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  • Alexandria' New York


    Dir: Youssef Chahine.Fr-Egypt. 2004. 128minsDuring the past few years, veteran Egyptian directorYoussef Chahine has courted controversy with his comments relating to the 9/11terrorist attacks on America.On-screen, Egypt,his contribution to the 11'09''01 - September 11 project portrayed ...
  • Two Brothers (Deux Freres)


    Dir: Jean-Jacques Annaud. Fr-UK 2004. 109mins
  • Foreign Oscar submissions 2003


    The complete list of Foreign Oscar submissions is as follows: (click on the title to read the Screen International review, where available)Afghanistan Osama(Siddiq Barmak, director)Argentina Valentin(Alejandro Agresti)Austria Free Radicals(Barbara Albert)
  • Oscar nomination leads to instant business


    The Academy Award nomination for the German entry Nowhere In Africa led to immediate business at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin for Bavaria Film International.
  • Evans to take business role at Film Council


    UK funding body the Film Council has recruited Intermedia senior executive Will Evans to be its new head of business affairs.
  • Rush Hour 2 is biggest indie film of 2001


    Rush Hour 2, New Line's action sequel, has emerged as the biggest independent film of 2001 in the US, according to a list compiled by AFMA, the trade body representing the independent film industry worldwide. The film, staring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker grossed $226 million.
  • UK's Channel 5 acquires Columbia TriStar slate


    UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5 has struck a multi-million pound deal to acquire Columbia TriStar's 2002/3 slate of films, including Men In Black II, Spider-Man, Terminator 3 and XXX.
  • $9m large-format Bugs! goes into production


  • Pinewood-Shepperton appoints sales & marketing director


    UK studio group Pinewood-Shepperton has appointed Nick Smith as its new sales and marketing director.
  • ITV programming chief Liddiment resigns


    David Liddiment, programming boss at the UK's leading commercial channel ITV1, is to resign after five years in the job.
  • Mixed results for UK international TV sales


    Providing a pertinent barometer on the state of the international television sales market, the British Television Distributors' Association has announced its export statistics for 2001.
  • UK's BBC Films, New Cinema Fund team for Entering Blue Zone


    Kate Ashfield, David Morrissey and Peter Mullan are to star in Entering Blue Zone, a UK film jointly commissioned from BBC Films and the Film Council's New Cinema Fund for BBC TWO.
  • Pathe UK closes raft of sales on Campion's In The Cut


    Pathe International UK has closed a raft of sales on forthcoming Jane Campion erotic thriller In The Cut.
  • Wild Bunch picks up Cannes title Chihwaseon


    Wild Bunch has picked up world sales rights outside Asia to Im Kwon-Taek's Chihwaseon - the Cannes competition title that jointly won the festival's best direction prize.
  • Vivendi, News Corp Italian pay-TV row intensifies


    A row between two of the world's biggest media players has intensified this week, with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp saying it will hold Jean-Marie Messier's Vivendi Universal to an agreement to merge their Italian pay-TV businesses.
  • News Corp clashes with Vivendi over Italian pay-TV deal


    Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has reacted angrily to moves by rival Jean-Marie Messier of Vivendi to pull out of the planned Italian pay-TV merger of Vivendi's Telepi's with News Corp's Stream.
  • New UK media laws presented to parliament


    Foreign media groups like News Corp and AOL Time Warner could soon own UK terrestrial television stations, thanks to new legislative proposals tabled by the British government on Tuesday.
  • Little big guy Dudley Moore dies aged 66


    Dudley Moore, the multi-talented comedian and musician who starred In Beyond The Fringe before becoming an unlikely Hollywood film star, died on Wednesday (Mar 27) after a long battle against illness.
  • 42nd Street lit up by Food Of Love


    42nd Street Productions, a sales and production offshoot of German mini-conglomerate Das Werk, may have hit paydirt with Berlinale Panorama film Food Of Love.
  • BBC appoints Bennett as director of television


