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August 1 2014

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  • A new 'View' of Britain

    The British Council opens an exhibition of its Film Collection; with new shorts commissioned inspired by the archive works.
  • Agnes Havas, Hungarian Film Fund

    With Hungary having a huge presence at the 2014 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Laurence Boyce talked to the CEO of the Hungarian Film Fund to find out about the current outlook for the country’s industry.
  • Apes lead int'l BO on $54.8m

    UPDATED JULY 28: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reached the international box office summit at the weekend as a confirmed $54.8m from 12,247 screens in more than 61 markets dethroned Transformers 4.
  • Apes retains UK box office lead

    Fox’s sequel retains top spot with $6.4m (£3.8m) second weekend; Paramount’s Hercules muscles in with $2.46m (£1.45m).
  • BAFTA taking Yann Demange to US

    Director of ‘71 to be showcased at New York and Los Angeles events.
  • BBFC launches 12A cinema advert

    British Board of Film Classification aims to increase public understanding of 12A rating after research revealed 27% of cinema-goers were unclear about its meaning.
  • beActive publishes Transmedia 2.0

    Nuno Bernardo’s book is his follow-up to the 2011 publication The Producers Guide To Transmedia.
  • Brazilian delegation set for Locarno

    Film-maker Kleber Mendoça, who won the FIPRESCI Prize at Rotterdam and Wroclaw’s New Horizons for his fiction feature debut Neighbouring Sounds in 2012, will be in Locarno next month as part of an almost 60-strong Brazilian delegation.
  • Brian Kelly to direct fraudster drama

    EXCLUSIVE: Real-life ‘Catch Me If You Can’ drama being developed by ’71 producer Angus Lamont.
  • Bron to produce Meadowland

    Aaron L Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert’s Vancouver-based company will produce the psychological drama starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne.
  • Bruce Campbell, James Buckley in Purgatory

    Evil Dead and Inbetweeners stars join cast of fantasy feature.
  • Buyers take The Devil’s Hand

    EXCLUSIVE: Cinema Management Group has licensed the Rufus Sewell horror-thriller from Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment in a slew of markets.
  • Chapman To, Mark Lee play mahjong rivals

    King of Mahjong to be directed by Adrian Teh.
  • Charlie Brooker launches production firm

    House of Tomorrow will produce feature films as well as drama and comedy series.
  • China’s But Always set for N America

    China Lion Film picks up Nicholas Tse, Gao Yuanyuan starrer But Always from Emperor Motion Pictures for North America, Australia/New Zealand
  • Cinedigm, Great Point Media strike pact

    Cinedigm Corp and Robert Halmi Jr’s Great Point Media have signed a multi-picture distribution and production output deal.
  • Comic-Con D4: WB rules social media

    Hollywood rolled out the big guns at Comic-Con on Saturday as Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice promotion topped the chart of social mentions with 112,108 according to Way To Blue.
  • Comic-Con: Ben Kingsley makes debut

    Sir Ben Kingsley became yet another British star to make his Comic-Con debut as he joined a Focus Features panel to promote Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls on Saturday.
  • Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro thrills

    A Legendary Entertainment panel heavy on action footage provided the perfect platform for Comic-Con favourite Guillermo del Toro to sneak footage from Crimson Peak and poll the crowd on the idea of a pair of future projects.
  • Comic-Con: Marvel mania grips Hall H

    Marvel Studios repeated last year’s triumph with another rousing finale to three days of Hollywood presentations that sparked near hysteria as virtually the entire cast of Avengers: Age Of Ultron descended on Hall H.
  • Comic-Con: Sin City 2 dames talk it up

    Nine years after the original hit theatres, director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller returned to San Diego with key cast from their latest story and said they had already begun talks for a third episode.
  • Comic-Con: WB leads social buzz

    Comic-Con 2014 sparked 1.7m social media mentions as Warner Bros dominated the conversation, according to social media experts Way To Blue.
  • Con Air director plans to team with The Who on TV series

    EXCLUSIVE: Simon West is working on Mods and Rockers with iconic band in talks to collaborate.
  • Creative Europe to cut budgets

