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March 14 2014

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  • 300 dismantles Lego in the UK

    Warner Bros’ sequel scores $4.6m (£2.8m) debut to top UK chart; Fox’s The Grand Budapest Hotel records Wes Anderson’s best-ever UK bow.
  • 300 sequel battles Speed

    300: Rise Of An Empire is expected to still be the one to beat heading into its second session, although it can expect a spirited challenge from DreamWorks’ Need For Speed.
  • 300 sequel conquers US on $45m

    Warner Bros’ 300 sequel beat off the competition from DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman, while Fox Searchlight capitalised on 12 Years A Slave’s Oscar glory and scored a massive limited debut on The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  • 300 sequel rules the world

    UPDATED MAR 10: A more appropriate title would be hard to find as Warner Bros’ 300: Rise Of An Empire dominated global box office on an estimated $133.9m and pulled off a confirmed $88.8m international launch on 14,740 screens in 58 markets.
  • 3D Producers Lab delegates named

    Second 3D Creative Summit Producers Lab to take place at the BFI on March 13.
  • Ablaze Image takes Black & White 2

    Taipei-based sales company Ablaze Image has picked up international rights to Tsai Yueh-hsun’s Black & White: The Dawn Of Justice.
  • AFI FEST 2014 sets dates

    Festival hierarchy have announced the dates for the 28th edition of the festival in Hollywood.
  • Alfred Molina joins Matador

    The veteran actor will play Andres Galan in fledgling El Rey Network’s scripted original series from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman set to premiere in July.
  • Alibaba takes 60% ChinaVision stake

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding has acquired a 60% stake in film and TV producer and distributor ChinaVision Media Group for $804m.
  • Amplify to release The Better Angels

    The recent Berlin world premiere from Terence Malick’s longtime collaborator AJ Edwards premiered in Sundance and screened in Berlin.
  • Animal Logic to launch three divisions

    Sydney-based digital production company behind The Great Gatsby and Walking With Dinosaurs: The Movie unveils plans.
  • Animals

    Dir: Collin Schiffli. US. 2014. 85mins
  • Artificial Horizon begins shoot

    Post-apocalyptic thriller to star Jack Gordon.
  • Auto enrolment - an issue that cannot be ignored

    Auto enrolment into a pension scheme create particular issues for the film industry. 
  • BAFTA sets 2015 awards date

    The date for the 2015 BAFTAs has been set.
  • BBC Films, Shine enter The Farm

    BBC Films and Shine Pictures have acquired the rights to Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith’s new psychological thriller, The Farm.
  • Beaufoy, Garnett team on spy series

    Simon Beaufoy and Tony Garnett among team behind spy series ripped from the headlines.
  • Before I Disappear

    Dir/scr: Shawn Christensen. US. 2014. 95mins
  • Bekmambetov to direct Yolki 1914

    Timur Bekmambetov’s first outing as a director since his Hollywood film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sees him going back in time again to the beginning of the First World War at the end of 1914.
  • Better Living Through Chemistry

    Dir/scrs: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier. US. 2014. 92mins
  • Beyond Clueless

    Dir/scr: Charlie Lyne. UK. 2014. 90mins
  • Budapest buzz tops Need for Speed

    The Grand Budapest Hotel races ahead of Need for Speed in online buzz.
  • CA Media appoints Kamat as COO

    Rajesh Kamat has been promoted to chief operating officer of CA Media, the Asian investment arm of Peter Chernin’s The Chernin Group, starting April 2014.
  • Cage, Schrader wrap Dying of the Light

    Action film executive produced by Nicolas Winding Refn.
  • Cameras set to roll on Carol

    EXCLUSIVE: Production is about to kick off in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 12 on Number 9 Films and Killer Films’ Patricia Highsmith adaptation, reuniting Todd Haynes with recent Oscar winner Cate Blanchett.
  • Carla Hacken joins Sidney Kimmel

    The studio veteran arrives at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment as president of production, effective March 17.
  • Chinn cousins switch on Lightbox

    With two Oscars under his belt for Man On Wire and Searching For Sugar Man, Simon Chinn has, in his own words, had a “good run” at producing theatrical feature documentaries for his London-based production company Red Box Films.
  • Christie to demo 3D 'breakthrough'

    Christie to demonstrate “breakthrough 3D cinema technology” with latest ‘6-primary’ 4K laser projector.
  • Cinando launches Chinese version

    A Chinese version of film industry database Cinando is to launch at Filmart.
  • Cine Grand pacts with Time Antaeus

    Netherlands-based exhibitor Cine Grand is collaborating with Beijing-based Time Antaeus Group to build cinemas in the mainland China market.
  • Cinedigm picks up Antboy

