Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction will cross the half-billion threshold despite what is expected to be a strong challenge from Fox’s Apes.
Talya Lavie debut marks best opening for an Israeli indie in three years.
Most festival guests’ travels aren’t impacted by the unrest in Israel; festival makes minor scheduling changes.
A trip by Israeli reggae producers to Jamaica, Final Solution architect Heinrich Himmler, new immigrant angst and a pit ball rescue centre are among the many worlds explored in this year’s Israeli Documentary Competition.
Download Screen International’s daily magazine from the 31st Jesusalem Film Festival here.
Six Acts director Jonathan Gurfinkel [pictured] to discuss trailer craft.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor picks up films with Maisie Williams, Jessica Paré and Killian Scott.
The British film industry is to send its biggest ever delegation to the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM).
EXCLUSIVE: Dudu Tassa, Sason Gabai, Gaya Traob among cast.
EXCLUSIVE: Actress and singer attached to star in Eran Riklis-produced drama.
The distributor has pounced on US rights to Pathe International’s comedy drama set during the Margaret Thatcher regime that closed the recent Directors’ Fortnight section in Cannes.
The Fifty Shades Of Grey star has come on board Gidden Media and Good Universe’s adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book Forever, Interrupted: A Novel.
A UK double whammy is heading for Comic-Con with scheduled appearances by Daniel Radcliffe and Benedict Cumberbatch in his Con debut.
Film Independent top brass announced on Thursday (10) a restructuring of the programming team as Los Angeles Film Festival artistic director David Ansen steps down by mutual agreement and the role of Elvis Mitchell is expanded.
Jim Belushi will join Keanu Reeves and Renée Zellweger on the cast of Courtney Hunt’s The Whole Truth, which has begun production this week in New Orleans. FilmNation handles international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Israeli film-maker to develop Micro Robert (working title) with Les Films des Tornelles.
The 31st Jerusalem Film Festival gets underway today with a new management team determined to present a world-class event despite the escalating troubles in the region.
The executive director of the Art Directors Guild has been granted a three-year extension to his contract, effective January 1, 2015.
Top brass at the Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) have organised a mid-season festival to celebrate the re-opening of the Tower Theater.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.
Thriller starring Scarlett Johansson to open Locarno Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast is revealed for Sherlock Holmes film starring Ian McKellen and directed by Bill Condon.
Montreal-based genre festival to screen over 160 films at its 18th edition, which runs July 17-Aug 6.
The studio has entered into an agreement with Pure Flix Entertainment for the US home entertainment rights to the faith-based spring hit.
The campaign to free Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov from detention in Russia has been taken to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
UK independent cinema group Curzon is giving a major push to its recently relaunched VOD service Curzon Home Cinema with the release of Joe, starring Nicolas Cage.
Sam Mendes, speaking at a Films Without Borders event at Windsor Castle on Tuesday night, spoke about how the spirit of the London Olympics influenced the pro-British enthusiasm in the last James Bond film, Skyfall.
The festival is laying on a packed programme of film industry events this year, headlined by the Jerusalem Pitch Point meeting.
Cinema City will expand Jerusalem Film Festival’s footprint in the city; Old City will host free outdoor screenings of blockbusters including Inception.
Directors are among the high-profile international guests at this year’s festival.
Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, outgoing Film4 boss Tessa Ross and director Richard Ayoade to feature in conversation.
Preview of 20,000 Days on Earth to be broadcast live with Nick Cave and special guests.
Sophomore film will screen in Locarno.
The Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) has postponed the opening night world premiere of Eran Riklis’s Dancing Arabs by one week due to escalating tension in the region.
Paramount confirmed the development on Wednesday (July 9) as Transformers: Age Of Extinction reached $225.1m.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired world rights to the Duplass Brothers Productions’ comedy starring Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong and Haley Lu Richardson.
Principal photography has begun on the mystery starring Fairuza Balk, Charles Baker and Alanna Ubach.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s latest feature among those to receive funding from World Cinema Fund.
BBC Academy director succeeds John Willis, who continues as deputy chair, and becomes second woman to become chair in BAFTA history.
EXCLUSIVE: VoD streaming service moves into physical distribution with the acquisition of Lucky McKee’s The Woman [pictured].
Running July 24-Aug 3, the festival will open with Wild Tales, Winter Sleep and Clouds of Sils Maria
Evan Saxon has relaunched his distribution and marketing company, kicking off with the limited release of Manchester United doc Class Of ’92.
Board members at in-flight entertainment specialists Global Eagle Entertainment have promoted Dave Davis to CEO, effective immediately.
Uberto Pasolini’s second feature [pictured] wins at fifth edition of Russian showcase for young European cinema.
Five finalists selected in nationwide search for the UK’s brightest young film-maker.
Adaptation of Lars Saabye Christensen’s novel to open the 42nd Norwegian International Film Festival.
Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of the best-selling novel will be shown in cinemas in Nigera from Aug 1.
Latest report from KOFIC for the first half of 2014 also outlines the best first half year on record for foreign films.
Bad Robot tweet image of IMAX camera being used on set of Star Wars: Episode VII
Warner Bros has announced its Comic-Con showcase for The Hobbit finale, Mad Max reboot and the Wachowskis’ delayed sci-fi Jupiter Ascending.
The former Focus Features evp of international marketing and distribution will remain in London and oversee marketing and distribution for a slate that includes upciming 2014 releases Gone Girl and Birdman.
When 20th Century Fox Korea announced last week that Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes would open locally on July 10, one week earlier than previously planned, the South Korean film industry cried foul.
Boxing drama wins top prize; special mentions for The Gulls and Journey to Rome.
Speaking at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Game Of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has acknowledged that he would like to round off the epic TV series with a feature film.
Lionsgate top brass announced on Tuesday (8) that the latest episode in the action series will premiere in the UK on August 4.
DeVon Franklin, who recently oversaw the sleeper hit Heaven Is For Real, is to segue from svp of production for Columbia Pictures to a long-term, first-look producing deal with the studio.
Special country focus on Turkey; youth programme moves to neighbouring Buzet.
Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg veteran was most recently MD of Berlin-based PRIMEHOUSE.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction has become the highest-grossing film of all time in China, taking $222.74m in its first ten days, and breaking the $221.9m record set by Avatar in 2010.
Karlovy Vary’s industry days continued today with the Pitch & Feedback initiative, including the new film from My Dog Killer director Mira Fornay, alongside the Docu Talents from the East showcase.
Wolfe Releasing has acquired US digital and DVD rights to Mark Herzog and Sandrine Orabona’s Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, Monika Treut’s Of Girls And Horses and David Au’s Eat With Me.
A dark animated take on The Little Mermaid and the urban legend of a teenage serial killer in 1960s Poland prove stand outs at KVIFF’s Works in Progress event.
Film Bazaar, the South Asian film market organised by India’s National Film Development Corp (NFDC), has selected the six finalists of Screenwriters’ Lab 2014.
Second edition of the online film festival received nearly 1,000 submissions from film-makers representing 70 countries.
September UK release will mark the 75th anniversary of the much-loved classic.
Consultancy service is run by award-winning publicist Luciano Chelotti.
Out-of-competition strand will present productions that have garnered attention from the global TV world.
The School of Film Agents 2014 will take place Aug 15-24 in Wroclaw and feature eight projects.
Growth is expected to accelerate throughout 2014 to reach an anticipated 6.4%.
Martina Stella’s debut screenplay is set to enter principal photography in early 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: The Battle of Sevastopol among ten projects being presented next week.
Lucy Kirkwood’s directorial debut stars the likes of Francesca Annis, Larry Lamn and Stephen Campbell Moore.
The renewed output partnership with StudioCanal in Germany, Austria and Switzerland includes a TV component involving ProSieben.
BFI-backed productions must comply with new ‘three ticks’ rule from September.
Universal’s big screen adaptation of TV sitcom adds $3.7m (£2.2m) to record second week as the UK’s number one; Paramount’s Transformers: Age of Extinction previews strongly.
The Walt Disney Company has chosen 11 companies to go through its mentorship and investment programme.
EXCLUSIVE: Organisers behind the two-day event set to run July 14-15 during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool have announced the line-up of guests.
Facility will be the UK’s first university film school to be housed within a fully functional commercial film studio.
The streaming start-up has added a trio of titles to its July line-up.
Girlhood, White God and The Wonders among the finalists announced in Karlovy Vary; 2013 audience winner revealed.
EXCLUSIVE: US director Kevin Smith is at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), where he is subject of a special tribute.
Ten UK-based moving image artists up for Film London award.
David Scheinmann’s sports drama Believe, starring Brian Cox, to receive simultaneous release in Picturehouse cinemas and on Sky Movies.
Audience to decide the award-winners in each section, which have changed name and focus for this year’s festival.
Under the historic agreement, FilmOn.com will become the first global IPTV provider to carry VOA’s content.
Stanley will take on overall leadership of Warner Bros Digital Distribution UK and Warner Bros Consumer Products UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Festival screening of Yes and Yes [pictured] pulled due to Russia’s new anti-obscenity law.
UPDATED JULY 7: Transformers: Age Of Extinction summoned a confirmed $96.6m in a dominant second session through Paramount Pictures International to propel the running total to $400.9m and $575.6m worldwide.
Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction held on to pole position in North America over a lacklustre July Fourth holiday weekend that saw a year-on-year drop of nearly 50 percent.
After picking up the top honour at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Mel Gibson talked to Screen about a return to directing, a possible move into television and reuniting with Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor nabs US sci-fi from Independent.
South Korea and China have signed a landmark co-production agreement that will allow approved films to be officially classified as local films in both countries.
Norwegian road movie, about a man who sets out to kidnap the founder of Ikea, sold to Europe and Asia.
New cinemas in Crouch End, East Dulwich and Ealing add to Picturehouse’s reach across London.
Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie and How To Train Your Dragon 2 also prove popular in the UK.
Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen has claimed that diversity in UK drama is being hampered by the increasingly international nature of the genre.
Germany’s film producers have expressed ¨exceptional regret¨ at learning that Angela Merkel’s cabinet has proposed reducing the annual budget for the DFFF ¨German spend¨ incentive by another €10m to €50m in the global federal budget for 2015.
French film star to be president of the Dinard British Film Festival’s 25th edition.
EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED JULY 7: The distributor is understood to have picked up US rights to Anurag Kashyap’s gangster epic.
Oliver Hirschbiegel to direct the story of Georg Elser, the man who attempted to assassinate Hitler in 1939.
Warner Bros. confirms Rowling screenwriting debut Fantastic Beasts will shoot at UK studio.
Actor Gérard Depardieu is being considered for a Russian fantasy feature.
EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Dencik is readying an August 4 start of shoot for his first fiction feature, Gold Coast; his short Tal R premieres in Karlovy Vary.
French director to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival next month - only the second woman to receive the honour.
Key European territories among those to pick up rights to the documentary about the late actor’s struggle to make a film about Le Mans.
Outgoing director of the London Film School to join Australian Film School.
The actor and comedian’s latest book launch will be streamed around the world.
Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy to present his short films as part of a talk at the film festival; two new titles added to programme.
Denmark’s largest cinema chain, Nordisk Film Biografer, has become theatrical market leader in Norway after securing a 49% stake in exhibitor Kinosør.
The UK’s Prime Focus has joined forces with India-based Reliance MediaWorks.
Film London has been awarded almost £1m ($1.7m) to continue to deliver the Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN), offering artist filmmakers funding, training and mentoring.
Despite a clash with the scheduled quarter-finals of the World Cup, Transformers: Age Of Extinction will remain the dominant force in the international market where it is expected to soar past $350m.
According to Paramount’s partners China Movie Media Group, Transformers: Age Of Extinction has reached $134.5m in its first five days in China – more than the $120.9m in the first five days in North America.
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Markus Blunder’s thriller.
Fast & Furious 7 will no longer open on April 10 2015 but one week earlier on April 3 as part of several scheduling announcements from the Universal fold.
The executive joins Relativity Media as its first chief marketing officer having previously served as president of Dentsu Aegis Network.
Disney’s fantasy starring Angelina Jolie was expected to reach the milestone on July 2, according to executives.
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to recent Cannes premiere The Tribe, winner of three sidebar prizes in Critics’ Week.
Canada’s new co-production treaty with India officially came into effect on July 1.
A re-energised Pula Film Festival, the biggest film festival in Croatia, will welcome top guests including Roger Michell, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Gyorgi Palfi, Tudor Giurgiu and Mike Cahill.
Government will match-fund industry commitments to the tune of £16m ($27.5m).
Films include Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, Anton Corbijn’s Life, Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman and Spooks feature.
Yan has been named managing director and executive vice-president for China at Universal Pictures International (UPI).
Former American Golf and Habitat CEO Kevin Styles becomes UK and Ireland MD.
New legislation banning use of obscene words came into effect yesterday [July 1].
