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Escobar: Paradise Lost

Telluride adds Escobar to line-up

30-Aug-2014 | By

Telluride Film Festival organisers have unveiled two late additions to the programme that will premiere in the coming days in a move that could impact on the classification of one Toronto gala screening.

Hollywod sign

California triples film, TV tax credits

29-Aug-2014 | By

The California senate voted on Friday (August 29) to approve a measure that will ramp up the state’s $100m annual allocation to $330m over five years, starting next year.

Tales

Iran's Tales selected for int'l festivals

29-Aug-2014 | By

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s feature, which upset Iranian censors, is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Titicut Follies

Wiseman working on Titicut Follies ballet

29-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Documentary legend Frederick Wiseman is to revisit his first documentary, 1967’s Titicut Follies.

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher set for London Film Festival

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cannes award-winning drama, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, to receive UK premiere.

Lucy

Lucy bids to stay on top

29-Aug-2014 | By

Lucy ruled the roost last weekend with a $29m haul that elevated the international running total past $100m and to more than $65.2m from Universal territories.

Felix and Meira

UDI taking Felix and Meira, Red Rose to Toronto

29-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Company also handling Ognjen Svilicic’s These Are The Rules, which world premieres in Venice’s Orizzonti.

Miss Julie

Market support for 39 European films at Toronto

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Nearly 30 sales companies receive financial backing to market their films in Toronto.

Never Die Young

Luxembourg submits doc to Oscar race

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Never Die Young submitted by Luxembourg for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

Under Milk Wood

Dylan Thomas adaptation Under Milk Wood wraps

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

First image released of Rhys Ifans in the new film adaptation of the iconic work by poet Dylan Thomas.

Wild

Wild gets UK release date

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Drama starring Reese Witherspoon, from Dallas Buyer’s Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, gets awards slot.

Suha Arraf

Villa Touma director surprised by controversy

29-Aug-2014 | By

Few films in Venice this year have arrived trailing as much controversy in their their wake as Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Suha Arraf’s new feature Villa Touma, which screens in Venice Critics Week.

Downton Abbey series 5

CTBF to host Downton Abbey premiere

29-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Industry charity known for its Royal Film Performance to host TV premiere.

The Keeper of Lost Causes

Danish producers aim for growth after decline

29-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Ambition to produce 25 Danish features per year with a $14m cash injection.

IFFR Tiger

Rotterdam adds Limelight section, revamps structure

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New strand will focus on features set for release across the Netherlands after IFFR; titles in Bright Future, Spectrum sections to be reduced by 20%.

Telluride unveils line-up packed with awards contenders

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Main programme includes Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and Rosewater.

Seymour: An Introduction

Seymour sells at Telluride

28-Aug-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has bucked the trend at a festival not known for its deals, taking US and Latin American rights to Ethan Hawke’s documentary Seymour: An Introduction.

Scherzo Diabolico

Fantastic Market unveils works-in-progress

28-Aug-2014 | By

Fantastic Fest top brass have announced their work-in-progress selections and film previews for the second edition of the international genre co-production market, Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.

White God

Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2015

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards 2015.

Li’l Quinquin

Kino Lorber acquires Li’l Quinquin

28-Aug-2014 | By

Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin ahead of the North American premiere in Toronto on September 10.

Fires On The Plain

Coproduction Office boards Fires On The Plain

28-Aug-2014 | By

Shinya Tsukamoto’s film plays in Venice Competition and Toronto Wavelengths.

Amira & Sam

Drafthouse acquires Amira & Sam

28-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Sean Mullin’s romance starring Martin Starr, Paul Wesley and newcomer Dina Shihabi. Separately, The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution have taken Love, Rosie and Level 33 has acquired Copenhagen.

Screen Awards

Screen Awards unveils Rising Star shortlist

28-Aug-2014 | By Screen staff

The Screen Awards has now unveiled the shortlist for this year’s Rising Star award.

Catherine Frot

Memento heads to Toronto with Marguerite

28-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent to launch new film loosely inspired by “world’s worst soprano”, Florence Foster Jenkins.

Vanessa Saal

Protagonist adds head of sales, US presence

28-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has appointed former StudioCanal executive Vanessa Saal as head of sales, part of a company restructure that includes launching a US presence fronted by producer Eddie Vaisman.

Lee Waterworth

Yekra launches DIY theatre

28-Aug-2014 | By

The digital distribution platform has announced its self-service, customisable digital theatre.

Victor Koo

Youku Tudou launches film arm Heyi

28-Aug-2014

Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou is launching a film division, Heyi Film, to produce a slate of theatrical features.

Black Nights Tallinn

Tallinn Black Nights gets int'l competition greenlight

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Stamp of approval from FIAPF puts Black Nights on a list with Cannes and Berlin.

Steve Oram, Edward Hogg join UK horror

28-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cast, directors round on haunted-house horror; XYZ to handle US rights.

Rob Bromley

eOne acquires Force Four

28-Aug-2014 | By

eOne has acquired Canadian producer Force Four Entertainment from partners Rob Bromley, John Ritchie, and Gillian Lowrey.

Oscars

Hayao Miyazaki among honourary Oscar recipients  

28-Aug-2014 | By

The board of governors of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has voted (August 26) to present honorary awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to Harry Belafonte.

Caity Lotz

Content brings 400 Days to Toronto

28-Aug-2014 | By

Content Film has acquired international rights to the sci-fi thriller starring Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz and will show first footage to buyers in Toronto.

Generation Z

Zombie thriller Generation Z to star Dougray Scott

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Post apocalyptic thriller will also star Jessica de Gouw and Martin McCann.

Netflix

Netflix unveils first French original drama Marseille

28-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Netflix taps into local cinema talent for political drama set against backdrop of France’s third largest city.

Fraternity

WWII drama Fraternity wraps

28-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Coffee & Cigarettes to rep sales and distribution deals.

Oleg Sentsov

EFA renews call to free Ukrainian director

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Agnieszka Holland renews appeal to help free Oleg Sentsov.

Hal Lewis

Executive trio joins Hot Snakes

28-Aug-2014 | By

Hot Snakes Media founders Eric and Shannon Evangelista have announced three key hires.

Jauja

San Sebastian reveals Latin American competitors

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Competitive strand will feature 14 films, including Jauja starring Viggo Mortensen.

Northmen - A Viking Saga

Northmen to receive world premiere at Zurich

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Claudio Fäh’s action feature joins gala line-up.

Producers Lab Hamburg

EFP launches new producer initiative

28-Aug-2014 | By

European Film Promotion (EFP) has launched a new initiative, Producers Lab Hamburg (PLH), bringing producers from across Europe to meet with their Hamburg-based opposite numbers.

Blind

Norway shortlists three for Oscar race

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Blind, 1001 Grams and Letter to the King considered for submission for the Best Foreign-Language Feature.

We Are the Freaks

We Are The Freaks heads to Germany

28-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

German distributor Lighthouse has acquired rights from 104 Films to Justin Edgar’s We Are The Freaks for German-speaking territories.

Guardians crosses $500m worldwide

27-Aug-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy has earned $245.3m internationally and $255.2m in North America.

The Look Of SIlence

US deal for The Look Of Silence

27-Aug-2014 | By

Drafthouse Films and Participant Media have jointly acquired all US rights to Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look Of Silence, set to premiere in Venice on Thursday (August 28). In other news, Open Road has dated Triple Nine, Millennium has acquired The World Made Straight and Lionsgate plans a Saw tenth anniversary re-release.

David Frankel

David Frankel to direct Departure

27-Aug-2014 | By

Billy Ray wrote the screenplay and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce alongside John Middleton and Roy Lee.

Saw

Lionsgate to re-release Saw

27-Aug-2014 | By

The studio will roll out the notorious horror film on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.

Hollywod sign

Inside Pictures unveils LA participants

27-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The European film industry business training programme has selected its 16 producers and executives for the week-long sessions with senior industry professionals in Los Angeles from September 15-19.

Jamie Dornan

Miramax’s Drax to shoot in October

27-Aug-2014 | By

Miramax has cast Jamie Dornan of Fifty Shades Of Grey to star in Alex Aja’s psychological thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax.

Beloved Sisters

Germany submits Beloved Sisters to Oscar race

27-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Dominik Graf’s ménage-à-trois drama to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

Venice

Venice Film Market on the rise

27-Aug-2014 | By

Entering its third edition, the Venice Film Market is ramping up.

Whiplash

eOne, David Lancaster to partner

27-Aug-2014 | By

eOne and David Lancaster’s new Rumble Films have signed an exclusive multi-year first-look deal.

Sophia Lorean

AFI FEST to honour Sophia Loren

27-Aug-2014 | By

The festival will celebrate the iconic Italian actress with a Hollywood tribute on November 12.

Nightcrawler to close Fantastic Fest

27-Aug-2014 | By

Organisers at the tenth anniversary edition have unveiled the second wave of programming at the event, set to run in Austin, Texas, from September 18-25.

Sold

HFF unveils re-launch slate

27-Aug-2014 | By

The re-launched Hollywood Film Festival (HFF), now under the auspices of Slamdance co-founder Jon Fitzgerald’s philanthropic CineCause, will run from October 16-19.

BIFF 2014

Festival chiefs protest Beijing indie fest closure

27-Aug-2014 | By

More than 20 festival heads and programmers have signed a statement in support of the Beijing Independent Film Festival, which was shut down by Chinese authorities last weekend.

Little Accidents

Napa unveils narrative, docs competition

27-Aug-2014 | By

The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled for November 12-16, 2014, has unveiled its narrative and documentary feature competition line-ups and jurors.

Mary Kom

Eros, Viacom18 strike distribution pact

27-Aug-2014 | By

India’s Eros International has struck a deal to handle international distribution of four films produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Academy president earns Chapman College role

27-Aug-2014 | By

Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been named the Fall 2014 O L Halsell Filmmaker-in-Residence at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in Orange County.

A Field In England

Vimeo signs slew of content deals

27-Aug-2014 | By

Vimeo has expanded its library, signing deals with Drafthouse Films, Gravitas Ventures, Inception Media Group, MarVista Digital Entertainment (MVDE) and X-Treme Video, among others.

Fleur Pellerin

France gets new culture minister

27-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Outgoing culture minister Aurélie Filippetti denounced culture budget cuts in open letter.

Michael Shamberg

Michael Shamberg to receive Zurich honour

27-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Michael Shamberg, producer of Pulp Fiction and A Walk Among the Tombstones, to be honoured at Zurich Film Festival, which has added Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.

David Fincher

BAFTA to host David Fincher event

27-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The director of Fight Club and the upcoming Gone Girl will discuss his craft and career.

busan_skyline

Busan to host Korean hitmakers forum

27-Aug-2014 | By

Busan’s Asian Film Market has announced major events including a Korean Producers Forum featuring 10 filmmakers whose hits broke the 10 million admissions landmark at the local box office.

Jean Reno

Jean Reno to star in Sweeney remake

26-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

French star takes on Ray Winstone role in Paris-set remake, The Squad.

Maggie

Lionsgate's Maggie exits TIFF

26-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATE: The studio has acquired North American rights to the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie film and has pulled it from its Toronto world premiere berth.

Participant Spielberg

Participant boards DreamWorks duo

26-Aug-2014 | By

Participant Media has joined Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller and period drama The Light Between Oceans.

Magnet Releasing

Magnet swoops on Satanic

26-Aug-2014 | By

Magnet Releasing has acquired worldwide rights at script stage to the supernatural teen-horror film and will commence pre-sales in Toronto next week.

The Homesman

The Homesman named Hamptons centrepiece

26-Aug-2014 | By

Tommy Lee Jones’ feature will screen at the 22nd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival when star Hilary Swank will take part in an on-stage conversation.

Faults

Screen Media finds Faults

26-Aug-2014 | By

Snoot Entertainment’s thriller premiered at SXSW and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser.

Lucy

Luc Besson's Lucy tops UK box office

26-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s action sci-fi scores excellent $5.1m (£3.1m) bow to dethrone The Inbetweeners 2.

Guneet Monga

Lunchbox, '71 producers selected for OMDC's IFF

26-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Forty Canadian and international producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Dragon 2 retains China BO lead

26-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: How To Train Your Dragon 2 held on to the top spot at the China box office in the week August 18-24, grossing a further $24.09m for a cumulative total of $50.86m.

Une Nouvelle Amie

Cineart reveals ownership changes

26-Aug-2014 | By

Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.

Hideaki Anno

Tokyo unveils major Asian push

26-Aug-2014 | By

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced a seven-year collaboration with the Japan Foundation that includes co-producing a pan-Asian omnibus series.

Finnish Film Affair

Finnish Film Affair unveils line-up

26-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Third edition will include pitching of 17 projects and screening of 19 completed features.

The Last King logo

TrustNordisk taking Last King to TIFF

26-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk will kick off presales on historical action drama The Last King at Toronto International Film Festival.

Mette-Marie Katz

Mette-Marie Katz rises at XYZ Films

26-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has promoted the executive to director of sales on the eve of Toronto, where the company’s films in various capacities include Tusk, The Dead Lands, Tokyo Tribe, Electric Boogaloo, Spring and The Editor.

Transformation Films

Thai studios team for Transformation

26-Aug-2014 | By

Four Thai film companies – M Pictures, Bangkok Film Studio, True I-Content and Matching Studio – have joined forces to create a new studio, Transformation Films, with the aim of helping expand the Thai film industry at an international level.

Jack Lim

Sony's Jack Lim joins MediaCorp

26-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Lim spent six years at Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia.

Hackney's Finest

Trinity acquires Hackney's Finest

26-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

London crime drama, from the director of YouTube hit The Hunt for Gollum, set for release early 2015.

The Doll in the Ceiling

Norway thriller secures US-Canada partners

26-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

The Doll in the Ceiling marks the feature debut of Kjersti G Steinsbø.

Jeff Bezos

Amazon buys video portal Twitch

25-Aug-2014 | By

Indicating a possible deep dive into web video, Amazon is paying close to $1bn for Twitch Interactive, the online platform that allows people to watch others play video games.

Out Of The Dark

Vertical takes US on Out Of The Dark

25-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has taken US rights to Participant Media’s supernatural thriller starring Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman and has scheduled an early 2015 theatrical release. Bloom handles international sales.

Shooting begins on M:I5

25-Aug-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions top brass said principal photography has commenced on the fifth instalment in the Tom Cruise franchise.

Can_a_Song_Save_Your_Life

TWC to re-release Begin Again

25-Aug-2014 | By

The Weinstein Company will re-release Toronto 2013 hit Begin Again in an awards season play.

The Last Exorcism Part II

Lotus hires Pivot writer-director

25-Aug-2014 | By

Ed Gass-Donnelly will write and direct the sci-fi thriller Pivot. Lotus Entertainment will handle international sales.

Sarajevo Film Festival 2014 winners

Song of My Mother triumphs at Sarajevo

25-Aug-2014 | By

Debut film of Turkey’s Erol Mintas wins best film, best actor. Special Jury Award and best actress go to Brides

Macondo

Macondo wins Sarajevo partner prize

25-Aug-2014 | By

Docu Rough Cut Boutique awards for documentary project also revealed

Rocks in my Pockets

San Sebastian unveils Zabaltegi titles

25-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

As 19 titles are revealed for the Zabaltegi section, Danis Tanovic’s Tigers is added to the official competition and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has entered the Pearls section.

Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

24-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar and BAFTA award-winning actor, director and producer starred in Brighton Rock and Jurassic Park.

Lucy

Lucy plunders $29m at int'l BO

24-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED AUGUST 25: Lucy grossed a confirmed $28.9m from 3,267 venues in 38 Universal territories for a total of $65.2m to rank as the weekend’s top release at the international marketplace.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians back on top in US on $18m

24-Aug-2014 | By

A lacklustre session allowed Guardians Of The Galaxy to take advantage of a lightweight trio of releases to return to the top and become the leading film of the summer.

Beijing Independent Film Festival

Beijing Independent fest shut down

24-Aug-2014 | By

Chinese authorities shut down the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival on its opening day on Saturday (August 23).

Toronto plans acquisitions push

23-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.

Paper Planes

Paper Planes wins CinefestOZ award

23-Aug-2014 | By

Robert Connolly writes and directs; the festival also awards Joel Edgerton with screen legend prize.

Ken Loach Ashraf Mashharawi

Ken Loach calls for Israel boycott

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Honouring two Palestinian filmmakers at the Sarajevo Film Festival, British director Ken Loach branded the US as a “bully” and said cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state should be boycotted.

Melissa Leo at the Sarajevo Film Festival

Melissa Leo: Robin Williams was ‘a magical man’

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser, Tara Karajica

Oscar-winning actress pays tribute to the late Robin Williams, with whom she co-starred in one of the comedian and actor’s final films.

Kevin Costner

Disney shifts McFarland, USA to 2015

22-Aug-2014 | By

The Kevin Costner sports drama was originally scheduled to open on November 21.

From The Dark

From The Dark wraps in Ireland

22-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: MPI/Dark Sky Films and Workshed Films have completed principal photography on Conor McMahon’s horror story in Laois, Ireland.

Samba

Samba to close San Sebastian

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Intouchables directors follow-up drama stars Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim

Wolf

Wolf to close Raindance Film Festival

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Dutch crime drama has won awards at festivals in San Sebastian, the Netherlands and Taipei.

Singapore

Omnibus to mark Singapore's 50th

22-Aug-2014 | By

Seven award-winning directors led by Royston Tan are set to create an omnibus film celebrating the 50th anniversary of Singapore and its people.

Boyhood

Boyhood wins at Norwegian festival

22-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Other winners include Chef, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Stations of the Cross with a special mention for ’71.

The Expendables 3

Expendables nabs social media lead

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The action sequel proved the most buzzed about film on social networks in the UK.

Secret Cinema Presents Dead Poets Society

Robin Williams tribute raises £24k+

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema organiser will donate takings from its Dead Poets Society screenings to mental health charities.

Dragon 2 bids to retain title

22-Aug-2014 | By

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 finished top of the pile last session thanks to a sterling debut in China that delivered a little over $26m.

Land of Mine

K5 to sell Danish post-war story

22-Aug-2014 | By

K5 International has taken on distribution for Martin Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine (Under Sandet) about a sensitive chapter in Danish post-war history.

Viggo Mortensen

Viennale unveils 2014 highlights

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Vienna film festival to include a tribute to Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on John Ford.

Jack to a King: The Swansea Story

Swansea City doc sets release date

22-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary traces the rags to riches story of Swansea City Football Club.

Isabel Davis

Sarajevo: co-producing with the UK

22-Aug-2014 | By

UK industry representatives arrive in Sarajevo as part of CineLink Partner Country initiative

Zac Efron

StudioCanal readies Toronto slate

21-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

French powerhouse’s slate includes Zac Efron, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hardy projects.

Fast and Furious 6

UK pirate gets 33-month sentence

21-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Sentence passed on a man who recorded Fast and Furious 6 at a UK cinema and sold copies to the public.

Sarajevo co-production debate

Sarajevo: co-production challenges debated

21-Aug-2014 | By Vladan Petkovic

The first of Sarajevo’s Industry Days featured a discussion on the challenges of international co-production.

Cut Bank

A24, DIRECTV swoop on Cut Bank

21-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The edgy distributor has struck a deal with the producers in conjunction with eOne Films International to take Matt Shakman’s contemporary thriller off the table heading into Toronto.

Boyhood

Paramount takes select home ent on Boyhood

21-Aug-2014 | By

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) has acquired select US home entertainment rights to the acclaimed film.

Miramax secures $250m re-finance

21-Aug-2014 | By

Chairman Thomas J Barrack Jr said the movie reflected “stability and maturity” as top brass seek to grow the development and production business.

Take Care

eOne picks up Take Care

21-Aug-2014 | By

eOne Films has acquired North American rights to the SXSW rom-com and plans a late 2014 theatrical release.

Jada Smith

AFI DWW to expand beyond shorts

21-Aug-2014 | By

The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) is to launch an episodic programme.

Wim Wenders

Berlin to honour Wim Wenders

21-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ten films from the Wings of Desire director to be shown as part of a homage at the next Berlinale.

Shane Black

Shane Black joins Sony’s The Destroyer

21-Aug-2014 | By

The Iron Man 3 director is on board the adaptation of the novels about a former police officer who gets signed up to a secret government arm.

A Walk Among the Tombstones

Liam Neeson heading to Zurich

21-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Taken star to present new thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Sean Astin

Sean Astin, daughter sign for Bad Kids 2

21-Aug-2014 | By

In a week of stars committing to projects with their daughters, Sean Astin and Ali Astin have signed on to star in the comedy-horror sequel Bad Kids Go 2 Hell.

LD Entertainment’s Clavius cast bulks up

21-Aug-2014 | By

Peter Firth, Spain’s Leonor Watling, Antonio Gil and Maria Botto and New Zealand’s Cliff Curtis have joined LD Entertainment’s Biblical thriller.

Atlantic Film Festival

Strategic Partners sets panels

21-Aug-2014 | By

Atlantic Film Festival market Strategic Partners top brass have announced the panels for the event, set to run in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from September 11-14.

Taiwan piracy research launch

Films pirated by 73% of Taiwanese

21-Aug-2014 | By

A study from research consultancy Sycamore Research and Marketing has found that 73% of Taiwanese netizens admit they pirate movies and music, although 81% agree that piracy is wrong.

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute names New Frontier co-heads

21-Aug-2014 | By

Sundance Institute executives have named Shari Frilot and Kamal Sinclair co-directors of New Frontier in a bid to deepen the organisation’s commitment to the programme.

