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Rob Moore

Paramount, China Filmco eye Marco Polo

18-Apr-2014 | By

The partners will co-produce the 3D fantasy-action and are searching for a name Hollywood director and star plus US and Chinese cast.

Welcome to New York

Welcome gets French VOD debut

18-Apr-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Wild Bunch has eschewed a theatrical release in France and opted for a VOD launch for Welcome To New York. Abel Ferrara and Gerard Depardieu will hit the Croisette for day-long event on fringe of Cannes Film Festival.


Spidey 2 spins early $5m

18-Apr-2014 | By

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rolled out in the first of its 15 territories through Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) this weekend, setting record opening days for 2014 in the UK, Germany, Australia and Belgium.


Lincoln Center sets Fassbinder retrospective

18-Apr-2014 | By

Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist (Part 1) is being dubbed the most extensive presentation of Fassbinder’s films in New York since 1997 and runs from May 16-June 1.


Academy sets 2014-15 timetable

17-Apr-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will present the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015.

The Last Diamond

Diamond shines for Cohen Media Group

17-Apr-2014 | By

Chairman and CEO Charles S Cohen announced (17) that the company has picked up North American and English-language remake rights to the French thriller.

Nancy Kirkpatrick

Nancy Kirkpatrick to leave Summit

17-Apr-2014 | By

The veteran had served as Summit Entertainment’s president of worldwide marketing for the past six years and departs as Lionsgate and Summit integrate marketing operations.

Cannes poster

Cannes Film Festival 2014 line-up

17-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Official Selection for the 66th Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled in Paris.

Miike shooting Yakuza Apocalypse

17-Apr-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nikkatsu Corporation has announced director Takashi Miike has started shooting Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld as of April 17.

Two Days, One Night

Cannes selections: the breakdown

17-Apr-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Croisette regulars veterans Jean Luc Godard, Ken Loach and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne will compete alongside Competition first-timers Alice Rohrwacher, Xavier Dolan and Damian Szifron at the Cannes Film Festival next month.


Ciaran Foy to direct Sinister 2

17-Apr-2014 | By

Scott Derrickson, who directed the 2012 original and reprises his co-writer role with C Robert Cargill, announced the news on Twitter.

The Heart Of Bruno Wizard

Virgil rocks with Bruno Wizard

17-Apr-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Elisabeth Rasmussen directs story of British punk rocker.

Jackie Chan

New fund backs Jackie Chan’s Dragon Blade

17-Apr-2014 | By

Jackie Chan is set to star in Daniel Lee’s period action epic Dragon Blade, to be financed by start-up film fund Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund.

Before I Disappear

Electric sparks to Disappear

17-Apr-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has picked up all international rights to SXSW audience award winner Before I Disappear and will commence sales in Cannes.

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing

17-Apr-2014 | By

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Baird, El Hosaini to direct Babylon series

17-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong’s TV series is shooting in and around London for a six-part series this autumn.


Chef leads Tribeca Film Festival buzz

17-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Jon Favreau’s comedy builds up most overall buzz, but Goodbye to All That leads the way with 81% intent-to-view.

Chinese film delegation heads to UK

17-Apr-2014 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

A delegation of Chinese film and TV industry executives is heading to London in September to forge ties with UK indies and broadcasters as part of the Screen China event.


Kaleidoscope picks up Road

17-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Narrated by Liam Neeson, the documentary [pictured] opened this year’s Belfast Film Festival.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man set for UK top spot

17-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel garners most buzz and intent-to-view.

Legends of Oz Dorothy's Return

Katherine Mills joins Signature

17-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Former marketing manager for Lionsgate has been appointed head of marketing for UK distributor.


Open Road acquires Tupac

16-Apr-2014 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights to Morgan Creek and Emmett/Furla/Oasis’ biopic about the rapper.

Dee Dee Meyers

Dee Dee Myers to head WB corp comms

16-Apr-2014 | By

The former Clinton era White House press secretary has been named evp of worldwide corporate communications and pubic affairs, replacing Sue Fleishman who is leaving after nine years in charge.

Henry Winkler

BANFF honour for Henry Winkler

16-Apr-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

Henry Winkler will be the recipient of the 2014 Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) Award Of Excellence.

Andrea Iervolino

Andrea Iervolino expands into Canada

16-Apr-2014 | By

Fresh details have emerged on Italian-Canadian producer Andrea Iervolino’s new Canadian distributor-producer.

Cannes shorts

Cannes unveils shorts, Cinéfondation films

16-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Abbas Kiarostami to head the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury.

