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June 13 2014

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  • Berlinale and Cannes winners competing in Odessa

    Peter Webber to head jury, David Puttnam to deliver lecture during fifth edition of the Ukranian festival.
  • 22 Jump Street set to retain UK lead

    Sony’s comedy sequel generates most buzz of the week.
  • 22 Jump Street tops UK chart

    Sony’s sequel posts strong $8.1m (£4.85m) bow to dethrone Maleficent; Warner Bros’ Grace of Monaco lands with $400,000 (£238,000).
  • AAM appoints new CEO

    John Aalbers to replace Howard Kiedaisch, who is stepping down after nine years in the position.
  • ABC-Cinemien takes Cannes six-pack

    Benelux distributor ABC-Cinemien has confirmed its acquisition of six titles from Cannes festival and market.
  • Abu Dhabi reps court Hollywood

    Leading lights in Abu Dhabi’s nascent film sector have told Hollywood executives they are ramping up efforts to create a Middle East media and content hub as the region invests in sustainable alternatives to an oil-based economy.
  • ACE poll passes period purge

    Breaking news from the annual meeting of the American Cinema Editors, two days after it broke at the annual meeting on June 10: they’ve been streamlining acronyms.
  • ACE sets 2015 Eddie Awards

    The American Cinema Editors (ACE) has set the date for its 65th annual awards show, the ACE Eddie Awards.
  • Alamo Drafthouse names brand chief

    Christian Parkes has been appointed chief brand officer of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. effective June 16
  • Altitude Film Entertainment: raising the game

    Altitude’s joint CEO, Andy Mayson, tells Wendy Mitchell about how the company has expanded smartly and why distribution is the next focus.
  • Anonymous Content: dramatic leanings

    Ahead of Karlovy Vary’s tribute to Anonymous Content, CEO Steve Golin tells Jeremy Kay about how his company is finding its niche as talent continues to migrate from film to television drama.
  • Arts Alliance combines event cinema businesses

    Arts Alliance Ventures has merged its events cinema businesses into one integrated operation, to be led by CEO Mark Foster.
  • Asghar Farhadi to lead APSA jury

    Iranian film-maker named as president of the international jury for this year’s awards.
  • BAFTA New York unveils board

    The group’s recent electionn sees Open Road Integrated Media evp of production Luke Parker Bowles named vice-chairman.
  • Barney Thomson starts Scotland shoot

    Principal photography has begun in the UK on Robert Carlyle’s feature directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson (formerly The Long Midnight Of Barney Thomson). Myriad Pictures handles world sales.
  • Begin Again to open Galway

    World premiere of Tom Collins’ An Bronntanas to close this year’s festival, which runs July 8-13.
  • BFI supports three docs

    Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, The Lovers and the Despot and Irene’s Ghost to receive funding following Sheffield Doc/Fest pitching session.
  • Boyhood triumphs at Seattle

    Richard Linklater’s acclaimed family portrait won the Golden Space Needle Award for best film and best director honours as the 40th Seattle International Film Festival came to a conclusion on Sunday (June 8).
  • Buyers set for Perfect Day

    Fernando León de Aranoa’s English-language debut pre-sells to multiple territories for WestEnd Films.
  • Buyers shoot for Allies

    EXCLUSIVE: Parkland Pictures records deals with Entertainment One (eOne) for UK & North America and Zylo for France on WWII action film [pictured].
  • Buyers takes Absolutely Anything

    GFM records deals out of Cannes on Terry Jones’ comedy [pictured], among others.
  • Buyers visit Mourning Grave

    9ers Entertainment record pre-sales on mystery horror.
  • BVA publishes 2014 yearbook

    21st edition reveals that 73% of the total £2.24bn video market remains in a physical rather than a digital format.
  • Caesar's return

    Andy Serkis unveils clips from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
  • Christian Schwochow to attend West Q&A

    German director Christian Schwochow will present his film West and participate in a Q&A on the opening night gala of KINO! Festival Of German Films in New York on June 12.
  • Cinedigm names Jeffrey Edell CFO

    Cinedigm has hired Jeffrey Edell as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Separately, RLJ Entertainment has appointed Mike Pears evp of content sales.
  • Conversations wraps London shoot

