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March 7 2014

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  • 112 Weddings to open Full Frame

    Doug Block’s HBO Documentary will kick off proceedings in Durham, North Carolina, on April 3.
  • 12 Years A Slave rules Indie Spirits

    12 Years A Slave emerged victorious at the 29th Annual Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (March 1), taking best feature and a handful of other awards.
  • 300: Rise Of An Empire

    Dir: Noam Murro. US. 2014. 103mins
  • Alain Resnais dies aged 91

    His latest film, The Life of Riley, premiered in Berlin.
  • Alex Fragen joins UTA in distribution role

    The former head of domestic television distribution at Summit has joined the agency in the new role of global distribution strategist.
  • Amplify, Well Go find The Zero Theorem

    The partners have picked up US rights to Terry Gilliam’s sci-fi starring Christoph Waltz.
  • Arrow hires head of restoration

    James White joins UK distributor, which will now offer restoration services to third parties.
  • 'Banned' director to make US debut

    South African director boards US romantic comedy.
  • BBC unveils arts doc festival

    The BBC has announced details of a new arts documentary festival that will take place as part of the Glasgow International Festival.
  • Berlin film festival sets 2015 dates

    The dates for the 65th Berlinale have been set.
  • BFI extends US distribution pilot

    Pilot P&A fund launched at Sundance extends to SXSW.
  • BFI names marketing director

    Richard Shaw appointed BFI director of marketing, communications and audiences.
  • Book Thief tops 300 in buzz chart

    Period drama tops action epic in the online buzz chart.
  • Bradley Quirk to join Altitude

    EXCLUSIVE: Pathe executive to join Altitude as head of development.
  • Cesars: Me, Myself and Mum wins best film

    Roman Polanski wins best director; Blue Is the Warmest Colour’s Adèle Exarchopoulos wins best female newcomer.
  • CinemaCon honour for Ivan Reitman

    Ivan Reitman will receive the CinemaCon Lifetime Achievement Award at the Las Vegas convention on March 27.
  • CinemaCon honour for Kevin Costner

    The star of the recent 3 Days To Kill and the upcoming Draft Day will receive the 2014 Cinema Icon Award in Las Vegas on March 27.
  • Directors UK, BBC pilot women directors scheme

    Organisations launch return-to-work training initiative for female TV directors.
  • Distributors ponder Oscar bump

    EXCLUSIVE: The distributors behind Sunday night’s (2) big Oscar winners are readying theatrical expansion plans in the wake of their triumphs.
  • Dogwoof rocks Supermensch deals

    Mike Myers’ directorial debut sold following its market premiere at Berlin’s EFM.
  • Edko names Yeung acquisitions chief

    Hong Kong’s Edko Films has appointed Esther Yeung as general manager of sales & acquisitions, as the company’s veteran buyer, Audrey Lee, takes a step back to focus on her personal interests after 33 years with the company.
  • Feature Film Company relaunches

    Former UK distribution firm Feature Film Company has been re-launched as an independent production, finance and consultancy company with an adaptation of football hooligan bestseller Running With the Firm.
  • Fierson joins Anonymous Content

    Anonymous Content has appointed Dave Fierson as head of business operations.
  • FIRST LOOK: Life

    Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan star in Anton Corbijn’s James Dean biopic.
  • FIRST TRAILER: Paddington

    First look at the live-action feature based around classic children’s character.
  • Focus dates Kill The Messenger

    The Jeremy Renner dramatic thriller is set to open in the US on October 10. Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.
  • Founders launch The Participant Index

    Participant Media and the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center’s Media Impact Project (MIP) are building an algorithm to gauge the social impact of entertainment media on the audience.
  • Frank to compete in Istanbul

    Lenny Abrahamson’s feature, starring Michael Fassbender, in competition at the Istanbul Film Festival.
  • Frozen breaks Korea box office record

    Disney feature is the first animation to top 10 million admissions in Korea.
  • Frozen crosses $1bn global BO

    Frozen – the favourite to win the best animation Oscar  – crossed $1bn at the global box office on Sunday (March 2) to reach $1.0002bn and cemented its status as the industry’s biggest non-sequel animation and the second biggest animation of all time behind Toy Story 3.
  • Galkin promoted at Warrior Poets

    The New York-based production company co-founded by Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick has promoted the longtime producer to partner.
  • Glasgow FrightFest: A killer time

    Screen reports from the ninth FrightFest strand at Glasgow Film Festival, including interviews with Zack Parker and Jordan Barker.
  • Glasgow hits 40,000 admissions

    Tenth anniversary of festival hits landmark for first time; Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin receives its Scottish premiere as the closing film.
  • Good Universe strikes Point Grey deal