Sacha Polak

Polak to direct Vita and Virginia

16-Apr-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Dutch director Sacha Polak is now attached to Mirror Productions’ Vita and Virginia.

Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum

Acort Int'l adds two to sales slate

16-Apr-2014 | By

Acort International has picked up international sales rights to Scavenger Killers and Sanctuary: Quite A Conundrum. 

Sundance Channel set for UK

16-Apr-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

The global arm of AMC Networks is readying plans to launch the Sundance Channel in the UK.


Ida wins at Wiesbaden's goEast

16-Apr-2014 | By

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida received the Skoda Film Prize for Best Film at Wiesbaden’s goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, which ended with the awards ceremony on Tuesday evening (April 15).

Little England (Mikra Anglia)

Little England wins top Hellenic award

16-Apr-2014 | By

Two veterans and a newcomer shared the top honours at the Hellenic Film Academy (HFA) awards.

Film London backs screenings

16-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Seven awards granted to film venues in London.

Frank Spotnitz

Carnival develops Spotnitz crime series

16-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Downtown Abey producer Carnival Films and Big Light Productions are developing a crime series about Sigmund Freud created by X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz.


Malta ups cash rebate to 27%

16-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Maltese Government has announced a substantial increase in the cash rebates to filmmakers.

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

Leo DiCaprio to star in The Revenant

15-Apr-2014 | By

In a busy week for Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Mexican director is set to shoot in September for New Regency, RatPac and Worldview after he wraps production on Birdman.

Chloe Moretz

Chloe Moretz to ride Sony’s Wave

15-Apr-2014 | By

Chloe Grace Moretz will star in the studio’s YA adaptation The 5th Wave that Graham King and Tobey Maguire are producing. Separately, Sharon Stone has joined Lionsgate’s American Ultra.


Lilting sells for Protagonist

15-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Khaou’s debut sells to major markets for Protagonist.

Rebecca Zlotowski

Zlotowski to lead Critics Week juries

15-Apr-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Filmmaker Rebecca Zlotowski will preside over two juries at Cannes Critics Week.


BFI-China trade delegation revealed

15-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK delegation includes producers, distributors, exhibitors, sellers and agents.

Spooks: The Greater Good

Spooks film underway

15-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Kit Harington, Jennifer Ehle star in feature update of hit TV series.

IFFLA winners

Fandry wins at IFFLA

15-Apr-2014 | By

Nagraj Manjule’s entry has scooped the grand jury prize for best feature and Richie Mehta’s Siddarth earned an honourable mention at the 12th annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles.

Russian Roulette

Sundance London shorts winners named

15-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Russian Roulette wins Official Selection Award, to screen at fest.

Make Your Move

Buyers groove with CJ's Make Your Move

15-Apr-2014 | By

South Korean studio CJ E&M has announced English-language dance romance Make Your Move has sold to 54 countries for a total of $6.3m to date.

Steve Coogan

Pristina adds Brit strand, grows lineup

15-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Cedomir Kolar, Kees Kasander among PriForum industry guests.

Richard Desmond

Discovery on brink of Channel 5 deal

15-Apr-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Discovery Communications and BSkyB are poised to announce a £350m deal to acquire UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell, according to Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.

David Michod

David Michôd boards Operators

14-Apr-2014 | By

The in-demand Australian filmmaker, whose The Rover is tipped for a Cannes berth, will write and direct the Brad Pitt starring vehicle for Plan B and RatPac Entertainment.


Seventh Son, Warcraft gets Chinese backing

14-Apr-2014 | By

China Film Co has put money into its first Hollywood films, paying what is believed to be in excess of an eight-figure equity investment in the pair of Legendary projects.

Kristen Stewart

American Ultra shoot underway

14-Apr-2014 | By Jakob Fudge

Production has begun in New Orleans on Lionsgate’s action comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Bill Pullman. FilmNation handles international sales.

Lauren Holly

After The Ball starts production

14-Apr-2014 | By

Principal photography has begun in Montreal on the modern-day fairy tale set in the world of fashion. Myriad Pictures handles world sales and will introduce in Cannes.

Creative Week

Stars of Tomorrow launch during Creative Week

14-Apr-2014 | By Screen staff

Screen International’s UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014 will be launched as part of parent company MBI’s new Creative Week.

The Grandmaster

Grandmaster sweeps Hong Kong awards

14-Apr-2014 | By

Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster nabbed 12 prizes at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night, including best picture, best director and best actress for Zhang Ziyi.

