EXCLUSIVE: The veteran executive will head to Toronto next week with the Covert team in his new role as senior vice-president of international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Walton and his team will launch international sales in Toronto next week on the ice hockey comedy sequel starring Seann William Scott.
Plus: Chicago Film fest honours for Peter Bogdanovich, Steve McQueen; and more…
EXCLUSIVE: Bac releases first image of third feature from cult genre film directors.
The distributor closed the North American deal with Indie Sales for the Swiss foreign-language Oscar submission and imminent TIFF Kids screening.
Sierra/Affinity has acquired international sales rights to the Ted Kennedy project starring previously announced Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms and Bruce Dern.
EXCLUSIVE: Sebastien Chesneau’s company will launch international sales in Toronto next week on Wayne Roberts’ highly regarded directorial debut starring Olivia Cooke.
Browse the August-September 2016 edition of Screen International here…
Indigo Film crime series, VR firsts, Sally Potter multimedia musical and Dilma Rousseff drama among projects heading to the Lido.
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Star of Tomorrow to star in upcoming psychological thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Dallas Buyers Club executive producer Tony Notargiacomo and Die Hard With A Vengeance executive producer Robert Lawrence have boarded the Canada-US project as producer and executive producer, respectively.
Bectu’s 27,000 members will join Prospect’s 115,000-strong union.
Film that was deemed too close to current events for Cannes set to open Toronto’s Platform showcase.
Venice will screen a trio of documentaries on Syria, including a movie about western fighters battling ISIS.
Director Midi Z went to unusual lengths on his love story about Burmese immigrants in Thailand, the first co-production between Taiwan, France, Germany and Myanmar.
The world premiere of Warren Beatty’s long awaited Howard Hughes film will kick off the 30th edition of the Los Angeles festival at the TCL Chinese Theatre on November 10.
Vikings and Warcraft star Fimmel and Bosworth line up alongside Forest Whitaker and William Fichtner on the thriller, which AMBI Distribution will introduce to global buyers in Toronto next week.
Plus: Distribbber.com, Abramorama team up; and more…
EXCLUSIVE: Temple to tackle event-style movie based on singer’s popular stage show.
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Driver film to be released in the UK one month ahead of the US.
Marina Cordoni Entertainment and Brett and Jason Butler of Substance Production have struck a three-film deal and partnered on a Toronto-based production company.
Huayi Brothers will invest up to $350m in the project.
Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad becomes the seventh film of 2016 to hit the £30m mark.
Decorated VFX artist Dennis Muren will discuss his work on the Star Wars franchise during London Film Fesival session.
The Bourne franchise reboot and Ice Age: Collison Course boosted this week’s box office takings.
Joachim Trier’s drama Louder Than Bombs won four prizes including Best Director, while The Wave scooped Best Film.
Kristen Platt joinas as production support manager, Jess Conoplia [pictured] joins as senior vice president of US production & events.
Projects participating in the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s two-day co-financing market include Eddie Marsan’s feature directorial debut.
Kim Jee-woon’s period thriller stars Song Kang-ho and Gong Yoo.
Gene Wilder, the American comedian with the winning forlorn gaze whose all-round talent propelled him to international fame and two Oscar nominations, has died at his Connecticut home from complications related to Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 83.
Raven Banner’s specialty label has acquired Canadian rights to two Toronto-bound Cannes triumphs: Un Certain Regard winner The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki and Critics Week winner Mimosas.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up US rights from MK2 Films to Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon’s fourth feature.
Plus: NYFF unveils inaugural Explorations strand; Academy announces 17 student winners; and more…
Winston Baker and the Los Cabos International Film Festival have announced the first Los Cabos Film Investor Summit, to take place in Mexico from November 10-11.
Co-creator Andy Nyman discussed the project, set to star Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Hobbit), at FrightFest.
FrightFest panel included actor Andy Nyman, director Simon Rumley and Arrow Films’ Mike Hewitt.
Director Garth Davis and Harvey Weinstein to present the true life story in Zurich.
Titles include Molly from British director Sally Potter (Ginger & Rosa) [pictured].
Egomaniac director Kate Shenton wins special mention.
Fox International Productions’ next Korean production The Proxy Soldiers is set to start shooting on September 5.
AUGUST 29 UPDATE: Universal’s action sequel opened on $49.3m in China, where Fox’s Ice Age: Collision Course delivered $42.5m.
AUGUST 29 UPDATE: Screen Gems and Stage 6’s horror film stormed to the top with a muscular debut that will have executives at the studios behind many of this summer’s costly flops green with envy.
UPDATE: The head of the festival has branded reports of eleventh-hour staff resignations “slanderous” and “garbage” as the 40th anniversary edition got underway this week.
The Walt Disney Co (India) is scaling back its local-language production, according to local media reports.
Festival cancels gala dinner and reception in solidarity with the victims of this week’s deadly earthquake in Italy.
Other winners include Agnus Dei, Toni Erdmann, The Day Will Come, Amundsen & Nobile and I’ll Try Again.
First-half 2016 results reveal falling subscribers at Canal+ France and drop in Studiocanal profits for same period in 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Scanbox takes Scandinavian rights to upcoming period drama from Finnish director Mikko Kuparinen.
The winner of the Eurimages Lab Project Award from Haugesund’s Works In Progress presentations was Katrín Ólafsdóttirs The Wind Blew On from Iceland.
Harry Potter star to present two films at festival.
Plus: ‘Anything’ wraps Los Angeles shoot; monterey media acquires ‘No Pay, Nudity
EXCLUSIVE: Raindance chief picks five films to look out for at the forthcoming festival.
Norwegian actress and filmmaker announces end to directing on panel with fellow filmmakers Pernilla August and Iram Haq.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Hanson’s production, financing and distribution outfit has launched an international sales label in the run-up to the Toronto International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Mimi Steinbauer’s sales company will introduce international buyers in Toronto to John Butler’s Contemporary World Cinema selection.
Paul Schrader’s action thriller has found a home in the run-up to its North American premiere in Toronto next month.
Illumination Entertainment’s animation has raced to $344.4m via Universal Pictures International and studio executives will expect another strong weekend.
Dean Devlin’s company announced on Thursday that the former Doctor Who star has come on board the thriller.
Screen reveals the burning questions ahead of this year’s festival…
The two companies were unable to reach an agreement on the value of the Canadian distributor.
EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles-based production and sales outfit has acquired worldwide rights to Avi Nesher’s historical drama heading into the Toronto International Film Festival.
Nine-person Foreign Language jury selects Cannes hit from director Maren Ade.
Broadcast’s Peter White assesses Ampere Analysis’ research into the secretive SVoD service’s content strategy in the UK.
IM Global has launched a Beijing-based venture, Go Global, which aims to connect the booming Chinese film industry to the rest of the world, and will make its debut at the upcoming Venice Film Festival.
Alix Wiseman, previously in the role, has left the animation studio after ten years.
Smith delivered this year’s MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International TV Festival.
Seth Larney and Nasir Jani will co-direct the action thriller.
This year’s festival will include an inaugural virtual reality strand and a co-production forum focused on UK-Ibero-American relations.
Juan Antonio Bayona, David Mackenzie and John Michael McDonagh among directors with films in Gala strand.
Lee Sang-il, Bartosz M. Kowalski and Emiliano Torres also help complete competitive line-up.
Plus: ‘The Arrival’ to open Fantastic Fest
In the latest episode in the imbroglio to engulf Nate Parker, it emerged on Wednesday there will be no official press conference for The Birth Of A Nation at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Oscar-nominated actor will lend his voice talent and play the lead role in the 3D CGI animated family film.
Festival top brass announced on Wednesday the selections that will screen in the 54th New York Film Festival’s Spotlight On Documentary.
EXCLUSIVE: Charlotte Mickie and her team will commence international sales in Toronto where Hope Dickson Leach’s feature directorial debut will receive its world premiere in Discovery.
Twenty-two emerging producers to receive up to £2.2m; almost 500 applicants.
EXCLUSIVE: Gareth Ellis-Unwin (The King’s Speech) to produce; MPC to produce and fully finance.
The distributor has picked up Matthew Newton’s award-winning SXSW Narrative Spotlight audience award-winner.
Kristen Stewart and Adam Driver will be honoured in the 54th New York Film Festival’s “An Evening with…” on-stage conversation series.
Gillis joins as head of commercial affairs for See-Saw’s film division ahead of TIFF.
Screen reports on the 19 project pitches, including animations, family fare and a Daniel Dencik drama.
Romantic comedy will bow at Toronto next month.
The Damned producers Emilie Jouffroy and Kamilla Hodol are recipients of a BFI Vision Award this year.
Principal photography has begun on the drama, which also stars Eva Green and Charlotte Rampling.
Iranian-American film-maker and actor to make scripted comedy for Channel 4.
Bercot to become the first female director to open San Sebastian.
The 12 Years A Slave director will be presented with the honour at this year’s LFF awards ceremony.
Programmers at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced that Isabelle Huppert, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji and Mark Wahlberg will be among the eight participants in the In Conversation With… series.
Twentieth Century Fox Film confirmed on Tuesday that the executive will replace Jim Gianopulos as chairman and CEO earlier than expected.
EXCLUSIVE: Stewart will join HanWay in October, replacing Thorsten Schumacher; sales director Chiara Gelardin to depart.
One day after Comcast completed its $3.8bn acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, Universal Filmed Entertainment has announced its leadership structure for the business segments of the new purchase.
Robert Simonds’ ambitious Los Angeles-based studio has snapped up the immersive content creator in a bid to build a multi-faceted VR operation.
Shoot underway in US on drama The Killing Of A Sacred Deer from Room producers Element Pictures.
Wanda’s chairman also continues to eye one of the “Big Six” US studios.
Top brass at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Film Festival unveiled on Tuesday two films from the line-up of the four-day event in October.
The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced on Tuesday the programme and additional keynotes for the biennial filmmaker-to-filmmaker conference inaugurated by the IDA and the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences in 2014.
Organisers at the Brooklyn event have broadened the public programming remit and will present the Screen Forward Conference, screenings, VR experiences and free community events.
Screen Star Of Tomorrow 2015 cast in UK drama from Number 9 Films.
The Busan film fest’s Asian Project Market (APM) has highlighted a “strong presence” of women filmmakers in this year’s line-up.
Dario Argento and Nicolas Winding Refn to present restored version of George A. Romero’s zombie classic.
US producer to present Deepwater Horizon at Zurich Film Festival.
Titles include Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake and Maren Ade’s critics’ favourite Toni Erdmann.
Japan Now showcase to focus on director Shunji Iwai; Animation Focus to spotlight Mamoru Hosoda.
The UK’s Camilla Deakin, Ireland’s Kathryn Kennedy and Germany’s Amir Hamz are among those selected.
Ang Lee’s drama will receive its world premiere as a special presentation on October 14 in what will be the first public screening of a narrative film shot in 4K, native 3D and 120 frames per second.
EXCLUSIVE: The Second World War thriller will open across most of the world through Buena Vista International (BVI), Screen International has learned.
In the latest twist in the saga involving the director and star of The Birth Of A Nation, the head of the Women’s Law Project has called for an overhaul in sexual assault laws and the way campuses deal with harassment claims.
Screen Australia chiefs said on Tuesday that Bentley Dean and Martin Butler’s film would represent the country in the best foreign-language Oscar category.
The distributor has picked up Kore-eda Hirokazu’s drama ahead of its North American premiere in Toronto’s Masters programme next month.
