EXCLUSIVE: UK broadcaster joins finance of Jean Doumanian, WestEnd drama.
Proposals include an end to “unjustified geo-blocking” and a modernisation of copyright law.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama starring Isabelle Huppert due to shoot this June.
EXCLUSIVE: Other new titles on the Cannes slate include films by Nicole Garcia and Cristian Mungiu.
Noomi Rapace to play seven sisters in What Happened to Monday?, co-starring Glenn Close.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based company will kick off international sales in Cannes on the Sundance drama starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.
EXCLUSIVE: Victor Vu’s Yellow Flowers On The Green Grass is set in 1980s Vietnam.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier has bulked up Seville International’s Cannes slate and will commence talks with buyers on the drama from Sophie Deraspe.
Teaser clip of Herzog’s documentary about the relationship between humans and volcanoes to be screened at Cannes.
The 12 titles include Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale winner, Roy Andersson’s Venice victor and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance prize-winner.
Producer of Toronto title Atlantic to replace Rutger Wolfson at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
A six-stage, $205m (£135m) film and TV production facility in Scotland could be open for business by early 2017 if plans submitted this week are given the go-ahead.
Bollywood star Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run incident in 2002.
Locarno Film Festival’s co-production lab, Open Doors, is dedicated this year to four countries from the Maghreb: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.
EXCLUSIVE: Hailee Steinfeld and Tom Wilkinson will star in the adaptation of Caren Lissner’s YA novel that Mimi Steinbauer and her team introduce to buyers on the Croisette.
White Horse Pictures and Studiocanal will launch international sales in Cannes on Ron Howard’s authorised documentary about The Beatles’ early career.
EXCLUSIVE: Edge of Tomorrow star to take on role of female bull-rider.
The star of the Hobbit films and TV hits Sherlock and Fargo has come aboard the cast of Marvel Studios’ upcoming 2016 release.
EXCLUSIVE: Recent Oscar nominee Laura Dern will star alongside Ellen Burstyn and Sebastian Koch in Jennifer Fox’s investigative thriller The Tale that Charlotte Mickie and her team will introduce to the Croisette.
Top brass at the 21st Los Angeles Film Festival have announced the US Fiction, Documentary and World Competition sections.
The distribution and sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group will commence sales in Cannes on the CGI family animation boasting the talents of Alec Baldwin and John Cleese.
Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen will star in the Hitchcockian thriller set to begin production in July.
Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment have tapped Kellan Lutz to star in the action-thriller. Highland Film Group will handle sales in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Talks underway for a new European Audience Prize.
Company president Jason Moring announced his Double Dutch International team has added the Emily Dickinson project to its Cannes sales roster.
ROUND-UP: Screen Media Films has acquired US rights to the film starring Jason Schwartzman. In other news, ARC has acquired Freedom, Kino Lorber will release Patch Town and Rialto has set a release for its restored version of The Third Man.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has announced two affiliate relationships with South Africa’s Independent Producers Organization (IPO) and Malaysia’s Creative Content Industry Guild (CCIG).
The actor previously did voice work on two Plympton shorts – Santa, The Fascist Years and The Flying House – and served as executive producer on the filmmaker’s Cheatin’.
Lionsgate’s Zygi Kamasa commits to making “independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide”.
EXCLUSIVE: Calum Gray rejoins Celsius from Independent.
French actress and long-time Alain Resnais collaborator to preside over jury to select the best first film presented at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
The Legend Of Barney Thomson to world premiere at the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).
More than 3,000 fans attended London event on Star Wars Day (May 4).
A Conspiracy of Faith shoot begins today and follows Danish box office hits The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One.
Mystery thriller from Park Jung-bum wins pitching prize.
South Korean festival grows focus on alternative, experimental and “adventurous” cinema.
Martin Scorsese’s Silence, based on Japanese author Shusaku Endo’s novel, will wrap on May 15 after filming for 14 weeks in Taiwan.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local releases You Are My Sunshine and Helios slowed down but did not derail the Furious 7 juggernaut at the China box office last week, with the film grossing a further $45.63m for a cume of $370.83m.
Documentary about the teenager who survived a shooting by the Taliban to get awards season release.
Fox’s Far from the Madding Crowd narrowly edges out Universal’s Unfriended as the week’s highest new entry.
Heading into the Cannes world premiere, details have emerged of the international buyers on Thunder Road and Black Label Media’s drug cartel thriller.
In what looks set to become the Marché’s hot-ticket equivalent of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout, the Netflix chief content officer is scheduled to take part in an on-stage conversation on May 15.
Patrick Wachsberger’s Lionsgate International team will commence sales in Cannes in select territories where output deals do not apply on the thriller that reunites Thunder Road with Keanu Reeves.
ROUND-UP: CBS Films has acquired US rights to David Mackenzie’s action heist thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Sierra/Affinity commences sales in Cannes.
Adam Egypt Mortimer directed the film that premiered at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2.
EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist to launch sales in Cannes ahead of Norway shoot; Rory Culkin and X-Men’s Caleb Landry Jones to star.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner is Cannes-bound with world sales rights to the prestige Vincent Van Gogh ‘painted animation’ starring Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn and Chris O’Dowd.
The New York-based sales agent has picked up worldwide rights to Jesus Town USA and 3 Still Standing and international rights to Planetary.
ScreenCraft, a Hollywood-based service dedicated to connecting screenwriters with industry insiders, has expanded horizons.
Participant Media has promoted Sam Neswick to the newly created position.
MAY 5 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $19.1m on Monday as the international running total climbed to $459.5m.
UPDATED MAY 5: Marvel Studios’ superhero tentpole erupted into 4,276 theatres across North America at the weekend to deliver the second biggest three-day debut in history.
The sales agent has commenced international sales on the Sigma Films and Thruline Entertainment horror supported by Creative Scotland.
Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will commence sales in Cannes on the Starz original TV series adaptation starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch.
The distributor has picked up writer-director Andrew Renzi’s feature debut and recent Tribeca selection starring Richard Gere. Fortitude International handles sales in Cannes on behalf of QED International.
EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse, Element team on Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes entry.
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Cuban’s 2929 backs road-trip heart-warmer sold by Embankment.
Mister Smith Entertainment to begin international sales at Cannes Marche.
Employment reform negotiations end in stalemate with union poised to set new rate cards.
The San Francisco Film Society has announced the three winners of 2015 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards.
MAY 1 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron heads into its second weekend all but assured of continued supremacy on $287.3m internationally and $27.6m from North American Thursday previews.
EXCLUSIVE: International Film Trust heads to Cannes with sales rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere starring Jessica Biel.
EXCLUSIVE: Company to also market premiere First Growth [pictured], a family drama set in the vineyards of Burgundy.
Content Media has added another tile to its market roster, taking worldwide rights to Adam Rehmeier’s action feature Save A Bullet For Me.
Lea Pool’s drama went home with a handful of major honours as the 16th annual film festival concluded in southern California on April 30.
Roskino and Russian Cinema are joining forces for the first time to present companies in the Russian Pavilion at the forthcoming Marché du Film in Cannes.
UK company to produce two bestselling novels Pomegranate Soup and Genus as first feature projects
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has maintained its lead in the social media buzz chart after a week on release.
Malaysian motorcycle action thriller marks Stephen Windon’s directorial debut
Merced Media and Block Entertainment announced the untitled female comedy to be produce by Judd Apatow that Bill Block will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.
The New York-based distributor is moving into development on the project for the in-demand director of True Detective.
The Red Granite International subsidiary has dropped a Marcus Nispel project into the Cannes market in the form of the maritime horror film.
Lisa Wilson will kick off pre-sales in Cannes on the comedy package buoyed by the plum casting of recent Oscar winner JK Simmons alongside Emile Hirsch.
Co-founders Stuart Ford and Mark Stern have announced a raft of new product led by a swoop on rights to Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical bestseller.
The comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will open on August 21, while Power Rangers is shunted from July 22 2016 to January 13 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: Pathé/Gurinder Chadha partition drama sets cast ahead of shoot.
EXCLUSIVE: Toronto-based Raven Banner Entertainment has secured worldwide rights to the mutant shark-infested, Nazi zombie creature feature and will start sales in Cannes.
The database managed by the Cannes market has partnered with Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell’s cloud-based marketplace.
Eco documentary is from the Oscar-winning director of March of the Penguins.
Pelican Point Capital Partners via its media arm Pelican Point Media has formed Golden Gate Media in association with Cassian Elwes.
The Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFF) project is on the Grindstone/Lionsgate Films US distribution slate. Highland Film Group will introduce to Cannes buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicola Pearcey promoted at indie major.
EXCLUSIVE: Funding body greenlights shorts from women directors.
Documentary examines the story behind Claude Lanzmann’s seminal Holocaust film.
Microwave International partnership will commit up to $385,000 (£250,000) towards feature film; Indian mentors include Vishal Bharwaj, Ritesh Batra and Vikas Behl.
Other titles in new talent competition include Sundance hit The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Taiwan’s The Furthest End Awaits.
Panorama Europe Film Festival has announced 16 films to be showcased from May 29-June 14 in New York.
The distributor snapped up North American rights and plans a pre-theatrical release for the horror title on May 12 followed by theatrical on June 19.
Thailand’s Ministry of Culture will host the Thai Pitch event at Cannes again this year, where projects will be presented by three directors including Wisit Sasanatieng (Tears Of The Black Tiger, Citizen Dog).
ITV Studios has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the fledgling indie set up by film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.
Asian premiere for Vincent Cassel feature at new 4,000-seat stadium.
Japanese studio Toei has launched a major digital restoration programme of its extensive library, starting with Kinji Fukasaku’s Battles Without Honor And Humanity, which is screening in Cannes Classics next month.
Rock Baijnauth’s documentary about an annual competition among coffee makers.
Esponda Productions, Vesuvio Entertainment, Rocky Mountain Pictures and Disarming Films announced that Amy Berg’s documentary about child sexual abuse in Hollywood will get a limited US release.
Section to also include celebrations of Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles as well as screenings of The Terminator and Jurassic Park 3D.
Organisers at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced the complete line-up of 450 films from 92 countries on Wednesday. The festival runs from May 14-June 7.
The British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s lead organization for film, is bracing itself for further cuts to its budget after the general election.
EXCLUSIVE: Kill Your Friends, Return to Sender among pick-ups.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales agent snaps up two US indie features - one exec produced by Spike Lee - ahead of Cannes.
Feature documentary will focus on the fastest man on Earth.
Vincent Van Gogh biopic will see 60 artists produce 57,800 oil paintings to make up the film, starring Douglas Booth and Saoirse Ronan.
Serbian director Vuk Rsumovic’s No One’s Child and Slovak filmmaker Ivan Ostrochovský fiction debut Koza were the big winners at the 15th edition of the goEast Festival of Central and East European Film (April 22-28) in Wiesbaden.
Other nominees include Glassland, I Used To Live Here, Noble and Song of the Sea.
INFOGRAPHIC: Disney and Sony secure the most mentions among the studios.
Production house behind Berlinale award-winner Rainbow (Dhanak) and Sundance winner Umrika.
Competition titles revealed; exclusive first footage to screen from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Disney’s Zootopia.
Film industry veterans Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder have unveiled their London and LA-based company and strategic alliances with London’s Potboiler Films and Berlin-based X Filme.
Wild Tales director Damián Szifron is to write the screenplay for the feature adaptation for TWC-Dimension.
The LA-based company has acquired North America and most international rights to the Chilean mine collapse survival story and will channel the US release via its Warner Bros output deal on November 13.
EXCLUSIVE: The former president of international at SSG has joined the company in the run-up to Cannes.
Seville International to begin sales on It’s Only The End Of The World at Cannes; MK2 to handle in France.
Other winners at the French film festival in LA include Alix Delaporte’s The Last Hammer Blow and documentary Steak (R)evolution.
EXCLUSIVE: The French-Canadian director, whose Sicario is set to premiere in Competition in Cannes, has paid tribute to the “master” Ridley Scott.
EXCLUSIVE: Glen Basner’s New York-based company will introduce the prestige mystery starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal to international buyers next month.
BAFTA LA has announced the 2015 BAFTA US Student Film Awards will be held on June 25 in Beverly Hills.
Mandeville Films is partnering with YouTube powerhouse Fine Brothers Entertainment on an untitled original series.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 has become the highest-grossing film ever in China.
Oscar-winner, who worked with Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, most recently collaborated with Russell Crowe on The Water Diviner.
EXCLUSIVE: Sundance documentary, co-directed by the filmmaker behind Oscar-winner Twenty Feet From Stardom, centres on an explosive series of televised political debates.