Mia Bays

Mia Bays, Mike Kelly leave Microwave

14-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Creative producer, business exec plan future collaborations.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier regains UK lead

14-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest Marvel outing leapfrogs Rio 2 with $3m (£1.78m); Lionsgate’s The Quiet Ones posts non-final $1.1m (£681,305) debut for week’s highest new entry; eOne’s Calvary records third best opening of year in Ireland.

The Trip To Italy

Trip to Italy to get event release

14-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Picturehouse announces one-off screening for comedy sequel, followed by Q&A with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.


Pulp to open Sheffield Doc/Fest

14-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Florian Habicht’s documentary about the Britpop band to receive its European premiere at the festival.

Richard Ayoade

Bergman Week unveils 2014 programme

14-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Guests attending the festival including Richard Ayoade and Catherine Breillat, while one of the themes focuses on The Seventh Seal.


UK thriller Containment underway

14-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Bright Cold Day Films/Patchwork Productions feature begins in Southampton.

Peter Greenaway

Greenaway receives CNC support

14-Apr-2014 | By

Other projects supported by Romania’s film fund include Cristian Mungiu’s RMD and Tudor Giurgiu’s Apropierea.

Harald Schernthaner

Deluxe Connect set for Germany trial

14-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

A group of cinemas picked by ARRI to test out Deluxe’s open-access, point-to-point digital delivery network.

Daniel Yu

Hong Kong’s EMP expands team

14-Apr-2014 | By

Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures has appointed production veteran Daniel Yu as production controller and Damon Chan as general manager, exhibition (PRC).

Alin Tasciyan

FIPRESCI appoints new board

14-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Alin Tasciyan elected as president of the International Federation of Film Critics.

Driving Miss Daisy: The Play

Driving Miss Daisy gets event release

14-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Event screening for stage adaptation to screen at over 300 screens across the UK, followed by live Q&A with star Angela Lansbury.

Rio 2

Rio 2 tops int'l on $63.5m

13-Apr-2014 | By

UPDATED APRIL 14: Fox International’s animation sequel pipped Marvel/Disney’s Captain America 2 to the post in a close contest at the international box office as a confirmed $63.5m weekend trumped $60.3m.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America 2 stays top in US

13-Apr-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel held on to pole position through Disney to reach $159m after two sessions and see off the challenge from Fox’s Rio 2.


8, Ida triumph at RiverRun

13-Apr-2014 | By

The Case Against 8 won the top jury and audience documentary awards, while Ida prevailed in the narrative feature, screenplay and actress honours as the 16th annual RiverRun International Film Festival came to a close (13) in North Carolina.

Alejandro Inarritu

Birdman to get October release

12-Apr-2014 | By

Fox Searchlight and Regency Enterprises have positioned their Alejandro Iñárritu dark comedy in a prime awards season slot.


Lionsgate plots Allegiant split

11-Apr-2014 | By

In a move that will come as little surprise, Lionsgate has announced (11) it is splitting up the third entry of its YA Divergent adaptation into two films.

Vinca Wiedemann

Is there enough 'art' in Danish film?

11-Apr-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

A panel of experts at CPH PIX say that the luxury of public support for Danish film may be inhibiting risktaking and creating a ‘monoculture’ on screen.

The Here And Now

Alcon enters The Here And Now

11-Apr-2014 | By

Alcon Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment and Kira Davis’ 8:38 Productions have acquired screen rights to The Here And Now.


Blind, Horses win at CPH PIX

11-Apr-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Eskil Vogt’s debut feature Blind continues its winning spree by taking home CPH PIX’s New Talent Grand Pix.

Patrick Bradley

Ex-Ingenious boss launches $250m fund

11-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Patrick Bradley to create a new growth capital fund for mid-sized firms in films, TV and more.

White Bird In A Blizzard

Magnolia Pictures enters Blizzard

11-Apr-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to Sundance premiere White Bird In A Blizzard starring Shailene Woodley.

Human Capital

Film Movement takes Human Capital

11-Apr-2014 | By

Film Movement has picked up US rights from Bac Films to Paolo Virzi’s Italian drama head of its North American premiere at Tribeca on April 18.

Sean Penn

River Road boards The Last Face

11-Apr-2014 | By

River Road chief Bill Pohlad is understood to be financing the romance for Sean Penn to direct starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi

AMBI Pictures moves into animation

11-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Italian firm to produce animated feature film about an adventurous gang of kids in Rome.


Divergent tops UK buzz chart

11-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Teen action drama Divergent distinguished itself from the competition on social networks in the UK for its second week on release.

YouTube stars hit MIPTV

11-Apr-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Content market launched inaugural Digital Fronts event showcasing online content.

Eddie Redmayne

Focus sets Hawking drama for Nov

10-Apr-2014 | By

Working Title Films’ Stephen Hawking drama Theory Of Everything will go on limited release through Focus Features on November 7 in the awards season corridor.

