The prolific filmmaker who revolutionised horror with wry takes on the genre like the Scream franchise and A Nightmare On Elm Street died on Sunday from brain cancer.
With no real pretenders to usurp it, Universal’s Straight Outta Compton held on to top berth for the third consecutive weekend and climbed to $134.1m.
The seemingly indestructible Terminator: Genisys generated $23.6m from 25 markets and climbed to $320.1m and $409.5m worldwide.
Diane Nelson has added oversight of Warner Bros Consumer Products to her responsibilities as president of DC Entertainment and president and chief content officer of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment.
Fox/Fox Searchlight, Universal and Metrodome lead the nominations; Amy Winehouse documentary is the most nominated film.
The studio is partnering with the game’s publisher and creators Gearbox Software and Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K as well as producers Avi and Ari Arad.
Hot off the global summer smash Jurassic World, the actress has joined the adventure from Black Bear Pictures and HWY 61 currently shooting in New Mexico.
Nolan to debate future of film as part of a new series of talks on the industry side of the BFI London Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: On the eve of his third term as the trade association’s chairman, Michael Ryan has fired a broadside at European Commission proposals for a Digital Single Market.
EXCLUSIVE: Gerald McCullouch’s feature debut set to world premiere at Montreal.
Scandinavian sales outfit LevelK is expanding eastward.
Samir’s 3D documentary submitted to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film.
Sales of Paula Ortiz’s drama to begin at Venice.
EFM’s TV initiative to return for a second year with a documentary element.
Love story completes a trilogy of features.
Sinister 2 and The Bad Education Movie also chart.
EXCLUSIVE: Asian film specialist Terracotta Distribution expands with new label to focus on titles outside the continent.
True story of the notorious killer and poet also set to screen at Toronto.
Paramount Pictures International executives will look for another strong international weekend following last weekend’s one-two punch.
Theis sci-fi feature scheduled to commence production in Europe on January 18.
Director courts controversy in France amid tax credit stand-off.
The Los Angeles festival has weighed into awards season with an eye-catching world premiere slot for Angelina Jolie Pitt’s marriage drama.
New cast additions to the film, currently shooting in New York, include Parker Posey, Maggie Q, Alice Eve, Stephen Fry and Sofia Vergara. Fortitude International handles international sales.
Pretty Pictures snaps up raft of international rights; Rialto Pictures to release documentary in the US and Canada.
Giulio Ricciarelli’s Nazi conspiracy drama submitted to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film.
Arthouse exhibitors from Poland to Venezuela have added their voices to the chorus of disapproval about Europa Cinemas’ new bonus payment scheme to promote partnerships between cinemas and online distribution platforms.
Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment have announced the second annual Bentonville Film Festival.
The Academy board of governors announced on Thursday three special honours ahead of the Academy’s 7th Annual Governors Awards on November 14.
The event will be replaced by a government-backed Youth Festival of Life Affirming Film.
Title crosses 1 million DVD and Blu-Ray sales in record time.
Sales exec joins Australian outfit from Pinnacle Films.
Submission marks Yermek Tursunov’s third film to be selected for the Oscar race .
The actress will receive the award at the London Film Festival, where her new film Truth wil have a special presentation.
The online retailer joins Netflix in moving into the Japanese video streaming market.
Director’s La calle de la amargura to be presented Out of Competition.
Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards.
Robert Pattinson is attached to play the lead role in Claire Denis’ upcoming English-language sci-fi film, written with British writer Zadie Smith.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Toronto, Jungle Book Entertainment and One Two Films have brought on Charlotte Mickie and her team to kick off world sales on what they have described as India’s first female buddy movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner has beefed up his sales force coming off a slew of sales on Toronto selection Born To Dance and other titles.
The studio continued to sweep aside all before it on Wednesday as executives announced an industry-high $2.113bn with four months still to go.
EXCLUSIVE: UK actor cast as Kunta Kinte in A+E Networks’ scripted event series.
Paul Gross’ war film Hyena Road will open the 35th annual edition in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from September 17-24.
Soda has picked up three Toronto titles, including Ben Wheatley drama-thriller.
The co-founder and former COO of QED International has teamed up with Media Content Capital on the production, financing and distribution company.
The UK’s biggest film production company has its eyes on larger-scale films.
Sales veteran to debut in new role at Venice Film Festival.
Vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier has assembled a sales slate that includes five festival selections including the world premiere of Leena Yadav’s tale of four ordinary women in India.
Fortissimo Films’ sells Spanish rights to the Toronto-bound period drama.
The sentences handed down by a Russian military court to the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov and activist Alexander Kolchenko have provoked a wave of international protest.
Steven Polster’s online film and television market has signed a strategic partnership with the entertainment financing firm to provide upfront liquidity from online licensing agreements.
Fortissimo Films has acquired global rights to Larry Yang’s Mountain Cry, which will receive its world premiere as the closing film of this year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) on October 10.
The Oscar winner will produce and star in Andrew Lauren Productions’ subversive comedy based on Jac Schaeffer’s Black List screenplay.
James Vanderbilt’s ‘Rathergate’ scandal drama starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford will open the 23rd annual event on October 8.
Content Media has acquired international sales to Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir detective thriller and will host a private buyers screening in Toronto.
UK premieres include Palio, The Company You Keep and Infinitely Polar Bear.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has been sentenced to 20 years in a verdict passed today (Aug 25) by a military court in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don.
Heading into Toronto the former president of international sales and distribution at Voltage Pictures will serve as a consultant, effective immediately.
The studio has recruited from within to fill the vacancy left by Sanford Panitch’s departure to Sony and appointed its former co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution.
Janice Roland and Shannon Treusch, partners at the film, TV and digital content PR specialists, announced the promotion on Tuesday.
Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) has completed its line-up with the Discovery, New Wave TIFF Kids and In Conversation With… strands and has confirmed the return of Festival Street.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Toronto Arsenal Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the film about the South African punk rockers.
The deal has triggered a September 25 day-and-date release that will see the distributor open the film in North America on the same day as its Chinese launch.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based 13 Films picks up Michael Lennox’s Toronto-bound thriller.
All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) and Japanese partner Nippon Television (Nippon TV) are teaming with Chris and Paul Weitz’s production company Depth Of Field on an English-language remake of the Takashi Miike’s thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: The sales agent will introduce worldwide buyers to Alejandra Márquez Abella’s Mexican feature directorial debut ahead of its September 10 world premiere in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: The Sand and Aaaaaaaah! among first FrightFest Presents acquisitions.
Los Angeles-based Eclectic Pictures and Ineffable Pictures have begun production on Kevin Pollak’s feature directorial debut.
EXCLUSIVE: Wedding-set supernatural tale to premiere in Vanguard section.
The 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its line-up of 304 films from 75 countries with 121 world and international premieres.
Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.
Maths genius biopic stars Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.
The distributor will schedule a North American release on the family drama starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and JK Simmons.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced its 15 winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition.
World premiere of US spy thriller to open independent film festival.
eOne’s art-house sales arm Seville International has secured several deals on Hany Abu-Assad’s Toronto-bound The Idol.
European Film Promotion (EFP) has unveiled the list of titles it will support at this year’s Busan International Film Festival (Oct 1-10) in South Korea.
Oscar-winning cinematographer worked on Kes, The Killing Fields and The Reader among others.
Channel launching exclusively for BT’s TV subscribers on Friday with titles including Only God Forgives.
Norika Fujiwara to narrate and provide voiceover for the Japanese version of Isabella Rossellini’s series.
EXCLUSIVE: Hot off the $15m-plus triumph of its Warrior adaptation in India, the US studio is understood to be lining up further Hindi-language features for 2016.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) brass on Monday declared another milestone in a year that has seen the studio shatter records left and right, earning $3.78bn in international receipts.
Sony Pictures Classics will schedule a qualifying run for its Toronto-bound Maggie Smith starrer The Lady In The Van.
The studio will distribute Isao Takahata’s revered animation early next year following a deal with regular collaborator Studio Ghibli.
Russian filmmakers Alexander Sokurov and Alexey Fedorchenko are among the latest to speak out in public in support of their Ukrainian colleague Oleg Sentsov.
The 53rd New York Film Festival’s Spotlight on Documentary launches on September 27 and features new work from Frederick Wiseman, Laura Poitras, Walter Salles and Joaquim Pinto.
EXCLUSIVE: Documentary played in competition at Karlovy Vary.
French beachfront festival unveils full line-up.
Twenty-four producers from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have been selected for the programme.
Danish Zentropa producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen reported to the police for racism, when announcing Closed Eyes by Afghan-born director about the Copenhagen terror attack
Five graduates from the class of 2014 will receive funding for excellence in their thesis work.
Disney’s Inside Out again tops Fri-Sun market as it becomes the sixth 2015 release to hit the £30m mark.
The UK’s Hanan Kattan, Germany’s Peter Rommel and Canada’s Chantelle Kadyschuk are among those selected for this year’s Producers Lab Toronto (PLT).
Films Without Borders’ latest production Tales From The Slums will screen this week at Nairobi, Kenya’s fifth-annual Slum Film Festival (Aug 24-29).
In South Korea, Choi Dong-hoon’s period action thriller Assassination has become the 9th biggest local film in box office history.
Japan’s SoftBank Corp will offer Netflix subscriptions to its 37 million mobile phone customers when the global streaming service launches in Japan on September 2.
Vue has purchased the second-largest cinema chain in the Netherlands in a $97 million deal.
Azize Tan has stepped down after nine years following protests over censorship at the latest edition in April, which led to the cancellation of the festival’s competitions and closing ceremony.
Treadaway to appear alongside Ruta Gedmintas in the adaptation of James Bowen’s best-selling novel.
AUGUST 24 UPDATE: The Hollywood-China marriage resumed after the summer blackout as Terminator: Genisys delivered a confirmed $27m debut in China on 25,000 screens and the Bride Wars remake arrived on $23.6m via Fox International.
AUGUST 24 UPDATE: Universal’s NWA biopic held on to top berth in its second weekend as an estimated $26.4m boosted the running total to an impressive $111.1m.
Mike Downey warns the film-making community of imminent sentence for Oleg Sentsov at Sarajevo Film Festival awards ceremony
EXCLUSIVE: Bosnian director and winner of Berlinale’s Golden Bear plans to shoot her film about the wartime massacre next autumn.
Festival director Mirsad Purivatra says “quality over quantity” in the programme has led to a boost in figures.
Macedonian period epic to be released in first quarter of 2016
Acting awards split between casts of Mustang and Chevalier, Son Of Saul wins Special Jury Prize.
Panel discussed the future of co-production in the proposed Digital Single Market.
Docu Rough Cut Boutique prizes also revealed.
Chinese film-maker’s short The Administration Of Glory was in competition at Cannes in 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish director working with Breaking Bad producer Mark Johnson.
Chancellor George Osborne wants more projects like Gravity and Avengers: Age Of Ultron to shoot in the UK.
Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for actor who attended the festival with new film A Perfect Day.
Elle Driver, Wide Management and European film funds on what brings them back to the Sarajevo Film Festival’s development and financing platform.
Award-winning filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic hopes to see tax breaks introduced to encourage film production in the country.
An adaptation of Vladimir Sorokin’s bestselling novel The Norm is among eight film projects to be presented at a pitching forum in Venice by Roskino in cooperation with the Venice Film Market on Sept 6 .
The first session of the 2015 Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional Forum saw panellists and audiences divided over trends in local cinema exhibition
EXCLUSIVE: Craig Fairbrass to star in action-thriller Cartel.
Hip hop biopic scores nearly double the second place film, Paper Towns.
Paramount and Skydance’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation stands at $254m and is expected to dominate for a third weekend.
The first honourees for the 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards presented by American Airlines on October 30 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel have been announced.
Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival industry office on Thursday revealed further details of next month’s line-up of sessions scheduled to run from September 11-17.
US premieres of Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Charlie Vundla’s South African drama Cuckold are among the initial roster of 24 films announced by programmers at the Chicago International Film Festival on Thursday.
EXCLUSIVE: Stars of Jacques Audiard’s Cannes winner to lead new feature, which is set to shoot in India later this year.
The European Commission has come under fire from exhibitor associations for the introduction of a new bonus payment scheme in the Europa Cinemas network’s deadlines to promote partnerships between exhibitors and online distribution platforms.
Organisers at the 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival have unveiled the dates for their next edition.
Former IFC Films marketing director Michael Winton has joined as vice-president of marketing, while publicity consultant Laura Sok has been named vice-president of publicity.
Ines Tanovic’s film, which screened in competition of Sarajevo Film Festival, has been chosen as Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Oscar submission
President of worldwide television and digital distribution Jim Packer will take part in an on-stage conversation with Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins on October 5 opening day.
Producer-financier Black Label has hired Mark Mallouk for the story based on the Kurt Calabrese life rights.
