Gus Van Sant has concluded principal photography in location in Japan and Massachusetts on Bloom sales title The Sea Of Trees.
EXCLUSIVE: New York-based festival veteran Laurence Asseraf is launching the invite-only BE FILM International Features Festival as a platform to enable global films to find US distribution.
The French star of recent Toronto selection Samba who broke out in A Prophet has signed with United Talent Agency for representation.
Jack Pan has joined Robert Simonds’ film and television studio as president of motion picture marketing, effective immediately.
Heretic Films has appointed the producer and entertainment attorney as president. Separately, Mika Pryce has joined Red Granite as creative executive.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Peter Ho-sun Chan’s Dearest topped the China box office for the week September 22-28, grossing $15.85m over its first four days.
Universal’s Billy Elliot the Musical - Live sets new Event Cinema record with $3.1m (£1.904m) to become its first-ever number one; Sony’s reboot lands with $3.07m (£1.89m) from its 458 sites.
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World premieres from Goupil, Li, De La Cruz, Yeo, Yoshida and more.
JC Chandor’s new film set for Jan 23 launch in UK.
The European film industry can probably not expect to be high on the agenda of the Commissioner-designate for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger if his grilling by the European Parliament (EP) last night is anything to go by.
Principal photography has begun on Colombia: Wild Magic.
Marcos Jorge’s O Duelo is based on Home Is the Sailor and will have the most VFX shots of any film in the history of Brazilian cinema.
Cinematographer John Bailey, producer Gale Anne Hurd, effects expert John Knoll and editor Michael Tronick are joining the science and technology council of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.
Hungarian director Marcell Gero has revealed the hurdles behind his documentary about murderers trying to reintegrate into society.
John Malkovich will head to Zurich later this week to present his latest film and receive the festival’s Golden Eye award.
David Farr’s psychological thriller starts shooting with Clemence Poesy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.
Norwegian local films set for the best year since 1975, after Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama takes 103,604 admissions for the year’s top opening.
In an unprecedented move the companies have secured simultaneous exclusive windows for the late summer 2015 release of The Weinstein Company’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend.
The distributor has acquired North American and Scandinavian rights to Alan Rickman’s recent Toronto International Film Festival closing night selection.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Angus MacLachlan’s Tribeca ensemble drama starring Paul Schneider, Heather Graham, Melanie Lynskey and Amy Sedaris.
Thykier’s Peapie to merge into new company Archery Pictures.
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
The Hurt Locker producer gives ten tips for producing award-winning films at the right budget.
Cohen Media Group has acquired US rights to Mandarin Cinema’s current San Sebastian Film Festival entry directed by François Ozon.
UPDATE: The Japanese giant has reportedly cooled off on acquiring Dreamworks and has switched its focus to buying a chunk of Thomas Tull’s company.
The 12 Years a Slave director will be honoured with the European Achievement in World Cinema award.
Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that Strache has been promoted to svp of acquisitions and co-productions effective immediately.
The research-based SaaS company has appointed Ben Spergel as evp of consumer insights, effective immediately.
Sheriff leaves Aardman Animations after 25 years.
Thriller marks Emma Watson’s first lead role since Harry Potter.
ADFF to present 197 films from 61 countries.
The Doha Film Institute has unveiled the spring recipients from its film grants programme, backing 21 projects from 14 countries.
Christine Vachon, Lynette Howell and Cassian Elwes have teamed up with Twitter, Vimeo, The Black List, Sundance Institute, Women In Film, and Indiegogo to establish the award aimed at helping young female directors.
Zvyagintsev, Hazanov and Harö projects set for 2nd Northern Seas Film Forum.
Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba has revealed further details of The Queen Of Spain (La Reina De Espana), the new comedy drama he is planning to make with Spanish star and fellow Oscar winner Penelope Cruz.
Mohamed Khan’s Factory Girl has been selected as Egypt’s submission to the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.
Drama ordered by Sky and Canal+, to be co-produced by Warp Films and Haut et Court.
Mad Man star will be joined by Rafe Spall and Game of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin in feature-length special.
More funds are becoming available for film-making but are leading to inflated budgets, according to finance experts.
Carnaby to launch sales on PTSD soldier drama at AFM.
Lili Simmons has joined the cast of Caliber Media’s Western alongside David Arquette, Sid Haig, Kathryn Morris and Evan Jonigkeit.
Picturehouses to operate the two cinemas and IMAX screen at the National Media Museum, Bradford
The cast and director of Northmen: A Viking Saga sailed into Zurich at the weekend to discuss their ambitious epic, easily among Switzerland’s biggest films to date.
Actor discusses his portrayal of the Colombian drug lord alongside Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson at Zurich Film Festival.
Guneet Monga, producer of Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, has championed the fast-growing new wave of Indian cinema.
SEPTEMBER 29 UPDATE: The Maze Runner used a confirmed $28.8m haul from 62 markets to strengthen its grip on the international crown and repel a solid launch by Sony’s The Equalizer.
North American audiences could not resist the reteaming of Denzel Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua as action thriller The Equalizer opened top through Sony on an estimated $35m.
Other winners included Norwegian drama Blind, Danish horror When Animals Dream and Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days On Earth.
Helsinki International Film Festival scores new audience record.
Carlos Vermut’s Spanish drama wins best film and best director; Dennis Lehane wins best screenplay for The Drop.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to the politically charged drama from Disruptive Films and Emotion Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: Spain shoot for period drama from Chariots of Fire director Hugh Hudson.
Actor-director says he won’t return to crowdfunding to finance his films.
Pulp Fiction exec and BuzzFeed consultant hails digital opportunities for filmmakers.
Eleven Swiss films and five Swiss co-productions will screen during the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25-Oct 5).
Swiss feature doc Yalom’s Cure, which premiered at the Locarno Festival in August, has been snapped up by a number of European distributors.
Award-winning Swiss director Stefan Haupt may have to make room in his trophy cabinet with his latest film The Circle (Der Kreis).
Sony unloads the Denzel Washington action thriller in 57 territories day-and-date with North America this weekend and will give reigning champion The Maze Runner a run for its money.
A group of producers and entertainment executives is heading to New York for a series of talks and one-on-one networking sessions over October 6-8.
The studio has acquired the Material sci-fi spec script from Christina Hodson.
EXCLUSIVE: Arclight Films’ period action film Outcast, starring Nicolas Cage, was pulled from Chinese theatrical release last night, just hours before its midnight previews.
Paul Sorvino, Robert Knepper and Stéfano Gallo have been cast in Cold Deck ahead of the scheduled September 30 start in Toronto.
The founder and former CEO of Slated has joined the Los Angeles-based social tagging platform as head of product.
EXCLUSIVE: Marks the first feature from commercials director Rohan Blair-Mangat.
EXCLUSIVE: Horror snapped up from XYZ after Toronto screening.
Cast already includes Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney.
Historical drama stars Tahar Rahim and debuted at Venice.
After playing in San Sebastian, the family drama sells across Europe and Asia-Pacific.
The Society honoured 19 companies at the fifth annual Entertainment Technology And New Product Awards luncheon ceremony held at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.
Finnish Oscar submission Concrete Night won Director of the Year for Pirjo Honkasalo and Producers of the Year for Mark Lwoff-Misha Jaaari at Helsinki’s Finnish Film Week.
Posh boy drama rules the roost as Liam Neeson outguns Denzel Washington on social networks in the UK.
Nominations include Monty Python Live (Mostly), NT Live’s War Horse and concert broadcasts from Muse and Robbie Williams.
Guo Guangchang, chairman of Studio 8 backer Fosun International, will deliver a keynote speech on the future of Chinese capital in Hollywood at the fifth annual US-China Film Summit in Los Angeles on November 5.
EXCLUSIVE: Gabriel Hammond and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious start-up Broad Green Pictures (BGP) will self-distribute Isabel Coixet’s recent Toronto world premiere Learning To Drive in the US.
The California-based effects studio has opened its flagship facility in Montreal.
EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Matthews’ X+Y among Toronto haul
Taipei’s Golden Horse Film Project Promotion (FPP) has selected 25 titles this year with filmmakers including Tsai Ming Liang, Midi Z, Zhang Ming and Stanley Kwan attached.
Highlights of the main competitive strand that showcases top new Brazilian cinema.
Only the seventh time Palestine has submitted film to the Academy Awards.
The Production Guild of Great Britain has revealed the winners of its inaugural awards.
Fatih Akin’s The Cut will open the 36th edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which is scheduled to run November 9-18.
Red Bull Media House in association with Freeride Entertainment will release motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter theatrically on November 7. Separately, Gravitas Ventures has taken VOD rights to As Night Comes.
Producer Eric Newman’s newly formed Grand Electric has entered into a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal through which the new company will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and US markets.
Cuban film August wins the San Sebastián Co-production Fórum; Magallanes wins Films in Progress.
New projects by the producers of Ida and Crulic are among 13 selected from Albania to Ukraine to be pitched at this year’s Connecting Cottbus East-West co-production market (November 6-7).
John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James Billy Crudup and Jamey Sheridan have joined Participant Media’s drama about the Boston Globe investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
Digital Jungle Pictures has completed post-production on its first feature marking the directorial debut of Dennis Ho.
Jenny Stjernströmer Björk appointed new evp acquisition and co-production at Scandinavian major Svensk Filmindustri
Cinime app uses to be given access to film content.
Susanne Bier’s drama debuted at Toronto and stars Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster Waldau.
Former Focus Features exec to oversee New York operation for London-based technical film services company.
In another coup, the new film and television studio led by Robert Simonds has named the former Universal Pictures chairman as its new chariman of the motion picture group.
The company led by Bill Lee has secured senior revolving credit facilities and a term loan facility as it seeks to grow the film slate and the business.
Candyman director Bernard Rose has wrapped production on a contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic novel for Summerstorm Entertainment and Bad Badger in association with Eclectic Pictures.
Kriv Stenders’ comedic crime thriller starring Simon Pegg premiered in Toronto and will open theatrically in 2015. Cargo handles international sales.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Barry Levinson’s dark comedy starring Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig, following the world premiere in Venice and North American premiere in Toronto.
The pair joins Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins on the Western. Celluloid Dreams represents international sales.
The studio has moved its Johnny Depp action comedy up from its original date of February 6, 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Powerhouse production duo launch film and TV company.
The Inbetweeners 2 led the way, but the summer period at the UK box office was down in both gross and admissions this year. Screen talks to distributors and exhibitors to find out why.
The director of Frank and What Richard Did to adapt Laird Hunt’s novel about a woman who joins the American Civil War.
EXCLUSIVE: Event cinema specialist acquires classics distributor.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) have selected 14 finallists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants.
EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling Turkish distributor snaps up 20 titles.
Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game will be honoured for its “sensitive and moving portrait” of the mathematician Alan Turing as portrayed on screen by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Italy hopes to repeat last year’s win in the Best Foreign-Language Film category with Paolo Virzi’s family thriller.
SAN SEBASTIAN: Local films secure best-ever box office share of 23.6%.
British drama debuted at Venice Days.
J C Chandor’s anticipated crime drama to get world premiere at LA’s AFI FEST.
Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer will open the 30th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, set to run from January 27-February 7.
The 13th edition of Locarno’s Open Doors co-production forum to focus on four countries in the Maghreb.
Independent Film & Television Alliance membership held their annual elections on September 24 for the executive committee and board of directors.
The Citizenfour bandwagon rolls on as the anticipated Edward Snowden documentary will get what Film Independent top brass have called the West Coast premiere on October 14 for the members-only LACMA Film Series event.
The fledgling financier-producer-distributor continues to make waves, taking North American rights to its third film out of Toronto.
The star of Breaking Bad and the upcoming crime feature Triple Nine has joined Jamie Dornan on Miramax’s supernatural thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax.
Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will assume the mantle of lead roles in the second season of the acclaimed crime series.
Orion Releasing has acquired North American rights to Big Bang Theory star Simon Helberg’s feature directorial debut. K5 International handles sales outside North America.
As it moves deeper into content aggregation, Cinedigm has sold its digital theatrical distribution and exhibition software division to private investors led by David Gajda, one of the company’s original founders.
London-based visual effects company to open animation unit in Montreal and begin production on 3D feature Charming.
Heading into MIPCOM, French television executive Pascal Breton has partnered with a group of film and television producers and showrunners to launch Federation Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Culture minister Ed Vaizey to meet BFI and industry during London Film Festival.
Magnolia has acquired North American rights to Josh Lawson’s sex comedy, while LevelK has closed further international sales.