Ice Poison

TFF launches Tribeca N.O.W.

10-Apr-2014 | By

Festival top brass have also announced the programme for the fifth Tribeca Online Festival and Tribeca Film’s VOD slate during TFF, set to run from April 16-27.

Parkes / MacDonald

Parkes/MacDonald, CNÉ to adapt See No Evil

10-Apr-2014 | By

Parkes/MacDonald Productions and Condé Nast Entertainment will develop See No Evil based on a 2013 WIRED feature about a drug operation.

Twilight: Eclipse

Goldcrest sues Summit over Twilight

10-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Goldcrest Film Distribution has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Summit Distribution in a bid to recover millions of dollars it claims it is owed from profits made by the Twilight franchise.

Party Girl

Party Girl to open Un Certain Regard

10-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Debut feature is from co-directors Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis.

Sarah Smith

Murdoch, Dneg back UK animation studio

10-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Former Aardman Features exec Sarah Smith, has launched a UK animation studio with backing from Elisabeth Murdoch and Double Negative.


Seville nabs Penelope Cruz drama

10-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

eOne subsidiary acquires Julio Medem Spanish-language drama.

Malala Yousafza

Participant to co-finance Image Nation's Malala doc

10-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth making the film about the Pakistani teenager who survived a brutal assassination attempt by the Taliban.

Seneca's Day

Screen Int'l winner wins fresh funding

10-Apr-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Screen award-winner among seven features funded by Lithuanian Film Centre (LFC).

MipTV: The hunt for global partners

10-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

MipTV was awash with producers, networks and broadcasters looking for international partners to co-finance high-end drama projects that appeal beyond national borders.

UK firms may gain from quiet MipTV

10-Apr-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

A relatively quiet MipTV was good news for British producers and distributors, who took advantage of a noticeable lack of Americans to strike deals.


DailyMotion in scripted first

10-Apr-2014 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

Video-sharing site DailyMotion has commissioned a ‘sci-fi hipster’ drama as its first piece of original scripted content, which will also receive a theatrical release.

Breaking The Wave

Panama fest grows with first market

10-Apr-2014 | By Demetrios Matheou

With its third edition, which concluded on Wednesday, the Panama International Film Festival continued the year-on-year growth that is turning it into one of the region’s most important showcases for Ibero-American cinema.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier hits $250m int’l BO

10-Apr-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier has amassed an even $250m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International and must be the favourite to dominate the arena for a third consecutive session.

The Last Of Robin Hood

Goldwyn acquires Last Of Robin Hood

9-Apr-2014 | By

Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up US rights to Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s The Last Of Robin Hood. Separately, Vertical Entertainment has picked up Behaving Badly.


Focus sets Bayona release

9-Apr-2014 | By

A Monster Calls, Juan Antonio Bayona’s adventure fantasy follow-up to The Impossible, will arrive in theatres in wide release in late 2016.

Justin Lin

Justin Lin to direct Radiant Doors

9-Apr-2014 | By

Another high-profile film director is jumping into TV as LA-based Gaumont International Television announced it has set up the hour-long drama Radiant Doors at WGN with Perfect Storm Entertainment.

TFI unveils Sloan fund winners

9-Apr-2014 | By

Top brass at Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) have announced (9) the 2014 grantees of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund. Separately,the 2014 SFFS Documentary Film Fund recipients have been unveiled.

Ashley Schlaifer

Summit exec joins Pulse Films

9-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ashley Schlaifer, who worked on Red and Now You See Me while at Summit, to head Pulse’s US development and production.


Terra Mater launches theatrical label

9-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

First projects under CineMater label include thriller DXM from Gallowwalkers director Andrew Goth and previously announced The Way of the Eagle, starring Jean Reno.

Film production levels on the rise

9-Apr-2014 | By

Update on the global movie market at the British Screen Advisory Council’s annual conference also claimed that box office remains the major driver of revenues for US studios; older audiences are increasingly important; and physical media remains ahead of digital - for now.

Paolo Sorrentino

Sorrentino to direct first TV series

9-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Oscar-winning director of The Great Beauty signs deal with Sky Italia and Wildside.

German fund budget cut by $14m

9-Apr-2014 | By

Plans by the German government to slash the budget for incentive programme DFFF by €10m ($13.8m) has surprised the film community.

Frank Spotnitz

X-Files' Spotnitz signs with Tandem

9-Apr-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

MIPTV: The X-Files and Hunted writer and producer is developing a slate of high-end television shows through his London-based Big Light Productions.