Los Angeles Film Festival top brass have announced pre-screenings including Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance hit Dope and Pete Docter’s Cannes world premiere Inside Out.
Mel Gibson to film special trailer for the festival; plans for Lebanese cinema focus and tributes to late US actor John Cazale and Chris Penn.
Promo of Danish drama to be screened at Cannes next month.
Geo-blocking and territoriality were high on the agenda when European Commissioner Andrus Ansip met with members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education for an ¨exchange of views¨ in Strasbourg.
Joel Silver has secured financing from Canadian drug store mogul Daryl Katz to beef up his long-running company.
EXCLUSIVE: David Hare writes courtroom drama about Holocaust denier David Irving
The filmmakers describe the Gold Circle project as The Fault In Our Stars meets The Sixth Sense. Good Universe will commence international sales in Cannes.
The Montreal-based sales outfit will commence international sales on the Croisette on the Critics’ Week selection.
Average tickets prices for the first quarter 2015 in the US climbed 2% against the same period in 2014, according to fresh data from the National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO).
UPDATED: The Seven Arts Entertainment CEO, his wife Susan and lawyer Michael Arata have been found guilty of conspiracy to wire fraud in Louisiana to the tune of $1.1m.
The Filmmakers behind Saving Mes Aynak have announced a global screening day to spread awareness about a 5,000-year-old Buddhist archaeological site in Afghanistan on the brink of destruction.
Disney’s latest superhero outing posts biggest April opening, biggest Saturday ever for the distributor and the eighth-biggest opening of all time.
The European Film Academy’s (EFA) chairwoman Agnieszka Holland has spoken of a ¨crisis of content¨ in European cinema and called on the continent’s broadcasters to invest more in ambitious TV series.
Deborah Williams to support roll out of ‘Three Ticks’ diversity initiative across all BFI funding activity.
Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), set to run from May 5-9, has announced the panel series covering topics addressing women, diversity and the entertainment business.
Films include a collaboration between Sing Sing prison inmates and a leading contemporary dance company from Turner Prize nominated visual artist Phil Collins.
The Chicago-based distributor of this year’s best foreign language Oscar winner Ida has announced key staffing changes.
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson, Lily Cole star in horror.
David Gordon Green returns to his alma mater to present Manglehorn; local newcomers impress with Homeless feature.
Penny Dreadful picked up three awards at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.
APRIL 27 UPDATE: The Marvel Studios tentpole signalled an early indication of its global potential, while Fast & Furious 7 crossed $1bn for Universal in a mammoth box office session.
APRIL 27 UPDATE: Universal’s global smash, which crossed $1bn at the international box office on Sunday and stands at $1.321bn worldwide, retained pole position in North America in its fourth session.
The action behemoth has became the third film to cross the milestone as Universal’s international distribution chief hailed its broad appeal, enduring love for Paul Walker, “immediate repeat viewings” and a huge result in China.
The Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles have unveiled a three-year study on the careers of female directors.
Tribeca top brass announced the winners of the two awards sponsored by AT&T on Saturday as the festival neared its conclusion.
CANNES: The studio is poised to snap up US rights to Bold Films’ thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales on the Croisette.
The highly regarded young executive has been promoted to president of international sales and distribution at Avi Lerner’s Los Angeles-based company.
The distributor has made a seven-figure offer for US rights on the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere.
Top brass at the 16th annual California festival have announced the Irish, Chinese and Korean Spotlights.
EXCLUSIVE: Company to launch Radu Mihaileanu’s The History of Love and Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle.
Heading into Cannes the company has bulked up its sales slate with international rights to the drama starring Jason Sudeikis and Jessica Biel.
Virgin Mountain and Bridgend were among the winners at the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival; King Jack and Transfatty Lives take the audience awards.
Mexican director Bernando Arellano’s Beginning Of Time won best film in the Tiantan Awards of this year’s revamped Beijing International Film Festival, while Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem won best director and best visual effects.
John Fremes has joined Voltage Pictures as president of international sales and distribution and will report to president and COO Jonathan Deckter.
Hollywood is targeting local language production more than ever as studios and independent finance and production players align themselves with international partners.
Sir Peter Bazalgette is to deliver a keynote address exploring ways in which a newly elected government should support the UK creative industries as part of Screen Internationals’ annual Creative Week event (June 1-3, 2015).
Paramount Pictures has announced that it plans to expand its office in China and shift its business operations from Shanghai to Beijing.
Avengers sequel outguns rivals.
After two days Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron has soared to an estimated $44.8m from its first 26 territories, teeing up what looks likely to become an epic launch.
Studio executives used the CinemaCon platform to unload dates for two of its biggest franchises as well as a host of others.
More than five years after the studio acquired rights to Oren Peli’s follow-up to the ground-breaking Paranormal Activity, Paramount Insurge has unveiled distribution plans.
Official Selection for 2015 line-up completed with extra titles for Competition, Un Certain Regard, Special Screening and Midnight Screening strands.
The Londoner will report to the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards.
Sundance Institute also reveals dates of second Hong Kong edition.
EXCLUSIVE: Pinewood Pictures exec to leave UK outfit after three years.
Patrick Wang’s The Grief of Others set for international premiere in the selection.
The 16th annual California festival will present A Brilliant Young Mind, Set Fire To The Stars and A Little Chaos on Friday.
Marvel Studios’ Avengers sequel assembles in 32 territories this weekend in what tees up a thunderous showdown with Fast & Furious 7 that could see both titles pull in more than $100m apiece.
EXCLUSIVE: The European Commission (EC) is planning changes to its Creative Europe programme from 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Arts Alliance to screen award-winning documentary in cinemas worldwide.
The crime thriller will open day-and-date theatrically and on VOD on June 19. Peter Bogdanovich’s daughter Antonia Bogdanovich makes her feature directorial debut.
EXCLUSIVE: SVOD service secures exclusive global distribution rights to epic Locarno winner.
The distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Mia Donovan’s Deprogrammed and Heddy Honigmann’s Around The World In 50 Concerts ahead of Toronto Hot Docs.
Following its launch at the Berlin film festival, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is bringing a delegation of 17 film companies and organisations from eight countries to the Cannes film festival and market.
Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel got off to a flying start on Wednesday as Disney top brass said it opened at number one in all of its first wave of markets.
Sony has set The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to take Spider-Man back to his graphic roots and has set a release date of July 20, 2018.
The recently rebranded distributor has cut a deal with Summerstorm Entertainment following the thriller’s recent world premiere and Golden Raven Award win at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.
The digital and VOD distributor has acquired North American rights to Robin Williams’ final film.
Artistic director jumped at chance to premiere My Golden Years.
EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd heads to Cannes with doc about controversial ballet star. First look still released.
IFC president Jonathan Sehring to discuss the importance of creative risks at Screen International event.
Harkness Screens has launched its Curolux suite of screen monitoring solutions for digital cinema.
EXCLUSIVE: Julianne Moore drama becomes highest-grosser for UK distributor.
MPAA member studios prevented more than 19,000 tons of studio sets and other waste from entering landfills in 2014, the trade body announced on Earth Day on Wednesday.
Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut will kick off the 16th annual festival (NBFF) in California, set to run from April 23-30.
Documentary follows four friends on a 3,000 mile journey on horseback.
Xin Cheng Jiang’s sci-fi love story wins at Beijing Film Market.
Event returning to London for the first time in nearly a decade after of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller also among those on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury
Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Jaco Van Dormael among line-up; Jia Zhangke to receive Golden Coach.
The former Continental Media partners head to Cannes with a new venture that encompasses sales and marketing, led by sales titles Safelight and Sun Belt Express.
EXCLUSIVE: The Solution Entertainment Group is packaging the psychological thriller for Wolf At The Door’s Brazilian director.
CANNES: QED Holdings CEOs Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine have engaged Fortitude International to sell their slate that includes Rock The Kasbah and The Family Fang.
Brad Pitt will act in his second Michael Lewis adaption after Moneyball alongside Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei.
National Association Of Theatre Owners John Fithian championed the theatrical experience with typical gusto on Tuesday, predicting this year would surpass all that had come before it at the US and global box office.
Oliver Schmitz to direct Philomena star.
Paramount has appointed Jill Brody to svp of worldwide marketing partnerships and brand integration.
The distributor has pounced following the April 19 world premiere of the rom-com starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg.
The feature will mark the first time Steven Spielberg has directed a Disney-branded feature.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival is bestowing a $56,000 prize from Labodigital on the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI).
Discovery Channel exec to replace Heather Croall at documentary festival.
Seoul-based 4D specialist CJ 4DPLEX has signed deals with Indian multiplex titan PVR Ltd and two Japanese exhibitors to bring 4DX technology to their movie theatres.
The world premiere of cult web series creators 5-Second Films’ first feature Dude Bro Party Massacre III will screen at the upcoming festival as top brass introduced the Zeitgeist and Nightfall sections.
Award-winning director’s Waiting For The Sea opened the Rome Film Festival in 2012.
EXCLUSIVE: US, UK, France, Germany deals for LGBT sports drama.
Films from Dubai, Guadalajara and Buenos Aires among line-up.
Denmark’s Katja Adomeit and Germany’s Ingmar Trost among upcoming European producers set to be showcased at Cannes.
Richard Abramowitz will release the musical comedy in New York City on July 24 and The Orchard will complement the theatrical release with a day-and-date North American digital launch.
Three features in advanced development at new all female company.
Cast of London-set noir thriller includes Screen Stars of Tomorrow Cush Jumbo and James Floyd.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: With Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 grossing $186.58m in its first full week at the China box office, the spoils were thinly spread for every other film on release.
Steve Hoover’s documentary received its world premiere at Tribeca on April 16.
Walt Disney Studios’ evp of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis has encouraged exhibition and distribution to step up their partnership to ensure cinema-going remained the first choice of consumers.
Elie Wajeman’s The Anarchists, starring Palme d’Or winner Adele Exarchopoulos and Cesar winner Tahar Rahim, to open Critics’ Week
The Sundance Best Of Next audience award winner will open theatrically in the autumn as a campaign launch for Girls star Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon.
Round-up: IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros have signed a multi-picture deal to release up to 30 films through 2020. Separately, Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition unveils its live streaming platform this week.
EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s international sales division will commence pre-sales next month on psychological thriller Border Crossing, based on the novel by Pat Barker.
The studio has moved Ninjago back by a year from September 23 2016 to September 22 2017 in 3D.
EXCLUSIVE: Divergent star Theo James joins cast as shoot gets underway and first still is revealed.
EXCLUSIVE: Icelandic film to receive world premiere in Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Top three remains unchanged for the third week in a row; eOne’s Child 44 is the highest new entry with $755,000 (£505,422) from its 444 sites.
EXCLUSIVE: Wigwam Films’ Under the Shadow underway in Jordan.
Amy Winehouse documentary from the director of Senna will play in the Midnight Secreenings section of the Cannes Film Festival.
Former Disney chief Dick Cook’s announcement of the launch of Dick Cook Studios, with $150m in Chinese financing, was one of several deals unveiled at the Beijing Film Market (BFM), which wrapped on Monday night.
Weerasethakul, Davies and Van Dormael also rumoured to be headed to parallel section.
Ann Hui’s The Golden Era continued its awards sweep at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night, winning five prizes including best film and best director.
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (VRPA) and Beijing-based Hairun Pictures have entered into a strategic film production alliance and unveiled a slate of five features.
Heyi Pictures, the film arm of Chinese streaming giant Youku Tudou, signed six partnership deals with content publishers and new distribution channels at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) today.
Sky Atlantic has postponed airing Alex Gibney’s controversial documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, due to British libel laws.
UPDATED APRIL 20: Universal’s smash action release, which this weekend became the studio’s biggest global hit of all time on $1.152bn, held on to North American pole position on $29.2m for a confirmed $294.5m after three weekends.
UPDATED APRIL 20: Fast & Furious 7 generated an extraordinary $166.9m confirmed weekend haul to soar to $857.9m internationally and reach the highest global mark in the studio’s 103-year history.
The Canadian distributor has swooped on Asif Kapadia’s anticipated documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, set to premiere in Midnight Screenings on the Croisette.
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ Güeros premiered in Berlin last year. Separately, IFC Midnight has taken tonight’s Tribeca world premiere Stung off the table.
Talking after the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection on Thursday, festival chief Thierry Fremaux reveals Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise might still make it into competition and his habitual fears for the films he selects.
Five-time Palme d’Or nominated director to world premiere latest film in parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Misfits and Northern Soul star leads cast on London thriller.
