The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, and Atom Egoyan’s Remember among the 21 competition titles.
Toby Jones, Harry Lloyd, Bill Milner and Alena Mihulová join Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Anna Geislerová and Charlotte Le Bon in Sean Ellis’ Second World War thriller.
Festival to highlight features and docs from the new generation of Iranian filmmakers.
Lars Kraume’s Nazi-hunting drama has been sold in France and Switzerland; further deals are in “final negotiations”.
TIFF 40 to open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
Documentary on the Rolling Stones guitarist made by the director of Oscar-winner 20 Feet From Stardom.
Director Bryan Singer to head the main competition jury.
The funding body’s Canada Feature Film Fund allocation applies to the 2014-15 cycle and includes films from Kim Nguyen and features actors such as Dane DeHaan and Catherine Keener.
The writer has been awarded the 2015 Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship to work on his script Our Lady Of The Snow.
Box office tops $653m… but admissions fall 1.5%.
Coming-of-age film marks feature debut of Downton Abbey director Philip John.
The 13 films competing for a $55,000 prize include Scott Graham’s Iona and Hans Christian Berger’s After Eden.
The 62nd Pula Film Festival wrapped in Croatia on Saturday with its Best Croatian Film of the year award going to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun.
Xavier Prats Monné to take a new EC role.
Hong Kong-based Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE) has renewed its exclusive, multi-year output deals with Hong Kong studios Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP), Mega-Vision Project Workshop (MVPW) and Universe Entertainment.
Sarajevo Film Festival’s Laško Sumer Nights line-up revealed.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Monster Hunt continuted to break records at the China box office office last week, becoming the highest-grossing Chinese film ever with a gross of $221.41m after 11 days.
The first titles for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival have been announced. Watch the press conference here…
Danny Boyle’s biopic starring Michael Fassbender as the digital age visionary who changed the face of personal computing, telephony and music will screen on October 3 as the centrepiece screening of the 53rd New York Film Festival.
BFI stats reveal surge in admissions in 2015 but potential fall in production spend of UK independent productions in past year.
Miguel Arteta will direct Demarest Media and Mazur/Kaplan’s adaptation of the Jennifer Niven YA novel.
Competition jury includes Elizabeth Banks, Lynne Ramsay, Diane Kruger and Hou Hsiao-hsien.
Sundance award-winner to open festival; Dagur Kári’s Tribeca winner Virgin Mountain to close.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up all North American rights to the noir thriller and has set an October 20 release.
The actress joins Robert Rusler and Caroline Williams on US-based Gundo Entertainment’s splatter film remake.
The Japenese festival that focuses solely on digital cinema reveals its 2015 winners.
Disney’s latest posts sixth biggest UK opening for Pixar outings from an industry record release of 608 sites.
JULY 27 UPDATE: Edko Films’ announced early on Monday that its 3D fantasy had reached $217.7m (RMB 1.349bn) after 11 days to become the highest grossing Chinese film in history.
UPDATED JULY 27: Marvel Studios’ latest slice of superhero action held on to its top bunk over the weekend to beat Sony’s new arrival Pixels in a photo finish.
Star finds home for her long-gestating Cambodian genocide drama.
Johnny Depp crime-drama biopic will play out of competition at the 72nd Biennale.
The company announced on Friday it is adapting Bryan Stevenson’s memoir Just Mercy: A Story Of Justice And Redemption.
Luis Tosar thriller to open strand; Laurent Cantet to chair jury; programme includes Agnès Varda, Alice Rohrwacher shorts.
The Toronto-based company announced from Fantasia it has come on to handle world sales and direct distribution in Canada on the Luchagore Productions title.
The Venice Film Market will showcase 15 projects seeking completion financing.
Funds MDM and FFF Bayern are providing more than $9.4m (€8.6m).
Sony’s action-comedy will vie for the international box office crown this weekend against Chinese smash Monster Hunt — although it holds a few territories itself — as well as Disney-Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and Universal-Illumination’s Minions.
UPDATE: Police in Lafayette said on Friday the two women who died in Thursday’s shooting at the Grand 16 theatre in Lafayette were Mayci Breaux, 21, and Jillian Johnson, 33. The gunman was identified as 59-year-old John Russell Houser.
Mediterranea, Mustang and Urok (The Lesson) to get distribution support.
Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for actor who is attending the festival with new film A Perfect Day.
Marvel’s latest comfortably fended off Inside Out and Southpaw to top this week’s social media buzz chart.
Port Of Call wins best feature; Turbo Kid team take Best Director.
German sales outfit acquires Spanish-speaking drama starring Elena Anaya.
The Disney-Pixar hit became on Tuesday the eighth consecutive Pixar film to reach the milestone and its 11th overall.
Participant Media has officially confirmed that Pablo Larrain’s follow-up to No, currently shooting in Chile and starring Gael García Bernal, is the second title under its Participant PanAmerica initiative.
Bill Lee’s ambitious distributor has bulked up its supply line, striking deals with Archstone, CineTel Films, Hollywood Media Bridge and The Little Film Company.
Starz has acquired all North American rights to the action thriller following its world premiere AT Fantasia on Wednesday night.
The national film body is behind a US tour this autumn of 10 new comedies without US distribution.
The star of Bill And Ted turned director is preparing to make a film about one of rock’s most iconoclastic figures with the full cooperation of the late musician’s family.
Terrence Malick’s film starring Christian Bale and Natalie Portman will open in the US via Broad Green Pictures on March 4 2016.
Buck Productions, Riverside Entertainment and Hulo Films announced on Thursday that the Canadian icon will star in the coming-of-age drama.
European Commission launches case against broadcaster and studios for potentially “serious violation of EU rules.”
UK distributor left ‘disappointed‘ by BBFC 18 classification.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal exec Dave Jarmain joins UK outfit Icon Film Distribution.
Spanish-language titles from Pablo Agüero, Asier Altuna, Cesc Gay among line-up.
Blackmagic Design has signed up as the headline partner of the Media Production Show, as support for the two-day exhibition and conference gathers momentum.
Executive producer Steven Spielberg, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Sequel.
Veteran director Bertrand Tavernier has criticised vice-president Andrus Ansip’s intentions for the Digital Single Market.
Lucy Boynton from Miss Potter and Nick Moran of Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels fame have joined Katee Sackhoff on the supernatural horror. Content Media represents worldwide sales.
The world premiere of Don Cheadle’s directorial debut will close the 53rd New York Film Festival on October 11.
Festival’s world premieres include Roxette Diaries, Taikon, Odödliga and Drottninglandet.
The Universal hierarchy announced on Wednesday that its monster smash has overtaken The Avengers on $1.52bn to reach $1.522bn worldwide.
EXCLUSIVE: Top brass at Robert Simonds’ studio have ended weeks of speculation and confirmed to Screendaily the hire of John Friedberg as president of international sales.
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Transmission Films on Wednesday announced a multi-year distribution agreement for Australia-based Transmission’s library and future releases.
The two directors will preside over the Orizzonti and Lion of the Future award, respectively.
More than half of the Independent Filmmaker Project’s (IFP) 140 titles at the upcoming Project Forum in Septembers’ IFP Independent Film Week hail from women.
Under the multi-year distribution services agreement Universal Pictures will exclusively manage back-room distribution services for all Broad Green titles for Blu-ray and DVD.
The distributor has picked up all US rights to rom-com to star Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.
Regner Grasten Film and Game 7 Films on Wednesday announced the ensemble cast for their fictional account of the night Kitty Genovese was murdered in 1964.
The Screen Awards, returning for its sixth year in 2015, has extended the deadline for entries until July 31.
Takeshi Kitano’s Office Kitano to receive Premio Raimondo Rezzonico award.
German distributor of Southpaw, Transcendence to return to production.
Gun Women: The Patriots scoops top award at NAFF event.
The Toronto International Film Festival’s industry office announced on Tuesday the first raft of participants confirmed to attend the seven-day conference.
The drama about the 1969 Stonewall riots will open on September 25. Separately, Sundance Selects has acquired A Ballerina’s Tale and Gravitas Ventures has picked up Unbranded.
In a sudden move, the president and CEO of the second largest exhibitor in the US is to depart the company on August 6 “to pursue another opportunity.”
The executive will start work as evp of global communications for Universal Filmed Entertainment on August 17 and replaces outgoing Kori Bernards, who is leaving after seven years.
Top brass at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) announced on Tuesday that the Oscar-nominated short film writer will serve as facilitator for this year’s RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion in September.
New York-based sales company Cargo Film & Releasing has acquired worldwide rights to the upcoming documentary.
The UK firm will raise around $310,000 (£200,000) in UK production finance for Microwave International: Shakespeare India; projects, teams, mentors announced.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Edko Films’ 3D adventure Monster Hunt broke a string of box office records on its opening weekend in China, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $107.58m in four days.
New films by Jerzy Skolimowski, Filip Bajon and Marcin Wrona are among selected titles.
Debut features dominate this year’s competition lineup; Radu Jude, Radu Muntean among In Focus lineup.
Bollywood film clocks biggest overseas-grossing weekend for a Salman Khan film.
The Oscar-nominated star of Gone Girl joins Jon Hamm on Radar Pictures’ political action-thriller that Good Universe represents internationally.
EXCLUSIVE: David Carver Films and Scott Duncan are developing a feature based on the life of the man whom they claim was one of the most misunderstood golfers in history.
Garrick Dion will head the new label focused on director-driven films across multiple genres, managing director Aaron L Gilbert of the British Columbia-based Bron announced on Monday.
The North American rights deal has cued up an August 14 release on VOD and in select theatres for Christopher N Rowley’s adaptation.
The multi-hyphenate joins Chloë Grace Moretz and Carrie-Anne Moss on the Broad Green, Denver & Delilah and Foundation Features adaptation. Separately, Clea DuVall lines up a directorial debut and Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings is the subject of a documentary.
UPDATED JULY 20: The $30m Chinese-language fantasy adventure secured top berth at the international marketplace ahead of Hollywood’s Minions, which was the biggest global earner of the session, as well as China’s superhero spoof Jian Bing Man and a bona fide US superhero in the shape of Ant-Man.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales and distribution outfit adds TV and digital sales executive.
Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang and Eva Neymann’s Song Of Songs among winners; industry awards.
Akahige, Amarcord, Aleksandr Nevskij among Venice Classics titles; Bertrand Tavernier selects four films.
Damian Szifrón’s Wild Tales swept the 2nd Platino awards, launched to boost Spanish and Latin-American cinema.
Chang Tso-chi’s Thanatos, Drunk swept the Taipei Film Awards on Saturday night, winning six prizes including the Grand Prize and best narrative feature.
EXCLUSIVE: Maastricht Concert takes more than £1m in one night for CinemaLive.
Sheffield DocFest hosted 3,422 industry from 57 countries, according to festival.
Universal becomes first distributor to have four films hit the £30m mark in a calendar year as Minions reaches $50.3m (£32.3m).
Non-competitive sidebar features 19 films; Brillante Mendoza tribute on festival slate.
JULY 20 UPDATE: The final film of Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe debuted top in North America as Universal comedy Trainwreck arrived at number three on $30.1m.
Carlos Osuna’s two projects El Concursante and Sin Mover Los Labios earn BAM Projects and Screenings prizes; seven other titles headed to Locarno and San Sebastian.
Parvez Sharma’s pilgrimmage to Mecca shot on an iPhone picked up a prize as the LGBT festival in Los Angeles came to a close on Sunday night.
The production and finance company has acquired the spec script by Matt Venne based on the novel by Carla Norton.
Avishai Sivan’s religious drama wins Best Israeli Feature while Hotline scoops Van Leer award for Best Documentary.
The RLJ Entertainment label has acquired US rights from Paradigm Talent Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.
Estonian director’s new film will be part of Serbian festival’s 14-strong competition including My Mother, 45 Years and Heil; festival to fete five Spanish directors.
Hosts of Michel Hazanavicius’s The Search and Transporter 3 set to add rebates; Ukraine to join Creative Europe framework.
EXCLUSIVE: New film and TV participants include crew from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Spectre and The Martian.
Marvel’s latest tops chart ahead of release this week.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s animation Minions has raced to $339.9m and at its current rate will soar past $400m by Sunday.
August shoot for drama about golfing pioneer Tom Morris and his son Tommy; Timeless to handle sales.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Zachary Treitz’s debut feature and Tribeca 2015 selection.
After a brief and tumultuous career as a feature film the Nicole Kidman starrer earned a nomination on Thursday for best television movie.
The former head of eOne’s global film operation Patrice Théroux and Leif Bristow of Leif Films have hired My Left Foot screenwriter Shane Connaughton to write The Family Shakespeare.
Prosecutors in Colorado are pushing for the death penalty after James Holmes was found guilty on Thursday of first-degree murder of 12 people during a rampage at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises three years ago.
Chloë Grace Moretz stars in drama currently in production in Vancouver.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre sales outfit adds UK doc in push for diversified slate; cuts international deals on genre lineup.
Debut feature directors Yossi Atia, Maysaloun Hamoud and Roman Shumunov pick up prizes.
Opening film Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s Moonwalkers sold out 3000-capacity crowd in 8 seconds.
The Reflektor Tapes chronicles the making of the band’s 2013 album Reflektor.
Internationally-renowned editor Vincent Tabaillon has joined the crew of Telugu hit Baahubali: The Beginning to oversee the film’s international cut.
EXCLUSIVE: The English-language thriller is among several exciting Colombian projects in development revealed to Screendaily at the Bogota Audiovisual Market .