The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands

Falklands film gets LFF Archive Gala

21-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

A new restoration of British silent film The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927) has been selected as the London Film Festival Archive gala screening.

Asghar Farhadi

Asgar Farhadi to head Busan jury

21-Aug-2014 | By

The Oscar-winning director of A Seperation will oversee jury members including Bong Joon Ho.

Love Is All

Dogwoof falls for Longinotto’s Love

21-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Dogwoof has picked up world sales rights to Kim Longinotto’s Sheffield doc Love is All.

C4 orders series from Spielberg writer

21-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Political thriller from Matt Charman, writer of Spielberg’s next film.

Keeping Rosy (Maxine Peake)

Parkland takes Maxine Peake thriller

20-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards psychological thriller ahead of Toronto.

Screen Awards trophies

Screen Awards 2014 shortlist revealed

20-Aug-2014 | By Screen staff

Fox/Fox Searchlight and Lionsgate UK lead the nominations; The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Filth and X-Men: Days of Future Past are most nominated films.

The Great Invisible

RADiUS takes The Great Invisible

20-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to Participant Media’s documentary about the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on Gulf communities.

John Stevenson

John Stevenson to direct Noah’s Ark

20-Aug-2014 | By

Unified Pictures has hired Ku Fu Panda director John Stevenson to make its first CGI feature.

Rob Brydon

Rob Brydon to host Britannia Awards

20-Aug-2014 | By

The comedian and actor will emcee the 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards on October 30 in Beverly Hills.

Kevin Goetz

Screen Engine, ASI form research giant

20-Aug-2014 | By

Film tester Screen Engine has acquired dial test TV research pioneer ASI Entertainment.

Bill Murray

Open Road sets Rock the Kasbah date

20-Aug-2014 | By

Rock The Kasbah stars Bill Murray as a washed-up rock manger who champions a young Afghan singer in the country’s version of American Idol.

Bjork

Bjork set for London Film Festival

20-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Concert film Björk: Biophilia Live to receive its UK premiere at the LFF.

BREATHE - Umphefumlo

Shoot begins on modern La Boheme

20-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: South African adaptation of La Boheme to be directed by Berlinale Golden Bear winner Mark Dornford May and supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Producers Lab Toronto

Producers Lab Toronto reveals line-up

20-Aug-2014 | By

The UK’s Isabelle Stead, Canada’s George Ayoub and Australia’s Kristian Moliere are among those selected for this year’s Producers Lab Toronto.

Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong to star in celebrity satire

20-Aug-2014 | By

Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and WWE Studios are to co-produce the comedy Untitled Celebrity Death Pool starring Ken Jeong. Hyde Park International handles sales outside the US.

Sundance Institute

Sundance Institute names fellows

20-Aug-2014 | By

Sundance Institute and Skywalker Sound have announced the directors and composers selected for the second of two Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound.

Magallanes

San Seb Films in Progress revealed

20-Aug-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Six films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala and Peru will be presented at San Sebastian’s Films in Progress.

Zombie: The Resurrection of Tim Zom

Wide House taking Fémis doc to Toronto

20-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Other titles on Toronto slate include Billy Pols’ bio-doc Zombie [pictured] about cult skateboarder Tim Zom and Johan Grimonprez’s upcoming arms trade exposé Shadow World.

The Little Death

LevelK boards sex comedy Little Death

20-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

LevelK, Ticket to Ride partner on Josh Lawson’s debut.

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BAFTA sets key awards dates

20-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Timetable revealed for the EE British Academt Film Awards.

Speed Walking

Danes shortlist three for Oscars

20-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

Includes films by Niels Arden Oplev, Pernille Fischer Christensen and Nils Malmros.

Johnny_Depp

Johnny Depp joins Yoga Hosers

20-Aug-2014 | By

The second entry in Kevin Smith’s True North trilogy marks the return of Depp and his daughter alongside Smith’s daughter, all of whom are confirmed cast members in Smith’s imminent Toronto world premiere Tusk.

Bill Lee in Millennium buy-out

19-Aug-2014 | By

The management team of Millennium Entertainment, led by CEO Bill Lee, and private investment firm Virgo Investment Group have partnered to acquire the Millennium Entertainment library and distribution platform.

ida_07

Ida gets Poland's Oscar nod

19-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Pawel Pawlikowski’s well-received drama unanimously selected for Foreign Language Oscar.

Brillante Mendoza

Busan's Asian Project Market line-up

19-Aug-2014 | By

Directors include Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho.

Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks

19-Aug-2014 | By

Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of this week’s wave of programming that includes Discovery.

Nicolas Cage

Grindstone takes Dying Of The Light

19-Aug-2014 | By

Nicolas Cage stars in Paul Schrader’s thriller from Over Under Media and Tin Res Entertainment. Nicolas Winding Refn is on the executive producer roster.

Uni dates Legendary duo

19-Aug-2014 | By

Universal has dated a pair of Legendary Pictures titles and will release Krampus on November 25, 2015, and Spectral in 3D on August 12, 2016.

Chef

Open Road to re-release Chef

19-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED: The Jon Favreau crowd-pleaser will return to theatres on August 29 in a likely Golden Globes play after the initial early-summer run grossed $29.3m. Meanwhile, Open Road has pushed Nightcrawler back by two weeks.

Secret Cinema: Back to the Future

Secret Cinema extends Back to the Future

19-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Tickets go on sale Aug 20 for the added shows.

Erik Poppe

Poppe, Mayersberg team on Munch biopic

19-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Erik Poppe, Paul Mayersberg, Aage Aaberge team on painter biopic.

Faye Ward departs Ruby, joins Stan and Ollie

19-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Long-time Ruby exec departs; teams with BBC-TWC on first production.

FICG In LA

Las Horas Contigo to open FICG in LA

19-Aug-2014 | By

The Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles – FICG in LA – has unveiled its line-up.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Dragon 2 flies at China box office

19-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 topped the Chinese box office for the week August 11-17, grossing $26.32m over a four-day weekend, while Apocalypse Pompeii opened in third position with $6.68m over three days.

Juno Temple

Meadowland starts New York shoot

19-Aug-2014 | By

Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple and Ty Simpkins are among a host of cast joining Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, and Natasha Lyonne on Bron Studios’ psychological drama.

Creative England, BFI launch development programme

19-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

London Film Festival event aimed at directors, writers and producers.

Zawe Ashton

Encounters reveals competition titles

19-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Bristol short film showcase to host 207 films across competitive strands.

Chaplin Cinemas

RealD equips first Kazakhstan screens

19-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

3D tech company strikes agreement with Kazakhstan’s Chaplin Cinemas.

The Dark Horse

Seville rides Dark Horse

18-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

eOne’s boutique sales arm Seville International takes New Zealand hit drama.

Ant-Man

Ant-Man kicks off in San Francisco

18-Aug-2014 | By

Bobby Cannavale and rapper T.I. have joined Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly on the Marvel Studios project, which has kicked off in California.

Sophie Cookson joins Emperor

18-Aug-2014 | By

The Screen International UK Star Of Tomorrow will star alongside Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann in Corsan’s imminent shoot, which the company will introduce to buyers in Toronto next month.

Debbie Reynolds

SAG life honour for Debbie Reynolds

18-Aug-2014 | By

The actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and the understanding and treatment of mental illness has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honour.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves boards Rain

18-Aug-2014 | By

The icon is attached to star in and serve as executive producer on Slingshot Global Media’s TV thriller.

Pamela Loo Mayer

Pamela Loo Mayer dies aged 52

18-Aug-2014 | By

The film sales and theatrical booking agent and grand-daughter of Run Run Shaw died on Friday night (August 15) at her home in Calabasas, California, following a long illness. She was 52.

Tricycle Theatre

Tricycle lifts Jewish Film Festival ban

18-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Lengthy discussions between both sides lead to ban being overturned.

Jovan Marjanovic Mirsad Purivatra

Sarajevo launches global co-pro fund

18-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Production support scheme to expand from short micro-budget films to international features.

Sarajevo Film Festival

Sarajevo readies Industry Days

18-Aug-2014 | By

Screen previews the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry events, which includes a UK focus, the annual Regional Forum and highlights of the Work in Progress and CineLink projects.

IFNY to honour Jim Sheridan

18-Aug-2014

Jim Sheridan will take part in an on-stage conversation at the fourth annual Irish Film New York (IFNY), set to run from October 3-5.

Ana De Armas

Evolution Mallorca fest to host LA screening

18-Aug-2014 | By

The Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival will screen the winners of the 2013 edition at a special screening in Hollywood on August 27.

IMAX

IMAX expands AMC footprint

18-Aug-2014 | By

IMAX Corporation and AMC Entertainment Holdings are expanding their revenue sharing deal with 11 new theatres.

amsterdam_express

F&ME fire five to festivals

18-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK production outfit finds sellers, festivals for busy slate.

The Inbetweeners 2

Inbetweeners 2 retains UK lead

18-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Entertainment’s comedy sequel crosses £20m mark with non-final $7.2m (£4.3m) second weekend.

A Thousand Times Good Night

Binoche drama takes top Norway prize

18-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

A Thousand Times Good Night, Blind take spoils at Amanda Awards.

LeTV

China’s LeTV to raise $730m

18-Aug-2014 | By

Online video company is working with partners including CITIC to enter retail and financial service industries.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents tops Avatar in S Korea

18-Aug-2014 | By

Kim Han-min’s war epic edges towards 15 million admissions, beating previous box office record-holder Avatar to become the biggest ever film in South Korea.

Diane Keaton

Diane Keaton to receive Zurich award

18-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

US star of Annie Hall to present new film And So It Goes at the festival.

Dragon 2 soars to $26m in China

17-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED AUGUST 18: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 ruled the international roost on $37.7m, powered by a mighty $25.9m debut in China through Oriental DreamWorks.

Teenage

Turtles stay afloat in US on $28m

17-Aug-2014 | By

Paramount and Nickelodeon Films’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held on to pole position in the second weekend in North America as The Expendables 3 limped in at number four through Lionsgate on $16.2m.

Lav Diaz Locarno

Filipino drama wins top Locarno prize

16-Aug-2014 | By

Locarno’s Golden Leopard has been awarded to Filipino director Lav Diaz’s five-and-a-half-hour epic From What Is Before.

Gael Garcia Bernal

Sarajevo launches 20th edition

16-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Gael Garcia Bernal and Agnes B. both receive the honorary Heart of Sarajevo.

Pierce Brosnan

Paramount nabs Louis XIV drama

15-Aug-2014 | By

The studio has acquired US rights to The Moon And The Sun starring Pierce Brosnan and will release on April 10, 2015.

Dimitri Villard

Dimitri Villard options Soul Catcher

15-Aug-2014 | By

The producer, whose credits include Flight Of The Navigator and In Love And War, has optioned the 1972 novel from the Frank Herbert estate.

Carlo Chatrian

Carlo Chatrian talks Locarno highlights

15-Aug-2014 | By

Locarno director talks highlights and UK presence at the festival and looks to 2015.

Blake Lively

Lionsgate dates The Age Of Adaline

15-Aug-2014 | By

Lionsgate has scheduled an early 2015 release for the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment romance starring Blake Lively.

Beatles

Haugesund primed for 42nd edition

15-Aug-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Norwegian festival will open with Beatles; record number of works-in-progress; 350 delegates for New Nordic Films.

Samantha Barks

Samantha Barks joins Hundred Streets

15-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK drama shooting in London stars Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton.

Carlos Diegues

Cast joins The Great Mystical Circus

15-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Brazil-Portugal-France road movie The Great Mystical Circus is set to commence shooting in Lisbon, Portugal, on January 6, 2015.

While We re Young

FilmNation to sell TIFF duo

15-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Glen Basner’s New York-based production, finance and sales company is handling international rights to Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young and Chris Rock comedy Top Five, both of which are set to premiere in Toronto next month.

The Houses October Built

Image takes The Houses October Built

15-Aug-2014 | By

Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the haunted house thriller.

Theeb

Fortissimo takes Theeb world rights

15-Aug-2014 | By

Fortissimo Films has acquired world rights, excluding the Middle East, UK and Switzerland, to Venice Orizzonti title Theeb, directed by Naji Abu Nowar.

The Inbetweeners Movie 2

Inbetweeners 2 tops social buzz

15-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Comedy sequel trounces action sequel on social networks in the UK.

Oscars

Academy selects sci-tech longlist

15-Aug-2014 | By

Twenty-one scientific and technical achievements, 16 distinct investigations, have been selected for further consideration by the Academy’s scientific and technical awards committee.

ID

Dark Frames takes India's I.D.

15-Aug-2014 | By

US and Mumbai-based collaborative Dark Frames has acquired world rights to Indian director Kamal K.M.’s debut feature I.D.

sherlock

BFI hunts first Sherlock Holmes film

15-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

BFI launches campaign to find missing film featuring Sherlock Holmes.

French Film Festival UK unveils lineup

15-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Touring festival to show Cannes titles and spotlight Resnais, Truffaut and Tati.

jacques audiard

L'Etrange Festival fetes Audiard, Sion

15-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

Jacques Audiard, Sono Sion and Godfrey Reggio select films for cult festival.

David Hakl

Saw V director takes to Kickstarter

15-Aug-2014 | By Lauren Cole

David Hakl launches crowdfunding campaign for horror Earthworks.

Mill Valley 2014 announces dates

15-Aug-2014 | By

The 37th Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) will take place from October 2-12 in Marin County, California.

TIFF unveils industry events roster

14-Aug-2014 | By

Toronto top brass have unveiled details of the Asia Film Summit, Moguls panel and Doc Conference.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams 'had Parkinson’s'

14-Aug-2014 | By

The actor and comedian who died on Monday in an apparent suicide was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, his wife has revealed.

Godzilla

Godzilla 2 gets 2018 date

14-Aug-2014 | By

Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures have dated their monster sequel.

Katie Holmes

IFC Films acquires Days And Nights

14-Aug-2014 | By

IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Christian Camargo’s story inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.

Brad Pitt's Fury to close LFF

14-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sony’s Fury set as London closing film; Brad Pitt, David Ayer to attend

Effie Gray

Emma Thompson’s Effie Gray finally set for release

14-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome to give wide UK release to period drama held up by legal disputes.

The Long Way Home

Cinedigm strikes Moriah home ent deal

14-Aug-2014 | By

Cinedigm Corp has struck a multi-year deal with Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group to handle home entertainment distribution on the Moriah Films’ documentary film collection of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. 

SFFS

SFFS selects Hearst finallists

14-Aug-2014 | By

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the six finallists for the sixth annual SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Grant.

PIMS

Astro, Pinewood pact on production services

14-Aug-2014 | By

Astro Productions, the production arm of Malaysian pay-TV giant Astro, is joining forces with Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) to offer production services for the TV industry.

Frances McDormand

Venice to honour Frances McDormand

14-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

US actress best known for her work in Coen Brothers’ movies including Fargo to receive talent award.

Birdman

Zurich unveils strong gala line-up

14-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Manglehorn, Birdman and Whiplash among the titles set to play at the Zurich Film Festival.

Jung Jin-woo

Busan to honour Jung Jin-woo

14-Aug-2014 | By

The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its Korean Cinema Retrospective will spotlight veteran director and producer Jung Jin-woo.

John Johnson

Buzzfeed co-founder to launch PttP

14-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Buzzfeed’s John Johnson among the line-up at Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum.

Winter Sleep

San Sebastian unveils Pearls titles

14-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cannes winner Winter Sleep and Berlin victor Black Coal, Thin Ice amongst line-up.

One Hour Photo

Locarno in Robin Williams tribute

14-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The film festival will screen the late actor’s 2002 drama, One Hour Photo.

Andrew Karpen

Karpen launches Bleecker Street

13-Aug-2014 | By

The former co-CEO of Focus Features Andrew Karpen has announced his New York-based distributor backed by 5-Hour Energy founder by Manoj Bhargava.

AFM sets Africa roundtable

13-Aug-2014 | By

AFM has announced the speakers for its roundtable African Co-Productions: The Possibilities And The Challenges.

Banderas The 33

Miners drama in Colombian rebate

13-Aug-2014 | By

The $20m feature about the 2010 rescue of the 33 Chilean workers trapped in the San Jose mine is the first international film to qualify for Colombia’s Law 1556 production incentive.

Gone Girl

New York unveils main slate

13-Aug-2014 | By

The Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday (12) the 30 films that will comprise the main official selection of the 52nd New York Film Festival (NYFF), set to run from September 26-October 12.

Sophie Bourdon

Euro-China initiative to launch

13-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

European and Chinese producers joining forces to better position films in each other’s markets.

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Spirit Awards sets dates

13-Aug-2014 | By

The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on February 21, 2015.

Power Rangers

Lionsgate sets Power Rangers date

13-Aug-2014 | By

Lionsgate will release the action film on July 22, 2016.

White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom

Witch retains China box office lead

13-Aug-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Bona Film Group’s White Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdom topped the Chinese box office for a second week (August 4-10), grossing $19.71m from 3.2 million admissions.

Well Ferrell

Gary Sanchez boards Henchmen

13-Aug-2014 | By

Gary Sanchez Productions has come on board Bron Studios’ Henchmen.

Foosball

369, JEMPSA announce co-pro deal

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

UK and Argentine companies join forces to co-produce and finance a slate of six features over the next two years.

San Sebastian adds to lineup

13-Aug-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance [pictured] and Gabe Ibáñez’s Automata, produced by and starring Antonio Banderas, among films added to 2014 edition.

Raindance

Raindance secures new partners

13-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

BFI, Telegraph and The May Fair Hotel partner with London indie festival.

Hans Zimmer

Desplat, Zimmer in WSAwards nominees

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Awards will take place on the closing night of the Gent Film Festival on Oct 25.

Mamarosh

Berwick unveils 2014 lineup

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Now in its tenth year, the UK festival is to open with Momcilo Mrdakovic’s Mamarosh [pictured].

Dead Poets Society

Secret Cinema to honour Robin Williams

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

One off charity screening to commemorate Robin Williams will see all profits go to Mind.

Torino_Film_Lab

TFL launches distribution fund

13-Aug-2014 | By

Fund is dedicated to supporting audience development strategies; Meanwhile, Beta Cinema has acquired Toronto title Labyrinth of Lies.

Alive Inside

Sensoria announces 2014 programme

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Festival to screen UK premiere of Alive Inside [pictured] and 30th anniversary screenings of Threads and Stop Making Sense.

HFM Co-Production Market 2013

HFM to present 21 projects

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Selected film projects will be presented at the 2014 event, which takes place during the Netherlands Film Festival from Sept 25-28.

Marshall to exec produce Dark Signal

13-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Edward Evers-Swindell’s horror will be shot entirely on location in Wales.

Liza Minou Morberg

Women take centre stage at Way Out West

13-Aug-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

This year’s festival saw 45% of its lineup coming from female directors, including Alone Together from Liza Minou Morberg [pictured].

Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund outlines next project

13-Aug-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Ahead of the Swedish release of Force Majeure, the director spoke about his next project at Way Out West.

Ashutosh Gowariker

Disney India readies Gowariker project

13-Aug-2014 | By

Ashutosh Gowariker will direct epic romance Mohenjo Daro for Disney India, with Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde heading the cast.

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall dies aged 89

12-Aug-2014 | By

The screen icon, leading lady of the Golden Age and Humphrey Bogart soulmate has died of stroke in New York. She was 89.

The Forger

Toronto to debut Maggie, Boychoir

12-Aug-2014 | By

The Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie drama Maggie, Dustin Hoffman drama Boychoir, Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me and Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary have landed world premieres, TIFF gala and special presentation slots.

Lucy

Lucy scores smash French debut

12-Aug-2014 | By

EuropaCorp’s action thriller opened in France on $13.2m (€9.9m) last week to deliver the biggest debut for an English-language release so far in 2014 and propel the overall international running total to $31.4m.

Learning To Breathe

Shoreline acquires Learning To Breathe

12-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Morris Ruskin’s sales and production entity has picked up world sales rights to the Magician Pictures love story.

Robin Williams

Williams: asphyxia due to hanging

12-Aug-2014 | By

Local California police said on Tuesday (12) that the 63-year-old actor and comedian died on Monday after appearing to have hanged himself in his bedroom.

Matt Alvarez

Relativity forms diversity division

12-Aug-2014 | By

Producer Matt Alvarez has been brought in as evp of production and president of Relativity Studios’ new division.

Claire Denis

Toronto launches Short Cuts International

12-Aug-2014 | By

New work from Claire Denis takes its place in the inaugural Short Cuts International line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).

Charlie Country

Toronto unveils CWC, City To City

12-Aug-2014 | By

Toronto film festival organisers have programmed features from 42 countries in the Contemporary World Cinema (CWC) programme and unveiled eight South Korean selections in the City To City.

Bradley Cooper

American Sniper in late 2014 release

12-Aug-2014 | By

Warner Bros has set up Clint Eastwood’s tale of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle for a possible awards run after dating a limited December 25 US release.

13

CBS to adapt stage hit 13

12-Aug-2014 | By

CBS Films plans to produce Jason Robert Brown’s stage musical 13 to the big screen.

Robin_Williams

Robin Williams in shock death

12-Aug-2014 | By

The Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian was found dead in the Bay Area home he shared with his wife Susan Schneider on Monday afternoon (August 11). He was 63.

West

Main Street sets Nov 7 West release

12-Aug-2014 | By

Main Street Films will theatrically release Christian Schwochow’s spy drama West in the US on November 7. 

Locarno Open Doors 2014 winners

Locarno's Open Doors names winners

12-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

I Am Not a Witch and The Train of Salt and Sugar both pick up two prizes each at the Locarno Film Festival’s co-production lab.

Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski cancels Locarno visit

12-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Roman Polanski has cancelled his visit to the Locarno Film Festival following opposition from some local politicians and media.

Peter Greenaway

Greenaway plans second Eisenstein film

12-Aug-2014 | By

Peter Greenaway is to return to the legendary Russian film director Sergey Eisenstein for a second feature, The Eisenstein Handshakes, this time to be located in Switzerland, after the Mexican-set Eisenstein in Guanajato.

Titanic Studios

Belfast's Titanic Studios to expand

12-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Planning approval has been granted to extend Belfast’s Titanic Studios, where Game of Thrones is partly filmed.

UK TV readies Robin Williams films

12-Aug-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

UK broadcasters have begun changing their schedules to celebrate the work of Robin Williams, the US actor and comedian who has died at the age of 63.

Powerless

India’s Phantom charges up Powerless

12-Aug-2014 | By

Indian producer-distributor Phantom Films has picked up local award-winning documentary Powerless (Katiyabaaz) and will release the film this weekend on 30 screens.

Hidden Folk

UK-Norway horror set for Haugesund

12-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Johnny Kevorkian to direct Hidden Folk; Pinball Films to produce.

Aspirantes (Hopefuls)

Hopefuls wins Locarno's Carte Blanche

12-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cash prize will help complete Ives Rosenfeld’s debut feature about young friends who dream of being footballers.

Nadia Dresti

Locarno's Step In presents ideas for multi-platform world

12-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Roundtable industry discussions yield ideas such as a global database of film availability and pan-European VOD technical standards.

SMI shares plunge on acquisition news

12-Aug-2014 | By

Shares of Hong Kong-listed SMI Culture Group plunged more than 50% during trading yesterday, after the company announced a share consolidation and rights issue to fund the acquisition of Beijing-based production company Grand Astute.

Keanu Reeves

Lionsgate acquires John Wick

11-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The studio has picked up US rights to Thunder Road Films’ Keanu Reeves action title.

Scherzo Diabolico

Scherzo Diabolico begins shoot

11-Aug-2014 | By

Production has commenced in Mexico City and surrounding areas on Salto de Fe Films’ black comedy.

The Inbetweeners 2

Inbetweeners 2 biggest UK debut of 2014

11-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Entertainment’s comedy sequel opens with over $21m (£12.5m), including previews, for the biggest debut of the year.

Hatice Ozdemirciler

Hatice Ozdemirciler joins ICO

11-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Hatice Ozdemirciler has joined the UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) as head of training and professional development.

Kajaki

Landmine drama Kajaki begins shoot

11-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The King’s Speech producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin on board British soldier drama, which will be released as troops return from Afghanistan later this year.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents breaks Korea record

11-Aug-2014 | By

In Korea, historic sea battle film Roaring Currents has hit 11 million admissions in record time and beaten Disney’s Frozen to the biggest box office of 2014 to date.

Michael Shamberg

Buzzfeed raises $50m for film division

11-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Social news website Buzzfeed is to launch a dedicated feature film arm after receiving $50m in investment from venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz.

House of Cards

Netflix surges to 3m UK subs

11-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Netflix has hit the 3 million subscriber mark, according to a BARB survey.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Amazon in Disney DVD dispute

11-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Amazon.com has halted preorders for some DVD and Blu-ray discs from studio Disney.

Ron Howard

USC, New Form, Imagine team up

11-Aug-2014 | By

USC’s School Of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is partnering with digital studio New Form Digital, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer on a year-long programme to support, sponsor and distribute student film across digital platforms.

Force Majeure

Way Out West breaks audience record

11-Aug-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Ruben Ostlund presents Cannes hit Force Majeure [pictured] as a gala screening; Jens Lien previews TV series Viva Hate.

Swiss flag

Swiss film industry in funding call

11-Aug-2014 | By

LOCARNO: Swiss film industry calls for additional $22m (CHF 20m) injection of funding; swift deal on Creative Europe recedes.

Moon So-ri

Korean filmmakers Sewol hunger strike

11-Aug-2014 | By

South Korean filmmakers have started a hunger strike relay in support of the Sewol Ferry disaster victims’ families.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians rule int'l BO on $42m

10-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATE AUGUST 11: A further $41.7m enabled Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy to retain top spot in the international arena and reach $138.8m as Disney consolidated its $3bn-plus global box office for the year-to-date.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles storm US box office on $65m

10-Aug-2014 | By

Following a loud Comic-Con presentation in July, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot took command of the North American box office in its opening session.

Mitch Davis

Fantasia draws record numbers

10-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Montreal’s genre festival ran from July 17-Aug 6 and saw audiences of more than 129,000; its Frontières co-production market also drew a record attendance, up 30% on 2013.

Liza Marshall

Liza Marshall to leave Scott Free

8-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Liza Marshall is to step down as head of Ridley Scott’s London-based TV and film production arm Scott Free UK.

Lionsgate

Lionsgate relocates sales arm to London

8-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Lionsgate has relocated its international sales operation to London, in a sign of the growing importance of international markets to leading film companies.

Michael Steiger

Switzerland to launch film production incentive

8-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

LOCARNO: From mid-2016, the Swiss government will be introducing a film production incentive worth 20% on local spend.

Mark Ruffalo

Participant moves ahead on Spotlight

8-Aug-2014 | By

Participant Media’s Catholic Church abuse story has taken a big leap forward now that Open Road, Anonymous Content and eOne Films International and a top-tier cast have come on board.

Menahem Golan

Menahem Golan dies aged 85

8-Aug-2014 | By

The cinephile and prolific Israeli filmmaker who led Cannon Films with his cousin and produced a Death Wish sequel and The Delta Force has died. He was 85.

Flight of The Living Dead

Cinedigm signs Dead for CON TV

8-Aug-2014 | By

Cinedigm has bought its first original series for its upcoming OTT channel CON TV.

Villa Touma

Israel demands money back from ‘Palestine’ film

8-Aug-2014 | By Edna Fainaru

Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma, selected for Venice Critics’ Week, received $400,000 from the Israel Film Fund but has been classified as Palestinian by the director.

A Hologram for the King

Icon takes Hanks's Hologram for UK

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Icon Film Distribution acquires UK rights for Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Disney reaches double BO summit

8-Aug-2014 | By

The global number one performance of Guardians Of The Galaxy pushed Disney past $2bn at the international box office on August 4 and is projected to see the studio surge past $1bn in North America on August 7.

James Franco

James Franco feted by Venice

8-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Actor-director to receive Jaeger-Le Coultre filmmaker award.

Cseplo Gyuri

Bela Tarr slams CineFest's ‘Roma ban’

8-Aug-2014 | By

Hungarian filmmakers criticise festival for refusing to screen material relating to Roma people. 

Tudor Giurgiu

Sarajevo reveals Work in Progress

8-Aug-2014 | By

Seven projects will take part in WiP, and three more titles have been added to CineLink line-up

No Mans Land

San Seb unveils Eastern Europe focus

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Retrospective to include films from Danis Tanovic, Cristi Puiu, Mira Fornay and more.

House of Cards

UK SVOD revenues rise 76%

8-Aug-2014 | By Matthew Campelli

The increasing popularity of Netflix and Amazon have stimulated a 76% revenue boost for the subscription video-on-demand platforms in the UK.

Christian Gisy

Vue's CinemaxX managing director quits

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Christian Gisy to step down after more than seven years at exhibitor.

Petit Nicholas

Soda, BFI launch Children’s Cinema Club

8-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK distributor Soda Pictures has teamed with the BFI, film education programme Into Film, UK children’s festivals and indie exhibitors to launch Children’s Cinema Club, an initiative to boost the number of independent children’s films on release in the UK.

The Inbetweeners Movie 2

Guardians, Inbetweeners top social buzz

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Marvel blockbuster dominates but comedy sequel debuts strong.

Mad Men

AMC eyes global film channels

8-Aug-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Mad Men broadcaster AMC Networks is eyeing further international acquisitions and is focusing on global independent film channels.

Clavius to shoot in Malta

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Biblical thriller will star Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton.

El Tiempo Nublado

Film Republic takes El Tiempo Nublado

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

LOCARNO: Film Republic has secured world rights to Paraguayan-Swiss co-production El Tiempo Nublado by Arami Ullon.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel 2 gets UK date

8-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Director John Madden returns while the original cast is joined by Richard Gere; first trailer released.

Merchants Of Doubt

SPC acquires Merchants Of Doubt

7-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has struck a worldwide rights deal for Participant Media and Omidyar Network’s documentary that ScreenDaily understands will premiere in Telluride before a screening in Toronto.

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him And Her

TWC sets Eleanor Rigby dates

7-Aug-2014 | By

The Weinstein Company will release the two-part awards hopeful The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her on October 10

Cristina Garza

Fantastic Fest unveils market projects

7-Aug-2014 | By

Fantastic Fest has announced the 15 projects in the second edition of its international co-production market: Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.

The Last Five Years

Exchange trades on Last Five Years

7-Aug-2014 | By

Brian O’Shea’s production, financing and sales company has finalised key territories on Richard LaGravenese’s Toronto-bound world premiere.

Holly Deveaux

Hunter’s Moon to begin shoot

7-Aug-2014 | By

Production is set to commence in Toronto on August 13 on the Men Of Characters thriller.

Diane Lane

Diane Lane, Elle Fanning join Trumbo

7-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: eOne secures distribution deals as cast rounds on Jay Roach’s Bryan Cranston-Helen Mirren drama.

Casanova Variations

San Seb unveils competition films

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Seven films will compete for the top prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

Inbetweeners 2 breaks comedy record

7-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The sequel’s £2.75m opening is biggest ever for a comedy in UK.

United Cinemas

Japan's Lawson to buy United Cinemas

7-Aug-2014 | By

Convenience store chain Lawson is set to acquire Japan’s third largest theatre operator United Cinemas in a deal thought to be worth around $100m by the end of the month.

Winter Sleep

Turkey submits Winter Sleep for Oscar

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Three-hour feature from Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq

Kidnap comedy to open Cambridge

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Festival will also see director Rowan Joffe and novelist SJ Watson present Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

Peter Luisi

Swiss filmmakers in diversity call

7-Aug-2014 | By

Young Swiss filmmakers are calling for greater diversity in Swiss fiction production and the introduction of a new funding instrument to support up-and-coming directors.

White Settlers

Grimmfest to launch preview strand

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Genre festival to world premiere zombie thriller Devil’s Tower and preview White Settlers.

Time Lapse

Devilworks clocks Time Lapse sales

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Sci-fi thriller sold into Asia and Europe on top of deals for Discopath, The Maid’s Room and Devil May Call.

Cinecitta

Italy boosts film tax credits

7-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Italian Government has increased the tax credits for bigger budget films in a bid to attract Hollywood movies and benefit domestic productions.

TIFF unveils Canadian roster

6-Aug-2014 | By

New work by Sturla Gunnarsson, Denys Arcand, Ruba Nadda and Xavier Dolan are among the selection set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month.

Genna Terranova

Tribeca names Terranova fest director

6-Aug-2014 | By

The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has announced its 2015 dates and promoted Genna Terranova to festival director and Cara Cusumano to senior programmer.

Susan Wendt

Europa Distribution panel looks at TV

6-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Speakers at Locarno workshop to include TrustNordisk’s Susan Wendt and ARTE’s Karen Byot.

The Princess Of France

Cinema Guild takes Princess Of France

6-Aug-2014 | By

The distributor has picked up US rights to Matías Piñeiro’s follow-up to Viola that is set to premiere in Locarno on August 7.

Dakota Fanning

Dakota Fanning joins American Pastoral

6-Aug-2014 | By

Dakota Fanning has joined Jennifer Connelly and Ewan McGregor in Lakeshore’s Philip Roth adaptation.

The Lego Movie

Warner Bros sets animation slots

6-Aug-2014 | By

The studio has earmarked two slots for upcoming, untitled films.

D Todd Shepherd

C4 acquires MPG data assets

6-Aug-2014 | By

C4, the research-based SaaS company servicing the entertainment industry, has signed an overall agreement including obtaining all Motion Picture Group (MPG) data assets.

X Quinientos

San Seb names Co-Production projects

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Films includes Juan Andrés Arango’s X-Quinientos and William Vega’s Sal.

Locarno

Locarno launches Industry Academy

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pilot open to young European professionals in distribution, exhibition, sales and marketing.

Devour festival to welcome Anthony Bourdain

6-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Celebrity chef to present Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman.

Tricycle Theatre

Tricycle refuses UK Jewish Film Festival

6-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Theatre and cinema refuses festival while it is backed by Israeli Embassy amid Gaza crisis; industry reacts via social media.

Gordon Goody

Signature to release Train Robbery doc

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary claims to reveal identity of the mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery for the first time.

bogdanovich

Venice adds Bogdanovich, Penn docs

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Two new documentaries about cinema, centred on the work of US directors Peter Bogdanovich and Arthur Penn, have been added to the Venice Classics strand of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6).

Stations of the Cross

Films submitted for German Oscar entry

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A total of 15 films have been submitted for consideration.

White God

Hungary submits White God to Oscars

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cannes award-winner to be considered for nomination in the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.

Aviva Silver

Aviva Silver returns to EC

6-Aug-2014 | By

Aviva Silver, who was head of unit at the MEDIA Programme until June 2013, is set to resume playing a key role in forging future European audiovisual and cultural policy.

Commandant Pat Quinlan

Fifty Shades star readies next film

6-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Parallel Films announces details of The Siege of Jadotville, starring Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan.

Fox withdraws Time Warner bid

5-Aug-2014 | By

In a surprise development, 21st Century Fox has pulled out of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner.

Carrie Brownstein

Brownstein to finish Lost In Austen

5-Aug-2014 | By

Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe have hired Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein to complete the Nora Ephron script.

Pablo Jose Barroso

Dos Corazones Films opens in Mexico

5-Aug-2014 | By

Producer Pablo José Barroso has established the privately backed production and finance company based in Mexico City.

An Evergreen Christmas

ARC swoops on Evergreen Christmas

5-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the dramatic comedy An Evergreen Christmas.

Manglehorn

TIFF Gala to salute Al Pacino

5-Aug-2014 | By

Al Pacino will be the subject of a career retrospective at the third annual TIFF Gala in Toronto on September 3.

Golden Globes

Golden Globes sets 2015 date

5-Aug-2014 | By

The HFPA has announced the timetable for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Before I Disappear

IFC acquires Before I Disappear

5-Aug-2014 | By

IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Shawn Christensen’s drama ahead of its international premiere in Venice. Separately, The Orchard has picked up Marshall Curry’s Tribeca-winning doc Point And Shoot.

Tony Jaa

Kickboxer adds cast for The Exchange

5-Aug-2014 | By

The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea has confirmed that martial arts icon Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins have joined the action remake.

Wadjda

Academy grant supports Sundance FFP

5-Aug-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has bestowed a grant upon Sundance Institute for the second year running to support professional training and development of emerging feature film artists.

David Kosse

David Kosse talks Film4 job

5-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

“There are always opportunities to change and grow,” Kosse tells Screen.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Boone Isaacs re-elected Oscar president

5-Aug-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences held board elections on Tuesday night (5).

Carter High -1

Charles Dutton joins Carter High

5-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Charles Dutton has joined Play Now Enterprises and Tycor International Film Company’s true-life story of the high school American football team.

Lord Montagu

Lord Montagu goes to Electric Sky

5-Aug-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Electric Sky has acquired international broadcast rights to Luke Korem’s documentary and will launch sales at MIPCOM in October.

Ricky Gervais readies David Brent film

5-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

BBC Films-backed feature will explore what happened to the seedy boss after The Office.

Figa/Br launches with August Winds

5-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

New Brazilian cinema label kicks off with Locarno competition title.

Supernova

Wide, Filmdoo pact for VOD releases

5-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

First title will be Berlinale contender Supernova, including a day-and-date release in the UK.

Abdulaziz Al-Khater

Doha Fim Institute CEO to step down

5-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Abdulaziz Al-Khater to leave after two years in the role.

Viktor

Depardieu's Viktor to premiere in Russia

5-Aug-2014 | By

New films from Krzysztof Zanussi and Ralph Fiennes to also world premiere at Window To Europe Film Festival.

Netflix on phone

OTT video to generate $10.7bn

5-Aug-2014 | By

North America revenue from OTT (over the top) content is catching up with theatrical grosses as a study said projected numbers for 2014 will reach $10.7bn – a little under the record $10.9bn set by theatrical distributors in 2013.

Alex Brunner

Alex Brunner joins UTA indie film group

4-Aug-2014 | By

Exclusive Media co-founder and former deputy COO Alex Brunner has joined UTA Independent Film Group as a film finance agent.

David Kosse

David Kosse named Film4 boss

4-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Universal Pictures exec to replace Tessa Ross in November.

Film4

Reactions: David Kosse joins Film4

4-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED: Producers Stephen Woolley, Kris Thykier, Jeremy Thomas, Andrew Macdonald and Eric Fellner as well as BBC Films, the BFI, FDA and Pact comment on the appointment of Universal Pictures exec David Kosse as the new head of Film4.

Viggo Mortensen

eOne secures Captain Fantastic

4-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Viggo Mortensen drama, directed by Matt Ross, adds cast including Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle and Erin Moriarty.

Jennifer Connelly joins American Pastoral

4-Aug-2014 | By

Lakeshore and Sierra/Affinity are weighing up an AFM start on pre-sales for the Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral. Separately, Elijah Wood has joined Summit Entertainment’s The Last Witch Hunter

Kodak gains another top-tier champion

4-Aug-2014 | By

Martin Scorsese has thrown his weight behind the campaign highlighted by a number of high-profile directors in recent weeks to support Kodak’s decision to continue to produce film stock.

Leprechaun Origins

Lionsgate, WWE date Leprechaun

4-Aug-2014 | By

Lionsgate and WWE Studios have set a limited theatrical run for the horror film following a sneak peek of footage at Comic-Con.

AFM 2014 unveils Conference Series

4-Aug-2014 | By

Financing, pitching, production, marketing and distribution are on the agenda at the 2014 American Film Market, set to run from November 5-12.

Najwa Najjar locks West Bank film

4-Aug-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Algerian singer Souad Massi and Egyptian Khaled Abol Naga co-star in film shot in West Bank city of Nablus.

White Shadow

White Shadow wins in Wroclaw

4-Aug-2014 | By

Noaz Deshe’s feature debut White Shadow was the big winner at this year’s T-Mobile New Horizons in Poland’s Wroclaw.

Nosferatu In Love

Nosferatu In Love wins LA Shorts Fest

4-Aug-2014 | By

Mark Strong stars for his Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter Peter Straughan in the darkly comic slice of life.

Park Chan Wook in Jerusalem

Korean filmmakers support Palestine

4-Aug-2014 | By

Leading Korean filmmakers Park Chan-wook and Ryoo Seung-wan have joined a group of 100 public figures in a petition against Israel’s attack on Gaza and “civilian massacre”.

Production Finance Market

NZ's Emma Slade set for UK PFM

4-Aug-2014 | By

Emma Slade, Steve Kearney, Briget Callow-Wright heading for the UK’s Production Finance Market.

Sailing Back To Cuba

Sailing Back To Cuba lands sales rep

4-Aug-2014 | By

Lon Haber and IPPR have taken on world sales rights to producer-director Ron Moler’s second documentary about Cuba, Sailing Back To Cuba.

Madmen Entertainment

Madman founders complete buyout

4-Aug-2014 | By

A small consortium that includes co-managing directors Paul Wiegard and Tim Anderson have paid $20m (A$21.5m) for Australian independent distributor Madman Entertainment.

Caleb Deschanel

Camerimage to honour Caleb Deschanel

4-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-nominated cinematographer of The Passion of the Christ and The Right Stuff to accept lifetime achievement award at cinematography festival in Poland.

The Wind Rises

Studio Ghibli to scale back production

4-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Japanese animation producer to scale back following retirement of Hayao Miyazaki.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians tops UK chart on $10.7m

4-Aug-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Disney’s latest Marvel outing scores $10.7m (£6.35m) debut to dethrone Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future event grosses $1.2m (£720,000) over first four shows.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians rule on $161.7m debut

3-Aug-2014 | By

UPDATED AUGUST 4: Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy ruled the box office universe on an estimated $161.7m, of which $67.4m came from 42 territories outside the US through Walt Disney Motion Pictures International.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians' $94m debut boosts US BO

3-Aug-2014 | By

Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy stormed the North American box office, soaring to number one on an estimated $94m through Buena Vista that scored the biggest August debut and the third biggest of the year-to-date.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 crosses $1bn

3-Aug-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the second in the sci-fi franchise to reach the global mark after Dark Of The Moon did so in 2011.

The Tribe

The Tribe wins top prize in Motovun

3-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Unusual ‘jury in exile’ led by Jafar Panahi; empty chair in honour of imprisoned Sentsov.

Joseph Fiennes

Joseph Fiennes to star in Clavius

2-Aug-2014 | By

Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton will star in LD Entertainment’s Biblical thriller.

Atlantic Film Festival

Strategic Partners unveils LatAm scheme

2-Aug-2014 | By

The co-production market element of the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax has announced the producers in an inaugural project exchange with Mexico’s Los Cabos International Film Festival and Brazil’s RioContentMarket.

Idriselba

Elba, Arterton drama begins shoot

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

uMedia to handle sales on film also starring Franz Drameh and Adam Bakri.

Jared Marshall

Prominence readies Fortune And Gold

1-Aug-2014 | By

Los Angeles-based Prominence Films is ramping up for an early August start in and around California on its first feature, Of Fortune And Gold.