Elizabeth Banks’ comedy sequel for Universal will close Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural festival while the world premiere of TriStar Pictures’ War Room will open the event, set to run in Arkansas from May 5-9.
Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema prevented from showing the film on its UK release date; Curzon defends move; BFI issues statement.
The European digital technologies specialist is rolling out its platform via subsidiary Direct Cinema North America (DCNA).
Filmmakers including Darren Aronofsky, Tsui Hark and Jean-Jacques Annaud discussed the key factors that help a film travel at the Beijing International Film Festival’s Co-production Forum today.
The distributor has acquired North American theatrical, digital and home entertainment rights to the 2015 SXSW documentary spotlight audience award winner.
EXCLUSIVE: Manchester-born director describes story’s ‘personal resonance’.
The former head of Film4 has resigned from her post as National Theatre chief executive after less than six months in the job.
Hanway Films secures deal with Lionsgate for UK rights; producer Stephen Woolley says the twist in the film trumps The Crying Game.
The superhero sequel is smashing records before it is even released.
Universal executives confirmed on Friday that the action smash had crossed the milestone in an industry record 17 days.
Thomas Daneskov’s low-budget DIY drama The Elite (Eliten) has won the New Talent Grand PIX at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX.
New projects by Karabey, Aydogan, Sakaoglu among award winners at Istanbul Meetings
Alcon Entertainment is in negotiations with the Canadian star to join Harrison Ford on its sci-fi sequel, which Cannes Palme d’or contender Denis Villeneuve will direct.
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Woody Allen, Asif Kapadia, Natalie Portman and Pete Docter set for Out of Competition screenings.
More cast announced for Larry Charles comedy about one man’s search for Osama Bin Laden.
Ken Loach, Simone Bitton, Walter Bernstein, Annemarie Jacir and Elia Suleiman among signatories of petition; Locarno Film Festival issues statement.
The Cinemadanube platform will stream independent European festival hits that have not been available theatrically to US audiences.
EXCLUSIVE: Feature documentary interviews sons of high ranking Nazi officials.
Filmmaker to give masterclass ahead of French theatrical release of Nymphomaniac Directors’ Cut.
Australia’s biggest ever delegation to the Beijing Film Festival includes producer Alan Lindsay, who is seeking Chinese partners for the animated family film Piccolo The Dolphin Prince, written and directed by Greg Mclean, whose gory breakout film was Wolf Creek.
The British actor-director revealed stories from Die Hard, Harry Potter, Robin Hood and his latest film, A Little Chaos.
The company has acquired world sales rights to the documentary ahead of its world premiere in Tribeca on Saturday (April 18).
Andrew Herwitz will launch sales in New York this week on a quartet of titles led by A Ballerina’s Tale.
San Francisco-based ro*co films has secured international rights to a slate of films including three Sundance selections that will launch at MIPDOC/MIPTV.
The latest collaboration between director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy will open the 41st Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on May 14.
Cannes Film Festival parallel section to announce full line-up on April 21.
EXCLUSIVE: Staff, slate segue to existing UK sales and production outfit.
In her expanded role the executive will oversee a division responsible for negotiating the production and talent deals across a broad portfolio of films.
Abderrahmane Sissako to head the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury.
Breaking Glass Pictures is partnering with Jay Paul Deratany’s new distributor as they work together to build a slate.
Teaser trailer released of period drama starring Carey Mulligan about women’s fight for the vote.
The benefits and potential downfalls of film funds and the strength of genre films were among topics covered during Frontières panel at BIFFF, hosted by EAVE and moderated by Tailored Films’ Ruth Treacy.
TrustNordisk has closed numerous territories on the new fantasy-adventure film The Shamer’s Daughter.
Arclight Films has sold Roel Reine’s Admiral - set for a gala screening at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) - to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
MIPTV: Dogwoof secures deals across the Nordics and Netherlands.
Execs from AMC, Deluxe and Sony join LA operation.
Carol Morley’s The Falling to screen In Competition.
The joint venture between Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) and Ivanhoe Pictures will build a local-language slate in China, South Korea and India, among others, and will be led by John Penotti who replaces Jim Tauber as SKE president.
Top brass at the new studio launched by Robert Simonds and TPG Capital have shed more light on the marketing executive suite in the run-up to the July 31 launch of maiden title The Gift.
The red-hot director of the first season of True Detective will direct and serve as executive producer on the serial killer series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights from Films Boutique to Peter Greenaway’s fact-based drama.
Sundance NEXT FEST will return to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles from August 7-9, marking the second year at the venue and the third in Los Angeles.
The former president of Fox Television Studios will help build the client roster at the online global marketplace for film and TV rights.
Lone Scherfig to direct BBC Films’ wartime romcom; HanWay to handle worldwide sales.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov’s detention in Russia’s Lefortovo prison has been extended once again - this time until May 11 after a decision by the regional court judge Elena Kaneva.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 scored the biggest opening day ever in China on Sunday (April 12), according to EntGroup figures, grossing $63.24m in a single day.
Global Screen sells German-language drama to North America, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South-East Asia
A number of emerging Danish filmmakers are embracing a new DIY attitude, as evidenced by some exciting debuts at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX festival this week. It might not be an identifiable new wave, but it marks a new ethos.
Japanese studio behind Godzilla also focusing on co-finance deals.
The Imitation Game and Sherlock star issues call for support after backing the UK’s oldest operating purpose-built cinema.
UPDATED: The widely admired former president of Fox International Productions has been named president of international film and television at Sony in a huge boost to the studio’s global co-production and local-language ambitions.
A female director will open the festival for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Festival cancels competitions and closing ceremony after dozens of directors withdraw films following removal of documentary Bakur from programme.
The president of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is stepping down after 10 years to set up a private psychotherapy practice with his wife.
The Slow West director will take part in the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Brits To Watch: The Screenings series.
The fourth edition of the festival, set to run in Mexico from April 23-29, will feature three world premieres of Mexican productions and 53 international premieres.
Bloom Media and Embankment Films are among a slew of new clients to sign on to the SaaS rights and content management specialists.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired US rights to Morgan Matthew’s feature directorial debut.
EXCLUSIVE: eOne nabs North American rights to 3D animation.
EXCLUSIVE: UK seller signs US comedy-horror ahead of Cannes.
Bikas Mishra’s drama Four Colors (Chauranga) earned the grand jury prize for best feature as the 13th annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded on Sunday.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has optioned television rights to Truman Capote’s 1966 bestseller with Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios on board to produce.
New York-set drama stars Girls actor Christopher Abbott and Sex & the City’s Cynthia Nixon; MFI taking the film to Cannes Marché.
eOne’s The DUFF is the week’s highest new entry with $1.3m (£891,248) from its 392 sites, including previews.
Staff at Breaking Glass Pictures are in mourning following the sudden death of chief financial officer Justin Giani. He was 25.
Director Alma Har’el, known for blurring lines between documentary and fiction, previously worked with LaBeouf on a Sigur Rós music video.
EXCLUSIVE: Timur Bekmambetov’s 3D children’s animated series Alisa Knows What To Do! has been picked up for distribution in North America.
Distributor to release films from horror fantasy film festival under FrightFest Presents banner.
Screen’s Andreas Wiseman to join experts from British Council as well as film PR, distribution, production and marketing.
Projects new to Screenbase include Ricky Gervais’ satire Special Correspondents, Garth Davis’s survival tale Lion, and Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.
APRIL 13 UPDATE: The action franchise that keeps on giving for Universal soared to $3.18bn worldwide thanks to an estimated $259.2m worldwide weekend haul that boosted the running total to $801.5m.
APRIL 13 UPDATE: Universal’s global blockbuster – now at $801.5m – soared to $251.5m on the back of a confirmed $59.6m second weekend number one hold.
The veteran executive and producer arrives as senior vice-president of development and production and will immediately shepherd a rom-com about President Obama and the First Lady’s first date.
In a shock development, the company’s CEO is stepping down after eight years.
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard will produce Jessica Knoll’s upcoming novel.
A little over one week after announcing his departure from Columbia Pictures as president of production, the in-demand producer has closed a three-year deal with Universal Pictures.
Brooklyn-based producer Film First announced a pair of deals on its documentary about music legend Mavis Staples.
Statement from star Sylvester Stallone says: “It is important to protect the rights of creatives”.
Italian-American actress and director to head Un Certain Regard jury.
Charles Gant has been appointed as UK critic for Screen International.
EXCLUSIVE: Diana Elbaum, Katriel Schory among speakers, strands added.
BAFTA also announces date for the next Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
This year’s Odessa International Film Festival has again been denied any state funding by the Ukrainian State Film Agency (USFA).
The action sequel, which has crossed the $500m mark, has lit up social media channels in its first week of release.
Family feature will go head-to-head with Under The Skin and Pride.
Move follows recruitment of colourist Paul Ensby, who recently completed DI work on Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary.
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the gang are expected to hold on to the global box office crown this weekend as the film reached $526.8m through Thursday morning.
Busy Lionsgate made two significant and separate announcements on Thursday, lining up an S-VOD service with the organisers of Comic-Con and extending its Grindstone partnership with Emmett/Furla Films.
The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences and ABC Television Network have revealed dates for the next three Oscars shows.
The online global marketplace for film and television rights has unveiled DealWizard to handle complex data and terms and recognise the key role that relationships play in negotiating and closing deals.
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced the 10 recipients of the 2015 TFI Latin America Fund and introduced Los Cabos Film Festival and Labodigital as new partners.
Kino Lorber has acquired all US and Canadian rights from Le Pacte to Israeli film-maker Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.
The distributor cut the North American deal on the inner-city drama with XYZ Films.
Bold’s Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes have announced the company’s first project since its awards season duo Whiplash and Nightcrawler.
The New Zealand-based marketing data, analysis and campaign creation and management specialist Movio has launched its product allowing studios and distributors to track film-goer behavior.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up North American rights to the LGBT drama from Swiss feature directorial debutant Philippe Audi-Dor.
The European Commission (EC) may be showing some flexibility on its stance towards its plans for copyright reform following extensive protests from the European film and television industries in recent weeks.
Bolster European players and force global internet giants to adhere to local fiscal and financial obligations related to culture, say directors.
The former Lotus Entertainment executive arrives as president of production and will get to work on a director-driven, commercial slate.
Top brass at Universal Pictures International (UPI) said the studio was on course to reach the box office milestone in record time on Wednesday (April 8).
The studio is teaming up with its family of The Hunger Games film-makers and taking on Homer’s paean to ancient Greek heroism and ingenuity.
The line-up of speakers has been announced for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC), taking place over April 11-12.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) have selected the finallists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants.
Award-winning documentary centres on the shooting of a black teenager and the subsequent trial of his killer.
K5 snaps up all non-US rights to drama starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson.
Paris-based industry veteran, who also works with actor Amr Waked, deepens ties with Egypt.
Celtic crime thriller was Ireland’s Oscar submission.
Feature documentary to use hit stage adaptation to explore autism.
Sundance Institute and Drishyam have unveiled the artists and creative advisors for the inaugural Drishyam | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab set to run in Goa, India, from April 12-16.
The Chinese JV triumvirate of China Movie Channel Program Center, Jiaflix Enterprises and 1905 Pictures are teaming up with Electronic Arts on the English-language sequel.
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Classics to re-release banned 1930’s film.
The company has picked up US rights from Seville Pictures International to James Napier Robertson’s festival favourite starring Cliff Curtis as the New Zealand chess prodigy and youth leader Genesis Potini.
Production companies in New Mexico will be allowed to pre-assign tax rebates to third parties under a new law approved on Wednesday by Governor Susana Martinez.
Hamptons International Film Festival executives have announced participants for 14th annual Screenwriters’ Lab, set to run from April 10-12.
The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the 2015 recipients of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.
The Imitation Game star has been nominated for his leading role in BBC drama Sherlock.
France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya enter into two-title co-development and production deal
Imax Corporation and The Walt Disney Studios have renewed their exhibition relationship with a multi-film deal that runs from this year through 2017.
Marvel Studios has announced Joe and Anthony Russo will direct the two-part story.
Nearly one year after its opening night slot in Cannes, it emerged that the biopic starring Nicole Kidman will not get a US theatrical release.
The executive recently served as vice-president and will continue to report to Cinedigm Entertainment Group president Bill Sondheim.
President and CEO Mimi Steinbauer has hired the former Voltage Pictures senior executive as she seeks to broaden the company’s content creation mandate.
The tenth anniversary South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) will screen The Japanese Dog for the event’s opening night in Los Angeles on April 30.
