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19 September

Scottish independence referendum surges movie sales
Braveheart sales rocket up charts.
Independent

Marvel comic to be released as movie
20th Century Fox announced Deadpool in the works.
Daily Digest

Magic Mike 2 stripped of star
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey won’t return for sequel.
The Guardian

18 September

China-India film treaty to be inked
The two nations will sign a film co-production treaty Sep 18.
India West

Nick Cave, the reluctant film star
The 56-year old singer-songwriter had no desire to make a film.
BBC News

New film reflects Palestinian humanity
Najwa Najjar premieres her second long feature film, Eyes of a thief.
Huffington Post

17 September

Paper Towns to star Cara Delevingne
The model lands her first lead role in the film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel.
Daily Mail

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’ artwork released
New artwork shows climactic clash of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit finale.
The Inquisitr

Jack Huston lands lead role
The American Hustle actor has been cast as the lead in Ben-Hur alongside Morgan Freeman.
The Guardian

16 September

Unreleased 1968 Doors tour film to be released in November
Filming for Feast of Friends, only ever shown at a handful of film festivals, took place across five months and 20 US cities nearly five decades ago.
The Guardian

US China Film & Television Industry Expo held in LA
The inaugural event aims to broaden business relationships between film and TV producers in the US and China.
LA Times

Bond 24 to begin filming in December
Daniel Craig will star in his fourth film as 007 with Skyfall director Sam Mendes also returning.
Yahoo! News UK

12 September

India, China to ink film production pact
The two countries are set to sign a deal during President Xi Jinping’s visit next week.
Times of Oman

11 September

Towering villain from James Bond films dies at age 74
Richard Kiel, known for his role as Jaws in two of Roger Moore’s Bond instalments, passed away in a California medical centre.
The Guardian

Shia LaBeouf pleads guilty over Broadway disruption
The 28-year old Transformers star was arrested in June for shouting at actors and using abusive language during a Cabaret performance.
BBC News

George Clooney to star in Downton Abbey
Clooney will star in a one-off Christmas special as part of this year’s Text Santa charity appeal on ITV.
Daily Mail

10 September

Rockstar speaks out against armed conflict with new film
Pink Floyd co-founder says Roger Waters: The Wall should been seen as a protest, not just a concert documentary.
Sydney Morning Herald

Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua team up for Magnificent Seven remake
The actor-director combination that have worked on the Oscar-winning 2001 thriller Training Day and 2014’s The Equalizer saddle up to revamp the 1960 classic Western.
Belfast Telegraph

23 Jump Street in the works
Sony Pictures announces plans to move ahead with 22 Jump Street sequel.
USA TODAY

9 September

Quentin Tarantino ditches digital projection at new L.A. cinema
Tarantino introduces a lineup comprised exclusively of movies shot on film in his first move as curator of the New Beverly Cinema.
The Guardian

Orlando Bloom may reboard Pirates franchise
The 37-year old British actor is in talks to join the cast of the fifth film, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Belfast Telegraph

Martin Scorsese directs corporate video for Macau casino
Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Brad Pitt all star in world’s most expensive corporate video.
Independent

Lawsuit looming over controversial The Face of an Angel
Amanda Knox’s lawyers threaten to sue the makers of a new film about the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher.
The New Zealand Herald

20 August

Gloucester Docks transformed into set for latest Alice film
Sequel to Alice in Wonderland stars Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway.
BBC News

Harry Styles turns down role in Harvey Weinstein’s Tulip Fever
Role was later taken by Glee star Matthew Morrison.
Daily Mail

Spandau Ballet will be reunited on stage for first time in four years
Will perform together at the premiere of their new film in the UK.
Belfast Telegraph

Film industry set to increase South African tourism
Production houses increasingly identify South Africa as a location to film.
Bizcommunity

Judge blocks protest against Israeli Film Festival in Australia
Pro-Palestinian protest at the opening night of Israeli Film Festival will not go ahead.
Jewish Telegraphic Agency

19 August

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson set for DC Comics film
Johnson said he will make sure comic fans are not disappointed.
USA Today

New Kickstarter film hopes to revolutionize movie industry
Holy Ghost is reportedly Kickstarter’s most-funded faith-based film.
World Religion News

Disney hopes to switch $21.6m federal cash from 20,000 Leagues to Pirates of the Caribbean 5
Walt Disney Studios is reportedly attempting to salvage the federal funding promised to its film.
Sydney Morning Herald

Nigerian movie gets 10 US nominations
30 Days in Atlanta scored a host of nominations at the 3rd annual Golden Icons.
The Premium Times

Aamir Khan’s film PK’s plot surfaces
Aamir Khan plays an alien who lands on earth in search of God.
India Today