Dish TV, the direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service of India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises, has launched a satellite VOD service, DishFlix, which offers US and Indian movies for a monthly fee.
The festival also handed awards to Danish director Bille August and actress Ghita Nørby for Silent Heart.
IFD Australia’s head of acquisitions and development will leave the company after three years.
Anees Bazmee’s sequel to 2007’s Welcome will screen in Dubai ahead of its worldwide release.
Canadian film-maker received the honour before a screening of Exotica as part of the Tribute To… programme
New projects from Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Eliane Caffé and Daniel Hendler are included in this year’s Films in Progress selection.
Star Wars: Rogue One actor Jiang Wen will be amongst the first clients at Leeding Management.
London premiere to be hosted with Women In Film & Television.
Anthony Asquith’s 1928 film to get a new score from John Altman.
The Comedians Guide To Survival also features Paul Kaye, MyAnna Burin and Neil Stuke.
EXCLUSIVE: The team representing Paddy Breathnach’s Havana-set drama has come together and will present the film to market buyers in Toronto next month.
The biggest exhibitor chain in the US this week responded to the spate of deadly gun attacks inside US cinemas.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier and her team will commence world sales in Toronto on Quadrant Motion Pictures’ film about a dysfunctional family reunion.
James Gray’s long-gestating adventure has commenced shooting in Belfast and stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland.
Pablo Larraín’s latest film starring Luis Gnecco and Gael García Bernal has completed principal photography in Chile, Argentina and France.
The distributor has picked up US rights to Mamoru Oshii’s sci-fi and plans an October 2 day-and-date theatrical and VOD launch.
CineLink head Amra Baksic Camo discusses the trends around this year’s edition.
Ruben Ostlund’s new film The Square is among a host of intriguing projects in development in Sweden.
Asif Kapadia’s Amy, Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, John Maclean’s Slow West and Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood are among the fiction and documentary line-up.
The new hire arrives from the Toronto International Film Festival and will start on October 5.
Screen spoke to Russian distributor Arthouse, which has pushed through Pride’s release despite marketing challenges.
Former UK and Ireland production executive talks growing international ties and incoming projects at Swedish funding body.
South Korean film festival also announces Wide Angle juries.
Oleg Sentsov and co-defendant Aleksandr Kolchenko are currently standing trial in Rostov, Russia.
Sweden’s national broadcaster is lining up a host of docs that could garner international appeal.
David Cooke will step down in March 2016 after 12 years in the position.
Potential awards season contenders Truth from James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham’s I Saw The Light starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams land world premiere slots, while Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right will close the festival.
EXCLUSIVE: The London-based sales agent has struck a US and Canadian sale on the BAFTA-nominated war story ahead of next month’s North American premiere in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based company has picked up US distribution and world sales rights to the second film in BGOI Film’s ‘On Ice’ slasher series.
The star has joined the drama from Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar’s recently launched ESX Entertainment. Separately, Ving Rhames is on board Alcon’s comedy Bastards.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama from the Russian Ark director scores pre-sales ahead of Venice world premiere.
The film and television director, producer and writer died of natural causes at his Bel Air Home. He was 89.
New films by Liu Hao, Joachim Lafosse and Peter Sollett join line-up.
AUGUST 26 UPDATE: Gary Ray Moore from House Of Cards has joined Freddie Highmore, Odeya Rush and Haley Joel Osment on Animus Films’ coming-of-age film.
EXCLUSIVE: The Phoenix-based sales agent will represent worldwide rights to Patrick Kennelly’s SXSW psychological thriller.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ Monster Hunt finally relinquished the top spot at the China box office, as Wanda Pictures’ Go Away Mr Tumor opened in pole position with $29.75m in four days.
YooZoo acquires Second World War drama starring Andrew Garfield.
BAFTA Award-winning director to deliver a masterclass at the festival, which will programme a retrospective of his work.
Sold-out screenings for Amy Winehouse documentary and Cobain: Montage of Heck.
AUGUST 19 UPDATE: Movio on Wednesday signe a long-term deal with National CineMedia for its ‘Movio Media’ market research software.
A total 120 projects from Morocco to Syria are set to be supported over the next three years by the new $2.2m (€2m) ICAM programme co-funded the European Union.
The deal is set to include collaboration on television and movie content between the two companies.
Venice’s “virtual festival” will feature 15 world premieres this year.
Pernilla August’s new adaption of A Serious Game, scriped by Lone Scherfig, is among the 11 works-in-progress set to be introduced at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films
Ukrainian director faces 20 years in jail despite retraction of key witness testimony.
Chairman and CEO Charles Cohen announced the North American deal for the Cannes Un Certain Regard prize winner on Monday.
The North American rights deal for Japanese genre master Takashi Miike’s comedic vampire action thriller precedes the Midnight Madness screening in Toronto next month.
Iain Morris and Damon Beesley depart Bwark to set up Fudge Park with former Bwark execs.
Period drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara to receive UK premiere at LFF; new trailer released.
Niels Lind Larsen has been appointed head of programme at CPH PIX in Copenhagen.
The digital distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Steven Piet’s SXSW drama thriller.
South Korea’s 20th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced iconic Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang will lead this year’s New Currents jury.
Disney’s Inside Out leads Fri-Sun with $3m (£1.91m) after just a 3% drop; Warner Bros’ The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is the best of the other new entries with $2.3m (£1.44m).
Korean feature tops 10.5 million admissions.
The new arrival previously served in senior executive roles at Cameron Pace Group, Prime Focus Limited and 525 Studios among others.
Serbia has become the latest country to offer tax incentives to international film and television productions when they shoot in the territory.
Fortissimo locks UK deal with Metrodome for Toronto title; BBC boards TV rights.
Norwegian director Hallvard Bræin’s action comedy Børning received both the jury and the audiences’ film prize at the ceremony in Haugesund’s Maritim Hall
The new Star Wars lands will be built at its Orlando and Anaheim theme park locations.
Declaration on gender equality in the European film industry adopted during a conference at the Sarajevo Film Festival.
Highly-anticipated new film, written by J.K. Rowling, directed by David Yates and starring Eddie Redmayne, starts production.
Pablo Larraín’s The Club one of 14 titles in competition.
Exhibition and co-production in the borderless world to be discussed at Sarajevo’s Regional Forum.
Bhatt joins DDA’s board in the role of president, film & television.
AUGUST 17 UPDATE: The year when Universal Pictures can seemingly do no wrong continued as the NWA biopic brushed Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation aside. Warner Bros’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. flopped in third place.
AUGUST 17 UPDATE: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation maintained winning ways thanks to a strong showing in 62 territories that propelled the running total to a confirmed $235.3m after three sessions.
The Golden Leopard of Locarno Film Festival’s 68th edition went to Right Now, Wrong Then by South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo.
A New York U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Friday approved a $2.5m interim financing loan for the bankrupt company and pushed back the sale timetable by two weeks.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s film centres on a dictator’s final days in a country taken over by revolutionists.
Norwegian cinema is garnering success abroad but attendance for national films has plummeted this year.
The Brooklyn-based film and TV distributor has partnered with streaming video applications provider ViewLift to launch CoolFlix.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation stands at $184.6m through Paramount Pictures International and is expected to dominate for a third consecutive session.
Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson star in thriller from director of The Others and The Sea Inside.
Holdover Fantastic Four significantly outperformed the latest Adam Sandler comedy in generating online buzz between August 6-12.
The distributor has acquired North American rights from Wild Bunch to Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s French horror film ahead of its world premiere in Toronto’s Vanguard strand.
Twelve titles also include films by Pablo Trapero, Joaquim Lafosse, He Ping and Fabienne Berthaud.
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.
J.K. Simmons and American Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw are to join Ed Helms and Owen Wilson on the Alcon Entertainment comedy.
Marc Munden, the British director behind the TV series Utopia, will direct for the ambitious New York-based film company, Goyer and his Phantom Four.
Musical based around the 2006 Ipswich murders stars Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy.
Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria awaiting a decision over the proportion of English in the film.
Superhero comedy starring Brett Goldstein and Catherine Tate set for UK theatrical release.
The Chinese animation studio has launched a Los Angeles-based production office and brought on industry veterans and longtime producing partners Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox.
The global rights deal on Marc Furmie’s sci-fi becomes the second such pact for the LA-based distributor as it continues its strategic expansion.
Producers plan feature debut of Student Academy Award winner Talkhon Hamzavi.
Documentary De Palma by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow to screen out of competition.
Winner to be flown to LA and teamed with experts to help realise their project.
Alibaba Pictures has restructured its management team with the appointment of Zhang Wei as president and Deng Kangming as COO.
App will give Virgin Media customers access to independent films.
Amazon Prime Instant Video reversed declines during 2014 to reach 1.2 million UK homes this year - but it remains well behind rival VoD service Netflix, according to the latest Ofcom study.
Steven Spielberg’s espionage thriller starring Tom Hanks has found its awards season launchpad as the New York Film Festival (NYFF) confirmed it had landed the world premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Automatic Entertainment has closed key territories on upcoming Film4 FrightFest world premiere.
Shakespeare comedy, featuring the stars of Horrible Histories, set to be released in September.
Top brass at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles (FICG in LA) announced on Wednesday the line-up of Mexican and Latin American films at the festival, set to run from August 27-30.
Top brass at the annual New York and Colombian festivals separately announced on Wednesday their festival dates for next year.
EXCLUSIVE: Documentarian Cosima Spender plans feature about her grandfather, the 20th Century writer.
Taken star Liam Neeson is set to play US Army General Douglas MacArthur in John H. Lee’s upcoming Korean War film about the Incheon Landing Operation.
The president and CEO of Canadian cargo airline Cargojet has been appointed to the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television’s board.
Industry veteran to take executive producer and producer duties at new firm.
Swiss cinema is to be put in the spotlight in Mexico and Brazil over the next two years.
Venice titles and award-winners from Cannes, Berlin and Sundance included in Pearls strand.
The US rights deal on Duccio Chiarini’s Italian sex comedy leads into an October 9 premiere followed by a director Q&A at Cinema Village in New York.
Uggie the dog, star of The Artist, has been put to sleep due to difficulties stemming from a prostate tumour.
MAD Solutions have joined distributor network Europa Distribution, becoming the association’s first member from an Arab country.
Bal named managing director of Belgian festival.
UK, international, Israeli and documentary titles revealed.
UKTI is hunting for independent TV production companies and TV technology companies to take to the Philippines on its latest trade mission.
New film from the director of Oscar-nominated Omar to premiere at Toronto.
Toronto-bound dramas added to Zurich line-up.
Organisers unleashed their latest volley of programming, an embarrassment of riches featuring new non-fiction work about education activist Malala Yousafzai, Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the iconic tango pairing of María Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes.
The streaming giant announced the new original film Mascots on Tuesday.
The multi-hyphenate and her Jolie Pas Productions have joined the filmmaking team on the upcoming animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Oldenburg International Film Festival is to play host to the nomination committee for the European Film Awards’ European Discovery - Prix Fipresci for the first time this year.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt topped the China box office again last week, reaching a cumulative gross of $330.32m (RMB2.51bn) to become China’s second highest-grossing film of all time.
Algerian filmmakers were the big winners when the awards were handed out today (Tues) at Locarno’s Open Doors co-production lab, this year dedicated to the Maghreb region.
Film Independent president Josh Welsh announced on Tuesday the date for this season’s awards show.
Film about female empowement in a conservative Bedouin community wins showcase.
AUGUST 12 UPDATE: Sundance Institute and Time Warner Foundation announced on Tuesday the ten artists selected for the 2015 Sundance Institute | Time Warner Foundation Fellowship Program.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival top brass will present the actress with the tenth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at a gala dinner on October 3.
Marlon Wayans’ spoof has started shooting in Los Angeles, financier and international sales agent IM Global announced on Tuesday.
The Fixer among five projects selected for the CineLink Work in Progress sessions.
Blayne Weaver’s film noir will also star Lyndie Greenwood, Erin Cahill, Patrick Day and Weaver himself.
Shanghai-based China Film International (CFI) has picked up worldwide rights to Chinese filmmaker Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues (Lu Bian Ye Can), which receives its world premiere in Locarno’s Cineasti del Presente section today (Aug 11).
BFI to release new 4K digital restoration of David Lean’s epic starring Omar Sharif as part of its upcoming Love project.
The director of The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate revealed that he often wonders “why I made the crazy, suicidal turn in the road that I did”.
Cult director sets $150,000 goal to fund post-production.
Newly added to this year’s festival will be a workshop for young filmmakers and film music composers.
Raindance’s Web Fest launches event to connect online filmmakers with distribution platforms.
The UCLA School Of Theater, Film And Television has established an award named after the former executive and Women In Film Crystal Award recipient.
Principal photography has begun on Los Angeles-based Meritage Pictures’ 80s-themed comedy.
A spokesperson for the bankrupt company outlined the imminent sale process on Monday, with the auction set for September 16.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to SPL 2: A Time For Consequences and The Timber.