    Distribution and training programmes face budget cuts in 2015.
  • Creative Skillset launches diversity fund

    Around 900 professionals from a range of diverse backgrounds will receive training bursaries of up to £1,600 under Creative Skillset’s Diversity Fund.
  • Dark Valley wins at Puchon

    In Korea, the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Andreas Prochaska’s Austria-Germany Alps cowboy co-production The Dark Valley picking up the Best of Puchon award.
  • Deepsea Challenge 3D

    Dirs: John Bruno, Andrew Wight, Ray Quint. US-Australia. 2014. 90mins
  • Devour festival to welcome Anthony Bourdain

    Celebrity chef to present Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman.
  • Disney bolsters Asia exec suite

    Paul Candland has been named to the newly created position of president of The Walt Disney Company, Asia.
  • Dominique Pinon joins DuhLess 2

    French actor Dominique Pinon and Serbia’s Milos Bikovic have joined the cast of Roman Prygunov’s DuhLess 2, the sequel to his 2012 box-office success based on Sergey Minaev’s eponymous novel.
  • Dutch production scheme backs 34

    Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax among those to receive a share of €8.5m ($11.4m) from the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.
  • DWKs Animation hires Mark Zoradi

    The former president of Buena Vista International has been named COO of DreamWorks Animation while Ann Daly is promoted to president.
  • Elba, Arterton drama begins shoot

    uMedia to handle sales on film also starring Franz Drameh and Adam Bakri.
  • Emile Hirsch joins Just Jim

    Into the Wild star joins the directorial debut of Submarine star Craig Roberts.
  • Encounters adds industry forum

    Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (September 16 – 21) has added a three-day industry forum.
  • Englund, Moore to attend FrightFest

    Nightmare on Elm Street star and comic-book legend set for horror festival.
  • Europa Distribution panel looks at TV

    Speakers at Locarno workshop to include TrustNordisk’s Susan Wendt and ARTE’s Karen Byot.
  • Figa/Br launches with August Winds

    New Brazilian cinema label kicks off with Locarno competition title.
  • Film worth $2.7bn to UK broadcasters

    Feature films were worth an estimated £1.6bn ($2.7bn) to UK broadcasters in 2013, according to new research by the British Film Institute.
  • FIP hires Michael Andreen

    Fox International Productions has named Michael Andreen svp of production, effective August 1.The appointment marks Andreen’s second return to the studio, having previously served in various creative production capacities on Master and Commander and The Day After Tomorrow, among others.He most recently worked at Narratology as a consultant to Chinese media companies and funds.Career credits include senior positions at Walt Disney Studios, Warner Independ
  • Get On Up

    Dir: Tate Taylor. US. 2014. 139mins
  • Gotham honour for Ted Sarandos

    Leaders at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) said the chief content officer will receive this year’s Industry Tribute at the 24th annual Gothams in New York on December 1.
  • Guardians tops UK social buzz

    As Guardians of the Galaxy rockets onto screens this week, social media is buzzing over the new film.
  • Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe, first trailer

    First trailer for Horns shows Daniel Radcliffe going through hell.
  • I Am A Knife With Legs

    Dir/scr: Bennett Jones. 2014. 83mins
  • I Origins to open Raindance 2014

    Director Mike Cahill will return to the independent film festival, where he screened his sci-fi feature Another Earth in 2011.
  • IFC Midnight embraces Inner Demons

    Seth Grossman directed Schorr Pictures’ horror film about an intervention-style reality TV show.
  • IM Global ventures into TV

    Former Syfy president of original content Mark Stern has come on board as president and partner in the new venture, IM Global Television.
  • Interstellar trailer: it has arrived

    You’ll have seen the fields of corn. Matthew McConaughey hugging his daughter. A professorial Michael Caine. Now there is more.
  • Jane Linfoot's The Incident begins shoot

    Psychological drama stars Ruta Gedmintas, Tom Hughes and Tasha Connor.
  • JJ Nugent joins AMBI Distribution