The Visual Effects Society will present the filmmaker with its Visionary Award at the 13th Annual VES Awards on February 4, 2015.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: While Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and The Expendables 3 topped the box office over the week September 15-21, Liam Neeson starrer Non-Stop had a strong opening, grossing $7.28m in three days.
Director of programming to take a documentary role at Sundance.
Tessa Collinson and Johanna von Fischer will leave the British Independent Film Awards at the end of the year.
Finnish film historian, critic, documentary filmmaker Peter von Bagh – co-founder and director of the Midnight Sun Film Festival – has died aged 71
John Bailey, Bill Roe, Phil Méheux and Matthew F Leonetti will receive special awards at the 29th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement on February 15, 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles include A Chorus of Disapproval, Homeboy.
Wong Kar Wai’s Hong Kong-based production company Jet Tone Films has appointed former Fortissimo Films executive Winnie Lau as Head of International Co-Production and Distribution.
Iceland has selected Baldvin Zophoníasson’s Life in a Fishbowl as its entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Oscar.
Slovenia goes with Seduce Me, Bosnia selects With Mom, Macedonia opts for To The Hilt
Other jurors across London’s competitions include Sally Hawkins, James McAvoy, James Corden and Dexter Fletcher.
Hacker drama received world premiere in Toronto.
US actor was due to join the Zurich Film Festival jury this weekend
Privately backed Resurgent Film Group has launched a new media company and will adapt The Lions Of Lucerne by author Brad Thor.
Eight teams have been selected from the iFeatures slate for further development funding, as the Creative England’s low budget feature film initiative enters its full development phase.
BBC Worldwide has bought a 35% stake in Simon Vaughan’s production and distribution business Lookout Point.
Endemol Worldwide Distribution has struck a development and distribution deal with Feel Films, currently working on feature The Song of Names.
David Linde’s company will co-produce the upcoming Andy Lau action thriller alongside Edko Films, Irresistible Films and Focus Films.
MGM has acquired a 55% share of Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment’s One Three Media and LightWorkers Media to form United Artists Media Group.
Mike Tyson has the AFM in his sights and will attend a buyer screening of the documentary after The Works International picked up sales rights.
The company’s New York-based representative played an integral role in broadening the Paris-based organisation’s production, acquisition and financing activity in the US.
The festival has announced its winners and The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, Alleluia and The Babadook are among the more popular choices.
After six weeks the South Korean naval battle film has crossed $2.5m to overtake The Host and become the highest grossing Korean-language film in North America.
EXCLUSIVE: Shirley Henderson, Letitia Wright, Isabella Laughland star; Metro International to sell.
Lukasz Palkowski’s Gods was the big winner at this year’s annual showcase of Polish cinema at the Gdynia Film Festival which ended with a gala awards ceremony at the weekend.
Dutch director was best known for The Vanishing and River Phoenix’s last film, Dark Blood.
Mark Urman’s distributor is orchestrating a qualifying release for The Barefoot Artist, Glenn Holsten and Daniel Traub’s documentary about installations artist Lily Yeh.
The Producers Guild Of America will present Mark Gordon with the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on January 24, 2015.
Film to receive US premiere at New York Film Festival on Sept 30.
The film about a woman facing a rabbinical court to obtain a divorce from a husband won the top award at the Israeli Ophirs.
Universal’s animation adds $2.17m (£1.33m) to remain at number one for second straight week, just ahead of eOne’s A Walk Among the Tombstones’ $2.15m (£1.31m) debut.
Cast revealed to include Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Joss Stone, Paul Kaye, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan and Sophie Kennedy-Clarke
Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang is in development on the adaptation of Joe Lansdale’s crime thriller.
World premiere of Serena and Cannes Jury Prize winner Mommy set as opening and closing night galas.
Japanese filmmaker behind Audition and Ichi the Killer to receive Maverick Director Award; As The Gods Will to world premiere in Rome.
Winning films will now be put forward for selection for the BAFTAs and Oscars.
Women directors make up 70% of competition films.
Revenge thriller marks first Norway-Canada co-production in 15 years.
Japanese director was due to present Still the Water.
The studio leadership has abandoned its search for an executive to fill the void left by David Kosse and slotted London-based Duncan Clark into a jigsaw of executives who will fufil operational oversight.
SAN SEBASTIAN: Spanish star wants to make more films in his home country and says Hollywood no longer exists - “It’s just a brand”.
Three titles in the running for the best animated feature at the European Film Awards.
Lord of the Rings star to present world premiere of The Greasy Hands Preachers at San Sebastian Film Festival.
Total 47 film projects selected for Federation Wallonia-Brussels support.
Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh to receive lifetime honour at the cinematography festival in Poland.
SEPTEMBER 22 UPDATE: The Maze Runner vaulted to the top of the international charts as Fox International declared an confirmed $38m haul from 51 markets, scoring number one in 47.
Fox’s YA adaptation beat a path to the pinnacle of the North American box office as an estimated $32.5m was enough to help the top 12 climb approximately 17% against last weekend.
Director discussed being “sodomised ritualistically” on Alien3, his reputation for multiple takes, the opportunities of TV and his latest film, Gone Girl.
The multi-hyphenate, expected to be an awards contender this season with the upcoming Unbroken, will direct Skydance Productions’ epic.
Peter Kujawski has been promoted from evp of worldwide acquisitions at Universal Pictures to the new role of managing director of Universal Pictures International Productions.
The Metafilms and Sons Of Manual drama premiered in Cannes where it earned Xavier Dolan the jury prize.
EXCLUSIVE: BFI beefs up audience team; Stolz, Berg to depart.
New seven-screen cinema for central London to open in 2015
Game Changer Award going to Christoph Krachten, co-founder and President of Mediakraft Networks.
Altitude Film Entertainment sinks teeth into Australian zombie thriller, which world premieres today.
The Belgian national selection committee has chosen Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Two Days, One Night to represent Belgium for forthcoming Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
Tencent has become the latest Chinese internet giant with film industry ambitions, announcing plans to produce four to five movies a year.
India and China signed a long-planned co-production agreement during the state visit of China’s president Xi Jinping to India.
Fox International prepares to unleash its YA adaptation The Maze Runner in an estimated 37 territories this weekend day-and-date with the North American launch.
The Riot Club no match for feelgood comedy drama on social networks in the UK.
Project is mapping the world’s abandoned spaces.
The world’s biggest film festival for children and young people will include preview screenings of The Imitation Game and Disney doc Bears [pictured]; Q&A’s with Harry Potter’s David Yates, Stanley Kubrick’s daughter and Selfish Giant director Clio Bernard.
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced its Special Screenings line-up of high-profile films from Japan and abroad.
Each project to receive £5,000 ($8,200) towards production budget.
Ang Lee will adapt Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk at Tom Rothman’s TriStar, his first project after Life Of Pi earned him a best director Oscar in 2013.
Gabriel Hammond and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious company continues to build its distribution pipeline and has announced the second major acquisition of a Toronto title within a week.
AS expected JC Chandor’s crime drama starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain will open in the thick of awards season this year. FilmNation handles international sales.
BAFTA LA will honour Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh and Dame Judi Dench at this year’s awards ceremony on October 30.
The studio is taking a crossover bet on YouTube stars Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, whose Smosh channel has generated more than 30m subscribers.
California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into action legislation that will more than triple the state’s film and TV tax credit.
Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe have made a pre-emptive purchase on an untitled comedy pitch from actor-writer Ben Schwartz with Seth Rogen attached to star.
Jean-Marc Vallée’s awards contender Wild will receive its East Coast Premiere as the opening night screening at the festival, set to run from October 9-13.
Principal photography has concluded on the comedic thriller that reimagines Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer as grown men.
Less than 9% of admissions for European films went to features by female directors, according to a new report.
A group of film industry veterans is launching a new film festival in Iceland, Stockfish Film Festival.
Nils Malmros’ Sorrow and Joy has been submitted by Denmark for the Academy Awards.
In an early announcement, the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has revealed Japanese film Pale Moon will be the only local film in Competition this year.
Millennium Films president Mark Gill, Tug co-founder Nicolas Gonda, Relativity Media’s Russell Schwartz and Mister Smith’s Jill Jones are among the line-up of speakers at AFM, set to run in Santa Monica from Nov 5-12. Separately, the PGA Produced By Conference NY has added participants.
The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) has announced during Independent Film Week the first five projects to get week-long theatrical runs at the Made In NY Media Center’s theatre as part of the Screen Forward initiative.
Yahoo executives discuss film audiences.
First features A Patch of Fog and Beast to receive support from the BFI Film Fund.
Titles include Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear and Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma [pictured]; guests include Mike Leigh and Ruben Ostlund.
The producers will be feted at the opening night gala of the 28th Israel Film Festival on October 23.
Juliette Binoche and Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard to be guests of honor at Zurich Film Festival’s ‘Women of Impact’ event.
Co-founder of UK production company behind Peep Show and Fresh Meat to target horror film-making.
A British student has become the first ever recipient of a BAFTA scholarship to study fine arts in Hong Kong.
Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards 2015.
The actor is one of several including Nick Sandow and Merritt Wever to join Bron Studios’ drama, currently shooting in New York.
Richard Loncraine’s drama was one of the more favourably received acquisitions titles in Toronto and becomes the latest selection to find a US home.
Revolver Entertainment continues to build its US release slate and has picked up rights to Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain starring Martin Sheen, Kal Penn and Mischa Barton.
EXCLUSIVE: Marvel in advanced negotiations to send superhero film to Pinewood-Shepperton for mid-2015 shoot.
Two Canadian producers who attended the market in Nova Scotia have been invited to take part in Brazil’s RioContentMarket and Mexico’s Los Cabos International Film Festival.
The Lionsgate subsidiary has struck a first-look deal with Luv producer Datari Turner.
Inception Media Group has acquired all North American rights to Viktor Gérard Depardieu and Elizabeth Hurley.
EXCLUSIVE: Norwegian director Ole Giaever’s Toronto title has become the first selection for the Panorama strand at the next Berlinale.
The Mumbai Film Festival (Oct 14-21), recently saved by public donations following a funding crunch, unveiled its line-up today including the India Gold Competition and International Competition for first features.
Documentary from filmmaker Laura Poitras, who met Snowden and reported on NSA leaks, to receive UK premiere in London.
The studio will release the Halle Berry thriller on October 9, 2015.
A Company to release Andrey Zvyagintsev’s drama in Russia.
Power to the Pixel event to include a major Nordic delegation.
Fortissimo Films has announced that Winnie Lau is leaving after 13 years with the company to join a leading production house in a senior capacity.
Picturehouse to be cinema broadcast partner of Guardian Live’s Russell Brand event.
Norwegian distributor scores hat-trick of titles.
The 20th edition of the festival includes competition titles ’71 and Blind.
In an unprecedented addition to the programme, a special presentation of Laura Poitras’ hitherto top secret Citizenfour has been slotted into the New York Film Festival and will screen on October 10.
The British star and Comic-Con deity has signed on to Legendary Entertainment’s 2016 release with Jordan Vogt-Roberts on board to direct.
Ramin Bahrani’s much fancied 99 Homes will not compete in this year’s awards season as it emerged that Broad Green Pictures has acquired all US rights and will distribute theatrically in spring 2015.
After serving as artistic director of Edinburgh International Film Festival for three festivals, Chris Fujiwara is stepping down from his role.
American Film Institute top brass will announce their list of the year’s most outstanding achievements in film and television on December 8.
Beijing-based Huayi Brothers Media Corporation is investing $130m in a wholly-owned subsidiary in Los Angeles.
Executives at the Sundance Institute have pulled back the curtain on the 10 writers selected for the inaugural Episodic Story Lab, set to take place at the Sundance Resort in Utah from September 27-October 2.
Action star Donnie Yen, director Teddy Chen and actress Michelle Bai to attend London Film Festival premiere.
The era of laser illuminated projection came a little closer over the weekend following screenings of Life of Pi and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes using new Christie Digital technology which promise to lift levels of 3D movies to a par with that enjoyed in 2D.
The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation president Samuel Goldwyn Jr has announced the five finallists and judges for the 2014 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes narrowly outgrossed The Expendables 3 to take back the top spot at the Chinese box office last week (Sep 8-14).
Kevin Grayson has joined Robert Simonds’ new film and television studio as president of domestic distribution for the motion picture group.
Acquisition of Christian Petzold’s post-war drama follows world premiere at Toronto.
Sir Ben Kingsley and rising talent Brie Larson have joined Daniel Radcliffe on Killer Films’ drama Brooklyn Bridge.
Fresh from its Venice premiere, Ann Hui’s The Golden Era has been selected as Hong Kong’s entry to the best foreign-language film category of the Academy Awards.