John Cooper and Trevor Groth

Sundance in Hong Kong partnership

1-Aug-2014 | By

A new brand extension deal from Sundance Institute top brass with The Metroplex will present Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects from September 19-28 at the newly opened nine-screen cineplex in Kowloon Bay.

Tokyo International Film Festival

Tokyo to introduce viewer's award

1-Aug-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Tokyo International FIlm Festival will unveil a new award for its Competition section, the WOWOW Viewer’s Choice Award.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians tops UK social buzz

1-Aug-2014 | By Michael Rosser

As Guardians of the Galaxy rockets onto screens this week, social media is buzzing over the new film.

Dead Island

Occupant, Deep Silver plot Dead Island

1-Aug-2014 | By

Occupant Entertainment is to produce a feature of video game Dead Island with Deep Silver, the video game publishing label of Koch Media.

Watershed

Encounters adds industry forum

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (September 16 – 21) has added a three-day industry forum.

Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo, Orsi Toth on Sarajevo jury

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Programmers and Tate Modern director also added to jury headed by Bela Tarr.

Man With A Movie Camera

Silent film tops documentary poll

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

More than 200 critics and 100 filmmakers take part in poll.

No Thank You

Media Luna says No Thank You

1-Aug-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

German sales outfit acquires Samuli Valkama feature.

WIDE starts presales on Solstice

1-Aug-2014 | By

Wroclaw New Horizons roundup: works in progress include Close Ups and I, Olga Hepnarova.

Jon Stewart

Open Road sets Rosewater release

31-Jul-2014 | By

Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut and potential awards contender is set to premiere in Toronto next month.

Saban expands exec roster

31-Jul-2014 | By

Saban Films is gearing up for its first release of The Homesman and has hired Azniv Taschyan as vp of finance and Jonathan Saba as vp of marketing.

Marie's Story

Marie's Story finds US home

31-Jul-2014 | By

Film Movement has acquired US rights to Marie’s Story (formerly Marie Heurtin) ahead of its world premiere slot in Locarno.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Uni dates The Huntsman

31-Jul-2014 | By

The Snow White And The Huntsman spin-off stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron has shunted The Mummy into a summer 2016 slot.

Michael Pavlic

Pavlic to head SPE creative advertising

31-Jul-2014 | By

The Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) hierarchy has promoted Michael Pavlic to president of worldwide creative advertising.

JJ Nugent

JJ Nugent joins AMBI Distribution

31-Jul-2014 | By

AMBI Distribution, the international sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group, has hired JJ Nugent to work in acquisitions and international sales.

Tribeca Film Institute

TFI unveils New Media grantees

31-Jul-2014 | By

Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), in partnership with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative has announced five grant recipients of the 2014 TFI New Media Fund.

A Most Wanted Man

Sundance teams with Polish festival

31-Jul-2014 | By

The Sundance Film Festival has entered into a partnership with Poznan’s Transatlantyk Film Festival to present a selection of its titles at the forthcoming fourth edition running from August 8-14.

But Always

China’s But Always set for N America

31-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

China Lion Film picks up Nicholas Tse, Gao Yuanyuan starrer But Always from Emperor Motion Pictures for North America, Australia/New Zealand

Evangelion

Tokyo to host Hideaki Anno showcase

31-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The only filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki would ever acknowledge as his apprentice to be celebrated at TIFF.

Wales

British Council opens film exhibition

31-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

New shorts commissioned from Mark Cousins, Penny Woolcock and John Akomfrah.

Yann Demange

BAFTA taking Yann Demange to US

31-Jul-2014 | By Lauren Cole

Director of ‘71 to be showcased at New York and Los Angeles events.

Mark Lee, Chapman To

Chapman To, Mark Lee play mahjong rivals

31-Jul-2014 | By

King of Mahjong to be directed by Adrian Teh.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Market gets ready for Guardians

31-Jul-2014 | By

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung to top spot last weekend but Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy is standing by to knock the primates off their perch.

Rodrigo Cortes

Lionsgate picks up Down A Dark Hall

30-Jul-2014 | By

The studio has acquired feature rights to Lois Duncan’s 1974 novel Down A Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortés to direct and Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer to produce.

Michael Andreen

FIP hires Michael Andreen

30-Jul-2014 | By

Fox International Productions has named Michael Andreen svp of production, effective August 1.

Matthew McConaughey

Sea Of Trees commences shoot

30-Jul-2014 | By

Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions’ drama has begun shooting and will film on location in Massachusetts and Japan. Ken Kao and Alex Walton’s Bloom represents international rights and launched pre-sales in Cannes.

Olivia Wilde

Bron to produce Meadowland

30-Jul-2014 | By

Aaron L Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert’s Vancouver-based company will produce the psychological drama starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne.

Ted_Sarandos

Gotham honour for Ted Sarandos

30-Jul-2014 | By

Leaders at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) said the chief content officer will receive this year’s Industry Tribute at the 24th annual Gothams in New York on December 1.

Simon West turns to crowd-funding

30-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Expendables 2 director talks crowd-funding, a Con Air sequel and Tolkien & Lewis.

Tara Kemes

Tara Kemes climbs at Rainmaker

30-Jul-2014 | By

Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment, the company behind Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper, has promoted Tara Kemes to the new position of vp of culture and talent.

The Who

Con Air director plans to team with The Who on TV series

30-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Simon West is working on Mods and Rockers with iconic band in talks to collaborate.

Harry Potter

Warner Bros names Harry Potter team

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Team will be based in London and Burbank, and follows an expanded partnership between the studio and J.K. Rowling.

Emile Hirsch

Emile Hirsch joins Just Jim

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Into the Wild star joins the directorial debut of Submarine star Craig Roberts.

The Way He Looks

The Way He Looks wins at NewFest

30-Jul-2014 | By

Daniel Ribeiro’s The Way He Looks was named best feature at New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film festival while Brumby Boylston’s Cruising Electric took audience award for best short.

Chrieg

San Seb names New Directors titles

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A total of 13 new films will compete for the $67,000 prize.

Back to the Future

Secret Cinema’s BTTF gets go ahead

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

After cancelling four shows, Secret Cinema will begin its run of Back to the Future on July 31.

Dominique Pinon

Dominique Pinon joins DuhLess 2

30-Jul-2014 | By

French actor Dominique Pinon and Serbia’s Milos Bikovic have joined the cast of Roman Prygunov’s DuhLess 2, the sequel to his 2012 box-office success based on Sergey Minaev’s eponymous novel.

The Smell of Us

Venice Days premiere for Larry Clark

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Kids director to world premiere The Smell of Us at Venice Days.

Sarajevo reveals guest list

30-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Michael Winterbottom, Mike Leigh and Michel Hazanavicius among those to attend the festival.

The Face of an Angel

Toronto to world premiere Angel, Tusk

29-Jul-2014 | By

Michael Wintbottom’s The Face of An Angel, Kevin Smith’s Tusk and Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy will receive their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival; new documentaries from Joshua Oppenheimer and Nick Broomfield are also among TIFF’s second wave.

Magic in the Moonlight to close Sarajevo

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.

Other Peoples Money

Brian Kelly to direct fraudster drama

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Real-life ‘Catch Me If You Can’ drama being developed by ’71 producer Angus Lamont.

Inner Demons

IFC Midnight embraces Inner Demons

29-Jul-2014 | By

Seth Grossman directed Schorr Pictures’ horror film about an intervention-style reality TV show.

Cinedigm

Cinedigm, Great Point Media strike pact

29-Jul-2014 | By

Cinedigm Corp and Robert Halmi Jr’s Great Point Media have signed a multi-picture distribution and production output deal.

The Decent One

Kino Lorber takes Decent One, Winter

29-Jul-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired all US rights to Vanessa Lapa’s documentary on the secret personal writings and photographs of Heinrich Himmler as well as mystery Winter In The Blood.

Fault Lines

Playwrights chosen for new screenwriting scheme

29-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Origin Pictures, Paines Plough, BBC Films launch writing scheme

On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter

San Seb's Savage Cinema to return

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Second edition of San Sebastian Film Festival strand to feature six action sports films including the long-awaited sequel to motorcycle racing classic On Any Sunday.

Robert Englund

Englund, Moore to attend FrightFest

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Nightmare on Elm Street star and comic-book legend set for horror festival.

Nise da Silveira

Brazilian delegation set for Locarno

29-Jul-2014 | By

Film-maker Kleber Mendoça, who won the FIPRESCI Prize at Rotterdam and Wroclaw’s New Horizons for his fiction feature debut Neighbouring Sounds in 2012, will be in Locarno next month as part of an almost 60-strong Brazilian delegation.

Wonder Woman

Comic-Con: WB leads social buzz

29-Jul-2014 | By

Comic-Con 2014 sparked 1.7m social media mentions as Warner Bros dominated the conversation, according to social media experts Way To Blue.

BBFC launches 12A cinema advert

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British Board of Film Classification aims to increase public understanding of 12A rating after research revealed 27% of cinema-goers were unclear about its meaning.

I Origins

I Origins to open Raindance 2014

29-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Director Mike Cahill will return to the independent film festival, where he screened his sci-fi feature Another Earth in 2011.

Creative Skillset

Creative Skillset launches diversity fund

29-Jul-2014 | By Matthew Campelli

Around 900 professionals from a range of diverse backgrounds will receive training bursaries of up to £1,600 under Creative Skillset’s Diversity Fund.

Paul Candland

Disney bolsters Asia exec suite

28-Jul-2014 | By

Paul Candland has been named to the newly created position of president of The Walt Disney Company, Asia.

Mark Zoradi

DWKs Animation hires Mark Zoradi

28-Jul-2014 | By

The former president of Buena Vista International has been named COO of DreamWorks Animation while Ann Daly is promoted to president.

Rufus Sewell

Buyers take The Devil’s Hand

28-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Cinema Management Group has licensed the Rufus Sewell horror-thriller from Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment in a slew of markets.

Mark Stern

IM Global ventures into TV

28-Jul-2014 | By

Former Syfy president of original content Mark Stern has come on board as president and partner in the new venture, IM Global Television.

Pixar's Up

Film worth $2.7bn to UK broadcasters

28-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Feature films were worth an estimated £1.6bn ($2.7bn) to UK broadcasters in 2013, according to new research by the British Film Institute.

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Sundance unveils summer Labs

28-Jul-2014 | By

Sundance Institute has announced the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, both of which take place from July 28-August 1 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.

Matthias Schoenaerts

Matthias Schoenaerts exits Belgica

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Rising star leaves new project from Felix van Groeningen, director of The Broken Circle Breakdown.

Roman Polanski

Locarno to honour Roman Polanski

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.

The Lobster

Dutch production scheme backs 34

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax among those to receive a share of €8.5m ($11.4m) from the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.

Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker launches production firm

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

House of Tomorrow will produce feature films as well as drama and comedy series.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe to cut budgets

28-Jul-2014 | By

Distribution and training programmes face budget cuts in 2015.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes retains UK box office lead

28-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel retains top spot with $6.4m (£3.8m) second weekend; Paramount’s Hercules muscles in with $2.46m (£1.45m).

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Bruce Campbell, James Buckley in Purgatory

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Evil Dead and Inbetweeners stars join cast of fantasy feature.

Jane Linfoot

Jane Linfoot's The Incident begins shoot

28-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Psychological drama stars Ruta Gedmintas, Tom Hughes and Tasha Connor.

Dark Valley wins at Puchon

28-Jul-2014 | By

In Korea, the 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) wrapped with Andreas Prochaska’s Austria-Germany Alps cowboy co-production The Dark Valley picking up the Best of Puchon award.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes lead int'l BO on $54.8m

27-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATED JULY 28: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reached the international box office summit at the weekend as a confirmed $54.8m from 12,247 screens in more than 61 markets dethroned Transformers 4.

Lucy

Lucy tops North America on $44m

27-Jul-2014 | By

EuropaCorp’s thriller starring Scarlett Johansson delivered a strong debut through Universal as box office for the top 12 matched the comparable session of 2013.

Wonder Woman

Comic-Con D4: WB rules social media

27-Jul-2014 | By

Hollywood rolled out the big guns at Comic-Con on Saturday as Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice promotion topped the chart of social mentions with 112,108 according to Way To Blue.

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Number 55 wins at revamped Pula

27-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Top Croatian winners are Number 55, The Reaper and Happy Endings; Concrete Night wins international competition.

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Comic-Con: Marvel mania grips Hall H

27-Jul-2014 | By

Marvel Studios repeated last year’s triumph with another rousing finale to three days of Hollywood presentations that sparked near hysteria as virtually the entire cast of Avengers: Age Of Ultron descended on Hall H.

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Comic-Con: Ben Kingsley makes debut

26-Jul-2014 | By

Sir Ben Kingsley became yet another British star to make his Comic-Con debut as he joined a Focus Features panel to promote Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls on Saturday.

Guillermo del Toro

Comic-Con: Guillermo del Toro thrills

26-Jul-2014 | By

A Legendary Entertainment panel heavy on action footage provided the perfect platform for Comic-Con favourite Guillermo del Toro to sneak footage from Crimson Peak and poll the crowd on the idea of a pair of future projects.

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Comic-Con: Sin City 2 dames talk it up

26-Jul-2014 | By

Nine years after the original hit theatres, director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller returned to San Diego with key cast from their latest story and said they had already begun talks for a third episode.

Hercules

Hercules in strong Russia debut

25-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATED JULY 26: Paramount and MGM’s adventure starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock stormed into Russia on Thursday on an estimated $2.6m to reach $5.2m by Saturday.

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Comic-Con: Daniel Radcliffe charms

25-Jul-2014 | By

If there is a theme emerging at this year’s Comic-Con it is British talent making splashy show debuts and Daniel Radcliffe did not disappoint as he delighted Hall H on Friday (25) to promote Horns.

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Comic-Con: Fox brings star power

25-Jul-2014 | By

Fox hosted a starry, two-hour Hall H presentation that featured Guillermo del Toro, Colin Firth and Samuel Jackson, the cast from The Maze Runner and a surprise appearance by rapper Biz Markie who performed his hit Just A Friend.

Kevin Smith

Comic-Con: Kevin Smith talks Tusk

25-Jul-2014 | By

Kevin Smith ruled the final Hall H session on Day 2 of Comic-Con (25) in his annual Q+A slot and used the occasion to enthuse about his return to film-making for what he called his best film.

The Judge

The Judge to open Toronto

25-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

David Dobkin’s drama to open TIFF in September.

George Clooney at the LFF 2011

Money Monster lands at Tristar

25-Jul-2014 | By

Tom Rothman’s Tristar Productions has taken a major project off the independent table and acquired worldwide rights to the thriller in which Jodie Foster will direct George Clooney.

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix in Doctor Strange talks

25-Jul-2014 | By

Sources have confirmed to Screendaily that the actor is in negotiations to star in Marvel Studios’ upcoming adaptation.

Comic-Con: Cumberbatch rules D1

25-Jul-2014 | By

Benedict Cumberbatch - who else? - ruled Comic-Con on opening day Thursday with 22,254 mentions on social media, according to research compiled by Way To Blue.

Gone Girl

Venice wanted Gone Girl, Inherent Vice

25-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow, Michael Rosser

Artistic director says US focus on local market may have contributed to Venice missing out on the new films.

Yasmine

108 Media snaps up Yasmine

25-Jul-2014 | By

108 Media has acquired worldwide rights to the martial arts film ahead of its North American premiere at Fantasia.

Sky completes £5bn Euro merger

25-Jul-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

BSkyB has completed a deal to create Sky Europe, bringing together Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland in a multi-billion pound deal.

Deborah Zipser

IM Global hires general counsel

25-Jul-2014 | By

Deborah Zipser has joined IM Global and will head business and legal affairs.

Kahaani

Oplev to direct Kahaani remake

25-Jul-2014 | By

Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev wil direct Deity, an English-language remake of Indian hit thriller Kahaani for YRF Entertainment.

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Interstellar pair wow Comic-Con

25-Jul-2014 | By

Fans got a double surprise at the Paramount panel on Thursday afternoon (24) as first Matthew McConaughey and then Christopher Nolan took to the stage to talk up the upcoming sci-fi.

52 Tuesdays

Screen Australia reflects on cuts

25-Jul-2014 | By

Around $20m in direct annual investment in film production has escaped the knife in a package of changes that will reduce Screen Australia’s current annual budget by $US5.18m (A$5.5m).

New Horizons Studio talent revealed

25-Jul-2014 | By

Young filmmakers to participate in the 5th New Horizons Studio.

Karl Spoerri

Zurich Summit to launch in Sept

25-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Inaugural two-day industry event to be held as part of the Zurich Film Festival.

Back to the Future

Secret Cinema delayed to July 31

25-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema organiser cancels weekend performances.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes, Purge 2 top UK buzz

25-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Purge: Anarchy generated strong buzz ahead of this weekend’s release but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes remains king of the swingers.

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Comic-Con: Cumberbatch in Con debut

24-Jul-2014 | By

Benedict Cumberbatch earned a rapturous reception from the adoring masses in Hall H during his maiden Comic-Con appearance at the DreamWorks Animation panel on Thursday (24) and hinted at future visits.

Comic-Con: Jeff Bridges talks The Giver

24-Jul-2014 | By

Jeff Bridges spoke of his 19-year journey to bring Lois Lowry’s novel to the big screen at a thoughtful panel hosted by The Weinstein Company on Thursday (24).

The Reader

Wild Bunch, Senator announce merger

24-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Merger ties in with Senator Entertainment’s restructuring strategy.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 to cross $700M at int'l BO

24-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross $700m this weekend.

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Goldwyn toasts Champagne

24-Jul-2014 | By

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to David Kennard’s A Year In Champagne. 

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Shoot begins on Adam Jones

24-Jul-2014 | By

Principal photography has begun on The Weinstein Company’s Adam Jones (formerly The Chef) starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Uma Thurman and Daniel Bruhl.

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Comic-Con: talking points infographic

24-Jul-2014 | By

The top talking point heading into Comic-Con 2014 was The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, according to research conducted by Way To Blue.

UK production spend tops £1bn; indie spend falls

24-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK film sector buoyant but BFI stats reveal local declines.

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Venice unveils 2014 line-up

24-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill and Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence among competition titles.

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San Seb reveals Spanish line-up

24-Jul-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Alberto Rodríguez, Carlos Vermut, Jon Garaó and JM Goneada will premiere their new titles.

Back to the Future

Secret Cinema cancels Back to the Future opening night

24-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema organiser cancels opening night of its biggest production to date at the eleventh hour.

Kon Tiki

Kon-Tiki finally getting UK release

24-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Two years after it first debuted, Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki will finally be seen by UK cinemagoers.

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Laggies sets UK release, new title

24-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz, is to be retitled Say When for its UK release.

’71 sets UK release date

24-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Yann Demange’s Belfast thriller, starring Jack O’Connell, lands October release.

Christophe Lambert

EuropaCorp unveils US buyer team

23-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Paris-based EuropaCorp has launched a US acquisitions team that will be on the ground in Toronto and is headed by French executive Federica Sainte-Rose based in Los Angeles.

Big Hero 6 world premiere to open Tokyo

23-Jul-2014 | By

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its opening film will be the world premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6.

Disney dates Pirates 5, Marvel pic

23-Jul-2014 | By

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has dated its fifth instalment of the smash adventure franchise and announced the release date for another Marvel film.

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Columbia sets Sinister Six release

23-Jul-2014 | By

Heading into Comic-Con the studio announced the next film from the world of Spider-Man will open on November 11, 2016.

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Gnosis, Vinton set animation slate

23-Jul-2014 | By

Gnosis Moving Pictures and Vinton Entertainment have signed a co-production deal on a slate of CG animated features for Oscar winner Will Vinton to direct.

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COLCOA announces 2015 dates

23-Jul-2014 | By

The annual week of French film premieres will take place in Los Angeles in April 2015 and this time organisers will add an extra day.

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K5 Independent takes Father

23-Jul-2014 | By

K5 Independent is to handle international sales for Visar Morina’s feature debut Father (Babai) which is currently shooting in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Dead, End wins at PiFan's NAFF

23-Jul-2014 | By

The 18th Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) wrapped tonight with top Bucheon Award going to Dev Benegal’s Indian project Dead, End Or: How I Learned To Stop Living And Love Being Officially Dead.

The Equalizer

Denzel Washington to open San Seb

23-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

US actor to receive the Donostia lifetime achievement award

Skyfall

Columbia exec segues into producer deal

23-Jul-2014 | By

Elizabeth Cantillon will transition from her position as evp of production at Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.

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IFP sets Project Forum slate

23-Jul-2014 | By

IFP top brass announced on Wednesday (23) their 2014 slate of 133 films in development and works-in-progress selected for Project Forum at Independent Film Week.

Rachel Griffiths

Screen Australia backs 18 features

23-Jul-2014 | By

UK producer Kevin Loader joins comedy drama B Model, to be directed by actor Rachel Griffiths.

All We Have Is Now

Way Out West to host world premiere of All We Have Is Now

23-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other films in programme include Boyhood, Force Majeure, plus world premiere of Jens Lien’s new TV series.

Will Ferrell

Deauville to honour Will Ferrell

23-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Deauville American Film Festival to screen a retrospective of US comedian’s work.

Giancarlo Giannini

Locarno to honour Giancarlo Giannini

23-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Italian actor-director to receive Excellence Award.

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Transmedia talks at PiFan’s NAFF

23-Jul-2014 | By

At the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan), experts discussed transmedia storytelling, where it’s at and where it could go in the near future.

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Toronto 2014 unveils first wave

22-Jul-2014 | By

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.

Maleficent

Maleficent crosses $700m worldwide

22-Jul-2014 | By

The Disney smash starring Angelina Jolie has become the 15th Disney release in industry history to reach the milestone.  