Amos Gitai’s drama about the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to world premiere in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
In other news: Doc Alliance winner revealed; Viennale boss signs to 2018; update to reports of Tunisian filmmakers pulling titles.
The inaugural Cincinnati-based Helios Film Festival set to run from October 9-11 has announced the launch of a Female Filmmaker Challenge in partnership with film website TentSquare.
Media and Entertainment Commissioner Cynthia López, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, and NYCEDC announced on Monday a year-long programme to expand resources and opportunities for New Yorkers.
The Daytime Emmy-winner and entertainment veteran will oversee day-to-day business operations as general manager at the animation studio.
Filmmaker was in post production on comedy Aquatic Effect.
Paramount’s Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation leads over Fri-Sun with $3.7m (£2.4m); Universal’s Jurassic World becomes the eighth biggest film of all time with $97.9m (£63.32m).
Zabaltegi strand of the festival will feature 24 titles.
AUGUST 10 UPDATE: Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation retained the global, international and North American crowns with ease as the second session generated a confirmed $65m from 58 territories and $28.5m in North America.
AUGUST 10 UPDATE: The Tom Cruise roadshow rolled on with gusto as Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation stayed top in its second weekend on a confirmed $28.5m that propelled the Paramount-Skydance film’s running total to $107.8m.
James Holmes, who massacred 12 people during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in the Colorado suburb Aurora three years ago, is to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
Cinema Slate, a new distributor focused on Latin American cinema launched by Rodrigo Brandão, has struck a deal with streaming service Fandor to release four films.
Tunisian filmmakers have withdrawn projects destined for Locarno’s Open Doors co-production lab in protest at the festival’s refusal to drop the Israeli focus in the Industry Days’ revamped First Look showcase.
Director of Amy Winehouse documentary set to beat his own record.
Other new titles in competition include Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows and the first animated film to play in San Seb’s official selection.
Biopic to be directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the filmmaker behind damning SeaWorld documentary Blackfish.
Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox) to begin shooting next week.
Swiss filmmakers’ activities at home and abroad are to be given a welcome boost by the introduction of new financial instrument - the Film Standort Schweiz (FiSS) – and a new government decree for international cooperation.
Polish delegation headed for Sarajevo’s co-production market CineLink.
Conference on gender equality to be held at Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional forum
Mission: Impossible ranks second.
Paramount/Skydance’s Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation heads into the second session and will have to muster all its charm to resist the advance of Fantastic Four.
The Columbia Pictures co-president of production has become president of TriStar Pictures as Tom Rothman shuffled his Sony executive pack on Thursday.
The streaming service has set its worldwide digital release date for Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary about the birth of the civil rights movement in Ukraine.
The distributor has taken all US rights to the Nicolas Cage horror film from the international sales agent Voltage Pictures.
The Los Angeles-based producer-financier has struck a first-look production deal with its Nightcrawler star.
Screendaily has confirmed that Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, the pair who founded the theatrical and VOD day-and-date enterprise four years ago under the auspices of TWC, have left the mothership.
Danny Boyle’s biopic, starring Michael Fassbender as the Apple visionary, to receive its European premiere in London.
Warner Music artists include Prince and Led Zeppelin.
The filmmaker, in awards contention this upcoming season for Carol, will receive the Director Tribute at the 25th Annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York on November 30.
XLrator Media has acquired North American rights to the SXSW documentary Mateo by Aaron I. Naar.
FUNimation Entertainment announced a mighty opening night for the theatrical release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F.
A month after her appointment as co-director of Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), Kang Soo-youn was on stage in Seoul speaking with the press alongside her co-director colleague Lee Yong-kwan.
ScreenSingapore (SS) has announced the inaugural Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market, which will run Dec 2-4.
EXCLUSIVE: Prestigious Polish festival readies pilot and first episode strand.
EXCLUSIVE: British Independent Film Awards’ Insider Series supported by Creative Skillset.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s 1990 drama Stalin’s Funeral, starring Vanessa Redgrave as an English journalist, will be shown at Vyborg’s “Window on Europe” Film Festival of Russian Cinema (Aug 7-13)
US actor/director to curate the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation award and present new feature Tigers alongside director Danis Tanovic.
Projects selected from across South America and Europe.
Oscar-winning star named Ambassador of Into Film.
Universal Pictures top brass announced on Wednesday that after seven months the studio had reached $5.53bn, overtaking $5.52bn set by Fox in 2014 for a new industry record.
World premieres for Patricia Rozema, Guy Édoin and Stephen Dunn are among the selection scheduled to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Sony Pictures Classics has pounced on a hot awards prospect, acquiring US rights and all available territories on Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic and feature directorial debut.
The studio, urgently in need of lucrative franchises and facing the possibility it could lose the James Bond series in a competitive auction later this year after it releases Spectre, has announced 16 key releases over the next two years.
UPDATE: Police have identified the man they shot dead at a Nashville suburban multiplex as 29-year-old Vincente David Montano. They also said he had been carrying what turned out to be an air pistol and not a gun.
Doctor Strange DoP Ben Davis discussed the visual palette and context of the anticipated superhero film starring Benedict Cumberbatch at BAFTA.
EXCLUSIVE: Fulwell 73 to produce Ben Turner’s first scripted feature.
Montreal’s genre film festival wraps with over 100,000 spectators attending across its 23 days of screenings.
The trio have joined star Demi Levato on 3QU Media’s animated musical comedy, which has begun shooting in Montreal at Cinesite’s new animation studio.
Big World Pictures has acquired US rights from Beta Cinema to Romania’s foreign language Oscar submission.
EXCLUSIVE: UK feature to be directed by vfx supervisor Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull.
Pat Fitzgerald and Mitch Lowe have joined the board of directors while Kelly Summers arrives as svp of strategy and planning.
Captions to be added to Alex Gibney documentary Going Clear for its UK broadcast, which will also air across Ireland.
Lionsgate UK brings release forward by three weeks.
Locarno Film Festival president Marco Solari has hit out claims that festival sponsors’ invitations to more than 80 Swiss politicians could be construed as corruption or trying to curry influence.
The tenant of Wimbledon Studios has reopened the facility for hire by TV and film productions.
Key dates for entry, screenings and nominations announcement confirmed.
The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger hailed strong performance of “unparalleled brands, franchises and creative content” as the entertainment giant reported third quarter earnings of $2.5bn.
The board of governors announced the news on Tuesday night adding that 20th Century Fox chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos will embark on his first officer stint as treasurer.
EXCLUSIVE: Silver Linings Playbook producer options UK novel from Kill Your Friends writer.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals with TWC, Sierra Affinity, Lionsgate/Summit and Mister Smith for Ascot Elite.
The Caliber Media Western stars Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons and Richard Jenkins.
First wave of galas also include Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America and Lance Armstrong biopic The Program.
Former president of District PR Kevin McLean will lead the operation as director while international film publicist Kara MacLean is manager and previously worked with Touchwood PR in Toronto.
Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll from Ant-Man and Ken Stott have joined the cast ahead of a production start later this month in New York and Los Angeles.
In anticipation of the release of Sinister 2, Gramercy Pictures has scheduled a midnight screenings programme to run over August 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23.
The Electric Entertainment founder and president will be the keynote speaker at the 2015 Visual Effects Society’s (VES) 7th annual Summit on October 17 in Hollywood.
Studio Babelsberg’s co-production of the upcoming Captain America sequel and Steven Quale’s action film The Lake are to benefit from new German funding specifically targeted at VFX studios.
New initiative Raising Films launches crowdfunding campaign in a bid to hire a project manager.
Backing also allocated to China-Australia co-production The Nest.
Screen publisher Media Business Insight (MBI) has acquired three media database brands from business intelligence publisher Wilmington plc for an undisclosed sum.
Sing-a-long re-release will mark 40th anniversary; Monty Python troupe to film special introduction.
Calin Peter Netzer won the Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlinale.
World premiere of Nordic disaster movie The Wave to open festival in Haugesund.
EXCLUSIVE: Private funding shortfall and tough economic climate halt move.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to handle Venice-bound thriller starring Richard Dormer.
French comedy added to sidebar’s competition.
Warner Bros’ Hot Pursuit lands with soft $486,000 (£311,000) from its 329 sites; Altitude Film Distribution’s Amy will hit £3m today.
Ezna Sands directed the drama starring Dakota Johnson, Mira Sorvino and Theo Ikummaq.
Abduction thriller voted to UK market by Melbourne’s 37º South Market.
Titles include London Stories from Hana Makhmalbaf [pictured].
Key prosecution witness retracts testimony.
First images of Jamie Bell and Mark Strong revealed.
Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro have been elected co-chairmen of the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF).
Voice cast of Raymond Briggs’ adaptation also includes Luke Treadaway and Virginia McKenna.
Iceland’s Gunnar Jonsson gets a special mention; Jerzy Skolimowski [pictured] is honoured as Motovun Maverick.
The OddLot founder and CEO will receive an industry tribute to start the four-day conference section of the
Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights wins FIPRESCI Jury prize at New Horizons festival.
Turkish film won prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and Odessa.
Marks first industry-wide census since 2012.
AUGUST 3 UPDATE: The action icon who defies the slide of age returned to the fray over the weekend as Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation dominated the international arena on a confirmed $64.5m from 40 territories and ruled North America on $56m.
AUGUST 3 UPDATE: Tom Cruise returned to pole position at the North American box office and bucked the trend of diminishing debuts for the last two episodes in the spy franchise, playing his part in helping 2015 box office stay 8.1% ahead of last year by the same stage.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has granted permission for the bankrupt company to pay staff and maintain day-to-day operations.
The ‘Rathergate’ drama starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett will open in New York and Los Angeles on October 16.
Asa Butterfield, Carla Gugino and Britt Robertson have also joined the untitled intergalactic love story that Peter Chelsom will direct.
Pinewood Cardiff shoot for Relativity-backed remake put on ice.
Tara Subkoff’s genre film stars Chloe Sevigny, Tim Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Balthazar Getty and Taryn Manning, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Profile of Rolling Stones bassist leads London-based outfit’s doc slate.
Ewa Puszczynska, a producer on Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning Ida, is preparing the first feature project of her own new company.
What Happened to Monday? has begun production in Romania; new cast additions include Kon-Tiki’s Pal Sverre Hagen.
The distributor announced on Friday that Blair Westlake, Andy Schuon, Zvi Rhine and Patrick O’Brien have joined as independent directors and will serve on the board, effective immediately.
Co-founder of Sam Mendes’ Neal Street Productions replaces Nik Powell, stepping up from her role as deputy chair.
Newly announced strands include 1995-2015 Dealing With The Past.
Ymagis to acquire Éclair’s operating activities, assets and holdings in subsidiaries in France, Germany and Morocco.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation ranks third.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation arrives in 40 territories day-and-date with North America in an opening salvo that should result in a new weekend champion.
Ryan Kavanaugh’s embattled studio ended months of speculation on Thursday, initiating a voluntary Chapter 11 filing it said would allow it to strengthen the balance sheet and recapitalise.
The seven-year veteran who arrived in September 2008 to head the international division and climbed to president and COO has resigned and will leave in November.
Netflix, Bleecker Street and Landmark announced a partnership on Thursday that will put Netflix’s first original film in 19 of the US exhibitor’s markets.
The largest exhibitor in the US has declined to take part in Paramount’s bid to shorten the traditional 90-day window between theatrical and home entertainment viewing.
The new capital commitments will support the upcoming pipeline and as well as TV growth.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Miguel Gomes’ six-hour trilogy about social and economic woes in Portugal.
Director’s latest feature Remember to screen at Venice and Toronto.
Filipino director Lav Diaz among jury members.
Section to open with Pep Gatell’s documentary about leading restaurant Mugaritz.
HBO has struck a first-look deal with Russell Simmons’ new All Def Digital (ADD) for what the parties called a wide range of television projects.
The fourth edition of Venice’s Sala Web will stream selected Horizons Competition & Biennale College titles from the festival online.
The New York Film Festival (NYFF) world premiere screening of The Walk has been moved back one day to September 26 in anticipation of the Pontiff’s visit to the city.
Room, Secret In Their Eyes and Carol have been dated for the autumn corridor as their distributors bolster the films’ awards credentials.
The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, and Atom Egoyan’s Remember among the 21 competition titles.
Lee previously headed the Korean Film Commission.
Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Alena Mihulová join Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Anna Geislerová and Charlotte Le Bon in Sean Ellis’ Second World War thriller.
The musician also known as Chan Marshall has boarded Janis ahead of the film’s out-of-competition world premiere in Venice. Content holds worldwide rights.
Festival to highlight features and docs from the new generation of Iranian filmmakers.
Lars Kraume’s Nazi-hunting drama has been sold in France and Switzerland; further deals are in “final negotiations”.
Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar of newly launched ESX Entertainment made the announcement on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the beleaguered company confirmed the development on Wednesday as speculation mounted that there would be an imminent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
TIFF 40 to open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Documentary on the Rolling Stones guitarist made by the director of Oscar-winner 20 Feet From Stardom.
Director Bryan Singer to head the main competition jury.
The funding body’s Canada Feature Film Fund allocation applies to the 2014-15 cycle and includes films from Kim Nguyen and features actors such as Dane DeHaan and Catherine Keener.
The writer has been awarded the 2015 Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship to work on his script Our Lady Of The Snow.
Box office tops $653m… but admissions fall 1.5%.
Coming-of-age film marks feature debut of Downton Abbey director Philip John.
The 13 films competing for a $55,000 prize include Scott Graham’s Iona and Hans Christian Berger’s After Eden.
The 62nd Pula Film Festival wrapped in Croatia on Saturday with its Best Croatian Film of the year award going to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun.
Xavier Prats Monné to take a new EC role.
Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) has renewed its exclusive, multi-year output deals with Hong Kong studios Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP), Mega-Vision Project Workshop (MVPW) and Universe Entertainment.
Sarajevo Film Festival’s Laško Summer Nights line-up revealed.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt continuted to break records at the China box office office last week, becoming the highest-grossing Chinese film ever with a gross of $221.41m after 11 days.
The first titles for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival have been announced. Watch the press conference here…
Danny Boyle’s biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the digital age visionary who changed the face of personal computing, telephony and music will screen on October 3 as the centrepiece screening of the 53rd New York Film Festival.
BFI stats reveal surge in admissions in 2015 but potential fall in production spend of UK independent films in past year.
Miguel Arteta will direct Demarest Media and Mazur/Kaplan’s adaptation of the Jennifer Niven YA novel.
Competition jury includes Elizabeth Banks, Lynne Ramsay, Diane Kruger and Hou Hsiao-hsien.
Sundance award-winner to open festival; Dagur Kári’s Tribeca winner Virgin Mountain to close.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up all North American rights to the noir thriller and has set an October 20 release.
The actress joins Robert Rusler and Caroline Williams on US-based Gundo Entertainment’s splatter film remake.
The Japenese festival that focuses solely on digital cinema reveals its 2015 winners.
Disney’s latest posts sixth biggest UK opening for Pixar outings from an industry record release of 608 sites.
JULY 27 UPDATE: Edko Films’ announced early on Monday that its 3D fantasy had reached $217.7m (RMB 1.349bn) after 11 days to become the highest grossing Chinese film in history.
UPDATED JULY 27: Marvel Studios’ latest slice of superhero action held on to its top bunk over the weekend to beat Sony’s new arrival Pixels in a photo finish.
Star finds home for her long-gestating Cambodian genocide drama.
Johnny Depp crime-drama biopic will play out of competition at the 72nd Biennale.
The company announced on Friday it is adapting Bryan Stevenson’s memoir Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption.
Luis Tosar thriller to open strand; Laurent Cantet to chair jury; programme includes Agnès Varda, Alice Rohrwacher shorts.
The Toronto-based company announced from Fantasia it has come on to handle world sales and direct distribution in Canada on the Luchagore Productions title.
The Venice Film Market will showcase 15 projects seeking completion financing.
Funds MDM and FFF Bayern are providing more than $9.4m (€8.6m).
Sony’s action-comedy will vie for the international box office crown this weekend against Chinese smash Monster Hunt — although it holds a few territories itself — as well as Disney-Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and Universal-Illumination’s Minions.
UPDATE: Police in Lafayette said on Friday the two women who died in Thursday’s shooting at the Grand 16 theatre in Lafayette were Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33. The gunman was identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser.
Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (The Lesson) to get distribution support.
Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for actor who is attending the festival with new film A Perfect Day.
Marvel’s latest comfortably fended off Inside Out and Southpaw to top this week’s social media buzz chart.
Port Of Call wins best feature; Turbo Kid team take Best Director.
German sales outfit acquires Spanish-speaking drama starring Elena Anaya.
The Disney-Pixar hit became on Tuesday the eighth consecutive Pixar film to reach the milestone and its 11th overall.
Participant Media has officially confirmed that Pablo Larrain’s follow-up to No, currently shooting in Chile and starring Gael García Bernal, is the second title under its Participant PanAmerica initiative.
Bill Lee’s ambitious distributor has bulked up its supply line, striking deals with Archstone, CineTel Films, Hollywood Media Bridge and The Little Film Company.
Starz has acquired all North American rights to the action thriller following its world premiere AT Fantasia on Wednesday night.
The national film body is behind a US tour this autumn of 10 new comedies without US distribution.
The star of Bill And Ted turned director is preparing to make a film about one of rock’s most iconoclastic figures with the full cooperation of the late musician’s family.
Terrence Malick’s film starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman will open in the US via Broad Green Pictures on March 4 2016.
Buck Productions, Riverside Entertainment and Hulo Films announced on Thursday that the Canadian icon will star in the coming-of-age drama.
European Commission launches case against broadcaster and studios for potentially “serious violation of EU rules.”
UK distributor left ‘disappointed‘ by BBFC 18 classification.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal exec Dave Jarmain joins UK outfit Icon Film Distribution.
Spanish-language titles from Pablo Agüero, Asier Altuna, Cesc Gay among line-up.
Blackmagic Design has signed up as the headline partner of the Media Production Show, as support for the two-day exhibition and conference gathers momentum.
Executive producer Steven Spielberg, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Sequel.
Veteran director Bertrand Tavernier has criticised vice-president Andrus Ansip’s intentions for the Digital Single Market.
Lucy Boynton from Miss Potter and Nick Moran of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels fame have joined Katee Sackhoff on the supernatural horror. Content Media represents worldwide sales.
The world premiere of Don Cheadle’s directorial debut will close the 53rd New York Film Festival on October 11.
Festival’s world premieres include Roxette Diaries, Taikon, Odödliga and Drottninglandet.
The Universal hierarchy announced on Wednesday that its monster smash has overtaken The Avengers on $1.52bn to reach $1.522bn worldwide.
EXCLUSIVE: Top brass at Robert Simonds’ studio have ended weeks of speculation and confirmed to Screendaily the hire of John Friedberg as president of international sales.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Transmission Films on Wednesday announced a multi-year distribution agreement for Australia-based Transmission’s library and future releases.
The two directors will preside over the Orizzonti and Lion of the Future award, respectively.
More than half of the Independent Filmmaker Project’s (IFP) 140 titles at the upcoming Project Forum in Septembers’ IFP Independent Film Week hail from women.
Under the multi-year distribution services agreement Universal Pictures will exclusively manage back-room distribution services for all Broad Green titles for Blu-ray and DVD.
The distributor has picked up all US rights to rom-com to star Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.
Regner Grasten Film and Game 7 Films on Wednesday announced the ensemble cast for their fictional account of the night Kitty Genovese was murdered in 1964.
The Screen Awards, returning for its sixth year in 2015, has extended the deadline for entries until July 31.
Takeshi Kitano’s Office Kitano to receive Premio Raimondo Rezzonico award.
German distributor of Southpaw, Transcendence to return to production.
Gun Women: The Patriots scoops top award at NAFF event.
The Toronto International Film Festival’s industry office announced on Tuesday the first raft of participants confirmed to attend the seven-day conference.
The drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots will open on September 25. Separately, Sundance Selects has acquired A Ballerina’s Tale and Gravitas Ventures has picked up Unbranded.
In a sudden move, the president and CEO of the second largest exhibitor in the US is to depart the company on August 6 “to pursue another opportunity.”
The executive will start work as evp of global communications for Universal Filmed Entertainment on August 17 and replaces outgoing Kori Bernards, who is leaving after seven years.
Top brass at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) announced on Tuesday that the Oscar-nominated short film writer will serve as facilitator for this year’s RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion in September.
New York-based sales company Cargo Film & Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to the upcoming documentary.
The UK firm will raise around $310,000 (£200,000) in UK production finance for Microwave International: Shakespeare India; projects, teams, mentors announced.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ 3D adventure Monster Hunt broke a string of box office records on its opening weekend in China, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $107.58m in four days.
New films by Jerzy Skolimowski, Filip Bajon and Marcin Wrona are among selected titles.
Debut features dominate this year’s competition lineup; Radu Jude, Radu Muntean among In Focus lineup.
Bollywood film clocks biggest overseas-grossing weekend for a Salman Khan film.
The Oscar-nominated star of Gone Girl joins Jon Hamm on Radar Pictures’ political action-thriller that Good Universe represents internationally.
EXCLUSIVE: David Carver Films and Scott Duncan are developing a feature based on the life of the man whom they claim was one of the most misunderstood golfers in history.
Garrick Dion will head the new label focused on director-driven films across multiple genres, managing director Aaron L Gilbert of the British Columbia-based Bron announced on Monday.
The North American rights deal has cued up an August 14 release on VOD and in select theatres for Christopher N Rowley’s adaptation.
The multi-hyphenate joins Chloë Grace Moretz and Carrie-Anne Moss on the Broad Green, Denver & Delilah and Foundation Features adaptation. Separately, Clea DuVall lines up a directorial debut and Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings is the subject of a documentary.
UPDATED JULY 20: The $30m Chinese-language fantasy adventure secured top berth at the international marketplace ahead of Hollywood’s Minions, which was the biggest global earner of the session, as well as China’s superhero spoof Jian Bing Man and a bona fide US superhero in the shape of Ant-Man.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales and distribution outfit adds TV and digital sales executive.
Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang and Eva Neymann’s Song Of Songs among winners; industry awards.
Akahige, Amarcord, Aleksandr Nevskij among Venice Classics titles; Bertrand Tavernier selects four films.
Damian Szifrón’s Wild Tales swept the 2nd Platino awards, launched to boost Spanish and Latin-American cinema.
Chang Tso-chi’s Thanatos, Drunk swept the Taipei Film Awards on Saturday night, winning six prizes including the Grand Prize and best narrative feature.
EXCLUSIVE: Maastricht Concert takes more than £1m in one night for CinemaLive.
Sheffield DocFest hosted 3,422 industry from 57 countries, according to festival.
Universal becomes first distributor to have four films hit the £30m mark in a calendar year as Minions reaches $50.3m (£32.3m).
Non-competitive sidebar features 19 films; Brillante Mendoza tribute on festival slate.
JULY 20 UPDATE: The final film of Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe debuted top in North America as Universal comedy Trainwreck arrived at number three on $30.1m.
Carlos Osuna’s two projects El Concursante and Sin Mover Los Labios earn BAM Projects and Screenings prizes; seven other titles headed to Locarno and San Sebastian.
Parvez Sharma’s pilgrimmage to Mecca shot on an iPhone picked up a prize as the LGBT festival in Los Angeles came to a close on Sunday night.
The production and finance company has acquired the spec script by Matt Venne based on the novel by Carla Norton.
Avishai Sivan’s religious drama wins Best Israeli Feature while Hotline scoops Van Leer award for Best Documentary.
The RLJ Entertainment label has acquired US rights from Paradigm Talent Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.
Estonian director’s new film will be part of Serbian festival’s 14-strong competition including My Mother, 45 Years and Heil; festival to fete five Spanish directors.
Hosts of Michel Hazanavicius’s The Search and Transporter 3 set to add rebates; Ukraine to join Creative Europe framework.
EXCLUSIVE: New film and TV participants include crew from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Spectre and The Martian.
Marvel’s latest tops chart ahead of release this week.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s animation Minions has raced to $339.9m and at its current rate will soar past $400m by Sunday.
August shoot for drama about golfing pioneer Tom Morris and his son Tommy; Timeless to handle sales.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Zachary Treitz’s debut feature and Tribeca 2015 selection.
After a brief and tumultuous career as a feature film the Nicole Kidman starrer earned a nomination on Thursday for best television movie.
The former head of eOne’s global film operation Patrice Théroux and Leif Bristow of Leif Films have hired My Left Foot screenwriter Shane Connaughton to write The Family Shakespeare.
Prosecutors in Colorado are pushing for the death penalty after James Holmes was found guilty on Thursday of first-degree murder of 12 people during a rampage at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises three years ago.
Chloë Grace Moretz stars in drama currently in production in Vancouver.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre sales outfit adds UK doc in push for diversified slate; cuts international deals on genre lineup.
Debut feature directors Yossi Atia, Maysaloun Hamoud and Roman Shumunov pick up prizes.
Opening film Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s Moonwalkers sold out 3000-capacity crowd in 8 seconds.
The Reflektor Tapes chronicles the making of the band’s 2013 album Reflektor.
Internationally-renowned editor Vincent Tabaillon has joined the crew of Telugu hit Baahubali: The Beginning to oversee the film’s international cut.
EXCLUSIVE: The English-language thriller is among several exciting Colombian projects in development revealed to Screendaily at the Bogota Audiovisual Market .
Top brass at the digital sleeping giant have confirmed Spike Lee’s film about the inner city violence in Chicago as their first Amazon Original Movie and hinted at an accompanying theatrical release.
