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Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey set for Berlinale

22-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Adaptation of erotic bestseller to receive international premiere in Berlin.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit retains UK lead

22-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing hits £20m as it retains top spot; StudioCanal’s Paddington holds off newcomers to stay in second with $3.9m (£2.5m).

The Interview

Sony seeks The Interview online partner

22-Dec-2014 | By

As North Korea stepped up its rhetoric and claimed the US government was behind The Interview, a Sony attorney said on Sunday (December 21) that the studio will distribute the film in some format.

Nyqvist joins Kenyeres' Hier

22-Dec-2014 | By

Swedish star takes the lead in debut feature from Hungarian auteur Balint Kenyeres.

Alex van Warmerdam

Screen Flanders invests $1.9m in eight projects

22-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Titles include Schneider vs. Bax from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam.

Wanda Movie Park

Wanda unveils Wuhan theme park

22-Dec-2014 | By

China’s Dalian Wanda group held a launch ceremony at the weekend for its latest entertainment projects, Wanda Movie Park and Han Show Theatre, in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Les Arcs piracy roundtable

Les Arcs panel tackles piracy

22-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Copyright infringement and piracy protection was a point of focus at this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival.

The Great Dictator

Secret Cinema screens Great Dictator in Sony protest

22-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema specialists stage one-off screening in five cities after Sony cancels release of The Interview.

The Fool

The Fool takes top prize in Les Arcs

21-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other winners include Labyrinth of Lies, These Are The Rules, Underdog, Hyena, Frank.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies rules int'l on $106m

21-Dec-2014 | By

New Line-MGM’s Middle Earth epic plundered an estimated $105.5m to dominate its second session with ease.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit finale storms to $90m in US

21-Dec-2014 | By

New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies dominated the North American box office, grossing an estimated $56.2m from Friday-Sunday that climbed to $91M over five days.

The Lobster

Les Arcs celebrates diverse crop of Ireland films

21-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.

The Interview

North Korea proposes joint hacker probe with US

20-Dec-2014 | By

Pyongyang has denied FBI claims that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attacks and called for a joint inquiry with the US into the matter.

Kieran Breen

Kieran Breen earns Fox Int’l marketing stripes

19-Dec-2014 | By

Kieran Breen has been promoted to president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox, reporting to co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus.

Oscar foreign language shortlist unveiled

19-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

AMPAS has announced the nine features on the shortlist for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award.  A record 83 films had been submitted.

The Interview

Sony backpedals on The Interview

19-Dec-2014 | By

Sony top brass have gone on the offensive in light of their vilified decision to cancel the release of The Interview, placing the onus on exhibition partners, hinting at a future release and engaging in a spat with US President Barack Obama.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies breaches $160m

19-Dec-2014

New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battles Of The Five Armies remains the one to beat on $162.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International heading into its second weekend.

The Great Beauty

Creative Europe distribution grants revealed

19-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Constantin, Golem, Lucky Red receive biggest grants in 2014; Curzon and Distrify benefit from Online Scheme grants.

Europe

Major markets miss out on Creative Europe development grants

19-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Only one of 37 UK single project drama applications gets support in latest round.

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke talks Linklater, River Phoenix and Sony

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Actor and writer discusses career (and Sony hack) at BAFTA retrospective.

Secret Cinema: Back to the Future

Secret Cinema launches 'censorship' screening

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Event cinema company launches screening after The Interview is pulled.

One Night in Oslo

Polish sales outfit spends One Night in Oslo

19-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

New Europe Film Sales nabs Norwegian youth film.

Berlinale

Berlinale Classics revealed

19-Dec-2014 | By Wilf Brunt

Three classics get digital restoration for Berlin festival.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Marigold Hotel to get Royal treatment

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel gets world premiere at CTBF Royal Film Performance.

Screen December 19 2014

Screen December 19 2014

19-Dec-2014

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Ivan and the Dogs

Hot projects on Screenbase

19-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

New films on Screenbase this week include Salon Pictures’ true story about a feral child Ivan and the Dogs.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit retains UK buzz lead

19-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic outing set for strong second weekend.

Inarritu

Duvall, Iñárritu in Palm Springs honours

19-Dec-2014 | By

Robert Duvall will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Icon Award while Alejandro G Iñárritu will receive the Director Of The Year Award for Birdman.

Palm Springs unveils full line-up

18-Dec-2014 | By

The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced its complete line-up including Premieres, New Voices/New Visions and Modern Masters.

Sony Pictures LA

The Sony hacking crisis: timeline

18-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

UPDATED: On the day Sony cancels the release of The Interview, Screen charts the timeline of events in the hacking crisis.

Adam Curtis

Adam Curtis brings Bitter Lake to Rotterdam

18-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Rotterdam unveils initial Signals programme focusing on ‘contemporary reality.’

Legendary options The Damned

18-Dec-2014 | By

Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures has optioned rights to Andrew Pyper’s forthcoming novel The Damned.

Laurence Fishburne

Glasgow Youth Festival restructures

18-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Child-friendly films moved to Glasgow’s main festival.

Portal to Hell

Raven Banner enters Portal to Hell

18-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Distributor acquires international sales rights to Vivieno Caldinelli’s horror comedy, which stars Roddy Piper.

The Interview

Sony pulls The Interview

17-Dec-2014 | By

The embattled studio has cancelled the December 25 release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of threats from the suspected cyber attackers behind a string of embarrassing revelations about its business dealings and correspondence.

Max & Me

Dos Corazones wraps Max & Me

17-Dec-2014 | By

Production has wrapped in Mexico City on Dos Corazones Films’ animation as the company prepares to introduce it to Berlin buyers in February.

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FilmNation, Roadshow Films strike equity pact

17-Dec-2014 | By

FilmNation Entertainment has sold a roughly one-third stake of the company valued at $18m to Roadshow in a strategic partnership that sees both parties seek to expand their production operations.

The Dressmaker

Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker: first look

17-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Production wraps in Australia on Jocelyn Moorhouse feature.

Simon Rees

Simon Rees to leave DCM

17-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Rees to step down after four years as CEO; Karen Stacey interim CEO.

Cairo Time

DFM unveils first acquisition deals

17-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Dolphins, Abood Kandaishan and Cairo Time are the among the first titles set to be released theatrically in the Middle East thanks to the Dubai Film Market’s new distribution programme.

Les Moonves

Leslie Moonves joins USC school board

17-Dec-2014 | By

The president and CEO of CBS Corporation has joined the USC School Of Cinematic Arts board of councillors, Dean Elizabeth M Daley announced.

Lotte World Tower

Asia's largest cinema shut down

17-Dec-2014 | By

Seoul Metropolitan City has ordered Lotte Cinema’s World Tower branch, housing the Guinness record holder for world’s biggest screen, to shut down.

Lucia Recalde Langarica

MEDIA needs 'balance between continuity and innovation'

17-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: New MEDIA head Lucia Recalde Langarica tells Screen about untapped potential in European talent.

Agata Kulesza

Ida wins 2014 LUX Film Prize

17-Dec-2014 | By

Ida has continued its winning streak by being voted as the winner of the eighth LUX Film Prize by members of the European Parliament.

Sundance Institute names 12 screenwriters fellows

17-Dec-2014 | By

Sundance Institute has announced the 12 projects selected for the 2015 January Screenwriters Lab set to run from January 16-21.

Christopher Nolan

Art Directors Guild to honour quartet

17-Dec-2014 | By

For the first time, the guild is awarding lifetime achievement awards in all four crafts comprising the ADG (IATSE Local 800) at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in Los Angeles on January 31.

Fleet Of Time

Fleet Of Time rules China box office

17-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time stayed at the top of China’s box office in its second week, grossing $35.64m from 6.3 million admissions.

Branagh, Amini among Guiding Lights mentors

17-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

UK mentor scheme received seventeen applications for each place.

 Gyorgy Palfi

Les Arcs roundup: Palfi wins development prize

17-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Works In Progress winner is Nataliya Kudryashova for Pioneer Heroes.

Goteborg to honour Liv Ullmann

17-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Festival will also screen Miss Julie (pictured).

The Interview

Five chains drop The Interview

17-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 17 UPDATE: Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment and Cinemark are understood to have joined Carmike Cinemas’ boycott of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of ambiguous threats by the hackers believed to be behind the Sony cyber attack.

Dubai Film Market

DIFF’s Cinetech to extend beyond festival

17-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) closes today, but film industry professionals will be able to watch many of the Arab films in the selection online for the next nine months.

DIFF 2014 Ministry Of Interior Award

Al Murry wins first Ministry of Interior Award

17-Dec-2014 | By

Emirati filmmaker Saeed Salmeen Al Murry has won the inaugural Ministry of Interior Award for Best Societal Screenplay at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for his project Going To Heaven.

Free Range

Breish sips Mate with Germany’s Filmbucht

17-Dec-2014 | By

Lebanese filmmaker Bass Breish is gearing up to make his feature debut, Mate, with German production house Filmbucht Filmproduktion.

Ava DuVernay

Selma director to deliver SXSW keynote

16-Dec-2014 | By

Ava DuVernay, tipped to become the first black female director to earn an Oscar nomination after scoring a pioneering Golden Globe nod last week, is one of two new additions to the festival.

Michael Fassbender

A24 takes US on Trespass Against Us

16-Dec-2014 | By

A24 has acquired US rights to music video director Adam Smith’s feature directorial debut starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.

The Forbidden Room

Mongrel Int’l enters The Forbidden Room

16-Dec-2014 | By

Mongrel International has come on board to sell international rights to Guy Maddin’s Sundance-bound film.

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Sundance Selects swoops on Jacques Audiard film

16-Dec-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has made an early move on Untitled Jacques Audiard Film, which is currently in production.

Nic Crawley

PPI bolsters vp ranks

16-Dec-2014 | By

Paramount Pictures International has appointed Yit-Ching Lee, Richard Aseme, Ricardo Cortes and Su Lee to vice-presidents of marketing and distribution at regional offices.

Nearby Sky

I Am Nojoom, Nearby Sky win top awards at DIFF

16-Dec-2014 | By

Khadija Al-Salami’s I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced was awarded best fiction film in the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), while Nujoom Al Ghanem’s Nearby Sky won the award for best non-fiction film.

Mark Adams

Mark Adams named Edinburgh artistic director

16-Dec-2014 | By Screen staff

Adams will step down as Screen International reviews editor at end of February.

Knight Of Cups

FilmNation sells Knight Of Cups

16-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: As Berlin senior staff announced Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups had landed a competition berth in February, details have emerged on the drama’s global distribution network.

Nanouk Leopold

Polak, Ahluwalia, Leopold head for CineMart 2015

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Co-production market has three prizes including new Wouter Barendrecht Award in conjunction with Fortissimo Films.

Mr. Turner leads London Critics nominations

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Julianne Moore scores double nominations for Actress of the Year.

Lone Scherfig

Lone Scherfig talks UK industry, von Trier, next films

16-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

An Education director Lone Scherfig was the first woman to deliver BAFTA’s David Lean lecture.

BFI, Lionsgate team on Testament preview

16-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Screening and extras to be broadcast to 400 UK cinemas as part of pilot scheme.

Interstellar

Interstellar crosses $100m on Imax worldwide

16-Dec-2014 | By

The occasion marks the fourth time an Imax film has crossed the threshold.

JIm Stephens

Wolfe Releasing appoints co-president

16-Dec-2014 | By

Jim Stephens has joined the distributor of gay and lesbian films and will share oversight duties with co-president Maria Lynn.

Maiko's Dance

Wide House boards Maiko's Dance

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Wide House has picked up Maiko’s Dance, a Norwegian documentary now in post-production.

Hal Hartley

Berlinale 2015: Panorama titles revealed

16-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

New films from Hal Hartley, James Franco, Gus Van Sant among lineup.

Danny La Rue

Adrian Noble to direct La Rue biopic

16-Dec-2014 | By Wilf Brunt

Biopic currently in development with BFI Film Fund; aiming for 2015 shoot.

Sales outfits get EC VOD backing

16-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Sales companies to get marketing and distribution support thanks to €800k backing.

Boyhood

Toronto critics hail Boyhood

16-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Enemy, The F Word and Mommy compete for Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.

White God

PSIFF unveils Eastern Promises

16-Dec-2014 | By

Selma and Boychoir will bookend the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), set to run from January 2-12.

The Theory of Everything

SBIFF to honour Theory duo

15-Dec-2014 | By

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will receive the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) Cinema Vanguard Award on January 29. 

Slow West

Slow West finds US home

15-Dec-2014 | By

A24 and DIRECTV have swooped on their latest film, taking US rights from world sales agent HanWay Films to the upcoming Sundance world premiere starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.

Malick

Berlinale 2015: Malick, Greenaway in competition

15-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella to get international premiere out of comp.

The Games Maker

Sundance unveils programme additions

15-Dec-2014 | By

SUNDANCE: Robert Redford stars opposite Nick Nolte in Salt Lake City gala

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit tops UK chart

15-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing posts chart-topping $15.3m (£9.76m) bow; StudioCanal’s Paddington becomes distributor’s highest grossing release of all time.

My Name Is Emily

Les Arcs Works In Progress offers strong crop in fourth year

15-Dec-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The Les Arcs European Film Festival is in full swing, including the sixth edition of the ever-growing Co-Production Village.

The Sky Above Us

IFFR Live adds The Sky Above Us

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Five films to screen at festival and in more than 36 cinemas/VOD platforms as part of new Rotterdam initiative.

How To Make Love Like An Englishman

Saban Films closing on Englishman

15-Dec-2014 | By

The ambitious distributor is understood to be in the final stages of exclusive talks for US rights to Pierce Brosnan starrer How To Make Love Like An Englishman.

Maleficent

Seven advance in Oscar make-up race

15-Dec-2014 | By

Academy voters have made their pre-nomination selections on the road to the 87th Oscars.

Nawaf Al Janahi

Tharwa boards Al-Janahi’s Transparent

15-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based company Tharwa has boarded Emirati filmmaker Nawaf Al-Janahi’s upcoming English-language psychological thriller Transparent.

Chris Moll

Talent development forum planned in Amsterdam

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Creative England hosts the event in partnership with Danish Film Institute and Irish FIlm Board.

Hissan Kiyany

Kiyany unveils first UAE interactive doc

15-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The UAE’s first interactive documentary, ZaabiliDoc, a joint project between Emirati filmmaker Hassan Kiyany and photographer Ammar Al Attar, is set to go live this week.

Al Remaihi confirmed as Doha CEO

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

She will serve as director of Ajyal and Qumra festivals.

Lilting

Film London Microwave shortlist revealed

15-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Low budget production scheme selects 12 projects; hits diversity target.

The Greatest Iron Man

Zodiak boards Iron Man doc

15-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Salon Pictures readies Duchenne documentary.

Andy Harries

Andy Harries to give keynote at Goteborg TV Drama Vision

15-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Another keynote comes from Anne Kolbjørnsen, whose credits include Lilyhammer.

Creative Access

Creative Access proposes paid BAME intern scheme

15-Dec-2014 | By Screen staff

Creative Access has proposed a new diversity mentoring scheme for the UK film industry.

Kaouther Ben Hania

Ben Hania to direct rape victim drama

15-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania is developing a new project inspired by the true story of a woman raped outside a beachfront nightclub in 2012.  

Der Goalie bin ig

Swiss critics praise Goalie, Boyhood

15-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Swiss film critics association has named Der Goalie bin ig as the best Swiss film of 2014 and Boyhood as best international film.

Mira Sorvino

Shoot starts on Indiscretion

15-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: John Stewart Muller’s thriller stars Mira Sorvino [pictured] and Cary Elwes.

Telfaz 11

Arab digital platforms race to fill content gap

15-Dec-2014 | By

A new report from PwC highlights how online platforms are starting to fill the huge demand for youth-oriented Arabic content that is not being met by the traditional film and TV industries across the Middle East.

Dubai ON Demand

Dubai’s Ti22 launches Dubai ON Demand

15-Dec-2014 | By

Dubai-based Ti22 Films is set to launch an interactive online channel, Dubai ON Demand, on YouTube in 2015, featuring short clips from local personalities.

Ida

Ida is big winner at EFAs

14-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATE: Pawlikowski is only third Polish director to win EFA’s top prize; Steve McQueen pays tribute to Jean Vigo; Ukrainian diector Oleg Sentsov gets an empty seat at the awards in Riga.

Lionsgate hits $1bn international

14-Dec-2014 | By

Powered by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Lionsgate executives said on Sunday (December 14) the studio had reached $1.0003bn for the year-to-date.

Paddington

Paddington to set StudioCanal record

14-Dec-2014 | By

Studio executives said on Sunday (December 14) that the family feature was on course this weekend to overtake Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and become its biggest release of all time in the UK.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Five Armies plunders $122.2m int'l

14-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 15 UPDATE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has started as it means to go on with a potent reminder of the enduring appeal of Peter Jackson’s commitment to the works of JRR Tolkien, an immense endeavour that has occupied him for close to two decades.

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Exodus wins modest US session on $24.5m

14-Dec-2014 | By

Fox’s Biblical epic from Ridley Scott Exodus: Gods And Kings flooded into the US charts on an estimated $24.5m as Mockingjay – Part 1 crossed $275m in its fourth weekend.

VFX Summit Dublin: In service of the story

14-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

At the second VFX + Animation Summit Dublin, international experts and growing local companies gathered to talk about issues such as global competition, tight schedules and training needs. Wendy Mitchell reports.

The director of Court with his Singapore prizes

Court wins at Singapore film festival

14-Dec-2014 | By

Guests include John Woo, Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche, Cheng Pei Pei, Tong Dawei, Chen Bolin and Nastassja Kinski.

Zero Motivation

Israeli critics honour Zero Motivation

14-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Israeli Film Critics Association chooses Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel as best international film.

From A To B

DFM talks distribution challenges

14-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

A Dubai Film Market (DFM) panel discussed the challenges in distributing Arab films in the region and internationally, and how Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s From A To B may become a game-changer.

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Laish La crowdfunds with Aflamnah

14-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

MBC’s pan-Arab show Laish La (Why Not?) has turned to Dubai-based, crowd-funding site Aflamnah to finance a project to rebuild a women’s radio station in the Gaza Strip.

Maysoon Pachachi

Pachachi’s Baghdad draws co-producers, funds

13-Dec-2014 | By

Maysoon Pachachi’s Nothing Doing In Baghdad is set to start shooting in February after securing three European co-producers and funding from Visions Sud Est and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).

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MAD Solutions to distribute Sandfish

13-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Pan-Arab distributor MAD Solutions will handle distribution in the Arab world for Saudi filmmaker Ahd’s Sandfish, which will be the first production from Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based Tharwa Productions.

Odeon Holloway Road

Orange Wednesdays to end in 2015

12-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Cinemas understood to be close to an alternative deal with a different company; comparethemarket.com among suitors.

Dolphins

VOX takes pan-Arab rights to Dolphins

12-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Dubai-based Vox Cinemas is in final negotiations to acquire pan-Arab rights to Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi’s Dolphins ahead of its premiere at DIFF on Friday.

Hobbit finale on $26.6m after two days

12-Dec-2014 | By

Warner Bros-New Line-MGM’s fantasy epic grossed a further $13.7m from 28 markets on December 12 following the $11.3m opening day gross across 11 territories on December 10 to stand at $26.6m internationally.

Claire Aguilar joins Sheffield Doc/Fest

12-Dec-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

EXCLUSIVE: Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed Claire Aguilar as director of programming and industry engagement.

Anthony Chen

Anthony Chen launches Giraffe Pictures

12-Dec-2014 | By

The Ilo Ilo director’s company will produce one or two films per year.

Zhang Yimou

Uni dates Untitled Great Wall Project

12-Dec-2014 | By

Legendary’s Untitled Great Wall Project will open in North America in 3D via Universal on November 23, 2016, and in China in early December 2016.

Oscars

Academy to consider 323 features

12-Dec-2014 | By

Voters will consider 323 features deemed eligible for Oscar consideration.

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Exodus leads US social media buzz

12-Dec-2014 | By

Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings is ready to ride out in the US.

Oscars

Academy selects 79 eligible songs

12-Dec-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences said on December 12 that 79 songs are in contention for the original song category for the 87th Oscars.

IWC winner

Boushahri wins IWC Filmmaker Award

12-Dec-2014 | By

Kuwaiti filmmaker Abdullah Boushahri won the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award for his feature project The Water at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) on Thursday night. 

Director Philip Ilson and Producer Jo Duncombe.

London Short Film Festival to host 34 programmes

12-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

The London Short Film Festival will return for its 12th year from January 9-18.