Feature-length animation Rocks In my Pockets is Latvia’s entry for the Academy Awards.
Premieres include Time Out of Mind, Black and White, Love, Rosie.
Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme is set to come under the responsibility of the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society to reflect the future role of the digital shift in the development of the creative content industry in Europe.
Local releases of the film to be accompanied by a simultaneous VOD release in several countries.
Actor-director to present new comedy-drama Wish I Was Here.
The Hound of Heaven stars LA rapper Propaganda.
More than 30 European countries represented in the line-up.
The 10th annual Film Independent Forum will take place in Los Angeles over October 24-26.
Special programmes to also take place in a number of satellite locations spread across Amsterdam
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Gerard Johnson’s Hyena following its recent screening in Toronto. In separate deals, Amplify and Starz Digital Media take Champs and Dada Films will release All You Need Is Love.
More than 350 films from 60 countries will screen over the course of the festival, set to run in Brazil from September 24–October 8.
The multihyphenate and humanitarian activist will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) honour at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11, 2015.
Entertainment One reveals plans to reorganize global film structure.
Top brass at the 13th San Diego Film Festival have added three recent Toronto premieres to the line-up and announced they will honour Beau Bridges.
EXCLUSIVE: Mia Hansen Love, Francois Ozon dramas and Cannon Films doc among Toronto haul.
Restored, re-edited version of The Deluge to open Michal Oleszczyk’s first year at Gdynia
US streaming giant signs 11th hour TV set-top box deal with Bouygues Telecom.
IBC: VFX veteran Douglas Trumbull claims the groundbreaking technology could revitalise the theatrical experience.
Universal’s animation dethrones Sex Tape with $3.3m (£2m), including previews; Fox/Pathe’s Pride opens with non-final $1.2m (£714,119) from 491 sites.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures to release in Aus/NZ following Toronto deal.
The Indian filmmaker will serve as chairman of the 19th edition of Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival, scheduled to run in the Gulf of Naples from December 26-January 2, 2015.
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s controversial feature picked up the screenplay award at Venice.
Beta Cinema secures worldwide deals for Labyrinth of Lies, The Farewell Party and Tour de Force.
World premiere of From A to B by Emirati director Ali Mostafa first Emirati film to open festival.
Digital marketing agency to open Birmingham office.
The Toronto International Film Festival leadership announced the juried and audience award winners as the 39th annual event wrapped on Sunday (September 14).
Box office bounced back – how could it do otherwise? – after last week’s historic low as the Screen Gems thriller starring Idris Elba beat Dolphin Tale 2 to open top on an estimated $24.5m.
Top brass at the festival, set to run from September 24-October 8, have announced the selections in Focus Mexico.
SEPTEMBER 15 UPDATE: Lucy the brave soared past $200m as an overall $24.9m through Universal and EuropaCorp propelled the running total to $230.6m.
Alec Baldwin and Danny Glover will star in AMBI Pictures Group’s sci-fi from Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi.
SPC, RADiUS and Saban Films have added to their Toronto trophy cabinets, taking rights to Still Alice, Adult Beginners and American Heist, respectively.
Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara are attached to star in Electric City’s drama marking the debut feature from Baz Luhrmann’s protégé.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor takes crime comedy starring Ryan Reynolds made by Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi.
Raven Banner announced in Toronto it has launched Northern Banner, a new distribution label that to focus on films from the vanguard of worldwide cinema for the Canadian market.
Tel Aviv-based sales outfit Cinephil has sold Joshua Oppenheimer’s well-received doc The Look of Silence to France, Canada, Japan and Australia.
Feelgood comedy drama leads the pack on social networks in the UK.
EuropaCorp / Universal’s Lucy has crossed $145m and will look to hold its spot as the top Hollywood film in international release despite several mighty rivals.
A retrospective of work by the Polish cinematographer, who worked with Polanski and Haneke, to screen at the festival.
Includes the first award winner from BAME filmmaker scheme, who will join director David Yates on the set of his next feature.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Giulio Ricciarelli’s directorial debut ahead of Friday’s world premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has closed multiple territories on its current slate of films, led by Toronto selections Charlie’s Country and It Follows.
The distributor has reunited with its Snowpiercer star and acquired US rights to Chris Evans’ directorial debut.
International and documentary competitions include The Skeleton Twins, ‘71 and The Look of Silence. A total of 17 world premieres secured for the festival, which has received a budget boost.
The BAFTA-nominated actress will star opposite Tom Hiddleston in I Saw The Light.
A group of Singaporean filmmakers including Anthony Chen, Boo Junfeng, Royston Tan and Kelvin Tong has issued a statement protesting the local ban of Tan Pin Pin’s documentary To Singapore With Love.
The LA-based producer and financier, In Toronto with Time Out Of Mind, has officially unveiled her new company and announced the upcoming feature Swiss Army Man.
The incarcerated Ukrainian director has been named an honorary jury member at the forthcoming festival.
Katie Holmes becomes the latest actress to step into directing and will make her debut on and star in the drama All We Had.
Trieste’s When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production market is to cast its net wider to include North America for the first time.
Experts at the Asia Film Summit in Toronto discussed the growth and current issues in Asia and finding the key to cracking the East-West conundrum.
The Daily Show host will be joined by political journalist Maziar Bahari at the Screen Talk event.
Sharlto Copley and Sean Bean added to the voice cast of animation sequel, which has set a release date and will be overseen by Timur Bekmambetov.
Viewster Online Film Festival will offer total prize money of $100,000.
Paramount Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Chris Rock’s Top Five. The comedy – written, directed by and starring Rock – received its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last Saturday.
British elite drama starring Max Irons and Sam Claflin received its world premiere in Toronto at the weekend.
HBO Documentary Films closes first deal with Sky Atlantic following Toronto screening.
German drama debuted at Toronto this week.
Paramount Pictures Mexico exec to oversee Latin America for Sony Pictures Releasing International.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Undeterred by piracy, The Expendables 3 grossed $32.84 in its first week at the China box office, knocking Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes into second position.
Five cinemas nominated for companies that have more than 25 screens.
A total of 12 films from Switzerland, Germany, Austria will compete for the Golden Eye award.
Long-serving Fox exec named evp of international distribution.
Fiona Cookson joins from the the British Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
TrustNordisk sells rights to Kristian Levring’s western starring Mads Mikkelsen.
The Hamptons International Film Festival also unveils its annual Golden Starfish competition titles.
Co-founders and co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics to receive France’s highest decoration.
Magnum Pictures has pre-bought two titles from Media Asia – Helios and Triumph In The Sky – for Australia/NZ. The distributor has also set a Canada release date for Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 following the positive reaction to its TIFF screening.
Revolver Entertainment USA has acquired North America to Genesis Film Sales thriller Soulmate, due for a Halloween release.
Viacom has closed its £450m ($720m) acquisition of free-to-air UK broadcaster Channel 5.
Naji Abu Nowar’s desert adventure debuted at Venice and Toronto film festivals.
Cannes Marche exec and Stalingrad director join forthcoming Saint Petersburg International Media Forum.
Lars von Trier’s sex drama to receive North American premiere at the festival in Austin.
Breaking Glass Pictures planning day-and-date release.
Beijing Galloping Horse has set the China release date for the first part of John Woo’s upcoming epic drama The Crossing for December 2.
Two acquisitions reportedly in the works have closed, with EuropaCorp taking US rights to Jalmari Helander’s Big Game and Millennium Entertainment boarding Madame Bovary.
Training Day director Antoine Fuqua and producing partner Kat Samick team with film financing, sales and distribution firm.
As the second week of Toronto got underway, A24 pounced on While We’re Young and the hope remained that a deal for Top Five would inject life into what has been a muted event thus far.
The actors, both in Toronto with the premieres of their latest work, are to be feted by The Film Society Of Lincoln Center at the 52nd New York Film Festival.
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EXCLUSIVE: Toa Fraser’s action-thriller sells to UK, Germany and China, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Hyde Park International (HPI) has licensed Ramin Bahrani’s buzz drama 99 Homes to StudioCanal in the UK and VVS in Canada in a raft of major sales.
EXCLUSIVE: The Lesson [pictured], Eva Braun, Golden Kingdom find distributors.
EXCLUSIVE: Melody [pictured] piques buyer interest after Montreal wins.
Drug drama directed by Midi Z put forward for Best Foreign-Language Award.
Pandelis Voulgaris’ Little England has been submitted by Greece for the Academy Awards.
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Holdridge and Linea Saasen, the writer/directors in Toronto with Meet Me in Montenegro, are now writing an ambitious TV series to be set in 1945 post-war Berlin.
The Luang Prabang Film Festival (LPFF) has announced its line-up for this year’s edition, including the world premiere of Lao omnibus Vientiane In Love, which opens the festival on December 6.
EXCLUSIVE: British Egyptian actor Khalid Abdalla talks new film venue in Egypt.
EXCLUSIVE: German, Turkish deals for Finnish comedy.
Closer collaboration is being promoted by two German public film funds and opposite numbers in Norway and Denmark.
Susanne Bier to head international competition jury at Zurich Film Festival, which also includes US actor Val Kilmer, Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanic and more.
Norwegian cinema directors threatened to boycott comedy ahead of a planned VOD world premiere.
LevelK sells Australian sex comedy to raft of territories.
Comedy starring Keira Knightly and Chloe Grace Moretz pushed back to November.
Mikael Marcimain’s follow-up to award-winning Call Girl to open Swedish festival.
Themed programme to include discussions with 15 leading female directors including Kim Longinotto.
In a rare on-site US deal in this year’s Toronto, A24 has acquired US rights to Noah Baumbach’s ensemble drama, which premieres on September 11 and has already screened for press and industry.
EXCLUSIVE: RADiUS has picked up North American rights from Films Distribution to the recent Orrizonti premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate has snapped up US and UK rights in Toronto to the raucous comedy project, one of the sales sleeper hits of Toronto that QED International introduced to the market last week.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has signed a deal with Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 to release up to six films a year worldwide excluding Greater China.
Adds Summit label titles including Allegiant Part 2 to its slate. eOne previously handled distribution of Summit titles in the UK.
Charlie Phillips to leave after seven years, replaced by the director of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. Sheffield Doc/Fest director of programming Hussain Currimbhoy is also set to step down.
Submarine has licensed all US rights excluding TV broadcast to Greg Barker’s documentary film to Music Box Films.
StudioCanal has secured deals with two of China’s biggest subscription VOD provides, Youku Tudou and BesTV.
Sony’s comedy debuts top with $2.3m (£1.43m), including previews; Universal’s Lucy crosses £10m and led Fri-Sun with $1.9m (£1.19m).
Jon Fitzgerald and his team at the reboot Hollywood Film Festival with its emphasis on socially conscious films have unveiled the line-up of features by first-time directors.
North American streaming service FlixFling has closed US distribution deals on six films including comedy The Infinite Man and crime thriller AB Negative.
EXCLUSIVE: European cinemas and VOD platforms to host films simultaneously with Rotterdam festival launches.
EXCLUSIVE: Tour de Force director to adapt TC Boyle’s cult novel Water Music.
Swedish director Daniel Fridell (Swedish Beauty) has been set to direct English-language Vincent Van Gogh biopic for production outfit Kalliope Films.
Funding will support the digitisation of 10,000 titles.
Currently playing at Toronto, the Cold War hockey documentary has been snapped up for the Nordic market.
Tax avoidance documentary, currently showing at Toronto, scores France deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals for Corsan action-adventure, starring Sophie Cookson [pictured], Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann, now shooting in Europe.
France, Portugal deals for Venice Silver Lion winner.
EXCLUSIVE: Multiple deals for Venice and Toronto titles.
Former Miramax and Sony Pictures exec tasked with growing Curzon’s sales revenue.
Others to take part in on-stage discussions include Susanne Bier, Frederick Wiseman, Michael Ballhaus and Ulrich Seidl. Also, Nightcrawler will receive its European premiere at Zurich.
Companies sign three-year multi-platform Canadian home entertainment distribution deal, launching with Man of the West [pictured] DVD/BR release in November.
Feature-length version of Canadian TV series is currently in production.
Thriller centres on a poisoned former CIA agent turned assassin who has 20 hours to discover who wants him dead.
Bloom has introduced international buyers here to the upcoming Michael Apted thriller starring Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom and Noomi Rapace.
UPDATED: A torpid start to the market coupled with concerns over the desirability of acquisition titles has left buyers looking expectantly towards reportedly a $10m-plus deal for Top Five.