Film and festival executives offered insights into how to make projects stand out, gain traction at festivals and achieve box office success.
The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) on Wednesday announced a multi-year extension to their distribution agreement.
EXCLUSIVE: Festival selects trio to judge first competitive section, aimed at ‘auteur films’; Cameron Bailey talks strand.
EXCLUSIVE: Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court and Dominga Sotomayor’s Mar among trio set for UK/Ire release.
The partners have teamed up with Morgan Spurlock, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady plus Gini Reticker on a trio of shorts celebrating entrepreneurs that will go out on VOD, Vimeo and other platforms on July 15.
Fox Searchlight announced the release date on Wednesday for Jean-Marc Valleé’s upcoming drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.
The studio has brought its global theatrical distribution operations under one technology platform and licensed MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software to run its North American operation.
Brown makes step up from head of events; will help coordinate BFI audience strategy.
Batman v Superman topped social media mentions, but was one of only two films to make the top 10; women dominate social media audience.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tiny Times 4.0 topped the China box office last week, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $58.39m, while another youth drama, Forever Young, came in second with $41.42m.
World premieres for new films by Athina Rachel Tsangari, Hong Sangsoo, Ben Rivers; Southpaw, Trainwreck among Piazza Grande titles.
MAD Solutions among backers of Maghreb films in Co-pro Lab lineup.
Telugu-language epic Baahubali: The Beginning, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, has grossed $20m on its opening weekend in India and broken a string of box office records in both India and the US.
EXCLUSIVE: In a tantalising development to emerge from the BAM market in Colombia this week, the studio is in discussions on the period comedy with the team behind Mexican smash The Noble Family.
EXCLUSIVE: 108 Media has picked up US rights to the award-winning Canadian comedy and plans a one-week theatrical run in August.
Brad Epstein will direct the stand-up comics in the stoner buddy comedy.
More than 30 film projects in development set to be presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).
EXCLUSIVE: The entertainment venture that launched earlier this year as a sister entity to James Andrew Felts and Matthew Shreder’s Concourse Media has announced two key hires.
The makers of the punk band documentary have launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site as they bid to tell the tale of a seminal musical influence little-known outside the US.
Producer Shlomi Elkabetz is onboard for director Maysaloun Hamoud’s debut feature.
Director Tom Shoval is planning his second feature, which will shoot in Israel and France.
Jasmila Žbanic film among 23 competing in doc strand.
Marcin Koszalka’s The Red Spider among 26 titles in local showcase.
Terence Chang, Yong Mun Chee, Sherad Anthony Sanchez to mentor at lab event.
Singapore outfit Spackman Entertainment Group teams with Hong Kong-based National Arts Entertainment and Culture Group (NEA).
EXCLUSIVE: The Paz brothers are eyeing their first European production, titled Plan A.
Israeli performance artist Yossi Atia revisits Second Intifada a decade later in dark comedy.
Principal photography for the film, directed by Simon Aboud, starts this week in London.
Amos Gitai is hoping to screen Rabin: The Last Day at festivals in autumn.
Zhovten cinema was victim of arson attack during festival’s LGBT sidebar; Baltic to Black Sea development network launched in Odessa.
The distributor announced on Monday corporate acquisitions and a strategic alliance that builds its annual content flow to more than 1,300 films and 3,000 TV episodes.
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) announced the news on Monday concerning CEO and president Jean Prewitt and executive vice-president and American Film Market (AFM) managing director Jonathan Wolf.
The executive will serve as Chief Investment Officer of the new private equity and venture capital arm launched by Broad Green Pictures.
The founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, cable network MAVTV, Lucas Cattle Company and the naming rights to the Indianapolis Colts’ Stadium Lucas Oil Stadium has teamed on the entertainment venture with the professional racecar driver, actor and producer.
Distributor becomes the first to record the first, second and third chart positions, as Minions holds off Ted 2.
Eli Shibley has joined from Electus as president of international distribution and co-productions.
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Director Wang talks to ScreenDaily about working with Takeshi Kitano.
Chinese director Chen Kaige talks to Liz Shackleton about balancing commercial and creative concerns in the world’s fastest-growing film market.
Also… Chris Carter reopens The X-Files and Sion Sono discusses his Fukushima-set sci-fi.
Other winners include documentary Mallory from Helena Treštíková.
Production company behind Cheap Thrills and Oscar shortlisted Jodorowsky’s Dune hires three.
Spiro chief Eitan Mansuri will be in Toronto with final draft of Lavie’s The Current Love Of My Life.
Israeli film-maker Itamar Alcalay’s Darkroom, revolving around a young gay Armenian man forced into an arranged marriage, has won the top $50,000 prize at the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab’s pitching event.
Names include actors, directors and producers.
The Universal bandwagon rolled on as Minions - its Despicable Me spin-off with Illumination Entertainment - delivered the second biggest animated launch ever at the North American box office.
UPDATED JULY 13: The Despicable Me spin-off grossed a confirmed $130.7m from 56 territories after launching top in 29 of 30 new regions to reach $287.8m.
Greek distributors and exhibitors face uncertainty as the country’s financial future hangs in the balance.
This marks the fastest time Walt Disney Studios has accomplished the feat, overturning the previous mark set last year on August 30.
EXCLUSIVE: Run director explores post-war Ivory Coast.
As has happened so often in recent years, a Disney-owned property delivered a Comic-Con show-stopper as JJ Abrams rounded off Friday’s Star Wars love-fest by inviting the entire 6,000-plus capacity of Hall H to a live concert.
COMIC-CON: Quentin Tarantino hinted at a possible move into television as he riffed on one of his bête noires – digital filmmaking – during Saturday’s The Hateful Eight panel.
COMIC-CON: Fox executives love their traditional end-of-day slot at Comic-Con and kept their appointment with the early evening crowd to good effect in a raucous finale to Saturday’s Hall H programme.
COMIC-CON: Warner Bros set the bar high with the first Hall H session of Saturday, unleashing a slick and loud session that suggested it has begun to execute on a long-term strategy to exploit the treasures that lie within the DC Comics vaults.
COMIC-CON: In a typically passionate yet uncharacteristically expletive-free panel during Saturday’s Legendary session, Guillermo del Toro showed footage from his upcoming ghost story.
COMIC-CON: The panellists from HBO’s smash series took to the hallowed Hall H on Friday with their hands – and mouths – tied.
The actor spoke about working with Michael Cimino, William Friedkin and Woody Allen in a masterclass at Jerusalem Film Festival.
International audiovisual market MIA to to held during Rome Film Festival.
English-language farce revolves around correspondent who stages ISIS-style kidnapping in bid to stay in Jerusalem.
Universal and Illumination’s Minions has reached $159m and will vie for international supremacy this weekend with Paramount and Skydance Productions’ sci-fi reboot.
Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev jeered during speech.
Actor best known for roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.
Support follows change of distribution strategy for the Sundance award winner.
EXCLUSIVE: Online service inks first major studio deal; titles include Taxi Driver, Dr. Strangelove, Snatch.
Fifty Shades of Grey star joined by director Sean Ellis at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
The French filmmaker and EuropaCorp head flew into Comic-Con on Thursday for a rare and deeply personal presentation that featured concept art from his upcoming $180m space opera.
Arab women filmmakers will be one of the key priorities in a new European Union-backed initiative, the MedFilm Programme, for the South Mediterranean countries from Morocco to Syria.
Other winners include documentary Welcome To Leith.
New label to distribute international titles in the Czech Republic.
Greenwood joins global communications agency as UK publicity director.
Magic Magic and Ant-Man no contest for Arnie sequel.
Two pop culture superstars took part in separate panels in the legendary Hall H for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Rock The Kasbah as the San Diego jamboree got underway on Thursday.
EXCLUSIVE: Full cast for GFM Films-produced action thriller to also include Harry Potter star Tom Felton and Whiplash’s Austin Stowell; SquareOne takes German rights.
Modern take on classic film in the pipeline from AMBI Group.
Richard Abramowitz’s distribution platform will release Brett Morgen’s documentary in select US theatres on August 7.
The company has hired the former Lionsgate senior executive as president of acquisitions and co-productions.
Razelle Benally and Randi LeClair will take part in the Lab, set to run in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from July 10-14.
Project supports new film talent from leading international film schools.
The studio’s president of production Claudia Lewis has promoted Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum to executive vice-presidents of production, effective immediately.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based graphic novel publisher has made its latest move in an aggressive push into film and TV, teaming on the eve of Comic-Con with multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Robert Silverberg.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) has reached the $3bn ticket sales milestone faster than any other studio in history, obliterating the previous mark set by Fox International in October 2014.
In the boldest move yet by a studio and exhibition partner to challenge the traditional distribution structure, Paramount has struck a revenue-share deal with AMC Theatres and Canada’s Cineplex Entertainment that will see it roll-out two autumn releases digitally 17 days after the films dip below 300 theatres.
The actress will play a US Marine in the drama inspired by the real-life female soldiers who deployed alongside Special Forces under the Lioness Program.
The former director general of the National Film Board of Canada’s French Program has been named its director general, creation and innovation.
Mountaineering drama starring Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal to world premiere at Venice.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in London on drama featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as frontman for The Clash, Joe Strummer.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Chen Kaige’s Monk Comes Down The Mountain topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.25m in it opening four days, according to EntGroup figures.
Drama set in a decaying contemporary Greece wins prize.
EXCLUSIVE: Research will explore the growing live cinema industry in the UK.
New film from The Tribe director among projects at Odessa.
Organisers behind a New York-based festival highlighting films from the Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF) that fell foul of local authorities have turned to Kickstarter.
New Karlovy Vary programme showcases European film school talent.
Deer Hunter director to receive Pardo d’onore.
Fifteen candidates selected from 250 scheme applicants; previous mentees include Laura Hastings-Smith.
The red-hot writer-directors behind The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street will direct the next episode in the anthology series of Star Wars films set to open on May 25, 2018.
EXCLUSIVE: The star of last weekend’s US release Jimmy’s Hall from Ken Loach has come aboard KPI Entertainment and Deadpan Pictures’ Ireland-set contemporary generational drama.
Screen LA Star Of Tomorrow Gerard Barrett will direct the adaptation of Susannah Cahalan’s memoir to star Chloë Grace Moretz.
Submissions for the foreign language category in the 88th Academy Awards are due by 5pm PT on October 1.
The crime caper starring Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Zach Galifianakis moves back two months to October 9.
Montreal’s genre film festival to showcase 135 features and almost 300 shorts across its three-week run from July 14-Aug 4.
EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal to handle world sales on Kai Wessel’s wartime drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Sky Movies exec joins UK distributor.
Thousands of unseen films digitised and made available online including world’s earliest home movies; new film commissioned from Penny Woolcock.
Central and Eastern European projects seeking finance, distribution and festival partners have been presented to industry at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF).
The SXSW audience award-winning documentary will open nationwide on September 25.
Richard Branson, Jason Felts and Justin Berfield’s Virgin Produced, City Entertainment’s Joshua D Maurer and Alixandre Witlin and Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil will produce the drama series inspired by Greg Camalier’s Sundance 2013 documentary.
Pinewood exec joins finance and production outfit, backers of Genius and Sleepless Night.
London-based industry figures to meet South American producers at new event.
Bleecker Street to partner with Netflix to distribute Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation theatrically.
The producer of The Karate Kid and the Danny Ocean franchise who won an Emmy in 2013 for Behind The Candelabra has died of a heart attack in Santa Barbara.
Ryan Kavanaugh will remain CEO and chairman of his embattled entertainment company after it emerged on Monday that he had struck a deal with the Toronto-based distressed asset specialist.
The deal for Sundance 2015 selection Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon excludes television rights.
Paramount’s Terminator Genisys lands with $5.9m (£3.8m), as Warner Bros’ Magic Mike XXL posts $2.4m (£1.5m) debut.
Upcoming projects include a ‘reimagining’ of Billy Wilder classic Sunset Boulevard.
The growing business opportunities afforded by China and the TV sector were among subjects discussed by US finance heavyweights FilmNation and Endgame Entertainment during an industry panel at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF).
Germany’s Burhan Qurbani wins best director prize for We Are Strong. We Are Young.
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Organization Committee has confirmed veteran actress Kang Soo-youn as festival co-director today at a special assembly in Busan City Hall.
Top brass at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) said on Monday they have selected ten classic Caribbean films in the first programming wave of this year’s edition.
Other finalists shortlisted for distribution support include Rams; audience winner also revealed at Karlovy Vary event.
Former BBC exec to replace Dinah Caine.
Film Hub London, the exhibitor network managed by Film London, unveils plans for its second year.
Screening to mark 35th anniversary will include John Williams’ score performed live.
UPDATED JULY 6: Terminator: Genisys usurped two of Universal’s heavy hitters to rule the international and global box office. Jurassic World became the fifth biggest global release in history and Disney crossed $3bn worldwide in a new speed record for the studio.