    The Conversations, a comedy co-directed by Haider Zafar [pictured] and Marcus Flemmings, has wrapped production in London after shooting over the past year.
  • Corcoran, Olesen to attend Cross Video Days

    Cross-media project market and conference unfolds June 19-20.
  • Creative Week: creative solutions

    At MBI’s inaugural Creative Week, some 800 delegates heard about the latest inspiring work across new and old platforms. Andreas Wiseman highlights the discussions across a variety of industry issues.
  • Debra Winger on US 'facelift epidemic'

    Accepting a lifetime achievement award in Transilvania, Winger talks about her career, fracking and film vs digital.
  • Déjà vu at the US box office

    Edge of Tomorrow looks set to be the first casualty of the “normal” pattern of the summer at the US box office says Jeremy Kay.
  • Dickinson’s Creative Control wins US in Progress prize

    Benjamin Dickinson’s dark sci-fi comedy took the top prize at the US In Progress independent showcase in Paris on Wednesday (11).
  • Distribution: IFC Films picks up Match

    The company has picked up North American rights from ICM Partners to Stephen Belber’s drama starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard.
  • Dogwoof acquires The Overnighters

    Jesse Moss’ documentary [pictured] receives its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
  • Dumb and Dumber To trailer launches

    Check out the first trailer for the comedy sequel, out in November.
  • Edge Of Tomorrow roars on $81m

    UPDATED JUNE 9: A muscular launch for the latest Tom Cruise tentpole-elect by Warner Bros Pictures International provided a timely reminder of how the veteran’s star power remains undiminished, outside North America at least.
  • Edinburgh unveils 2014 juries

    Amos Gitai [pictured], Michael Smiley and Lenora Crichlow among the judges at this year’s festival.
  • EFA Board initiates Sentsov letter

    In a letter to Russian authorities, European film-makers have expressed their worry about the fate of Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov
  • eOne shifts distribution focus

    Senior vp of theatrical marketing and distribution Dylan Wiley and other eOne executives are on the way out as the company shifts towards an “aggressive” ancillary strategy in light of the Phase 4 acquisition.
  • Festival Focus: Karlovy Vary 2014

    Karlovy Vary (July 4-12) offers an eclectic guest list — ranging from Lech Walesa to William Friedkin — and screens close to 200 films. Artistic director Karel Och gives the lowdown to Michael Rosser.
  • Film Independent, UN launch series

    Film Independent and the United Nations have launched their new Free & Equal Global Film Series at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
  • FilmBuff, Dada team up on Miss Lovely

    The digital curator has teamed up with MJ Peckos and Steven Raphael’s Dada Films on the US release of the retro thriller
  • First look at Barney Thomson

    Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson star in Carlyle’s directorial debut.
  • First-look: Regression

    FilmNation has released the first image from Alejandro Amenábar’s upcoming Spanish-Canadian thriller, Regression, which has wrapped principal photography in Toronto.
  • Fly me to the Moon

    Sarah Cooper talks to British director Mark Craig and Eugene Cernan, the last astronaut sent by NASA to the moon, about The Last Man on the Moon.
  • Gary Lucchesi, Lori McCreary named PGA presidents

    PGA elects Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary presidents
  • Ghosts to receive Dolby Atmos release

    Third title in the West End Theatre Series to be the first ever Event Cinema release in Dolby Atmos.
  • GKIDS acquires The Boy And The World

    GKIDS has acquired North American rights to Alê Abreu’s Brazilian animation Boy And The World, which screens in competition at Annecy this week.
  • Global Screen acquires About A Girl

    Mark Monheim’s film [pictured] will be shown at the German Films Previews later this month in Dresden.
  • Guardian reporter takes to Kickstarter

    Clancy Chassay [pictured] running campaign to fund his short thriller, based on his experience working across war zones.
  • Guy Pearce joins Equals

    Producers Scott Free Productions and Route One Films announced the casting on Thursday (June 12). Mister Smith introduced the project in Cannes and has licensed more than 35 territories.
  • Harrison Ford suffers minor injury on Star Wars set