    Viva Pictures’ Danish film premiered at Toronto last autumn and is the live-action adaptation of Kenneth Bogh Andersen’s comic book series.
  • Cinéfondation's Atelier unveils 15 films

    The tenth edition of the co-production showcase at the Cannes Film Festival includes new projects from Brazil’s Antonio Méndez Esparza and Mexico’s Daniel Castro Zimbrón.
  • CinemaCon attendance grows 5%

    Data released by the National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO) points to a 5% rise over 2013 in projected attendance for the upcoming convention in Las Vegas.
  • CinemaCon honours for Barrymore, Sandler

    Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler are to receive the 2014 CinemaCon Female Star Of The Year Award and Male Star Of The Year Award respectively.
  • CinemaCon: Dolby trumpets Atmos

    Dolby Laboratories announced on the opening day of CinemaCon (24) that it will instal the Dolby Atmos audio platform in more than 100 screens on the Indonesian Cinemaxx circuit over the next three or more years.
  • CJ 4DPlex to present at CinemaCon

    The South Korean 4D cinema company will bring its 4DX technology to the Las Vegas convention.
  • Clio Barnard talks early works

    The British director of The Arbor and The Selfish Giant revisited earlier short films and discussed their influence on her features.
  • Columbia beefs up China co-pros

    In a move to expand its footprint in China, Columbia Pictures has revisited its local production ties and entered into split-rights deals with Chinese production companies. 
  • Dark Matter of Love lands US deals

    EXCLUSIVE: Tugg, Al-Jazeera, Netflix and Virgil Films to share rights.
  • Demange's '71 finds US home

    Roadside Attractions and Black Label Media have acquired all US rights to Yann Demange’s thriller.
  • Desperado producer to lead UK masterclass

    Producer to take part in series of film masterclasses ran by Intense Productions in association with UK Trade and Investment NW.
  • Doc/Fest launches new initiative

    Future Producer School, aimed at ambitious feature documentary producers, is in addition to the record number of pitch opportunities at the festival.
  • Dust, Marmato take top prizes in Cartagena

    Dust On The Tongue [pictured], Marmato, To Kill A Man take home prizes.
  • Eden to open Tribeca/ESPN sports

    The world premiere of the 30 For 30 documentary When The Garden Was Eden marking actor Michael Rapaport’s feature directorial debut will kick off the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival on April 17.
  • eOne, El Rey cut deals on Dusk

    Robert Rodriguez’s new US-based cable network El Rey Network and eOne Television have struck a slew of digital deals on From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, set to receive its broadcast premiere on Tuesday night (11).
  • EPI to host Clearing Rights event

    Case studies on Nymphomanic and The Monuments Men will run alongside sessions with experts from HBO, NBC Universal and Sony Pictures Entertainment among others.
  • Epic goes on The Patrol

    EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures to distribute Afghanistan war film The Patrol in US.
  • Evan Saxon relaunches company

    Evan Saxon has relaunched his distribution and marketing company, kicking off with the limited release of Manchester United doc Class Of ’92.
  • Exodus: Gods And Kings trailer

    Christian Bale glowers, stares down authority and swings a weapon – and we’re not talking about the pitch meeting.
  • Female filmmakers festival reveals line-up

    London’s Birds Eye View Film Festival will include 10 UK premieres and titles from Girls star Lena Dunham and Kelly Reichardt.
  • Festival chiefs back Ukrainian colleagues

    EXCLUSIVE: Call for directors, producers and sales agents to give their films for free to festivals in troubled Ukraine.
  • Film, TV worth $8bn to India

    India’s film and television industries contributed $8.1bn (Rs500bn) to the country’s economy in 2013, according to a report launched by Deloitte at the ongoing FICCI Frames conference in Mumbai.
  • FilmNation lines up Aether

    The company will produce, finance and handle worldwide sales on the sci-fi written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
  • Fort Tilden wins top SXSW award

    Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers’ comedy earned the narrative feature competition grand jury prize while Margaret Brown’s Deepwater Horizon disaster film The Great Invisible prevailed in the documentary section.
  • Fortissimo, Fox team on Another Me

    Fortissimo Films will work with Fox International Productions (FIP) to oversee sales of select international rights on Isabel Coixet’s Another Me.
  • Fox unleashes X-Men: DOFP trailer

    Uh-oh Michael Fassbender is back in the helmet, flicking puny humans into the air. Ian McKellen pouts knowingly. Hugh Jackman is angry again. It can only be X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
  • Gabrielle, Enemy triumph at Canadian Screen Awards

