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April 11 2014

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  • Almost Married

    Dir/scr: Ben Cookson. UK. 2014. 97mins
  • AMBI Pictures moves into animation

    Italian firm to produce animated feature film about an adventurous gang of kids in Rome.
  • American Ultra shoot underway

    Production has begun in New Orleans on Lionsgate’s action comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Bill Pullman. FilmNation handles international sales.
  • Amina Dasmal, producer, The Double

    The only Emirati working in the international film industry, Amina Dasmal and her business partner Robin Fox produced Richard Ayoade’s The Double, which premiered at Toronto last year and is currently rolling out across Europe.
  • Audience draws in Copenhagen

    Peacocks meet Hitchcock, and other audience-friendly innovations at CPH PIX.
  • Baltasar Kormakur to direct Trapped

    LA and Paris-based Dynamic Television heads to MIPTV with a 10-part crime series to be directed by the Icelandic filmmaker.
  • Be My Baby

    Dir: Hitoshi One. Japan. 2014. 138mins
  • Bears

    Dirs: Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey. US. 2014. 78mins
  • Birdman to get October release

    Fox Searchlight and Regency Enterprises have positioned their Alejandro Iñárritu dark comedy in a prime awards season slot.
  • Blind, Horses win at CPH PIX

    Eskil Vogt’s debut feature Blind continues its winning spree by taking home CPH PIX’s New Talent Grand Pix.
  • Bombay Sapphire unveils Imagination shorts

    Bombay Sapphire’s Imagination Series shorts were launched in London last night.
  • Bunny Game director prepares Western

    Adam Rehmeier, director of controversial feature The Bunny Game, is preparing to shoot a “hardcore” Western with the exec producer of Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep.
  • Buyers groove with CJ's Make Your Move

    South Korean studio CJ E&M has announced English-language dance romance Make Your Move has sold to 54 countries for a total of $6.3m to date.
  • Calvary, Philomena scoop IFTAs

    Chiwetel Ejiofor and Judi Dench win top prizes at the Irish Film & Television Awards, as Calvary and Philomena are handed best film trophies.
  • Cannes unveils 2014 poster

    Marcello Mastroianni features in an achingly cool poster.
  • Captain America 2 stays top in US

    Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel held on to pole position through Disney to reach $159m after two sessions and see off the challenge from Fox’s Rio 2.
  • Captain America opens big in China

    Disney and Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier topped the China box office during the week March 31-April 6, grossing $36.23m after just three days.
  • Cate Blanchett, Susanne Bier circle Sutton Hoo drama

    EXCLUSIVE: Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in The Dig, a drama about one of Britain’s most famous archaeological finds - the Sutton Hoo burial grounds.
  • Cholodenko named LAFF guest director

    The filmmaker behind hit The Kids Are All Right will be in situ at the Los Angeles Film Festival, set to run from June 11-19.
  • DailyMotion in scripted first

    Video-sharing site DailyMotion has commissioned a ‘sci-fi hipster’ drama as its first piece of original scripted content, which will also receive a theatrical release.
  • Disney dates Captain America 3

    Hot on the heels of the record April opening weekend for Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney has cemented the release of the next instalment.
  • Divergent tops UK buzz chart

    Teen action drama Divergent distinguished itself from the competition on social networks in the UK for its second week on release.
  • Draft Day

    Dir: Ivan Reitman. US. 2014. 110mins
  • Edinburgh updates Film Charter

    Scottish capital takes new steps in a bid to boost production.
  • Electric sells Boys to UK

    EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has closed multiple territories including a UK deal for the military thriller Boys Of Abu Ghraib.
  • Elstree unearths snow from The Shining

    Clearance work at Elstree Studios finds fake snow from the horror classic.
  • eOne US takes You’re Not You

    The distributor has acquired North American rights to George C Wolfe’s drama starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel. Myriad Pictures handles international sales. Separately, ARC has picked up Louder Than Words.
  • European creatives talk industry future

    Film-makers Stephen Frears, Béla Tarr, Costa-Gavras, and veteran theatre director Peter Brook are among 50 leading figures of the European creative community to sign a declaration “For a New Deal for Culture in Europe.”
  • Ex-Ingenious boss launches $250m fund

    Patrick Bradley to create a new growth capital fund for mid-sized firms in films, TV and more.
  • FDM lines up Dust Of War

    EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media (FDM) has set a June 3 VOD release for the sci-fi starring Tony Todd. Vantage Media International handles sales outside the US and will take the film to Cannes.
  • Film production levels on the rise