Roadside Attractions picks up Mommy

22-Jul-2014 | By

The US deal with Séville International comes nearly eight weeks after Xavier Dolan’s Cannes world premiere earned the 25-year-old film-maker the jury prize.

Jeff Blake

Jeff Blake to depart Sony

22-Jul-2014 | By

The Sony Pictures Entertainment vice-chairman and chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution said on Tuesday (22) he will leave the studio on August 1 to pursue other opportunities.

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3BlackDot launches

22-Jul-2014 | By

Former Machinima division heads Angelo Pullen and Luke Stepleton have teamed up with ex-Ducky Dynasty executive producer Hank Stepleton and former YouTube gaming influencers Tom Cassell and Adam Montoya.

Before I Disappear

Venice Days unveils 2014 line-up

22-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear in 12-strong competition line-up.

Sam Worthington

Screen Yorkshire backs $25m action film

22-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Co-pro Hunter’s Prayer marks largest investment and first US production for fund.

Robert Sheehan

Robert Sheehan shooting The Messenger

22-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Cast of supernatural drama also includes Lily Cole and Jack Fox.

Son of a Gun

Son Of A Gun goes global

22-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Julius Avery thriller Son Of A Gun sells around the world.

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Spackman jumps 79% on Singapore debut

22-Jul-2014 | By

Korea’s Spackman Entertainment Group (SEG) surged 78.9% in an IPO on the Catalist board of the Singapore stock exchange on Tuesday (July 22).

One Direction

One Direction film sets date

22-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Arts Alliance strikes deal with Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment.

Private Revolutions

Sarajevo unveils doc competition

22-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Out of competition screening for My Craft about artist Arsen Dedic.

Tiny Times 3

Tiny Times 3 tops China box office

22-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: The third installment in Guo Jingming’s Tiny Times franchise grossed $50.12m over its opening weekend in China, finally toppling Transformers: Age Of Extinction from the top spot.

E=Motion first Crowd for Angels film

22-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

UK crowdfunding platform Crowd for Angels has added new feature E=Motion.

Europe

Creative Europe names MEDIA head

22-Jul-2014 | By

Spanish-born Lucía Recalde Langarica has been named successor to Xavier Troussard as head of the MEDIA sub-programme for Creative Europe.

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Sarajevo to honour Agnes B, Gael Garcia Bernal

22-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Filmmaker and actor to receive the Heart of Sarajevo on the festival’s opening night.

Birdman

Birdman to close NYFF

21-Jul-2014 | By

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman will close the 52nd New York Film Festival, set to run from September 26-October 12.

Netflix

Netflix global subs reach 50m

21-Jul-2014 | By

The streaming service’s subscriber base grew by 1.69m worldwide in the last three-quarter period, reaching 13.8m internationally and 36.2m in the US for a global level of 50.05m.

Bradley Cooper

Cameron Crowe pic pushed back

21-Jul-2014 | By

Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises are scheduling Cameron Crowe Untitled for release on May 29, 2015. 

Michael Caine

Michael Caine joins Witch Hunter

21-Jul-2014 | By

The British veteran takes his place on Summit Entertainment’s supernatural action film The Last Witch Hunter alongside Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie. Lionsgate International handles sales outside North America.

The Imitation Game

Imitation Game to open London

21-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley codebreaking drama to get European premiere.

Quinn Shepard

Windsor cast bulks up

21-Jul-2014

Nick Krause, SAG nominee Stelio Savante and Quinn Shepard (pictured) have joined Barry Corbin and Marc Derwin on the cast of Windsor.

Mariela Besuievsky

Strategic Partners unveils speakers

21-Jul-2014 | By

The Canadian co-production/co-financing market has announced the speakers for the 201 event, set for September 11-14 in Halifax.

The Monkey King

China box office up 25% in H1 2014

21-Jul-2014 | By

China’s box office increased by 25% to reach $2.23bn (RMB13.74bn) in the first half of 2014, according to official figures from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT).

Venice Critics’ Week 2014 line-up

21-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Nima Javidi’s Melbourne and Diego Bianchi’s The Market to bookend Venice Critics’ Week line-up.

The Italian Chapel

Blue Horizon, Orisa team on WWII love story

21-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: John Wrathall script The Italian Chapel readied for 2015 shoot.

Zero Motivation

MH17 tragedy overshadows Odessa

21-Jul-2014 | By

Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation won the Grand Prix at this year’s Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF), overshadowed in its final days by the shooting down of a Malaysian Airways plane.

Tadeo Jones

Paramount takes Tad 2, Capture the Flag

21-Jul-2014 | By Juan Sarda

Paramount Pictures has closed worldwide distribution rights for Spanish animation duo.

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Yahoo in pre-theatre One Chance release

21-Jul-2014 | By

Yahoo will platform the drama in an exclusive slot before The Weinstein Company releases the film theatrically in the US on August 29.

BAM 2014 winner Tres Escapularios

Bogota’s BAM reveals winners

21-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Three Scapulars and Sincerely win top prizes; six other titles headed to Locarno and San Sebastian.

Wong Kar Wai

Alibaba pacts with high-profile trio

21-Jul-2014 | By

ChinaVision Media Group, which will soon be renamed Alibaba Pictures Group, has signed production deals with Wong Kar Wai’s Block 2 Pictures, Angie Chai and Giddens Ko’s Star Ritz International Entertainment and Peter Ho-sun Chan’s We Pictures.

Daniel Fitzsimmons

British sci-fi Native wraps shoot

21-Jul-2014 | By Stuart Wright

Production on Native, a UK sci-fi feature starring Rupert Graves and Ellie Kendrick, wrapped on July 16.

Panna Rittikrai

Panna Rittikrai dies aged 53

21-Jul-2014 | By

Panna Rittikrai, the action choreographer who introduced Thai action movies to world audiences, has died aged 53.

Raiders of the Lost Ark, The 400 Blows.

Locarno teases with Indiana Jones

21-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Locarno Film Festival will show Raiders of the Lost Ark and The 400 Blows as part of its traditional taster screenings ahead of the main event.

Lippo Group to invest $516m in cinemas

21-Jul-2014 | By

Indonesia’s Lippo Group has announced plans to invest $516m (6 trillion rupiahs) in 300 multiplexes across the country over the next ten years.

Orphan Black

Pickbox launches Android app

21-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Pickbox, a VOD service in the former Yugoslavia that launched in May, has now launched their application for Android devices.

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Unveil The Truth wins in Taipei

21-Jul-2014 | By

Kevin Lee’s documentary Unveil The Truth II: State Apparatus won the Grand Prize and best documentary at this year’s Taipei Film Awards, which took place at the close of the Taipei Film Festival on July 19.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes conquer UK box office

21-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s sequel scores $14.9m (£8.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Transformers: Age of Extinction, as two event cinema releases – Monty Python and André Rieu – land in the top five.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 rules on $84.6m international

20-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATE JULY 21: Paramount Pictures International’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction grossed more than originally reported in its fourth session, taking $84.6m to reach $662.6m despite a mighty $61.9m from Fox’s Apes sequel.

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Apes keep swinging on $36m

20-Jul-2014 | By

Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes held off the challenge of three potential threats and climbed to $139m in its second weekend as the top 12 North American releases slipped 25% against 2013.

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Gett, Princess win top prize in Jersualem

20-Jul-2014 | By Edna Fainaru

Other festival prize winners include Self Made, Red Leaves and The Decent One.

Jason Blum

Jason Blum cements Uni ties

20-Jul-2014 | By

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have signed a 10-year first-look production deal as Jason Blum looks to form partnerships across NBCUniversal.

James Garner

James Garner dies aged 86

20-Jul-2014 | By

James Garner, the Oscar nominee, double Golden Globe and Emmy winner who famously starred in TV’s The Rockford Files, has died at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles. He was 86.

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Drunktown’s Finest wins at Outfest

20-Jul-2014 | By

The 32nd edition of the Los Angeles-based LGBT comes to a close on July 20 with a screening of Jack Plotnick’s Space Station 76 starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer, Liv Tyler, Sam Pancake and Jennifer Cox.

Sajid Javid

UK anti-piracy action to launch

19-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk, Virgin Media partner with Government and creative industries on scheme.

Paul Thomas Anderson

NYFF lands Inherent Vice premiere

19-Jul-2014 | By

Top brass at the New York Film Festival (NYFF) issued their second statement of intent within a week as it emerged that Paul Thomas Anderson’s crime mystery will receive its world premiere on October 4.

Carter High

Carter High ready to start shoot

19-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Production on the remarkable true story starring Vivica Fox is set to kick off in Dallas, Texas, on July 21.

Uni acquires Jolie-Pitt starrer

18-Jul-2014 | By

Universal Pictures has prevailed in a studio bidding war, picking up world rights to the drama By The Sea that will mark the first time Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have starred together since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2007.

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Disney unveils mystery Marvel dates

18-Jul-2014 | By

Heading into Comic-Con the hit factory Marvel Studios has dated five wide releases through Disney spanning summers 2017 to 2019 — although the identity of each remains a mystery.

Scottish shoot

Scottish producers call for film production fund

18-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Independent Producers Scotland calls for tax on cinema tickets to go towards fund.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock to play Tupperware queen

18-Jul-2014 | By

The Oscar winner will star for Sony in Brownie Wise, which Tate Taylor of The Help fame will direct.

Thelma Schoonmaker

Venice to honour Schoonmaker, Wiseman

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

It is the first time a film editor has received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival.

Eddie Berg

BFI, ICO launch exhibition training

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The initiative aims to provide bespoke technical advice for independent exhibitors across all nine of the BFI’s Audience Network Hub areas.

Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw to voice Paddington

18-Jul-2014 | By

The 33-year-old British actor has stepped in “slightly grudgingly” to replace Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear in StudioCanal’s CGI/live-action feature.

Oscars

AMPAS board elects governors

18-Jul-2014 | By

Five first-time governors have been elected to the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences board.

Odeon, Hibrow to screen Edinburgh Fringe

18-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Eight shows to include an opera from Alison Jackson and Steven Berkoff performance.

Siren

Iris Prize adds LGBT award

18-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Pinewood sponsors £14,000 award for Best British Short.

Gong Yu

China’s iQiyi launches film company

18-Jul-2014 | By

Chinese video streaming platform iQiyi is launching a film company, iQiyi Films, which aims to develop a new internet-oriented business model for film production.

Corrections Class

Fox, A Company to release Corrections Class

18-Jul-2014 | By

The two distributors will jointly release Ivan Tverdovsky’s Corrections Class in a groundbreaking move.

Sold

Sold wins London Indian Film Festival

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The festival’s Short Film Competition winner was Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Kush.

Jessica Chastain

Deauville to honour Jessica Chastain

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The star of Zero Dark Thirty and Take Shelter is to be honoured at the upcoming 40th edition of the Deauville Film Festival.

Busan unveils Film Academy fellows

18-Jul-2014 | By

24 participants have been selected for the 10th Asian Film Academy, which will have Hungarian director Bela Tarr as its dean.

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Netflix, Disney in Canada pay-TV pact

18-Jul-2014 | By

Netflix has struck a multi-year licensing deal with The Walt Disney Studios making it the exclusive Canadian subscription TV service for first-run Disney live-action and animated features.

The Hundred Foot Journey

San Sebastian reveals culinary titles

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The programme is made up of seven features and four shorts; Tokyo Gohan Film Festival to present one of the films with a special prize.

Odessa Film Festival

Dovzhenko biopic secures co-producers

18-Jul-2014 | By

Konstantin Konovalov’s Odessa-set biopic about the Soviet film director Oleksandr Dovzhenko, Oleksandr Dovzhenko.Odessa-Debut, has already found co-producers in Finland and Argentina.

Francis Lai

Francis Lai to be honoured at WSAs

18-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The French composer will be honoured at the World Soundtrack Awards which take place October 25th as part of the Gent Film Festival.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Fox crosses $3bn at global BO

18-Jul-2014 | By

Fox reached the milestone on July 15, one day before it became the first studio of the year to reach $2bn at the international box office. The studio crossed $1bn in North America on July 13.

Above And Beyond

Nancy Spielberg preps air force feature

17-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Nancy Spielberg, sister of Steven, is developing a feature about World War II pilots inspired by documentary Above And Beyond: The Birth Of The Israeli Air-Force.

Cure The Life of Another

Sarajevo unveils official selection

17-Jul-2014 | By Vladan Petkovic

The Sarajevo Film Festival has unveiled the line-up for its 20th edition which runs August 15-23.

Yes Miss Commander

Itzik Lerner goes inside prison

17-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Itzik Lerner has gained access to Israel’s Nafha prison for documentary Secret Link.

Nina Menkes

Nina Menkes plans modern Minotaur

17-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Experimental filmmaker Nina Menkes is developing a new film examining the Israel-Palestinian conflict through the Greek legend of Theseus and the Minotaur.

Gone Girl

Gone Girl to open NYFF

17-Jul-2014 | By

The world premiere of David Fincher’s thriller starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike will open the New York Film festival on September 26.

Terry Hayes

MGM secures rights to I Am Pilgrim

17-Jul-2014 | By

MGM has obtained feature rights to Terry Hayes’ espionage thriller I Am Pilgrim.

15 Corners Of The World

Polish Days announces titles

17-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

New Films by Andrzej Wajda and Jolanta Dylewska will be amongst those presented during industry event Polish Days which will take place during the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival.

Odessa International Film Festival

US majors eye Ukrainian blockbuster

17-Jul-2014 | By

Speaking at the Odessa Film Festival the producer of Sergey Mokritsky’s war drama Unbroken said that the project had now completed principal photography.

18th PiFan opens with Stereo

17-Jul-2014 | By

The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) opens tonight (July 17) with German film Stereo; this year’s Producers’ Choice Awards going to actor Hyun Bin and actress Son Ye-jin.

BAM Festivals talk

Festival execs reveal top tips

17-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Leading figures from film festivals in Cannes, London, Edinburgh and Hong Kong revealed their top tips for standing out from the rest when gaining selection to festivals.

Cameron_Bailey

STUDIO returns to TIFF

17-Jul-2014 | By

Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival have announced the return of the year-round professional development programme.

Writers Guild of America, West

WGA unveils awards timeline

17-Jul-2014 | By

The 2015 Writers Guild Awards will take place at simultaneous Los Angeles and New York ceremonies on February 14.

Vanja Kaludjercic

CPH:DOX adds Vanja Kaludjercic

17-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Sarajevo Film Festival programmer and Les Arcs head of industry joins documentary festival.

Jean-Pierre Leaud

Locarno to honour Jean-Pierre Leaud

17-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The French actor who starred in Jean Luc Godard’s Masculin Feminin is being honoured with the festival’s Pardo Alla Carriera.

Me And You

Wildside looks to grow TV output

17-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Italian outfit sets new film and TV production divisions.

Night Will Fall

BFI takes UK rights to Night Will Fall

17-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The BFI has acquired UK rights to Andre Singer’s concentration camp documentary Night Will Fall.

Jerusalem Digital Daily, issue 5

Jerusalem 2014: Screen's dailies

17-Jul-2014

Download Screen International’s daily magazine from the 31st Jesusalem Film Festival here.

Raya Darwish and Aviva Meirom

Jerusalem intern: ‘cinema will bring us together’

17-Jul-2014 | By Edna Fainaru

Films Without Borders intern Raya Darwish talks about her experience at the Jerusalem Film Festival and Cinematheque.

BVA, Industry Trust merge

17-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Liz Bales appointed chief executive for both bodies, which will continue independent remits.

James Schamus

Schamus, Thompson set for BAFTA lecture series

17-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

James Schamus, Emma Thompson and Steven Knight to lecture in September.

James Cameron

James Cameron heads to Deauville

17-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

James Cameron will be at the Deauville American Film Festival in September to present his latest film Deepsea Challenge 3D (which also opens in French cinemas on Sept 17).

Saffron Digital

Saffron Digital, KDDI launch Anime Service

17-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

KDDI has partnered with Saffron Digital to launch Anime Pass, a new subscription service offering anime content.

Shooting begins on Love Is Now

17-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Eamon Farren and Claire Van Der Boom star in Eponine Films’ Australian love story.

Rupert Murdoch

Time Warner rejects Murdoch bid

16-Jul-2014 | By

An $80bn initial offer by 21st Century Fox for Time Warner has been turned down, sending Big Media shares to historic highs.

Doug Belgrad

Doug Belgrad earns SPE stripes

16-Jul-2014 | By

Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad has been promoted to president of the Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) motion picture group.

The Beatles

Ron Howard to direct Beatles doc

16-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Documentary will focus on The Beatles’ touring years from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg to their last public concert in 1966.

Stuart Ford, Kevin Sampson, Steve Christian

IM Global enters The Killing Pool

16-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based production, sales and financing company will co-produce the Liverpool-set crime episodic with the UK’s Red Union Films and Pinewood Pictures.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lionsgate, Village Roadshow extend pact

16-Jul-2014 | By

The parties have extended their multi-year output agreement in Australia.

A Blast

Locarno unveils 2014 line-up

16-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

13 of the 17 films competing for the Golden Leopard are world premieres; Juliette Binoche to receive Excellence Award.

Ryan Werner

First timers gear up for Locarno

16-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Cinetic, Oscilloscope and Koch Media are among the first-time companies attending the Locarno Film Festival this year.

Peter Webber

Peter Webber film among BAM projects

16-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pickpocket drama from Girl With a Pearl Earring director is one of 33 film projects in development being presented at the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Plans for Fox theme park, Korea

16-Jul-2014 | By

20th Century Fox and Village Roadshow have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Gyeongsang Province to build a theme park.

Corpus Christi: Playing With Redemption

Distribution: Corpus, River, Style find US homes

16-Jul-2014 | By

Breaking Glass Pictures has picked up the documentary Corpus Christi: Playing Wnith Redemption.

Ed Vaizey gets digital brief

16-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ed Vaizey has been promoted to role of Minister responsible for digital industries as part of UK parliamentary reshuffle.

Amnesty TTFF

Amnesty, TTFF launch human rights prize

16-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The inaugural award will be given to the film which best highlights a human rights issue at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in September.

RightsTrade

RightsTrade marches on with new signings

16-Jul-2014 | By

Fortissimo, GK Films, Lightning Entertainment and Odin’s Eye Entertainment are the latest companies to sign up to the online entertainment rights licensing marketplace.

Adrian Wootton

Film London secures digital grant

16-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Film London has received a £125K grant to explore the release of independent films on new digital platform We Are Colony, with help from Edge Hill University.

Facility 31

Empress Road takes Facility 31

16-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Empress Road Pictures is to handle international sales on Facility 31 from UK based horror production company Bad Blood Films.

Simon's Cat

Simon's Cat teams with Indiegogo

16-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The crowdfunding platform has already raised more than £88,000 for an extended version of Youtube hit Simon’s Cat.

Jesse Owens

Focus goes for gold with Race

16-Jul-2014 | By

Jason Sudeikis has joined Jeremy Irons and Stephan James in the true story of the Olympic legend. Focus acquired US rights in a deal with world sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment.

Pitch Point's CNC winner

Nils, Neta and Situation win Jerusalem's Pitch Point

16-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Winning film-makers are Ram Nehari, Nir Bergman and Elad Keidan.

James Belfer

Dogfish launches second accelerator

16-Jul-2014 | By

US producer Dogfish has launched the second cycle of Dogfish Accelerator offering networking support and $10,000 in financing and business development to film-makers and all content creators.

Trumbull among TIFF speakers

15-Jul-2014 | By

The tech pioneer Douglas Trumbull headlines the Industry Conference, while Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr will give the opening address at the Asian Film Summit and Michael Moore will take part in a keynote conversation at Doc Conference.

The Water Diviner

eOne reveals growing UK ambition

15-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

“We can compete with some of the studios,” says MD of eOne UK, which is aiming to release around 35 films per year.

Stolen Kisses

Venice Classics line-up revealed

15-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The Venice Film Festival has unveiled the 21 restored films – 18 features and 3 shorts - that will screen in its Classics section of restored films.

The Reading Promise

Reading Promise for Relativity, Walden

15-Jul-2014 | By

The companies will jointly develop, finance and produce a feature adaptation of Alice Ozma’s memoirs.

Nina Jacobson

Fox 2000, Color Force forge pact

15-Jul-2014 | By

The studio announced on Tuesday (15) the three-year production deal with The Hunger Games producer and longtime champion Nina Jacobson and partner Brad Simpson.

Marina Cordoni

Marina Cordoni launches new venture

15-Jul-2014 | By

The executive producer and former Breakthrough Entertainment executive Marina Cordoni has set up her new venture and announced a partnership with Breaking Glass Pictures in the US.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lionsgate, Alibaba in stream deal

15-Jul-2014 | By

Lionsgate has struck a deal with e-commerce titan Alibaba Group to stream its content in mainland China in a service that is expected to commence in August.

Singapore launches SE Asian Film Lab

15-Jul-2014 | By

Mentors at the new writers’ workshop will include Fran Borgia and Tan Chui Mui.

Alexandros Avranas

Avranas writing Greek-language thriller

15-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director to re-team with Miss Violence actors.

Mowgli

Disney discovers its Mowgli

15-Jul-2014 | By

A global search has resulted in the opportunity of a lifetime for 10-year-old New York newcomer Neel Sethi.

Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs in Newfest honour

15-Jul-2014 | By

New York-based non-profit NewFest wil recognise the director with the third annual NewFest Visionary Award at its annual LGBT jamboree that runs from July 24-29.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers holds China top spot

15-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Transformers: Age Of Extinction held onto the top spot at the China box office in its third week, although local comedy The Break-up Guru also managed to hold its own.