Lucy stayed on top of the international chart thanks to an estimated $23.3m weekend haul that boosted the tally to $143.7m through Universal and $192.2m including EuropaCorp markets.
Sierra/Affinity principals Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg and Marc Butan announced in Toronto they have promoted Jonathan Kier to president of sales and distribution.
Steve Coogan will play the title role of James Boswell in an adaptation of the West End play Boswell For The Defence. Highland Film Group is in Toronto handling international sales.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy added an estimated $10.2m in its sixth weekend through Buena Vista to surge to $294.6m in the lowest box office weekend in two years.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor acquires UK/Ireland and Canadian rights to Michal Winterbottom’s Toronto premiere.
Aaron L Gilbert and Brenda Gilbert’s Vancouver-based Bron Studios, in town with Kritsen Wiig starrer Welcome To Me, has announced two key hires.
Cinema do Brasil is in town promoting two titles in the festival – Gregorio Graziosi’s Discovery entry Obra and Fernanda Salloum and Carolina Markowicz’s Short Cuts International selection Tatuapé Mahal Tower.
Several projects in Venice’s inaugural European Gap-Financing Co-Production Market are on the verge of completing their financing.
Arclight Films has taken on worldwide rights to the Chinese psychological crime thriller starring Archie Kao from Michael Mann’s upcoming Blackhat.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Lars Bredo Rahbek of Copenhagen’s Nimbus Film, whose Itsi Bitsi screened premiered at TIFF last night, is now developing a big-screen adaptation of In Search of a Distant Voice by author Taichi Yamada.
EXCLUSIVE: Hugo Weaving is in talks to star in fantasy period drama Bird Eclipse, the next project from Ship Of Theseus director Anand Gandhi.
IFP will advise international film and TV productions “in the areas of film financing and the provision of technical services with a special focus on Germany”.
Venice Days BNL People’s Choice award winner sells to Benelux, Germany and Australia/New Zealand, among others.
Boom in French films at Toronto complements the expansion plans of French promotion agency Unifrance.
Viva La Liberta [pictured] and The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer secure US deals.
Venice awards go to Roy Andersson dark comedy, Andrei Konchalovsky drama, Hungry Hearts.
EXCLUSIVE: Rhombus Media, WTFilms and Canada Company are teaming up on the Afghanistan war film, set to begin shooting in Manitoba in late September before relocating to Jordan.
Keanu Reeves and his Knock Knock co-star Ana de Armas will reunite on the thriller Daughter Of God that Fortitude International represents in Toronto.
Relativity Studios has picked up US rights to Lotus Entertainment and Gold Star Films’ upcoming Halle Berry thriller.
Alberto Arvelo’s Simón Bolívar epic The Liberator – Libertador starring Edgar Ramírez will represent Venezuela as the foreign language Oscar submission.
John Bain’s Search Engine Films has acquired Canadian rights from Edyson Entertainment to the Discovery selection following its world premiere on Friday.
EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has hired Jernej Razen as vp of acquisitions and development at the company’s international sales division.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedian latest addition to anticipated drama as John Goodman signs.
EXCLUSIVE: Breakthrough Entertainment has launched sales in Toronto on marijuana laws documentary The Culture High, screening in the market.
Richard Abramowitz’s distribution company Abramorama has partnered with Arts Alliance to theatrically release a slate of titles including live events.
Deals for The Nightmare, Nabat; plus news on Drive Productions and Petersburg Carousel.
Shoreline Entertainment has been appointed sales agent of the W2 Entertainment library of more than 60 features and is in talks with buyers here.
EXCLUSIVE: Mance Media has acquired worldwide rights to the adult fairy tale from writer-director F C Rabbath.
Starz has secured North American rights to Courteney Cox’s feature directorial debut Just Before I Go.
Producers Kyle Mann and Michael Risley have launched development, production and financing company Drive Productions focused on elevated genre.
Distributor picks up comedy for US and Australia/NZ from IM Global.
Our Brand Is Crisis stars Sandra Bullock, who will also executive produce, with the Warner Bros project produced by Smokehouse.
John Sloss of Cinetic Media, Jonathan Sehring from IFC Films and Jason Janego & Tom Quinn [pictured] from RADiUS among those on panel.
Edyson Entertainment has closed a deal with Andrew Herwitz’ Film Sales Company for world sales rights to Guidance, which received its world premiere in Discovery last night (Sept 5).
EXCLUSIVE: Deals for Miss You Already, from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, which starts shooting on Sunday.
EXCLUSIVE: Joachim Trier’s English language debut, co-starring Gabriel Byrne and Isabelle Huppert, is currently shooting in New York.
Russian omnibus film to shoot in early 2015.
The distributor has taken North American rights to Toronto world premiere The Last 5 Years starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
Myriad Pictures is in Toronto with world sales on the Das Films and Sikhya Films Bollywood-hip-hop dance title from Step Up creator Duane Adler.
Former Paramount CMO Josh Greenstein is joining Sony as president of worldwide marketing and distribution.
Instructions Not Included director Eugenio Derbez has struck an exclusive first-look deal with that film’s distributor Pantelion Films.
Acting CEO Fatma Al-Remaihi admits the Doha Film Institute is facing challenges.
International Film Trust is handling sales in Toronto on Mark Polish’s solo directorial debut Headlock, the first of two from the director that Benaroya Pictures will fully finance.
Saban Films has acquired its second film, taking North American rights to the Tayler Lautner parkour thriller. FilmNation handles international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Soda brand continues to exist as the company expands to include Canadian distribution, starting with The Riot Club.
Sierra/Affinity has come on to handle international sales on CBS Films’ The Duff starring Mae Whitman, Bianca Santos, Skyler Samuels and Ken Jeong.
EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment has reported a strong response from buyers to Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.
EXCLUSIVE: Séville International will kick off talks with buyers in Toronto on the Anonymous Content drama Len And Company starring Rhys Ifans and Juno Temple.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has added a late addition to its Toronto slate in the form of History’s Future from installations artist Fiona Tan.
EXCLUSIVE: Other new additions include Jerome Bonnell’s A Trois, On Y Va.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deal for The Act of Killing follow-up.
Traverse Media has come on board to represent US rights to Where The Road Runs Out, the first feature shot in Equatorial Guinea.
Dennis Bots’ Secrets of War has already been sold to German Speaking Europe, Turkey and Estonia.
The Wayfare Entertainment co-founder and former CEO has joined FilmNation Entertainment in the new position of co-president of production and acquisitions.
TORONTO: QED International is introducing buyers to Dirty Grandpa starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron.
A week after his film Felony launched into Australian cinemas, Screen Australia has revealed that it is investing production funding in director Matt Saville’s third feature.
In the Basement sells to Austria, Denmark and Germany, among others, for Coproduction Office.
At a TIFF Telefilm Canada panel, four Canadian directors talked about current industry issues including film vs digital.
Jon Rosling’s micro-budget feature secures distribution deal.
Any foreign companies setting up in the zone will see the local district company tax waived for the first two years upon incorporation and 50% of taxes payable in the third year.
Hunter Games star Josh Hutcherson to present Escobar: Paradise Lost alongside Oscar winner Benicio del Toro.
Ivano de Matteo’s Italian film to receive promotional support from Europa Cinemas.
Initiative will see £2m of investment over four years to enable film fans across the UK to get more opportunities to see a range of films.
Deckert Distribution sells Martti Helde’s debut feature to ARP.
Georgia enters Karlovy Vary winner for consideration for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, which has also seen submissions from the Netherlands and Japan.
Laurent Cantet’s Spanish-language feature wins cash prize.
Richard Linklater’s 12-year project beats Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Winter Sleep.
Chloe Grace Moretz tearjerker leaves Sex Tape and Sin City in the shade.
Julia Roberts is in advanced talks to join Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow on IM Global’s remake of Argentinian Oscar winner The Secret In Their Eyes.
IM Global has hired Emil Elmer to head up its UK office as David Jourdan moves back to LA to oversee acquisitions for the Apsara label, among other tasks.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts will star in the romance for Jean-Marc Vallée, who jets in to Toronto for the Canadian premiere of Wild. Sierra/Affinity will kick off pre-sales in Toronto and CAA represents US rights.
Co-pros include English-language Easy Money, Henning Mankell TV series.
The German actress has joined Nic Cage and Sarah Wayne Callis in the supernatural thriller form Voltage Films and Midnight Kitchen Productions.
Andrew Karpen is staffing up his New York-based distributor and has hired a quartet of former Focus Features executives including new president of distribution Jack Foley.
EXCLUSIVE: Canadian, European deals for drama being teased in Toronto.
Gabriel Byrne, Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert star, Memento sells.
The Exchange has acquired international rights to the Sundance entry and begins sales in Toronto.
Andrés Muschietti has signed on to direct the PlayStation game adaptation Shadow Of The Colossus for Sony.
The pair will give a keynote speech, present Fantastic Fest’s Latin American market’s first La De Dios award and talk about their Chilewood partnership.
Michael Wright will take over as CEO at DreamWorks in January 2015 following the departure of Stacey Snider for her likely next job at Fox.
Principal photography has begun in London on director Ariel Vroman’s thriller Criminal.
Hong Kong’s Media Asia, Korean talent management group SM Entertainment and Taiwan’s Kbro Media have established a fund for joint investment in film and TV production aimed at Chinese-speaking audiences.
Anthony LaPaglia, Guy Pearce and Kerry Fox are to star alongside upcoming Australian pair Ryan Corr and Craig Stott when Candy director Neil Armfield begins filming Holding The Man in Melbourne next week.
Deal covers United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.
Film about the iconic football captain will coincide with the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup triumph; eOne to distribute in UK.
Austrian entry The Dark Valley stars British actor Sam Riley; Estonia and Venezuela also make their submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film category.
Vimeo has signed a deal to distribute digitally titles from eOne’s library including four day-and-date autumn releases.
The Art Directors Guild (ADG), IATSE LOCAL 800 has unveiled changes for its annual Excellence In Production Design Awards set for January 31, 2015.
Mr. Turner among first 12 films named in the RIFF line-up.
Ole Endresen’s comedy will be available online a week before its theatrical release.
X +Y director Morgan Matthews and The Look of Silence doc maker Joshua Oppenheimer among those set to receive support at the festival in South Korea.
Crispin Lilly joins from Cineworld.
Distributor will hold further talks about the doc with buyers in Toronto.
Metrodome to release Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts epic in November.
Candy Factory Distribution has acquired North American rights to the Lost Boy Productions documentary Alumbrones.
Jean-Marc Vallée’s new drama starring Reese Witherspoon will kick off the 33rd annual Vancouver International Film Festival, set to run from September 25–October 10.
The Weinstein Company secures worldwide distribution of Tarantino’s eighth film.
Miramax will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical release of film directed by Bill Condon and starring Ian Mckellen and Laura Linney
There are five films now nominated for the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize.
Partnership brings together Indian and horror film producers; Anurag Kashyap to direct one of the new features.
EXCLUSIVE: Ludmila Cvikova leaves post soon after DFI CEO.
World premieres include WWI drama Testament of Youth, Carol Morley’s The Falling and sci-fi sequel Monsters: Dark Continent.
The distributor has taken world rights to Electric City Entertainment’s drama starring Chris Messina, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, Derek Luke and Katie Nehra.
Universal Pictures has brought its origins story forward by one week.
EXCLUSIVE: The Munich-based writer is adapting the award-winning Norwegian fantasy book series for both big and small screens.
The former Disney production and marketing chief and Fox CMO has joined Robert Simonds’ new film and television studio as president and chief content officer of the motion picture group.
Movie adaptation of BBC teen magazine show Friday Download to begin shooting this week.
Upcoming slate includes franchises The Hunger Games and Divergent, Gods of Egypt and Now You See Me 2.
Singapore’s Zhao Wei Films and Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop are co-producing Eric Khoo’s erotic drama, In The Room, which started shooting in Singapore today.
Los Angeles-based Slingshot Global Media, which launched in February in association with the busy TPG Growth, has signed a first-look deal with Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman and Philipp Meyer’s new production company.n
Elizabeth Rice (Mad Men) and Matthew Settle (Band Of Brothers) will star in Singaporean director Kelvin Tong’s English-language horror film The Faith Of Anna Waters.
JuntoBox Films has announced the eights feature scripts and 18 filmmakers selected for the inaugural incubator initiative.
The actor will play a priest in the Men Of Characters thriller, currently shooting in Milton, Ontario, at the Rockwood Estates.
Sales outfit Stealth is to undergo a rebrand to become Phoenix Worldwide Entertainment.