    Producers Kim MCraw and Luc Déry collected the best motion picture prize at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards (9) and Gabrielle Marion-Rivard was named best lead actress. Louise Archambault directed Gabrielle.
  • Gone Girl, new trailer

    Fox has issued its classy but not especially thrilling new trailer for the Gillian Flynn adaptation, due out on October 3.
  • Grace secures Beatles rights

    Filmmaker Josh Wakely’s Australia and US-based production company Grace has acquired world rights from Sony/ATV Music Publishing to the Beatles’ music catalogue for the animation series.
  • Hackenbacker joins Halo Group

    Bafta-award winning audio post facility Hackenbacker has joined the Halo Group.
  • Harpo gets Kidd's Wings

    Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago-based Harpo Films has acquired film rights to The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
  • House of Cards hits French screens... finally

    French viewers were finally given the chance to watch the return of political thriller starring Kevin Spacey - after virtually every other key territory on the map.
  • I Believe In Unicorns

    Dir/scr: Leah Meyerhoff. US. 2014. 80mins
  • India box office up 10% in 2013

    FICCI Frames: India’s box office grew by 10% to reach $1.53bn (Rs93.4bn) in 2013, according to a FICCI-KPMG report released on the opening day of the FICCI Frames conference in Mumbai.
  • John Colley joins ARRI Lighting Rental

    Colley named general manager following retirement of the supplier’s managing director.
  • John Woo to head Beijing jury

    Action director to head Tiantan awards jury at Beijing International Film Festival.
  • Kaleidoscope acquires On Angel Wings

    Distributor picks up worldwide rights to animation backed on the book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo.
  • Kill Your Friends adds cast

    James Corden, Craig Roberts among cast to join thriller now underway in UK.
  • Kino Lorber strikes Zalman King deal

    Kino Lorber has come on to handle packaged media and digital distribution to the Zalman King Company library.
  • Leave The World Behind

    Dir: Christian Larson. UK. 2014. 93mins
  • Les Arcs team launches Paris co-pro market

    New co-production platform to take place during Champs Elysées Film Festival in June. 
  • Leslie Mann to receive CinemaCon award

    The star of Fox’s April 25 release The Other Woman release will collect the CinemaCon Comedy Star Of The Year Award in Las Vegas on March 27.
  • Lionsgate believes in Exists

    The studio has picked up North American rights at SXSW to Eduard Sanchez’s Bigfoot film, which International Film Trust handles for international sales.
  • Lost In The Sun finishes shoot

    EXCLUSIVE: Production on the Josh Duhamel thriller is due to wrap on Wednesday [12] in Austin, Texas. Cargo Entertainment represents international sales and has concluded a number of deals.
  • Lucy Fisher, producer, Divergent

    Lucy Fisher is the former vice-chairman of Columbia Tri-Star Motion Picture Group and evp of worldwide production at Warner Bros and runs Red Wagon Entertainment with husband and business partner Doug Wick.
  • Lynne Ramsay, Jane Got a Gun producers reach agreement

    EXCLUSIVE: Producers quash pending civil action after private resolution.
  • Mark Cousins: documentary poster boy

    Documentary director Mark Cousins and distributor Dogwoof threw a workshop for youngsters based around feature A Story of Children and Film.
  • MEETS unveils 11 projects

    Organisers behind the MEETS Film Market have announced 11 of the 12 projects competing at the Latin American Co-Production Forum, set to run during the third International Film Festival Of Panama from April 7-9.
  • Michael Rosenberg joins Film Movement

    Michael Rosenberg has become the newest equity-holder in the New York-based firm and will assume the role of co-president alongside Adley Gartenstein.
  • Muppets Most Wanted

    Dir: James Bobin. US. 2014. 108mins
  • Need For Speed

    Dir: Scott Waugh. US. 2014. 130mins
  • NYIFF to fete Gurinder Chadha

    The British filmmaker will be the subject of a Spotlight retrospective at the 14th Annual New York Indian Film Festival, set to run from May 5-10 in New York.
  • Paramount, Plan B to adapt Big Short

    Adam McKay will adapt the screenplay and direct Michael Lewis’ book about the housing and credit bubble.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman's final film sold to UK

    Electric Entertainment marks first major territorial sale of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final film as a leading man to Arrow Films in the UK.
  • Pulp

    Dir: Florian Habicht. UK. 2104. 90mins
  • Pulse signs Jonathan Van Tulleken

    Award winning director has worked on dramas including Misfits and Top Boy.
  • Rentrak readies India service launch

    International box office measuring agency Rentrak Corp has started processing test data from Indian multiplexes as it gears up to launch box office tracking in the territory.
  • Scotland identifies studio opportunities