18 August

Lawmakers quadruple tax subsidies for California location shoots
Hoping to slow the exodus of filming to other states and countries.
LA Times

Kiwi stars pay tribute to Caterina De Nave
The producer passed away yesterday from leukemia.
New Zealand Herald

VisitScotland teamed with Lionsgate UK on comedy
VisitScotland hopes What We Did On Our Holdiays, starring Billy Connolly and David Tennant, will help promote Scottish tourism.
BBC News

15 August

New York’s Museum of Modern Art will screen unseen Andy Warhol films
Hundreds of unseen films will be shown to public.
BBC News

Alibaba Pictures Group discovers suspicious accounting
Company will miss deadline to release its earnings for the first six months of the year.
New York Times

14 August

Culture Secretary speaks out over UK Jewish Film Festival Boycott
Sajid Javid said Tricycle Theatre is “misguided.”
Jewish Chronicle

James Cameron reveals latest contribution to his new film
Hollywood director secretly built a submarine in Sydney for his film Deepsea Challenge 3D.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Idaho’s budding film industry
States with attractive incentives include New Mexico, Louisiana and Michigan.
Idaho Statesman

Film industry in North Carolina would suffer if incentives end
Existing incentive is scheduled to expire at the end of 2014.
MyFox8

13 August

Some viewers and winners insist that Teen Choice Awards are ‘rigged’
Social media frenzy over the voting system of the awards.
The Independent

Chinese cinema manager invents his own ratings systems
Yao Lin, the manager of a six-screen multiplex in the city of Ürümqi has begun issuing unofficial ratings for movies.
The Guardian

Australian Film Festival of India 2014 to start in November
Director Phillip Noyce will run Australian Film Festival of India across eight cities from November.
India Today

12 August

In tribute: 10 best moments from Robin Williams’ career
Video showing highlights of Williams’ nearly 40 years as Hollywood star.
The Mirror

Buzzfeed valued 3 times higher than The Washington Post
The internet site, established in 2006 now employs 550 staff worldwide.
The Guardian

Ninja Turtle film success prompts pet shops to prepare for sell out
Animal shelters are bracing for what they an ill-advised rush to acquire pet turtles after the box office success.
Breitbart

Mahesh Babu-Shruti Haasan’s New Film Launched
The film’s first look teaser has fetched over 2400000 hits.
International Business Times

11 August

New film festival for Newark
Nottingham County Council have helped to fund the independent Can-Do Film Festival.
Nottingham Post

Success for Ninjas boosts plans for sequel in June
Ninja Turtle film opened to $65m in U.S. and Canada.
Wall Street Journal

Happy New Year’s trailer to be released via Whatsapp
Shahrukh Khan creates first-of-its-kind marketing strategy for Bollywood film.
International Business Times

Roaring Currents becomes fastest ever South Korean film to hit 10 million viewers
The film, which has set record in 12 days, could become most viewed film in South Korean box office history.
The Hankyoreh

8 August

Demonstrators gather following UK Jewish Film Festival Boycott controversy
Around 250 people protested outside the Tricycle Theatre yesterday evening.
The Jewish Chronicle

Ninja Turtles movie boosts NYC economy
The movie budget helped motels, craft shops and other businesses that helped with filmmaking.
AM New York

Box office slump for Australia’s ‘next hit’ film These Final Hours
Expected $1m-plus opening weekend, but the film fell to a disappointing $207,000.
Sydney Morning Herald

‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ vs. ‘Guardians’ at box office
After ‘Guardians’ box office success last weekend, Ninja Turtles is set to open with a solid $50m in ticket sales in U.S. and Canada.
LA Times

7 August

Fifth Terminator film titled Terminator Genisys
Arnold Schwarzenegger finishes fifith film and announces title.
Daily Mail

Murdoch speaks out about decision to drop Time Warner bid
Murdoch has said Fox’s shares had become “severely undervalued” and he is “resolute” in his decision.
BBC News

New release date for Batman v. Superman
Set to be released 25 March 2016, now avoiding release of Captain America 3.
Los Angeles Times

Frozen helps Disney profit rise 22%
Walt Disney Co. have reported third-quarter net income has topped expectations.
The World Link

Viacom’s Cable-Ad Sales Disappoint
Viacom have said fiscal third-quarter earnings fell 5.1%.
The Wall Street Journal

Fox revenue up 17% on hit films
Revenue for quarter ending June 30 totaled $8.4bn.
USA Today

6 August

Have audiences finally accepted gay film stars?
Ben Wishaw ‘comes out’ to very little reaction.
The Independent