UPDATED JULY 6: Disney/Pixar’s latest release usurped the Universal behemoth over the July Fourth holiday weekend in North America.
The studio reached the milestone on June 30 in its fastest time, powered by Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Inside Out and Cinderella.
Japanese character and lifestyle business Sanrio is planning to launch a Hello Kitty movie for global release in 2019.
In reaction to protests from specialist exhibitors, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it is going ahead with the launch of a new support programme for arthouse film distribution.
Nicolo Donato’s feature about the escape of Danish Jews in 1943 to star Danica Curcic and David Dencik among others.
Culinary drama stars Jonathan Pryce.
JULY 3 UPDATE: Jurassic World faces its sternest test yet as Terminator Genisys leaps to an early $28m heading into its first major weekend. Inside Out continues to build momentum and crosses $300m worldwide.
Philip Ridley’s 1990 horror featured Viggo Mortensen in one of his first starring roles.
Main programme to include Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Carol Morley’s The Falling.
Terminator Genisys tops chart ahead of release.
The 16th edition of genre film festival unveils full line-up.
After making two high profile movies set during the Hitler years, Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is hatching plans for a new film that will unfold during the First World War.
EXCLUSIVE: Plans by the European Commission (EC) to create a level playing field between high and low production capacity countries in its Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme have come increasingly under fire from film distributors in the larger EU Member States.
New images also released of the feature centred on the first person to successfully swim the English Channel.
Marks directorial debut for Danish screenwriter behind A Royal Affair and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Colin Rothbart’s documentary explores east London’s alternative drag scene.
Kosovar film to play in competition at Karlovy Vary.
Feature debuted at Sundance Film Festival.
Two senior appointments made at London-based studios.
Audio facility recently worked on Richard Ayoade’s The Double.
The studio has struck a deal with the toy manufacturer to adapt the beloved board game and has brought on Andrew Niccol.
EXCLUSIVE: Former FremantleMedia executive Solomon Nwabueze to spearhead commercial push.
New films from South Korean and Polish directors to play in international competition.
The RLJ Entertainment brand has acquired first-time filmmaker Daniel Robbins’ genre tale.
New report reveals the growing sector was worth nearly $300m in 2014.
Titles in the Feature and Documentary Film competitions unveiled.
The genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory will open the film in select cinemas across top US markets and on VOD on September 4.
EXCLUSIVE: The trial of the detained Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is expected “not before the end of July”, according to his cousin Natalja Kaplan.
The Walt Disney Company hierarchy has named Christine McCarthy senior executive vice-president and Chief Financial Officer and Kevin Mayer senior executive vice president and Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately.
Creator of iconic French TV programmes such as Les Guignols de l’Info loses battle with cancer.
Industry veteran Alex Barder and his partner Russell Naftal at Burbank-based entertainment company Beast Media Group are lining up a virtual reality game based on the horror franchise.
Independent artists Kris Bowers, Germaine Franco, Danielle Eva Schwob and Jeremy Turner are among the select few for this summer’s Music and Sound Design Labs held at Skywalker Ranch in northern California.
Annual results show revenue increased by more than £10m year-on-year.
Julie Candelaria has been promoted to svp of marketing for Gravitas Ventures, while AJ Feuerman has been added to the team as director of public relations and Nancy Sanchez joins as marketing manager.
DCMS report highlights BAME gains but gender imbalance in industries.
Edinburgh International Film Festival tops 50,000 admissions.
US documentary director to also be subject of a retrospective.
Toho’s highly-anticipated live action manga adaptation to receive world premiere in Los Angeles
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World reigned over the China box office for the third week straight last week, passing the $200m benchmark, and holding off local opener Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.
Paul Dano, riding high on critical acclaim for his portrayal of Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, will star alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the surreal drama.
XLrator Media, Parkside Pictures and Tadross Media Group have signed a multi-film production slate that the parties will jointly produce and distribute worldwide.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival initiative will present five awards at this year’s event, set to run from November 11-15 in Mexico.
The writer and performer will take part in the “Conversations With…” series during the one-day Produced By New York conference run by the Producers Guild Of America on October 24.
EXCLUSIVE: Sam Fleischner’s drama will screen in the prestigious annual round-up by Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional as it emerged that sales agent Curator Films has secured a Mexican distribution deal.
It’s a Universal one-two at the top of the chart as Jurassic World becomes year’s biggest film with $76.8m (£48.9m) haul to date.
The Godfather director will lead the jury at the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: French director’s first English-language film is set in space; artist Olafur Eliasson among collaborators.
The animated spin-off sequel topped Entourage and Terminator Genysis
Charity founded in 1908 alters name to reflect changes within organisation, expands remit to support disadvantaged youth entering industry.
UPDATED JUNE 29: Jurassic World stayed top of the global food chain for the third consecutive session as a confirmed $84.3m from 66 territories propelled the international tally to $745.5m and combined with a confirmed $500.4m in North America for $1.246bn worldwide.
UPDATED JUNE 29: Universal’s global smash held on to pole position in its third weekend and used a confirmed $54.5m to become the fifth film to cross the half-billion mark.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor is believed to be close to an Australian deal for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western as the director and cast prepare to hit Comic-Con next month.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hardy and Martin Freeman are among 322 artists and executives invited to become members of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.
The Carol producer will take centre stage when the 18th edition of the co-production market within Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax opens on September 17.
Veteran Bulgarian actor Ivaylo Hristov’s third feature film as director, the coming-of-age tale Losers, won the Golden St. George Prize for best film on Friday at the 37th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), which ran from June 19-26.
The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film goes to Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.
Toronto-based Marina Cordoni Entertainment will represent international sales on Jeff Lehman’s The Tailor’s Apprentice.
EXCLUSIVE: Staff addition forms part of production push for London outfit.
Festival gets five-year commitment from regional government.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal for UK comedy crime-drama with Dexter Fletcher among cast.
President of production Claudia Lewis announced on Thursday that principal photography has begun in Minnesota on Craig Johnson’s follow-up to The Skeleton Twins starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern.
The Japanese film and television star makes his English-language debut in Lava Bear Films’ supernatural thriller, currently in production in Japan.
Cinedigm Corp has acquired a minority stake as the partners prepare to relaunch Shout! Factory’s AVOD OTT channel Shout! Factory TV.
The independent distributor and streaming service announced at BAMcinemaFest they will partner on the slate.
Both films to receive their European premieres at this year’s 16th edition; FrightFest co-director Alan Jones reflects on the festival’s first year at the Vue and what’s to come.
Tinatin Kajrishvili, Aida Begic, Hüseyin Karabey films among lineup.
China’s Alibaba Pictures is making its first move into Hollywood, partnering with Paramount Pictures on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.
Universal Pictures International executives anticipate another mighty session as the behemoth heads into its third weekend, already well past $1bn worldwide.
Entertainment One (eOne) and Creative England will plough a combined £500,000 into regional drama development as they bid to unearth a hit on the scale of Broadchurch.
Films will launch at European festivals and on VOD platforms.
Under new rules, qualifying producers for a best picture nominee must be eligible for a Producers Guild Of America award for the film or have appealed the PGA’s refusal of such eligibility.
Top brass at the Los Angeles event set to run from August 7-9 in Los Angeles have announced the film and music roster.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere about the psychological toll of a tragedy on a New York couple.
EXCLUSIVE: Doc about champion jockey to get UK-Ire cinema release later this year.
Annapurna Pictures has commenced principal photography in New York City on the drama that will feature characters from the director’s 1995 cult release Welcome To The Dollhouse.
Lily Rabe, Timothee Chalamet, Lili Reinhart and Anthony Quintal star in Julia Hart’s feature directorial debut, which has commenced production in California.
The multi-platform production executive has been hired as evp and general manager of the service that Lionsgate and Comic-Con International announced recently.
Torrey DeVitto of The Vampire Diaries, Mike Doyle and Ursula Parker have joined Monolith Pictures’ psychological thriller that has commenced principal photography in Dutchess County in upstate New York.
Principal photography is underway in Europe on Martin Koolhoven thriller.
Network takes UK rights to Sebastián Silva drama, co-starring Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe.
Producer-director Andrey Silvestrov’s The Ice Hole was named the winner of the first Screen International Best Pitch Award at the Moscow Business Square (MBS).
Principal photography underway in the UK on book adaptation.
TrustNordisk sells foodie documentary to Germany, Austria, Korea, Benelux.
AwesomenessTV is ramping up its film business in the wake of the 2014 social success of Expelled and has brought on the Chapter One Films founder as president of Awesomeness Films.
Star of The Impossible is a former Screen Star of Tomorrow.
Ted Hope’s expanding team at the digital platform alongside Andrew Karpen’s fledgling distributor have snapped up US rights with the latter in line to handle the theatrical release.
Shakespeare adaptation will become the first ever live 4K broadcast to multiple cinemas under Sony, Vue and NT Live partnership.
The long-standing executive has been named Chief Brand Officer and president of worldwide marketing.
Worldwide sales agent eOne Features has struck a US deal on Ricky Gervais’ comedy charting the post-The Office life of mockumentary sensation David Brent.
EXCLUSIVE: David Hare script to be produced by Philomena producer and BBC Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal heads orchestrated a precisely calibrated marketing campaign in support of the release that played a critical role in driving the tentpole past $1bn worldwide in record time on Monday.
The Walking Dead distributor and UK funding body launch slate for regional producers.
Worldwide tickets sales for the year-to-date reached a new high for the studio of $3.819bn on Monday.
China Lion Film Distribution has acquired rights for North America, Australia and New Zealand to three titles handled by IM Global – Only You, The Wasted Times and Mr Six.
The Lucasfilm president has joined the board of councilors of the USC School Of Cinematic Arts.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World chomped through another $68.49m to top the China box office last week, although local action thriller SPL2: A Time For Consequences opened strongly with $43.36m.
UPDATED JUNE 23: Hollywood composer also wrote the soundtracks to Avatar, Braveheart and the upcoming Southpaw.
Exec joins Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier’s growing company.
Tammy Blanchard and Zachary Quinto are among a slew of new cast to join Route One Entertainment and Ocean Blue Entertainment’s dramatic comedy Tallulah, which has begun shooting in New York City.
Partnership struck between Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media, Women In Film And Television (UK) and BFI London Film Festival
The Downslope will be the first in a trilogy that producers Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Reneé Wolfe are planning based on the iconic director’s unproduced original 1956 screenplay.
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films and BFI also set to board as core funders on theatrical documentary.
Universal and Legendary’s juggernaut will become the fastest film in history to reach the milestone on Monday, its 13th day in release.
In a significant statement of its ambitions to forge ties with a stable of regular collaborators, the distributor has closed a deal with Duplass Brothers Productions on worldwide theatrical and ancillary rights to seven titles.
Well-received race and identity comedy Dear White People marks the first acquisition for The New Black Film Collective but the film faces significant challenges in the UK.
Roland Emmerich’s follow-up to his 1996 blockbuster that launched the film career of Will Smith will be called Independence Day Resurgence.
Festival to open with Gere-starrer Time Out Of Mind. Other guests include Harvey Keitel, 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan and George A. Romero.
Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to drama-thriller Dynamite: A 60’s Love Story starring Ian Harding and Evanna Lynch.
Universal’s sequel records second biggest second weekend ever with $17.6m (£11.1m); ScreenLive Entertainment’s Take That Live sets new record for biggest one-night-only concert event.
Pierre Jolivet’s France-Belgium co-production The Night Watchman won best feature in the Golden Goblet competition of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (June 13-21), while Cao Baoping’s The Dead End won best director and actor.
EDINBURGH: Scottish actor gives talk about 22-year acting career including new role as Jesus in Last Days In The Desert.
Exec to take on production and acquisitions role.
The companies have announced JT Hilversum as the second Dolby Cinema location in the Netherlands, six months after Dolby Cinema opened one of its first theatres at JT Eindhoven.
Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria was the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards, taking home six statuettes from its seven nominations including the Golden Lolas for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Lead Actor.
Blood Cells, which has its UK premiere in Edinburgh on Tuesday (and competes for the Michael Powell Award), is planning a UK launch in cinemas from June 27.
When she joined Creative Scotland as Director, Film And Media, last summer, Natalie Usher already had an intimate involvement with several of the films that Creative Scotland was backing.
South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and China’s Youku have initiated their Asian collaboration project to nurture new filmmakers with master directors.
JUNE 22 UPDATE: A monster North American session saw Universal-Legendary’s smash produce the second biggest second weekend ever to reach $402.8m, while Inside Out scored the biggest opening for an original property on $90.4m.
Universal and Legendary’s Jurassic World continued to dominate the globe as a muscular second session propelled the smash within swiping distance of $1bn. Warner Bros’ San Andreas crossed $400m worldwide.
Festival brass hailed a record turnout for the renowned event and honoured a range of international filmmakers at the awards ceremony on Sunday night.