BAFTA members, award-winners and nominees to hold talks in UK schools.
Aardman Animations’ latest feature confirmed as the second film to be part of Into Film’s Green Light to Opening Night initiative.
Partnership will be the integrator for the digitisation of the largest Brazilian movie theatre chain, choosing Doremi and Christie for their rollout.
Figures revealed for the 2014 edition of EIFF.
Damián Szifrón’s Cannes Competition film Wild Tales and Palm d’Or winner Winter Sleep to open the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.
Centre provides a free service to support film & TV production in the region.
Guiding Lights is run by Lighthouse and Creative Skillset and offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support, as well as industry training and networking events.
Concert movie Björk: Biophilia Live is to receive its European Premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
New films on Screenbase this week include thriller Long Time Coming and a new adaptation of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has announced (July 1) category submission deadlines for 87th Academy Awards consideration.
Kartemquin Films has joined director-producer Brent Huffman on the documentary Saving Mes Aynak, about the imperiled 2,000-year-old Buddha statue in Afghanistan (pictured).
EXCLUSIVE: Elliot Tittensor, Charlotte Hope and Steven Berkoff among cast of ‘Romeo and Juliet’-style thriller.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Local romantic comedy The Break-up Guru provided the only resistance against the power of Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction at the Chinese box office last week, grossing $24.18m in its first three days.
The distributor will release Frederick Wiseman’s documentary theatrically in New York at the Film Forum on November 5 followed by nationwide roll-out.
UK film-makers are in the spotlight at the fifth edition of Vologda’s VOICES festival (July 4-8), which will open with Ken Loach’s Cannes Competition film Jimmy’s Hall.
Film music competition at the Zurich Film Festival to include a live concert with the Oscar-winning film composer.
Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios (PIMS) has appointed Rezal A. Rahman as CEO, replacing Michael Lake who has moved to head Rhizophora Ventures.
Entertainment lawyer and producer Kami Naghdi has joined London-based boutique law firm Clintons, where he will head the firm’s film and TV practice.
Tom Geens feature centres on a couple living in a hole in a forest.
Principal photography has started on UK action-thriller Age Of Kill, from director Neil Jones and writer Simon Cluett.
Creatives behind The King’s Speech and Wallace and Gromit are in attendance for events and workshops at Cinemagic London (June 30-July 3).
The Irish Film Board and the Galway Film Fleadh have announced details for the 2014 Real Deal Film Conference, which will consider the future of the industry.
New Regency confirmed the casting on Monday (30) as the mouth-watering cast takes shape around Leonardo DiCaprio.
Plan unveiled as David Yates’ Tarzan swings into action, WB CEO attends Downing Street event.
New projects from Screen Stars of Tomorrow, playwrights, TV talent.
Under The Milky Way has picked up US theatrical and worldwide VOD rights to SXSW premiere Swim Little Fish Swim.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language following its recent Cannes premiere.
The 19th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 29 projects selected to benefit from Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) 2014, including projects by award-winning directors such as O Muel (Jiseul) and Hannah Espia (Transit).
Ritesh Batra, Talya Lavie, Nora Martirosyan among entrants.
Universal’s big screen outing for the popular TV sitcom scores excellent $7.3m (£4.3m) debut to dethrone Fox’s The Fault in Our Stars.
Number of BAME in film and TV workforce below UK economy average.
Rudolf van den Berg’s feature stars Tygo Gernandt [pictured] as the notorious art forger Han van Meegeren.
Mina Djukic’s film wins best film, director and actress in National Class; Free Entry by Hungary’s Yvonne Kerekgyarto gets Cineuropa Award in Fresh Danube Film section.
Thailand’s Kantana Group has set up a joint venture with Japanese studio Nikkatsu and broadcaster Nippon TV to work on projects including CGI production and animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Set to go into pre-production later this year, the film is based on Daniel Mason’s acclaimed historical novel.
Cuban-born dancer to star in Australian production, set to shoot in late 2014.
Film marks debut feature for Australian comedian Carl Barron [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Among the deals, Mexico’s In Films We Trust will buy a package of eight Russian films from Timur Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs.
UPDATE: Tony Benn doc wins audience award; Hide and Seek wins Michael Powell Award, Ice Poison takes international prize.
UPDATED JUNE 30: Paramount’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction delivered an estimated $201.3m from 10,152 international screens, $100m in North America and $301.3m worldwide in the biggest opening salvo of 2014 so far.
Paramount’s sci-fi behemoth delivered the biggest North American debut so far in 2014 on an estimated $100m as the $301.3m global launch eclipsed everything in its orbit.
Japan was the big winner at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival which ended on Saturday evening with the Golden St. George trophy for best film going to Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man (Watashi-No Otoko) [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Nymphomaniac star joins cast of Ben Wheatley’s Recorded Picture Company thriller.
Rules governing how a two-person producing team can be considered a single producer when considering who is eligible for best picture nomination have changed.
Sixteen-year Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo has joined Paramount Animation as creative director.
Genre festival to close with UK premiere of The Signal; 64 films will be screened, with 38 UK or European premieres and 11 world premieres.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar nominee Michael Lerner (Barton Fink) [pictured], Kevin Dunn (Veep), and Zach Knighton (Happy Endings) have joined Mickey Rourke in Ashby, which started shooting this week in Charlotte, North Carolina.
EXCLUSIVE: Yuji Kanda’s film just wrapped shooting in Tokyo.
Stalingrad 3D’s producer-director Fyodor Bondarchuk has a US major in his sights for the national and international distribution of the forthcoming Russian war film, Battalion Of Death, set during the First World War.
The 26th edition of New York’s LGBT festival NewFest will run from July 24-29 and features 16 narrative and five documentary features.
Hot projects at Paris-based crossmedia market and conference included Game Fever, Shiva Destroys Sex and Wei or Die.
Online comments for the teen tearjerker soar in second week of release.
UPDATE: Paramount’s behemoth is off to a flying start and has raced to $80m internationally and $121.6m worldwide.
Paolo Sorrentino, Denis Villeneuve, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Vinterberg and Lupita Nyong’o are among those invited to join the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences.
Guillermo del Toro returns will return to the director’s chair for the Legendary Pictures sci-fi sequel.
Peter Kiernan has joined 22 Jump Street star Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin as partner in their renamed production company Free Association.
The distributor, which recently reconfigured operations to focus primarily on digital distribution and will maintaining a theatrical presence where appropriate, has picked up US and Canadian rights to the Katie Holmes vehicle.
Revenue, profit surge as demand at “unprecedented level”.
Jurors include Phil Clapp of CEA, Lee Magiday of Element Pictures, Lucas Webb of Working Title, Kate Muir of The Times and Jamie Schwartz of The Weinstein Company.
Abel Ferrara’s controversial DSK feature to receive North American premiere at the genre festival, which has announced its second wave of programming.
Prime Focus World makes “significant valuation” for the UK VFX house.
Tale of real-life 1940s serial killers and lovers premiered at Cannes Critics’ Week.
Fourteen years after launching the studio, founder Joe Roth has sold Revolution Studios to Fortress Investment Group in a deal reportedly worth $250m that sees him segue into a strategic advisor role.
CBS Films has acquired rights to A G Riddle’s bestselling ebook Atlantis trilogy.
Film curation and streaming start-up Vyer Films has set the online premiere of Sion Sono’s film and struck an alliance with NYAFF operators Subway Cinema.
North American VOD channel Eurocinema is now available on Mediacom Communications.
31 projects were presented by nine Russian production houses at a pitching to the Russian Cinema Fund.
Inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival will, in part, serve as the judging platform for the eighth APSAs.
East End Film Festival has unveiled its 2014 award winners, bringing 13th edition to a close.
Irish Film Board supports the six month programme.
Tate Taylor will direct In The Event Of A Moon Disaster, which FilmNation is producing and will sell internationally.
Sundance Institute has pulled back the curtain on the films and music acts set to headline the LA festival from August 7-10.
The memoir A House In The Sky will be developed as a starring vehicle for Mara, who will also serve as a producer alongside Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, with whom she optioned the rights.
Music Branch members are no longer allowed to contact each other to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, according to new Academy rules.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global CEO Stuart Ford has curated the two-day film event, set to run in July during the International Festival Of Business 2014 (IFB 2014) in Liverpool.
Gravitas Ventures has taken all US rights to the comedy starring Jenny Slate, Olivia Wilde, Billy Crudup and Jason Bateman.
Mad Men star joins Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Luke Evans in cast.
Leading Russian actor-director-producer Fyodor Bondarchuk has indicated that he is prepared to bleep out the obscenities in Valeria Gai Germanika’s new film Yes And Yes (Da I Da) to ensure its Russian theatrical release.
Principal photography on an adaptation of Under Milk Wood, starring Rhys Ifans, has begun in Wales.
Irish film festival will feature a spotlight on new Canadian cinema and an interview with actress Brenda Fricker.
The National Theatre’s live cinema screening programme, NT Live, has no negative impact on England theatres, according to new research.
Distributor Pink Moon has acquired the Benelux rights from 104 films to Justin Edgar’s feature We Are The Freaks.
Oisin O’Neill has been named senior legal and business executive at the Irish Film Board (Bord Scannan na hEireann).
Eli Wallach, the veteran character actor whose film credits included The Magnificent Seven and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, has died. He was 98.
The China release of Transformers: Age Of Extinction is to go ahead this week after a dispute involving the owners of a hotel featured in the film appears to have come to a conclusion.
The Santa Monica-based company has reported a flurry of market and post-market activity on its Croisette slate.
The 20-day shoot has wrapped on New Artists Alliance and XLrator Media’s psychological sci-fi starring Brandon Routh, Dane Cook and Caity Lotz from UK hit The Machine.
The former CEO of Focus Features who was until recently tipped to take over as head of Film4 will collect the 18th annual Outfest Achievement Award.
Millennium Entertainment has taken US rights to Ben Wagner’s psychological horror film and SC Films has picked up international sales.
Former Sony Pictures Entertainment chief digital strategy officer Mitch Singer has been named special advisor of industry affairs at Verance Corporation.
Keith Feldman has been promoted to president of worldwide distribution at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Other guests of the festival will include Hollywood actress Laura Dern and French actress Fanny Ardant as well as directors Alice Rohrwacher, Bong Joon-ho and David Mackenzie among others.
US features Listen Up Philip and Buzzard to play in competition at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, which promises “a strong American independent cinema contingent”.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Maleficent grossed a healthy $22.01m in its opening three days in China, in a week dominated by Hollywood tentpoles, which took the top four positions in the top ten.
EXCLUSIVE: The UK’s Framestore and producer David P. Kelly are set to partner on a $5m Mexican Cold War feature Lunik III, pitched at this week’s Moscow Business Square (MBS).
Other winners at animation event include Manana Forever and Fongopolis.
UK veteran returns after stint in Australia.
Ajyal Youth Film Festival will return with a line-up of international and local features.
Creative England is looking for new members for its board, after recently adding Ian Livingstone and Belinda Budge.
Carlo Verdone’s Under A Lucky Star (Sotto Una Buona Stella) picked up the top prize at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, where AMBI Pictures’ 2047 – Sights Of Death scored a hat trick.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winner has found its US home.
IFC Midnight has pounced on North American rights to Jabbar Raisani’s sci-fi thriller. Altitude Film Sales handles international sales.
Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom’s film earned the festival’s audience award for best feature at the weekend.
Alex Ross Perry’s dark comedy premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
Yatao Li’s Chinese entry Carry On won the Best Of Festival Award, while Aneta Kopacz’s Joanna from Poland prevailed in the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Grand Jury Award.
Broadcaster expected to decide on new Film4 head in July, Screen looks at some likely candidates.
Top brass at the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) have announced the award winners of this year’s festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Runar Runarsson, the director of Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2011 selection Volcano, will start shooting his second feature in Iceland on July 14.
Award-winning composer will chair a jury that will award the Golden Lion for best feature at the 71st Venice Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Company’s increased acquisition drive includes post Cannes purchase of boxing drama Bleed For This.
Behind-the-scenes e-sports cross-media project follows pro-games stars such as sOs, Li “Sky” Xiofeng and Sophistie.
London’s biggest film export event returns with a new name and strong selection of upcoming titles.
China’s Fosun International has announced in a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that it plans to invest in former Warner Bros Pictures chief Jeff Robinov’s new venture Studio 8.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran UK producer Patrick Cassavetti has boarded Marat Alykulov’s black comedy Lenin?!.
Fox’s adaptation posts $5.8m (£3.4m) debut, including previews, to dethrone 22 Jump Street; Warner Bros’ Jersey Boys is off-key with $706,000 (£415,000) bow.
Toronto’s Breakthrough Entertainment has licensed the caper film Cas & Dylan starring Richard Dreyfuss to HBO Europe.
Individual awards will increase to a maximum of £200,000 per project.
