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July 25 2014

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  • Mike Cahill, I Origins

    Mike Cahill burst onto the scene three years ago when his feature directorial debut Another Earth premiered at Sundance and won the special jury prize and the $20,000 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.
  • ’71 sets UK release date

    Yann Demange’s Belfast thriller, starring Jack O’Connell, lands October release.
  • 108 Media snaps up Yasmine

    108 Media has acquired worldwide rights to the martial arts film ahead of its North American premiere at Fantasia.
  • 3BlackDot launches

    Former Machinima division heads Angelo Pullen and Luke Stepleton have teamed up with ex-Ducky Dynasty executive producer Hank Stepleton and former YouTube gaming influencers Tom Cassell and Adam Montoya.
  • Alpha Violet inks EFM deals

    Panorama title and acclaimed drama The Tribe sell for Paris outfit.
  • And So It Goes

    Dir: Rob Reiner. US. 2014. 93mins
  • Apes conquer UK box office

    Fox’s sequel scores $14.9m (£8.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Transformers: Age of Extinction, as two event cinema releases – Monty Python and André Rieu – land in the top five.
  • Apes keep swinging on $36m

    Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes held off the challenge of three potential threats and climbed to $139m in its second weekend as the top 12 North American releases slipped 25% against 2013.
  • Apes, Purge 2 top UK buzz

    The Purge: Anarchy generated strong buzz ahead of this weekend’s release but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes remains king of the swingers.
  • Barbera talks Venice line-up

    Venice Film Festival artistic director Alberto Barbera discusses the strong French and Italian presence in this year’s line-up, how festivals should be places of research and discovery and the ones that got away.
  • Big Hero 6 world premiere to open Tokyo

    The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its opening film will be the world premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6.
  • Birdman to close NYFF

    Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman will close the 52nd New York Film Festival, set to run from September 26-October 12.
  • Blue Horizon, Orisa team on WWII love story

    EXCLUSIVE: John Wrathall script The Italian Chapel readied for 2015 shoot.
  • Bogota’s BAM reveals winners

    Three Scapulars and Sincerely win top prizes; six other titles headed to Locarno and San Sebastian.
  • British Council opens film exhibition

    New shorts commissioned from Mark Cousins, Penny Woolcock and John Akomfrah.
  • Cameron Crowe pic pushed back

    Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises are scheduling Cameron Crowe Untitled for release on May 29, 2015. 
  • Carter High ready to start shoot

    EXCLUSIVE: Production on the remarkable true story starring Vivica Fox is set to kick off in Dallas, Texas, on July 21.
  • China box office up 25% in H1 2014

    China’s box office increased by 25% to reach $2.23bn (RMB13.74bn) in the first half of 2014, according to official figures from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT).
  • COLCOA announces 2015 dates

    The annual week of French film premieres will take place in Los Angeles in April 2015 and this time organisers will add an extra day.
  • Columbia exec segues into producer deal

    Elizabeth Cantillon will transition from her position as evp of production at Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.
  • Columbia sets Sinister Six release

    Heading into Comic-Con the studio announced the next film from the world of Spider-Man will open on November 11, 2016.
  • Comic-Con: Cumberbatch in Con debut

    Benedict Cumberbatch earned a rapturous reception from the adoring masses in Hall H during his maiden Comic-Con appearance at the DreamWorks Animation panel on Thursday (24) and hinted at future visits.
  • Comic-Con: Cumberbatch rules D1

    Benedict Cumberbatch - who else? - ruled Comic-Con on opening day Thursday with 22,254 mentions on social media, according to research compiled by Way To Blue.
  • Comic-Con: Daniel Radcliffe charms

    If there is a theme emerging at this year’s Comic-Con it is British talent making splashy show debuts and Daniel Radcliffe did not disappoint as he delighted Hall H on Friday (25) to promote Horns.
  • Comic-Con: Fox brings star power

    Fox hosted a starry, two-hour Hall H presentation that featured Guillermo del Toro, Colin Firth and Samuel Jackson, the cast from The Maze Runner and a surprise appearance by rapper Biz Markie who performed his hit Just A Friend.
  • Comic-Con: Jeff Bridges talks The Giver

    Jeff Bridges spoke of his 19-year journey to bring Lois Lowry’s novel to the big screen at a thoughtful panel hosted by The Weinstein Company on Thursday (24).
  • Comic-Con: Kevin Smith talks Tusk

    Kevin Smith ruled the final Hall H session on Day 2 of Comic-Con (25) in his annual Q+A slot and used the occasion to enthuse about his return to film-making for what he called his best film.
  • Comic-Con: talking points infographic

    The top talking point heading into Comic-Con 2014 was The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, according to research conducted by Way To Blue.
  • Creative Europe names MEDIA head