Plus: Rupert Grint to star in Crackle’s Snatch series; and more…
AUG 22 UPDATE: Illuination Entertainment’s latest posts biggest debut (excluding previews) for an original animation in Russia with $16.3m
Iranian director, who passed away on July 4, will have a retrospective of his works screened at BIFF.
Preview of first feature-length VR film to be made available to festivalgoers.
eOne’s David Brent: Life On The Road disappoints with $1.9m (£1.46m) from its 506 sites.
Jodorowsky actor directorial debut to be presented at new co-production event; Reygadas curates for Filmfest Hamburg.
Sci-fi thriller stars Amy Adams.
Shooting has begun in London on the Salon Pictures feature, which stars Josh Helman and Michael Gambon.
Time Raiders overtook Skiptrace to become China’s biggest local title this summer.
AUGUST 22 UPDATE: MGM-Paramount’s $100m Ben-Hur flopped on $11.2m to become the latest victim in a dismal summer for remakes and sequels, while Warner Bros’ comic book adaptation stayed top for the third weekend in a row.
Godless wins Special Jury Prize and Best Actress.
Audience Development & Innovation Lab, Think Tank on the future of co-production markets take place in Sarajevo
Yoana Pavlova from Festivalists discussed what can be done to introduce virtual reality to the Balkans.
Micro-budget pilot project scheme will offer $300,000 to one or two selected projects.
Industry events at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival focused on high-end TV production and funding sources.
The executive will depart his role as president of Fox worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution in October.
Principal photography has got underway on the sci-fi thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve as it emerged that London and LA-based Riverstone Pictures will co-finance with Remstar Studios.
UK distributor Metrodome Group was placed in administration earlier this week.
The rise of digital platforms and growth in animation and documentary reflected in rule changes.
Recovered and restored version of banned film The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood to be seen for the first time in more than 25 years.
Global Screen is to handle international sales on a reboot of the successful German Hanni & Nanni franchise based on Enid Blyton’s classic St Clare’s book series.
TV producer discussed shooting The Borgais in Hungary and Game Of Thrones comparisons.
First projects announced for initiative aimed at boosting Dutch features and international co-productions.
The Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced on Friday the section of the 54th New York Film Festival headlined by Bertrand Tavernier’s documentary My Journey Through French Cinema.
British comedy topped shark thriller The Shallows and Disney’s Pete’s Dragon.
Cannes and Berlin winners among titles.
Inaugural initiative aims to bring Yugoslav war stories to wider audiences.
Robin Veith offered advice to regional writers on how to successfully pitch their projects.
Titles include classics such as The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.
Warner Bros Pictures International executives said on Thursday their DC Entertainment adaptation had reached $271m.
Twentieth Century Fox, Curzon Artificial Eye and Picturehouse lead the nominations; Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie is the most nominated film.
Principal photography has begun in New York on the dramedy in which the director-star is understood to be reprising his role as The Jesus from The Big Lebowski.
EXCLUSIVE: World sales deal for Venice-bound film in which the iconic director discusses his formative years.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has moved on US rights to Sara Jordenö’s documentary following a deal with Submarine Entertainment.
TIFF audiences will get the chance to see the first three episodes of the new season of Jill Soloway’s acclaimed Emmy-winning Amazon Studios series Transparent.
Former UK television exec dies following a short illness.
Alcon Entertainment said on Thursday the Oscar-winning actor and star of Suicide Squad has rounded out the casting on Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi.
Game Of Thrones broadcaster will produce one regional series per year through its offshoot HBO Europe.
CBS Films and Lionsgate announced the casting on Thursday on the project that will already star Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton.
EXCLUSIVE: Curzon strikes deal with EFAs to stream event on VOD platform Curzon Home Cinema.
Oscar-nominated director was AMPAS president between 1993-97.
His new film Monte to be screened out of competition.
EXCLUSIVE: The hierarchy has broadened the remit of next month’s Fantastic Market, maintaining the event’s historically strong ties with Latin American projects while expanding into a forum that addresses global genre.
Hong Kong and Amsterdam-based sales agent Fortissimo Films has filed for voluntary bankruptcy in the Netherlands, bringing to a close the company’s 25-year run as a champion of Asian and independent cinema.
Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera and Nia Long have signed on to Janicza Bravo’s drama.
The Los Angeles-based company is winding down its struggling cable network as it seeks to focus on content creation and social impact amid a climate of TV network consolidation, rising programming costs and increasing consumer choice.
The Raven Banner specialty label has acquired Canadian rights to Kevan Funk’s film ahead of its world premiere in Toronto’s Discovery section next month.
Most staff made redundant, Screen understands.
EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd Films boards Animal Kingdom-produced rom-com starring rising UK actor Callum Turner.
Hong Kong-based Media Asia has acquired rights to distribute Martin Scorsese’s upcoming crime drama The Irishman in China.
EXCLUSIVE: Forever Pure is headed to Toronto after winning three awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
The Toronto-based sales and distribution company has acquired rights to five films.
The Park City festival is building out its second Los Angeles showcase dedicated to emerging independent artists and storytellers working in hybrid, immersive and emerging forms of digital media art.
EXCLUSIVE: UDI picks up Venice and Toronto-bound The Road To Mandalay.
The star, writer, director and producer of awards season prospect The Birth Of A Nation took to Facebook on Tuesday after it emerged that the woman who accused him of rape in 1999 committed suicide in 2012.
Controversial Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk’s The Net, set to world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, has pre-sold to seven countries including Japan (King Records).
The media giant based in Toronto, London and Los Angeles said on Wednesday it had completed its investment in the digital studio as it pushes into virtual reality and new format content.
Stars expected to attend UK premiere of true life survival story.
The Untamed, from Cannes best director award winner, among 13 titles.
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has announced 22 projects to receive Asian Cinema Fund support this year, including Park Kyoung Tae’s Ne Me Quitte Pas and Venice Biennale College project Hotel Salvation.
PREVIEW: Head of industry Jovan Marjanovic talks about bringing together all its activity under one umbrella.
New section of Sarajevo’s Industry Days presents the most cinematic true stories from the Balkan wars to film and TV professionals
Ten projects from South-East Europe, Middle East and North Africa comprise Sarajevo’s Work in Progress section.
Sarajevo’s Avant Premieres section broadens scope and includes workshop on audience development and innovation
Projects previously presented at the market include Laszlo Nemes’s Oscar-winning Son Of Saul.
Screen spoke to festival industry chief Jovan Marjanovic about the necessity of introducing a TV forum at this year’s event.
EXCLUSIVE: Film Movement has picked up North American rights to Boo Junfeng’s second feature in the run-up to its North American premiere in Toronto next month.
Nigerian metropolis Lagos is the focus of the eighth City To City showcase at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) as top brass anoint two international Rising Stars.
Bron Studios is reuniting with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and producer Margot Hand on the dark comedy to star Lizzy Caplan.
Industry veteran Gillian Zhao becomes studio’s first country manager for China.
Disney-Pixar’s juggernaut reached the milestone on Monday and became the fourth Walt Disney Studios release to do so this year after Captain America: Civil War, Zootopia and The Jungle Book.
Florence Foster Jenkins to screen in Zurich.
Titles include Berlin Golden Bear winner Fire At Sea.
Further cast announced for sporting biopic.
EXCLUSIVE: Online film rights marketplace Digital Film Cloud Network has launched a storage and delivery service, the latest element in a suite of tools it believes will transform the industry.
NZ producer Tom Hern among trio recommended for UK’s Production Finance Market.
The lawyer of the journalist and Oscar-winning filmmaker has filed a response challenging the U.S. Army’s efforts to force his client to hand over research materials.
EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Herwitz’s The Film Sales Company scores worldwide sales rights to Buster’s Mal Heart which will get its world premiere at Toronto.
Top brass at the New York event announced on Monday the run dates as they prepare for the first time to make submissions open across all programming areas.
The studio said has struck a two-year, first-look production agreement with the actress, producer and author and her UnbeliEVAble Entertainment.
Fox Searchlight Pictures announced on Monday that principal photography has begun in Toronto on the fantasy starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer.
Investment firm KKR eyeing bid for film and TV giant, according to reports.
EXCLUSIVE: Iran-set horror sold by XYZ will be released theatrically by Vertigo on Sept 30.
The content giant that has come under intense scrutiny from prospective suitors has reorganised the way it runs its international regions and promoted Alex Hamilton, Troy Lum and Patrick Roy.
Horror film experts to discuss the future of the genre.
UK film studio agrees deal with private equity fund; Swedish TV executive Christian Wikander joins Pinewood Television.
Action-adventure Time Raiders is set to become China’s biggest summer blockbuster this year.
AUG 15 UPDATE: Universal Pictures International crosses the $1bn mark for the tenth consecutive year.
The Star Wars and Flash Gordon actor passed away on Saturday aged 81.
Hot weather and crowded market contribute to new release struggles.
Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced on Monday complete details for the interactive storytelling programme that runs from October 1-4 within the 54th New York Film Festival.
London-based outfit’s home entertainment sales clients also include Dogwoof and Pecadillo Pictures.
AUGUST 15 UPDATE: Warner Bros’ R-rated kept new arrival Sausage Party at bay despite a precipitous 67.4% drop in its second weekend that shows how top-heavy the demographic can be for comic book adaptations.
Plus: Shout! Factory dates Annecy winner Long Way North
Bulgarian drama won the Golden Leopard as well as Best Actress for star Irena Ivanova.
The Birth Of A Nation star has spoken out about a rape claim of which he was cleared 15 years ago as he and Fox Searchlight moved decisively to keep the awards season hopeful on track.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s Beverly Hills-based international sales company is partnering with Richard Claus & Co and South Africa’s Spier Films on the Rivonia Trial drama.
EXCLUSIVE: UK/Ireland release date set for drama starring Isabelle Huppert.
The distributor has acquired select North American rights to Robert Greenwald’s documentary Making A Killing: Guns, Greed, And The NRA and has set an initial VOD release for November 1.
The actor received the festival’s first ever Honorary Heart of Sarajevo for Lifetime Achievement
Analysts suggest that eOne’s film business could be offloaded if the deal goes through.
Biopic based on the life of Jacques Cousteau.
Energy company AET has been one of the festival’s four primary sponsors for 15 years.
Warner Bros’ R-rated DC Entertainment adaptation added $11.4m on Thursday to reach $191.5m outside North America.
EXCLUSIVE: The US distributor has confirmed that Alex Lehmann’s narrative directorial debut is one of the titles in its Duplass Brothers output deal ahead of the film’s world premiere in Toronto next month.
The LA-based studio took another stride forward in its global ambitions as founder Bob Simonds confirmed on Thursday “significant strategic investments” from the Asian powerhouses.
Bertrand Bonello’s Paris terror attack drama Nocturama [pictured] will open the second international directors showcase at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Plus: Paul Haggis keynore set for Script To Screen summit in Toronto; Cartagena Film Festival announces 2017 dates; and more…
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based research firm has added another client to an expanding portfolio that includes BBC Worldwide.
Rising revenues mean exhibitor’s board are positive about future prospects despite Brexit turmoil.
British drama to world premiere at TIFF.
Finecut also sells horror feature into Europe, Asia.
The festival’s Zabaltegi strand is introducing a competition for the first time.
Warner Bros Pictures International’s comic book adaptation added an estimated $15.3m on Tuesday.
Helena Bonham Carter also circling Warner Bros spin-off.
The streaming service backed by AMC Networks has acquired all North American rights to the J-Horror face-off set to receive its international premiere in Toronto.
It emerged on Tuesday that Roger Jay Pietschmann died in his Los Angeles home on July 26 after a six-year battle with multiple symptom atrophy. He was 71.