Mother I Love You

Mother, Modris big winners at new Riga festival

12-Dec-2014 | By

New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.

Curzon promotes duo

12-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Jon Rushton, Steve Lewis upped at UK distributor.

Selma

Santa Barbara unveils 2015 Virtuosos Award

12-Dec-2014 | By

Top brass at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival have announced the multiple recipients for the 2015 Virtuosos Award.

Amal Al-Agroobi

Al-Agroobi set to make fiction debut

12-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Emirati filmmaker Amal Al-Agroobi, best known for her non-fiction works The Brain That Sings and Half, is developing her first narrative work.

Short film competition

Dubai, Samsung renew short film competition

12-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

DIFF and Samsung are joining forces with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) on the second edition of the short film competition they inaugurated this year.

A Little Chaos, The Price of Desire head to Dublin

12-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Alanis Morissette, Vincent Perez and Orla Brady star in Mary McGuckian feature.

MPA APSA Fund awards $25,000

12-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jafar Panahi [pictured] among the recipients.

Dubai Film Market

Arab broadcasters call for local genre movies

12-Dec-2014 | By

Two of the Middle East’s biggest broadcasters called on Arab filmmakers to start making more genre movies at a Dubai Film Market (DFM) seminar on Thursday (Dec 11).

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

Hobbit leads UK social media buzz

12-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ climactic outing of The Hobbit trilogy set for chart-topping bow.

Screen December 12 2014

Screen December 12 2014

12-Dec-2014

Browse the digital version of Screen International here…

Birdman

Birdman leads Golden Globes noms

11-Dec-2014 | By

Birdman is fast emerging as Fox Searchlight’s poster child of the season as the New Regency production emerged top of the pile on December 11 with seven 72nd Golden Globe nominations.

Mosquito Films picks up As You Were

11-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Thai sales company Mosquito Films Distribution has picked up Singaporean filmmaker Liao Jiekai’s sophomore feature As You Were.

Penny Marshall

Penny Marshall to direct Effa

11-Dec-2014 | By

The director of A League Of Their Own and Big has signed a two-film deal with Georgia-based FONU2 subsidiary Studioplex City, kicking off with a biopic about Effa Manley.

Golden Globes - nominee reactions

11-Dec-2014 | By Elbert Wyche

Eddie Redmayne was doing holiday shopping when he heard about his nomination and Force Majeure’s Ruben Östlund says he could get used to being pampered. Read on for more reactions.

Sean Kisker

Sean Kisker earns Lionsgate stripes

11-Dec-2014 | By

Lionsgate has promoted 11-year veteran Sean Kisker to the newly created position of chief strategy officer and general manager of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group. 

Andy Serkis

Warner Bros sets Geostorm release

11-Dec-2014 | By

Dean Devlin’s action film starring Gerard Butler will open on October 21 2016, the studio has announced.

The Cut

Strand picks up The Cut

11-Dec-2014 | By

Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Fatih Akin’s quest story starring Tahar Rahim.

Maisie Williams, Joachim Fjelstrup among 2015 Shooting Stars

11-Dec-2014 | By

10 European actors to be celebrated by EFP in Berlin.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Akinnuoye-Agbaje to voice Emirati animation

11-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Nigerian-UK actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set to voice the protagonist of an ambitious Emirati feature-length animation inspired by a figure in Arabic folklore.

Michael Lumpkin

Michael Lumpkin named AFI DOCS director

11-Dec-2014 | By

The producer and former executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA) will lead the Washington DC-based annual event AFI DOCS.

Leviathan wins Best Film at APSA

11-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Other winners included Winter Sleep, The Dark Horse and Red Amnesia.

Amit Chopra

Chopra promoted at Digital Domain

11-Dec-2014 | By

Amit Chopra, currently COO of US and Canada-based Digital Domain 3.0, has been promoted to executive vice president of its parent company, Hong Kong-listed Digital Domain Holdings.

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Dogwoof acquires Censored Voices

11-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Mor Loushy’s documentary will make its world premiere at Sundance.

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Demetriou becomes VP at Warner Music UK

11-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Demetriou will be responsible for creating original audio-visual content with WMUK artists and brand partners

Fabula secures ten from AFM

11-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: New films from Pathe, StudioCanal, Gaumont among haul.

Ivan and the Dogs

Salon readies Ivan and the Dogs

11-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK deal in place for Andrew Kotting’s film from Salon Pictures.

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Patricio Valladares readies Downhill

10-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Chilean director of Hidden In The Woods has lined up an April shoot for the micro-budget survival thriller in what will mark his second English-language feature.

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Birdman leads SAG nods

10-Dec-2014 | By

Birdman garnered four Screen Actors Guild nominations on December 10 for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and ensemble, while Norton and Benedict Cumberbatch earned three apiece. Fox Searchlight led the studios on six nods.

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IM Global moves into music

10-Dec-2014 | By

Stuart Ford’s company has launched IM Global Music in partnership with music industry executive and former Miramax colleague David Schulhof.

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Vincent Scordino joins Millennium Entertainment

10-Dec-2014 | By

One day after it emerged the executive was leaving Cinedigm, he is returning to the Millennium fold to assume the newly created role of svp of marketing.

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monterey media acquires The Living

10-Dec-2014 | By

The deal covers North American rights to the thriller starring Fran Kranz. Separately Sundance Selects has picked up The Search For General Tso, Image Entertainment has acquired Roadside and WellGo USA has set a US release date for Supremacy.

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Broad Green invests in Tugg

10-Dec-2014 | By

Gabriel and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious finance, production and distribution upstart has led a Series A investment round in the cinema-on-demand player.

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Medellin launches tax rebate

10-Dec-2014 | By

UPDATED DECEMBER 10: The second largest city in Colombian has become the first in the growing Latin American territory to offer an incentive.

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Highland takes on Mostafa’s From A To B

10-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has taken on international sales of Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s pan-Arab road movie From A To B.

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DIFF kicks off with Theory Of Everything

10-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

The 11th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) combines a host of award season contenders with a fresh crop of Arab fare.

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Sara Geater elected Pact chair

10-Dec-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Former FremantleMedia UK chief executive Sara Geater has won the race to become chair of Pact council in the organisation’s first contested election in at least 14 years.

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Tembusu, Cheng, Yu launch $100m China Media Fund

10-Dec-2014 | By

The fund was launched at the Singapore Media Festival.

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ATF, ScreenSingapore to attract record attendees

10-Dec-2014 | By

The market, which opens today, is expecting nearly 5000 people from 60 countries.

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Arts Alliance teams up with Wanda Line Cinema

10-Dec-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

AAM will provide software to the Chinese cinema operator as part of a long term partnership.

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Glasgow Film Festival reveals nightly events

10-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Live dance with Strictly Ballroom screening and Paul Merton show among first events.

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Dad's Army wraps, sets release date

10-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Principal photography has wrapped on Dad’s Army, with Universal Pictures releasing in UK on Feb 5, 2016.

Kajaki: The True Story

Kajaki expansion revealed

10-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Afghan war film expands after two-week Vue window.

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Globe theatre sets 2015 cinema releases

10-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Arts Alliance to distribute five shows under Globe on Screen banner.

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Sundance unveils shorts roster

9-Dec-2014 | By

Top brass have announced 60 films culled from 8,061 submissions across four categories – US and international narrative, documentary and animation.

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Cinedigm reshuffles theatrical acquisitions

9-Dec-2014 | By

Top brass are restructuring theatrical acquisitions in light of the sudden departure of svp of theatrical releasing Vincent Scordino.

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Boyhood duo in SBIFF honour

9-Dec-2014 | By

Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will collect the American Rivera Award at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), marking the first time two people will share the honour.

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Fleet Of Time beats The Crossing in China

9-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time walloped John Woo’s The Crossing: Part 1 on its opening weekend in China, grossing $33.07m in its first three days.

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DOC Toronto names inaugural honourees

9-Dec-2014 | By

DOC Toronto’s The DOC Institute has announced its inaugural awards, giving the DOC Star Award to Elizabeth Klinck and the New Visions Award presented by Urban Post Production to Brett Story.

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eOne, Cimorelli sign content pact

9-Dec-2014 | By

eOne and YouTube stars Cimorelli – the six singing sisters from Malibu – have struck a multi-year output deal to create and distribute original content in all filmed entertainment media.

Birthright

ANEW, Wilco, Depth Of Field adapt Birthright

9-Dec-2014 | By

All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), Japanese production company Wilco Co and Los Angeles-based Depth Of Field will adapt, develop and produce the Japanese horror thriller for the English-language market.

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SAAVA pacts with Pozible, MPAC

9-Dec-2014 | By

At ScreenSingapore where it launched last year, the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) for media content producers today announced partnership agreements with major Australia-based crowd-funding portal Pozible and the Motion Picture Association of Cambodia (MPAC).

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Samuel Goldwyn Films sets Bad Asses release

9-Dec-2014 | By

The distributor will release the action comedy in a theatrical and digital day-and-date launch on March 6.

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Creative England re-ups business programme Compass

9-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Creative England is to launch a second round of business development programme Compass.

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Fiennes, Linklater get LFS associateships

9-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Linklater, Fiennes and Kate Kinninmont MBE receive associateships at Annual Show.

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Fox partners with Vice Media

9-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Partnership to finance, produce, acquire, market and distribute features.

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Terry Rawlings honoured with BAFTA Special Award

9-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Alien and Chariots of Fire editor receives BAFTA award.

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Sundance: Premieres, Doc Premieres

8-Dec-2014 | By

Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.

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AFI announces awards selections

8-Dec-2014 | By

For the first time the year-end list includes 11 as opposed to the usual 10 features - but Gone Girl and Inherent Vice fail to make the cut.

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Paddington retains UK lead

8-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s adaptation adds $6m (£3.8m) to hold off Mockingjay and Penguins of Madagascar.

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Cast joins Substance Productions’ First Round Down

8-Dec-2014 | By

Jared Keeso, Lauren Lee Smith, Ennis Esmer and Gil Bellows will star star in the Butler Brothers’ sports comedy, which Marina Cordoni Entertainment will introduce to buyers in Berlin.

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Dave Fleming launches Atlas Artists

8-Dec-2014 | By

The manager has partnered with Charles Roven to form the subsidiary of Atlas Entertainment.

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Bhosle, El-Sherif to receive DIFF awards

8-Dec-2014 | By

Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif and Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle will both receive lifetime achievement awards at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

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OddLot hires Kevin Garrett Monroe

8-Dec-2014 | By

The executive arrives as evp of business and legal affairs, OddLot Entertainment co-presidents Bill Lischak and Michael Nathanson announced on December 8.

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Toho plans new Godzilla

8-Dec-2014 | By

Japan’s Toho has announced it will produce another homegrown Godzilla film by 2016.

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Canadian doc wins Viewster charity fest

8-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Canadian, UK and Brazilian films win at online film festival.

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Production Guild inks partnerships

8-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Guild partners with Producers Guild of America, Guild of Italy

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KPMG report spotlights legal film and TV streaming

8-Dec-2014 | By Larry Bartleet

Majority of films and TV available through legal platforms, according to new report.

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Eros picks up Salman Khan duo

8-Dec-2014 | By

Eros International has picked up world rights to the first two productions from Salman Khan Films – Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Hero.

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Hot projects on Screenbase

8-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include the latest James Bond film Spectre, Todd Haynes’ New York-set lesbian love story Carol and Howard J. Ford’s child abduction thriller Never Let Go.

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Wasp flies to Netherlands

8-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Wide Management has sold romance Wasp to Dutch distributor Arti Film.

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Boyhood triumphs at LAFCA

7-Dec-2014 | By

AWARDS: Boyhood wins best feature, director, actress and editing.

Mockingjay rules quiet US on $22m

7-Dec-2014 | By

A lacklustre session enlivened only by an excellent limited bow for Wild saw box office for the top 12 earn $70.4m and fall 54% against last weekend and 19% against the comparable weekend in 2013.

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Pride wins best film at BIFAs

7-Dec-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Yann Demange wins best director; Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Brendan Gleeson take home top acting prizes.

Ventana Sur announces winners

7-Dec-2014 | By

As the Latin American film market came to a close in Buenos Aires at the weekend (December 5), market organisers unveiled a number of award winners.

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David Oyelowo, Imitation Game in PSIFF honours

7-Dec-2014 | By

Selma star David Oyelowo will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award.

Mockingjay crosses $300m int'l

7-Dec-2014 | By

DECEMBER 8 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s YA hit marches on as a confirmed $32.9m from 87 markets propelled the international running total to $306.6m and $564.7m worldwide.

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The People Garden gets underway

7-Dec-2014 | By

Production has commence in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on the film starring Dree Hemingway.

DFI unveils plans for Qumra

7-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Abderrahmane Sissako, Leila Hatami, Cristian Mungiu and Danis Tanovic are the first names confirmed to participate.

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Ajyal winners include Whiplash, If I Had Wings

6-Dec-2014 | By Mark Adams, chief film critic

Other winners include 10% and Ignorant.

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WFTV honours Redgrave, Baines, Pike, Hogg

6-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Joanna Hogg dedicated her award to the late Chris Collins.

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Cinelou starts Cook shoot

6-Dec-2014 | By

Bruce Beresford has begun principal photography in Los Angeles on the drama starring Eddie Murphy.

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Citizenfour scoops IDA prize

5-Dec-2014 | By

Laura Poitras’ acclaimed documentary has prevailed in the International Documentary Association’s 2014 IDA Documentary Awards.

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Amy Gustin, Deena Wallace join BIFA

5-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: Duo will take over the running of the awards from January following Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson stepping down as co-directors.

Remakes fall under Ventana Sur spotlight

5-Dec-2014 | By

Panellists on December 4 spoke of the need to scrutinise every possible creative ownership stake when preparing a remake.

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Beyond Clueless team to self-distribute in UK

5-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Filmmakers behind SXSW and Sheffield Doc Fest film to launch UK roadshow.

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Lucky McKee boards Epic’s Tales Of Halloween

5-Dec-2014 | By

The writer-director has joined the roster of directors on the upcoming horror anthology 

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MPI, NZ Film Commission forge production deal

5-Dec-2014 | By

MPI Media Group and the New Zealand Film Commission have partnered to finance and produce a slate of films for New Zealand’s Lower Budget Feature Films programme.

Liz Garbus

Netflix producing new Garbus documentary

5-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Academy Award nominated film-maker’s new feature What Happened, Miss Simone? will premiere in 2015.

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Lee Daniels to head DIFF Muhr feature jury

5-Dec-2014 | By

Lee Daniels is heading the jury for the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).

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Paddington

Paddington tops UK social media buzz

5-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s adaptation set to follow up record-breaking opening with strong second weekend.

Writers' Guild shortlist unveiled

5-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Filth, Pride and Philomena among film nominees; awards take place on Jan 19 in London.

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Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange

4-Dec-2014 | By

The studio announced on December 4 that the star of The Imitation Game will play the Sorcerer Supreme.

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Sam Spiegel School launches $500,000 fund

4-Dec-2014 | By Louise Tutt

School teams with ARP Selection for award; Cameron Bailey, Alberto Barbera among jury.

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Dark Factory ramps up slate

4-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The producers behind Mexico-based Dark Factory have mapped an ambitious road ahead after securing a Sundance world premiere berth for their first English-language production, Reversal.

Sundance unleashes Midnight, Spotlight

4-Dec-2014 | By

The 2015 selection includes a strong Latin American flavour, led by Eli Roth’s Chilewood psychosexual Park City At Midnight entry Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves and Lorenza Izzo.

Spectre

Bond 24 titled SPECTRE

4-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007 will also star Andrew Scott, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and David Bautista, alongside returning cast members.

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Sundance unveils US, World and Next line-ups

4-Dec-2014 | By

New films from Nicole Kidman, Michael Fassbender, Louie Psihoyos and Sebastian Silva are featured in the festival’s line-up of US and world competition strands and the NEXT programme.

Mockingjay crosses $500M global

4-Dec-2014 | By

Lionsgate’s YA adaptation soared past the milestone on the night of December 3 to reach $504.8m, of which $271m comes from international markets.

Reese Witherspoon in PSIFF honour

4-Dec-2014 | By

Reese Witherspoon will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Chairman’s Award for Wild at the annual awards gala on January 3.

DFI launches Qatari Film Fund

4-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fund will develop up to four feature films and will develop and produce up to eight short films every year.

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Dolby launches premium cinema brand

4-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ambition is to roll-out brand worldwide, says spokesperson.

Ventana Sur panel to focus on remakes

4-Dec-2014 | By

Jorge Stamadianos of Fox, Alejandro Cacetta and Juan Vera of Patagonik Film Group in Argentina and Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin will be among the participants at the Remake IT! session at Ventana Sur on December 4.

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Dogwoof boards Dreamcatcher

4-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Company closes deal for all UK and international rights to Kim Longinotto’s latest feature and sets a UK release date for March.

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Pinewood Shepperton completes acquisition of SSPP

4-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Pinewood Shepperton plc is now the sole owner of Shepperton Studios Property Partnership.

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Front Row locks 26 films from AFM

4-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Oliver Stone and Audiard dramas, Mel Gibson action Blood Father and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire among haul.

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Dominic Rowell joins Vue

4-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Former chief customer officer for Metro appointed commercial director (UK & Ireland).

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Sadie Frost outfit turns to crowdfunding

4-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Blonde to Black Pictures looks to digital platform for company investment.

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Edinburgh announces documentary strand

4-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New documentary strand to feature at 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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This Way Up 2014 awards pitch winners £50,000

4-Dec-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Two UK exhibition projects awarded with £50,000 prize.

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FilmSharks cuts deals on Francisco

3-Dec-2014 | By

VENTANA SUR: FilmSharks has licensed Latin American and Spanish rights to Disney for its upcoming $6m Argentina-Spain co-production about the Pontiff.

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Chile Factory directors unveiled

3-Dec-2014 | By

VENTANA SUR: The four Chilean directors who will take part in creating the opening night film of Cannes 2015 Directors’ Fortnight were unveiled on December 3.

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MEETS strikes Guadalajara alliance

3-Dec-2014 | By

VENTANA SUR: The Panama co-production market is teaming up with the industry office of the Guadalajara International Film Festival for its 2015 edition.

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Millennium snaps up Welcome To Me

3-Dec-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired US rights to the Kristen Wiig starrer following the comedy’s September world premiere in Toronto.

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MARV to adapt ghostgirl YA series

3-Dec-2014 | By

Matthew Vaughn’s MARV Films has acquired motion picture rights to the young adult novel written by author and filmmaker Tonya Hurley.

More2Screen takes on Backstreet Boys doc

3-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Stephen Kijak’s documentary to hit cinemas on Feb 26.

Signature signs ten from AFM

3-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Last Knights, Ruth & Alex, The Loft among haul.

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Christopher Nolan to receive art directors honour

3-Dec-2014 | By

The Interstellar director will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild?s Excellence In Production Design Awards, on January 21.

Kaleidoscope to launch documentary brand

3-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Dedicated documenary brand will see a full slate of feature documentaries released theatrically, digitally and to home entertainment, including The Square [pictured].

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Demolition sells out worldwide

3-Dec-2014 | By

Fox Searchlight has acquired US, UK, Australia/New Zealand, France and Germany while Sony has taken Latin America and other territories on Jean-Marc Vallée’s upcoming romance starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

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Parkes/MacDonald, Image Nation extend joint venture

3-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

As a result of the expansion, Evan Hayes has been appointed president of production at Parkes/MacDonald.

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Rotterdam unveils Limelight titles

3-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Force Majeure, Big Eyes, Phoenix and The Tribe among films to be screened at upcoming 44th edition of IFFR.

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Moldova and Ukraine to join MEDIA

3-Dec-2014 | By

Countries are set to have partial participation in Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme.

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Locarno launches Carte Blanche Extra

3-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

New initiative is a continuation of its post-production showcase.

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Government mulls drama tax break change

3-Dec-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Autumn Statement also introduces tax break for live-action kids programming.

Metrodome nabs Jason Blum horror, sets 2015 slate

3-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up The Town That Dreaded Sundown, finalises slate.

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Never Let Go wraps shoot

3-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Howard J. Ford’s latest feature stars Angela Dixon as a single mother whose daughter is abducted whilst on holiday.

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Scott Free signs Sonar first-look deal

3-Dec-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Scott Free London, the Ridley Scott-backed indie, plans to expand its TV development team after it struck a first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment.

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Academy reveals 15 on documentary shortlist

2-Dec-2014 | By

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences unveiled on December 2 the 15-strong list of documentary features that advance in the voting process.

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Thierry Fremaux gives masterclass

2-Dec-2014 | By

Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux spoke of his “special love” for Argentina, proposed a ban on selfies on the red carpet and called for a relaxing of distribution windows in a masterclass at Ventana Sur on December 2.