    A long-awaited feasibility report commissioned by Scottish Enterprise has identified “a clear opportunity for a film and TV studio facility in Scotland” and pinpointed a £15m ‘Foundation Studio’ as “the strongest” of five options.
  • Scottish film industry facing key challenges

    Local producers lobby government for funding while Creative Scotland struggles to attract film director.
  • Screen launches Creative Week events

    Screen is teaming up with its sister titles to launch Creative Week, five days of high-level events in June covering the film business, TV world and advertising community.
  • Sean Bean's Macbeth revealed on Kickstarter

    New adaptation of Macbeth, starring Sean Bean, has already met 10% of its target.
  • SFFS Founder’s Directing Award to Linklater

    Richard Linklater, riding high on critical acclaim for Boyhood and Before Midnight, will collect the honour during the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival on May 1.
  • She’s Lost Control

    Dir/scr: Anja Marquardt. US. 2014. 90mins
  • Showbox gets Gangnam Blues

    South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has picked up A Dirty Carnival director Yoo Ha’s upcoming Gangnam Blues starring rising pan-Asian star Lee Min-Ho.
  • Simonds Jr leads China venture

    Days after Jeff Robinov announced his Studio 8 venture with Huayi Brothers and details emerged of the Disney partnership with Shanghai Media Group, longtime Adam Sandler producer Robert Simonds Jr is at the heart of the latest US-China venture.
  • Slave crosses $100m int'l BO

    Spurred on by Academy Awards glory, New Regency, River Road and Plan B’s acclaimed drama by Steve McQueen has surged past $100m through Lionsgate International licensees.
  • Snowden warns of government threat

    Google and the government were in the crosshairs as whistleblower Edward Snowden made a rare public appearance on Monday (10) to address the SXSW conference from exile in Russia – ironically using Google+ Hangouts.
  • Snowpiercer locks China release date

    Korean studio CJ Entertainment’s China office has confirmed that Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer will be released in mainland China on March 17.
  • Soda acquires tragic cyclist doc

    Soda Pictures secure UK theatrical distribution rights to the tragic story of the infamous Italian athlete.
  • Sony lines up all-CG Smurfs film

    Sony Pictures Animation has hired Kelly Asbury to direct an entirely computer-animated untitled Smurfs feature that is being viewed as a fresh take on the property rather than a third entry in the franchise.
  • Starz Digital Media enters Place

    Starz Digital Media has acquired US and Canadian rights to The Hawkins Brothers’ directorial debut We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.
  • Strategic Partners focus on Ibero-America

    The 17th annual co-production and co-financing market will shine a light on Ibero-America and the US when it runs in Halifax, Canada, from September 11-14.
  • Sugar Mountain bulks up cast

    Cary Elwes, Jason Momoa, Drew Roy, Haley Webb and Shane Coffey have joined the Yellow Brick Films comedy-thriller.
  • Temporary Family moves into Edko slate

    Edko Films will be launching sales on Cheuk Wan Chi’s Temporary Family, a romantic comedy starring Nick Cheung, Sammi Cheng and Angelababy, at the upcoming Filmart content market in Hong Kong.
  • TFF 2014 unveils shorts line-up

    Programmers at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T unveiled on Tuesday (11) the programme of 58 short films, 29 of which are world premieres.
  • The final X-Men: DOFP trailer

    As the countdown to the May 23 release becomes ever more frantic at the Fox marketing department, the studio has released a third and final trailer for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
  • The Inbetweeners 2 release date set

    Sequel to record breaking comedy schedules UK release.
  • The Infinite Man

    Dir/scr: Hugh Sullivan. Australia. 2014. 85mins
  • The Legend Of Shorty

    Dirs: Angus Macqueen, Guillermo Galdos. UK. 2014. 86mins
  • The Mule

    Dirs: Angus Sampson, Tony Mahony. Australia. 2014. 103mins
  • Trejo, Barton, Madsen join Hope Lost

    Micha Barton to play a Romanian forced into prostitution in a crime thriller from burgeoning producer AMBI Pictures.
  • Tropfest expands to Africa

    Short film festival to travel to South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
  • Two killed in SXSW car crash

    UPDATE: Police have confirmed that two people - one from the Netherlands - died after a car drove into a crowd of pedestrians at the South By Southwest festival.
  • Veronica Mars

    Dir: Rob Thomas. US. 2014. 107mins
  • Veronica Mars tops SXSW buzz chart

    INFOGRAPHIC: Research reveals online activity around the festival, which also saw positive buzz for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Bad Neighbours and Frank.
  • Vyer Films expands monthly roster

    The streaming start-up has added a trio of titles to its July line-up.