    Update on the global movie market at the British Screen Advisory Council’s annual conference also claimed that box office remains the major driver of revenues for US studios; older audiences are increasingly important; and physical media remains ahead of digital - for now.
  • Flex Is Kings

    Dirs: Deidre Schoo, Michael Beach Nichols. US. 2013. 86mins
  • Focus sets Bayona release

    A Monster Calls, Juan Antonio Bayona’s adventure fantasy follow-up to The Impossible, will arrive in theatres in wide release in late 2016.
  • Focus sets Hawking drama for Nov

    Working Title Films’ Stephen Hawking drama Theory Of Everything will go on limited release through Focus Features on November 7 in the awards season corridor.
  • Fortissimo sells Midnight, Black Coal

    Fortissimo Films has reported its “most successful” Filmart ever and concluded sales on a raft of titles.
  • Fuku-chan Of FukuFuku Flats

    Dir/scr: Yosuke Fujita. Japan-UK-Italy-Taiwan-Germany. 2014. 110mins
  • Gareth Evans, The Raid 2

    The Welsh film-maker talks to Ian Sandwell about the action sequel and teases The Raid 3.
  • German fund budget cut by $14m

    Plans by the German government to slash the budget for incentive programme DFFF by €10m ($13.8m) has surprised the film community.
  • Go With Le Flo launches

    The North America VOD channel for European cinema has launched an online platform.
  • Goldcrest sues Summit over Twilight

    Goldcrest Film Distribution has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Summit Distribution in a bid to recover millions of dollars it claims it is owed from profits made by the Twilight franchise.
  • Goldwyn acquires Last Of Robin Hood

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up US rights to Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s The Last Of Robin Hood. Separately, Vertical Entertainment has picked up Behaving Badly.
  • Imax to sell 20% China stake

    The $80m sale of the stake in Imax Corporation’s Greater China business to investment fund CMC Capital Partners (CMC) and private equity firm FountainVest Partners (FountainVest) values the company at $400m in the eyes of the investors.
  • Is there enough 'art' in Danish film?

    A panel of experts at CPH PIX say that the luxury of public support for Danish film may be inhibiting risktaking and creating a ‘monoculture’ on screen.
  • Justin Lin to direct Radiant Doors

    Another high-profile film director is jumping into TV as LA-based Gaumont International Television announced it has set up the hour-long drama Radiant Doors at WGN with Perfect Storm Entertainment.
  • Khumba

    Dir: Anthony Silverston. South Africa. 2013. 85mins
  • Macondo, Tale Of Iya take HKIFF prizes

    Sudabeh Mortezai’s Macondo won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition of this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), while Tetsuichiro Tsuta’s The Tale Of Iya took the Jury Prize.
  • Mickey Rooney dies aged 93

    Mickey Rooney, the Hollywood actor who spent his entire life in showbusiness, has died aged 93.
  • MIPTV highlights film-TV synergies

    The synergies between the film and TV industries were alive and well at this year’s MIPTV.
  • MIPTV round-up: Day 1

    As the television market kicked off in Cannes, actress Kim Cattrall, director Hugo Blick and crime-writer Michael Connelly were among those hitting the Croisette to promote their upcoming shows.
  • MIPTV round-up: Day 2

    US producer and writer Frank Spotnitz hits Croisette with multiple announcements. YouTube head of Entertainment Alex Carloss examines platform’s pulling power.
  • MipTV: The hunt for global partners

    MipTV was awash with producers, networks and broadcasters looking for international partners to co-finance high-end drama projects that appeal beyond national borders.
  • Murdoch, Dneg back UK animation studio

    Former Aardman Features exec Sarah Smith, has launched a UK animation studio with backing from Elisabeth Murdoch and Double Negative.
  • NYIFF unveils full programme

    Organisers at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) have announced the full line-up for the 14th annual event.
  • Panama fest grows with first market

    With its third edition, which concluded on Wednesday, the Panama International Film Festival continued the year-on-year growth that is turning it into one of the region’s most important showcases for Ibero-American cinema.
  • Parkes/MacDonald, CNÉ to adapt See No Evil

    Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Condé Nast Entertainment will develop See No Evil based on a 2013 WIRED feature about a drug operation.
  • Participant to co-finance Image Nation's Malala doc

    Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth making the film about the Pakistani teenager who survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban.
  • Party Girl to open Un Certain Regard

    Debut feature is from co-directors Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis.
  • Poseidon Rex