    Spanish-born Lucía Recalde Langarica has been named successor to Xavier Troussard as head of the MEDIA sub-programme for Creative Europe.
  • Daldry talks 'Trash' in Motovun

    Stephen Daldry also talks about his new Netflix-backed series, his first foray into episodic TV.
  • Dead, End wins at PiFan's NAFF

    The 18th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) wrapped tonight with top Bucheon Award going to Dev Benegal’s Indian project Dead, End Or: How I Learned To Stop Living And Love Being Officially Dead.
  • Deauville to honour Will Ferrell

    The Deauville American Film Festival to screen a retrospective of US comedian’s work.
  • Denzel Washington to open San Seb

    US actor to receive the Donostia lifetime achievement award
  • Disney dates Pirates 5, Marvel pic

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has dated its fifth instalment of the smash adventure franchise and announced the release date for another Marvel film.
  • Drone flies for LevelK

    EXCLUSIVE: UK, France, Australia deals on documentary.
  • Drunktown’s Finest wins at Outfest

    The 32nd edition of the Los Angeles-based LGBT comes to a close on July 20 with a screening of Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76 starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Liv Tyler, Sam Pancake and Jennifer Cox.
  • E=Motion first Crowd for Angels film

    UK crowdfunding platform Crowd for Angels has added new feature E=Motion.
  • Euro-China initiative to launch

    European and Chinese producers joining forces to better position films in each other’s markets.
  • EuropaCorp unveils US buyer team

    Paris-based EuropaCorp has launched a US acquisitions team that will be on the ground in Toronto and is headed by French executive Federica Sainte-Rose based in Los Angeles.
  • Gett, Princess win top prize in Jersualem

    Other festival prize winners include Self Made, Red Leaves and The Decent One.
  • Gnosis, Vinton set animation slate

    Gnosis Moving Pictures and Vinton Entertainment have signed a co-production deal on a slate of CG animated features for Oscar winner Will Vinton to direct.
  • Goldwyn toasts Champagne

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to David Kennard’s A Year In Champagne. 
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy

    Dir: James Gunn. US. 2014. 128mins
  • Hercules

    Dir: Brett Ratner. US. 2014. 98mins
  • Hercules in strong Russia debut

    UPDATED JULY 26: Paramount and MGM’s adventure starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock stormed into Russia on Thursday on an estimated $2.6m to reach $5.2m by Saturday.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    Hot projects on Screenbase last week include StudioCanal’s Donald Crowhurst biopic, romance Only You, period drama Marguerite and Italian children’s story Asino Vola (aka Donkey Flies).
  • IFP sets Project Forum slate

    IFP top brass announced on Wednesday (23) their 2014 slate of 133 films in development and works-in-progress selected for Project Forum at Independent Film Week.
  • IM Global hires general counsel

    Deborah Zipser has joined IM Global and will head business and legal affairs.
  • Imitation Game to open London

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley codebreaking drama to get European premiere.
  • Interstellar pair wow Comic-Con

    Fans got a double surprise at the Paramount panel on Thursday afternoon (24) as first Matthew McConaughey and then Christopher Nolan took to the stage to talk up the upcoming sci-fi.
  • James Garner dies aged 86

    James Garner, the Oscar nominee, double Golden Globe and Emmy winner who famously starred in TV’s The Rockford Files, has died at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. He was 86.
  • Jason Blum cements Uni ties

    Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have signed a 10-year first-look production deal as Jason Blum looks to form partnerships across NBCUniversal.
  • Jeff Blake to depart Sony

    The Sony Pictures Entertainment vice-chairman and chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution said on Tuesday (22) he will leave the studio on August 1 to pursue other opportunities.
  • Joaquin Phoenix in Doctor Strange talks

    Sources have confirmed to Screendaily that the actor is in negotiations to star in Marvel Studios’ upcoming adaptation.
  • K5 Independent takes Father

    K5 Independent is to handle international sales for Visar Morina’s feature debut Father (Babai) which is currently shooting in North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • Kevin Smith's Tusk, first trailer

    RADiUS has unleashed the first trailer from Kevin Smith’s upcoming horror release.
  • Kon-Tiki finally getting UK release

    EXCLUSIVE: Two years after it first debuted, Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki will finally be seen by UK cinemagoers.
  • Kundo: Age Of The Rampant

    Dir: Yoon Jong-bin. South Korea. 2014. 137mins
  • Laggies sets UK release, new title

    Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz, is to be retitled Say When for its UK release.Say When, being released in the US under its original title Laggies, is set to open across the UK through Icon Film Distribution on Oct 10.Directed by Lynn Shelton, the film received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.Keira Knightly stars as Megan, whose refuses to grow up while her friends are settling down. After her boyfriend pr
  • Life After Beth: Up in the attic