Ventana Sur panel talks dubbing

2-Dec-2014 | By

VENTANA SUR: To dub in English or not to dub and the challenges of day-and-date releasing were among the topics sales agents addressed in Buenos Aires on December 2.

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XYZ Films wade into River

2-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has picked up North American sales rights to the thriller from debut writer-director Jamie M Dagg.

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Torrente 5 draws wide buyer pool

2-Dec-2014 | By

VENTANA SUR EXCLUSIVE: Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based sales agent has licensed Hungary and Romania on Torrente: Mission Euro Vegas to ADS Service following the previously announced deal with Disney.

Violent Year wins NBR poll

2-Dec-2014 | By

JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year has scooped the best film prize as the National Board Of Review announced its 2014 selections.

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Claude Joli-Coeur named NFB chair

2-Dec-2014 | By

Claude Joli-Coeur has been appointed Canadian government film commissioner and chair of the National Film Board (NFB) for a five-year term, effective from November 27.

PSIFF announces Awards Buzz

2-Dec-2014 | By

The organisers of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen 50 of the 83 foreign-language Oscar submissions.

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Audiences tougher than ever, says StudioCanal boss

2-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: StudioCanal UK boss on fighting for audience attention, Paddington and the Cumberbitches.

Red Army release put back to 2015

2-Dec-2014 | By

SPC has delayed the release of Gabe Polsky’s film, the stunning omission from the Academy’s documentary shortlist announced on December 2.

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Effie Gray finds US home

2-Dec-2014 | By

Adopt Films has picked up Effie Gray for the US and plans a spring theatrical release.

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Karlsen: relationships crucial to financing Todd Haynes' Carol

2-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: UK producers and financiers talk finance.

Sales numbers key for planning international films

2-Dec-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: ‘International ambitions’ panel says China is a candy apple that can’t be bitten quite yet.

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Cinemaven launches at Ventana Sur

2-Dec-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Davia and Diego Marambio have officially unveiled their Miami-based consultancy.

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Interstellar keeps Women off China top spot

2-Dec-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Interstellar held onto the top spot for a third week at the China box office, although Pang Ho-cheung’s romantic comedy Women Who Flirt had a respectable opening.

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Sarah Jessica Parker rom-com wraps

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Romantic comedy stars Sarah Jessica Parker and former Screen Star of Tomorrow Rosie Day.

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Mara takes Oscar submission Dukhtar for UK

2-Dec-2014 | By

The UK’s Mara Pictures has acquired Pakistani drama Dukhtar (Daughter), which it plans to release theatrically in the UK in April 2015.

Margaret O'Brien promoted at eOne

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

O’Brien appointed to the newly-created position of executive vice president, corporate development.

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EAO releases Russia report

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

New report on the Russian film industry to be presented in Moscow.

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Emile Sherman honoured by APSA

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Ahead of the 2014 ceremony, APSA also announce Reza Dormishian as recipient of APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize.

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CJ CGV launches into Myanmar circuit

2-Dec-2014 | By

South Korean exhibitor will start running Junction Cineplex in Myanmar from Dec 6.

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Trinity acquires Showbox catalogue

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Catalogue includes Cine-Asia collection which will be made available on DVD and BR for the first time in almost two years.

Vue CEO says 'ticket pricing not the issue'

2-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Industry debate continues about how to grow cinema audiences after a tough year at the box office.

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Galway awarded UNESCO status

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Irish city becomes fifth in the world to be awarded permanent status of UNESCO City of Film.

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Viewster unveils charity finalists

2-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Online film festival announces shortlist for its charity edition, which aims to raise awareness of human rights, social, economic and environmental issues.

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MyFrenchFilmFestival line-up unveiled

2-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Unifrance has announced the titles competing in this year’s online event focused on French-language features and shorts that have had limited international exposure.

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Slamdance 2015 unveils line-up

1-Dec-2014 | By

Festival top brass announced the 19 films that will screen at the Slamdance Film Festival, set to run in Park City, Utah, from January 23-29.

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Boyhood prevails in NYFCC vote

1-Dec-2014 | By

The New York Film Critics Circle have announced the season’s first meaningful bucket of awards and anointed Boyhood best film, Richard Linklater best director and Patricia Arquette best supporting actress.

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Birdman scoops Gothams honours

1-Dec-2014 | By

Hours after the New York Film Critics Circle favoured Boyhood, the Gotham Awards have presented two key honours to Birdman.

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PGA announces 2014 doc nominees

1-Dec-2014 | By

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has unveiled its Documentary Motion Pictures nominees.

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Lionsgate sets Wild Card release

1-Dec-2014 | By

The Jason Statham action thriller also stars Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia and Dominik García-Lorido and will open theatrically and on VOD in a day-and-date pattern on January 30.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme joins Kickboxer

1-Dec-2014 | By

Twenty-four years after he played a young man out to avenge his brother’s death in 1989’s Kickboxer, the Belgian martial arts icon has replaced Tony Jaa on the remake cast in the instructor role.

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Asante: support directors beyond first film

1-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Belle director Amma Asante calls on industry to support filmmakers beyond their first movie.

BFI: Aim to double British film market share

1-Dec-2014 | By Michael Rosser

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill hopes to see market share of British films double in the UK.

Film must embrace changing audiences

1-Dec-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Exhibition, distribution and production execs say digital needs to be embraced if cinema hopes to remain relevant.

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New directors must consider target market

1-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Panel discuss developing producers, directors.

Paddington

Paddington posts record UK bow

1-Dec-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s adaptation grosses $8m (£5.1m) from its 520 sites to record the distributor’s best-ever UK opening.

The Call Up

West Midlands to get $4.7m cash boost

1-Dec-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Film and TV productions to get funding injection.

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Lucifer, Eddie Redmayne win in Tallinn

1-Dec-2014 | By

Redmayne lauded for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

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Crocodile takes top prize at Filmex

1-Dec-2014 | By

Crocodile, directed by the Philippines’ Francis Xavier Pasion, won the Grand Prize at this year’s Tokyo Filmex film festival (November 22-30).

Bullying, sexual harassment ‘rife’ in film stunt industry

1-Dec-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Bullying and sexual harassment is “rife” in the film and TV stunt industry, according to a study published by actors’ union Equity.

Mockingjay hits $480.3M worldwide

30-Nov-2014 | By

DECEMBER 1 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has raced to $480.3m worldwide after 10 days, according to Lionsgate executives.

Mockingjay stays top in US on $57m

30-Nov-2014 | By

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 brought in an estimated $56.9m through Lionsgate over Thanksgiving weekend to reach $225.7m after two sessions as The Imitation Game scored a sensational limited debut.

Jennifer Blanc and Michael Biehn

Blanc/Biehn, partners ready Psychophonia

30-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions are ramping up production on the thriller.

Animation Skillnet

Ireland launches animation, VFX apprenticeships

30-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: The Irish animation and VFX industries are getting a new apprenticeship programme, backed by Animation Skillnet, Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board.

Of Men and War

Of Men and War wins top IDFA award

29-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include hit US podcast Serial.

Lars von Trier

Sober von Trier might abandon filmmaking

29-Nov-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has given his first interview since 2011, after he has been sober for three months and attending daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Nora Twomey

Animated Breadwinner eyeing April start

29-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

It was announced today at the VFX Summit in Dublin that the Cartoon Saloon and Aircraft Pictures production is closing finance now.

Cinema do Brasil backs Ventana Sur trio

28-Nov-2014 | By

The Brazilian organisation is promoting three titles in action across the Buenos Aires market next week.

Cinema

"No appetite for second VPF", CEA

28-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Exhibition execs discuss the virtual print fee on panel about funding the future of digital.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay tops UK social media buzz

28-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Paddington also bears up in social media charts.

Willa Holland

Pacific Standard Time producers eye 2015 release

28-Nov-2014 | By

Mitch Sandler, Mitch Solomon and Magnet Management’s production arm Pull Pictures have earmarked 2015 for the love triangle thriller starring Willa Holland from Arrow.

Screen November 28 2014

Screen November 28 2014

28-Nov-2014

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Warner Bros Ireland Scholarship

Warner Bros Ireland awards first scholarship

28-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

National Film School student wins inaugrual award.

Impaled Rektum winners

Finnish comedy wins Screen Best Pitch Award

28-Nov-2014 | By

Producers from Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland and Russia picked up awards at this year’s 13th Baltic Event co-production market (Nov 24-28) in Tallinn.

Mockingjay soars past $200m int’l

28-Nov-2014 | By

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has crossed $200m at the international box office and $370m worldwide.

Odeon Holloway Road

Cinema ‘needs to reset itself’, DCM CEO

27-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Cinemas must engage more with audiences outside of the theatres, according to the CEO of Digital Cinema Media.

Wellcome Trust and BFI Screenwriting Fellowship

Jonathan Glazer wins Wellcome Trust-BFI Fellowship

27-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Prize comes with access to Wellcome Trust’s scientists and research, plus £30,000.

The American Friend

Berlin's Wim Wenders homage line-up revealed

27-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ten strong line-up of titles unveiled; Wenders to take part in on stage conversation.

Hong Kong business district

Hong Kong, Korea sign creative pact

27-Nov-2014 | By

Hong Kong and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which aims to encourage collaboration between the two countries’ creative industries.

Wayne Blair

Sapphires director wins Screen Australia funding

27-Nov-2014 | By

Wayne Blair, Rachel Perkins, Greg McLean, Cameron and Colin Cairnes get green lights for new Australian films, including a new feature starring Kevin Bacon.

Wang Jianlin

Wanda, Busan to set up co-pro fund

27-Nov-2014 | By

China’s Wanda Group and Korea’s second biggest city, Busan, are reportedly setting up a $90m (KRW100bn) fund to finance China-Korea co-productions.

Marie Fernandes

Molinare appoints Marie Fernandes

27-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Fernandes joins from Company 3.

Popeye

Popeye wins top TorinoFilmLab prize

27-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Forthcoming feature debut of Kirsten Tan wins $75,000 production prize.

Toto And His Sisters

HBO Europe renews doc commitment

27-Nov-2014 | By

HBO Europe has re-emphasised its commitment to feature documentary as a core part of its original programming.

Richard Linklater

Linklater to receive Palm Springs award

26-Nov-2014 | By

Richard Linklater will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the annual awards gala on January 3.

Danny Perkins

StudioCanal’s Danny Perkins to give Screen Film Summit keynote

26-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

StudioCanal UK CEO joins the summit line-up alongside Google content exec Lisa Rousseauand writer-director Jane Linfoot.

Witherspoon, Kidman join Big Little Lies

26-Nov-2014 | By

In arguably the most high-profile TV project to involve film stars since Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were cast in True Detective, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are to star in a darkly comedic limited series as kindergarten mothers.

Made in Germany Perspektive Fellowship jury 2015

Berlinale unveils Perspektive Fellowship jury

26-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Jury includes Golden Leopard-winning director Angelina Maccarone, actress jenny Schily and producer Jochen Laube.

American Hustle

Blinkbox secures EFD deal

26-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Tesco-owned TVOD service Blinkbox has inked a deal with Entertainment Film Distributors to host titles including American Hustle, The Butler, Transcendence, Her and August: Osage County.

The Theory of Everything

Theory of Everything to open DIFF

26-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Festival bookended by Stephen Hawking biopic and musical Into the Woods.

Birdman

Birdman leads Spirit Award noms

25-Nov-2014 | By

Birdman earned six nods and Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma five apiece as Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna unveiled the 2014 Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on November 25.

Cobain

Uni takes int’l on Kurt Cobain doc

25-Nov-2014 | By

Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group will handle the release outside the US on Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck prior to the HBO broadcast in 2015.

Ridley Scott

VES honour for Ridley Scott

25-Nov-2014 | By

Ridley Scott with receive the Visual Effects Society’s VES Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual VES Awards on February 4 in Los Angeles.

Interstellar

Interstellar stays on top in China

25-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar retained its lead at the top of the China box office last week, grossing $41.45m from 7 million admissions.

Rosamund Pike

Arrow Films acquires Rosamund Pike thriller

25-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Gone Girl actress stars alongside Shiloh Fernandez and Nick Nolte.

Star Wars: Episode VII X-Wing

Star Wars, Avengers boost Pinewood revenues

25-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pinewood Shepperton suffered a dip in revenue from its TV operations as it prepares to exit its Teddington facility.

Mostofa S. Farooki

No Man’s Land wins NFDC Award

25-Nov-2014 | By

Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s No Man’s Land was awarded the $16,000 (Rs1m) NFDC Development Award at the close of the Film Bazaar co-production market (Nov 20-24).

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CinemaCon sets 2015 date

25-Nov-2014 | By

The National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO) has announced the dates of its fifth annual convention in Las Vegas.

Citizenfour

CPH:DOX smashes attendance record

25-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

CPH:DOX has broken its own audience record for the 12th consecutive year.

Night Will fall gets global broadcast launch

25-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Andre Singer’s Night Will Fall will get a global broadcast launch on Jan 27, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Seidl reveals new film details

25-Nov-2014 | By

Midway through International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the In the Basement director has talked about his period drama; while George Takei has revealed details on his WWII project and Autlook and picked up new titles.

Filming

Study spotlights distribution, production funding imblance

25-Nov-2014 | By

New study highlights imbalance between funding for distribution and production.

Hyena

Gerard Johnson's Hyena gets release date

25-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Metrodome sets UK release date for crime drama.

Escape Plan writer to adapt Monster Republic

25-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Miles Chapman to adapt sci-fi novel.

Partly Cloudy Probably Sunny

Rai Com to sell John Turturro comedy

25-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Rai Com boosts slate with Partly Cloudy, Probably Sunny and Latin Lover.

Steve Jobs

Universal picks up Steve Jobs project

24-Nov-2014 | By

Aaron Sorkin’s biopic about the tech visionary and late Apple chief has landed at Universal after Sony put it in turnaround last week.

Eddie Marsan

Highsmith thriller sells for Sierra/Affinity

24-Nov-2014 | By

Nick Meyer has reported a slew of sales on Untitled Patricia Highsmith, with Sony taking multiple territories on the psychological thriller that will now also star Eddie Marsan.

Kelly Reilly

HBO confirms True Detective season 2 cast

24-Nov-2014 | By

The UK’s Kelly Reilly is among the new arrivals with Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch as production gets underway in California.

Zach Galifianakis

Relativity Studios unveil Masterminds name

24-Nov-2014 | By

The film formerly known as The Untitled Armored Car Project has a name and will open theatrically on August 15, 2015.

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Les Arcs unveils industry projects

24-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Kevorkian, Shoval, Haq, Fiennes, Sigurðsson, Nikonova and Runarsson heading to Les Arcs European Film Festival with upcoming projects.

Kunal Nayyar

Big Bang Theory's Nayyar takes first Hindi role

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Kunal Nayyar has been cast in Sikhya Entertainment’s sci-fi drama Punha, marking The Big Bang Theory star’s first acting role in Hindi.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay scores record UK debut

24-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Lionsgate’s adaptation records biggest opening of 2014 to date with confirmed $19.8m (£12.65m), including previews.

Paddington

Heyman: 3D not right for Paddington

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Producer of Gravity and Harry Potter discusses why a 3D version of Paddington was not considered.

Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard: Wellcome research inspired new film

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Selfish Giant director has told Screen how the Wellcome Trust and BFI Screenwriting Fellowship has informed her upcoming project.

Mr Kaplan

Mr Kaplan snapped up for US

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Menemsha Films has taken US rights to Alvaro Brechner’s second feature - Uruguay’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The Lego Movie

Lego Movie wins Children’s Bafta

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Awards also included the youngest-ever winner of a Bafta.

Priya Sreedharan

Open Air, Excel climb Three Storeys

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Priya Sreedharan’s start-up production outfit Open Air Films is partnering with Excel Entertainment on romantic drama Three Storeys.

Abhijeet Singh Parmar

SFG buttons up Parmar’s Overcoat

24-Nov-2014 | By

Canada’s Studio Film Group (SFG) International will co-produce Abhijeet Singh Parmar’s debut feature Overcoat, which will be made under the recently signed India-Canada co-production treaty.

Sarah Barnett

Sundance exec named BBC America boss

24-Nov-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

BBC America has appointed Sundance TV chief Sarah Barnett as president and general manager, one month after Sundance parent firm AMC Networks acquired a stake in the US cable network.

Monsoon Shootout

Monsoon Shootout set for India release

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Navalakha Arts and Holy Basil Productions have acquired Indian theatrical and satellite rights to Amit Kumar’s thriller Monsoon Shootout, which they plan to give a wide release in the first quarter of next year.

Goutam Ghose

IME hops on board Lala

24-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Pune and Mumbai-based IME Motion Pictures will co-produce Indo-Italian project Lala, to be directed by Goutam Ghose.

Rangzen

Jar opens lid on Gurgaon, Rangzen

24-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Jar Pictures has unveiled a slate of upcoming productions headed by DoP Shanker Raman’s directorial debut Gurgaon and Gaurav Saxena’s feature version of his celebrated short film, Rangzen.

The Legend Of Longwood

Legend of Longwood sold to US

24-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Global Screen scores major sale of fantasy adventure.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Mockingjay takes $154.3m int’l

23-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 24 UPDATE: Storming to a confirmed $276.2m worldwide, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 delivered $154.3m from the first five days in 85 markets through Lionsgate International licensees.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Mockingjay leads US box office on $123m

23-Nov-2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence was the clear winner at the North American box office although it scored the lowest of all three entries in the franchise so far.

Golden Horse Awards 2014

Blind Massage sweeps Golden Horse awards

23-Nov-2014 | By

Lou Ye’s Blind Massage was the big winner at this year’s Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, scooping six prizes including best film and best new performer for Zhang Lei.

Rajesh Jala

Pallas ignites for Rajesh Jala’s The Spark

23-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Pallas Film will co-produce Rajesh Jala’s The Spark (Chingari) with France’s ASAP Films, which boarded the project at Film Bazaar last year.

Killa

Jar Pictures to throw Arun’s Boomerang

23-Nov-2014 | By

Mumbai-based Jar Pictures is producing the next feature from Killa director Avinash Arun, a Marathi-language drama entitled Boomerang.

Vanaja

NFDC, Dussart bond over Avani

23-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: India’s National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and France’s Catherine Dussart Productions have boarded Rajnesh Domalpalli’s rural fable Avani as co-producers.

Fandry

Essel has a vision for Sairaat

23-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mumbai-based production and distribution company Essel Vision is producing Fandry director Nagraj Manjule’s next Marathi-language project, Sairaat.

Vishal Bhardwaj

Film London launches UK-India fund

22-Nov-2014 | By

Film London’s Microwave scheme is going global with an inititive to finance a UK-Indian feature based on Shakespeare’s writing.

Ashim Ahluwalia

Octobre19 makes play for Boyfriend

22-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based production company Octobre19 has boarded Ashim Ahluwalia’s The Boyfriend as a co-producer.

Golshifteh Farahani

Farahani stung by Scorpions

22-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani will star in Qissa director Anup Singh’s upcoming drama Mantra - The Song Of Scorpions.

A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

Big Bang Theory star sees Reason

22-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Kunal Nayyar, star of The Big Bang Theory, is heading the cast of Aditya Bhattacharya’s A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, an English-language crime drama shooting in India and Los Angeles.

Bill Lee

Millennium buys Amplify LA operations

21-Nov-2014 | By

Millennium Entertainment has made its first buy since the management take-over earlier this year led by Bill Lee and acquired the LA operations of Amplify in a move that demonstrates its digital ambitions.

Richard Linklater

CSA to honour Richard Linklater

21-Nov-2014 | By

The director of Boyhood will collect the Casting Society Of America’s Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards on January 22.

Amour Fou

Film Movement falls for Amour Fou

21-Nov-2014 | By

The New York-based film distributor has acquired US rights from Coproduction Office to Jessica Hausner’s Cannes selection.

Rosamund_Pike

Palm Springs to honour Rosamund Pike

21-Nov-2014 | By

The star of Gone Girl will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award on January 3.

Nude Area

Reel Suspects to expose Antoniak’s Nude Area

21-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Antoniak’s third picture revolves around intense lesbian affair between two Amsterdam teenagers.

Iram Haq

Rohfilm and Haq add voice to People

21-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Rohfilm, which co-produced The Lunchbox, is continuing its association with South Asian cinema by co-producing Iram Haq’s What Will People Say.

Proposition For A Revolution

Le Boxeur joins Revolution

21-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Joris van Wijk of Amsterdam-based Le Boxeur Films has boarded Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s documentary Proposition For A Revolution as a co-producer.