Top brass at the digital sleeping giant have confirmed Spike Lee’s film about the inner city violence in Chicago as their first Amazon Original Movie and hinted at an accompanying theatrical release.
Film and festival executives offered insights into how to make projects stand out, gain traction at festivals and achieve box office success.
The Criterion Collection and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) on Wednesday announced a multi-year extension to their distribution agreement.
EXCLUSIVE: Festival selects trio to judge first competitive section, aimed at ‘auteur films’; Cameron Bailey talks strand.
EXCLUSIVE: Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court and Dominga Sotomayor’s Mar among trio set for UK/Ire release.
The partners have teamed up with Morgan Spurlock, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady plus Gini Reticker on a trio of shorts celebrating entrepreneurs that will go out on VOD, Vimeo and other platforms on July 15.
Fox Searchlight announced the release date on Wednesday for Jean-Marc Valleé’s upcoming drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.
The studio has brought its global theatrical distribution operations under one technology platform and licensed MACCS Theatrical Distribution Software to run its North American operation.
Brown makes step up from head of events; will help coordinate BFI audience strategy.
Batman v Superman topped social media mentions, but was one of only two films to make the top 10; women dominate social media audience.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Tiny Times 4.0 topped the China box office last week, according to EntGroup figures, grossing $58.39m, while another youth drama, Forever Young, came in second with $41.42m.
World premieres for new films by Athina Rachel Tsangari, Hong Sangsoo, Ben Rivers; Southpaw, Trainwreck among Piazza Grande titles.
MAD Solutions among backers of Maghreb films in Co-pro Lab lineup.
Telugu-language epic Baahubali: The Beginning, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, has grossed $20m on its opening weekend in India and broken a string of box office records in both India and the US.
EXCLUSIVE: In a tantalising development to emerge from the BAM market in Colombia this week, the studio is in discussions on the period comedy with the team behind Mexican smash The Noble Family.
EXCLUSIVE: 108 Media has picked up US rights to the award-winning Canadian comedy and plans a one-week theatrical run in August.
Brad Epstein will direct the stand-up comics in the stoner buddy comedy.
More than 30 film projects in development set to be presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).
EXCLUSIVE: The entertainment venture that launched earlier this year as a sister entity to James Andrew Felts and Matthew Shreder’s Concourse Media has announced two key hires.
The makers of the punk band documentary have launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site as they bid to tell the tale of a seminal musical influence little-known outside the US.
Producer Shlomi Elkabetz is onboard for director Maysaloun Hamoud’s debut feature.
Director Tom Shoval is planning his second feature, which will shoot in Israel and France.
Jasmila Žbanic film among 23 competing in doc strand.
Marcin Koszalka’s The Red Spider among 26 titles in local showcase.
Terence Chang, Yong Mun Chee, Sherad Anthony Sanchez to mentor at lab event.
Singapore outfit Spackman Entertainment Group teams with Hong Kong-based National Arts Entertainment and Culture Group (NEA).
EXCLUSIVE: The Paz brothers are eyeing their first European production, titled Plan A.
Israeli performance artist Yossi Atia revisits Second Intifada a decade later in dark comedy.
Principal photography for the film, directed by Simon Aboud, starts this week in London.
Amos Gitai is hoping to screen Rabin: The Last Day at festivals in autumn.
Zhovten cinema was victim of arson attack during festival’s LGBT sidebar; Baltic to Black Sea development network launched in Odessa.
The distributor announced on Monday corporate acquisitions and a strategic alliance that builds its annual content flow to more than 1,300 films and 3,000 TV episodes.
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) announced the news on Monday concerning CEO and president Jean Prewitt and executive vice-president and American Film Market (AFM) managing director Jonathan Wolf.
The executive will serve as Chief Investment Officer of the new private equity and venture capital arm launched by Broad Green Pictures.
The founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, cable network MAVTV, Lucas Cattle Company and the naming rights to the Indianapolis Colts’ Stadium Lucas Oil Stadium has teamed on the entertainment venture with the professional racecar driver, actor and producer.
Distributor becomes the first to record the first, second and third chart positions, as Minions holds off Ted 2.
Eli Shibley has joined from Electus as president of international distribution and co-productions.
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Director Wang talks to ScreenDaily about working with Takeshi Kitano.
Chinese director Chen Kaige talks to Liz Shackleton about balancing commercial and creative concerns in the world’s fastest-growing film market.
Also… Chris Carter reopens The X-Files and Sion Sono discusses his Fukushima-set sci-fi.
Other winners include documentary Mallory from Helena Treštíková.
Production company behind Cheap Thrills and Oscar shortlisted Jodorowsky’s Dune hires three.
Spiro chief Eitan Mansuri will be in Toronto with final draft of Lavie’s The Current Love Of My Life.
Israeli film-maker Itamar Alcalay’s Darkroom, revolving around a young gay Armenian man forced into an arranged marriage, has won the top $50,000 prize at the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab’s pitching event.
Names include actors, directors and producers.
The Universal bandwagon rolled on as Minions - its Despicable Me spin-off with Illumination Entertainment - delivered the second biggest animated launch ever at the North American box office.
UPDATED JULY 13: The Despicable Me spin-off grossed a confirmed $130.7m from 56 territories after launching top in 29 of 30 new regions to reach $287.8m.
Greek distributors and exhibitors face uncertainty as the country’s financial future hangs in the balance.
This marks the fastest time Walt Disney Studios has accomplished the feat, overturning the previous mark set last year on August 30.
EXCLUSIVE: Run director explores post-war Ivory Coast.
As has happened so often in recent years, a Disney-owned property delivered a Comic-Con show-stopper as JJ Abrams rounded off Friday’s Star Wars love-fest by inviting the entire 6,000-plus capacity of Hall H to a live concert.
COMIC-CON: Quentin Tarantino hinted at a possible move into television as he riffed on one of his bête noires – digital filmmaking – during Saturday’s The Hateful Eight panel.
COMIC-CON: Fox executives love their traditional end-of-day slot at Comic-Con and kept their appointment with the early evening crowd to good effect in a raucous finale to Saturday’s Hall H programme.
COMIC-CON: Warner Bros set the bar high with the first Hall H session of Saturday, unleashing a slick and loud session that suggested it has begun to execute on a long-term strategy to exploit the treasures that lie within the DC Comics vaults.
COMIC-CON: In a typically passionate yet uncharacteristically expletive-free panel during Saturday’s Legendary session, Guillermo del Toro showed footage from his upcoming ghost story.
COMIC-CON: The panellists from HBO’s smash series took to the hallowed Hall H on Friday with their hands – and mouths – tied.
The actor spoke about working with Michael Cimino, William Friedkin and Woody Allen in a masterclass at Jerusalem Film Festival.
International audiovisual market MIA to to held during Rome Film Festival.
English-language farce revolves around correspondent who stages ISIS-style kidnapping in bid to stay in Jerusalem.
Universal and Illumination’s Minions has reached $159m and will vie for international supremacy this weekend with Paramount and Skydance Productions’ sci-fi reboot.
Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev jeered during speech.
Actor best known for roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.
Support follows change of distribution strategy for the Sundance award winner.
EXCLUSIVE: Online service inks first major studio deal; titles include Taxi Driver, Dr. Strangelove, Snatch.
Fifty Shades of Grey star joined by director Sean Ellis at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
The French filmmaker and EuropaCorp head flew into Comic-Con on Thursday for a rare and deeply personal presentation that featured concept art from his upcoming $180m space opera.
Arab women filmmakers will be one of the key priorities in a new European Union-backed initiative, the MedFilm Programme, for the South Mediterranean countries from Morocco to Syria.
Other winners include documentary Welcome To Leith.
New label to distribute international titles in the Czech Republic.
Greenwood joins global communications agency as UK publicity director.
Magic Magic and Ant-Man no contest for Arnie sequel.
Two pop culture superstars took part in separate panels in the legendary Hall H for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Rock The Kasbah as the San Diego jamboree got underway on Thursday.
EXCLUSIVE: Full cast for GFM Films-produced action thriller to also include Harry Potter star Tom Felton and Whiplash’s Austin Stowell; SquareOne takes German rights.
Modern take on classic film in the pipeline from AMBI Group.
Richard Abramowitz’s distribution platform will release Brett Morgen’s documentary in select US theatres on August 7.
The company has hired the former Lionsgate senior executive as president of acquisitions and co-productions.
Razelle Benally and Randi LeClair will take part in the Lab, set to run in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from July 10-14.
Project supports new film talent from leading international film schools.
The studio’s president of production Claudia Lewis has promoted Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum to executive vice-presidents of production, effective immediately.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based graphic novel publisher has made its latest move in an aggressive push into film and TV, teaming on the eve of Comic-Con with multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Robert Silverberg.
Universal Pictures International (UPI) has reached the $3bn ticket sales milestone faster than any other studio in history, obliterating the previous mark set by Fox International in October 2014.
In the boldest move yet by a studio and exhibition partner to challenge the traditional distribution structure, Paramount has struck a revenue-share deal with AMC Theatres and Canada’s Cineplex Entertainment that will see it roll-out two autumn releases digitally 17 days after the films dip below 300 theatres.
The actress will play a US Marine in the drama inspired by the real-life female soldiers who deployed alongside Special Forces under the Lioness Program.
The former director general of the National Film Board of Canada’s French Program has been named its director general, creation and innovation.
Mountaineering drama starring Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal to world premiere at Venice.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in London on drama featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as frontman for The Clash, Joe Strummer.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Chen Kaige’s Monk Comes Down The Mountain topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.25m in it opening four days, according to EntGroup figures.
Drama set in a decaying contemporary Greece wins prize.
EXCLUSIVE: Research will explore the growing live cinema industry in the UK.
New film from The Tribe director among projects at Odessa.
Organisers behind a New York-based festival highlighting films from the Beijing Independent Film Festival (BIFF) that fell foul of local authorities have turned to Kickstarter.
New Karlovy Vary programme showcases European film school talent.
Deer Hunter director to receive Pardo d’onore.
Fifteen candidates selected from 250 scheme applicants; previous mentees include Laura Hastings-Smith.
The red-hot writer-directors behind The LEGO Movie and 22 Jump Street will direct the next episode in the anthology series of Star Wars films set to open on May 25, 2018.
EXCLUSIVE: The star of last weekend’s US release Jimmy’s Hall from Ken Loach has come aboard KPI Entertainment and Deadpan Pictures’ Ireland-set contemporary generational drama.
Screen LA Star Of Tomorrow Gerard Barrett will direct the adaptation of Susannah Cahalan’s memoir to star Chloë Grace Moretz.
Submissions for the foreign language category in the 88th Academy Awards are due by 5pm PT on October 1.
The crime caper starring Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Zach Galifianakis moves back two months to October 9.
Montreal’s genre film festival to showcase 135 features and almost 300 shorts across its three-week run from July 14-Aug 4.
EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal to handle world sales on Kai Wessel’s wartime drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Sky Movies exec joins UK distributor.
Thousands of unseen films digitised and made available online including world’s earliest home movies; new film commissioned from Penny Woolcock.
Central and Eastern European projects seeking finance, distribution and festival partners have been presented to industry at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF).
The SXSW audience award-winning documentary will open nationwide on September 25.
Richard Branson, Jason Felts and Justin Berfield’s Virgin Produced, City Entertainment’s Joshua D Maurer and Alixandre Witlin and Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil will produce the drama series inspired by Greg Camalier’s Sundance 2013 documentary.
Pinewood exec joins finance and production outfit, backers of Genius and Sleepless Night.
London-based industry figures to meet South American producers at new event.
Bleecker Street to partner with Netflix to distribute Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation theatrically.
The producer of The Karate Kid and the Danny Ocean franchise who won an Emmy in 2013 for Behind The Candelabra has died of a heart attack in Santa Barbara.
Ryan Kavanaugh will remain CEO and chairman of his embattled entertainment company after it emerged on Monday that he had struck a deal with the Toronto-based distressed asset specialist.
The deal for Sundance 2015 selection Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon excludes television rights.
Paramount’s Terminator Genisys lands with $5.9m (£3.8m), as Warner Bros’ Magic Mike XXL posts $2.4m (£1.5m) debut.
Upcoming projects include a ‘reimagining’ of Billy Wilder classic Sunset Boulevard.
The growing business opportunities afforded by China and the TV sector were among subjects discussed by US finance heavyweights FilmNation and Endgame Entertainment during an industry panel at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF).
Germany’s Burhan Qurbani wins best director prize for We Are Strong. We Are Young.
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) Organization Committee has confirmed veteran actress Kang Soo-youn as festival co-director today at a special assembly in Busan City Hall.
Top brass at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) said on Monday they have selected ten classic Caribbean films in the first programming wave of this year’s edition.
Other finalists shortlisted for distribution support include Rams; audience winner also revealed at Karlovy Vary event.
Former BBC exec to replace Dinah Caine.
Film Hub London, the exhibitor network managed by Film London, unveils plans for its second year.
Screening to mark 35th anniversary will include John Williams’ score performed live.
UPDATED JULY 6: Terminator: Genisys usurped two of Universal’s heavy hitters to rule the international and global box office. Jurassic World became the fifth biggest global release in history and Disney crossed $3bn worldwide in a new speed record for the studio.
UPDATED JULY 6: Disney/Pixar’s latest release usurped the Universal behemoth over the July Fourth holiday weekend in North America.
The studio reached the milestone on June 30 in its fastest time, powered by Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Inside Out and Cinderella.