Creative England

CE launches comedy programme

15-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The new comedy shorts programme is in partnership with Big Talk and Baby Cow and offers production awards, mentoring and workshops to aspiring female film-makers.

Christian Madsen

Madsen, Plummer among King Jack cast

15-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Summer shoot due for Sundance Creative Producing Labs feature.

Martina Gedeck

Gedeck to star in German book hit

15-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Lives Of Others star Martina Gedeck joins cast of Julia Von Heinz’s Ich Bin Dann Mal Weg (I’m On My Way).

Josh Braun

TFI announces second StoryLab

15-Jul-2014 | By

The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the second annual New York-set StoryLab for film-makers in partnership with A&E IndieFilms.

Spike Jonze

Spike Jonze cancels Jerusalem masterclass

15-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Festival also moves Dancing Arabs screening indoors.

Bernd Buder

Buder departs Connecting Cottbus

15-Jul-2014 | By

Philipp Bräuer also announces decision to leave Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival.

Chantal Akerman

Chantal Akerman opens desert installation

15-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Jerusalem exhibition is multi-layered immersive e

Madame Yankelova’s Fine Literature Club

Transfax unveils footage from Madame Yankelova

15-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Short extract from the film will be shown at Jerusalem Film Festival’s Pitch Point.

Academy Museum

Dolby pledges $12m Academy gift

15-Jul-2014 | By

Dolby Laboratories is to provide a $7m gift for audiovisual technology in the Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures’ theatres and has committed an additional $5m to the Academy Museum’s capital campaign.

Anna Friel

Anna Friel joins The Master Cleanse

14-Jul-2014 | By

The British actress has joined the Bron Studios and Gilbert Films fantasy-horror and replaces replaces Chloë Sevigny who had a scheduling conflict. Production commenced in Vancouver on July 11.

Gianfranco Rosi

Gianfranco Rosi to head Locarno jury

14-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Last year’s Venice Golden Lion winner will head Locarno’s main jury; Syrian director Ossama Mohammed will lead the Filmmakers of the Present competition jury.

Shlomi Elkabetz, Tali Shalom Ezer, Keren Yedaya, Efrat Korem, Shira Geffen, Nadav Lapid.

Israeli filmmakers call for ceasefire

14-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

A group of Israeli film-makers took a stand against the current political conflict today at an emotional press conference at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Florian Weghorn

Weghorn to head Berlinale Talents

14-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

He takes over from Matthijs Wouter Knol, who is the new head of Berlin’s European Film Market.

Paramount sets Ninja Con show

14-Jul-2014 | By

The studio has set its Hall H presentation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for July 24 — but for the time being is keeping mum over other possible show highlights.

Atom Egoyan

Serendipity Points’ Remember starts shoot

14-Jul-2014 | By

Principal photography has begun on Atom Egoyan’s thriller starring Chrisopher Plummer, Martin Landau and Bruno Ganz.

Tom Hardy

Child 44 to open spring 2015

14-Jul-2014 | By

Lionsgate has set the release date for the Summit Entertainment thriller starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

Frears accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

Odessa honours Frears

14-Jul-2014 | By

UK director Stephen Frears has been awarded the Golden Duke Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of the Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF, July 11-19).

Talya Lavie

Lavie unveils Current Love of My Life

14-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Zero Motivation director planning Brooklyn-set comedy.

Yu Dong

Fox out, Fosun up at Bona Film Group

14-Jul-2014 | By

Chinese conglomerate Fosun Group is acquiring an additional 13.3% stake in Bona Film Group, while 21st Century Fox is divesting its stake in the Beijing-based studio.

Harmontown

The Orchard checks into Harmontown

14-Jul-2014 | By

The Orchard has acquired North American and UK theatrical and digital rights to Harmontown.

Glassland

Patrick's Day, Glassland win at Galway

14-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day and Gerard Barrett’s Glassland have jointly picked up the Best Irish Feature Award at the Galway Film Fleadh, which closed last night (July 13).

The Movie Partnership

TriCoast Worldwide expands into UK

14-Jul-2014 | By

The US distribution and production company has formalised UK partnerships to distribute its titles across multiple platforms.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers tops UK chart

14-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s latest outing records year’s biggest opening to date with $20.1m (£11.75m); Universal’s Boyhood scores strong $565,000 (£330,000) debut.

Iain Smith boards David Millar doc

14-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

The documentary about Scottish pro-cyclist David Millar is being directed by Finlay Pretsell.

2 Jacks

TriCoast Worldwide strikes UK deal

14-Jul-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

US distribution and production outfit TriCoast Worldwide will release a number of its top-line movies in the UK through newly-formed TriCoast UK Ltd.

Creative Skills Fund set for $63m boost

14-Jul-2014 | By Matthew Campelli

Businesses from the creative sector are to plough $29m (£17m) into skills training, boosting the UK’s total investment pot to $63m (£37m).

Micha Shagrir

Micha Shagrir honoured in Jerusalem

14-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Sam Spiegel Film School is paying tribute to top Israeli producer Micha Shagrir with an event on Thursday night.

Life As a Rumour

Doc conference to examine films on filmmakers

14-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Films on filmmakers will be at the heart of documentary conference entitled Cinema as a Rumour: in memory of Assi Dayan at the Jerusalem Film Festival on Wednesday.

Alamork Marsha

Ethiopia-set Fig Tree wins Jerusalem International Film Lab

13-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Other winners include Ivan Marinovic, Amikam Kovner and Assaf Snir.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 surges past $500m

13-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATE JULY 14: Paramount Pictures International’s behemoth generated a superb confirmed $100.3m in its third weekend of duty to raise the score to $540.6m as the global tally climbed to $749.4m.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

Apes storm to US summit on $73m

13-Jul-2014 | By

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes won the North American session hands-down, arriving on an estimated $73m as the studio said it had passed $1bn for the year-to-date.

Eitan Gafny

Cannon Fodder director cooks up kibbutz horror

13-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Hebrew and English language Children of the Fall will be set on eve of 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Megan Ellison

Annapurna in talks to board Revenant

13-Jul-2014 | By

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures is in talks to board the revenge tale as co-financier while it is understood New Regency is sticking to its intended September start date.

Fumi Nikaido

Nikaido wins Screen Rising Star award

13-Jul-2014 | By Mark Adams, chief film critic

Japanese actress Fumi Nikaido receives the inaugural Screen International Rising Star award at the New York Asian Film Festival

David Broza

David Broza tunes into first film

13-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Israeli superstar musician David Broza is readying his first major film project.

Erez Tadmor

Jerusalem shorts directors eye features

13-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Directors with shorts at the Jerusalem Film Festival are readying an intriguing slate of features, including an ambitious period drama about Judas Iscariot, a documentary omnibus about life in the West Bank and a drama about gay life in Israel.

Netalie Braun

Women’s fest seeks new venue

13-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The artistic director of Israel’s International Women’s Film Festival is hopeful that a new venue will be found for the event.

Corn Island

Corn Island wins at Karlovy Vary

12-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Corn Island wins Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; Elle Fanning wins best actress prize.

Ulrich Seidl

Seidl and other filmmakers cancel Jerusalem trips

12-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

UPDATED: As political tensions escalate, a number of film festival guests have cancelled their trips to Jerusalem.

Housebound

Housebound, Blind win at Neuchâtel

12-Jul-2014 | By

Kiwi comedy horror wins the “Narcisse” for best feature; Eskil Vogt’s Blind wins Silver Melies.

Stacy Glassgold

Stacy Glassgold joins Myriad Pictures

11-Jul-2014 | By

The executive arrives from QED International and will work on Myriad’s theatrical titles with a focus on digital and new media distribution.

Natasha

Production begins on Natasha

11-Jul-2014 | By

Principal photography got underway this week in Toronto on David Bezmozgis’ drama. Mongrel Media holds Canadian rights.

Ninet Tayeb

Ninet to play tragic poet Tirza Atar

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Actress and singer attached to star in Eran Riklis-produced drama.

The BFG

eOne sets BFG UK release

11-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl book set for summer 2016.

Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM)

British delegation set for Colombia

11-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The British film industry is to send its biggest ever delegation to the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).

Nony Geffen

Nony Geffen drama adds cast

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Dudu Tassa, Sason Gabai, Gaya Traob among cast.

Sergey Puskepalis

Puskepalis in Clinch with Leviathan star

11-Jul-2014 | By

Russian actor Sergey Puskepalis is to make his directorial debut and has cast Alexey Serebryakov, star of Cannes winner Leviathan.

Get Up And Go

Wildcard plays strong hand

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Distributor picks up films with Maisie Williams, Jessica Paré and Killian Scott.

Zero Motivation

Zero Motivation is Israeli box office hit

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Talya Lavie debut marks best opening for an Israeli indie in three years.

Jerusalem Cinematheque

Jerusalem kicks off with aim for business as usual

11-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Most festival guests’ travels aren’t impacted by the unrest in Israel; festival makes minor scheduling changes.

Life of Poetry: The Story of Avraham Halfi

Jerusalem presents 'fresh' doc stories

11-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

A trip by Israeli reggae producers to Jamaica, Final Solution architect Heinrich Himmler, new immigrant angst and a pit ball rescue centre are among the many worlds explored in this year’s Israeli Documentary Competition.

Transformers retains UK buzz lead

11-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes also proves popular in the UK.

Show Pieces

FrightFest unveils shorts line-up

11-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Watchmen writer Alan Moore to attend world premiere of his screenwriting debut, Show Pieces.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 passes $435m

11-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross the half-billion threshold despite what is expected to be a strong challenge from Fox’s Apes.

Jonathan Gurfinkel

Trailer talk in Jerusalem

11-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Six Acts director Jonathan Gurfinkel [pictured] to discuss trailer craft.

Pride

CBS Films takes Pride in US

10-Jul-2014 | By

The distributor has pounced on US rights to Pathe International’s comedy drama set during the Margaret Thatcher regime that closed the recent Directors’ Fortnight section in Cannes.

Forever, Interrupted

Dakota Johnson to star in Forever, Interrupted

10-Jul-2014 | By

The Fifty Shades Of Grey star has come on board Gidden Media and Good Universe’s adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book Forever, Interrupted: A Novel.

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Radcliffe, Cumberbatch set for Comic-Con

10-Jul-2014 | By

A UK double whammy is heading for Comic-Con with scheduled appearances by Daniel Radcliffe and Benedict Cumberbatch in his Con debut.

David Ansen

David Ansen to depart LAFF

10-Jul-2014 | By

Film Independent top brass announced on Thursday (10) a restructuring of the programming team as Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen steps down by mutual agreement and the role of Elvis Mitchell is expanded.

Jim Belushi

Jim Belushi joins The Whole Truth

10-Jul-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

Jim Belushi will join Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger on the cast of Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth, which has begun production this week in New Orleans. FilmNation handles international sales.

Nadav Lapid

Nadav Lapid heads to France

10-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman, Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Israeli film-maker to develop Micro Robert (working title) with Les Films des Tornelles.

Jerusalem Cinematheque

New team kicks off Jerusalem festival

10-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The 31st Jerusalem Film Festival gets underway today with a new management team determined to present a world-class event despite the escalating troubles in the region.

Scot Roth

Scott Roth extends ADG tenure

10-Jul-2014 | By

The executive director of the Art Directors Guild has been granted a three-year extension to his contract, effective January 1, 2015.

Miami Tower Theater

Miami Fest to host MIFFecito

10-Jul-2014 | By

Top brass at the Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) have organised a mid-season festival to celebrate the re-opening of the Tower Theater.

Birdman

Birdman world premiere to open Venice

10-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.

Mr Holmes

Mr Holmes' new cast revealed

10-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Cast is revealed for Sherlock Holmes film starring Ian McKellen and directed by Bill Condon.

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Fantasia unveils full line-up

10-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Montreal-based genre festival to screen over 160 films at its 18th edition, which runs July 17-Aug 6.

Lucy

Luc Besson's Lucy to open Locarno

10-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Thriller starring Scarlett Johansson to open Locarno Film Festival.

God's Not Dead

Lionsgate takes God’s Not Dead

10-Jul-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

The studio has entered into an agreement with Pure Flix Entertainment for the US home entertainment rights to the faith-based spring hit.

joe_01

Curzon to push VOD service

10-Jul-2014 | By

UK independent cinema group Curzon is giving a major push to its recently relaunched VOD service Curzon Home Cinema with the release of Joe, starring Nicolas Cage.

Oleg Sentsov

Sentsov case heads to Strasbourg

10-Jul-2014 | By

The campaign to free Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov from detention in Russia has been taken to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Prince Edward and Sam Mendes

Mendes: bringing Bond out of the bubble

10-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Sam Mendes, speaking at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle on Tuesday night, spoke about how the spirit of the London Olympics influenced the pro-British enthusiasm in the last James Bond film, Skyfall.

JFF gets down to business

10-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The festival is laying on a packed programme of film industry events this year, headlined by the Jerusalem Pitch Point meeting.

Cinema City

Jerusalem adds Cinema City, Old City screenings

10-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Cinema City will expand Jerusalem Film Festival’s footprint in the city; Old City will host free outdoor screenings of blockbusters including Inception.

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Jonze, Park, Seidl to hit Jerusalem

10-Jul-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Directors are among the high-profile international guests at this year’s festival.

Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Somerset House talks revealed

10-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, outgoing Film4 boss Tessa Ross and director Richard Ayoade to feature in conversation.

Barbican to host Nick Cave event

10-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Preview of 20,000 Days on Earth to be broadcast live with Nick Cave and special guests.

Buzzard

Media Luna swoops for Buzzard

10-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Sophomore film will screen in Locarno.

JFF postpones Dancing Arabs gala

9-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) has postponed the opening night world premiere of Eran Riklis’s Dancing Arabs by one week due to escalating tension in the region.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 biggest film in China

9-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount confirmed the development on Wednesday (July 9) as Transformers: Age Of Extinction reached $225.1m.

Melissa Rauch

SPWA leaps for The Bronze

9-Jul-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired world rights to the Duplass Brothers Productions’ comedy starring Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong and Haley Lu Richardson.

August Falls

Production starts on August Falls

9-Jul-2014 | By

Principal photography has begun on the mystery starring Fairuza Balk, Charles Baker and Alanna Ubach.

WCF announces latest funding round

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest feature among those to receive funding from World Cinema Fund.

Anne Morrison

Anne Morrison named BAFTA chair

9-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

BBC Academy director succeeds John Willis, who continues as deputy chair, and becomes second woman to become chair in BAFTA history.

The Woman

HorrorShow.TV expands service

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: VoD streaming service moves into physical distribution with the acquisition of Lucky McKee’s The Woman [pictured].

New Horizons unveils line-up

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Running July 24-Aug 3, the festival will open with Wild Tales, Winter Sleep and Clouds of Sils Maria

Class Of '92

Evan Saxon relaunches company

9-Jul-2014 | By

Evan Saxon has relaunched his distribution and marketing company, kicking off with the limited release of Manchester United doc Class Of ’92.

Dave Davis

Dave Davis rises to Global Eagle CEO

9-Jul-2014 | By

Board members at in-flight entertainment specialists Global Eagle Entertainment have promoted Dave Davis to CEO, effective immediately.

Still Life

Still Life wins at VOICES

9-Jul-2014 | By

Uberto Pasolini’s second feature [pictured] wins at fifth edition of Russian showcase for young European cinema.

Dream to Screen

Dream to Screen announces finalists

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Five finalists selected in nationwide search for the UK’s brightest young film-maker.

Beatles

Beatles to open NIFF

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Adaptation of Lars Saabye Christensen’s novel to open the 42nd Norwegian International Film Festival.

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Yellow Sun passed by Nigeria censors

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of the best-selling novel will be shown in cinemas in Nigera from Aug 1.

Frozen

Korean admissions down, gross up

9-Jul-2014 | By

Latest report from KOFIC for the first half of 2014 also outlines the best first half year on record for foreign films.

Star Wars IMAX

Star Wars set for IMAX

9-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Bad Robot tweet image of IMAX camera being used on set of Star Wars: Episode VII

Peter Jackson

Jackson, Wachowskis set for Comic-Con

8-Jul-2014 | By

Warner Bros has announced its Comic-Con showcase for The Hobbit finale, Mad Max reboot and the Wachowskis’ delayed sci-fi Jupiter Ascending.

Gone Girl

Heta Paarte lands at New Regency

8-Jul-2014 | By

The former Focus Features evp of international marketing and distribution will remain in London and oversee marketing and distribution for a slate that includes upciming 2014 releases Gone Girl and Birdman.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Koreans go Ape over date change

8-Jul-2014 | By

When 20th Century Fox Korea announced last week that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes would open locally on July 10, one week earlier than previously planned, the South Korean film industry cried foul.

Goat (Koza)

Goat wins KV Works in Progress

8-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Boxing drama wins top prize; special mentions for The Gulls and Journey to Rome.

George RR Martin

George RR Martin advocates Game of Thrones movie

8-Jul-2014 | By

Speaking at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Game Of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has acknowledged that he would like to round off the epic TV series with a feature film.

The Expendables 3

Expendables 3 to premiere in London

8-Jul-2014 | By

Lionsgate top brass announced on Tuesday (8) that the latest episode in the action series will premiere in the UK on August 4.

Heaven Is For Real

Sony exec DeVon Franklin segues to producer role

8-Jul-2014 | By

DeVon Franklin, who recently oversaw the sleeper hit Heaven Is For Real, is to segue from svp of production for Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.

Andrej Zvjagintsev

Zvjagintsev, Daldry among Motovun guests

8-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Special country focus on Turkey; youth programme moves to neighbouring Buzet.

Frank Stehling

Industry mourns Frank Stehling

8-Jul-2014 | By

Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg veteran was most recently MD of Berlin-based PRIMEHOUSE.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers breaks China records

8-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the highest-grossing film of all time in China, taking $222.74m in its first ten days, and breaking the $221.9m record set by Avatar in 2010.

Mira Fornay

Karlovy Vary pitches include Fornay film

8-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Karlovy Vary’s industry days continued today with the Pitch & Feedback initiative, including the new film from My Dog Killer director Mira Fornay, alongside the Docu Talents from the East showcase.

Lady Valor

Wolfe picks up digital rights to trio

8-Jul-2014 | By

Wolfe Releasing has acquired US digital and DVD rights to Mark Herzog and Sandrine Orabona’s Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, Monika Treut’s Of Girls And Horses and David Au’s Eat With Me.

Little from the Fish Shop

Karlovy Vary unveils Works in Progress

8-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A dark animated take on The Little Mermaid and the urban legend of a teenage serial killer in 1960s Poland prove stand outs at KVIFF’s Works in Progress event.

Miss Lovely

Film Bazaar announces script finalists

8-Jul-2014 | By

Film Bazaar, the South Asian film market organised by India’s National Film Development Corp (NFDC), has selected the six finalists of Screenwriters’ Lab 2014.

Dad's Fragile Doll

Iranian short wins Viewster top prize

8-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Second edition of the online film festival received nearly 1,000 submissions from film-makers representing 70 countries.

The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz to receive IMAX outing

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

September UK release will mark the 75th anniversary of the much-loved classic.

Electric Publicity

Electric Publicity launches

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Consultancy service is run by award-winning publicist Luciano Chelotti.

ZFF TVision

Zurich introduces TV section

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Out-of-competition strand will present productions that have garnered attention from the global TV world.

Nikolai Nikitin

Second edition of SOFA announced

8-Jul-2014 | By

The School of Film Agents 2014 will take place Aug 15-24 in Wroclaw and feature eight projects.

Battle for Sevastopol

Odessa unveils works in progress

8-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Battle of Sevastopol among 11 projects being presented next week.

Lucy Kirkwood

Cast announced for The Briny

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Lucy Kirkwood’s directorial debut stars the likes of Francesca Annis, Larry Lamn and Stephen Campbell Moore.

Cinema

Cinema ad spend rises 0.4%

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Growth is expected to accelerate throughout 2014 to reach an anticipated 6.4%.

Martina Stella

AMBI options thriller O.O.B.I.

8-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Martina Stella’s debut screenplay is set to enter principal photography in early 2015.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lionsgate, StudioCanal expand output deal

7-Jul-2014 | By

The renewed output partnership with StudioCanal in Germany, Austria and Switzerland includes a TV component involving ProSieben.

Filming

BFI introduces diversity measures

7-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

BFI-backed productions must comply with new ‘three ticks’ rule from September.

Mrs Browns Boys DMovie

Mrs. Brown’s Boys retains UK lead

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s big screen adaptation of TV sitcom adds $3.7m (£2.2m) to record second week as the UK’s number one; Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction previews strongly.

Bob Iger

Disney Accelerator selects 11 start-ups

7-Jul-2014 | By

The Walt Disney Company has chosen 11 companies to go through its mentorship and investment programme. 

Mike Hodges

Dream Factory unveils talent roster

7-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Organisers behind the two-day event set to run July 14-15 during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool have announced the line-up of guests.

Twickenham Studios

Twickenham launches Lincoln Film School

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Facility will be the UK’s first university film school to be housed within a fully functional commercial film studio.

LUX Prize 2014 nominees

LUX Prize 2014 finalists unveiled

7-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Girlhood, White God and The Wonders among the finalists announced in Karlovy Vary; 2013 audience winner revealed.

Yo, Tambien

Vyer Films expands monthly roster

7-Jul-2014 | By

The streaming start-up has added a trio of titles to its July line-up.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith talks Tusk spin-off

7-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: US director Kevin Smith is at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), where he is subject of a special tribute.

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard

Jarman Award unveils shortlist

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Ten UK-based moving image artists up for Film London award.