The company’s board said the offer “fundamentally undervalued” eOne, distributor of Peppa Pig and The Twilight franchise.
EXCLUSIVE: The facility has been installed at Mocha Chai Laboratories.
Distribution exec will lead the inaugural programme, commencing in January 2017; Noel Clarke to host first BAFTA Open Day.
Red Rock Entertainment and CK Films producing theatrical adaptations.
The stop-motion animation written by Céline Sciamma premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight.
Deals for two of the UK’s most prized assets are welcome but also prompt questions over sustainability and the indigenous industry.
The third cascade of world premieres in 15 days flowed from the headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday as programmers revealed their Midnight Madness, TIFF Docs, Vanguard, TIFF Cinematheque and Short Cuts selections.
Eleven years after Disney and Walden Media launched The Chronicles Of Narnia franchise in theatres, a new jigsaw of partners has come together to adapt the fourth book in C S Lewis’ fantasy classic.
The powers that be at the Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced on Tuesday the 25 films to screen as the main slate of the 54th New York Film Festival, set to run from September 30–October 16.
Plus: Strand Releasing acquires Sundance selection Lovesong; Talent incubator Resonance launches; and more…
EXCLUSIVE: Nancy Cartwright’s company has come on to produce and co-finance the comedy, which Myriad Pictures is selling worldwide.
Shanghai-based Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures of Los Angeles announced the casting additions on Tuesday.
This year’s winners include film-makers from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.
Russia and CIS box office defied the troubled economy in the first half of 2016, growing by almost 9% to $413m.
Sony Pictures Classics has picked up North America, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Asia excluding South Korea to Richard Gere starrer Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer.
The distributor has acquired US rights from to Bullitt Entertainment and Diamond Pictures the thriller that will star Helen Mirren.
Production company launches with investment from BBC Worldwide and Access Entertainment.
Yeon Sang-ho’s apocalypse thriller won the Cheval Noir Award for Best Feature and the Audience Award for Best Asian Feature as the festival came to an end in Montreal.
The New York-based film distributor has picked up Koji Fukada’s family drama and upcoming North American premiere Special Presentation selection at Toronto.
Doug Liman’s action thriller starring Tom Cruise will now be called American Made.
Avatar financier deemed to have been trading with a view to making a profit but investors could be out of pocket.
EXCLUSIVE: Pinewood’s former head of production appointed production finance executive.
Family animation The Secret Life Of Pets landed in second, while Jackie Chan’s Skiptrace was pushed down to third.
Veteran actor will present a screening of Taxi Driver at the festival’s opening night.
The Piazza Grande was subject to an arson attack; Switzerland has selected its 2017 Oscar candidate; The Doc Alliance Selection winner has been revealed; Nyon festival changes afoot.
Warner Bros’ comic book adaptation scores fourth-biggest opening of the year.
AUGUST 8 UPDATE: Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory will also soon become the fourth highest grossing release of 2016 to date worldwide.
AUGUST 8 UPDATE: After a patchy 2016 Warner Bros has a rare North American opening weekend to crow about as its comic book adaptation destroyed the previous high-water mark for the late summer month and the studio crossed the $1bn milestone for the 16th consecutive year.
STX International president David Kosse has named his first big hire, bringing in the distribution specialist and former sales director for Universal Pictures UK and Eire.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama set in the aftermath of Egyptian revolution takes top slot at home box office; film gets Tom Hanks endorsement.
Seven further competition titles have been revealed, including the 18th feature from South Korean director Hong Sang-soo.
EXCLUSIVE: Akihiko Shiota’s latest has gone to South Korea and Taiwan.
AUGUST 5 UPDATE: The R-rated comic book adaptation opened top in 33 new markets on Thursday led by a record $3.9m industry opening day in Russia as the overall international running total climbed to $29.6m.
Speaking at Locarno, Switzerland’s Interior Minister has talked up the country’s recent efforts to compete more on the international stage.
EDEF to showcase event cinema and VR.
Ten projects from South-East Europe, Middle East and North Africa will compete for industry awards.
Plus: Ileen Reich assumes corp comms role at Participant Media; and more…
The Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced on Thursday the line-up of digitally remastered classics set to play at the 54th New York Film Festival from September 30–October 16.
The founder of Sydney-based Porchlight Films has teamed up with the UK’s See-Saw Films on the prestige drama ahead of a European production start later this year.
The director has claimed that people should “just get over” remarks by the presidential candidate that have been criticised as racist.
In Feb-Apr 2016, Netflix was viewed by 23% of British adults, while Amazon Prime Video was used by 7%.
Happy Valley star will lead the eight-part series about organised crime in London.
Notes On Blindness and Life, Animated among four features to benefit from exhibition fund.
The film will have its European premiere in competition at the September festival.
A heavyweight roster of world premieres from the leading lights of Canada’s film industry will grace the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
The studio will no longer distribute and co-finance the Barbra Streisand project about Momma Rose, according to reports.
James Gray’s adventure has been a long time coming but audiences will finally get a chance to see it as the closing night world premiere screening at the 54th New York Film Festival on October 15.
With a little over three months to go before the release of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the studio confirmed a follow-up to the Harry Potter spin-off is in the works.
Almer joined the SFI 39 years ago, serving as festival manager for feature films for nearly 20 years.
The trio of up-and-comers have boarded Kathryn Bigelow’s crime drama that is scheduled to shoot later this summer.
EXCLUSIVE: Picturehouse to release Sophie Fiennes documentary backed by BBC Films and the BFI; producers set Ireland concert.
The company is partnering with producers Michael S. Emerson and Colonel F. Lee Reynolds to adapt the book Battle For Baqubah: Killing Our Way Out by retired First Sergeant Robert S. Colella.
EXCLUSIVE: Amanda Kernell’s debut feature charts the story of a 14-year-old exposed to racism in 1930’s Sweden.
The board of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on Tuesday night voted its president to a fourth term heading into what could become an impassioned season of Oscar campaigning fuelled by the diversity agenda.
World War Two survival thriller is being set up at Fox Searchlight.
Best Foreign-Language Film contenders announced.
British actor to reunite with the director of Interview with a Hitman.
Fox Searchlight will open Wilson in limited release on March 3, 2017.
Copenhagen event to host more than 1000 industry and a number of high-profile speakers.
Victor Yelchin and Irina Yelchina have filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court alleging the auto giant and others were responsible for their son’s wrongful death.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment top brass announced the development on Tuesday, the day The Secret Life Of Pets crossed $400m worldwide.
Plus: ITN Distribution picks up horror-thriller Clowntown
The comedian credited with revitalising NBC’s The Tonight Show will emcee the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual jamboree on January 8, 2017.
Communications agency restructures team and appoints digital executive.
Thai production house GDH 559 is launching its inaugural slate with Banjong Pisanthanakun’s anticipated romance.
The initiative for artist film-makers will grant $40,000 to each project.
Two programmes aim to facilitate budding producers with the skills to deliver first and second features.
The agreement will see 150 additional sites built across the territory, upping IMAX China’s total screen count to 742.
Average annual spend of film and AV funds in Europe totals $2.6bn, up from $2.1bn in 2010.
The companies announced in China on Tuesday morning what they called the largest 3D installation agreement in the history of the format.
Action thriller, starring Oscar-winner Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy, to receive European premiere at LFF.
Hulu and Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution announced on Monday that the digital platform has acquired exclusive US streaming rights to the first four seasons of Showtime’s spy series.
AUGUST 1 UPDATE: Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory swims past $800m worldwide to become fifth highest grossing film of the year to date.
The inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards honouring features and non-fiction television will be presented on November 3 at BRIC in Brooklyn, New York.
Universal’s Jason Bourne shoots to series-high opening with strong confirmed $10m (£7.6m) bow.
EXCLUSIVE: Wroclaw moves 2017 dates to accommodate World Games; Polish festival reveals 2016 New Horizons winners.
Adam Driver to star in the long-gestating feature, which is set to begin shooting in October; first behind-the-scenes images revealed.
“Intense discussions” have led to a split vote, meaning the boycott of the festival will continue.
Action-fantasy League Of Gods stole the Fri-Sun crown as July ticket sales drop 18% year-on-year.
Pulp Fiction and Youth star will attend a festival screening of his 1995 film Smoke.
AUGUST 1 UPDATE: The reunion of Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass scored the second biggest opening weekend of Universal’s 14-year spy franchise when unadjusted for inflation.
A group of non-profits, journalists and media companies led by The Reporters Committee For Freedom Of The Press has come out in support of the Oscar-winning screenwriter’s legal battle with the US government.
Venice festival director Alberto Barbera talks breakout candidates, the likelihood of additions and competition with other festivals.
Venice Production Bridge will incorporate Gap Financing Market and Final Cut events.
Executives at Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on Friday revealed the new title for what was previously known as Avengers: Infinity War Part I.
EXCLUSIVE: UK and US distributors partner on release of Sundance winner starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano.
Na Hong Jin’s fantasy horror took the best film prize and audience award.
Projects from directors Bodo Kox and Adrian Panek are also being introduced.
Road trip comedy drama stars Peter Van den Begin as the Belgian head of state.
British director’s latest film, Florence Foster Jenkins, to screen at the festival’s open air theatre.
Executive producer Jeremy Thomas to present world premiere of Bhutan film.
Projects include The Distant Barking of Dogs, from The Act of Killing production company Final Cut For Real.
The Swiss distributor has picked up rights from Sugar Studios to Jijo Reed’s documentary.
The deal will also see titles from Dogwoof’s back catalogue appear on the service.
Distributor has made four hires, including Mike Hewitt from Universal.
Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, Pablo Larrain’s Jackie, Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and Michael Fassbender romance The Light Between Oceans among line-up.
EXCLUSIVE: The edgy distributor has picked up Canadian rights to Justin Tipping’s coming-of-age drama and winner of the best cinematography in a US narrative feature prize at Tribeca.
Plus: beIN Network to launch Dreamworks channel in Middle East, North Africa; and more…
EXCLUSIVE: Morris Ruskin’s Los Angeles-based company has picked up worldwide sales rights to the genre film following its international premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival last week.
The Pinewood Group is set to be sold to an asset management business in a deal worth just over $425m (£320m).
Acqusitions include the nine-screen Empire Leicester Square [pictured], while Cineworld Haymarket will be taken over by Empire.
The pay-TV broadcaster saw profits surge 12% over the last year.
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray directed the horror film by DeInstitutionalized starring Bill Cobbs, Richard Grieco and Eddie Steeples.
Three Spanish titles will compete for this year’s Golden Shell.
Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley also set to attend.
Takings beat original 1987 release and 2007 re-release combined.
Universal Pictures International opens the fifth instalment in its 14-year-old spy franchise in 46 territories day-and-date with North America this weekend.
EXCLUSIVE: US-UK production about a 60+ cheerleading squad is to be directed by The Battle Of The Sexes’ Zara Hayes.
Mike Mill’s upcoming drama will receive its world premiere at the 54th New York Film Festival on October 8.
EXCLUSIVE: Neil Friedman’s Los Angeles-based company has picked up North American rights to the Dutch dramedy.
The company has acquired US distribution rights from Voltage Pictures to the Pierce Brosnan thriller.
Principal photography has begun in Montreal on Xavier Dolan’s first English-language film, which stars Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman and Susan Sarandon.
As Montreal genre festival Fantasia’s Frontières International Co-Production Market wrapped, it emerged that five participants have teamed up to release a series of anthologies curated from the Little Terrors short film festival in Toronto.
The director of global horror hit Annabelle will helm the horror-thriller.