Japanese character and lifestyle business Sanrio is planning to launch a Hello Kitty movie for global release in 2019.
In reaction to protests from specialist exhibitors, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced it is going ahead with the launch of a new support programme for arthouse film distribution.
Nicolo Donato’s feature about the escape of Danish Jews in 1943 to star Danica Curcic and David Dencik among others.
Culinary drama stars Jonathan Pryce.
JULY 3 UPDATE: Jurassic World faces its sternest test yet as Terminator Genisys leaps to an early $28m heading into its first major weekend. Inside Out continues to build momentum and crosses $300m worldwide.
Philip Ridley’s 1990 horror featured Viggo Mortensen in one of his first starring roles.
Main programme to include Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and Carol Morley’s The Falling.
Terminator Genisys tops chart ahead of release.
The 16th edition of genre film festival unveils full line-up.
After making two high profile movies set during the Hitler years, Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel is hatching plans for a new film that will unfold during the First World War.
EXCLUSIVE: Plans by the European Commission (EC) to create a level playing field between high and low production capacity countries in its Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme have come increasingly under fire from film distributors in the larger EU Member States.
New images also released of the feature centred on the first person to successfully swim the English Channel.
Marks directorial debut for Danish screenwriter behind A Royal Affair and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Colin Rothbart’s documentary explores east London’s alternative drag scene.
Kosovar film to play in competition at Karlovy Vary.
Feature debuted at Sundance Film Festival.
Two senior appointments made at London-based studios.
Audio facility recently worked on Richard Ayoade’s The Double.
The studio has struck a deal with the toy manufacturer to adapt the beloved board game and has brought on Andrew Niccol.
EXCLUSIVE: Former FremantleMedia executive Solomon Nwabueze to spearhead commercial push.
New films from South Korean and Polish directors to play in international competition.
The RLJ Entertainment brand has acquired first-time filmmaker Daniel Robbins’ genre tale.
New report reveals the growing sector was worth nearly $300m in 2014.
Titles in the Feature and Documentary Film competitions unveiled.
The genre theatrical imprint of Shout! Factory will open the film in select cinemas across top US markets and on VOD on September 4.
EXCLUSIVE: The trial of the detained Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov is expected “not before the end of July”, according to his cousin Natalja Kaplan.
The Walt Disney Company hierarchy has named Christine McCarthy senior executive vice-president and Chief Financial Officer and Kevin Mayer senior executive vice president and Chief Strategy Officer, effective immediately.
Creator of iconic French TV programmes such as Les Guignols de l’Info loses battle with cancer.
Industry veteran Alex Barder and his partner Russell Naftal at Burbank-based entertainment company Beast Media Group are lining up a virtual reality game based on the horror franchise.
Independent artists Kris Bowers, Germaine Franco, Danielle Eva Schwob and Jeremy Turner are among the select few for this summer’s Music and Sound Design Labs held at Skywalker Ranch in northern California.
Annual results show revenue increased by more than £10m year-on-year.
Julie Candelaria has been promoted to svp of marketing for Gravitas Ventures, while AJ Feuerman has been added to the team as director of public relations and Nancy Sanchez joins as marketing manager.
DCMS report highlights BAME gains but gender imbalance in industries.
Edinburgh International Film Festival tops 50,000 admissions.
US documentary director to also be subject of a retrospective.
Toho’s highly-anticipated live action manga adaptation to receive world premiere in Los Angeles
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World reigned over the China box office for the third week straight last week, passing the $200m benchmark, and holding off local opener Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.
Paul Dano, riding high on critical acclaim for his portrayal of Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, will star alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the surreal drama.
XLrator Media, Parkside Pictures and Tadross Media Group have signed a multi-film production slate that the parties will jointly produce and distribute worldwide.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival initiative will present five awards at this year’s event, set to run from November 11-15 in Mexico.
The writer and performer will take part in the “Conversations With…” series during the one-day Produced By New York conference run by the Producers Guild Of America on October 24.
EXCLUSIVE: Sam Fleischner’s drama will screen in the prestigious annual round-up by Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional as it emerged that sales agent Curator Films has secured a Mexican distribution deal.
It’s a Universal one-two at the top of the chart as Jurassic World becomes year’s biggest film with $76.8m (£48.9m) haul to date.
The Godfather director will lead the jury at the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: French director’s first English-language film is set in space; artist Olafur Eliasson among collaborators.
The animated spin-off sequel topped Entourage and Terminator Genysis
Charity founded in 1908 alters name to reflect changes within organisation, expands remit to support disadvantaged youth entering industry.
UPDATED JUNE 29: Jurassic World stayed top of the global food chain for the third consecutive session as a confirmed $84.3m from 66 territories propelled the international tally to $745.5m and combined with a confirmed $500.4m in North America for $1.246bn worldwide.
UPDATED JUNE 29: Universal’s global smash held on to pole position in its third weekend and used a confirmed $54.5m to become the fifth film to cross the half-billion mark.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor is believed to be close to an Australian deal for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western as the director and cast prepare to hit Comic-Con next month.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosamund Pike, Tom Hardy and Martin Freeman are among 322 artists and executives invited to become members of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.
The Carol producer will take centre stage when the 18th edition of the co-production market within Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax opens on September 17.
Veteran Bulgarian actor Ivaylo Hristov’s third feature film as director, the coming-of-age tale Losers, won the Golden St. George Prize for best film on Friday at the 37th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF), which ran from June 19-26.
The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film goes to Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.
Toronto-based Marina Cordoni Entertainment will represent international sales on Jeff Lehman’s The Tailor’s Apprentice.
EXCLUSIVE: Staff addition forms part of production push for London outfit.
Festival gets five-year commitment from regional government.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal for UK comedy crime-drama with Dexter Fletcher among cast.
President of production Claudia Lewis announced on Thursday that principal photography has begun in Minnesota on Craig Johnson’s follow-up to The Skeleton Twins starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern.
The Japanese film and television star makes his English-language debut in Lava Bear Films’ supernatural thriller, currently in production in Japan.
Cinedigm Corp has acquired a minority stake as the partners prepare to relaunch Shout! Factory’s AVOD OTT channel Shout! Factory TV.
The independent distributor and streaming service announced at BAMcinemaFest they will partner on the slate.
Both films to receive their European premieres at this year’s 16th edition; FrightFest co-director Alan Jones reflects on the festival’s first year at the Vue and what’s to come.
Tinatin Kajrishvili, Aida Begic, Hüseyin Karabey films among lineup.
Universal Pictures International executives anticipate another mighty session as the behemoth heads into its third weekend, already well past $1bn worldwide.
Entertainment One (eOne) and Creative England will plough a combined £500,000 into regional drama development as they bid to unearth a hit on the scale of Broadchurch.
China’s Alibaba Pictures is making its first move into Hollywood, partnering with Paramount Pictures on Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.
Films will launch at European festivals and on VOD platforms.
Under new rules, qualifying producers for a best picture nominee must be eligible for a Producers Guild Of America award for the film or have appealed the PGA’s refusal of such eligibility.
Top brass at the Los Angeles event set to run from August 7-9 in Los Angeles have announced the film and music roster.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere about the psychological toll of a tragedy on a New York couple.
EXCLUSIVE: Doc about champion jockey to get UK-Ire cinema release later this year.
Annapurna Pictures has commenced principal photography in New York City on the drama that will feature characters from the director’s 1995 cult release Welcome To The Dollhouse.
Lily Rabe, Timothee Chalamet, Lili Reinhart and Anthony Quintal star in Julia Hart’s feature directorial debut, which has commenced production in California.
The multi-platform production executive has been hired as evp and general manager of the service that Lionsgate and Comic-Con International announced recently.
Torrey DeVitto of The Vampire Diaries, Mike Doyle and Ursula Parker have joined Monolith Pictures’ psychological thriller that has commenced principal photography in Dutchess County in upstate New York.
Principal photography is underway in Europe on Martin Koolhoven thriller.
Network takes UK rights to Sebastián Silva drama, co-starring Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe.
Producer-director Andrey Silvestrov’s The Ice Hole was named the winner of the first Screen International Best Pitch Award at the Moscow Business Square (MBS).
Principal photography underway in the UK on book adaptation.
TrustNordisk sells foodie documentary to Germany, Austria, Korea, Benelux.
AwesomenessTV is ramping up its film business in the wake of the 2014 social success of Expelled and has brought on the Chapter One Films founder as president of Awesomeness Films.
Star of The Impossible is a former Screen Star of Tomorrow.
Ted Hope’s expanding team at the digital platform alongside Andrew Karpen’s fledgling distributor have snapped up US rights with the latter in line to handle the theatrical release.
Shakespeare adaptation will become the first ever live 4K broadcast to multiple cinemas under Sony, Vue and NT Live partnership.
The long-standing executive has been named Chief Brand Officer and president of worldwide marketing.
Worldwide sales agent eOne Features has struck a US deal on Ricky Gervais’ comedy charting the post-The Office life of mockumentary sensation David Brent.
EXCLUSIVE: David Hare script to be produced by Philomena producer and BBC Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal heads orchestrated a precisely calibrated marketing campaign in support of the release that played a critical role in driving the tentpole past $1bn worldwide in record time on Monday.
The Walking Dead distributor and UK funding body launch slate for regional producers.
Worldwide tickets sales for the year-to-date reached a new high for the studio of $3.819bn on Monday.
China Lion Film Distribution has acquired rights for North America, Australia and New Zealand to three titles handled by IM Global – Only You, The Wasted Times and Mr Six.
The Lucasfilm president has joined the board of councilors of the USC School Of Cinematic Arts.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World chomped through another $68.49m to top the China box office last week, although local action thriller SPL2: A Time For Consequences opened strongly with $43.36m.
UPDATED JUNE 23: Hollywood composer also wrote the soundtracks to Avatar, Braveheart and the upcoming Southpaw.
Exec joins Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier’s growing company.
Tammy Blanchard and Zachary Quinto are among a slew of new cast to join Route One Entertainment and Ocean Blue Entertainment’s dramatic comedy Tallulah, which has begun shooting in New York City.
Partnership struck between Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media, Women In Film And Television (UK) and BFI London Film Festival
The Downslope will be the first in a trilogy that producers Lauren Selig, Barry Levine and Reneé Wolfe are planning based on the iconic director’s unproduced original 1956 screenplay.
EXCLUSIVE: BBC Films and BFI also set to board as core funders on theatrical documentary.
Universal and Legendary’s juggernaut will become the fastest film in history to reach the milestone on Monday, its 13th day in release.
In a significant statement of its ambitions to forge ties with a stable of regular collaborators, the distributor has closed a deal with Duplass Brothers Productions on worldwide theatrical and ancillary rights to seven titles.
Well-received race and identity comedy Dear White People marks the first acquisition for The New Black Film Collective but the film faces significant challenges in the UK.
Roland Emmerich’s follow-up to his 1996 blockbuster that launched the film career of Will Smith will be called Independence Day Resurgence.
Festival to open with Gere-starrer Time Out Of Mind. Other guests include Harvey Keitel, 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan and George A. Romero.
Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to drama-thriller Dynamite: A 60’s Love Story starring Ian Harding and Evanna Lynch.
Universal’s sequel records second biggest second weekend ever with $17.6m (£11.1m); ScreenLive Entertainment’s Take That Live sets new record for biggest one-night-only concert event.
Pierre Jolivet’s France-Belgium co-production The Night Watchman won best feature in the Golden Goblet competition of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (June 13-21), while Cao Baoping’s The Dead End won best director and actor.
EDINBURGH: Scottish actor gives talk about 22-year acting career including new role as Jesus in Last Days In The Desert.
Exec to take on production and acquisitions role.
The companies have announced JT Hilversum as the second Dolby Cinema location in the Netherlands, six months after Dolby Cinema opened one of its first theatres at JT Eindhoven.
Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria was the big winner at this year’s German Film Awards, taking home six statuettes from its seven nominations including the Golden Lolas for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Lead Actor.
Blood Cells, which has its UK premiere in Edinburgh on Tuesday (and competes for the Michael Powell Award), is planning a UK launch in cinemas from June 27.
When she joined Creative Scotland as Director, Film And Media, last summer, Natalie Usher already had an intimate involvement with several of the films that Creative Scotland was backing.
South Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and China’s Youku have initiated their Asian collaboration project to nurture new filmmakers with master directors.
JUNE 22 UPDATE: A monster North American session saw Universal-Legendary’s smash produce the second biggest second weekend ever to reach $402.8m, while Inside Out scored the biggest opening for an original property on $90.4m.
Universal and Legendary’s Jurassic World continued to dominate the globe as a muscular second session propelled the smash within swiping distance of $1bn. Warner Bros’ San Andreas crossed $400m worldwide.
Festival brass hailed a record turnout for the renowned event and honoured a range of international filmmakers at the awards ceremony on Sunday night.
Kennedy Brice, Casper Van Dien (pictured) and Victoria Pratt star in the sci-fi thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Controversial Alex Gibney doc Going Clear to get release despite legal pressure.
EXCLUSIVE: Animation sells to Middle East, Asia, Africa.
Director also talks about an extended cut of award-winning Senna.
The adventure reboot stood at $412m by the end of Wednesday via Universal Pictures International as executives anticipated an emphatic follow-up session despite the day-and-date release of Inside Out in several key markets.
Verve picks up UK rights to Scott Graham’s Shell follow-up.
National Geographic Channel has joined Fox Searchlight to distribute He Named Me Malala.