Best UK film is David Graham Scott’s Iboga Nights.
UPDATED JUNE 23: Powered by a number one Chinese debut, Disney’s fantasy tale came in higher than estimates on $47.9m to edge out DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 on $43.2m, according to weekend estimates.
Screen Gems’ comedy Think Like A Man Too opened on $30m to finish approximately $1m ahead of Sony stablemate 22 Jump Street, which powered past $100m in its second weekend.
Fox International Productions (FIP) and China’s Bona Film Group are co-producing a Chinese-language remake of Fox hit Bride Wars, which is being directed by Tony Chan.
Greek period drama Little England was awarded three major prizes, including best film, at the Golden Goblet Awards of this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF, June 14-22).
Haim Saban’s nascent distributor led by Bill Bromiley has struck up a one-off partnership with Roadside Attractions on Cannes competition entry The Homesman as the parties plot an awards run.
Screen has confirmed that the director of Looper is in discussions with Lucasfilm to direct Episode VIII and write a treatment for Episode IX of the Star Wars series.
Fox and DreamWorks are to reunite following a rewarding collaboration on Lincoln.
Paramount Pictures and Pathé have set a December 25 limited release on Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights drama and potential awards contender. Separately, Open Road has picked up what is being described as the inspirational drama Little Boy.
EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Troussard to leave after 12 months in role.
DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 unloads the biggest wave of releases this weekend but China could upset the applecart yet again with Godzilla entering its second weekend and a debut for Maleficent.
China Film Group’s long-mooted initial public offering is moving closer, with plans for a $740m listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, according to the China Securities Regulatory Commission.
The Independent Cinema Office, the UK’s national organisation for the development and support of independent film exhibition, has confirmed speakers for its two flagship courses this summer.
Tony Hall has set out his blueprint for boosting diversity at the BBC, including creating a £2.1m commissioning fund to help ensure the corporation “represents every family and community in the UK”.
Adam Wingard’s thriller stars Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens.
Teen tear-jerker dominates online film chatter on social media.
Bas van der Ree will take up the job at the beginning of July.
Concert documentary Katy Perry: Part Of Me is to be made available for streaming to the pop star’s Facebook fans from today (June 20).
Long-time speculation over whether Ryan Kavanaugh would take his company public came into slightly sharper focus on Thursday (19) as the CEO said he anticipated doing so within the next 12-18 months.
Top brass at the Los Angeles Film Festival unveiled the winners of jury and audience awards as the festival came to a close.
Fishing Without Nets and The Internet’s Own Boy are the subject of innovative strategies that underline the changing face of distribution.
Pinewood Shepperton has been granted planning permission for the long-awaited £200m ($340m) expansion of its Buckinghamshire site.
Beijing-based Xing Xing Digital and Los Angeles production company Pelagius Entertainment are to partner on the feature animation Smart.
Cinedigm Corp has announced its latest push into the world of OTT, teaming up with the Dove Foundation on a family-friendly channel.
Letter from the Prince of Wales read at NTFS Gala event.
Withoutabox co-founders David Straus, Joe Neulight and Fred Kramer have launched Los Angeles-based Critical Mass Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: Both films to screen at the London Screenings later this month.
Benelux distributor ABC-Cinemien has confirmed its acquisition of six titles from Cannes festival and market.
EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Thomas drama starring Elijah Wood gets UK sales company.
Hybrid children’s bug movie premieres in China at Shanghai International Film Festival today (June 19).
Norwegian distributor adds to Cannes haul with award-winning Competition and Directors’ Fortnight titles.
Arts Alliance Ventures has merged its events cinema businesses into one integrated operation, to be led by CEO Mark Foster.
The Conversations, a comedy co-directed by Haider Zafar [pictured] and Marcus Flemmings, has wrapped production in London after shooting over the past year.
Universal Pictures announced on Wednesday (18) that it had moved Untitled Next Bourne Chapter from its August 14 2015 slot.
Genre festival to open with Jacky in the Kingdom of Women [pictured]; other titles include Guardians of the Galaxy, Boyhood, The Harvest and Suburban Gothic.
Serbia has become the first non-European Union country to sign up and participate in the European Union’s new Creative Europe programme.
The inaugural Scottish Film Summit wrapped today in Edinburgh with more than 200 delegates participating in two days of discussion about the future of film in Scotland.
The 18th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) announced its line-up today with Maximilian Erlenwein’s German thriller Stereo [pictured] as the opening film.
Husband-and-wife team Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan will take the hot seats at the 41st annual event, set to run in Colorado from August 29-September 1.
Mark Canton and comic publisher Graphic India have hired Mukunda Michael Dewil to adapt the Indian superhero comic book series The Sadhu for the big screen.
Connie Nielsen, Peter Fonda, Bryan Batt and Wendell Pierce have joined Nicolas Cage and Sarah Paulson on Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures’ The Runner. Separately, it emerged on Wednesday that production on Sicario will take place at Albuquerque Studios.
Umedia has picked up world sales rights to relationship drama Red Knot, starring Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser and Dredd actress Olivia Thirlby.
EXCLUSIVE: Executive producer Angelina Jolie “can’t wait for the world to see” Ethiopian drama, which has been snapped up by distributors across Europe.
Chinese biopic is directed by Ann Hui, who will chair the international jury for the Orizzonti section.
Scottish agency’s £4m ($6.8m) “not enough” for national film production, claims CEO.
Thomas Hughes has been promoted to evp of worldwide digital distribution at Lionsgate.
EXCLUSIVE: Icon Film Distribution (IFD) has signed a deal with UK sales and distribution company Park Circus to represent the IFD library for UK theatrical release.
Co-production funds run by the Berlin and Rotterdam film festivals and a new day-and-date initiative are among new projects by supported by the European Commission (EC).
Film to be given quasi-simultaneous multi-platform release in Spain.
Plans for the 20th edition of the Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the first edition under the leadership of festival director Debbi Lander, have been announced.
French entertainment company Cinesens Entertainment is releasing its app, WittiZ, in the UK following a successful launch in France.
The UK’s Bottle Yard Studios has been announced as the home of US musical comedy Galavant.
The filmmaker and academic arrives from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin, where he has served as director since 2010.
Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment and Chad Archibald’s Black Fawn Films have teamed up to produce eight genre features over the next two years.
Shout! Factory, The Film Collective, Dada Films, and Brainstorm Media will partner on the launch of EuropaCorp’s animated film Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart.
Victor Levin’s romantic dramedy stars Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Olivia Thirlby, Lambert Wilson, Frank Langella and Glenn Close. The Solution Entertainment Group handles international sales.
China box office: Godzilla had an impressive opening at the China box office last weekend, grossing $37m and pushing Edge Of Tomorrow to second place.
Line-up includes new features by Dario Argento, Jacob Tierney and Fantasia alumni Rob Grant and Kerry Prior.
The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced six Thai works from rising filmmakers for this year’s Project Spotlight in the Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF).
Ukrainian feature wins Grand Prix at ‘Zerkalo’ Andrey Tarkovsky International Film Festival.
ACISE-LA, the Academy For Canadians In Sports And Entertainment, has announced three new entertainment ambassadors.
Family comedy starring Rosamund Pike and David Tennant from the writers of BBC series Outnumbered.
Icelandic director Bendikt Erlingsson’s Of Horses And Men won the Golden Iris Award, the top prize at the 12th Brussels Film Festival.
Colin Firth has left StudioCanal’s Paddington Bear project midway through production.
Two very different projects centring on the US soldier at the centre of the recent POW swap with the Taliban are headed to the screen, according to reports in the Hollywood trade press.
Film restoration expert Paul Korver and former American Cinematheque head of programming Dennis Bartok have thrown their hat into the distribution arena with Cinelicious Pics.
Teresa Palmer is in negotiations to join Alcon Entertainment’s re-creation of the 1991 action-thriller. Lionsgate International handles international sales. Separately, Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones will star in Voice From The Stone.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles include Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, and Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales.
Cinedigm has promoted two key employees and hired three managers as it continues to bolster its digital credentials.
The studio has announced the slots for a pair of high profile Steven Spielberg projects.
EXCLUSIVE: Black List and Brit List script was developed with Northern Ireland Screen.
Relativity Media has announced strategic alliances with China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corp (JSBC) and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) and has also been appointed international distribution partner by China Film Promotion International.
English-language thriller set on French Riviera in the 1950s due to shoot July 2015.
The 13th edition of the festival is set to run from September 24-28 and will feature more than 100 screenings.
Film revolving around Native American community, directed by Damian John Harper, to shoot early 2015.
Italian director won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for The Wonders.
Sony’s sequel adds $3.8m (£2.26m) to hold off newcomers and the World Cup; Warner Bros’ Oculus is the highest new entry with $701,000 (£413,000).
South Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sold Cannes Directors’ Fortnight thriller A Hard Day to 30 territories led by the UK (StudioCanal) and Japan (New Select).
Oriental DreamWorks has struck development deals with Chinese producers including Dreams of the Dragon Pictures, as it moves towards producing more live action and China-originated content.
Owen Gower’s Still the Enemy Within wins audience award.
The Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night, starring Marion Cotillard, wins Sydney Film Prize.
Feature set against the backdrop of traveller community in France premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight
UPDATED JUNE 16: Warner Bros’ reboot records distributor’s best-ever opening weekend in China with $36m.
Sony’s sequel launches with second biggest R-rated comedy debut at $60m; Fox’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 flies in with $50m.
Daly, who is also chairman of BAFTA LA, is honoured for services to film and TV industry.
Crouching Tiger cinematographer Peter Pau produces with Desen’s Ann An.
Teresa Cheng has been appointed to the post of general manager of Lucasfilm Singapore, reporting directly to Lynwen Brennan, president and general manager of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM).
The $65m Chinese-language film is shooting now.
A Brazilian feature wins at the animation festival for the second consecutive year; market reports record high.
EXCLUSIVE: Production Guild of Great Britain launches opportunity for 30 location assistants and runners to be trained and mentored by top location managers in film and TV.
With Edge Of Tomorrow not scheduled to debut in any new markets this weekend the pressure is on Warner Bros’ sci-fi to pull away from its $140m perch towards the $200m mark.
Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell will work wiht Summer Shelton to produce Keep The Change.
Director re-imprisoned over the weekend in notorious Evin jail.
Sony’s comedy sequel generates most buzz of the week.
Producers Scott Free Productions and Route One Films announced the casting on Thursday (June 12). Mister Smith introduced the project in Cannes and has licensed more than 35 territories.
The actor was taken to hospital in Oxford on Thursday (June 12) after hurting his ankle, Disney confirmed.
Senior vp of theatrical marketing and distribution Dylan Wiley and other eOne executives are on the way out as the company shifts towards an “aggressive” ancillary strategy in light of the Phase 4 acquisition.
The company has picked up North American rights from ICM Partners to Stephen Belber’s drama starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard.
The British actor will portray the country singer in Bron Studios / RatPac Entertainment’s I Saw The Light.
Film Independent and the United Nations have launched their new Free & Equal Global Film Series at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Ukrainian film-maker “cruelly beaten”, threatened with rape and isolated from lawyers.
Lowell Dean’s horror comedy [pictured] sells to UK, German-speaking Europe, Japan and Australia, among others.
Special jury award went to Attacking the Devil [pictured], while Lifetime Achievement was presented to Roger Graef.
Highly anticipated Chinese kung-fu action film brings martial arts icon Wong Fei Hung back on screen.
German director Christian Schwochow will present his film West and participate in a Q&A on the opening night gala of KINO! Festival Of German Films in New York on June 12.
Chinese box office of more than $3.52bn in 2013 increased 27.5% on the previous year and received a boost from local fare, while foreign films are withering in the face of fierce competition, according to a new report from EntGroup Consulting.
GFM records deals out of Cannes on Terry Jones’ comedy [pictured], among others.
EXCLUSIVE: 22 producers from across Europe, Canada and the US to take part in this year’s training programme.
Leading lights in Abu Dhabi’s nascent film sector have told Hollywood executives they are ramping up efforts to create a Middle East media and content hub as the region invests in sustainable alternatives to an oil-based economy.
35th edition of the festival runs June 19-28.
21st edition reveals that 73% of the total £2.24bn video market remains in a physical rather than a digital format.
Mark Monheim’s film [pictured] will be shown at the German Films Previews later this month in Dresden.
Second edition of the online festival runs until June 26.
The European premiere of Dana Brown’s motorcycle documentary On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter will open the action strand Savage Cinema at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, set to run in the Basque region from September 19-27.
Benjamin Dickinson’s dark sci-fi comedy took the top prize at the US In Progress independent showcase in Paris on Wednesday (11).
The digital curator has teamed up with MJ Peckos and Steven Raphael’s Dada Films on the US release of the retro thriller
The group’s recent electionn sees Open Road Integrated Media evp of production Luke Parker Bowles named vice-chairman.