Browse all the sections of the 58th London Film Festival (Oct 8-18) including the galas, competition titles and individual sections.
Characters from the box office smash coming back to life for follow-up animation.
Comedy reunion show recorded audiences of 330,000 in 52 countries.
British star of Sexy Beast and Noah to talk on stage about his screen career.
The Riot Club, ‘71 and The Goob among titles in the running.
Cash prizes for fast filmmaking competition, open to all.
On stage interview will delve into Netflix’s strategy and European expansion plans.
Antipode Sales & Distribution will handle global sales for Andrei Konchalovsky’s Competition title.
Way to Blue has acquired UK-based digital creative and PR agency Abundant.
The studio has promoted Megan Colligan to president of worldwide distribution and marketing and announced the departure of CMO Josh Greenstein.
TORONTO: Alex Walton will commence pre-sales in Canada this week on the Shane Black crime thriller starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
Top brass at the festival, set to run from September 24-October 8, have announced 41 features and 28 shorts from the strand.
Mongrel International and Mongrel Media have picked up international and Canadian rights to Simon Stone’s Australian feature starring Geoffrey Rush and Miranda Otto.
Grindstone Entertainment acquires North American distribution rights for Shakespeare adaptation ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
Chen-Zer Doze Niu’s Paradise In Service and Lee Bo-Cheung’s Gangster Pay Day to bookend 19th edition.
Satellite event planned live from Hockney’s Los Angeles studio.
EXCLUSIVE: The Salt Company has licensed international rights to BASE jumping documentary Sunshine Superman to Universal Pictures International Entertainment ahead of this week’s world premiere in Toronto.
Long-rumoured project to begin casting this month with a shoot planned for 2015.
Premiere Entertainment Group has acquired international sales on the Whitewater Films duo Match and 7 Minutes.
Top brass at the Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) have announced the programme at the ‘mini-festival’ set to run from October 16-19.
The assembly of the actor’s scripts, awards, film posters, photography and personal letters will go on display for a limited period at the Los Angeles-based school.
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese child abduction film to screen in Toronto following world premiere in Venice.
EXCLUSIVE: Independent sells UK rights for drama starring Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.
Independent film festival to open with I Origins and close with Wolf.
Three new submissions hope to make the shortlist for Best Foreign-Language Film at the Oscars 2015.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Fox International’s Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes kept local action title The Four 3 off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing a hefty $45.13m over its three-day opening weekend.
Benicio Del Toro to be honoured at San Sebastian; Oscar-winning actor’s Escobar: Paradise Lost to close Pearls section.
The Weinstein Company has picked up the US rights to Roald Dahl adaptation Esio Trot as it continues to pepper its TV slate with UK shows.
Other new additions include St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer with Denzel Washington.
Next project from Danish director of Oscar-nominated The Hunt headed to Toronto.
Event cinema organiser plans to rebuild Hill Valley in the US following a month-long run in London.
eOne and Prospero Pictures appear to have put the kibosh on an awards run for Cannes best actress winner Julianne Moore in a deal that sees David Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars switch US distributors from eOne to Focus World.
Lars von Trier is readying an English-language TV series called The House That Jack Built.
Good Company Films will combine the producers behind The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Lar von Trier’s Dancer in the Dark; three projects already in development.
Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure has been chosen to compete for an Academy Award nomination as Best Foreign-Language Feature.
Pilot P&A fund launched at Sundance extends to Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: My Life As A Zucchini is written by Tomboy and Girlhood director Céline Sciamma.
Universal’s action sci-fi becomes director Luc Besson’s best-ever UK performer as it records a second straight week at the top of the chart.
Name change follows move into co-production among other developments
EXCLUSIVE: BECTU turns to Curzon, other venues, as Ritzy deal nears.
Two former executives from Calinos Films have set up a new distribution company, Fabula Films, acquiring all Turkish rights.
UPDATED: The social media campaign to save the Mumbai Film Festival, threatened with closure due to a lack of funding, has raised $250,000 in just two days.
Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov, EFM president Beki Probst and actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk (Stalingrad) are among the high-profile names backing a new event in St. Petersburg.
EXCLUSIVE: Midnight Madness thriller from Astron 6 stars Udo Kier, Paz de la Huerta.
Music biopic is director Tate Taylor’s follow-up to Oscar-winner The Help.
Upgrade to take place across the UK, Ireland, Germany and Denmark.
Nymphomaniac and Philomena among selected films.
Kudos is planning to produce more drama series told from a British Asian perspective after expanding a partnership with Parti Productions.
The second annual conference will feature panels on marketing, production and improving the business model of event cinema.
UPDATE SEPT 1: Marvel Studios’ summer hit stayed at number one thanks to an estimated $22.2m haul over the four-day holiday weekend as the season ended on a whimper and fell approximately 15% against summer 2013 to mark the weakest summer since 2006.
Is Netflix coming to Italy? Not any time soon if the comments at yesterday’s Venice Film Market panel, “VOD in China and Europe - What is the strategy for Netflix arrival”, are taken as the measure.
Follow-up to the Act of Killing goes from Venice to Telluride and Toronto.
Further details have emerged of the marketing and release plans for religious-themed portmanteau picture Words With Gods, which features contributions from such directors as Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Mira Nair and Hector Babenco.
New programme has budget of €120,000 per year.
UPDATED SEPT 2: Lucrative returns in China continue to pour in as Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes delivered the fourth biggest opening day for a non-local film, helping it soar past $400m at the international box office.
Telluride Film Festival organisers have unveiled two late additions to the programme that will premiere in the coming days in a move that could impact on the classification of one Toronto gala screening.
The California senate voted on Friday (August 29) to approve a measure that will ramp up the state’s $100m annual allocation to $330m over five years, starting next year.
Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s feature, which upset Iranian censors, is in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
Documentary legend Frederick Wiseman is to revisit his first documentary, 1967’s Titicut Follies.
Cannes award-winning drama, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, to receive UK premiere.
Lucy ruled the roost last weekend with a $29m haul that elevated the international running total past $100m and to more than $65.2m from Universal territories.
Company also handling Ognjen Svilicic’s These Are The Rules, which world premieres in Venice’s Orizzonti.
Nearly 30 sales companies receive financial backing to market their films in Toronto.
Never Die Young submitted by Luxembourg for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
First image released of Rhys Ifans in the new film adaptation of the iconic work by poet Dylan Thomas.
Drama starring Reese Witherspoon, from Dallas Buyer’s Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, gets awards slot.
Few films in Venice this year have arrived trailing as much controversy in their their wake as Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Suha Arraf’s new feature Villa Touma, which screens in Venice Critics Week.
Industry charity known for its Royal Film Performance to host TV premiere.
Ambition to produce 25 Danish features per year with a $14m cash injection.
New strand will focus on features set for release across the Netherlands after IFFR; titles in Bright Future, Spectrum sections to be reduced by 20%.
Main programme includes Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and Rosewater.
Sundance Selects has bucked the trend at a festival not known for its deals, taking US and Latin American rights to Ethan Hawke’s documentary Seymour: An Introduction.
Fantastic Fest top brass have announced their work-in-progress selections and film previews for the second edition of the international genre co-production market, Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.
Kino Lorber has acquired all US rights to Bruno Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin ahead of the North American premiere in Toronto on September 10.
Shinya Tsukamoto’s film plays in Venice Competition and Toronto Wavelengths.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Sean Mullin’s romance starring Martin Starr, Paul Wesley and newcomer Dina Shihabi. Separately, The Film Arcade and Paramount Home Media Distribution have taken Love, Rosie and Level 33 has acquired Copenhagen.
The Screen Awards has now unveiled the shortlist for this year’s Rising Star award.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent to launch new film loosely inspired by “world’s worst soprano”, Florence Foster Jenkins.
UK sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has appointed former StudioCanal executive Vanessa Saal as head of sales, part of a company restructure that includes launching a US presence fronted by producer Eddie Vaisman.
The digital distribution platform has announced its self-service, customisable digital theatre.
Chinese online video platform Youku Tudou is launching a film division, Heyi Film, to produce a slate of theatrical features.
EXCLUSIVE: Stamp of approval from FIAPF puts Black Nights on a list with Cannes and Berlin.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast, directors round on haunted-house horror; XYZ to handle US rights.
eOne has acquired Canadian producer Force Four Entertainment from partners Rob Bromley, John Ritchie, and Gillian Lowrey.
The board of governors of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has voted (August 26) to present honorary awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will go to Harry Belafonte.
Content Film has acquired international rights to the sci-fi thriller starring Brandon Routh and Caity Lotz and will show first footage to buyers in Toronto.
Post apocalyptic thriller will also star Jessica de Gouw and Martin McCann.
Netflix taps into local cinema talent for political drama set against backdrop of France’s third largest city.
EXCLUSIVE: Coffee & Cigarettes to rep sales and distribution deals.
Agnieszka Holland renews appeal to help free Oleg Sentsov.
Hot Snakes Media founders Eric and Shannon Evangelista have announced three key hires.
German distributor Lighthouse has acquired rights from 104 Films to Justin Edgar’s We Are The Freaks for German-speaking territories.
Competitive strand will feature 14 films, including Jauja starring Viggo Mortensen.
Claudio Fäh’s action feature joins gala line-up.
European Film Promotion (EFP) has launched a new initiative, Producers Lab Hamburg (PLH), bringing producers from across Europe to meet with their Hamburg-based opposite numbers.
Blind, 1001 Grams and Letter to the King considered for submission for the Best Foreign-Language Feature.
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.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy has earned $245.3m internationally and $255.2m in North America.
Miramax has cast Jamie Dornan of Fifty Shades Of Grey to star in Alex Aja’s psychological thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax.
Dominik Graf’s ménage-à-trois drama to compete for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.
eOne and David Lancaster’s new Rumble Films have signed an exclusive multi-year first-look deal.
Entering its third edition, the Venice Film Market is ramping up.
Billy Ray wrote the screenplay and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce alongside John Middleton and Roy Lee.
The studio will roll out the notorious horror film on the occasion of its tenth anniversary.
EXCLUSIVE: The European film industry business training programme has selected its 16 producers and executives for the week-long sessions with senior industry professionals in Los Angeles from September 15-19.
Organisers at the tenth anniversary edition have unveiled the second wave of programming at the event, set to run in Austin, Texas, from September 18-25.
The festival will celebrate the iconic Italian actress with a Hollywood tribute on November 12.
More than 20 festival heads and programmers have signed a statement in support of the Beijing Independent Film Festival, which was shut down by Chinese authorities last weekend.
The 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.
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.
The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), scheduled for November 12-16, 2014, has unveiled its narrative and documentary feature competition line-ups and jurors.
India’s Eros International has struck a deal to handle international distribution of four films produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
Outgoing culture minister Aurélie Filippetti denounced culture budget cuts in open letter.
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.
Michael Shamberg, producer of Pulp Fiction and A Walk Among the Tombstones, to be honoured at Zurich Film Festival, which has added Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.
The director of Fight Club and the upcoming Gone Girl will discuss his craft and career.
Busan’s Asian Film Market has announced major events including a Korean Producers Forum featuring 10 filmmakers whose hits broke the 10 million admissions landmark at the local box office.
French star takes on Ray Winstone role in Paris-set remake, The Squad.
UPDATE: The studio has acquired North American rights to the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie film and has pulled it from its Toronto world premiere berth.
Participant Media has joined Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller and period drama The Light Between Oceans.
Magnet Releasing has acquired worldwide rights at script stage to the supernatural teen-horror film and will commence pre-sales in Toronto next week.
Tommy Lee Jones’ feature will screen at the 22nd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival when star Hilary Swank will take part in an on-stage conversation.
Snoot Entertainment’s thriller premiered at SXSW and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser.
Forty Canadian and international producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.
Universal’s action sci-fi scores excellent $5.1m (£3.1m) bow to dethrone The Inbetweeners 2.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: How To Train Your Dragon 2 held on to the top spot at the China box office in the week August 18-24, grossing a further $24.09m for a cumulative total of $50.86m.
Leading Benelux distributor Cineart has announced details of a change in its ownership structure and confirmed new acquisitions.
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced a seven-year collaboration with the Japan Foundation that includes co-producing a pan-Asian omnibus series.
Third edition will include pitching of 17 projects and screening of 19 completed features.
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.
TrustNordisk will kick off presales on historical action drama The Last King at Toronto International Film Festival.
Four Thai film companies – M Pictures, Bangkok Film Studio, True I-Content and Matching Studio – have joined forces to create a new studio, Transformation Films, with the aim of helping expand the Thai film industry at an international level.
Lim spent six years at Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia.