Parker Bowles previously served as vice-chairman and is the head of production at Story Mining & Supply Co.
David Sullivan, chairman of London football club West Ham United, has invested in UK distributor Signature Entertainment.
The animation specialist has picked up North American rights to A Cat In Paris directors’ Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s latest work.
EXCLUSIVE: Crime drama stars Stephen Graham and Michael Smiley.
Paramount Pictures has appointed former IMAX China manager Tara Yin as general manager of its new China office in Beijing.
Bunyik Entertainment’s new VOD platform has signed agreements with the Hungarian National Digital Archive MANDA for US VOD rights to 46 Hungarian classics.
Korean film industry representatives visited the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) in Busan on Tuesday to protest the organisation’s budget decisions on funding for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) and independent and arthouse specialty cinemas.
Fred Dust, Philipp Engelhorn, Caterina Fake, Gigi Pritzker and Alejandro Ramírez Magaña have joined the Institute’s board of trustees.
The British Council is launching a new UK-Nigeria screenwriting partnership programme at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) titled Script Junction.
Feature is based on Orhan Pamuk’s novel The Museum Of Innocence.
Cult classics and exclusive previews to be screened in locations around the world.
Thierry Frémaux to provide live commentary on restored films by Louis Lumière.
Fox International Channels (FIC) unit Star Chinese Movies (SCM) has acquired TV and digital media rights to three of Beijing-based Enlight Media’s biggest current titles.
Minister for Culture and Sport Miri Regev threatened to cut off subsidies if the documentary was not pulled.
EXCLUSIVE: The first international deals on Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Western have emerged, more than seven months after The Weinstein Company (TWC) formally introduced the project to buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: European Union plans to increase Creative Europe’s budget by 8% for 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: The Works closes UK, Germany, Asian deals on romance.
Italian-language film could shoot this autumn in Southern Italy.
Six selected directors include Michaël R. Roskam [pictured], Kim Ki-duk and Sion Sono.
Screen International has appointed Tom Grater as web assistant/news reporter.
Manes named International Account Manager at Screen International.
Relationship drama to shoot for five weeks in the UK.
Cast of dystopian drama includes Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi and Agyness Deyn.
Members include Belle director Amma Asante and Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa.
Funding will bring independent and British film to audiences across the North West and Central England.
Integrated entertainment PR agency launches in London
FilmDoo to debut Trinidad’s God Loves the Fighter at East End Film Festival; signs New Wave and Eureka for VOD.
British psychological thriller Dartmoor Killing is using an innovative distribution, starting with self-distribution in cinemas from September 18 followed by a DVD and VOD release by Soda Pictures later in the autumn.
Sakharov has directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Marco Polo.
Animation features a voice performance from the late Christopher Lee.
Leaders from China’s film industry to attend new initiative at American Film Market.
EXCLUSIVE: UK thriller comes from writer-director Mike Doxford, Achilles Entertainments.
Marketplace pitch and competition winners also announced; 2016 dates set.
Baidu-owned online video company iQiyi announced that its paid streaming subscribers reached 5 million as of June 15, an increase of 765% over the past year.
Metrodome’s Jezz Vernon and Genesis Cinema’s Tyrone Walker-Hebborn on Board.
Groundbreaking research “mapping” the European animation industry is to be presented at the Annecy Festival.
IMAX Corporation is partnering with China Media Capital (CMC) to create a fund, initially capitalised at $50m, to produce Chinese-language movies.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World roared into China with an opening gross of $100.1m in five days, topping the box office and pushing San Andreas into second place.
Speaking at the Shanghai International Film Festival, IM Global chief Stuart Ford predicted that China digital and pay-TV revenues could become the biggest driver of the global movie market within five years.
World premieres include closing film The Chosen: Forbidden Cave from Kim Hui; competition line-up includes Coin Locker Girl, which played in Cannes Critics’ Week.
Co-production between Germany and France is set to be given an additional boost with the creation of two new development funds.
SquareOne Entertainment acquires Cannes Marche titles.
Marc Butan’s new company is in final talks with Mark Romanek to direct the film based on the 1980 California bank robbery and manhunt.
Tracy Letts, Linda Emond and Danny Burstein have joined the cast of James Schamus’ directorial debut as production begins this week in and around New York. FilmNation handles international sales.
Producer of Submarine and Berberian Sound Studio to take key role in the BFI Film Fund.
Universal’s sequel posts biggest opening of the year, sixth biggest of all time at the UK box office and distributor’s biggest of all time.
Sundance Institute today announced the eight projects selected for the annual Documentary Edit and Story Labs in Utah from June 19-27 and July 3-11.
Executives today announced the 15 finallists in the Micro-Budget Production Program for 2015-2016 representing all regions of the country.
Innovations include showing Utopia as part of first TV offering at a Croatian festival.
The Rio-based distributor has returned from the Croisette with a trio of titles.
China’s Bona Film Group has unveiled an ambitious 26-picture slate to celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary, along with a strategic cooperation with Huaxia Film Distribution.
Dimension Films and Trancas International Films have set a July start date on the horror reboot featuring the infamous Michael Myers.
April And The Extraordinary World will screen in competition at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival that started today and features the voice of Marion Cotillard in the lead.
Producer Dimitri Villard, whose credits include Flight Of The Navigator and In Love And War, is moving ahead with his Frank Herbert adaptation with the hire of the Sundance-winning filmmaker.
Actor John Turturro to visit Jerusalem and take part in opening ceremony
Asia’s largest genre film fest, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) in South Korea has announced this year’s It Project Spotlight on China and is tentatively launching a new programme titled Nordic Genre Invasion.
Former Fox marketing executive Al Ovadia is heading production and marketing company Los Angeles Beijing Studios (LABS), which has sealed a $300m joint venture with Shenzhen-based fund Hotland Film Ventures.
Alibaba revealed further details of its streaming service and crowdfunding platform at SIFF Forum, where talk revolved around the convergence of China’s movie and internet industries and new financing models.
Colin Farrell starrer won Jury Prize at Cannes last month.
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based finance and management outfit Kirin Media Ventures has launched a $25m fund, with initial backing from Chinese investors, to finance a slate of US theatrical features.
JUNE 15 UPDATE: An exceptional year for Universal Pictures vaulted to another level as the latest episode in the tentpole Steven Spielberg created 22 years ago set opening weekend records in North America, international and worldwide.
JUNE 15 UPDATE: An extraordinary weekend for Universal Pictures saw the revival of Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure franchise confirmed on Monday as the highest North American release in industry history.
An explosive start for the dinosaur romp has resulted in a box office trifecta for the studio as its films crossed $1bn in North America and $3bn worldwide in industry record time following last week’s $2bn international feat.
Miguel Gomes’ three-volume epic wins eight on the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival.
Stars including Mike Tyson, Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan walked the red carpet at the opening of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) last night, along with three Korean jury members who are attending the festival despite the controversy surrounding MERS.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has unveiled its plans for the distribution of Quentin Tarantino’s next film.
UK film arm of European distributor withdraws from theatrical.
The distributor’s Gramercy Pictures genre label has moved its action sequel out of the busy October 2 slot.
Sci-fi thriller wins fourth edition of US indie showcase in Paris.
Elishia Holmes, Lucy Kitada and Johnny Pariseau have joined Michael De Luca Productions.
The world of Star Wars has been re-created for the latest immersive experience by Secret Cinema. Michael Rosser headed to a galaxy far, far away to find out if it would prove a trip into hyperspace… or hypersleep.
The European Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM) were high on the agenda as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) held its annual strategy meeting in Berlin for first time.
The 84-year-old mogul is preparing to relinquish his CEO role at 21st Century Fox and will hand over the reins to his son James, according to a story by CNBC on Thursday.
The 18th edition of the co-production market within Canada’s Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax will run from September 17-20.
Universal’s latest tentpole in a year that has already delivered a new speed record to the $2bn mark arrives in 66 territories this weekend.
Dinosaur sequel tramples over the competition.
Universal’s annus mirabilis showed little sign of slowing down on Friday as studio brass said the dinosaur adventure added an estimated $41.6m from 45 international markets on Thursday to reach $65.5m.
The Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) has secured two major sponsors for this year’s Mumbai Film Festival, providing some much-needed financial security for the October event.
A total of 1.2 million digital and creative skilled workers needed by 2022 says Creative Skillset
Philip Rose and Daniel Noy to unite entertainment teams at agency.
EXCLUSIVE: 24 producers from across Europe, Canada, US and beyond to take part in this year’s training programme.
Early grosses from Jurassic World pushed Universal Pictures International (UPI) past the milestone on June 11 as the studio established a new industry speed record.
The studio announced on Thursday that it will present exclusive looks at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and The Last Witch Hunter in San Diego on July 9.
The veteran actor died on Sunday after being hospitalised for respiratory problems and heart failure.
EXCLUSIVE: Competition trio among UK distributor’s haul.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has confirmed to Screen its rights to first-time feature filmmaker Branden Kramer’s cyberthriller starring Ashley Benson.
Music financier Cutting Edge Group and investment arm Conduct has invested in six new films to bolster the growing music rights division.
Ben Latham-Jones describes allegations in US lawsuit as “categorically untrue”.
UK newcomer Shannon Tarbet will also star in Locomotive Media’s upcoming dark comedy.
EXCLUSIVE: Rhys Ifans and singer Charlotte Church star in Edinburgh-bound drama.
Takeshi Kitano’s Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, Sonny Mallhi’s Anguish, Ringo Lam’s Wild City and Miguel Angel Vivas’ Extinction among titles playing at Montreal’s genre film festival.
Holocaust drama won the Grand Prix at Cannes last month.
Danish major Nordisk Film has selected the team that will front its push into Norwegian productions led by Harald Zwart’s 12th Man
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has brought on the distributor as the new presenting partner of the TFI Documentary Fund.
Vue Entertainment to bring box office hit back to theatres next week.
Lionsgate has set a UK date for Jane Got A Gun, the long-gestating Western starring Natalie Portman that made headlines over the comings and goings of director and stars.
The team behind Stars Wars: The Force Awakens will light up the hallowed Hall H in San Diego on July 10 with a “special look” at the upcoming tentpole.
EXCLUSIVE: Production commenced in Auckland on Wednesday on the embassy siege action thriller from Toa Fraser that XYZ Films sells internationally.
Open Road Films has scheduled a November 6 limited release for Tom McCarthy’s thriller about the team of Boston Globe reporters that uncovered abuse within the Catholic Church.
Felix Vossen, producer of The Sweeney and I, Anna, has been missing since March.
Drumm arrives from Screen Australia and will oversee all the Toronto International Film festival’s industry activities.
Film insiders are grappling with the potential ramifications of Netflix’s deal announced on Monday for the Brad Pitt starrer that Screen understands is in the $70m range.
Other winners include a film about the early years of Greenpeace and US documentary 3½ Minutes, 10 Bullets.
Stewart Thorndike’s psychological is styled as a modern-day lesbian ode to Rosemary’s Baby and stars Gaby Hoffmann.
The new evp of production arrives from DreamWorks Studios where he served as co-president and most recently worked as an independent producer at the studio.
Alexey German Jr.’s Under Electric Clouds has become the first high-profile title to fall victim to Ukraine’s new distribution ban on Russian films and TV series, which came into effect last week.
Sixth edition to move from usual berth of November to April.
UK actress Wendy Glenn is starring in Indian filmmaker Onir’s Veda, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, which is currently shooting in the UK.
The board of governors of the American Society Of Cinematographers has voted Crudo to return as president for a sixth term.
The Swedish film and TV industries lose close to $100m annually from illegal streaming and file sharing, according to report.
New projects from Larry Fessenden, RKSS and John McNaughton among line-up at sixth edition, taking place July 23-26 in Montreal.
Period drama stars Saoirse Ronan.
Secret Cinema shows put Star Wars sequel back into the UK top ten.
The cutting-edge distributor has taken another stride into development, teaming up with Chandor and long-time producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb on the story behind New York’s G.M. Building.
The team behind Sony Pictures Classics will collaborate with Pedro Almodóvar for the tenth time on the drama following a North American deal with El Deseo.
XLrator Media has acquired North American rights from Arclight Films to the Dutch historical epic that premiered in Berlin earlier this year.
Warren Goz will serve as CEO at the New York and Los Angeles-based film and TV finance and production venture backed by an unnamed private equity source from New York.
As shooting begins, Jack Reynor and Brie Larson join cast as Luke Evans and Olivia Wilde drop out.
JUNE 9 UPDATE: The studio confirmed on Tuesday it has never shot nor does it plan to shoot its Roald Dahl adaptation on the Faroe Islands as an anti-whale hunt petition focused on the North Atlantic settlement neared 50,000 signatures.
Ryan Kampe’s New York-based sales agent has announced the hire of its new manager of acquisitions.
Eli Roth will direct a live read of Fast Times At Ridgemont High in what will be the first such event to close the Los Angeles Film Festival.
The company has brought on its new vp / business development officer at its entertainment industries division.
EXCLUSIVE: The director’s latest documentary, A Syrian Love Story, had its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest this week and is one of the hot favourites for the festival’s Grand Jury Prize
Cash prize of $22,500 (€20,000) to be awarded in November.
PalmStar Media and Likely Story have acquired rights to the script Collateral Beauty that has Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara attached to star.
UK company to set up office in China following investment of $1m for VOD growth into the country.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disaster movie topples animated feature Stand By Me Doraemon from the top slot.
The streaming giant has made its biggest statement yet with regard to studio-level production, swooping on world rights to the Brad Pitt satire and committing to a budget understood to be in the $70m range.