Paladin has picked up US rights from Andrew Herwitz of the Film Sales Company to The Man On Her Mind, the latest film by filmmaker, author, and playwright Alan Hruska, it was announced by company president, Mark Urman.
Christian Parkes has been appointed chief brand officer of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. effective June 16
EXCLUSIVE: Parkland Pictures records deals with Entertainment One (eOne) for UK & North America and Zylo for France on WWII action film [pictured].
Peter Webber to head jury, David Puttnam to deliver lecture during fifth edition of the Ukranian festival.
Annual event to be held on June 18 on the topic of Great British Film, Television and Games Event - Striving for Diversity Nirvana.
Grace Jones - The Musical of My Life, The Lovers and the Despot and Irene’s Ghost to receive funding following Sheffield Doc/Fest pitching session.
9ers Entertainment record pre-sales on mystery horror.
Bille August’s intimate drama [pictured] sells to Benelux, Taiwan, Hungary and Australia.
Fifth edition runs July 10-17 and will also feature the UK premiere of Million Dollar Arm.
John Aalbers to replace Howard Kiedaisch, who is stepping down after nine years in the position.
Fledgling animation company receives Copenhagen Film Fund investment for Longway North.
European animators mourn passing of producer-director Thilo Rothkirch.
KVIFF kicks off July 4 with director Mike Cahill and actors Michael Pitt and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in attendance.
International market dedicated to factual content runs June 23-26 in La Rochelle, France.
EXCLUSIVE: The first initiative to come out of Film Hub North is a partnership between Sheffield Doc/Fest and Cineworld aimed at bringing documentaries to multiplex audiences.
Disney’s reimagining of Sleeping Beauty to screen in 24 IMAX cinemas from Friday [June 13].
Universal has picked up worldwide rights to Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest original screenplay, Hail, Caesar!
Oliver Stone and Moritz Borman have added more source material to their upcoming Edward Snowden feature.
Variance Films has picked up North American rights from Celluloid Dreams to the latest film from Jafar Panahi’s, the Iranian filmmaker who remains under house arrest and continues to defy a 20-year filmmaking ban.
The live-action children’s adaptation was arguably the highlight of the Weinsteins’ Cannes sizzle reel presentation and has received a vote of faith as it moves from December 12 into prime holiday season.
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marza Animation Planet are teaming up on a feature version of the hit Sega game.
Principal photography has begun in the UK on Robert Carlyle’s feature directorial debut The Legend of Barney Thomson (formerly The Long Midnight Of Barney Thomson). Myriad Pictures handles world sales.
The American Cinema Editors (ACE) has set the date for its 65th annual awards show, the ACE Eddie Awards.
Lava Bear Films has promoted Jennifer Semler to vice-president of production and Allison Warren to creative executive.
Pulse Films has added Brooklyn-based Ben & Katja to its stable of commercial directors.
The Scottish singer is among the directors and composers selected for one of two Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Labs at Skywalker Sound, set to run from July 8-22.
The board of governors at the American Society Of Cinematographers (ASC) has appointed its new officers.
Ryan Croy has been appointed managing partner at Los Angeles-based PR film Fifteen Minutes.
Tickets for 12 additional dates on sale tomorrow [June 11].
Amos Gitai [pictured], Michael Smiley and Lenora Crichlow among the judges at this year’s festival.
In a letter to Russian authorities, European film-makers have expressed their worry about the fate of Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov
Alexandros Avranas’ suicide drama claimed the Orpheus Award for best feature as the 8th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) concluded over the weekend (June 8).
Around the World in 50 Concerts to open 27th edition of the documentary festival.
Abbeygate Cinemas Limited complete acquistion from City Screen Limited.
World premiere of Tom Collins’ An Bronntanas to close this year’s festival, which runs July 8-13.
Producers at Sheffield Doc/Fest talk about Oscars race for documentaries.
Film adaptation of Beth Reekles’ teen novel has been developed by Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment.
Sigourney Weaver will appear in James Cameron’s next three Avatar films, the director has confirmed.
16 European producers will partner with 16 cross-media professionals at the fifth edition of Power to the Pixel’s annual event.
EXCLUSIVE: British cinematographer Polly Morgan also boards Ayoub Qanir’s sci-fi thriller.
North American provider of visual effects to join Technicolor’s production services division, which includes MPC.
Moscow Business Square (June 21-24) runs parallel to the Moscow International Film Festival.
Deal will see Belga Films will release Umedia films on all media throughout Benelux.
Festival to open with European premiere of The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers.
Modern take on the Jack the Ripper story is in post-production for a 2015 release.
GKIDS has acquired North American rights to Alê Abreu’s Brazilian animation Boy And The World, which screens in competition at Annecy this week.
UPDATED JUNE 9: A muscular launch for the latest Tom Cruise tentpole-elect by Warner Bros Pictures International provided a timely reminder of how the veteran’s star power remains undiminished, outside North America at least.
The distributor has picked up North American rights from Paradigm and plans an early October day-and-date theatrical and VOD release.
Cinedigm has hired Jeffrey Edell as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Separately, RLJ Entertainment has appointed Mike Pears evp of content sales.
Top brass at the Independent Filmmaker Project announced on Monday (9) the 10 narrative features selected for the 2014 Independent Filmmaker Labs.
Kasimir Burgess’ drama gets VOD launch across most of Australia after its Sydney Film Festival premiere.
The Young Ones star’s film roles included Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.
Accepting a lifetime achievement award in Transilvania, Winger talks about her career, fracking and film vs digital.
Ghibli to give master-class at lakeside Annecy International Animation Festival.
Touching drama Dearest will be released on Sept 26 in China.
Jesse Moss’ documentary [pictured] receives its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Sony’s sequel posts strong $8.1m (£4.85m) bow to dethrone Maleficent; Warner Bros’ Grace of Monaco lands with $400,000 (£238,000).
Fernando León de Aranoa’s English-language debut pre-sells to multiple territories for WestEnd Films.
Second edition of market now open to projects seeking completion funding.
Iranian film-maker named as president of the international jury for this year’s awards.
Third title in the West End Theatre Series to be the first ever Event Cinema release in Dolby Atmos.
EXCLUSIVE: Tetsuya Nakashima’s mystery is set to open in UK cinemas in early 2015.
Alexander Kott’s love story [pictured] awarded the Grand Prix and the prize for best cinematography.
Agreement will allow the two guilds to foster working relationships between US and Italian producers.
This year’s forum will focus on the merger of culture with education, finance and technology.
British film-maker [pictured] to judge short film competition.
Cross-media project market and conference unfolds June 19-20.
First film from the slate will be romantic drama Immoral Dilemma.
Film, starring Thabo Rametsi [pictured], marks the 35th anniversary of the execution of Solomon Mahlangu.
Richard Linklater’s acclaimed family portrait won the Golden Space Needle Award for best film and best director honours as the 40th Seattle International Film Festival came to a conclusion on Sunday (June 8).
The Fox 2000 drama dislodged Maleficent and dismissed the challenge of Tom Cruise to storm to number one.
The Transilvania International Film Festival’s (TIFF) main prize went this year to Spanish film-maker Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Stockholm as the week-long festival came to a close on June 8.
The 21st edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest kicked off last night with the European premiere of Florian Habicht’s documentary Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets, about Britpop band Pulp.
PGA elects Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary presidents
Marvel took to Twitter at the weekend (June 7) to announce its replacement for Edgar Wright, who departed the project last month over what is understood to be creative differences.
Florence Almozini has been appointed senior programmer and Jake Perlin and Rachael Rakes have been named programmers-at-large.
The London-based company, which claims to pay musicians without retaining any rights, has opened a Los Angeles office.
John Powers Middleton, who has worked as executive producer on A&E’s Bates Motel and the Oldboy remake, has teamed up with Casey Affleck to launch a production company.
French mini major MK2 has acquired Spain’s Cinesur cinema chain, the country’s third biggest chain.
Ticket sales record set by Secret Cinema for its biggest live cinema event presenting Back to The Future.
Broadway Cinema in Nottingham has launched a £100,000 film investment fund.
An observational documentary and two fiction films are the first projects to be supported by the Transilvania Film Festival Fund (TFFF).
Angelina Jolie’s fresh approach to Sleeping Beauty holds its lead on its second week of release.
Vic Bateman, one of the UK’s longest serving international sales agents who handled films including The Deer Hunter and The Elephant Man, has died.
Screen International is today unveiling its 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow, profiling rising actors, writers, directors, producers and heads of department.
The highly regarded publicist has been promoted to senior vice-president at the global entertainment public relations and marketing agency.
Lupita Nyong’o is reuniting with Plan B and has secured with D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions rights to develop Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah. Separately, Judi Dench has boarded Tulip Fever.
China Movie Media Group (CMMG) announced it will open a US office and has teamed up with Paramount to market the imminent summer release Transformers: Age Of Extinction in China.
The respected and experienced buyer has been named executive vice-president of acquisitions as the company seeks to ramp up the slate.
The 20th edition of the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market will showcase 330 films and is set to run from June 17-23.
The production partners have agreed with Imax for the latter to release up to 15 of their films through 2017.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Russell Friedenberg and Randy Redroad’s dramedy starring Johnny Sequoyah, Amy Smart and Victoria Smurfit.
To mark the 30th anniversary of Ivan Reitman’s film Sony will release a restored and remastered 4K version in North America on Labor Day Weekend (August 29).
Cohen Media Group has tapped Oscar-nominated director Peter Bogdanovich to direct its television miniseries adaptation of Edward Ball’s The Inventor And The Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder And The Birth Of Moving Pictures.
The founder of DDA Public Relations and head of DDA Consulting is to serve as external special advisor Medient Studios.
British actor Tom Hardy has claimed that TV productions are increasingly offering film talent the chance to develop more immersive shows and retain greater creative control over productions.
The 2014 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival has announced its complete programming line-up for the event, set to run from July 10-20.
The TV Collective founder Simone Pennant has questioned the validity of the licence fee at a Creative Week panel on the lack of diversity in the film and TV industries.
Non Stop Productions, producer of Cannes winner Leviathan, is among nine “industry leaders” selected by the Russian Cinema Fund (Fond Kino) to take a share of $55m (RUB1.9bn).
In what promises to be a massive session all-round, Warner Bros deploys its new sci-fi in a major international offensive day-and-date with North America.
Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan) has announced the It Project market selection with 21 genre film projects.
In keeping with Lucasfilm and Disney’s mission to exploit the Star Wars universe, the partners have hired the director to make a feature that will not be part of the trilogy.
Former A-Film Benelux CEO Wilco Wolfers has been appointed COO of eOne Benelux and will start work on August 15.
It was the growth of the Harry Potter franchise that set up the UK film industry to be a world leader in visual effects, Josh Berger, president and MD Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Ireland and Spain said today during his keynote at MBI’s Creative Week Media Summit.
Icon Film Distribution CEO Ian Dawson talks about the relaunched company’s strategy to fill a gap in the UK market.
EXCLUSIVE: David Tennant-Rosamund Pike comedy sells to key markets for Independent.
Documentaries to benefit include The Possibilities Are Endless, about musician Edwyn Collins’ battle to regain his memory.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s The Young and Prodigious Spivet will be the opening film at this year’s Filmfest München (June 27-July 5) after Jeunet previously kicked off the festival in Munich in 2001 with Amelie From Montmartre.
Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith will reprise her stage role in TriStar Productions and BBC Films’ screen version of The Lady In The Van.
Indiecan Entertainment in partnership with Indiegogo has announced the launch of the Indiegogo campaigns for this year’s INDIECAN10K feature film projects.
Al Pacino is to present screenings of his filmed production of Salomé and documentary Wilde Salomé at an event in London that will be streamed across the UK.
The Cambridge Film Festival to be held earlier than in previous years and will include a focus on the early silent films of Gerhard Lamprecht.
Disney’s $500m acquisition of Maker Studios is just one drop in what is set to become a wave of investment as major media companies target vast online audiences, Stream Market conference attendees heard (June 3).
EXCLUSIVE: MFI reports strong business on Palme d’Or winner.
The Motion Picture Association Of America and Chinese-language video portal Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technologies (Xunlei) have agreed on a partnership to protect Hollywood content.
The US rights deal to David Robert Mitchell’s follow-up to The Myth Of The American Sleepover closed after the recent world premiere in Critics’ Week.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ron Perlman and Joey King have joined Jeremy Irvine on the cast of Stonewall
Seven world premieres and five international premieres include an animated movie for the first time in competition; US drama Low Down starring John Hawkes and Elle Fanning; and Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s follow-up to Either Way.
Hong Kong-based Edko Films has announced 3D fantasy adventure Monster Hunt, to be directed by Raman Hui, who co-directed Shrek The Third.
This Is Not A Ball will premiere on June 13, one day after the World Cup kicks off in Brazil.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Celine Sciamma’s drama following its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight.