Michael Etherton

UK Jewish Film names new heads

21-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: New president and CEO appointed.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

Hunger Games rules social media buzz

21-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Hunger Games, The Imitation Game and Paddington top buzz charts.

Gates of Departure

Karim Hanafy pushes boundaries with Departure

21-Nov-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Likened to audacious filmmaker Bela Tarr, Egyptian director Karim Hanafy wowed audiences at the Cairo International Film Festival with his striking feature debut The Gate of Departure.

Britdoc Impact Award

Britdoc reveals Impact Award winners

21-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Fourth annual award for docs having greatest impact on society has five winners this year.

Benedict Andrew

UTA signs Benedict Andrews

21-Nov-2014 | By

The acclaimed theatre director is preparing to make his feature directorial debut on the David Harrower stage play adaptation Blackbird with Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn attached to star.

Screen November 21 2014

Screen November 21 2014

21-Nov-2014

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Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer to star in BBC drama

21-Nov-2014

Wall to Wall to make Woman in Red for BBC2.

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UK creative industries launch federation

21-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Warner Bros, Aardman, NFTS among supporters.

Film Bazaar 2014: Screen's dailies

21-Nov-2014

Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from Goa’s Film Bazaar here.

Black Coal, Thin Ice

Black Coal, Thin Ice sold to Taiwan

21-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Fortissimo Films sells Diao Yinan’s Berlinale winner.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Mockingjay Part 1 flies into action

21-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 22 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 scores number one debuts everywhere as UK delivers $8.2m after two days, Germany $6m and Mexico $5.3m.

Amit Dutta

Altamar has Invisible One in sight

21-Nov-2014 | By Nandita Dutta

EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based producer Alexa Rivero will co-produce Amit Dutta’s The Invisible One through her newly-established production company Altamar Films.

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin, Adil Hussain board Mantra

21-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Kalki Koechlin and Adil Hussain have joined the cast of Nicholas Kharkongor’s Mantra alongside Rajat Kapoor, who will also produce.

Kick

Poland gets a kick out of Bollywood attraction

21-Nov-2014 | By

Poland is emerging as a hot new destination for Indian productions, with major films such as as Kick, Bangistan and Shaandaar all shooting at Polish locations over the past eight months.

Aamir Bashir

Mediopolis is dressed for Winter

21-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: German production company Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion has boarded Aamir Bashir’s Winter as co-producer.

Hot projects on Screenbase

21-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include the directorial debuts of Michael Lennox and Rachel Tunnard, Terry Jones’ economics doc and Chris Crow’s The Lighthouse.

Dogwoof acquires Ukrainian doc Maidan

21-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Distributor acquires UK rights for Sergei Loznitsa’s Ukrainian documentary, set for theatrical release in February 2015.

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen to direct Widows

20-Nov-2014 | By

New Regency is reuniting with the director of its Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave on the heist thriller as the studio continues to assemble its stable of prestige filmmakers.

Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols, Graduate director, dies aged 83

20-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Graduate director Mike Nichols has died aged 83.

Evan Katz

Evan Katz to direct You’ll Be The Death Of Me

20-Nov-2014 | By

Lionsgate will distribute the Mandeville Films comedy thriller.

Oscars

Academy unveils live-action shorts contenders

20-Nov-2014

The Academy has whittled down 141 submissions to a shortlist of ten films in the running for the 87th Academy Awards.

Cairo Drive

Cairo Drive, Home Less triumph at DOC NYC

20-Nov-2014 | By

Festival top brass have announced their 2014 award-winners and declared this year’s event drew a record 25,000 attendance, up 28% on 2013.

Moomins on the Riviera

Moomins head down under

20-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Madman Entertainment has acquired Australia/New Zealand rights to Moomins on the Riviera from Indie Sales.

Richard Galazka

Brit List topped by Matinee Idol, Gateway 6

20-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Rom-com and sci-fi top industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.

Jeremy Renner

Crackle sets The Throwaways release

20-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Television unit Crackle has set a December 19 release on its platform for its original cyber thriller The Throwaways featuring Jeremy Renner as executive producer.

Warsaw Uprising

Warsaw Uprising to open AFI EU showcase

20-Nov-2014 | By

The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the complete slate for the 2014 edition of its AFI European Union Film Showcase, set to run from December 3-21 in Silver Spring, Maryland. 

Lisbeth Savill

Six law partners flock to Latham & Watkins

20-Nov-2014 | By

Joe Calabrese, Lisbeth Savill and four other entertainment, sports and media partners from law firm O’Melveny & Myers have moved to Latham & Watkins.

Yves Saint Laurent

French producers sound alarm over production slump

20-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Study by France’s National Cinema Centre revealed a 23.6% drop in French films in first nine months of 2014.

Around the World in 50 Concerts

IDFA 2014 opens with concert film

20-Nov-2014 | By

Documentary festival to include a Q&A with CitizenFour director Laura Poitras and a strand dedicated to women in docs.

Steve Jobs

Sony abandons Jobs biopic

20-Nov-2014 | By

The studio is understood to have put the project about the life of the Apple founder in turnaround, with one report claiming that Universal is now actively in the hunt.

Fed Up

Fed Up tops doc digital charts for RADiUS

20-Nov-2014 | By

The food activism documentary Fed Up ranks as the top-grossing documentary for the year-to-date on iTunes and Amazon and has become the ninth biggest of all time on iTunes, according to distributor RADiUS.

Bernd Neumann

Neumann weighs in on DFFF debate

20-Nov-2014 | By

Bernd Neumann, Germany’s former State Minister for Culture and Media, has weighed in with his own comments about the discussion on the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) spend incentive.

StudioCanal sells Zac Efron's 'Friends' worldwide

20-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Efron plays an aspiring DJ set in the world of Hollywood nightlife.

Lost In Karastan

LOCO to open with Lost In Karastan

20-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

London Comedy Film Festival to open with a satirical comedy starring Matthew Macfadyen.

Mad Men

Lionsgate set for UK TV push

20-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mad Men producer and distributor Lionsgate is to ramp up its push into television production in the UK and is looking to hire development and production executives.

Abu Dhabi Media Summit round-up

20-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Briefs from the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014.

Spike Lee

Gravitas acquires Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus

19-Nov-2014 | By

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus starring Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams. Separately, Cinema Guild has acquired Asghar Farhadi’s 2009 mystery About Elly.

The Yes Men Are Revolting

The Orchard takes The Yes Men Are Revolting

19-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the comic documentary directed by Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno.

Relativity plots Black Or White awards run

19-Nov-2014 | By

Mike Binder’s drama starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer will open in the US for one week on December 3.

PGA

Produced By Conference sets 2015 date

19-Nov-2014 | By

The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has set its seventh annual Produced By Conference for May 29-31 on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. 

Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham joins Patch of Fog

19-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Cast confirmed for Fyzz Facility thriller which gets underway in Northern Ireland next week.

Pinewood Pictures strikes 20th Century Fox deal

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Spooks: The Greater Good sets release date.

Samir Farid

Cairo festival helping to drive change in Egypt

19-Nov-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

Despite the cancellation of last year’s Cairo International Film Festival due to continued political unrest, this year’s festival, now in its 36th year, possesses an optimistic energy that change is happening within Egypt’s film industry.

Hopkins, McKellen to star in BBC2 drama

19-Nov-2014

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen are to star in a BBC2 adaptation of Sir Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser and BBC1 is planning a drama from a duo of James Bond writers.

Cairo closing 2014

Melbourne wins best picture in Cairo

19-Nov-2014 | By Tiffany Pritchard

The Cairo International Film Festival ended its 36th year with a glitzy ceremony [pictured] below the ancient pyramids on Tuesday. 

San Francisco Film Society

SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant recipients unveiled

19-Nov-2014 | By

The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) has announced the latest round of $300,000 in funding.

Dieter Kosslick

Kosslick to remain Berlinale director until 2019

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters has extended Dieter Kosslick’s contract as director of the Berlinale until May 31, 2019.

Ben Luxford

Ben Luxford named BFI head of UK audiences

19-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Koch Media executive to take up senior BFI role from February.

13 Minutes

Hirschbiegel’s Hitler assassin drama sells worldwide

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Territories in Europe and Asia snap up 13 Minutes.

The Commune behind the scenes

Vinterberg’s Commune sold across Europe

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Danish director’s follow-up to The Hunt picked up by the UK, Germany and Brazil among others.

Netflix

Nielsen to track Netflix data

19-Nov-2014 | By

The research company is poised to introduce a potentially game-changing metric that for the first time will provide data on TV viewership on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Netflix

Netflix to launch in Australia, NZ

19-Nov-2014 | By

The company announced on November 18 that it plans to venture into its next two major markets in March – but held back on pricing details until “a later date.”

Exhibitor conference This Way Up sets lineup

19-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Ben Roberts, Dave Moutrey, Jon Barrenechea, Marc Allenby, Emma Keith, among speakers at Newcastle event.

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson to receive BIFA honour

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Oscar-winning UK actress and writer to receive Richard Harris Award.

Paddington

BBFC changes Paddington 'sex' advice

19-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) changes guidance from “mild sex references” to “innuendo” for the new Paddington film.

Rotterdam Film Festival

Rotterdam partners with VOD outfit

19-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Multi-year deal will give rights-holders VOD support.

Naomi Kawase

Goteborg plans Japan focus

19-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Naomi Kawase (pictured) to head the jury.

Wendy Mitchell to join British Council

18-Nov-2014 | By Screen staff

Mitchell will continue to write for Screen International as Contributing Editor.

Little Feet

Factory 25 takes world on Little Feet

18-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Alexandre Rockwell’s drama and set a December 12 New York theatrical release. Separately, an alliance of companies is handling the US release of What We Do In The Shadows.

Palm Springs to honour JK Simmons

18-Nov-2014 | By

In what has become a reliable bellwether of Oscar nominations, the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present JK Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual awards gala.

What We Did On Our Holiday

Brit films should be cheaper at cinemas, says Lionsgate UK CEO

18-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK CEO calls for cheaper ticket prices for British films.

Dev Patel

Dev Patel drama 'Infinity' sells worldwide

18-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Mister Smith inks deals on drama starring Patel and Jeremy Irons.

Casablanca

Glasgow to honour Ingrid Bergman

18-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Film festival to pay homage to Casablanca star as well as Australian cinema.

Jodie Whittaker

Koch, NonStop board UK comedy

18-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

How To Live Yours, starring Jodie Whittaker, heads to post-production.

Ed Guiney

Ed Guiney to receive EFA award

17-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Irish producer behind The Guard and Frank to receive European Co-production Award.

[REC] 4: Apocalypse

Magnet picks up [REC] 4: Apocalypse

17-Nov-2014 | By

Magnet Releasing has picked up US rights to [REC] 4: Apocalypse.

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UPI opens China office

17-Nov-2014 | By

Universal Pictures announced on November 17 the official launch of a China office in Beijing to be led by Jo Yan.

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner plots long form film move

17-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The Streets rapper talks inspiration at CPH:CONFERENCE.

Steve Carell

Steve Carell in SBIFF honour

17-Nov-2014 | By

The star of Foxcatcher will collect the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award.

Interstellar

AMC, Paramount partner on unlimited Interstellar ticket

17-Nov-2014 | By

In the latest bid by the exhibition sector to stay relevant in the digital age, AMC has partnered with Paramount Pictures on a premium-priced Interstellar ticket that allows multiple use.

Pascal Diot

Diot adds position at Pole Image

17-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Pascal Diot has been appointed managing director for Pole Image de Liege, the Belgian audio-visual centre.

Interstellar

Interstellar retains UK lead

17-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi posts strong second weekend of $5.9m (£3.8m) for $18.9m (£12.1m) to date; The Imitation Game posts StudioCanal’s second best-ever UK bow with confirmed $4.29m (£2.74m).

ICO works with BFI for archive film screening

17-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is kicking off a new screening event for UK exhibitors to focus on archive film.

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Australia’s VOD habits revealed

17-Nov-2014 | By

New research shows that the strong preference for Hollywood films in Australian cinemas is not so overwhelming online.

The Lighthouse

Chris Crow's The Lighthouse begins shoot

17-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Soda to distribute psychological thriller starring Michael Jibson and Mark Lewis Jones.

Berlin

Berlinale cuts discount by 50%

17-Nov-2014 | By

The Berlinale has cut its discounts for festival and market accreditation for next year’s film festival.

Terry Jones unveils economics doc

17-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Monty Python star co-directed feature; contributors include John Cusack.

Interstellar

Interstellar steals int'l on $108m

16-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: A $41.7m five-day debut in China played its part as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi used a confirmed $107.9m weekend haul to warp-drive to $225.8m overall.

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Dumb And Dumber To rules US on $36.1m

16-Nov-2014 | By

NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: Twenty years after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels headlined the global comedy smash Dumb And Dumber the pair reprise their roles and get back to winning ways at the box office with the Farrelly brothers.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Disney crosses $4bn global BO

16-Nov-2014 | By

Fired up by a quartet of heavy-hitters, the studio reached the milestone on November 14 to mark the second time it has done so and set a new company speed record in the process.

Blood Window

Blood Window unveils six projects

16-Nov-2014 | By

Organisers behind Ventana Sur’s genre works-in-progress sidebar have announced their selections.

Los Cabos awards winners

Güeros wins Los Cabos Competition

16-Nov-2014 | By

Alonso Ruizpalacios’ acclaimed film prevailed as the Los Cabos International Film Festival came to a close at the weekend.

Zone Pro Site

Zone Pro Site among Devour! winners

16-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Five-day festival in Nova Scotia connects food and films.

Sam Raimi

SPWA takes world on A Man In The Dark

14-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has wasted little time jumping on Good Universe’s recent AFM sales title from Ghost House Pictures and Fede Alvarez.

Daniel Bruhl

Daniel Bruhl joins Marvel universe

14-Nov-2014 | By

The Spanish-German actor has landed a role in 2016 summer tentpole Captain America: Civil War.

Spandau Ballet

Selects finds gold with Spandau Ballet doc

14-Nov-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has acquired US rights to George Hencken’s Soul Boys Of The Western World ahead of this weekend’s screening at Doc NYC.

The Look Of Silence

Look of Silence wins top prize at CPH:DOX

14-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Winners also include E-Team and Olmo & The Seagull.

James Clayton

Ingenious trio depart, James Clayton to XIX Entertainment

14-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton joins Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment.

On Screen Off Record

Syria project wins CPH:Forum pitch prize

14-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

On Screen Off Record from The Act of Killing producer Signe Byrge Sørensen.

Secretly Greatly

Spackman to acquire Novus Mediacorp

14-Nov-2014 | By

South Korean production group signs MOU for acquisition of ancillary distributor.

Taiwan loosens quota for mainland films

14-Nov-2014 | By

Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture has said it will expand the country’s quota for mainland Chinese films to also include arthouse and award-winning Chinese titles.

Blade Runner

BFI to re-release Blade Runner

14-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic to be re-released wide across the UK.

The Commune behind the scenes

Hot projects on Screenbase

14-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include teen surf story Bluer Than The Sky, an adaptation of bestselling novel How To Build A Girl and Danish drama The Commune.

Interstellar

Interstellar surges to $136M

14-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 14: Interstellar has made an impact on its first two days in China through Warner Bros, adding an estimated $5m from 7,742 screens to reach $10.4m after two days.

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Interstellar rockets up social media chart

14-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic left most rivals in the dust but appetite for the next The Hunger Games is strong.

The Duff

Lionsgate to distribute CBS Films slate

13-Nov-2014 | By

The deal comes as CBS Films retracts its distribution activity. As part of the arrangement, Lionsgate takes exclusive international sales rights.

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Self Made, 10.000 KM among AFI FEST winners

13-Nov-2014 | By

AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s jury and audience awards for features and short films included in the New Auteur and Shorts programmes.

Los Cabos

Los Cabos unveils Gabriel Figueroa fund winners

13-Nov-2014 | By

The winners have been announced in the second edition of the fund to support projects in development and post-production through collaboration with Labodigita.

Luis Gerardo Méndez

Paradigm signs Luis Gerardo Méndez

13-Nov-2014 | By

Paradigm has announced a deal at the Los Cabos International Film Festival for representation in all areas on actor-producer Luis Gerardo Méndez, attached to star in Fox International Productions’ The Brothers Huffington-Fynne.

The Rewrite

Image falls for The Rewrite

13-Nov-2014 | By

Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.

Nick Broomfield

Nick Broomfield readies Tanzania shoot

13-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Nick Broomfield is lining up a 2015 shoot near Lake Victoria in Tanzania for his BBC four-parter The Catastrophist.

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon

Remain in Light secures AFM haul

13-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor inks string of hot titles.

PGA

PGA sets 2016 awards show dates

13-Nov-2014 | By

The Producers Guild Of America’s (PGA) 2016 awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles.

Julianne Moore in PSIFF honour

13-Nov-2014 | By

The star of Still Alice will attend the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) to collect the Desert Palm Achievement Award on January 3.

Citizenfour

Citizenfour leads Cinema Eye nominations

13-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other leading nominees are Life Itself and 20,000 Days on Earth.

The Water Diviner

Nearly $260m spent on Australian features

13-Nov-2014 | By

Figure marks second highest spend in five years.

US networks plot film spin-offs

13-Nov-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

Major US broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.

The Shamer's Daughter

Shamer's Daughter heads to Middle East, Asia

13-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk also scores sales to Russia and Eastern Europe.

Harry Potter

Film and TV boosts tourism, research

13-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New study reveals links between film and television productions and tourism through social media.

Sky Movies

Sky finalises European mega-merger

13-Nov-2014 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

BSkyB has been renamed as Sky after it completed its £7bn acquisition of Sky Italia and purchase of a majority stake in Sky Deutschland.

The Queen

Netflix confirms Stephen Daldry-directed The Crown

13-Nov-2014

Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.

The Cult Of JT Leroy

FSC boards sales on DOC NYC trio

12-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company has picked up worldwide sales and distribution rights on a trio of films in advance of their premieres at DOC NYC this weekend.

James Schamus

James Schamus readies directing debut

12-Nov-2014 | By

The Former Focus Features CEO has written screenplays and directed a short but never a feature – now that is about to change with his Philip Roth adaptation Indignation.

R Gervais

SPWA gets Special Correspondents

12-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired rights from Protagonist Pictures to the Ricky Gervais comedy in multiple territories led by the UK.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

DWA, Hasbro in early talks?

12-Nov-2014 | By

Speculation was rife in Hollywood on Wednesday night (November 12) that Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation (DWA) was in early merger talks with toy giant Hasbro.

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Sundance Selects goes for Do I Sound Gay?

12-Nov-2014 | By

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Do I Sound Gay? from first-time filmmaker David Thorpe.

Screen Film Summit to debate future of film

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Summit will explore turning a UK film into an international hit, supporting talent, finance and the changing face of cinema.

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Voltage to make film on Blackwater founder

12-Nov-2014 | By

Voltage Pictures has picked up life story rights to Blackwater founder Erik Prince, his book Civilian Warriors and Adam Ciralsky’s Vanity Fair article about him.

Screen, TWC launch 2014 UK screening series

12-Nov-2014 | By Screen staff

Titles include The Imitation Game and St Vincent.

Meryl Streep

Pathe sells Meryl Streep starrer Florence worldwide

12-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Deals include Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan.

Petra Weisenburger

Euro filmmakers "in shock" over training threat

12-Nov-2014 | By

Film-makers across Europe are “in shock” after learning the news that the Nipkow Programm has not received backing from the EU’s Creative Europe programme for 2015-2016.

Wolf At The Door

Wolf At The Door to open HBRFest

12-Nov-2014 | By

The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) has announced the complete programme line-up for its sixth instalment, set to run from November 21-23.

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PSIFF to launches screenwriting symposium

12-Nov-2014 | By

Top brass at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will host one-day event The Power Of Words: Book To Screen on January 8.

Awake

AFM panel hails shock of the new

12-Nov-2014 | By

Emerging digital and bespoke theatrical platforms give filmmakers and distributors a fighting chance of success in the new era, attendees at the AFM’s distribution panel heard on Tuesday (November 11).

Lone Scherfig

Scherfig first woman to give Bafta lecture

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Riot Club director will deliver her speech in December.

Happy Ending

Eleventh SAIFF unveils line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By

The 11th South Asian International Film Festival presented by HBO set to run from November 18-23 will open with the world premiere of Indian anthology X.

The Price Of Fame

Dubai sets ‘World’ lineup

12-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

The Price of Fame, St Vincent among ‘Cinema of the World’ strand.

Tropfest

Tropfest sets lineup

12-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Australia short film fest reveals 16 finalists.