    Good Universe and Point Grey Pictures principals Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver have formed an alliance to focus on producing and packaging mainstream comedy.
  • Hirst adapting Hemingway’s Moveable Feast

    EXCLUSIVE: Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast is being adapted for the big screen by Elizabeth screenwriter Michael Hirst and actress Mariel Hemingway.
  • Hologram shoot underway in Morocco

    Principal photography has commenced in Morocco on Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.
  • Icon adds Baum, Wong

    Icon Film Distribution adds execs Jeremy Baum and Sophie Wong.
  • Iconic eyes The Five shoot

    EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based Iconic Media Production has lined up a North Carolina shoot for $10m drama The Five.
  • Imax, Mori strike Russian deal

    Imax Corporation and Russian exhibitor Mori Cinema have signed a deal to instal five Imax theatres across the country.
  • Ironclad: Battle For Blood

    Dir: Jonathan English. UK. 2014. 108mins
  • Janet Pierson, Rebecca Feferman, SXSW

    In the run-up to SXSW 2014, head of SXSW film Janet Pierson and head of film media relations and programmer Rebecca Feferman sat down with Screen to talk about international cinema, the golden years of TV and Jurgen Klinsmann.
  • Jarmusch, Wajda to open Prague

    Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive and Andrzej Wajda’s Walesa: A Man Of Hope will open this year’s ¨Febiofest¨.
  • Jeff Robinov eyes Chinese financing

    Former Warner Bros film chief Jeff Robinov is reportedly in talks with China’s Huayi Brothers Media Corp to secure financing for a new venture that will produce five films a year.
  • Jonas Cuaron begins Desierto shoot

    Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón to produce; Gael García Bernal to star.
  • Kano tops Taiwan box office

    Wei Te-sheng-produced sports drama Kano topped the box office over its opening weekend in Taiwan (Feb 27-March 2).
  • 'Kells' team preps Afghan animation

    Irish animation outfit Cartoon Saloon, one of the producers behind Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells and upcoming Tomm Moore animation Song of the Sea, is in development on new project The Breadwinner, a co-production with Canadian company Aircraft Pictures.
  • Kiarostami to lead Cannes short jury

    Abbas Kiarostami is to head the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
  • Kiri Trier moves from Fox to ARRI

    Trier to develop in-house projects and co-productions at the Munich-based company.
  • Last Station wins at ZagrebDox

    Other winners include Sacro GRA, The Special Need and Pipeline.
  • Lego records UK hat trick

    Warner Bros’ animation stays top for third straight week; Non-Stop records second best-ever UK bow for StudioCanal; Universal’s The Wolf of Wall Street becomes UK’s highest grossing 18-rated film.
  • Lindsay Lohan doc to launch at MipTV

    FremantleMedia International (FMI) acquires worldwide distribution rights to the Lindsay Lohan documentary series.
  • Lionsgate hears The Voices for US

    The studio has picked up US rights to Marjane Satrapi’s Sundance world premiere.
  • Lionsgate, Leone sign Italian output deal

    Lionsgate has struck an output agreement with fast-rising Leone Film Group in Italy, one of the last territories not covered by the company’s global network of partners.
  • LMGA readies first awards show

    Alexander Payne and Haskell Wexler and commercial location scout Scott Dewees will receive the Location Managers Guild Of America’s first honorary awards.
  • Locarno spinoff to honour Edgar Reitz

    Mario Martone will also participate in public conversation.
  • Mark Bomback to adapt Veronica's Room

    TWC-Dimension has hired Mark Bomback to write its adaptation of Ira Levin’s Broadway thriller Veronica’s Room.
  • Monster takes shape for Bayona

    River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International and Focus Features will finance and distribute Apache’s upcoming fantasy from Juan Antonio Bayona.
  • MovieLaLa ramps up

    The social network and film marketing platform for upcoming movies has received further seed funding as a soft launch continues.
  • Nicholas Hoult, StudioCanal aboard Kill Your Friends

    Nicholas Hoult to lead UK dark-comedy, distributed in UK by StudioCanal.
  • Noah Segal joins Elevation

    The former co-president of eOne Films Canada and evp at Alliance Films is joining upstart Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures as co-president alongside Laurie May.
  • Non-Stop opens top in US on $30m

    StudioCanal’s fully financed action film starring Liam Neeson opened top of the North American charts through Universal on an estimated $30m.
  • Odd Thomas

    Dir/scr: Stephen Sommers. US. 2013. 93mins
  • Odessa festival reacts to Ukraine unrest

    With the conflict between Ukraine and neighbouring Russia escalating over the weekend, the organisers of the Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF) have reaffirmed their determination to stage the fifth edition from July 11-19.
  • Oscars 2014: all the speeches