EXCLUSIVE: Ensemble cast features Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; sales to launch at Cannes Marché.
Disney’s Cinderella and Fox’s Home prosper over the Easter weekend with minimal drops to reach $16.6m (£11.2m) and $22.5m (£15.14m), respectively.
Stars of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and 300 join Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in Saroo Brierley biopic, which The Weinstein Company acquired at Cannes 2014.
Frost/Nixon star to be joined by Andrew Scott and Kelly Macdonald in a biopic of the 1920s British mountaineer.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Mickey Keating’s SXSW Midnight thriller.
The Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) has unveiled the 15 competition titles and four gala premiees that will screen at this year’s edition (April 16-23), including opening film Maraviglioso Boccaccio, directed by Italian auteurs Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.
ITV is in talks to acquire the television division of The Weinstein Company for up to $950m, according to reports.
The QED International founder has branded as “specious” all claims against him.
Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural event has secured the network as part of a guaranteed jigsaw of distribution for prize-winners.
Laura Bispuri’s Sworn Virgin won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), which wrapped on Monday night.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior topped the China box office in the week March 30-April 6, grossing $32.58m in its opening four days.
EXCLUSIVE: Wellcome Trust partners with festival on two-day lab.
Ivan Ostrochovský’s boxer drama Koza has been named Best Film at the 20th Vilnius International Film Festival.
London-based publicity exec promoted to senior vice president role.
Oscar winner John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co and Furst Films are teaming up with IM Global on an untitled musical romantic drama and Cannes sales title with Grammy winner Miguel in talks to star.
The streaming giant has taken another potential theatrical release off the table, acquiring world rights to the Ricky Gervais satire.
The initiative runs now through April 17 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and will be followed by another residency later this autumn.
The company has swept past the milestone in its second fastest time behind 2010 when Avatar was king of the world.
The New York-based distributor will release Giovanna Morales Vargas’ feature directorial debut documentary currently in production.
Drafthouse Films is understood to have paid low seven figures for the SXSW thriller from Girlfight director Karyn Kusama.
As president of marketing Kaminow will report to company founder Megan Ellison and gets to work on a slate that includes Richard Linklater’s That’s What I’m Talking About.
APRIL 6 UPDATE: The world belongs to Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and the gang as the roar of revving engines heralded an euphoric weekend for Universal ahead of what is expected to be a massive summer for the industry.
Universal’s North American portion of global domination generated a confirmed $147.2m as the action release stormed to the top.
Bob Buchi has been named president of worldwide home media distribution at Paramount Pictures.
WWE Studios has formed an alliance with UK producer-financier Richwater Films to co-produce and co-finance two titles.
Tribeca Film Festival organisers will stage DEFCON’s hacking conference, Oculus Story Studio’s virtual reality experience and a special event with A$AP Rocky.
APRIL 4 UPDATE: Universal’s latest entry in its world-beating action franchise added a studio record $59.1m on Friday to race to $120.6m internationally.
The distributor has taken world rights from Ratpac Entertainment to the Hank Williams drama starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.
Universal chiefs have put the late Paul Walker at the forefront of the global marketing campaign for Fast & Furious 7, which is expected to break box office records when it roars into action this weekend.
Magnolia Pictures has taken all North American rights to Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, while in a separate deal Drafthose Films will distribute The World Of Kanako in North America.
The New York-based Submarine Entertainment co-president, sales agent and producer will receive the 2015 Advocate Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
The world lost its oldest active director on Thursday when the Portuguese film-maker died in Oporto. He was 106.
Lantica Media has completed principal photography and the first stage of editing on the action-comedy in the Dominican Republic.
The American Sniper producer has set his sights on the sci-fi adventure for AMBI Group. AMBI Distribution handles international sales and will introduce the project in Cannes.
Lionsgate-Summit’s YA adaptation had reached $100.1m as of Thursday.
Festival organisers have announced the 2015 jury and added Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Labour Of Love to the line-up.
British Council is partnering with Mexican national film body IMCINE, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Docs DF and Ambulante to create Docunexion, a two-stage feature documentary training and mentorship programme.
The lawyer acting on behalf of the founder and former CEO of QED International branded as ‘absurd’ on Wednesday evening the infringement and unfair competition lawsuit filed by the QED principals.
Steve Nickerson has joined the company as president of home entertainment as Broad Green also announced the hires of former Summit duo Sandy Friedman and Bobby Gerber.
The festival is set to run from April 23-30 and will present 134 films from more than 20 countries.
London LGBT film festival records biggest box office to date.
Action sequel races to the top of the charts ahead of Cinderella.
Winners of animated edition of Viewster Online Film Fest (#VOFF) revealed.
Documentary festival to focus on
Projects new to Screenbase include Burr Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Mattie Do’s horror Dearest Sister.
Top brass have launched Lionsgate Premiere, a multi-platform channel of up to 15 Lionsgate and Summit films a year that kicks off in autumn with Chinese epic Dragon Blade followed by zom-com Cooties.
Bob Simonds’ STX Entertainment has officialy sealed the deal on its 18-film co-financing and distribution agreement with the private Chinese company.
QED Holdings co-CEOs file trademark infringement and unfair competition suit.
As reported on Screendaily last week, production is underway in Rome on Paramount Pictures and MGM’s retelling of the classic adventure starring Jack Huston in the title role.
Kerem Sanga’s The Young Kieslowski earned Best American Independent Feature award as the 18th Sonoma International Film Festival came to a close.
The Screen Awards are back for a sixth year, celebrating the very best of marketing, distribution and exhibition in the film industry.
FDA president hopeful of less seismic EU digital reform.
Comedy documentary, featuring Tom Hanks among others, premiered at Sundance.
Love, Rosie producer acquires film rights to YA novel about a 1,200 mile horse race.
Sylvain Biegeleisen’s Twilight of a Life to open the documentary film festival in Switzerland.
Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to make monster movie for release in 2016
International press head was part of the “foundation” of the festival.
Sarajevo’s co-production market’s first batch of projects includes new films by Erol Mintas, Ivana Mladenovic
Director refuses to accept trophies in protest over immigrant issues in Greece.
Some 200 titles set to screen at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival.
Andrew Karpen’s ambitious New York-based distributor has struck a licensing deal with the digital giant making Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription platform for its theatrical releases.
The studio is fast-tracking the Boston Marathon Bombing thriller and possible Mark Wahlberg star vehicle that pits it against Fox’s rival project Boston Strong.
The Franco-American Cultural Fund on Tuesday announced the line-up for 19th COLCOA French Film Festival, set to run in West Hollywood from April 20-28.
Author Rachel Kushner will select a batch of films at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, set to run from September 4-7.
The Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T will host a centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed drama one of three deals for UK indie.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Boosted by a visit to China by star Colin Firth, Kingsman: The Secret Service topped the China box office on its opening weekend, grossing $24.25m in three days.
Film Independent has unveiled a year-round partnership with Netflix to support documentary filmmakers.
All3Media has acquired Call The Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is planning to launch a two-day ‘market’ this June dedicated to emerging distribution models.
San Francisco Film Society announced complete line-up for the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 23-May 7.
The German film and TV industries were mourning on Monday the death of director, writer and producer Helmut Dietl from lung cancer. He was 70.
UPDATED APRIL 1: Jane Levy and Justin Chatwin star in the sci-fi musical, which Random plans to take on limited theatrical release in the US in the autumn.
The Pinewood Group is to raise $44.3m (£30m) to part-fund the expansion of its Buckinghamshire site in the UK.
The Canadian media giant has appointed a new executive vice-president of marketing and two sales executives.
EXCLUSIVE: Qatari institutions forge new strategic alliance to deepen research into region’s burgeoning media scene as well as collaborate on other initiatives.
Black Bear Pictures’ Matthew McConaughey adventure has found its US home after TWC-Dimension beat out rival bidders with what is believed to be a $15m MG and $20m-plus P&A commitment.
Nicolas Winding Refn has started principal photography on the horror tale from Space Rocket Nation starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. Gaumont and Wild Bunch jointly represent rights.
The UK star joins the Blue Dream Studios animation as the voice of Zoe Huntington alongside husband John Krasinksi.
The Toronto genre specialist has picked up international rights to Mattie Do’s Lao-European horror feature.
Screen Gems will open the Jane Austen mash-up on February 19, 2016.
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson is to join JJ Abrams indie Bad Robot to lead its television division.
EXCLUSIVE: Six-parter produced by Rainmark Films readied for spring 2016.
Documentary from the director of An Inconvenient Truth centres on inspirational young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
Thierry Fremaux to address women and the film industry as part of a joint venture with new sponsor Kering.
The director of the upcoming summer release Jurassic World will direct for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment based on an original screenplay by novelist Gregg Hurwitz.
Fanny Ardant attached to 19th century feature; Vincent Cassel and Vladimir Mashkov eyed for lead role.
Distribution and marketing experts unveil product to help filmmakers self-distribute.
A Royal Affair, Ex Machina star to voice documentary set for Cannes Film Festival.
Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water lands with $3.3m (£2.25m), including previews; Dior and I posts Dogwoof’s second-best ever UK opening with $121,000 (£81,848).
Former Pathé productions executive joins UK outfit.
Director Christopher Nolan also presented with Inspiration honour by Interstellar star Jessica Chastain.
MARCH 30 UPDATE: Cinderella emerged from a tough pack of contenders to become the belle of the ball at the international box office thanks to a confirmed $40m haul via Disney.
Fox’s number one debut gave beleaguered DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg some breathing room as the film posted the best opening for his studio in nearly three years.
Roger Moore has denied making allegedly racist comments about the suitability of Idris Elba to play James Bond.
The Gone Girl author and screenwriter is reuniting with New Regency to co-write the adaptation of UK show Widows with Steve McQueen.
Focus Features has set an autumn release date for the anticipated drama starring Carey Mulligan, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep.
A small delegation from Cinecittà Studios toured Los Angeles this week to promote the revised Italian tax credit to Hollywood studios and production companies.
Labour-backed creative industries report also calls for additional diversity targets.
EXCLUSIVE: Prague-based US producer Rick McCallum is behind what is likely to be the first official Czech-Dutch co-production with writer-director Karin Babinská’s romantic drama Following The Dream (Za Sny).
Cast revealed for Pedro Almodovar drama set in a “female universe” that will begin shooting in May.
‘Locked Box’ scheme has previously been tapped into by UK producers.
Live action fairytale moves ahead of Divergent sequel – but new Fast and Furious looks set to overtake.
The Grand Budapest Hotel star to collect honour at a ceremony this weekend.
Cinderella, Insurgent and Home are locked in a close contest for supremacy at the international box office before Universal’s Furious 7 roars out of the gates next week.
Projects new to Screenbase include Ian Bonhôte’s directorial debut Alleycats and Jeppe Rønde’s fictional debut Bridgend.
WWE and the media entrepreneur and former KISS idol will finance and produce ‘elevated’ horror fare, kicking off with a three-film deal led by Temple.
The talent and literary agency has brought on Amy Beecroft to run its new global business development division Verve Ventures in what is likely to become a talking point in Cannes and beyond.
Lakeshore Entertainment, which earlier this week unveiled plans to boost its film production pipeline, is targeting the YouTube generation with a full-service digital studio.
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
The North American deal follows the film’s world premiere at Sundance in January and sets up a theatrical release later this year.
Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution has appointed Tommy Gargotta as president of theatrical marketing.
Kino Lorber has picked up all US rights to Chilean director Patricio Guzmán’s documentary and Silver Bear best screenplay winner at this year’s Berlinale.
Christine Langan talks challenges, highlights and diversity as film arm celebrates 25th anniversary.
New CNC figures confirm 2014 was a tough year for the French film production sector.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to the time travel thriller starring Danielle Panabaker and plans a day-and-date release via its Macabre genre label.
‘The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius leads call against the creation of a Digital Single Market
Rainmark Films, the indie led by Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, has lifted the lid on its multimillion-pound ITV Encore drama The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey, will not return to direct its planned two sequels.
Top brass at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T have announced the return of the Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day and Tribeca Family Screenings.
Veteran British actor, who recently directed his second feature A Little Chaos, to give on stage interview in London.
Second World War drama will shoot on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.
In a double whammy of announcements on Tuesday, Sony Pictures has snapped up rights to the sci-fi anime and set a 2017 release date for its third Smurfs film.
Lou Ye’s Blind Massage won best film at the Asian Film Awards in Macau on Tuesday night, while Ann Hui won best director for The Golden Era.
UK cinema chain Cineworld has launched its first-ever Movie Planner.
Centropolis Entertainment’s gay rights drama directed by Roland Emmerich has found a US home.