Five other studios continue to be investigated for anti-competitive licensing deals with Sky UK.
Current president Millard Ochs will transition into advisory role.
Diversity manager Deborah Williams leaves BFI this month after one year in role.
Media giant Wanda has purchased the ticketing platform for $350m.
The studio is plotting to release two to four films next year, with Joo-young Lee’s A Single Rider set to be the first.
The broadcaster’s profits grew 9% year-on-year, with its production arm seeing revenues soar.
Illumination Entertainment founder and The Secret Life Of Pets producer will be honoured with an in conversation event and a special screening.
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) programmers have served up the first picks from what will be a typically daunting menu in September.
EXCLUSIVE: Coming-of-age drama centres on a young woman who seeks solace in sexual encounters.
The streaming platform is teaming up with John Wells Productions on the story of the sesnational data leak, whose exposure of elitist impropriety triggered political resignations and a host of investigations around the world.
The studio on Tuesday said it had hired Kevin Conroy to the new position of president of digital and new platforms.
Syrian war documentary set as opening film; Naomi Kawase and Crystal Moselle shorts selected.
EXCLUSIVE: Priscila Miranda’s fledgling Brazilian distributor will launch the documentary-fiction hybrid to coincide with the Games in Rio that start next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Sean Brosnan’s My Father Die among genre trio to secure distribution through FrightFest Presents label.
EXCLUSIVE: Market is due to screen more than 100 new Russian and foreign films to industry and public.
Filmmaker’s recent works included Factory Girl and Before The Summer Crowds.
One of the final performances from the late star to be seen as part of San Sebastian’s New Directors line-up.
Belgian financier of films including Third Person and Killing Season filed for protection from its creditors last month.
Production to get underway at West Ham’s former Upton Park stadium on August 8.
Plus: Open Road dates Before I Fall; Eben Davidson joins Paramount TV; and more…
Yahoo, one of the original internet giants that was valued at $125bn at the height of the dotcom boom in 2000, will sell for a fraction of that amount if shareholders and regulators approve the deal.
Twentieth Century Fox executives said on Monday they had signed a deal covering 21 countries.
Roald Dahl adaptation scores Steven Spielberg’s third-biggest three-day opening weekend.
San Sebastian to dedicate this year’s edition to late exhibitor and distributor, a champion of independent filmmakers including Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke and Takeshi Kitano.
EXCLUSIVE: Maastricht Concert took more than £1.4m at UK box office over weekend.
Skiptrace beats Tarzan and records Chan’s biggest opening weekend as Cold War 2 nears $100m.
The strand will be bookended by Alice Lowe’s Prevenge and Xander Robin’s Are We Not Cats [pictured].
Titles this year range from Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai to John Landis’s An American Werewolf In London.
Korean romantic thriller will be released theatrically and online in China.
Ciro Guerra’s drama about indigenous tribes in the Colombian Amazon took home seven awards from eight nominations.
Directors Chanya Button, Adrian Sitaru, Xavier Seron scoop prizes; festival reveals works in progress winners.
Indonesian adventure drama is set to premiere at Locarno.
Plus: Comic-Con panel talks diversity and VR; Ellen Burtsyn joins The House Of Tomorrow; and more…
JULY 25 UPDATE: Paramount/Skydance’s sci-fi prospered on a confirmed $59.3m number one debut, while Fox/Blue Sky Studios’ Ice Age: Collision Course looks unlikely to live long following a franchise-low $21m launch.
The Jackie Chan action comedy ruled the waves at the weekend, plundering $62.3m in China as it ventured into six other markets via Bloom Media.
Another British actor earned his place in convention lore on Saturday as the Oscar-winner and star of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them handed out wands to everybody in Hall H.
Kevin Feige presided over a boisterous Marvel Studios panel that brought new trailers from Doctor Strange and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2, as well as footage from the sets of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok.
Beijing-based LeEco unveiled on Friday what it claimed to be the first streaming service targeted at Generation Z.
EXCLUSIVE: Team behind Trent Haaga and Simon Rumley movies launches North American arm to be fronted by Raven Banner sales executive.
Winner to be announced during genre festival.
Newly appointed DCMS minister Matt Hancock will also be tackling cyber security in his role.
The NSA whistleblower admitted to a small group at a Q&A on Thursday night that he did not expect to get out of Hong Kong after he transferred top secret information to reporters in 2013.
EXCLUSIVE: Ukraine film industry set to receive fivefold cash injection and first rebate scheme.
UK distributor has struck a deal with Amazon for Jim Jarmusch’s Cannes title.
Genre festival reveals masterclasses and film programme.
Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Hurt Locker who also wrote Zero Dark Thirty, is suing Barack Obama and the US government over a threat to seize his taped interviews with Bowe Bergdahl.
Two hot TV projects, an environmental zombie and an unhinged park ranger were among highlights at the eighth edition of the horror market.
President Putin advisor Andrei Belousov revealed the tax plan, which is aimed at supporting Russian film production via the Russian State Cinema Fund.
In a day for internationally renowned directors making their Hall H debuts, the French filmmaker and Europacorp chief quickly found his footing in San Diego as he shared first images and footage from Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.
In one of the most provocative Hall H panels in a long time, Snowden director Oliver Stone on his debut took part in a far-ranging conversation about patriotism, surveillance, Pokemon Go and an appreciation of the man who inspired his latest film.
The financier-producer has issued a statement professing its ignorance over allegations that laundered Malaysian money was used to fund The Wolf Of Wall Street.
EXCLUSIVE: Vernon to depart after 11 years at UK distributor; John Ramchandani to assume “broader role”.
Dreamworks Animation chiefs previewed 16 minutes of year-end release Trolls to the San Diego convention as stars Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake charmed the crowd.
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) announced that admissions for local films went up 8.4% to 43.8 million in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period last year.
Plus: Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires Chicken People; IFP expands remit; and more…
Growth of virtual reality filmmaking to be discussed at DIFF.
Six-part series will be adapted by War And Peace scribe Andrew Davies.
EXCLUSIVE: Director of Oscar-nominated documentary set for war biopic produced by Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah and Thunder Road.
In a timely deal give the eruption of the Pokemon Go mobile gaming phenomenon, the studio said on Wednesday it will make the first live-action feature based on the enduring Japanese property.
On the back of Emmy-nominated BBC and AMC series The Night Manager, The Ink Factory announced on Wednesday it would partner with Paramount TV on the latest John le Carré spy thriller.
Plus: Kino Lorber acquires The Daughter; Aspen Film appoints industry trio for flagship events; and more…
Screen canvasses industry opinion on Langan’s tenure and the prospects for one of the UK’s cornerstone funders.
Disappointing box office means the final episode in Lionsgate-Summit’s YA franchise starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James may skip theatres.
Deadline approaching for film industry awards.
Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts among titles; In Focus strand also revealed.
UK broadcaster Channel 4 and National Geographic are to partner for the first time on Wolf Hall director Peter Kosminsky’s upcoming ISIS-inspired drama.
Almodóvar regular Rossy de Palma to also star in the film produced by Paris-based LGM and Studiocanal.
Irish Film Board also backs several other features and grants co-production funds to a revenge thriller starring Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer.
Festival programming director to return to US.
UPDATED: Veteran filmmaker also created US TV series Happy Days.
Amazon is planning to spend $300m on local content as it rolls out its Amazon Prime Video service in India later this year, according to local reports.
Philomena producer is to join Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions.
On the eve of Comic-Con the parties announced the comic book and said they plan to expand it into a global transmedia franchise.
EXCLUSIVE: Singer co-stars in movie produced by Birdman and Tulip Fever executive Molly Connners.
Ava DuVernay’s film has been confirmed as opening night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival, set to run from September 30–October 16.
Voltage Pictures has added the celebrity aka The Fat Jew to its teen comedy alongside new additions Rob Riggle, Famke Janssen, John Michael Higgins and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
EXCLUSIVE: Hyena star, who recently filmed Ghost In The Shell with Scarlett Johansson, takes villain role in black comedy.
BFI CEO Amanda Nevill, CEO of Swiss watchmaker IWC and industry representative to award prize.
EXCLUSIVE: Cannes hit approaches $1m after first weekend with screen count set to expand.
The latest entry in the Pokemon animated film franchise has become a victim of bad timing at the Japanese box office after debuting weeks ahead of the domestic rollout of Pokemon Go, the hit smartphone app that has captured the world’s attention.
Sigourney Weaver to receive festival’s Donostia Award.
The executive most recently served as senior vice-president of production for New Line Cinema and will occupy the role of head of production for the motion picture group.
Plus: Mike Tyson joins Lionsgate’s prank-comedy adventure Public Disturbance; and more…
The British comedian who shot to fame with BBC hit The Office and earned notoriety in Hollywood as the host of several Golden Globe ceremonies will receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.
Four world premieres among line-up.
Seeking to exploit its library of more than 400 titles from Exclusive Media Group, Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Group is venturing into specialty distribution.
Ahead of this week’s public world premiere at Comic-Con and nationwide release of Star Trek Beyond, Paramount announced on Monday the next instalment featuring the return of Chris Hemsworth.
The average cost of a cinema ticket in the second quarter of 2016 reached $8.73, marking the highest unadjusted level ever according to data issued by the National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO) on Monday.
UPDATED: Shares in the streaming giant dropped around 15% after trading on Monday as the company missed its projections on subscriber growth for the second quarter.
The Argentine-born Brazilian director who directed William Hurt to an Oscar in Kiss Of The Spider Woman has died of a heart attack in Sao Paulo. He was 70.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer Andrew van den Houten’s fledgling New York-based finance, sales, distribution company has boarded world sales rights ahead of the film’s world premiere at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on July 21.
Studiocanal requests that exhibitors remove terror plot thriller from programmes.
EXCLUSIVE: First look at Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in Barbara Broccoli-produced drama shooting in UK.
Universal’s The Secret Life Of Pets becomes the biggest animation of 2016 to date.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor Arthouse acquires quartet including Karlovy Vary winner.
Trademark Films’ Parfitt will act as a creative consultant for the UK production and financing outfit.
Film loosely inspired by Dostoyevsky story to shoot in and around Latvian city of Daugavpils.
Claudia Pedraza’s debut feature scooped the $20,000 top prize at the Bogotá Audiovisual Market.
Cold War 2 leads again; Chinese films retain dominance with eight of the top 10 slots.
The publicist who worked with Barbra Streisand, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and advised Bill Clinton and Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin has died at his Los Angeles home. He was 86.
Producer Migde Velazquez has been appointed US representative and head of international operations to Rome’s Cinecittà Studios in Los Angeles.
Plus: Major!, Miles win at Outfest; Ken Burns doc secures qualifying run; IFC picks up King Cobra; FilmBuff takes Level Up
Myriad Pictures chief Kirk D’Amico is lining up his feature directorial debut on the holiday film ahead of the start of principal photography in Toronto later in the summer.
A round-up of the headlines from Star Wars Celebration including confirmation that Alden Ehrenreich will play the young Han Solo, behind the scenes footage from Rogue One and a Lucasfilm VR project based around Darth Vader.
The non-competitive strand will also feature Pablo Larrain’s Neruda and Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson.
The fantasy project will be co-produced with local production outfit Yellow, Black & White.
JULY 18 UPDATE: Fox International top brass reported another dominant international session from the Hollywood contingent as the Blue Sky Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Animation tentpole added a confirmed $53.1m from 60 markets.
JULY 18 UPDATE: Another weekend of records saw Finding Dory become the biggest animation release of all time, while Disney crossed $2bn faster than any studio before it and Sony’s Ghostbusters reboot opened in second place.