    Jana Bennett has been appointed director of television at the BBC, one of the most powerful jobs in British television.
  • Euro is best thing to happen to European film


    Less than two weeks after its official launch, a top European film executive has described the Euro as "the best thing that ever happened to the European film industry".
  • NTL suffers as mounting debt is downgraded


    The UK's biggest cable operator NTL has said it is "fully able" to meet all its trading obligations and interest payments, after rating agency Standard & Poor cut its rating from stable to negative.
  • Liberty Media's lifeline complicates Kirch dilemma


    John Malone's Liberty Media Group is reported to have opened talks with Kirch Group about ways to help the debt laden German giant meet pressing loan repayments.
  • Wait-and-see approach to video-on-demand


    The introduction of video-on-demand will not be an overnight revolution, but will take place gradually over the next five years. Globally, just 26 million households will be capable of accessing VoD services by 2005, with the vast majority - 83%, located in the USA.
  • UK press is spellbound by Harry Potter magic


    The UK awoke on Monday morning to blanket coverage of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone.
  • EFCA lobbies against EC-proposed subsidy ceiling


    Film lobby group, the European Film Companies Alliance (EFCA) has taken issue with a key European Commission communication on state aid schemes for cinema.
  • MIFED: figures show attendance drop of15%


    Mifed organising company Rassegne has pledged to tackle one of the most persistent complaints of the market's attendees - the terrible air-conditioning system - which chilled this year's dwindling number of delegates.
  • Muted Mifed benefits smaller buyers


    With many of the big US and Japanese players absent, 2001 was never going to be a vintage year for MIFED. The market corridors of the Fiera in Milan were visibly quieter than in previous years and a number of exhibitor booths were paid for but remained empty. As a result, high profile market deals were thin on the ground. Some of the most interesting deals, as in the case of Miramax and Good Machine, even took place by phone away from MIFED.
  • US actors guild supports UK's Equity strike


    The US' Screen Actors Guild has come out in support of the threatened actors' strike by UK performer's union Equity, instructing its members to seek SAG advice before accepting work on any UK production.
  • Beyond to sell 3 Blind Mice for international


    Beyond Films has signed up to handle international sales on 3 Blind Mice, starring Edward Furlong and Sharleen Spiteri, the lead singer of rock group Texas.
  • Cannes extends an olive branch to UK


    When not one new UK feature was selected for the Cannes Film Festival this year, it caused an outburst of national soul searching.
  • Post-tragedy schedules completely revised for TV


    The tragedy that befell America last week has prompted TV and theatre owners around the world to pull potentially offensive or sensitive material from their schedules.
  • Global media industry reacts to terror attack


    Terrorist attacks in the US on Tuesday threw into sharp relief the relevance of the entertainment industry. As the tragedy unfolded, US studios, cinemas and TV networks shut down for the day. The Emmy TV awards were postponed and the Latin Grammy awards cancelled. Even Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland were closed.
  • Blockbuster to replace video with DVD


    Blockbuster, the world's largest home video rental chain, has announced a decisive move to replace video cassettes with DVDs throughout its global network of outlets.
  • Local blockbuster forecast to boost Thai BO take


    A mixture of home grown hits and Hollywood imports are expected to give a huge boost to revenues at the Thai box office this year.
  • Danielsen to take over at Edinburgh Festival


    Shane Danielsen has been named as the next artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
  • Streather to head LFCA's European operations


    Large Format Cinema Association (LFCA) has appointed Phil Streather as vice president - Europe, Africa and Middle East.
  • Producer Martin Brown parts ways with Baz Luhrmann


  • Dogtown skates into arms of Sony Pictures Classics


    Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North American and English speaking territory rights to Dogtown And Z-Boys, winner of the audience award for best documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
  • UK's Optimum adds Grosso's Peaches


    Optimum Releasing has acquired UK theatrical rights to Peaches, a Stone Ridge Entertainment production written and directed by Nick Grosso.
  • ONrequest signs pay-per-view deal with Buena Vista