Janus Films will release new 4K restorations of Satyajit Ray’s seminal The Apu Trilogy with new subtitles.
Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine and Michael Almereyda’s drama Experimenter bookend the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 23–May 7.
The publicity veteran has joined Broad Green Pictures (BGP) as evp of corporate communications and worldwide publicity.
STX Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have found a name for the Australian multi-hyphenate’s feature directorial debut, set for release in the US on July 31.
Ricky Gervais, James Marsh, Armando Iannucci films on slate.
Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.
Actress and filmmaker joined by four including Katell Quillévéré and Andréa Picard.
Festival to run February 11 to 21, 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Outfit plans co-productions with Jerry Weintraub and Cameron Jones.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella stayed on top of the China box office last week with a gross of $28.37m, although Huayi Brothers’ Lost and Love opened strongly with $18.17m for second place.
Indian filmmaker Kiran Rao has been appointed creative director of Mumbai’s first arthouse cinema, FilmBay, an initiative of India’ National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), to be launched by the end of this year.
Surprise screening of Universal’s sequel generates 13,705 mentions across social media.
The former world heavyweight boxing champion has joined Donnie Yen in the cast of Pegasus Motion Pictures’ 3D kung-fu biopic Ip Man 3, which will also include a CGI Bruce Lee..
Lionsgate label Codeblack Films has established a student support fund and screenwriting contest at USC’s film school.
Get all the exclusives, reviews, features and screening times from the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (Filmart).
EXCLUSIVE: Online video giant inks deal with Vegas To Macau 2 director.
EXCLUSIVE: Dejan Zecevic’s sci-fi thriller is currently in production in Serbia.
In under 24 hours, $1.5m has already been raised towards their minimum $2m target.
Mad Max reboot starring Tom Hardy to get Cannes Out of Competition berth.
EXCLUSIVE: PAM Korea Media has launched sales on a documentary about an internationally renowned pianist and North Korean defector at Filmart.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based sales outfit brings It’s Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong and Bloodsucking Bastards to Filmart.
Korea’s Mirovision has made a last minute pick-up of Keinosuke Hara’s Japanese film Serenade.
Paris-based WTFilms has picked up worldwide rights to Indonesian martial arts drama The Golden Cane Warrior in association with Backup Media.
EXCLUSIVE: The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) has announced a special focus on two Japanese film legends, Ken Takakura (Black Rain) and Bunta Sugawara (Battles Without Honor), who both passed away last November.
Singapore’s Silver Media Group and LA-based Push To Start Productions have signed a deal at Hong Kong’s Filmart to co-produce faith-based film One Hundred Yards.
Lakeshore Entertainment is moving ahead with its production ambitions following a deal with Vine Alternative Investments Group that will see the parties co-finance 12 upcoming Lakeshore features.
Alchemy has signed a multi-year joint venture with The Swirl Group that calls for the partners to create and acquire 10-15 films a year geared towards urban audiences.
Maria Lynn will retire as co-president of Wolfe Releasing at the end of March as co-president Jim Stephens assumes the role of sole president.
The New York-based company has licensed all US rights excluding TV on the Sundance Audience Award winner to Music Box and Canadian rights to Mongrel Media.
EXCLUSIVE: Creative England head of film and iFeatures founder to step down next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama based on a spate of teen suicides in Wales premiered at Rotterdam.
Top brass at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) have unveiled the complete line-up of 30 films for the 15th annual showcase, set to run from May 4-9.
The distributor will release Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in the US on August 7.
Documentary will be exclusive to the BBC’s iPlayer VOD platform.
Media Asia launched its new slate at Filmart yesterday, which includes Johnnie To’s heist movie Three and Adam Wong’s He Remembers, She Forgets, starring Miriam Yeung and Jan Lamb.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment will unveil several projects at Filmart today, including a co-production with Wong Kar Wai’s Jet Tone Productions titled Drive Me Crazy, and a Boyhood-inspired drama, Growing Up, which will be shot over a period of 15 years.
EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian director Dain Iskandar Said has started shooting supernatural thriller Interchange, the first project to be backed by Malaysia’s new slate financing fund Sonneratia Capital.
EXCLUSIVE: Well Go USA has swooped on North American rights to Easternlight Films’ 3D war epic Wolf Warrior, directed by and starring Wu Jing.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s M-Line Distribution has picked up three films for international sales.
The Old School Kung Fu Fest, set to run from April 16-19 in New York, has announced its 14-film line-up including American Ninja 1 & 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Hong Kong-based Mega-Vision Pictures (MVP) has unwrapped a slate of five new projects at Filmart, including action title The Invincible 12 and a third instalment in the From Vegas To Macau franchise.
A collective of Hong Kong companies, under the banner One Cool Group, launched their debut slate of productions at Filmart yesterday, which includes as as-yet-untitled crime thriller to be produced by Soi Cheang.
Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) launched a 15-film slate at Filmart to commemorate its 15th anniversary.
Hong Kong-based Sun Entertainment Culture is unveiling several new projects at Filmart, including romantic drama Concerto Of The Bully, starring Ronald Cheng and Janice Man.
EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nikkatsu has sold J-horror master Hideo Nakata’s new film Ghost Theater to Red Pictures Pte. Ltd. for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.
EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon TV has pre-sold Heaven’s Story director Takahisa Zeze’s sci-fi thriller Strayer’s Chronicle to NK Contents for South Korea.
Korea’s United Pictures (UP) has launched sales at Filmart on new exorcist thriller The Priests.
Home invasion erotic thriller makes Asia sales.
UK film charity fetes youth at London event.
Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland have joined the Irish action thriller that XYZ Films sells worldwide.
The distributor has acquired North American rights and will handle international sales on Garrett Bradley’s New Orleans-set feature directorial debut.
The Brazilian distributor launches Tucaman France to promote Brazilian and Latin American cinema and kicks off with Sand Dollars.
The Icelandic director will receive a special International Filmmaker Of The Year Award during the trade show on April 20.
Copenhagen’s CPH PIX is mourning the death of its head of programming Thure Monkholm, who has died at the age of 36.
The siblings behind global smash Captain America: The Winter Soldier are in talks to direct the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, according to reports circling Hollywood on Monday night.
The Oscar-nominated actor has joined Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener on Lotus Entertainment’s thriller, which began shooting on the East Coast on Monday.
The LA-based company has come on board Anders Walter’s feature directorial debut based on Joe Kelly’s graphic novel.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on thriller backed by The Fyzz Facility.
EXCLUSIVE: Festival patronized by Vanessa Redgrave at a loss over last-minute government decision.
Norwegian director takes the reins on A Conspiracy of Faith.
Two days cut from festival, competition titles reduced and line-up almost halved in the face of tough economic circumstances.
Altitude Film Sales has boarded Colm McCarthy’s adaptation of M.R. Carey’s best-selling novel.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from a capital injection from Alibaba and a stellar year at the box office, Beijing-based Enlight Pictures has lined up a string of top Chinese filmmakers for its 2015 slate, including Xu Zheng, Zhang Yibai, Deng Chao and actress Zhou Xun.
eOne’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent takes strong $4.4m (£2.9m), including previews, on debut.
Lagos, Nigeria’s iRep, one of Africa’s few documentary-specific film festivals, has closed its fifth anniversary edition showing more than 40 films curated around themes and issues in Africa.
In advance of this week’s launch of the new, refurbished six-screen Curzon Bloomsbury (formerly the Renoir), further details have emerged of the UK’s first cinema devoted to documentary.
EXCLUSIVE: Third Window Films has picked up Japanese porn comedy Make Room for UK distribution and international sales excluding Asia.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Finecut has picked up Circle Of Atonement, the feature directorial debut of Park Eun Gyoung and Lee Dong Ha, whose credits as writers include The Terror Live.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales also made of Salut d’Amour, The Peaceful Island and Empire of Lust by Korea’s CJ.
EXCLUSIVE: Distribution Workshop sales chief Virginia Leung has been made a director of the company, now majority owned by co-founders Nansun Shi and Jeffrey Chan.
EXCLUSIVE: Sean Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo and Eddie Peng will head the cast of Benny Chan’s epic action film The Deadly Reclaim, which is being launched at Filmart by Universe Films Distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Shochiku has sold Berlinale Culinary Cinema title Little Forest to Korea and Taiwan.
EXCLUSIVE: First project together is Clown Of A Salesman.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has picked up Meet The In-laws 2 (working title), directed by Kim Jin-young.
EXCLUSIVE: Taipei-based sales company Ablaze Image has picked up international rights to Tom Lin’s Zinnia Flower and mainland actor Chen Jianbin’s directorial debut A Fool.
IM Global will introduce Huayi Brothers’ romantic comedy Only You, starring Tang Wei and Liao Fan, to buyers at Filmart.
Hong Kong-based Edko Films is launching sales at Filmart on actor Nick Cheung’s second feature as director, horror film Master Fat, in which he also stars with Amber Kuo and Shi Xing Yu.
Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Ding Sheng’s crime thriller Saving Mr. Wu, starring award-winning actors Andy Lau, Liu Ye, Wang Qianyuan and Wu Ruofu.
Korea’s Writers Agency of Finecut (WAF) has struck a deal with Hong Kong’s Golden Network Asia for them to be their Chinese agency partner.
Japan’s Toho Company is launching sales on If Cats Disappeared From The World at Hong Kong Filmart.
Japan’s Gaga Corporation is launching sales on a new film based on a comic and TV series from Tokyo Tribe director Sion Sono.
UK education charity Into Film is set to host its inaugural awards at London’s Empire Leicester Square.
Dinah Caine is to become chair of the Creative Skillset board, prompting the training body to begin a hunt to replace her in the chief executive role.
MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel lands in 76 markets, topping the chart in 66 markets; Disney’s Cinderella crosses $250m globally in only second weekend of release.
MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel opens roughly on par with its predecessor; Open Road’s The Gunman takes soft $5m on debut.
Hit musical will be adapted by Douglas McGrath, who also wrote the musical’s book.
Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first details about this summer’s fifth outing for Ethan Hunt.
This year’s festival saw over 150 features screened, including 102 world premieres and 14 North American premieres.
Thriller stars Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett and Robert Forster.
The comedy great received the honour in person in London.
Comparethemarket.com pledges more than £100m ($150m) to marketing campaign.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based outfit boards international rights to UK thriller.
Hollywood director returning to Norway for war drama following The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Karate Kid reboot.
Liam Neeson’s Run All Night ranks third in online chart.
Naji Abu Nowar’s debut feature will be released theatrically in late 2015.
Inaugural edition of the festival takes place from May 5-9.
Newly passed legislation makes it easier for feature film productions to qualfy for the 30% labour credit.
Everardo Gout’s feature debut premiered at Cannes 2011 and will be released day-and-date in cinemas and on HBO on May 1.
Sean McNamara’s historical fantasy, starring Pierce Brosnan, was set for an April 10 release.
Signature Entertainment teams with Empire Cinemas and Wuaki.tv to bring new release model to UK.
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Joel Novoa’s sequel ID2, Adam Stephen Kelly’s thriller Kill Kane, and action film from Mark McQueen Gunned Down.
Lionsgate’s sequel to land in over 9,000 screens internationally, day-and-date with its domestic bow.
John Woo is to direct a remake of action thriller Manhunt, based on a novel by Japanese writer Juko Nishimura, for Hong Kong-based Media Asia Films.
Series will build off the origin story introduced in Kruger’s screenplay for Terry Gilliam’s 2005 film.
Studio has also named Nick D’Angelo as vp of production.
Film-maker to receive Irving M. Levin Directing Award at upcoming edition of festival.
Comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart to open on June 17, 2016, while Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe crime thriller moved up to May 20, 2016.
Maris Curran’s Five Nights in Maine, starring David Oyelowo, also among selection.
Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smith-McPhee star in the Sundance drama.
Twentieth Century Fox’s Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus named CineEurope 2015 Global Distributors of the Year
Fedor Bondarchuk and Fernando Meirelles among the seven-strong jury.
British Council to make five LGBT films available in more than 50 countries, including a short from the producer-director of Golden Globe winning series Transparent.
Film and TV awards to be split into two events.
EXCLUSIVE: Director also plans to shoot sequel to When Love Happens in London later this year.
The UK government has announced it is to increase the rate of film tax relief to 25% for all qualifying expenditure, as part of its annual budget statement.
Principal photography commenced today in Georgia on the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel.
EXCLUSIVE: First images released as UK funding body backs sequel to 1995 football hooligan film.
Pact covers titles such as Now You See Me 2 and Age of Adaline [pictured].