    The actor was taken to hospital in Oxford on Thursday (June 12) after hurting his ankle, Disney confirmed.
  • ICO plans fest, digital marketing courses

    The Independent Cinema Office, the UK’s national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition, has confirmed speakers for its two flagship courses this summer.
  • Icon Film Distribution: on target

    After investment eight months ago, the relaunched Icon Film Distribution is ready to fill a gap in the UK distribution market. CEO Ian Dawson talks to Wendy Mitchell about the team and its new slate
  • IDFA to open with Honigmann doc

    Around the World in 50 Concerts to open 27th edition of the documentary festival.
  • IFP unveils 10th anniversary Lab fellows

    Top brass at the Independent Filmmaker Project announced on Monday (9) the 10 narrative features selected for the 2014 Independent Filmmaker Labs.
  • IMAX: big and bigger

    IMAX is set for a huge summer, continuing its global expansion. Wendy Mitchell talks to company executives Andrew Cripps and Greg Foster.
  • Joanna Hogg gives NFTS Masterclass

    Exhibition director spoke to students the NFTS about the hurdles she faced in breaking out of television and into film.
  • Karlovy Vary to open with I Origins

    KVIFF kicks off July 4 with director Mike Cahill and actors Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in attendance.
  • KT Tunstall heads to Sundance Lab

    The Scottish singer is among the directors and composers selected for one of two Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound, set to run from July 8-22.
  • Lava Bear promotes duo

    Lava Bear Films has promoted Jennifer Semler to vice-president of production and Allison Warren to creative executive.
  • Lenny Henry to introduce NFTS Gala

    Annual event to be held on June 18 on the topic of Great British Film, Television and Games Event - Striving for Diversity Nirvana.
  • Lincoln Center swells programmer ranks

    Florence Almozini has been appointed senior programmer and Jake Perlin and Rachael Rakes have been named programmers-at-large.
  • LipSync Post at 30

    LipSync Post celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and has invested in more than 50 feature films. Wendy Mitchell talks to financial director Norman Merry about the company’s flexibility and the diversity of its work.
  • Maleficent flies into UK IMAX cinemas

    Disney’s reimagining of Sleeping Beauty to screen in 24 IMAX cinemas from Friday [June 13].
  • Malta: Buoyant industry

    Rebecca Cremona’s Simshar — Malta’s first fully fledged home-grown feature — marks a turning point for the indigenous film-making community. Melanie Goodfellow reports.
  • Malta: Treasure island

    An improved film rebate and renowned water facilities make Malta a big draw. Melanie Goodfellow reports.
  • Micro Market expands selection

    Second edition of market now open to projects seeking completion funding.
  • Miss Violence triumphs at LAGFF

    Alexandros Avranas’ suicide drama claimed the Orpheus Award for best feature as the 8th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) concluded over the weekend (June 8).
  • Mohammadi starts prison sentence

    Director re-imprisoned over the weekend in notorious Evin jail.
  • New owners for Abbeygate Picturehouse

    Abbeygate Cinemas Limited complete acquistion from City Screen Limited.
  • Nørlum opens Copenhagen base

    Fledgling animation company receives Copenhagen Film Fund investment for Longway North.
  • Oliver Stone bolsters whistleblower project

    Oliver Stone and Moritz Borman have added more source material to their upcoming Edward Snowden feature.
  • On Any Sunday sequel to play San Sebastian

    The European premiere of Dana Brown’s motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter will open the action strand Savage Cinema at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, set to run in the Basque region from September 19-27.
  • Open City Docs set for fourth year

    Festival to open with European premiere of The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers.
  • Paladin takes The Man On Her Mind

    Paladin has picked up US rights from Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Company to The Man On Her Mind, the latest film by filmmaker, author, and playwright Alan Hruska, it was announced by company president, Mark Urman.  
  • Peter Ho-Sun Chan unveils Dearest

    Touching drama Dearest will be released on Sept 26 in China.
  • Peyton Reed to direct Ant-Man

    Marvel took to Twitter at the weekend (June 7) to announce its replacement for Edgar Wright, who departed the project last month over what is understood to be creative differences.
  • PGA, AGPCI announce partnership