Lena Schömann, producer of box office hit Fack Ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer), is switching to Constantin Film after 12 years at the distributor-producer’s subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion.
Acquisitions include the first ever animation in Karlovy Vary’s competition and the debut of an EFA-nominated filmmaker.
Event cinema organiser to recreate the town of Hill Valley for Secret Cinema’s biggest production to date.
Fumi Nikaido will receive the inaugural Screen International Rising Star Award at the 13th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), set to run from June 27-July 14.
The philanthropist and CNN founder will collect the inaugural Film Independent Humanitarian Award presented in partnership with the UCLA Burkle Global Impact Initiative.
Millennials, the demographic that content creators and advertisers cannot hear enough about, give new TV shows a 10-minute probation period and will not commit to a series unless Season 2 has the greenlight.
Carlo Cresto-Dina’s Italian production company tempesta has sold a 20% stake to BIM founder Valerio De Paolis.
Tom Hardy-owned indie Hardy Son and Baker has signed a first-look deal with NBC Universal International.
Producers of Metalhead and Either Way team with LA’s Ashley M Kent on the English-language drama.
New projects from Kutlug Ataman, Bogdan Mustata, Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross among the 14 titles.
Principal photography on Breakthrough Entertainment’s family comedy has started in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: Production on the comedy has kicked off in Marrakech, Morocco. Open Road will distribute in the US in spring 2015 and QED International handled sales.
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has reported a strong response from Cannes buyers to The Master Cleanse, the fantasy horror that launched on the Croisette and will star Johnny Galecki, Chloë Sevigny and Anjelica Huston.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor’s Cannes haul includes crime-drama Son of a Gun.
The CEO has departed the ambitious New York-based financier-producer with immediate effect.
The controversial filmmaker renowned for his fiercely intelligent accounts of US history has come on board to direct the tale of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in what will be a race to the screen with rival project No Place To Hide.
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures International has secured a handful of key sales on the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, which screened in Cannes Classics.
12 Years a Slave Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Phase 4’s Berry Meyerowitz to preside over eOne’s US film and distribution business
International Film Trust (IFT) has sold all overseas territories to Peter Sollett’s upcoming comedy You Shall Know Our Velocity starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Disney’s reimagining posts excellent $11m (£6.6m) debut, including previews, to top the chart; Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past nears £20m after just 11 days in play.
Take Down, a thriller starring Jeremy Sumpter [pictured] from the director of I Know What You Did Last Summer, is to be the first feature to receive investment through the Welsh Government’s new £30m ($50m) Media Investment Budget.
Films by Todd Solondz, Ralph Fiennes and Andrei Konchalovsky as well as an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s White Nights, starring Daniel Brühl, are among 12 projects to be supported by Russia’s Ministry of Culture this year.
Kim Ki-duk’s One on One is to open the Venice Film Festival’s independantly run Venice Days section.
Korea’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has appointed Kim Young-woo as Asian Cinema programmer, to handle documentaries and short films from Asia.
UPDATED JUNE 2: Disney’s Maleficent scored a better-than-estimated $106.1m international debut in 47 territories to beat Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past as the studio crossed $2bn worldwide.
Four years since the world last saw Jolie in a lead live-action role, the star returned to winning ways in Maleficent with a career-best launch courtesy of Disney’s fantasy romp.
LA-based Continental Media has picked up worldwide sales rights to EBF Productions’ upcoming thriller Recovery.
The US rights deal for Marc Carrete’s feature directorial debut follows the recent world premiere at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Australian distributor pre-buys Trespass Against Us.
Sequel to local box office hit Red Dog wins Screen Australia backing alongside a thriller starring Kerry Fox.
Entertainment accountancy firm Nyman Libson Paul has launched an innovative new funding initiative called The Movies Begin Ltd (TMB), intended to help producers at the early stages of financing their films.
Katie Holmes, Max Irons and Charles Dance among the new additions to the true story starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl.
A gala open-air screening of Stephen Frears’ Philomena will tonight (May 30) launch the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) which is expanding its industry dimension for its 13th edition.
New York-based Cargo Film & Releasing has secured international sales rights to 1971, Bronx Obama, and David & Me.
Lured by British Columbia’s enticing 58% tax incentives, Sony Pictures Imageworks is relocating its headquarters from Los Angeles to Vancouver.
Disney’s Maleficent tops Tom Cruise actioner Edge of Tomorrow but the latest X-Men feature soars ahead of the rest.
Company working on documentary Hostage To The Devil.
Festival seeks $25,000 to help run national competition.
The Open University and Pinewood Studios are to work together to produce a free online course for people who are interested in pursuing a commercial career in the film industry.
Highlights include a British producers’ masterclass with speakers including Damian Jones (Belle) and Kate Ogborn (The Deep Blue Sea).
Curzon Cinemas’ Video-on-Demand service is being revamped as the company relaunches its Curzon Home Cinema site.
The Empire Leicester Square is opening its new IMAX screen to the public from today, screening Tom Cruise thriller Edge of Tomorrow.
EXCLUSIVE: Investors say their contribution to period drama The Moon And The Sun is China’s biggest financial contribution to a non-studio movie produced outside mainland China. [Exclusive first image]
EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ LA based Continental Media have reported a strong response to the Cannes slate led by Nobel and Unknown Caller.
Cinema Management Group founder Edward Noeltner has struck a deal for ARC Entertainment to distribute the credit card scam thriller in North America.
MGM and Warner Bros are teaming up with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin on a feature trilogy of the 1994 feature.
Production has begun on A Faster Horse, the first film from Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s White Horse Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals include multi-territory accord by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.
The results are in from Screen International’s team of top film critics at the Cannes Film Festival.
RADiUS has acquired the bulk of worldwide rights from Submarine to Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson’s Beyond The Brick: A Lego Brickumentary.
Josh Goldstine has been appointed the studio’s president of worldwide marketing.
The companies have set June 3 2016 for the release of the Seth Rogen animated comedy.
Larry Charles will write and may direct a reimagined version of the cult Australian hit The Man Who Sued God for New Films International (NFI).
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has closed more deals on David Robert Mitchell’s Cannes buzz title It Follows.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer is planning remakes of Thirst and The Survivor.
Mostofa S. Farooki’s Ant Story and John Carney’s Begin Again are among the films that will compete for the Golden Goblet Award at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).
The entry of local conglomerate Lippo Group and Korea’s CJ CGV into Indonesian exhibition looks set to shake up a market that has huge potential but has so far failed to grow.
Controversial VOD-only release of Welcome to New York sets precedent for future film releases in France.
After winning Best Screenplay at Cannes for Leviathan, Andrei Zvyagintsev is to head the jury at the 25th “Kinotavr” Open Russian Film Festival in Sochi.
Palme d’Or winner generates highest volume of online buzz while Kristen Stewart beats Robert Pattinson across social chatter.
British producer joins Michael Fassbender’s DMC Film.
Disney’s fantasy romp starring Angelina Jolie stormed into the UK on May 28 ahead of a 47-market weekend invasion that will face off with Fox International’s proven juggernaut X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation, coming off a strong Cannes market, is close to selling out John Carney’s upcoming Sing Street, featuring music from U2’s Bono and The Edge.
Distributor acquires US rights to Ruben Östlund’s Un Certain Regard jury prize-winner.
Atom Egoyan’s thriller records deals with the likes of France, Italy, Korea and the Middle East, among others.
Streaming service teams up with Reinventors for a six-part interactive web series.
Beki Probst to become president of the Berlinale’s European Film Market after more than 25 years as head of the EFM.
Distributor has acquired US rights to the third instalment of the film series, based on the popular TV show.
In collaboration with web platform Tugg Inc, TFI plans to give community screening venues easy access to an exclusive collection.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals across slate including new Julianne Moore and Mickey Rourke dramas.
First 10 films selected will play on the festival’s website ahead of online voting, which takes place from June 10-21.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor acquires Kornel Mundruczo’s Un Certain Regard winner.
Highlights include Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Abel Ferrara’s controversial DSK feature Welcome To New York.
EXCLUSIVE: Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office has secured further buyers for Austrian auteur Jessica Hausner’s morbid “romantic comedy” Amour Fou, which screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival last week.
The German film industry is mourning the passing of film-maker Helma Sanders-Brahms, one of the leading women directors of the New German Cinema with a broad international following, at the age of 73 after a long illness.
Producer awarded with the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.
First edition aims to bridge the worlds of film, finance and philanthropy.
Lars von Trier and Peter Aalbæk Jensen’s Zentropa Entertainments has been put under “stricter control” by the Danish Film Institute over future state support for its productions and its auditor has been reported to the National Audit Committee.
Olivier Assayas’ next film stars Robert Pattinson and will be produced and financed by Benaroya Pictures.
Nia Vardalos has written sequel to hit comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
EXCLUSIVE: Cannes Jury Prize winner marks Godard’s first Official Selection award in 50-year career.
Horror thriller to be receive day-and-date theatrical and VoD release in the US, with Lionsgate handling home entertainment.
American Hustle producer appointed as president of production.
Divergent sequel to be released in North America on March 20, 2015.
Film-maker and video game producer died on Friday in a motorcycle accident.
China Box Office: Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past has had the biggest opening weekend for a Hollywood film so far this year in China, grossing $39.35m in three days (May 23-25).
Fox’s latest X-Men outing posts best debut of the series to date at $15.4m (£9.1m), marking the biggest opening of 2014 in the process.
Sony Pictures Classics takes US rights to Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s Un Certain Regard winner.
Cedric Jimenez’s crime-thriller starring Jean Dujardin impressed in Cannes.
CJ E&M has announced Korea-China co-production Once Again, 20’s (working title), a Chinese-language film based on hit Korean comedy Miss Granny.
Scandi distributor’s pick-ups include Palo Alto [pictured] and Kristen Stewart drama Camp X-Ray.
Drag queen drama, screened in Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival, sold to Germany, Australia and Poland.
The TTIP free-trade talks between the EU and US continue to come under fire from a growing chorus of European film-makers and EU Culture Ministers.
Ace Studios and Odyssey Media’s action thriller Pound Of Flesh, starring Jean Claude Van Damme, wrapped in Ace Studios’ facilities in Guangdong, China this week.
TrustNordisk sells Western starring Mads Mikkelsen into Europe and Asia.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor is understood to have picked up North American rights to Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s Un Certain Regard winner.
Joe Dante executive producing the New York-set thriller.
X-Men: Days of Future Past took control of the international box office this weekend, grossing $171.1m from more than 100 countries to become the biggest opener ever for Fox International, beating Avatar’s $165m in December 2009.
X-Men: Days of Future Past had a powerful but not record-breaking opening at the North American box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $90.7m over the first three days of the four day Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep has won the coveted Palme d’Or at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, where Timothy Spall and Julianne Moore picked up Best Actor and Best Actress.
There were a number of surprises among the Cannes 2014 winners, in a year in which there were a number of very strong titles but no clear White Ribbon-style masterpiece as a shoo-in for the top award.
Film sold by Le Pacte.
Kornél Mundruczó’s White God has won the top prize in Un Certain Regard at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
The ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ director had been attached to the project since 2006.
Thomas Cailley’s French drama scores hat-trick at the Cannes Film Festival sidebar.
Other winners include Jauja and Love at First Fight.
CEO of the Berlin-based producer-distributor resigns after eight years in the role and “takes responsibility” for major losses in 2013.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers snap up classroom drama screening in Cannes.
George Eads stars as a professional poker player.
Un Certain Regard titles revolves around 60-year-old nightclub hostess who decides to get married and settle down.
Tale set against backdrop of boarding school for deaf children woos buyers and critics.
Gareth Edwards, the British director behind the recent Gozilla movie, is to direct the first Star Wars spin-off film.
Norwegian distributor scores hat-trick of Competition titles.
Netflix has fought off competition from broadcasters the BBC and ITV and is on the brink of ordering its first original show from the UK – a £100m biopic of the Queen.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to dominate the global box office this weekend, opening in 80 international markets over the same weekend it makes its debut in North America.
Open Road and Studiocanal set release for the new thriller from the director of Taken and reveal the first image with star Sean Penn.
In Cannes, the eighth annial Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast award has gone to Merican Chick.
Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment aqcuire domestic rights to indie thriller starring Spy Kids actress Alexa Vega.
The story of one of cycling’s most flamboyant icons is being readied for theatrical release in North and South America this July.
The X-Men may put up a good fight but they prove no match for Godzilla in this week’s online buzz chart.
The Tribe (Plemya) by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy has won three prizes at the Cannes 2014 Critics’ Week sidebar.
Jason Zada to direct the supernatural thriller; Good Universe partners with Lava Bear on international sales
EXCLUSIVE: Soda takes on one title from Cannes Competition and one from Un Certain Regard.
Ahead of its official red-carpet screening, Xavier Dolan’s latest sold to the UK, Scandinavia and Russia/CIS, among others.