London crime drama, from the director of YouTube hit The Hunt for Gollum, set for release early 2015.
The Doll in the Ceiling marks the feature debut of Kjersti G Steinsbø.
Indicating a possible deep dive into web video, Amazon is paying close to $1bn for Twitch Interactive, the online platform that allows people to watch others play video games.
The distributor has taken US rights to Participant Media’s supernatural thriller starring Julia Stiles and Scott Speedman and has scheduled an early 2015 theatrical release. Bloom handles international sales.
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions top brass said principal photography has commenced on the fifth instalment in the Tom Cruise franchise.
The Weinstein Company will re-release Toronto 2013 hit Begin Again in an awards season play.
Ed Gass-Donnelly will write and direct the sci-fi thriller Pivot. Lotus Entertainment will handle international sales.
Debut film of Turkey’s Erol Mintas wins best film, best actor. Special Jury Award and best actress go to Brides
Docu Rough Cut Boutique awards for documentary project also revealed
As 19 titles are revealed for the Zabaltegi section, Danis Tanovic’s Tigers is added to the official competition and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has entered the Pearls section.
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.
Oscar and BAFTA award-winning actor, director and producer starred in Brighton Rock and Jurassic Park.
A lacklustre session allowed Guardians Of The Galaxy to take advantage of a lightweight trio of releases to return to the top and become the leading film of the summer.
Chinese authorities shut down the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival on its opening day on Saturday (August 23).
EXCLUSIVE: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.
Robert Connolly writes and directs; the festival also awards Joel Edgerton with screen legend prize.
Honouring two Palestinian filmmakers at the Sarajevo Film Festival, British director Ken Loach branded the US as a “bully” and said cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state should be boycotted.
The Kevin Costner sports drama was originally scheduled to open on November 21.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: MPI/Dark Sky Films and Workshed Films have completed principal photography on Conor McMahon’s horror story in Laois, Ireland.
Dutch crime drama has won awards at festivals in San Sebastian, the Netherlands and Taipei.
Intouchables directors follow-up drama stars Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tahar Rahim
Other winners include Chef, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Stations of the Cross with a special mention for ’71.
Seven award-winning directors led by Royston Tan are set to create an omnibus film celebrating the 50th anniversary of Singapore and its people.
The action sequel proved the most buzzed about film on social networks in the UK.
Event cinema organiser will donate takings from its Dead Poets Society screenings to mental health charities.
DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 finished top of the pile last session thanks to a sterling debut in China that delivered a little over $26m.
K5 International has taken on distribution for Martin Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine (Under Sandet) about a sensitive chapter in Danish post-war history.
Vienna film festival to include a tribute to Viggo Mortensen and a retrospective on John Ford.
Documentary traces the rags to riches story of Swansea City Football Club.
UK industry representatives arrive in Sarajevo as part of CineLink Partner Country initiative
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.
The first of Sarajevo’s Industry Days featured a discussion on the challenges of international co-production.
French powerhouse’s slate includes Zac Efron, Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hardy projects.
Sentence passed on a man who recorded Fast and Furious 6 at a UK cinema and sold copies to the public.
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) has acquired select US home entertainment rights to the acclaimed film.
Chairman Thomas J Barrack Jr said the movie reflected “stability and maturity” as top brass seek to grow the development and production business.
The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (AFI DWW) is to launch an episodic programme.
eOne Films has acquired North American rights to the SXSW rom-com and plans a late 2014 theatrical release.
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.
Ten films from the Wings of Desire director to be shown as part of a homage at the next Berlinale.
Taken star to present new thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones.
In a week of stars committing to projects with their daughters, Sean Astin and Ali Astin have signed on to star in the comedy-horror sequel Bad Kids Go 2 Hell.
Peter Firth, Spain’s Leonor Watling, Antonio Gil and Maria Botto and New Zealand’s Cliff Curtis have joined LD Entertainment’s Biblical thriller.
Atlantic Film Festival market Strategic Partners top brass have announced the panels for the event, set to run in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from September 11-14.
A study from research consultancy Sycamore Research and Marketing has found that 73% of Taiwanese netizens admit they pirate movies and music, although 81% agree that piracy is wrong.
Sundance Institute executives have named Shari Frilot and Kamal Sinclair co-directors of New Frontier in a bid to deepen the organisation’s commitment to the programme.
Dogwoof has picked up world sales rights to Kim Longinotto’s Sheffield doc Love is All.
Political thriller from Matt Charman, writer of Spielberg’s next film.
A new restoration of British silent film The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927) has been selected as the London Film Festival Archive gala screening.
The Oscar-winning director of A Seperation will oversee jury members including Bong Joon Ho.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards psychological thriller ahead of Toronto.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Participant Media’s documentary about the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on Gulf communities.
Unified Pictures has hired Ku Fu Panda director John Stevenson to make its first CGI feature.
The comedian and actor will emcee the 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards on October 30 in Beverly Hills.
Film tester Screen Engine has acquired dial test TV research pioneer ASI Entertainment.
Rock The Kasbah stars Bill Murray as a washed-up rock manger who champions a young Afghan singer in the country’s version of American Idol.
Concert film Björk: Biophilia Live to receive its UK premiere at the LFF.
EXCLUSIVE: South African adaptation of La Boheme to be directed by Berlinale Golden Bear winner Mark Dornford May and supported by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
The UK’s Isabelle Stead, Canada’s George Ayoub and Australia’s Kristian Moliere are among those selected for this year’s Producers Lab Toronto.
Hyde Park Entertainment, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, and WWE Studios are to co-produce the comedy Untitled Celebrity Death Pool starring Ken Jeong. Hyde Park International handles sales outside the US.
Six films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala and Peru will be presented at San Sebastian’s Films in Progress.
Other titles on Toronto slate include Billy Pols’ bio-doc Zombie [pictured] about cult skateboarder Tim Zom and Johan Grimonprez’s upcoming arms trade exposé Shadow World.
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.
LevelK, Ticket to Ride partner on Josh Lawson’s debut.
Timetable revealed for the EE British Academt Film Awards.
Includes films by Niels Arden Oplev, Pernille Fischer Christensen and Nils Malmros.
The second entry in Kevin Smith’s True North trilogy marks the return of Depp and his daughter alongside Smith’s daughter, all of whom are confirmed cast members in Smith’s imminent Toronto world premiere Tusk.
The management team of Millennium Entertainment, led by CEO Bill Lee, and private investment firm Virgo Investment Group have partnered to acquire the Millennium Entertainment library and distribution platform.
Pawel Pawlikowski’s well-received drama unanimously selected for Foreign Language Oscar.
Directors include Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho.
Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of this week’s wave of programming that includes Discovery.
Nicolas Cage stars in Paul Schrader’s thriller from Over Under Media and Tin Res Entertainment. Nicolas Winding Refn is on the executive producer roster.
Universal has dated a pair of Legendary Pictures titles and will release Krampus on November 25, 2015, and Spectral in 3D on August 12, 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Long-time Ruby exec departs; teams with BBC-TWC on first production.
UPDATED: The Jon Favreau crowd-pleaser will return to theatres on August 29 in a likely Golden Globes play after the initial early-summer run grossed $29.3m. Meanwhile, Open Road has pushed Nightcrawler back by two weeks.
Tickets go on sale Aug 20 for the added shows.
Erik Poppe, Paul Mayersberg, Aage Aaberge team on painter biopic.
The Guadalajara International Film Festival in Los Angeles – FICG in LA – has unveiled its line-up.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 topped the Chinese box office for the week August 11-17, grossing $26.32m over a four-day weekend, while Apocalypse Pompeii opened in third position with $6.68m over three days.
Giovanni Ribisi, Juno Temple and Ty Simpkins are among a host of cast joining Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, and Natasha Lyonne on Bron Studios’ psychological drama.
London Film Festival event aimed at directors, writers and producers.
Bristol short film showcase to host 207 films across competitive strands.
3D tech company strikes agreement with Kazakhstan’s Chaplin Cinemas.
Bobby Cannavale and rapper T.I. have joined Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly on the Marvel Studios project, which has kicked off in California.
The Screen International UK Star Of Tomorrow will star alongside Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann in Corsan’s imminent shoot, which the company will introduce to buyers in Toronto next month.
eOne’s boutique sales arm Seville International takes New Zealand hit drama.
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.
Lengthy discussions between both sides lead to ban being overturned.
The icon is attached to star in and serve as executive producer on Slingshot Global Media’s TV thriller.
The film sales and theatrical booking agent and grand-daughter of Run Run Shaw died on Friday night (August 15) at her home in Calabasas, California, following a long illness. She was 52.
Jim Sheridan will take part in an on-stage conversation at the fourth annual Irish Film New York (IFNY), set to run from October 3-5.
The Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival will screen the winners of the 2013 edition at a special screening in Hollywood on August 27.
EXCLUSIVE: UK production outfit finds sellers, festivals for busy slate.
IMAX Corporation and AMC Entertainment Holdings are expanding their revenue sharing deal with 11 new theatres.
Production support scheme to expand from short micro-budget films to international features.
Screen previews the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry events, which includes a UK focus, the annual Regional Forum and highlights of the Work in Progress and CineLink projects.
Entertainment’s comedy sequel crosses £20m mark with non-final $7.2m (£4.3m) second weekend.
A Thousand Times Good Night, Blind take spoils at Amanda Awards.
Online video company is working with partners including CITIC to enter retail and financial service industries.
Kim Han-min’s war epic edges towards 15 million admissions, beating previous box office record-holder Avatar to become the biggest ever film in South Korea.
US star of Annie Hall to present new film And So It Goes at the festival.
UPDATED AUGUST 18: DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 ruled the international roost on $37.7m, powered by a mighty $25.9m debut in China through Oriental DreamWorks.
Paramount and Nickelodeon Films’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held on to pole position in the second weekend in North America as The Expendables 3 limped in at number four through Lionsgate on $16.2m.
Locarno’s Golden Leopard has been awarded to Filipino director Lav Diaz’s five-and-a-half-hour epic From What Is Before.
Gael Garcia Bernal and Agnes B. both receive the honorary Heart of Sarajevo.
The studio has acquired US rights to The Moon And The Sun starring Pierce Brosnan and will release on April 10, 2015.
Locarno director talks highlights and UK presence at the festival and looks to 2015.
Lionsgate has scheduled an early 2015 release for the Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment romance starring Blake Lively.
The producer, whose credits include Flight Of The Navigator and In Love And War, has optioned the 1972 novel from the Frank Herbert estate.
EXCLUSIVE: The Brazil-Portugal-France road movie The Great Mystical Circus is set to commence shooting in Lisbon, Portugal, on January 6, 2015.
Norwegian festival will open with Beatles; record number of works-in-progress; 350 delegates for New Nordic Films.
UK drama shooting in London stars Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton.
Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the haunted house thriller.
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.
Fortissimo Films has acquired world rights, excluding the Middle East, UK and Switzerland, to Venice Orizzonti title Theeb, directed by Naji Abu Nowar.
Twenty-one scientific and technical achievements, 16 distinct investigations, have been selected for further consideration by the Academy’s scientific and technical awards committee.
Comedy sequel trounces action sequel on social networks in the UK.
US and Mumbai-based collaborative Dark Frames has acquired world rights to Indian director Kamal K.M.’s debut feature I.D.
BFI launches campaign to find missing film featuring Sherlock Holmes.
The 37th Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF) will take place from October 2-12 in Marin County, California.
Touring festival to show Cannes titles and spotlight Resnais, Truffaut and Tati.
Jacques Audiard, Sono Sion and Godfrey Reggio select films for cult festival.
David Hakl launches crowdfunding campaign for horror Earthworks.
Toronto top brass have unveiled details of the Asia Film Summit, Moguls panel and Doc Conference.
The actor and comedian who died on Monday in an apparent suicide was in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, his wife has revealed.
Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures have dated their monster sequel.
IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Christian Camargo’s story inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Sony’s Fury set as London closing film; Brad Pitt, David Ayer to attend
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome to give wide UK release to period drama held up by legal disputes.
US actress best known for her work in Coen Brothers’ movies including Fargo to receive talent award.
The San Francisco Film Society has announced the six finallists for the sixth annual SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Grant.
Astro Productions, the production arm of Malaysian pay-TV giant Astro, is joining forces with Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) to offer production services for the TV industry.
Manglehorn, Birdman and Whiplash among the titles set to play at the Zurich Film Festival.
The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced its Korean Cinema Retrospective will spotlight veteran director and producer Jung Jin-woo.
Buzzfeed’s John Johnson among the line-up at Power to the Pixel’s Cross-Media Forum.