    Agreement will allow the two guilds to foster working relationships between US and Italian producers.
  • Pixel Lab projects unveiled

    16 European producers will partner with 16 cross-media professionals at the fifth edition of Power to the Pixel’s annual event.
  • Princess Kaguya kicks off Annecy

    Ghibli to give master-class at lakeside Annecy International Animation Festival.
  • Pulse Films signs Ben & Katja

    Pulse Films has added Brooklyn-based Ben & Katja to its stable of commercial directors.
  • Razors completes shoot

    Modern take on the Jack the Ripper story is in post-production for a 2015 release.
  • Red Army, Apes to bookend Moscow

    35th edition of the festival runs June 19-28.
  • Richard Crudo re-elected ASC president

    The board of governors at the American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) has appointed its new officers.
  • Rik Mayall dies aged 56

    The Young Ones star’s film roles included Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.
  • Rockwell-designed Bangkok cinema opens

    Luxury cinema and lounge blends high-end hospitality, design and film to offer a customised entertainment experience.
  • Roundtable: Tapping into talent

    Industry experts gathered at a Creative England, British Council and Screen International roundtable in Cannes to discuss ways to support new film-making talent. Andreas Wiseman recaps the key discussion points.
  • Rumley joins Shortcuts jury

    British film-maker [pictured] to judge short film competition.
  • Ryan Croy promoted at Fifteen Minutes

    Ryan Croy has been appointed managing partner at Los Angeles-based PR film Fifteen Minutes.
  • Schedule 2: stand and deliver

    Schedule 2, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and opened a New York outpost, makes sure films are seen at their very best. Michael Rosser meets Rebecca Hawkes, chief of the ‘technical police’.
  • Screen Media acquires A Good Marriage

    The distributor has picked up North American rights from Paradigm and plans an early October day-and-date theatrical and VOD release.
  • ScreenTech: Laser technology

    A better 3D experience and cheaper running costs bode well for laser projection’s success, but are its benefits enough to encourage mainstream theatres to make the investment? John Hazelton reports.
  • ScreenTech: Sound investments

    With the dust barely settled on digital switchover, exhibitors have begun investing in new audio technology to further differentiate their offer from home cinema. Adrian Pennington reports
  • Secret Cinema extends run

    Tickets for 12 additional dates on sale tomorrow [June 11].
  • Sentsov's lawyer speaks out

    Ukrainian film-maker “cruelly beaten”, threatened with rape and isolated from lawyers.
  • Set report: Yakuza Apocalypse

    Japan’s Takashi Miike returns to his action roots with a suitably off the wall gangster-vampire story, Yakuza Apocalypse. Jason Gray visits the set.
  • Shanghai forum unveils 2014 topics

    This year’s forum will focus on the merger of culture with education, finance and technology.
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest announces 2014 awards

    Special jury award went to Attacking the Devil [pictured], while Lifetime Achievement was presented to Roger Graef.
  • Sheffield Showroom to lead Film Hub North

    EXCLUSIVE: The first initiative to come out of Film Hub North is a partnership between Sheffield Doc/Fest and Cineworld aimed at bringing documentaries to multiplex audiences.
  • Shoot commences on Kalushi

    Film, starring Thabo Rametsi [pictured], marks the 35th anniversary of the execution of Solomon Mahlangu.
  • Sigourney Weaver returns to Avatar

    Sigourney Weaver will appear in James Cameron’s next three Avatar films, the director has confirmed.
  • Silent Heart beats for LevelK

    Bille August’s intimate drama [pictured] sells to Benelux, Taiwan, Hungary and Australia.
  • Simon Armstrong joins Artificio Conceal

    EXCLUSIVE: British cinematographer Polly Morgan also boards Ayoub Qanir’s sci-fi thriller.
  • Sold to open London Indian Film Festival

    Fifth edition runs July 10-17 and will also feature the UK premiere of Million Dollar Arm.
  • Sony, Marza plot Sonic The Hedgehog film

    Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet are teaming up on a feature version of the hit Sega game.
  • Soundcheque launches in Hollywood