Newly launched distribution company takes North American rights to Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes Competition title.
EXCLUSIVE: July Jung’s Un Certain Regard title [pictured] among Cannes pick-ups by the independent art-house UK distributor.
Abbas Kiarostami and the Jury announce the winners of this year’s selection.
Korean remake of Point Blank sells to Germany and Latin America, among others.
Former film commissioner at the Danish Film Institute appointed artistic director.
Lee Seok-hoon’s period adventure [pictured] sells to 15 countries.
PicturePipe will provide an online platform that will allow producers to submit films to the European Film Awards.
Israeli film-maker will work with Alejandro Iñárritu for a year.
Trade association will be hosting a number of events in its ECA Lounge.
€5.5m will be made available for online distribution initiatives.
For the first time, Raindance Film Festival will screen some of its selections at Vue cinemas in six cities.
EXCLUSIVE: Fledgling UK sales outfit inks multiple deals on Russian thriller.
Director worked on more than 80 pictures in prolific career.
UK distributor picks up the likes of Predestination, Young Ones and Hellion [pictured].
Horror [pictured], starring Jason Mewes, has also sold to North America.
Streaming service set for its biggest expansion to date.
Programme is aimed at the ten selected short film-makers in order to support them in their transition to features.
Milton Keynes film-maker named as the winner of the film category in Samsung’s talent search.
The curation-oriented streaming service also acquires 16 titles from Chicago-based distributor Olive Films.
Stewart named Manager of Corporate Communications.
International trade was low-key in contrast to the fanfare that surrounded US activity, yet the market correction that has brought more real projects and less bombast augurs well for savvy operators.
Video of JJ Abrams on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, including a previously unseen creature
EXCLUSIVE: Inception Film Partners has licensed rights in Cannes to more than 25 territories on the Evan Rachel Wood and Scott Speedman rom-com Barefoot.
Kristian Levring’s Western received its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival
New film to be titled Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Well Go USA Entertainment closes US deal for Zak Hilditch’s Cannes title.
Case studies include Cannes hit It Follows; producer Rebecca Green talks financing challenges.
Paramount Pictures and Pathé announced that principal photography has commenced in the US South on the Martin Luther King Civil Rights drama Selma starringn
Universal Pictures has announced “an intensified commitment” to its multicultural marketing division and promoted Fabian Castro to oversee the department and extended Talitha Watkins’ contract.
Alex Walton arrived on the Croisette with a new company backed by Garmin heir Ken Kao and arguably the prestige title of the market – and the buyers have responded.
EXCLUSIVE: Indie Sales has closed key a raft of deals on Jean-Pierre Ameris’ Marie’s Story: From Darkness to Light.
EXCLUSIVE: Premiere Entertainment Group has closed a raft of deals in Cannes on The Night Crew starring Luke Goss, Danny Trejo and Bokeem Woodbine.
Kino Lorber has acquired from Le Pacte all US rights to Alain Resnais’ (pictured) final film The Life Of Riley.
AFI DOCS will open with the world premiere of Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey and close with Life Itself.
EXCLUSIVE: UK, France among multi-million dollar buyers of Lionsgate’s Liam Neeson fantasy.
EXCLUSIVE: German outfit readies Hoffman, Plummer, Chelsom films, preps US tie-up.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony acquires UK and select territories on Bill Murray comedy.
Taipei Factory II, co-produced by Taipei Film Commission and Italy’s Rai Cinema, has wrapped in Taipei.
EXCLUSIVE: Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz’ divorce drama premiered in Directors’ Fortnight.
EXCLUSIVE: Documentary about legendary Israeli producers sells to France, Japan and Australia.
Veteran programmer Tony Watts has slotted two Cannes market titles into the upcoming inaugural Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) in Ontario, Canada.
EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has reported a solid Cannes market and closed key sales on the Nicolas Cage crime thriller.
Documentary Ballet Boys dancing to Taiwan.
The Russian Cinema Fund, with backing from the Russian Ministry of Culture, presented 18 new Russian productions at a Cannes Market showcase yesterday.
Trevor Philips OBE and Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy are to join the speakers at Creative Week’s Diversify event.
New Europe sells vampire comedy to Monster Pictures for Australia and UK.
Jury will make its final deliberations in a public, live-streamed event.
Film London and Ile de France Film Commission renew partnership for fifth year running.
Horror-romance starring Danny Dyer sells to UK distributor.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer is in Cannes with slate that includes a restored William S Burroughs doc and On The Milky Road.
EXCLUSIVE: Animation features voice cast of Lisa Kudrow, Edward James Olmos and Cheech Marin.
Company closes multiple sales on Heart of a Lion [pictured].
Read Screen International’s latest daily magazine from the 67th Cannes Film Festival here.
Yang Zi’s film is based on a Chinese novel by Ge Shuiping.
Wild Bunch expects to sell out on Ken Loach’s competition title.
Submarine has sold a raft of territories on Tribeca opener Time Is Illmatic.
EXCLUSIVE: Glacier Films backer and producer Vladimir Poliakov is launching a $100m fund to ramp up production at the year-old company.
Main Street Films announced in Cannes it has entered into a financing and co-production partnership with Hong Kong-based investment fund Crown Brand Corporation Limited.
CineCoup has announced that Lowell Dean will direct the sequel to his genre hit WolfCop.
eOne Films Canada has picked up three titles in Cannes, taking rights to Little Prince from WildBunch, Somnia from Sierra Affinity and Viral from Blumhouse International.
Sundance Institute will present the Sundance NEXT Fest summer event from August 7-10.
Inaugural edition of the new co-production market will run June 12-13.
EXCLUSIVE: Film inspired by real-life stoning of young Mali couple draws buyers.
EXCLUSIVE: MFI completes slew of deals on Palme d’Or contender.
EXCLUSIVE: Animated sequel sells to UK distributor, among other territories.
Silver Sword International (SSI) has struck deal with Icebreaker Films to distribute Spitfire Liberator: The Alex Herbst Story in Poland.
Fledgling Los Angeles-based distributor Curator Films has picked up North American rights from FiGa Films to Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimaraes’s The Man Of The Crowd.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre specialist continues deals run.
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia licenses rights to UK distributor, among other deals.
Roster includes Tell Me The Truth About Love [pictured] and The More You Ignore Me.
Cairo-based distributor will release the films across the region over the next year.
EXCLUSIVE: Former BUF executive in Cannes with trio of films.
Worldview Entertainment has raised $200m that includes a capital raise from existing and new investors to bring the equity and debt level to $350m.
Creative England is pushing for more private investment in the creative industries.
The Group reported revenue of $1,303m, up 30% on 2013, and underlying EBITDA up 48% on 2013 at $147m.
Lifetime achievement award will also go to Polish film-maker Krzysztof Zanussi during the 13th edition of the festival.
Each project will receive contributions from IFFR’s fund towards script and project development.
Deal to strengthen the partnership between the two countries on film and television productions signed in Cannes.
Some 18 new Russian films will be presented today [May 20].
TrustNordisk has picked up the international sales rights for the hacker-thriller WhoAmI.
Some 24 film producers from across Europe took part in EFP’s networking platform Producers on the Move.
French director to direct her first English-language film.
Doc Alliance Selection Award was given out at the Marche’s Doc Corner Brunch.
EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Group acquires international rights to Jason Bognacki’s horror thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian production company to co-produce Dain Iskander Said’s film with Rupakata Cinema.
Egyptian production company to produce first film to team director Amr Salama and Ahmed Helmy.
Australian director took part in a top-level discussion about how the industry can best support new talent.
EXCLUSIVE: It Follows and 10.000KM among titles sold.
EXCLUSIVE: A total of €2m is to be distributed in the first round of 2014 for Screen Flanders Economic Fund.
EXCLUSIVE: Director Renny Harlin has boarded the buddy action comedy to star Jackie Chan, Seann William Scott and Fan Bingbing, which Alex Walton’s new Bloom is selling in Cannes.
David Hockney documentary will be produced by Kate Ogborn (The Deep Blue Sea).
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has paid what is believed to be in the region of $12m for world rights excluding Australia and New Zealand to Lion.
Fallen IMF chief’s lawyer Jean Veil describes Abel Ferrara’s film as a “shit, a turd”.
EXCLUSIVE: HanWay inks UK and French deals on Ben Wheatley’s thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global has been shopping the project to buyers in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch and StudioCanal take rights to the Italian director’s follow up to Oscar-winner The Great Beauty.
Ensemble features Sylvester Stallone and Kyra Sedgwick,
Corsan has cast Adrien Brody in the title role of Lee Tamahori’s revenge tale Emperor. Corsan World Sales has introduced to international buyers in Cannes and Paradigm represents North America.
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has accessed a $50m capital infusion in the form of corporate and production credit facilities from First Republic Bank.
Niki Caro is set to direct the biopic Callas, charting the tragic relationship between the opera diva and Aristotle Onassis.
Fortissimo Films has sold recent pick-up The Great Hypnotist to several territories and continues to do brisk business on Berlin Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice, which was gone to Broadmedia Studios for Japan.
Jia Zhangke has revealed details of his next project, Mountain River Old Friend (working title), which he plans to film in China and Australia.
The distributor has taken North American distribution rights to writer-director Allison Burnett’s drama based on his own novel, Undiscovered Gyrl, which Lightning Entertainment is selling to international buyers in Cannes.
Warner Bros’ reboot leads a sun-affected market with $10.7m (£6.4m), including previews.
Arclight Films’ specialty arm Easternlight has picked up international rights to Legend Of A Rabbit: Martial Of Fire 3D, produced by Tianjin North Film Group.
EXCLUSIVE: First film to go into production from actor’s company will be Manhattan Nocturne.
EXCLUSIVE: Pablo Fendrik’s rainforest thriller premieres in a Special Screening.
EXCLUSIVE: Irish Film Board to back productions including Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture and Tomato Red.
Arclight Films has signed on to handle two features projects from TV company Rainmark Films: Oliver Hirschbiegel’s WWI drama The Guns Of August and comedy Woolly Faces.
EXCLUSIVE: £2.2m earmarked for new projects, Olivier Kaempfer joins team.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based company acquires Petr Vaclav’s ACID title.
Ken Ochiai’s film is the first in a series of smaller-budget films aimed at international markets.
Ukrainian director was arrested over the weekend at his home in Crimea.
13 Films will represent all international sales in Cannes on Herrick Entertainment’s Very Good Girls.
Speakers at roundtable including the BFI’s Ben Roberts and StudioCanal’s Danny Perkins.
Shooting on first English language film from Arsen A Ostojic [pictured] starts in September.
CAA literary agent Matt Rosen, manager Jeff Silver, and producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones have formed the management company Grandview.
The second edition of the forum in Cannes goes to a period drama.
Beijing-based company comes on board ambitious fantasy adventure as investor/producer.
Four Latin American works in progress will be screened on May 21.
The cast of John Woo’s upcoming romantic epic attended a press conference in Cannes on Saturday [May 17].
EXCLUSIVE: German kids adventure Fiddlesticks has been snapped up buyers following its market premiere.
IMAX has announced its first commercial theatre deal for Scandinavia, with Nordic Cinema Group.
Nordisk Film joins Birkebeinerne as co-producer and distributor.
Spanish outfit prep new TV series I Know Who You Are following success of The Red Band Society.
Erotic drama sells to UK and Russia.
Mimi Steinbauer has shown first footage in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Albert Mar’s animation sells to the Middle East, Colombia, CIS and Eastern Europe.
Thriller is based on Yossi Ghinsberg’s international bestseller; Arclight are in talks with international buyers in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Spotlight Pictures acquires world rights to Larry Clark’s coming-of-age tale [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: London-based company have brought the first four features of their ten film $30m slate to Cannes.
Russian producer says detoriating political relations between Russia and Ukraine hasn’t damaged production.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired the bulk of international territories to the Amy Adams sci-fi Story Of Your Life.
Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ monster feature was in appropriately destructive mood at the weekend, scoring the biggest international debut of the year-to-date on an estimated $103m.
The monster movie was unstoppable at the weekend, launching in North America on an estimated $93.2m.
Edward Noeltner’s heist film has gone to Palatin for Germany, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland and Interfilm for Japan.
Focus Features has snapped up North American rights from StudioCanal to the action thriller Bastille Day starring Idris Elba and Adèle Exarchopoulos.
A24 has ancquired US rights from UTA Independent Film Group to Room, the drama that will star Brie Larson and shoots this autumn.
Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited has closed key pre-sales here on big budget disaster project Inversion based on a script and dazzling concept art.
Wild Bunch unleashed Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York on big and small screens at Cannes on Saturday night [May 17].
Media Asia Films has signed a deal with South Korea’s Jong Film to remake Johnnie To’s Drug War into a Korean-language feature.