Singin’ in the Rain

Berlinale Retrospective to celebrate Technicolor

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Retrospective strand to celebrate 100th anniversary of Technicolor.

Black Nights Tallinn

European Genre Forum sets line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Filmmakers from across Europe to take part in pilot forum.

Nuclear Waste

The Tribe director among Hubert Bals selection

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Some 14 films selected to receive post-production, script and project development grants.

Speed Sisters

Ajyal youth festival unveils line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha to include 90 films from 43 countries.

Ma Dong

IQIYI exec to keynote at Singapore's ATF

12-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Ma Dong will talk about ‘digital China’ on Dec 9.

Wild

Torino unveils 2014 line-up

12-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Wild, Gemma Bovery bookend festival.

Jaie Laplante

MiamiFF offers $10K Encuentros award

11-Nov-2014 | By

Organisers behind the 12th Annual Edition of post-production development initiative MiamiFF Encuentros for Latin American and US Hispanic filmmakers are offering a $10,000 prize.

Backcountry

IFC steps into Backcountry

11-Nov-2014 | By

IFC Midnight has acquired US rights to the Fella Films thriller.

Felt

Amplify takes US on Felt

11-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has taken North American rights to Jason Banker’s AFI FEST selection and genre-bending film based on the life experiences of co-writer and star Amy Everson.

The Conjuring

WB, Disney update release slates

11-Nov-2014 | By

Warner Bros has set a 2016 release date for The Conjuring 2.

Caitlin Moran

Monumental to adapt Caitlin Moran's Girl

11-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: The newly formed Monumental Pictures has signed on for the big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s bestseller How To Build A Girl.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles retains China box office lead

11-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retained its lead at the China box office for the week November 3-9, grossing a further $25.17m from 4 million admissions for a cumulative total of $52.12m.

Nicholas Weiss

Nicholas Weiss earns Sony creative advertising role

11-Nov-2014 | By

Sony Pictures Entertainment has appointed Nicholas Weiss svp of creative advertising.

Chris Collins

Friends and colleagues remember Chris Collins

11-Nov-2014 | By Screen staff

Colleagues including Elizabeth Karlsen, Adrian Wootton, Hugo Heppell and Amma Asante pay tribute to the late BFI Film Fund executive.

The Snow Queen 2

Snow Queen heads to Asia, Lat Am

11-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Russia’s Wizart secures new territory deals at AFM in Asia and Latin America.

Sundance Selects takes Zentropa trio

11-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

North American rights acquired for three thrillers in the Department Q series.

Influence Digital

Entertainment trio launch Influence Digital

11-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Independent Talent Group and The Outside Organisation join forces with social media and digital marketing agency United Agency.

Frontières at BIFFF 2013

Frontières returns to Brussels

11-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Fantasia’s co-production market to run for a second European edition from April 9-11 during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

Brie Larson

Room goes into production

10-Nov-2014 | By

Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H Macy have joined Brie Larson on the cast of Element Pictures and No Trace Camping’s drama, which has started production. A24 holds US rights and StudioCanal will distribute in the UK. FilmNation sells internationally.

Shelby

Highland buyers check into Shelby

10-Nov-2014 | By

Worldwide rights holders Highland Film Group has reported a slew of sales at AFM on Christmas tale Shelby starring Chevy Chase.

Bradley Cooper

AFI FEST to premiere American Sniper

10-Nov-2014 | By

The world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper will screen on November 11 on the same day as the world premiere screening of Selma.

Moana

Disney dates animation pair

10-Nov-2014

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced release dates for Zootopia and Moana. Separately Focus has dated Insidious: Chapter 3.

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The Butterfly God flies into AFM

10-Nov-2014 | By

APA is at the AFM touting North American rights to The Butterfly God, which Jay Russell of Ladder 49 fame has come on board to direct.

Star Wars

Star Wars 8 to shoot at Pinewood

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Rian Johnson’s instalment in the new Star Wars trilogy to shoot at the UK studio.

Ivan Dunleavy

Pinewood boss warns of looming skills shortage

10-Nov-2014 | By George Bevir, Broadcast

Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy has warned of an impending skills shortage that he said could hit businesses in all sectors of the UK economy.

Thomas Vinterberg

Le Pacte joins Vinterberg's Commune

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Danish feature has begun shooting and marks follow-up to Vinterberg ‘s The Hunt.

A Summer's Tale

Cinema Guild in Big World VOD pact

10-Nov-2014 | By

Cinema Guild has closed a deal to serve as exclusive VOD distributor for Big World Pictures, kicking off with an HD restoration of Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale.

Interstellar

Interstellar rules world on $132m

10-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 10: Interstellar dominated the international box office with an $82.9m take from approximately 14,8n00 screens in 62 markets, rising to approxiamtely $135.1m worldwide including the number two North American debut.

Wrecker

XLrator revs up for Wrecker

10-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has struck a deal at the AFM with IndustryWorks Pictures for US rights to the truck horror thriller.

Interstellar

Interstellar tops UK box office

10-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Warner Bros’ sci-fi takes $8.6m (£5.4m) from its 578 sites to dethrone Turtles; eOne’s Mr. Turner climbs up to second with $1.6m (£1.01m).

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 rules US on $56.2m

10-Nov-2014 | By

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest family feature overcame Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar to rule the North American charts as box office for the top 12 gained 87% on last weekend.

Xavier Gens

Easternlight, Huace team on Lights Out

10-Nov-2014 | By

Arclight’s Asian arm, Easternlight Films, is partnering with China’s Huace Pictures to package action film Lights Out, directed by Xavier Gens.

Marianne Jelved

New Danish film agreement signed

10-Nov-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

An $11.8m (DKK 70m) cash injection and a new pool for low-budget productions are included in a new film agreement, announced by the Danish Culture minister.

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Perpetual Sadness wins at Thessaloniki

10-Nov-2014 | By

Mexican feature Perpetual Sadness and Israeli drama Next to Her take top prizes at Greek festival.

Olympus Has Fallen

Hot projects on Screenbase

10-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include action-thriller London Has Fallen, Alan Bennett’s motion-pictured memoir The Lady in the Van and Chadwick Boseman’s newest venture Message from the King.

The Mirror

Buyers gaze into High Point's Mirror

10-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

High Point has confirmed the first acquisitions of Ed Boase’s urban myth-inspired horror, The Mirror.

Jude Troy

eOne launches Australian TV arm

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Jude Troy promoted to a senior role at the new division.

The Wave (Bolgen)

TrustNordisk closes Wave of presales

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A one-minute teaser from the disaster movie was shown at the AFM.

Pegg's Absolutely Anything sells to China

10-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The upcoming fantasy comedy is directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.

Corrections Class

Corrections Class wins four at Cottbus

10-Nov-2014 | By

Russia big winner at FilmFestival Cottbus for second consecutive year.

Paris of the North

Nordic festival returns to UK

10-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Film selections include Paris of the North [pictured], Kon-Tiki and Hotel.

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All Roads leads to sales for AMBI

9-Nov-2014 | By

AMBI Distribution has announced a number of sales at AFM on All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

Tarantino buzz tops busy AFM

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

AFM 2014 has seen steady business on a number of indie packages, many of which came together at the eleventh hour, with plenty more business on the horizon.

The Hateful Eight

Netflix component complicates Hateful Eight deals

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Some deals on The Hateful Eight held up by home entertainment strategy, say sources.

Kristinn Thordarson

Vikings meet The Godfather in Icelandic trilogy

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Iceland’s Truenorth attends AFM with slate of original productions.

Das, Yisang Media partner on Ice Moon Rising

9-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Das Films has signed a deal with Beijing based Yisang Media Investment to finance the $35-$40m sci-fi.

FilmSharks cuts Papers deal with Disney

9-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Film Sharks International has licensed Papers In The Wind to Disney in a pan-Latin American deal.

Oliver Hirschbiegel

StudioCanal swoops on Hirschbiegel drama

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Beta Cinema sells resistance fighter biopic 13 Minutes.

John Duigan

Duigan to direct Bluer Than The Sky

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Teen surf film to shoot in late 2015.

Alfonso Arau

Alfonso Arau readies period-romance

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Germany-set drama and TV mini-series in works.

The Pilgrim

Buyers in step with The Pilgrim

9-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Picture Tree International inks multiple deals on Paulo Coelho biopic.

Shanghai

D’Hive talks co-pros

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Shanghai-based media city expects to be able to launch specific projects and co-productions at Cannes 2015.

While We're Young

Icon adds five for UK

9-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Titles include Ben Younger’s Bleed For This and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young [pictured].

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Sierra/Affinity draws heat on The Hunter's Prayer

8-Nov-2014 | By

The company has wrapped up a slew of sales on Jonathan Mostow’s upcoming thriller starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush.

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Rupert Friend to direct Barton

8-Nov-2014 | By

Rupert Friend will make his feature directorial debut and star in Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill, which Bron Studios and Fortitude International co-finance in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.

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IM Global buyers find Secret

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Universal has struck a deal with IM Global for select international territories on The Secret In Their Eyes remake, set to commence production in late January in Los Angeles.

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ARC takes US on The Barber

8-Nov-2014 | By

ARC Entertainment has acquired all US rights to Chapman Filmed Entertainment’s thriller The Barber, which The Little Film Company is selling internationally.

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Friends pay tribute to David Smitas

8-Nov-2014 | By

Friends and colleagues held a memorial in Los Angeles on November 7 for David Smitas, the entertainment lawyer who died recently at the age of 62 following a long battle with cancer.

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Pure Flix / Quality Flix boards Dancer, Rider

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Pure Flix / Quality Flix has added Dancer And The Dame and The Black Rider [pictured] to its AFM sales slate.

Uma Thurman

Buyers step into Fog with Uma Thurman

8-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman WWII drama is hot seller at AFM for Other Angle.

Rachael Leigh Cook

Rebel sells sci-fi to Germany

8-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Falcom Media Group has taken German, Austrian and German-speaking territory rights to Rebel Movies’ sci-fi Mindgate, set to star Rachael Leigh Cook.

Nelson Mandela Bay

New Mandela film festival to show 400 films

8-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The new Mandela International Film Festival is gearing up for its inaugural edition to run Dec 3-13, 2015 in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.

Industry@Tallinn

Black Nights reveals industry programme

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Industry@Tallinn will feature discussions involving the likes of Jessica Switch of Lionsgate and Jeff Barry & Nigel Meiojas of ICM Partners.

Rialto boards Black Souls

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Francesco Munzi sells to US and Canada for Rai Com.

From The Dark

Raven Banner bulks up Canadian pipeline

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner has picked up Canadian rights from Dark Sky Films/MPI to a trio of genre titles.

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DDI trades on The Littlest Reindeer

8-Nov-2014 | By

Double Dutch International (DDI) has closed deals on Awesometown’s Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer at AFM.

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VMI strikes sales on War Pigs

8-Nov-2014 | By

Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide has closed key territories at AFM on War Pigs starring Luke Goss, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke, which has begun production in Utah.

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Chance iN tests AB Negative

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Japanese distributor picks up Neil Horner’s crime thriller from Jinga Films.

Producers ready The Black Album

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are at the AFM in talks with financiers and sales agents on horror-thriller The Black Album.

Backup visits Miike's Apocalypse

8-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Nikkatsu pacts with Paris-based company, which will handle European sales on upcoming vampire yakuza movie.

Right Said Fred

Right Said Fred eyes film projects

8-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Fred and Richard Fairbrass, the musical duo best known as Right Said Fred, are attending the AFM to talk about their film plans.

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EFM head talks TV spotlight

8-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EFM Series will run Feb 9-10 and EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol [pictured] is looking to spotlight TV series and documentaries as special themes.

PuertoLab

Cartagena unveils PuertoLab

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Directors working on their first, second or third films are invited to enter for the CINECOLOR prize, which includes all post-production processes.

Force Majeure

EFA 2014 nominations revealed

8-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Force Majeure, Leviathan and Nymphomaniac among nominees.

The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne in PSIFF honour

7-Nov-2014 | By

The British actor will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor on January 3.

The Water Diviner

The Water Diviner gets US release date

7-Nov-2014 | By

Warner Bros has set the US release date for Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut.

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Mass Hysteria backs Remark Films

7-Nov-2014 | By

Daniel Grodnik’s New York-based Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company has teamed up with financiers Seth Kramer and Curt Kramer to fund fledgling production company Remark Films.

Charlize Theron

A24, DIRECTV enter Dark Places

7-Nov-2014 | By

The distributors have acquired all US rights to the Gillian Flynn adaptation in a deal with WME Global.

John Michael McDonagh

Bankside declares War with McDonagh

7-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena to star in War on Everyone.

Interstellar

Interstellar opens top in 35 markets

7-Nov-2014 | By

Interstellar has grossed an estimated $8.7m from it first days in 35 markets as Warner Bros rolls out the film in 62 countries this weekend.

Bradley Cooper

AFI FEST to host secret screening

7-Nov-2014 | By

Festival top brass said the event will take place on November 11, raising the possibility of a first-look at one of a handful of unseen potential awards contenders.

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Sales blossom for Bloom's Unlocked

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Bloom has reported strong sales at AFM on its thriller Unlocked led by a deal with Lionsgate UK.

Noomi Rapace

Cargo holds talks on The Price

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Noomi Rapace will play the desperate mother of a kidnapped child in The Price, which worldwide rights holder Cargo Entertainment is selling at AFM.

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DDI boards trio for AFM

7-Nov-2014 | By

Double Dutch International president Jason Moring has secured worldwide sales rights from Trilight Entertainment  to Archie: Robodog, The Adventure Club and Derailed Dreams.

Joel and Ethan Coen

Coens’ Hail, Caesar! to begin shooting Monday

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

George Clooney and Josh Brolin star in the film set in 1950s Hollywood.

The Hateful Eight

AFM: buyers debate in-office reads

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

One talking point in the AFM halls this year has been TWC and Wild Bunch’s decision to ask buyers to sit in their offices to read the scripts for The Hateful Eight and Oliver Stone’s Untitled Edward Snowden film, respectively.

Zygi Kamasa

Zygi Kamasa, Matthew Justice join Screen Film Summit

7-Nov-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

New additions to the line-up also include BBC Films head Christine Langan, Hammer’s president Simon Oakes and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent.

2 + 2

FilmSharks exploits remakes catalogue

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has been active on its remake catalogue, optioning Italian remake rights on Diego Kaplan’s hit Argentinian comedy 2 + 2 to Mediaset subsidiary TaoDue.

Marcia Gay Harden

Red Sea books into The Librarian

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s Red Sea Media will handle all international sales on adventure comedy The Librarian starring Marcia Gay Harden and Spanish star Oscar Jaenada.

I Am Here

Kim Basinger's I Am Here sold to US

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk has sold the North American rights for Anders Morgenthaler’s drama I Am Here to LA-based distributor Brainstorm Media.

Let Us Prey

Buyers Prey with Metrodome

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: US, Canada, UK deals for horror.

Shashank Arora

Shashank Arora lines up with Q

7-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Indian director Q has signed Titli star Shashank Arora to play the title role in B Naman.

Battles Scars

TriCoast bring Battle Scars to AFM

7-Nov-2014 | By

Los Angeles-Based TriCoast Worldwide has acquired worldwide sales rights to Virtu* Entertainment’s Battle Scars and is selling here at AFM.

Duvall's Wild Horses wraps shoot

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Production has wrapped on Robert Duvall’s Wild Horses, which Voltage Pictures is selling internationally at the AFM.

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Saverio Costanzo signs with UTA

7-Nov-2014 | By

United Talent Agency has signed Italian director Saverio Costanzo days after IFC snapped up US rights to his acclaimed psychodrama Hungry Hearts.

Hellmouth

Raven Banner descends into hell

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner is in talks with buyers here on a raft of new titles led by fantasy horror Hellmouth from a screenplay by Pontypool writer Tony Burgess.

Spandau Ballet Soul Boys of the Western World

Metro records Spandau Ballet doc deals

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers launch Metro International doc.

Carnaby Int'l brings London Town to market

7-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby International has come on to sell two films under its deal with filmmaker Stuart Brennan — football drama London Town and He Will Hang.

David Puttnam

Lord Puttnam to attend eQuinoxe Europe workshop

7-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

International Screenwriters’ Workshop kicked off today [Nov 7] and runs until Nov 14.

Interstellar

Interstellar tops social media buzz

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic holds off competition from Nightcrawler.

Cineworld

Cineworld launches biggest brand push in three years

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New campaign branded The Unmissables.

SuperFast!

Ketchup, Altitude form pact

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Altitude to distribute Ketchup titles across UK home ent, pay TV and free TV windows.

Blood Moon

Uncork’d rises with Blood Moon

7-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK genre specialist Jinga has sold Jeremy Wooding’s werewolf western to US.

The Hunger Games

Hunger Games stage show set for 2016

7-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Lionsgate to launch The Hunger Games theatrical experience in a new theatre next to London’s Wembley Stadium.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Wild Bunch taps Stone’s Snowden picture

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film on National Security Agency whistleblower to shoot in Munich in 2015.

Anick Poirier

Séville trio sparks strong buyer response

6-Nov-2014 | By

Séville International has announced a slew of sales ahead of the AFM on The Dark Horse, Elephant Song and An Eye For Beauty.

Over Your Dead Body

Mongrel Int'l strikes North American deal on Body

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International in partnership with Celluloid Dreams has licensed North American rights for Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body to Shout! Factory.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars VII title revealed

6-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Disney reveals title of the next Star Wars movie.

John Malkovich

Unlocked thriller bulks up cast

6-Nov-2014 | By

John Malkovich and Toni Collette have joined the Bourne-style female action thriller that Bloom represents for international sales at AFM.

Force Majeure

Les Arcs unveils 2014 film line-up

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure to screen atop 3,200m high Aiguille Rouge Mountain at Alpine festival.

Elliot The Littlest Reindeer

DDI seals Awesometown pact

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) president Jason Moring has announced an output deal to sell worldwide rights to Awesometown Entertainment’s animations kicking off at AFM with $16m Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer.

Jackie Chan

SNC to co-finance Skiptrace

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Shanghai New Culture Media Group Company Limited (SNC) has come on to co-finance Jackie Chan action-comedy Skiptrace, which Bloom sells internationally.

Jae-woo Kim

Jae-woo Kim joins 13 Films

6-Nov-2014 | By

Jae-woo Kim has joined Los Angeles-based 13 Films as director of international sales and is at the AFM talking up new titles Voice From The Stone, Extortion and Loitering With Intent.

Liz En Septiembre

CMG to sell Liz En Septiembre

6-Nov-2014 | By

Cinema Management Group has acquired worldwide rights to Venezuelan hit Liz En Septiembre.

Snowden SXSW

Open Road, Endgame buy Ed Snowden film

6-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 7: Open Road and Endgame Entertainment have acquired US rights to Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden film, which is proving to be a hot draw at the AFM.

Ioanna Stais

Heretic starts new fest/sales consultancy

6-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Producers Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis of Athens-based Heretic Productions are teaming with Ioanna Stais to launch Heretic Outreach, a new initiative to help the global reach of innovative films from Southeastern Europe.

Kino Lorber takes 1001 Grams

6-Nov-2014 | By

Kino Lorber has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Bent Hamer’s Norwegain foreign-language Oscar submission.

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 4 to open June 2017

6-Nov-2014 | By

John Lasseter to return as director of the fourth instalment.

Nicolas Cage

Saban Films takes The Trust

6-Nov-2014 | By

The nascent distributor has picked up North American rights to the Nicolas Cage crime thriller. Highland Film Group handles international sales.

Alicia Silverstone

Epic to sell Who Gets The Dog?

6-Nov-2014 | By

Epic Pictures Group will handle worldwide sales and serve as executive producer on the rom-com starring Alicia Silverstone.

Redeemer

MPI Media Group finds Redeemer

6-Nov-2014 | By

MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to Redeemer uniting director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza with Chilean action star Marko Zaror. XYZ Films launches international sales here at AFM.

Susan Sarandon

Radiant shines with Happy

6-Nov-2014 | By

Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney and Stephen Amell are in talks to star in Mandalay Pictures’ comedy Whatever Makes You Happy. Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has introduced the project to buyers at AFM.

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Electric to crack market with Hacker

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has secured all worldwide rights to the international thriller and started talks with AFM buyers.

Michael Shannon

Bloom boards Elvis & Nixon

6-Nov-2014 | By

Michael Shannon will play Elvis Presley opposite Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon in the latest Bloom international sales title.

Ron Gell

Buyers flock to God's Not Dead

6-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Buyers have responded strongly to Pure Flix’s $110m worldwide smash, led by a sale to Signature in the UK.