    AMBI Distribution, the international sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group, has hired JJ Nugent to work in acquisitions and international sales.
  • John McNaughton, The Harvest

    Ian Sandwell talks to the American director about his first film in over a decade, The Harvest.
  • Kino Lorber takes Decent One, Winter

    The distributor has acquired all US rights to Vanessa Lapa’s documentary on the secret personal writings and photographs of Heinrich Himmler as well as mystery Winter In The Blood.
  • Lionsgate picks up Down A Dark Hall

    The studio has acquired feature rights to Lois Duncan’s 1974 novel Down A Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortés to direct and Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer to produce.
  • Locarno 2014: a return to Africa

    In her first year as head of Locarno Film Festival’s co-production lab Open Doors, Ananda Scepka brings the focus back to Sub-Saharan Africa. Martin Blaney discovers why
  • Locarno 2014: Brazil in the spotlight

    For its fourth edition, Locarno’s Carte Blanche showcases the country of the moment - Brazil.
  • Locarno 2014: Carlo Chatrian, artistic director

    Carlo Chatrian, Locarno Film Festival’s artistic director, talks to Louise Tutt about new talent, old faces and maintaining the festival’s vision.
  • Locarno 2014: digital edition

    Download the digital edition of Screen International’s Locarno Film Festival supplement here.
  • Locarno 2014: Industry Days steps up

    Locarno’s fifth annual Industry Days (Aug 9-11) will feature an increasingly proactive Swiss presence, as well as a more international approach with STEP IN.
  • Locarno 2014: Open Doors projects

    Some 12 projects have been selected for Open Doors, from a sci-fi desert odyssey to a civil war story to a fishing adventure tale.
  • Locarno 2014: Piazza Grande, International Competition titles

    The films set to get audiences talking in both the Piazza Grande and International Competition sections at the 67th Locarno Film Festival are profiled here.
  • Locarno 2014: Special honorees

    Locarno’s 2014 edition will pay tribute to an eclectic mix of legendary film-makers, actors and producers. Screen takes a look at the recipients.
  • Locarno to honour Roman Polanski

    Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.
  • Locarno: the personal touch

    In the same way they say dogs can look like their owners, film festivals can take on the temperament of their artistic director.
  • Lucy tops North America on $44m

    EuropaCorp’s thriller starring Scarlett Johansson delivered a strong debut through Universal as box office for the top 12 matched the comparable session of 2013.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Comic Con footage

    Tom Hardy gets Mad in the first footage from the action reboot.
  • Magic in the Moonlight to close Sarajevo

    Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.
  • Marie's Story finds US home

    Film Movement has acquired US rights to Marie’s Story (formerly Marie Heurtin) ahead of its world premiere slot in Locarno.
  • Market gets ready for Guardians

    Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung to top spot last weekend but Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy is standing by to knock the primates off their perch.
  • Matthias Schoenaerts exits Belgica

    Rising star leaves new project from Felix van Groeningen, director of The Broken Circle Breakdown.
  • Media Luna says No Thank You

    German sales outfit acquires Samuli Valkama feature.
  • Melissa Leo, Orsi Toth on Sarajevo jury

    Programmers and Tate Modern director also added to jury headed by Bela Tarr.
  • Najwa Najjar locks West Bank film

    Algerian singer Souad Massi and Egyptian Khaled Abol Naga co-star in film shot in West Bank city of Nablus.
  • New Hobbit finale trailer

    Cue haunting folk song overlay and solemn skyward glances — it’s time for the first trailer to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.
  • Number 55 wins at revamped Pula

    Top Croatian winners are Number 55, The Reaper and Happy Endings; Concrete Night wins international competition.
  • Occupant, Deep Silver plot Dead Island

    Occupant Entertainment is to produce a feature of video game Dead Island with Deep Silver, the video game publishing label of Koch Media.
  • Open Road sets Rosewater release

    Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut and potential awards contender is set to premiere in Toronto next month.
  • Pavlic to head SPE creative advertising

    The Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) hierarchy has promoted Michael Pavlic to president of worldwide creative advertising.
  • Playwrights chosen for new screenwriting scheme