Remastered version of the gangster classic will close this year’s festival on April 25.
Comedy will be released theatrically and on VoD in August.
Fenady is stepping down as president of physical production at the studio.
Thriller starring Naomi Watts recently began filming in Montreal.
Korean director to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s edition on March 25.
The winners of this year’s jury and special awards were revealed tonight [March 17] at the ceremony hosted by Vanessa Bayer.
New works from Beatrice Gibson, Sarah Turner and Larissa Sansour greenlit.
First poster released of anticipated documentary from the team behind Senna.
Digital distribution operation inspired by innovative models of US distributors Radius, A24 and IFC to go live next week.
Industry trade body Pact has described plans within proposed EU legislation to create a single digital market across Europe as a “major threat” to the UK film and TV industries.
New film from Pascal Chaumeil, director of A Long Way Down, secures biggest support of more than $500,000; next film in the Department Q series also receives support.
Sarah Gavron’s drama is set for a Fall 2015 release; Focus also acquired distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea and most of Eastern Europe.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella topped the box office over its opening weekend in China, grossing $24.8m in three days.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals include The Trust and Dear White People.
China’s Huayi Brothers is planning to sign an 18-picture, three-year deal with an unnamed US company, according to a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
Actor will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at upcoming festival.
17th edition of festival to open with Quentin Dupieux’s Reality and Sacha Jenkins’ Fresh Dressed.
EXCLUSIVE: Mark McQueen’s heist thriller is continuing its five-week shoot in London after wrapping on location filming in Marbella, Spain.
Shoot begins in Denmark on $4.4m film which reunites the stars and creator of The Killing.
European film funders warn EU from making “big bang” policy changes to copyright, authors call for fair remuneration
Corin Hardy directing the remake for Relativity Studios.
Disney’s live-action remake will be released in 3D on March 17, 2017.
12-year veteran of the studio has been named as the replacement for Adam Goodman, who was let go earlier this month.
Jerry Jameson’s adaptation stars David Oyelowo and Kate Mara.
Tribeca Film Festival also announces four additional documentaries to screen during the festival as part of the series.
Spy thriller is the first project from the companies’ recently launched independent studio.
UK deal struck with Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films.
Warm Bodies and Knight of Cups star will play the female lead in feature adaptation of horror sci-fi short, which premiered at SXSW.
Company acquires worldwide rights to Mitch Dickman’s SXSW world premiere, marking their second deal of the day at the festival.
Lia van Leer, the legendary first lady of Israeli cinema, has passed away in Jerusalem aged 90.
EXCLUSIVE: 4Digital Media boards UK/US rights to crime thriller.
Danish major Nordisk Film, which has not produced a film in Norway since Kon-Tiki in 2012, will rearm its Norwegian production unit and start to make films again.
Con Air director’s film has banked £1.8m ($2.7m), according to the production.
Film is based on the final novel from Canadian author Carol Shields and stars Catherine Keener.
Fund forms part of a creative innovation drive in Busan.
Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s action-comedy stars Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan.
The Lesson by co-directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov was the big winner at this year’s Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.
Fox’s sequel reaches $17.3m (£11.7m), while stablemate Home previews strongly with $3.6m (£2.5m); Warner Bros’ Run All Night lands with $1.2m (£822,000) from 430 sites.
Chinese director of A Touch Of Sin to be feted by French Film Directors Guild at Cannes Film Festival.
Dramas from Jayro Bustamante and Gabriel Ripstein take top prizes in Mexico.
Two months addded to event cinema run.
UPDATED MARCH 16: Disney’s live-action remake records seventh largest March opening in industry history; It Follows delivers strong $163k opening from four sites for RADiUS-TWC.
UPDATED MARCH 16: International bow for Disney’s live-action remake included the largest ever March opening in China; Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey becomes distributor’s tenth highest-grossing film worldwide at $546.5m.
Alex Gibney’s documentary world premiered at SXSW.
Streaming service acquires global rights to the Duplass Brothers production, written and directed by Hannah Fidell.
EPIX Original Documentary unites stars of Bill and Ted films for the first time since 1993’s Freaked.
Horror documentary to be released theatrically and on VoD on June 5.
Provincial broadcaster will be funding 25% of Lionsgate’s $1.5bn film and TV production slate, excluding The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises.
Indiegogo campaign for web series is now the highest crowdfunded web series of all time.
Company acquires international rights to Wild CIty [pictured] and The Vanished Murderer.
Principal photography is set to commence this summer on the fantasy sci-fi.
Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema brings together 24 films chosen by Scorsese, including The Last Day of Summer and Camouflage [pictured].
New online programme gives film-makers, producers and production companies the inside track on how to distribute their own films.
Taking place April 4-19, the festival will feature over 200 films, including recent world premieres from Sundance and Berlin.
Disney’s live-action remake waltzes day-and-date into China, Russia and Germany, among others.
Upcoming Divergent sequel generates buzz ahead of release.
Veteran media executive will head company’s acquistion and corporate development efforts.
Film is based on James ‘The Amazing’ Randi’s real-life hoax orchestrated with two fake psychics.
At the annual meeting, shareholders also supported Board recommendations on auditor and the advisory vote on executive compensation.
Disney has confirmed it is developing a sequel to its billion dollar blockbuster Frozen.
Shareholder meeting also reveals first Star Wars stand-alone film to be titled Rogue One, starring Felicity Jones.
EXCLUSIVE: Romanian Palme d’Or winner to explore complexities of bringing up children in Fotografii de familie.
International sales exec follows Bill Block out of the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.
Doha Film Institute has hit on a winning formula says filmmakers and top industry experts.
Copenhagen’s CPH PIX (April 9-22) will be bookended by films from two Danish directors shooting in the UK – Jeppe Ronde’s Welsh teen suicide drama Bridgend [pictured] and Thomas Vinterberg’s Thomas Hardy adaptation, Far From The Madding Crowd.
Former NBC Universal exec joins firm behind Nick Cave feature doc 20,000 Days on Earth to spearhead TV push.
Film composer to write 15 minutes of additional music for a performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Qumra panel debates challenges of producing and distributing local fare.
Debut feature from Planetary Collective, directed by Guy Reid, is set for a day-and-date theatrical and Vimeo on Demand release on April 22.
Infernal Affairs actor among final additions of cast on US-China co-production, set to go into production at the end of the month.
Panel held yesterday on the “vision for the future and reform” of the festival in Seoul.
Writer-director passed away yesterday [March 10] after a four-year battle with ALS.
The Descendants producer named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.
DreamWorks action-thriller centres on an attack on the US President’s motorcade.
Event cinema specialist will follow up last year’s run of Back To The Future with the Star Wars classic, ahead of the launch of a new trilogy in December.
Fuelled by strong growth in the Asia Pacific region, global box office receipts hit $36.4bn last year.
Films will be competing for nearly $40,000 in total prizes in various narrative and documentary categories.
Abderrahmane Sissako considering historical novel, which captures adventures of a 15th century Arab diplomat, writer and explorer.
Supernatural thriller starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane retains release date.
Brakin named executive vice president of Business and Legal Affairs.
Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is designed to foster the development of an emerging documentary film editor.
EXCLUSIVE: Former TF1 sales exec joins London outfit as home ent exec.
Walt Disney Animation Studios also reveals UK release date.
Mexico City-set dark comedy Chicuarotes revolves around teenagers living on the edge of a tourist lake.
Live-action remake of Disney classic is still in development.
EXCLUSIVE: Survival thriller is set to start shooting in New Zealand this week and stars Dominic Purcell.
13th edition of festival will feature four world premieres and seven North American premieres.
Distributor acquires North American rights to Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán’s drama starring Geraldine Chaplin.
Thriller stars The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan and will be directed by William Brent Bell.
Producers of the last film to feature Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper are turning to Kickstarter to complete the film.
Breaking Bad star has begun shooting Brad Furman’s thriller in London with Diane Kruger.
French director of award winners Round Midnight and The Clockmaker to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
Co-president will sell his remaining ownership of the company to Michael E. Rosenberg, who will continue as president.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney animation Big Hero 6 topped the China box office in its first full week of release, grossing $29.88m, while Jupiter Ascending opened in third with $23.06m.
India’s Reliance Entertainment is forming a 50:50 joint venture with Phantom Films, an ambitious local production house founded by filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena.
Rani Massalha and Marie Legrand’s new French production outfit Films Du Tambour attended the Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Qumra event this week to talk about the company’s ambitious slate of international co-productions.
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford set for re-release in the UK.
Selection includes award-winning foreign films from Cannes, Sundance and Berlin.
TrustNordisk also sells disaster movie to former Yugoslavia and Israel.
Business secretary Vince Cable and shadow minister for the arts Chris Bryant have committed to keeping UK broadcaster Channel 4 under public ownership if Labour or the Liberal Democrats win the general election.
Film will focus on Russian journalist and TV presenter Vladislav Listyev; Oliver Stone eyed as director.
IMAX and Vue partner on first commercial IMAX theatre for Denmark.
Michael Rothstein named president of international sales and distribution following Jonathan Deckter’s exit last week.
Pact will see DMG produce films based on Valiant comic character
Fox’s sequel adds $2.9m (£1.9m) for $13m (£8.6m) after 11 days in play; Sony’s Chappie is the highest new entry with $1.5m (£996,000); Still Alice posts excellent $606,000 (£401,396) debut from 87 sites for Curzon Film World.
Andrea Nevins’ documentary about Tony Gonzalez and his older brother Chris will world premiere on April 15.
Festival will close with Michel Hazanavicius’ The Search and runs March 25-29.
Romantic comedy, starring Arath De La Torre [pictured], is Lantica Pictures’ first Dominican-shot film under multi-picture deal signed with Pantelion Films.
Bruce McDonald’s horror world premiered at Sundance.
EXCLUSIVE: Urban drama - set to play at SXSW this weekend - sets UK theatrical and home ent dates.
UPDATED MARCH 9: The Wachowskis’ sci-fi surged past $100m thanks to a $23m China debut from 7,028 screens to deliver the studio’s fifth biggest three-day debut.
Anthony Baxter’s documentary to be distributed on all major VoD platforms in June.
Carnaby to be world sales agent on action-comedy from the director of Con Air and Expendables 2.
Drama starring Belgian musician Arno (pictured) marks feature debut of filmmaker Antoine Cuypers.
EXCLUSIVE: European Commissioner receives criticism from major UK, German and French players as well as European producers associations.
Company acquires US distribution rights to Justin Edgar’s third feature.
Film and TV producer behind Four Weddings and Notting Hill awarded Honorary Fellowship.
Public sentiment aligned with critical disapproval for Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi spectacle as Chappie delivered an anaemic estimated $13.3m debut via Columbia Pictures.
The Palestinian film-maker is set to direct a new feature later this year or in the first half of 2016, marking his first film since 2009’s The Time That Remains.
The Bosnian Oscar winner has offered his services as producer to a Middle Eastern project at the Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Qumra Masters sessions.
The feature directorial debut of Fernando Urdapilleta, the Mexico City wunderkind behind short film sensation Cosita Linda, will receive its world premiere at the 30th Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG30).
Andre Øvredal of Trollhunter fame will make his English-language directorial debut on the supernatural thriller starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox.
Sixty films, a record 40 of which are world premieres, will screen across nine thematic programmes during the festival, set to run from April 15-26.
The New York-based distributor has acquired US theatrical and museum rights to Doug Aitken’s Sundance premiere.
The celebrated documentarian and cinematographer whose credits included Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter has died at his Manhattan home of natural causes. He was 88.
Los Angeles-based sales outfit Inception Film Partners is being sold to Toronto’s Cameron Thomson Entertainment as part of a deal with parent company Inception Media Group (IMG).
The Doha Film Institute’s new Qumra event kicks off today in Doha, with a focus on mentoring emerging filmmakers.
Drama based on racially-motivated murder to get UK release.
NBTV Studios & Bungalow Media + Entertainment in association with Dundee Entertainment and Hammer Productions are filming a documentary about the organised boycott of the Market Basket supermarket chain in summer 2014.
EXCLUSIVE: Filming on the second series of acclaimed Sky Italia crime-drama Gomorrah is due to get underway in Naples next month.
Funding for three distribution projects, animation company Bogan and several creators of the very-popular-online Bondi Hipsters brand are among the recipients of US$2.73m ($3.5m) from Screen Australia.
BuzzFeed Motion Pictures president Ze Frank is to deliver a joint keynote with producer Michael Shamberg at MIP Digital Fronts next month.
Neill Blomkamp’s robot sci-fi in dead heat with Will Smith caper.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has crossed $500m through Universal heading into its fourth weekend.