EXCLUSIVE: Fabula, Setembro Cine and Sudestada Cine’s upcoming drama has been selected for this summer’s Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound.
Anthony Bregman is expanding his bicoastal production company with hires in the feature and television divisions.
The 14th New York Asian Film Festival will launch on June 26 with the North American premiere of Philip Yung’s crime thriller.
Principal photography is underway in and around Toronto on the psychological thriller from AMBI Group and Paradox Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: Arclight, Ambi, Lakeshore deals among pick-ups.
Good weather leads to soft market, down 29% on previous weekend, with holdovers suffering big drops.
Birdman star to receive Excellence Award.
Feature about gender reassignment wins international documentary competition.
Rams wins Special Jury Prize and Audience Award, The Treasure picks up Best Romanian Film at 14th Transilvania International Film Festival in Cluj
Iain Glen cast in a modern take on Othello, set in the world of the music business.
New programming head secured films by female filmmakers for close to 50% of the line-up.
JUNE 8 UPDATE: San Andreas stayed atop the international charts thanks to a confirmed $97.7m haul from approximately 24,015 screens in 68 markets.
JUNE 8 UPDATE: A confirmed $29.1m debut for Fox’s Melissa McCarthy action comedy was enough to consign San Andreas to second place as Entourage failed to ignite in fourth place.
New awards to support UK documentaries.
James Napier Robertson’s acclaimed New Zealand drama picked up a couple of honours as the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival came to a close.
UK documentary festival opened with Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence.
Move comes less than two weeks before the start of the festival.
British star was known for performances in The Haunting and Tomb Raider among others.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to the documentary by Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles.
More to film reviewing than a 140-character tweet, says Thierry Frémaux.
In South Korea where concerns over the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) have been heightening, distributor Next Entertainment World (NEW) has postponed the release of Northern Limit Line (aka Battle of Yeonpyeong).
Edinburgh International Film Festival unveils juries and guests for 2015 edition.
Alchemy has acquired the political drama starring Nicolas Cage, while in a separate deal BBC Worldwide North America will present the theatrical premiere of We Come As Friends.
EXCLUSIVE: The online network and content creator is exploring theatrical distribution avenues as it builds an ambitious film business following the stunning social success last year of Expelled.
EXCLUSIVE: Wolfe Releasing has acquired North American rights to the Australian lesbian crime caper that will screen at Frameline and Outfest this summer.
EXCLUSIVE: Greece’s Syllas Tzoumerkas and Hungary’s Adam Csaszi are among 13 international filmmakers selected to each spend three months in Berlin as part of the Nipkow Programme residency.
The dinosaur sequel topped the disaster movie ahead of its UK release next weekend.
STREAM MARKET: The president of Awesomeness TV identified a section of the Millennial demographic as woefully underserved during a panel at the two-day digital conference on Thursday.
Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will return to their prior policy of allowing films that receive their world premiere in Telluride to screen in the opening weekend in Canada – with one big string attached.
The distributor has picked up US rights to the Liam Neeson thriller from Marc Butan’s fledgling MadRiver Pictures, Film 360, Hollywood Gang and Jason Keller.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) has acquired rights to the non-fiction book and has set Jennifer Kent to direct following wide acclaim for her Australian horror hit The Babadook.
Robert Zemeckis’ latest has landed one of the most prestigious slots of the upcoming awards season.
The distributor will release its new drama starring Evan Peters, Juno Temple and Kevin Alejandro theatically and via VOD on July 17.
EXCLUSIVE: RAF Church Fenton to become 100,000 sq ft shooting facility.
EXCLUSIVE: Front Row strikes Cannes deals with HanWay, Protagonist, Embankment.
The ten-year veteran at the studio has been promoted to evp of production.
EXCLUSIVE: Never one to rest on his laurels, the Chilean genre filmmaker has reunited with his Downhill co-writer Barry Keating and is moving ahead with the Turkey-set horror film.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe has reported a strong response from buyers to the roster led by Critics’ Week selection Krisha.
New work featuring Murray Abraham, Kate Mara and Amber Tamblyn, Rufus Wainwright, Katie Holmes and Zachary Quinto will screen at the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market from June 16-22.
The American Film Showcase will host its first annual International Filmmaker Exchange Program in Los Angeles from June 6-18.
New films by Dietrich Brüggemann, Alex Ranisch and Philip Koch are to be judged by Munich Film Festival’s first ever Fipresci jury in its New German Cinema sidebar at this year’s forthcoming edition (June 25 - July 4).
British filmmakers and some of the UK’s highest-profile documentary-makers have put their names to a campaign backing the BBC.
The disaster tentpole has reached $100m heading into a second weekend expected to deliver solid holds for Warner Bros Pictures International and the promise of mighty debuts in China and South Korea.
Anton Corbijn’s drama starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson premiered in Berlin last February and will open on theatrical, digital and VOD platforms in autumn.
Marc Forster has commenced principal photography in Thailand on the psychological thriller starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke.
The distributor has come on to handle US rights to Fifty Shades Of Black, the upcoming spoof from Marlon Wayans that IM Global introduced to buyers in Cannes last month.
Period drama starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep to receive European premiere; new trailer released.
EXCLUSIVE: Gaumont, The Solution pre-buys among deals.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Japanese animation Stand by Me Doraemon topped the China box office last week, grossing $38.29m in its opening four days.
Derek Yee’s I Am Somebody will open this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 13-21), while China-Russian co-production Ballet In The Flames Of War will close the event.
Executive director Roger Durling of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled the run dates for next year’s 31st edition.
EXCLUSIVE: Discussions to cover development, financing, exhibition and sustainability, and will include a new distribution market.
EXCLUSIVE: A crime farce, prison drama, Highland thriller and fantastical love story among titles.
The Italian journalist for L’Espresso and La Stampa has been voted in for the 2015-16 term, effective July 1.
South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan), Asia’s largest genre film fest, has announced 21 titles from 12 countries to be presented during the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) genre film project market.
A celebration of film and television music was once again at the heart of Krakow’s Film and Music Festival, now in its eighth year.
Disney executives said on Tuesday that Avengers: Age Of Ultron has overtaken the $895m final international box office of The Avengers.
Open Road Films has corralled a finance partner to build its home-grown slate over the “coming years”, kicking off with the previously announced Sleepless Night.
Xavier Dolan’s psychosexual thriller has found a US home and will open on August 14.
CREATIVE WEEK: Boyhood producer Jonathan Sehring reveals industry doubts about indie hit.
Peter Stormare, Kerry Bishé, Lesley Manville and Ari Millen have joined Noomi Rapace and Michael Chiklis on the sci-fi adventure thriller that began shooting in Toronto on Tuesday.
The Chicago-based distributor has acquired rights to Andrew Horn’s documentary We Are Twisted Fucking Sister, while in a separate deal monterey media has picked up North American rights to Forever.
The digital platform has introduced new subscription video tools for its content creators.
Anti-Nazi satire from Stations of the Cross director Dietrich Bruggemann and a new documentary from Mark Cousins among titles.
EXCLUSIVE: Simon Fitzmaurice’s debut feature to world premiere at Galway Film Fleadh.
Black Angel first seen as a short at theatrical screenings of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme is to boost its funding for the online distribution of European films this year.
CREATIVE WEEK: Zoella agent and Maker Studios discuss potential for talent crossovers.
ARTE International Prize up for grabs at Crossover Market.
China’s Wanda Cinema Line is acquiring Australian exhibitor Hoyts Group for an undisclosed amount.
Jeff Pope and Stephen Beresford among speakers.
Films include Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut, biopic Callas starring Noomi Rapace and Nick Park animation Early Man.
The independent cinema guru arrives at the company as head of movies distribution and marketing while former ABC digital executive Albert Cheng is named COO.
EXCLUSIVE: Eli Roth’s Amazonian horror will finally get a US theatrical release two years after its world premiere in Toronto thanks to a collaboration between Blumhouse Production’s BH Tilt, Universal Pictures and High Top Releasing.
Jim Seibel and Bill Johnson’s company will finance and handle international sales after acquiring Peter Scott’s spec R-rated comedy screenplay.
EXCLUSIVE: Merlin star Colin Morgan co-stars in British coming-of-age feature.
Chariots of Fire producer reveals how Greenpeace activists brought him back to filmmaking.
The Colombian writer-director will tackle the Mexican comedy hot Nosotros Los Nobles for Dynamo Producciones.
The lead in BBC and Syfy’s Merlin and a cast regular on Humans has been cast in the Irish historical thriller that is scheduled to shoot in winter 2015/16.
Warner Bros’ disaster thriller achieves director Brad Peyton’s best-ever UK bow.
The Earth Network, Abramorama, GrindTV, Tugg and Vimeo are collaborating on the US theatrical release of The Search For Freedom, a documentary produced by The Earth Network.
The actor from current Sony/NBC series The Night Shift joins Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney on Lava Bear’s supernatural thriller.
Copenhagen-set time travel thriller set in a world where the oceans have risen.
Korea’s leading film investor/distributor CJ Entertainment has signed a memorandum of understanding with Thailand’s top exhibitor Major Cineplex Group to establish a joint venture for film production and investment.
Sheffield Doc/Fest to pay tribute to former festival director Heather Croall with Inspiration Award.
Animation already sold to more than 170 territories.
First production of Sadie Frost and Emma Comley’s new outfit Blonde to Black Pictures.
CREATIVE WEEK: Danny Cohen has admitted that a bad licence fee deal next year would spell inevitable cuts to BBC services.
CREATIVE WEEK: All3Media is eyeing further acquisitions in the coming months after bolstering its stable with Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street two months ago.
JUNE 1 UPDATE: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson jolted the North American box office as the Warner Bros disaster film delivered a thunderous start for the tentpole’s prospects and the star’s biggest solo opening weekend outside the Fast & Furious franchise.
JUNE 1 UPDATE: San Andreas shook up global box office at the weekend, taking the lead with a $118.5m worldwide haul that featured $63.9m from international debuts and a $54.6m number one launch in North America.
The distributor acquired Canadian theatrical, television and digital rights to the documentary in pitch form at the recent Hot Docs Forum.
James Marsden, Thomas Middleditch, Rosario Dawson and Alfred Molina have joined Bron Studios’ first animation.
Festival hierarchy are beefing up the event with a new programme called DIG, the return of Clementine Leger as festival manager and a greater footprint across the calendar.
EXCLUSIVE: Afghan War film Hyena Road is understood to be among a band of Canadian films in the frame to open the 40th anniversary edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
The documentary about the late comedy star and member of SNL and Chicago’s Second City Theatre troupe features Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and David Spade.
Joachim Trier’s family drama played in Competition at Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse Cinemas to partner with Durham’s Gala Theatre.
Lithuanian documentaries will be in the spotlight at this year’s 55th Krakow Film Festival (May 31-June 7) which opens with Krzysztof Kopczynski’s The Dybbuk. A Tale Of Wandering Souls.
Warner Bros triggers a wide release of San Andreas day-and-date with North America in 60 markets this weekend including eight majors.
The Norwegian government is set to introduce a system of incentives for film productions, to keep local projects in the country and attract international ventures.
Dystopian drama set to shoot this summer.
Poltergeist also scares up buzz in the social media charts.
EXCLUSIVE: Man Of Steel star quits production just days before shooting was set to begin.
The post-Cannes acquisitions trickle continues as IFC announced it has picked up US rights from Hanway Films to Matteo Garrone’s Competition premiere.
The executive arrives from Traction Media and will serve on the Film Finance & Sales Group (FFSG).
EXCLUSIVE: US director’s follow-up to Blue Ruin stars Patrick Stewart as a white supremacist and played at Cannes.
Robert Simonds’ aspiring studio, still more than two months away from releasing its first film, has made another grand move and launched a family and animation division.
The British director will be the subject of the organisation’s prestigious ‘Brits To Watch: The Screenings’ series.
EXCLUSIVE: Sam Neill and Roger Allam to star in the British comedy based on a Stephen Fry bestseller.
EXCLUSIVE: UK film and distribution company launches new digital platform.
EXCLUSIVE INFOGRAPHIC: Mad Max: Fury Road and Carol top films overall.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor Cineart has confirmed several Cannes acquisitions.
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) has signed an output deal with IFC Films on select films that include includes Good Kill and The D Train.
New Stockholm Impact Award will be part of a new international film competition.
The executive arrives at the studio as svp of business affairs, film music.
A dozen film will compete for the award.
The former Focus Features CEO’s production company Symbolic Exchange has struck a first-look and strategic cooperation agreement with Chinese start-up Meridian Entertainment.
Following on from his talk-of-the-town appearance in Cannes, the Netflix chief content officer will attend the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Naples, Italy.
Patrick Spence, executive producer of smash hit Fortitude is the latest speaker to join the impressive line-up at the Creative Summit 2015.
Production has begun in Georgia on Universal’s action film that reunites Cruise with his Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman.
The ambitious company has slotted the latest piece of its executive suite jigsaw into place with the hire of Gail Heaney as executive vice-president of media.
Starz has picked up all US rights to the comedic love story starring Rebecca Hall and Jason Sudeikis.
American Film Institute top brass have chosen Caleb Deschanel to receive the 2015 Franklin J Schaffner Alumni Medal.
Ewan McGregor, Jane Seymour, Malcolm McDowell and Hong Kong director Johnnie To among the guests set to attend the festival.