    Ian Sandwell picks the brains of Jeff Baena, Aubrey Plaza and Matthew Gray Gubler to find out more about Life After Beth.
  • Locarno teases with Indiana Jones

    The Locarno Film Festival will show Raiders of the Lost Ark and The 400 Blows as part of its traditional taster screenings ahead of the main event.
  • Locarno to honour Giancarlo Giannini

    Italian actor-director to receive Excellence Award.
  • Luc Besson, Lucy

    The French director of La Femme Nikita and Leon: The Professional returns with a new super-female – and in this case it’s no exaggeration. Plus he tells Jeremy Kay why the first meeting with Scarlett Johansson was like two dogs sniffing each other’s butts.
  • Lucy

    Dir/scr: Luc Besson. US-France. 2014. 89mins
  • Maleficent crosses $700m worldwide

    The Disney smash starring Angelina Jolie has become the 15th Disney release in industry history to reach the milestone.  
  • MH17 tragedy overshadows Odessa

    Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation won the Grand Prix at this year’s Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF), overshadowed in its final days by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airways plane.
  • Michael Caine joins Witch Hunter

    The British veteran takes his place on Summit Entertainment’s supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter alongside Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie. Lionsgate International handles sales outside North America.
  • Money Monster lands at Tristar

    Tom Rothman’s Tristar Productions has taken a major project off the independent table and acquired worldwide rights to the thriller in which Jodie Foster will direct George Clooney.
  • Netflix global subs reach 50m

    The streaming service’s subscriber base grew by 1.69m worldwide in the last three-quarter period, reaching 13.8m internationally and 36.2m in the US for a global level of 50.05m.
  • New Horizons Studio talent revealed

    Young filmmakers to participate in the 5th New Horizons Studio.
  • Night Will Fall

    Dir: Andre Singer. UK-US-Israel. 2014. 75mins
  • Nightcrawler trailer

    “You have to make the money to buy a ticket!” screams Jake Gyllenhaal in Bold Films’ upcoming Toronto world premiere. What on earth can he mean?
  • Noboru Iguchi, Live & Nuigulumar Z

    Ian Sandwell talks to the Japanese film-maker about his two films screening at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.
  • NYFF lands Inherent Vice premiere

    Top brass at the New York Film Festival (NYFF) issued their second statement of intent within a week as it emerged that Paul Thomas Anderson’s crime mystery will receive its world premiere on October 4.
  • Odessa International Film Festival

    Gallery of pictures from the Odessa International Film Festival (July 11-19).
  • Oplev to direct Kahaani remake

    Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev wil direct Deity, an English-language remake of Indian hit thriller Kahaani for YRF Entertainment.
  • Paddington statues to land in London

    London to host 50 ‘life size’ bear statues as StudioCanal launches Paddington trail.
  • Panna Rittikrai dies aged 53

    Panna Rittikrai, the action choreographer who introduced Thai action movies to world audiences, has died aged 53.
  • Paramount takes Tad 2, Capture the Flag

    Paramount Pictures has closed worldwide distribution rights for Spanish animation duo.
  • Richard Bates, Jr. & Matthew Gray Gubler, Suburban Gothic

    Writer/director Richard Bates, Jr. and lead actor Matthew Gray Gubler talk to Ian Sandwell about Suburban Gothic, which world premiered at Fantasia.
  • Roadside Attractions picks up Mommy

    The US deal with Séville International comes nearly eight weeks after Xavier Dolan’s Cannes world premiere earned the 25-year-old film-maker the jury prize.
  • Robert Sheehan shooting The Messenger

    Cast of supernatural drama also includes Lily Cole and Jack Fox.
  • San Seb reveals Spanish line-up

    Alberto Rodríguez, Carlos Vermut, Jon Garaó and JM Goneada will premiere their new titles.
  • Sarajevo to honour Agnes B, Gael Garcia Bernal

    Filmmaker and actor to receive the Heart of Sarajevo on the festival’s opening night.
  • Saw V director takes to Kickstarter

    David Hakl launches crowdfunding campaign for horror Earthworks.
  • Screen Australia backs 18 features

    UK producer Kevin Loader joins comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.
  • Screen Australia reflects on cuts

    Around $20m in direct annual investment in film production has escaped the knife in a package of changes that will reduce Screen Australia’s current annual budget by $US5.18m (A$5.5m).
  • Secret Cinema cancels Back to the Future opening night

    Event cinema organiser cancels opening night of its biggest production to date at the eleventh hour.
  • Secret Cinema delayed to July 31

    Event cinema organiser cancels weekend performances.
  • Shaun the Sheep is a Screen International fan