The 72-year-old actor was recuperating in hospital on Thursday night after the light aircraft he was piloting crash-landed on a public golf course in southern California.
China’s Youku Tudou has appointed Edward Su as chief operating officer and restructured its production business into nine units based on different content categories.
New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil LaBute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.
Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s LA-based company are commencing world sales on the Tribeca Film Festival documentary selection.
The studio has signed a distribution pact with Lotte Entertainment on all its films in South Korea that will kick off with Mission: Impossible 5.
Producers scouting international locations should establish local companies early to benefit from tax incentives, attendees at the AFCI Locations Show 2015 heard on Thursday.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s recent Sundance premiere and plans a 2015 theatrical release.
Walden Media has come on board to co-finance and co-produce the Roald Dahl adaptation with DreamWorks Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in London on UK thriller with star of US drama Revenge.
GKIDS has announced the English voice cast for When Marnie Was There (Omoide No Marnie) from Studio Ghibli.
The world premiere of Shlok Sharma’s feature directorial debut Haraamkhor will open the Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on April 8.
More than 20 filmmaking teams recieve London Calling and London Calling Plus commissions.
Resistance is growing within the European film industry to the European Commission’s plans for copyright reform as part of its Digital Single Market (DSM).
Screen publisher MBI is to launch a two-day exhibition and conference in central London that will celebrate the media industry’s creativity and showcase its latest technology.
Production commences on political thriller starring Roger Allam.
Focus Features has secured a prime awards season slot for the Working Title drama starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.
The daily programme addressing the future of film heads to the Croisette for the second year and will run from May 13-22.
Telefilm Canada presented the eighth annual Guichet d’or award on Wednesday to Xavier Dolan for his latest film and recent French-language Canadian Oscar submission.
EXCLUSIVE: Service adds upcoming releases, is in talks with commercial and indie exhibitors for roll-out.
Top brass at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T have announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition and Viewpoints selections.
The 2015 Cinefoundation Atelier will host 15 projects from 14 countries.
Scholarships for Chinese and British nationals part of education push from BAFTA.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal ahead of wide theatrical release in China.
ITV’s pre-tax profits have surged by 39% to £605m in 2014 following a strong performance from ITV Studios and healthy advertising and online growth.
MARCH 3 UPDATE: In what will come as little surprise to the industry, reports are circulating that the major US theatre chains are lining up to boycott Netflix’s likely theatrical release in support of an Oscar campaign.
Origin has acquired rights to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ dark thriller starring Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc Biehn.
The film-maker and artist will present the West Coast premiere of her new work at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 28 and 29.
EXCLUSIVE: Independent boards sales; Robbie Ryan to produce, DoP.
Deal secures co-production treaty with qualifying films not subject to China’s quota on foreign films.
Open Road Films has released the first image from Oliver Stone’s upcoming drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
James Cullen Bressack’s second feature was set to be the first release in a new joint VoD venture between Nerdly and TheHorrorShow.TV.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Sequel slips past Dragon Blade and Wolf Totem in second week of Chinese New Year holiday.
Stephen Page’s new feature is currently in production and is produced by the creative team behind The Turning.
Big screen adaptation surpasses Non-Stop’s worldwide tally of $236m to become their biggest ever worldwide release.
RLJ Entertainment has promoted Mark Ward to chief acquisitions officer, feature films and hired Angela Northington as svp of content acquisitions of urban brand Urban Movie Channel.
Inaugural festival wrapped this weekend screening more than 30 European arthouse films.
Animation has become the biggest grossing Japanese feature of all time in Hong Kong after just seven days of release.
In a significant switch that underscores Voltage’s ambitions, the executive has left as president of IM Global to become president / COO at Nicolas Chartier’s company.
IM Global and leading label Republic Records have signed a multi-film co-financing and co-production deal that kicks off with the Atlanta-set urban comedy Rollin’ Thunder.
The Weinstein Company has climbed aboard to co-finance with FilmNation the McDonalds origins story set to star Michael Keaton.
The Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) new Qumra event, which kicks off on Friday (March 6), will welcome more than 100 global film professionals and 150 Qatar-based industry guests.
The Austin festival will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the John Hughes classic with the world premiere of the remastered version.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deals for Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Connelly films.
Fox’s sequel scores $5.8m (£3.74m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Fifty Shades of Grey; Universal’s raunchy adaptation crosses £30m mark after 17 days in play.
Jaime Winstone to lead cast for Rose Tremain adaptation.
Sundance doc The Wolfpack, Kickboxer reboot and Asterix & Obelix among UK deals.
EXCLUSIVE: Sean Ellis to direct, Cillian Murphy to co-star in assassination film.
Tom Browne’s feature debut wins first Audience Award; 40,000 admissions for second year in a row.
Crimea and Ukraine-themed films and those showcasing “family values” among those to get support.
UPDATED MARCH 2: Fifty Shades Of Grey extended its dominion to a third weekend on top via Universal Pictures International as a confirmed $34.3m from 59 territories elevated the running total to $337m.
There were several noticeable bumps in evidence at the weekend as distributors expanded their theatrical footprints in the wake of last Sunday’s (February 22) Academy Awards.
UPDATED MARCH 2: Will Smith’s return to action in Warner Bros’ caper opposite Margot Robbie helped the film opened top in North America on a confirmed $18.7m over a slow post-Oscar session.
Leonard Nimoy, who earned a place in the hearts of millions of genre fans for his timeless portrayal of Spock in Star Trek, has died in Los Angeles from pulmonary disease. He was 83.
Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar win has thrown a new potential star into the ring as players in the independent space hustle to package films for Cannes and beyond.
The distributor has secured US rights to Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber’s documentary
Manish Mundra’s production company Drishyam and Sundance Institute have organised the Drishyam – Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2015 to take place in Goa, India, from April 12-16.
Bruce Lee Enterprises CEO Shannon Lee is teaming up with Lawrence Grey and Janet Yang on a biopic about her iconic father.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals with Wild Bunch, Memento, Submarine include doc The Seventh Fire, presented by Terrence Malick.
New joint collaboration aimed to boost visibility of Swedish films and co-produce new features.
Jennifer Aniston drama tops Julianne Moore Oscar-winner.
In a landmark ruling on Thursday that will almost certainly face rigorous appeal, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favour of open access to the internet.
Alcon Entertainment is in talks with the French-Canadian to direct sci-fi sequel Blade Runner and confirmed Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role as Rick Deckard.
One week into shooting in Cleveland, finance issues have forced Benaroya Films to temporarily halt production on the action thriller starring Bruce Willis.
The organisation’s first CEO will relocate from London to Los Angeles
EXCLUSIVE: A Christmas Miracle was in the works before the British filmmaker died in 2012.
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Pat Mills’ comedy that premiered in Toronto.
Exhibition giant Odeon is to go on sale for approximately £1bn, its owner has announced.
The multiple Oscar winner has come on board to narrate the documentary about fistula, a debilitating condition that turns healthy African women into outcasts.
EXCLUSIVE: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna head MoliFilms comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: Visual effects firm behind The Theory of Everything and the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony appointed sole vendor.
The studio’s film group president is leaving the role after six years.
Black Coal Thin Ice, Haider and Blind Massage also score multiple nominations.
Philip Yung’s Port Of Call to close the festival.
Germany’s Commerzbank is prepared to serve as a financier of more international co-productions going forward as it increased its annual financing volume for film and TV production to $340m (€300m) in 2014.
EXCLUSIVE: Screen International LA Star Of Tomorrow 2014 Gerard Barrett’s crime drama starring Toni Collette and Jack Reynor proved a popular sales title at the recent EFM in Berlin.
Outfest top brass have announced the line-up for the 2015 Outfest Fusion LGBT People Of Color Film Festival.
Vincent Zhou’s 3D sci-fi adventure to shoot this spring at Pinewood Malaysia.
Marco Mueller, recently appointed general advisor of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), has unveiled his team of ten international industry professionals.
Warner Bros Pictures International unleashes the caper film Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie day-and-date with North America in 31 markets including the UK, Russia and South Korea.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Jafar Panahi’s newly annointed Berlinale Golden Bear winner.
US distributor buys 45% stake in David Garrett’s Mister Smith.
Lucy Boynton [pictured], James Remar and Lauren Holly have joined Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka on horror thriller February.
EXCLUSIVE: The Expendables 2 director boards special forces action film.
EXCLUSIVE: New films from Ben Wheatley, Eleanor Coppola, Joshua Marston in-demand.
Pre-sales down 40% following shootings in the Danish capital less than two weeks ago.
European Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s proposals for a Single European Copyright Title has now received from support from some quarters in the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Daniel Lee’s Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, topped the China box office over the Chinese New Year holiday weekend, grossing $54.84m in its opening four days.
Duke of Cambridge and president of BAFTA to discuss organisation’s long-term ambitions for UK-Asia cross-cultural exchange.
QED International founder and CEO Bill Bock is leaving the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.
The former Fox Filmed Entertainment chief who has been running TriStar Productions in the Sony fold has been named chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) motion picture group.
The Orchard has picked up North American rights to the recent Berlin European premiere Nasty Baby, while in a separate deal The Film Arcade will distribute People, Places, Things in the US. Both films premiered in Park City.
The Sundance hit that triggered a world rights deal with Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush will open on July 1.
Studio hierarchy announced the move in a call with analysts after the Q4 earnings report declared a $263.2m net loss.
Tax reliefs for the UK film, TV and animation industries are generating billions of pounds for the UK economy, according to a new report produced by analysts Olsberg SPI and Nordicity.
Lady Gaga’s performance and Julie Andrews appearance proved the biggest social moment of the 87th Academy Awards.
Benedict Cumberbatch drama leads the pack with six nominations.
Director of The Jackel and Memphis Belle joins $30m fantasy epic.
The 87th Academy Awards full list of winners (and nominees).
A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.
Humility, humour and thanking mothers
Marielle Heller’s Berlin Generation 14plus grand prix winner The Diary Of A Teenage Girl will open the 44th instalment of the New York-based festival, set to run from March 18-29.
The Canadian Media Production Association’s conference will explore the changing face of the entertainment business when it runs from March 4-6.
Video Services Corp has acquired from FilmBuff exclusive rights to Adam Carolla’s upcoming comedy.
Directors of award-winning films including Uncle Boonmee… and Kandahar also back freedom of expression fight.
Follows Marco Mueller’s exit last year.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor secured deals with Sierra/Affinity, Fortitude and IM Global.
Shoot begins on adaptation of bestselling love story; Danish star Connie Neilsen also joins cast.
Universal’s raunchy adaptation becomes highest grossing 18-rated film of all time with $38.9m (£25.2m).
Baldvin Z’s drama scoops 12 Edda awards.
Shooting on Edward Snowden thriller underway in Munich.
Former Focus Films exec named film festival artistic director.
American Sniper received the most dramatic box office ‘bump’ of all eight best film Oscar nominees following the Academy Award nominations.
The two awards season front-runners kept the race interesting through the final weekend as Birdman took best film and Boyhood’s Richard Linklater best director at the 30th Independent Spirit Awards.
FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey reached a confirmed $405.1m worldwide and closed out the weekend as the leading film at the global box office for the second consecutive session.
FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey dropped 74% in its second session as a confirmed $22.3m was still enough to stay top through Universal and Focus Features.
Film is nominated for Oscar in foreign language category. Kristen Stewart and Sean Penn also win Césars.
Oliver Stone has begun principal photography in Munich on the Pathé Films drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Rob Huber to leave Twentieth Century Fox after 16 years to take Universal Pictures International role.
EXCLUSIVE: Arrow Films takes UK rights to romantic comedy co-starring Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek.
Erotic drama whips up huge numbers online as EL James adaptation crosses $300m at global box office.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Camilla Dickinson and The Jokesters.
The distributor has closed a deal with StudioCanal for US rights to Luca Guadagnino’s thriller and follow-up to I Am Love.
Producer Gail Katz, whose credits include Pawn Sacrifice and The Perfect Storm, has acquired film and TV rights to the modern classic board game The Settlers Of Catan.
The recently rebranded company has bulked up its war-chest with a North American rights deal for Geeta V Patel and Ravi V Patel’s true-life rom-com. Separately, Gravitas has acquired Man From Reno.
Warner Bros has led a $24m round of financing in the online gaming and content titan.
Imax has struck a deal with Paramount and co-financing partner Skydance Production to remaster and release the thriller worldwide on July 1.
The San Francisco Film Society has announced the 11 contenders for its $75,000-plus 2015 SFFS Documentary Film Fund supporting feature documentaries in post-production.