EXCLUSIVE: Mainstream and auteur Colombian companies join efforts for the comeback of El Páramo director.
FilmRise has picked up ancillary world rights and Investigation Discovery US television premiere rights to the documentary Southwest Of Salem: The Story Of The San Antonio Four.
President Anant Singh has closed international deals for China Star’s big budget fantasy film starring Jet Li, Tony Leung Ka-fai and Fan Bingbing with IM Global and Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Actor cites differences with board; Costume designer Yvonne Blake appointed as acting president until election can be held.
Festival’s new $20,000 international competition prize goes to Albert Serra for The Death Of Louis XIV; One Week And A Day wins best Israeli feature.
Projects show a diversity of languages: Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Hindi and Punjabi.
Cinemas closed and concerts cancelled in aftermath of deadly Nice attack; cast and crew of ‘50 Shades Darker’ reported safe.
Following its acquisition of Odeon & UCI Cinemas earlier this week, Dalian Wanda Group is in talks to buy a 49% stake in Paramount Pictures from Viacom, according to reports.
Plus: Kino Lorber moves The Tenth Man; Warner Bros dates three; TWC moves The Founder deep into awards season
Heading into Comic-Con, Ken Kao’s company has picked up rights to Jeff Lemire and illustrator Emi Lenox’s comic series.
Kankuro Kudo’s anarchic Japanese comedy has triumphed at the 15th New York Asian Film Festival, which executive director Samuel Jamier said drew record audiences.
Bradley replaces John Whittingdale who departs after 14 months in the post.
EXCLUSIVE: Charlotte Mickie and her Toronto-based team have acquired international sales rights to The Ink Connection’s ‘fake fiction’ feature ahead of its European festival premiere in Switzerland.
EXCLUSIVE: Beijing-based filmmaker Dayyan Eng has started shooting contemporary comedy fantasy Wished, with a hot ensemble cast including Xia Yu, Yan Ni, Victoria Song and Pan Binlong.
The 73rd Venice International Film Festival will award its Golden Lion awards for lifetime achievement to French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo and Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up North American rights to Dusty Bias’s Sonoma International Film Festival audience and jury best feature winner.
The documentary from Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey will get a limited theatrical release day-and-date with digital and VOD on August 26.
Finding Dory – comfortably the biggest Pixar release of all time in North America and the biggest film in the territory for the year-to-date on $431.9m and counting – swims into a further nine major markets and several smaller ones this weekend.
The Spanish festival reveals titles of the first competitive edition of the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section that will award a $22,200 (€20,000) prize.
Marc Butan’s MadRiver buys high-concept pitch with Riverstone Pictures on board to executive produce.
John Whittingdale has lost his job as culture secretary.
The eighth edition of the UK’s Guiding Lights mentoring scheme has selected 17 new mentees from 215 applications received across the UK and Ireland.
JULY 13 UPDATE: In a move that will exacerbate already tense diplomatic relations with Washington, the Russian foreign ministry reportedly said on Wednesday it deported the NBCUniversal film chief because he was placed on a ‘stop list’ in retaliation over alleged US sanctions against Russian officials.
The studio announced on Wednesday it had scheduled an untitled instalment for October 27, 2017, marking a return to the horror series last seen in 2010.
Ben Stiller is in final talks to star in the comedy that Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will finance and produce with Plan B Entertainment.
Director Jaume Collet-Serra’s action-thriller backed by Studiocanal begins production this month.
Founder and CEO Nolan Gallagher has expanded his team with the hires of Laura Florence, Dan Fisher and Rachel Koehler.
EXCLUSIVE: Tale of Ukrainian woman’s struggle to build new life in Germany was produced by Pandora.
Disney and ESPN collaboration starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo will get a gala screening.
EXCLUSIVE: Met Film Post and Slingshot Productions exec Cavan Ash joins post-production outfit.
The head of CAA’s television department was speaking on a Jerusalem Film Festival panel.
The studio is building its unscripted portfolio with the announcement that it has bought a stake in new production company Primal Media.
Jason Bourne, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Endless Poetry, The Girl With All The Gifts (opener) among line-up; artistic director Carlo Chatrian’s contract extended until 2020.
Jerusalem Film and Television Fund’s animation event The Hop, Skip & A Jump is aiming to grow the city’s fledgling animation scene.
NBC Universal’s chairman of filmed entertainment Jeff Shell was detained for several hours.
Plus: Miss Sloane gets US awards season release date; Freestyle Digital Media acquires Autumn Lights; and more
Blockbuster deal makes AMC the world’s largest movie theatre operator.
Heading into a San Diego jamboree that is uncharacteristically light on studio attendance this year, the US major has revealed details of its two-hour, DC-heavy session on July 23 as it aims to eclipse the Marvel Studios panel.
New York-based Fork Films announced on Tuesday it will provide grant funding for ten projects in different stages of development centring on human rights and social justice topics.
EXCLUSIVE: Private demonstrations of the exhibition format to take place over summer.
Screen Australia has committed AU$3m ($2.3m) towards fast-tracking 58 projects by female filmmakers, as part of a broader gender equality initiative.
The executive becomes senior vice-president of acquisitions after most recently serving as director of worldwide acquisitions at EuropaCorp.
EXCLUSIVE: Italian distributor buys docs including Zero Days and Lo And Behold and a number of narrative dramas.
Producer and managing director of Scott Free has died.
Cold War 2 top at Chinese box office between Jul 4 - 10; first time since early February that Chinese films score 1-2-3.
Women Leadership scheme aims to address gender imbalance in top cinema jobs
The film support body said on Tuesday it will support three French projects to the tune of $1.4m through its Canada Feature Film Fund.
Matan Yair’s Scaffolding [pictured] and Keren Yedaya’s Red Fields were among the winners at the 11th edition of the event.
Horror master talks video game adaptations of his films, his music career and the possibility of composing the music for the Halloween sequel.
Read Screen International’s daily magazine from the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival here.
Plus: production begins in Canada on ‘Welcome To Nowhere’
JULY 11 UPDATE: Fox International has now crossed the $2bn mark in 2016, marking the eighth consecutive year it has done so.
Festival consultants to include James Schamus, Olivier Père, Huang Jianxin and Michael J. Werner.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoval [pictured] was mentored by Iñárritu on the set of The Revenant.
As revenue surges, Pinewood CEO comments on Brexit fallout: “Decline in sterling exchange rate is undoubtedly positive for our international customers.”
Festival to receive additional funding from Germany’s State Minister for Culture and Media in 2017.
HBO Asia is teaming with China Movie Channel (CMC) on a series of Chinese-language martial arts movies, starting with two films executive produced by Corey Yuen.
Warner Bros’ The Legend Of Tarzan is the week’s highest new entry with $4.57m (£3.55m) from its 507 sites.
In the wake of the departure of Andrew Rodgers, the RiverRun International Film Festival has unveiled its new leader following a nationwide search.
EXCLUSIVE: Asian Shadows has picked up international rights to Zhang Yang’s award-winning drama Soul On A String.
The distributor has picked up US rights from The Film Sales Company to the Tel Aviv Docaviv audience award winner by directors Alon Schwarz and Shaul Schwarz.
Other winners include A Date For Mad Mary from Room producer Ed Guiney.
Hanan Savyon and Guy Amir are best known for creating and starring in Israeli TV shows Asfur [pictured] and Ptzuim BaRosh.
EXCLUSIVE: The fraternal directors are also working on a documentary about porn star Jonathan Agassi.
EXCLUSIVE: Family film has clocked up 150,000 admissions in Israel.
The film follows three Palestinian brothers who are smuggled into Israel from the West Bank.
The festival is showcasing virtual reality for the first time, including the first raft of Israeli VR projects.
Stillman is writing six more The Cosmopolitans episodes, but is making changes from the pilot.
JULY 11 UPDATE: The latest release from Universal / Illumination Entertainment bolstered the stealthy muscularity of summer box office with the biggest launch for an original animation property in North America.
Tarantino revealed the best character he’s ever written and discussed retiring after 10 movies.
Hungarian drama won best film and best actor, while Czech features also saw success.
EXCLUSIVE: Film marks debut feature of Yehonatan Indursky, director of award-winning short The Cantor And The Sea.
EXCLUSIVE: Evgeny Ruman’s upcoming feature follows two Soviet Union dubbing artists in 1990s Israel.
Film is considered one of the most important in Israel’s cinematic history.
Dylan Leiner, Alison Thompson discussed the distribution, VOD and the future of cinema culture during a festival panel.
EXCLUSIVE: Project clinched top prize at Sam Spiegel International Film Lab in 2014.
A total of 11 projects were presented at the closing pitching event of fifth edition.
Jude Law stars in the eight-episode HBO, Sky and Canal Plus series.
Plus: Sutherland closing in on Flatliners; China gets Dolby Cinema first; and more…
US director to attend festival, where whistleblower feature will play out of competition.
EXCLUSIVE: Production to start rolling in November.
EXCLUSIVE: Director of The Band’s Visit to explore dilemma of being a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship.
EXCLUSIVE: Horror sequel will be set 10 years after the events of the first film and will not be found-footage.
Controversial culture minister announces new film fund aimed at boosting southern Israel.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers join Marko Mäkilaakso’s pulpy monster movie based on the 80’s video game; Raven Banner sells.
Only 10% of working film directors are women, but one lobbying organisation is fighting for change.
EXCLUSIVE: Alchemy Fund aimed at supporting films in the £1m-£10m range.
The Pentland Studio project hopes to move ahead with its film and TV studio development outside Edinburgh, pending a greenlight from government.
Plus: cast confirmed for Haley’s The Hero; CaribbeanTales festival line-up; and more…
Venice appoints additional jury presidents; Sam Mendes already on board as competition jury president.
The Institute has joined forces with Greece’s Faliro House on an event for emerging screenwriters from Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus.
Schumacher to step down after 13 years at UK sales outfit.
EXCLUSIVE: Woman In Black 2 star joins comedy, which is set to shoot this month.
The New York distributor has bought North American rights to Keiichi Hara’s award-winning animated coming-of-age tale.
The Safran Company military thriller starring Armie Hammer will get an autumn North American release.
The US theatrical distributor, with creditors in the US and Europe, will “pursue an orderly liquidation.”
Creative Industries Council working group to examine the EU referendum outcome on the creative sectors.
INT’L WEEKEND PREVIEW: The Legend of Tarzan muscles into three more major international markets this weekend, while Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates makes its international debut.
Juno Temple and James Belushi also confirmed for the cast of Woody Allen’s next feature.
EXCLUSIVE: Team behind Triangle and Detour working on thriller; Dan Films slate includes $2-20m projects.
EXCLUSIVE: SC Films boards sci-fi starring Tom Hughes and Oona Chaplin.
Festival set to open tonight with a screening of Pedro Almodovar’s Julieta [pictured].
The director is at the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival to accompany a screening of Pulp Fiction.
Ymagis unveiled its feature film mastering and screening technology EclairColor for cinemas at the recent CineEurope convention.
Selection committee also announced for Southeast Asian projects lab.
EXCLUSIVE: Breaking Glass Pictures has sold the MMA action thriller to the UK, Germany, Canada, Australia and other markets.
The Alicia Vikander period drama, which was to have opened in the US later this month, has been rescheduled for next February.
The Spanish-Argentine comedy and multiple Goya winner is set for US theatrical release through New York independent FilmRise.
EXCLUSIVE: Zaza Urushadze filming first feature since Oscar-nominated drama.
EXCLUSIVE: UK film and TV outfit to be led by Vivien Muller-Rommel.