    Digital pay-per-view service ONrequest has signed a film licensing agreement with Buena Vista International Television.
  • Strike talks move into third post deadline meeting


    Hollywood writers and producers today (4 May) began another day of negotiating, amid persistent rumours that a deal may not be far off.
  • Writers and producers talks into second extra day


    Hollywood writers and producers continued talking throughout Wednesday (2 May), amid a news blackout from both negotiating teams.
  • UK actors next to threaten strike


    UK performers union Equity has given six months notice on its cinema film agreement with UK the Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television (PACT), in a move which could lead to a UK actors' strike.
  • US writers talks continue past deadline


    Talks to avert the screenwriters strike in Hollywood are continuing beyond the contract deadline.
  • Edinburgh Film Festival chief to quit


    Lizzie Francke, Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, is to quit after this year's Festival in August - her fifth in charge of programming what has become Britain's leading launch-pad for introducing new local talent.
  • Advertising plunge hits UK exhibition sector


    UK cinema advertising revenues plunged last year as major advertisers pulled out of the sector completely or scaled back dramatically, according to new figures from monitoring service ACNielsen MMS.
  • Billy Elliot opens Brussels International Festival


    Stephen Daldry's crowd pleaser Billy Elliott is to open the 28th Brussels International Film Festival, which is being held from January 18 to 27.
  • Myriad sells on Chen Kaige's Killing Me Softly


    US-based Myriad Pictures has racked up a string of international sales on Chen Kaige's English-language debut, Killing Me Softly.
  • to acquire AtomFilms


    Marking the end of a roller-coaster year for the troubled online entertainment business, has announced its stock swap acquisition of short films specialist AtomFilms, in a deal which is expected to lead to 100 redundancies.
  • EFA nods reward box office heavy-hitters


    Four of Europe's biggest homegrown hits of 2000 - the UK's Chicken Run and Billy Elliot, Italy's Bread And Tulips and France's Le Gout Des Autres - have been nominated for best European Film at the European Film Awards which take place December 2 in Paris.
  • Japan picks up buying slack in Milan


    If German buyers were getting more sober at MIFED, the Japanese have made up for it, closing a string of multi-million dollar deals which kept the market buzzing and propelled brisk business on the smoke-filled corridors of the Fiera.
  • Gaga takes Gaudi Afternoon for Japan


    Japanese distributor Gaga Media has bought local rights to Gaudi Afternoon from Lolafilms UK, in a deal struck at the London market screenings last week.
  • Elstein exits UK's Channel 5


    UK broadcaster Channel 5 has parted company with its chief executive David Elstein, in a shock move announced to staff on Friday afternoon.
  • Bread And Roses wins inaugural UIP Award


    Ken Loach's Bread And Roses scooped the first ever UIP Award for best European film at this year's Rio International Film Festival. The award, voted for by the festival audience, is accompanied by a purse of Euros15,000.
  • CITT teams with Total, Mediatrade for TV movies


    Columbia TriStar International Television (CITT) is teaming up with Brazilian production companies Total Filmes and O2 and Italy's Mediatrade to co-produce two TV movies.
  • House Of Mirth to open Rio festival


    Terence Davies' The House Of Mirth will open the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (October 5-18), with the UK writer-director in attendance.
  • Ripstein wins San Sebastian's Golden Shell


    Arturo Ripstein's The Ruination Of Men (La Perdicion De Los Hombres) walked away with the Golden Shell award for best film at the 48th San Sebastian International film festival (September 21-30).
  • Rio festival firms up hefty line-up


    Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock, Ken Loach's Bread And Roses and Lars von Trier's Dancer In The Dark are amongst the highlights at next month's sprawling Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.
  • Williams steps down as PACT chief executive


    Shaun Williams, the chief executive of UK producer's alliance PACT, is to stand down from the post in January.
  • Warner wins rights to Brazil's Xuxa sequel


