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April 25 2014

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  • [REC]4 to open Sitges Film Festival

    Closing instalment of zombie horror series to open 47th edition of genre film festival.
  • 5 To 7

    Dir/scr: Victor Levin. US. 2014. 96mins
  • About Alex

    Dir/scr: Jesse Zwick. US. 2014. 96mins
  • Alloy readies Sisterhood Everlasting

    Alloy Entertainment is developing Sisterhood Everlasting, the third film from its Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants series.
  • AMC/Sundance acquire Kinowelt TV

    AMC/Sundance Channel Global makes its first foray into Germany, Austria and Switzerland with the acquisition of the German pay-TV channel
  • AmPav plans record year for student activity

    Heading into Cannes The American Pavilion hierarchy said its student programmes will report a record year with more than 200 students confirmed and more international entrants than ever before.
  • Anchor Bay promotes trio

    Anchor Bay Entertainment has promoted three staffers to vice-president.
  • André Rieu returns to UK cinemas

    Anniversary concert aims to break box office record set by Rieu’s 2013 Maastricht Concert.
  • Arabs call for more regional content

    Nearly half of Arabs watch US films yet most want more regional content, according to a survey.
  • Art directors set awards dates

    The 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards will take place on January 31, 2015.
  • Bankside secures sales for Hector

    EXCLUSIVE: Deals on Simon Pegg comedy include South Korea, Spain, Benelux.
  • BBC to revisit Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Cider With Rosie, The Go-Between and An Inspector Calls will be adapted as 90-minute dramas for a BBC1 season of early 20th century British novels and plays.
  • Beijing Film Market reveals $1.7bn deals

    The Beijing Film Market (BFM) announced deals totalling $1.7bn (RMB10.5bn) for 32 projects at the close of the three-day event (April 17-19), including $615m (RMB3.8bn) for film production.
  • BFC reception, Tribeca

    The British Film Commission held its annual event during the Tribeca Film Festival at Norwood in partnership with UKTI NY.  
  • Big Sundance London Party

    Guests including David Cross, Rose McGowan and Ryan Coogler attended the Big Sundance London Party to kick off the Sundance London Film and Music Festival 2014.
  • Blind wins Istanbul's Golden Tulip

    I am not him wins best film in Turkish competition.
  • Brick Mansions

    Dir: Camille Delamarre. US-France-Canada. 2013. 100mins
  • Burnett, Downey board Ben-Hur

    Mark Burnett and Roma Downey continue their thrust into feature production and have joined MGM and Paramount on the classic remake, set to open on February 26, 2016.
  • Cannes Critics' Week 2014 line-up

    Djinn Carrenard’s second feature to open selection; genre pictures When Animals Dream and It Follows to compete in Cannes Critics’ Week.
  • Cannes Directors' Fortnight 2014 lineup unveiled

    Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood (Bande de Filles) [pictured] to open; Matthew Warchus’ Pride to close.
  • Cannes Directors’ Fortnight to honour Alain Resnais

    Cannes Directors’ Fortnight had already decided to honour the French filmmaker before his death in March.
  • CineEurope to fete Duncan Clark

    The president of distribution at Universal Pictures International will receive the 2014 International Distributor Of The Year Award in Barcelona on June 17.
  • Concrete Clouds acquired for UK

    Thai drama was nominated for awards at film festivals in Rotterdam and Busan.
  • Continental eyes Cannes sales

    EXCLUSIVE: LA-based sales company founders James Andrew Felts and Matthew Shreder head to the Croisette with a slate that includes drama Noble and dark comedy Friended To Death.
  • Dimension nets 47 Meters Down

    Dimension Films has acquired North American rights to underwater thriller 47 Meters Down.
  • Disney crosses $1bn at int’l BO

    The studio announced (20) it had crossed the threshold for the year-to-date in a company record time to stand at $1.086bn.
  • EFP names Producers on the Move 2014