Amma Asante

Amma Asante to give Screen Film Summit keynote

6-Nov-2014 | By Sarah Cooper

Belle director joins the high profile list of attendees for Screen’s upcoming annual Film Summit

Colonia

Beta picks up thriller Colonia

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Nyqvist star in thriller.

Charles Rivkin

Calls for bilateral treaty at US-China Film Summit

6-Nov-2014 | By John Hazelton

Speakers at the Summit included US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin [pictured].

Arbitrage

Solution finds Cedar’s Strategies

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Richard Gere to star in Oren Moverman-produced drama.

EYE

EYE Prize launched

6-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

New award aims to support and promote an artist or film-maker whose work unites art and film.

Portia De Rossi

Lightning boards Now Add Honey

6-Nov-2014 | By

The sales company’s Ken DuBow is talking to AFM buyers on the film starring Portia de Rossi, Lucy Fry, Robyn Butler and Ben Lawson.

Baltic Event

Baltic Event unveils 2014 projects

6-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Now in its 13th edition, Baltic Event will present 13 projects in its 10th Co-Production Market, among others.

The Messenger

CMG takes Messenger to AFM

6-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paranormal thriller is directed by David Blair and stars Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson and Lily Cole.

Jean Reno

The Squad flies to buyers

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: French remake of The Sweeney, starring Jean Reno, is currently shooting in Paris.

Blazing Samurai

GFM rides with Blazing Samurai

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Rob Minkoff, Yair Landau produce family animation.

Koch enters Tiger House

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Ed Skrein, Kaya Scodelario star in thriller.

Still Life

Tribeca gets Still Life

6-Nov-2014 | By

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Uberto Pasolini’s drama from Beta Cinema.

John Penotti

Ivanhoe options YA novel The Walled City

6-Nov-2014 | By

Ivanhoe Pictures has taken exclusive film rights to action/adventure YA novel The Walled City by Ryan Graudin.

Rooney Mara

Blackbird lines up Rooney Mara

6-Nov-2014 | By

Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn will star in the Jean Doumanian Productions drama.

David Morrissey

David Morrissey launches indie

6-Nov-2014 | By Peter White, Broadcast

The Walking Dead star David Morrissey has partnered with a trio of established TV and film producers to launch his own drama and documentary indie.

Neal Street seeks $64m sale

6-Nov-2014 | By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Call the Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions has put itself up for sale for up to $64m (£40m).

The Hateful Eight cast confirmed

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Channing Tatum confirmed as cast addition along with Demian Bichir, film to shoot in Telluride from December.

The House at the End of Time

Buyers enter Hidalgo’s House

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Jinga’s Screamfest winner The House at the End of Time has sold to Dark Sky Films for USA and Universum for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Nova

Astro Shaw blasts to AFM with Nova

6-Nov-2014 | By

Malaysia’s Astro Shaw is bringing a slate of new productions to AFM, headed by sci-fi road comedy Nova, as it ramps up production with an eye on international markets.

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum lined up for Hateful Eight

6-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Screen sources confirm Magic Mike star lined up for Quentin Tarantino’s western.

Xmoor

Xmoor sells for WTF

6-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

British horror thriller [pictured] sells to the UK, Scandinavia and Greece.

Woody, Quentin and Al align for AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation has begun talks at the AFM on the upcoming untitled Woody Allen project, one of several new titles to emerge on the eve of the market.

Standoff

Voltage brings Standoff to AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures arrives at the AFM with international rights to the thriller Standoff starring Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.

Matthew McConaughey

IM Global touts Free State Of Jones

5-Nov-2014 | By

Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey will star for Gary Ross in the $65m Civil War drama The Free State Of Jones that has got tongues wagging at AFM.

Rooney Mara

Relativity, Voltage privy to The Secret Scripture

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Studios has acquired US rights from Ferndale Films and Jim Sheridan to The Secret Scripture, which Voltage Pictures has come on to sell internationally at AFM.

Chloe Moretz

Lotus boards November Criminals

5-Nov-2014 | By

Busy Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener and has introduced to AFM buyers.

Billy Crudup

Myriad gets in ring with Glass Chin

5-Nov-2014 | By

Noah Buschel directed Glass Chin, which premiered at Tribeca and tells of a former boxing champion who falls on hard times and makes a deal with a crooked restaurateur to get back in the game.

Possessed

FilmSharks touts animation Possessed

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has come on to sell worldwide rights to the stop-motion feature Possessed (Pos Eso) from former Aardman Animations animator Sam.

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Scott Sava finds Chinese partners on Animal Crackers

5-Nov-2014 | By

Scott Christian Sava and Animal Crackers Ltd are partnering with Beijing Wenhua Dongrun Investment Co and China Film Co Ltd on their animated feature Animal Crackers. Odin’s Eye handles international sales at AFM.

Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon

Shannon, Weisz lead Joshua Marston drama

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.

Wuershan

IM Global scares up Ghouls

5-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: IM Global and China’s Wanda Media are teaming for worldwide sales, excluding China, for Wanda’s action adventure film The Ghouls.

Hungry Hearts

IFC takes US on Hungry Hearts

5-Nov-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired North American rights to Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts from Mimi Steinbauer’s international sales agent Radiant Films International.

Uma Thurman

Thurman to star in Night and Fog

5-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Actress to play WWII secret agent Vera Atkins; Paris-based sales agent Other Angle launching sales at the AFM.

Good Kill

Arrow takes two from Voltage

5-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up Good Kill [pictured] and Politics of Love.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtles knock Lucy off China top spot

5-Nov-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles topped the Chinese box office with an opening gross of $26.51m, in a week when four new releases made it into the top ten.

Xavier Gens

Lotus stakes claim to Crucifixion

5-Nov-2014 | By

Lotus Entertainment kicks off pre-sales at AFM on the horror film from Xavier Gens and the producer behind horror hits Annabelle and The Conjuring.

Ray Bell

Cloud-based marketplace DFCN launches

5-Nov-2014 | By

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell has announced the commercial launch at AFM of cloud-based online marketplace Digital Film Cloud Network (DFCN).

Black Beauty

Epic corrals Black Beauty for AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By

Epic Pictures Group is handling international sales at the market on a contemporary adaptation of Black Beauty.

Breakthrough, Anchor Bay dive into The Drownsman

5-Nov-2014 | By

Anchor Bay has taken all rights in the US, UK and Australia/New Zealand to The Drownsman, which Breakthrough Entertainment is selling at the AFM.

Michelle Monaghan

Playing It Cool goes to Vertical

5-Nov-2014 | By

Vertical Entertainment has acquired US rights to Justin Reardon’s rom-com starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Martin Starr and Aubrey Plaza. Voltage Pictures handles international sales at AFM.

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper to play JD Salinger

5-Nov-2014 | By

Chris Cooper will play the reclusive author in Angel Grace Productions’ Coming Through The Rye.

Black And White gets awards run

5-Nov-2014 | By

Relativity is slotting the Kevin Costner drama into awards season with a one-week US qualifying run starting on December 3.

Feast

Ten animated shorts advance in Oscar race

5-Nov-2014 | By

The Academy has selected 10 animated shorts from 58 submissions to advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards.

Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013

Abu Dhabi Media Summit unveils speakers

5-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Featured keynote speakers include Mark Thompson, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Gerhard Zeiler and Robert A. Kotick.

Gangnam Blues

Showbox deals Gangnam style

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Distributor seals raft of pre-sales to most of Asia, including Japan and China.

Christina Hendricks

Hendricks sings with Lynn’s Hurricanes

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Metro International to launch sales on female buddy movie.

My Love, My Bride

9ers' Bride finds partners

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of AFM, company also books sales on Cart and Sea In Snow Breeze.

Iggy Pop, Jessica Brown Findlay projects on Carnaby slate

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Zombie-horror Plan Z, TV series also among slate.

I Am Big Bird

Kaleidoscope flies with Big Bird

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit nabs doc I Am Big Bird [pictured].

A Nightingale Falling

7 & 7 catches A Nightingale Falling

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit launches Ireland-set period-romance.

Roaring Currents

Roaring Currents makes waves for CJ

5-Nov-2014 | By

Korean smash hit [pictured] sells to Germany, Latin American and Italy, among others.

FIFF

M-Line picks up Fox’s Enemies

5-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Comedy thriller is directed by Im Sang-soo [pictured] and sales will be launched at AFM.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts is Shut In with EuropaCorp

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EuropaCorp swoops on buzzed-about David Linde thriller.

The Pirates

CJ E&M launches VoD service Vingo

5-Nov-2014 | By

New service specialises in film recommendations and saw CJ E&M join with Dolby Laboratories to provide 5.1 surround sound on earphones and headphones.

The Lady In The Van

Lady in the Van first look

5-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The first image from the Alan Bennett adaptation has been unveiled as well as the release date.

The Woman

TheHorrorShow.TV expands service

5-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

UK VoD service will launch a subscription service this week.

BFI Player

BFI Player gets major makeover

5-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

VOD service relaunched with enhancements and a Universal Pictures catalogue of sci-fi classics.

Bogdan Wenta

European Parliament calls for more flexibility

5-Nov-2014 | By

Changes to release windows could bring larger audiences to European cinema says EP deputy Bogdan Wenta.

California High

Parkland pops California High

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop doc on marijuana legalisation.

The Perfect Husband

Devilworks finds Perfect Husband

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Genre specialist launches debut English-language horror.

Secret Sharer

Moviehouse bags four for AFM

5-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: David Marconi action-thriller, Peter Fudakowski’s romance [pictured] among slate.

Jean-Patrick Benes

Gaumont racks up sales on Ares

5-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Post-apocalyptic tale, executive produced by Louis Leterrier, marks feature debut for Jean-Patrick Benes [pictured], director of hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen.

Niels Swinkels

Universal promotes Niels Swinkels

5-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Distribution exec to re-locate from London to LA.

Chadwick Boseman

eOne, Ink Factory to deliver Message from the King

4-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Chadwick Boseman to star, Fabrice Du Welz to direct.

Ross Dinerstein

Ross Dinerstein launches Campfire

4-Nov-2014 | By

Former co-CEO of Preferred Film & TV Ross Dinerstein has launched the production company backed by Content Media.

Golshifteh Farahani

Aldamisa to sell City Of Strangers

4-Nov-2014 | By

Aldamisa Films has come on to handle international sales at AFM on the thriller.

Olivia Wilde

Relativity to distribute Lazarus in US

4-Nov-2014 | By

Relativity Studios has acquired US rights to the currently titled horror film Lazarus produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions. Lionsgate handles international sales.

Oscars

20 animated features submitted for Oscars

4-Nov-2014 | By

The Academy has received 20 submissions for the 87th Academy Awards’ animated feature film category.

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Lightning adds two to AFM slate

4-Nov-2014 | By

Lightning Entertainment has bulked up its AFM war chest and will introduce buyers to The Blackout and Brookstreet Pictures’ horror-thriller GirlHouse.

All The Wilderness

Screen Media takes All The Wilderness

4-Nov-2014 | By

Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to Michael Johnson’s All The Wilderness starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Virginia Madsen, Danny DeVito, Evan Ross and Isabelle Fuhrman. 

Alex Kurtzman

Uni plots next monster revival

4-Nov-2014 | By

The studio has set April 21 2017 as the date for a new monster franchise film from Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.

The Wrecking Crew

Magnolia brings The Wrecking Crew to AFM

4-Nov-2014 | By

Magnolia Pictures is handling international sales on The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco’s documentary about the group of studio musicians who played with Elvis, The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra, among others.

Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky named Berlinale jury president

4-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

US director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be jury president of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Turkey Shoot

Guardian, Lightning land Turkey Shoot

4-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Guardian Entertainment International in collaboration with Lightning Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to Jon Hewitt’s action film starring Dominic Purcell.

Front Cover

Fortissimo takes Front Cover

4-Nov-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Ray Yeung’s dramatic comedy is in advanced post-production.

Hank WIlliams

I Saw The Light adds cast

4-Nov-2014 | By

Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford have joined Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen in I Saw The Light, Bron Studios/RatPac Entertainment’s biopic in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare's Globe launches VoD service

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Offering over 50 Shakespeare productions, the platform is the first to ever to be offered by a theatre in the world.

Atiq Rahimi

MK2 reveals new Rahimi, Brizé projects

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Atiq Rahimi’s Nocturne Afghan (working title) and Stéphane Brizé’s A Simple Man to both shoot this winter.

Le Nez

Montreal doc festival unveils lineup

4-Nov-2014 | By Adam Woodard

The 17th Montreal International Documentary Festival runs Nov 12-23 and opens with the world premiere of Kim Nguyen’s Le Nez [pictured].

The Survivalist

K5 announces AFM slate

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Stephen Fingleton’s The Survivalist among titles.

Ola Rapace

Tiberius Film boards Ares

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Leading German independent distributor acquires action thriller, starring Ola Rapace [pictured], ahead of AFM along with three other titles.

Cutie And The Boxer

Patricle Fever, Cutie among Grierson winners

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Documentary awards took place last night [Nov 3] at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Filmin

Filmin secures investment

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Metropolitan Filmexport and Le Meilleur du Cinéma obtain 35% stake in the Spanish VoD service.

Terry Rawlings

BAFTA to honour Alien editor Terry Rawlings

4-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Editor behind Alien, Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire and Goldeneye to receive tribute event.

Klown sequel starts shoot

4-Nov-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam [pictured] have scripted and will star in the comedy, which is shooting in the US.

Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels to head Muhr Feature jury

4-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Oscar-nominated producer, writer and director to head jury at upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (Dec 10-17).

Lucy Liu

Visit Films gets Snakehead, Always Shine

3-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe and his team have acquired rights to a pair of titles and will commence sales at AFM this week.

Jake Gyllenhaal

IM Global, Antoine Fuqua line up Snow

3-Nov-2014 | By

Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal will re-team with director Antoine Fuqua on new AFM sales title The Man Who Made It Snow after the pair recently wrapped production on Southpaw.

Stacey Snider

Stacey Snider named Fox co-chairman

3-Nov-2014 | By

The studio has confirmed that the widely respected former CEO and co-chairman of DreamWorks Studios has come on board as co-chairman of the film studio, effective immediately.

Shekhar Kapur

Lotus brings Tiger’s Curse to AFM

3-Nov-2014 | By

Shekhar Kapur will direct the epic adventure project that Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will introduce to buyers this week.

Let's Kill Ward's Wife

Epic to sell Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife

3-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Wilson stars in the dark comedy that international rights holder Epic will introduce to AFM buyers this week.

Jeff Deutchman

Jeff Deutchman joins Millennium Entertainment

3-Nov-2014 | By

The veteran most recently served as director of acquisitions at Paramount Home Media and arrives as vice president of acquisitions, effective immediately.

Relativity takes US rights to Autobahn

3-Nov-2014 | By

Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley star in IM Global’s thriller from director Eran Creevy.

Tannaz Anisi

13 Films boards Voice From The Stone

3-Nov-2014 | By

The supernatural thriller stars Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones and the upcoming Terminator: Genisys.

Katherine Lee

Ivanhoe hires Katherine Lee

3-Nov-2014 | By

Katherine Lee has joined Ivanhoe Pictures as head of production and development/Asia.

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BFI mourns loss of Chris Collins

3-Nov-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

BFI colleagues have paid tribute to Chris Collins, the BFI Film Fund Senior Development and Production Executive who lost his battle to cancer on Saturday, Nov 1.

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'71, Pride lead BIFA nominations

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Pride, Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mr Turner also score multiple nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, where Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall will compete for best actor. The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper to chair jury.

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Gaumont, Wild Bunch team on Refn’s Neon Demon

3-Nov-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

New picture described as a horror film with a young female cast; companies also collaborated on Only God Forgives.

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Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards winners unveiled

3-Nov-2014 | By

Han-Yee Ling scooped first prize at a ceremony for the 59th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards in Los Angeles on November 3 for her screenplay for Spaghetti Bridges.

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Ingenious court case: what lies ahead

3-Nov-2014 | By

The Ingenious v HMRC tribunal kicks off today in London.

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London Has Fallen begins filming

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart,  Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo reprise starring roles.

Claudia Landsberger

Claudia Landsberger to leave EYE

3-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Head of Dutch film promotion outfit to step down after 20 years.

Berenice Fugard joins Fortissimo Films

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

StudioCanal’s former head of acquisitions appointed senior vice president of acquisitions at Fortissimo with immediate effect.

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Wolverine Hotel heads to Los Cabos

3-Nov-2014 | By

Byron A Martin Productions’ crime drama Wolverine Hotel will represent Canada at the Los Cabos International Film Festival and Co-Production Forum.

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Turtles scares off Ouija to top UK chart

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s reboot climbs back to number one on its third weekend; eOne’s Mr. Turner posts strong UK debut of over $1.4m (£900,000) for Mike Leigh’s best-ever opening.

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Life In A Fishbowl wins at Nordic Film Days

3-Nov-2014 | By

Iceland’s Oscar submission takes top prize in Lübeck; Edward Snowden gives video introduction to Citizenfour at DOK Leipzig; arson attack hits LGBT screening in Kyiv.

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A Man Called Ove sold to Germany, Benelux

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk has secured sales of the upcoming film based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling book.

Alan Rickman to receive Camerimage honour

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

British star will attend cinematography festival with his second film as a director, A Little Chaos.

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Dubai unveils Muhr Feature Awards contenders

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Titles include the world premiere of thriller I’m Dead and the new feature from Egyptian director Daoud Abdel Sayed.

Adrian Wootton

Delegation unveiled for Two Cities

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Event aimed at increasing co-production between London and Paris was masterminded by Film London and Ile de France Film Commission.

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Swedish Film Institute names doc commissioners

3-Nov-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Klara Grunning and Antonio Russo Merenda appointed documentary film commissioners.

Joe Evea

Joe Evea joins Yummi

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Evea appointed as chief commercial officer; he joins from DCM.

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James Kent to attend LIFF

3-Nov-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Director to attend screening of Testament of Youth, along with producer Rosie Alison, as it opens Leeds International Film Festival on Wednesday [Nov 5].

Nightcrawler opens top in US charts

2-Nov-2014 | By

The independent drama starring awards contender Jake Gyllenhaal as a freelance LA crime reporter dominated a weak Halloween weekend session on $11m.

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Fox International sets record

2-Nov-2014 | By

BOX OFFICE: Fox International has set a new industry box office record as the company’s year-to-date score reached $3.254bn.

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China fires Turtles past $240m

2-Nov-2014 | By

UPDATED NOVEMBER 3: Paramount Pictures International’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles used a confirmed $26.5m opening in China to power a $34.9m overall weekend.

Fraternity

Epic to sell UK war film Fraternity

2-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Group has acquired world sales rights heading into the AFM to Mike Carter’s film.

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Shoreline AFM-bound with Charlie’s Farm

2-Nov-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The slasher film stars Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley.

Ryan Kwanten

Voltage boards Blunt Force Trauma

31-Oct-2014 | By

Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures has strengthened its AFM war chest with international rights to the action title starring Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke.

Abu Dhabi winner Leviathan

Leviathan wins in Abu Dhabi

31-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other double winners include Theeb, Sivas and In Her Place.

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AMPAS receives 134 doc submissions

31-Oct-2014 | By

Citizenfour, Life Itself, Red Army, Warsaw Uprising among long-list contenters for the 87th Academy Awards.

Dominic Purcell

Red Sea Media to handle Gridlocked at AFM

31-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: The action-thriller stars Dominic Purcell, Danny Glover, Cody Hackman and Stephen Lang and is in post.

Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam joins Thai boxing thriller

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: HanWay to sell Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s Thai boxing prison thriller A Prayer Before Dawn at AFM.

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Ricky Gervais comedy heads to AFM

31-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Gervais to write, direct and star alongside Eric Bana; Protagonist to sell.

Richard Attenborough

Puttnam says Attenborough was 'force of nature'

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Lord Puttnam, speaking at a Film Distributors’ Association event in London yesterday, paid tribute to his late friend and colleague Richard Attenborough [pictured].

Wild Bunch to launch pan-European digital distribution

31-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

First title destined for e-distribution slate is Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno. Company will be on hunt for suitable titles at the AFM.

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Vertigo takes Moomins for UK

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Indie Sales handles rights to Moomins On The Riviera; UK release planned for May 2015.

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Lightning invites buyers to Bravetown

31-Oct-2014 | By

Lightning Entertainment has bolstered its AFM slate with international sales rights to the drama starring Lucas Till, Josh Duhamel and hot awards contender Laura Dern.

Bruce Willis

QED to sell Magic City feature

31-Oct-2014 | By

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston and Kelly Lynch will star in the adaptation that QED will introduce at AFM.