    Shaun is reading up on film industry news ahead of his big-screen debut from Aardman and StudioCanal.
  • Shoot begins on Adam Jones

    Principal photography has begun on The Weinstein Company’s Adam Jones (formerly The Chef) starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Daniel Bruhl.
  • Sky completes £5bn Euro merger

    BSkyB has completed a deal to create Sky Europe, bringing together Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland in a multi-billion pound deal.
  • Son Of A Gun goes global

    Julius Avery thriller Son Of A Gun sells around the world.
  • Spackman jumps 79% on Singapore debut

    Korea’s Spackman Entertainment Group (SEG) surged 78.9% in an IPO on the Catalist board of the Singapore stock exchange on Tuesday (July 22).
  • Star Wars X-Wing unveiled by Abrams

    In the latest manna from heaven for Star Wars fans, J.J. Abrams has teased an X-Wing Starfighter that will be used in next year’s Star Wars VII.
  • Strategic Partners unveils speakers

    The Canadian co-production/co-financing market has announced the speakers for the 201 event, set for September 11-14 in Halifax.
  • T4 rules on $84.6m international

    UPDATE JULY 21: Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction grossed more than originally reported in its fourth session, taking $84.6m to reach $662.6m despite a mighty $61.9m from Fox’s Apes sequel.
  • T4 to cross $700M at int'l BO

    Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross $700m this weekend.
  • The Judge to open Toronto

    David Dobkin’s drama to open TIFF in September.
  • The Web Today (July 2014-June 2015)

    Film news from around the web…
  • Theeb set for multi-territory release

    Naji Abu Nowar’s co-production to get Middle East distribution.
  • Tiny Times 3 tops China box office

    CHINA BOX OFFICE: The third installment in Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times franchise grossed $50.12m over its opening weekend in China, finally toppling Transformers: Age Of Extinction from the top spot.
  • Toronto 2014 unveils first wave

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.
  • Transmedia talks at PiFan’s NAFF

    At the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), experts discussed transmedia storytelling, where it’s at and where it could go in the near future.
  • UK anti-piracy action to launch

    BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Virgin Media partner with Government and creative industries on scheme.
  • UK production spend tops £1bn; indie spend falls

    UK film sector buoyant but BFI stats reveal local declines.
  • Ulay's latest body art: beating cancer

    In Motovun, the famed performance artist talks about his new documentary Project Cancer directed by Damjan Kozole.
  • Venice Critics’ Week 2014 line-up

    Nima Javidi’s Melbourne and Diego Bianchi’s The Market to bookend Venice Critics’ Week line-up.
  • Venice Days unveils 2014 line-up

    Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear in 12-strong competition line-up.
  • Venice unveils 2014 line-up

    David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence among competition titles.
  • Venice wanted Gone Girl, Inherent Vice

    Artistic director says US focus on local market may have contributed to Venice missing out on the new films.
  • Wild Bunch, Senator announce merger

    Merger ties in with Senator Entertainment’s restructuring strategy.
  • Windsor cast bulks up

    Nick Krause, SAG nominee Stelio Savante and Quinn Shepard (pictured) have joined Barry Corbin and Marc Derwin on the cast of Windsor.
  • World of Locations: Brazil

    From Rio’s beaches to the Amazon rainforest, Brazil has everything to offer.
  • World of Locations: Georgia

    States with prime urban, historic and natural locations are providing globally competitive production incentives.
  • World of Locations: Gulf States

    Ancient deserts and modern metropolises provide a background to stories set in this world and in others.
  • World of Locations: Israel

    Ancient deserts and modern metropolises provide a background to stories set in this world and in others.
  • World of Locations: Jordan

    Ancient deserts and modern metropolises provide a background to stories set in this world and in others.
  • World of Locations: Massachusetts

    States with prime urban, historic and natural locations are providing globally competitive production incentives.
  • World of Locations: Mexico

    Varied locations and hard-working local crews are putting Mexico on the map.
  • World of Locations: Michigan

    States with prime urban, historic and natural locations are providing globally competitive production incentives.
  • World of Locations: Trinidad and Tobago

    Once a go-to destination for Hollywood, Trinidad & Tobago continues to attract international shoots.
  • World of Locations: Tunisia

    Tunisia is aiming to reignite its once thriving studio and locations industry.
  • Yahoo in pre-theatre One Chance release

    Yahoo will platform the drama in an exclusive slot before The Weinstein Company releases the film theatrically in the US on August 29.
  • Zurich Summit to launch in Sept

    Inaugural two-day industry event to be held as part of the Zurich Film Festival.
  • Zvyagintsev: Leviathan seed was 'killdozer'

    The Motovun honoree talks about the inspirations for Cannes award winner Leviathan.