    UK’s Tristan Goligher and Germany’s Henning Kamm among upcoming European producers set to be showcased at Cannes.
  • Elwes attacks studio tentpoles

    Producer and former agent Cassian Elwes turned to one of his favourite topics in his keynote address at the IFTA Production Conference (25), laying into what he called a “rubbish” tentpole model that jeopardised the prospects of intelligent filmmakers.
  • eOne, TWC renew output

    eOne and The Weinstein Company have extended their film output deal in Canada until December 31, 2019.
  • Eurimages launches childrens film award

    The new co-production development award will be dedicated to films for youngsters.
  • Every Secret Thing

    Dir: Amy Berg. US. 2014. 93mins
  • Finding Fela acquired by Dogwoof

    Dogwoof to handle international sales of Alex Gibney’s music documentary and sets UK release date.
  • Finecut adds three for Cannes

    South Korean sales agent Finecut has secured three new titles for the Cannes Market led by Ha Jung-woo’s Chronicle Of A Blood Merchant, based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Yu Hua.
  • François Truffart, COLCOA

    As the 18th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) gathers pace, Elbert Wyche speaks to executive producer and artistic director François Truffart about the state of French cinema and his efforts to promote awareness in the US.
  • FSC boards Advanced Style for Hot Docs

    On the opening day of the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto (24), Film Sales Company has picked up North American sales rights to Advanced Style. Separately, FilmBuff will release festival premiere Love Hotel.
  • FSC boards Hot Docs premiere Meet The Patels

    EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company president Andrew Herwitz has picked up world sales on Meet The Patels ahead of its world premiere this weekend at Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto.
  • Hardwicke, Weisz join Collette in Miss You Already

    EXCLUSIVE: UK comedy-drama also starring Toni Collette readies for September 2014 shoot.
  • HBO boards JK Rowling's Casual Vacancy

    HBO is to co-produce the miniseries adaptation of JK Rowling’s bestseller The Casual Vacancy with the BBC.
  • Hey Lars, where's Thierry's T-shirt?

    Cannes Persona Non Grata T-shirt in demand.
  • Huayi Brothers boards Men Vs Women remake

    EXCLUSIVE: Beijing-based Huayi Brothers Media Corporation has boarded the Chinese remake of Italian comedies Men Vs Women and Women Vs Men and will produce with Cai Gongming’s Road Pictures and Italian filmmaker Cristiano Bortone.
  • In Your Eyes

    Dir: Brin Hill. US. 2014. 105mins
  • Indian comedy to shoot in Poland

    Karan Anshuman’s upcoming comedy Bangistan to be filmed in Krakow
  • Jane gets a release date

    Relativity Media has set a US date for Jane Got A Gun, the long-gestating Western starring Natalie Portman that made headlines last year due to the comings and goings of director and stars.
  • JD Beaufils joins NFI

    New Films International has brought on the international distribution executive as evp of worldwide distribution.
  • Jennifer Berman to bolster Roadside production

    The executive arrives at Roadside Attractions as svp of acquisitions, co-productions and development and will work on
  • Jimi Hendrix biopic to open Seattle

    André Benjamin stars as Seattle rock legend Jimi Hendrix in the drama, set to open the 40th Seattle International Film Festival on May 15.
  • Jinga set for monster Cannes

    Genre outfit adds zombies, werewolves and supernatural features to its Cannes slate.
  • Jude Law joins Genius

    EXCLUSIVE: Jude Law, riding high on reviews for his performance as a foul-mouthed gangster in Dom Hemingway, is switching gears and will play literary titan Thomas Wolfe.
  • LA Film Fest unveils free screenings

    The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced several free community screenings to take place in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the festival.
  • Lionsgate sets Mortdecai release

    Johnny Depp stars in the action comedy from Infinitum Nihil, Mad Chance and OddLot Entertainment alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Paul Bettany.
  • Loitering With Intent

    Dir: Adam Rapp. US. 2014. 75mins
  • Love & Engineering to open Visions du Réel

    Tonislav Hristov’s Love & Engineering is to open the 20th edition of the Visions du Réel documentary film festival.
  • Media Luna takes five for Cannes