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie horror heads to production

31-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Halloween-set horror 31 AFM-bound with Protagonist.

David Puttnam

Puttnam warns about European copyright policy changes

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

In a speech at a Film Distributors’ Association event yesterday, Lord Puttnam addressed “the very latest developments in Europe, which I believe present opportunities and challenges for us all.”

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IFP to kick off Boulevard sales

31-Oct-2014 | By

Inception Film Partners will be at AFM screening and selling international territories on the Tribeca world premiere starring the late Robin Williams.

Paz Vega

Paz Vega joins SJP in Rome

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Paz Vega has joined Sarah Jessica Parker, Claudia Cardinale, Rosie Day and Raoul Bova in All Roads Lead To Rome.

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US-China forum to welcome Michelle Yeoh

31-Oct-2014 | By

The 2014 US-Sino Co-Production Film Forum will host a panel discussion about partnership opportunities on November 3 in Pasadena.

Annabelle

Annabelle to soar past $150m

31-Oct-2014 | By

Last weekend’s international box office champion Annabelle is expected to soar past $150m this session.

Interstellar

Interstellar blasts Fury in social buzz

31-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Christopher Nolan’s soon-to-launch epic rockets to the top of social media buzz charts in the UK.

Keri Collins wins Welsh Bafta Breakthrough award

31-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Screen Star of Tomorrow awarded at British Academy Cymru Awards.

UK film distributors launch first internship scheme

31-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

FDA and Creative Skillset also launch comprehensive training programme for distribution sector.

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Family film Mummy heads to AFM

31-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Dutch sales agent Dutch Features Global Entertainment to screen family film at market.

Abu Dhabi honours best short, Emirates films

31-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Abu Dhabi Film Festival announces winners of Emirates Film Competition and International Short Film Competition

Fury

Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

31-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Heaven Knows What takes top Tokyo prize

31-Oct-2014 | By

Audience Award won by Pale Moon with the film’s Rie Miyazawa named best actress.

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Hot projects on Screenbase

31-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

New films on Screenbase this week include sci-fi film The Call Up, Talulah Riley’s Scottish Mussel, and iFeatures’ Spaceship.

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Thessaloniki kicks off with White God

31-Oct-2014 | By

White God and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence bookend the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

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Little Film Company rides high on Northern Soul

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Robbie Little’s The Little Film Company swings into the AFM looking to find a US buyer and close outstanding territories on UK art house smash Northern Soul.

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Open Road, FilmNation strike pact

30-Oct-2014 | By

Tom Ortenberg is pushing into international sales and distribution and has formed an alliance with Glen Basner to assist in selling and servicing the slate.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Sierra/Affinity boards Godmother

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sierra/Affinity looks set to fire up the market with its biopic starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Colombian drug boss Griselda Blanco.

Liz Garbus

Garbus to direct Niederhoffer comedy

30-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest to bring comedy Taxonomy to AFM.

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Celluloid launches new Audiard

30-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica. 

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Good Universe AFM-bound on A Man In The Dark

30-Oct-2014 | By

The company will launch pre-sales next week on A Man In The Dark from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures.

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Jason Wood leaves Curzon for HOME

30-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

After five years as Curzon’s director of programming, Jason Wood takes newly-created role of artistic director for Manchester venue.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

DDI takes flight with Byrd And The Bees

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) heads to the AFM with the coming-of-age story starring Tracy Spiridakos, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Bo Mikkelsen

Indie Sales boards What We Become

30-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Picture marks Danish Bo Mikkelsen’s feature debut after critically acclaimed short Tabu.

Mark Wahlberg

Deepwater Horizon heads to AFM

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate International will kick off pre-sales in Santa Monica next week on the Mark Wahlberg starrer from JC Chandor.

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iFeatures' Spaceship begins production

30-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

EXCLUSIVE: Principal production begins in Surrey on iFeatures’ latest venture.

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Of Horses and Men wins Nordic Council Film Prize

30-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Icelandic writer-director Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson have won lucrative The Nordic Council Film Prize for Of Horses and Men.

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Epic boards Tales Of Halloween

30-Oct-2014 | By

Epic Pictures Group heads to the AFM with the timely horror anthology from 11 directors including Saw veteran Darren Lynn Bousman and Neil Marshall.

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Starz brings Northmen to US, Canada

30-Oct-2014 | By

The company has acquired North American theatrical and US Pay-TV rights to Northmen – A Viking Saga from Ascot Elite Entertainment Group.

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Gravitas acquires Murder Of A Cat

30-Oct-2014 | By

The distributor has picked up North American rights to Gillian Greene’s feature directorial debut starring Oscar contender JK Simmons. Separately, Cinedigm and Moguldom Studios have entered into a multi-year, multi-title deal for Moguldom’s slate.

The Horde

Horror Icons bring The Horde to Life

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: LA-based 313 Films are heading to AFM to meet with sales agents on feature debut The Horde, currently shooting in LA.

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Image Nation ramps up local doc production

30-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Image Nation has revealed plans to create more locally-produced documentaries following the premiere of its first factual feature at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

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Portugal's Tocha wins Action4Climate doc award

30-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Other winners come from Bulgaria and US.

Creative England launches international markets scheme

30-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

12 participants will be selected in the programme backed by Creative Skillset.

Brisbane fest reveals first selection

30-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

First films for Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival announced

Naomi Watts

IM Global sees Three Generations

30-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Watts will star alongside Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning in the comedic drama that IM Global is bringing to the AFM.

Social Cinema Club

Script contest to highlight UAE social issues

30-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Twofour54 and the Family Development Foundation launch films screenplay contest.

Fest programmers call for comedy

30-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Short film programmers from Berlin and Tribeca called for lighter fare at a masterclass in Abu Dhabi.

Interstellar

McConaughey: Interstellar “as intimate as most independent films”

29-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Actors praise director for Interstellar’s “intimate and raw” feel during London press conference.

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Voltage sparks to Life On The Line

29-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Chartier and his team will introduce international buyers at AFM to the action drama starring John Travolta, Kate Bosworth and Sharon Stone.

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XYZ goes on Pilgrimage for AFM

29-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has come on as executive producer and worldwide sales agent on the Ireland-Belgium action-thriller from Brendan Muldowney.

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Rodrigo Guerrero joins AG Studios

29-Oct-2014 | By

The Colombian producer and Dynamo co-founding partner will run Alex Garcia’s Bogota-based Itaca Films Colombia.

Ex Machina

A24 picks up Ex Machina

29-Oct-2014 | By

Alex Garland’s eagerly awaited feature directorial starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander will open on April 10, 2015. Universal holds international rights.

Grim Sleeper among IDA nominees

29-Oct-2014 | By

The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced nominations for the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards today set to take place on December 5 in Los Angeles.

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Lightning gets hitched to Preggoland

29-Oct-2014 | By

Lightning Entertainment heads to the AFM with Jacob Tierney’s comedy that premiered in Toronto.

Zoe Kravitz

Unified, Media House Capital prep Vincent-N-Roxxy

29-Oct-2014 | By

Fortitude International will introduce AFM buyers to the action crime drama starring Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz. WME Global represents US rights.

Universal dates Hail, Caesar!

29-Oct-2014 | By

The studio will release the Coen brothers latest film on February 5, 2016.

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Kunal Nayyar, Icon join Bollywoof Tale

29-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar attached; Icon takes UK rights.

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Gale Anne Hurd in PGA lifetime honour

29-Oct-2014 | By

Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures. 

Imogen Poots

WestEnd enters Green Room

29-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots.

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Bankside scores X+Y deals

29-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: France, Australia, Canada, Japan among deals for Toronto hit.

Haim Saban

Haim Saban backs ZAG Animation Studios

29-Oct-2014 | By

Haim Saban, Chris Columbus and producer Michael Barnathan have teamed up with ZAG Entertainment founder Jeremy Zag to launch ZAG Animation Studios.

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Marvel Studios head talks Phase 3

29-Oct-2014 | By

President Kevin Feige unleashed a volley of announcements at a breathless Hollywood presentation (October 28) including news of the studio’s first black and female superhero leads.

The Sleepwalker

IFC takes US rights to The Sleepwalker

29-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

LevelK handles international sales on Brady Corbet thriller.

Nick Ryan

Ryan tries crowdfunding for Easter Rising film

29-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Director Nick Ryan (The Summit) is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for his latest film, Six Days of the Rising, about the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

Meet Me In Montenegro

The Orchard picks Montenegro

29-Oct-2014 | By

The distributor has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Meet Me In Montenegro and has earmarked a 2015 theatrical release.

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Lucy beats Guardians at China box office

29-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Luc Besson’s sci-fi action thriller Lucy topped the China box office for the week October 20-26, grossing $20.02m in its opening three days.

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Fortissimo drinks to Kampai! For The Love of Sake

29-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Fortissimo takes world rights except Japan for Mirai Konishi’s feature documentary Kampai! For The Love Of Sake.

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Frank Rose to keynote at Film4 Innovation Forum

29-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Creative Skillset partners on November 18 event focused on storytelling.

1001 Grams to open Nordic Film Days

29-Oct-2014 | By

Norway’s submission to the Oscars to open 56th edition; Jihlava docfest winners revealed.

The Cyclist

Cineworld awards Dream to Screen winner

29-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Initiative with Media Trust hunts undiscovered filmmaking talent.

Obvious Child, Life Itself win in Wroclaw

29-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child voted best narrative film at Polish festival.

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Wroclaw awards US works in progress

29-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Homefront, God Bless the Child, among winners.

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Lotus to sell Replicas at AFM

28-Oct-2014 | By

With one week to go before the start of the market a number of projects are trickling in, led by Lotus Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller Replicas and Dark Was The Night from Premiere Entertainment Group.

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The Exchange boards prestige pair for AFM

28-Oct-2014 | By

The Exchange heads to the AFM with a pair of prestige titles including Dustin Lance Black’s The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight.

Singapore Film Festival unveils line-up

28-Oct-2014 | By

MDA-backed SGIFF (Dec 4-14) is part of Singapore Media Festival.

Aperture Media Partners launches

28-Oct-2014 | By

Banking and finance expert Jared Underwood is at the centre of a new film venture formed by New York Private Bank & Trust (NYPB&T) and Aperture Media Partners. Separately, Jeff Robinov has announced new additions to his senior team.

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Wild Bunch gets behind Mikhalkov’s Sunstroke

28-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: French sales company also set to launch new films by Leconte and Delpy at AFM.

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Global Screen finds Thousand deals

28-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Global Screen has sold A Thousand Times Goodnight to France and Belgium among other territories.

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Scottish talent network hires Claudia Yusef

28-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Claudia Yusef is named Talent Develepment Executive for the Scottish Film Talent Network.

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Metrodome joins The Tribe

28-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK deal for acclaimed Cannes Critics’ Week drama.

K5 boards Walken, Heard comedy-drama

28-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard star in New York comedy-drama.

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Abu Dhabi mulls additional film tax rebates

28-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Existing production rebate, which has drawn Stars Wars and Fast & Furious 7, may be complimented with an infrastructure incentive. Warner Bros, Sony, Paramount heading to the region next week.

The Sand Fish

Baboudjian signs Ahd to direct Sandfish

28-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Feature is an adaptation of Emirati bestseller about girl growing up in the region in the 1960s.

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Film Independent names Producing Lab selections

28-Oct-2014 | By

Film Independent top brass have announced the producers selected for the 14th annual Producing Lab.

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Germany, Italy launch co-pro development fund

28-Oct-2014 | By

Co-Production Development Fund launched between Germany and Italy; growing concern about future of German incentive DFFF

Comet

Comet lands at Content Media, IFC

28-Oct-2014 | By

Content Media has bulked up its AFM slate with international rights to the rom-com starring Emmy Rossum and Justin Long.

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Cinedigm, Vimeo sign digital pact

28-Oct-2014 | By

Cinedigm has signed a content deal for My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks and other titles to roll out on Vimeo On Demand.

Max Deacon

The Call Up heads to production

28-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Brit List action-sci-fi to get underway on November 10; Max Deacon to star.

Birdman

Birdman, Imitation Game to open Camerimage

28-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Awards contenders to receive Polish premieres at cinematography festival.

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VIDEO: British Council, Screen present Stars at LFF

28-Oct-2014

Screen International teamed with British Council to present Screen’s UK Stars of Tomorrowat an intimate industry dinner during the BFI London Film Festival.

Kundo: Age Of The Rampant

London Korean film fest to host industry

28-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

UK showcase to host 55 films, actors, directors, producers, programmers.

Leviathan leads Asia Pacific Awards nominees

28-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Leviathan leads contenders; 36 films from 21 countries in the running.

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Gulf film industry ponders progress

28-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Cinema professionals debate whether the cinema investment drive of past decade has achieved anything for local industry.

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RADiUS, CNN Films team up on sex crimes doc

27-Oct-2014 | By

Kirby Dick will direct an untitled film about campus sex crime for RADiUS and CNN Films. Separately, Tribeca Film has picked up the documentary I Am Big Bird.

Cumberbatch in Strange frame

27-Oct-2014 | By

Benecit Cumberbatch, in contention for awards with The Imitation Game, is in the frame to join the Marvel Studios universe as Doctor Strange.

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John Lasseter talks about Japanese inspirations

27-Oct-2014 | By

Walt Disney chief creative officer (CCO) John Lasseter talked about the influences of Japan, its art and Hayao Miyazaki’s animation in particular on his work, Pixar and even in winning his wife’s hand at a talk on “Cool Japan” held by the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.

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Louis Drax adds more cast

27-Oct-2014 | By

Oliver Platt, Molly Parker and Barbara Hershey have joined Miramax’s The 9th Life Of Louis Drax and Aiden Longworth has signed on to play the title role.

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Freestyle to release Three Night Stand

27-Oct-2014 | By

Freestyle has acquired US theatrical and digital rights from Myriad Pictures to the rom-com, which Myriad will be selling at the AFM.

Halle Berry

Kidnap begins New Orleans shoot

27-Oct-2014 | By

Luis Prieto has kicked off principal photography on Lotus Entertainment’s thriller starring Halle Berry.

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Aspiration Media to release Noble

27-Oct-2014 | By

Fledgling LA-based distributor Aspiration Media has made its first buy, taking UR rights from Continental Media to Noble. In a separate development, Image has acquired US rights to fantasy AFM title Digging Up The Marrow.

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Bays to lead Birds Eye View's second Filmonomics

27-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Birds Eye View is planning the second year of its training scheme Filmonomics to launch in January 2015.

Absent One off to roaring start at Danish box office

27-Oct-2014 | By Jorn Rossing Jensen

Keeper of Lost Causes sequel is a huge hit as third film in series is being planned with Arcel to direct.

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Causeway kicks off Irish Gothic label

27-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Belfast-based Causeway Pictures is launching its Irish Gothic label, which is focused on genre films that have inspiration from Irish legends.

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Scott Neustadter, Michael Weber board The Disaster Artist

27-Oct-2014 | By

Rabbit Bandini Productions, Point Grey and Good Universe have announced that Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber have come on to adapt The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room.

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David Proud stars in thriller iWitness

27-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

David Proud, who has broken ground as a disabled actor playing a wheelchair-using character on EastEnders, is now set for another first by playing an able-bodied character in psychological thriller iWitness.

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Peter Medak in HFFLA honour

27-Oct-2014 | By

This year’s 14th Hungarian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (HFFLA) presented by Bunyik Entertainment marks the centenary of Hungarian animation and the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust.

Cinelou Releasing to distribute Cake

27-Oct-2014 | By

Cinelou Films producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon have launched prestige label Cinelou Releasing and kick off with Jennifer Aniston dark comedy Cake.

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Corn Island wins at Athens Panorama

27-Oct-2014 | By

Panorama of European Cinema Festival pays tribute to Suleiman, Laverty, Ferris and Tsiolis.

Russell Brand

StudioCanal brings 3D Crusoe, Russell Brand doc to AFM

27-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Russell Brand teams with Michael Winterbottom on financial crisis doc.

Screen critics curate Black Nights strand

27-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Birdman, Phoenix, Mr Turner among critics choices.

Fury

Fury tops UK chart

27-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Sony’s war drama posts $4.4m (£2.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Turtles; Icon’s The Babadook lands with $557,000 (£345,862) from 147 sites ahead of Halloween.

Kajaki

Kajaki gets charity previews

27-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Revenue from premiere and previews of Aghan war film to go to military charities.

Colonia

Emma Watson first look in Colonia

27-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Mikael Nyqvist joins Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl in Chilean drama.

The Christmas Family

Global Screen gets Christmas Family

27-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

German sales outfit boards Danish Christmas film.

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BAFTA unveils Breakthrough Brits

27-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

BAFTA has unveiled 18 newcomers working in the film, TV and games industries as its 2014 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, in partnership with Burberry.

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Mongrel lines up FIP duo for AFM

27-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International heads to the AFM with a pair of titles from Fox International Productions (FIP) including Mexican box office sensation Guten Tag, Ramon.

Annabelle

Annabelle crosses $125m int’l

26-Oct-2014 | By

UPDATED OCTOBER 27: What looked like a tight international box office contest heading into the weekend saw Annabelle emerge as the comfortable winner thanks to a confirmed $26.2m haul.

Ouija

Ouija tops US box office on $20m

26-Oct-2014 | By

It may have been a slow session, but that won’t stop Universal executives celebrating a number one berth heading into Halloween this week and top brass at The Weinstein Company feeling good about St. Vincent.

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Hefzy, Abdalla reteam on Black Tea adaptation

26-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film Clinic’s Hefzy also co-producing Mohamed Khan’s new film Before the Summer Crowds.

Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano criticises Japanese film industry

26-Oct-2014 | By

Japanese actor-director slams production companies’ close relationships with cinemas and how this is reflected in the country’s awards.

Alexandre Desplat named composer of the year

26-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

World Soundtrack Awards also honour Pharell Williams’ Happy from Despicable Me 2.

Seven Samurai

TIFF’s 'Seven Samurai' look back with nostalgia

26-Oct-2014 | By

Tokyo International Film Festival’s ‘Seven Samurai’ directors compared the restrictive studio-controlled filmmaking environment of modern-day Japan to the golden age of Akira Kurosawa at a talk event on Sunday.

Adeline Monzier

Festival strategy crucial, say US in Progress experts

26-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

A handful of directors, producers and sales agents gathered for an introductory panel at the fifth American Film Festival (Oct 21-26) in Wroclaw, Poland as part of the festival’s US in Progress event.

Trash

Stephen Daldry’s Trash wins top Rome award

25-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners included Chinese crime drama 12 Citizens and an Indian adaptation of Hamlet.

No One's Child

Blind Dates wins at Zagreb Film Festival

25-Oct-2014 | By

Slovenian film Karpotrotter wins best documentary; No One’s Child gets audience award

Bouchareb receives ADFF honour, talks career

25-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

French-Algerian filmmaker and producer Rachid Bouchareb, who is being honoured with a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, talked extensively about his career at a special ‘in conversation’ event.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

AFI FEST unveils tech showcase

24-Oct-2014 | By

Top brass have announced the inaugural technology showcase State Of The Art - Innovation, Storytelling And Technology.

Screen Awards 2014 winners

24-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

UPDATED (gallery/official winners book): The Screen Awards has unveiled its 2014 winners, recognising excellence in UK marketing, distribution and exhibition.

Iris

Magnolia takes world on Iris

24-Oct-2014 | By

Albert Maysles’ documentary chronicles the life of 93-year-old fashionista Iris Apfel and will open theatrically in 2015. Separately, Lionsgate has set an October 2015 release for The Last Witch Hunter.

Dads Army

Dad’s Army first look

24-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The first images from comedy reboot Dad’s Army have been released as well as fresh cast details.

James Franco and Megan Fox

James Franco’s Zeroville assembles star cast

24-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell to star; Embankment to sell.

Ben Wheatley

Ben Wheatley to direct Free Fire

24-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Kill List and High-Rise director to tackle action film; Protagonist to introduce at AFM.

Animal Crackers

Odin's Eye boards Animal Crackers

24-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Sales to kick off at AFM.

Fury

Sony to halt South Korea distribution

24-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: Sony will cease to self-distribute in South Korea on December 31 as it emerged that the joint venture with Disney will be dissolved.

El Ott

Falcon swoops on Ibrahim El-Batout’s El Ott

24-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

EXCLUSIVE: Film that premieres in competition at Abu Dhabi stars Egyptian actor Amr Waked as a gangster who challenges a child organ trafficker.

Teenage

Turtles shellshock Fury on social media

24-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles generate more buzz on social networks in the UK than Brad Pitt war movie.