    Warner Bros has beaten off competition from Columbia TriStar, 20th Century Fox and Lumiere Brasil to acquire Brazilian rights to local children's feature Xuxa Pop Star, the third film in domestic TV star Xuxa's franchise.
  • Firstmovies launches with on-line marketing tool


    A new UK film industry marketing company launches this week, aiming to provide distributors with market research about their films via the internet.
  • Sony Classics bags House Of Mirth


    Terence Davies's acclaimed The House Of Mirth has been acquired for North American theatrical release by Sony Pictures Classics, in a last minute agreement with Showtime which had previously wanted to premiere the film on its cable channel (Screendaily, August 23).
  • Columbia gives Brazilian series theatrical outing


    Columbia TriStar Brazil is lining up a 55-print release from September 15 for The Dog's Will (Auto Da Compadecida), a feature film derived from the Brazilian mini-series of the same name broadcast by Rede Globo last year.
  • Me You Them opens well on home ground


    As expected, Richard Lenormand has been appointed chairman and CEO of StudioCanal to replace Vincent Grimond who has resigned following his appointment as senior executive vice president, operations and finance, at Universal Studios Group. The board of directors at StudioCanal unanimously appointed Lenormand. The 38 year-old was most recently senior vice president, finance, at Canal Plus Group. He joined Canal in 1990 in the finance department and was named vice president, financed ...
  • Brazilian veterans launch arthouse distributor


    Brazilian film industry veterans Adhemar de Oliveira, owner of the Cinearte exhibition chain, and Leon Cakoff - director of non-competitive festival Mostra Internacional de Sao Paulo - have launched Sao Paulo-based arthouse distribution company Mais Filmes.
  • Art Films grabs Gramado winner Pantaleon


    Brazil's Art Films has beaten off several other distributors to acquire local theatrical rights to Gramado festival winner Captain Pantoja And The Special Service (Pantaleon Y Las Visitadoras), a Peruvian title directed by Francisco Lombardi.
  • Peru's Pantaleon triumphs at Gramado


    Peruvian film Captain Pantoja And The Special Service (Pantaleon Y Las Visitadoras), directed by Francisco Lombardi, was the clear winner at the 28th Film Festival of Gramado in Brazil, picking up awards for best film, director, actor and screenplay.
  • Brazil's Globo considers IPO


    Brazilian media empire Globo is mulling an initial public offering of a minority stake in the group if Brazil's parliament passes legislation allowing foreign companies to invest in the country's media.
  • Bossa Nova shows legs at Brazilian box office


    Bruno Barreto's Bossa Nova has racked up Real2.5m ($1.4m) after four weeks at the domestic box office - a solid result for a local title which looks set to be repeated by at least two other domestic productions in the coming year.
  • Brazil's SBT fights ratings battle with movie slot


    Competition is hotting up in the Brazilian free TV market with number two broadcaster SBT taking on leading station Globo by launching a prime-time film slot on Friday evenings, to be fed with product from its recently-signed output deals with Warner Bros and Disney.
  • Orfeu clinches top prize at Brazilian awards


    Carlos Diegues' Orfeu scooped the best film award at the Grand Prize Cinema Brazil (Feb12) in the city of Petropolis.
  • Salvadoran cinemas ignore Stigmata ban


    Cinema chains in El Salvador have ignored a government order forbidding them to screen supernatural thriller Stigmata, arguing that the ban violated their freedom of expression.
  • Animation rules the school during Brazilian summer


    The local children's film Xuxa Wiggles (Xuxa Requebra) is stealing the show at the Brazilian box office despite intense competition from big-budget animations Toy Story 2 and Pokemon (pictured). Xuxa, known as 'Queen Of The Littlies', opened six weeks ago in time for the Christmas and school summer holidays and has now attracted 1.8 million cinema-goers. This is more than either the Disney/Pixar sequel to Toy Story or the Japanese animation Pokemon: ...
  • Columbia adds to co-producing credits in Brazil


    Columbia TriStar Brazil has boarded Brazilian production Me, You, Them (Eu, Tu, Eles) as co-producer and distributor.