NYIFF unveils full programme

9-Apr-2014 | By

Organisers at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) have announced the full line-up for the 14th annual event.

Jane Tranter

Tranter talks BBCWW US strategy

9-Apr-2014 | By

The head of BBC Worldwide Productions also discussed the creation of sister company Adjacent Productions.


UK culture secretary Maria Miller resigns

9-Apr-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Maria Miller has resigned as culture secretary after an ongoing row over her expenses refused to die down.

Luigi De Siervo

Rai restructures sales force

9-Apr-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

MIPTV: New structure will be more active in co-productions. Current Rai Trade director Luigi De Siervo [pictured] to serve as CEO of new division.

Boys Of Abu Ghraib

Electric sells Boys to UK

8-Apr-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has closed multiple territories including a UK deal for the military thriller Boys Of Abu Ghraib.

Baltasar Kormakur

Baltasar Kormakur to direct Trapped

8-Apr-2014 | By

LA and Paris-based Dynamic Television heads to MIPTV with a 10-part crime series to be directed by the Icelandic filmmaker.

MipTV 2014

MIPTV round-up: Day 2

8-Apr-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

US producer and writer Frank Spotnitz hits Croisette with multiple announcements. YouTube head of Entertainment Alex Carloss examines platform’s pulling power.


Imax to sell 20% China stake

8-Apr-2014 | By

The $80m sale of the stake in Imax Corporation’s Greater China business to investment fund CMC Capital Partners (CMC) and private equity firm FountainVest Partners (FountainVest) values the company at $400m in the eyes of the investors.

Hilary Swank

eOne US takes You’re Not You

8-Apr-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to George C Wolfe’s drama starring Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel. Myriad Pictures handles international sales. Separately, ARC has picked up Louder Than Words.

Lisa Cholodenko

Cholodenko named LAFF guest director

8-Apr-2014 | By

The filmmaker behind hit The Kids Are All Right will be in situ at the Los Angeles Film Festival, set to run from June 11-19.

Harvey Weinstein

Production begins on Marco Polo

8-Apr-2014 | By

The Weinstein Company hierarchy announced (8) that production is underway on the Netflix original series based on the epic adventures of the legendary explorer.

Cate Blanchett, Susanne Bier circle Sutton Hoo drama

8-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in The Dig, a drama about one of Britain’s most famous archaeological finds - the Sutton Hoo burial grounds.

Pablo Trapero

Trapero to head Un Certain Regard jury

8-Apr-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Argentinean director of Carancho and White Elephant to preside over the jury for Un Certain Regard.

Kim Cattrall

MIPTV round-up: Day 1

8-Apr-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

As the television market kicked off in Cannes, actress Kim Cattrall, director Hugo Blick and crime-writer Michael Connelly were among those hitting the Croisette to promote their upcoming shows.

Adam Rehmeier

Bunny Game director prepares Western

8-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Adam Rehmeier, director of controversial feature The Bunny Game, is preparing to shoot a “hardcore” Western with the exec producer of Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep.

Christophe Honoré

R&C boards 'explicit sex' project

8-Apr-2014 | By

Berlin-based sales outfit Raspberry&Cream (R&C) is partnering with Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion to co-produce Like Cattle Towards Glow, which aims to achieve a new way of portraying sex on screen.

Martin Scorsese

WOWOW boards Scorsese 'Review' doc

8-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Japanese pay-TV broadcaster WOWOW is to partnering on Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s documentary The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument.

Captain Americ: The Winter Soldier

Captain America opens big in China

8-Apr-2014 | By

Disney and Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier topped the China box office during the week March 31-April 6, grossing $36.23m after just three days.

Timothy Spall

Timothy Spall joins Sucker

8-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

LevelK to handle international distribution on feature adapted from con artist stage show.

Edinburgh updates Film Charter

8-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Scottish capital takes new steps in a bid to boost production.


Macondo, Tale Of Iya take HKIFF prizes

8-Apr-2014 | By

Sudabeh Mortezai’s Macondo won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition of this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), while Tetsuichiro Tsuta’s The Tale Of Iya took the Jury Prize.

Stephanie Trepanier

Over 200 to attend Frontières

8-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

First edition in Brussels of Fantasia’s international co-production market runs April 10-12.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Disney dates Captain America 3

7-Apr-2014 | By

Hot on the heels of the record April opening weekend for Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Disney has cemented the release of the next instalment.


RADiUS-TWC boards Creep

7-Apr-2014 | By

The New York-based distributor has partnered with the Duplass Brothers and Blumhouse Productions on a trilogy after the film’s recent debut at SXSW.