Film industry has $5.1bn impact on Georgia’s economy
Impact stems from 158 film/TV productions shot in the state, including The Hunger Games.
Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chinese animation firm aims to rival Hollywood
Light Chaser Animation plans to rival Pixar and Dreamworks with help of robot.
BBC News

Sony Pictures are planning film starring female superhero
Studio bosses working to bring female from Spider-Man comic universe to life in new film.
The New Zealand Herald

5 August

Sandra Bullock tops annual Forbes list of highest paid female actors in the world
Bullock reportedly earned $51m over the last 12 months with help of Oscar-winning space drama Gravity.
The Guardian

ARIA: Indie arists have most to lose from piracy
Head of Australian Recording Industry Association reminds that piracy doesn’t only affect bigger companies.
CNET

Development of Cinema City across 2000 acres of Telagana
Chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao promises huge new infrastructure.
The Times of India

Films of Africa are inspiring growing audiences globally
African film boosted following South African filmmaker’s ‘Mandela, The Myth and Me.’
Think Africa Press

1 August

Lorde appointed music supervisor for new Hunger Games films
17-year-old is responsible for selecting the soundtrack and recording its lead single.
The Guardian

The Lego Movie increases sales at Merlin Enterntainments
The park giant has thanked movie for a 10% rise in half-year operating profit to £71 million.
London Evening Standard

Ukrainian culture ministry bans two Russian films
Films allegedly twist historical facts in favour of Russia and display “contempt” for the country.
The Calvert Journal

Cote d’Ivoire film industry aims for comeback
Local filmmakers won a spot at Cannes after loss of film industry due to civil war.
Al Jazeera America

 

31 July

Old Fashioned to rival 50 Shades of Grey in US box office
Faith based film set for release in cinemas alongside 50 Shades of Grey.
The Independent

Hollywood to commit to Kodak film
New York based company in negotiations to secure purchases of Kodak-made motion picture film.
USA Today

Film companies back government crackdown on piracy
Australian government to shut down websites such as The Pirate Bay.
Sydney Morning Herald

Film Dead End to strengthen India’s position in the global market
Dead End is named the best at the Network of Asian Fantastic Films in Seoul.
India Today

30 July

Italy opens theme park in tribute to film industry
Cinecitta park takes visitors back to golden age of Italian film production.
Yahoo News

Film partners with charity to lauch TaughtNotTrafficked campaign
The film Sold will raise funds to intoduce programmes in Nepal encouraging children to stay in education.
Brent and Kilburn Times

Bangalore’s successful crowd-funding platform, Fundmydream
Platform has raised £100,000 in first 16 days for film My Son is Gay.
New Indian Express

Louisana tops Hollywood for Film Production
Executive director of Louisiana Entertainment estimates 50% of the state’s $1bn film industry is represented by small businesses.
CNN Money

29 July

Nigeria’s equivalent to Netflix, ‘Nollywood,’ expands to a global audience
The industry is said to be contributing to 1.4% of the country’s GDP.
BBC News

Film industry has spent more than $268m in North Carolina this year
Figure exceeds overall spend in 2013.
The Daily News, Jacksonville

Taiwan opens new Film Institute
The Taiwan Film Institute established with aim to develop the domestic film industry.
Tapei Times

Exodus: Gods and Kings under fire for “whitewashing” African history
Director has been criticized for casting four white leads to tell the story of Israelities and Egyptians.
The Sydney Morning Herald

 

28 July

Rival film companies battle over The Italian Chapel
Storm and Light Pictures and Orisa Produzioni and Blue Horizon Productions are set to produce film at same time.
The Scotsman

Large Crowds Spend Little at Comic-Con
62,500 fans at Comic-Con have far more enthusiasm than buying power.
The New York Times

Chinese company files lawsuit against Transformers film
The tourism company is suing Paramount Pictures and a producer of Transformers: Age of Extinction for failing to show the company’s logo.
The Sydney Morning Herald

Huge box office success for Korean actor in Hollywood
The US box office success of Lucy is a boon for Korean actor Choi Min-sik and Korean cinema, says the Korean Herald.
The Korea Herald


24 July

Screen Australia cuts jobs and winds back maximum investment
Graeme Mason plans to save more than $5m this year with cut-backs including a staff reduction of 10%.
Sydney Morning Herald

Over €40 million for Luxembourg film industry
Luxembourg’s Film Fund has allocated more than €40m, with 32 films getting €34m for production.
Luxemburger Wort

India’s Expanding Film Industry Focuses On Jamaica
State minister confident in the international appeal of Indian films. Jamaica is one of the success stories.
The Gleaner

Darth Vader has better approval rating than 2016 US presidential candidates
Polls show that Obama is less popular than Emperor Palpatine, but still more favoured than Jar Jar Binks.
The Guardian

 

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