Kennedy Brice, Casper Van Dien (pictured) and Victoria Pratt star in the sci-fi thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Alex Gibney doc Going Clear to get release despite legal pressure.
EXCLUSIVE: Animation sells to Middle East, Asia, Africa.
Director also talks about an extended cut of award-winning Senna.
The adventure reboot stood at $412m by the end of Wednesday via Universal Pictures International as executives anticipated an emphatic follow-up session despite the day-and-date release of Inside Out in several key markets.
Verve picks up UK rights to Scott Graham’s Shell follow-up.
National Geographic Channel has joined Fox Searchlight to distribute He Named Me Malala.
Parker Bowles previously served as vice-chairman and is the head of production at Story Mining & Supply Co.
David Sullivan, chairman of London football club West Ham United, has invested in UK distributor Signature Entertainment.
The animation specialist has picked up North American rights to A Cat In Paris directors’ Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s latest work.
EXCLUSIVE: Crime drama stars Stephen Graham and Michael Smiley.
Paramount Pictures has appointed former IMAX China manager Tara Yin as general manager of its new China office in Beijing.
Bunyik Entertainment’s new VOD platform has signed agreements with the Hungarian National Digital Archive MANDA for US VOD rights to 46 Hungarian classics.
Korean film industry representatives visited the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) in Busan on Tuesday to protest the organisation’s budget decisions on funding for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and independent and arthouse specialty cinemas.
Fred Dust, Philipp Engelhorn, Caterina Fake, Gigi Pritzker and Alejandro Ramírez Magaña have joined the Institute’s board of trustees.
The British Council is launching a new UK-Nigeria screenwriting partnership programme at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) titled Script Junction.
Feature is based on Orhan Pamuk’s novel The Museum Of Innocence.
Thierry Frémaux to provide live commentary on restored films by Louis Lumière.
Cult classics and exclusive previews to be screened in locations around the world.
Fox International Channels (FIC) unit Star Chinese Movies (SCM) has acquired TV and digital media rights to three of Beijing-based Enlight Media’s biggest current titles.
Minister for Culture and Sport Miri Regev threatened to cut off subsidies if the documentary was not pulled.
EXCLUSIVE: The first international deals on Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western have emerged, more than seven months after The Weinstein Company (TWC) formally introduced the project to buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: European Union plans to increase Creative Europe’s budget by 8% for 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: The Works closes UK, Germany, Asian deals on romance.
Italian-language film could shoot this autumn in Southern Italy.
Six selected directors include Michaël R. Roskam [pictured], Kim Ki-duk and Sion Sono.
Screen International has appointed Tom Grater as web assistant/news reporter.
Manes named International Account Manager at Screen International.
Relationship drama to shoot for five weeks in the UK.
Cast of dystopian drama includes Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi and Agyness Deyn.
Members include Belle director Amma Asante and Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa.
Funding will bring independent and British film to audiences across the North West and Central England.
Integrated entertainment PR agency launches in London
British psychological thriller Dartmoor Killing is using an innovative distribution, starting with self-distribution in cinemas from September 18 followed by a DVD and VOD release by Soda Pictures later in the autumn.
FilmDoo to debut Trinidad’s God Loves the Fighter at East End Film Festival; signs New Wave and Eureka for VOD.
Sakharov has directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Marco Polo.
Animation features a voice performance from the late Christopher Lee.
Leaders from China’s film industry to attend new initiative at American Film Market.
EXCLUSIVE: UK thriller comes from writer-director Mike Doxford, Achilles Entertainments.
Marketplace pitch and competition winners also announced; 2016 dates set.
Baidu-owned online video company iQiyi announced that its paid streaming subscribers reached 5 million as of June 15, an increase of 765% over the past year.
Metrodome’s Jezz Vernon and Genesis Cinema’s Tyrone Walker-Hebborn on Board.
Groundbreaking research “mapping” the European animation industry is to be presented at the Annecy Festival.
IMAX Corporation is partnering with China Media Capital (CMC) to create a fund, initially capitalised at $50m, to produce Chinese-language movies.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World roared into China with an opening gross of $100.1m in five days, topping the box office and pushing San Andreas into second place.
Speaking at the Shanghai International Film Festival, IM Global chief Stuart Ford predicted that China digital and pay-TV revenues could become the biggest driver of the global movie market within five years.
World premieres include closing film The Chosen: Forbidden Cave from Kim Hui; competition line-up includes Coin Locker Girl, which played in Cannes Critics’ Week.
Co-production between Germany and France is set to be given an additional boost with the creation of two new development funds.
SquareOne Entertainment acquires Cannes Marche titles.
Marc Butan’s new company is in final talks with Mark Romanek to direct the film based on the 1980 California bank robbery and manhunt.
Tracy Letts, Linda Emond and Danny Burstein have joined the cast of James Schamus’ directorial debut as production begins this week in and around New York. FilmNation handles international sales.
Producer of Submarine and Berberian Sound Studio to take key role in the BFI Film Fund.
Universal’s sequel posts biggest opening of the year, sixth biggest of all time at the UK box office and distributor’s biggest of all time.
Sundance Institute today announced the eight projects selected for the annual Documentary Edit and Story Labs in Utah from June 19-27 and July 3-11.
Executives today announced the 15 finallists in the Micro-Budget Production Program for 2015-2016 representing all regions of the country.
Innovations include showing Utopia as part of first TV offering at a Croatian festival.
The Rio-based distributor has returned from the Croisette with a trio of titles.
China’s Bona Film Group has unveiled an ambitious 26-picture slate to celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary, along with a strategic cooperation with Huaxia Film Distribution.
Dimension Films and Trancas International Films have set a July start date on the horror reboot featuring the infamous Michael Myers.
April And The Extraordinary World will screen in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival that started today and features the voice of Marion Cotillard in the lead.
Producer Dimitri Villard, whose credits include Flight Of The Navigator and In Love And War, is moving ahead with his Frank Herbert adaptation with the hire of the Sundance-winning filmmaker.
Actor John Turturro to visit Jerusalem and take part in opening ceremony
Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) in South Korea has announced this year’s It Project Spotlight on China and is tentatively launching a new programme titled Nordic Genre Invasion.
Former Fox marketing executive Al Ovadia is heading production and marketing company Los Angeles Beijing Studios (LABS), which has sealed a $300m joint venture with Shenzhen-based fund Hotland Film Ventures.
Alibaba revealed further details of its streaming service and crowdfunding platform at SIFF Forum, where talk revolved around the convergence of China’s movie and internet industries and new financing models.
Colin Farrell starrer won Jury Prize at Cannes last month.
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based finance and management outfit Kirin Media Ventures has launched a $25m fund, with initial backing from Chinese investors, to finance a slate of US theatrical features.
JUNE 15 UPDATE: An exceptional year for Universal Pictures vaulted to another level as the latest episode in the tentpole Steven Spielberg created 22 years ago set opening weekend records in North America, international and worldwide.
JUNE 15 UPDATE: An extraordinary weekend for Universal Pictures saw the revival of Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure franchise confirmed on Monday as the highest North American release in industry history.
An explosive start for the dinosaur romp has resulted in a box office trifecta for the studio as its films crossed $1bn in North America and $3bn worldwide in industry record time following last week’s $2bn international feat.
Miguel Gomes’ three-volume epic wins eight on the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.
Stars including Mike Tyson, Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan walked the red carpet at the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) last night, along with three Korean jury members who are attending the festival despite the controversy surrounding MERS.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has unveiled its plans for the distribution of Quentin Tarantino’s next film.
UK film arm of European distributor withdraws from theatrical.
The distributor’s Gramercy Pictures genre label has moved its action sequel out of the busy October 2 slot.
Sci-fi thriller wins fourth edition of US indie showcase in Paris.
Elishia Holmes, Lucy Kitada and Johnny Pariseau have joined Michael De Luca Productions.
The world of Star Wars has been re-created for the latest immersive experience by Secret Cinema. Michael Rosser headed to a galaxy far, far away to find out if it would prove a trip into hyperspace… or hypersleep.
The European Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM) were high on the agenda as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) held its annual strategy meeting in Berlin for first time.
The 84-year-old mogul is preparing to relinquish his CEO role at 21st Century Fox and will hand over the reins to his son James, according to a story by CNBC on Thursday.
The 18th edition of the co-production market within Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax will run from September 17-20.
Universal’s latest tentpole in a year that has already delivered a new speed record to the $2bn mark arrives in 66 territories this weekend.
Universal’s annus mirabilis showed little sign of slowing down on Friday as studio brass said the dinosaur adventure added an estimated $41.6m from 45 international markets on Thursday to reach $65.5m.
Dinosaur sequel tramples over the competition.
The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) has secured two major sponsors for this year’s Mumbai Film Festival, providing some much-needed financial security for the October event.
A total of 1.2 million digital and creative skilled workers needed by 2022 says Creative Skillset
Philip Rose and Daniel Noy to unite entertainment teams at agency.
EXCLUSIVE: 24 producers from across Europe, Canada, US and beyond to take part in this year’s training programme.
Early grosses from Jurassic World pushed Universal Pictures International (UPI) past the milestone on June 11 as the studio established a new industry speed record.
The studio announced on Thursday that it will present exclusive looks at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Last Witch Hunter in San Diego on July 9.
The veteran actor died on Sunday after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.
EXCLUSIVE: Competition trio among UK distributor’s haul.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has confirmed to Screen its rights to first-time feature filmmaker Branden Kramer’s cyberthriller starring Ashley Benson.
Music financier Cutting Edge Group and investment arm Conduct has invested in six new films to bolster the growing music rights division.
Ben Latham-Jones describes allegations in US lawsuit as “categorically untrue”.
UK newcomer Shannon Tarbet will also star in Locomotive Media’s upcoming dark comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: Rhys Ifans and singer Charlotte Church star in Edinburgh-bound drama.
Takeshi Kitano’s Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, Sonny Mallhi’s Anguish, Ringo Lam’s Wild City and Miguel Angel Vivas’ Extinction among titles playing at Montreal’s genre film festival.
Holocaust drama won the Grand Prix at Cannes last month.
Danish major Nordisk Film has selected the team that will front its push into Norwegian productions led by Harald Zwart’s 12th Man
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has brought on the distributor as the new presenting partner of the TFI Documentary Fund.
Vue Entertainment to bring box office hit back to theatres next week.
Lionsgate has set a UK date for Jane Got A Gun, the long-gestating Western starring Natalie Portman that made headlines over the comings and goings of director and stars.
The team behind Stars Wars: The Force Awakens will light up the hallowed Hall H in San Diego on July 10 with a “special look” at the upcoming tentpole.
EXCLUSIVE: Production commenced in Auckland on Wednesday on the embassy siege action thriller from Toa Fraser that XYZ Films sells internationally.
Open Road Films has scheduled a November 6 limited release for Tom McCarthy’s thriller about the team of Boston Globe reporters that uncovered abuse within the Catholic Church.
Felix Vossen, producer of The Sweeney and I, Anna, has been missing since March.
Drumm arrives from Screen Australia and will oversee all the Toronto International Film festival’s industry activities.
Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer that Screen understands is in the $70m range.
Other winners include a film about the early years of Greenpeace and US documentary 3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets.
Stewart Thorndike’s psychological is styled as a modern-day lesbian ode to Rosemary’s Baby and stars Gaby Hoffmann.
The new evp of production arrives from DreamWorks Studios where he served as co-president and most recently worked as an independent producer at the studio.
Alexey German Jr.’s Under Electric Clouds has become the first high-profile title to fall victim to Ukraine’s new distribution ban on Russian films and TV series, which came into effect last week.
Sixth edition to move from usual berth of November to April.
UK actress Wendy Glenn is starring in Indian filmmaker Onir’s Veda, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is currently shooting in the UK.
The board of governors of the American Society Of Cinematographers has voted Crudo to return as president for a sixth term.
The Swedish film and TV industries lose close to $100m annually from illegal streaming and file sharing, according to report.
New projects from Larry Fessenden, RKSS and John McNaughton among line-up at sixth edition, taking place July 23-26 in Montreal.
Period drama stars Saoirse Ronan.
Secret Cinema shows put Star Wars sequel back into the UK top ten.
The cutting-edge distributor has taken another stride into development, teaming up with Chandor and long-time producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb on the story behind New York’s G.M. Building.
The team behind Sony Pictures Classics will collaborate with Pedro Almodóvar for the tenth time on the drama following a North American deal with El Deseo.
XLrator Media has acquired North American rights from Arclight Films to the Dutch historical epic that premiered in Berlin earlier this year.
Warren Goz will serve as CEO at the New York and Los Angeles-based film and TV finance and production venture backed by an unnamed private equity source from New York.
As shooting begins, Jack Reynor and Brie Larson join cast as Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde drop out.