    EXCLUSIVE: Origin Pictures, Paines Plough, BBC Films launch writing scheme
  • Prominence readies Fortune And Gold

    Los Angeles-based Prominence Films is ramping up for an early August start in and around California on its first feature, Of Fortune And Gold.
  • Saban expands exec roster

    Saban Films is gearing up for its first release of The Homesman and has hired Azniv Taschyan as vp of finance and Jonathan Saba as vp of marketing.
  • San Seb names New Directors titles

    A total of 13 new films will compete for the $67,000 prize.
  • San Seb's Savage Cinema to return

    Second edition of San Sebastian Film Festival strand to feature six action sports films including the long-awaited sequel to motorcycle racing classic On Any Sunday.
  • Sarajevo reveals guest list

    Michael Winterbottom, Mike Leigh and Michel Hazanavicius among those to attend the festival.
  • Sea Of Trees commences shoot

    Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions’ drama has begun shooting and will film on location in Massachusetts and Japan. Ken Kao and Alex Walton’s Bloom represents international rights and launched pre-sales in Cannes.
  • Secret Cinema: Back to the Future, REVIEW

    Dogged by cancellations, Secret Cinema has a lot to prove with its production of Back to the Future. Michael Rosser went back to 1955 to find out if it was worth the wait.
  • Secret Cinema’s BTTF gets go ahead

    After cancelling four shows, Secret Cinema will begin its run of Back to the Future on July 31.
  • Silent film tops documentary poll

    More than 200 critics and 100 filmmakers take part in poll.
  • Simon West turns to crowd-funding

    Expendables 2 director talks crowd-funding, a Con Air sequel and Tolkien & Lewis.
  • Sundance in Hong Kong partnership

    A new brand extension deal from Sundance Institute top brass with The Metroplex will present Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects from September 19-28 at the newly opened nine-screen cineplex in Kowloon Bay.
  • Sundance teams with Polish festival

    The Sundance Film Festival has entered into a partnership with Poznan’s Transatlantyk Film Festival to present a selection of its titles at the forthcoming fourth edition running from August 8-14.
  • Sundance unveils summer Labs

    Sundance Institute has announced the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, both of which take place from July 28-August 1 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
  • Tara Kemes climbs at Rainmaker

    Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment, the company behind Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper, has promoted Tara Kemes to the new position of vp of culture and talent.
  • TFI unveils New Media grantees

    Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), in partnership with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative has announced five grant recipients of the 2014 TFI New Media Fund.
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey

    Dir: Lasse Hallström. US. 2014. 122mins
  • The Way He Looks wins at NewFest

    Daniel Ribeiro’s The Way He Looks was named best feature at New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film festival while Brumby Boylston’s Cruising Electric took audience award for best short.
  • Tokyo to host Hideaki Anno showcase

    The only filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki would ever acknowledge as his apprentice to be celebrated at TIFF.
  • Tokyo to introduce viewer's award

    The Tokyo International FIlm Festival will unveil a new award for its Competition section, the WOWOW Viewer’s Choice Award.
  • Toronto to world premiere Angel, Tusk

    Michael Wintbottom’s The Face of An Angel, Kevin Smith’s Tusk and Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy will receive their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival; new documentaries from Joshua Oppenheimer and Nick Broomfield are also among TIFF’s second wave.
  • Uni dates The Huntsman

    The Snow White And The Huntsman spin-off stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron has shunted The Mummy into a summer 2016 slot.
  • Venice Days premiere for Larry Clark

    Kids director to world premiere The Smell of Us at Venice Days.
  • Warner Bros names Harry Potter team

    Team will be based in London and Burbank, and follows an expanded partnership between the studio and J.K. Rowling.
  • Watch the Mockingjay - Part 1 trailer

    Like Katniss sending forth a steely arrow, Lionsgate has let fly its first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.
  • WIDE starts presales on Solstice

    Wroclaw New Horizons roundup: works in progress include Close Ups and I, Olga Hepnarova.
  • Yasmine

    Dir: Siti Kamaluddin. Brunei. 2014. 90mins