Telluride Film Festival organisers have unveiled two late additions to the programme that will premiere in the coming days in a move that could impact on the classification of one Toronto gala screening.
The California senate voted on Friday (August 29) to approve a measure that will ramp up the state’s $100m annual allocation to $330m over five years, starting next year.
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s feature, which upset Iranian censors, is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
Documentary legend Frederick Wiseman is to revisit his first documentary, 1967’s Titicut Follies.
Cannes award-winning drama, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, to receive UK premiere.
Lucy ruled the roost last weekend with a $29m haul that elevated the international running total past $100m and to more than $65.2m from Universal territories.
Company also handling Ognjen Svilicic’s These Are The Rules, which world premieres in Venice’s Orizzonti.
Nearly 30 sales companies receive financial backing to market their films in Toronto.
Never Die Young submitted by Luxembourg for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
First image released of Rhys Ifans in the new film adaptation of the iconic work by poet Dylan Thomas.
Drama starring Reese Witherspoon, from Dallas Buyer’s Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, gets awards slot.
Few films in Venice this year have arrived trailing as much controversy in their their wake as Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Suha Arraf’s new feature Villa Touma, which screens in Venice Critics Week.
Industry charity known for its Royal Film Performance to host TV premiere.
Ambition to produce 25 Danish features per year with a $14m cash injection.
New strand will focus on features set for release across the Netherlands after IFFR; titles in Bright Future, Spectrum sections to be reduced by 20%.
Main programme includes Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and Rosewater.
Sundance Selects has bucked the trend at a festival not known for its deals, taking US and Latin American rights to Ethan Hawke’s documentary Seymour: An Introduction.
Fantastic Fest top brass have announced their work-in-progress selections and film previews for the second edition of the international genre co-production market, Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.
Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards 2015.
Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin ahead of the North American premiere in Toronto on September 10.
Shinya Tsukamoto’s film plays in Venice Competition and Toronto Wavelengths.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Sean Mullin’s romance starring Martin Starr, Paul Wesley and newcomer Dina Shihabi. Separately, The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution have taken Love, Rosie and Level 33 has acquired Copenhagen.
The Screen Awards has now unveiled the shortlist for this year’s Rising Star award.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent to launch new film loosely inspired by “world’s worst soprano”, Florence Foster Jenkins.
UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has appointed former StudioCanal executive Vanessa Saal as head of sales, part of a company restructure that includes launching a US presence fronted by producer Eddie Vaisman.
The digital distribution platform has announced its self-service, customisable digital theatre.
Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou is launching a film division, Heyi Film, to produce a slate of theatrical features.
EXCLUSIVE: Stamp of approval from FIAPF puts Black Nights on a list with Cannes and Berlin.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast, directors round on haunted-house horror; XYZ to handle US rights.
eOne has acquired Canadian producer Force Four Entertainment from partners Rob Bromley, John Ritchie, and Gillian Lowrey.
The board of governors of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has voted (August 26) to present honorary awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to Harry Belafonte.
Content Film has acquired international rights to the sci-fi thriller starring Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz and will show first footage to buyers in Toronto.
Post apocalyptic thriller will also star Jessica de Gouw and Martin McCann.
Netflix taps into local cinema talent for political drama set against backdrop of France’s third largest city.
EXCLUSIVE: Coffee & Cigarettes to rep sales and distribution deals.
Agnieszka Holland renews appeal to help free Oleg Sentsov.
Hot Snakes Media founders Eric and Shannon Evangelista have announced three key hires.
Competitive strand will feature 14 films, including Jauja starring Viggo Mortensen.
Claudio Fäh’s action feature joins gala line-up.
European Film Promotion (EFP) has launched a new initiative, Producers Lab Hamburg (PLH), bringing producers from across Europe to meet with their Hamburg-based opposite numbers.
Blind, 1001 Grams and Letter to the King considered for submission for the Best Foreign-Language Feature.
German distributor Lighthouse has acquired rights from 104 Films to Justin Edgar’s We Are The Freaks for German-speaking territories.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy has earned $245.3m internationally and $255.2m in North America.
Drafthouse Films and Participant Media have jointly acquired all US rights to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence, set to premiere in Venice on Thursday (August 28). In other news, Open Road has dated Triple Nine, Millennium has acquired The World Made Straight and Lionsgate plans a Saw tenth anniversary re-release.
Billy Ray wrote the screenplay and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce alongside John Middleton and Roy Lee.
The studio will roll out the notorious horror film on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.
EXCLUSIVE: The European film industry business training programme has selected its 16 producers and executives for the week-long sessions with senior industry professionals in Los Angeles from September 15-19.
Miramax has cast Jamie Dornan of Fifty Shades Of Grey to star in Alex Aja’s psychological thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax.
Dominik Graf’s ménage-à-trois drama to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
Entering its third edition, the Venice Film Market is ramping up.
eOne and David Lancaster’s new Rumble Films have signed an exclusive multi-year first-look deal.
The festival will celebrate the iconic Italian actress with a Hollywood tribute on November 12.
Organisers at the tenth anniversary edition have unveiled the second wave of programming at the event, set to run in Austin, Texas, from September 18-25.
The re-launched Hollywood Film Festival (HFF), now under the auspices of Slamdance co-founder Jon Fitzgerald’s philanthropic CineCause, will run from October 16-19.
More than 20 festival heads and programmers have signed a statement in support of the Beijing Independent Film Festival, which was shut down by Chinese authorities last weekend.
The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled for November 12-16, 2014, has unveiled its narrative and documentary feature competition line-ups and jurors.
India’s Eros International has struck a deal to handle international distribution of four films produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been named the Fall 2014 O L Halsell Filmmaker-in-Residence at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange County.
Vimeo has expanded its library, signing deals with Drafthouse Films, Gravitas Ventures, Inception Media Group, MarVista Digital Entertainment (MVDE) and X-Treme Video, among others.
Outgoing culture minister Aurélie Filippetti denounced culture budget cuts in open letter.
Michael Shamberg, producer of Pulp Fiction and A Walk Among the Tombstones, to be honoured at Zurich Film Festival, which has added Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.
The director of Fight Club and the upcoming Gone Girl will discuss his craft and career.
Busan’s Asian Film Market has announced major events including a Korean Producers Forum featuring 10 filmmakers whose hits broke the 10 million admissions landmark at the local box office.
French star takes on Ray Winstone role in Paris-set remake, The Squad.
UPDATE: The studio has acquired North American rights to the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie film and has pulled it from its Toronto world premiere berth.
Participant Media has joined Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller and period drama The Light Between Oceans.
Magnet Releasing has acquired worldwide rights at script stage to the supernatural teen-horror film and will commence pre-sales in Toronto next week.
Tommy Lee Jones’ feature will screen at the 22nd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival when star Hilary Swank will take part in an on-stage conversation.
Snoot Entertainment’s thriller premiered at SXSW and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser.
Universal’s action sci-fi scores excellent $5.1m (£3.1m) bow to dethrone The Inbetweeners 2.
Forty Canadian and international producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: How To Train Your Dragon 2 held on to the top spot at the China box office in the week August 18-24, grossing a further $24.09m for a cumulative total of $50.86m.
Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced a seven-year collaboration with the Japan Foundation that includes co-producing a pan-Asian omnibus series.
Third edition will include pitching of 17 projects and screening of 19 completed features.
TrustNordisk will kick off presales on historical action drama The Last King at Toronto International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has promoted the executive to director of sales on the eve of Toronto, where the company’s films in various capacities include Tusk, The Dead Lands, Tokyo Tribe, Electric Boogaloo, Spring and The Editor.
Four Thai film companies – M Pictures, Bangkok Film Studio, True I-Content and Matching Studio – have joined forces to create a new studio, Transformation Films, with the aim of helping expand the Thai film industry at an international level.
Lim spent six years at Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia.
London crime drama, from the director of YouTube hit The Hunt for Gollum, set for release early 2015.
The Doll in the Ceiling marks the feature debut of Kjersti G Steinsbø.
Indicating a possible deep dive into web video, Amazon is paying close to $1bn for Twitch Interactive, the online platform that allows people to watch others play video games.
The distributor has taken US rights to Participant Media’s supernatural thriller starring Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman and has scheduled an early 2015 theatrical release. Bloom handles international sales.
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions top brass said principal photography has commenced on the fifth instalment in the Tom Cruise franchise.
The Weinstein Company will re-release Toronto 2013 hit Begin Again in an awards season play.
Ed Gass-Donnelly will write and direct the sci-fi thriller Pivot. Lotus Entertainment will handle international sales.
Debut film of Turkey’s Erol Mintas wins best film, best actor. Special Jury Award and best actress go to Brides
Docu Rough Cut Boutique awards for documentary project also revealed
As 19 titles are revealed for the Zabaltegi section, Danis Tanovic’s Tigers is added to the official competition and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has entered the Pearls section.
Oscar and BAFTA award-winning actor, director and producer starred in Brighton Rock and Jurassic Park.
UPDATED AUGUST 25: Lucy grossed a confirmed $28.9m from 3,267 venues in 38 Universal territories for a total of $65.2m to rank as the weekend’s top release at the international marketplace.
A lacklustre session allowed Guardians Of The Galaxy to take advantage of a lightweight trio of releases to return to the top and become the leading film of the summer.
Chinese authorities shut down the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival on its opening day on Saturday (August 23).
EXCLUSIVE: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.
Robert Connolly writes and directs; the festival also awards Joel Edgerton with screen legend prize.
Honouring two Palestinian filmmakers at the Sarajevo Film Festival, British director Ken Loach branded the US as a “bully” and said cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state should be boycotted.
Oscar-winning actress pays tribute to the late Robin Williams, with whom she co-starred in one of the comedian and actor’s final films.
The Kevin Costner sports drama was originally scheduled to open on November 21.
EXCLUSIVE: MPI/Dark Sky Films and Workshed Films have completed principal photography on Conor McMahon’s horror story in Laois, Ireland.
Intouchables directors follow-up drama stars Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim
Dutch crime drama has won awards at festivals in San Sebastian, the Netherlands and Taipei.
Seven award-winning directors led by Royston Tan are set to create an omnibus film celebrating the 50th anniversary of Singapore and its people.
Other winners include Chef, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Stations of the Cross with a special mention for ’71.
The action sequel proved the most buzzed about film on social networks in the UK.
Event cinema organiser will donate takings from its Dead Poets Society screenings to mental health charities.
DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 finished top of the pile last session thanks to a sterling debut in China that delivered a little over $26m.
K5 International has taken on distribution for Martin Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine (Under Sandet) about a sensitive chapter in Danish post-war history.
Vienna film festival to include a tribute to Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on John Ford.
Documentary traces the rags to riches story of Swansea City Football Club.
UK industry representatives arrive in Sarajevo as part of CineLink Partner Country initiative
French powerhouse’s slate includes Zac Efron, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hardy projects.
Sentence passed on a man who recorded Fast and Furious 6 at a UK cinema and sold copies to the public.
The first of Sarajevo’s Industry Days featured a discussion on the challenges of international co-production.
EXCLUSIVE: The edgy distributor has struck a deal with the producers in conjunction with eOne Films International to take Matt Shakman’s contemporary thriller off the table heading into Toronto.
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) has acquired select US home entertainment rights to the acclaimed film.
Chairman Thomas J Barrack Jr said the movie reflected “stability and maturity” as top brass seek to grow the development and production business.
eOne Films has acquired North American rights to the SXSW rom-com and plans a late 2014 theatrical release.
The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) is to launch an episodic programme.
Ten films from the Wings of Desire director to be shown as part of a homage at the next Berlinale.
The Iron Man 3 director is on board the adaptation of the novels about a former police officer who gets signed up to a secret government arm.
Taken star to present new thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones.
In a week of stars committing to projects with their daughters, Sean Astin and Ali Astin have signed on to star in the comedy-horror sequel Bad Kids Go 2 Hell.
Peter Firth, Spain’s Leonor Watling, Antonio Gil and Maria Botto and New Zealand’s Cliff Curtis have joined LD Entertainment’s Biblical thriller.
Atlantic Film Festival market Strategic Partners top brass have announced the panels for the event, set to run in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from September 11-14.
A study from research consultancy Sycamore Research and Marketing has found that 73% of Taiwanese netizens admit they pirate movies and music, although 81% agree that piracy is wrong.
Sundance Institute executives have named Shari Frilot and Kamal Sinclair co-directors of New Frontier in a bid to deepen the organisation’s commitment to the programme.
A new restoration of British silent film The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927) has been selected as the London Film Festival Archive gala screening.
The Oscar-winning director of A Seperation will oversee jury members including Bong Joon Ho.
Dogwoof has picked up world sales rights to Kim Longinotto’s Sheffield doc Love is All.
Political thriller from Matt Charman, writer of Spielberg’s next film.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards psychological thriller ahead of Toronto.
Fox/Fox Searchlight and Lionsgate UK lead the nominations; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Filth and X-Men: Days of Future Past are most nominated films.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Participant Media’s documentary about the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on Gulf communities.
Unified Pictures has hired Ku Fu Panda director John Stevenson to make its first CGI feature.
The comedian and actor will emcee the 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards on October 30 in Beverly Hills.
Film tester Screen Engine has acquired dial test TV research pioneer ASI Entertainment.
Rock The Kasbah stars Bill Murray as a washed-up rock manger who champions a young Afghan singer in the country’s version of American Idol.
Concert film Björk: Biophilia Live to receive its UK premiere at the LFF.
EXCLUSIVE: South African adaptation of La Boheme to be directed by Berlinale Golden Bear winner Mark Dornford May and supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The UK’s Isabelle Stead, Canada’s George Ayoub and Australia’s Kristian Moliere are among those selected for this year’s Producers Lab Toronto.
Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and WWE Studios are to co-produce the comedy Untitled Celebrity Death Pool starring Ken Jeong. Hyde Park International handles sales outside the US.
Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound have announced the directors and composers selected for the second of two Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound.
Six films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala and Peru will be presented at San Sebastian’s Films in Progress.
Other titles on Toronto slate include Billy Pols’ bio-doc Zombie [pictured] about cult skateboarder Tim Zom and Johan Grimonprez’s upcoming arms trade exposé Shadow World.
LevelK, Ticket to Ride partner on Josh Lawson’s debut.
Timetable revealed for the EE British Academt Film Awards.
Includes films by Niels Arden Oplev, Pernille Fischer Christensen and Nils Malmros.
The second entry in Kevin Smith’s True North trilogy marks the return of Depp and his daughter alongside Smith’s daughter, all of whom are confirmed cast members in Smith’s imminent Toronto world premiere Tusk.
The management team of Millennium Entertainment, led by CEO Bill Lee, and private investment firm Virgo Investment Group have partnered to acquire the Millennium Entertainment library and distribution platform.
Pawel Pawlikowski’s well-received drama unanimously selected for Foreign Language Oscar.
Directors include Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho.
Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of this week’s wave of programming that includes Discovery.
Nicolas Cage stars in Paul Schrader’s thriller from Over Under Media and Tin Res Entertainment. Nicolas Winding Refn is on the executive producer roster.
Universal has dated a pair of Legendary Pictures titles and will release Krampus on November 25, 2015, and Spectral in 3D on August 12, 2016.
UPDATED: The Jon Favreau crowd-pleaser will return to theatres on August 29 in a likely Golden Globes play after the initial early-summer run grossed $29.3m. Meanwhile, Open Road has pushed Nightcrawler back by two weeks.
Tickets go on sale Aug 20 for the added shows.
Erik Poppe, Paul Mayersberg, Aage Aaberge team on painter biopic.
EXCLUSIVE: Long-time Ruby exec departs; teams with BBC-TWC on first production.
The Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles – FICG in LA – has unveiled its line-up.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 topped the Chinese box office for the week August 11-17, grossing $26.32m over a four-day weekend, while Apocalypse Pompeii opened in third position with $6.68m over three days.
Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple and Ty Simpkins are among a host of cast joining Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, and Natasha Lyonne on Bron Studios’ psychological drama.
London Film Festival event aimed at directors, writers and producers.
Bristol short film showcase to host 207 films across competitive strands.
3D tech company strikes agreement with Kazakhstan’s Chaplin Cinemas.
eOne’s boutique sales arm Seville International takes New Zealand hit drama.
Bobby Cannavale and rapper T.I. have joined Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly on the Marvel Studios project, which has kicked off in California.
The Screen International UK Star Of Tomorrow will star alongside Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann in Corsan’s imminent shoot, which the company will introduce to buyers in Toronto next month.
The actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and the understanding and treatment of mental illness has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honour.
The icon is attached to star in and serve as executive producer on Slingshot Global Media’s TV thriller.
The film sales and theatrical booking agent and grand-daughter of Run Run Shaw died on Friday night (August 15) at her home in Calabasas, California, following a long illness. She was 52.
Lengthy discussions between both sides lead to ban being overturned.
Production support scheme to expand from short micro-budget films to international features.
Screen previews the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry events, which includes a UK focus, the annual Regional Forum and highlights of the Work in Progress and CineLink projects.
Jim Sheridan will take part in an on-stage conversation at the fourth annual Irish Film New York (IFNY), set to run from October 3-5.
The Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival will screen the winners of the 2013 edition at a special screening in Hollywood on August 27.
IMAX Corporation and AMC Entertainment Holdings are expanding their revenue sharing deal with 11 new theatres.
EXCLUSIVE: UK production outfit finds sellers, festivals for busy slate.
Entertainment’s comedy sequel crosses £20m mark with non-final $7.2m (£4.3m) second weekend.
A Thousand Times Good Night, Blind take spoils at Amanda Awards.
Online video company is working with partners including CITIC to enter retail and financial service industries.
Kim Han-min’s war epic edges towards 15 million admissions, beating previous box office record-holder Avatar to become the biggest ever film in South Korea.
US star of Annie Hall to present new film And So It Goes at the festival.
UPDATED AUGUST 18: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 ruled the international roost on $37.7m, powered by a mighty $25.9m debut in China through Oriental DreamWorks.
Paramount and Nickelodeon Films’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held on to pole position in the second weekend in North America as The Expendables 3 limped in at number four through Lionsgate on $16.2m.
Locarno’s Golden Leopard has been awarded to Filipino director Lav Diaz’s five-and-a-half-hour epic From What Is Before.
Gael Garcia Bernal and Agnes B. both receive the honorary Heart of Sarajevo.
The studio has acquired US rights to The Moon And The Sun starring Pierce Brosnan and will release on April 10, 2015.
The producer, whose credits include Flight Of The Navigator and In Love And War, has optioned the 1972 novel from the Frank Herbert estate.
Locarno director talks highlights and UK presence at the festival and looks to 2015.
Lionsgate has scheduled an early 2015 release for the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment romance starring Blake Lively.
Norwegian festival will open with Beatles; record number of works-in-progress; 350 delegates for New Nordic Films.
UK drama shooting in London stars Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton.
EXCLUSIVE: The Brazil-Portugal-France road movie The Great Mystical Circus is set to commence shooting in Lisbon, Portugal, on January 6, 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Glen Basner’s New York-based production, finance and sales company is handling international rights to Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young and Chris Rock comedy Top Five, both of which are set to premiere in Toronto next month.
Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the haunted house thriller.
Fortissimo Films has acquired world rights, excluding the Middle East, UK and Switzerland, to Venice Orizzonti title Theeb, directed by Naji Abu Nowar.
Comedy sequel trounces action sequel on social networks in the UK.
Twenty-one scientific and technical achievements, 16 distinct investigations, have been selected for further consideration by the Academy’s scientific and technical awards committee.
US and Mumbai-based collaborative Dark Frames has acquired world rights to Indian director Kamal K.M.’s debut feature I.D.
BFI launches campaign to find missing film featuring Sherlock Holmes.
Touring festival to show Cannes titles and spotlight Resnais, Truffaut and Tati.
Jacques Audiard, Sono Sion and Godfrey Reggio select films for cult festival.
David Hakl launches crowdfunding campaign for horror Earthworks.
The 37th Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) will take place from October 2-12 in Marin County, California.
Toronto top brass have unveiled details of the Asia Film Summit, Moguls panel and Doc Conference.
The actor and comedian who died on Monday in an apparent suicide was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, his wife has revealed.
Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures have dated their monster sequel.
IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Christian Camargo’s story inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Sony’s Fury set as London closing film; Brad Pitt, David Ayer to attend
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome to give wide UK release to period drama held up by legal disputes.
Cinedigm Corp has struck a multi-year deal with Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group to handle home entertainment distribution on the Moriah Films’ documentary film collection of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
The San Francisco Film Society has announced the six finallists for the sixth annual SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Grant.
Astro Productions, the production arm of Malaysian pay-TV giant Astro, is joining forces with Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) to offer production services for the TV industry.
US actress best known for her work in Coen Brothers’ movies including Fargo to receive talent award.
Manglehorn, Birdman and Whiplash among the titles set to play at the Zurich Film Festival.
The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its Korean Cinema Retrospective will spotlight veteran director and producer Jung Jin-woo.
Buzzfeed’s John Johnson among the line-up at Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum.
Cannes winner Winter Sleep and Berlin victor Black Coal, Thin Ice amongst line-up.
The film festival will screen the late actor’s 2002 drama, One Hour Photo.
The former co-CEO of Focus Features Andrew Karpen has announced his New York-based distributor backed by 5-Hour Energy founder by Manoj Bhargava.
AFM has announced the speakers for its roundtable African Co-Productions: The Possibilities And The Challenges.
The $20m feature about the 2010 rescue of the 33 Chilean workers trapped in the San Jose mine is the first international film to qualify for Colombia’s Law 1556 production incentive.
The Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday (12) the 30 films that will comprise the main official selection of the 52nd New York Film Festival (NYFF), set to run from September 26-October 12.
European and Chinese producers joining forces to better position films in each other’s markets.
The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on February 21, 2015.
Lionsgate will release the action film on July 22, 2016.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Bona Film Group’s White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom topped the Chinese box office for a second week (August 4-10), grossing $19.71m from 3.2 million admissions.
Gary Sanchez Productions has come on board Bron Studios’ Henchmen.
UK and Argentine companies join forces to co-produce and finance a slate of six features over the next two years.
Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance [pictured] and Gabe Ibáñez’s Automata, produced by and starring Antonio Banderas, among films added to 2014 edition.
BFI, Telegraph and The May Fair Hotel partner with London indie festival.
Awards will take place on the closing night of the Gent Film Festival on Oct 25.
Now in its tenth year, the UK festival is to open with Momcilo Mrdakovic’s Mamarosh [pictured].
One off charity screening to commemorate Robin Williams will see all profits go to Mind.
Fund is dedicated to supporting audience development strategies; Meanwhile, Beta Cinema has acquired Toronto title Labyrinth of Lies.
Festival to screen UK premiere of Alive Inside [pictured] and 30th anniversary screenings of Threads and Stop Making Sense.
Selected film projects will be presented at the 2014 event, which takes place during the Netherlands Film Festival from Sept 25-28.
Edward Evers-Swindell’s horror will be shot entirely on location in Wales.
This year’s festival saw 45% of its lineup coming from female directors, including Alone Together from Liza Minou Morberg [pictured].
Ahead of the Swedish release of Force Majeure, the director spoke about his next project at Way Out West.
Ashutosh Gowariker will direct epic romance Mohenjo Daro for Disney India, with Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde heading the cast.
The screen icon, leading lady of the Golden Age and Humphrey Bogart soulmate has died of stroke in New York. She was 89.
The Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie drama Maggie, Dustin Hoffman drama Boychoir, Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me and Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary have landed world premieres, TIFF gala and special presentation slots.
EuropaCorp’s action thriller opened in France on $13.2m (€9.9m) last week to deliver the biggest debut for an English-language release so far in 2014 and propel the overall international running total to $31.4m.
EXCLUSIVE: Morris Ruskin’s sales and production entity has picked up world sales rights to the Magician Pictures love story.
Local California police said on Tuesday (12) that the 63-year-old actor and comedian died on Monday after appearing to have hanged himself in his bedroom.
Producer Matt Alvarez has been brought in as evp of production and president of Relativity Studios’ new division.
New work from Claire Denis takes its place in the inaugural Short Cuts International line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).
Toronto film festival organisers have programmed features from 42 countries in the Contemporary World Cinema (CWC) programme and unveiled eight South Korean selections in the City To City.
Warner Bros has set up Clint Eastwood’s tale of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle for a possible awards run after dating a limited December 25 US release.
CBS Films plans to produce Jason Robert Brown’s stage musical 13 to the big screen.
The Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian was found dead in the Bay Area home he shared with his wife Susan Schneider on Monday afternoon (August 11). He was 63.
Main Street Films will theatrically release Christian Schwochow’s spy drama West in the US on November 7.
I Am Not a Witch and The Train of Salt and Sugar both pick up two prizes each at the Locarno Film Festival’s co-production lab.
Roman Polanski has cancelled his visit to the Locarno Film Festival following opposition from some local politicians and media.
Peter Greenaway is to return to the legendary Russian film director Sergey Eisenstein for a second feature, The Eisenstein Handshakes, this time to be located in Switzerland, after the Mexican-set Eisenstein in Guanajato.
Planning approval has been granted to extend Belfast’s Titanic Studios, where Game of Thrones is partly filmed.
UK broadcasters have begun changing their schedules to celebrate the work of Robin Williams, the US actor and comedian who has died at the age of 63.
Indian producer-distributor Phantom Films has picked up local award-winning documentary Powerless (Katiyabaaz) and will release the film this weekend on 30 screens.
Johnny Kevorkian to direct Hidden Folk; Pinball Films to produce.
Cash prize will help complete Ives Rosenfeld’s debut feature about young friends who dream of being footballers.
Roundtable industry discussions yield ideas such as a global database of film availability and pan-European VOD technical standards.
Shares of Hong Kong-listed SMI Culture Group plunged more than 50% during trading yesterday, after the company announced a share consolidation and rights issue to fund the acquisition of Beijing-based production company Grand Astute.
EXCLUSIVE: The studio has picked up US rights to Thunder Road Films’ Keanu Reeves action title.
Production has commenced in Mexico City and surrounding areas on Salto de Fe Films’ black comedy.
Entertainment’s comedy sequel opens with over $21m (£12.5m), including previews, for the biggest debut of the year.
Hatice Ozdemirciler has joined the UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) as head of training and professional development.
The King’s Speech producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin on board British soldier drama, which will be released as troops return from Afghanistan later this year.
In Korea, historic sea battle film Roaring Currents has hit 11 million admissions in record time and beaten Disney’s Frozen to the biggest box office of 2014 to date.
Social news website Buzzfeed is to launch a dedicated feature film arm after receiving $50m in investment from venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Netflix has hit the 3 million subscriber mark, according to a BARB survey.
Amazon.com has halted preorders for some DVD and Blu-ray discs from studio Disney.
USC’s School Of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is partnering with digital studio New Form Digital, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer on a year-long programme to support, sponsor and distribute student film across digital platforms.
Ruben Ostlund presents Cannes hit Force Majeure [pictured] as a gala screening; Jens Lien previews TV series Viva Hate.
LOCARNO: Swiss film industry calls for additional $22m (CHF 20m) injection of funding; swift deal on Creative Europe recedes.
South Korean filmmakers have started a hunger strike relay in support of the Sewol Ferry disaster victims’ families.
UPDATE AUGUST 11: A further $41.7m enabled Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy to retain top spot in the international arena and reach $138.8m as Disney consolidated its $3bn-plus global box office for the year-to-date.
Following a loud Comic-Con presentation in July, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot took command of the North American box office in its opening session.
Montreal’s genre festival ran from July 17-Aug 6 and saw audiences of more than 129,000; its Frontières co-production market also drew a record attendance, up 30% on 2013.
Liza Marshall is to step down as head of Ridley Scott’s London-based TV and film production arm Scott Free UK.
Lionsgate has relocated its international sales operation to London, in a sign of the growing importance of international markets to leading film companies.
LOCARNO: From mid-2016, the Swiss government will be introducing a film production incentive worth 20% on local spend.
Participant Media’s Catholic Church abuse story has taken a big leap forward now that Open Road, Anonymous Content and eOne Films International and a top-tier cast have come on board.
The cinephile and prolific Israeli filmmaker who led Cannon Films with his cousin and produced a Death Wish sequel and The Delta Force has died. He was 85.
Cinedigm has bought its first original series for its upcoming OTT channel CON TV.
Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma, selected for Venice Critics’ Week, received $400,000 from the Israel Film Fund but has been classified as Palestinian by the director.
Icon Film Distribution acquires UK rights for Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.
The global number one performance of Guardians Of The Galaxy pushed Disney past $2bn at the international box office on August 4 and is projected to see the studio surge past $1bn in North America on August 7.
Actor-director to receive Jaeger-Le Coultre filmmaker award.
Hungarian filmmakers criticise festival for refusing to screen material relating to Roma people.
Seven projects will take part in WiP, and three more titles have been added to CineLink line-up
Retrospective to include films from Danis Tanovic, Cristi Puiu, Mira Fornay and more.
The increasing popularity of Netflix and Amazon have stimulated a 76% revenue boost for the subscription video-on-demand platforms in the UK.
Christian Gisy to step down after more than seven years at exhibitor.
UK distributor Soda Pictures has teamed with the BFI, film education programme Into Film, UK children’s festivals and indie exhibitors to launch Children’s Cinema Club, an initiative to boost the number of independent children’s films on release in the UK.
Marvel blockbuster dominates but comedy sequel debuts strong.
Mad Men broadcaster AMC Networks is eyeing further international acquisitions and is focusing on global independent film channels.
Biblical thriller will star Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton.
LOCARNO: Film Republic has secured world rights to Paraguayan-Swiss co-production El Tiempo Nublado by Arami Ullon.
Director John Madden returns while the original cast is joined by Richard Gere; first trailer released.
The distributor has struck a worldwide rights deal for Participant Media and Omidyar Network’s documentary that ScreenDaily understands will premiere in Telluride before a screening in Toronto.
The Weinstein Company will release the two-part awards hopeful The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her on October 10
Fantastic Fest has announced the 15 projects in the second edition of its international co-production market: Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.
Brian O’Shea’s production, financing and sales company has finalised key territories on Richard LaGravenese’s Toronto-bound world premiere.
Production is set to commence in Toronto on August 13 on the Men Of Characters thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: eOne secures distribution deals as cast rounds on Jay Roach’s Bryan Cranston-Helen Mirren drama.
Seven films will compete for the top prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
The sequel’s £2.75m opening is biggest ever for a comedy in UK.
Convenience store chain Lawson is set to acquire Japan’s third largest theatre operator United Cinemas in a deal thought to be worth around $100m by the end of the month.
Three-hour feature from Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Festival will also see director Rowan Joffe and novelist SJ Watson present Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.
Young Swiss filmmakers are calling for greater diversity in Swiss fiction production and the introduction of a new funding instrument to support up-and-coming directors.
Genre festival to world premiere zombie thriller Devil’s Tower and preview White Settlers.
Sci-fi thriller sold into Asia and Europe on top of deals for Discopath, The Maid’s Room and Devil May Call.
The Italian Government has increased the tax credits for bigger budget films in a bid to attract Hollywood movies and benefit domestic productions.
New work by Sturla Gunnarsson, Denys Arcand, Ruba Nadda and Xavier Dolan are among the selection set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month.
The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has announced its 2015 dates and promoted Genna Terranova to festival director and Cara Cusumano to senior programmer.
Speakers at Locarno workshop to include TrustNordisk’s Susan Wendt and ARTE’s Karen Byot.
The distributor has picked up US rights to Matías Piñeiro’s follow-up to Viola that is set to premiere in Locarno on August 7.
Dakota Fanning has joined Jennifer Connelly and Ewan McGregor in Lakeshore’s Philip Roth adaptation.
The studio has earmarked two slots for upcoming, untitled films.
C4, the research-based SaaS company servicing the entertainment industry, has signed an overall agreement including obtaining all Motion Picture Group (MPG) data assets.
Films includes Juan Andrés Arango’s X-Quinientos and William Vega’s Sal.
Pilot open to young European professionals in distribution, exhibition, sales and marketing.
Celebrity chef to present Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman.
Theatre and cinema refuses festival while it is backed by Israeli Embassy amid Gaza crisis; industry reacts via social media.
Documentary claims to reveal identity of the mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery for the first time.
Two new documentaries about cinema, centred on the work of US directors Peter Bogdanovich and Arthur Penn, have been added to the Venice Classics strand of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6).
A total of 15 films have been submitted for consideration.
Cannes award-winner to be considered for nomination in the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.
Aviva Silver, who was head of unit at the MEDIA Programme until June 2013, is set to resume playing a key role in forging future European audiovisual and cultural policy.
Parallel Films announces details of The Siege of Jadotville, starring Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan.
In a surprise development, 21st Century Fox has pulled out of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner.
Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe have hired Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein to complete the Nora Ephron script.
Producer Pablo José Barroso has established the privately backed production and finance company based in Mexico City.
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the dramatic comedy An Evergreen Christmas.
Al Pacino will be the subject of a career retrospective at the third annual TIFF Gala in Toronto on September 3.
The HFPA has announced the timetable for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.
IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Shawn Christensen’s drama ahead of its international premiere in Venice. Separately, The Orchard has picked up Marshall Curry’s Tribeca-winning doc Point And Shoot.
The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea has confirmed that martial arts icon Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins have joined the action remake.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has bestowed a grant upon Sundance Institute for the second year running to support professional training and development of emerging feature film artists.
“There are always opportunities to change and grow,” Kosse tells Screen.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences held board elections on Tuesday night (5).
EXCLUSIVE: Charles Dutton has joined Play Now Enterprises and Tycor International Film Company’s true-life story of the high school American football team.
EXCLUSIVE: Electric Sky has acquired international broadcast rights to Luke Korem’s documentary and will launch sales at MIPCOM in October.
BBC Films-backed feature will explore what happened to the seedy boss after The Office.
New Brazilian cinema label kicks off with Locarno competition title.
First title will be Berlinale contender Supernova, including a day-and-date release in the UK.
Abdulaziz Al-Khater to leave after two years in the role.
New films from Krzysztof Zanussi and Ralph Fiennes to also world premiere at Window To Europe Film Festival.
North America revenue from OTT (over the top) content is catching up with theatrical grosses as a study said projected numbers for 2014 will reach $10.7bn – a little under the record $10.9bn set by theatrical distributors in 2013.
Exclusive Media co-founder and former deputy COO Alex Brunner has joined UTA Independent Film Group as a film finance agent.
Universal Pictures exec to replace Tessa Ross in November.
UPDATED: Producers Stephen Woolley, Kris Thykier, Jeremy Thomas, Andrew Macdonald and Eric Fellner as well as BBC Films, the BFI, FDA and Pact comment on the appointment of Universal Pictures exec David Kosse as the new head of Film4.
Viggo Mortensen drama, directed by Matt Ross, adds cast including Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle and Erin Moriarty.
Lakeshore and Sierra/Affinity are weighing up an AFM start on pre-sales for the Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral. Separately, Elijah Wood has joined Summit Entertainment’s The Last Witch Hunter
Martin Scorsese has thrown his weight behind the campaign highlighted by a number of high-profile directors in recent weeks to support Kodak’s decision to continue to produce film stock.
Lionsgate and WWE Studios have set a limited theatrical run for the horror film following a sneak peek of footage at Comic-Con.
Financing, pitching, production, marketing and distribution are on the agenda at the 2014 American Film Market, set to run from November 5-12.
Algerian singer Souad Massi and Egyptian Khaled Abol Naga co-star in film shot in West Bank city of Nablus.
Noaz Deshe’s feature debut White Shadow was the big winner at this year’s T-Mobile New Horizons in Poland’s Wroclaw.
Mark Strong stars for his Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter Peter Straughan in the darkly comic slice of life.
Leading Korean filmmakers Park Chan-wook and Ryoo Seung-wan have joined a group of 100 public figures in a petition against Israel’s attack on Gaza and “civilian massacre”.
Emma Slade, Steve Kearney, Briget Callow-Wright heading for the UK’s Production Finance Market.
Lon Haber and IPPR have taken on world sales rights to producer-director Ron Moler’s second documentary about Cuba, Sailing Back To Cuba.
A small consortium that includes co-managing directors Paul Wiegard and Tim Anderson have paid $20m (A$21.5m) for Australian independent distributor Madman Entertainment.
Oscar-nominated cinematographer of The Passion of the Christ and The Right Stuff to accept lifetime achievement award at cinematography festival in Poland.
Japanese animation producer to scale back following retirement of Hayao Miyazaki.
Disney’s latest Marvel outing scores $10.7m (£6.35m) debut to dethrone Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future event grosses $1.2m (£720,000) over first four shows.
UPDATED AUGUST 4: Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy ruled the box office universe on an estimated $161.7m, of which $67.4m came from 42 territories outside the US through Walt Disney Motion Pictures International.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy stormed the North American box office, soaring to number one on an estimated $94m through Buena Vista that scored the biggest August debut and the third biggest of the year-to-date.
Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the second in the sci-fi franchise to reach the global mark after Dark Of The Moon did so in 2011.
Unusual ‘jury in exile’ led by Jafar Panahi; empty chair in honour of imprisoned Sentsov.
Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton will star in LD Entertainment’s Biblical thriller.
The co-production market element of the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax has announced the producers in an inaugural project exchange with Mexico’s Los Cabos International Film Festival and Brazil’s RioContentMarket.
uMedia to handle sales on film also starring Franz Drameh and Adam Bakri.
Los Angeles-based Prominence Films is ramping up for an early August start in and around California on its first feature, Of Fortune And Gold.
A new brand extension deal from Sundance Institute top brass with The Metroplex will present Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects from September 19-28 at the newly opened nine-screen cineplex in Kowloon Bay.
The Tokyo International FIlm Festival will unveil a new award for its Competition section, the WOWOW Viewer’s Choice Award.
As Guardians of the Galaxy rockets onto screens this week, social media is buzzing over the new film.
Occupant Entertainment is to produce a feature of video game Dead Island with Deep Silver, the video game publishing label of Koch Media.
Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (September 16 – 21) has added a three-day industry forum.
Programmers and Tate Modern director also added to jury headed by Bela Tarr.
More than 200 critics and 100 filmmakers take part in poll.
German sales outfit acquires Samuli Valkama feature.
Wroclaw New Horizons roundup: works in progress include Close Ups and I, Olga Hepnarova.
Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut and potential awards contender is set to premiere in Toronto next month.
Saban Films is gearing up for its first release of The Homesman and has hired Azniv Taschyan as vp of finance and Jonathan Saba as vp of marketing.
Film Movement has acquired US rights to Marie’s Story (formerly Marie Heurtin) ahead of its world premiere slot in Locarno.
The Snow White And The Huntsman spin-off stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron has shunted The Mummy into a summer 2016 slot.
The Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) hierarchy has promoted Michael Pavlic to president of worldwide creative advertising.
AMBI Distribution, the international sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group, has hired JJ Nugent to work in acquisitions and international sales.
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), in partnership with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative has announced five grant recipients of the 2014 TFI New Media Fund.
The Sundance Film Festival has entered into a partnership with Poznan’s Transatlantyk Film Festival to present a selection of its titles at the forthcoming fourth edition running from August 8-14.
China Lion Film picks up Nicholas Tse, Gao Yuanyuan starrer But Always from Emperor Motion Pictures for North America, Australia/New Zealand
The only filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki would ever acknowledge as his apprentice to be celebrated at TIFF.
New shorts commissioned from Mark Cousins, Penny Woolcock and John Akomfrah.
Director of ‘71 to be showcased at New York and Los Angeles events.
King of Mahjong to be directed by Adrian Teh.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung to top spot last weekend but Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy is standing by to knock the primates off their perch.
The studio has acquired feature rights to Lois Duncan’s 1974 novel Down A Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortés to direct and Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer to produce.
Fox International Productions has named Michael Andreen svp of production, effective August 1.
Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions’ drama has begun shooting and will film on location in Massachusetts and Japan. Ken Kao and Alex Walton’s Bloom represents international rights and launched pre-sales in Cannes.
Aaron L Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert’s Vancouver-based company will produce the psychological drama starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne.
Leaders at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) said the chief content officer will receive this year’s Industry Tribute at the 24th annual Gothams in New York on December 1.
Expendables 2 director talks crowd-funding, a Con Air sequel and Tolkien & Lewis.
Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment, the company behind Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper, has promoted Tara Kemes to the new position of vp of culture and talent.
EXCLUSIVE: Simon West is working on Mods and Rockers with iconic band in talks to collaborate.
Team will be based in London and Burbank, and follows an expanded partnership between the studio and J.K. Rowling.
Into the Wild star joins the directorial debut of Submarine star Craig Roberts.
Daniel Ribeiro’s The Way He Looks was named best feature at New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film festival while Brumby Boylston’s Cruising Electric took audience award for best short.
A total of 13 new films will compete for the $67,000 prize.
After cancelling four shows, Secret Cinema will begin its run of Back to the Future on July 31.
French actor Dominique Pinon and Serbia’s Milos Bikovic have joined the cast of Roman Prygunov’s DuhLess 2, the sequel to his 2012 box-office success based on Sergey Minaev’s eponymous novel.
Kids director to world premiere The Smell of Us at Venice Days.
Michael Winterbottom, Mike Leigh and Michel Hazanavicius among those to attend the festival.
Michael Wintbottom’s The Face of An Angel, Kevin Smith’s Tusk and Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy will receive their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival; new documentaries from Joshua Oppenheimer and Nick Broomfield are also among TIFF’s second wave.
Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.
EXCLUSIVE: Real-life ‘Catch Me If You Can’ drama being developed by ’71 producer Angus Lamont.
Seth Grossman directed Schorr Pictures’ horror film about an intervention-style reality TV show.
Cinedigm Corp and Robert Halmi Jr’s Great Point Media have signed a multi-picture distribution and production output deal.
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Vanessa Lapa’s documentary on the secret personal writings and photographs of Heinrich Himmler as well as mystery Winter In The Blood.
EXCLUSIVE: Origin Pictures, Paines Plough, BBC Films launch writing scheme
Second edition of San Sebastian Film Festival strand to feature six action sports films including the long-awaited sequel to motorcycle racing classic On Any Sunday.
Nightmare on Elm Street star and comic-book legend set for horror festival.
Film-maker Kleber Mendoça, who won the FIPRESCI Prize at Rotterdam and Wroclaw’s New Horizons for his fiction feature debut Neighbouring Sounds in 2012, will be in Locarno next month as part of an almost 60-strong Brazilian delegation.
Comic-Con 2014 sparked 1.7m social media mentions as Warner Bros dominated the conversation, according to social media experts Way To Blue.
British Board of Film Classification aims to increase public understanding of 12A rating after research revealed 27% of cinema-goers were unclear about its meaning.
Director Mike Cahill will return to the independent film festival, where he screened his sci-fi feature Another Earth in 2011.
Around 900 professionals from a range of diverse backgrounds will receive training bursaries of up to £1,600 under Creative Skillset’s Diversity Fund.
Paul Candland has been named to the newly created position of president of The Walt Disney Company, Asia.
The former president of Buena Vista International has been named COO of DreamWorks Animation while Ann Daly is promoted to president.
EXCLUSIVE: Cinema Management Group has licensed the Rufus Sewell horror-thriller from Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment in a slew of markets.
Former Syfy president of original content Mark Stern has come on board as president and partner in the new venture, IM Global Television.
Feature films were worth an estimated £1.6bn ($2.7bn) to UK broadcasters in 2013, according to new research by the British Film Institute.
Sundance Institute has announced the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, both of which take place from July 28-August 1 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
Rising star leaves new project from Felix van Groeningen, director of The Broken Circle Breakdown.
Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.
Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax among those to receive a share of €8.5m ($11.4m) from the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.
House of Tomorrow will produce feature films as well as drama and comedy series.
Distribution and training programmes face budget cuts in 2015.
Fox’s sequel retains top spot with $6.4m (£3.8m) second weekend; Paramount’s Hercules muscles in with $2.46m (£1.45m).
Evil Dead and Inbetweeners stars join cast of fantasy feature.
Psychological drama stars Ruta Gedmintas, Tom Hughes and Tasha Connor.
In Korea, the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Andreas Prochaska’s Austria-Germany Alps cowboy co-production The Dark Valley picking up the Best of Puchon award.
UPDATED JULY 28: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reached the international box office summit at the weekend as a confirmed $54.8m from 12,247 screens in more than 61 markets dethroned Transformers 4.
EuropaCorp’s thriller starring Scarlett Johansson delivered a strong debut through Universal as box office for the top 12 matched the comparable session of 2013.
Hollywood rolled out the big guns at Comic-Con on Saturday as Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice promotion topped the chart of social mentions with 112,108 according to Way To Blue.
Top Croatian winners are Number 55, The Reaper and Happy Endings; Concrete Night wins international competition.
Marvel Studios repeated last year’s triumph with another rousing finale to three days of Hollywood presentations that sparked near hysteria as virtually the entire cast of Avengers: Age Of Ultron descended on Hall H.
Sir Ben Kingsley became yet another British star to make his Comic-Con debut as he joined a Focus Features panel to promote Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls on Saturday.
A Legendary Entertainment panel heavy on action footage provided the perfect platform for Comic-Con favourite Guillermo del Toro to sneak footage from Crimson Peak and poll the crowd on the idea of a pair of future projects.
Nine years after the original hit theatres, director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller returned to San Diego with key cast from their latest story and said they had already begun talks for a third episode.
UPDATED JULY 26: Paramount and MGM’s adventure starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock stormed into Russia on Thursday on an estimated $2.6m to reach $5.2m by Saturday.
If there is a theme emerging at this year’s Comic-Con it is British talent making splashy show debuts and Daniel Radcliffe did not disappoint as he delighted Hall H on Friday (25) to promote Horns.
Fox hosted a starry, two-hour Hall H presentation that featured Guillermo del Toro, Colin Firth and Samuel Jackson, the cast from The Maze Runner and a surprise appearance by rapper Biz Markie who performed his hit Just A Friend.
Kevin Smith ruled the final Hall H session on Day 2 of Comic-Con (25) in his annual Q+A slot and used the occasion to enthuse about his return to film-making for what he called his best film.
David Dobkin’s drama to open TIFF in September.
Tom Rothman’s Tristar Productions has taken a major project off the independent table and acquired worldwide rights to the thriller in which Jodie Foster will direct George Clooney.
Sources have confirmed to Screendaily that the actor is in negotiations to star in Marvel Studios’ upcoming adaptation.
Benedict Cumberbatch - who else? - ruled Comic-Con on opening day Thursday with 22,254 mentions on social media, according to research compiled by Way To Blue.
Artistic director says US focus on local market may have contributed to Venice missing out on the new films.
108 Media has acquired worldwide rights to the martial arts film ahead of its North American premiere at Fantasia.
BSkyB has completed a deal to create Sky Europe, bringing together Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland in a multi-billion pound deal.
Deborah Zipser has joined IM Global and will head business and legal affairs.
Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev wil direct Deity, an English-language remake of Indian hit thriller Kahaani for YRF Entertainment.
Fans got a double surprise at the Paramount panel on Thursday afternoon (24) as first Matthew McConaughey and then Christopher Nolan took to the stage to talk up the upcoming sci-fi.
Around $20m in direct annual investment in film production has escaped the knife in a package of changes that will reduce Screen Australia’s current annual budget by $US5.18m (A$5.5m).
Young filmmakers to participate in the 5th New Horizons Studio.
Inaugural two-day industry event to be held as part of the Zurich Film Festival.
Event cinema organiser cancels weekend performances.
The Purge: Anarchy generated strong buzz ahead of this weekend’s release but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes remains king of the swingers.
Benedict Cumberbatch earned a rapturous reception from the adoring masses in Hall H during his maiden Comic-Con appearance at the DreamWorks Animation panel on Thursday (24) and hinted at future visits.
Jeff Bridges spoke of his 19-year journey to bring Lois Lowry’s novel to the big screen at a thoughtful panel hosted by The Weinstein Company on Thursday (24).
Merger ties in with Senator Entertainment’s restructuring strategy.
Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross $700m this weekend.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to David Kennard’s A Year In Champagne.
Principal photography has begun on The Weinstein Company’s Adam Jones (formerly The Chef) starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Daniel Bruhl.
The top talking point heading into Comic-Con 2014 was The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, according to research conducted by Way To Blue.
UK film sector buoyant but BFI stats reveal local declines.
David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence among competition titles.
Alberto Rodríguez, Carlos Vermut, Jon Garaó and JM Goneada will premiere their new titles.
Event cinema organiser cancels opening night of its biggest production to date at the eleventh hour.
EXCLUSIVE: Two years after it first debuted, Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki will finally be seen by UK cinemagoers.
Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz, is to be retitled Say When for its UK release.
Yann Demange’s Belfast thriller, starring Jack O’Connell, lands October release.
Paris-based EuropaCorp has launched a US acquisitions team that will be on the ground in Toronto and is headed by French executive Federica Sainte-Rose based in Los Angeles.
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its opening film will be the world premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has dated its fifth instalment of the smash adventure franchise and announced the release date for another Marvel film.
Heading into Comic-Con the studio announced the next film from the world of Spider-Man will open on November 11, 2016.
Gnosis Moving Pictures and Vinton Entertainment have signed a co-production deal on a slate of CG animated features for Oscar winner Will Vinton to direct.
The annual week of French film premieres will take place in Los Angeles in April 2015 and this time organisers will add an extra day.
K5 Independent is to handle international sales for Visar Morina’s feature debut Father (Babai) which is currently shooting in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The 18th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) wrapped tonight with top Bucheon Award going to Dev Benegal’s Indian project Dead, End Or: How I Learned To Stop Living And Love Being Officially Dead.
US actor to receive the Donostia lifetime achievement award
Elizabeth Cantillon will transition from her position as evp of production at Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.
IFP top brass announced on Wednesday (23) their 2014 slate of 133 films in development and works-in-progress selected for Project Forum at Independent Film Week.
UK producer Kevin Loader joins comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.
Other films in programme include Boyhood, Force Majeure, plus world premiere of Jens Lien’s new TV series.
The Deauville American Film Festival to screen a retrospective of US comedian’s work.
Italian actor-director to receive Excellence Award.
At the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), experts discussed transmedia storytelling, where it’s at and where it could go in the near future.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.
The Disney smash starring Angelina Jolie has become the 15th Disney release in industry history to reach the milestone.
The US deal with Séville International comes nearly eight weeks after Xavier Dolan’s Cannes world premiere earned the 25-year-old film-maker the jury prize.
The Sony Pictures Entertainment vice-chairman and chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution said on Tuesday (22) he will leave the studio on August 1 to pursue other opportunities.
Former Machinima division heads Angelo Pullen and Luke Stepleton have teamed up with ex-Ducky Dynasty executive producer Hank Stepleton and former YouTube gaming influencers Tom Cassell and Adam Montoya.
Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear in 12-strong competition line-up.
EXCLUSIVE: Co-pro Hunter’s Prayer marks largest investment and first US production for fund.
Cast of supernatural drama also includes Lily Cole and Jack Fox.
Julius Avery thriller Son Of A Gun sells around the world.
Korea’s Spackman Entertainment Group (SEG) surged 78.9% in an IPO on the Catalist board of the Singapore stock exchange on Tuesday (July 22).
Arts Alliance strikes deal with Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment.
Out of competition screening for My Craft about artist Arsen Dedic.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The third installment in Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times franchise grossed $50.12m over its opening weekend in China, finally toppling Transformers: Age Of Extinction from the top spot.
UK crowdfunding platform Crowd for Angels has added new feature E=Motion.
Spanish-born Lucía Recalde Langarica has been named successor to Xavier Troussard as head of the MEDIA sub-programme for Creative Europe.
Filmmaker and actor to receive the Heart of Sarajevo on the festival’s opening night.
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman will close the 52nd New York Film Festival, set to run from September 26-October 12.
The streaming service’s subscriber base grew by 1.69m worldwide in the last three-quarter period, reaching 13.8m internationally and 36.2m in the US for a global level of 50.05m.
Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises are scheduling Cameron Crowe Untitled for release on May 29, 2015.
The British veteran takes his place on Summit Entertainment’s supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter alongside Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie. Lionsgate International handles sales outside North America.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley codebreaking drama to get European premiere.
Nick Krause, SAG nominee Stelio Savante and Quinn Shepard (pictured) have joined Barry Corbin and Marc Derwin on the cast of Windsor.
The Canadian co-production/co-financing market has announced the speakers for the 201 event, set for September 11-14 in Halifax.
China’s box office increased by 25% to reach $2.23bn (RMB13.74bn) in the first half of 2014, according to official figures from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT).
Nima Javidi’s Melbourne and Diego Bianchi’s The Market to bookend Venice Critics’ Week line-up.
EXCLUSIVE: John Wrathall script The Italian Chapel readied for 2015 shoot.
Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation won the Grand Prix at this year’s Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF), overshadowed in its final days by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airways plane.
Paramount Pictures has closed worldwide distribution rights for Spanish animation duo.
Yahoo will platform the drama in an exclusive slot before The Weinstein Company releases the film theatrically in the US on August 29.
Three Scapulars and Sincerely win top prizes; six other titles headed to Locarno and San Sebastian.
ChinaVision Media Group, which will soon be renamed Alibaba Pictures Group, has signed production deals with Wong Kar Wai’s Block 2 Pictures, Angie Chai and Giddens Ko’s Star Ritz International Entertainment and Peter Ho-sun Chan’s We Pictures.
Production on Native, a UK sci-fi feature starring Rupert Graves and Ellie Kendrick, wrapped on July 16.
Panna Rittikrai, the action choreographer who introduced Thai action movies to world audiences, has died aged 53.
The Locarno Film Festival will show Raiders of the Lost Ark and The 400 Blows as part of its traditional taster screenings ahead of the main event.
Indonesia’s Lippo Group has announced plans to invest $516m (6 trillion rupiahs) in 300 multiplexes across the country over the next ten years.
Pickbox, a VOD service in the former Yugoslavia that launched in May, has now launched their application for Android devices.
Kevin Lee’s documentary Unveil The Truth II: State Apparatus won the Grand Prize and best documentary at this year’s Taipei Film Awards, which took place at the close of the Taipei Film Festival on July 19.
Fox’s sequel scores $14.9m (£8.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Transformers: Age of Extinction, as two event cinema releases – Monty Python and André Rieu – land in the top five.
UPDATE JULY 21: Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction grossed more than originally reported in its fourth session, taking $84.6m to reach $662.6m despite a mighty $61.9m from Fox’s Apes sequel.
Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes held off the challenge of three potential threats and climbed to $139m in its second weekend as the top 12 North American releases slipped 25% against 2013.
Other festival prize winners include Self Made, Red Leaves and The Decent One.
Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have signed a 10-year first-look production deal as Jason Blum looks to form partnerships across NBCUniversal.
James Garner, the Oscar nominee, double Golden Globe and Emmy winner who famously starred in TV’s The Rockford Files, has died at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. He was 86.
The 32nd edition of the Los Angeles-based LGBT comes to a close on July 20 with a screening of Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76 starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Liv Tyler, Sam Pancake and Jennifer Cox.
BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Virgin Media partner with Government and creative industries on scheme.
Top brass at the New York Film Festival (NYFF) issued their second statement of intent within a week as it emerged that Paul Thomas Anderson’s crime mystery will receive its world premiere on October 4.
EXCLUSIVE: Production on the remarkable true story starring Vivica Fox is set to kick off in Dallas, Texas, on July 21.
Universal Pictures has prevailed in a studio bidding war, picking up world rights to the drama By The Sea that will mark the first time Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have starred together since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2007.
Heading into Comic-Con the hit factory Marvel Studios has dated five wide releases through Disney spanning summers 2017 to 2019 — although the identity of each remains a mystery.
Independent Producers Scotland calls for tax on cinema tickets to go towards fund.
The Oscar winner will star for Sony in Brownie Wise, which Tate Taylor of The Help fame will direct.
It is the first time a film editor has received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival.
The initiative aims to provide bespoke technical advice for independent exhibitors across all nine of the BFI’s Audience Network Hub areas.
The 33-year-old British actor has stepped in “slightly grudgingly” to replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in StudioCanal’s CGI/live-action feature.
Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences board.
Eight shows to include an opera from Alison Jackson and Steven Berkoff performance.
Pinewood sponsors £14,000 award for Best British Short.
Chinese video streaming platform iQiyi is launching a film company, iQiyi Films, which aims to develop a new internet-oriented business model for film production.
The two distributors will jointly release Ivan Tverdovsky’s Corrections Class in a groundbreaking move.
The festival’s Short Film Competition winner was Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Kush.
The star of Zero Dark Thirty and Take Shelter is to be honoured at the upcoming 40th edition of the Deauville Film Festival.
24 participants have been selected for the 10th Asian Film Academy, which will have Hungarian director Bela Tarr as its dean.
Netflix has struck a multi-year licensing deal with The Walt Disney Studios making it the exclusive Canadian subscription TV service for first-run Disney live-action and animated features.
The programme is made up of seven features and four shorts; Tokyo Gohan Film Festival to present one of the films with a special prize.
Konstantin Konovalov’s Odessa-set biopic about the Soviet film director Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Oleksandr Dovzhenko.Odessa-Debut, has already found co-producers in Finland and Argentina.
The French composer will be honoured at the World Soundtrack Awards which take place October 25th as part of the Gent Film Festival.
Fox reached the milestone on July 15, one day before it became the first studio of the year to reach $2bn at the international box office. The studio crossed $1bn in North America on July 13.
Nancy Spielberg, sister of Steven, is developing a feature about World War II pilots inspired by documentary Above And Beyond: The Birth Of The Israeli Air-Force.
The Sarajevo Film Festival has unveiled the line-up for its 20th edition which runs August 15-23.
Itzik Lerner has gained access to Israel’s Nafha prison for documentary Secret Link.
Experimental filmmaker Nina Menkes is developing a new film examining the Israel-Palestinian conflict through the Greek legend of Theseus and the Minotaur.
The world premiere of David Fincher’s thriller starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike will open the New York Film festival on September 26.
MGM has obtained feature rights to Terry Hayes’ espionage thriller I Am Pilgrim.
New Films by Andrzej Wajda and Jolanta Dylewska will be amongst those presented during industry event Polish Days which will take place during the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival.
Speaking at the Odessa Film Festival the producer of Sergey Mokritsky’s war drama Unbroken said that the project had now completed principal photography.
The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) opens tonight (July 17) with German film Stereo; this year’s Producers’ Choice Awards going to actor Hyun Bin and actress Son Ye-jin.
Leading figures from film festivals in Cannes, London, Edinburgh and Hong Kong revealed their top tips for standing out from the rest when gaining selection to festivals.
Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival have announced the return of the year-round professional development programme.
The 2015 Writers Guild Awards will take place at simultaneous Los Angeles and New York ceremonies on February 14.
Sarajevo Film Festival programmer and Les Arcs head of industry joins documentary festival.
The French actor who starred in Jean Luc Godard’s Masculin Feminin is being honoured with the festival’s Pardo Alla Carriera.
Italian outfit sets new film and TV production divisions.
The BFI has acquired UK rights to Andre Singer’s concentration camp documentary Night Will Fall.
Download Screen International’s daily magazine from the 31st Jesusalem Film Festival here.
Films Without Borders intern Raya Darwish talks about her experience at the Jerusalem Film Festival and Cinematheque.
Liz Bales appointed chief executive for both bodies, which will continue independent remits.
James Schamus, Emma Thompson and Steven Knight to lecture in September.
James Cameron will be at the Deauville American Film Festival in September to present his latest film Deepsea Challenge 3D (which also opens in French cinemas on Sept 17).
KDDI has partnered with Saffron Digital to launch Anime Pass, a new subscription service offering anime content.
Eamon Farren and Claire Van Der Boom star in Eponine Films’ Australian love story.
An $80bn initial offer by 21st Century Fox for Time Warner has been turned down, sending Big Media shares to historic highs.
Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad has been promoted to president of the Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) motion picture group.
Documentary will focus on The Beatles’ touring years from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg to their last public concert in 1966.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based production, sales and financing company will co-produce the Liverpool-set crime episodic with the UK’s Red Union Films and Pinewood Pictures.
The parties have extended their multi-year output agreement in Australia.
13 of the 17 films competing for the Golden Leopard are world premieres; Juliette Binoche to receive Excellence Award.
EXCLUSIVE: Cinetic, Oscilloscope and Koch Media are among the first-time companies attending the Locarno Film Festival this year.
Pickpocket drama from Girl With a Pearl Earring director is one of 33 film projects in development being presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).
20th Century Fox and Village Roadshow have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Gyeongsang Province to build a theme park.
Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up the documentary Corpus Christi: Playing Wnith Redemption.
Ed Vaizey has been promoted to role of Minister responsible for digital industries as part of UK parliamentary reshuffle.
The inaugural award will be given to the film which best highlights a human rights issue at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in September.
Fortissimo, GK Films, Lightning Entertainment and Odin’s Eye Entertainment are the latest companies to sign up to the online entertainment rights licensing marketplace.
Film London has received a £125K grant to explore the release of independent films on new digital platform We Are Colony, with help from Edge Hill University.
Empress Road Pictures is to handle international sales on Facility 31 from UK based horror production company Bad Blood Films.
The crowdfunding platform has already raised more than £88,000 for an extended version of Youtube hit Simon’s Cat.
Jason Sudeikis has joined Jeremy Irons and Stephan James in the true story of the Olympic legend. Focus acquired US rights in a deal with world sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment.
Winning film-makers are Ram Nehari, Nir Bergman and Elad Keidan.
US producer Dogfish has launched the second cycle of Dogfish Accelerator offering networking support and $10,000 in financing and business development to film-makers and all content creators.
The tech pioneer Douglas Trumbull headlines the Industry Conference, while Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr will give the opening address at the Asian Film Summit and Michael Moore will take part in a keynote conversation at Doc Conference.
“We can compete with some of the studios,” says MD of eOne UK, which is aiming to release around 35 films per year.
The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the 21 restored films – 18 features and 3 shorts - that will screen in its Classics section of restored films.
The companies will jointly develop, finance and produce a feature adaptation of Alice Ozma’s memoirs.
The studio announced on Tuesday (15) the three-year production deal with The Hunger Games producer and longtime champion Nina Jacobson and partner Brad Simpson.
The executive producer and former Breakthrough Entertainment executive Marina Cordoni has set up her new venture and announced a partnership with Breaking Glass Pictures in the US.
Lionsgate has struck a deal with e-commerce titan Alibaba Group to stream its content in mainland China in a service that is expected to commence in August.
Mentors at the new writers’ workshop will include Fran Borgia and Tan Chui Mui.
EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director to re-team with Miss Violence actors.
A global search has resulted in the opportunity of a lifetime for 10-year-old New York newcomer Neel Sethi.
New York-based non-profit NewFest wil recognise the director with the third annual NewFest Visionary Award at its annual LGBT jamboree that runs from July 24-29.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Transformers: Age Of Extinction held onto the top spot at the China box office in its third week, although local comedy The Break-up Guru also managed to hold its own.
The new comedy shorts programme is in partnership with Big Talk and Baby Cow and offers production awards, mentoring and workshops to aspiring female film-makers.
Summer shoot due for Sundance Creative Producing Labs feature.
The Lives Of Others star Martina Gedeck joins cast of Julia Von Heinz’s Ich Bin Dann Mal Weg (I’m On My Way).
The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the second annual New York-set StoryLab for film-makers in partnership with A&E IndieFilms.
Festival also moves Dancing Arabs screening indoors.
Philipp Bräuer also announces decision to leave Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival.
Jerusalem exhibition is multi-layered immersive e
Short extract from the film will be shown at Jerusalem Film Festival’s Pitch Point.
Dolby Laboratories is to provide a $7m gift for audiovisual technology in the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures’ theatres and has committed an additional $5m to the Academy Museum’s capital campaign.
The British actress has joined the Bron Studios and Gilbert Films fantasy-horror and replaces replaces Chloë Sevigny who had a scheduling conflict. Production commenced in Vancouver on July 11.
Last year’s Venice Golden Lion winner will head Locarno’s main jury; Syrian director Ossama Mohammed will lead the Filmmakers of the Present competition jury.
A group of Israeli film-makers took a stand against the current political conflict today at an emotional press conference at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
He takes over from Matthijs Wouter Knol, who is the new head of Berlin’s European Film Market.
The studio has set its Hall H presentation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for July 24 — but for the time being is keeping mum over other possible show highlights.
Principal photography has begun on Atom Egoyan’s thriller starring Chrisopher Plummer, Martin Landau and Bruno Ganz.
Lionsgate has set the release date for the Summit Entertainment thriller starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.
UK director Stephen Frears has been awarded the Golden Duke Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF, July 11-19).
Zero Motivation director planning Brooklyn-set comedy.
Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group is acquiring an additional 13.3% stake in Bona Film Group, while 21st Century Fox is divesting its stake in the Beijing-based studio.
The Orchard has acquired North American and UK theatrical and digital rights to Harmontown.
Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day and Gerard Barrett’s Glassland have jointly picked up the Best Irish Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh, which closed last night (July 13).
The US distribution and production company has formalised UK partnerships to distribute its titles across multiple platforms.
Paramount’s latest outing records year’s biggest opening to date with $20.1m (£11.75m); Universal’s Boyhood scores strong $565,000 (£330,000) debut.
The documentary about Scottish pro-cyclist David Millar is being directed by Finlay Pretsell.
US distribution and production outfit TriCoast Worldwide will release a number of its top-line movies in the UK through newly-formed TriCoast UK Ltd.
Businesses from the creative sector are to plough $29m (£17m) into skills training, boosting the UK’s total investment pot to $63m (£37m).
The Sam Spiegel Film School is paying tribute to top Israeli producer Micha Shagrir with an event on Thursday night.
Films on filmmakers will be at the heart of documentary conference entitled Cinema as a Rumour: in memory of Assi Dayan at the Jerusalem Film Festival on Wednesday.
Other winners include Ivan Marinovic, Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir.
UPDATE JULY 14: Paramount Pictures International’s behemoth generated a superb confirmed $100.3m in its third weekend of duty to raise the score to $540.6m as the global tally climbed to $749.4m.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes won the North American session hands-down, arriving on an estimated $73m as the studio said it had passed $1bn for the year-to-date.
Hebrew and English language Children of the Fall will be set on eve of 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is in talks to board the revenge tale as co-financier while it is understood New Regency is sticking to its intended September start date.
Japanese actress Fumi Nikaido receives the inaugural Screen International Rising Star award at the New York Asian Film Festival
Israeli superstar musician David Broza is readying his first major film project.
Directors with shorts at the Jerusalem Film Festival are readying an intriguing slate of features, including an ambitious period drama about Judas Iscariot, a documentary omnibus about life in the West Bank and a drama about gay life in Israel.
The artistic director of Israel’s International Women’s Film Festival is hopeful that a new venue will be found for the event.
Corn Island wins Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; Elle Fanning wins best actress prize.
UPDATED: As political tensions escalate, a number of film festival guests have cancelled their trips to Jerusalem.
Kiwi comedy horror wins the “Narcisse” for best feature; Eskil Vogt’s Blind wins Silver Melies.
The executive arrives from QED International and will work on Myriad’s theatrical titles with a focus on digital and new media distribution.
Principal photography got underway this week in Toronto on David Bezmozgis’ drama. Mongrel Media holds Canadian rights.
EXCLUSIVE: Actress and singer attached to star in Eran Riklis-produced drama.
Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl book set for summer 2016.
The British film industry is to send its biggest ever delegation to the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).
EXCLUSIVE: Dudu Tassa, Sason Gabai, Gaya Traob among cast.
Russian actor Sergey Puskepalis is to make his directorial debut and has cast Alexey Serebryakov, star of Cannes winner Leviathan.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor picks up films with Maisie Williams, Jessica Paré and Killian Scott.
Talya Lavie debut marks best opening for an Israeli indie in three years.
Most festival guests’ travels aren’t impacted by the unrest in Israel; festival makes minor scheduling changes.
A trip by Israeli reggae producers to Jamaica, Final Solution architect Heinrich Himmler, new immigrant angst and a pit ball rescue centre are among the many worlds explored in this year’s Israeli Documentary Competition.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also proves popular in the UK.
Watchmen writer Alan Moore to attend world premiere of his screenwriting debut, Show Pieces.
Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross the half-billion threshold despite what is expected to be a strong challenge from Fox’s Apes.
Six Acts director Jonathan Gurfinkel [pictured] to discuss trailer craft.
The distributor has pounced on US rights to Pathe International’s comedy drama set during the Margaret Thatcher regime that closed the recent Directors’ Fortnight section in Cannes.
The Fifty Shades Of Grey star has come on board Gidden Media and Good Universe’s adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book Forever, Interrupted: A Novel.
A UK double whammy is heading for Comic-Con with scheduled appearances by Daniel Radcliffe and Benedict Cumberbatch in his Con debut.
Film Independent top brass announced on Thursday (10) a restructuring of the programming team as Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen steps down by mutual agreement and the role of Elvis Mitchell is expanded.
Jim Belushi will join Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger on the cast of Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth, which has begun production this week in New Orleans. FilmNation handles international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Israeli film-maker to develop Micro Robert (working title) with Les Films des Tornelles.
The 31st Jerusalem Film Festival gets underway today with a new management team determined to present a world-class event despite the escalating troubles in the region.
The executive director of the Art Directors Guild has been granted a three-year extension to his contract, effective January 1, 2015.
Top brass at the Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) have organised a mid-season festival to celebrate the re-opening of the Tower Theater.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast is revealed for Sherlock Holmes film starring Ian McKellen and directed by Bill Condon.
Montreal-based genre festival to screen over 160 films at its 18th edition, which runs July 17-Aug 6.
Thriller starring Scarlett Johansson to open Locarno Film Festival.
The studio has entered into an agreement with Pure Flix Entertainment for the US home entertainment rights to the faith-based spring hit.
UK independent cinema group Curzon is giving a major push to its recently relaunched VOD service Curzon Home Cinema with the release of Joe, starring Nicolas Cage.
The campaign to free Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov from detention in Russia has been taken to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Sam Mendes, speaking at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle on Tuesday night, spoke about how the spirit of the London Olympics influenced the pro-British enthusiasm in the last James Bond film, Skyfall.
The festival is laying on a packed programme of film industry events this year, headlined by the Jerusalem Pitch Point meeting.
Cinema City will expand Jerusalem Film Festival’s footprint in the city; Old City will host free outdoor screenings of blockbusters including Inception.
Directors are among the high-profile international guests at this year’s festival.
Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, outgoing Film4 boss Tessa Ross and director Richard Ayoade to feature in conversation.
Preview of 20,000 Days on Earth to be broadcast live with Nick Cave and special guests.
Sophomore film will screen in Locarno.
The Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) has postponed the opening night world premiere of Eran Riklis’s Dancing Arabs by one week due to escalating tension in the region.
Paramount confirmed the development on Wednesday (July 9) as Transformers: Age Of Extinction reached $225.1m.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired world rights to the Duplass Brothers Productions’ comedy starring Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong and Haley Lu Richardson.
Principal photography has begun on the mystery starring Fairuza Balk, Charles Baker and Alanna Ubach.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest feature among those to receive funding from World Cinema Fund.
BBC Academy director succeeds John Willis, who continues as deputy chair, and becomes second woman to become chair in BAFTA history.
EXCLUSIVE: VoD streaming service moves into physical distribution with the acquisition of Lucky McKee’s The Woman [pictured].
Running July 24-Aug 3, the festival will open with Wild Tales, Winter Sleep and Clouds of Sils Maria
Evan Saxon has relaunched his distribution and marketing company, kicking off with the limited release of Manchester United doc Class Of ’92.
Board members at in-flight entertainment specialists Global Eagle Entertainment have promoted Dave Davis to CEO, effective immediately.
Uberto Pasolini’s second feature [pictured] wins at fifth edition of Russian showcase for young European cinema.
Five finalists selected in nationwide search for the UK’s brightest young film-maker.
Adaptation of Lars Saabye Christensen’s novel to open the 42nd Norwegian International Film Festival.
Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of the best-selling novel will be shown in cinemas in Nigera from Aug 1.
Latest report from KOFIC for the first half of 2014 also outlines the best first half year on record for foreign films.
Bad Robot tweet image of IMAX camera being used on set of Star Wars: Episode VII
Warner Bros has announced its Comic-Con showcase for The Hobbit finale, Mad Max reboot and the Wachowskis’ delayed sci-fi Jupiter Ascending.
The former Focus Features evp of international marketing and distribution will remain in London and oversee marketing and distribution for a slate that includes upciming 2014 releases Gone Girl and Birdman.
When 20th Century Fox Korea announced last week that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes would open locally on July 10, one week earlier than previously planned, the South Korean film industry cried foul.
Boxing drama wins top prize; special mentions for The Gulls and Journey to Rome.
Speaking at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Game Of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has acknowledged that he would like to round off the epic TV series with a feature film.
Lionsgate top brass announced on Tuesday (8) that the latest episode in the action series will premiere in the UK on August 4.
DeVon Franklin, who recently oversaw the sleeper hit Heaven Is For Real, is to segue from svp of production for Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.
Special country focus on Turkey; youth programme moves to neighbouring Buzet.
Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg veteran was most recently MD of Berlin-based PRIMEHOUSE.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the highest-grossing film of all time in China, taking $222.74m in its first ten days, and breaking the $221.9m record set by Avatar in 2010.
Karlovy Vary’s industry days continued today with the Pitch & Feedback initiative, including the new film from My Dog Killer director Mira Fornay, alongside the Docu Talents from the East showcase.
Wolfe Releasing has acquired US digital and DVD rights to Mark Herzog and Sandrine Orabona’s Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, Monika Treut’s Of Girls And Horses and David Au’s Eat With Me.
A dark animated take on The Little Mermaid and the urban legend of a teenage serial killer in 1960s Poland prove stand outs at KVIFF’s Works in Progress event.
Film Bazaar, the South Asian film market organised by India’s National Film Development Corp (NFDC), has selected the six finalists of Screenwriters’ Lab 2014.
Second edition of the online film festival received nearly 1,000 submissions from film-makers representing 70 countries.
September UK release will mark the 75th anniversary of the much-loved classic.
Consultancy service is run by award-winning publicist Luciano Chelotti.
Out-of-competition strand will present productions that have garnered attention from the global TV world.
The School of Film Agents 2014 will take place Aug 15-24 in Wroclaw and feature eight projects.
EXCLUSIVE: The Battle of Sevastopol among 11 projects being presented next week.
Lucy Kirkwood’s directorial debut stars the likes of Francesca Annis, Larry Lamn and Stephen Campbell Moore.
Growth is expected to accelerate throughout 2014 to reach an anticipated 6.4%.
Martina Stella’s debut screenplay is set to enter principal photography in early 2015.
The renewed output partnership with StudioCanal in Germany, Austria and Switzerland includes a TV component involving ProSieben.
BFI-backed productions must comply with new ‘three ticks’ rule from September.
Universal’s big screen adaptation of TV sitcom adds $3.7m (£2.2m) to record second week as the UK’s number one; Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction previews strongly.
The Walt Disney Company has chosen 11 companies to go through its mentorship and investment programme.
EXCLUSIVE: Organisers behind the two-day event set to run July 14-15 during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool have announced the line-up of guests.
Facility will be the UK’s first university film school to be housed within a fully functional commercial film studio.
Girlhood, White God and The Wonders among the finalists announced in Karlovy Vary; 2013 audience winner revealed.
The streaming start-up has added a trio of titles to its July line-up.
EXCLUSIVE: US director Kevin Smith is at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), where he is subject of a special tribute.
Ten UK-based moving image artists up for Film London award.
David Scheinmann’s sports drama Believe, starring Brian Cox, to receive simultaneous release in Picturehouse cinemas and on Sky Movies.
Audience to decide the award-winners in each section, which have changed name and focus for this year’s festival.
Under the historic agreement, FilmOn.com will become the first global IPTV provider to carry VOA’s content.
Stanley will take on overall leadership of Warner Bros Digital Distribution UK and Warner Bros Consumer Products UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Festival screening of Yes and Yes [pictured] pulled due to Russia’s new anti-obscenity law.
UPDATED JULY 7: Transformers: Age Of Extinction summoned a confirmed $96.6m in a dominant second session through Paramount Pictures International to propel the running total to $400.9m and $575.6m worldwide.
Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction held on to pole position in North America over a lacklustre July Fourth holiday weekend that saw a year-on-year drop of nearly 50 percent.
After picking up the top honour at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Mel Gibson talked to Screen about a return to directing, a possible move into television and reuniting with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor nabs US sci-fi from Independent.
South Korea and China have signed a landmark co-production agreement that will allow approved films to be officially classified as local films in both countries.
Norwegian road movie, about a man who sets out to kidnap the founder of Ikea, sold to Europe and Asia.
New cinemas in Crouch End, East Dulwich and Ealing add to Picturehouse’s reach across London.
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2 also prove popular in the UK.
Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen has claimed that diversity in UK drama is being hampered by the increasingly international nature of the genre.
Germany’s film producers have expressed ¨exceptional regret¨ at learning that Angela Merkel’s cabinet has proposed reducing the annual budget for the DFFF ¨German spend¨ incentive by another €10m to €50m in the global federal budget for 2015.
French film star to be president of the Dinard British Film Festival’s 25th edition.
EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED JULY 7: The distributor is understood to have picked up US rights to Anurag Kashyap’s gangster epic.
Oliver Hirschbiegel to direct the story of Georg Elser, the man who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1939.
Warner Bros. confirms Rowling screenwriting debut Fantastic Beasts will shoot at UK studio.
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Dencik is readying an August 4 start of shoot for his first fiction feature, Gold Coast; his short Tal R premieres in Karlovy Vary.
Actor Gérard Depardieu is being considered for a Russian fantasy feature.
French director to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival next month - only the second woman to receive the honour.
Key European territories among those to pick up rights to the documentary about the late actor’s struggle to make a film about Le Mans.
Outgoing director of the London Film School to join Australian Film School.
The actor and comedian’s latest book launch will be streamed around the world.
Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy to present his short films as part of a talk at the film festival; two new titles added to programme.
Denmark’s largest cinema chain, Nordisk Film Biografer, has become theatrical market leader in Norway after securing a 49% stake in exhibitor Kinosør.
The UK’s Prime Focus has joined forces with India-based Reliance MediaWorks.
Despite a clash with the scheduled quarter-finals of the World Cup, Transformers: Age Of Extinction will remain the dominant force in the international market where it is expected to soar past $350m.
Film London has been awarded almost £1m ($1.7m) to continue to deliver the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), offering artist filmmakers funding, training and mentoring.
According to Paramount’s partners China Movie Media Group, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has reached $134.5m in its first five days in China – more than the $120.9m in the first five days in North America.
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Markus Blunder’s thriller.
Fast & Furious 7 will no longer open on April 10 2015 but one week earlier on April 3 as part of several scheduling announcements from the Universal fold.
The executive joins Relativity Media as its first chief marketing officer having previously served as president of Dentsu Aegis Network.
Disney’s fantasy starring Angelina Jolie was expected to reach the milestone on July 2, according to executives.
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to recent Cannes premiere The Tribe, winner of three sidebar prizes in Critics’ Week.
Canada’s new co-production treaty with India officially came into effect on July 1.
A re-energised Pula Film Festival, the biggest film festival in Croatia, will welcome top guests including Roger Michell, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Gyorgi Palfi, Tudor Giurgiu and Mike Cahill.
Government will match-fund industry commitments to the tune of £16m ($27.5m).
Films include Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Anton Corbijn’s Life, Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman and Spooks feature.
Yan has been named managing director and executive vice-president for China at Universal Pictures International (UPI).
Former American Golf and Habitat CEO Kevin Styles becomes UK and Ireland MD.
New legislation banning use of obscene words came into effect yesterday [July 1].
BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees to hold talks in UK schools.
Aardman Animations’ latest feature confirmed as the second film to be part of Into Film’s Green Light to Opening Night initiative.
Partnership will be the integrator for the digitisation of the largest Brazilian movie theatre chain, choosing Doremi and Christie for their rollout.
Figures revealed for the 2014 edition of EIFF.
Damián Szifrón’s Cannes Competition film Wild Tales and Palm d’Or winner Winter Sleep to open the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.
Centre provides a free service to support film & TV production in the region.
Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.
Concert movie Björk: Biophilia Live is to receive its European Premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
New films on Screenbase this week include thriller Long Time Coming and a new adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced (July 1) category submission deadlines for 87th Academy Awards consideration.
Kartemquin Films has joined director-producer Brent Huffman on the documentary Saving Mes Aynak, about the imperiled 2,000-year-old Buddha statue in Afghanistan (pictured).
EXCLUSIVE: Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope and Steven Berkoff among cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’-style thriller.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic comedy The Break-up Guru provided the only resistance against the power of Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the Chinese box office last week, grossing $24.18m in its first three days.
The distributor will release Frederick Wiseman’s documentary theatrically in New York at the Film Forum on November 5 followed by nationwide roll-out.
UK film-makers are in the spotlight at the fifth edition of Vologda’s VOICES festival (July 4-8), which will open with Ken Loach’s Cannes Competition film Jimmy’s Hall.
Film music competition at the Zurich Film Festival to include a live concert with the Oscar-winning film composer.
Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) has appointed Rezal A. Rahman as CEO, replacing Michael Lake who has moved to head Rhizophora Ventures.
Entertainment lawyer and producer Kami Naghdi has joined London-based boutique law firm Clintons, where he will head the firm’s film and TV practice.
Tom Geens feature centres on a couple living in a hole in a forest.
Principal photography has started on UK action-thriller Age Of Kill, from director Neil Jones and writer Simon Cluett.
Creatives behind The King’s Speech and Wallace and Gromit are in attendance for events and workshops at Cinemagic London (June 30-July 3).
The Irish Film Board and the Galway Film Fleadh have announced details for the 2014 Real Deal Film Conference, which will consider the future of the industry.
New Regency confirmed the casting on Monday (30) as the mouth-watering cast takes shape around Leonardo DiCaprio.
Plan unveiled as David Yates’ Tarzan swings into action, WB CEO attends Downing Street event.
New projects from Screen Stars of Tomorrow, playwrights, TV talent.
Under The Milky Way has picked up US theatrical and worldwide VOD rights to SXSW premiere Swim Little Fish Swim.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language following its recent Cannes premiere.
The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 29 projects selected to benefit from Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2014, including projects by award-winning directors such as O Muel (Jiseul) and Hannah Espia (Transit).
Ritesh Batra, Talya Lavie, Nora Martirosyan among entrants.
Universal’s big screen outing for the popular TV sitcom scores excellent $7.3m (£4.3m) debut to dethrone Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars.
Number of BAME in film and TV workforce below UK economy average.
Rudolf van den Berg’s feature stars Tygo Gernandt [pictured] as the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren.
Mina Djukic’s film wins best film, director and actress in National Class; Free Entry by Hungary’s Yvonne Kerekgyarto gets Cineuropa Award in Fresh Danube Film section.
Thailand’s Kantana Group has set up a joint venture with Japanese studio Nikkatsu and broadcaster Nippon TV to work on projects including CGI production and animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Set to go into pre-production later this year, the film is based on Daniel Mason’s acclaimed historical novel.
Cuban-born dancer to star in Australian production, set to shoot in late 2014.
Film marks debut feature for Australian comedian Carl Barron [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Among the deals, Mexico’s In Films We Trust will buy a package of eight Russian films from Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs.
UPDATE: Tony Benn doc wins audience award; Hide and Seek wins Michael Powell Award, Ice Poison takes international prize.
UPDATED JUNE 30: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction delivered an estimated $201.3m from 10,152 international screens, $100m in North America and $301.3m worldwide in the biggest opening salvo of 2014 so far.
Paramount’s sci-fi behemoth delivered the biggest North American debut so far in 2014 on an estimated $100m as the $301.3m global launch eclipsed everything in its orbit.
Japan was the big winner at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival which ended on Saturday evening with the Golden St. George trophy for best film going to Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man (Watashi-No Otoko) [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Nymphomaniac star joins cast of Ben Wheatley’s Recorded Picture Company thriller.
Rules governing how a two-person producing team can be considered a single producer when considering who is eligible for best picture nomination have changed.
Sixteen-year Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo has joined Paramount Animation as creative director.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Michael Lerner (Barton Fink) [pictured], Kevin Dunn (Veep), and Zach Knighton (Happy Endings) have joined Mickey Rourke in Ashby, which started shooting this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Genre festival to close with UK premiere of The Signal; 64 films will be screened, with 38 UK or European premieres and 11 world premieres.
EXCLUSIVE: Yuji Kanda’s film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.
Stalingrad 3D’s producer-director Fyodor Bondarchuk has a US major in his sights for the national and international distribution of the forthcoming Russian war film, Battalion Of Death, set during the First World War.
The 26th edition of New York’s LGBT festival NewFest will run from July 24-29 and features 16 narrative and five documentary features.
Hot projects at Paris-based crossmedia market and conference included Game Fever, Shiva Destroys Sex and Wei or Die.
Online comments for the teen tearjerker soar in second week of release.
UPDATE: Paramount’s behemoth is off to a flying start and has raced to $80m internationally and $121.6m worldwide.
Paolo Sorrentino, Denis Villeneuve, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Vinterberg and Lupita Nyong’o are among those invited to join the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.
Guillermo del Toro returns will return to the director’s chair for the Legendary Pictures sci-fi sequel.
Peter Kiernan has joined 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin as partner in their renamed production company Free Association.
The distributor, which recently reconfigured operations to focus primarily on digital distribution and will maintaining a theatrical presence where appropriate, has picked up US and Canadian rights to the Katie Holmes vehicle.
Revenue, profit surge as demand at “unprecedented level”.
Jurors include Phil Clapp of CEA, Lee Magiday of Element Pictures, Lucas Webb of Working Title, Kate Muir of The Times and Jamie Schwartz of The Weinstein Company.
Abel Ferrara’s controversial DSK feature to receive North American premiere at the genre festival, which has announced its second wave of programming.
Prime Focus World makes “significant valuation” for the UK VFX house.
Tale of real-life 1940s serial killers and lovers premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week.
Fourteen years after launching the studio, founder Joe Roth has sold Revolution Studios to Fortress Investment Group in a deal reportedly worth $250m that sees him segue into a strategic advisor role.
CBS Films has acquired rights to A G Riddle’s bestselling ebook Atlantis trilogy.
Film curation and streaming start-up Vyer Films has set the online premiere of Sion Sono’s film and struck an alliance with NYAFF operators Subway Cinema.
North American VOD channel Eurocinema is now available on Mediacom Communications.
31 projects were presented by nine Russian production houses at a pitching to the Russian Cinema Fund.
Inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival will, in part, serve as the judging platform for the eighth APSAs.
East End Film Festival has unveiled its 2014 award winners, bringing 13th edition to a close.
Irish Film Board supports the six month programme.
Tate Taylor will direct In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, which FilmNation is producing and will sell internationally.
Sundance Institute has pulled back the curtain on the films and music acts set to headline the LA festival from August 7-10.
The memoir A House In The Sky will be developed as a starring vehicle for Mara, who will also serve as a producer alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, with whom she optioned the rights.
Music Branch members are no longer allowed to contact each other to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, according to new Academy rules.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global CEO Stuart Ford has curated the two-day film event, set to run in July during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool.
Mad Men star joins Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans in cast.
Gravitas Ventures has taken all US rights to the comedy starring Jenny Slate, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup and Jason Bateman.
Leading Russian actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk has indicated that he is prepared to bleep out the obscenities in Valeria Gai Germanika’s new film Yes And Yes (Da I Da) to ensure its Russian theatrical release.
Principal photography on an adaptation of Under Milk Wood, starring Rhys Ifans, has begun in Wales.
Irish film festival will feature a spotlight on new Canadian cinema and an interview with actress Brenda Fricker.
The National Theatre’s live cinema screening programme, NT Live, has no negative impact on England theatres, according to new research.
Distributor Pink Moon has acquired the Benelux rights from 104 films to Justin Edgar’s feature We Are The Freaks.
Oisin O’Neill has been named senior legal and business executive at the Irish Film Board (Bord Scannan na hEireann).
Eli Wallach, the veteran character actor whose film credits included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, has died. He was 98.
The China release of Transformers: Age Of Extinction is to go ahead this week after a dispute involving the owners of a hotel featured in the film appears to have come to a conclusion.
The Santa Monica-based company has reported a flurry of market and post-market activity on its Croisette slate.
The 20-day shoot has wrapped on New Artists Alliance and XLrator Media’s psychological sci-fi starring Brandon Routh, Dane Cook and Caity Lotz from UK hit The Machine.
The former CEO of Focus Features who was until recently tipped to take over as head of Film4 will collect the 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award.
Millennium Entertainment has taken US rights to Ben Wagner’s psychological horror film and SC Films has picked up international sales.
Former Sony Pictures Entertainment chief digital strategy officer Mitch Singer has been named special advisor of industry affairs at Verance Corporation.
Keith Feldman has been promoted to president of worldwide distribution at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Other guests of the festival will include Hollywood actress Laura Dern and French actress Fanny Ardant as well as directors Alice Rohrwacher, Bong Joon-ho and David Mackenzie among others.
US features Listen Up Philip and Buzzard to play in competition at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, which promises “a strong American independent cinema contingent”.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Maleficent grossed a healthy $22.01m in its opening three days in China, in a week dominated by Hollywood tentpoles, which took the top four positions in the top ten.
EXCLUSIVE: The UK’s Framestore and producer David P. Kelly are set to partner on a $5m Mexican Cold War feature Lunik III, pitched at this week’s Moscow Business Square (MBS).
Other winners at animation event include Manana Forever and Fongopolis.
UK veteran returns after stint in Australia.
Ajyal Youth Film Festival will return with a line-up of international and local features.
Creative England is looking for new members for its board, after recently adding Ian Livingstone and Belinda Budge.
Carlo Verdone’s Under A Lucky Star (Sotto Una Buona Stella) picked up the top prize at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, where AMBI Pictures’ 2047 – Sights Of Death scored a hat trick.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winner has found its US home.
IFC Midnight has pounced on North American rights to Jabbar Raisani’s sci-fi thriller. Altitude Film Sales handles international sales.
Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s film earned the festival’s audience award for best feature at the weekend.
Alex Ross Perry’s dark comedy premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
Yatao Li’s Chinese entry Carry On won the Best Of Festival Award, while Aneta Kopacz’s Joanna from Poland prevailed in the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Grand Jury Award.
Broadcaster expected to decide on new Film4 head in July, Screen looks at some likely candidates.
EXCLUSIVE: Runar Runarsson, the director of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2011 selection Volcano, will start shooting his second feature in Iceland on July 14.
Award-winning composer will chair a jury that will award the Golden Lion for best feature at the 71st Venice Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Company’s increased acquisition drive includes post Cannes purchase of boxing drama Bleed For This.
Top brass at the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) have announced the award winners of this year’s festival.
Behind-the-scenes e-sports cross-media project follows pro-games stars such as sOs, Li “Sky” Xiofeng and Sophistie.
London’s biggest film export event returns with a new name and strong selection of upcoming titles.
China’s Fosun International has announced in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that it plans to invest in former Warner Bros Pictures chief Jeff Robinov’s new venture Studio 8.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran UK producer Patrick Cassavetti has boarded Marat Alykulov’s black comedy Lenin?!.
Fox’s adaptation posts $5.8m (£3.4m) debut, including previews, to dethrone 22 Jump Street; Warner Bros’ Jersey Boys is off-key with $706,000 (£415,000) bow.
Toronto’s Breakthrough Entertainment has licensed the caper film Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss to HBO Europe.
Individual awards will increase to a maximum of £200,000 per project.
Best UK film is David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights.
UPDATED JUNE 23: Powered by a number one Chinese debut, Disney’s fantasy tale came in higher than estimates on $47.9m to edge out DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 on $43.2m, according to weekend estimates.
Screen Gems’ comedy Think Like A Man Too opened on $30m to finish approximately $1m ahead of Sony stablemate 22 Jump Street, which powered past $100m in its second weekend.
Fox International Productions (FIP) and China’s Bona Film Group are co-producing a Chinese-language remake of Fox hit Bride Wars, which is being directed by Tony Chan.
Greek period drama Little England was awarded three major prizes, including best film, at the Golden Goblet Awards of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 14-22).
Haim Saban’s nascent distributor led by Bill Bromiley has struck up a one-off partnership with Roadside Attractions on Cannes competition entry The Homesman as the parties plot an awards run.
Screen has confirmed that the director of Looper is in discussions with Lucasfilm to direct Episode VIII and write a treatment for Episode IX of the Star Wars series.
Fox and DreamWorks are to reunite following a rewarding collaboration on Lincoln.
Paramount Pictures and Pathé have set a December 25 limited release on Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights drama and potential awards contender. Separately, Open Road has picked up what is being described as the inspirational drama Little Boy.
EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Troussard to leave after 12 months in role.
DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 unloads the biggest wave of releases this weekend but China could upset the applecart yet again with Godzilla entering its second weekend and a debut for Maleficent.
China Film Group’s long-mooted initial public offering is moving closer, with plans for a $740m listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, according to the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
The Independent Cinema Office, the UK’s national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition, has confirmed speakers for its two flagship courses this summer.
Tony Hall has set out his blueprint for boosting diversity at the BBC, including creating a £2.1m commissioning fund to help ensure the corporation “represents every family and community in the UK”.
Adam Wingard’s thriller stars Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens.
Teen tear-jerker dominates online film chatter on social media.
Bas van der Ree will take up the job at the beginning of July.
Concert documentary Katy Perry: Part Of Me is to be made available for streaming to the pop star’s Facebook fans from today (June 20).
Long-time speculation over whether Ryan Kavanaugh would take his company public came into slightly sharper focus on Thursday (19) as the CEO said he anticipated doing so within the next 12-18 months.
Top brass at the Los Angeles Film Festival unveiled the winners of jury and audience awards as the festival came to a close.
Fishing Without Nets and The Internet’s Own Boy are the subject of innovative strategies that underline the changing face of distribution.
Beijing-based Xing Xing Digital and Los Angeles production company Pelagius Entertainment are to partner on the feature animation Smart.
Cinedigm Corp has announced its latest push into the world of OTT, teaming up with the Dove Foundation on a family-friendly channel.
Pinewood Shepperton has been granted planning permission for the long-awaited £200m ($340m) expansion of its Buckinghamshire site.
Letter from the Prince of Wales read at NTFS Gala event.
EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Thomas drama starring Elijah Wood gets UK sales company.
Withoutabox co-founders David Straus, Joe Neulight and Fred Kramer have launched Los Angeles-based Critical Mass Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: Both films to screen at the London Screenings later this month.
Benelux distributor ABC-Cinemien has confirmed its acquisition of six titles from Cannes festival and market.
Hybrid children’s bug movie premieres in China at Shanghai International Film Festival today (June 19).
Norwegian distributor adds to Cannes haul with award-winning Competition and Directors’ Fortnight titles.
Arts Alliance Ventures has merged its events cinema businesses into one integrated operation, to be led by CEO Mark Foster.
The Conversations, a comedy co-directed by Haider Zafar [pictured] and Marcus Flemmings, has wrapped production in London after shooting over the past year.
Universal Pictures announced on Wednesday (18) that it had moved Untitled Next Bourne Chapter from its August 14 2015 slot.
Genre festival to open with Jacky in the Kingdom of Women [pictured]; other titles include Guardians of the Galaxy, Boyhood, The Harvest and Suburban Gothic.
Serbia has become the first non-European Union country to sign up and participate in the European Union’s new Creative Europe programme.
The inaugural Scottish Film Summit wrapped today in Edinburgh with more than 200 delegates participating in two days of discussion about the future of film in Scotland.
The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) announced its line-up today with Maximilian Erlenwein’s German thriller Stereo [pictured] as the opening film.
Husband-and-wife team Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan will take the hot seats at the 41st annual event, set to run in Colorado from August 29-September 1.
Mark Canton and comic publisher Graphic India have hired Mukunda Michael Dewil to adapt the Indian superhero comic book series The Sadhu for the big screen.
Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Bryan Batt and Wendell Pierce have joined Nicolas Cage and Sarah Paulson on Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures’ The Runner. Separately, it emerged on Wednesday that production on Sicario will take place at Albuquerque Studios.
Umedia has picked up world sales rights to relationship drama Red Knot, starring Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser and Dredd actress Olivia Thirlby.
EXCLUSIVE: Executive producer Angelina Jolie “can’t wait for the world to see” Ethiopian drama, which has been snapped up by distributors across Europe.
Chinese biopic is directed by Ann Hui, who will chair the international jury for the Orizzonti section.
Thomas Hughes has been promoted to evp of worldwide digital distribution at Lionsgate.
Scottish agency’s £4m ($6.8m) “not enough” for national film production, claims CEO.
EXCLUSIVE: Icon Film Distribution (IFD) has signed a deal with UK sales and distribution company Park Circus to represent the IFD library for UK theatrical release.
Co-production funds run by the Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals and a new day-and-date initiative are among new projects by supported by the European Commission (EC).
Film to be given quasi-simultaneous multi-platform release in Spain.
Plans for the 20th edition of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the first edition under the leadership of festival director Debbi Lander, have been announced.
French entertainment company Cinesens Entertainment is releasing its app, WittiZ, in the UK following a successful launch in France.
The UK’s Bottle Yard Studios has been announced as the home of US musical comedy Galavant.
The filmmaker and academic arrives from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, where he has served as director since 2010.
Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment and Chad Archibald’s Black Fawn Films have teamed up to produce eight genre features over the next two years.
Shout! Factory, The Film Collective, Dada Films, and Brainstorm Media will partner on the launch of EuropaCorp’s animated film Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart.
Victor Levin’s romantic dramedy stars Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Frank Langella and Glenn Close. The Solution Entertainment Group handles international sales.
China box office: Godzilla had an impressive opening at the China box office last weekend, grossing $37m and pushing Edge Of Tomorrow to second place.
Line-up includes new features by Dario Argento, Jacob Tierney and Fantasia alumni Rob Grant and Kerry Prior.
The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced six Thai works from rising filmmakers for this year’s Project Spotlight in the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF).
Ukrainian feature wins Grand Prix at ‘Zerkalo’ Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival.
ACISE-LA, the Academy For Canadians In Sports And Entertainment, has announced three new entertainment ambassadors.
Family comedy starring Rosamund Pike and David Tennant from the writers of BBC series Outnumbered.
Icelandic director Bendikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses And Men won the Golden Iris Award, the top prize at the 12th Brussels Film Festival.
Colin Firth has left StudioCanal’s Paddington Bear project midway through production.
Two very different projects centring on the US soldier at the centre of the recent POW swap with the Taliban are headed to the screen, according to reports in the Hollywood trade press.
Film restoration expert Paul Korver and former American Cinematheque head of programming Dennis Bartok have thrown their hat into the distribution arena with Cinelicious Pics.
Teresa Palmer is in negotiations to join Alcon Entertainment’s re-creation of the 1991 action-thriller. Lionsgate International handles international sales. Separately, Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones will star in Voice From The Stone.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles include Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, and Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales.
Cinedigm has promoted two key employees and hired three managers as it continues to bolster its digital credentials.
The studio has announced the slots for a pair of high profile Steven Spielberg projects.
EXCLUSIVE: Black List and Brit List script was developed with Northern Ireland Screen.
The 13th edition of the festival is set to run from September 24-28 and will feature more than 100 screenings.
Relativity Media has announced strategic alliances with China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp (JSBC) and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and has also been appointed international distribution partner by China Film Promotion International.
English-language thriller set on French Riviera in the 1950s due to shoot July 2015.
Sony’s sequel adds $3.8m (£2.26m) to hold off newcomers and the World Cup; Warner Bros’ Oculus is the highest new entry with $701,000 (£413,000).
Film revolving around Native American community, directed by Damian John Harper, to shoot early 2015.
Italian director won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for The Wonders.
Owen Gower’s Still the Enemy Within wins audience award.
South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sold Cannes Directors’ Fortnight thriller A Hard Day to 30 territories led by the UK (StudioCanal) and Japan (New Select).
Oriental DreamWorks has struck development deals with Chinese producers including Dreams of the Dragon Pictures, as it moves towards producing more live action and China-originated content.
The Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cotillard, wins Sydney Film Prize.
Feature set against the backdrop of traveller community in France premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight
UPDATED JUNE 16: Warner Bros’ reboot records distributor’s best-ever opening weekend in China with $36m.
Sony’s sequel launches with second biggest R-rated comedy debut at $60m; Fox’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies in with $50m.
Daly, who is also chairman of BAFTA LA, is honoured for services to film and TV industry.
Crouching Tiger cinematographer Peter Pau produces with Desen’s Ann An.
Teresa Cheng has been appointed to the post of general manager of Lucasfilm Singapore, reporting directly to Lynwen Brennan, president and general manager of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
The $65m Chinese-language film is shooting now.
A Brazilian feature wins at the animation festival for the second consecutive year; market reports record high.