    EXCLUSIVE: New films by Dominique Deruddere, Alfonso Zarauza and Chus Gutiérrez are among five new titles acquired by Cologne-based Media Luna New Films ahead of Cannes’ Marché du Film.
  • Metrodome to launch sales arm with AV slate, staff

    EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome International to officially launch at Cannes, with former AV staff
  • Michael Glawogger dead at 54

    Austrian director of award-winning documentaries Whores’ Glory and Workingman’s Death died while filming in Africa from malaria.
  • Mongrel picks up Grace of Monaco

    The Canadian distributor picked up rights to Olivier Dahan’s Cannes opening night film starring Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth from Stone Angels.
  • Monty Python show set for cinemas

    Picturehouse Entertainment has secured international rights to broadcast the upcoming Monty Python Live (Mostly) show on July 20.
  • Morgan Spurlock Presents lines up slate

    Morgan Spurlock, his production company Warrior Poets, Virgil Films and Richard Abramowitz’s independent distribution company Abramorama have teamed up to release “distinctive fiction and documentary features.”
  • Netflix sets original Mexican series

    The comedy from director Gaz Alazraki marks the streaming giant’s first Spanish-language original series.
  • Netflix to raise membership cost

    First quarter Netflix earnings beat analysts’ expectations to reach 86 cents a share on sales of $1.27bn.
  • Newport Beach to honour UK, Australian cinema

    The 15th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) will present its UK Celebration takes place on April 25 followed by an Australian Spotlight on April 28.
  • Niagara Integrated festival launches

    The event led by Toronto International Film Festival founder Bill Marshall is set to run from June 19-22.
  • Nikki Rocco to retire from Universal

    The longtime president of distribution is to step down at the end of 2014 after 18 years in the role.
  • Noah crosses $300m at global box office

    Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises said Darren Aronofsky’s epic tale has earned more than $200m internationally and close to $100m in North America.
  • Norway calls for film incentive scheme

    A boost to international productions in the Scandinavian country would increase local crew skills and enhance tourism, according to a new report.
  • NXNE expands to include film

    Toronto’s North By Northeast (NXNE) is expanding its film festival programing beyond music-themed movies to include films of all genres.
  • Oscar producers to return

    Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has announced.
  • Other Angle takes Golan-Globus Cannes title

    EXCLUSIVE: Dancing in Jaffa director captures life and times of legendary Israeli producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus.
  • Peter Jackson retitles final Hobbit

    There and Back Again ditched in favour of The Battle of the Five Armies.
  • PGA sets awards season dates

    The Producers Guild of America will stage its 26th annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles.Nominations for feature documentaries, TV series, specials and digital series will be announced on November 26.Narrative feature and animated feature nominees will be unveiled on January 5.Guild top brass said the deadline for notice of producing credits form for feature documentaries and submission of screeners is September 5 and the deadline for n
  • Rai Trade takes Darker Than Midnight

    Sebastiano Riso’s debut will premiere during Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Refn, Anderson join AGFA

    The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) announced (24) the addition of filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson to its advisory board.
  • Rio 2 wins international weekend

    UPDATE: The weekend box office race turned on its head on Monday (21) as Fox International executives confirmed Rio 2 grossed $47.1m from 65 markets compared to $46.1m for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from 14 Sony markets.
  • Salles to host Cannes masterclass

    Brazilian filmmaker to be patron of sixth La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde.
  • Salvation heads to France, Greece, Estonia

    Kristian Levring’s upcoming western The Salvation, set to play in Cannes, has been picked up by distributors in France, Greece and Estonia.
  • SFIFF to honour Jeremy Irons

    The veteran British actor will receive the Peter J Owens Award for excellence in acting at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 24–May 8.
  • Shoot wraps on Heaven Knows What

    Brothers Josh and Benny Safdie have wrapped principal photography on their follow-up to Lenny Cooke.
  • Siddharth wins best film at BJIFF

