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March 21 2014

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  • ‘3D needs to win back audiences’

    Executives from Warner Bros and Odeon have expressed the need to win back trust in 3D family films, while research shows China is set to lead the 3D market by the end of 2014.
  • ‘Live action’ Bananaman planned

    Origin story based on the 1980s comic strip due for release in 2015.
  • A new side of Colombia

    Cartagena world premiere Manos Sucias shows a different side to the Colombian drug trade.
  • AMBI Distribution hires Julie Sultan

    Italy’s AMBI Pictures has opened a Beverly Hills office to house AMBI Distribution and hired Julie Sultan to run the new international sales division.
  • Asian Film Awards honour Yen, Lau

    The Asian Film Awards (AFAs) will present Donnie Yen with the Outstanding Asian Actor award and Carina Lau with the Outstanding Asian Actress award at a ceremony held on the eve of Filmart.
  • Asteroid

    Dir/scr: Marcelo Tobar. Mexico. 2014. 102mins
  • Avengers 2 pact signed in Korea

    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation on the Avengers: Age of Ultron location shoot to take place in South Korea.
  • BAFTA returning to Hong Kong

    BAFTA to deliver its second series of events next week when it will make an announcement about its scholarship programme.
  • Begin Again to close Tribeca

    John Carney’s Toronto smash formerly known as Can A Song Save Your Life? starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo will close the festival on April 26.
  • BEV, British Council welcome int'l delegates

    Birds Eye View (BEV) and the British Council have renewed and expanded their partnership on an International Delegates programme in April 2014.
  • BFI to re-release Kubrick's 2001

    Digital transfer to form part of the BFI’s 2014 Science Fiction project.
  • Blind Dates takes top Sofia prize

    Georgia was the big winner at the 18th edition of the Sofia International Film Festival (SIFF) which closed at the weekend with the Grand Prix for Best Film and Best Director award going to Levan Koguashvili’s second feature Blind Dates.
  • BoulderLight moves ahead on Dementia

    BoulderLight Pictures has hired Mike Testin to direct Dementia. XYZ Films represents North American rights and BoulderLight will handle international sales.
  • Caliber Media to produce Condemned

    Writer-director Eli Morgan Gesner is preparing to commence principal photography on the horror tale in New York in April.
  • Captain America again leads UK buzz

    British prison drama has impressive 45% intent to view.
  • Captain America leads UK buzz

    Superhero sequel dominates online buzz in the UK while Starred Up and Veronica Mars secure a sizeable portion.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Dirs: Anthony & Joe Russo. US. 2014. 136mins
  • Cargo Film & Releasing finds Elliot

    The New York-based sales agent, not to be confused with Cargo Entertainment, has acquired international distribution rights to recent Slamdance premiere Kung Fu Elliot.
  • Cartagena: the best festival you’ve never been to?

    After my second visit in as many years to the Cartagena Film Festival, I’m convinced this is a festival on the rise. 
  • Cassian Elwes to deliver IFTA Keynote

    The producer, film finance and packaging specialist and former agent will address the Independent Film & Television Alliance’s (IFTA) 15th annual production conference on April 25.
  • CinemaCon 2014 preview

    When they descend on Las Vegas later this month for their annual CinemaCon convention, US exhibitors and distributors should have reason to celebrate, with official figures expected to confirm that 2013 produced another record gross at the North American box office. 
  • CinemaCon honour for Chris Pratt

    Chris Pratt will receive the 2014 CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer Of The Year Award in Las Vegas on March 27.
  • CinemaCon honour for Jon Hamm

    Jon Hamm will receive the CinemaCon Award Of Excellence In Acting at the Las Vegas show on March 26.
  • CMG sells Ratchet & Clank, Sly Cooper

    EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s international sales company has reported strong business on the animation titles after showing footage in Berlin.
  • COLCOA finalises 20 shorts

    The 18th edition of COLCOA: A Week Of French Film Premieres In Hollywood runs from April 21-28.
  • Dartmoor Killing plans summer shoot

    UK thriller financed by SEIS/EIS and equity; Colin Jones is casting.
  • Divergent