Korea’s M-Line Distribution has sold remake rights to Marriage Blue to China’s Taihe Films, which is planning to make a TV series based on the film.
The government of South Korea is awarding the Order of Culture Merit, Eun-Gwan Medal to Thierry Fremaux, the general delegate of the Cannes Film Festival.
Relativity founder Ryan Kavanaugh and Bollywood network B4U chief Ishan Saksena are exploring an unorthodox film production model through their freshly minted content and distribution alliance.
EXCLUSIVE: Maverick Danish producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen has announced details of his new $15m Viking movie The Long Ships – and that long-term collaborator Lars von Trier is planning an action movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Competition entry sells to UK.
South Korea’s Mirovision has sold Kim Myung-gyun’s Mr Perfect to a slew of Asian territories including Twin for Japan.
Oleg Sentsov has been allegedly “kidnapped” by the FSB.
Worldview Entertainment announced it will finance and produce Joshua Zeman’s documentary 52.
EXCLUSIVE: Benoit Jacquot’s upcoming drama 3 Heartshas been finding plenty love with buyers on the back of first images.
EXCLUSIVE: TF1 International has been racking up sales on French multicultural marriage comedy hit Serial (Bad) Weddings.
New European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) study reveals just 16.1% of films released in Europe over the last ten years were by women.
EXCLUSIVE: Piccadilly Pictures backs BBC Films, Charles Dance projects.
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish production company announces first English-language projects.
IFC Midnight has acquired US rights to The Vicious Brothers’ Tribeca sci-fi horror Extraterrestrial from Vicarious Entertainment, Twin Engine Films and Buffalo Films. Separately, Film Movement has picked up Belle And Sebastian.
Ivan Kavanagh’s psychological horror [pictured] records deals with Benelux, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia and China.
Seventh edition of the development scheme will include nine projects of first or second feature films.
Metro International’s thriller is written and directed by Wilson Coneybeare.
EXCLUSIVE: Veteran producer to adapt Joseph Conrad’s novel.
EXCLUSIVE: First title to be released under the deal is The Double.
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese company inks three-film co-production agreement with Cargo Entertainment and Tunnel Post Production.
BBC Films and Lionsgate UK board the Oscar Wilde film.
EXCLUSIVE: Coproduction Office confirms raft of pre-sales on the Un Certain Regard title.
EXCLUSIVE: Berlin-based production house to team up with The Slut director on Deadsea.
EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Mudge’s drama is set for June 10 North American theatrical release.
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based sales company inks supply deal with Cinedigm.
European exhibitors have complained about the lack of consultation with cinemas during the research.
Fortitude International has acquired international sales rights to L Frank Baum adaptation Young Santa.
Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has sold a raft of territories on William H Macy’s feature directorial debut Rudderless, which screens in the market today.
EXCLUSIVE: Renowned choreographer to make feature debut with ballet drama Polina.
EXCLUSIVE: Pick-ups include Raindance title Convenience and Hackney’s Finest.
This year’s edition runs Oct 15-16, with the Micro Market to run on the second day.
Producer will receive the lifetime achievement award at the inaugural International Showbiz Expo.
TF1 International pacts with El Deseo on catalogue titles
Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton’s Cinelou Films has expanded its financing deal with Shenghua Entertainment to include a further five films and has greenlit The Yellow Birds to star Benedict Cumberbatch.
EXCLUSIVE: Independent, Fernando Sulichin breathe life into Stooges doc, the director’s next film.
Chinese animation studio Mili Pictures Worldwide has opened an office in Los Angeles, headed by producer Bill Borden.
Ibero-American film support body Cinema23 has announced that the inaugural Fénix Film Awards will take place in Mexico City in October.
Demarest Films and Kilburn Media are backing Jeremy Renner and writer-director Don Handfield’s film and TV production company The Combine.
Djimon Hounsou and Alexis Knapp are attached to star in Main Street Films, MK Create and the Kojo Group’s action adventure One.
The Weinstein Company swooped on US rights to Sing Street as Open Road prevailed in Friday night’s bidding war for the Jake Gyllenhaal crime drama Nightcrawler and buyers circled The Coup.
Relativity Media has struck a wide-ranging content creation and distribution partnership with Bollywood film and television network B4U, backed by a $100m war chest.
EXCLUSIVE: Previous investments include Clouds of Sils Maria and Under the Starry Sky.
Today’s screening could be one of the only times the film plays on a big screen in France.
EXCLUSIVE: Directorial debut of July Jung sells to French distributor Epicentre.
New film festival and market aims to support burgeoning local film industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor picks up seven films in Cannes’ official selection.
EXCLUSIVE: Australian box office hit goes to US with LevelK.
Held at the UK Film Centre, the panel discussed the issues facing films looking for co-production with China.
Lightning Entertainment has boarded a late sales title for Cannes, taking international rights to the comedy Other Plans.
Bosnian film-maker shares the award with co-writer Predrag Kojovic and producer Amra Baksic Camo for What Are You Looking At?
EXCLUSIVE: World sales company also offers new titles by Jean-Pierre Améris, Xavier Picard, Quentin Dupieux.
EXCLUSIVE: Latest instalment of biopic action franchise sells to Well Go USA.
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Garcia is in Cannes shopping rights to the revenge saga.
EXCLUSIVE: Emerging Canadian distributor boards Sundance premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Freeman will star in the true story of showman Dr William Key and his trained horse.
EXCLUSIVE: Currently in post-production, the $10m fantasy adventure is directed by Chris Huang.
EXCLUSIVE: German horror trilogy German Angst amongst titles sold.
Velarium Arts, EMAfilms and Filmoption International to co-produce Rodrigo Hernandez’s Multiplier.
Third edition of Finland’s leading international showcase to take place Sept 23-25.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast rounds on horror for new UK sales outfit, to shoot this month.
EXCLUSIVE: Natasha Lyonne co-stars in Antibirth execed by Jeff Rice.
EXCLUSIVE: Phil Hawkins’ thriller stars Robert Englund, Finn Jones and Emily Berrington; SC Films handle sales.
New French-US documentary is based around the interviews conducted by the French film-maker with his British counterpart.
EXCLUSIVE: Sequel will be directed by Timo Vuorensola and will see several of the original cast return.
EXCLUSIVE: Christian Camargo’s film is inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
EXCLUSIVE: Double Palme d’Or winner is to begin production on 55 Steps in October.
EXCLUSIVE: Wavelength Pictures has secured international sales rights to Looking For Light: Jane Bown a documentary profile of photographer Jane Bown.
EXCLUSIVE: Park Entertainment has acquired international sales rights to the coming-of-age road trip film Petroleum Spirit.
Screenings started last night and continue through Tuesday.
National cash rebate rises to €996,010 for 2015 and €1,245,013 for 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Box office hit has sold to Benelux, Japan and Canada.
Film is inspired by cult Norwegian band and stars Alan Hyde and Alba August.
Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in Peter Sollett’s comedy You Shall Know Our Velocity based on Dave Eggers’ bestseller.
The Weinstein Company, Focus Features, Open Road and A24 were among a pack of buyers understood to be chasing US rights to Jake Gyllenhaal crime drama Nightcrawler on Friday evening.
Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights from producer Paolo Branco of Alfama Films to Mathieu Amalric’s UCR selection The Blue Room.
Harvey Weinstein used the occasion of what has become his annual Cannes showreel presentation to remind attendees that a pre-arranged trip to Jordan was the reason for his absence from Wednesday’s world premiere of the embattled Grace Of Monaco.
Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has boarded international sales on The Little Vampire.
Nicolas Cage will star for Paper Street Films and Back Lot Pictures in political drama The Runner.
Cinemavault has licensed North American VOD rights to Lionsgate for Dark Blood, the film ended production abruptly in 1993 when River Phoenix died.
Dalian Wanda Group has appointed Stephen Mensch as CEO of its new film studio and media complex, Qingdao Oriental Movie Industrial Park, while Rose Kuo has been named CEO of the Qingdao International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Francois Richet’s thriller stars Mel Gibson and marks Worldview’s seventh collaboration with Wild Bunch.
EXCLUSIVE: Pre-visualisation of the fantasy horror, starring Johnny Galecki, Chloë Sevigny and Anjelica Huston, to show in Cannes.
Sony Pictures Classics has snapped up buzzed about competition contender Wild Tales for North America, Australia and New Zealand.
French mini-major EuropaCorp has secured a $450m, five-year credit facility with US financiers J.P. Morgan, SunTrust Bank and OneWest Bank.
The multiple Oscar nominee has committed to play the title role in Jane Anderson’s adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s bestseller.
EXCLUSIVE: eOne gets US deal on Atom Egoyan’s Cannes Competition thriller.
Principal photography has begun in Brooklyn, New York, on The Adderall Diaries, which Kathy Morgan International is selling internationally.
Cast of the action sequel will arrive on the Croisette in a pair of Soviet-era tanks.
EXCLUSIVE: Latest film from Francois Ozon [pictured] stars Romain Duris and Raphael Personnaz.
EXCLUSIVE: Film is based on the real-life story of the NYPD detetcive who first uncovered the Vatican Bank’s links to the Mafia.
EXCLUSIVE: Star Trek’s Chris Pine co-wrote the comedy about a former child star.
EXCLUSIVE: Two of US producer Michael Fitzgerald’s productions to be sold by Celluloid Dreams.
Adam Smith will make his feature debut on the heist film, starring Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson and Sean Harris.
Indomina Media International and Pantelion Films have teamed up for the second time after 2012’s Filly Brown to co-finance and distribute internationally a group of predominantly Spanish-language films.
Singaporean actor Chin Han has joined the cast of Marco Polo, which is currently shooting in Malaysia for Netflix and The Weinstein Company (TWC).
EXCLUSIVE: UK distrib readies first pre-buys, Nick Cave to perform on UK release.
A planned trip to Cannes by Turkish Minister of Culure and Tourism Mr Omer Gelik has now been cancelled.
EXCLUSIVE: Coproduction Office closes a number of major sales on Jessica Hausner’s Un Certain Regard title.
EXCLUSIVE: Sing Choong Foo’s animation features voice talents of Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom.
EXCLUSIVE: UK-based Beautiful Bay Entertainment teams up with Vikramaditya Motwane and Tulsea Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: Horror comedy sells to Spain, France and Australia, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Luke Matheny’s comedy stars Matt LeBlanc, Ali Larter and Chevy Chase.
A total of $700m will be invested in construction and infrastructure at the US-based facility over its initial five year development plan.
Unifrance has released the results of a study on image of French cinema across the world.
€20m scheme aims to bring international production to the Netherlands.
Streaming service FlixFling is on the ground in Cannes looking for acquisitions and has launched a fund with private equity partners called Invincible Entertainment Partners.
Company also records deals on The Last Impresario.
Warner Bros’ reboot leads on overall buzz and intent-to-view; Fox’s latest X-Men outing excites ahead of release next week.
Distributor picks up UK & Ireland rights to Frederick Wiseman’s documentary [pictured].
Distribution arm of Zodiak Media has announced its first deals closed at Cannes.
Findings of analysis into three new distribution strategies to be presented today.
Company is expected shortly to announce a partnership with a major Benelux distributor.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor nabs Neil Marshall–execed thriller.
New report looks at the health of the current European film industry.
This year will see 74 market screenings of feature documentaries, with half available at the Doc Corner’s Video Library.
Council of Europe’s co-production fund is looking at how to admit non-European countries to its ranks.
EXCLUSIVE: Benedikt Erlingsson’s San Sebastian and Tokyo winner inks multiple deals.
Tokyo’s main venue for kabuki performance is rarely used for film screenings.
31st edition of festival will close with The Wind Rises.
3D animation sells to Poland, Estonia, Russia and CIS, among others.
James Moll is attached to direct the adaptation of book A Trial of Generals.
Cast rounds on eOne drone warfare thriller, which also stars Colin Firth.
The Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros release opened top in its first seven markets led by France on $1.6m.
Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment has made an offer to Harrison Ford to reprise the role of Rick Deckard in its Blade Runner sequel.
The actress is in talks to join the most high-profile prestige title of the market, which Bloom is selling in Cannes and will star Matthew McConaughey.
Halle Berry will star in Luis Prieto’s thriller Kidnap and Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel’s Lotus Entertainment is shopping international rights in Cannes.
Nicolas Cage has joined the cast of Pay The Ghost, which Voltage Pictures will be selling in Cannes.
Hong Kong’s Media Asia has sold Johnnie To’s romantic comedy Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 to Magnum Films for North America.
Gravitas Ventures has acquired all North American rights and select territories to 21 Years: Richard Linklater.
Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie have joined Sidney Kimmel Entertainment’s Sleeping With Other People, which IM Global is shopping to international buyers in Cannes.
Arclight has boarded the musical comedy Lucky Stiff for sales in Cannes.