The Equalizer

Cinema business to grow in Middle East

24-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Empire CEO Mario Haddad and Gulf Films chief Selim El-Azar discuss distribution in the region at Abu Dhabi show business conference.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians to continue box office rise

24-Oct-2014 | By

China and Italy could help Marvel’s sci-fi blockbuster hold the top slot.

Laurence Sargent

Sargent-Disc wins at Payroll World Awards

24-Oct-2014 | By Screen staff

Sargent-Disc has won the Specialist Payroll Provider Award at the 2014 Payroll World Awards in London.

Fyzz Facility opens LA office

24-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

UK producer-financiers The Fyzz Facility, run by producers Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones, is to open an LA office this month.

James Gunn

Guardians director hails Japanese heroes

23-Oct-2014 | By

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opened today with the premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6, presented by its creators including directors Chris Williams and Don Hall.

Chloë Grace Moretz

The 5th Wave begins shoot

23-Oct-2014 | By

YA adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz.

Boyhood

Boyhood leads Gothams nominations

23-Oct-2014 | By

Richard Linklater’s drama that follows the life of a boy from five to 18 is in contention for four prizes at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP. 

Anthony Hopkins

Electric plugs into Anthony Hopkins' Go With Me

23-Oct-2014 | By

Thriller to be directed by Daniel Alfredson and is headed to the AFM.

Dior And I

Orchard acquires Dior and I

23-Oct-2014 | By

The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to Frédéric Tcheng’s fashion documentary Dior and I.

April Prosser

TWC adds female comedy Plus One

23-Oct-2014 | By

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has closed the deal on rights to screenwriter April Prosser’s comedy Plus One.

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke's Chet Baker biopic set for AFM

23-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

K5 to handle sales, eOne to distribute in Canada.

The Art Dealer

Jewish film fest “strongest ever” after controversy

23-Oct-2014 | By Adam Woodard

Festival moving forward following controversy surrounding the Tricycle Theatre.

TIFFCOM

Sales agents slam Tokyo market-festival split

23-Oct-2014 | By

TIFFCOM delegates complain that uncoupling the Tokyo International Film Festival and its market is having a detrimental impact.

The Eichmann Show

Content takes rights to Eichmann Show

23-Oct-2014 | By

First look at Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia in 1960s drama.

Marvels Avengers Age of Ultron

Avengers trailer released by Marvel after leak

23-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Studio releases HD trailer within hours of online leak.

Digging Up The Marrow

Kaleidoscope taking trio to AFM

23-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) is to bring a trio of new titles to the AFM including writer-director Adam Green’s Frightfest monster-horror Digging Up The Marrow.

Encounters

LevelK sets Encounters for AFM

23-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Sales outfit LevelK is to debut Scandinavian horror-sci fi Encounters at the AFM.

Auditioning For Parenthood

Nellis premiere to open Jihlava festival

23-Oct-2014 | By

The world premiere of Czech fiction film-maker Alice Nellis’ documentary Auditioning For Parenthood will open the 18th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival tonight (Oct 23).

Talulah Riley

Talulah Riley begins directorial debut

23-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Martin Compston, Joe Thomas star with the St Trinians star in rom-com.

Lucy

EuropaCorp secures $600m credit facility

23-Oct-2014 | By Melanie Goodfellow

Funds to bankroll new slate of English-language films.

John Wick

PalmStar invest $200m in Thunder Road

22-Oct-2014 | By

PalmStar Media Capital is investing $200m in Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures.

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AFI Fest completes 2014 line-up

22-Oct-2014 | By

AFI FEST top brass have announced the remaining films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Cinema’s Legacy sections.

Lucy

Create promotes Gormley, Gitlin

22-Oct-2014 | By

Entertainment marketing agency Create Advertising Group has promoted two long-standing executives.

Danis Tanovic

Good Films secures backing; Danis Tanovic to direct Invisible

22-Oct-2014 | By

EXCLUSIVE: British producer Miriam Segal of Good Films has secured backing from Bank Leumi for her slate of seven new features.

F.J. Ossang

Rome gives industry awards

22-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Rome’s European co-production market New Cinema Network has awarded the €30,000 Eurimages Co-production Development Award to drama 9 Fingers by writer-director F.J. Ossang, produced by Catherine Dussart.

Chauranga

Court, Chauranga win top awards in Mumbai

22-Oct-2014 | By

Indian films Court, Chauranga and Killa were the big winners at the close of the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), which wrapped on Tuesday night.

Emma Baehr

BAFTA appoints director of awards

22-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Newly created role will oversee all five of BAFTA’s London-based ceremonies.

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Pathe to bring Frears, Streep drama to AFM

22-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Florence Foster Jenkins biopic will also star Hugh Grant.

Curzon VOD service set for Amazon Fire TV

22-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Curzon Home Cinema’s On Demand service to be available through Amazon Fire TV at launch.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians takes top spot in China

22-Oct-2014 | By

CHINA BOX OFFICE: Guardians Of The Galaxy finally knocked local mega-hit Breakup Buddies off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing $37.97m over seven days (October 13-19).

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart to play white supremacist

21-Oct-2014 | By

Broad Green Pictures (BGP) and filmscience have announced that Patrick Stewart has joined the cast of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room.

Manglehorn

IFC Films acquires Manglehorn

21-Oct-2014 | By

IFC Films has snapped up US rights to David Gordon Green’s drama Manglehorn starring Al Pacino that premiered in Venice and Toronto.

Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer to star in The Forest

21-Oct-2014 | By

Game of Thrones star joins supernatural thriller, based on an original idea by David S Goyer.

Mark Duplass

Mark Duplass to give SXSW keynote

21-Oct-2014 | By

Mark Duplass has been confirmed as one of four daily keynote speakers at SXSW.

Michael Keaton in Venice

Michael Keaton to receive Santa Barbara honour

21-Oct-2014 | By

Birdman star to receive award at the festival in January.

Lay Me Down

Screen partners on Underwire festival award

21-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The fifth Underwire Festival, which showcases shorts made by female filmmakers, will run Nov 11-15 at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, London.

Leena Pasanen

Pasanen named DOK Leipzig director

21-Oct-2014 | By

Finnish documentary expert Leena Pasanen has been appointed as the first non-German in the almost 60-year history of DOK Leipzig to succeed Claas Danielsen as its festival director.

Kate Winslet, Judy Davis

The Dressmaker begins shoot

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Kate Winslet and Judy Davis lead cast of the new film from director Jocelyn Moorhouse.

Rachid Bouchareb Edward Pressman

ADFF to honour Bouchareb, Pressman

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Days of Glory director and American Psycho producer to receive career achievement awards.

Lenny Abrahamson

Irish low-budget scheme reveals winners

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Winning projects announced for the Irish Film Board low budget dilmmaking scheme, Catalyst Project.

Learning To Drive

WestEnd takes Learning To Drive ahead of AFM

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Romantic drama stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson.

Fashion King

Fashion King leads Finecut sales

21-Oct-2014 | By

TIFFCOM: South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals led by romantic comedy Fashion King.

Lewis Tice and Dennis Quaid at the TrueSpark launch party

Winston Baker strikes partnership with TrueSpark

21-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Conferences company Winston Baker has struck a national partnership with TrueSpark, a non-profit educational charity that engages teens about positive character through films.

Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert to head Marrakech jury

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

French actress known for roles in The Piano Teacher and Amour to preside over festival jury.

Thomas Vinterberg

Eurimages backs new Vinterberg, Porumboiu

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A total of 17 co-productions received a share of $5.8m

Joanna

Oscars select eight doc shorts

21-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Three to five films will make it to nominations stage.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker romcom adds cast

21-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Production underway on All Roads Lead to Rome.

Before I Disappear

Hollywood Film Festival reveals winners

20-Oct-2014 | By

Hollywood Film Festival executive director Jon Fitzgerald has announced the event’s winners.

Moana

Disney sets 2016 release for animated Moana

20-Oct-2014 | By

Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed plans for the CG comedy adventure Moana.

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever remake set for AFM

20-Oct-2014 | By

Voltage Pictures to begin sales on horror remake based on the original Eli Roth script.

Time Out of Mind

IFC acquires Time Out of Mind

20-Oct-2014 | By

Richard Gere stars as a homeless man in the film that debuted at Toronto.

Tribeca

Lionsgate, Tribeca launch SVOD service

20-Oct-2014 | By

Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have announced a subscription VOD service to carry “a prestigious” selection of films from both companies as well as third-party global content.

The Homesman joins AFI line-up

20-Oct-2014 | By

Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman has slotted into AFI FEST as an additional Centerpiece Gala.

Sundance Institute

Sundance to launch workshops across US

20-Oct-2014 | By

The Sundance Institute will bring artist development day labs to eight cities across the US over the next three years following $1m in new funding from the John S and James L Knight Foundation.

Brad Pitt at London Film Festival closer Fury

London Film Festival scores biggest ever audience

20-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Festival attendance up 7.5% with more than 163,000 breaking audience records.

Christine Eloy

Europa Distribution warns of single digital market ‘catastrophe’

20-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Europa Distribution has warned that the European Commission’s proposed single digital market would be a “catastrophe” for the independent film sector.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tops UK chart

20-Oct-2014 | By Ian Sandwell

Paramount’s reboot dethrones Gone Girl with a $7.7m (£4.8m) debut, including previews; Fox’s Gone Girl reaches $22.8m (£14.1m); Munro Films’ Northern Soul records highest three-day opening weekend gross for a British film opening in under 100 sites.

IFFR Live adds three titles

20-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

New feature from Girl With a Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev one of three film added to IFFR’s first simultaneous live screening event.

Idris Elba

Bastille Day begins Paris shoot

20-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Action thriller directed by James Watkins stars Idris Elba.

Adrian Wootton

UK Film & TV Week launches in LA

20-Oct-2014 | By

Touring representatives from the UK’s Screen Agency Network will promote UK facilities, locations and tax benefits during the inaugural UK Film & TV Week in Los Angeles this week.

Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan to lead ADFF jury

20-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Irrfan Khan, Christina Voros and Catherine Dussart to preside over feature competition juries; seven world premieres of Arab films in feature competitions.

It’s Very Nice Pra Xuxu

Rome's Business Street showcases Brazilian titles

20-Oct-2014 | By

Cinema do Brasil promoting several titles at the Rome Film Festival’s market.

Odeon Holloway Road

Odeon to launch secret advance screenings

20-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Odeon is launching a series of new advance screenings under the banner ScreenUnseen.

Alison Cornwell

Vue appoints new CFO

20-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Vue Entertainment International has appointed Alison Cornwell as its chief financial officer.

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Leviathan director honoured in Haifa

20-Oct-2014 | By Edna Fainaru

Other winners include Assaf Korman’s Next To Her.

Housebound

Anchor Bay, Raven Banner get Housebound

20-Oct-2014 | By

Haunted house thriller snapped up for Canadian home ent market.

Victor Banerjee

Paskaljevic to direct Dev Bhoomi

20-Oct-2014 | By

Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic is planning to shoot Indo-Serbian co-production Dev Bhoomi, starring Victor Banerjee, in India next March.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians Of The Galaxy tops $400m at int'l box office

19-Oct-2014 | By

Guardians Of The Galaxy surged past $400m as a robust second weekend hold in China generated $23.1m overall and propelled the international running total to $404.8m.

Fury

Fury rolls into top US slot

19-Oct-2014 | By

The prospect of Brad Pitt in a tank proved irresistible to North American audiences as the Second World War tale rolled into action through Sony, while Birdman delivered the result of the weekend with a massive limited launch via Fox Searchlight.

Speed Sisters

Speed Sisters to premiere as Ajyal opener

19-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

World premiere of motor racing documentary Speed Sisters to open Doha Film Institute’s second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival.

Jeremy Thomas  Alexander Rodnyansky James McAvoy

Leviathan wins top London Film Festival award

18-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners include The Tribe, a documentary about Syria and Catch Me Daddy actress Sameena Jabeen Ahmed.

Good Kill

IFC takes Good Kill

18-Oct-2014 | By

IFC Films has acquired US rights to Andrew Niccol’s highly regarded drone film starring Ethan Hawke and January Jones. Separately monterey media has taken Like Sunday, Like Rain.

Under the Skin

New studio key to future of film in Scotland

17-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Creative Scotland has identified seven key priorities for growing the country’s film sector, top of which is the creation of a film studio.

Peter Strickland

Peter Strickland to write and direct radio play

17-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: The British director of Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy set to deliver new play next year.

The Sleeping Room

7 & 7 books horror Sleeping Room

17-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop horror at AFM.

James Cosmo

James Cosmo joins Scorsese exec'd Tomorrow

17-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The Braveheart and Game of Thrones star one of three new actors to join the British feature.

Doctor Who - Day of the Doctor

Doctor Who wins top event cinema award

17-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Other winners at the ECA Awards included a live Muse concert, three Royal Opera House productions and the British Museum’s Pompeii Live.

Film London Micro Market

Second Film London Micro Market wraps

17-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

A number of financing deals in the works following micro-budget finance market.

At Home

Revamped Kyoto gets glitzy opening

17-Oct-2014 | By

Actresses Irene Jacob, Fumi Nikaido and Kiki Sugino hit the red carpet at the festival in Japan, which opened with Hiroshi Chono ‘s At Home.

Sierra/Affinity to sell Mr. Right at AFM

16-Oct-2014 | By

Lakeshore Entertainment has injected a title into a typically quiet run-up to the market, announcing that Sierra/Affinity will introduce buyers to the romantic action comedy starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.

AFI FEST unveils New Auteurs, Shorts, American Independents

16-Oct-2014 | By

Güeros, 10,000 KM and Happy Valley will screen at the festival as top brass announced programming in three sections.

Faye Walker

Cinedigm hires Faye Walker

16-Oct-2014

Faye Walker has joined Cinedigm as svp of customer acquisitions. Separately, OddLot has announced two promotions in its development team.

Suite Francaise

Suite Française among AFM screenings

16-Oct-2014 | By

TF1 handles international sales on Saul Dibb’s Second World War romance starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts, set to make its market world premiere in Santa Monica next month.

Ed Vaizey

Ed Vaizey: BFI should expand remit for TV, animation

16-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

The UK culture minister talks about the current strengths and challenges of the British film industry.

Billy Elliot

Universal exec issues ‘event cinema’ warning

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Event cinema will be key to helping theatres survive but the industry should be wary of repeating the mistakes of 3D, according to a Universal exec.

On the set of Tordenskiold

Genz starts shooting Nimbus' Tordenskiold

16-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki) plays the titular Danish-Norwegian Vice-Admiral

Marco Mueller

Marco Mueller on Rome challenges

16-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

Festival veteran discusses this year’s “pop mix” and a “very challenging” year.

Barrie Osbourne

Barrie Osborne turns to Kickstarter

16-Oct-2014 | By

The Oscar-winning producer of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is putting together funds for the environmentally themed family drama Talk Is Cheep.

Rod Smith

Evolution Pictures launches with Anchor Bay exec

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: Finance and production company will be allied to GFM Films.

Dark Summer

IFC Midnight enters Dark Summer

16-Oct-2014 | By

IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to the supernatural horror film that Content Media will introduce to international buyers at the AFM.

Laura Poitras

CPH:DOX welcomes Poitras as guest curator

16-Oct-2014 | By Wendy Mitchell

CPH:DOX has announced its 2014 programme including more than 200 documentaries from around the world.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 poster

Hunger Games: Mockingjay to premiere in London

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

World premiere to be held on November 10.

Critical Mass

Sony DADC Media Solutions appoints Rightsline

16-Oct-2014 | By

Sony DADC Media Solutions has selected Critical Mass Studios software as a service (SAAS) subsidiary Rightsline to power rights management on its new Ven•ue service for creating OTT video channels.

Laurent Boye

Jazo PR expands into Toronto

16-Oct-2014 | By

Laurent Boye has expanded his Los Angeles-based boutique firm into its second Canadian location.

Dracula Untold

Will Dracula Untold rise again?

16-Oct-2014 | By

Dracula Untold was the top Hollywood international release last weekend on $33.9m and Universal Pictures International top brass will look for strong holds to retain pole position.

Uma Thurman

Stockholm to honour Uma Thurman

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

The festival’s 25th edition will feature a contribution from Ai Weiwei and competition titles including Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher.

Princess

AMBI Pictures to remake Princess

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

AMBI Pictures acquires English-language remake rights to Princess.

Whiplash, Bypass in Camerimage competitions

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Debut competition titles at cinematography festival unveiled.

Orange Is The New Black

Netflix growth stalls after price hike

16-Oct-2014 | By Alex Farber, Broadcast

Netflix has blamed its decision to hike subscription fees for lower than forecast growth recorded over the past quarter.

Vue West End

Vue to acquire Italian cinema leader

16-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Vue Entertainment International reaches agreement to acquire The Space Entertainment, Italy’s largest cinema chain

Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice to play AFI FEST

15-Oct-2014 | By

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Los Angeles-set noir tale starring Joaquin Phoenix and an all-star ensemble will screen at the festival on November 8.

Alison Thompson

Alison Thompson: Sales are tougher than ever

15-Oct-2014 | By

During her keynote at Film London’s Production Finance Market, Alison Thompson remarks on the glut of films made today, but also sees some bright spots like the arrival of Netflix.

Christopher Woodrow

Ex-Worldview CEO sues company

15-Oct-2014 | By

The former CEO has struck back in an escalating war and filed a $55m lawsuit against Worldview and its principals, citing breach of fiduciary duty and defamation and seeking to liquidate the company.

The Lego Movie

WB boosts tentpole pipeline

15-Oct-2014 | By

Warner Bros is lining up a war chest of three Lego-themed films in the next four years, a trio of titles based on JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and “at least” 10 DC adaptations from 2016-20.

Pierce Brosnan

Fortitude International to sell Urge

15-Oct-2014 | By

The company has bolstered its AFM slate with the thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene.

Game of Thrones

HBO Go to cut the cord

15-Oct-2014 | By

In a widely speculated move that escalates the rivalry with Netflix and will have other cable networks watching closely, HBO plans to launch a stand-alone HBO Go service in 2015.

Jeffrey Katzenberg on DreamWorks China plans

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Dreamworks Animation CEO also reflected on an infamous 1991 memo, getting fired from Disney and 3D at his BFI London Film Festival keynote.

Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake to return for second series

15-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Jane Campion and Gerard Lee developing a new season of Top of the Lake; Steve McQueen drama gathers pace.

Judge Dredd

Metrodome takes 2000AD doc

15-Oct-2014 | By Andreas Wiseman

EXCLUSIVE: Comics series spawned Judge Dredd and Halo Jones.

Walter

eOne takes North America on Walter

15-Oct-2014 | By

eOne Films has acquired North American rights to the comedy Walter and will release day-and-date theatrically and on VOD in spring 2015.

Insidious: Chapter 2

D Films, Blumhouse partner up

15-Oct-2014 | By

D Films has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Blumhouse International.

Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Relativity moves Woman In Black sequel

15-Oct-2014 | By

The genre sequel – retitled Woman in Black 2 Angel Of Death – will open in the US on January 2, 2015.

Capsule

Capsule shoot starring Edmund Kingsley underway

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

EXCLUSIVE: First image from space-based military thriller from debut director Andrew Martin.

Catherine Deneuve, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Niraj Bajaj

Bollywood turns out for Mumbai fest opening

15-Oct-2014 | By

Bollywood stars including Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turned out for the opening of the Mumbai Film Festival (October 14-21), which is celebrating its 16th edition despite almost being shut down a few months ago due to lack of funding.

The 7th Dwarf

Global sells 7th Dwarf to US, UK

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Global Screen sells 3D animation feature The 7th Dwarf to the US, UK, Australia and Italy, among others.

The Librarians

Electric books Librarians deals

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

MIPCOM: First two episodes of series based on the Noah Wyle-starring movie franchise screened in Cannes.

A Man Called Ove

TrustNordisk taking A Man Called Ove to AFM

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

TrustNordisk is to kick off presales on Swedish comedy-drama A Man Called Ove at the American Film Market.

Clouds of Sils Maria to open EFP showcase

15-Oct-2014 | By

Olivier Assayas’ Cloud of Sils Maria will open European Film Promotion’s (EFP) second edition of its WestWind showcase of European cinema in Moscow’s Formula Kino Horizont Cinema tonight.

Star Wars: Episode VII clapperboard

Lucasfilm's ILM opens in London

15-Oct-2014 | By Michael Rosser

Visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic opens new London facility; unveils senior team.

Susan Jackson

Freestyle co-founder Susan Jackson dies

14-Oct-2014 | By

The co-founder of Freestyle Releasing and executive producer on Cabin Fever died on Tuesday (October 14) following a long battle with breast cancer. She was 54.

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