    The Oscars speech of the night goes to newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, who won best supporting actress for her role as Patsey in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.
  • Oscars 2014: Slave wins Best Picture

    Historical drama wins three including Best Picture; Gravity leads the pack with seven wins.
  • Oscars 2014: winners

    12 Years A Slave wins best picture, best supporting actress, best adapted screenplay; Gravity wins seven Oscars including Best Director.
  • O-Scope swoops on Buzzard

    Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired all North American rights to Joel Potrykus’ comedy.
  • Park named Busan world programmer

    Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has named Jin Park a World Cinema programmer starting this month. Park will be responsible for films from Central and South America.
  • Phase 4 snaps up Super Groovy

    Phase 4 Films has acquired North American rights to Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie from SModcast Pictures.
  • Picture Tree plants US deals

    Berlin’s Picture Tree International (PTI) has secured several deals with US distributors, following its debut as an exhibitor at the European Film Market (EFM).
  • Rebecca Fisher joins PMK•BNC

    The veteran publicist most recently served eight years at Block/Korenbrot.
  • Report highlights CA production drop

    California’s film czar Paul Audley has called on the state legislature to boost tax incentives in light of a sobering report that illustrates the extent of the state’s decline as a production hub.
  • RoboCop powers to $30m session

    UPDATED MAR 3: A number one $20.5m Chinese debut powered MGM and Columbia Pictures’ RoboCop to an estimated $30m weekend as the running total climbed to $136m and the reboot took over pole position from Warner Bros Pictures International’s The Hobbit 2.
  • Scott Kalvert dead at 49

    The director of The Basketball Diaries starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg has been found dead at this home in Woodland Hills outside Los Angeles. He was 49.
  • Screen Gems hires Raid remake director

    Patrick Hughes, currently directing The Expendables 3, will direct the remake of The Raid for Screen Gems.
  • SFIFF unveils New Directors, GGA

    Top brass at the 57th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) have announced the films in competition for the New Directors Prize and the Golden Gate Award contenders in the documentary category.
  • Shout! Factory, Cinevox plot Brazilian Western release

    Shout! Factory has signed a deal with California-based distributor Cinevox to release Brazilian Western (Faroeste Caboclo) in the US and Canada.
  • Smaug, Robocop top China box office

    Robocop had a strong opening in China last weekend, grossing $20.67m (Feb 28-March 2), but The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug kept the top spot in the box office chart.
  • SOLD to open 12th annual IFFLA

    Jeffrey D Brown’s child trafficking film will open the 12th Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA), while Jasmine Jaisinghani has been appointed the festival’s first artistic director.
  • SPWA, Picturehouse, Starz Digital take SXSW trio

    UPDATE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired all international rights to Space Station 76, while in separate deals Picturehouse has acquired The Guest and Starz Digital Media has taken North American rights to To Be Takei ahead of their Austin screenings.
  • The Food Guide To Love

    Dirs: Dominic Harari, Teresa de Pelegri. Spain-Ireland-France. 2013. 91mins
  • The Overnighters

    Dir/scr: Jesse Moss. US. 2013. 100mins
  • Tribeca 2014 unveils first wave

    Tribeca Film Festival top brass have announced (4) the World Narrative and Documentary Competition film selections and Viewpoints titles, comprising 47 of the 89 features that will screen at the festival over April 16-27.
  • Tribeca announces Spotlight, Midnight

    Tribeca Film Festival 2014 world premieres include Every Secret Thing, Miss Meadows and Zombeavers.
  • UK tour for 'Stones Throw' doc

    Syndctd Entertainment to distribute documentary about iconic record label doc, featuring interviews with Kanye West and Snoop Dogg, in UK and across Europe.
  • Ukrainian film funder forced to resign

    International colleagues have expressed concern at the news that Kateryna Kopylova, head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency since December 2010, was forced to resign her post at the end of last week.
  • Vimeo unveils $10m distribution fund

    The video platform will promote a $10m investment at SXSW on the anniversary of its Vimeo On Demand platform.
  • VMI bites into Pernicious

    Vantage Media International (VMI) will represent world rights to Benetone Hillin Entertainment’s (BHE) horror title.
  • Warners unleashes 300 sequel

    UPDATE: 300: Rise Of An Empire has already plundered $32.8m from 58 markets from Wedensday to Friday.
  • Weekend star wraps directorial debut

    Chris New, one of the stars of the acclaimed Weekend, has just wrapped principal photography on his feature directorial debut A Smallholding.
  • Why the UK is missing out on co-production

    In a guest column, ACE head Simon Perry argues that the UK is missing out on co-production prospects.
  • Wong, Czernin, Ross join BFI board

    Andrea Wong, Pete Czernin and Jonathan Ross have joined the BFI’s governing board.