Sundance winner snapped up at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).
Odin’s Eye makes EFM sales on shark attack thriller to the UK, Japan, Middle East and India.
First edition of the new Icelandic film festival to open with award-winning actor Sverrir Gudnason in attendance.
Details of UK showcase for global film buyers revealed.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has raced to $311.7m worldwide via Universal heading into a second weekend it looks certain to dominate.
Lakeshore Entertainment has found its director for the Philip Roth adaptation after Phillip Noyce dropped out due to what were understood to be scheduling issues.
LGBT festival to close with documentary Out To Win; Rocky Horror to screen at BFI Imax.
Production is set to begin next month in Texas on Lian Lunson’s Waiting For The Miracle To Come starring Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and newcomer Sophie Lowe.
The distributor plans to release the Slamdance 2014 documentary later this month.
Top brass at the increasingly heavyweight awards season staging post have announced this year’s festival dates.
Lantica Media has hired the producer as vice-president of its production and financing arm Lantica Pictures.
JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has extended its first-look deal at paramount through July 2018.
Festival to honour The Artist director with encore presentation of OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies.
German distributors Neue Visionen and Salzgeber & Co. Medien each acquired a raft of new titles at this year’s European Film Market (EFM).
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide closed a pair of major theatrical deals at the EFM on its Kurt Cobain true-crime drama.
Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow as shooting begins in Australia.
David Oyelowo wins for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr; Amma Asante collects award for Belle.
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.
Award-winning producer and Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon has joined the March roster of SXSW keynote speakers.
The Warner Bros and Barefoot Films family drama starring Til Schweiger has become the studio’s biggest release of all time in Germany.
Jim Jarmusch to executive produce Gabe Klinger’s Porto Mon Amour starring Anton Yelchin.
Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan have joined Imagine Entertainment and Columbia Pictures’ third Robert Langdon thriller starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.
Executive previously served as national director of Electronic Media Services Division.
EXCLUSIVE: US, UK, France among major market deals on slate.
Oscar-nominated Abderrahmane Sissako named president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.
Effective March 2, Reinseth will oversee linear content acquisition, development and production for the division.
EXCLUSIVE: 33 screenings for vampire mockumentary, starring Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, on audience-led screening platform.
EXCLUSIVE: Creative director promoted at UK distributor.
Version Originale/Condor and Jour2Fete co-acquire heist thriller.
Top brass at Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival announced on Tuesday (February 17) the five post-production selections.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Xu Jinglei’s Somewhere Only We Know topped the China box office over the Valentine’s Day weekend, grossing $37.72m from 6.99 million admissions.
Netflix could spend as much as $5bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.
INFOGRAPHIC: Life, starring Robert Pattinson, Golden Bear winner Taxi and Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert also secure strong scores on social media chart.
The streaming giant has announced a major play that concluded in the final days of the EFM, flexing its mighty claws for all rights to one of the hottest packages in Berlin.
The Mexican’s triumph at Sunday’s (February 15) 29th Annual American Society Of Cinematographers awards for Birdman cements his status as favourite for the Oscar this weekend.
Critics rank Andrew Haigh’s double Silver Bear winner the best film in competition at the Berlinale.
Finn Nørgaard was killed in an attack in the Danish capital on Saturday.
Universal’s raunchy drama blows off opposition on way to $20.7m debut (£13.5m).
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in South Africa on Chris Smith thriller.
“An incredible selection” was the verdict given by jury president Darren Aronofsky about the Berlinale’s 2015 competition line-up.
The distributor has picked up US rights from The Match Factory to Sebastian Schipper’s thriller following its world premiere in Berlin.
FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey generated a confirmed $156m through Sunday rising to $173.6m through Monday from 58 territories via Universal to generate the biggest ever international launch for an R-rated or equivalent film. The worldwide tally already stands at $266.6m.
FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Universal’s smash S&M romance dominated North America on a confirmed $85.2m three-day debut that toppled The Passion Of The Christ’s 11-year February record and scored $93m over the four-day Presidents’ Day Weekend.
Other prizes saw British actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling wins Silver Bears for their roles in 45 Years.
Sanna Lenken’s Swedish drama wins best film in the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation Kplus section.
UK documentary Tell Spring Not To Come This Year, filmed on the frontline in Afghanistan, also wins.
Swedish teen drama takes top prize in the Generation 14plus strand.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Estonia’s foreign language Oscar nominee.
ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Jarret Tarnol’s coming-of-age story.
The European Film Market’s Matthijs Wouter Knol ended his first edition as director today confident that the new initiatives introduced had been accepted by the industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Film premiered in competition in Berlin
In a show of mass solidarity not seen since the Screen Quota protests nearly a decade ago, 74 South Korean film industry groups together held a press conference today (Feb 13) in Seoul to protest recent encroachments on freedom of expression.
Norwegian comedy-drama named Best European film in Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.
Plans to support independent film distributors on VOD.
Erotic thriller generates more than 10 times as much online comment as the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.
Stray Dog, Welcome to Leith and Station to Station among haul.
Enhanced tax rebate has resulted in a mini-production boom.
Dutch director Sacha Polak has revealed further details of her first English-language project, Vita and Virginia.
The Coming War will tell the unreported story of the new “Cold War” between the US and China.
There has been a shake-up to the Belgian tax shelter - one intended to squeeze out the “middlemen” perceived to have abused the system.
Feature documentary to tell the story of the Jewish inventor behind Hitler’s favourite car.
EXCLUSIVE: UK, France, Australia deals on documentary.
Bao Nguyen’s documentary about the history of Saturday Night Live will kick off the 14th edition of the festival in New York on April 15.
FEBRUARY 13 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey is now active in 34 international territories and has climbed to $28.6m via Universal Pictures International, rising to $37.2m worldwide factoring in Thursday night’s (February 12) estimated $8.6m midnight grosses in North America.
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to the Berlinale selection 45 Years starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Separately, The Orchard has acquired Cartel Land while monterey media will release Runoff.
Talent agent David Unger has joined Three Six Zero Group co-founders Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson to form Three Six Zero Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has announced from Berlin it has closed an all-rights North American deal for Chilean genre specialist Patricio Valladares’ action-comedy.
Sierra/Affinity has sold more than 30 territories at EFM on Black Bear Pictures’ red-hot Matthew McConaughey adventure package, set to start principal photography in June.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) has signed a deal to distribute Paramount’s physical Blu-ray and DVD home entertainment product.
Behind the scenes footage from the next James Bond film offers glimpses of star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes.
Mads Matthiesen’s upcoming film starring Ed Skrein scores five territory deals at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).
Berlinale director discusses ticket sales, VOD platforms and the spirit of ‘Baumi’.
Naji Abu Nowar’s co-production to get Middle East distribution.
Panorama title and acclaimed drama The Tribe sell for Paris outfit.
Italian sales agency secures deals in Berlin
Roadside Attractions and Godspeed Pictures have set a May 15 theatrical release for the 2014 Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award winner.
Leading Starz shareholder John Malone earns seat on the Lionsgate board as the latter seeks to boost its TV business.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment has picked up world sales rights at the EFM to the crime-thriller starring Jonathan Bennett, Nikki Shah and James Russo.
New UK distribution company NEO has made its first two acquisitions in Berlin.
Richard Abramowitz will guide the nationwide release of the documentary through his company.
Cinema do Brasil’s seventh International Distribution Support Prize has opened for applications at the EFM.
The lead actress Oscar winner for Cabaret will be honoured with the 2015 Jack Valenti – Los Angeles Italia Legend Award at the L.A. Italia Film Festival.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: TV show spin-off Running Man topped the China box office in its first full week (February 2-8), grossing $24.49m, while The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies slipped to second place with $20.11m.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is launching a cloud-based online platform for animation professionals, Animacloudly, with partial support from Creative Europe.
The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) association of national funders from 31 countries across Europe met in Berlin this week to discuss key objectives and address future challenges facing the film industry.
Sony Pictures have struck a deal with Walt Disney-owned Marvel Studios that will see new Spider-Man first appear in an upcoming Marvel film.
Submarine has boarded the documentary Yayoi Kusama: A Life In Polka Dots.
SXSW top brass have unveiled the Midnighters section and the complete short film line-up at the festival, set to run in Texas from March 13-21.
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Gary Michael Walters, CEO of the production company behind Whiplash and Nightcrawler, has opened a London hub.
EFM attendees pulled a steady market out of the bag despite the exchange rate, the customary early-year scramble to assemble new product and buyer reluctance to pull out wallets before Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment has enjoyed a strong reception for its Sacha Gervasi thriller November Criminals starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort.
EXCLUSIVE: Competition title Big Father, Small Father And Other Stories has been snapped up in France ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday.
Kino Lorber has taken all US rights to the documentary It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks, about a legal battle between the French magazine and the Muslim French Council.
EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company, in Berlin screening Forum selection H., has come on to produce the documentary Sweetheart Deal with Peggy Case and Elisa Haradon.
The Icelandic film-maker is in pre-production on the psychological thriller that he says will be “dark and foreboding and uneasy.”
Roberto Olla, executive director of Eurimages (the Council of Europe’s film fund) is calling for a re-think of how the organisation reaches its funding decisions and, in particular, how it defines “quality”.
EXCLUSIVE: Other IFFR pick-ups include God Loves the Fighter.
Wang Xiaoshuai’s Venice premiere sells to French distributor.
EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.
Bridging The Dragon is an association connecting European and Chinese film professionals.
BFI Distribution is inviting bookings from international exhibitors to screen a newly restored concentration camp documentary, known as ‘the lost Hitchcock’.
The Film Arcade has acquired US rights to Sundance feature Unexpected.
EXCLUSIVE: Matt McCombs’ Spotlight Pictures has acquired world rights to Sydon’s Falsely Accused.
Psychological thriller acquired by Italian sales collective for world sales.
South Korean’s More In Group sells biopic to Israel and Hong Kong.
Winners of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung were announced on Sunday [Feb 8].
Autlook’s Panorama selected Iraqi Odyssey has now gone to iWonder (Italy).
Silver Sword International (SSI) has acquired all US, Canadian and UK rights to the Catholic Church corruption documentary Final Vatican Conspiracy.
Second World War epic first Russia-Ukraine co-production for several years.
The Snow Queen 2 has been snapped up for release in Brazil, one of several deals closed at Berlin’s EFM by Russian studio Wizart.
EXCLUSIVE: Poland-based sales outfit concludes number of deals on its slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Mekimi follows a media star who turns ultra-orthodox?.
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish film bodies join forces for push.
EFM: The Los Angeles-based sales, financing and production company has reported a roaring trade on its marquee sales title here.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights from Coproduction Office to Ulrich Seidl’s In The Basement.
EXCLUSIVE: Queen of the Desert star joins Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce.
EXCLUSIVE: Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes and Sundance winner Umrika among those in-demand.
EXCLUSIVE: James Franco drama I Am Michael to open LGBT festival; BFI London Film Festival 2015 dates revealed.
EXCLUSIVE: Company takes world rights, outside India and South Asia, to 25th anniversary edition.
Disney’s animation holds number one with $3.8m (£2.53m) second weekend; Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service adds $3.3m (£2.2m) for $12.5m (£8.2m); StudioCanal’s Shaun the Sheep Movie is the week’s highest new entry.
French festival has announced that Norway will be the guest country at the seventh edition of the festival in December.
EXCLUSIVE: EoF channels will now be launched on Spain’s Filmin, Turkey’s Salonsuz and Chile’s Ojocorto.
‘Know your project inside out’, was the message from a panel of industry experts to producers thinking about taking the alternative distribution route.
The Indonesian government has sacked a senior official after it emerged that the Tourism Ministry sent a delegation to the Berlinale that had no connection to the film industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Maris Martinsons [pictured] to direct Magic Kimono, starring Kaori Momoi.
Additional deals closed in Germany-Austria, Italy, Poland and Norway, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor acquires US rights to Damon Gameau’s Generation and Culinary title That Sugar Film.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor takes UK and Canadian rights to Anna Muylaert’s Panorama title.
Genre specialist Raven Banner has secured Canadian rights to Eli Roth Presents The Stranger, winner of the 2014 Fantastic Fest and Sitges Best Iberoamerican Film Award.
Mexican actor joins lists of ‘masters’ for DFI’s inaugural Qumra event, which will see 31 projects from 29 countries involved.
EXCLUSIVE: Icelandic production company gears up for first in-house production.
Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has sold key territories at the EFM on its rom-com.
EXCLUSIVE: Stefano Savona’s Samouni Road mixes live action and animation.