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April 4 2014

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  • 3D Naked Ambition

    Dir: Lee Kung-lok. Hong Kong-China. 2014. 106mins
  • Agents of change

    Agents have an increasingly important role in the film and TV industries. At a Screen-hosted roundtable, Wendy Mitchell and Andreas Wiseman asked some of the UK’s key players how agenting is changing.
  • Amazon enters TV wars

    Amazon launched the Fire TV set top box on Wednesday (April 2). Costing $99, the device runs on Android software and according to Amazon will provide access to its Instant Video library of more than 200,000 films and TV series.
  • Arianne Benedetti, Panama film commissioner

    With the third International Film Festival Of Panama underway, Panamanian film industry director and film commissioner Arianne Benedetti talks to Jeremy Kay about beaches, jungles, Quantum Of Solace and her country’s ambitious film industry.
  • Asian Film Awards 2014

    Picture gallery of winners and guests at the Asian Film Awards 2014.
  • BAFTA wins online video project funding

    BAFTA to receive a share of £30m ($50m) in government funding to help improve the quality of online video.
  • Baxter joins Pinewood Pictures

    EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist exec named head of acquisitions and development at Pinewood Pictures.
  • Berlinale launches Talents Beirut

    Berlinale Talents bolsters collaboration with the Arab world with inaugural programme of masterclasses and workshops in Beirut.
  • Birds Eye View and Screen directors lunch

    Birds Eye View and Screen International hosted a group of directors and producers for a lunch at Coutts on Thursday, March 27.
  • Buyers in tune with Protagonist's Frank

    EXCLUSIVE: Buyers flock to Sundance comedy starring Michael Fassbender.
  • Candiland shoot comes to Vancouver

    The Motorcycle Boy Productions and Greendale Productions horror-thriller starring Gary Busey, James Clayton and Chelah Horsdal will be in production in the city from April 13-20.
  • Captain America 2 in record April debut

    Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier announced itself with an estimated $96.2m debut through Buena Vista that rewrote the record books for April opening weekends.
  • Captain America tops UK chart

    Disney’s latest superhero outing posts $10.1m (£6.04m) bow, including previews, to lead the way ahead of stablemate Muppets Most Wanted.
  • Carrion Road casts up

    John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins and Jim Belushi have joined Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane on Atlas Independent’s The Man On Carrion Road, set to start shooting on April 14.
  • Cate Blanchett among WIF honourees

    The Oscar winner will collect the Women In Film, Los Angeles 2014 Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, while Kerry Washington will receive the 2014 Lucy Award for Excellence in Television on June 11 in Los Angeles.
  • Cineworld to add 11 IMAX theatres

    IMAX Corporation is to expand its partnership with Cineworld Group PLC to cover a further 11 IMAX theatres.
  • COLCOA announces 2014 line-up

    Claude Lelouch’s We Love You, You Bastard to open Hollywood event.
  • Condemned bulks up cast

    Johnny Messner, Ronen Rubinstein, Shawn Christensen, Jon Abrahams and Jordan Gelber have joined Caliber Media’s original horror film.
  • Constantin retains German crown

    Constantin Film has been named by the German Federal Film Board (FFA) as the nation’s top producer of German films for the ninth consecutive year in 2013 and the top distributor for the tenth consecutive year.
  • Criminal prospers at Full Frame

    The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award went to Darius Clark Monroe’s Evolution Of A Criminal as the 2014 Full Frame Film Documentary Film Festival came to a conclusion (April 6).
  • David Blair to direct The Messenger

    EXCLUSIVE: Chiller about a young man who sees dead people to shoot this summer.
  • Drafthouse Films acquires Overnighters

    Jesse Moss’ documentary premiered in Sundance and centres on the plight of desperate men chasing their fortunes in the North Dakota oilfields.
  • EFA names Young Audience Award trio

    Films from Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany up for award.
  • EFAs 2016 go to Wroclaw

    European Capital of Culture 2016 to host 29th awards ceremony.
  • Electric opens Canada office

    Dean Devlin’s sales division at Electric Entertainment has hired Nolan Pielak to work out of the newly opened Vancouver office.
  • Eunice Shin joins Manatt Digital Media

    Manatt Digital Media announced (April 2) it has hired consultant and business strategist Eunice Shin as director.
  • Ex-Revolver exec launches online service