    Dir: Mark L Lester. US. 2013. 76mins
  • Pristina adds Brit strand, grows lineup

    Cedomir Kolar, Kees Kasander among PriForum industry guests.
  • Production begins on Marco Polo

    The Weinstein Company hierarchy announced (8) that production is underway on the Netflix original series based on the epic adventures of the legendary explorer.
  • R&C boards 'explicit sex' project

    Berlin-based sales outfit Raspberry&Cream (R&C) is partnering with Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion to co-produce Like Cattle Towards Glow, which aims to achieve a new way of portraying sex on screen.
  • Rai restructures sales force

    MIPTV: New structure will be more active in co-productions. Current Rai Trade director Luigi De Siervo [pictured] to serve as CEO of new division.
  • Rio 2 tops UK chart

    Fox’s sequel leads the way thanks to preview-boosted $4.8m (£2.9m) debut; Disney’s Winter Soldier heads up Fri-Sun weekend; Fox’s Grand Budapest Hotel becomes Wes Anderson’s best-ever UK performer.
  • River Road boards The Last Face

    River Road chief Bill Pohlad is understood to be financing the romance for Sean Penn to direct starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem.
  • Screen Int'l winner wins fresh funding

    EXCLUSIVE: Screen award-winner among seven features funded by Lithuanian Film Centre (LFC).
  • Seville nabs Penelope Cruz drama

    eOne subsidiary acquires Julio Medem Spanish-language drama.
  • Siddharth wins world feature at Sonoma

    Richie Mehta’s film scooped the Best World Feature prize at the 17th Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF).
  • Sorrentino to direct first TV series

    The Oscar-winning director of The Great Beauty signs deal with Sky Italia and Wildside.
  • Spooks film underway

    Kit Harington, Jennifer Ehle star in feature update of hit TV series.
  • Summit exec joins Pulse Films

    Ashley Schlaifer, who worked on Red and Now You See Me while at Summit, to head Pulse’s US development and production.
  • Sundance London shorts winners named

    Russian Roulette wins Official Selection Award, to screen at fest.
  • Terra Mater launches theatrical label

    First projects under CineMater label include thriller DXM from Gallowwalkers director Andrew Goth and previously announced The Way of the Eagle, starring Jean Reno.
  • TFF launches Tribeca N.O.W.

    Festival top brass have also announced the programme for the fifth Tribeca Online Festival and Tribeca Film’s VOD slate during TFF, set to run from April 16-27.
  • TFI unveils Sloan fund winners

    Top brass at Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) have announced (9) the 2014 grantees of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund. Separately,the 2014 SFFS Documentary Film Fund recipients have been unveiled.
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    Dir: Marc Webb. US. 2014. 142mins
  • Thierry Fremaux talks Cannes 2014 selections

    The festival’s artistic director discusses his selection and why he put Zhang Yimou’s film out of competition, how he has yet to see the final cut of Abel Ferrara’s latest work and why he will not broach the subject of women at the festival right now.
  • Timothy Spall joins Sucker

    LevelK to handle international distribution on feature adapted from con artist stage show.
  • Tranter talks BBCWW US strategy

    The head of BBC Worldwide Productions also discussed the creation of sister company Adjacent Productions.
  • Trapero to head Un Certain Regard jury

    Argentinean director of Carancho and White Elephant to preside over the jury for Un Certain Regard.
  • Tucking into The Lunchbox

    The tastes and aromas of Indian cuisine were offered to cinemagoers to mark the UK release of Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox.
  • UK culture secretary Maria Miller resigns

    Maria Miller has resigned as culture secretary after an ongoing row over her expenses refused to die down.
  • UK firms may gain from quiet MipTV

    A relatively quiet MipTV was good news for British producers and distributors, who took advantage of a noticeable lack of Americans to strike deals.
  • Winter Soldier hits $250m int’l BO

    Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier has amassed an even $250m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International and must be the favourite to dominate the arena for a third consecutive session.
  • WOWOW boards Scorsese 'Review' doc

    Japanese pay-TV broadcaster WOWOW is to partnering on Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s documentary The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument.
  • X-Files' Spotnitz signs with Tandem

    MIPTV: The X-Files and Hunted writer and producer is developing a slate of high-end television shows through his London-based Big Light Productions.
  • YouTube stars hit MIPTV

    Content market launched inaugural Digital Fronts event showcasing online content.
  • Zlotowski to lead Critics Week juries

    Filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski will preside over two juries at Cannes Critics Week.