EXCLUSIVE: Hellboy actor Ron Perlman and Suffragette director Sarah Gavron among jury to select winning features.
Serbia-Bulgaria-Macedonia co-pro wins takes prize.
Three films from 12 teams will be greenlit for production.
The Los Angeles event will include six features from this year’s Sundance festival and a showcase of comedy shorts.
Don’t Breathe and Blood Father to close genre fest; world premiere of the late Pascal Chaumeil’s last film; Brandon Cronenberg project in works-in-progress strand; genre VR panel set.
DoP behind Taxi Driver, The Lost Boys and Michael Jackson’s Bad to receive lifetime award.
Former Cinecittà exec Cristina Giubbetti to lead department aimed at luring foreign productions to Italy.
US slave uprising drama to be released in the middle of awards season; new trailer released.
The US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed submission deadlines in a number of categories – including foreign language film - for this year’s Oscars.
Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme launched in honour of the Doctor and Carry On series.
Names and projects announced at Karlovy Vary.
EXCLUSIVE: Filming has commenced on The Time Of Their Lives, also starring Franco Nero and Joely Richardson; Sir Tim Rice to oversee the soundtrack.
The Little Hours kicks off deal between Concourse Media and Productivity to fund between eight and 12 features.
EXCLUSIVE: Sergei Polunin ballet dancer doc is directed by Oscar-nominated Steven Cantor.
Palme d’Or-winning director, icon of the Iranian New Wave, has died in Paris; Martin Scorsese praises “extraordinary body of work”.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor to donate 20% of theatrical receipts for Mark Duggan documentary to UK charity.
From Optimum Releasing to Paddington and Legend, Studiocanal is now the UK’s biggest indie producer-distributor. Screen speaks to CEO Danny Perkins.
Magical caper becomes Lionsgate’s biggest film ever in China.
Rai sells second opera season to distributors around the world.
Johannes Bah Kuhnke leads the underwater thriller about a special ops unit that travels to the bottom of the Yellow Sea.
Audience winner also revealed in Karlovy Vary.
EXCLUSIVE: He joins the London post-house from Met Film Post.
Eichinger’s Hands Of A Mother won three prizes at the German Cinema New Talent Awards.
This year’s British Urban Film Festival will host the premiere of Nicole Albarelli’s debut feature.
Fox’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie scores excellent non-final $5.4m (£4.03m) debut to chart second.
Boswell joins from post-production house Lip Sync.
EXCLUSIVE: Eriq Ebouaney and Sandrine Bonnaire to co-star in asylum seeker love story.
JULY 5 UPDATE: Ice Age: Collision Course posts $18.1m debut from seven markets; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel opens top in China.
UPDATE: Finding Dory stays top for a third weekend; Tarzan’s $38.5m beats out rival new releases The Purge: Election Year and The BFG.
The Oscar-winning writer-director was widely acclaimed for The Deer Hunter but fell from grace with Heaven’s Gate.
War thriller Anthropoid opens film festival in Czech Republic.
INTERNATIONAL PREVIEW: The fifth Ice Age film, a new take on Tarzan and Steven Spielberg’s Roald Dahl adaptation are among this weekend’s international entrants.
London-based genre festival to feature 19 world premieres and 35 UK & European premieres.
EXCLUSIVE: Hot Cannes package You Were Never Really Here has secured a UK deal; shoot due to get underway late summer.
Family animation Minions also received double digit complaints from members of the public.
Gabriele Mainetti’s fantasy superhero film won seven Italian film awards earlier this year.
British comedy also topped US buddy comedy Central Intelligence and animation The Secret Life of Pets.
Plus: Sing Street re-released in US; Interview with God wraps; and more…
The award-winning documentary about a Paraguayan youth musical group will go theatrical in September, with VOD, DVD and TV launches to follow.
The US mini-major has signed a long-anticipated deal to acquire premium cable network operator Starz, agreeing to pay $4.4bn in cash and stock.
The studio has confirmed plans for a follow-up to its 2012 animated hit, with a March 2018 release date booked.
The New York-based distributor has bought North American rights to the ‘colour guard’ performance documentary produced by musician David Byrne.
The sequel to 2014 horror hit Annabelle has begun principal photography in Los Angeles, with David F Sandberg directing.
Initiative will support 10,000 creative sector SMEs.
EXCLUSIVE: Hannaleena Hauru’s debut feature is produced by company behind Cannes Un Certain Regard winner The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Maki.
The US Academy’s new invitees are 46% female and 41% people of colour. But research shows industry women still face “systematic lack of trust.”
The Chinese Film Directors Guild has issued a statement demanding an explanation after Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden was hospitalised during a period of detention by Chinese police.
Plus: MGM secures new $1bn credit facility; Digimon Adventure gets US release; and more…
Netflix is aiming to find an international audience for its Korean-language productions, as well as Bong Joon Ho’s multilingual Okja, according to David Lee, Netflix vice president, international originals.
Eurimages executive director Roberto Olla reiterates that the door remains open.
EXCLUSIVE: The new Brazilian art cinema distributor has unveiled a slate including films from Marco Bellocchio, Amos Gitai and Gabriel Ripstein.
Guests at this year’s event will include Joshua Marston and actor Michael Shannon who will present new mystery-drama Complete Unknown.
Fledgling NY outfit Grasshopper Film has taken rights to Oliver Laxe’s Morocco-set Western.
Confirmed titles include Måns Månsson’s Yarden [pictured] and Eiji Uchida’s Lowlife Love.
A mentorship programme and paid internships are being introduced in a bid to help boost the number of female directors in the industry.
The Godfather director will be presented with the event’s lifetime achievement award.
BAFTA LA is to present Samuel L Jackson with this year’s Albert R Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment.
The BAFTA-winner boards Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up, joining a cast that already includes Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright.
Lionsgate had its biggest opening in China with Now You See Me 2 on $43.64m from its first three days
EXCLUSIVE: Edinburgh-based Cinefile has taken UK and Irish rights to Brian Cox-starring The Carer from sales company Yellow Affair.
Nate Parker, director of The Birth of a Nation, will get this year’s Sundance Institute award, which brings a cash prize and industry mentorship.
EXCLUSIVE: Final version of Cannes Competition title is now seven minutes shorter following critics response.
Dallas Buyers Club producer Truth Entertainment and writer-director Joe Tripician are starting work on a new project about father-daughter grifters.
DreamWorks Animation’s Awesomeness Films has acquired film rights to the debut novel by Australian author Krystal Sutherland.
Channel 4 head of drama Piers Wenger has been appointed BBC director of drama commissioning after four years at the ad-supported broadcaster.
Daniel Gordon directs the story of the controversial race between Zola Budd and Mary Decker at 1984 Olympics.
Fond also backs two TV serires and Lisa Langseth’s new feature.
The Fair Market Value filmmaker will steer Fulton Street Entertainment’s adaptation of the coming-of-age novel.
Lionsgate UK is partnering with Idris Elba’s Green Door Pictures to launch a writing competition for UK residents who want to write a TV drama series.
Fox will handle DVD and VOD marketing and distribution for MGM’s film and TV product until June 2020.
Shout! Factory has acquired a package of rights to the Australian animated feature and plans a multi-platform release.
Short films from Kosovo, France, the US and Switzerland are among the winners at the Palm Springs International ShortFest.
Plus: Straight Up buys Man’s Search for Meaning rights; and more…
Public consultation open for industry and audiences; nine roadshow events planned.
The US and Korean companies will co-finance and co-produce the feature about a Korean follower of a US baseball team.
The BAFTA fellowship winner comes on board as the IM Global-backed project starts its shoot in Liverpool.
Bedlam joins Knightsbridge Films to produce biopic of Leicester City and England footballer.
ITV, Sky take stock market hit as uncertainty looks set to continue for film and TV industries following last week’s EU referendum vote.
EXCLUSIVE: Les Films du Losange secures key deals; Matthieu Kassovitz joins cast also featuring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert.
EXCLUSIVE: Playwright Charlotte Josephine has won the inaugural BBC Screenplay First Award, bestowed by BBC Films and BBC Writersroom.
Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence has to settle for second with non-final $6.7m (£5.05m) debut from its 611 sites.
Shoot underway in Chile on crowd-funded action-comedy from Con Air director.
Mirjana Karanovic’s A Good Wife wins best first film; audience award goes to Iciar Bollain’s The Olive Tree.
JUNE 27 UPDATE: Now You See Me 2 records Lionsgate’s biggest-ever opening in China with $44.4m.
Titles will include Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next.
The London-based documentary festival gives its emerging talent prize to Algerian director Hassan Ferhani.
UPDATED: Fox’s action sci-fi sequel fell short in its domestic debut, thanks to a big second weekend hold by Pixar’s Finding Dory and a strong start for Sony’s The Shallows.
German director Emmerich sells script to Universal and is set to direct the sci-fi story.
Plus: Dirty 30 gets US release; The Sound of Things to premiere in Moscow.
Legendary Pictures has won a bidding war for a high finance tale with Jennifer Lawrence attached to star and Adam McKay set to write and direct.
Michael Sheen is to make his feature directing debut on - and star in - the true crime thriller, based on the actor’s own script
UPDATES: BFI & BFC COMMENTS. There has been a shocked and dismayed response to the news of Brexit in almost every sector of the British film industry; responses in Europe have also been extremely downbeat.
The winners have been announced at the 70th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
La Rochelle’s Sunny Side of the Doc festival and market previewed Canal+ and BBC’s migrant documentary Exodus.
As the UK votes decisively to leave the European Union, the film and TV sectors are in limbo.
International law firm Olswang details the potential fallout concerning free movement of crew, film distribution, copyright and soft money.
Nordisk Film & TV Fond has unveiled the list of Nordic graduation students and their projects running for the $30,000 (NOK250,000) pitch prize and $6,000 (NOK 50,000) special mention prize at Nordic Talents (Aug 31-Sept 2).
Industry event unfolding in French port town of La Rochelle unveils project awards, sets Asian Side of the Doc dates.
Keith Hayley, Robert Bevan and Charles Savill sentenced to nine years in prison; Norman Leighton gets two years suspended sentence.
Experienced directors invited to apply for Bergman Revisited, with shorts unveiled during his centenary year of 2018.
Murray Dibbs departs as managing director after eight years at the company.
Plus: AwesomenessTV begins ‘Straight Outta Oz’ shoot; and more…
Fox and Roland Emmerich’s disaster sequel – coming 20 years after the original hit – takes on Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo in the battle of the international box office giants this weekend.
Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) chairman Kim Dong-ho has made a public apology and vowed to have BIFF’s articles of association changed by the end of July so that local filmmakers can call off their boycott.
According to German media outlets, a masked man is dead after opening fire at a cinema complex in Viernheim, near Mannheim, in western Germany.
The distributor has picked up North American rights from Beta Cinema to Israeli film-maker Elite Zexer’s directorial debut and Sundance selection.
Aardman talked to Screen in Annecy about future projects - including the Eddie Redmayne-voiced Early Man - BFI support and learning curves.
Toronto-based Edyson Entertainment is set to begin production on the body-positive comedy in Hamilton, Ontario.
Jordan McGarry joins Film London as head of talent development and production, taking over from Deborah Sathe.
The $28.5m eight-part series will serve as a sequel to the 1981 hit film.
Christian Alvart’s Berlin-based Syrreal Entertainment enters agreement with Jiabo Culture.
Beijing-based company is joint-venture between CMC Holdings and Warner Bros.
Dolby Laboratories has announced its first Dolby theatres in Asia at Wanda Cinema Line sites in Dalian, Changchun, Chongqing and Jinan.
Nordisk takes reins on Department Q novel adaptations following Zentropa hits.