Believe

Sky Movies sets day and date release

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

David Scheinmann’s sports drama Believe, starring Brian Cox, to receive simultaneous release in Picturehouse cinemas and on Sky Movies.

Marco Mueller

Rome announces 2014 changes

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Audience to decide the award-winners in each section, which have changed name and focus for this year’s festival.

Alki David

FilmOn to televise content from VOA

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Under the historic agreement, FilmOn.com will become the first global IPTV provider to carry VOA’s content.

John Stanley

John Stanley promoted at Warner Bros

7-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Stanley will take on overall leadership of Warner Bros Digital Distribution UK and Warner Bros Consumer Products UK.

Yes And Yes (Da I Da)

Award-winner pulled due to Russian obscenity law

7-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Festival screening of Yes and Yes [pictured] pulled due to Russia’s new anti-obscenity law.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 crosses $400m internationally

6-Jul-2014 | By

UPDATED JULY 7: Transformers: Age Of Extinction summoned a confirmed $96.6m in a dominant second session through Paramount Pictures International to propel the running total to $400.9m and $575.6m worldwide.

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Transformers 4 rules July Fourth on $36m

6-Jul-2014 | By

Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction held on to pole position in North America over a lacklustre July Fourth holiday weekend that saw a year-on-year drop of nearly 50 percent.

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson on a return to directing

6-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

After picking up the top honour at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Mel Gibson talked to Screen about a return to directing, a possible move into television and reuniting with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner.

Coherence

Metrodome acquires Coherence

4-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor nabs US sci-fi from Independent.

China, Korea leaders

Korea, China sign co-pro agreement

4-Jul-2014 | By

South Korea and China have signed a landmark co-production agreement that will allow approved films to be officially classified as local films in both countries.

Here Is Harold

Here Is Harold makes sales

4-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Norwegian road movie, about a man who sets out to kidnap the founder of Ikea, sold to Europe and Asia.

Picturehouse East Dulwich

Picturehouse adding London sites

4-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New cinemas in Crouch End, East Dulwich and Ealing add to Picturehouse’s reach across London.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers rules online buzz

4-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2 also prove popular in the UK.

Alison Owen: international market hampering drama diversity

4-Jul-2014

Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen has claimed that diversity in UK drama is being hampered by the increasingly international nature of the genre.

Angela Merkel

German producers 'regret' over €10m cuts proposal

4-Jul-2014 | By

Germany’s film producers have expressed ¨exceptional regret¨ at learning that Angela Merkel’s cabinet has proposed reducing the annual budget for the DFFF ¨German spend¨ incentive by another €10m to €50m in the global federal budget for 2015.

Catherine Deneuve to head Dinard jury

4-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

French film star to be president of the Dinard British Film Festival’s 25th edition.

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Cinelicious Pics takes Wasseypur

3-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED JULY 7: The distributor is understood to have picked up US rights to Anurag Kashyap’s gangster epic.

Oliver Hirschbiegel

Downfall director to make Nazi drama

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oliver Hirschbiegel to direct the story of Georg Elser, the man who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1939.

JK Rowling

JK Rowling films to shoot at Leavesden

3-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Warner Bros. confirms Rowling screenwriting debut Fantastic Beasts will shoot at UK studio.

Daniel Dencik

Dencik to shoot Gold Coast in Ghana

3-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Dencik is readying an August 4 start of shoot for his first fiction feature, Gold Coast; his short Tal R premieres in Karlovy Vary.

Gérard Depardieu

Depardieu eyed for children's fantasy

3-Jul-2014 | By

Actor Gérard Depardieu is being considered for a Russian fantasy feature.

Agnes Varda

Locarno to honour Agnès Varda

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

French director to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival next month - only the second woman to receive the honour.

Steve McQueen

Content pre-sells Steve McQueen doc

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Key European territories among those to pick up rights to the documentary about the late actor’s struggle to make a film about Le Mans.

Ben Gibson

LFS's Ben Gibson to join AFTRS

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Outgoing director of the London Film School to join Australian Film School.

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry event gets live broadcast

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The actor and comedian’s latest book launch will be streamed around the world.

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy

The Tribe director to speak at KV

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy to present his short films as part of a talk at the film festival; two new titles added to programme.

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Nordisk takes Norway theatrical lead

3-Jul-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Denmark’s largest cinema chain, Nordisk Film Biografer, has become theatrical market leader in Norway after securing a 49% stake in exhibitor Kinosør.

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Prime Focus pacts with Reliance MediaWorks

3-Jul-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

The UK’s Prime Focus has joined forces with India-based Reliance MediaWorks.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

T4 crosses $400m worldwide

3-Jul-2014 | By

Despite a clash with the scheduled quarter-finals of the World Cup, Transformers: Age Of Extinction will remain the dominant force in the international market where it is expected to soar past $350m.

Two Years At Sea

Film London wins $1.7m funding

3-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Film London has been awarded almost £1m ($1.7m) to continue to deliver the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), offering artist filmmakers funding, training and mentoring.

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T4 China gross ahead of US

2-Jul-2014 | By

According to Paramount’s partners China Movie Media Group, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has reached $134.5m in its first five days in China – more than the $120.9m in the first five days in North America.

Autumn Blood

ARC snaps up Autumn Blood

2-Jul-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Markus Blunder’s thriller.

Fast and Furious 6

Uni moves Fast 7 up in 2015

2-Jul-2014 | By

Fast & Furious 7 will no longer open on April 10 2015 but one week earlier on April 3 as part of several scheduling announcements from the Universal fold.

Angela Courtin

Courtin to lead Relativity marketing

2-Jul-2014 | By

The executive joins Relativity Media as its first chief marketing officer having previously served as president of Dentsu Aegis Network.

Maleficent

Maleficent to cross $600m global mark

2-Jul-2014 | By

Disney’s fantasy starring Angelina Jolie was expected to reach the milestone on July 2, according to executives.

The Tribe

Drafthouse acquires Cannes hit The Tribe

2-Jul-2014 | By

Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to recent Cannes premiere The Tribe, winner of three sidebar prizes in Critics’ Week.

Telefilm Canada

Canada-India treaty first of new era

2-Jul-2014 | By

Canada’s new co-production treaty with India officially came into effect on July 1.

Pula boosts lineup with guests including Michell, Fridriksson

2-Jul-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

A re-energised Pula Film Festival, the biggest film festival in Croatia, will welcome top guests including Roger Michell, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Gyorgi Palfi, Tudor Giurgiu and Mike Cahill.

UK creative industries get skills investment

2-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Government will match-fund industry commitments to the tune of £16m ($27.5m).

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Germany’s SquareOne acquires Cannes market titles

2-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Films include Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Anton Corbijn’s Life, Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman and Spooks feature.

Jo Yan

Jo Yan to lead UPI’s China efforts

2-Jul-2014 | By

Yan has been named managing director and executive vice-president for China at Universal Pictures International (UPI). 

Vue appoints UK MD

2-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Former American Golf and Habitat CEO Kevin Styles becomes UK and Ireland MD.

Boris Khlebnikov

Russia fears death of arthouse cinema

2-Jul-2014 | By

New legislation banning use of obscene words came into effect yesterday [July 1].

BAFTA Give Something Back launch

BAFTA announces school programme

2-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees to hold talks in UK schools.

Shaun the Sheep

Into Film adds Shaun the Sheep

2-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Aardman Animations’ latest feature confirmed as the second film to be part of Into Film’s Green Light to Opening Night initiative.

Kinoplex

Quanta DGT/AAM signs Kinoplex

2-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Partnership will be the integrator for the digitisation of the largest Brazilian movie theatre chain, choosing Doremi and Christie for their rollout.

Hide And Seek

Edinburgh admissions up 4%

2-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Figures revealed for the 2014 edition of EIFF.

Winter Sleep

Polish festival secures 20 Cannes titles

2-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Damián Szifrón’s Cannes Competition film Wild Tales and Palm d’Or winner Winter Sleep to open the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.

David Wilson

Bradford Film Office relaunches

2-Jul-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Centre provides a free service to support film & TV production in the region.

Guiding Lights 2014 mentees

Guiding Lights unveils 2014 participants

2-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.

Biophilia

Björk film set for Karlovy Vary

2-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Concert movie Björk: Biophilia Live is to receive its European Premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Elliott Tittensor

Hot projects on Screenbase

2-Jul-2014 | By Maria Sell

New films on Screenbase this week include thriller Long Time Coming and a new adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.

Oscars

Academy announces submission dates

1-Jul-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced (July 1) category submission deadlines for 87th Academy Awards consideration.

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Kartemquin boards Buddha statue doc

1-Jul-2014 | By

Kartemquin Films has joined director-producer Brent Huffman on the documentary Saving Mes Aynak, about the imperiled 2,000-year-old Buddha statue in Afghanistan (pictured).

Elliott Tittensor

Long Time Coming wraps

1-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope and Steven Berkoff among cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’-style thriller.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers, Break-up Guru top China box office

1-Jul-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic comedy The Break-up Guru provided the only resistance against the power of Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the Chinese box office last week, grossing $24.18m in its first three days.

National Gallery

Zipporah plots National Gallery release

1-Jul-2014 | By

The distributor will release Frederick Wiseman’s documentary theatrically in New York at the Film Forum on November 5 followed by nationwide roll-out.

Jimmy's Hall

UK Focus at Vologda's VOICES

1-Jul-2014 | By

UK film-makers are in the spotlight at the fifth edition of Vologda’s VOICES festival (July 4-8), which will open with Ken Loach’s Cannes Competition film Jimmy’s Hall.

Hans Zimmer

Zurich to honour Hans Zimmer

1-Jul-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Film music competition at the Zurich Film Festival to include a live concert with the Oscar-winning film composer.

Pinewood Malaysia appoints CEO

1-Jul-2014 | By

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) has appointed Rezal A. Rahman as CEO, replacing Michael Lake who has moved to head Rhizophora Ventures.

Clintons

Kami Naghdi joins Clintons

1-Jul-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Entertainment lawyer and producer Kami Naghdi has joined London-based boutique law firm Clintons, where he will head the firm’s film and TV practice.

Tom Geens

Couple in a Hole shoot underway

1-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Tom Geens feature centres on a couple living in a hole in a forest.

Martin Kemp

Martin Kemp shooting Age of Kill

1-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Principal photography has started on UK action-thriller Age Of Kill, from director Neil Jones and writer Simon Cluett.

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Cinemagic kicks off 2014 edition

1-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Creatives behind The King’s Speech and Wallace and Gromit are in attendance for events and workshops at Cinemagic London (June 30-July 3).

Galway to debate future of film

1-Jul-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

The Irish Film Board and the Galway Film Fleadh have announced details for the 2014 Real Deal Film Conference, which will consider the future of the industry.

Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy joins The Revenant

30-Jun-2014 | By

New Regency confirmed the casting on Monday (30) as the mouth-watering cast takes shape around Leonardo DiCaprio.

Leavesden

Warner Bros. Leavesden to expand

30-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Plan unveiled as David Yates’ Tarzan swings into action, WB CEO attends Downing Street event.

Rachel De-lahay

iFeatures sets development slate

30-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

New projects from Screen Stars of Tomorrow, playwrights, TV talent.

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Under The Milky Way acquires Swim

30-Jun-2014 | By

Under The Milky Way has picked up US theatrical and worldwide VOD rights to SXSW premiere Swim Little Fish Swim.

Goodbye To Language

Kino Lorber says hello, Goodbye

30-Jun-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language following its recent Cannes premiere.

O Muel

Busan reveals ACF selection

30-Jun-2014 | By

The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 29 projects selected to benefit from Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2014, including projects by award-winning directors such as O Muel (Jiseul) and Hannah Espia (Transit).

Ritesh Batra

Jerusalem Lab to grant $80k

30-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ritesh Batra, Talya Lavie, Nora Martirosyan among entrants.

Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie

Mrs. Brown’s Boys tops UK chart

30-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Universal’s big screen outing for the popular TV sitcom scores excellent $7.3m (£4.3m) debut to dethrone Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Sajid Javid

DCMS: diversity in TV and film falls

30-Jun-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Number of BAME in film and TV workforce below UK economy average.

Tygo Gernandt

Rinkel unveils A Real Van Meegeren

30-Jun-2014 | By

Rudolf van den Berg’s feature stars Tygo Gernandt [pictured] as the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren.

Disobedient triumphs at Cinema City

30-Jun-2014 | By Screen staff

Mina Djukic’s film wins best film, director and actress in National Class; Free Entry by Hungary’s Yvonne Kerekgyarto gets Cineuropa Award in Fresh Danube Film section.

Kantana sets up Japan joint venture

30-Jun-2014 | By

Thailand’s Kantana Group has set up a joint venture with Japanese studio Nikkatsu and broadcaster Nippon TV to work on projects including CGI production and animation.

Peter Webber

Peter Webber to direct Piano Tuner

30-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: Set to go into pre-production later this year, the film is based on Daniel Mason’s acclaimed historical novel.

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Carlos Acosta joins Tackling Romeo

30-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Cuban-born dancer to star in Australian production, set to shoot in late 2014.

Carl Barron

Shoot commences on Manny Lewis

30-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Film marks debut feature for Australian comedian Carl Barron [pictured].

Timur Bekmambetov

First MBS deals announced

30-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Among the deals, Mexico’s In Films We Trust will buy a package of eight Russian films from Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs.

Hide And Seek

Edinburgh winners revealed

29-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UPDATE: Tony Benn doc wins audience award; Hide and Seek wins Michael Powell Award, Ice Poison takes international prize.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

Transformers 4 storms to $201m int’l

29-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATED JUNE 30: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction delivered an estimated $201.3m from 10,152 international screens, $100m in North America and $301.3m worldwide in the biggest opening salvo of 2014 so far.

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Transformers 4 opens in US on $100m

29-Jun-2014 | By

Paramount’s sci-fi behemoth delivered the biggest North American debut so far in 2014 on an estimated $100m as the $301.3m global launch eclipsed everything in its orbit.

My Man

Japan is big winner in Moscow

29-Jun-2014 | By

Japan was the big winner at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival which ended on Saturday evening with the Golden St. George trophy for best film going to Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man (Watashi-No Otoko) [pictured].

Stacy Martin

Stacy Martin joins High-Rise

27-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Nymphomaniac star joins cast of Ben Wheatley’s Recorded Picture Company thriller.

Oscars

Academy sets 2014/15 changes

27-Jun-2014 | By

Rules governing how a two-person producing team can be considered a single producer when considering who is eligible for best picture nomination have changed.

Frozen

Lino DiSalvo joins Paramount Animation

27-Jun-2014 | By

Sixteen-year Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo has joined Paramount Animation as creative director.

Michael Lerner

New cast added to Mickey Rourke's Ashby

27-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Michael Lerner (Barton Fink) [pictured], Kevin Dunn (Veep), and Zach Knighton (Happy Endings) have joined Mickey Rourke in Ashby, which started shooting this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Film4 FrightFest unveils 2014 line-up

27-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Genre festival to close with UK premiere of The Signal; 64 films will be screened, with 38 UK or European premieres and 11 world premieres.

108 boards sales on But Life Goes On

27-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Yuji Kanda’s film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.

Fyodor Bondarchuk

Bondarchuk says Battalion will top Stalingrad

27-Jun-2014 | By

Stalingrad 3D’s producer-director Fyodor Bondarchuk has a US major in his sights for the national and international distribution of the forthcoming  Russian war film, Battalion Of Death, set during the First World War.

The Circle to open NewFest

27-Jun-2014 | By

The 26th edition of New York’s LGBT festival NewFest will run from July 24-29 and features 16 narrative and five documentary features.

Generation Quoi

Cross Video Days celebrates biggest edition ever

27-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Hot projects at Paris-based crossmedia market and conference included Game Fever, Shiva Destroys Sex and Wei or Die.

The Fault In Our Stars

Fault In Our Stars retains buzz lead

27-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Online comments for the teen tearjerker soar in second week of release.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers 4 opens in China on $30m

27-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATE: Paramount’s behemoth is off to a flying start and has raced to $80m internationally and $121.6m worldwide.

Oscars

Academy invites 271 people to join

26-Jun-2014 | By

Paolo Sorrentino, Denis Villeneuve, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Vinterberg and Lupita Nyong’o are among those invited to join the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.

Pacific Rim

Universal dates Pacific Rim 2

26-Jun-2014 | By

Guillermo del Toro returns will return to the director’s chair for the Legendary Pictures sci-fi sequel.

Peter Kiernan joins Free Association

26-Jun-2014 | By

Peter Kiernan has joined 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin as partner in their renamed production company Free Association. 

Miss Meadows

eOne Films acquires Miss Meadows

26-Jun-2014 | By

The distributor, which recently reconfigured operations to focus primarily on digital distribution and will maintaining a theatrical presence where appropriate, has picked up US and Canadian rights to the Katie Holmes vehicle.

Pinewood posts strong year

26-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Revenue, profit surge as demand at “unprecedented level”.

Screen Awards trophies

Screen Awards unveils expert jury

26-Jun-2014 | By Screen staff

Jurors include Phil Clapp of CEA, Lee Magiday of Element Pictures, Lucas Webb of Working Title, Kate Muir of The Times and Jamie Schwartz of The Weinstein Company.

Welcome to New York to close Fantasia

26-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Abel Ferrara’s controversial DSK feature to receive North American premiere at the genre festival, which has announced its second wave of programming.

Alex Hope

Double Negative exec talks post-merger expansion

26-Jun-2014 | By Adrian Pennington

Prime Focus World makes “significant valuation” for the UK VFX house.

Alleluia

Music Box acquires Fabrice du Welz’s Alleluia

26-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Tale of real-life 1940s serial killers and lovers premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week. 

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Joe Roth sells Revolution Studios

26-Jun-2014 | By

Fourteen years after launching the studio, founder Joe Roth has sold Revolution Studios to Fortress Investment Group in a deal reportedly worth $250m that sees him segue into a strategic advisor role.

The Atlantis Gene

CBS Films explores Atlantis Gene

26-Jun-2014 | By

CBS Films has acquired rights to A G Riddle’s bestselling ebook Atlantis trilogy.

Fumi Nikaido

Vyer Films, NYAFF partner on Himizu

26-Jun-2014 | By

Film curation and streaming start-up Vyer Films has set the online premiere of Sion Sono’s film and struck an alliance with NYAFF operators Subway Cinema.

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Eurocinema On Demand launches on Mediacom

26-Jun-2014 | By Emmanuelle Charlier

North American VOD channel Eurocinema is now available on Mediacom Communications.

Ivan Tsarevich and the Grey Wolf

Russian 'leaders' pitch projects to RCF

26-Jun-2014 | By

31 projects were presented by nine Russian production houses at a pitching to the Russian Cinema Fund.

Brisbane film festival and APSAs embrace

26-Jun-2014 | By

Inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival will, in part, serve as the judging platform for the eighth APSAs.

White Shadow

White Shadow wins at EEFF

26-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

East End Film Festival has unveiled its 2014 award winners, bringing 13th edition to a close.

Jan Naszewski

Screen Leaders programme welcomes 8 companies

26-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Irish Film Board supports the six month programme.

Tate Taylor

Tate Taylor boards Moon Disaster

25-Jun-2014 | By

Tate Taylor will direct In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, which FilmNation is producing and will sell internationally.

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Sundance brass unveil NEXT FEST

25-Jun-2014 | By

Sundance Institute has pulled back the curtain on the films and music acts set to headline the LA festival from August 7-10.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara to star in Somali kidnap drama

25-Jun-2014 | By

The memoir A House In The Sky will be developed as a starring vehicle for Mara, who will also serve as a producer alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, with whom she optioned the rights.

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Academy revises music category rules

25-Jun-2014 | By

Music Branch members are no longer allowed to contact each other to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, according to new Academy rules.

FACT

Dream Factory to run in IFB 2014

25-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: IM Global CEO Stuart Ford has curated the two-day film event, set to run in July during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool.

Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss joins High-Rise

25-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mad Men star joins Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans in cast.

The Longest Week

Gravitas picks up The Longest Week

25-Jun-2014 | By

Gravitas Ventures has taken all US rights to the comedy starring Jenny Slate, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup and Jason Bateman.

Yes And Yes (Da I Da)

Bondarchuk prepared to bleep obscenities

25-Jun-2014 | By

Leading Russian actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk has indicated that he is prepared to bleep out the obscenities in Valeria Gai Germanika’s new film Yes And Yes (Da I Da) to ensure its Russian theatrical release.

Under Milk Wood begins shoot

25-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Principal photography on an adaptation of Under Milk Wood, starring Rhys Ifans, has begun in Wales.

Get up and Go

Galway Film Fleadh unveils line-up

25-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Irish film festival will feature a spotlight on new Canadian cinema and an interview with actress Brenda Fricker.

NT Live

Live screenings 'do not harm theatres'

25-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

The National Theatre’s live cinema screening programme, NT Live, has no negative impact on England theatres, according to new research.

We Are The Freaks

We Are The Freaks heads to Benelux

25-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Distributor Pink Moon has acquired the Benelux rights from 104 films to Justin Edgar’s feature We Are The Freaks.

Irish Film Board appoints O'Neill

25-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Oisin O’Neill has been named senior legal and business executive at the Irish Film Board (Bord Scannan na hEireann).

Eli Wallach

Eli Wallach dies aged 98

25-Jun-2014 | By

Eli Wallach, the veteran character actor whose film credits included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, has died. He was 98.

Transformers: Age Of Extinction

China spat over Transformers 4 ends

24-Jun-2014 | By

The China release of Transformers: Age Of Extinction is to go ahead this week after a dispute involving the owners of a hotel featured in the film appears to have come to a conclusion.