Cannes winner Winter Sleep and Berlin victor Black Coal, Thin Ice amongst line-up.
The film festival will screen the late actor’s 2002 drama, One Hour Photo.
The former co-CEO of Focus Features Andrew Karpen has announced his New York-based distributor backed by 5-Hour Energy founder by Manoj Bhargava.
AFM has announced the speakers for its roundtable African Co-Productions: The Possibilities And The Challenges.
The $20m feature about the 2010 rescue of the 33 Chilean workers trapped in the San Jose mine is the first international film to qualify for Colombia’s Law 1556 production incentive.
The Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday (12) the 30 films that will comprise the main official selection of the 52nd New York Film Festival (NYFF), set to run from September 26-October 12.
The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on February 21, 2015.
European and Chinese producers joining forces to better position films in each other’s markets.
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.
Lionsgate will release the action film on July 22, 2016.
Gary Sanchez Productions has come on board Bron Studios’ Henchmen.
UK and Argentine companies join forces to co-produce and finance a slate of six features over the next two years.
Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance [pictured] and Gabe Ibáñez’s Automata, produced by and starring Antonio Banderas, among films added to 2014 edition.
BFI, Telegraph and The May Fair Hotel partner with London indie festival.
Awards will take place on the closing night of the Gent Film Festival on Oct 25.
Now in its tenth year, the UK festival is to open with Momcilo Mrdakovic’s Mamarosh [pictured].
Ashutosh Gowariker will direct epic romance Mohenjo Daro for Disney India, with Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde heading the cast.
One off charity screening to commemorate Robin Williams will see all profits go to Mind.
Fund is dedicated to supporting audience development strategies; Meanwhile, Beta Cinema has acquired Toronto title Labyrinth of Lies.
Festival to screen UK premiere of Alive Inside [pictured] and 30th anniversary screenings of Threads and Stop Making Sense.
Selected film projects will be presented at the 2014 event, which takes place during the Netherlands Film Festival from Sept 25-28.
Edward Evers-Swindell’s horror will be shot entirely on location in Wales.
This year’s festival saw 45% of its lineup coming from female directors, including Alone Together from Liza Minou Morberg [pictured].
Ahead of the Swedish release of Force Majeure, the director spoke about his next project at Way Out West.
The screen icon, leading lady of the Golden Age and Humphrey Bogart soulmate has died of stroke in New York. She was 89.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Morris Ruskin’s sales and production entity has picked up world sales rights to the Magician Pictures love story.
Local California police said on Tuesday (12) that the 63-year-old actor and comedian died on Monday after appearing to have hanged himself in his bedroom.
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.
Producer Matt Alvarez has been brought in as evp of production and president of Relativity Studios’ new division.
New work from Claire Denis takes its place in the inaugural Short Cuts International line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).
Toronto film festival organisers have programmed features from 42 countries in the Contemporary World Cinema (CWC) programme and unveiled eight South Korean selections in the City To City.
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.
CBS Films plans to produce Jason Robert Brown’s stage musical 13 to the big screen.
Main Street Films will theatrically release Christian Schwochow’s spy drama West in the US on November 7.
I Am Not a Witch and The Train of Salt and Sugar both pick up two prizes each at the Locarno Film Festival’s co-production lab.
Roman Polanski has cancelled his visit to the Locarno Film Festival following opposition from some local politicians and media.
Planning approval has been granted to extend Belfast’s Titanic Studios, where Game of Thrones is partly filmed.
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.
Indian producer-distributor Phantom Films has picked up local award-winning documentary Powerless (Katiyabaaz) and will release the film this weekend on 30 screens.
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.
Johnny Kevorkian to direct Hidden Folk; Pinball Films to produce.
Cash prize will help complete Ives Rosenfeld’s debut feature about young friends who dream of being footballers.
Roundtable industry discussions yield ideas such as a global database of film availability and pan-European VOD technical standards.
Shares of Hong Kong-listed SMI Culture Group plunged more than 50% during trading yesterday, after the company announced a share consolidation and rights issue to fund the acquisition of Beijing-based production company Grand Astute.
EXCLUSIVE: The studio has picked up US rights to Thunder Road Films’ Keanu Reeves action title.
Production has commenced in Mexico City and surrounding areas on Salto de Fe Films’ black comedy.
Entertainment’s comedy sequel opens with over $21m (£12.5m), including previews, for the biggest debut of the year.
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.
Hatice Ozdemirciler has joined the UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) as head of training and professional development.
In Korea, historic sea battle film Roaring Currents has hit 11 million admissions in record time and beaten Disney’s Frozen to the biggest box office of 2014 to date.
Social news website Buzzfeed is to launch a dedicated feature film arm after receiving $50m in investment from venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Netflix has hit the 3 million subscriber mark, according to a BARB survey.
Amazon.com has halted preorders for some DVD and Blu-ray discs from studio Disney.
USC’s School Of Cinematic Arts (SCA) is partnering with digital studio New Form Digital, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer on a year-long programme to support, sponsor and distribute student film across digital platforms.
Ruben Ostlund presents Cannes hit Force Majeure [pictured] as a gala screening; Jens Lien previews TV series Viva Hate.
LOCARNO: Swiss film industry calls for additional $22m (CHF 20m) injection of funding; swift deal on Creative Europe recedes.
South Korean filmmakers have started a hunger strike relay in support of the Sewol Ferry disaster victims’ families.
UPDATE AUGUST 11: A further $41.7m enabled Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy to retain top spot in the international arena and reach $138.8m as Disney consolidated its $3bn-plus global box office for the year-to-date.
Following a loud Comic-Con presentation in July, Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot took command of the North American box office in its opening session.
Montreal’s genre festival ran from July 17-Aug 6 and saw audiences of more than 129,000; its Frontières co-production market also drew a record attendance, up 30% on 2013.
Liza Marshall is to step down as head of Ridley Scott’s London-based TV and film production arm Scott Free UK.
Lionsgate has relocated its international sales operation to London, in a sign of the growing importance of international markets to leading film companies.
LOCARNO: From mid-2016, the Swiss government will be introducing a film production incentive worth 20% on local spend.
Participant Media’s Catholic Church abuse story has taken a big leap forward now that Open Road, Anonymous Content and eOne Films International and a top-tier cast have come on board.
The cinephile and prolific Israeli filmmaker who led Cannon Films with his cousin and produced a Death Wish sequel and The Delta Force has died. He was 85.
Cinedigm has bought its first original series for its upcoming OTT channel CON TV.
Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma, selected for Venice Critics’ Week, received $400,000 from the Israel Film Fund but has been classified as Palestinian by the director.
Icon Film Distribution acquires UK rights for Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram For The King starring Tom Hanks.
The global number one performance of Guardians Of The Galaxy pushed Disney past $2bn at the international box office on August 4 and is projected to see the studio surge past $1bn in North America on August 7.
Actor-director to receive Jaeger-Le Coultre filmmaker award.
Seven projects will take part in WiP, and three more titles have been added to CineLink line-up
Hungarian filmmakers criticise festival for refusing to screen material relating to Roma people.
The increasing popularity of Netflix and Amazon have stimulated a 76% revenue boost for the subscription video-on-demand platforms in the UK.
Christian Gisy to step down after more than seven years at exhibitor.
Retrospective to include films from Danis Tanovic, Cristi Puiu, Mira Fornay and more.
UK distributor Soda Pictures has teamed with the BFI, film education programme Into Film, UK children’s festivals and indie exhibitors to launch Children’s Cinema Club, an initiative to boost the number of independent children’s films on release in the UK.
Marvel blockbuster dominates but comedy sequel debuts strong.
Mad Men broadcaster AMC Networks is eyeing further international acquisitions and is focusing on global independent film channels.
Biblical thriller will star Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton.
LOCARNO: Film Republic has secured world rights to Paraguayan-Swiss co-production El Tiempo Nublado by Arami Ullon.
Director John Madden returns while the original cast is joined by Richard Gere; first trailer released.
The distributor has struck a worldwide rights deal for Participant Media and Omidyar Network’s documentary that ScreenDaily understands will premiere in Telluride before a screening in Toronto.
The Weinstein Company will release the two-part awards hopeful The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her on October 10
Fantastic Fest has announced the 15 projects in the second edition of its international co-production market: Fantastic Market | Mercado Fantastico.
Brian O’Shea’s production, financing and sales company has finalised key territories on Richard LaGravenese’s Toronto-bound world premiere.
Production is set to commence in Toronto on August 13 on the Men Of Characters thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: eOne secures distribution deals as cast rounds on Jay Roach’s Bryan Cranston-Helen Mirren drama.
Seven films will compete for the top prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
The sequel’s £2.75m opening is biggest ever for a comedy in UK.
Convenience store chain Lawson is set to acquire Japan’s third largest theatre operator United Cinemas in a deal thought to be worth around $100m by the end of the month.
Three-hour feature from Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Festival will also see director Rowan Joffe and novelist SJ Watson present Before I Go To Sleep, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.
Young Swiss filmmakers are calling for greater diversity in Swiss fiction production and the introduction of a new funding instrument to support up-and-coming directors.
The Italian Government has increased the tax credits for bigger budget films in a bid to attract Hollywood movies and benefit domestic productions.
Genre festival to world premiere zombie thriller Devil’s Tower and preview White Settlers.
Sci-fi thriller sold into Asia and Europe on top of deals for Discopath, The Maid’s Room and Devil May Call.
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.
Speakers at Locarno workshop to include TrustNordisk’s Susan Wendt and ARTE’s Karen Byot.
The distributor has picked up US rights to Matías Piñeiro’s follow-up to Viola that is set to premiere in Locarno on August 7.
Dakota Fanning has joined Jennifer Connelly and Ewan McGregor in Lakeshore’s Philip Roth adaptation.
The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) has announced its 2015 dates and promoted Genna Terranova to festival director and Cara Cusumano to senior programmer.
The studio has earmarked two slots for upcoming, untitled films.
Films includes Juan Andrés Arango’s X-Quinientos and William Vega’s Sal.
C4, the research-based SaaS company servicing the entertainment industry, has signed an overall agreement including obtaining all Motion Picture Group (MPG) data assets.
Pilot open to young European professionals in distribution, exhibition, sales and marketing.
Celebrity chef to present Ang Lee’s Eat Drink Man Woman.
Theatre and cinema refuses festival while it is backed by Israeli Embassy amid Gaza crisis; industry reacts via social media.
Documentary claims to reveal identity of the mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery for the first time.
Two new documentaries about cinema, centred on the work of US directors Peter Bogdanovich and Arthur Penn, have been added to the Venice Classics strand of the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6).
A total of 15 films have been submitted for consideration.
Cannes award-winner to be considered for nomination in the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film category.
Aviva Silver, who was head of unit at the MEDIA Programme until June 2013, is set to resume playing a key role in forging future European audiovisual and cultural policy.
Parallel Films announces details of The Siege of Jadotville, starring Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan.
Columbia Pictures, Neal Street Productions and Good Universe have hired Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein to complete the Nora Ephron script.
Producer Pablo José Barroso has established the privately backed production and finance company based in Mexico City.
In a surprise development, 21st Century Fox has pulled out of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner.
IFC Films has picked up North American rights to Shawn Christensen’s drama ahead of its international premiere in Venice. Separately, The Orchard has picked up Marshall Curry’s Tribeca-winning doc Point And Shoot.
The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea has confirmed that martial arts icon Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins have joined the action remake.
The HFPA has announced the timetable for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards.
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the dramatic comedy An Evergreen Christmas.
Al Pacino will be the subject of a career retrospective at the third annual TIFF Gala in Toronto on September 3.
The 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.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences held board elections on Tuesday night (5).
“There are always opportunities to change and grow,” Kosse tells Screen.
EXCLUSIVE: Charles Dutton has joined Play Now Enterprises and Tycor International Film Company’s true-life story of the high school American football team.
BBC Films-backed feature will explore what happened to the seedy boss after The Office.
EXCLUSIVE: Electric Sky has acquired international broadcast rights to Luke Korem’s documentary and will launch sales at MIPCOM in October.
New Brazilian cinema label kicks off with Locarno competition title.
First title will be Berlinale contender Supernova, including a day-and-date release in the UK.
Abdulaziz Al-Khater to leave after two years in the role.
New films from Krzysztof Zanussi and Ralph Fiennes to also world premiere at Window To Europe Film Festival.
North America revenue from OTT (over the top) content is catching up with theatrical grosses as a study said projected numbers for 2014 will reach $10.7bn – a little under the record $10.9bn set by theatrical distributors in 2013.