Jackie Earle Haley and Mark Boone Jr have joined Nate Parker’s slave drama, currently shooting in Savannah, Georgia.
Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have hired Jeff Bronikowski as president of the SVOD service that launches later this year.
Visual effects firm will also re-team with The Theory of Everything director James Marsh on the upcoming Donald Crowhurst biopic.
The Brooklyn-based distributor has acquired US rights to Maya Vitkova’s Bulgarian feature debut.
IFC Films/Sundance Selects announced on Wednesday three key promotions.
Jon Sneider has joined the data-driven content creator and distributor as Chief Marketing Officer and evp of client partnerships and Kate Shepherd has been hired as evp of content.
Series will star Jude Law.
Hong Kong director to speak on stage in London as part of BAFTA’s A Life In Pictures series.
Titles include Competition film Louder Than Bombs and Un Certain Regard winner Rams.
Drama about a young man who returns home after serving time in prison, but is not forgiven by the local community, played in Directors’ Fortnight.
Music Box Films acquires rights to Berlinale Grand Jury Prize winner.
The film industries of Finland and Austria will be under the spotlight at the 7th Moscow Business Square (MBS) (June 21-22).
US deal for Don’t Accept Dreams From Strangers among sales secured.
Power to the Pixel’s annual Pixel Lab event will feature 32 participants.
EXCLUSIVE: The head of Colombia’s film support body has praised the success of national films in Cannes after one the most triumphant years ever for Latin American cinema.
Joachim Trier’s drama has become the latest Cannes selection to find a North American home.
The partners are moving ahead on their local-language co-production and Chinese remake of the rom-com in a move that will resonate with the global vision of new Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman.
The distributor has acquired US and Canadian rights to Stephane Brizé’s recent Cannes Competition selection starring the festival’s freshly minted best actor Vincent Lindon.
EXCLUSIVE: Wimbledon director most recently made 5 Flights Up starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton.
The Made In NY Media Center by IFP has announced two new programmes to launch this summer: the Creative >> Founder Lab and a workshop series to teach location-based storytelling.
ITV has ended its interest in a deal to buy the TV arm of The Weinstein Company (TWC).
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Canadian LGBT rom-com Portrait Of A Serial Monogamist ahead of its world premiere at Inside Out LBGT Film Festival in Toronto.
On Tuesday the Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) top brass announced several free community screenings to take place during the 21st edition of the festival.
Disney’s Tomorrowland: A World Beyond is the week’s highest new entry, narrowly edging out Fox’s Poltergeist.
Commissioners singing from different song sheets as European funders reiterate their views on Digital Single Market strategy
Festival to include 18 world premieres and close with US crime documentary 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets.
Sci-fi series to be overseen by longtime Coronation Street producer Tony Wood.
Further sales on the adventure film secured after a promo screening at Cannes.
The film was the first ever Punjabi-language to feature in a competitve section of the festival.
Scandinavia rights snapped up to film starring Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger.
International awards won by Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.
Other winners include Son Of Saul, The Assassin, Chronic, The Lobster, The Measure Of A Man, Carol and Mon Roi.
Co-president Ethan Coen said the jury tried to “balance out” the awards while Jake Gyllenhaal addresses “controlled suicide”.
MAY 26 UPDATE: Avengers: Age Of Ultron grossed $45.8m from 91 territories in its fifth weekend to reach $859.8m internationally and $1.263.9bn globally.
Disney’s George Clooney and Britt Robertson action-adventure from Brad Bird led the charts in a tepid Memorial Day Weekend.
Screen’s jury of international critics finished the festival tied in their appreciation of Carol and The Assassin, ahead of the award of the Palme d’Or.
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Other prizes awarded to Dalibor Matanic’s The High Sun, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore and Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Treasure.
Other prizes go to My Mother, Masaan and Paulina.
Agreement includes We Are Your Friends, starring Zac Efron.
Other winners include Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang.
Toronto International Film Festival director and CEO has revealed further details of Toronto’s new Platform section, which will be the festival’s first competitive section.
Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako led the jury.
EXCLUSIVE: PalmStar Media and Zurich-based The Bridge Finance Company announced during Cannes that they have renewed their strategic partnership.
With only one more film to screen at Cannes 68 – Macbeth – the Screen International team of jurors are tied for their lead film.
EXCLUSIVE: Anchor Bay Canada has acquired Canadian home entertainment and North American digital rights to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ The Night Visitor and its sequel.
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) stars in the comedy about sexual frustration and parenthood.
Brad Furman’s crime thriller stars Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger.
Emmanuelle Bercot became the first female director to open the festival since 1987.
Victoria government pledges $900,000 renewal.
Iceland’s GunHil signs co-pro agreement with Belgian animation studio.
First still released of Meryl Streep and Hugh grant in Stephen Frears’ Florence Foster Jenkins.
Night Will Fall, a feature-length production about the filming of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, picked up two awards at last night’s Focal International Awards.
Durban FilmMart, which runs in Durban, South Africa from July 17-20, has announced its project selection for this year.
Son of Saul and Carol also strong contenders.
Two Latin American films take home top awards.
At his highly-anticipated talk for the Kering Women In Motion series at the Majestic Hotel, Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux kicked off proceedings with the statement, “This debate makes me furious.”
EXCLUSIVE: Film4 backs development of Haigh’s 45 Years follow-up; Tristan Goligher to produce.
The 14th New York Asian Film Festival will present Hong Kong director Ringo Lam with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch sells Cannes title in more than 36 territories.
EXCLUSIVE: Najwa Najjar’s next feature will be Son of a Very Important Man.
Star Vincent Lindon hotly tipped for Best Actor Palme d’Or for lead performance.
Alchemy have snapped up the Cannes Competition title.
Ealing Studios has acquired a significant stake in TV and film company GreenAcre Films and forged a new creative partnership with the company that will see Ealing Studios expand its TV division.
Denis Villeneuve to direct sci-fi sequel.
Cannes Competition title stars Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu.
Turkish feature plays in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival.
Acquisitions include Cannes Classics title Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words.
Live cinema broadcast has generated more than $1m at the UK box office to date.
Toronto-based 108 Media is in talks with international buyers in Cannes on Christian Hallman’s Swedish thriller Sensoria.
Exponenta Film takes distribution rights to Johnny O’Reilly feature.
European premiere set for Edinburgh film festival.
John Lasseter, animation guru and Chief Creative Officer at both Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, gave a special presentation of the companies’ upcoming slate in Cannes today.
Story of amateur sailor who attempted to sail around the world begins UK shoot.
EXCLUSIVE: WWII spy mistress drama to star Kelly Reilly and Tim Roth launched in Cannes
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Avengers: Age of Ultron replaced Furious 7 at the top of the China box office in its opening week, grossing $154.63m in six days.
Festival “reminds” staff of “rules” after backlash that included Emily Blunt voicing “disappointment”.
Xia Hao and his project No. 23 won the top award worth $164,000 (RMB1m) in the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum (NCFTFF), while Song Yuefeng’s The Wild Horns was given a special mention.
Beijing-based LeVision Pictures has announced that singer and director Gao Xiaosong has joined the company’s stable of filmmakers, which also includes Zhang Yimou, Lu Chuan and Tsui Hark.
Top brass at AFI DOCS 2015 have announced the slate at the 13th festival, set to run from June 17–21 in Washington DC and Silver Spring, Maryland.
Fernando León de Aranoa’s film premiered in Director’s Fortnight this week and stars Benicio del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Mélanie Thierry and Fedja Stukan.
Glorious weather on the Croisette played its part in driving strong trade and casting a warm glow over the market to temper fearful talk of the Netflix effect, for now at least.
Read Screen International’s latest daily magazine from the 68th Cannes Film Festival here.
Festival hit Son of Saul, Wadjda director’s next film among pick-ups.
John Collee (The Alchemyst, Master And Commander) will adapt the Chinese fantasy novel series The Mirror, which has been optioned by Ruyi Films and Syon Media.
EXCLUSIVE: Ellen Page and Allison Janney will star in Route One Entertainment’s dramatic comedy, with Good Universe on board to represent international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Hinting at a long-term relationship in the making, Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment has emerged as a key partner with Wild Bunch on Flag Day and has come on board to co-finance and produce Sean Penn’s upcoming drama.
The scores are in for Marguerite & Julien and Sicario.
Internationalisation has been one of the trends noticeable among UK funders at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Alchemy has acquired all US rights to Nanni Moretti’s Competition selection starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini and Beatrice Mancini.
The Copenhagen Film Fund is in talks for another project with Working Title, after they recently collaborated on The Danish Girl by Tom Hooper.
Indian feature strikes France and French-speaking territories deal.
What’s Between Us acquired for Germany and Austria by Pro-Fun Media Filmverleih.
EXCLUSIVE: Key deals for Backup Media on Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry.
New Europe Film Sales has secured further sales of Un Certain Regard title Rams (Hrútar).
EXCLUSIVE: The US faith-based entertainment company has closed a raft of sales on its slate led by Do You Believe?, the recent US release and follow-up to the breakout God’s Not Dead.
European media and culture ministers discussed the European Commission’s plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM) at this week’s Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council in Brussels.
The new hire arrives from Screenvision and will oversee an annual slate of 12-16 specialty and wide-release titles.
New anti-piracy measures in Russia risk destroying the film and TV industries, according to a Cannes panel.
Territory’s VOD market is growing rapidly but recorded an industry loss of $150m in 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Charley Boorman narrates Steve McQueen motorcycle doc.
Animation is inspired by hit French comic series of the same name.
President of international sales and distribution Michael Rothstein has reported a strong response to the Tom Hanks and Alicia Vikander cyberthriller.
Good Universe bought the pitch from writer-director Jonathan Krisel and Emmy-nominated writer Graham Wagner based on Lydia Millet’s satirical novel of the same name.
To qualify as a co-production, 20% or more of a film’s production budget must be from the partner country and 30% in the case of broadcast programmes.
The sales company has acquired international sales rights to Bob Byington’s Jason Schwartzman starrer.
Titles in development include Virginia Heath’s Mystery Ride and Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople.
In a Cannes year where women (from their shoes to their films) have been making headlines, the Norwegians and Swedes are quietly celebrating some big gains in gender equality in their film industries.
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard drama to world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend.
Sundance’s John Cooper and Karlovy Vary’s Ivana Novotná were among the speakers discussing how to choose the right international festival for your film.
EXCLUSIVE: Seville International has closed a raft of deals here on Xavier Dolan’s upcoming It’s Only the End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde) featuring arguably the most prestigious cast of any film in the market.
Stiff ‘croisetiquette’ sees older women denied access for ‘wrong’ shoes.
New additions to programme include Karen Gillan’s directorial short debut Coward, Hector starring Peter Mullan and music documentary Big Gold Dream.
EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker also co-producing Dictynna Hood’s upcoming Trojan Women.
Joachim Trier’s English-language debut delivers a solid score but fails short of the current leader.
The US rights deal to Trey Edward Shults’ acclaimed Critics’ Week selection includes rights to his next film.
Screenplay for the feature film is being written by the US screenwriter Matthew Wilder
EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian director Chiu Keng Guan, who directed The Journey, Malaysia’s highest-grossing film ever, has started production on football drama Ola Bola for Astro Shaw.
The heads of Japan’s leading studios discussed their strategies for expanding into international markets at the close of Japan Day Project’s seminar programme on Monday.
The distributor struck the deal on Alice Winocour’s Un Certain Regard entry with Indie Sales Company.
EXCLUSIVE: 13 Films has sold multiple territories on action horror film Untöt starring Hayden Christensen.
EXCLUSIVE: Fund will earmark £250,000 per year of its existing funding toward support for co-productions at the development stage.
Greek ship-owner Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis has set up Luxembourg-based Hercules Film Fund, which plans to bring European investors to Hollywood to finance three to five wide release films a year.
The 14th New York Asian Film Festival in partnership with Screen International will honour the Japanese youngster with the International Rising Star Award on July 4.
Raphael Margules and JD Lifshitz’s new LA-based sales and production company has reported strong sales here on the sequel to the genre title, which screens in the market today.
Jordanian producer Rula Nasser has boarded Dogme-style drama Medina, directed by Danish-Palestinian filmmaker Omar Shargawi, as producer alongside Nordisk Film Production.
Screen’s contributing editor Wendy Mitchell talked to the film’s producer Finola Dwyer at The UK Film Centre in Cannes.
New umbrella industry event to unfold in Ancient Roman baths
EXCLUSIVE: Film set to shoot in Chernobyl exclusion zone at the end of the year.
Programme has highlighted six key areas in which the sector can progress and emerging talent can be better supported.
EXCLUSIVE: Film London’s export market to screen Despite the Falling Snow, Urban Hymn and The ReZort.
Un Certain Regard title Nahid has been picked up across Europe and Latin America.
Sales include German deal for Partho Sen-Gupta’s Sunrise.
EXCLUSIVE: Jamaican director’s new drama aimed to be ready by the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit Scoop Films readies third production.
EXCLUSIVE: 101 nabs UK rights to thriller.
Czech production companies partnering on new projects from the likes of Kristian Levring, Per-Olav Sørensen and Bohdan Slama.
Sony Pictures Classics was last night understood to be paying $6m for US rights to Truth, RatPac Entertainment and Echo Lake Entertainment’s political thriller with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett.
3D horror sells to UK, Japan, Russia, Greece and Germany.
Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body to screen as part of Russian festival’s Polish cinema focus.
UK company acquires Woodfall Library which includes titles such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones and A Taste of Honey.