    The London-based company, which claims to pay musicians without retaining any rights, has opened a Los Angeles office.
  • Stars aligns in US on $48.2m

    The Fox 2000 drama dislodged Maleficent and dismissed the challenge of Tom Cruise to storm to number one.
  • Stockholm

    Dir/scr: Rodrigo Sorogoyen. Spain. 2013. 90mins
  • Study: Local fare boosts China BO

    Chinese box office of more than $3.52bn in 2013 increased 27.5% on the previous year and received a boost from local fare, while foreign films are withering in the face of fierce competition, according to a new report from EntGroup Consulting.
  • Sunny Side set for 25th year

    International market dedicated to factual content runs June 23-26 in La Rochelle, France.
  • Talking Drum enters film production

    First film from the slate will be romantic drama Immoral Dilemma.
  • Tangerine pacts for Keep The Change

    Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell will work wiht Summer Shelton to produce Keep The Change.
  • Technicolor to acquire Mr. X

    North American provider of visual effects to join Technicolor’s production services division, which includes MPC.
  • Test wins at Kinotavr

    Alexander Kott’s love story [pictured] awarded the Grand Prix and the prize for best cinematography.
  • Thilo Rothkirch dies aged 65

    European animators mourn passing of producer-director Thilo Rothkirch.
  • Third Window picks up Kanako

    EXCLUSIVE: Tetsuya Nakashima’s mystery is set to open in UK cinemas in early 2015.
  • Tom Hiddleston to play Hank Williams

    The British actor will portray the country singer in Bron Studios / RatPac Entertainment’s I Saw The Light.
  • Touch

    Dir/scr: Christopher Houghton. Australia. 2014. 90mins
  • Trans Atlantic Partners unveils partipicants

    EXCLUSIVE: 22 producers from across Europe, Canada and the US to take part in this year’s training programme.
  • Transilvania Trophy goes to Spain

    The Transilvania International Film Festival’s (TIFF) main prize went this year to Spanish film-maker Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Stockholm as the week-long festival came to a close on June 8.
  • TWC moves Paddington to Dec 25 slot

    The live-action children’s adaptation was arguably the highlight of the Weinsteins’ Cannes sizzle reel presentation and has received a vote of faith as it moves from December 12 into prime holiday season.
  • UK and Latin America focus at 6th MBS

    Moscow Business Square (June 21-24) runs parallel to the Moscow International Film Festival.
  • UK location crew training launched

    EXCLUSIVE: Production Guild of Great Britain launches opportunity for 30 location assistants and runners to be trained and mentored by top location managers in film and TV.
  • Umedia, Belga ink deal

    Deal will see Belga Films will release Umedia films on all media throughout Benelux.
  • Uni takes world on Coens' Caesar

    Universal has picked up worldwide rights to Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest original screenplay, Hail, Caesar!
  • UPI to co-produce Legend

    Highly anticipated Chinese kung-fu action film brings martial arts icon Wong Fei Hung back on screen.
  • Variance acquires Closed Curtain

    Variance Films has picked up North American rights from Celluloid Dreams to the latest film from Jafar Panahi’s, the Iranian filmmaker who remains under house arrest and continues to defy a 20-year filmmaking ban.The film, winner of the Silver Bear for best screenplay at the 2013 Berlinale, will open theatrically on July 9 at Film Forum in New York prior to North American expansion over the summer.Closed Curtain takes place in the home of a screenwriter who hides out wi
  • VFX on Maleficent

    Digital Domain’s Kelly Port tells Elbert Wyche how he created technical processes to produce the stellar effects for Disney’s fantasy blockbuster Maleficent.
  • Viewster festival launches

    Second edition of the online festival runs until June 26.
  • Vince Marcello to adapt Kissing Booth

    Film adaptation of Beth Reekles’ teen novel has been developed by Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment.
  • Where to lunch in London

    Stephen Street smartens up with a new restaurant connected to the BFI.
  • White Gate

    Dir: Nicolae Margineanu. Romania. 2014. 97mins
  • WolfCop bites for Raven Banner

    Lowell Dean’s horror comedy [pictured] sells to UK, German-speaking Europe, Japan and Australia, among others.