Foresight Unlimited’s action thriller has taken a big step forward as the company announced that the trio have joined previously cast lead Toby Kebbell.
The Weinstein Company has acquired US television rights to UK-based Sid Gentle Films’ upcoming alternate history thriller to star Sam Riley and Kate Bosworth.
The Los Angeles-based company will handle international sales on the thriller starring Matthew Goode and Joely Richardson depicting the infamous London jewellery heist in 2015.
Plus: Aaron Sorkin to give online screenwriting lessons on MasterClass; and more…
Working Title, See-Saw, Number 9, Lord Puttnam among signatories of letter arguing to remain in the EU.
New Roy Andersson feature About Endlessness also gets backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
EXCLUSIVE: The executive arrives from Lightning Entertainment as director of acquisitions and marketing.
The film body has advised producers they have until July 15 to submit their films to represent Canada in the upcoming foreign language Oscar race.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has taken on director Jeffrey Bell and producer Mike Dieffenbach’s MLS football documentary.
Warcraft continued to reign supreme at the Chinese box office, taking $48.19m in the week of Jun 13 -19.
A new UK survey proves what many people already know anecdotally, that it’s a challenge being a parent and working in the film and TV industries.
Drama centres on two little people from a town in Kurdish Iraq who risk their lives to deliver shoes to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Oscar-winner Meryl Streep to also attend this year’s festival.
Drama marks the first project from Vikander’s outfit, Vikarious Productions.
Alumni on film and TV programme include producers of The Lunchbox, Bullhead and The Book Of Negroes.
Theatres to be added across UK and other European markets.
Documentary festival attended by Sir David Attenborough, Michael Moore and Tilda Swinton among others.
Captain Fantastic to open festival in South Korea.
A white paper by data analytics specialist Movio claims to have turned on its head the widely held belief that the world’s largest living generation is less interested in film-going than previous generations.
Festival guests will include director Jim Sheridan and actress Ruth Negga.
The in-demand British star has signed on to Kathryn Bigelow’s crime drama backed by Annapurna Pictures.
Drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike to receive European premiere at LFF.
Shoot is underway in Berlin on The Lives Of Others director’s third film.
Amazon Studios’ Ted Hope to reveal “vision for film”; works in progress winner to receive new award worth more than $100,000.
Motion Picture Association of America chairman-chief excecutive Christopher Dodd confirms opposition to Digital Single Market proposals in CineEurope keynote address.
Festival reveals guests headed to Karlovy Vary next month.
The original ensemble comedy about a group of 20-somethings on a crazy adventure to the biggest EDM festival in America will debut on August 26.
Plus: Production wraps in Canada on ‘The Stakelander’; and more…
Screen spoke to the first-time feature producer of well-received Edinburgh title Moon Dogs, backed by Welsh, Irish and Scottish film bodies.
The joint venture between Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Ivanhoe Pictures launched last year to build a slate of local-language films across Asia has identified a Chinese-language project about the former NBA star.
Multi-million pound deal will see the company develop an animated TV series and more films.
Streaming service and media group agree to terminate lucrative joint venture.
EXCLUSIVE: Projects involving Damian Jones and Versailles breakout star George Blagden also pitched at Edinburgh’s first works in progress event.
EXCLUSIVE: New Europe Film Sales will sell the Iceland-Denmark-Poland co-production.
Production has started on John Woo’s highly-anticipated action thriller Manhunt, starring Zhang Hanyu and Masaharu Fukuyama, in Osaka, Japan.
Sony Pictures Animation on Monday afternoon unveiled a blockbuster film and television slate through 2018 that made no secret of the properties the studio values most highly.
The National Association Of Latino Independent Producers will host its annual media summit from June 23-26 at the Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.
James Wan horror lands top while Universal’s The Secret Life Of Pets scores biggest ever Saturday/Sunday preview haul for an original animation.
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Ensemble cast includes Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale and Paddy Considine.
Brazilian film debuted in Competiton at Cannes.
Ruth Wilson, Mark Stanley, Sean Bean star in Yorkshire-set drama.
British entrepreneur Martin Warner’s VOD service has crossed the Atlantic.
Sidse Babett Knudsen joins cast of Finnish-Swedish-Estonian drama.
Chinese director Liu Jie’s De Lan won best film at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival, while Vito Palmieri’s See You In Texas won the grand jury prize.
Cult filmmaker to appear in conversation at film festival.
Nine projects unveiled on top of six previously announced projects.
JUNE 20 UPDATE: Warner Bros’ The Conjuring 2 crossed $100m overseas; Universal/Legendary’s Warcraft hits $200m in China.
UK-based film financier Ingenious has formed a joint venture with China’s Hejing Culture to produce and co-finance a slate of independent films in a deal worth $200m.
JUNE 20 UPDATE: The model of Jeep that apparently crushed rising star Anton Yelchin in his driveway in the small hours of Sunday had been recalled.
JUNE 20 UPDATE: Pixar’s family sequel gave early summer box office the boost it needed and rewrote the animation record books, while Warcraft tumbled 70% in its second weekend.
The studio announced on Friday morning it is moving ahead with a Hindi-language version of the hit action comedy.
The staggering contrast between Chinese and North American box office for Warcraft was according to one former studio executive a seismic event in the theatrical business that portends a fundamental shift in the Hollywood decision-making process.
Festival director Alberto Barbara also signs deal to keep him at Venice until 2020.
EXCLUSIVE: Directors Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey to re-team on children’s story; The Song Of The Sea secures China deal.
Working Title Films to make Victoria and Abdul; Focus Features, Universal to distribute.
EXCLUSIVE: Irreverent Burbank-based animation company behind TV series Robot Chicken is set to push into features.
Netflix and DreamWorks have 16 TV series in development, says DreamWorks CEO.
Leading pan-Arab distributor adds 24 titles to slate.
Actor Orlando Bloom is partnering with China’s Bliss Media to form a joint production company, BlissBloom Productions, and will star in the venture’s first production S.M.A.R.T. Chase: Fire & Earth.
The executive will assume the role of chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film after current incumbent Jim Gianopulos steps down on June 30, 2017.
The streaming platform has acquired US and select international rights to Ricky Gervais’ upcoming film excluding the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
The German Palme d’or-winning director will select a series of films at the 43rd Telluride Film Festival, set to run from September 2-5 in Colorado.
The Argentinian star will collect the lifetime achievement award during the third annual awards gala at the Punta del Este Conventions Centre in Uruguay on July 24.
Plus: American Cinema Editors sets awards show date; and more…
EXCLUSIVE: The feel-good hit starring Jonathan Pryce, Pauline Collins and Jerome Holder struck a blow for the limited distribution space as it crossed the threshold in North America on June 14.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce its nominations on December 12.
EXCLUSIVE: The Awakening producer boards dark comedy adapted by the late Johnny Ferguson.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Catalyst and Matador exec joins as company secures US deal.
KOSDAQ-listed Signal Entertainment Group is partnering with Batman franchise executive producer Michael Uslan to produce global content, including Asia-themed superhero and animation films.
Montreal genre showcase to open with drama King Dave and John Stockwell’s Kickboxer: Vengeance.
Swiss Army Man, starring Daniel Radcliffe, to receive European premiere at genre film festival.
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia (VRPA) is teaming with Heyi Pictures to co-finance and co-produce sci-fi thriller Bleeding Steel, starring Jackie Chan.
With special effects credits including Harry Potter, X-Men and Assassin’s Creed, the firm is now pushing into animation production.
Wendy Mitchell talks to four Finish producers headed to Edinburgh, which is hosting a territory focus on the Scandinavian territory this year.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has reported robust sales on the Croisette led by its hotly anticipated ‘painted animation’ starring Saoirse Ronan.
Bob Iger on Wednesday issued a statement after law enforcement officers in Florida confirmed the two-year-old snatched by an alligator at a Disney resort on Tuesday night had been found dead.
Documentary festival announces winners.
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Patrick Shen’s documentary following its screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Na Hong Jin’s horror-thriller has sold to a host of territories including Japan, Italy and Spain.
Shoot has begun on comedy The Party with Bruno Ganz, Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson also among the ensemble cast.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Pathé executive Len Rowles joins Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey’s Wildgaze Films.
EXCLUSIVE: UK duo partner on sequels following lucrative home entertainment bows.
Former Premier Comms exec Romilly Bowlby will head up the new venture, which will focus on individual talent.
Sky Cinema will offer one movie premiere per day, an expanded library and improved HD.
Producer Didier Brunner talks updating the Oscar-nominated animation into a TV series backed by Canal+ and France Television.
Globe Soundtrack & Score will invest in soundtracks from early stages, recouping costs through the retention of rights.
Anton Yelchin, Kelsey Grammer and Ron Perlman have joined the family event series that DreamWorks Animation is producing for Netflix.
Canadian film-maker Connor Gaston’s first feature recently garnered seven Leo Awards in Vancouver honouring the best in British Columbian film, TV and web content.
Founders Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Michael Biehn announced on Wednesday they have secured a deal for the Hidden In The Woods remake from Chilean genre specialist Patricio Valladares.
Doc/Next will help upcoming filmmakers reach “the next rung”.
Media misrepresentation of Muslims, and fear of reproach from within their communities, are hindering depictions of the less “extreme” and pluralist aspects of Islam, according to leading filmmakers.
Film will focus on the troubled steel town in South Wales.
Simon Chinn (Man On Wire) joined by Dogwoof, Discovery and BBC execs.
The Zhongze China-UK Film Fund has signed a strategic partnership with SMG Pictures, which kicks off with London-set comedy Special Couple.
The company is reteaming with Roadside Attractions to handle the US theatrical release on Kevin Macdonald’s upcoming film.
Jean Prewitt, head of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), on Tuesday welcomed a move by the Court Of Appeals to uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2015 Open Internet Order.
Cast rounds on director Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin, from Fox Searchlight, Damian Jones and Steve Christian.
EXCLUSIVE: France deal for Hungarian comedy-thriller Kills On Wheels about a disabled gang.
EXCLUSIVE: The Works has inked a Spanish deal on Erik Van Looy thriller.
French film industry to explore VR at first edition of public festival running June 17-18 at Paris’s Forum des Image.
Carol producer Number 9 Films is making its first foray into TV.
Veteran broadcaster reflected on more than 60 years in television and the value of the BBC.
The Bombay High Court has overruled the cuts demanded by India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to upcoming Hindi thriller Udta Punjab, in a landmark ruling that will have a major impact on the state of film censorship in India.
The event cinema sector could be worth $1bn by 2020. ECA MD Melissa Cogavin talks to Screen about growth ahead of the European trade show.
Warcraft sets record-breaking debut, while X-Men nears $100m.
The board of governors of the American Society of Cinematographers on Tuesday elected Kees Van Oostrum to lead the organisation.
Action director Renny Harlin is directing an adaptation of Chinese video game Legend Of The Ancient Sword for China’s Alibaba Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: The Philadelphia-based distributor has picked up all US rights to Terrance Odette’s Catholic priest drama.
Bibo Bergeron will direct the animated feature and will join producer Julia Rosenberg at the MIFA market at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival to scout for co-production partners.
The news follows Swedish media allegations of misuse of funds and an inappropriate company culture.
EXCLUSIVE: Rome-based distributor Cinema pre-bought six new titles at Cannes.
Warner Bros’ adaptation falls only 20% as it climbs up two places to dethrone Universal’s Warcraft at number one.
The Life Of Pi director was speaking during the Shanghai International Film Festival.
A slate of 12 upcoming features seeking French and European co-producers and sales representation were presented at the event running within the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris.