Broad Green Pictures (BGP) has acquired US distribution and international sales rights from Visit Films to Carlos Marques-Marcet’s 10.000 KM.
IM Global’s Anthem division will handle international sales, excluding China, on all Huayi’s upcoming Chinese-language productions.
EXCLUSIVE: Former evp of eOne Films International arrives in Cannes as new president of Mongrel International.
EXCLUSIVE: Jon Watts’ thriller was co-written with Christopher Ford.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals close on Julianne Moore-Ellen Page-Michael Shannon drama, outfit adds Mickey Rourke, Chris Smith films.
EXCLUSIVE: Zeitgeist Films picks up Tribeca winner.
US-based Aquamen Entertainment and Pigmental Studios are teaming with Chinese and Korean partners on $40m 3D animated feature Kong.
President and CEO Erik Bright has hired Ashley Fontaine to head Prodigy PR’s social media and internet marketing division.
Pure Flix has struck a pan-Latin America television and DVD rights deal excluding Brazil with Sun Distribution for 2014 US box office breakout God’s Not Dead.
EXCLUSIVE: Korean sales agent picks up My Love My Bride remake, The Deal and Cart (working title) [pictured].
Upcoming comedy drama, directed by Philippe Le Guay [pictured], sells to Canada and Benelux, with further deals expected in the coming days.
EXCLUSIVE: Finecut sells romantic drama to Hong Kong distributor.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor nabs music doc from Metro International.
EXCLUSIVE: Directed by Amy Redford [pictured], the modern romance stars Justin Bartha, Olivia Thirlby and Constance Zimmer.
EXCLUSIVE: New feature from Weekend director Andrew Haigh has just finished shooting.
Tom Ara and Robert Sherman have joined Greenberg Traurig’s entertainment and media practice and will be based in the Los Angeles office.
Millennium Entertainment has acquired all US rights to James Mottern’s crime thriller God Only Knows starring Ben Barnes, Leighton Meester, Harvey Keitel, Toby Jones, Kenny Wormald and Slaine.
Lightning Entertainment has acquired international sales to the documentary Michael: The Last Photo Shoots, a behind-the-scenes look at Michael Jackson’s final magazine cover-shoots.
Free screening in tribute to Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul.
Sam Neill and Melia Kreiling [pictured] will star in the thriller, directed by Andrew Goth.
Soi Cheang’s action drama stars Tony Jaa [pictured], Wu Jing and Simon Yam.
EXCLUSIVE: Omnibus drama sells to Hong Kong and Taiwan.
EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit boards doc which imagines that the US never existed.
EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit boards animation, readies production slate.
Fantasia’s co-production markets announces projects for its fourth edition, running July 24-27.
Spanish film-maker [pictured] to receive Pardo alla carriera at this year’s edition.
Company also acquires UK rights to Concerning Violence.
Low Spark Films on board project written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto and starring Matthias Schoenaerts [pictured].
Genre film festival also unveils first six titles of its official out of competion selection.
Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s fund supports Ibrahim El Batout’s Cat and Ghassan Salhab’s The Valley, among others.
Film education charity expands board.
Creative development programme aimed at Black, Asian and minority ethnic artists and film-makers returns for fourth year.Traitor
Tim Rice’s musical to be released in over 250 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on July 3.
The red carpet and rosé, movies and movie stars, buying and selling, prix and paparazzi. How does Cannes showcase the worldwide business of film?
New distribution and production partnership will initially run for three years.
Sundance Institute is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its Native American and Indigenous Programme with a series of events around the country for Native artists and the public.
Documentary filmmaker and distribution executive Juergen Hellwig died on April 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. He was 66.
Gulf Film Group’s Grand Cinemas will re-launch itself as Novo Cinemas with an aim to provide an interactive experience with upgraded seating and ticketing standards.
Projects revealed for the second edition of the New Chinese Film Talents Fund Forum.
EXCLUSIVE: Roland Joffe’s long gestating time travel romance will receive its market premiere in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary world premieres as a special screening in Official Selection.
Philip Knatchbull and Eamonn Bowles among the speakers at the Marché’s new NEXT programme.
Out of the Burning Blue and Julia to be sold by LA-based outfit at Cannes.
Promotional body will host networking opportunities throughout the market.
Speakers include David Glasser, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam [pictured] and Jessica Lacy.
EXCLUSIVE: Kaspar Barfoed will direct the story of the underdog Danish football team that became Euro 1992 champions.
EXCLUSIVE: SXSW selection sells to US, Germany, Switzerland, Greece and the former Yuogslavia.
Toby Jones and John C. Reilly have joined the cast of Matteo Garrone’s English-language debut.
Boxing drama depicts the falling out between Barry McGuigan and his manager Barney Eastwood in the 1980s.
EXCLUSIVE: Dutch producer to resume his long-standing relationship with Peter Greenaway.
Australian 3D animation [pictured] is the Stuttgart-based sales outfit’s biggest ever project.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales powerhouse also takes on Bertrand Bonello’s Paris Is Happening and Andrew Dominik’s Blonde.
The Weinstein Company is understood to be close to signing a new deal that will see it hold on to US rights to Cannes opener Grace Of Monaco.
Ambitious Highland Film Group (HFG) has come on to handle world sales on crime thriller The Trust starring Nicolas Cage and Jack Huston.
Ivanhoe Pictures and Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co have jointly acquired all Chinese rights for John Carney’s Begin Again.
Kathryn Bigelow and Annapurna Pictures are reuniting after Zero Dark Thirty on a true-life drama to star Tom Hardy.
Sony has optioned rights to Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place To Hide and teamed up with James Bond franchise producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions.
Sony Pictures Classics led a flurry of acquisition announcements on Wednesday (14) as it picked up North American rights from EuropaCorp to Cannes competition entry Saint Laurent.
The actor is in talks to play Bodhi in Alcon Entertainment’s reboot, which Lionsgate International represents outside the US.
Matthew Rhodes has been named president of motion pictures at Bold Films, whose Lost River and Whiplash play in Cannes.
Slamdance documentary Little Hope Was Arson will be distributed by PBS series Independent Lens in conjunction with film and music distributor The Orchard, the film’s producers announced (13).
Singapore’s Cubix International and China’s Bestlinkage Group are opening a $1.5bn media hub, D’Hive, in the Songjiang district of Shanghai.
Millennium Entertainment has taken US rights to Michael Radford’s romantic Elsa & Fred starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer.
EXCLUSIVE: Indonesian action star Yayan Ruhian (The Raid, The Raid 2) has been cast opposite Hayato Ichihara in Takashi Miike’s return to hardcore genre filmmaking.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based company adds trio of Japanese titles to slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller join Tom Hiddleston on RPC satire.
EXCLUSIVE: Sir Ian McKellen, Vanessa Redgrave in talks for biopic of UK playwright.
EXCLUSIVE: Luke Evans, star of The Hobbit, is to play the lead in an adaptation of Andy McNab action thriller SAS: Red Notice.
The producers of Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man have paid tribute to director Malik Bendjelloul who died this week aged 36.
Toronto’s Breakthrough Entertainment has picked up sales for Cannes on thriller The Drownsman, which screens in the market on Thursday (15).
EXCLUSIVE: K5 International has snapped up psychological thriller Mine, produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring) and starring Armie Hammer.
Film projects from Topkapi Films, Lemming Film and Revolver selected in first round.
EXCLUSIVE: Pirates of the Caribbean star boards sci-fi short, directed by Ayoub Qanir [pictured].
Quixote Studios has acquired production and talent trailers supplier Movie Movers in a move that creates one of the largest production vehicle fleets in Hollywood.
Navid Negahban [pictured] to star in first Persian-language film shot in Israel.
EXCLUSIVE: Ian Kessner’s horror [pictured] to be introduced to buyers at Cannes.
StudioCanal and Canal+ Group have joined forces with The Killing creator/writer Soren Sveistrup, Borgen writer Adam Price and veteran Danish producer Meta Louise Foldager [pictured] to launch production company SAM Productions ApS.
Paramount Pictures has fired a rocket into the Cannes market, paying what is understood to be $20m for North American and Chinese rights to the Amy Adams sci-fi Story Of Your Life.
EXCLUSIVE: Apocalyptic tale directed by Steve Barker [pictured] will make its market debut in Cannes.
Cast rounds on Vincent Perez’s Alone in Berlin, shopped by Sunray Films.
The 31st edition of the Jerusalem Film Festival will kick off July 10 with the world premiere of Eran Riklis’ Dancing Arabs.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Showbox/Mediaplex has sealed a string of major territory deals for action feature Kundo: Age Of The Rampant.
EXCLUSIVE: The Match Factory has boarded Lucrecia Martel’s new feature Zama and will begin pre-sales on the period drama in Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Prolific Mexican producer-financier Alex Garcia has dispatched a team to the Croisette to appoint an international sales agent for the family animation Ana & Bruno.
EXCLUSIVE: Munich based Beta Cinema has arrived in Cannes with new pick-ups that could provoke heated debate.
EXCLUSIVE: Catherine Deneuve has joined the cast of Cannes award-winning director Jaco Van Dormael’s surreal comedy in which God lives in Brussels.
EXCLUSIVE: German sales company Films Boutique has snapped up world rights to several new titles.
EXCLUSIVE: Thailand’s Five Star Production has picked up worldwide rights to horror thriller Hong Hoon.
Benelux distributor Cineart has acquired a raft of high-profile titles in Competition here in Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Homeland star revealed as guest star in Independent comedy.
The US release of Olivier Dahan’s Cannes opening film Grace of Monaco may be uncertain, amid rumours that Harvey Weinstein is still unhappy with the cut, but its business as usual in the rest of the world.
EXCLUSIVE: Arclight arrives in Cannes with sales rights to A Few Less Men, the sequel to its 2011 comedy A Few Best Men.
EXCLUSIVE: MPI is bringing US-Ireland horror Cherry Tree starring Anna Walton, Naomi Battrick and Sam Hazeldine to the Croisette.
Good Universe arrives on the Croisette with a pair of animation sales titles, Norm Of The North and Zorgamazoo.
EXCLUSIVE: Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based Film Sharks International has picked up sales on two Disney-backed Patagonik titles that the studio will release in Latin America.
EXCLUSIVE: Jinga inks deals for US, UK and Germany on thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: XLrator Media has acquired North American rights from Vision Films to Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s autobiographical documentary.
The distributor has picked up US rights to Jake Paltrow’s acclaimed Sundance selection, which 6 Sales and The Exchange represent for international sales on the Croisette.
Alex Walton arrives on the Croisette with his new company Bloom and will kick off sales on the prestige drama Sea Of Trees from Gus van Sant to star Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey.
The Oscar-winning director was found dead in Stockholm.
Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer will star in the psychological thriller 2:22 that Good Universe is introducing to buyers on the Croisette.
Warner Bros has scheduled the release of Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for Nov 18, 2016.
Magnet Releasing has acquired US rights to V/H/S: Viral and has earmarked an autumn release. Epic Pictures represents international rights and commences talks with buyers on the Croisette this week.
Film-maker will host the screening of A Fistful of Dollars on May 24.
Billy Ray will direct the remake of Argentinian foreign-language Oscar winner The Secret In Their Eyes to star Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow.
CANNES: Now that former president of international sales and distribution Alex Walton has announced his new company Bloom, US operations at Exclusive Media are expected to wind down quickly.
Former Lionsgate evp of international sales Anne-Marie Ross has been hired to lead the newly launched Pantelion International.
BAFTA LA executive director and COO Donald Haber will step down from the organisation on May 31 after 20 years of service.
Cannes organisers have scheduled a screening of official selection work-in-progress animation Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet on May 17.
Fledgling eOne subsidiary Séville International has picked up international sales on Denys Arcand’s An Eye For Beauty (Le Règne De La Beauté).
EXCLUSIVE: Katie Holmes has joined Helen Mirren on Woman In Gold, one of four Cannes sales titles from The Weinstein Company.
The distributor has announced (13) it will release the recent Tribeca Film Festival opener.
EXCLUSIVE: Duffy film, Niall Johnson rom-com on Parkland Pictures slate.
Paramount Pictures has commenced principal photography in Los Angeles on the action film with Mud star Tye Sheridan (pictured), Logan Miller and newcomer Joey Morgan.
StudioCanal drops A-List titles on market; slate includes Bastille Day, starring Idris Elba [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: New Zealand producer, who worked with See-Saw on Slow West [pictured], to “supercharge” Australian office.
EXCLUSIVE: Rabid dog horror written by Johannes Roberts to hit Cannes marché.
EXCLUSIVE: Alternative distribution outfit is a joint venture between David Shear and Deborah Rowland.
EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist to sell Vertigo-produced New Orleans-set action film.
The social network and online marketing platform for upcoming releases has launched its iPad app.
UK’s contact point for the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme has a network of specialist teams working from offices around the UK.
South Korean star of Life in a Day to get his own feature length documentary.