Lightning seals Cannes deals

24-Jun-2014 | By

The Santa Monica-based company has reported a flurry of market and post-market activity on its Croisette slate.

400 Days

400 Days ends production

24-Jun-2014 | By

The 20-day shoot has wrapped on New Artists Alliance and XLrator Media’s psychological sci-fi starring Brandon Routh, Dane Cook and Caity Lotz from UK hit The Machine.

James Schamus

James Schamus in Outfest honour

24-Jun-2014 | By

The former CEO of Focus Features who was until recently tipped to take over as head of Film4 will collect the 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award. 

Dead Within

Millennium acquires Dead Within

24-Jun-2014 | By

Millennium Entertainment has taken US rights to Ben Wagner’s psychological horror film and SC Films has picked up international sales.

Mitch Singer

Mitch Singer lands at Verance

24-Jun-2014 | By

Former Sony Pictures Entertainment chief digital strategy officer Mitch Singer has been named special advisor of industry affairs at Verance Corporation.

Keith Feldman

Feldman earns Fox distribution stripes

24-Jun-2014 | By

Keith Feldman has been promoted to president of worldwide distribution at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Mel Gibson

Karlovy Vary to honour Mel Gibson

24-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other guests of the festival will include Hollywood actress Laura Dern and French actress Fanny Ardant as well as directors Alice Rohrwacher, Bong Joon-ho and David Mackenzie among others.

Listen Up Philip

Locarno reveals first titles

24-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

US features Listen Up Philip and Buzzard to play in competition at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, which promises “a strong American independent cinema contingent”.

Maleficent

Maleficent, Godzilla rule China box office

24-Jun-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Maleficent grossed a healthy $22.01m in its opening three days in China, in a week dominated by Hollywood tentpoles, which took the top four positions in the top ten.

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Framestore, David Kelly board Mexican Cold War film

24-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The UK’s Framestore and producer David P. Kelly are set to partner on a $5m Mexican Cold War feature Lunik III, pitched at this week’s Moscow Business Square (MBS).

Coda

Coda wins at Fest Anca

24-Jun-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Other winners at animation event include Manana Forever and Fongopolis.

Neil Peplow

Met Film names Peplow COO

24-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

UK veteran returns after stint in Australia.

Doha sets second youth fest dates

24-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ajyal Youth Film Festival will return with a line-up of international and local features.

Ian Livingstone

Creative England hunts board members

24-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Creative England is looking for new members for its board, after recently adding Ian Livingstone and Belinda Budge.

Lucky Star tops Italian winners

24-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Carlo Verdone’s Under A Lucky Star (Sotto Una Buona Stella) picked up the top prize at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, where AMBI Pictures’ 2047 – Sights Of Death scored a hat trick.

Winter Sleep

Adopt Films acquires Winter Sleep

23-Jun-2014 | By

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winner has found its US home.

Outpost 37

IFC Midnight enters Outpost 37

23-Jun-2014 | By

IFC Midnight has pounced on North American rights to Jabbar Raisani’s sci-fi thriller. Altitude Film Sales handles international sales.

An Honest Liar

AFI DOCS honours An Honest Liar

23-Jun-2014 | By

Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s film earned the festival’s audience award for best feature at the weekend.

Listen Up Philip

Tribeca Film takes Listen Up Philip

23-Jun-2014 | By

Alex Ross Perry’s dark comedy premiered at Sundance earlier this year.

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Joanna, 90 Days triumph at PS Shortfest

23-Jun-2014 | By

Yatao Li’s Chinese entry Carry On won the Best Of Festival Award, while Aneta Kopacz’s Joanna from Poland prevailed in the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Grand Jury Award.

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Film4 edges closer to new boss

23-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Broadcaster expected to decide on new Film4 head in July, Screen looks at some likely candidates.

Runar Runarsson

Runarsson to shoot Icelandic fjords drama

23-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Runar Runarsson, the director of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2011 selection Volcano, will start shooting his second feature in Iceland on July 14.

Alexandre Desplat to head Venice jury

23-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Award-winning composer will chair a jury that will award the Golden Lion for best feature at the 71st Venice Film Festival.

Belle and Sebastian

Italy’s Notorious Pictures debuts on AIM

23-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Company’s increased acquisition drive includes post Cannes purchase of boxing drama Bleed For This.  

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One Chance among PIFF winners

23-Jun-2014

Top brass at the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) have announced the award winners of this year’s festival.

Game Fever

Oriental Companion, Zed team on Game Fever

23-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Behind-the-scenes e-sports cross-media project follows pro-games stars such as sOs, Li “Sky” Xiofeng and Sophistie.

London Screenings

Refreshed London Screenings launches

23-Jun-2014 | By

London’s biggest film export event returns with a new name and strong selection of upcoming titles.

Jeff Robinov

Fosun to invest in Robinov’s Studio 8

23-Jun-2014 | By

China’s Fosun International has announced in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that it plans to invest in former Warner Bros Pictures chief Jeff Robinov’s new venture Studio 8.

Patrick Cassavetti

Patrick Cassavetti boards Lenin?!

23-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran UK producer Patrick Cassavetti has boarded Marat Alykulov’s black comedy Lenin?!.

The Fault In Our Stars

Fault in Our Stars tops UK BO

23-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fox’s adaptation posts $5.8m (£3.4m) debut, including previews, to dethrone 22 Jump Street; Warner Bros’ Jersey Boys is off-key with $706,000 (£415,000) bow.

Cas & Dylan

Breakthrough strikes European deal on Cas & Dylan

23-Jun-2014 | By

Toronto’s Breakthrough Entertainment has licensed the caper film Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss to HBO Europe.

45 Years

Creative England doubles production pot to £1m

23-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Individual awards will increase to a maximum of £200,000 per project.

Judgment in Hungary

Hungarian film wins Open City Docs

23-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Best UK film is David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights.

Maleficent

Maleficent rules int’l on $48m

22-Jun-2014 | By

UPDATED JUNE 23: Powered by a number one Chinese debut, Disney’s fantasy tale came in higher than estimates on $47.9m to edge out DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 on $43.2m, according to weekend estimates.

Think Like A Man Too

Man Too edges out Street on $30m

22-Jun-2014 | By

Screen Gems’ comedy Think Like A Man Too opened on $30m to finish approximately $1m ahead of Sony stablemate 22 Jump Street, which powered past $100m in its second weekend.

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Fox, Bona team for Bride Wars remake

22-Jun-2014 | By

Fox International Productions (FIP) and China’s Bona Film Group are co-producing a Chinese-language remake of Fox hit Bride Wars, which is being directed by Tony Chan.

Little England

Little England wins best film in Shanghai

22-Jun-2014 | By

Greek period drama Little England was awarded three major prizes, including best film, at the Golden Goblet Awards of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 14-22).

Saban Films, Roadside saddle up on Homesman

20-Jun-2014 | By

Haim Saban’s nascent distributor led by Bill Bromiley has struck up a one-off partnership with Roadside Attractions on Cannes competition entry The Homesman as the parties plot an awards run.

Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson in Star Wars talks

20-Jun-2014 | By

Screen has confirmed that the director of Looper is in discussions with Lucasfilm to direct Episode VIII and write a treatment for Episode IX of the Star Wars series.

Steven Spielberg

Fox joins DreamWorks Spielberg thriller

20-Jun-2014 | By

Fox and DreamWorks are to reunite following a rewarding collaboration on Lincoln.

 David Oyelowo

Paramount, Pathé date Selma

20-Jun-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures and Pathé have set a December 25 limited release on Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights drama and potential awards contender. Separately, Open Road has picked up what is being described as the inspirational drama Little Boy.

Xavier Troussard

Creative Europe chief to step down

20-Jun-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Troussard to leave after 12 months in role.

Dragon 2 sniffs int’l domination

20-Jun-2014 | By

DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 unloads the biggest wave of releases this weekend but China could upset the applecart yet again with Godzilla entering its second weekend and a debut for Maleficent.

China Film Group

China Film Group IPO to raise $740m

20-Jun-2014 | By

China Film Group’s long-mooted initial public offering is moving closer, with plans for a $740m listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, according to the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

ICO plans fest, digital marketing courses

20-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Independent Cinema Office, the UK’s national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition, has confirmed speakers for its two flagship courses this summer.

Tony Hall

BBC boss reveals diversity plans

20-Jun-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Tony Hall has set out his blueprint for boosting diversity at the BBC, including creating a £2.1m commissioning fund to help ensure the corporation “represents every family and community in the UK”.

The Guest

The Guest to open FrightFest

20-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Adam Wingard’s thriller stars Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens.

The Fault In Our Stars

Fault in Our Stars tops buzz

20-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Teen tear-jerker dominates online film chatter on social media.

Bas van der Ree

Netherlands Film Fund names commissioner

20-Jun-2014 | By

Bas van der Ree will take up the job at the beginning of July. 

Katy Perry: Part Of Me

Katy Perry doc gets Facebook stream

20-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Concert documentary Katy Perry: Part Of Me is to be made available for streaming to the pop star’s Facebook fans from today (June 20).

Ryan Kavanaugh and Bu Yu

Relativity IPO in ‘12-18 months’

19-Jun-2014 | By

Long-time speculation over whether Ryan Kavanaugh would take his company public came into slightly sharper focus on Thursday (19) as the CEO said he anticipated doing so within the next 12-18 months.

Man From Reno

Reno, Dog, prevail at LAFF

19-Jun-2014 | By

Top brass at the Los Angeles Film Festival unveiled the winners of jury and audience awards as the festival came to a close.

Fishing Without Nets

Internet’s Own Boy, Fishing land bespoke releases

19-Jun-2014 | By

Fishing Without Nets and The Internet’s Own Boy are the subject of innovative strategies that underline the changing face of distribution.

Talk To Me

Pelagius, Xing Xing line up Smart

19-Jun-2014 | By

Beijing-based Xing Xing Digital and Los Angeles production company Pelagius Entertainment are to partner on the feature animation Smart.

Cinedigm

Cinedigm, Dove launch OTT service

19-Jun-2014 | By

Cinedigm Corp has announced its latest push into the world of OTT, teaming up with the Dove Foundation on a family-friendly channel.

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Pinewood's $340m expansion greenlit

19-Jun-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Pinewood Shepperton has been granted planning permission for the long-awaited £200m ($340m) expansion of its Buckinghamshire site.

A Jubilee Tribute to the Queen by the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles backs NFTS diversity drive

19-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Letter from the Prince of Wales read at NTFS Gala event.

Set Fire to the Stars

Works takes Elijah Wood drama Stars

19-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Thomas drama starring Elijah Wood gets UK sales company.

David Straus

Withoutabox co-founders form rights tracker service

19-Jun-2014 | By

Withoutabox co-founders David Straus, Joe Neulight and Fred Kramer have launched Los Angeles-based Critical Mass Studios.

Pudsey

Content collars Pudsey, Redirected sales

19-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Both films to screen at the London Screenings later this month.

ABC-Cinemien takes Cannes six-pack

19-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Benelux distributor ABC-Cinemien has confirmed its acquisition of six titles from Cannes festival and market.

Minuscule: The Valley Of The Lost Ants

Minuscule to hit 1,200 China screens

19-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Hybrid children’s bug movie premieres in China at Shanghai International Film Festival today (June 19).

Le Meraviglie

Fidalgo takes two more Cannes titles

19-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Norwegian distributor adds to Cannes haul with award-winning Competition and Directors’ Fortnight titles.

Mark Foster

Arts Alliance combines event cinema businesses

19-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Arts Alliance Ventures has merged its events cinema businesses into one integrated operation, to be led by CEO Mark Foster.

Haider Zafar

Conversations wraps London shoot

19-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Conversations, a comedy co-directed by Haider Zafar [pictured] and Marcus Flemmings, has wrapped production in London after shooting over the past year.

Jeremy Renner

Uni puts Bourne pic back to 2016

19-Jun-2014 | By

Universal Pictures announced on Wednesday (18) that it had moved Untitled Next Bourne Chapter from its August 14 2015 slot.

Jacky in the Kingdom of Women

Fantasia unveils first titles

19-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Genre festival to open with Jacky in the Kingdom of Women [pictured]; other titles include Guardians of the Galaxy, Boyhood, The Harvest and Suburban Gothic.

Androulla Vassiliou

Serbia first non-EU country to sign Creative Europe agreement

19-Jun-2014 | By

Serbia has become the first non-European Union country to sign up and participate in the European Union’s new Creative Europe programme.

Edinburgh

Scottish Film Summit reveals new agency

19-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The inaugural Scottish Film Summit wrapped today in Edinburgh with more than 200 delegates participating in two days of discussion about the future of film in Scotland.

Stereo

PiFan reveals 2014 line-up

19-Jun-2014 | By

The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) announced its line-up today with Maximilian Erlenwein’s German thriller Stereo [pictured] as the opening film.

Telluride

Telluride announces guest directors

18-Jun-2014 | By

Husband-and-wife team Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan will take the hot seats at the 41st annual event, set to run in Colorado from August 29-September 1.

The Sadhu

Canton, Graphic India find Sadhu writer

18-Jun-2014 | By

Mark Canton and comic publisher Graphic India have hired Mukunda Michael Dewil to adapt the Indian superhero comic book series The Sadhu for the big screen.

Connie Nielsen

Nielsen, Fonda join The Runner

18-Jun-2014 | By

Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Bryan Batt and Wendell Pierce have joined Nicolas Cage and Sarah Paulson on Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures’ The Runner. Separately, it emerged on Wednesday that production on Sicario will take place at Albuquerque Studios.

Red Knot

Umedia ties up Red Knot

18-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Umedia has picked up world sales rights to relationship drama Red Knot, starring Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser and Dredd actress Olivia Thirlby.

Difret

Difret acquired for UK, Germany, Italy

18-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Executive producer Angelina Jolie “can’t wait for the world to see” Ethiopian drama, which has been snapped up by distributors across Europe.

The Golden Era

Golden Era to close Venice festival

18-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Chinese biopic is directed by Ann Hui, who will chair the international jury for the Orizzonti section.

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Hughes earns Lionsgate digital stripes

18-Jun-2014 | By

Thomas Hughes has been promoted to evp of worldwide digital distribution at Lionsgate.

Janet Archer

Scotland faces film funding challenge

18-Jun-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Scottish agency’s £4m ($6.8m) “not enough” for national film production, claims CEO.

Drive

Park Circus to handle Icon titles

18-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Icon Film Distribution (IFD) has signed a deal with UK sales and distribution company Park Circus to represent the IFD library for UK theatrical release.

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EC backs Berlinale, Rotterdam funds

18-Jun-2014 | By

Co-production funds run by the Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals and a new day-and-date initiative are among new projects by supported by the European Commission (EC).

Under the Rainbow

Jaoui’s Rainbow launches second wave of EC VOD trial

18-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Film to be given quasi-simultaneous multi-platform release in Spain.

Encounters reveals 20th edition plans

18-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Plans for the 20th edition of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the first edition under the leadership of festival director Debbi Lander, have been announced.

Wittiz

WittiZ app set for UK rollout

18-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

French entertainment company Cinesens Entertainment is releasing its app, WittiZ, in the UK following a successful launch in France.

Galavant

Disney to shoot Galavant in UK

18-Jun-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

The UK’s Bottle Yard Studios has been announced as the home of US musical comedy Galavant.

Jan Schuette

Schuette named AFI Conservatory dean

17-Jun-2014 | By

The filmmaker and academic arrives from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, where he has served as director since 2010.

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Breakthrough, Black Fawn strike pact

17-Jun-2014 | By

Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment and Chad Archibald’s Black Fawn Films have teamed up to produce eight genre features over the next two years.

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Partners unite on Cuckoo-Clock Heart

17-Jun-2014 | By

Shout! Factory, The Film Collective, Dada Films, and Brainstorm Media will partner on the launch of EuropaCorp’s animated film Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart.

5 To 7

IFC Films takes US on 5 To 7

17-Jun-2014 | By

Victor Levin’s romantic dramedy stars Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Frank Langella and Glenn Close. The Solution Entertainment Group handles international sales.

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Godzilla crushes $37m China debut

17-Jun-2014 | By

China box office: Godzilla had an impressive opening at the China box office last weekend, grossing $37m and pushing Edge Of Tomorrow to second place.

Dario Argento receives RIFF's Lifetime Achievement Award

Fantasia unveils Off-Frontières projects

17-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Line-up includes new features by Dario Argento, Jacob Tierney and Fantasia alumni Rob Grant and Kerry Prior.

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PiFan's NAFF to spotlight Thailand

17-Jun-2014 | By

The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced six Thai works from rising filmmakers for this year’s Project Spotlight in the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF).

The Tribe

The Tribe wins at Tarkovsky fest

17-Jun-2014 | By

Ukrainian feature wins Grand Prix at ‘Zerkalo’ Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival.

Kathleen Robertson

ACISE-LA names entertainment reps

17-Jun-2014 | By

ACISE-LA, the Academy For Canadians In Sports And Entertainment, has announced three new entertainment ambassadors.

What We Did On Our Holiday

Lionsgate sets 'Holiday' release date

17-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Family comedy starring Rosamund Pike and David Tennant from the writers of BBC series Outnumbered.

Of Horses And Men

Horses gallops to Brussels victory

17-Jun-2014 | By Carolyn Crowcroft

Icelandic director Bendikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses And Men won the Golden Iris Award, the top prize at the 12th Brussels Film Festival.

Colin Firth

Colin Firth exits Paddington

17-Jun-2014 | By

Colin Firth has left StudioCanal’s Paddington Bear project midway through production.

Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl projects in race to screen

16-Jun-2014 | By

Two very different projects centring on the US soldier at the centre of the recent POW swap with the Taliban are headed to the screen, according to reports in the Hollywood trade press.

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Cinelicious Pics officially launches

16-Jun-2014 | By

Film restoration expert Paul Korver and former American Cinematheque head of programming Dennis Bartok have thrown their hat into the distribution arena with Cinelicious Pics.

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Teresa Palmer to join Point Break

16-Jun-2014 | By

Teresa Palmer is in negotiations to join Alcon Entertainment’s re-creation of the 1991 action-thriller. Lionsgate International handles international sales. Separately, Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones will star in Voice From The Stone.

Curzon acquires eight Cannes titles

16-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Titles include Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, and Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales.

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Cinedigm names key promotions, hires

16-Jun-2014 | By

Cinedigm has promoted two key employees and hired three managers as it continues to bolster its digital credentials.

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Disney sets key release dates

16-Jun-2014 | By

The studio has announced the slots for a pair of high profile Steven Spielberg projects.

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Fingleton starts Survivalist shoot

16-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Black List and Brit List script was developed with Northern Ireland Screen.

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San Diego Film Festival sets dates

16-Jun-2014 | By

The 13th edition of the festival is set to run from September 24-28 and will feature more than 100 screenings.

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Relativity Media expands in China

16-Jun-2014 | By

Relativity Media has announced strategic alliances with China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp (JSBC) and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and has also been appointed international distribution partner by China Film Promotion International.

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Buyers circle Aïnouz’s Sharks at Paris Copro Village

16-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

English-language thriller set on French Riviera in the 1950s due to shoot July 2015.

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22 Jump Street retains UK lead

16-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel adds $3.8m (£2.26m) to hold off newcomers and the World Cup; Warner Bros’ Oculus is the highest new entry with $701,000 (£413,000).

Les Films d’Ici 2, Weydemann pact on Middle of the River

16-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Film revolving around Native American community, directed by Damian John Harper, to shoot early 2015.

Alice Rohrwacher

Rohrwacher to head Venice debut jury

16-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Italian director won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for The Wonders.

Still the Enemy Within

Doc/Fest award for miners strike film

16-Jun-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Owen Gower’s Still the Enemy Within wins audience award.

A Hard Day

StudioCanal takes Hard Day for UK

16-Jun-2014 | By

South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sold Cannes Directors’ Fortnight thriller A Hard Day to 30 territories led by the UK (StudioCanal) and Japan (New Select).

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Oriental DreamWorks unveils slate

16-Jun-2014 | By

Oriental DreamWorks has struck development deals with Chinese producers including Dreams of the Dragon Pictures, as it moves towards producing more live action and China-originated content.

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Two Days, One Night wins in Sydney

16-Jun-2014 | By

The Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cotillard, wins Sydney Film Prize.

Eat Your Bones (Mange Tes Morts)

Eat Your Bones wins Jean Vigo Prize

16-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Feature set against the backdrop of traveller community in France premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight

Godzilla

Godzilla roars with $38m at int'l BO

15-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

UPDATED JUNE 16: Warner Bros’ reboot records distributor’s best-ever opening weekend in China with $36m.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street leads US chart

15-Jun-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s sequel launches with second biggest R-rated comedy debut at $60m; Fox’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies in with $50m.

Nigel Daly

Screen's Nigel Daly awarded OBE

15-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Daly, who is also chairman of BAFTA LA, is honoured for services to film and TV industry.

Zhao Tianyu

Village Roadshow Asia, Warner team for Zhong Kui

15-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Crouching Tiger cinematographer Peter Pau produces with Desen’s Ann An.

Teresa Cheng

Cheng to head Lucasfilm Singapore

15-Jun-2014 | By

Teresa Cheng has been appointed to the post of general manager of Lucasfilm Singapore, reporting directly to Lynwen Brennan, president and general manager of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).

Dragon Blade

Cusack, Brody join Dragon Blade

15-Jun-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The $65m Chinese-language film is shooting now.

The Boy and The World

Boy and the World wins at Annecy

14-Jun-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

A Brazilian feature wins at the animation festival for the second consecutive year; market reports record high.

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