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April 18 2014

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  • 8, Ida triumph at RiverRun

    The Case Against 8 won the top jury and audience documentary awards, while Ida prevailed in the narrative feature, screenplay and actress honours as the 16th annual RiverRun International Film Festival came to a close (13) in North Carolina.
  • Academy sets 2014-15 timetable

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will present the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015.
  • Acort Int'l adds two to sales slate

    Acort International has picked up international sales rights to Scavenger Killers and Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum. 
  • After The Ball starts production

    Principal photography has begun in Montreal on the modern-day fairy tale set in the world of fashion. Myriad Pictures handles world sales and will introduce in Cannes.
  • Alcon enters The Here And Now

    Alcon Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment and Kira Davis’ 8:38 Productions have acquired screen rights to The Here And Now.
  • Andrea Iervolino expands into Canada

    Fresh details have emerged on Italian-Canadian producer Andrea Iervolino’s new Canadian distributor-producer.
  • Baird, El Hosaini to direct Babylon series

    Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong’s TV series is shooting in and around London for a six-part series this autumn.
  • BANFF honour for Henry Winkler

    Henry Winkler will be the recipient of the 2014 Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) Award Of Excellence.
  • Behaviour 

    Dir/scr: Ernesto Daranas Serrano. Cuba. 2014. 100mins
  • Bergman Week unveils 2014 programme

    Guests attending the festival including Richard Ayoade and Catherine Breillat, while one of the themes focuses on The Seventh Seal.
  • BFI-China trade delegation revealed

    UK delegation includes producers, distributors, exhibitors, sellers and agents.
  • Cannes Film Festival 2014 line-up

    The Official Selection for the 67th Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled in Paris.
  • Cannes selections: the breakdown

    Croisette regulars veterans Jean Luc Godard, Ken Loach and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will compete alongside Competition first-timers Alice Rohrwacher, Xavier Dolan and Damian Szifron at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
  • Cannes unveils shorts, Cinéfondation films

    Abbas Kiarostami to head the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury.
  • Carnival develops Spotnitz crime series

    Downtown Abey producer Carnival Films and Big Light Productions are developing a crime series about Sigmund Freud created by X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz.
  • Chef leads Tribeca Film Festival buzz

    Jon Favreau’s comedy builds up most overall buzz, but Goodbye to All That leads the way with 81% intent-to-view.
  • Chinese film delegation heads to UK

    A delegation of Chinese film and TV industry executives is heading to London in September to forge ties with UK indies and broadcasters as part of the Screen China event.
  • Chloe Moretz to ride Sony’s Wave

    Chloe Grace Moretz will star in the studio’s YA adaptation The 5th Wave that Graham King and Tobey Maguire are producing. Separately, Sharon Stone has joined Lionsgate’s American Ultra.
  • Ciaran Foy to direct Sinister 2

    Scott Derrickson, who directed the 2012 original and reprises his co-writer role with C Robert Cargill, announced the news on Twitter.
  • David Michôd boards Operators

    The in-demand Australian filmmaker, whose The Rover is tipped for a Cannes berth, will write and direct the Brad Pitt starring vehicle for Plan B and RatPac Entertainment.
  • Dee Dee Myers to head WB corp comms

    The former Clinton era White House press secretary has been named evp of worldwide corporate communications and pubic affairs, replacing Sue Fleishman who is leaving after nine years in charge.
  • Deluxe Connect set for Germany trial

    A group of cinemas picked by ARRI to test out Deluxe’s open-access, point-to-point digital delivery network.
  • Diamond shines for Cohen Media Group

    Chairman and CEO Charles S Cohen announced (17) that the company has picked up North American and English-language remake rights to the French thriller.
  • Discovery on brink of Channel 5 deal

    Discovery Communications and BSkyB are poised to announce a £350m deal to acquire UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, according to Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.
  • Driving Miss Daisy gets event release

    Event screening for stage adaptation to screen at over 300 screens across the UK, followed by live Q&A with star Angela Lansbury.
  • Electric sparks to Disappear

    EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has picked up all international rights to SXSW audience award winner Before I Disappear and will commence sales in Cannes.
  • Fandry wins at IFFLA

    Nagraj Manjule’s entry has scooped the grand jury prize for best feature and Richie Mehta’s Siddarth earned an honourable mention at the 12th annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles.
  • Ferrara's DSK film gets VOD debut

    Wild Bunch has eschewed a theatrical release in France and opted for a VOD launch for Welcome To New York. Abel Ferrara and Gerard Depardieu will hit the Croisette for day-long event on fringe of Cannes Film Festival.
  • Film London backs screenings

    Seven awards granted to film venues in London.
  • Film Movement takes Human Capital

    Film Movement has picked up US rights from Bac Films to Paolo Virzi’s Italian drama head of its North American premiere at Tribeca on April 18.
  • FIPRESCI appoints new board

    Alin Tasciyan elected as president of the International Federation of Film Critics.
  • Grandmaster sweeps Hong Kong awards

    Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster nabbed 12 prizes at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night, including best picture, best director and best actress for Zhang Ziyi.
  • Greenaway receives CNC support

    Other projects supported by Romania’s film fund include Cristian Mungiu’s RMD and Tudor Giurgiu’s Apropierea.
  • Happy 90th birthday, Eric Pleskow

    The veteran Hollywood producer Eric Pleskow celebrates his 90th birthday today.
  • Heaven Is For Real

    Dir: Randall Wallace. US. 2014. 100mins
  • Hellenic Film Academy Awards

    Fifth edition of the awards saw Pantelis Voulgaris’ Little England win best film, while Yiorgos Tsemberopoulos won best director for The Enemy Within.
  • Hong Kong’s EMP expands team

    Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures has appointed production veteran Daniel Yu as production controller and Damon Chan as general manager, exhibition (PRC).
  • Iceman

    Dir: Law Wing Cheong. Hong Kong-China. 2014. 103mins
  • Ida wins at Wiesbaden's goEast

    Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida received the Skoda Film Prize for Best Film at Wiesbaden’s goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which ended with the awards ceremony on Tuesday evening (April 15).
  • Kaleidoscope picks up Road

    Narrated by Liam Neeson, the documentary [pictured] opened this year’s Belfast Film Festival.
  • Katherine Mills joins Signature

    Former marketing manager for Lionsgate has been appointed head of marketing for UK distributor.
  • Kevorkian lines up thriller Georgie

    Johnny Kevorkian will direct psychological thriller Georgie, written by Craig Rutherford.
  • Leo DiCaprio to star in The Revenant

    In a busy week for Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Mexican director is set to shoot in September for New Regency, RatPac and Worldview after he wraps production on Birdman.
  • Lilting sells for Protagonist

    EXCLUSIVE: Hong Khaou’s debut sells to major markets for Protagonist.
  • Lincoln Center sets Fassbinder retrospective

    Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist (Part 1) is being dubbed the most extensive presentation of Fassbinder’s films in New York since 1997 and runs from May 16-June 1.
  • Lionsgate plots Allegiant split

    In a move that will come as little surprise, Lionsgate has announced (11) it is splitting up the third entry of its YA Divergent adaptation into two films.
  • Little England wins top Hellenic award

    Two veterans and a newcomer shared the top honours at the Hellenic Film Academy (HFA) awards.
  • Locarno: filmmakers call to drop Israel focus

    Ken Loach, Simone Bitton, Walter Bernstein, Annemarie Jacir and Elia Suleiman among signatories of petition; Locarno Film Festival issues statement.
  • Magnolia Pictures enters Blizzard

    The distributor has acquired North American rights to Sundance premiere White Bird In A Blizzard starring Shailene Woodley.
  • Malta ups cash rebate to 27%

    The Maltese Government has announced a substantial increase in the cash rebates to filmmakers.
  • Mia Bays, Mike Kelly leave Microwave

    EXCLUSIVE: Creative producer, business exec plan future collaborations.
  • Miike shooting Yakuza Apocalypse

    EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nikkatsu Corporation has announced director Takashi Miike has started shooting Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld as of April 17.
  • Mike Weatherley on US tour

    The UK’s intellectual property advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron met US studio heads this week (17) in a publicity drive for content protection.
  • Nancy Kirkpatrick to leave Summit

    The veteran had served as Summit Entertainment’s president of worldwide marketing for the past six years and departs as Lionsgate and Summit integrate marketing operations.
  • New fund backs Jackie Chan’s Dragon Blade

    Jackie Chan is set to star in Daniel Lee’s period action epic Dragon Blade, to be financed by start-up film fund Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund.
  • Nicole Garcia to head Caméra d’or jury

    Actress, director and screenwriter Nicole Garcia is to preside over the Jury for this year’s Caméra d’or award for the best debut film at Cannes.
  • Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing

    Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.
  • Open Road acquires Tupac

    The distributor has picked up US rights to Morgan Creek and Emmett/Furla/Oasis’ biopic about the rapper.
  • Paramount, China Filmco eye Marco Polo

    The partners will co-produce the 3D fantasy-action and are searching for a name Hollywood director and star plus US and Chinese cast.
  • Polak to direct Vita and Virginia

    Dutch director Sacha Polak is now attached to Mirror Productions’ Vita and Virginia.
  • Pulp to open Sheffield Doc/Fest

    Florian Habicht’s documentary about the Britpop band to receive its European premiere at the festival.
  • Rio 2 tops int'l on $63.5m

    UPDATED APRIL 14: Fox International’s animation sequel pipped Marvel/Disney’s Captain America 2 to the post in a close contest at the international box office as a confirmed $63.5m weekend trumped $60.3m.
  • Screen, Winston Baker team on Cannes Finance Forum

    Screen International becomes media partner on 5th Annual International Film Finance Forum.
  • Seventh Son, Warcraft gets Chinese backing

    China Film Co has put money into its first Hollywood films, paying what is believed to be in excess of an eight-figure equity investment in the pair of Legendary projects.
  • Spider-Man set for UK top spot

    Sony’s sequel garners most buzz and intent-to-view.
  • Spidey 2 spins early $5m

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rolled out in the first of its 15 territories through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) this weekend, setting record opening days for 2014 in the UK, Germany, Australia and Belgium.
  • Sundance Channel set for UK

    The global arm of AMC Networks is readying plans to launch the Sundance Channel in the UK.
  • Transcendence

    Dir: Wally Pfister. US. 2014. 119mins
  • Trip to Italy to get event release

    Picturehouse announces one-off screening for comedy sequel, followed by Q&A with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
  • UK thriller Containment underway

    EXCLUSIVE: Bright Cold Day Films/Patchwork Productions feature begins in Southampton.
  • Virgil rocks with Bruno Wizard

    EXCLUSIVE: Elisabeth Rasmussen directs story of British punk rocker.
  • Winter Soldier regains UK lead

    Disney’s latest Marvel outing leapfrogs Rio 2 with $3m (£1.78m); Lionsgate’s The Quiet Ones posts non-final $1.1m (£681,305) debut for week’s highest new entry; eOne’s Calvary records third best opening of year in Ireland.