Garrel's Jealousy finds US home

7-Apr-2014 | By

Distrib Films has acquired all US rights to Philippe Garrel’s Jealousy, which premiered at Venice 2013 and stars Louis Garrel, Anna Mouglalis, Rebecca Conevant, Olga Milshtein and Esther Garrel. 

Katie Findlay

The Dark Stranger begins shoot

7-Apr-2014 | By

Katie Findlay has joined the psychothriller that recently commenced principal photography in Toronto. LA-based Moonstone Entertainment handles international sales.

Dust Of War

FDM lines up Dust Of War

7-Apr-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Freestyle Digital Media (FDM) has set a June 3 VOD release for the sci-fi starring Tony Todd. Vantage Media International handles sales outside the US and will take the film to Cannes.

Rio 2

Rio 2 tops UK chart

7-Apr-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel leads the way thanks to preview-boosted $4.8m (£2.9m) debut; Disney’s Winter Soldier heads up Fri-Sun weekend; Fox’s Grand Budapest Hotel becomes Wes Anderson’s best-ever UK performer.

Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney dies aged 93

7-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Mickey Rooney, the Hollywood actor who spent his entire life in showbusiness, has died aged 93.

Fortissimo sells Midnight, Black Coal

7-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Fortissimo Films has reported its “most successful” Filmart ever and concluded sales on a raft of titles.

Stephen Frears

European creatives talk industry future

7-Apr-2014 | By

Film-makers Stephen Frears, Béla Tarr, Costa-Gavras, and veteran theatre director Peter Brook are among 50 leading figures of the European creative community to sign a declaration “For a New Deal for Culture in Europe.”


Siddharth wins world feature at Sonoma

7-Apr-2014 | By Jakob Fudge

Richie Mehta’s film scooped the Best World Feature prize at the 17th Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF).

SBIFF sets 2015 dates

7-Apr-2014 | By

The 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will run from January 27-February 7, 2015.

Go With The Flo

Go With Le Flo launches

7-Apr-2014 | By Jakob Fudge

The North America VOD channel for European cinema has launched an online platform.


Calvary, Philomena scoop IFTAs

7-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Judi Dench win top prizes at the Irish Film & Television Awards, as Calvary and Philomena are handed best film trophies.

Ocho Apellidos Vascos

Ocho on course for Spanish record

6-Apr-2014 | By

UPDATED APRIL 7: Emilio Martinez-Lazaro’s rom-com Ocho Apellidos Vascos will become on April 7 the biggest Spanish-language release of all time in Spain and Universal’s biggest release in the territory.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier rampant in China

6-Apr-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier grossed a confirmed $109.8m through Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International (WDSMPI) powered by a mighty China debut to boost the early tally to $209.4m.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America 2 in record April debut

6-Apr-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier announced itself with an estimated $96.2m debut through Buena Vista that rewrote the record books for April opening weekends.

Evolution Of A Criminal

Criminal prospers at Full Frame

6-Apr-2014 | By

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award went to Darius Clark Monroe’s Evolution Of A Criminal as the 2014 Full Frame Film Documentary Film Festival came to a conclusion (April 6).

Adam Sandler

Monaghan, Dinklage join Sony's Pixels

4-Apr-2014 | By

Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage have joined Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Josh Gad in the cast of Sony’s Pixels. Separately, Lionsgate has announced a cast change on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.

Mike Flanagan

Relativity gets US on Somnia

4-Apr-2014 | By

The studio has acquired US rights to Mike Flanagan’s genre film and reunites with Intrepid Pictures and MICA Entertainment, with whom it is collaborating on the upcoming Oculus.

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott team for BBC drama

4-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy to executive produce period drama Taboo from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, financed by the BBC and Sonar Entertainment.

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer begins Breaking the Bank shoot

4-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Vadim Jean directing British comedy with the Fraiser star.

Japanese Dog

Japanese Dog wins at Vilnius

4-Apr-2014 | By

Romania was the big winner at Vilnius’ Kino Pavasaris (Cinema Spring) festival with Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s feature debut Japanese Dog was named Best Film in the New Europe - New Names competition.


Jeonju to open with 3D zombie film

4-Apr-2014 | By

The 15th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced its line-up with Opening Film to be the world premiere of Mad Sad Bad, a 3D zombie omnibus directed by Ryoo Seung-wan, Han Ji-seung and Kim Tae-yong.

San Sebastian Eastern European focus

San Seb unveils Eastern European focus

4-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The San Sebastian Film Festival has lined up 50 Eastern European features made since 2000.


UK buzzing over Divergent

4-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Teen action drama Divergent leads the online buzz of films opening in the UK this week – but Captain America still commands the chart.