    Ross Bispham launches new online service, Ignite Film Fans, to help build a fan base for movie projects.
  • Falco Ink promotes Michelle DiMartino

    New York-based entertainment PR firm Falco Ink has promoted Michelle DiMartino to account executive.
  • Former EFP president dies aged 56

    Éva Vezér, the former European Film Promotion (EFP) president, died at the weekend following a serious illness.
  • Garrel's Jealousy finds US home

    Distrib Films has acquired all US rights to Philippe Garrel’s Jealousy, which premiered at Venice 2013 and stars Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis, Rebecca Conevant, Olga Milshtein and Esther Garrel. 
  • Gary Kurtz execs Centurion Resurrection

    Short marks first production from GBK Hybrid and the first live action film from former Disney animator Richard Bazley.
  • Goldcrest adds trio to picture post team

    Goldcrest Post has bolstered its picture post team with the appointment of three senior staff members.
  • Guadalajara Film Festival 2014

    Picture gallery of winners and guests at the Guadalajara Film Festival 2014
  • Gulf Film Festival postponed

    The 2014 Gulf Film Festival has been put on hold just a week before it was set to begin.
  • Holmberg new Goteborg artistic director

    Jonas Holmberg has succeeded Marit Kapla as the new artistic director at the Göteborg International Film Festival.
  • How Imax can help Interstellar

    There was an air of quiet optimism among theatre owners at CinemaCon last week, writes Jeremy Kay.
  • Icon names Friedman acquisitions boss

    Former Weinstein Company exec joins recently relaunched distributor.
  • Illmatic inaugural Candescent winner

    Lilly Hartley’s Candescent Films has announced a multi-year initiative with Tribeca Film Institute to support documentary film through the Candescent Award.
  • In Darkness We Fall

    Dir: Alfredo Montero. Spain. 2013. 80mins
  • In The Blood

    Dir: John Stockwell. US. 2014. 108mins
  • India's 24 Frames launches US hub

    India-based 24 Frames Factory has launched its US distribution company 24 Frames Factory LLC.
  • Japanese Dog wins at Vilnius

    Romania was the big winner at Vilnius’ Kino Pavasaris (Cinema Spring) festival with Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s feature debut Japanese Dog was named Best Film in the New Europe - New Names competition.
  • Jeonju to open with 3D zombie film

    The 15th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced its line-up with Opening Film to be the world premiere of Mad Sad Bad, a 3D zombie omnibus directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, Han Ji-seung and Kim Tae-yong.
  • Jeremy Thomas: a global touch

    Veteran producer Jeremy Thomas talks to Wendy Mitchell about the highlights of his 40-year career and looks excitedly to the future, ahead of a BFI Southbank retrospective.
  • John C.Reilly joins The Lobster

    New cast has been added to Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, which has begun shooting with Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw and Léa Seydoux.
  • Julie Andrews to produce Panther

    MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber and president of the motion picture group Jonathan Glickman have raided the vaults and are lining up a full-length Pink Panther hybrid animation and live-action feature.
  • Kelsey Grammer begins Breaking the Bank shoot

    EXCLUSIVE: Vadim Jean directing British comedy with the Fraiser star.
  • Kino Lorber takes 'Manuscripts'

    Kino Lorber has acquired US rights to Mohammad Rasoulof’s Iranian drama about state censorship, Manuscripts Don’t Burn.
  • Lakeshore boards Witch Hunter

    Lakeshore Entertainment has come on to co-finance and co-produce the action fantasy with Summit Entertainment.
  • Lionsgate renews TMG agreement

    Output deal covers distribution of Summit label films in Germany and Austria.
  • Lost silent masterpiece discovered

    The 1923 film Love, Life and Laughter stars Betty Balfour.
  • Meryl Streep books Ricki gig

    Jonathan Demme will direct Meryl Streep as a hard-rocking checkout lady in Ricki And The Flash for Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions. Diablo Cody wrote the screenplay.
  • Metrodome takes five features

    EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome haul includes rom-com We’ll Never Have Paris from Simon Helberg, star of The Big Bang Theory.
  • Mexico: 2014 hot picks

    Buzz titles for 2014 from the rising stars of Mexico’s film industry.
  • Mexico: taking off