JUNE 9 UPDATE: The studio confirmed on Tuesday it has never shot nor does it plan to shoot its Roald Dahl adaptation on the Faroe Islands as an anti-whale hunt petition focused on the North Atlantic settlement neared 50,000 signatures.
Ryan Kampe’s New York-based sales agent has announced the hire of its new manager of acquisitions.
Eli Roth will direct a live read of Fast Times At Ridgemont High in what will be the first such event to close the Los Angeles Film Festival.
The company has brought on its new vp / business development officer at its entertainment industries division.
EXCLUSIVE: The director’s latest documentary, A Syrian Love Story, had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week and is one of the hot favourites for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize
Cash prize of $22,500 (€20,000) to be awarded in November.
PalmStar Media and Likely Story have acquired rights to the script Collateral Beauty that has Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara attached to star.
UK company to set up office in China following investment of $1m for VOD growth into the country.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disaster movie topples animated feature Stand By Me Doraemon from the top slot.
The streaming giant has made its biggest statement yet with regard to studio-level production, swooping on world rights to the Brad Pitt satire and committing to a budget understood to be in the $70m range.
EXCLUSIVE: Fabula, Setembro Cine and Sudestada Cine’s upcoming drama has been selected for this summer’s Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound.
Anthony Bregman is expanding his bicoastal production company with hires in the feature and television divisions.
The 14th New York Asian Film Festival will launch on June 26 with the North American premiere of Philip Yung’s crime thriller.
Principal photography is underway in and around Toronto on the psychological thriller from AMBI Group and Paradox Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: Arclight, Ambi, Lakeshore deals among pick-ups.
Good weather leads to soft market, down 29% on previous weekend, with holdovers suffering big drops.
Birdman star to receive Excellence Award.
Feature about gender reassignment wins international documentary competition.
Rams wins Special Jury Prize and Audience Award, The Treasure picks up Best Romanian Film at 14th Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj
Iain Glen cast in a modern take on Othello, set in the world of the music business.
New programming head secured films by female filmmakers for close to 50% of the line-up.
JUNE 8 UPDATE: San Andreas stayed atop the international charts thanks to a confirmed $97.7m haul from approximately 24,015 screens in 68 markets.
JUNE 8 UPDATE: A confirmed $29.1m debut for Fox’s Melissa McCarthy action comedy was enough to consign San Andreas to second place as Entourage failed to ignite in fourth place.
New awards to support UK documentaries.
James Napier Robertson’s acclaimed New Zealand drama picked up a couple of honours as the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival came to a close.
UK documentary festival opened with Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence.
Move comes less than two weeks before the start of the festival.
British star was known for performances in The Haunting and Tomb Raider among others.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to the documentary by Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles.
More to film reviewing than a 140-character tweet, says Thierry Frémaux.
In South Korea where concerns over the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) have been heightening, distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has postponed the release of Northern Limit Line (aka Battle of Yeonpyeong).
Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils juries and guests for 2015 edition.
Alchemy has acquired the political drama starring Nicolas Cage, while in a separate deal BBC Worldwide North America will present the theatrical premiere of We Come As Friends.
EXCLUSIVE: The online network and content creator is exploring theatrical distribution avenues as it builds an ambitious film business following the stunning social success last year of Expelled.
EXCLUSIVE: Wolfe Releasing has acquired North American rights to the Australian lesbian crime caper that will screen at Frameline and Outfest this summer.
EXCLUSIVE: Greece’s Syllas Tzoumerkas and Hungary’s Adam Csaszi are among 13 international filmmakers selected to each spend three months in Berlin as part of the Nipkow Programme residency.
The dinosaur sequel topped the disaster movie ahead of its UK release next weekend.
Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will return to their prior policy of allowing films that receive their world premiere in Telluride to screen in the opening weekend in Canada – with one big string attached.
STREAM MARKET: The president of Awesomeness TV identified a section of the Millennial demographic as woefully underserved during a panel at the two-day digital conference on Thursday.
The distributor has picked up US rights to the Liam Neeson thriller from Marc Butan’s fledgling MadRiver Pictures, Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller.
Robert Zemeckis’ latest has landed one of the most prestigious slots of the upcoming awards season.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) has acquired rights to the non-fiction book and has set Jennifer Kent to direct following wide acclaim for her Australian horror hit The Babadook.
The distributor will release its new drama starring Evan Peters, Juno Temple and Kevin Alejandro theatically and via VOD on July 17.
EXCLUSIVE: RAF Church Fenton to become 100,000 sq ft shooting facility.
EXCLUSIVE: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.
EXCLUSIVE: Never one to rest on his laurels, the Chilean genre filmmaker has reunited with his Downhill co-writer Barry Keating and is moving ahead with the Turkey-set horror film.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe has reported a strong response from buyers to the roster led by Critics’ Week selection Krisha.
The ten-year veteran at the studio has been promoted to evp of production.
New work featuring Murray Abraham, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn, Rufus Wainwright, Katie Holmes and Zachary Quinto will screen at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market from June 16-22.
The American Film Showcase will host its first annual International Filmmaker Exchange Program in Los Angeles from June 6-18.
New films by Dietrich Brüggemann, Alex Ranisch and Philip Koch are to be judged by Munich Film Festival’s first ever Fipresci jury in its New German Cinema sidebar at this year’s forthcoming edition (June 25 - July 4).
British filmmakers and some of the UK’s highest-profile documentary-makers have put their names to a campaign backing the BBC.
The disaster tentpole has reached $100m heading into a second weekend expected to deliver solid holds for Warner Bros Pictures International and the promise of mighty debuts in China and South Korea.
Anton Corbijn’s drama starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson premiered in Berlin last February and will open on theatrical, digital and VOD platforms in autumn.
Marc Forster has commenced principal photography in Thailand on the psychological thriller starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke.
The distributor has come on to handle US rights to Fifty Shades Of Black, the upcoming spoof from Marlon Wayans that IM Global introduced to buyers in Cannes last month.
Period drama starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep to receive European premiere; new trailer released.
EXCLUSIVE: Gaumont, The Solution pre-buys among deals.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Japanese animation Stand by Me Doraemon topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.29m in its opening four days.
Derek Yee’s I Am Somebody will open this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 13-21), while China-Russian co-production Ballet In The Flames Of War will close the event.
EXCLUSIVE: Discussions to cover development, financing, exhibition and sustainability, and will include a new distribution market.
Executive director Roger Durling of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled the run dates for next year’s 31st edition.
EXCLUSIVE: A crime farce, prison drama, Highland thriller and fantastical love story among titles.
The Italian journalist for L’Espresso and La Stampa has been voted in for the 2015-16 term, effective July 1.
South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), Asia’s largest genre film fest, has announced 21 titles from 12 countries to be presented during the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) genre film project market.
A celebration of film and television music was once again at the heart of Krakow’s Film and Music Festival, now in its eighth year.
Disney executives said on Tuesday that Avengers: Age Of Ultron has overtaken the $895m final international box office of The Avengers.
Open Road Films has corralled a finance partner to build its home-grown slate over the “coming years”, kicking off with the previously announced Sleepless Night.
Xavier Dolan’s psychosexual thriller has found a US home and will open on August 14.
CREATIVE WEEK: Boyhood producer Jonathan Sehring reveals industry doubts about indie hit.
Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishé, Lesley Manville and Ari Millen have joined Noomi Rapace and Michael Chiklis on the sci-fi adventure thriller that began shooting in Toronto on Tuesday.
The Chicago-based distributor has acquired rights to Andrew Horn’s documentary We Are Twisted Fucking Sister, while in a separate deal monterey media has picked up North American rights to Forever.
The digital platform has introduced new subscription video tools for its content creators.
Anti-Nazi satire from Stations of the Cross director Dietrich Bruggemann and a new documentary from Mark Cousins among titles.
EXCLUSIVE: Simon Fitzmaurice’s debut feature to world premiere at Galway Film Fleadh.
Black Angel first seen as a short at theatrical screenings of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme is to boost its funding for the online distribution of European films this year.
CREATIVE WEEK: Zoella agent and Maker Studios discuss potential for talent crossovers.
ARTE International Prize up for grabs at Crossover Market.
China’s Wanda Cinema Line is acquiring Australian exhibitor Hoyts Group for an undisclosed amount.
Films include Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, biopic Callas starring Noomi Rapace and Nick Park animation Early Man.
Jeff Pope and Stephen Beresford among speakers.
The independent cinema guru arrives at the company as head of movies distribution and marketing while former ABC digital executive Albert Cheng is named COO.
EXCLUSIVE: Eli Roth’s Amazonian horror will finally get a US theatrical release two years after its world premiere in Toronto thanks to a collaboration between Blumhouse Production’s BH Tilt, Universal Pictures and High Top Releasing.
Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson’s company will finance and handle international sales after acquiring Peter Scott’s spec R-rated comedy screenplay.
EXCLUSIVE: Merlin star Colin Morgan co-stars in British coming-of-age feature.
Chariots of Fire producer reveals how Greenpeace activists brought him back to filmmaking.
The Colombian writer-director will tackle the Mexican comedy hot Nosotros Los Nobles for Dynamo Producciones.
The lead in BBC and Syfy’s Merlin and a cast regular on Humans has been cast in the Irish historical thriller that is scheduled to shoot in winter 2015/16.
Warner Bros’ disaster thriller achieves director Brad Peyton’s best-ever UK bow.
The Earth Network, Abramorama, GrindTV, Tugg and Vimeo are collaborating on the US theatrical release of The Search For Freedom, a documentary produced by The Earth Network.
The actor from current Sony/NBC series The Night Shift joins Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney on Lava Bear’s supernatural thriller.
Copenhagen-set time travel thriller set in a world where the oceans have risen.
Korea’s leading film investor/distributor CJ Entertainment has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s top exhibitor Major Cineplex Group to establish a joint venture for film production and investment.
Sheffield Doc/Fest to pay tribute to former festival director Heather Croall with Inspiration Award.
Animation already sold to more than 170 territories.
First production of Sadie Frost and Emma Comley’s new outfit Blonde to Black Pictures.
CREATIVE WEEK: Danny Cohen has admitted that a bad licence fee deal next year would spell inevitable cuts to BBC services.
CREATIVE WEEK: All3Media is eyeing further acquisitions in the coming months after bolstering its stable with Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street two months ago.
JUNE 1 UPDATE: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson jolted the North American box office as the Warner Bros disaster film delivered a thunderous start for the tentpole’s prospects and the star’s biggest solo opening weekend outside the Fast & Furious franchise.
JUNE 1 UPDATE: San Andreas shook up global box office at the weekend, taking the lead with a $118.5m worldwide haul that featured $63.9m from international debuts and a $54.6m number one launch in North America.
The distributor acquired Canadian theatrical, television and digital rights to the documentary in pitch form at the recent Hot Docs Forum.
James Marsden, Thomas Middleditch, Rosario Dawson and Alfred Molina have joined Bron Studios’ first animation.
Festival hierarchy are beefing up the event with a new programme called DIG, the return of Clementine Leger as festival manager and a greater footprint across the calendar.
EXCLUSIVE: Afghan War film Hyena Road is understood to be among a band of Canadian films in the frame to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
The documentary about the late comedy star and member of SNL and Chicago’s Second City Theatre troupe features Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and David Spade.
Joachim Trier’s family drama played in Competition at Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse Cinemas to partner with Durham’s Gala Theatre.
Lithuanian documentaries will be in the spotlight at this year’s 55th Krakow Film Festival (May 31-June 7) which opens with Krzysztof Kopczynski’s The Dybbuk. A Tale Of Wandering Souls.
Warner Bros triggers a wide release of San Andreas day-and-date with North America in 60 markets this weekend including eight majors.
The Norwegian government is set to introduce a system of incentives for film productions, to keep local projects in the country and attract international ventures.
Dystopian drama set to shoot this summer.
Poltergeist also scares up buzz in the social media charts.
EXCLUSIVE: Man Of Steel star quits production just days before shooting was set to begin.
The post-Cannes acquisitions trickle continues as IFC announced it has picked up US rights from Hanway Films to Matteo Garrone’s Competition premiere.
The executive arrives from Traction Media and will serve on the Film Finance & Sales Group (FFSG).
EXCLUSIVE: US director’s follow-up to Blue Ruin stars Patrick Stewart as a white supremacist and played at Cannes.
Robert Simonds’ aspiring studio, still more than two months away from releasing its first film, has made another grand move and launched a family and animation division.
The British director will be the subject of the organisation’s prestigious ‘Brits To Watch: The Screenings’ series.
EXCLUSIVE: Sam Neill and Roger Allam to star in the British comedy based on a Stephen Fry bestseller.
EXCLUSIVE: UK film and distribution company launches new digital platform.
EXCLUSIVE INFOGRAPHIC: Mad Max: Fury Road and Carol top films overall.
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) has signed an output deal with IFC Films on select films that include includes Good Kill and The D Train.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor Cineart has confirmed several Cannes acquisitions.
New Stockholm Impact Award will be part of a new international film competition.