    Dir: Neil Burger. US. 2014. 140mins
  • Dogwoof acquires Advanced Style

    Distributor takes foreign rights to documentary about stylish, older women.
  • Duo join The Age Of Adaline

    Kathy Baker and Amanda Crew join Harrison Ford, Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn and Michiel Huisman on Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment’s romance.
  • Electric captures The Better Angels

    Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment Cannes slate is taking shape as the company anounced (18) it has picked up international rights to The Better Angels.
  • Facebook VoD platform wins funding

    Facebook VoD firm Screenburn has secured $500,000 of investment and hired Zodiak Rights boss Steve Macallister to its board.
  • Film Independent unveils Doc Lab fellows

    The seven-week 2014 Documentary Lab is designed to help filmmakers who are in post-production.
  • Film London launches Film Hub

    Initiative aims to expand film culture in the capital as part of the BFI Film Audience Network.
  • Film Movement enters Dark Valley

    The distributor has acquired US rights from Films Distribution to Andreas Prochaska’s revenge tale following its world premiere in Berlin.
  • Greenaway planning second Eisenstein film

    Gosfilmofond to collaborate with Greenaway [pictured] on Eisenstein Among Friends; director is currently shooting Eisenstein in Guanajuato.
  • Hot Docs reveals project selections

    A total of 19 Canadian and international project selections to feature at Hot Docs Forum.
  • I’ll Follow You Down

    Dir/scr: Richie Mehta. Canada. 2013. 92mins
  • iD heads for CinemaCon

    Interactive group gaming company Audience Entertainment and global digital cinema company Barco have announced a new interactive technology platform for filmgoers.
  • Image takes The Houses October Built

    Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the haunted house thriller.
  • Imax to open first Mongolian site

    Imax Corporation has struck a deal with New Tour Safaris Co Ltd, operator of Urgoo Cinemas, to open two theatres.
  • Imax, Disney extend deal

    Imax Corporation and The Walt Disney Studios have added a slew of upcoming tentpoles as the parties extended their deal.
  • Incredibles 3D in the works

    Pixar’s director of 3D reveals that a re-release of The Incredibles and Ratatouille is in the pipeline.
  • India at a crossroads

    This year’s FICCI Frames conference in Mumbai (March 12-14) was dominated by India’s upcoming general elections.
  • Indie Sales to handle White Knights

    Eight-week shoot to begin next week in Morroco.
  • Ivory Tower to get US release

    Participant Media, Paramount Home Media Distribution, and Samuel Goldwyn Films are collaborating to release CNN Films’ Ivory Tower. Director Andrew Rossi explores the US higher education system in crisis and premiered at Sundance.
  • Jadoo to close IFFLA

    IFFLA alum Amit Gupta’s film will close the 12th Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) set to run in Hollywood from April 8-13.
  • James Cameron rallies 3D filmmakers

    The Avatar director urged filmmakers to “go nuts” with 3D and predicts the medium will come “roaring back” to the home market.
  • Jet Trash wraps in Goa

    FIRST LOOK: Shooting wraps in Goa on hedonistic backpacker thriller, starring Mortal Instruments star Robert Sheehan.
  • Joffe making 'Hunchback' TV series

    The Killing Fields director teams with FremantleMedia International to develop series.
  • Karl Baumgartner dead at 65

    Karl Baumgartner, the German producer and champion of arthouse cinema who only last month received the Berlinale Camera prize, has died.
  • Karl Baumgartner, obituary

    International co-production and co-production markets around the globe will not be the same now following the news that the internationally respected German producer-distributor Karl  Baumgartner has died at the age of 65.
  • Karlovy Vary tributes for Rivers, Kashyap

    A “neglected” Italian legend, a key figure in contemporary Indian cinema, and the complete work of a renowned British visual artist and filmmaker are to feature at the next Karlovy Vary film festival.
  • Keeper wins big at Swiss Film Awards

    I Am The Keeper, Dreamland and Father’s Garden win at Swiss Film Awards; First Saas-Fee Filmfest honours Soldate Jeannette and Love Steaks.
  • KOFIC launches family film fund