    Beyond Alfonso Cuaron’s Oscar win, Mexico’s growing film industry has much to celebrate, from a new wave of talent to steady box-office growth and smart global partnerships. Jeremy Kay reports.
  • MIPTV: Transmedia’s transitions

    As the digital-focused MIPTV champions a new age of storytelling this month, Melanie Goodfellow explores how TV drama and film producers are tentatively branching out into other platforms
  • Molinare: making the grade

    Following its 2012 restructuring, post-production firm Molinare has a sharpened focus on high-end TV drama as well as feature film post work, and is readying itself for growth. Wendy Mitchell reports
  • Monaghan, Dinklage join Sony's Pixels

    Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage have joined Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Josh Gad in the cast of Sony’s Pixels. Separately, Lionsgate has announced a cast change on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.
  • Monsterz

    Dir: Hideo Nakata. Japan. 2014. 111mins
  • Mountain Men to kick off in BC

    EXCLUSIVE: Myriad Pictures announced (April 2) that production on the comedy-drama starring Chace Crawford and Tyler Labine will take begin on April 5 in Revelstoke, British Columbia. 
  • Natural Sciences wins at Guadalajara

    Echo of the Mountain also scoops a top prize at the film festival in Mexico.
  • New Europe takes Summer of Blood

    EXCLUSIVE: New Europe Film Sales signs the Tribeca Film Festival Viewpoints opening film - vampire comedy Summer of Blood by Onur Tukel.
  • Northern Ireland unveils $70m fund

    Northern Ireland is hoping to tempt more Game of Thrones-style high-end TV and film productions to the country as part of a new four-year £43m ($71.5m) plan.
  • Notebook director returning to Holocaust

    Hungarian director Janos Szasz, who won the top prize at Karlovy Vary with The Notebook, is back working on another Holocaust novel.
  • Nvizible opens studio in Belfast

    VFX house behind Kick-Ass 2 working on upcoming sci fi project Robot Overlords.
  • Ocho on course for Spanish record

    UPDATED APRIL 7: Emilio Martinez-Lazaro’s rom-com Ocho Apellidos Vascos will become on April 7 the biggest Spanish-language release of all time in Spain and Universal’s biggest release in the territory.
  • Origin Pictures partners with Endemol

    Endemol and Origin will jointly develop and finance a new slate of drama series for the UK and international markets, with EWD as distributor
  • Over 200 to attend Frontières

    First edition in Brussels of Fantasia’s international co-production market runs April 10-12.
  • Palo Alto named SFIFF centerpiece

    Gia Coppola’s directorial debut based on James Franco’s collection of short stories has been named the centerpiece screening at the upcoming 57th San Francisco International Film Festival.
  • Production Guild Awards invite noms

    First annual awards to celebrate excellence in the production industry-
  • Putin eyes Crimean film scene

    Ahead of this week’s NIKA Awards ceremony in Moscow, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin heard the plans by Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky to re-launch the film festival in Crimea’s Yalta and the festival for children’s cinema in the small resort town of Gurzuf.
  • RADiUS-TWC boards Creep

    The New York-based distributor has partnered with the Duplass Brothers and Blumhouse Productions on a trilogy after the film’s recent debut at SXSW.
  • Raven Banner acquires Turbo Kid

    The Toronto distributor has acquired Canadian rights excluding Quebec to the post-apocalyptic action comedy.
  • Raven Banner takes 'Blood' for Canada

    The Toronto distributor has acquired Canadian rights to the Gina Carano action thriller. Separately, Cinedigm has picked up US rights to Open Windows.
  • Relativity gets US on Somnia

    The studio has acquired US rights to Mike Flanagan’s genre film from Intrepid Pictures and MICA Entertainment, with whom it is collaborating on the upcoming Oculus.
  • Renny Harlin to direct Fallen Cross

    Cliffhanger director to oversee mob thriller from Belgium’s Umedia.
  • Ritzy staff vote to strike

    BECTU members vote yes to strike action after pay dispute with Picturehouse cinema.
  • Russia gets first LUXE RealD theatre

    New Premium Large Format theatre opens in St Petersburg.
  • San Seb unveils Eastern European focus

    The San Sebastian Film Festival has lined up 50 Eastern European features made since 2000.
  • Saoirse Ronan begins Brooklyn shoot

    Cast also includes Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.
  • SBIFF sets 2015 dates

    The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will run from January 27-February 7, 2015.
  • Scandinavian reception at CAA