Spain and Korea among territories to secure distribution.
Sierra/Affinity chief Nick Meyer has hailed the company’s best market ever after completing key sales on Shot Caller, A Willing Patriot and Comancheria, among others.
The Solution Entertainment Group has struck a multi-territory deal here with Sony on red-hot Miles Teller starrer following Open Road’s $4m swoop on US rights at the weekend.
China’s Fundamental Films is extending its output deal with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and will invest up to $50m into Besson’s Valerian, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.
EXCLUSIVE: Todd Haynes, the toast of the Croisette following last night’s rousing reception for Carol, is angling to adapt Brian Selznick’s children’s book.
Cate Blanchett’s performance in Todd Haynes’ lesbian drama will be tough to beat.
EXCLUSIVE: Salt secures deal for Toni Colette, Drew Barrymore comedy-drama in Germany, France, Japan.
Universal’s sequel out-sings Warner Bros’ revival to dethrone Avengers: Age of Ultron.
United Talent Agency’s Bec Smith and director Caradog James were among the speakers discussing how post-first feature directors can make the leap to an international career.
Chariots Of Fire producer David Puttnam is returning to filmmaking for the first time in more than 15 years
EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman and Christopher Lee are among the ensemble cast to have signed for a Copenhagen-set drama set during the 24-hours before 9/11.
EXCLUSIVE: Films Distribution racks up sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Breuls’ Belgium-based company has come on to produce and sell the long-gestating remake of All Quiet On The Western Front with Roger Donaldson set to direct.
Magnolia Pictures has picked up all US rights from Wild Bunch to Arnaud Desplechin’s Directors’ Fortnight selection My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse).
Jack Black will star in Buffalo Film Company’s comedy from director Jared Hess of Napoleon Dynamite fame.
Screen International is to join with the BFI London Film Festival to launch its celebrated Stars of Tomorrow for the first time.
EXCLUSIVE: Crime-drama, James Ellroy novel, TV series on slate of new LA-based production outfit.
EXCLUSIVE: Ben Schnetzer, star of gay activist drama Pride, is to play a tragic Reuters photojournalist who was stoned to death in Mogadishu in 1993.
EXCLUSIVE: Creative England has named the three films to be greenlit for production through the latest round of its low-budget filmmaking initiative iFeatures.
Second edition set to unfold in French capital June 10-12.
VMI Worldwide has been tempting Croisette buyers with action titles Riot starring Dolph Lundgren and Perfect Weapon with Steven Segal.
EXCLUSIVE: MPI/Dark Sky Films has picked up US rights from Raven Banner to the horror anthology.
Michael Dwyer has joined IM Global from Screen Media as svp of international sales and distribution and will head sales from the 250-title library.
Swedish Culture Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke has defended her decision to scrap Sweden’s Film Agreement.
StudioCanal has acquired UK rights from Visit Films to the Critics’ Week selection.
EXCLUSIVE: For the first time ever a film festival will overlap the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM) in July as Colombia’s film chiefs look to turn the summer corridor into a creative and business platform for the country’s booming film industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based documentary specialist has sealed several deals on Argentine filmmaker German Kral’s Our Last Tango.
EXCLUSIVE: Dark drama stars Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray.
Co-production market to focus on 10 projects with 20% of budget in place.
Submarine has come on to co-finance, co-produce and partner with Dogwoof on world sales to the documentary Chris Burden: Double Bind.
Cannes: Talk held at The UK Film Centre looked at the financing and production of Yorgos Lanthimos’ English-language debut.
Association supporting UK cinema operators relaunches as UK Cinema Association
EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Williams Associates has closed some eye-catching deals on its remastered Pedro Almodovar film, Labyrinth Of Passion.
The World Bank Group’s Film4Climate programmme and Ecoprod are inviting film producers to join forces in the development of a plan to reduce the environmental impact of film production and to raise more awareness about climate change.
A bullish Andy Vajna has hailed the work of the Hungarian Film Fund in galvanizing film production in the country and “cleaning up the mess” left after the dissolution of the debt-ridden Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (MMKA).
India’s Arka Mediaworks is planning an international cut of its $40m action epic Bahubali, directed by S.S. Rajamouli, one of the biggest filmmakers in the Telugu-language film industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Egypt’s Zawya Cinema and Misr International Films are joining forces to launch arthouse distributor Zawya Distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese studio Shochiku is launching sales on two new projects from leading director Yoji Yamada – a drama based on a Hisashi Inoue story and the director’s first comedy since the end of the Tora-san series in 1995.
EXCLUSIVE: The online film and TV marketplace has closed deals with Lakeshore Entertainment, The Solution Entertainment Group, QED International, GFM and Arclight.
European Commissioner spoke with the film industry in Cannes.
The distributor pounced on worldwide rights on Sunday to Tom Ford’s upcoming thriller starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in a deal reportedly worth $20m.
Number 9 Films’ Elizabeth Karlsen and Killer Films’ Christine Vachon discuss their collaboration on Todd Haynes’ much-anticipated Competition film.
Mad Max: Fury Road opened in 68 markets on an estimated $65m powered by a string of number one debuts.
A massive $156.3m in the first six days in China propelled Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age Of Ultron to a $185m weekend as the global tally crossed $1bn.
Twilight Of A Life and 7 Days In St. Petersburg sweep the Israeli competition at 17th Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival
At its annual presentation of Russian projects looking for co-production partners earlier this week, Roskino provided a platform for producers to present new projects in the Cannes market.
Universal’s female comedy directed by Elizabeth Banks stormed to the top of the North American charts as Mad Max: Fury Road arrived in second place.
EXCLUSIVE: Denis Menochet to star in darkly comedic drama from Macbeth duo.
Fortissimo Films handling pre-sales at the Cannes Marche.
EXCLUSIVE: Andrea Riseborough joins Shepherds and Butchers ahead of June shoot.
As the US buys continued to trickle in on the Croisette, acquisitions teams were circling The Lobster while SPC was believed to have acquired North American and Latin American rights to Holocaust drama Son Of Saul.
Screen’s Cannes Jury has given its lowest score in more than a decade to Gus Van Sant’s Competition entrant.
EXCLUSIVE:Kelly Reilly and Tim Roth have signed to co-star in John Hay’s thriller Lives in Secret, inspired by the true story of Second World War spy-mistress Vera Atkins.
EXCLUSIVE: Memento Films International (MFI) is reporting brisk business on Bruno Dumont’s dark comedy Slack Bay, starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.
EXCLUSIVE: Hiner Saleem’s Money Babe set to shoot in Erbil this autumn.
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures International has licensed key territories on the Sundance pick-up, which screens in the market tonight (May 17).
UK distributor launches fund, picks up Nicole Conn drama.
Open Road is understood to have paid in the region of $4m for US rights to Bleed For This starring Miles Teller.
EXCLUSIVE: Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) have pacted with Tbilisi-based 20 Steps Productions and The Caucasian Film Service on a three-picture deal to be shot in 2015/16.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based sales company Asian Shadows has picked up international rights to Zhang Yang’s Tibetan drama Paths Of The Soul.
Existing film incentive enticed Ben-Hur, Zoolander and Spectre to Italy.
EXCLUSIVE: French sales company SND is reporting strong buyer interest on Tommy Wirkola’s high-concept, sci-fi action picture What Happened to Monday?, starring Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close.
EXCLUSIVE: New York-based Visit Films has closed US sales on SXSW titles Just Jim and The Nymphets.
Ben Latham-Jones launches slate after buying out Barnaby Thompson.
The distributor has acquired North American rights from Yari Film Group to Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, which screens in the Cannes market today.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran is acquiring for Wild Bunch-owned BIM as well his fledgling boutique Cinema.
EXCLUSIVE: Danish director Kristian Levring (The Salvation) is set to make a new Prohibition-era drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Production has started on India-UK-UAE co-production Bombairiya, a comedy thriller starring Radhika Apte, Akshay Oberoi and Siddhanth Kapoor.
EXCLUSIVE: India’s Yash Raj Films is launching international sales on Shoojit Sircar’s Piku in Cannes.
Latvia has raised cash rebate levels and added $8.5m (€7.5m) in funding. Details of the boost in national film support were revealed here in Cannes.
UK classics specialist Park Circus is to give its re-mastered version of James Cameron’s Terminator, from MGM, a 20 territory release on close to 1,000 screens this summer.
As the European Commission limbers up for its second European Film Forum in Cannes on Monday (May 18), plans are already afoot to take the audiovisual summit to the film festivals in Venice, San Sebastian, London and Tallinn.
Locarno Film Festival is to host the 8th Doc Alliance Selection (DAS) Award, after being announced during Cannes for the past seven years .
UK genre specialist Jinga Films has sold Bruce McDonald’s psychological horror Hellions to StudioCanal for UK and Ireland.
Cannes film festival’s Marché du Film and Project A: Jackie Chan’s Young Filmmaker Development Fund have established an award of $164,000 (RMB1m) for the winner of the Marche’s 3rd New Chinese Film Talents Forum.
EXCLUSIVE: Wilfried Van Baelen’s Belgium-based, post-production outfit, Galaxy Studios has finalised a three-film deal with filmmaker Richard Elfman (Modern Vampires).
EXCLUSIVE: Action-drama sells to Asian markets after US, UK release.
EXCLUSIVE: Spotlight Pictures has unveiled five new titles on its slate led by James Franco starrer Yosemite.
Jude Law has been confirmed to play the lead role in Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming TV series The Young Pope, about a fictional American Pope who becomes the most conservative leader the Vatican has ever seen.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Shannon and Matthias Schweighöfer from Valkyrie have joined Siofra Campbell’s thriller, which Cargo represents for world sales.
Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Ho-sun Chan will produce and direct a biopic of Chinese tennis player Li Na, based on her best-selling autobiography Li Na: My Life.
Child 44 director Daniél Espinosa is to helm a new adptation of period epic The Emigrants for Scandinavian major Svensk Filindustri.
US acquisitions teams in Cannes continued to swirl around prestige titles and packages heading into Saturday night including Competition selection The Lobster starring Colin Farrell.
EXCLUSIVE: Marc Butan has launched the company to develop, finance and produce three to four star-driven films a year in the $15-50m range.
EXCLUSIVE: K5 to finance and produce thriller from the writer of Se7en and producer of Zombieland.
EXCLUSIVE: WWE Studios and Gene Simmons’ Erebus Pictures joint venture has struck a sales deal with Voltage Pictures, who are in Cannes talking up the pipeline.
The Screen International Cannes jury rounded out Day 3 feeling largely satisfied with the films on offer in the 68th Competition thus far - although a few solitary Palmes were handed out.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global has picked up international rights outside the US and South-East Asia to Chinese action comedy Hollywood Adventures, produced by Justin Lin.
EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Flynn, George Mackay to play “Cain and Abel of rock” Ray and Dave Davies.
Lasse Hallström will direct the story of a struggling nightclub performer forced to babysit his estranged 12-year-old son. Fortitude International is selling in Cannes.
Voltage Pictures will finance and produce an untitled Bruce Willis action comedy and is in the midst of talks with Cannes buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s LA-based sales company has come on to handle international sales on a reboot slate of ten American International Pictures genre classics from the 1950s.
Epic Pictures has reported a roaring trade here on its Sundance pick-up Turbo Kid led by a deal with Lionsgate for the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Issey Ogata has joined Kaori Momoi in the cast of the first ever Japanese-Latvian co-production, Magic Kimono, which has also received support from the Riga Film Fund and Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.
EXCLUSIVE: Dystopian book adaptation readies for shoot.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Other Angle has secured a brace of key sales for US comedy Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant.
EXCLUSIVE: Tiger Aspect teams on on cannibal horror from Ripper Street writer.
EXCLUSIVE: Danny Huston, Sarita Choudhury, Stacy Martin star in Cat Villiers production.
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Irons, Virginia Madsen, rising star AnnaSophia Robb and Rory Culkin have joined the action comedy, which Kathy Morgan International has introduced to Cannes buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s 9ers Entertainment has picked up international rights to Kim Hwi’s creature horror The Chosen: Forbidden Cave (working title) and Kang Sang-jin’s comedy Three Summer Nights.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Mirovision has signed a deal with the Dankook Graduate School of Cinematic Content (DGC), headed by Kim Dong-ho, to handle world sales on the school’s features and short films.
EXCLUSIVE: Buena Vista Social Club producer Rosa Bosch is in Cannes with a slate of four new feature documentaries, all of which are to be made in Cuba as the country begins to open itself up to international production.
EXCLUSIVE: Passionate tango tale to world premiere at the Cannes Marche today (May 16).
EXCLUSIVE: Spanish sales outfit Cinema Republic together with Cienfuegos Films has closed a deal on its feature Pagafantas, directed by Borja Cobeaga.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks’ Francis: Pray For Us promo continues to draw buyers as Metropolitan has swooped on French rights to the Vatican-endorsed biopic of the current Pope.
EXCLUSIVE: The company has optioned rights to the sports biopic Joe, You Coulda Made Us Proud about New York Yankee starn and is talking to buyers on the Croisette.
Jamie Foxx has joined Atlas Entertainment’s thriller, which Highland Film Group is touting to buyers here.
MPI Media Group has acquired all US distribution rights to the comedy starring Brian Posehn.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Rene Sheridan and Gina G Goff of Goff Productions are lining up an adaptation of Oliver Stone’s autobiographical novel A Child’s Night Dream.
EXCLUSIVE: The Toronto-based company has struck a deal with Sony Pictures for home entertainment rights to the Nazi zombie creature feature Sky Sharks.