Universal Pictures exec to replace Tessa Ross in November.
UPDATED: Producers Stephen Woolley, Kris Thykier, Jeremy Thomas, Andrew Macdonald and Eric Fellner as well as BBC Films, the BFI, FDA and Pact comment on the appointment of Universal Pictures exec David Kosse as the new head of Film4.
Exclusive Media co-founder and former deputy COO Alex Brunner has joined UTA Independent Film Group as a film finance agent.
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.
Viggo Mortensen drama, directed by Matt Ross, adds cast including Steve Zahn, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle and Erin Moriarty.
Lakeshore and Sierra/Affinity are weighing up an AFM start on pre-sales for the Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral. Separately, Elijah Wood has joined Summit Entertainment’s The Last Witch Hunter
Lionsgate and WWE Studios have set a limited theatrical run for the horror film following a sneak peek of footage at Comic-Con.
Financing, pitching, production, marketing and distribution are on the agenda at the 2014 American Film Market, set to run from November 5-12.
Algerian singer Souad Massi and Egyptian Khaled Abol Naga co-star in film shot in West Bank city of Nablus.
Noaz Deshe’s feature debut White Shadow was the big winner at this year’s T-Mobile New Horizons in Poland’s Wroclaw.
Mark Strong stars for his Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy screenwriter Peter Straughan in the darkly comic slice of life.
Leading Korean filmmakers Park Chan-wook and Ryoo Seung-wan have joined a group of 100 public figures in a petition against Israel’s attack on Gaza and “civilian massacre”.
Emma Slade, Steve Kearney, Briget Callow-Wright heading for the UK’s Production Finance Market.
Lon Haber and IPPR have taken on world sales rights to producer-director Ron Moler’s second documentary about Cuba, Sailing Back To Cuba.
A small consortium that includes co-managing directors Paul Wiegard and Tim Anderson have paid $20m (A$21.5m) for Australian independent distributor Madman Entertainment.
Oscar-nominated cinematographer of The Passion of the Christ and The Right Stuff to accept lifetime achievement award at cinematography festival in Poland.
Japanese animation producer to scale back following retirement of Hayao Miyazaki.
Disney’s latest Marvel outing scores $10.7m (£6.35m) debut to dethrone Fox’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future event grosses $1.2m (£720,000) over first four shows.
UPDATED AUGUST 4: Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy ruled the box office universe on an estimated $161.7m, of which $67.4m came from 42 territories outside the US through Walt Disney Motion Pictures International.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy stormed the North American box office, soaring to number one on an estimated $94m through Buena Vista that scored the biggest August debut and the third biggest of the year-to-date.
Paramount Pictures’ Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the second in the sci-fi franchise to reach the global mark after Dark Of The Moon did so in 2011.
Unusual ‘jury in exile’ led by Jafar Panahi; empty chair in honour of imprisoned Sentsov.
Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton will star in LD Entertainment’s Biblical thriller.
The co-production market element of the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax has announced the producers in an inaugural project exchange with Mexico’s Los Cabos International Film Festival and Brazil’s RioContentMarket.
uMedia to handle sales on film also starring Franz Drameh and Adam Bakri.
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.
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.
The Tokyo International FIlm Festival will unveil a new award for its Competition section, the WOWOW Viewer’s Choice Award.
As Guardians of the Galaxy rockets onto screens this week, social media is buzzing over the new film.
Occupant Entertainment is to produce a feature of video game Dead Island with Deep Silver, the video game publishing label of Koch Media.
More than 200 critics and 100 filmmakers take part in poll.
German sales outfit acquires Samuli Valkama feature.
Wroclaw New Horizons roundup: works in progress include Close Ups and I, Olga Hepnarova.
Bristol’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (September 16 – 21) has added a three-day industry forum.
Programmers and Tate Modern director also added to jury headed by Bela Tarr.
Jon Stewart’s feature directorial debut and potential awards contender is set to premiere in Toronto next month.
Saban Films is gearing up for its first release of The Homesman and has hired Azniv Taschyan as vp of finance and Jonathan Saba as vp of marketing.
Film Movement has acquired US rights to Marie’s Story (formerly Marie Heurtin) ahead of its world premiere slot in Locarno.
The Snow White And The Huntsman spin-off stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron has shunted The Mummy into a summer 2016 slot.
The Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) hierarchy has promoted Michael Pavlic to president of worldwide creative advertising.
AMBI Distribution, the international sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group, has hired JJ Nugent to work in acquisitions and international sales.
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), in partnership with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative has announced five grant recipients of the 2014 TFI New Media Fund.
The Sundance Film Festival has entered into a partnership with Poznan’s Transatlantyk Film Festival to present a selection of its titles at the forthcoming fourth edition running from August 8-14.
China Lion Film picks up Nicholas Tse, Gao Yuanyuan starrer But Always from Emperor Motion Pictures for North America, Australia/New Zealand
The only filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki would ever acknowledge as his apprentice to be celebrated at TIFF.
New shorts commissioned from Mark Cousins, Penny Woolcock and John Akomfrah.
Director of ‘71 to be showcased at New York and Los Angeles events.
King of Mahjong to be directed by Adrian Teh.
Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes swung to top spot last weekend but Marvel Studios’ Guardians Of The Galaxy is standing by to knock the primates off their perch.
The studio has acquired feature rights to Lois Duncan’s 1974 novel Down A Dark Hall and set Rodrigo Cortés to direct and Twilight saga author Stephenie Meyer to produce.
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.
Fox International Productions has named Michael Andreen svp of production, effective August 1.
Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions’ drama has begun shooting and will film on location in Massachusetts and Japan. Ken Kao and Alex Walton’s Bloom represents international rights and launched pre-sales in Cannes.
Leaders at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) said the chief content officer will receive this year’s Industry Tribute at the 24th annual Gothams in New York on December 1.
Expendables 2 director talks crowd-funding, a Con Air sequel and Tolkien & Lewis.
Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment, the company behind Ratchet & Clank and Sly Cooper, has promoted Tara Kemes to the new position of vp of culture and talent.
EXCLUSIVE: Simon West is working on Mods and Rockers with iconic band in talks to collaborate.
Team will be based in London and Burbank, and follows an expanded partnership between the studio and J.K. Rowling.
Into the Wild star joins the directorial debut of Submarine star Craig Roberts.
Daniel Ribeiro’s The Way He Looks was named best feature at New York’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender film festival while Brumby Boylston’s Cruising Electric took audience award for best short.
After cancelling four shows, Secret Cinema will begin its run of Back to the Future on July 31.
A total of 13 new films will compete for the $67,000 prize.
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.
Michael Winterbottom, Mike Leigh and Michel Hazanavicius among those to attend the festival.
Kids director to world premiere The Smell of Us at Venice Days.
Michael Wintbottom’s The Face of An Angel, Kevin Smith’s Tusk and Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy will receive their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival; new documentaries from Joshua Oppenheimer and Nick Broomfield are also among TIFF’s second wave.
Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.
Seth Grossman directed Schorr Pictures’ horror film about an intervention-style reality TV show.
EXCLUSIVE: Real-life ‘Catch Me If You Can’ drama being developed by ’71 producer Angus Lamont.
Cinedigm Corp and Robert Halmi Jr’s Great Point Media have signed a multi-picture distribution and production output deal.
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Vanessa Lapa’s documentary on the secret personal writings and photographs of Heinrich Himmler as well as mystery Winter In The Blood.
EXCLUSIVE: Origin Pictures, Paines Plough, BBC Films launch writing scheme
Second edition of San Sebastian Film Festival strand to feature six action sports films including the long-awaited sequel to motorcycle racing classic On Any Sunday.
Nightmare on Elm Street star and comic-book legend set for horror festival.
Film-maker Kleber Mendoça, who won the FIPRESCI Prize at Rotterdam and Wroclaw’s New Horizons for his fiction feature debut Neighbouring Sounds in 2012, will be in Locarno next month as part of an almost 60-strong Brazilian delegation.
Comic-Con 2014 sparked 1.7m social media mentions as Warner Bros dominated the conversation, according to social media experts Way To Blue.
British Board of Film Classification aims to increase public understanding of 12A rating after research revealed 27% of cinema-goers were unclear about its meaning.
Director Mike Cahill will return to the independent film festival, where he screened his sci-fi feature Another Earth in 2011.
Around 900 professionals from a range of diverse backgrounds will receive training bursaries of up to £1,600 under Creative Skillset’s Diversity Fund.
Paul Candland has been named to the newly created position of president of The Walt Disney Company, Asia.
The former president of Buena Vista International has been named COO of DreamWorks Animation while Ann Daly is promoted to president.
EXCLUSIVE: Cinema Management Group has licensed the Rufus Sewell horror-thriller from Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment in a slew of markets.
Former Syfy president of original content Mark Stern has come on board as president and partner in the new venture, IM Global Television.
Feature films were worth an estimated £1.6bn ($2.7bn) to UK broadcasters in 2013, according to new research by the British Film Institute.
Sundance Institute has announced the participants for its annual Creative Producing Labs and Creative Producing Summit, both of which take place from July 28-August 1 at the Sundance Resort in Utah.
Rising star leaves new project from Felix van Groeningen, director of The Broken Circle Breakdown.
Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.
Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Peter Greenaway’s Eisenstein In Guanajuato and Alex van Warmerdam’s Schneider vs. Bax among those to receive a share of €8.5m ($11.4m) from the new Netherlands Film Production Incentive.
House of Tomorrow will produce feature films as well as drama and comedy series.
Distribution and training programmes face budget cuts in 2015.
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.
Fox’s sequel retains top spot with $6.4m (£3.8m) second weekend; Paramount’s Hercules muscles in with $2.46m (£1.45m).
Evil Dead and Inbetweeners stars join cast of fantasy feature.
Psychological drama stars Ruta Gedmintas, Tom Hughes and Tasha Connor.
UPDATED JULY 28: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reached the international box office summit at the weekend as a confirmed $54.8m from 12,247 screens in more than 61 markets dethroned Transformers 4.
EuropaCorp’s thriller starring Scarlett Johansson delivered a strong debut through Universal as box office for the top 12 matched the comparable session of 2013.
Hollywood rolled out the big guns at Comic-Con on Saturday as Zach Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice promotion topped the chart of social mentions with 112,108 according to Way To Blue.
Top Croatian winners are Number 55, The Reaper and Happy Endings; Concrete Night wins international competition.
Marvel Studios repeated last year’s triumph with another rousing finale to three days of Hollywood presentations that sparked near hysteria as virtually the entire cast of Avengers: Age Of Ultron descended on Hall H.
Sir Ben Kingsley became yet another British star to make his Comic-Con debut as he joined a Focus Features panel to promote Laika Entertainment’s The Boxtrolls on Saturday.
A Legendary Entertainment panel heavy on action footage provided the perfect platform for Comic-Con favourite Guillermo del Toro to sneak footage from Crimson Peak and poll the crowd on the idea of a pair of future projects.
Nine years after the original hit theatres, director Robert Rodriguez and co-director Frank Miller returned to San Diego with key cast from their latest story and said they had already begun talks for a third episode.
UPDATED JULY 26: Paramount and MGM’s adventure starring Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock stormed into Russia on Thursday on an estimated $2.6m to reach $5.2m by Saturday.
If there is a theme emerging at this year’s Comic-Con it is British talent making splashy show debuts and Daniel Radcliffe did not disappoint as he delighted Hall H on Friday (25) to promote Horns.
Fox hosted a starry, two-hour Hall H presentation that featured Guillermo del Toro, Colin Firth and Samuel Jackson, the cast from The Maze Runner and a surprise appearance by rapper Biz Markie who performed his hit Just A Friend.
Kevin Smith ruled the final Hall H session on Day 2 of Comic-Con (25) in his annual Q+A slot and used the occasion to enthuse about his return to film-making for what he called his best film.
David Dobkin’s drama to open TIFF in September.
Sources have confirmed to Screendaily that the actor is in negotiations to star in Marvel Studios’ upcoming adaptation.
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.
Benedict Cumberbatch - who else? - ruled Comic-Con on opening day Thursday with 22,254 mentions on social media, according to research compiled by Way To Blue.
Artistic director says US focus on local market may have contributed to Venice missing out on the new films.
108 Media has acquired worldwide rights to the martial arts film ahead of its North American premiere at Fantasia.
Deborah Zipser has joined IM Global and will head business and legal affairs.
BSkyB has completed a deal to create Sky Europe, bringing together Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland in a multi-billion pound deal.
Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev wil direct Deity, an English-language remake of Indian hit thriller Kahaani for YRF Entertainment.