    Ambassadors and talent from the region convened recently at the agency’s hub in Century City for a networking session
  • Screen April 2014

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  • Screen Media takes Food Chains

    The workers’ rights documentary premiered in the Berlinale, where Visit Films commenced international sales.
  • Shoot begins on Tumbledown

    Principal photography has commenced (March 31) in Devens, Massachusetts, on Sean Mewshaw’s feature directorial debut. Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.
  • Sky enters DVD market

    Sky reveals details of Buy & Keep service, including postal service, price-points.
  • Snowpiercer to open LAFF

    Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi drama will open the 20th anniversary edition of the Los Angeles Film festival on June 11.
  • Sony boards Cannes Critics’ Week prize

    The Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize to be awarded to the best short or medium-length film in the parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival.
  • Stars of Tomorrow launch during Creative Week

    Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014 will be launched as part of parent company MBI’s new Creative Week.
  • Stephen Garrett to leave Shine

    Kudos co-founder and Shine Pictures executive chairman to step down after more than 20 years to “reinvent” himself.
  • Streetkids sequel shoot kicks off

    Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) and Dutch producer JaJa Film Productions begin shooting in Rio.
  • Studinger to chair EO's Advisory Cmte

    The European Observatory’s Advisory Committee has elected Johannes Studinger as its new Chairman.
  • Tarantino's Hateful Eight set for live read

    Non-profit outfit Film Independent is teaming with Quentin Tarantino for the event, centred on the filmmaker’s latest script that leaked online earlier this year.
  • The Dark Stranger begins shoot

    Katie Findlay has joined the psychothriller that recently commenced principal photography in Toronto. LA-based Moonstone Entertainment handles international sales.
  • The Quiet Ones

    Dir: John Pogue. UK. 2014. 98mins
  • The Weinstein Company: stirring drama

    As The Weinstein Company ramps up its scripted TV productions and acquisitions, Andreas Wiseman talks to the executives behind the push.
  • Tom Cruise wins 'legend' award

    Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hugh Jackman receive honorary awards at the Empire Awards.
  • Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott team for BBC drama

    Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy to executive produce period drama Taboo from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, financed by the BBC and Sonar Entertainment.
  • Tribeca 2014: discovery channels

    Tribeca Film Festival programmers Frédéric Boyer and Genna Terranova talk to Jeremy Kay about championing international and American gems.
  • Tribeca 2014: hot picks

    Previews of some anticipated world premieres, from Libyan rebels to killer beavers.
  • TWC, Gannett sign first-look deal

    The Weinstein Company has signed a first-look development deal with media giant Gannett.
  • Ugly, Goynar Baksho bookend NYIFF

    Anurag Kashyap’s tale of corruption and systemic violence will open the New York Indian Film Festival on May 5.
  • UK buzzing over Divergent

    Teen action drama Divergent leads the online buzz of films opening in the UK this week – but Captain America still commands the chart.
  • UK film finance: BFI backs joined-up approach

    A new joint-venture scheme from the BFI aims to drive up investment in UK independent films by helping producers and distributors to share the risks and rewards of distribution.
  • Umbrella hires C & C as Euro consultant

    EXCLUSIVE: Aus/NZ distributor hires Coffee & Cigarettes as European consultant.
  • Universal changes int'l structure

    The studio hierarchy is changing the structure of international operations and will relocate the head of international theatrical operations to LA to foster closer ties with the rest of the executive team.
  • US exhibition: the people’s choices

    John Hazelton examines how US exhibitors are changing along with audiences, including offering an enhanced cinema experience with more varied options
  • VMI Worldwide picks up Hellion

    LA-based VMI Worldwide has acquired international rights to Kat Candler’s Hellion starring Aaron Paul and will introduce to buyers in Cannes next month.
  • We Love You, You Bastard

    Dir: Claude Lelouch. France. 2014. 124mins
  • Well Go USA takes Swelter

    The Jean-Claude Van Damme thriller will be released on a date to be announced shortly. International sales agent The Exchange has sold out all territories.
  • Winter Soldier rampant in China

    Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier grossed a confirmed $109.8m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) powered by a mighty China debut to boost the early tally to $209.4m.
  • Winter Soldier to soar past $150m

    Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Solider was due to cross $100m on April 3 heading into what is expected to be a mighty second international session.