    Richie Mehta’s Siddharth was awarded best film at the close of the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), while Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster picked up three prizes including best director.
  • SPC sets date for Foxcatcher

    Sony Pictures Classics has planted an awards season pole for Bennett Miller’s Cannes competition entry. Separately, Relativity Media has picked up US rights to Hector And The Search For Happiness.
  • SPC takes Cannes entry Red Army

    The distributor has picked up all North American, Eastern European and Asian rights to the documentary from filmmaker Gabe Polsky.
  • Spider-Man 2 tops UK chart

    Sony’s sequel records biggest opening of 2014 with $15.2m (£9m); eOne’s The Love Punch lands with $1m (£611,000) from 373 sites.
  • Spider-Man rules web buzz

    The Other Woman proves popular ahead of its opening but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 remains leader of the pack.
  • Steve Elzer launches boutique PR firm

    The former Sony corporate communications chief has announced (24) the formation of Elzer & Associates along with an initial roster of clients.
  • Sundance chooses Theatre Lab fellows

    The Sundance Institute has selected nine projects to participate in its 2014 Theatre Lab that runs from July 7-27 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
  • Sundance London: John Cooper and Trevor Groth

    As Sundance London kicks off, organisers John Cooper and Trevor Groth talk film highlights, Robert Redford and the “nuts and bolts” of filmmaking.
  • Svensk Filmindustri veterans step down

    Departures follow a reshuffle at the Scandinavian major.
  • Temple Studios revives 16mm classics

    Day of the Locust, Sunset Boulevard, Touch of Evil to screen at ‘Hollywood studio’.
  • Terminator reboot shoot begins

    Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have announced that principal photography is underway in New Orleans.
  • Terracotta festival unveils line-up

    London-based Asian film festival to open with the UK premiere of Erik Matti’s On the Job and features a focus on the Philippines.
  • The Newburgh Sting

    Dirs: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner. US. 2014. 87mins
  • The Orchard snaps up The Canal

    The Orchard has taken North American rights from XYZ Films to Ivan Kavanagh’s psychological horror in a rare on-site acquisition at this year’s Tribeca.
  • The Other Woman

    Dir: Nick Cassavetes. US. 2014. 109mins
  • Time Is Illmatic

    Dir: One9. US. 2014. 74mins
  • Transcendence opens third in China

    Johnny Depp AI thriller Transcendence grossed $10.65m on its opening weekend in China, placing the film third at the weekly box office (April 14-20) behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2.
  • UK indies head to China

    A host of UK indies are in China for a China-UK TV summit
  • UK-China sign film co-pro treaty

    A film co-production treaty between the UK and China has been signed by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Vice Minister Tong Gang of the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television (SARFT).
  • US media law firm opens in Derry

    US media law firm SmithDehn LLP is to open an office in Derry, Northern Ireland, where it will look to expand its involvement in film and TV.
  • Visit Films to sell Charlie’s Country

    EXCLUSIVE: Visit Films has come on board to handle world sales excluding Australia, New Zealand and Italy on the Un Certain Regard selection.
  • Warner Bros. Germany secures Madame Bovary

    Warner Bros. Germany has picked up German-speaking European rights for Sophie Barthes’ new adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel Madame Bovary, which is currently in post production.
  • WestEnd boards Titli

    London-based sales company takes on Kanu Behl’s Un Certain Regard selection.
  • Winter Soldier crosses $400m int'l

    Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier has reached $401.5m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International.
  • Winter Soldier rules US, crosses $200m

    Marvel Studios’ 2014 poster boy stayed top of the North American charts in its in third weekend in action, adding an estimated $26.6m to reach $201.5m.
  • Women in film workshop set for Cannes

    Workshop to probe statistics behind the debate on women in film.
  • Yelchin, Deschanel enter Driftless Area

    Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has picked up a tasty project for Cannes and will handle sales on the Unified Pictures and Bron Studios dark comedy starring Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel.