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Rooney Mara

Film4 flies with Rooney Mara’s 'Blackbird'

6-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK broadcaster joins finance of Jean Doumanian, WestEnd drama.

Euro flag

Europe unveils Digital Single Market strategy

6-May-2015 | By

Proposals include an end to “unjustified geo-blocking” and a modernisation of copyright law.

Isabelle Huppert

Cannes: Les Films du Losange acquires new Mia Hansen-Løve

6-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Drama starring Isabelle Huppert due to shoot this June.

Emmanuelle Bercot

Cannes: Wild Bunch adds new Bercot, Dardennes

6-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Other new titles on the Cannes slate include films by Nicole Garcia and Cristian Mungiu.

Noomi Rapace Glenn Close

Cannes: SND boards Tommy Wirkola sci-fi

6-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Noomi Rapace to play seven sisters in What Happened to Monday?, co-starring Glenn Close.

Cannes: Bleiberg boards Peter Sarsgaard's 'Experimenter'

6-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based company will kick off international sales in Cannes on the Sundance drama starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.

Yellow Flowers On The Green Grass

Cannes: Fortissimo takes Victor Vu's 'Yellow Flowers'

6-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Victor Vu’s Yellow Flowers On The Green Grass is set in 1980s Vietnam.

The Wolves

Cannes: Seville International adds ‘The Wolves’

6-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier has bulked up Seville International’s Cannes slate and will commence talks with buyers on the drama from Sophie Deraspe.

Werner Herzog

Cannes: Dogwoof takes Werner Herzog’s 'Into The Inferno'

6-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Teaser clip of Herzog’s documentary about the relationship between humans and volcanoes to be screened at Cannes.

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

Sydney Film Festival unveils 2015 competition titles

6-May-2015 | By

The 12 titles include Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale winner, Roy Andersson’s Venice victor and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance prize-winner.

Bero Beyer

Rotterdam names Bero Beyer artistic director

6-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Producer of Toronto title Atlantic to replace Rutger Wolfson at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

Aerial view Pentland Project

Developers submit plans for $200m studio in Scotland

6-May-2015 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

A six-stage, $205m (£135m) film and TV production facility in Scotland could be open for business by early 2017 if plans submitted this week are given the go-ahead.

Salman Khan

Bollywood star Salman Khan sentenced to five years in prison

6-May-2015 | By

Bollywood star Salman Khan has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run incident in 2002.

Locarno Open Doors 2015

Locarno unveils co-production line-up

6-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Locarno Film Festival’s co-production lab, Open Doors, is dedicated this year to four countries from the Maghreb: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

Hailee Steinfeld

Radiant Films to sell ‘Carrie Pilby’ in Cannes

5-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hailee Steinfeld and Tom Wilkinson will star in the adaptation of Caren Lissner’s YA novel that Mimi Steinbauer and her team introduce to buyers on the Croisette.

The Beatles

White Horse, Studiocanal begin sales on Beatles doc

5-May-2015 | By

White Horse Pictures and Studiocanal will launch international sales in Cannes on Ron Howard’s authorised documentary about The Beatles’ early career.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt saddles up to play bull-rider in 'Bronco Belle'

5-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Edge of Tomorrow star to take on role of female bull-rider.

Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman joins ‘Captain America: Civil War'

5-May-2015 | By

The star of the Hobbit films and TV hits Sherlock and Fargo has come aboard the cast of Marvel Studios’ upcoming 2016 release.

Mongrel International tells ‘Tale’

5-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Recent Oscar nominee Laura Dern will star alongside Ellen Burstyn and Sebastian Koch in Jennifer Fox’s investigative thriller The Tale that Charlotte Mickie and her team will introduce to the Croisette.

It's Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong

LAFF 2015 unveils competition line-up

5-May-2015 | By

Top brass at the 21st Los Angeles Film Festival have announced the US Fiction, Documentary and World Competition sections.

John Cleese

AMBI Distribution lines up 'Arctic Justice'

5-May-2015 | By

The distribution and sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group will commence sales in Cannes on the CGI family animation boasting the talents of Alec Baldwin and John Cleese.

Famke Janssen

13 Films to sell 'Every Good Boy Does Fine'

5-May-2015 | By

Michael Nyqvist and Famke Janssen will star in the Hitchcockian thriller set to begin production in July.

Kelln Lutz

Kellan Lutz to star in ‘The Feud’

5-May-2015 | By

Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment have tapped Kellan Lutz to star in the action-thriller. Highland Film Group will handle sales in Cannes.

Thomas Vinterberg

Cannes: EC drops MEDIA Prize

5-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Talks underway for a new European Audience Prize.

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DDI to sell 'A Quiet Passion' in Cannes

5-May-2015 | By

Company president Jason Moring announced his Double Dutch International team has added the Emily Dickinson project to its Cannes sales roster.

7 Chinese Brothers

Screen Media picks up 7 Chinese Brothers

5-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

ROUND-UP: Screen Media Films has acquired US rights to the film starring Jason Schwartzman. In other news, ARC has acquired Freedom, Kino Lorber will release Patch Town and Rialto has set a release for its restored version of The Third Man.

PGA

PGA unveils new international allies

5-May-2015 | By

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has announced two affiliate relationships with South Africa’s Independent Producers Organization (IPO) and Malaysia’s Creative Content Industry Guild (CCIG).

Revengeance

Matthew Modine joins Bill Plympton’s 'Revengeance'

5-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The actor previously did voice work on two Plympton shorts – Santa, The Fascist Years and The Flying House – and served as executive producer on the filmmaker’s Cheatin’.

The Invisible Woman

Lionsgate to invest in 25+ British films

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Lionsgate’s Zygi Kamasa commits to making “independent British films at the forefront of cinema worldwide”.

Calum Gray

Celsius appoints head of sales

5-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Calum Gray rejoins Celsius from Independent.

Sabine Azema

Cannes: Sabine Azema named Caméra d’or jury president

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

French actress and long-time Alain Resnais collaborator to preside over jury to select the best first film presented at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

The Legend Of Barney Thomson

Edinburgh to open with Robert Carlyle's directorial debut

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Legend Of Barney Thomson to world premiere at the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

Secret Cinema Star Wars pre-event

Secret Cinema releases Star Wars second wave

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

More than 3,000 fans attended London event on Star Wars Day (May 4).

A Conspiracy of Faith

Wild Bunch, Vertigo take new Department Q film

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

A Conspiracy of Faith shoot begins today and follows Danish box office hits The Keeper of Lost Causes and The Absent One.

Jeonju Project Market 2015

'Monk' wins at S Korea's Jeonju Project Market

5-May-2015 | By

Mystery thriller from Park Jung-bum wins pitching prize.

Jeonju Cinema Project 2015

Jeonju’s growing cinema project

5-May-2015 | By

South Korean festival grows focus on alternative, experimental and “adventurous” cinema.

Andrew Garfield Martin Scorsese

Scorsese’s 'Silence' to wrap in Taiwan

5-May-2015 | By

Martin Scorsese’s Silence, based on Japanese author Shusaku Endo’s novel, will wrap on May 15 after filming for 14 weeks in Taiwan.

Furious 7

'Furious 7' holds narrow lead in China

5-May-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local releases You Are My Sunshine and Helios slowed down but did not derail the Furious 7 juggernaut at the China box office last week, with the film grossing a further $45.63m for a cume of $370.83m.

Malala documentary gets UK release date

5-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary about the teenager who survived a shooting by the Taliban to get awards season release.

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' tops $52m in UK

5-May-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s Far from the Madding Crowd narrowly edges out Universal’s Unfriended as the week’s highest new entry.

Sicario

‘Sicario’ secures global distributor network

4-May-2015 | By

Heading into the Cannes world premiere, details have emerged of the international buyers on Thunder Road and Black Label Media’s drug cartel thriller.

Ted Sarandos

Ted Sarandos to give Cannes talk

4-May-2015 | By

In what looks set to become the Marché’s hot-ticket equivalent of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout, the Netflix chief content officer is scheduled to take part in an on-stage conversation on May 15.

Lionsgate greenlights ‘John Wick 2’

4-May-2015 | By

Patrick Wachsberger’s Lionsgate International team will commence sales in Cannes in select territories where output deals do not apply on the thriller that reunites Thunder Road with Keanu Reeves.

Jeff Bridges

CBS Films catches ‘Comancheria’

4-May-2015 | By

ROUND-UP: CBS Films has acquired US rights to David Mackenzie’s action heist thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. Sierra/Affinity commences sales in Cannes.

Some Kind Of Hate

Image acquires 'Some Kind Of Hate'

4-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Adam Egypt Mortimer directed the film that premiered at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2.

Rory Culkin

Scott Free, RSA, Vice team on Jonas Akerlund's 'Lords Of Chaos'

4-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist to launch sales in Cannes ahead of Norway shoot; Rory Culkin and X-Men’s Caleb Landry Jones to star.

Loving Vincent

CMG to sell ‘Loving Vincent’

4-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner is Cannes-bound with world sales rights to the prestige Vincent Van Gogh ‘painted animation’ starring Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn and Chris O’Dowd.

3 Still Standing

Cargo Film & Releasing takes Hot Docs trio

4-May-2015 | By

The New York-based sales agent has picked up worldwide rights to Jesus Town USA and 3 Still Standing and international rights to Planetary.

ScreenCraft Bahamas

ScreenCraft, Buffalo8 broaden vision

4-May-2015 | By Tyler Pukatch

ScreenCraft, a Hollywood-based service dedicated to connecting screenwriters with industry insiders, has expanded horizons.

Jeff Skoll

Sam Neswick named Participant CSO

4-May-2015 | By

Participant Media has promoted Sam Neswick to the newly created position.

'Ultron' soars to $664m global

4-May-2015 | By

MAY 5 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $19.1m on Monday as the international running total climbed to $459.5m.

‘Ultron’ delivers $191.3m US debut

3-May-2015 | By

UPDATED MAY 5: Marvel Studios’ superhero tentpole erupted into 4,276 theatres across North America at the weekend to deliver the second biggest three-day debut in history.

Embankment boards Sophie Cookson horror 'Hush'

1-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The sales agent has commenced international sales on the Sigma Films and Thruline Entertainment horror supported by Creative Scotland.

Bill Murray

Lotus Entertainment to sell ‘Magic City’

1-May-2015 | By

Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson will commence sales in Cannes on the Starz original TV series adaptation starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch.

Franny

Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires ‘Franny’

1-May-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up writer-director Andrew Renzi’s feature debut and recent Tribeca selection starring Richard Gere. Fortitude International handles sales in Cannes on behalf of QED International.

The Lobster

'The Lobster' cracks UK deal

1-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse, Element team on Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes entry.

Helen Hunt Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning, Helen Hunt on 'Please Stand By'

1-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Mark Cuban’s 2929 backs road-trip heart-warmer sold by Embankment.

Buena Vista Social Club

Broad Green making 'Buena Vista Social Club' sequel

1-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mister Smith Entertainment to begin international sales at Cannes Marche.

Production

BECTU to set new UK production pay rates as Pact talks fail

1-May-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Employment reform negotiations end in stalemate with union poised to set new rate cards.

Kaspar Astrup Shroeder

SFFS Doc Fund awards trio $75,000

1-May-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the three winners of 2015 SFFS Documentary Film Fund awards.

Avengers Age Of Ultron

'Ultron' crosses $300m globally

1-May-2015 | By

MAY 1 UPDATE: Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron heads into its second weekend all but assured of continued supremacy on $287.3m internationally and $27.6m from North American Thursday previews.

Bleeding Heart

IFT takes ‘Bleeding Heart’ to Cannes

1-May-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: International Film Trust heads to Cannes with sales rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere starring Jessica Biel.

First Growth

Cannes: SND to launch sales on 'Rosalie Blum', 'The Crew'

1-May-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Company to also market premiere First Growth [pictured], a family drama set in the vineyards of Burgundy.

Adam Rehmeier

Content saves 'Bullet' for Cannes

1-May-2015 | By

Content Media has added another tile to its market roster, taking worldwide rights to Adam Rehmeier’s action feature Save A Bullet For Me.

The Passion Of Augustine

'The Passion Of Augustine' triumphs at NBFF

1-May-2015 | By

Lea Pool’s drama went home with a handful of major honours as the 16th annual film festival concluded in southern California on April 30.

Cannes_Marche_2

Roskino, Russian Cinema join forces for Cannes

1-May-2015 | By

Roskino and Russian Cinema are joining forces for the first time to present companies in the Russian Pavilion at the forthcoming Marché du Film in Cannes.

Former Matador producer launches Catalyst Global Media

1-May-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK company to produce two bestselling novels Pomegranate Soup and Genus as first feature projects

Marvels Avengers Age of Ultron

'Ultron' holds social media lead

1-May-2015 | By Sam Warner

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has maintained its lead in the social media buzz chart after a week on release.

Stephen Windon

'Furious 7' cinematographer to direct 'Full Throttle'

1-May-2015 | By Sam Warner

Malaysian motorcycle action thriller marks Stephen Windon’s directorial debut

Leslie Mann

Bill Block to sell Leslie Mann comedy in Cannes

30-Apr-2015 | By

Merced Media and Block Entertainment announced the untitled female comedy to be produce by Judd Apatow that Bill Block will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.

Cary Fukunaga

A24, Cary Fukunaga plot father-son drama

30-Apr-2015 | By

The New York-based distributor is moving into development on the project for the in-demand director of True Detective.

Marcus Nispel

Blue Box to sell ‘Stowaway’

30-Apr-2015 | By

The Red Granite International subsidiary has dropped a Marcus Nispel project into the Cannes market in the form of the maritime horror film.

J.K. Simmons

The Solution to sell JK Simmons starrer 'The Runaround'

30-Apr-2015 | By

Lisa Wilson will kick off pre-sales in Cannes on the comedy package buoyed by the plum casting of recent Oscar winner JK Simmons alongside Emile Hirsch.

Stuart_Ford

IM Global Television to make ‘Cat’s Cradle’

30-Apr-2015 | By

Co-founders Stuart Ford and Mark Stern have announced a raft of new product led by a swoop on rights to Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical bestseller.

Kristen Stewart

Lionsgate dates 'American Ultra'

30-Apr-2015 | By

The comedy starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will open on August 21, while Power Rangers is shunted from July 22 2016 to January 13 2017.

Gillian Anderson Hugh Bonneville

Bonneville, Anderson topline partition drama 'Viceroy’s House'

30-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Pathé/Gurinder Chadha partition drama sets cast ahead of shoot.

Sky Sharks

Raven Banner flies with ‘Sky Sharks’

30-Apr-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Toronto-based Raven Banner Entertainment has secured worldwide rights to the mutant shark-infested, Nazi zombie creature feature and will start sales in Cannes.

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Cinando, DFCN form alliance

30-Apr-2015 | By

The database managed by the Cannes market has partnered with Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell’s cloud-based marketplace.

Ice and the Sky

Global warming doc 'Ice and the Sky' to close Cannes Film Festival

30-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Eco documentary is from the Oscar-winning director of March of the Penguins.

Cassian Elwes

Pelican Point, Cassian Elwes launch Golden Gate Media

30-Apr-2015 | By

Pelican Point Capital Partners via its media arm Pelican Point Media has formed Golden Gate Media in association with Cassian Elwes.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis to star in ‘Precious Cargo’

30-Apr-2015 | By

The Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (EFF) project is on the Grindstone/Lionsgate Films US distribution slate. Highland Film Group will introduce to Cannes buyers.

Nicola Pearcey

Lionsgate UK names distribution president

30-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Nicola Pearcey promoted at indie major.

Sarah Chong Is Going To Kill Herself

Creative England backs women comedy shorts

30-Apr-2015 | By Sam Warner

EXCLUSIVE: Funding body greenlights shorts from women directors.

Claude Lanzmann Spectres of the Shoah

HBO to debut 'Spectres of the Shoah' doc

30-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary examines the story behind Claude Lanzmann’s seminal Holocaust film.

Ritesh Batra

Film London, India's Cinestaan join forces on Shakespeare project

30-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Microwave International partnership will commit up to $385,000 (£250,000) towards feature film; Indian mentors include Vishal Bharwaj, Ritesh Batra and Vikas Behl.

Slow West

'Slow West' in Taipei fest competition

30-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other titles in new talent competition include Sundance hit The Diary of a Teenage Girl and Taiwan’s The Furthest End Awaits.

Panorama Europe announces 16-strong selection

30-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Panorama Europe Film Festival has announced 16 films to be showcased from May 29-June 14 in New York.

Anarchy Parlor

Gravitas Ventures acquires ‘Anarchy Parlor’

30-Apr-2015 | By

The distributor snapped up North American rights and plans a pre-theatrical release for the horror title on May 12 followed by theatrical on June 19.

Wisit Sasanatieng

Thai Pitch event to return to Cannes

30-Apr-2015 | By

Thailand’s Ministry of Culture will host the Thai Pitch event at Cannes again this year, where projects will be presented by three directors including Wisit Sasanatieng (Tears Of The Black Tiger, Citizen Dog).

Alison Owen, Debra Hayward

ITV takes stake in Alison Owen, Debra Hayward's Monumental

30-Apr-2015 | By Matthew Campelli

ITV Studios has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the fledgling indie set up by film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.

Partisan

South Korea's Jeonju fest opens with 'Partisan'

30-Apr-2015 | By

Asian premiere for Vincent Cassel feature at new 4,000-seat stadium.

Battles Without Honor And Humanity

Japan's Toei launches library restoration

29-Apr-2015 | By

Japanese studio Toei has launched a major digital restoration programme of its extensive library, starting with Kinji Fukasaku’s Battles Without Honor And Humanity, which is screening in Cannes Classics next month.

Barista

Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires ‘Barista’

29-Apr-2015 | By

Rock Baijnauth’s documentary about an annual competition among coffee makers.

An Open Secret

'An Open Secret' secures US release

29-Apr-2015 | By

Esponda Productions, Vesuvio Entertainment, Rocky Mountain Pictures and Disarming Films announced that Amy Berg’s documentary about child sexual abuse in Hollywood will get a limited US release.

Costa Gavras

Cannes Classics line-up revealed; Costa-Gavras guest of honour

29-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Section to also include celebrations of Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles as well as screenings of The Terminator and Jurassic Park 3D.

Spy

‘The Overnight’ to close Seattle

29-Apr-2015 | By

Organisers at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced the complete line-up of 450 films from 92 countries on Wednesday. The festival runs from May 14-June 7.

BFI

BFI: post-election budget cuts “inevitable”

29-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The British Film Institute (BFI), the UK’s lead organization for film, is bracing itself for further cuts to its budget after the general election.

Kill Your Friends

Ascot Elite nabs trio for Germany

29-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Kill Your Friends, Return to Sender among pick-ups.

Tim Boardman

Odin's Eye acquires 'Miles', 'The Girl Is In Trouble'

29-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Sales agent snaps up two US indie features - one exec produced by Spike Lee - ahead of Cannes.

Usain Bolt

'One Direction' doc team plan Usain Bolt film

29-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Feature documentary will focus on the fastest man on Earth.

Loving Vincent

Animated 'Loving Vincent' begins shoot

29-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Vincent Van Gogh biopic will see 60 artists produce 57,800 oil paintings to make up the film, starring Douglas Booth and Saoirse Ronan.

No One's Child

'No One's Child', 'Koza' win at Wiesbaden

29-Apr-2015 | By

Serbian director Vuk Rsumovic’s No One’s Child and Slovak filmmaker Ivan Ostrochovský fiction debut Koza were the big winners at the 15th edition of the goEast Festival of Central and East European Film (April 22-28) in Wiesbaden.

Frank

'Frank', 'Patrick's Day' lead IFTA nominations

29-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other nominees include Glassland, I Used To Live Here, Noble and Song of the Sea.

Magic Mike XXL

‘Magic Mike XXL’, ‘Spider-Man’ lead CinemaCon buzz

29-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

INFOGRAPHIC: Disney and Sony secure the most mentions among the studios.

India's Drishyam Films names Shiladitya Bora CEO

29-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Production house behind Berlinale award-winner Rainbow (Dhanak) and Sundance winner Umrika.

The Good Dinosaur

Annecy animation festival unveils 2015 line-up

29-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Competition titles revealed; exclusive first footage to screen from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur and Disney’s Zootopia.

Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder

Alison Thompson, Mark Gooder launch Cornerstone Films

28-Apr-2015 | By

Film industry veterans Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder have unveiled their London and LA-based company and strategic alliances with London’s Potboiler Films and Berlin-based X Filme.

Damián Szifron to write 'Six Billion Dollar Man'

28-Apr-2015 | By

Wild Tales director Damián Szifron is to write the screenplay for the feature adaptation for TWC-Dimension.

Antonio Banderas

Alcon swoops on 'The 33'

28-Apr-2015 | By

The LA-based company has acquired North America and most international rights to the Chilean mine collapse survival story and will channel the US release via its Warner Bros output deal on November 13.

Tamara Nagahiro

Premiere Entertainment Group hires Tamara Nagahiro

28-Apr-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The former president of international at SSG has joined the company in the run-up to Cannes.

Xavier Dolan

Cotillard, Seydoux, Cassel to star in new Xavier Dolan film

28-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Seville International to begin sales on It’s Only The End Of The World at Cannes; MK2 to handle in France.

Blind Date

‘Blind Date’ wins COLCOA audience award

28-Apr-2015 | By

Other winners at the French film festival in LA include Alix Delaporte’s The Last Hammer Blow and documentary Steak (R)evolution.

Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve: Blade Runner sequel "not an easy decision"

28-Apr-2015 | By John Hazelton,

EXCLUSIVE: The French-Canadian director, whose Sicario is set to premiere in Competition in Cannes, has paid tribute to the “master” Ridley Scott.

Amy Adams

FilmNation to sell Tom Ford's ‘Nocturnal Animals’ in Cannes

28-Apr-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Glen Basner’s New York-based company will introduce the prestige mystery starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal to international buyers next month.

BAFTA LA

BAFTA US Student Awards set for June

28-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

BAFTA LA has announced the 2015 BAFTA US Student Film Awards will be held on June 25 in Beverly Hills.

FIne Brothers Entertainment

Mandeville, Fine Brothers plot YouTube series

28-Apr-2015 | By

Mandeville Films is partnering with YouTube powerhouse Fine Brothers Entertainment on an untitled original series.

Fast and Furious 7

'Furious 7' biggest film ever in China

28-Apr-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 has become the highest-grossing film ever in China.

Andrew Lesnie

'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dies aged 59

28-Apr-2015 | By

Oscar-winner, who worked with Peter Jackson on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, most recently collaborated with Russell Crowe on The Water Diviner.

Best of Enemies

Dogwoof acquires 'Best of Enemies' for UK

28-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Sundance documentary, co-directed by the filmmaker behind Oscar-winner Twenty Feet From Stardom, centres on an explosive series of televised political debates.

‘Dope’, ‘Inside Out’ in LAFF pre-screenings

28-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Los Angeles Film Festival top brass have announced pre-screenings including Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance hit Dope and Pete Docter’s Cannes world premiere Inside Out.

Karlovy Vary Film Festival 50th poster

Karlovy Vary unveils 50th plans

28-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mel Gibson to film special trailer for the festival; plans for Lebanese cinema focus and tributes to late US actor John Cazale and Chris Penn.

Walk With Me

TrustNordisk taking 'Walk With Me' to Cannes

28-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Promo of Danish drama to be screened at Cannes next month.

Andrus Ansip

Euro commissioner looks to drop VOD geo-blocking

28-Apr-2015 | By

Geo-blocking and territoriality were high on the agenda when European Commissioner Andrus Ansip met with members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education for an ¨exchange of views¨ in Strasbourg.

Joel Silver

Joel Silver finds financing to expand company

27-Apr-2015 | By

Joel Silver has secured financing from Canadian drug store mogul Daryl Katz to beef up his long-running company.

Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank, Tom Wilkinson to star in David Hare drama

27-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: David Hare writes courtroom drama about Holocaust denier David Irving

Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld joins Gold Circle’s 'Break My Heart'

27-Apr-2015 | By

The filmmakers describe the Gold Circle project as The Fault In Our Stars meets The Sixth Sense. Good Universe will commence international sales in Cannes.

Sleeping Giant

Seville International to sell Sleeping Giant

27-Apr-2015 | By

The Montreal-based sales outfit will commence international sales on the Croisette on the Critics’ Week selection.

Q1 US ticket prices up 2pc vs 2014

27-Apr-2015 | By

Average tickets prices for the first quarter 2015 in the US climbed 2% against the same period in 2014, according to fresh data from the National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO).

Peter Hoffman

Peter Hoffman convicted of tax credit fraud

27-Apr-2015 | By

UPDATED: The Seven Arts Entertainment CEO, his wife Susan and lawyer Michael Arata have been found guilty of conspiracy to wire fraud in Louisiana to the tune of $1.1m.

Saving Mes Aynak

Kartemquin Films in campaign to save Buddhist heritage site

27-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Filmmakers behind Saving Mes Aynak have announced a global screening day to spread awareness about a 5,000-year-old Buddhist archaeological site in Afghanistan on the brink of destruction.

Avenges Age of Ultron

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' breaks UK records with $27.3m debut

27-Apr-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest superhero outing posts biggest April opening, biggest Saturday ever for the distributor and the eighth-biggest opening of all time.

Agnieszka Holland

Agnieszka Holland: crisis of content in Euro cinema

27-Apr-2015 | By

The European Film Academy’s (EFA) chairwoman Agnieszka Holland has spoken of a ¨crisis of content¨ in European cinema and called on the continent’s broadcasters to invest more in ambitious TV series.

Deborah Williams

BFI appoints diversity manager

27-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Deborah Williams to support roll out of ‘Three Ticks’ diversity initiative across all BFI funding activity.

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Bentonville Film Festival unveils panels

27-Apr-2015 | By

Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), set to run from May 5-9, has announced the panel series covering topics addressing women, diversity and the entertainment business.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils MeetMarket projects

27-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Films include a collaboration between Sing Sing prison inmates and a leading contemporary dance company from Turner Prize nominated visual artist Phil Collins.

Agata Kulesza

Music Box restructures publicity, theatrical sales

27-Apr-2015 | By

The Chicago-based distributor of this year’s best foreign language Oscar winner Ida has announced key staffing changes.  

The Messenger

UK deal for horror The Messenger

27-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson, Lily Cole star in horror.

Memories On Stone

'Memories On Stone', 'Chinese Mayor' lead RiverRun prizes

27-Apr-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

David Gordon Green returns to his alma mater to present Manglehorn; local newcomers impress with Homeless feature.

Penny Dreadful scoops three BAFTA Craft awards

27-Apr-2015 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Penny Dreadful picked up three awards at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.

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‘Ultron’ storms to $200.2m int’l

26-Apr-2015 | By

APRIL 27 UPDATE: The Marvel Studios tentpole signalled an early indication of its global potential, while Fast & Furious 7 crossed $1bn for Universal in a mammoth box office session.

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‘Furious 7’ holds firm in US on $17.8m

26-Apr-2015 | By

APRIL 27 UPDATE: Universal’s global smash, which crossed $1bn at the international box office on Sunday and stands at $1.321bn worldwide, retained pole position in North America in its fourth session.

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‘Fast 7’ crosses $1bn international

26-Apr-2015 | By

The action behemoth has became the third film to cross the milestone as Universal’s international distribution chief hailed its broad appeal, enduring love for Paul Walker, “immediate repeat viewings” and a huge result in China.

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Study highlights barriers to women filmmakers

25-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles have unveiled a three-year study on the careers of female directors.

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‘King Jack’, ‘TransFatty Lives’ win Tribeca audience awards

25-Apr-2015 | By

Tribeca top brass announced the winners of the two awards sponsored by AT&T on Saturday as the festival neared its conclusion.

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Relativity in talks to acquire ‘Shot Caller’

24-Apr-2015 | By

CANNES: The studio is poised to snap up US rights to Bold Films’ thriller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales on the Croisette.

Jeffrey Greenstein

Jeffrey Greenstein to head Nu Image int'l sales, distribution

24-Apr-2015 | By

The highly regarded young executive has been promoted to president of international sales and distribution at Avi Lerner’s Los Angeles-based company.

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Saban Films moves on 'Backtrack'

24-Apr-2015 | By

The distributor has made a seven-figure offer for US rights on the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere.

Newport Beach FF unveils Pacific Rim, Irish showcases

24-Apr-2015 | By

Top brass at the 16th annual California festival have announced the Irish, Chinese and Korean Spotlights.

The Red Turtle

Cannes: Wild Bunch unveils first titles

24-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Company to launch Radu Mihaileanu’s The History of Love and Studio Ghibli co-production The Red Turtle.

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Content Media to sell ‘Deep Blue Sea’

24-Apr-2015 | By

Heading into Cannes the company has bulked up its sales slate with international rights to the drama starring Jason Sudeikis and Jessica Biel.

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Tribeca unveils jury and audience winners; Nordic cinema triumphs

24-Apr-2015 | By

Virgin Mountain and Bridgend were among the winners at the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival; King Jack and Transfatty Lives take the audience awards.

Beijing: Beginning Of Time, Wolf Totem win top awards

24-Apr-2015 | By

Mexican director Bernando Arellano’s Beginning Of Time won best film in the Tiantan Awards of this year’s revamped Beijing International Film Festival, while Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem won best director and best visual effects.

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Voltage Pictures hires John Fremes

April 24 2015 | By

John Fremes has joined Voltage Pictures as president of international sales and distribution and will report to president and COO Jonathan Deckter.

Sanford Panitch

Hollywood targets lucrative local language production

24-Apr-2015 | By

Hollywood is targeting local language production more than ever as studios and independent finance and production players align themselves with international partners.

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Peter Bazalgette joins Creative Week line-up

24-Apr-2015

Sir Peter Bazalgette is to deliver a keynote address exploring ways in which a newly elected government should support the UK creative industries as part of Screen Internationals’ annual Creative Week event (June 1-3, 2015).

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Paramount moves China office to Beijing

24-Apr-2015 | By

Paramount Pictures has announced that it plans to expand its office in China and shift its business operations from Shanghai to Beijing.

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‘Ultron’ crushes social media chart

24-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Avengers sequel outguns rivals.

'Ultron’ hits $44.8m in two days

24-Apr-2015

After two days Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron has soared to an estimated $44.8m from its first 26 territories, teeing up what looks likely to become an epic launch.

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Universal dates 'Furious 8', 'Fifty Shades' sequels

23-Apr-2015 | By

Studio executives used the CinemaCon platform to unload dates for two of its biggest franchises as well as a host of others.

Area 51

‘Area 51’ to get limited US release

23-Apr-2015 | By

More than five years after the studio acquired rights to Oren Peli’s follow-up to the ground-breaking Paranormal Activity, Paramount Insurge has unveiled distribution plans.

The Valley of Love

Cannes: Competition titles added; Gaspar Noe gets Midnight Screening

23-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Official Selection for 2015 line-up completed with extra titles for Competition, Un Certain Regard, Special Screening and Midnight Screening strands.

Matthew Wiseman

Matthew Wiseman named BAFTA/LA COO

23-Apr-2015 | By

The Londoner will report to the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Los Angeles CEO Chantal Rickards.

Picturehouse Central cinema

Sundance London to return at new venue in 2016

23-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sundance Institute also reveals dates of second Hong Kong edition.

Pinewood Studios

Pinewood Pictures' Steve Christian to step down

23-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Pinewood Pictures exec to leave UK outfit after three years.

The Grief of Others

Cannes: ACID unveils 2015 showcase

23-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Patrick Wang’s The Grief of Others set for international premiere in the selection.

Newport Beach unveils UK showcase

23-Apr-2015 | By

The 16th annual California festival will present A Brilliant Young Mind, Set Fire To The Stars and A Little Chaos on Friday.

'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' launches in 32 territories

23-Apr-2015 | By

Marvel Studios’ Avengers sequel assembles in 32 territories this weekend in what tees up a thunderous showdown with Fast & Furious 7 that could see both titles pull in more than $100m apiece.

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EC plans Creative Europe changes

23-Apr-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The European Commission (EC) is planning changes to its Creative Europe programme from 2016.

Faberge A Life of Its Own

'Fabergé' documentary to get global screening

23-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Arts Alliance to screen award-winning documentary in cinemas worldwide.

Phantom Halo

ARC Entertainment acquires ‘Phantom Halo’

23-Apr-2015 | By

The crime thriller will open day-and-date theatrically and on VOD on June 19. Peter Bogdanovich’s daughter Antonia Bogdanovich makes her feature directorial debut.

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MUBI acquires Lav Diaz's 'From What Is Before'

23-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: SVOD service secures exclusive global distribution rights to epic Locarno winner.

Deprogrammed

Blue Ice Docs acquires Hot Docs duo

23-Apr-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Mia Donovan’s Deprogrammed and Heddy Honigmann’s Around The World In 50 Concerts ahead of Toronto Hot Docs.

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Cannes: Arab Cinema Center to bring delegation

23-Apr-2015 | By

Following its launch at the Berlin film festival, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) is bringing a delegation of 17 film companies and organisations from eight countries to the Cannes film festival and market.

‘Ultron’ hits $9.5m in 11 markets

23-Apr-2015 | By

Marvel Studios’ superhero sequel got off to a flying start on Wednesday as Disney top brass said it opened at number one in all of its first wave of markets.

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'Lego Movie' directors creating animated 'Spider-Man' film

22-Apr-2015 | By

Sony has set The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to take Spider-Man back to his graphic roots and has set a release date of July 20, 2018.

Frankenstein

Alchemy acquires US rights to ‘Frankenstein’

22-Apr-2015 | By

The recently rebranded distributor has cut a deal with Summerstorm Entertainment following the thriller’s recent world premiere and Golden Raven Award win at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

Boulevard

Starz Digital acquires ‘Boulevard’

22-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The digital and VOD distributor has acquired North American rights to Robin Williams’ final film.

Edouard Waintrop

Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight head talks line-up

22-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Artistic director jumped at chance to premiere My Golden Years.

Dancer

LaChapelle, 'Philomena' producers team on Sergei Polunin film

22-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd heads to Cannes with doc about controversial ballet star. First look still released.

'Boyhood' producer to deliver Creative Summit keynote

22-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

IFC president Jonathan Sehring to discuss the importance of creative risks at Screen International event.

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CinemaCon: Wednesday tech round-up

22-Apr-2015 | By

Harkness Screens has launched its Curolux suite of screen monitoring solutions for digital cinema.

‘Still Alice’ sets record for Artificial Eye

22-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Julianne Moore drama becomes highest-grosser for UK distributor.

US studios achieve record landfill diversion

22-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

MPAA member studios prevented more than 19,000 tons of studio sets and other waste from entering landfills in 2014, the trade body announced on Earth Day on Wednesday.

‘The Water Diviner’ to open Newport Beach

22-Apr-2015 | By

Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut will kick off the 16th annual festival (NBFF) in California, set to run from April 23-30.

Unbranded

Dogwoof to sell 'Unbranded' at Cannes

22-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary follows four friends on a 3,000 mile journey on horseback.

MPA Beijing winners

Beijing: 'The Gate' wins MPA Grand Prize

22-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Xin Cheng Jiang’s sci-fi love story wins at Beijing Film Market.

Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration returning to UK

22-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Event returning to London for the first time in nearly a decade after of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Cannes: Del Toro, Gyllenhaal join Competition jury

21-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller also among those on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury

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Cannes: Directors' Fortnight 2015 line-up

21-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Jaco Van Dormael among line-up; Jia Zhangke to receive Golden Coach.

Matthew Shreder, Andrew Felts launch Concourse Media

21-Apr-2015 | By

The former Continental Media partners head to Cannes with a new venture that encompasses sales and marketing, led by sales titles Safelight and Sun Belt Express.

Fernando Coimbra

Fernando Coimbra to direct 'Burn Site'

21-Apr-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Solution Entertainment Group is packaging the psychological thriller for Wolf At The Door’s Brazilian director.

Nadine de Barros

Fortitude to handle QED slate

21-Apr-2015 | By

CANNES: QED Holdings CEOs Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine have engaged Fortitude International to sell their slate that includes Rock The Kasbah and The Family Fang.

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Brad Pitt, Christian Bale to star in ‘The Big Short’

21-Apr-2015 | By

Brad Pitt will act in his second Michael Lewis adaption after Moneyball alongside Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei.

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NATO chief predicts record 2015

21-Apr-2015 | By

National Association Of Theatre Owners John Fithian championed the theatrical experience with typical gusto on Tuesday, predicting this year would surpass all that had come before it at the US and global box office.

Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan to star in Apartheid drama 'Shepherds And Butchers'

21-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Oliver Schmitz to direct Philomena star.

Jill Brody

Jill Brody earns marketing stripes at Paramount

21-Apr-2015 | By

Paramount has appointed Jill Brody to svp of worldwide marketing partnerships and brand integration.

Man Up

Saban Films acquires ‘Man Up’

21-Apr-2015 | By

The distributor has pounced following the April 19 world premiere of the rom-com starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg.

Steven Spielberg

Disney confirms role on 'The BFG'

21-Apr-2015 | By

The feature will mark the first time Steven Spielberg has directed a Disney-branded feature.

Frances Bodomo

Los Cabos, Labodigital grant Tribeca prize

21-Apr-2015 | By

The Los Cabos International Film Festival is bestowing a $56,000 prize from Labodigital on the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI).

Liz McIntyre

Sheffield Doc/Fest names Liz McIntyre new festival director

21-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Discovery Channel exec to replace Heather Croall at documentary festival.

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CinemaCon: Tuesday tech round-up

21-Apr-2015 | By

Seoul-based 4D specialist CJ 4DPLEX has signed deals with Indian multiplex titan PVR Ltd and two Japanese exhibitors to bring 4DX technology to their movie theatres.  

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LAFF adds two sections

21-Apr-2015 | By

The world premiere of cult web series creators 5-Second Films’ first feature Dude Bro Party Massacre III will screen at the upcoming festival as top brass introduced the Zeitgeist and Nightfall sections.  

Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov

'Luna Papa' director Bakhtiar Khudojnazarov dies aged 49

21-Apr-2015 | By

Award-winning director’s Waiting For The Sea opened the Rome Film Festival in 2012.

Drown

'Drown' inks deals in key markets

21-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: US, UK, France, Germany deals for LGBT sports drama.

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Cannes: works-in-progress revealed

21-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Films from Dubai, Guadalajara and Buenos Aires among line-up.

My Skinny Sister

Cannes: EFP names 20 Producers on the Move

21-Apr-2015 | By

Denmark’s Katja Adomeit and Germany’s Ingmar Trost among upcoming European producers set to be showcased at Cannes.

Lucky Stiff

Abramorama, The Orchard partner on 'Lucky Stiff'

21-Apr-2015 | By

Richard Abramowitz will release the musical comedy in New York City on July 24 and The Orchard will complement the theatrical release with a day-and-date North American digital launch.

The Dollhouse Collective

Rose Byrne helps launch all female production company

21-Apr-2015 | By

Three features in advanced development at new all female company.

Cush Jumbo

'City of Tiny Lights' to shoot next week

21-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Cast of London-set noir thriller includes Screen Stars of Tomorrow Cush Jumbo and James Floyd.

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'Furious 7' dominates China box office with $250m

21-Apr-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: With Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 grossing $186.58m in its first full week at the China box office, the spoils were thinly spread for every other film on release.

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The Orchard acquires ‘Crocodile Gennadiy’

20-Apr-2015 | By

Steve Hoover’s documentary received its world premiere at Tribeca on April 16.

Baltasar Kormakur

CinemaCon: Studios urged to embrace local flavour

20-Apr-2015 | By

Walt Disney Studios’ evp of theatrical distribution Dave Hollis has encouraged exhibition and distribution to step up their partnership to ensure cinema-going remained the first choice of consumers.

The Anarchists

Cannes: Critics’ Week unveils 2015 line-up

20-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Elie Wajeman’s The Anarchists, starring Palme d’Or winner Adele Exarchopoulos and Cesar winner Tahar Rahim, to open Critics’ Week

James White

The Film Arcade acquires ‘James White’

20-Apr-2015 | By

The Sundance Best Of Next audience award winner will open theatrically in the autumn as a campaign launch for Girls star Christopher Abbott and Cynthia Nixon.

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CinemaCon: Warner Bros, Imax extend deal

20-Apr-2015 | By

Round-up: IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros have signed a multi-picture deal to release up to 30 films through 2020. Separately, Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition unveils its live streaming platform this week.

Border Crossing

Cannes: Electric to sell 'Border Crossing'

20-Apr-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s international sales division will commence pre-sales next month on psychological thriller Border Crossing, based on the novel by Pat Barker.

The Lego Movie

'Lego Batman Film', 'Lego Movie' sequel get release dates

20-Apr-2015 | By

The studio has moved Ninjago back by a year from September 23 2016 to September 22 2017 in 3D.

War On Everyone

Sony, Icon join John Michael McDonagh's 'War On Everyone'

20-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Divergent star Theo James joins cast as shoot gets underway and first still is revealed.

Cannes: New Europe to sell 'Rams'; French rights sold

20-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Icelandic film to receive world premiere in Un Certain Regard competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

'Furious 7' records UK hat-trick

20-Apr-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Top three remains unchanged for the third week in a row; eOne’s Child 44 is the highest new entry with $755,000 (£505,422) from its 444 sites.

Babak Anvari

XYZ boards Babak Anvari's Tehran-set horror

20-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Wigwam Films’ Under the Shadow underway in Jordan.

Amy Winehouse

Cannes: Asif Kapadia thrilled by 'Amy' selection

20-Apr-2015 | By Matt Mueller

Amy Winehouse documentary from the director of Senna will play in the Midnight Secreenings section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Dick Cook

Beijing round-up: Dick Cook financing leads flurry of deals

20-Apr-2015 | By

Former Disney chief Dick Cook’s announcement of the launch of Dick Cook Studios, with $150m in Chinese financing, was one of several deals unveiled at the Beijing Film Market (BFM), which wrapped on Monday night.

Arabian Nights

Cannes: Miguel Gomes' 'Arabian Nights' in Directors’ Fortnight

20-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Weerasethakul, Davies and Van Dormael also rumoured to be headed to parallel section. 

The Golden Era

Golden Era sweeps Hong Kong Film Awards

20-Apr-2015 | By

Ann Hui’s The Golden Era continued its awards sweep at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday night, winning five prizes including best film and best director.

Village Roadshow, Hairun extend production alliance

20-Apr-2015 | By

Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (VRPA) and Beijing-based Hairun Pictures have entered into a strategic film production alliance and unveiled a slate of five features.

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China's Heyi Pictures signs partnership deals

20-Apr-2015 | By

Heyi Pictures, the film arm of Chinese streaming giant Youku Tudou, signed six partnership deals with content publishers and new distribution channels at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) today.

UK's Sky forced to postpone Scientology doc

20-Apr-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Sky Atlantic has postponed airing Alex Gibney’s controversial documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, due to British libel laws.

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'Furious 7' closes on $300m in North America

19-Apr-2015 | By

UPDATED APRIL 20: Universal’s smash action release, which this weekend became the studio’s biggest global hit of all time on $1.152bn, held on to North American pole position on $29.2m for a confirmed $294.5m after three weekends.

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'Furious 7' Universal's biggest ever global release

19-Apr-2015 | By

UPDATED APRIL 20: Fast & Furious 7 generated an extraordinary $166.9m confirmed weekend haul to soar to $857.9m internationally and reach the highest global mark in the studio’s 103-year history.

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Mongrel Media acquires Cannes entry 'Amy'

17-Apr-2015 | By

The Canadian distributor has swooped on Asif Kapadia’s anticipated documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, set to premiere in Midnight Screenings on the Croisette.

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Kino Lorber acquires 'Güeros'

17-Apr-2015 | By

Alonso Ruizpalacios’ Güeros premiered in Berlin last year. Separately, IFC Midnight has taken tonight’s Tribeca world premiere Stung off the table.

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Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux talks 2015 line-up

17-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Talking after the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection on Thursday, festival chief Thierry Fremaux reveals Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise might still make it into competition and his habitual fears for the films he selects.

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Cannes: Arnaud Desplechin's 'My Golden Days' in Directors' Fortnight

17-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Five-time Palme d’Or nominated director to world premiere latest film in parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Antonia Thomas

Antonia Thomas leads 'Thea' cast

17-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Misfits and Northern Soul star leads cast on London thriller.

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'Pitch Perfect 2' to close Bentonville

17-Apr-2015 | By

Elizabeth Banks’ comedy sequel for Universal will close Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural festival while the world premiere of TriStar Pictures’ War Room will open the event, set to run in Arkansas from May 5-9.

Force Majeure

Curzon defends pulling 'Force Majeure' from Showroom Cinema

17-Apr-2015 | By

Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema prevented from showing the film on its UK release date; Curzon defends move; BFI issues statement.

Jean Mizrahi

Ymagis Group launches US content delivery service

17-Apr-2015 | By

The European digital technologies specialist is rolling out its platform via subsidiary Direct Cinema North America (DCNA).

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Beijing: Darren Aronofsky, Tsui Hark discuss co-pros

17-Apr-2015 | By

Filmmakers including Darren Aronofsky, Tsui Hark and Jean-Jacques Annaud discussed the key factors that help a film travel at the Beijing International Film Festival’s Co-production Forum today.

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Cinedigm acquires 'A Brave Heart'

17-Apr-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American theatrical, digital and home entertainment rights to the 2015 SXSW documentary spotlight audience award winner.

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh's next film revealed: 'Peterloo'

17-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Manchester-born director describes story’s ‘personal resonance’.

Tessa Ross

Tessa Ross quits National Theatre after five months

17-Apr-2015 | By Screen staff

The former head of Film4 has resigned from her post as National Theatre chief executive after less than six months in the job.

Rickman, Cooke, Booth join 'The Limehouse Golem'

17-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Hanway Films secures deal with Lionsgate for UK rights; producer Stephen Woolley says the twist in the film trumps The Crying Game.

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‘Avengers 2’ blasts into social media chart

17-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The superhero sequel is smashing records before it is even released.

'Fast & Furious 7' hits $1bn

17-Apr-2015 | By

Universal executives confirmed on Friday that the action smash had crossed the milestone in an industry record 17 days.

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'The Elite', 'Virgin Mountain' win in Copenhagen

17-Apr-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Thomas Daneskov’s low-budget DIY drama The Elite (Eliten) has won the New Talent Grand PIX at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX.

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Istanbul Meetings winners revealed

17-Apr-2015 | By

New projects by Karabey, Aydogan, Sakaoglu among award winners at Istanbul Meetings

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Ryan Gosling in talks for 'Blade Runner' sequel

16-Apr-2015 | By

Alcon Entertainment is in negotiations with the Canadian star to join Harrison Ford on its sci-fi sequel, which Cannes Palme d’or contender Denis Villeneuve will direct.

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Cannes Film Festival 2015 line-up

16-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Official Selection of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in full.

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Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

16-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…

Cannes competition attempts to shake things up

16-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Woody Allen, Asif Kapadia, Natalie Portman and Pete Docter set for Out of Competition screenings.

Russell Brand

Russell Brand joins Nicolas Cage in 'Army Of One'

16-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

More cast announced for Larry Charles comedy about one man’s search for Osama Bin Laden.

Ken Loach

Locarno: filmmakers call to drop Israel focus

16-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Ken Loach, Simone Bitton, Walter Bernstein, Annemarie Jacir and Elia Suleiman among signatories of petition; Locarno Film Festival issues statement.

Viktoria – A Tale Of Grace & Greed

Bunyik Entertainment launches VOD service

16-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Cinemadanube platform will stream independent European festival hits that have not been available theatrically to US audiences.

A Nazi Legacy What Our Fathers Did

Tribeca: Altitude acquires 'Nazi Legacy' for UK

16-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Feature documentary interviews sons of high ranking Nazi officials.

Lars von Trier

Lars Von Trier to make first France trip since Cannes scandal

16-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Filmmaker to give masterclass ahead of French theatrical release of Nymphomaniac Directors’ Cut.

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Beijing Film Market popular with Australian producers  

16-Apr-2015 | By

Australia’s biggest ever delegation to the Beijing Film Festival includes producer Alan Lindsay, who is seeking Chinese partners for the animated family film Piccolo The Dolphin Prince, written and directed by Greg Mclean, whose gory breakout film was Wolf Creek.

Alan Rickman: having a film career is a bit of a surprise

16-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The British actor-director revealed stories from Die Hard, Harry Potter, Robin Hood and his latest film, A Little Chaos.

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Content to sell Tribeca entry 'Bodyslam'

15-Apr-2015 | By

The company has acquired world sales rights to the documentary ahead of its world premiere in Tribeca on Saturday (April 18).

A Ballerina's Tale

The Film Sales Company sets four for Tribeca

15-Apr-2015 | By

Andrew Herwitz will launch sales in New York this week on a quartet of titles led by A Ballerina’s Tale.

The Hunting Ground

ro*co films boards seven for MIPDOC/MIPTV

15-Apr-2015 | By

San Francisco-based ro*co films has secured international rights to a slate of films including three Sundance selections that will launch at MIPDOC/MIPTV.

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‘Spy’ to open Seattle film festival

15-Apr-2015 | By

The latest collaboration between director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy will open the 41st Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on May 14.

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Cannes: 'In the Shadow of Women' to open Directors' Fortnight

15-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Cannes Film Festival parallel section to announce full line-up on April 21.

Having You

High Point merges with Starline Entertainment

15-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Staff, slate segue to existing UK sales and production outfit.

Patricia Laucella

Patricia Laucella to head Lionsgate film business & legal

15-Apr-2015 | By

In her expanded role the executive will oversee a division responsible for negotiating the production and talent deals across a broad portfolio of films.

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Cannes: Shorts, Cinéfondation titles revealed

15-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Abderrahmane Sissako to head the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury.

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Reel Red Films to launch in Cannes

15-Apr-2015 | By

Breaking Glass Pictures is partnering with Jay Paul Deratany’s new distributor as they work together to build a slate.

'Suffragette' gets awards season release date

15-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Teaser trailer released of period drama starring Carey Mulligan about women’s fight for the vote.

Frontieres financing panel

Experts debate genre film finance models

15-Apr-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

The benefits and potential downfalls of film funds and the strength of genre films were among topics covered during Frontières panel at BIFFF, hosted by EAVE and moderated by Tailored Films’ Ruth Treacy.

The Shamer's Daughter

Fantasy 'The Shamer's Daughter' sold to Europe, China

15-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk has closed numerous territories on the new fantasy-adventure film The Shamer’s Daughter.

Admiral

Arclight’s 'Admiral' sets sail for UK, Germany

15-Apr-2015 | By

Arclight Films has sold Roel Reine’s Admiral - set for a gala screening at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) - to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Cartel Land

Sundance winner 'Cartel Land' scores TV sales

15-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

MIPTV: Dogwoof secures deals across the Nordics and Netherlands.

Arts Alliance staffs US office

15-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Execs from AMC, Deluxe and Sony join LA operation.

The Falling

BFI spotlights UK activity at Beijing film festival

15-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Carol Morley’s The Falling to screen In Competition.

John Penotti

SKE, Ivanhoe launch SKE Global

14-Apr-2015 | By

The joint venture between Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) and Ivanhoe Pictures will build a local-language slate in China, South Korea and India, among others, and will be led by John Penotti who replaces Jim Tauber as SKE president.

Secret In Their Eyes

STX Entertainment fills out executive suite

14-Apr-2015 | By

Top brass at the new studio launched by Robert Simonds and TPG Capital have shed more light on the marketing executive suite in the run-up to the July 31 launch of maiden title The Gift.

Cary Fukunaga

Production: Cary Fukunaga to direct 'The Alienist'

14-Apr-2015 | By

The red-hot director of the first season of True Detective will direct and serve as executive producer on the serial killer series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

Distribution: Strand takes Eisenstein In Guanajuato

14-Apr-2015 | By

Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights from Films Boutique to Peter Greenaway’s fact-based drama.  

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Sundance NEXT FEST sets LA date

14-Apr-2015 | By

Sundance NEXT FEST will return to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles from August 7-9, marking the second year at the venue and the third in Los Angeles.

Emiliano Calemzuk

Calemzuk joins RightsTrade advisory board

14-Apr-2015 | By

The former president of Fox Television Studios will help build the client roster at the online global marketplace for film and TV rights.

Gemma Arteton

Arterton, Claflin, Nighy join 'Their Finest Hour And A Half'

14-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Lone Scherfig to direct BBC Films’ wartime romcom; HanWay to handle worldwide sales.

Oleg Sentsov

Oleg Sentsov's detention extended

14-Apr-2015 | By

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov’s detention in Russia’s Lefortovo prison has been extended once again - this time until May 11 after a decision by the regional court judge Elena Kaneva.

Fast and Furious 7

'Furious 7' smashes China box office records with $63m

14-Apr-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 scored the biggest opening day ever in China on Sunday (April 12), according to EntGroup figures, grossing $63.24m in a single day.

To Life

'To Life!' sold to North America

14-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Global Screen sells German-language drama to North America, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South-East Asia

The Elite

‘Elite’ showcases Denmark’s new DIY spirit

14-Apr-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

A number of emerging Danish filmmakers are embracing a new DIY attitude, as evidenced by some exciting debuts at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX festival this week. It might not be an identifiable new wave, but it marks a new ethos.

Godzilla

Japan's Toho creates international remake team

14-Apr-2015 | By Screen staff

Japanese studio behind Godzilla also focusing on co-finance deals.

Benedict Cumberbatch calls for support of independent cinema

14-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Imitation Game and Sherlock star issues call for support after backing the UK’s oldest operating purpose-built cinema.

Sanford Panitch

Sanford Panitch to head Sony int'l film, TV

13-Apr-2015 | By

UPDATED: The widely admired former president of Fox International Productions has been named president of international film and television at Sony in a huge boost to the studio’s global co-production and local-language ambitions.

Standing Tall (La Tete Haute)

Cannes: 'Standing Tall' to open 2015 festival

13-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

A female director will open the festival for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Bakur North

Istanbul FF cancels competitions after censorship protest

13-Apr-2015 | By Dan Fainaru

Festival cancels competitions and closing ceremony after dozens of directors withdraw films following removal of documentary Bakur from programme.

Age of Adaline

Jim Tauber to leave film business

13-Apr-2015 | By

The president of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is stepping down after 10 years to set up a private psychotherapy practice with his wife.

BAFTA champions John Maclean in Brits event

13-Apr-2015 | By

The Slow West director will take part in the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Brits To Watch: The Screenings series.

Juanicas

Riviera Maya Film Festival unveils slate

13-Apr-2015 | By

The fourth edition of the festival, set to run in Mexico from April 23-29, will feature three world premieres of Mexican productions and 53 international premieres.

Jason Kassin

FilmTrack signs new clients

13-Apr-2015 | By

Bloom Media and Embankment Films are among a slew of new clients to sign on to the SaaS rights and content management specialists.

A Brilliant Young Mind

Round-up: Goldwyn gets ‘A Brilliant Young Mind’

13-Apr-2015 | By

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired US rights to Morgan Matthew’s feature directorial debut.

The Snow Queen 2

‘The Snow Queen 2’ heads to US

13-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: eOne nabs North American rights to 3D animation.

Demon Hole

SC Films taking ‘Demon Hole’ to Cannes

13-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK seller signs US comedy-horror ahead of Cannes.

IFFLA 2015 winners

'Four Colors' triumphs at IFFLA

13-Apr-2015 | By

Bikas Mishra’s drama Four Colors (Chauranga) earned the grand jury prize for best feature as the 13th annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded on Sunday.

Truman Capote

TWC plots ‘In Cold Blood’ TV series

13-Apr-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has optioned television rights to Truman Capote’s 1966 bestseller with Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios on board to produce.

James White

Memento acquires Sundance winner 'James White'

13-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New York-set drama stars Girls actor Christopher Abbott and Sex & the City’s Cynthia Nixon; MFI taking the film to Cannes Marché.

Fast and Furious 7

'Furious 7' retains UK box office lead

13-Apr-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s The DUFF is the week’s highest new entry with $1.3m (£891,248) from its 392 sites, including previews.

Justin Giani

Breaking Glass's Justin Giani dies aged 25

13-Apr-2015 | By

Staff at Breaking Glass Pictures are in mourning following the sudden death of chief financial officer Justin Giani. He was 25.

LoveTrue

Dogwoof acquires Shia LaBeouf exec'd 'LoveTrue'

13-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director Alma Har’el, known for blurring lines between documentary and fiction, previously worked with LaBeouf on a Sigur Rós music video.

Bekmambetov animation series sold to North America

13-Apr-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Timur Bekmambetov’s 3D children’s animated series Alisa Knows What To Do! has been picked up for distribution in North America.

The Guest

Icon signs exclusive FrightFest partnership

13-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Distributor to release films from horror fantasy film festival under FrightFest Presents banner.

Cannes

BFI event to demystify film festivals and markets

13-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Screen’s Andreas Wiseman to join experts from British Council as well as film PR, distribution, production and marketing.

Ricky Gervais

Hot projects on Screenbase

13-Apr-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Projects new to Screenbase include Ricky Gervais’ satire Special Correspondents, Garth Davis’s survival tale Lion, and Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.

‘Fast & Furious 7’ crosses $800m

12-Apr-2015 | By

APRIL 13 UPDATE: The action franchise that keeps on giving for Universal soared to $3.18bn worldwide thanks to an estimated $259.2m worldwide weekend haul that boosted the running total to $801.5m.

'Furious 7' stays top in US on $60m

12-Apr-2015 | By

APRIL 13 UPDATE: Universal’s global blockbuster – now at $801.5m – soared to $251.5m on the back of a confirmed $59.6m second weekend number one hold.

Glendon Palmer

Glendon Palmer joins IM Global

10-Apr-2015 | By

The veteran executive and producer arrives as senior vice-president of development and production and will immediately shepherd a rom-com about President Obama and the First Lady’s first date.

Jim Berk

Jim Berk departs Participant Media

10-Apr-2015 | By

In a shock development, the company’s CEO is stepping down after eight years.

Reese Witherspoon

Lionsgate picks up 'Luckiest Girl Alive'

10-Apr-2015 | By

Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard will produce Jessica Knoll’s upcoming novel.

Mike De Luca

Universal, Mike De Luca sign first-look

10-Apr-2015 | By

A little over one week after announcing his departure from Columbia Pictures as president of production, the in-demand producer has closed a three-year deal with Universal Pictures.

Mavis!

HBO, Films We Like swoop on 'Mavis!'

10-Apr-2015 | By

Brooklyn-based producer Film First announced a pair of deals on its documentary about music legend Mavis Staples.

The Expendables 3

UK man arrested over 'Expendables 3' leak

10-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Statement from star Sylvester Stallone says: “It is important to protect the rights of creatives”.

Isabella Rossellini

Cannes: Isabella Rossellini named Un Certain Regard president

10-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Italian-American actress and director to head Un Certain Regard jury.

Charles Gant

Screen appoints Charles Gant as UK critic

10-Apr-2015 | By Matt Mueller

Charles Gant has been appointed as UK critic for Screen International.

Cannes Marche

Cannes sets producers workshop agenda

10-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Diana Elbaum, Katriel Schory among speakers, strands added.

BAFTA

BAFTA sets dates for next three film awards

10-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

BAFTA also announces date for the next Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.

Odessa 2015 poster

Odessa film festival denied state funding

10-Apr-2015 | By

This year’s Odessa International Film Festival has again been denied any state funding by the Ukrainian State Film Agency (USFA).

Fast and Furious 7

‘Furious 7’ smashes social media chart

10-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The action sequel, which has crossed the $500m mark, has lit up social media channels in its first week of release.

Paddington

'Paddington' up for South Bank award

10-Apr-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Family feature will go head-to-head with Under The Skin and Pride.

Paul Ensby

Company 3 expands production team

10-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Move follows recruitment of colourist Paul Ensby, who recently completed DI work on Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary.

Fast and Furious 7

‘Fast & Furious 7' crosses $525m

10-Apr-2015 | By

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the gang are expected to hold on to the global box office crown this weekend as the film reached $526.8m through Thursday morning.

Lionsgate

Lionsgate plots Comic-Con S-VOD channel

9-Apr-2015 | By

Busy Lionsgate made two significant and separate announcements on Thursday, lining up an S-VOD service with the organisers of Comic-Con and extending its Grindstone partnership with Emmett/Furla Films.

Oscars

Academy dates Oscars through 2018

9-Apr-2015 | By

The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences and ABC Television Network have revealed dates for the next three Oscars shows.

Steven Polster

RightsTrade launches cloud-based deal service

9-Apr-2015 | By

The online global marketplace for film and television rights has unveiled DealWizard to handle complex data and terms and recognise the key role that relationships play in negotiating and closing deals. 

The Dionti Family

Tribeca unveils Latin America Fund grantees

9-Apr-2015 | By

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced the 10 recipients of the 2015 TFI Latin America Fund and introduced Los Cabos Film Festival and Labodigital as new partners.

The Kindergarten Teacher

Distribution: Kino Lorber, Zeitgeist in action

9-Apr-2015 | By

Kino Lorber has acquired all US and Canadian rights from Le Pacte to Israeli film-maker Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.

Five Star

XLrator Media acquires 'Five Star'

9-Apr-2015 | By

The distributor cut the North American deal on the inner-city drama with XYZ Films. 

Bold Films eyes May start on 'Shot Caller'

9-Apr-2015 | By

Bold’s Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes have announced the company’s first project since its awards season duo Whiplash and Nightcrawler.

Will Palmer

Movio Media marketing platform launches

9-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The New Zealand-based marketing data, analysis and campaign creation and management specialist Movio has launched its product allowing studios and distributors to track film-goer behavior.

Wasp

'Wasp' flies to Breaking Glass Pictures

9-Apr-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up North American rights to the LGBT drama from Swiss feature directorial debutant Philippe Audi-Dor.

Euro flag

Hopeful signs for European copyright reform

9-Apr-2015 | By

The European Commission (EC) may be showing some flexibility on its stance towards its plans for copyright reform following extensive protests from the European film and television industries in recent weeks.

Michel Hazanavicius

Top directors suggest copyright reform alternatives

9-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Bolster European players and force global internet giants to adhere to local fiscal and financial obligations related to culture, say directors.

D J Gugenheim

D J Gugenheim joins Andrew Lauren Productions

9-Apr-2015 | By

The former Lotus Entertainment executive arrives as president of production and will get to work on a director-driven, commercial slate.

UPI crosses $1bn in record time

9-Apr-2015 | By

Top brass at Universal Pictures International (UPI) said the studio was on course to reach the box office milestone in record time on Wednesday (April 8).

The Odyssey

Lionsgate lines up 'The Odyssey'

9-Apr-2015 | By

The studio is teaming up with its family of The Hunger Games film-makers and taking on Homer’s paean to ancient Greek heroism and ingenuity.

Setting The Scene

TSC unveils programme line-up

9-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The line-up of speakers has been announced for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC), taking place over April 11-12.

Boots Riley

SFFS / KRF grantees unveiled

9-Apr-2015 | By

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) have selected the finallists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants.

3 1 2 Minutes

Dogwoof takes Sundance doc '3 1/2 Minutes'

9-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Award-winning documentary centres on the shooting of a black teenager and the subsequent trial of his killer.

Meadowland

K5 acquires Tribeca competition title 'Meadowland'

9-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

K5 snaps up all non-US rights to drama starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson.

Daniel Ziskind and Amr Waked

Ziskind joins Egypt’s Film Clinic as Euro rep

9-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Paris-based industry veteran, who also works with actor Amr Waked, deepens ties with Egypt.  

An Bronntanas

MIPTV: Lagardère to sell Ireland's 'An Bronntanas'

9-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Celtic crime thriller was Ireland’s Oscar submission.

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

MIPTV: Dogwoof joins 'Curious Incident...' doc

9-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Feature documentary to use hit stage adaptation to explore autism.

Umrika

Drishyam, Sundance unveil screenwriter fellows

8-Apr-2015 | By

Sundance Institute and Drishyam have unveiled the artists and creative advisors for the inaugural Drishyam | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab set to run in Goa, India, from April 12-16.

Need For Speed

China-US alliance plots 'Need For Speed 2'

8-Apr-2015 | By

The Chinese JV triumvirate of China Movie Channel Program Center, Jiaflix Enterprises and 1905 Pictures are teaming up with Electronic Arts on the English-language sequel.

Freaks

Controversial classic 'Freaks' gets UK re-release

8-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Classics to re-release banned 1930’s film.

The Dark Horse

Broad Green acquires 'The Dark Horse'

8-Apr-2015 | By

The company has picked up US rights from Seville Pictures International to James Napier Robertson’s festival favourite starring Cliff Curtis as the New Zealand chess prodigy and youth leader Genesis Potini.

The Maze Runner

New Mexico improves ‘Breaking Bad’ incentives

8-Apr-2015 | By

Production companies in New Mexico will be allowed to pre-assign tax rebates to third parties under a new law approved on Wednesday by Governor Susana Martinez.

Maidstone

Four selected for Hamptons screenwriter lab

8-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Hamptons International Film Festival executives have announced participants for 14th annual Screenwriters’ Lab, set to run from April 10-12.

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Tribeca Film Institute announces Sloan grantees

8-Apr-2015 | By

The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the 2015 recipients of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock

Cumberbatch secures sixth BAFTA TV nomination

8-Apr-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

The Imitation Game star has been nominated for his leading role in BBC drama Sherlock.

Django 1966

'Django' and 'Suspiria' TV series in the works

8-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya enter into two-title co-development and production deal

Chris Pine

Disney pushes back 'The Finest Hours'

8-Apr-2015 | By

Imax Corporation and The Walt Disney Studios have renewed their exhibition relationship with a multi-film deal that runs from this year through 2017.

Marvel's Avengers

Russos confirmed on 'Avengers: Infinity War'

7-Apr-2015 | By

Marvel Studios has announced Joe and Anthony Russo will direct the two-part story.

Grace_of_Monaco

'Grace Of Monaco' to debut on Lifetime

7-Apr-2015 | By

Nearly one year after its opening night slot in Cannes, it emerged that the biopic starring Nicole Kidman will not get a US theatrical release.

Michelle Nunes

Michelle Nunes earns Cinedigm operations stripes

7-Apr-2015 | By

The executive recently served as vice-president and will continue to report to Cinedigm Entertainment Group president Bill Sondheim.

John Short

John Short joins Radiant Films International

7-Apr-2015 | By

President and CEO Mimi Steinbauer has hired the former Voltage Pictures senior executive as she seeks to broaden the company’s content creation mandate.

Cowboys

SEEfest to honour George Chakiris

7-Apr-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The tenth anniversary South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) will screen The Japanese Dog for the event’s opening night in Los Angeles on April 30.

Memento, Binoche board Bruno Dumont’s 'Slack Bay'

7-Apr-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Ensemble cast features Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; sales to launch at Cannes Marché.

Fast and Furious 7

'Furious 7' races to UK box office lead

7-Apr-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s Cinderella and Fox’s Home prosper over the Easter weekend with minimal drops to reach $16.6m (£11.2m) and $22.5m (£15.14m), respectively.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara, David Wenham join 'Lion'

7-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Stars of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and 300 join Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in Saroo Brierley biopic, which The Weinstein Company acquired at Cannes 2014.

Michael Sheen

Michael Sheen to play Everest climber George Mallory

7-Apr-2015 | By

Frost/Nixon star to be joined by Andrew Scott and Kelly Macdonald in a biopic of the 1920s British mountaineer.

Pod

Vertical Entertainment acquires ‘Pod’

7-Apr-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights to Mickey Keating’s SXSW Midnight thriller.

Maraviglioso Boccaccio

Beijing film festival unveils 15 competition titles

7-Apr-2015 | By

The Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) has unveiled the 15 competition titles and four gala premiees that will screen at this year’s edition (April 16-23), including opening film Maraviglioso Boccaccio, directed by Italian auteurs Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.

Marco Polo

TWC set for $1bn TV division sale to ITV

7-Apr-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

ITV is in talks to acquire the television division of The Weinstein Company for up to $950m, according to reports.

Anton Lessine and Sasha Shapiro

Bill Block seeks to dismiss QED Holdings suit

7-Apr-2015 | By

The QED International founder has branded as “specious” all claims against him.

Geena Davis

Bentonville festival in Lifetime tie-in

7-Apr-2015 | By

Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural event has secured the network as part of a guaranteed jigsaw of distribution for prize-winners.

Sworn Virgin

'Sworn Virgin' takes top prize at Hong Kong

7-Apr-2015 | By

Laura Bispuri’s Sworn Virgin won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), which wrapped on Monday night.

Wolf Warrior

'Wolf Warrior' tops China box office

7-Apr-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior topped the China box office in the week March 30-April 6, grossing $32.58m in its opening four days.

Edinburgh Film Festival

Edinburgh launches Scottish screenwriters lab

7-Apr-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Wellcome Trust partners with festival on two-day lab.

Koza

'Koza' wins at Vilnius Film Festival

7-Apr-2015 | By

Ivan Ostrochovský’s boxer drama Koza has been named Best Film at the 20th Vilnius International Film Festival.

Theresa Roberts

Theresa Roberts upped at eOne

7-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

London-based publicity exec promoted to senior vice president role.

Miguel

IM Global, John Legend, Fursts plot musical drama

6-Apr-2015

Oscar winner John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co and Furst Films are teaming up with IM Global on an untitled musical romantic drama and Cannes sales title with Grammy winner Miguel in talks to star.

R Gervais

Netflix to release ‘Special Correspondents’

6-Apr-2015 | By

The streaming giant has taken another potential theatrical release off the table, acquiring world rights to the Ricky Gervais satire.

Concussion

PFS launches women’s residency programme

6-Apr-2015 | By

The initiative runs now through April 17 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and will be followed by another residency later this autumn. 

Penguins Of Madagascar

Fox International crosses $1bn

6-Apr-2015 | By

The company has swept past the milestone in its second fastest time behind 2010 when Avatar was king of the world.

A Perfect 14

BOND/360 acquires 'A Perfect 14'

6-Apr-2015 | By

The New York-based distributor will release Giovanna Morales Vargas’ feature directorial debut documentary currently in production.

The Invitation

Drafthouse Films accepts ‘The Invitation’

6-Apr-2015 | By

Drafthouse Films is understood to have paid low seven figures for the SXSW thriller from Girlfight director Karyn Kusama.

David Kaminow

David Kaminow to head Annapurna marketing

6-Apr-2015 | By

As president of marketing Kaminow will report to company founder Megan Ellison and gets to work on a slate that includes Richard Linklater’s That’s What I’m Talking About.

Fast and Furious 7

'Fast & Furious 7' rules on $392.2m

5-Apr-2015 | By

APRIL 6 UPDATE: The world belongs to Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and the gang as the roar of revving engines heralded an euphoric weekend for Universal ahead of what is expected to be a massive summer for the industry.

Fast and Furious 7

'Furious 7' claims US pole on $147.2m

5-Apr-2015 | By

Universal’s North American portion of global domination generated a confirmed $147.2m as the action release stormed to the top.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Bob Buchi scales Paramount ranks

3-Apr-2015 | By

Bob Buchi has been named president of worldwide home media distribution at Paramount Pictures.

Scott Adkins

WWE Studios, Richwater Films strike pact

3-Apr-2015 | By

WWE Studios has formed an alliance with UK producer-financier Richwater Films to co-produce and co-finance two titles.

Tribeca Oculus

Tribeca to host hack conference, VR event

3-Apr-2015 | By

Tribeca Film Festival organisers will stage DEFCON’s hacking conference, Oculus Story Studio’s virtual reality experience and a special event with A$AP Rocky.

Fast and Furious 7

‘Fast & Furious 7’ hits $121m

3-Apr-2015 | By

APRIL 4 UPDATE: Universal’s latest entry in its world-beating action franchise added a studio record $59.1m on Friday to race to $120.6m internationally.

Tom Hiddleston

Sony Classics acquires ‘I Saw The Light’

2-Apr-2015 | By

The distributor has taken world rights from Ratpac Entertainment to the Hank Williams drama starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.

Furious 7

Marketing 'Fast & Furious 7'

2-Apr-2015 | By

Universal chiefs have put the late Paul Walker at the forefront of the global marketing campaign for Fast & Furious 7, which is expected to break box office records when it roars into action this weekend.

Entertainment

Acquisitions round-up: Magnolia, Drafthouse Films

2-Apr-2015 | By

Magnolia Pictures has taken all North American rights to Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, while in a separate deal Drafthose Films will distribute The World Of Kanako in North America.

Josh Braun

Josh Braun in Full Frame honour

2-Apr-2015 | By

The New York-based Submarine Entertainment co-president, sales agent and producer will receive the 2015 Advocate Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Manoel de Oliveira

Manoel de Oliveira, 1908-2015

2-Apr-2015 | By Screen staff

The world lost its oldest active director on Thursday when the Portuguese film-maker died in Oporto. He was 106.

Ladrones

'Ladrones' shoot wraps in Dominican Republic

2-Apr-2015 | By

Lantica Media has completed principal photography and the first stage of editing on the action-comedy in the Dominican Republic.

Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi

Andrew Lazar to produce 'Rupture'

2-Apr-2015 | By

The American Sniper producer has set his sights on the sci-fi adventure for AMBI Group. AMBI Distribution handles international sales and will introduce the project in Cannes.

‘Insurgent’ crosses $100m international

2-Apr-2015 | By

Lionsgate-Summit’s YA adaptation had reached $100.1m as of Thursday.

Labour Of Love

Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles unveils jurors

2-Apr-2015 | By

Festival organisers have announced the 2015 jury and added Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Labour Of Love to the line-up.

Sheffield Doc Fest

New UK-Mexican documentary programme launched

2-Apr-2015 | By Screen staff

British Council is partnering with Mexican national film body IMCINE, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Docs DF and Ambulante to create Docunexion, a two-stage feature documentary training and mentorship programme.

Bill Block

Bill Block hits back at lawsuit

2-Apr-2015 | By

The lawyer acting on behalf of the founder and former CEO of QED International branded as ‘absurd’ on Wednesday evening the infringement and unfair competition lawsuit filed by the QED principals.

Broad Green Pictures finds home ent chief

2-Apr-2015 | By

Steve Nickerson has joined the company as president of home entertainment as Broad Green also announced the hires of former Summit duo Sandy Friedman and Bobby Gerber.

Margarita With A Straw

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival unveils roster

2-Apr-2015 | By

The festival is set to run from April 23-30 and will present 134 films from more than 20 countries.

BFI Flare 2015

BFI Flare reveals 2015 figures

2-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

London LGBT film festival records biggest box office to date.

Fast and Furious 7

‘Fast & Furious 7’ overtakes rivals in social buzz

2-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Action sequel races to the top of the charts ahead of Cinderella.

'Warm Snow' wins VOFF animation prize

2-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Winners of animated edition of Viewster Online Film Fest (#VOFF) revealed.

Citizenfour

Citizenfour to open Israel's DocAviv festival

2-Apr-2015 | By Edna Fainaru

Documentary festival to focus on

Hot projects on Screenbase

2-Apr-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Projects new to Screenbase include Burr Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Mattie Do’s horror Dearest Sister.

Dragon Blade: John Cusack and Jackie Chan

Lionsgate launches specialty label

1-Apr-2015 | By

Top brass have launched Lionsgate Premiere, a multi-platform channel of up to 15 Lionsgate and Summit films a year that kicks off in autumn with Chinese epic Dragon Blade followed by zom-com Cooties.

Huayi Brothers

STX, Huayi Brothers formalise pact

1-Apr-2015 | By

Bob Simonds’ STX Entertainment has officialy sealed the deal on its 18-film co-financing and distribution agreement with the private Chinese company.

Anton Lessine Sasha Shapiro

QED Holdings sues Bill Block

1-Apr-2015 | By

QED Holdings co-CEOs file trademark infringement and unfair competition suit.

Cinecitta

'Ben-Hur' begins Cinecittà shoot

1-Apr-2015 | By

As reported on Screendaily last week, production is underway in Rome on Paramount Pictures and MGM’s retelling of the classic adventure starring Jack Huston in the title role.

Dukhtar

Sonoma fest announces winners

1-Apr-2015 | By

Kerem Sanga’s The Young Kieslowski earned Best American Independent Feature award as the 18th Sonoma International Film Festival came to a close.

Screen Awards 2015 open for entries

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Screen Awards are back for a sixth year, celebrating the very best of marketing, distribution and exhibition in the film industry.

David Puttnam

Lord Puttnam sees EU digital strategy shift

1-Apr-2015 | By Matt Mueller

FDA president hopeful of less seismic EU digital reform.

Kaleidoscope takes Kevin Pollak's 'Misery Loves Comedy' for UK

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Comedy documentary, featuring Tom Hanks among others, premiered at Sundance.

Canyon Creek to adapt Lauren St John novel 'The Glory'

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Love, Rosie producer acquires film rights to YA novel about a 1,200 mile horse race.

Twilight of a Life

Visions du Réel 2015 to spotlight women

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sylvain Biegeleisen’s Twilight of a Life to open the documentary film festival in Switzerland.

Godzilla

Japanese 'Godzilla' to rise in 2016

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to make monster movie for release in 2016

Tereza Perinova

Karlovy Vary’s Tereza Perinova dies aged 35

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International press head was part of the “foundation” of the festival.

Sarajevo's CineLink announces eight projects

1-Apr-2015 | By

Sarajevo’s co-production market’s first batch of projects includes new films by Erol Mintas, Ivana Mladenovic

Panos Koutras’ Xenia sweeps Hellenic awards

1-Apr-2015 | By

Director refuses to accept trophies in protest over immigrant issues in Greece.

Partisan

Korea's Jeonju to open with Vincent Cassel's 'Partisan'

1-Apr-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Some 200 titles set to screen at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival.

Danny Collins

Bleecker Street strikes Amazon deal

31-Mar-2015 | By

Andrew Karpen’s ambitious New York-based distributor has struck a licensing deal with the digital giant making Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription platform for its theatrical releases.

Mark Wahlberg

CBS Films boards ‘Patriots’ Day’

31-Mar-2015 | By

The studio is fast-tracking the Boston Marathon Bombing thriller and possible Mark Wahlberg star vehicle that pits it against Fox’s rival project Boston Strong.

A Perfect Man

‘A Perfect Man’, ‘White Soldier’ bookend COLCOA 2015

31-Mar-2015 | By

The Franco-American Cultural Fund on Tuesday announced the line-up for 19th COLCOA French Film Festival, set to run in West Hollywood from April 20-28.

Telluride

Telluride unveils guest director

31-Mar-2015 | By

Author Rachel Kushner will select a batch of films at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, set to run from September 4-7.

Frank Sinatra

Tribeca to host 'Sinatra At 100'

31-Mar-2015 | By

The Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T will host a centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra next month.

Taxi

UK deal for Panahi's Golden Bear winner 'Taxi'

31-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed drama one of three deals for UK indie.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

'Kingsman' opens top of China box office

31-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE:  Boosted by a visit to China by star Colin Firth, Kingsman: The Secret Service topped the China box office on its opening weekend, grossing $24.25m in three days.

Film Independent

Film Independent, Netflix in doc pact

31-Mar-2015 | By

Film Independent has unveiled a year-round partnership with Netflix to support documentary filmmakers.

All3Media acquires Sam Mendes' Neal Street

31-Mar-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

All3Media has acquired Call The Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh to launch film distribution market

31-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is planning to launch a two-day ‘market’ this June dedicated to emerging distribution models.

SFFS unveil complete programme

31-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

San Francisco Film Society announced complete line-up for the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 23-May 7.

Helmut Dietl

Schtonk! director Helmut Dietl dies aged 70

31-Mar-2015 | By

The German film and TV industries were mourning on Monday the death of director, writer and producer Helmut Dietl from lung cancer. He was 70.

Bang Bang baby

Random Media acquires ‘Bang Bang Baby’

31-Mar-2015 | By

UPDATED APRIL 1: Jane Levy and Justin Chatwin star in the sci-fi musical, which Random plans to take on limited theatrical release in the US in the autumn. 

Pinewood Studios

Pinewood to raise $44m for studio expansion plans

31-Mar-2015 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

The Pinewood Group is to raise $44.3m (£30m) to part-fund the expansion of its Buckinghamshire site in the UK.

Caroline Stott

eOne expands Euro TV operations

31-Mar-2015 | By

The Canadian media giant has appointed a new executive vice-president of marketing and two sales executives.

Fatma Al Remaihi CEO of Doha FIlm Institute and Everette E Dennis dean CEO of NU-Q

Doha, NU-Q announce Middle East media research project

31-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Qatari institutions forge new strategic alliance to deepen research into region’s burgeoning media scene as well as collaborate on other initiatives. 

Matthew McConaughey

TWC-Dimension swoops on ‘Gold’

30-Mar-2015 | By

Black Bear Pictures’ Matthew McConaughey adventure has found its US home after TWC-Dimension beat out rival bidders with what is believed to be a $15m MG and $20m-plus P&A commitment.

Nicolas Winding Refn

'The Neon Demon' starts LA shoot

30-Mar-2015 | By

Nicolas Winding Refn has started principal photography on the horror tale from Space Rocket Nation starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. Gaumont and Wild Bunch jointly represent rights.

Animal Crackers

Emily Blunt joins 'Animal Crackers'

30-Mar-2015 | By

The UK star joins the Blue Dream Studios animation as the voice of Zoe Huntington alongside husband John Krasinksi.

Mattie Do

Raven Banner snaps up 'Dearest Sister'

30-Mar-2015 | By

The Toronto genre specialist has picked up international rights to Mattie Do’s Lao-European horror feature.

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ gets US date

30-Mar-2015 | By

Screen Gems will open the Jane Austen mash-up on February 19, 2016.

Ben Stephenson

BBC drama boss to join JJ Abrams' Bad Robot

30-Mar-2015 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson is to join JJ Abrams indie Bad Robot to lead its television division.

Steve McQueen

BBC orders Steve McQueen drama

30-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Six-parter produced by Rainmark Films readied for spring 2016.

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai documentary acquired by Fox Searchlight

30-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary from the director of An Inconvenient Truth centres on inspirational young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.

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Cannes chief to speak during first 'Women in Motion' programme

30-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Thierry Fremaux to address women and the film industry as part of a joint venture with new sponsor Kering.  

Colin Trevorrow

Colin Trevorrow to direct 'Book Of Henry'

30-Mar-2015 | By

The director of the upcoming summer release Jurassic World will direct for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment based on an original screenplay by novelist Gregg Hurwitz.

Alexander_Rodnyansky

'Leviathan' producer takes aim with 'Duellist'

30-Mar-2015 | By

Fanny Ardant attached to 19th century feature; Vincent Cassel and Vladimir Mashkov eyed for lead role.

Deborah Rowland

Tonic launches online workshop in film distribution

30-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Distribution and marketing experts unveil product to help filmmakers self-distribute.

Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words

Alicia Vikander to be "voice" of Ingrid Bergman

30-Mar-2015 | By

A Royal Affair, Ex Machina star to voice documentary set for Cannes Film Festival.

Cinderella

'Cinderella' tops UK box office with $5.6m debut

30-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water lands with $3.3m (£2.25m), including previews; Dior and I posts Dogwoof’s second-best ever UK opening with $121,000 (£81,848).

Gursharn Khaira

Altitude appoints head of legal

30-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former Pathé productions executive joins UK outfit.

Christopher Nolan

‘Interstellar’ wins best film at Empire Awards

30-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director Christopher Nolan also presented with Inspiration honour by Interstellar star Jessica Chastain.

'Cinderella' crosses $300m global

29-Mar-2015 | By

MARCH 30 UPDATE: Cinderella emerged from a tough pack of contenders to become the belle of the ball at the international box office thanks to a confirmed $40m haul via Disney.

'Home' tops North American charts on $52.1m

29-Mar-2015 | By

Fox’s number one debut gave beleaguered DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg some breathing room as the film posted the best opening for his studio in nearly three years.

Roger Moore

Roger Moore hits back over Paris Match interview

29-Mar-2015 | By

Roger Moore has denied making allegedly racist comments about the suitability of Idris Elba to play James Bond.

Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn boards New Regency heist thriller

27-Mar-2015 | By

The Gone Girl author and screenwriter is reuniting with New Regency to co-write the adaptation of UK show Widows with Steve McQueen.

'Suffragette' lands awards slot

27-Mar-2015 | By

Focus Features has set an autumn release date for the anticipated drama starring Carey Mulligan, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep.

Cinecitta

Cinecittà touts Italian tax credits to Hollywood

27-Mar-2015 | By

A small delegation from Cinecittà Studios toured Los Angeles this week to promote the revised Italian tax credit to Hollywood studios and production companies.

Filming

UK regions need more support, Labour report

27-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Labour-backed creative industries report also calls for additional diversity targets.

Rick McCallum

'Star Wars' producer readies first Czech-Dutch co-pro

27-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Prague-based US producer Rick McCallum is behind what is likely to be the first official Czech-Dutch co-production with writer-director Karin Babinská’s romantic drama Following The Dream (Za Sny).

Pedro Almodovar

Almodovar producer talks new film ‘Silence’

27-Mar-2015 | By Juan Sarda

Cast revealed for Pedro Almodovar drama set in a “female universe” that will begin shooting in May.

Filming

Writers, directors gain share of BFI ‘Locked Box’ recoupment

27-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

‘Locked Box’ scheme has previously been tapped into by UK producers.

Cinderella

‘Cinderella’ beats ‘Insurgent’ in social buzz

27-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Live action fairytale moves ahead of Divergent sequel – but new Fast and Furious looks set to overtake.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ralph Fiennes to receive Empire Legend award

27-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The Grand Budapest Hotel star to collect honour at a ceremony this weekend.

Cinderella

‘Cinderella’, ‘Insurgent', 'Home' in box office showdown

27-Mar-2015 | By

Cinderella, Insurgent and Home are locked in a close contest for supremacy at the international box office before Universal’s Furious 7 roars out of the gates next week.

Alleycats

Hot projects on Screenbase

27-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Projects new to Screenbase include Ian Bonhôte’s directorial debut Alleycats and Jeppe Rønde’s fictional debut Bridgend.

Gene Simmons

WWE, Gene Simmons launch Erebus Pictures

26-Mar-2015 | By

WWE and the media entrepreneur and former KISS idol will finance and produce ‘elevated’ horror fare, kicking off with a three-film deal led by Temple.

Amy Beecroft

Verve to handle international sales

26-Mar-2015 | By

The talent and literary agency has brought on Amy Beecroft to run its new global business development division Verve Ventures in what is likely to become a talking point in Cannes and beyond.

Kevin Wu

Lakeshore launches Off The Dock

26-Mar-2015 | By

Lakeshore Entertainment, which earlier this week unveiled plans to boost its film production pipeline, is targeting the YouTube generation with a full-service digital studio.

Mad Max Fury Road

And the Cannes line-up is…?

26-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.

Magnolia Pictures acquires 'Experimenter'

26-Mar-2015 | By

The North American deal follows the film’s world premiere at Sundance in January and sets up a theatrical release later this year.

Tommy Gargotta

Relativity EuropaCorp names marketing head

26-Mar-2015 | By

Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution has appointed Tommy Gargotta as president of theatrical marketing.

The Pearl Button

Kino Lorber dives for 'The Pearl Button'

26-Mar-2015 | By

Kino Lorber has picked up all US rights to Chilean director Patricio Guzmán’s documentary and Silver Bear best screenplay winner at this year’s Berlinale.

BBC Films boss: “Diversity increasingly on our agenda”

26-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Christine Langan talks challenges, highlights and diversity as film arm celebrates 25th anniversary.

Taken 3

French film investment drops to 13-year low

26-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

New CNC figures confirm 2014 was a tough year for the French film production sector.

Time Lapse

XLrator Media leaps into 'Time Lapse'

26-Mar-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to the time travel thriller starring Danielle Panabaker and plans a day-and-date release via its Macabre genre label.

Michel Hazanavicius

Oscar-winners join EU copyright plans protest

26-Mar-2015 | By

‘The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius leads call against the creation of a Digital Single Market

Frankenstein

Rainmark reveals Sean Bean 'Frankenstein Chronicles' details

26-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Rainmark Films, the indie led by Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, has lifted the lid on its multimillion-pound ITV Encore drama The Frankenstein Chronicles.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return for sequel

26-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey, will not return to direct its planned two sequels.

Tribeca

Tribeca unveils free community events

26-Mar-2015 | By

Top brass at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T have announced the return of the Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day and Tribeca Family Screenings.

Alan Rickman

BAFTA to host Alan Rickman event

26-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Veteran British actor, who recently directed his second feature A Little Chaos, to give on stage interview in London.

Emma Thompson

Thompson, Gleeson, Bruhl begin 'Alone In Berlin' shoot

26-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Second World War drama will shoot on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.

Robotech

Sony pounces on 'Robotech' property

26-Mar-2015 | By

In a double whammy of announcements on Tuesday, Sony Pictures has snapped up rights to the sci-fi anime and set a 2017 release date for its third Smurfs film.

Bae Doo-na

'Blind Massage' wins best film at Asian Film Awards

26-Mar-2015 | By

Lou Ye’s Blind Massage won best film at the Asian Film Awards in Macau on Tuesday night, while Ann Hui won best director for The Golden Era.

Cineworld

Cineworld launches Movie Planner

26-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK cinema chain Cineworld has launched its first-ever Movie Planner.

Stonewall

Roadside Attractions acquires 'Stonewall'

25-Mar-2015 | By

Centropolis Entertainment’s gay rights drama directed by Roland Emmerich has found a US home.

Apu Trilogy

Janus Films to release restored 'Apu Trilogy'

25-Mar-2015 | By

Janus Films will release new 4K restorations of Satyajit Ray’s seminal The Apu Trilogy with new subtitles.

Alex Gibney

San Francisco Fest unveils Big Nights roster

25-Mar-2015 | By

Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine and Michael Almereyda’s drama Experimenter bookend the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 23–May 7.

Adam Keen

Adam Keen joins Broad Green Pictures

25-Mar-2015 | By

The publicity veteran has joined Broad Green Pictures (BGP) as evp of corporate communications and worldwide publicity.

Joel_Edgerton

Joel Edgerton directorial debut titled 'The Gift'

25-Mar-2015 | By

STX Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have found a name for the Australian multi-hyphenate’s feature directorial debut, set for release in the US on July 31.

R Gervais

BBC Films unveils 25th anniversary slate

25-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ricky Gervais, James Marsh, Armando Iannucci films on slate.

Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa signs new deal

25-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.

Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz

Elkabetz to preside over Critics' Week jury

25-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Actress and filmmaker joined by four including Katell Quillévéré and Andréa Picard.

Berlinale

Berlin sets 2016 dates

25-Mar-2015 | By Screen staff

Festival to run February 11 to 21, 2016.

Ray Chen

Galloping Horse hires Chen, lines up co-pros

25-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Outfit plans co-productions with Jerry Weintraub and Cameron Jones.

'Cinderella', 'Lost and Love' top China box office

25-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella stayed on top of the China box office last week with a gross of $28.37m, although Huayi Brothers’ Lost and Love opened strongly with $18.17m for second place. 

Kiran Rao

Kiran Rao to head Mumbai arthouse cinema

25-Mar-2015 | By

Indian filmmaker Kiran Rao has been appointed creative director of Mumbai’s first arthouse cinema, FilmBay, an initiative of India’ National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), to be launched by the end of this year. 

Fast & Furious 7

'Fast & Furious 7' tops SXSW buzz

25-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Surprise screening of Universal’s sequel generates 13,705 mentions across social media.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson joins 'Ip Man 3'

25-Mar-2015 | By

The former world heavyweight boxing champion has joined Donnie Yen in the cast of Pegasus Motion Pictures’ 3D kung-fu biopic Ip Man 3, which will also include a CGI Bruce Lee..

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Codeblack launches USC fund

25-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Lionsgate label Codeblack Films has established a student support fund and screenwriting contest at USC’s film school.

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Hong Kong Filmart 2015: Read Screen's Dailies

25-Mar-2015 | By Screen staff

Get all the exclusives, reviews, features and screening times from the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (Filmart).

From Vegas To Macau II

China’s iQiyi signs six-picture deal with Wong Jing

25-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Online video giant inks deal with Vegas To Macau 2 director.

The Rift

More In Group launches sales on 'The Rift'

25-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dejan Zecevic’s sci-fi thriller is currently in production in Serbia.

Super Troopers

'Super Troopers 2' starts Indiegogo campaign

25-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

In under 24 hours, $1.5m has already been raised towards their minimum $2m target.

'Mad Max: Fury Road' heads to Cannes

25-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mad Max reboot starring Tom Hardy to get Cannes Out of Competition berth.

Arirang Sonata

Tortured Korean pianist doc heads to Filmart

25-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: PAM Korea Media has launched sales on a documentary about an internationally renowned pianist and North Korean defector at Filmart.

Its Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong

Red Sea to sell HK romance, vampire comedy

25-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: LA-based sales outfit brings It’s Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong and Bloodsucking Bastards to Filmart.

Serenade

Korea's Mirovision takes Japanese drama 'Serenade'

25-Mar-2015 | By

Korea’s Mirovision has made a last minute pick-up of Keinosuke Hara’s Japanese film Serenade.

The Golden Cane Warrior

WTFilms takes martial arts drama 'The Golden Cane Warrior'

25-Mar-2015 | By

Paris-based WTFilms has picked up worldwide rights to Indonesian martial arts drama The Golden Cane Warrior in association with Backup Media.

Ken Takakura

NYAFF to honour late Japanese film 'legends'

25-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) has announced a special focus on two Japanese film legends, Ken Takakura (Black Rain) and Bunta Sugawara (Battles Without Honor), who both passed away last November. 

Kevin Sorbo

Singapore, US firms team for Christian co-pro

25-Mar-2015 | By

Singapore’s Silver Media Group and LA-based Push To Start Productions have signed a deal at Hong Kong’s Filmart to co-produce faith-based film One Hundred Yards.

Tom Rosenberg

Lakeshore, Vine AIG plot expanded slate

24-Mar-2015 | By

Lakeshore Entertainment is moving ahead with its production ambitions following a deal with Vine Alternative Investments Group that will see the parties co-finance 12 upcoming Lakeshore features.

Bill Lee

Alchemy, Swirl eye urban demo

24-Mar-2015 | By

Alchemy has signed a multi-year joint venture with The Swirl Group that calls for the partners to create and acquire 10-15 films a year geared towards urban audiences.

Jim Stephens

Maria Lynn to depart Wolfe after 22 years

24-Mar-2015 | By

Maria Lynn will retire as co-president of Wolfe Releasing at the end of March as co-president Jim Stephens assumes the role of sole president.

Meru

Meru hot seller for Submarine

24-Mar-2015 | By

The New York-based company has licensed all US rights excluding TV on the Sundance Audience Award winner to Music Box and Canadian rights to Mongrel Media.

Chris Moll

Chris Moll to leave Creative England

24-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Creative England head of film and iFeatures founder to step down next month.

Bridgend

New Europe takes 'Bridgend' ahead of Tribeca

24-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Drama based on a spate of teen suicides in Wales premiered at Rotterdam.

Margarita With A Straw

New York Indian Film Festival unveils full line-up

24-Mar-2015 | By

Top brass at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) have unveiled the complete line-up of 30 films for the 15th annual showcase, set to run from May 4-9.

GKIDS dates 'The Prophet'

24-Mar-2015 | By

The distributor will release Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in the US on August 7.

nosferatu

‘Beyond Clueless’ director to make horror cinema doc

24-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary will be exclusive to the BBC’s iPlayer VOD platform.

Johnnie To

Johnnie To heist movie on Media Asia slate

24-Mar-2015 | By

Media Asia launched its new slate at Filmart yesterday, which includes Johnnie To’s heist movie Three and Adam Wong’s He Remembers, She Forgets, starring Miriam Yeung and Jan Lamb.

Gordon Chan

HK's Mei Ah grows slate with Jet Tone, Gordon Chan

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment will unveil several projects at Filmart today, including a co-production with Wong Kar Wai’s Jet Tone Productions titled Drive Me Crazy, and a Boyhood-inspired drama, Growing Up, which will be shot over a period of 15 years.

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Malaysia's Said shooting supernatural 'Interchange'

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian director Dain Iskandar Said has started shooting supernatural thriller Interchange, the first project to be backed by Malaysia’s new slate financing fund Sonneratia Capital.

Wolf Warrior

Wu Jing's 'Wolf Warrior' heads to US

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Well Go USA has swooped on North American rights to Easternlight Films’ 3D war epic Wolf Warrior, directed by and starring Wu Jing.

Korea's M-Line has 'Wonderful Nightmare'

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s M-Line Distribution has picked up three films for international sales.

Old School Kung Fu Fest

Old School Kung Fu Fest unveils roster

24-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Old School Kung Fu Fest, set to run from April 16-19 in New York, has announced its 14-film line-up including American Ninja 1 & 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

From Vegas To Macau II

Mega-Vision plots Macau 3, Invincible 12

24-Mar-2015 | By

Hong Kong-based Mega-Vision Pictures (MVP) has unwrapped a slate of five new projects at Filmart, including action title The Invincible 12 and a third instalment in the From Vegas To Macau franchise.

Soi Cheang

One Cool Group debuts with Soi Cheang thriller

24-Mar-2015 | By

A collective of Hong Kong companies, under the banner One Cool Group, launched their debut slate of productions at Filmart yesterday, which includes as as-yet-untitled crime thriller to be produced by Soi Cheang.

Chapman To

HK's Emperor unveils 15 films on 15th anniverary

24-Mar-2015 | By

Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) launched a 15-film slate at Filmart to commemorate its 15th anniversary.

Sun Entertainment Culture

HK's Sun Entertainment shines on seven films

24-Mar-2015 | By

Hong Kong-based Sun Entertainment Culture is unveiling several new projects at Filmart, including romantic drama Concerto Of The Bully, starring Ronald Cheng and Janice Man.

Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theatre' scares up sales

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nikkatsu has sold J-horror master Hideo Nakata’s new film Ghost Theater to Red Pictures Pte. Ltd. for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

Strayers Chronicle

Nippon sells sci-fi 'Strayer's Chronicle' to S Korea

24-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon TV has pre-sold Heaven’s Story director Takahisa Zeze’s sci-fi thriller Strayer’s Chronicle to NK Contents for South Korea.

Korea's UP introduces 'The Priests'

24-Mar-2015 | By

Korea’s United Pictures (UP) has launched sales at Filmart on new exorcist thriller The Priests.

Deadly Virtues

Ate De Jong’s 'Deadly Virtues' sold to Japan, Taiwan

24-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Home invasion erotic thriller makes Asia sales.

Into Film

Into Film reveals first awards winners

24-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

UK film charity fetes youth at London event.

Jon Bernthal

Principal cast join 'Pilgrimage'

23-Mar-2015 | By

Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland have joined the Irish action thriller that XYZ Films sells worldwide.

Below Dreams

108 Media acquires ‘Below Dreams’

23-Mar-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights and will handle international sales on Garrett Bradley’s New Orleans-set feature directorial debut.

Sand Dollars

Tucaman expands into France

23-Mar-2015 | By

The Brazilian distributor launches Tucaman France to promote Brazilian and Latin American cinema and kicks off with Sand Dollars.

Baltasar Kormakur

CinemaCon honour for Baltasar Kormákur

23-Mar-2015 | By

The Icelandic director will receive a special International Filmmaker Of The Year Award during the trade show on April 20.

Thure Munkholm

CPH PIX mourns Thure Munkholm

23-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Copenhagen’s CPH PIX is mourning the death of its head of programming Thure Monkholm, who has died at the age of 36.

Avengers_Assemble

Russos eying 'Avengers' mantle

23-Mar-2015 | By

The siblings behind global smash Captain America: The Winter Soldier are in talks to direct the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, according to reports circling Hollywood on Monday night.

David Strathairn

David Strathairn joins ‘November Criminals’

23-Mar-2015 | By

The Oscar-nominated actor has joined Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener on Lotus Entertainment’s thriller, which began shooting on the East Coast on Monday.

I Kill Giants

Treehouse Pictures to finance ‘I Kill Giants’

23-Mar-2015 | By

The LA-based company has come on board Anders Walter’s feature directorial debut based on Joe Kelly’s graphic novel.

Alleycats

'Alleycats' begins shoot with Eleanor Tomlinson, Sam Keeley

23-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on thriller backed by The Fyzz Facility.

Prifest in Exile

Pristina Festival cancelled after ministry cuts

23-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Festival patronized by Vanessa Redgrave at a loss over last-minute government decision.

Moland to replace Arcel on next 'Department Q'

23-Mar-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian director takes the reins on A Conspiracy of Faith.

moscow

Moscow film festival to make major cuts

23-Mar-2015 | By

Two days cut from festival, competition titles reduced and line-up almost halved in the face of tough economic circumstances.

Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close

Arterton, Considine, Close join 'She Who Brings Gifts'

23-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Altitude Film Sales has boarded Colm McCarthy’s adaptation of M.R. Carey’s best-selling novel.

China's Enlight hits the road with stellar line-up

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from a capital injection from Alibaba and a stellar year at the box office, Beijing-based Enlight Pictures has lined up a string of top Chinese filmmakers for its 2015 slate, including Xu Zheng, Zhang Yibai, Deng Chao and actress Zhou Xun.

Home

'Home' tops UK box office on $9m

23-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

eOne’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent takes strong $4.4m (£2.9m), including previews, on debut.

Dr Alan Channer at iRep

iRep explores digital age for documentaries

23-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Lagos, Nigeria’s iRep, one of Africa’s few documentary-specific film festivals, has closed its fifth anniversary edition showing more than 40 films curated around themes and issues in Africa.

Curzon Bloomsbury

UK's Bertha DocHouse cinema details revealed

23-Mar-2015 | By

In advance of this week’s launch of the new, refurbished six-screen Curzon Bloomsbury (formerly the Renoir), further details have emerged of the UK’s first cinema devoted to documentary.

Third Window takes porn comedy

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Third Window Films has picked up Japanese porn comedy Make Room for UK distribution and international sales excluding Asia.

Korea’s Finecut acquires 'Circle Of Atonement'

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Finecut has picked up Circle Of Atonement, the feature directorial debut of Park Eun Gyoung and Lee Dong Ha, whose credits as writers include The Terror Live.

Ode To My Father

'Ode To My Father' sells to LatAm, Spain

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sales also made of Salut d’Amour, The Peaceful Island and Empire of Lust by Korea’s CJ.

Wild City

HK's Distribution Workshop promotes Leung

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Distribution Workshop sales chief Virginia Leung has been made a director of the company, now majority owned by co-founders Nansun Shi and Jeffrey Chan.

Benny Chan

Benny Chan war epic casts up

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sean Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo and Eddie Peng will head the cast of Benny Chan’s epic action film The Deadly Reclaim, which is being launched at Filmart by Universe Films Distribution.

Little Forest

'Little Forest' planted in Korea, Taiwan

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Shochiku has sold Berlinale Culinary Cinema title Little Forest to Korea and Taiwan.

Korea's 9ers pacts with Daemyung

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: First project together is Clown Of A Salesman.

Korea's Lotte picks up 'Meet The In-laws' sequel

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has picked up Meet The In-laws 2 (working title), directed by Kim Jin-young.

A Fool

Taiwan's Ablaze takes 'Zinnia Flower', 'A Fool'

23-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Taipei-based sales company Ablaze Image has picked up international rights to Tom Lin’s Zinnia Flower and mainland actor Chen Jianbin’s directorial debut A Fool.

Huayi Brothers

IM Global brings Huayi Brothers’ 'Only You' to Filmart

23-Mar-2015 | By

IM Global will introduce Huayi Brothers’ romantic comedy Only You, starring Tang Wei and Liao Fan, to buyers at Filmart.

Nick Cheung

HK's Edko boards Nick Cheung's 'Master Fat'

23-Mar-2015 | By

Hong Kong-based Edko Films is launching sales at Filmart on actor Nick Cheung’s second feature as director, horror film Master Fat, in which he also stars with Amber Kuo and Shi Xing Yu.

Andy Lau

Golden Network takes Andy Lau thriller 'Saving Mr. Wu'

23-Mar-2015 | By

Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Ding Sheng’s crime thriller Saving Mr. Wu, starring award-winning actors Andy Lau, Liu Ye, Wang Qianyuan and Wu Ruofu.

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Korean writers agency partners with HK's Golden Network

23-Mar-2015 | By

Korea’s Writers Agency of Finecut (WAF) has struck a deal with Hong Kong’s Golden Network Asia for them to be their Chinese agency partner.

If Cats Disappeared From The World

Japan's Toho brings 'Cats' to Filmart

23-Mar-2015 | By

Japan’s Toho Company is launching sales on If Cats Disappeared From The World at Hong Kong Filmart.

Minna Esper Dayo

Japan’s Gaga launches Sion Sono 'erotic terrorism' film

23-Mar-2015 | By

Japan’s Gaga Corporation is launching sales on a new film based on a comic and TV series from Tokyo Tribe director Sion Sono.

Into Film

Into Film set to host first awards

23-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

UK education charity Into Film is set to host its inaugural awards at London’s Empire Leicester Square.

Dinah Caine

Creative Skillset name Dinah Caine new chair

23-Mar-2015 | By Matthew Campelli

Dinah Caine is to become chair of the Creative Skillset board, prompting the training body to begin a hunt to replace her in the chief executive role.  

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

'Insurgent' leads overseas box office with $48.4m

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel lands in 76 markets, topping the chart in 66 markets; Disney’s Cinderella crosses $250m globally in only second weekend of release.

'Insurgent' leads US box office with $52.3m

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel opens roughly on par with its predecessor; Open Road’s The Gunman takes soft $5m on debut.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Sony to adapt Tony winner 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical'

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Hit musical will be adapted by Douglas McGrath, who also wrote the musical’s book.

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

'Mission: Impossible 5' titled 'Rogue Nation'; trailer teased

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first details about this summer’s fifth outing for Ethan Hunt.

'KRISHA', 'Turbo Kid', 'Look of Silence' among SXSW Audience Award winners

22-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

This year’s festival saw over 150 features screened, including 102 world premieres and 14 North American premieres.

Milla Jovovich

Alchemy takes US on James McTeigue's 'Survivor'

21-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Thriller stars Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett and Robert Forster.

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks receives BFI Fellowship

20-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The comedy great received the honour in person in London.

Meerkat Movies

Meerkat Movies to replace Orange Wednesdays

20-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Comparethemarket.com pledges more than £100m ($150m) to marketing campaign.

Aidan Gillen

Reel Suspects boards Aidan Gillen's 'Still'

20-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based outfit boards international rights to UK thriller.

Harald Zwart

Nordisk Film boards Harald Zwart's '12th Man'

20-Mar-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Hollywood director returning to Norway for war drama following The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Karate Kid reboot.

Cinderella

‘Cinderella’ tops ‘Insurgent’ in social buzz

20-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Liam Neeson’s Run All Night ranks third in online chart.

Theeb

Film Movement acquires US rights to 'Theeb'

20-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Naji Abu Nowar’s debut feature will be released theatrically in late 2015.

Robert De Niro

De Niro, Dern to attend Geena Davis' Bentonville Film Festival

20-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Inaugural edition of the festival takes place from May 5-9.

Albuquerque Studios

New Mexico increases tax incentives

20-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Newly passed legislation makes it easier for feature film productions to qualfy for the 30% labour credit.

Cinema Libre Studio picks up 'Days of Grace' for US

20-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Everardo Gout’s feature debut premiered at Cannes 2011 and will be released day-and-date in cinemas and on HBO on May 1.

The Moon and the Sun

Paramount takes 'The Moon and the Sun' off schedule

20-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Sean McNamara’s historical fantasy, starring Pierce Brosnan, was set for an April 10 release.

Superticket to launch in UK with 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken'

20-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Signature Entertainment teams with Empire Cinemas and Wuaki.tv to bring new release model to UK.

Gunned Down

Hot projects on Screenbase

20-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Hot projects new to Screenbase include Joel Novoa’s sequel ID2, Adam Stephen Kelly’s thriller Kill Kane, and action film from Mark McQueen Gunned Down.

'Insurgent' shoots into 76 overseas markets

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s sequel to land in over 9,000 screens internationally, day-and-date with its domestic bow.

John Woo

John Woo to direct 'Manhunt' remake

19-Mar-2015 | By

John Woo is to direct a remake of action thriller Manhunt, based on a novel by Japanese writer Juko Nishimura, for Hong Kong-based Media Asia Films.

The Brothers Grimm

Ehren Kruger to create 'The Brothers Grimm' TV series for Miramax

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Series will build off the origin story introduced in Kruger’s screenplay for Terry Gilliam’s 2005 film.

Erin Siminoff

Erin Siminoff promoted at Fox 2000

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Studio has also named Nick D’Angelo as vp of production.

Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro to be honoured at San Francisco

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Film-maker to receive Irving M. Levin Directing Award at upcoming edition of festival.

Dwayne Johnson

'Central Intelligence', 'The Nice Guys' switch release dates

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart to open on June 17, 2016, while Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe crime thriller moved up to May 20, 2016.

Haifaa_AlMansour

Tribeca All Access projects include Haifaa Al Mansour's 'Be Safe'

19-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Maris Curran’s Five Nights in Maine, starring David Oyelowo, also among selection.

Slow West

'Slow West' set for UK summer release

19-Mar-2015

Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smith-McPhee star in the Sundance drama.

Tomas Jegeus and Paul Hanneman

CineEurope to award Fox distribution duo

19-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Twentieth Century Fox’s Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus named CineEurope 2015 Global Distributors of the Year

Fyodor Bondarchuk

Beijing film festival unveils jury

19-Mar-2015 | By

Fedor Bondarchuk and Fernando Meirelles among the seven-strong jury.

Code Academy

LGBT festival taking five gay films global

19-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

British Council to make five LGBT films available in more than 50 countries, including a short from the producer-director of Golden Globe winning series Transparent.

Calvary

Irish Academy splits film and TV awards

19-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Film and TV awards to be split into two events.

Seyi Babatope

Seyi Babatope shooting Nollywood’s first family film

18-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Director also plans to shoot sequel to When Love Happens in London later this year.

George Osborne

UK boosts film, TV incentives in pre-election budget

18-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

The UK government has announced it is to increase the rate of film tax relief to 25% for all qualifying expenditure, as part of its annual budget statement.

Zach Braff

Zach Braff, Josh Hutcherson join Franco's 'In Dubious Battle'

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Principal photography commenced today in Georgia on the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel.

ID2 Simon Rivers

Screen Yorkshire backs hooligan sequel ‘ID2’

18-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: First images released as UK funding body backs sequel to 1995 football hooligan film.

Age of Adaline

Lionsgate, Hunan seal financing pact

18-Mar-2015 | By

Pact covers titles such as Now You See Me 2 and Age of Adaline [pictured].

Goodfellas

'GoodFellas' cast to reunite at Tribeca

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Remastered version of the gangster classic will close this year’s festival on April 25.

Fort Tilden

Orion picks up SXSW 2014 winner 'Fort Tilden'

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Comedy will be released theatrically and on VoD in August.

Universal Pictures

Jeff LaPlante to replace Andrew Fenady at Universal

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fenady is stepping down as president of physical production at the studio.

Oliver Platt

EuropaCorp's 'Shut In' adds Oliver Platt

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Thriller starring Naomi Watts recently began filming in Montreal.

Im Kwon Taek

Asian Film Awards to honour Im Kwon-taek

18-Mar-2015 | By

Korean director to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s edition on March 25.

KRISHA

'KRISHA', 'Peace Officer' among winners at SXSW

18-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

The winners of this year’s jury and special awards were revealed tonight [March 17] at the ceremony hosted by Vanessa Bayer.

Film London logo

Film London invests $150,000 in new artist commissions

18-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New works from Beatrice Gibson, Sarah Turner and Larissa Sansour greenlit.

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Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse doc set for summer release

18-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First poster released of anticipated documentary from the team behind Senna.

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Wild Bunch launches e-Cinéma with Department Q

18-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Digital distribution operation inspired by innovative models of US distributors Radius, A24 and IFC to go live next week. 

Oettinger

UK industry wary of ‘devastating’ EU digital reform

18-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Industry trade body Pact has described plans within proposed EU legislation to create a single digital market across Europe as a “major threat” to the UK film and TV industries.

Peter Greenaway's 'Walking To Paris' among Eurimages awardees

18-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

New film from Pascal Chaumeil, director of A Long Way Down, secures biggest support of more than $500,000; next film in the Department Q series also receives support.

Suffragette

Focus Features acquires US rights to 'Suffragette'

17-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Sarah Gavron’s drama is set for a Fall 2015 release; Focus also acquired distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea and most of Eastern Europe.

Cinderella

'Cinderella' tops China box office

17-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella topped the box office over its opening weekend in China, grossing $24.8m in three days.

Dear White People

Signature signs six including 'Dear White People'

17-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Deals include The Trust and Dear White People.

Huayi Brothers

China's Huayi Brothers set to sign with US firm

17-Mar-2015 | By

China’s Huayi Brothers is planning to sign an 18-picture, three-year deal with an unnamed US company, according to a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

Richard Gere

Richard Gere to be honoured at San Francisco

17-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Actor will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at upcoming festival.

Manglehorn

RiverRun to close with David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn'

17-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

17th edition of festival to open with Quentin Dupieux’s Reality and Sacha Jenkins’ Fresh Dressed.

Gunned Down

'Gunned Down' starts London shoot

17-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: Mark McQueen’s heist thriller is continuing its five-week shoot in London after wrapping on location filming in Marbella, Spain.

Sofie Gråbøl

Mikkelsen, Gråbøl reunite on 'The Day Will Come'

17-Mar-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Shoot begins in Denmark on $4.4m film which reunites the stars and creator of The Killing.

Euro flag

Film funders warn against copyright changes

17-Mar-2015 | By

European film funders warn EU from making “big bang” policy changes to copyright, authors call for fair remuneration

The Crow (1994)

'The Crow' remake first film at Pinewood Cardiff

16-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Corin Hardy directing the remake for Relativity Studios.

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline join 'Beauty and the Beast'

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s live-action remake will be released in 3D on March 17, 2017.

Marc Evans

Marc Evans promoted at Paramount

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

12-year veteran of the studio has been named as the replacement for Adam Goodman, who was let go earlier this month.

David Oyelowo

Paramount to distribute 'Captive' worldwide

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Jerry Jameson’s adaptation stars David Oyelowo and Kate Mara.

Christopher Nolan

Tribeca Talks to include Nolan, Lucas, Weinstein

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Tribeca Film Festival also announces four additional documentaries to screen during the festival as part of the series.

Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon, eOne partner on 'All the Old Knives'

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Spy thriller is the first project from the companies’ recently launched independent studio.

Eddie the Eagle

Lionsgate takes 'Eddie the Eagle' for UK

16-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK deal struck with Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films.

teresa palmer

Teresa Palmer to star in 'Welcome to Willits' adaptation

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Warm Bodies and Knight of Cups star will play the female lead in feature adaptation of horror sci-fi short, which premiered at SXSW.

Rolling Papers

Alchemy boards marijuana doc 'Rolling Papers'

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Company acquires worldwide rights to Mitch Dickman’s SXSW world premiere, marking their second deal of the day at the festival.

Lia van Leer

Lia van Leer, Israeli film pioneer, dies aged 90

16-Mar-2015 | By Edna Fainaru

Lia van Leer, the legendary first lady of Israeli cinema, has passed away in Jerusalem aged 90.

Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones joins vigilante thriller

16-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: 4Digital Media boards UK/US rights to crime thriller.

The Scream

Nordisk Film returning to movies with Munch biopic

16-Mar-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Danish major Nordisk Film, which has not produced a film in Norway since Kon-Tiki in 2012, will rearm its Norwegian production unit and start to make films again.

Simon West

Simon West's 'Salty' sets UK crowdfunding record

16-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Con Air director’s film has banked £1.8m ($2.7m), according to the production.

Catherine Keener

Shoot begins on 'Unless'

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Film is based on the final novel from Canadian author Carol Shields and stars Catherine Keener.

Busan

Korea's Lotte launches $35m film fund

16-Mar-2015 | By

Fund forms part of a creative innovation drive in Busan.

Moonwalkers

Alchemy takes US on 'Moonwalkers'

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s action-comedy stars Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan.

The Lesson

'The Lesson' wins four in Sofia

16-Mar-2015 | By

The Lesson by co-directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov was the big winner at this year’s Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

'Marigold Hotel' sequel scores UK hat-trick

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel reaches $17.3m (£11.7m), while stablemate Home previews strongly with $3.6m (£2.5m); Warner Bros’ Run All Night lands with $1.2m (£822,000) from 430 sites.

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke to receive French award at Cannes

16-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Chinese director of A Touch Of Sin to be feted by French Film Directors Guild at Cannes Film Festival.

Ixcanul

'Ixcanul', '600 Miles' win at Guadalajara

16-Mar-2015 | By

Dramas from Jayro Bustamante and Gabriel Ripstein take top prizes in Mexico.

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Secret Cinema extends 'Star Wars' run

16-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Two months addded to event cinema run.

Cinderella

'Cinderella' tops US box office with $67.9m opening

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

UPDATED MARCH 16: Disney’s live-action remake records seventh largest March opening in industry history; It Follows delivers strong $163k opening from four sites for RADiUS-TWC.

Cinderella

'Cinderella' leads overseas with $62.4m

16-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

UPDATED MARCH 16: International bow for Disney’s live-action remake included the largest ever March opening in China; Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey becomes distributor’s tenth highest-grossing film worldwide at $546.5m.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

Magnolia acquires 'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

15-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Alex Gibney’s documentary world premiered at SXSW.

6 Years

Netflix boards SXSW premiere '6 Years'

15-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Streaming service acquires global rights to the Duplass Brothers production, written and directed by Hannah Fidell.

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves to narrate Alex Winter's 'Deep Web'

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

EPIX Original Documentary unites stars of Bill and Ted films for the first time since 1993’s Freaked.

The Nightmare

Gravitas Ventures picks up 'The Nightmare' for US

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Horror documentary to be released theatrically and on VoD on June 5.

Lionsgate

Lionsgate secures $375m from Hunan TV

13-Mar-2015 | By

Provincial broadcaster will be funding 25% of Lionsgate’s $1.5bn film and TV production slate, excluding The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises.

Con Man

Tudyk & Fillion's 'Con Man' breaks crowdfunding record

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Indiegogo campaign for web series is now the highest crowdfunded web series of all time.

Wild City

DW picks up Ringo Lam, Lo Chi-leung titles

13-Mar-2015 | By

Company acquires international rights to Wild CIty [pictured] and The Vanished Murderer.

Lech Majewski

Lech Majewski to direct 'Valley of the Gods'

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Principal photography is set to commence this summer on the fantasy sci-fi.

Camouflage

Martin Scorsese-curated UK tour of Polish cinema announced

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema brings together 24 films chosen by Scorsese, including The Last Day of Summer and Camouflage [pictured].

Deborah Rowland

We Are The Tonic to launch Get Seen!

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

New online programme gives film-makers, producers and production companies the inside track on how to distribute their own films.

Istanbul Film Festival unveils 2015 lineup

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Taking place April 4-19, the festival will feature over 200 films, including recent world premieres from Sundance and Berlin.

'Cinderella' begins international rollout

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s live-action remake waltzes day-and-date into China, Russia and Germany, among others.

The Divergent Series Insurgent

'Insurgent' closes on 'Chappie' in social buzz

13-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Upcoming Divergent sequel generates buzz ahead of release.

Clint Kisker

Clint Kisker joins Legendary

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Veteran media executive will head company’s acquistion and corporate development efforts.

Barry Sonnenfeld

Sonnenfeld to direct film about 'Project Alpha' hoax

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Film is based on James ‘The Amazing’ Randi’s real-life hoax orchestrated with two fake psychics.

Walt Disney

Disney shareholders re-elect all 10 board members

13-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

At the annual meeting, shareholders also supported Board recommendations on auditor and the advisory vote on executive compensation.

Frozen

Disney making 'Frozen 2'

12-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Disney has confirmed it is developing a sequel to its billion dollar blockbuster Frozen.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer

'Star Wars: Episode VIII' release date revealed

12-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Shareholder meeting also reveals first Star Wars stand-alone film to be titled Rogue One, starring Felicity Jones.

Cristian Mungiu

Cristian Mungiu reveals first details of next film

12-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Romanian Palme d’Or winner to explore complexities of bringing up children in Fotografii de familie.

John Friedberg

John Friedberg to leave QED International

12-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

International sales exec follows Bill Block out of the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.

Doha Qumra

Industry gives Doha’s new Qumra event thumbs up

12-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Doha Film Institute has hit on a winning formula says filmmakers and top industry experts.

Bridgend

'Bridgend', 'Madding Crowd' to bookend CPH PIX

12-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Copenhagen’s CPH PIX (April 9-22) will be bookended by films from two Danish directors shooting in the UK – Jeppe Ronde’s Welsh teen suicide drama Bridgend [pictured] and Thomas Vinterberg’s Thomas Hardy adaptation, Far From The Madding Crowd.

Patrick Vien

Pulse Films appoints Patrick Vien

12-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former NBC Universal exec joins firm behind Nick Cave feature doc 20,000 Days on Earth to spearhead TV push.

Back to the Future

Silvestri to write new 'Back To The Future' music

12-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Film composer to write 15 minutes of additional music for a performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

MENA experts discuss Arab demand for more regional content  

12-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Qumra panel debates challenges of producing and distributing local fare. 

Planetary

'Planetary' set for Earth Day release

12-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Debut feature from Planetary Collective, directed by Guy Reid, is set for a day-and-date theatrical and Vimeo on Demand release on April 22.

Andy Lau

Zhang Yimou's 'The Great Wall' adds Andy Lau

12-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Infernal Affairs actor among final additions of cast on US-China co-production, set to go into production at the end of the month.

Busan panel

Busan Film Festival in danger of being "ruined"

11-Mar-2015 | By

Panel held yesterday on the “vision for the future and reform” of the festival in Seoul.

Richard Glatzer

'Still Alice' co-director Richard Glatzer dies

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Writer-director passed away yesterday [March 10] after a four-year battle with ALS.

Jim Burke

Jim Burke named Focus Features production president

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

The Descendants producer named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.

Joe Carnahan

Joe Carnahan to direct 'Motorcade' for DreamWorks

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

DreamWorks action-thriller centres on an attack on the US President’s motorcade.

Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back

Secret Cinema to stage 'The Empire Strikes Back'

11-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema specialist will follow up last year’s run of Back To The Future with the Star Wars classic, ahead of the launch of a new trilogy in December.

Global box office grew 1% in 2014

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fuelled by strong growth in the Asia Pacific region, global box office receipts hit $36.4bn last year.

SFIFF unveils Golden Gate nominees

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Films will be competing for nearly $40,000 in total prizes in various narrative and documentary categories.

Abderrahmane Sissako

'Timbuktu' director eyes 'Leo the African' adaptation

11-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Abderrahmane Sissako considering historical novel, which captures adventures of a 15th century Arab diplomat, writer and explorer.

Kate Bosworth

Mike Flanagan’s 'Somnia' retitled 'Before I Wake'

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Supernatural thriller starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane retains release date.

Gabriel Brakin

Participant promotes Gabriel Brakin

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Brakin named executive vice president of Business and Legal Affairs.

Anna Gustavi

Gustavi to receive editing fellowship

11-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is designed to foster the development of an emerging documentary film editor.

Marta Ravani-Lorber

Protagonist hires former TF1 exec

11-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Former TF1 sales exec joins London outfit as home ent exec.

Zootropolis concept art

Disney's 'Zootopia' renamed 'Zootropolis' for UK

11-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Walt Disney Animation Studios also reveals UK release date.

Gael Garcia Bernal readies second film as director

10-Mar-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Mexico City-set dark comedy Chicuarotes revolves around teenagers living on the edge of a tourist lake.

Tim Burton

Tim Burton to direct live-action 'Dumbo'

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Live-action remake of Disney classic is still in development.

Dominic Purcell

Premiere Entertainment boards 'Abandoned'

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: Survival thriller is set to start shooting in New Zealand this week and stars Dominic Purcell.

IFFLA unveils 2015 lineup

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

13th edition of festival will feature four world premieres and seven North American premieres.

Sand Dollars

'Sand Dollars' attracts Breaking Glass

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Distributor acquires North American rights to Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán’s drama starring Geraldine Chaplin.

Lauren Cohan

'Walking Dead' star begins 'The Boy' shoot

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Thriller stars The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan and will be directed by William Brent Bell.

The Last Film Festival

Dennis Hopper’s final film seeks closure through Kickstarter

10-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Producers of the last film to feature Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper are turning to Kickstarter to complete the film.

The Infiltrator

First look at Bryan Cranston in 'The Infiltrator'

10-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Breaking Bad star has begun shooting Brad Furman’s thriller in London with Diane Kruger.

Bertrand Tavernier

Venice to honour Bertrand Tavernier

10-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

French director of award winners Round Midnight and The Clockmaker to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.

Adley Gartenstein

Gartenstein to leave Film Movement

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Co-president will sell his remaining ownership of the company to Michael E. Rosenberg, who will continue as president.

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 tops China box office with $30m

10-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney animation Big Hero 6 topped the China box office in its first full week of release, grossing $29.88m, while Jupiter Ascending opened in third with $23.06m.

Queen

India’s Reliance, Phantom form joint venture

10-Mar-2015 | By

India’s Reliance Entertainment is forming a 50:50 joint venture with Phantom Films, an ambitious local production house founded by filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena.

Degrade

Dégradé producers eye ambitious slate

10-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Rani Massalha and Marie Legrand’s new French production outfit Films Du Tambour attended the Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Qumra event this week to talk about the company’s ambitious slate of international co-productions.

Blade Runner

New Blade Runner trailer released

10-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford set for re-release in the UK.

A Screaming Man

Popcornflix acquires Film Movement slate

10-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Selection includes award-winning foreign films from Cannes, Sundance and Berlin.

The Wave (Bolgen)

The Wave to hit Korea, Latin America

10-Mar-2015

TrustNordisk also sells disaster movie to former Yugoslavia and Israel.

Vince Cable

Labour and Lib Dems commit to keeping C4 in public hands

10-Mar-2015 | By Screen staff

Business secretary Vince Cable and shadow minister for the arts Chris Bryant have committed to keeping UK broadcaster Channel 4 under public ownership if Labour or the Liberal Democrats win the general election.

Vladislav Listyev

Russian producers plan film on murdered TV journalist

10-Mar-2015 | By

Film will focus on Russian journalist and TV presenter Vladislav Listyev; Oliver Stone eyed as director.

IMAX

Denmark to get first commercial IMAX

10-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

IMAX and Vue partner on first commercial IMAX theatre for Denmark.

IM Global

IM Global hires TWC veteran Michael Rothstein

9-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Michael Rothstein named president of international sales and distribution following Jonathan Deckter’s exit last week.

X-O Manowar

China's DMG strikes partnership with Valiant

9-Mar-2015 | By

Pact will see DMG produce films based on Valiant comic character

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel sequel retains UK lead

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel adds $2.9m (£1.9m) for $13m (£8.6m) after 11 days in play; Sony’s Chappie is the highest new entry with $1.5m (£996,000); Still Alice posts excellent $606,000 (£401,396) debut from 87 sites for Curzon Film World.

Play It Forward

Play It Forward to open Tribeca/ESPN festival

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Andrea Nevins’ documentary about Tony Gonzalez and his older brother Chris will world premiere on April 15.

A Little Chaos to open Sonoma

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Festival will close with Michel Hazanavicius’ The Search and runs March 25-29.

Arath De La Torre

Shoot wraps on Cómplices

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Romantic comedy, starring Arath De La Torre [pictured], is Lantica Pictures’ first Dominican-shot film under multi-picture deal signed with Pantelion Films.

IFC Midnight acquires Hellions

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Bruce McDonald’s horror world premiered at Sundance.

Honeytrap

Honeytrap secures UK release date

9-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Urban drama - set to play at SXSW this weekend - sets UK theatrical and home ent dates.

Jupiter Ascending

'Jupiter Ascending' hits $100m int'l

9-Mar-2015 | By

UPDATED MARCH 9: The Wachowskis’ sci-fi surged past $100m thanks to a $23m China debut from 7,028 screens to deliver the studio’s fifth biggest three-day debut.

A Dangerous Game

BOND/360 plays Dangerous Game

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Anthony Baxter’s documentary to be distributed on all major VoD platforms in June.

Simon West

Carnaby to sell Simon West's Salty

9-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Carnaby to be world sales agent on action-comedy from the director of Con Air and Expendables 2.

Arno Hintjens

Les Films du Losange boards Prejudice

9-Mar-2015

Drama starring Belgian musician Arno (pictured) marks feature debut of filmmaker Antoine Cuypers.

Oettinger

Oettinger under fire over copyright proposals

9-Mar-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: European Commissioner receives criticism from major UK, German and French players as well as European producers associations.

We are the Freaks

We Are The Freaks heading to US

9-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Company acquires US distribution rights to Justin Edgar’s third feature.

Duncan Kenworthy

Duncan Kenworthy receives NFTS honour

9-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Film and TV producer behind Four Weddings and Notting Hill awarded Honorary Fellowship.

Chappie, Unfinished Business flop in US

8-Mar-2015 | By

Public sentiment aligned with critical disapproval for Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi spectacle as Chappie delivered an anaemic estimated $13.3m debut via Columbia Pictures.

Elia Suleiman

Elia Suleiman feature to ‘cross countries’

8-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Palestinian film-maker is set to direct a new feature later this year or in the first half of 2016, marking his first film since 2009’s The Time That Remains.

Danis Tanovic

Danis Tanovic in Doha producer pledge

8-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Bosnian Oscar winner has offered his services as producer to a Middle Eastern project at the Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Qumra Masters sessions.

Estrellas Solitarias

Estrellas Solitarias to premiere at Guadalajara

7-Mar-2015 | By

The feature directorial debut of Fernando Urdapilleta, the Mexico City wunderkind behind short film sensation Cosita Linda, will receive its world premiere at the 30th Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG30).

Brian Cox

IM Global boards The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

6-Mar-2015 | By

Andre Øvredal of Trollhunter fame will make his English-language directorial debut on the supernatural thriller starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox.

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde, Katie Holmes in Tribeca shorts roster

6-Mar-2015 | By

Sixty films, a record 40 of which are world premieres, will screen across nine thematic programmes during the festival, set to run from April 15-26.

Submarine Deluxe gets Station To Station

6-Mar-2015 | By

The New York-based distributor has acquired US theatrical and museum rights to Doug Aitken’s Sundance premiere.

Albert Maysles

Albert Maysles, 1926-2015

6-Mar-2015 | By

The celebrated documentarian and cinematographer whose credits included Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter has died at his Manhattan home of natural causes. He was 88.

Inception Media Group

Cameron Thomson to acquire control of IMG

6-Mar-2015 | By

Los Angeles-based sales outfit Inception Film Partners is being sold to Toronto’s Cameron Thomson Entertainment as part of a deal with parent company Inception Media Group (IMG).

Suleiman Al Mossallam and Tanovic

International industry storms Doha for first Qumra

6-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Doha Film Institute’s new Qumra event kicks off today in Doha, with a focus on mentoring emerging filmmakers.

We Are Monster

We Are Monster secures UK release

6-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Drama based on racially-motivated murder to get UK release.

We The People

NBTV, Bungalow line up supermarket boycott doc

6-Mar-2015 | By

NBTV Studios & Bungalow Media + Entertainment in association with Dundee Entertainment and Hammer Productions are filming a documentary about the organised boycott of the Market Basket supermarket chain in summer 2014.

'Gomorrah' to return for second series

6-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Filming on the second series of acclaimed Sky Italia crime-drama Gomorrah is due to get underway in Naples next month.

Bondi Hipsters

Bondi Hipsters among Screen Australia awardees

6-Mar-2015 | By

Funding for three distribution projects, animation company Bogan and several creators of the very-popular-online Bondi Hipsters brand are among the recipients of US$2.73m ($3.5m) from Screen Australia.

Michael Shamberg

BuzzFeed Motion Pictures to deliver Mip keynote

6-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

BuzzFeed Motion Pictures president Ze Frank is to deliver a joint keynote with producer Michael Shamberg at MIP Digital Fronts next month.

Chappie

Chappie draws Focus in social buzz

6-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

Neill Blomkamp’s robot sci-fi in dead heat with Will Smith caper.

Fifty Shades crosses $500m global

5-Mar-2015 | By

Fifty Shades Of Grey has crossed $500m through Universal heading into its fourth weekend.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford recovering after plane crash

5-Mar-2015 | By

The 72-year-old actor was recuperating in hospital on Thursday night after the light aircraft he was piloting crash-landed on a public golf course in southern California.

Victor Koo

China's Youku Tudou restructures content business

5-Mar-2015 | By

China’s Youku Tudou has appointed Edward Su as chief operating officer and restructured its production business into nine units based on different content categories.

Maggie

Tribeca 2015 unveils second wave

5-Mar-2015 | By

New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil LaBute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.

A Faster Horse

White Horse boards A Faster Horse

5-Mar-2015 | By

Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s LA-based company are commencing world sales on the Tribeca Film Festival documentary selection.

Project Almanac

Paramount, Lotte cut South Korea deal

5-Mar-2015 | By

The studio has signed a distribution pact with Lotte Entertainment on all its films in South Korea that will kick off with Mission: Impossible 5.

AFCI Locations Show

AFCI panel talks new world order

5-Mar-2015 | By

Producers scouting international locations should establish local companies early to benefit from tax incentives, attendees at the AFCI Locations Show 2015 heard on Thursday.

IFC Films buys Stanford Prison Experiment

5-Mar-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s recent Sundance premiere and plans a 2015 theatrical release.

The BFG

Walden Media joins DreamWorks on The BFG

5-Mar-2015 | By

Walden Media has come on board to co-finance and co-produce the Roald Dahl adaptation with DreamWorks Studios.

Josh Bowman

'Revenge' star Josh Bowman begins 'Level Up' shoot

5-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in London on UK thriller with star of US drama Revenge.

When Marnie Was There

Hailee Steinfeld joins Studio Ghibli voice cast

5-Mar-2015 | By

GKIDS has announced the English voice cast for When Marnie Was There (Omoide No Marnie) from Studio Ghibli.

Haraamkhor, Dhanak bookend IFFLA

5-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The world premiere of Shlok Sharma’s feature directorial debut Haraamkhor will open the Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on April 8.

London

Film London names short film fund winners

5-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

More than 20 filmmaking teams recieve London Calling and London Calling Plus commissions.

Günther Oettinger

Brussels copyright plans meet resistance

5-Mar-2015 | By

Resistance is growing within the European film industry to the European Commission’s plans for copyright reform as part of its Digital Single Market (DSM).

MBI launches Media Production Show

5-Mar-2015

Screen publisher MBI is to launch a two-day exhibition and conference in central London that will celebrate the media industry’s creativity and showcase its latest technology.

The Truth Commissioner

Truth Commissioner begins shoot

5-Mar-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Production commences on political thriller starring Roger Allam.

The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl gets US release date

4-Mar-2015 | By

Focus Features has secured a prime awards season slot for the Working Title drama starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.

cannes pavilions

NEXT returns to Cannes market

4-Mar-2015 | By

The daily programme addressing the future of film heads to the Croisette for the second year and will run from May 13-22.

Xavier Dolan

Mommy in Telefilm Canada honour

4-Mar-2015 | By

Telefilm Canada presented the eighth annual Guichet d’or award on Wednesday to Xavier Dolan for his latest film and recent French-language Canadian Oscar submission.

Cinema-on-demand service ourscreen gains Altitude

4-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Service adds upcoming releases, is in talks with commercial and indie exhibitors for roll-out.

Palio

Tribeca 2015 unveils first wave

4-Mar-2015 | By

Top brass at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T have announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition and Viewpoints selections.

L'Atelier

Cannes Atelier to host 15

4-Mar-2015 | By Monica Mendoza

The 2015 Cinefoundation Atelier will host 15 projects from 14 countries.

Amanda Berry

BAFTA to offer overseas scholarships

4-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Scholarships for Chinese and British nationals part of education push from BAFTA.

Monkey King Returns

SC Films signs Chinese animation

4-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal ahead of wide theatrical release in China.

Saturday Night Takeaway

ITV's 2014 profits surge 40%

4-Mar-2015 | By Matthew Campelli

ITV’s pre-tax profits have surged by 39% to £605m in 2014 following a strong performance from ITV Studios and healthy advertising and online growth.

Beasts Of No Nation

Netflix buying Beasts Of No Nation

3-Mar-2015 | By

MARCH 3 UPDATE: In what will come as little surprise to the industry, reports are circulating that the major US theatre chains are lining up to boycott Netflix’s likely theatrical release in support of an Oscar campaign.

Michael Biehn

Treachery finds North American home

3-Mar-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

Origin has acquired rights to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ dark thriller starring Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc Biehn.

Miranda July

Miranda July to show New Society at SFFS

3-Mar-2015 | By

The film-maker and artist will present the West Coast premiere of her new work at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 28 and 29.

Max Records

I Am Not A Serial Killer shoots in US

3-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Independent boards sales; Robbie Ryan to produce, DoP.

Sajid Javid

UK-China treaty ratified

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Deal secures co-production treaty with qualifying films not subject to China’s quota on foreign films.

Snowden

First-look photo: Snowden

3-Mar-2015 | By

Open Road Films has released the first image from Oliver Stone’s upcoming drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Hate Crime

BBFC bans Hate Crime

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

James Cullen Bressack’s second feature was set to be the first release in a new joint VoD venture between Nerdly and TheHorrorShow.TV.

From Vegas To Macau II

Vegas To Macau tops China box office

3-Mar-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Sequel slips past Dragon Blade and Wolf Totem in second week of Chinese New Year holiday.

Spear

LevelK journeys to Spear

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Stephen Page’s new feature is currently in production and is produced by the creative team behind The Turning.

Paddington

Paddington in StudioCanal record

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Big screen adaptation surpasses Non-Stop’s worldwide tally of $236m to become their biggest ever worldwide release.

RLJ Entertainment

Two on the rise at RLJ Entertainment

3-Mar-2015 | By

RLJ Entertainment has promoted Mark Ward to chief acquisitions officer, feature films and hired Angela Northington as svp of content acquisitions of urban brand Urban Movie Channel.

Brenda Blethyn

Iceland's Stockfish welcomes Vachon, Bouchareb, Blethyn

3-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Inaugural festival wrapped this weekend screening more than 30 European arthouse films.

Stand By Me Doraemon

Doraemon breaks Hong Kong record

3-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Animation has become the biggest grossing Japanese feature of all time in Hong Kong after just seven days of release.

Jonathan Deckter

Jonathan Deckter joins Voltage as partner

2-Mar-2015 | By

In a significant switch that underscores Voltage’s ambitions, the executive has left as president of IM Global to become president / COO at Nicolas Chartier’s company.

IM Global Music

IM Global, Republic Records forge pact

2-Mar-2015 | By

IM Global and leading label Republic Records have signed a multi-film co-financing and co-production deal that kicks off with the Atlanta-set urban comedy Rollin’ Thunder.

Michael Keaton in Venice

TWC, FilmNation partner on The Founder

2-Mar-2015 | By

The Weinstein Company has climbed aboard to co-finance with FilmNation the McDonalds origins story set to star Michael Keaton.

Selim El Azar

Doha’s Qumra to welcome 250 industry attendees

2-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) new Qumra event, which kicks off on Friday (March 6), will welcome more than 100 global film professionals and 150 Qatar-based industry guests.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club heads to SXSW

2-Mar-2015 | By

The Austin festival will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the John Hughes classic with the world premiere of the remastered version.

Arrow strikes for Voltage duo

2-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK deals for Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Connelly films.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel sequel tops UK box office

2-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel scores $5.8m (£3.74m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Fifty Shades of Grey; Universal’s raunchy adaptation crosses £30m mark after 17 days in play.

Sacred Country teaser image

Dunn, Cross launch crowdfunding for Sacred Country

2-Mar-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jaime Winstone to lead cast for Rose Tremain adaptation.

The Forger

Kaleidoscope sees raft of titles

2-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sundance doc The Wolfpack, Kickboxer reboot and Asterix & Obelix among UK deals.

Jamie Dornan to lead WWII thriller

2-Mar-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sean Ellis to direct, Cillian Murphy to co-star in assassination film.

Radiator

Radiator wins inaugural Glasgow award

2-Mar-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Tom Browne’s feature debut wins first Audience Award; 40,000 admissions for second year in a row.

Batalon

Russia to back military history films in 2015

2-Mar-2015 | By

Crimea and Ukraine-themed films and those showcasing “family values” among those to get support.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades rules int'l on $34.3m

1-Mar-2015 | By

UPDATED MARCH 2: Fifty Shades Of Grey extended its dominion to a third weekend on top via Universal Pictures International as a confirmed $34.3m from 59 territories elevated the running total to $337m.

Distributors play on Oscar success at box office

1-Mar-2015 | By

There were several noticeable bumps in evidence at the weekend as distributors expanded their theatrical footprints in the wake of last Sunday’s (February 22) Academy Awards.

Focus tops US charts on $18.7m

1-Mar-2015 | By

UPDATED MARCH 2: Will Smith’s return to action in Warner Bros’ caper opposite Margot Robbie helped the film opened top in North America on a confirmed $18.7m over a slow post-Oscar session.

Leonard Nimoy

'Star Trek' star Leonard Nimoy dies aged 83

27-Feb-2015 | By

Leonard Nimoy, who earned a place in the hearts of millions of genre fans for his timeless portrayal of Spock in Star Trek, has died in Los Angeles from pulmonary disease. He was 83.

Oscars

Mining value from an Oscar win

27-Feb-2015 | By

Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar win has thrown a new potential star into the ring as players in the independent space hustle to package films for Cannes and beyond.

A Murder In The Park

Sundance Selects buys A Murder In The Park

27-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has secured US rights to Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber’s documentary

Manish Mundra

Drishyam, Sundance Institute line up writer lab

27-Feb-2015 | By

Manish Mundra’s production company Drishyam and Sundance Institute have organised the Drishyam – Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2015 to take place in Goa, India, from April 12-16.

Bruce Lee

Daughter of Bruce Lee lines up biopic

27-Feb-2015 | By

Bruce Lee Enterprises CEO Shannon Lee is teaming up with Lawrence Grey and Janet Yang on a biopic about her iconic father.

Metrodome reveals Berlin deals

27-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Deals with Wild Bunch, Memento, Submarine include doc The Seventh Fire, presented by Terrence Malick.

Stockholm

Film i Väst, Nordisk Film, SVT join forces

27-Feb-2015

New joint collaboration aimed to boost visibility of Swedish films and co-produce new features.

Cake tops Still Alice in social buzz

27-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Jennifer Aniston drama tops Julianne Moore Oscar-winner.

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FCC endorses net neutrality

26-Feb-2015 | By

In a landmark ruling on Thursday that will almost certainly face rigorous appeal, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favour of open access to the internet.

Denis Villeneuve

Denis Villeneuve in talks for Blade Runner

26-Feb-2015 | By

Alcon Entertainment is in talks with the French-Canadian to direct sci-fi sequel Blade Runner and confirmed Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role as Rick Deckard.

Bruce Willis

Wake shoot put on temporary hold

26-Feb-2015 | By

One week into shooting in Cleveland, finance issues have forced Benaroya Films to temporarily halt production on the action thriller starring Bruce Willis.

Chantal Rickards

Chantal Rickards named BAFTA LA CEO

26-Feb-2015 | By

The organisation’s first CEO will relocate from London to Los Angeles

Gerry Anderson

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson's final film nearing production

26-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: A Christmas Miracle was in the works before the British filmmaker died in 2012.

Guidance

Strand Releasing finds Guidance

26-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired all US rights to Pat Mills’ comedy that premiered in Toronto.

Odeon Holloway Road

Odeon seeks $1.55bn sale

26-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Exhibition giant Odeon is to go on sale for approximately £1bn, its owner has announced.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep to narrate Shout Gladi Gladi

26-Feb-2015 | By

The multiple Oscar winner has come on board to narrate the documentary about fistula, a debilitating condition that turns healthy African women into outcasts.

Bernard Hill

OAP heist comedy Golden Years begins shoot

26-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna head MoliFilms comedy.

Steve Jobs

Union to handle VFX on Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic

26-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Visual effects firm behind The Theory of Everything and the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony appointed sole vendor.

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Adam Goodman out at Paramount

26-Feb-2015 | By

The studio’s film group president is leaving the role after six years.

The Golden Era

Ann Hui's Golden Era leads Asian Film Awards noms

26-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Black Coal Thin Ice, Haider and Blind Massage also score multiple nominations.

Murmur of the Hearts

Sylvia Chang’s Murmur to open HKIFF

26-Feb-2015 | By

Philip Yung’s Port Of Call to close the festival.

Germany's Commerzbank boosts financing to $340m

26-Feb-2015 | By

Germany’s Commerzbank is prepared to serve as a financier of more international co-productions going forward as it increased its annual financing volume for film and TV production to $340m (€300m) in 2014.

Glassland

Glassland shines at EFM for Kaleidoscope

26-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Screen International LA Star Of Tomorrow 2014 Gerard Barrett’s crime drama starring Toni Collette and Jack Reynor proved a popular sales title at the recent EFM in Berlin.

Outfest Fusion unveils line-up

26-Feb-2015 | By

Outfest top brass have announced the line-up for the 2015 Outfest Fusion LGBT People Of Color Film Festival.

Brandon Routh

Brandon Routh, Zhang Yuqi star in Arclight’s Lost

26-Feb-2015 | By

Vincent Zhou’s 3D sci-fi adventure to shoot this spring at Pinewood Malaysia.

Marco Mueller

Marco Mueller unveils Beijing team

26-Feb-2015 | By

Marco Mueller, recently appointed general advisor of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), has unveiled his team of ten international industry professionals.

Focus

Focus ready to roll in 31 markets

26-Feb-2015 | By

Warner Bros Pictures International unleashes the caper film Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie day-and-date with North America in 31 markets including the UK, Russia and South Korea.

Taxi

Kino Lorber picks up Jafar Panahi’s Taxi

25-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Jafar Panahi’s newly annointed Berlinale Golden Bear winner.

Broad Green acquires stake in Mister Smith

25-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

US distributor buys 45% stake in David Garrett’s Mister Smith.

Lucy Boynton

Girls school horror February starts Ottawa shoot

25-Feb-2015 | By

Lucy Boynton [pictured], James Remar and Lauren Holly have joined Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka on horror thriller February.

Simon West to direct Henry Cavill thriller

25-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: The Expendables 2 director boards special forces action film.

Julianne Moore

Buyers flock to Protagonist slate

25-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: New films from Ben Wheatley, Eleanor Coppola, Joshua Marston in-demand.

Copenhagen

Jewish film fest sales down after Copenhagen shootings

25-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Pre-sales down 40% following shootings in the Danish capital less than two weeks ago.

Euro flag

European Parliament calls for copyright reform

25-Feb-2015 | By

European Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s proposals for a Single European Copyright Title has now received from support from some quarters in the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg.

Dragon Blade

Dragon Blade tops Chinese New Year box office

25-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Daniel Lee’s Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, topped the China box office over the Chinese New Year holiday weekend, grossing $54.84m in its opening four days.

Prince William

Prince William to aid BAFTA Asia push

25-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Duke of Cambridge and president of BAFTA to discuss organisation’s long-term ambitions for UK-Asia cross-cultural exchange.

Bill Block

Bill Block leaves QED International

24-Feb-2015 | By

QED International founder and CEO Bill Bock is leaving the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.

Tom Rothman

Tom Rothman in top Sony film job

24-Feb-2015 | By

The former Fox Filmed Entertainment chief who has been running TriStar Productions in the Sony fold has been named chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) motion picture group.

Sundance pair find US buyers

24-Feb-2015 | By

The Orchard has picked up North American rights to the recent Berlin European premiere Nasty Baby, while in a separate deal The Film Arcade will distribute People, Places, Things in the US. Both films premiered in Park City.

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

Searchlight sets summer release for Me And Earl

24-Feb-2015 | By

The Sundance hit that triggered a world rights deal with Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush will open on July 1.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

DreamWorks Animation to sell Glendale studio

24-Feb-2015 | By

Studio hierarchy announced the move in a call with analysts after the Q4 earnings report declared a $263.2m net loss.

24: Live Another Day

Screen tax reliefs boost UK economy, report

24-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Tax reliefs for the UK film, TV and animation industries are generating billions of pounds for the UK economy, according to a new report produced by analysts Olsberg SPI and Nordicity.

Lady Gaga

Oscars 2015: Lady Gaga’s Sound of Music tribute top social moment

24-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Lady Gaga’s performance and Julie Andrews appearance proved the biggest social moment of the 87th Academy Awards.

The Imitation Game

Imitation Game leads Empire Awards nominations

24-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Benedict Cumberbatch drama leads the pack with six nominations.

Michael Caton-Jones

Michael Caton-Jones to direct The Giant Under The Snow

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Director of The Jackel and Memphis Belle joins $30m fantasy epic.

Oscar

Oscars 2015: Full list of winners

23-Feb-2015

The 87th Academy Awards full list of winners (and nominees).

Birdman

Oscars 2015: Birdman wins best film, director

23-Feb-2015 | By

A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.

Oscars

Oscars 2015: what the winners said

23-Feb-2015 | By

Humility, humour and thanking mothers

New Directors/New Films line-up announced

23-Feb-2015 | By

Marielle Heller’s Berlin Generation 14plus grand prix winner The Diary Of A Teenage Girl will open the 44th instalment of the New York-based festival, set to run from March 18-29.

Prime Time

Prime Time to kick off in Ottawa

23-Feb-2015 | By

The Canadian Media Production Association’s conference will explore the changing face of the entertainment business when it runs from March 4-6.

Adam Carolla

VSC to release Road Hard in Canada

23-Feb-2015 | By

Video Services Corp has acquired from FilmBuff exclusive rights to Adam Carolla’s upcoming comedy.

Thierry Fremaux

Cannes, Venice chiefs support Busan censorship struggle

23-Feb-2015 | By

Directors of award-winning films including Uncle Boonmee… and Kandahar also back freedom of expression fight.

Antonio Monda

Rome Film Festival names Antonio Monda artistic director

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Follows Marco Mueller’s exit last year.

Seymour An Introduction

Remain in Light inks Berlin haul

23-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor secured deals with Sierra/Affinity, Fortitude and IM Global.

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin joins Asif Kapadia's Ali & Nino

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Shoot begins on adaptation of bestselling love story; Danish star Connie Neilsen also joins cast.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades breaks UK 18-rated record

23-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s raunchy adaptation becomes highest grossing 18-rated film of all time with $38.9m (£25.2m).

Life in a Fishbowl

Life In A Fishbowl sweeps Iceland's Edda awards

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Baldvin Z’s drama scoops 12 Edda awards.

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage joins Oliver Stone's Snowden

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Shooting on Edward Snowden thriller underway in Munich.

Lorna Tee

Lorna Tee joins Netherlands' CinemAsia

23-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Former Focus Films exec named film festival artistic director.

American Sniper

Oscar nominees feel box office bump

22-Feb-2015 | By

American Sniper received the most dramatic box office ‘bump’ of all eight best film Oscar nominees following the Academy Award nominations.

Birdman

Birdman, Boyhood rule Indie Spirits

22-Feb-2015 | By

The two awards season front-runners kept the race interesting through the final weekend as Birdman took best film and Boyhood’s Richard Linklater best director at the 30th Independent Spirit Awards. 

Fifty Shades Of Grey crosses $400m global

22-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey reached a confirmed $405.1m worldwide and closed out the weekend as the leading film at the global box office for the second consecutive session.

Fifty Shades stays top over Oscar weekend

22-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey dropped 74% in its second session as a confirmed $22.3m was still enough to stay top through Universal and Focus Features.

Timbuktu triumphs at French Césars

21-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Film is nominated for Oscar in foreign language category. Kristen Stewart and Sean Penn also win Césars.

Snowden drama begins shoot

20-Feb-2015 | By

Oliver Stone has begun principal photography in Munich on the Pathé Films drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Rob Huber

Rob Huber to leave Fox for Universal

20-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Rob Huber to leave Twentieth Century Fox after 16 years to take Universal Pictures International role.

How To Make Love Like An Englishman

Arrow targets Pierce Brosnan's Englishman

20-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Arrow Films takes UK rights to romantic comedy co-starring Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek.

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades smashes social buzz records

20-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Erotic drama whips up huge numbers online as EL James adaptation crosses $300m at global box office.

Camilla Dickinson

Random Media picks up two for summer

20-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Camilla Dickinson and The Jokesters.

TIlda Swinton

Fox Searchlight buys A Bigger Splash

19-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has closed a deal with StudioCanal for US rights to Luca Guadagnino’s thriller and follow-up to I Am Love.

Gail Katz

Hollywood lines up Catan adaptation

19-Feb-2015 | By

Producer Gail Katz, whose credits include Pawn Sacrifice and The Perfect Storm, has acquired film and TV rights to the modern classic board game The Settlers Of Catan.

Meet The Patels

Distribution: Alchemy buys Meet The Patels

19-Feb-2015 | By

The recently rebranded company has bulked up its war-chest with a North American rights deal for Geeta V Patel and Ravi V Patel’s true-life rom-com. Separately, Gravitas has acquired Man From Reno.

Mortal Kombat: Legacy

Warner Bros boosts Machinima stake

19-Feb-2015 | By

Warner Bros has led a $24m round of financing in the online gaming and content titan.

Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys to get Imax treatment

19-Feb-2015 | By

Imax has struck a deal with Paramount and co-financing partner Skydance Production to remaster and release the thriller worldwide on July 1.

San Francisco Film Society

SFFS unveil doc fund finallists

19-Feb-2015 | By

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the 11 contenders for its $75,000-plus 2015 SFFS Documentary Film Fund supporting feature documentaries in post-production.

The Wolfpack

Edge takes The Wolfpack for Scandinavia

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sundance winner snapped up at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).

Into The Deep

Metrodome plunges Into The Deep

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Odin’s Eye makes EFM sales on shark attack thriller to the UK, Japan, Middle East and India.

Blowfly Park Flugparken

Stockfish to open with Blowfly Park

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

First edition of the new Icelandic film festival to open with award-winning actor Sverrir Gudnason in attendance.

London Screenings

London Screenings 2015 dates unveiled

19-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Details of UK showcase for global film buyers revealed.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades hits $300m at global box office

19-Feb-2015 | By

Fifty Shades Of Grey has raced to $311.7m worldwide via Universal heading into a second weekend it looks certain to dominate.  

Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor to direct American Pastoral

18-Feb-2015 | By

Lakeshore Entertainment has found its director for the Philip Roth adaptation after Phillip Noyce dropped out due to what were understood to be scheduling issues.

Out To Win

BFI Flare reveals 2015 line-up

18-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

LGBT festival to close with documentary Out To Win; Rocky Horror to screen at BFI Imax.

Lian Lunson

Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling line up Miracle

18-Feb-2015 | By

Production is set to begin next month in Texas on Lian Lunson’s Waiting For The Miracle To Come starring Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and newcomer Sophie Lowe.

Kung Fu Elliot

The Orchard acquires Kung Fu Elliot

18-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor plans to release the Slamdance 2014 documentary later this month.

AFI FEST

AFI FEST unveils 2015 dates

18-Feb-2015 | By

Top brass at the increasingly heavyweight awards season staging post have announced this year’s festival dates.

Albert Martinez Martin

Albert Martínez Martín joins Lantica

18-Feb-2015 | By

Lantica Media has hired the producer as vice-president of its production and financing arm Lantica Pictures.

JJ Abrams

Bad Robot extends Paramount deal

18-Feb-2015 | By

JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has extended its first-look deal at paramount through July 2018.

COLCOA to honour Michel Hazanavicius

18-Feb-2015 | By

Festival to honour The Artist director with encore presentation of OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies.

Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers)

German distributors score EFM spree

18-Feb-2015 | By

German distributors Neue Visionen and Salzgeber & Co. Medien each acquired a raft of new titles at this year’s European Film Market (EFM).

Soaked In Bleach

VMI’s Kurt Cobain drama sells to Germany, Japan

18-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide closed a pair of major theatrical deals at the EFM on its Kurt Cobain true-crime drama.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 begins shoot

18-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow as shooting begins in Australia.

Amma Asante

Selma, Belle scoop Screen Nation awards

18-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

David Oyelowo wins for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr; Amma Asante collects award for Belle.

Keanu Reeves

Hot projects on Screenbase

18-Feb-2015 | By Maud Le Rest

Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.

SXSW

SXSW unveils complete roster

17-Feb-2015 | By

Award-winning producer and Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon has joined the March roster of SXSW keynote speakers.

Honig Im Kopf

Honig Im Kopf hits heights in Germany

17-Feb-2015 | By

The Warner Bros and Barefoot Films family drama starring Til Schweiger has become the studio’s biggest release of all time in Germany.

Porto Mon Amour

Jim Jarmusch boards Gabe Klinger romance

17-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jim Jarmusch to executive produce Gabe Klinger’s Porto Mon Amour starring Anton Yelchin.

Omar Sy

Inferno cast bulks up for Imagine

17-Feb-2015 | By

Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan have joined Imagine Entertainment and Columbia Pictures’ third Robert Langdon thriller starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.

Art Directors Guild

Bill Thomas earns Art Directors Guild stripes

17-Feb-2015 | By

Executive previously served as national director of Electronic Media Services Division.

45 Years Victoria Second Mother As We Were Dreaming

Match Factory posts bumper Berlin

17-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: US, UK, France among major market deals on slate.

Abderrahmane Sissako

Cannes: Timbuktu director to head Cinéfondation, Shorts jury

17-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-nominated Abderrahmane Sissako named president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.

Jillianne Reinseth

Jillianne Reinseth on rise at eOne Family

17-Feb-2015 | By

Effective March 2, Reinseth will oversee linear content acquisition, development and production for the division.

What We Do in the Shadows

What We Do in the Shadows stakes ourscreen record

17-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: 33 screenings for vampire mockumentary, starring Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, on audience-led screening platform.

Claire Loewenthal

Signature ups Claire Loewenthal

17-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Creative director promoted at UK distributor.

Victoria

Berlin winner Victoria acquired for France

17-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Version Originale/Condor and Jour2Fete co-acquire heist thriller.

Miami Encuentros

Miami unveils Encuentros projects

17-Feb-2015 | By

Top brass at Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival announced on Tuesday (February 17) the five post-production selections.

Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere tops China Valentine’s box office

17-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Xu Jinglei’s Somewhere Only We Know topped the China box office over the Valentine’s Day weekend, grossing $37.72m from 6.99 million admissions.

Marco Polo

Netflix spend estimated to break $5bn

17-Feb-2015 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Netflix could spend as much as $5bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.

Berlin 2015 infographic small

Fifty Shades tops Berlin social buzz

17-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

INFOGRAPHIC: Life, starring Robert Pattinson, Golden Bear winner Taxi and Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert also secure strong scores on social media chart.

Jamie Dornan

Netflix acquires all rights to Jadotville

16-Feb-2015 | By

The streaming giant has announced a major play that concluded in the final days of the EFM, flexing its mighty claws for all rights to one of the hottest packages in Berlin.

Birdman

Emmanuel Lubezki takes ASC honour

16-Feb-2015 | By

The Mexican’s triumph at Sunday’s (February 15) 29th Annual American Society Of Cinematographers awards for Birdman cements his status as favourite for the Oscar this weekend.

45 Years tops Berlin Jury Grid

16-Feb-2015 | By Mark Adams, chief film critic, Michael Rosser

Critics rank Andrew Haigh’s double Silver Bear winner the best film in competition at the Berlinale.

Finn Norgaard

Danish director killed in Copenhagen shooting

16-Feb-2015 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Finn Nørgaard was killed in an attack in the Danish capital on Saturday.

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Fifty Shades debut breaks UK records

16-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Universal’s raunchy drama blows off opposition on way to $20.7m debut (£13.5m).

Emory Cohen

Emory Cohen takes Detour

16-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in South Africa on Chris Smith thriller.

Darren Aronofsky

Aronofsky hails Berlin's "incredible selection"

16-Feb-2015 | By

“An incredible selection” was the verdict given by jury president Darren Aronofsky about the Berlinale’s 2015 competition line-up.

Victoria

Adopt Films acquires Victoria for US

16-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights from The Match Factory to Sebastian Schipper’s thriller following its world premiere in Berlin.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades storms to $174m int'l

15-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey generated a confirmed $156m through Sunday rising to $173.6m through Monday from 58 territories via Universal to generate the biggest ever international launch for an R-rated or equivalent film. The worldwide tally already stands at $266.6m.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades ties up US on $93m

15-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Universal’s smash S&M romance dominated North America on a confirmed $85.2m three-day debut that toppled The Passion Of The Christ’s 11-year February record and scored $93m over the four-day Presidents’ Day Weekend.

Taxi

Berlin: Jafar Panahi's Taxi wins Golden Bear

14-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Other prizes saw British actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling wins Silver Bears for their roles in 45 Years.

My Skinny Sister

Berlin: My Skinny Sister wins Crystal Bear

14-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sanna Lenken’s Swedish drama wins best film in the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation Kplus section.

Berlin: Second Mother wins Panorama prize

14-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

UK documentary Tell Spring Not To Come This Year, filmed on the frontline in Afghanistan, also wins.

Berlin: Flocking wins Crystal Bear

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Swedish teen drama takes top prize in the Generation 14plus strand.

Tangerines

Samuel Goldywn Films picks up Tangerines

13-Feb-2015 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Estonia’s foreign language Oscar nominee.

See You In Valhalla

ARC finds See You In Valhalla

13-Feb-2015 | By

ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Jarret Tarnol’s coming-of-age story.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

New EFM director reflects on first market

13-Feb-2015 | By

The European Film Market’s Matthijs Wouter Knol ended his first edition as director today confident that the new initiatives introduced had been accepted by the industry.

Body

Memento racks up Body sales

13-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film premiered in competition in Berlin

South Korean film groups protest for freedom of expression

13-Feb-2015 | By

In a show of mass solidarity not seen since the Screen Quota protests nearly a decade ago, 74 South Korean film industry groups together held a press conference today (Feb 13) in Seoul to protest recent encroachments on freedom of expression.

Berlin: Out of Nature wins Europa Cinemas award

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Norwegian comedy-drama named Best European film in Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.

Europa Distribution

Europa Distribution pacts with Distrify Media

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Plans to support independent film distributors on VOD.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades whips rivals in social buzz

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Erotic thriller generates more than 10 times as much online comment as the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.

Stray Dog

NonStop snaps up eight docs at EFM

13-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Stray Dog, Welcome to Leith and Station to Station among haul.

Liza  the Fox Fairy

Havas: Hungarian film on the mend

13-Feb-2015 | By

Enhanced tax rebate has resulted in a mini-production boom.

Sacha Polak

Polak reveals Vita and Virginia details

13-Feb-2015 | By

Dutch director Sacha Polak has revealed further details of her first English-language project, Vita and Virginia.

John Pilger

John Pilger film breaks Indiegogo record

13-Feb-2015 | By

The Coming War will tell the unreported story of the new “Cold War” between the US and China.

Bouckaert talks Belgian tax shelter shake-up

13-Feb-2015 | By

There has been a shake-up to the Belgian tax shelter - one intended to squeeze out the “middlemen” perceived to have abused the system.

Josef Ganz Volkswagen

Volkswagen inventor doc hits the road

13-Feb-2015 | By

Feature documentary to tell the story of the Jewish inventor behind Hitler’s favourite car.

Drone

Drone flies for LevelK

12-Feb-2015 | By Screen staff

EXCLUSIVE: UK, France, Australia deals on documentary.

Live From New York!

Live From New York! to open Tribeca

12-Feb-2015 | By

Bao Nguyen’s documentary about the history of Saturday Night Live will kick off the 14th edition of the festival in New York on April 15.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades hits $37.2m global

12-Feb-2015 | By

FEBRUARY 13 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey is now active in 34 international territories and has climbed to $28.6m via Universal Pictures International, rising to $37.2m worldwide factoring in Thursday night’s (February 12) estimated $8.6m midnight grosses in North America.

Sundance Selects buys 45 Years

12-Feb-2015 | By

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to the Berlinale selection 45 Years starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Separately, The Orchard has acquired Cartel Land while monterey media will release Runoff.

David_Unger

David Unger forms Three Six Zero Entertainment

12-Feb-2015 | By

Talent agent David Unger has joined Three Six Zero Group co-founders Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson to form Three Six Zero Entertainment.

Toro Loco

Artsploitation snaps up Toro Loco: Bloodthirsty

12-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has announced from Berlin it has closed an all-rights North American deal for Chilean genre specialist Patricio Valladares’ action-comedy.

Matthew McConaughey

Buyers find Sierra/Affinity's Gold

12-Feb-2015 | By

Sierra/Affinity has sold more than 30 territories at EFM on Black Bear Pictures’ red-hot Matthew McConaughey adventure package, set to start principal photography in June.

Rob Moore

Universal, Paramount strike home ent pact

12-Feb-2015 | By

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) has signed a deal to distribute Paramount’s physical Blu-ray and DVD home entertainment product.

Spectre

First look: Spectre

12-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Behind the scenes footage from the next James Bond film offers glimpses of star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes.

The Model

The Model pre-sells to France, Korea

12-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Mads Matthiesen’s upcoming film starring Ed Skrein scores five territory deals at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).

Kosslick talks ticket dilemma, VOD

12-Feb-2015 | By

Berlinale director discusses ticket sales, VOD platforms and the spirit of ‘Baumi’.

Theeb set for multi-territory release

12-Feb-2015 | By

Naji Abu Nowar’s co-production to get Middle East distribution.

Alpha Violet inks EFM deals

12-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Panorama title and acclaimed drama The Tribe sell for Paris outfit.

Fullboy

Open Reel scores first EFM sales

12-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Italian sales agency secures deals in Berlin

Where Hope Grows

Where Hope Grows gets release date

12-Feb-2015 | By

Roadside Attractions and Godspeed Pictures have set a May 15 theatrical release for the 2014 Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award winner.

Lionsgate

Lionsgate, Starz in stock swap

11-Feb-2015 | By

Leading Starz shareholder John Malone earns seat on the Lionsgate board as the latter seeks to boost its TV business.

Martin Gropius Bau

Shoreline boards Paid In Full

11-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment has picked up world sales rights at the EFM to the crime-thriller starring Jonathan Bennett, Nikki Shah and James Russo.

Closer to the Moon

NEO closes first two acquisitions at EFM

11-Feb-2015 | By

New UK distribution company NEO has made its first two acquisitions in Berlin.

An Honest Liar

Abramorama to release An Honest Liar

11-Feb-2015 | By

Richard Abramowitz will guide the nationwide release of the documentary through his company.

Cinema do Brasil trumpets distribution prize at EFM

11-Feb-2015 | By

Cinema do Brasil’s seventh International Distribution Support Prize has opened for applications at the EFM.

Liza Minnelli

L.A. Italia FF to honour Liza Minnelli

11-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The lead actress Oscar winner for Cabaret will be honoured with the 2015 Jack Valenti – Los Angeles Italia Legend Award at the L.A. Italia Film Festival.

Running Man

Running Man overtakes Hobbit in China

11-Feb-2015 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: TV show spin-off Running Man topped the China box office in its first full week (February 2-8), grossing $24.49m, while The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies slipped to second place with $20.11m.

Tallinn

Tallinn Black Nights launches animation platform

11-Feb-2015 | By

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is launching a cloud-based online platform for animation professionals, Animacloudly, with partial support from Creative Europe.

EFADs: interface with a common voice

11-Feb-2015 | By

The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) association of national funders from 31 countries across Europe met in Berlin this week to discuss key objectives and address future challenges facing the film industry.

Spider-Man to join Marvel Cinematic Universe

10-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

Sony Pictures have struck a deal with Walt Disney-owned Marvel Studios that will see new Spider-Man first appear in an upcoming Marvel film.

Yayoi Kusama

Submarine boards Yayoi Kusama doc

10-Feb-2015 | By

Submarine has boarded the documentary Yayoi Kusama: A Life In Polka Dots.

SXSW

SXSW unveils Midnighters line-up

10-Feb-2015 | By

SXSW top brass have unveiled the Midnighters section and the complete short film line-up at the festival, set to run in Texas from March 13-21.

Screen Berlin Day 6

Berlin 2015: Screen's dailies

10-Feb-2015

Read Screen International’s daily magazines from the Berlin International Film Festival here.

Bold launches London office

10-Feb-2015 | By

Gary Michael Walters, CEO of the production company behind Whiplash and Nightcrawler, has opened a London hub.

Berlin: Buyers strike gold at steady market

10-Feb-2015 | By

EFM attendees pulled a steady market out of the bag despite the exchange rate, the customary early-year scramble to assemble new product and buyer reluctance to pull out wallets before Cannes.

Chloe Moretz

November Criminals sells across Asia

10-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment has enjoyed a strong reception for its Sacha Gervasi thriller November Criminals starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort.

Big Father Small Father And Other Stories

UDI sells Big Father to France

10-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Competition title Big Father, Small Father And Other Stories has been snapped up in France ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday.

It's Hard Being Loved By Jerks

Distribution: Kino Lorber nabs Charlie Hebdo doc

10-Feb-2015 | By

Kino Lorber has taken all US rights to the documentary It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks, about a legal battle between the French magazine and the Muslim French Council.

Film Sales Company boards Sweetheart Deal

10-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company, in Berlin screening Forum selection H., has come on to produce the documentary Sweetheart Deal with Peggy Case and Elisa Haradon.

Baltasar Kormakur

Baltasar Kormákur readies The Oath

10-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Icelandic film-maker is in pre-production on the psychological thriller that he says will be “dark and foreboding and uneasy.”

Roberto Olla

Olla: Eurimages funding must back risk-takers

10-Feb-2015 | By

Roberto Olla, executive director of Eurimages (the Council of Europe’s film fund) is calling for a re-think of how the organisation reaches its funding decisions and, in particular, how it defines “quality”.

I Stay With You

Stray Dogs picks up I Stay With You

10-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Other IFFR pick-ups include God Loves the Fighter.

Red Amnesia

Chinese thriller Red Amnesia sold to France

10-Feb-2015 | By

Wang Xiaoshuai’s Venice premiere sells to French distributor.

Rhys Meyers thriller sold in Europe, Asia

10-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.

Nansun Shi

First event for Euro-China initiative

10-Feb-2015 | By

Bridging The Dragon is an association connecting European and Chinese film professionals.

German Concentration Camps Factual Survey

BFI Distribution takes 'lost Hitchcock' Belsen doc

10-Feb-2015 | By Michael Rosser

BFI Distribution is inviting bookings from international exhibitors to screen a newly restored concentration camp documentary, known as ‘the lost Hitchcock’.

Unexpected

The Film Arcade gets Unexpected

10-Feb-2015 | By Nadia Tseng

The Film Arcade has acquired US rights to Sundance feature Unexpected.

Martin Gropius Bau

Spotlight to sell Falsely Accused

10-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Matt McCombs’ Spotlight Pictures has acquired world rights to Sydon’s Falsely Accused.

Ma Folie

Coccinelle flies with Ma Folie

10-Feb-2015 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Psychological thriller acquired by Italian sales collective for world sales.

The Tenor Lirico Spinto

Buyers tune into Tenor Lirico Spinto

10-Feb-2015 | By

South Korean’s More In Group sells biopic to Israel and Hong Kong.

Amal

Three German-Arab projects awarded

10-Feb-2015 | By

Winners of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung were announced on Sunday [Feb 8].

Iraqi Odyssey

Iraqi Odyssey sold in Europe, MENA

10-Feb-2015 | By

Autlook’s Panorama selected Iraqi Odyssey has now gone to iWonder (Italy).

Martin Gropius Bau

SSI picks up Final Vatican Conspiracy

10-Feb-2015 | By

Silver Sword International (SSI) has acquired all US, Canadian and UK rights to the Catholic Church corruption documentary Final Vatican Conspiracy.

Battle For Sevastopol

Battle For Sevastopol sets major Russian release

10-Feb-2015 | By

Second World War epic first Russia-Ukraine co-production for several years.

The Snow Queen 2

Snow Queen 2 heads to Brazil

10-Feb-2015 | By

The Snow Queen 2 has been snapped up for release in Brazil, one of several deals closed at Berlin’s EFM by Russian studio Wizart.

Rocks In My Pockets

New Europe busy on deals

10-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Poland-based sales outfit concludes number of deals on its slate.

Mekimi

Israeli series heads to France

10-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Mekimi follows a media star who turns ultra-orthodox?.

Sarita Christensen

Sweden aims to boost youth features

10-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Swedish film bodies join forces for push.

Mel Gibson

IM Global trades on Hacksaw Ridge

9-Feb-2015 | By

EFM: The Los Angeles-based sales, financing and production company has reported a roaring trade on its marquee sales title here.

In The Basement

Strand buys In The Basement

9-Feb-2015 | By

Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights from Coproduction Office to Ulrich Seidl’s In The Basement.

Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson joins Brimstone

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Queen of the Desert star joins Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce.

13 Minutes

Buyers clock Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes and Sundance winner Umrika among those in-demand.

James Franco drama to open BFI Flare

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: James Franco drama I Am Michael to open LGBT festival; BFI London Film Festival 2015 dates revealed.

Salaam Bombay!

Fortissimo acquires Salaam Bombay!

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Company takes world rights, outside India and South Asia, to 25th anniversary edition.

Big Hero 6 holds UK box office lead

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s animation holds number one with $3.8m (£2.53m) second weekend; Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service adds $3.3m (£2.2m) for $12.5m (£8.2m); StudioCanal’s Shaun the Sheep Movie is the week’s highest new entry.

Norwegian director Iram Haq’s I Am Yours was screened in the competition in Les Arcs festival in 2013

Les Arcs to present Norwegian focus

9-Feb-2015 | By Ian Sandwell

French festival has announced that Norway will be the guest country at the seventh edition of the festival in December.

Loic Magneron

Eye On Films network expands

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: EoF channels will now be launched on Spain’s Filmin, Turkey’s Salonsuz and Chile’s Ojocorto.

EFM Alternative distribution panel

Industry experts talk alternative distribution

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

‘Know your project inside out’, was the message from a panel of industry experts to producers thinking about taking the alternative distribution route.

Indonesian official sacked in Berlin gaffe

9-Feb-2015 | By

The Indonesian government has sacked a senior official after it emerged that the Tourism Ministry sent a delegation to the Berlinale that had no connection to the film industry.

Maris Martinsons

First Japan-Baltics co-pro announced

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Maris Martinsons [pictured] to direct Magic Kimono, starring Kaori Momoi.

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi picks up more buyers

9-Feb-2015 | By Andreas Wiseman

Additional deals closed in Germany-Austria, Italy, Poland and Norway, among others.

That Sugar Film

Samuel Goldwyn takes That Sugar Film

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Distributor acquires US rights to Damon Gameau’s Generation and Culinary title That Sugar Film.

Soda adopts Berlin-Sundance title Second Mother

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Distributor takes UK and Canadian rights to Anna Muylaert’s Panorama title.

The Stranger

Raven Banner takes The Stranger

9-Feb-2015 | By

Genre specialist Raven Banner has secured Canadian rights to Eli Roth Presents The Stranger, winner of the 2014 Fantastic Fest and Sitges Best Iberoamerican Film Award.

What Comes Around

Bernal joins Doha’s Qumra; 31 projects selected

9-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

Mexican actor joins lists of ‘masters’ for DFI’s inaugural Qumra event, which will see 31 projects from 29 countries involved.

Oskar Jonasson

Truenorth navigates to Jonasson's Others

9-Feb-2015 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Icelandic production company gears up for first in-house production.

Martin Gropius Bau

Buyers shine on Radiant's Dare To Be Wild

9-Feb-2015 | By

Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has sold key territories at the EFM on its rom-com.

Stefano Savona

Doc&Film to sell Gaza-set hybrid

9-Feb-2015 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Stefano Savona’s Samouni Road mixes live action and animation.

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