    The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has launched a ?10bn ($9.3m) fund for development and films that will qualify for ratings of all ages or 12+
  • Lionsgate dates The Age Of Adaline

    Lionsgate has scheduled an early 2015 release for the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment romance starring Blake Lively.
  • Lionsgate, Roadside take Dear White People

    Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired all US and Canadian rights from WME Global to Justin Simien’s comedy ahead of two shows at New Directors/New Films this weekend.
  • Mateo

    Dir: Maria Gamboa. Colombia. 2014. 85mins
  • Michael Noer readies new film

    Award-winning Danish director behind R and Nordvest to set new feature around a love story at an old people’s home.
  • Mike Bassett sequel in the works

    EXCLUSIVE: A sequel to Mike Bassett England Manager, the 2001 cult comedy, is planned to shoot later this year.
  • MPA welcomes EU Court decision

    Verdict confirms that blocking infringing sites is a proportionate and valid measure to be implemented by ISPs.
  • Nat King Cole song unearthed in new doc

    EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker Jon Brewer has unearthed a previously unreleased and unheard Nat King Cole track while researching new film Nat King Cole: Afraid Of The Dark.
  • Need For Speed tops China chart

    DreamWorks’ Need For Speed took pole position at the Chinese box office over the weekend, grossing $21.09m in three days.
  • Need for Speed tops UK chart

    eOne’s video game adaptation clocks non-final $3.3m (£2m) to dethrone 300: Rise of an Empire; StudioCanal’s Under the Skin posts strong UK bow of $396,000 (£238,203) from just 47 sites.
  • New Sorrentino wins Eurimages funding

    Projects to receive a share of $7.5m also include new films from Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), Alex van Warmerdam (Borgman), the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Tudor Giurgiu (Of Snails and Men) and Susanne Bier collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen.
  • Noah

    Dir: Darren Aronofsky. US. 2014. 137mins
  • Noah scores $1.1m South Korea launch

    The Paramount and Regency Enterprises epic from Darren Aronofsky delivered the biggest opening day in South Korea so far this year from 730 screens.
  • Origin ups Rubin, preps dramas

    EXCLUSIVE: Origin develops film and TV roster as execs Rubin, Marshall promoted.
  • Pathe UK appoints creative executive

    Len Rowles joins Pathe UK development team.
  • Pawlikowski plans more Polish films

    Speaking at Cartagena Film Festival, the director says he’s planning a multi-decade love story set in Poland, plus other international projects.
  • Peabody rules US charts on $21.2m

    DreamWorks Animation’s family release Mr. Peabody & Sherman climbed to the top in its second session through Fox after narrowly edging out Warner Bros’ 300 sequel with an estimated $21.2m.
  • Prague to honour Kosslick, Wajda

    Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick and veteran Polish film-maker Andrzej Wajda are to receive the Kristian Award for their Contributions to World Cinema at this week’s Prague International Film Festival – Febiofest.
  • Rhys Ifans to star in Under Milk Wood

    EXCLUSIVE: Welsh broadcaster S4C commissions feature from director Kevin Allen.
  • Rob The Mob

    Dir: Raymond De Felitta. US. 2014. 104mins
  • Russell Peters, Sean Astin hop on Ribbit

    Comedian Russell Peters and actor Sean Astin (Lord Of The Rings) have boarded Malaysian 3D animated feature Ribbit as voice cast.
  • Screen Awards 2014 adds categories

    Screen is proud to present our fifth annual awards, which are now open for entries as of today.
  • Sevastopol festival chief thanks Putin

    Elena Naumova praises Russian president Putin’s agreement to annex Crimea and Sevastopol.
  • Seven selected for Indiecan10K

    Avi Federgreen and Indiecan Entertainment have announced the seven features that will take part in the inaugural initiative.
  • Seven Stars pacts with Content Media

    Content Media acquires Chinese production and distribution companies from tycoon Bruno Wu’s Seven Stars Media; deal includes the Chinese theatrical release of Grace of Monaco.
  • Sinclair, East exit Exclusive Media

    Nigel Sinclair and Guy East have formalised their departure from Exclusive Media, the company they ran for close to six years as co-chairmen.
  • Skillset, Protagonist launch sales training

    EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist selected for international sales training pilot.
  • Spacey, Howard in Tribeca Talks

    Top brass at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) have announced the line-up for the 2014 Tribeca Talks and Tribeca Innovation Week’s four-day Future Of Film series.
  • Spanish Affair breaks Spanish records

    Comedy scores best opening for a Spanish film since The Impossible.
  • SPC buys Lambert & Stamp

    Sony Pictures Classics has picked up all North American, Australian and New Zealand, Asian, Eastern European and Russian rights to James D Cooper’s directorial debut documentary.
  • Speed seeks to retain pole

    DreamWorks’ Need For Speed has raced to more than $51m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) and Mister Smith markets and enters its second session looking favourite to stay top.
  • Speed takes pole on $46m

    UPDATE MAR 18: DreamWorks’ Need For Speed powered to an estimated $45.6m in its first international wave of 40 territories through Disney and Mister Smith territories.
  • Star Wars VII to shoot in May

    JJ Abrams will commence principal photography at Pinewood Studios in May, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.
  • Sundance London adds The One I Love

    Charlie McDowell’s film will get international premiere.
  • Sundance names Mumbai Mantra writers

    The Sundance Institute and Mahindra Group division Mumbai Mantra have announced the eight Indian Screenwriters selected for the third annual Mumbai Mantra | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab.
  • Sundance prepares episodic story lab

    The Sundance Institute has announced (19) the first Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab, set to run this autumn.
  • Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon

    Dir: Mike Myers. US. 2013. 85mins
  • SXSW announces audience winners

    Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear has won (15) the 2014 SXSW narrative feature audience award, while Diana Whitten’s Vessel triumphed in the documentary section.
  • Technicolor names new division head

    Tim Sarnoff named president of new production services division and Claude Gagnon is svp, content solutions and industry relations.
  • Telemundo ramps up Isa release

    NBCUniversal Spanish-language content division Telemundo Media has launched Isa, the first original feature to hail from its new multi-format, multiplatform production studio Fluency.
  • Telly expands into emerging markets

    The S-VOD platform announced (18) it is expanding into emerging markets through the new premium service Telly Plus and has signed licensing deals with Sony Pictures Television and Miramax.
  • Terry Jones talks Absolutely Anything

    Monty Python’s Terry Jones reveals why he hasn’t made a film in 18 years and whether there will ever be a new Monty Python film.
  • Tessa Ross to leave Film4

    Long-time Film4 head Tessa Ross is stepping down from her role later this year to become chief executive of the National Theatre.
  • The Vanquishing Of The Witch Baba Yaga

    Dir/scr: Jessica Oreck. US. 2014. 72mins
  • The Wilderness Of James

    Dir/scr: Michael James Johnson. US. 2014. 76mins
  • Tribeca launches free day

    Festival top brass have announced (19) that individual tickets to all screenings on Film For All Friday on April 25 will be free.
  • TWC acquires, renames Foosball

    The Weinstein Company has acquired rights in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France to Juan Jose Campanella’s animated feature and Argentinian smash.
  • UK film tax relief confirmed

    UK government confirms additional boosts to UK film industry
  • UK industry reacts to Tessa Ross leaving Film4

    Kevin Macdonald, Stephen Woolley, Ken Loach and others speak about their respect for Tessa Ross.
  • UK needs to serve changing audiences

    Lord Puttnam, President of Film Distributors’ Association (FDA) in the UK, looks at the big changes happening in the film value chain.
  • Universal moves back Everest 3D

    Universal and Cross Creek Pictures’ upcoming adventure starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal has moved from its original February 27 2015 release date.
  • Venice hosts Italian films in Croatia

    The Venice Biennale is launching the first Venice in Zagreb programme, which will show 7 Italian films from the 2013 Venice Film Festival in the Croatian capital.
  • Wolf wins Miami grand prize

    A Wolf At The Door, licensed internationally by Mundial, has taken the Knight Grand Jury Prize at the 31st Miami International Film Festival (16).
  • XYZ Films boards Redeemer

    XYZ Films will serve as executive producer and handle international sales on the Chilean martial arts film to star local star Marko Zaror.