EXCLUSIVE: Sharon Horgan, Ron Scalpello, Rob Savage films among slate.
Early during the Cannes market, buyers have rushed to snap up Stig Björkman’s feature doc Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words.
Know Your International English-Speaking Markets panel talked on wide-ranging topics including VoD and the recent success of genre films.
Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People has produced its first feature, featuring Irish action stars Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan.
EXCLUSIVE: France’s SND has sealed several deals on Jerome Le Maire’s viticulture themed family drama First Growth (Premier Cru) following its market premiere in Cannes.
The Doha Film Institute (DFI) has unveiled the projects to receive grants in its Spring 2015 funding cycle, including the first Qatari feature awarded a production grant.
The actor is on board Otto Bathurst’s thriller starring Luke Evans, which Bloom is touting here to buyers.
Panel was moderated by Nigel Sinclair, CEO of White Horse Pictures, along with film-makers Ariel Vromen and Lone Scherfig.
Ted Sarandos moved to allay concerns over the fate of the traditional theatrical business on Friday in Cannes although he may have achieved the opposite as he said Netflix would side-step theatrical distribution in France.
Japan’s ColorBird Inc and Malaysia’s Barnet Books are joining forces to co-produce a horror film directed by Japanese filmmaker Shinji Aoyama.
Bill Block and John Friedberg have sold out the world on Untitled Lucas/Moore Project to star Leslie Mann following last week’s US deal with Paramount.
Homage to 1980s action films gets VoD deal.
Know your international English-speaking markets; the films to make for audiences in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Beta Cinema’s Cannes market titles Ghosthunters On Icy Trails and Sundance Audience Award winner Umrika have been selling briskly.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron was on course to reach the milestone on Friday, its 24th day of release.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Screen 2013 Star Of Tomorrow’s Stephen Fingleton’s post-apocalyptic thriller following its premiere in Tribeca last month.
EXCLUSIVE: Palme d’Or contender sold to more than 20 territories.
Former Molinare exec, Ironclad producer launch UK company.
Screen International’s legendary Cannes Palme D’Or jury swings back into action today, as the 68th festival gets into full swing and the first two films have played out at the Palais Des Festivals.
EXCLUSIVE: Iconic UK book series sails to production with Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald in lead roles.
EXCLUSIVE: Curzon Artificial Eye has acquired three new titles, all playing in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Co-stars Jean Reno and Christian Clavier to hit Cannes today (May 15).
EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Rezo sales chief unveils eclectic international slate.
IM Global, writer Vivek J Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment will co-produce the adaptation of Tiwary’s graphic novel about the band’s manager Brian Epstein.
New Zealand director scored recent hit with What We Do In The Shadows; Protagonist Pictures selling international.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Doctor Who star Tennant to play renowned psychiatrist R.D. Laing, the ‘Acid-Marxist’.
EXCLUSIVE: Mia Wasikowska thriller goes to France, Germany ahead of June 15 shoot.
Gael Bernal Garcia and Marine Vacth are set to co-star in French Joan Chemla’s film noir If You See His Heart (Si Tu Voyais Son Coeur).
EXCLUSIVE: German actor David Kross, who appeared opposite Kate Winslet in Stephen Daldry’s Oscar-winning The Reader, has been cast as the legendary German-born goalkeeper Bernd ‘Bert’ Trautmann who was in goal for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964.
Mostafa teaming with Image Nation and US producers Peter Safran and Steven Schneider.
EXCLUSIVE: 160 applicants whittled down to chase thriller and horror.
Record 117 territories represented at the Marché this year.
Charlotte Le Bon has joined Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy on the WWII story that Altitude is selling in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: GFM Films hopes to feed film through UK-China co-pro agreement.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has pounced on US rights to the documentary ahead of tonight’s screening in Cannes Classics.
EXCLUSIVE: Venus In Fur star Emmanuelle Seigner has signed on to appear opposite Gerard Depardieu in Fanny Ardant’s new €2.5m feature, Stalin’s Couch.
EXCLUSIVE: The fast-rising Colombian producer – in Cannes with Directors’ Fortnight selection Embrace Of The Serpent set to premiere today – is pulling together her follow-up pipeline.
Bangkok-based Five Star Production has picked up international rights to biopic F.Hilaire, about a French priest who wrote a famous Thai language textbook.
Korea’s M-Line Distribution has sold North American rights to Kang Hyo-jin’s comedy Wonderful Nightmare to Asia Releasing, along with a string of other territories.
Efe Cakarel’s fast expanding VOD service MUBI is in Cannes looking to make global distribution deals for selected titles in the Cannes Marché.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome takes duo for sales and distribution.
The actress has signed on to star in Red & Black Films’ supernatural horror film on the Content international sales slate.
The support body attends Cannes this year promoting 31 companies as well as Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s Critics’ Week entry Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) and João Paulo Miranda Maria’s short Command Action.
EXCLUSIVE: US sales outfit boards rights to UK thriller.
Warner Bros’ revival in pole position ahead of Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2.
The Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and Japan Foundation have announced they will focus on the cinema of the Philippines for the second edition of the festival’s Crosscut Asia sidebar.
Benelux sales outfit Be For Films is launching international sales on Galloping Mind, the new feature from ballet star turned filmmaker Wim Vandekeybus.
EXCLUSIVE: Eisenstein in Guanajuato by veteran British director Peter Greenaway has been racking up sales.
International Film Festival Rotterdam’s resurgent Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has announced its spring 2015 selection.
EXCLUSIVE: The producers behind the upcoming adaptation of the Norwegian fantasy book series will present the project to buyers tomorrow [May 16].
New Scandinavian production outfit launches at the Cannes Marche.
The non-profit organisation is Belgium-based with 11 founding members from the UK, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France.
eOne has licensed a large swathe of the world on its Catholic Church abuse drama including a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA).
The upcoming Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama was accepted into Cannes however the Weinsteins decided not to proceed because the star had already committed to his jury role.
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights from Wild Bunch to Kore-eda Hirokazu’s drama that premieres in Competition on Thursday.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong makes his starring debut in the comedy and Hyde Park International president Eric Christenson will show footage here.
The director has shed more light on his $3m Jungian drama Siberia to star Willem Dafoe ahead of Monday’s Cannes press conference to promote a Kickstarter campaign.
Screen’s essential guide to the hottest titles coming to market at Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch’s newly created LA-based sales company Insiders is launching Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Olsen.
Cargo Entertainment has invested in Radiant Films International as the companies settle into Cannes under a strategic partnership to create a commercial slate.
Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning have joined the cast of Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, which Annapurna International is selling in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Pyramide Films has taken French rights to Nabil Ayouch’s Directors’ Fortnight title Much Loved – about four Marrakech prostitutes - ahead of its Cannes Marche screening today (May 14).
EXCLUSIVE: American Sniper producer joins Emily Blunt’s ‘Rocky-on-a-bull’ drama, talks new films.
EXCLUSIVE: Concorde has picked up rights to all German-speaking territories for Guillaume Nicloux’s Palme d’Or contender Valley of Love.
EXCLUSIVE: Disney has swooped on Latin American and Spanish rights to Kóblic, a thriller that reunites Argentinian idol Ricardo Darin with his Chinese Take-Out director Sebastián Borensztein.
EXCLUSIVE: The actor and producer’s Wild West Picture Show has come on board to produce the animation, which Double Dutch International (DDI) is selling in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: New Alba Rohrwacher drama among trio.
Mika Kaurismaki’s costume epic is set in 1633.
Thunder Road Pictures has extended its deal with music financier Cutting Edge Group and CEG’s investment arm, Conduct, for an additional five films.
The New York-based film distributor has picked up North American rights to Shim Sung-Bo’s South Korean thriller Haemoo from Finecut in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Riz Ahmed, producer Kevin Loader join Rooney Mara drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Pulp Fiction star boards in-demand thriller remake.
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s LA-based sales company is in Cannes with a varied roster of completed titles.
Dianna Agron and Paz de la Huerta will star in the drama, which premiered in Tribeca and Myriad Pictures has introduced to international buyers here.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome inks US deal on werewolf thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based WTFilms has sold Indonesian martial arts drama The Golden Cane Warrior to Well Go USA for North America.
EXCLUSIVE: New Europe Film Sales secures deals for Benelux, Greece, Taiwan.
Mortal Instruments to star opposite Hailee Steinfeld.
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson have reported a strong early response to the apocalyptic creature horror, closing key territories in the early stages of the market.
Jennifer Fradlin, Patrick Chu and Selena Saldana are all in Cannes attending the market.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters) is to direct Hermann Hesse’s 1930 international bestseller and cult novel Narcissus and Goldmund.
EXCLUSIVE: Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has boarded world sales rights on Benjamin Dickinson’s SXSW award winner Creative Control.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Mirovision has picked up international rights to romantic comedy My New Sassy Girl, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2001 hit My Sassy Girl.
EXCLUSIVE: Studio swoops on Mickey Rourke comedy-drama in North America, UK, Australia, more.
EXCLUSIVE: Contents Panda, the sales arm of Korea’s Next Entertainment World (NEW), has signed a raft of deals on Lee Byeong-heon’s Twenty, including the sale of Japanese rights to NBC Universal Japan.
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, in town with a slate that includes Anthony Hopkins thriller Go With Me, has closed a $20m production facility with First Republic Bank (FRB) to finance the second season of TNT show The Librarians.
Production has begun on Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie starring Digital Shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts have closed key sales here on the conspiracy thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Film4 boards distribution of Amy Winehouse doc.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based Bravos Pictures has picked up worldwide rights to two titles produced by leading Hong Kong filmmaker Pang Ho Cheung – Luk Yee-sum’s Lazy Hazy Crazy and Jason Kwan’s A Nail Clipper Romance.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has acquired North American and UK rights to the John Travolta thriller, which Diamond Pictures is selling on the Croisette.
EXCLUSIVE: Vienna based Autlook Filmsales has snapped up international sales rights to Songs Of Lahore, the new feature doc from Sharmeen Obey - the first Pakistani ever to win an Oscar - and Andy Schocken.
Cannes and luxury brand Kering’s new programme Women In Motion will honour Jane Fonda for her ‘unique and outstanding contribution to the film industry’ on May 17.
EXCLUSIVE: Tribeca title explores radical Islamic school.
Details have emerged of the new regional film fund being set up in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands.
EXCLUSIVE: Female sniper movie marks first Russia-Ukraine co-production in years.
Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) has announced that Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev, whose Leviathan won best screenplay at Cannes last year, will head the Golden Goblet jury at this year’s edition of the festival (June 13-21).
The Weinstein Company closed a US deal at 6am on Thursday morning for boxing drama Hands of Stone starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro.
Pinewood Studios has launched a production services company in Ireland to help its TV and film clients take advantage of the country’s recently enhanced tax incentives.
China’s Wanda Pictures has sold a string of Asian territories on Wuershan’s The Ghouls, includingTaiwan (CMC), the Philippines (MVP) and Singapore (Shaw).
Korea’s Finecut has pre-sold Min Kyu-dong’s erotic period drama The Treacherous, starring Ju Ji-hoon, to Pretty Pictures for France and French-speaking Swiss pay-TV.
The Competition entry starring Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe has found its US home.
The studio has snapped up rights from Pathé to Paolo Sorrentino’s drama ahead of its world premiere in Competition on May 20.
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Woodrow flies into Cannes with a new finance and production venture that has raised $100m in equity and got behind six of the biggest titles to hit the market in the last two years.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron stormed into China on Tuesday, pushing Disney past the $2bn worldwide box office mark for the second consecutive year.
The Weinstein Company confirmed on Wednesday that the executive has taken over following the departure to IM Global of Michael Rothstein.
CANNES: French sales companies Gaumont and Wild Bunch have announced a raft of sales on Nicolas Winding Refn’s horror picture The Neon Demon, which is on the verge of wrapping in Los Angeles.
Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz will star in the biopic about the drug lord, which the company has introduced to buyers on the Croisette.
eOne in association with BBC Films has come on board to finance Ricky Gervais’ upcoming Life On The Road featuring David Brent, the character he immortalised in The Office.
Rebecca Hall, Michael Shannon and Ben Foster will star in the mystery that Fortitude International is selling in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Weisz to star in and produce true story; Protagonist launches in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast rounds on John Cameron Mitchell’s “punks and aliens” feature adapted from a Neil Gaiman story; HanWay boards sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Cornerstone to sell comedy from ParaNorman director.
EXCLUSIVE: Umedia boards rights to action-drama set to shoot in South Africa.
EXCLUSIVE: Other new titles on slate include Pattaya and Critics’ Week screener Learn by Heart.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Jackie Chan’s next project, $50m action comedy Railroad Tigers, to be directed by Ding Sheng.
Search Engine Films has acquired Canadian rights from Elle Driver to Cannes festival opener Standing Tall (La Tête Haute).
ROUND-UP: The distributor has moved the Bill Murray comedy from November 13 to October 23 this year.
EXCLUSIVE: Kurosawa shoots first ever French-language film.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has signed a string of pre-sales on Choi Dong-hoon’s Assassination, including North American rights, which have gone to Well Go USA.
Danish producer and Zentropa co-founder Peter Aalbæk Jensen is plotting a new English-language feature based on a novel by revered Out Of Africa author Karen Blixen.
Noomi Rapace will play the most influential female opera singer of the 20th century in what is set to be one of the most glamorous projects on the market as Content commences talks with buyers this week.