FilmAssociation, responsible for selecting and submitting a Thai candidate, told Screendaily that it was forced to drop Invisible Waves when local producer F
  • The Departed opens on career-best $27m for Scorsese

    Martin Scorsese's acclaimed crime epic The Departed opened top over the Columbus Day Weekend on anestimated $27m to produce the biggest debut by far of the veteran filmmaker'scareer.The Departed is an adaptation of the 2002 Hong Kong crime story InfernalAffairs
  • The Fall

    Dir: Tarsem. 2006. India/UK/US. 117mins.Surely the most visuallyawe-inspiring film at the Toronto film festival this year, music video directorTarsem's The Fall will divide mostaudiences. Patient viewers, however, will be richly rewarded by a visual andaural extravanganza that is virtually sui generis. Think the brilliant andexciting images of Julie Taymor in her pre-commercial phase, along with thewhimsical (but less self-indulgent) narrative complexity
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning

    Dir: Jonathan Liebesman.USA. 2006. 89 minutes.A lot of modern horrorhas become more synonymous with horrifying rather than terrifying - thechief difference being the latter is something that grips you on a base,visceral level certainly, but also provokes significant feelings ofpsychological unease. The gulf between these two approaches is roundly apparentin The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, a stalking franchise prequel of near-bottomlesssadism and equa
  • Tran joins ICM after ten years at Lakeshore

    Bic Tran hasleft Lakeshore Entertainment and joined ICM independent and international filmdivision chief Hal Sadoff's team in Los Angeles.Tran starts workimmediately and joins Sarah Lash and B J Ford. ICM's independent andinternational film division has packaged and arranged financing on a burgeoningroster of prestigious titles that includes Mark Palansky's fantasy drama Penelope, which recently recevied its worldpremiere at Toronto, and Sidney Lumet's Before The Devil Knows
  • Trapped Ashes

    Dirs: Joe Dante, Monte Hellman, Ken Russell, SeanCunningham, John Gaeta. US/Canada/Japan. 2006. 105mins.Monte Hellman's superlative,evocative and genuinely moving Stanley'sGirlfriend is the standout contribution of Trapped Ashes, the horror anthology of four macabre vignettes alsodirected by Ken Russell, Sean Cunningham and John Gaeta.Financed by Japanesebroadcast concerns and shot in Vancouver, Los Angeles and Tokyo, Trapped Ashes is an intriguing ti
  • UK cracks down on film piracy

    A Scottish man has beenjailed and more are awaiting trial in a nationwide crackdown on film piracy inthe UK. The initiative is a partnership between local TradingStandards agencies, the Federation Against CopyrightTheft (FACT) and police.On Oct 2, Brent and HarrowTrading Standards Service working with Metropolitan Police and FACT targetedblack-market DVD streettraders on
  • UK distributor Spark Films launches

    Award-winning producersDaniel San and Rebecca Knapp have launched their new UK distribution outfit SparkPictures Limited today, Oct 6. The company intends todistribute three to four "commercial independent"titles over the next year.
  • UK-French co-productions face testing times

    The new UK film tax credit may hamper thedevelopment of some co-productions but shouldn't stop UK and French producers from workingtogether. That was the message reiterated at the Franco-British co-productionmeeting hosted at this weekend's film festival in the French seaside town of Dinard.The conferencechair, produ
  • Un Crime

    Dir: Manuel Pradal. France. 2006. 110mins.Manuel Pradal,whose 1997 debut film Marie Baie DesAnges won universal plaudits, has unwisely decided to attempt a full-scalefilm noir for his third film. Set in NewYork City, Un Crime stars thenormally superb Emmanuelle Beart and Harvey Keitel, but there's littleconvincing chemistry between them, and even less between Beart and the thirdpart of the triangle, Vincent, played by Norman Reedus. It doesn't h
  • Un Crime

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  • Vantage picks up horror script Details, Blum to produce

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  • Yacoubian Building wins best debut in Zurich

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