Russia gets first LUXE RealD theatre

4-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New Premium Large Format theatre opens in St Petersburg.

Centurion Resurrection

Gary Kurtz execs Centurion Resurrection

4-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Short marks first production from GBK Hybrid and the first live action film from former Disney animator Richard Bazley.

Ignite Film Fans logo

Ex-Revolver exec launches online service

4-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ross Bispham launches new online service, Ignite Film Fans, to help build a fan base for movie projects.


BAFTA wins online video project funding

4-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

BAFTA to receive a share of £30m ($50m) in government funding to help improve the quality of online video.

Manuscripts Don't Burn

Kino Lorber takes 'Manuscripts'

3-Apr-2014 | By

Kino Lorber has acquired US rights to Mohammad Rasoulof’s Iranian drama about state censorship, Manuscripts Don’t Burn.

Lynn Collins

Carrion Road casts up

3-Apr-2014 | By

John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins and Jim Belushi have joined Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane on Atlas Independent’s The Man On Carrion Road, set to start shooting on April 14.


Lionsgate renews TMG agreement

3-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Output deal covers distribution of Summit label films in Germany and Austria.

Baxter joins Pinewood Pictures

3-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist exec named head of acquisitions and development at Pinewood Pictures.

Death Comes to Pemberley

Origin Pictures partners with Endemol

3-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Endemol and Origin will jointly develop and finance a new slate of drama series for the UK and international markets, with EWD as distributor


Cineworld to add 11 IMAX theatres

3-Apr-2014 | By

IMAX Corporation is to expand its partnership with Cineworld Group PLC to cover a further 11 IMAX theatres.

Summer of Blood

New Europe takes Summer of Blood

3-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: New Europe Film Sales signs the Tribeca Film Festival Viewpoints opening film - vampire comedy Summer of Blood by Onur Tukel.

Umbrella hires C & C as Euro consultant

3-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Aus/NZ distributor hires Coffee & Cigarettes as European consultant.

Vladimir Putin

Putin eyes Crimean film scene

3-Apr-2014 | By

Ahead of this week’s NIKA Awards ceremony in Moscow, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin heard the plans by Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky to re-launch the film festival in Crimea’s Yalta and the festival for children’s cinema in the small resort town of Gurzuf.

Love, Life and Laughter (1923)

Lost silent masterpiece discovered

3-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The 1923 film Love, Life and Laughter stars Betty Balfour.

Michelle DiMartino

Falco Ink promotes Michelle DiMartino

3-Apr-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

New York-based entertainment PR firm Falco Ink has promoted Michelle DiMartino to account executive.

Quentin Tarantino in Morelia

Tarantino's Hateful Eight set for live read

3-Apr-2014 | By

Non-profit outfit Film Independent is teaming with Quentin Tarantino for the event, centred on the filmmaker’s latest script that leaked online earlier this year.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier to soar past $150m

3-Apr-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Solider was due to cross $100m on April 3 heading into what is expected to be a mighty second international session.


Goldcrest adds trio to picture post team

3-Apr-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Goldcrest Post has bolstered its picture post team with the appointment of three senior staff members.

Chace Crawford

Mountain Men to kick off in BC

2-Apr-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Myriad Pictures announced (April 2) that production on the comedy-drama starring Chace Crawford and Tyler Labine will take begin on April 5 in Revelstoke, British Columbia. 

Fire TV

Amazon enters TV wars

2-Apr-2014 | By

Amazon launched the Fire TV set top box on Wednesday (April 2). Costing $99, the device runs on Android software and according to Amazon will provide access to its Instant Video library of more than 200,000 films and TV series.


Well Go USA takes Swelter

2-Apr-2014 | By

The Jean-Claude Van Damme thriller will be released on a date to be announced shortly. International sales agent The Exchange has sold out all territories.

Stephen Garrett

Stephen Garrett to leave Shine

2-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Kudos co-founder and Shine Pictures executive chairman to step down after more than 20 years to “reinvent” himself.

We ll Never Have Paris

Metrodome takes five features

2-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome haul includes rom-com We’ll Never Have Paris from Simon Helberg, star of The Big Bang Theory.


Buyers in tune with Protagonist's Frank

2-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers flock to Sundance comedy starring Michael Fassbender.

Berenice Bejo

COLCOA announces 2014 line-up

2-Apr-2014 | By

Claude Lelouch’s We Love You, You Bastard to open Hollywood event.


VMI Worldwide picks up Hellion

2-Apr-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

LA-based VMI Worldwide has acquired international rights to Kat Candler’s Hellion starring Aaron Paul and will introduce to buyers in Cannes next month.

Turbo Kid

Raven Banner acquires Turbo Kid

2-Apr-2014 | By

The Toronto distributor has acquired Canadian rights excluding Quebec to the post-apocalyptic action comedy.

Our Robot Overlords

Nvizible opens studio in Belfast

2-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

VFX house behind Kick-Ass 2 working on upcoming sci fi project Robot Overlords.

Time Is Illmatic

Illmatic inaugural Candescent winner

2-Apr-2014 | By

Lilly Hartley’s Candescent Films has announced a multi-year initiative with Tribeca Film Institute to support documentary film through the Candescent Award.

Eunice Shin joins Manatt Digital Media

2-Apr-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

Manatt Digital Media announced (April 2) it has hired consultant and business strategist Eunice Shin as director.

Janos Szasz

Notebook director returning to Holocaust

2-Apr-2014 | By Edna Fainaru

Hungarian director Janos Szasz, who won the top prize at Karlovy Vary with The Notebook, is back working on another Holocaust novel.

Constantin retains German crown

2-Apr-2014 | By

Constantin Film has been named by the German Federal Film Board (FFA) as the nation’s top producer of German films for the ninth consecutive year in 2013 and the top distributor for the tenth consecutive year.

Ritzy Brixton

Ritzy staff vote to strike

2-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

BECTU members vote yes to strike action after pay dispute with Picturehouse cinema.


TWC, Gannett sign first-look deal

2-Apr-2014 | By

The Weinstein Company has signed a first-look development deal with media giant Gannett.

Chelah Horsdal

Candiland shoot comes to Vancouver

2-Apr-2014 | By

The Motorcycle Boy Productions and Greendale Productions horror-thriller starring Gary Busey, James Clayton and Chelah Horsdal will be in production in the city from April 13-20.

Sky Movies

Sky enters DVD market

2-Apr-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sky reveals details of Buy & Keep service, including postal service, price-points.

Jonas Holmberg

Holmberg new Goteborg artistic director

2-Apr-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Jonas Holmberg has succeeded Marit Kapla as the new artistic director at the Göteborg International Film Festival.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep books Ricki gig

1-Apr-2014 | By

Jonathan Demme will direct Meryl Streep as a hard-rocking checkout lady in Ricki And The Flash for Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions.

David Kosse

Universal changes int'l structure

1-Apr-2014 | By

The studio hierarchy is changing the structure of international operations and will relocate the head of international theatrical operations to LA to foster closer ties with the rest of the executive team.


Snowpiercer to open LAFF

1-Apr-2014 | By

Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi drama will open the 20th anniversary edition of the Los Angeles Film festival on June 11.

Two Faces Of January

Palo Alto named SFIFF centerpiece

1-Apr-2014 | By

Gia Coppola’s directorial debut based on James Franco’s collection of short stories has been named the centerpiece screening at the upcoming 57th San Francisco International Film Festival.

The Messenger

David Blair to direct The Messenger

1-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Chiller about a young man who sees dead people to shoot this summer.

The Guest

Icon names Friedman acquisitions boss

1-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Former Weinstein Company exec joins recently relaunched distributor.


Gulf Film Festival postponed

1-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The 2014 Gulf Film Festival has been put on hold just a week before it was set to begin.

Streetkids United II - The Girls From Rio

Streetkids sequel shoot kicks off

1-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) and Dutch producer JaJa Film Productions begin shooting in Rio.

Saoirse Ronan begins Brooklyn shoot

1-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cast also includes Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.

In The Blood

Raven Banner takes 'Blood' for Canada

1-Apr-2014 | By

The Toronto distributor has acquired Canadian rights to the Gina Carano action thriller. Separately, Cinedigm has picked up US rights to Open Windows.


Ugly, Goynar Baksho bookend NYIFF

1-Apr-2014 | By

Anurag Kashyap’s tale of corruption and systemic violence will open the New York Indian Film Festival on May 5.

Semaine de la Critique

Sony boards Cannes Critics’ Week prize

1-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize to be awarded to the best short or medium-length film in the parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Ginisty Nikoltchev Studinger

Studinger to chair EO's Advisory Cmte

1-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The European Observatory’s Advisory Committee has elected Johannes Studinger as its new Chairman.


Berlinale launches Talents Beirut

1-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Berlinale Talents bolsters collaboration with the Arab world with inaugural programme of masterclasses and workshops in Beirut.


EFAs 2016 go to Wroclaw

1-Apr-2014 | By Michael Rosser

European Capital of Culture 2016 to host 29th awards ceremony.