EXCLUSIVE: Additions to recognise emerging screenwriting and producer talent.
ITN Source has revealed the three short films which have made it through to the final of its second annual competition, held in association with Doc/Fest and Audio Network.
The streaming goliath will launch Endgame Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures’ Rooney Mara starrer on its platform and in select theatres through undetermined partners sometime in 2017.
Prize is worth $45,000 (€40,000) in post-production services and distribution support.
The genre event will host a five-strong line-up of Malaysian projects; Ivanhoe, Huayi, Blumhouse, CJ among BIFAN attendees.
The art documentary examines the history of Russia’s avant-garde scene and has support from billionaire Alisher Usmanov.
The renowned documentary film-maker delivered a masterclass with long-term collaborator Chris Hegedus.
The documentarian talked about the fallout from My Scientology Movie, which examines the controversial religion.
JUNE 13 UPDATE: Legendary-Universal’s video game adaptation takes over international box office with $185.9m weekend; Warner Bros’ The Conjuring 2 scares up $50m bow from 44 markets.
EXCLUSIVE: Creative England backing White Riot, which features footage of The Clash and Joy Division and is being introduced at Sheffield Doc/Fest’s MeetMarket.
Diversity panel discussed emerging opportunities for minorities, defying stereotypes and pushing boundaries.
The US rights deal will see the distributor release the paternity dramedy theatrically and across all major VOD platforms starting July 22.
JUNE 13 UPDATE: New Line’s horror sequel ruled the orcs over the weekend in North America as The Conjuring 2 opened top on a confirmed $40.4m and Warcraft arrived in second place on a dismal $24.4m.
Plus: FilmBuff acquiresI Am Gangster; and more…
The Seattle International Film Festival presented its award winners on June 12 as the 25-day event drew to a close after screening featured 421 films representing 85 countries.
Chinese studio bosses said they plan to continue their acquisition spree, in order to strengthen the fast-growing local film industry, as the seminar programme at the Shanghai International Film Festival got underway on Sunday.
Former RGM Entertainment CEO Devesh Chetty has been jailed on three charges of forgery, including two related to investments by Singapore’s Media Development Authority.
Tony Orsten, CEO of Andy Serkis’ performance capture studio, also discusses “the other Jungle Book”.
Cinema Guild has acquired US rights from Capricci Films to Albert Serra’s recent Cannes selection and plans an early 2017 theatrical debut.
EXCLUSIVE: Element and Koch Media have boarded rights to Irish production also starring Indian Summers’ Nikesh Patel.
Kate Harwood, Oona King among executives to express support for more regulation.
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Halmi, Jr. and Jim Reeve will executive-produce feature now underway in UK.
Festival also to host Frank Daniel tribute with workshop and screening.
South Korea’s Dexter Studios and Wanda Pictures, the film production division of China’s Wanda Group, are set to co-produce big-budget sci-fi film Kung Fu Robot.
Details of sessions at the Media Production Show today (June 10) - register to attend the free event now.
Plus: Grasshopper Film acquires Lost And Beautiful
Documentary filmmakers will descend on Sheffield in the coming days to offer a window on the past, present and virtual future. Michael Rosser reports
France’s competition authority has unexpectedly rejected a planned tie-up between French premium pay-TV channel Canal+ and Qatar-based international sports network beIN.
Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown and Keesha Sharp have joined the cast led by one of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars as legendary attorney and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
While Legendary will not update the fantasy adventure’s running total until Saturday, the film’s trajectory on the mainland in its first two days means it will have soared past the milestone on Friday.
The distributor has pounced on North American rights to Yeon Sang-ho’s zombie apocalypse thriller that played at Midnight Screenings in Cannes.
The McLean Group’s Vancouver Film Studios (VFS) and EveryWhere Studios announced on Thursday the launch of the Canadian television and film studio with full in-house production capability.
The film from Jonah Markowitz and Tracy Wares eatned the documentary award and the audience documentary award.
Locarno development strand to host projects from 'The Nun', 'Becoming Zlatan' co-producers, 'War' director
Industry Days Alliance For Development (AFD) strand to host eight European projects.
Sponsorship deal includes support for new MA.
Mikros Image to lead digital animation on Paramount and MGM title.
EXCLUSIVE: Arrow Films strikes deal with Wild Bunch for Un Certain Regard title.
The documentary film-maker voiced his opinions at a press conference ahead of the release Where To Invade Next.
Stanley has been named executive vice president and managing director of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group UK, Ireland, Spain and Nordics.
Tasters of the films in competition at this week’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Plus: GKIDS executives join Angelina Jolie on The Breadwinner as executive producers; and more…
Plus: Fathom Events, Warner Bros plots Batman: The Killing Joke release; and more…
Toronto-based Films We Like has picked up Canadian rights to Ingrid Veninger’s upcoming drama.
MEDIA SUMMIT: Rebecca O’Brien, producer of Cannes winner I, Daniel Blake, also criticized nepotism in the film industry.
The merits of ‘True VR’ versus 360 video was among topics discussed at the MBI Media Summit in London.
Team based in London and Burbank builds on an expanded partnership between the US studio and J.K. Rowling.
The streaming giant has picked up US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand rights from Fairway Film Alliance to the first film to shoot in Equatorial Guinea.
Netflix has revealed a ‘Binge Scale’ charting the viewing habits of its subscribers.
Legendary and Universal Pictures offered the latest proof if any were needed on Wednesday of why industry experts believe the territory will become the biggest box office market on the planet by 2017.
There are less than 24 hours to go until The Media Production Show kicks off – register to attend the free event now.
EXCLUSIVE: President Tannaz Anisi and her team have returned from the Croisette following a slew of deals on two of the company’s prestige titles.
Plus: Mackenzie Davis joins Blade Runner sequel; and more…
Universal has moved the upcoming Illumination Entertainment Benedict Cumberbatch starrer Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas from November 10, 2017, to November 9, 2018.
The partners have set up writer-director Ted Geoghegan’s follow-up to horror hit We Are Still Here.
EXCLUSIVE: Goalpost also inks France deal on Kevin Costner classic Dances With Wolves.
The streaming giant has revealed eight Cannes acquisitions a day after it announced its first Indian original.
Estimated £100m ($145m) of tax repayments claimed through fraudulent film investment scheme.
Production is underway in the Caribbean island nation on the personal drama from Trinidad-based, US director Emilie Upczak.
South Korean sales agent Finecut has announced a raft of pre-sales on Korean War action film Operation Chromite, starring Lee Jung-jae, Lee Bum-soo, Jin Se-yun and Liam Neeson.
SPT buys stake in TV arm of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel producer.
The sales outfit has revealed further sales on its Cannes slate.
This Is England director to join Warp Films’ Mark Herbert.
FilmRise has acquired worldwide rights to Elaine May’s Mike Nichols: American Masters and will release the documentary throughout the world in all media as early as this summer.
Fan-subbed streaming site Viki.com has signed a multi-territory content deal with China’s Huace Group.
X-Men: Apocalypse rules the chart as Captain America nears $200m.
Former BBC controller replaces Anne Morrison who will continue as deputy chair.
Cult US director will also be guest of honour at Locarno’s Filmmakers Academy.
The UK outfit has revealed five acquisitions made in Cannes.
JUNE 6 UPDATE: Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows dominated the weekend after studio chiefs mobilised a demographic that was predictably mostly under-25 and male.
The British star of global smash Star Wars: The Force Awakens has signed on to Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures’ sci-fi.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based MK2 Films close to selling out worldwide on supernatural thriller starring Kristen Stewart.
EXCLUSIVE: Release date set for gross-out comedy executive produced by Tim League and Ben Wheatley.
Previews push Universal’s video game adaptation to the top spot with non-final $5.23m (£3.62m) bow.
The four acre studio space has received planning permission from the local council and is expected be completed by late 2017.
EXCLUSIVE: British thriller Monochrome is set to market premiere at the London Screenings this month.
Fantasy epic to open in China two days before North America.
The joint venture will focus on producing both Chinese content and English-language co-productions.
Gallery: Pictures from the closing night and awards ceremony of the 15th Transilvania film festival; festival hands out industry development prizes.
Former Focus Features CEO James Schamus also discussed the “bloodbath” of awards season at Sundance Film Festival London.
JUNE 6 UPDATE: Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel launches with estimated $34m from 40 markets.
Plus: Drone adds cast for Myriad; Distribber in grant programme; and more…
Resignation follows wave of departures at Vivendi-owned umbrella group, Canal Plus Group.
Asian announcements were two-a-penny at the AFM last year, but away from the market bustle a deal was brewing that would have trumped any headline from Santa Monica.
Park Chan-wook’s adaptation of Sarah Waters’ lesbian-themed Fingersmith played in Competition.
Sony Pictures Entertainment motion picture group chairman Tom Rothman announced the development on Friday in the wake of Doug Belgrad’s imminent departure.
AMBI Group, Fyzz Facility and Black Sparrow are co-financing the post-apocalyptic thriller from co-directors James Franco and Bruce Cheung.
The Romanian government is considering tax incentives to attract more foreign producers to shoot in the country.
Romantic drama also topped The Nice Guys and Warcraft.
Feature will include the first chance to hear songs from upcoming Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album.
Reunion helmer Taneli Mustonen directs the film, being sold by Film Constellation.
Shanghai International Film Festival unveils 2016 line-up.
True survival story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg wrapped production last week.
Donald Tang’s Tang Media Partners (TMP) has acquired a majority stake in US firm IM Global, which is also partnering with Chinese tech giant Tencent on a TV production venture.
Nick Meyer announced on Thursday a slew of deals on the company’s heavyweight Croisette sales roster, led by such highlights as Molly’s Game, Tully, Anon, and Villa Capri.
Iceland’s parliament has approved a boost to the country’s film production tax incentive, increasing it from 20% to 25%.
UK distributor Dogwoof is pioneering a new “pay what you can” release for Louise Osmond’s feature documentary about British filmmaker Ken Loach.
EXCLUSIVE: Film supported by the UN to be released on World Refugee Day.
EXCLUSIVE: Film London’s export market to screen Tommy’s Honour and Whisky Galore among others; emerging talent strand Breakthrough to highlight four titles.
Streaming service acquires rights for US and UK.
Danny Boyle horror staged over a two-month run.
The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Coppélia will be released in 500 cinemas worldwide.
Veteran broadcaster will be the subject of an in conversation event on June 13.
Wong Kar Wai to direct two web series as part of the production deals.
UK-based streaming service FilmDoo is expanding its line-up with a focus on Southeast Asian cinema, including titles such as banned documentary Boundary and Tom Waller’s The Last Executioner [pictured].
The event will host 19 world premieres in its New German Cinema strand.
Gaumont and Paris-based LGM Cinema have brought on the French genre specialist to direct what is being described as an “epic, sensual and riveting” 17th period romance based on the life of the Marquis de Montespan.
Plus: Awesomeness Films acquires Spontaneous; and more…
The latest casting piece has slotted into the political thriller from School Pictures and American Film Productions set to start production this month in Norfolk, Virginia.
EXCLUSIVE: The former MP’s novel about his parent’s anti-apartheid fight has been optioned by Fifty One Productions.
Seven Croatian features comprise the main competition, while Independence Day: Resurgence and Ghostbusters play in the international strand.
Music documentary will mark the first feature for production company Whizz Kidd.
Pictures from the 2016 Krakow FMF, which featured live performances of the scores from Sicario and Drive.
Company will co-produce and co-finance Channel 4 sitcom Damned.
Sadie Frost, Noel Fielding and Sally Phillips star in twisted comedy.
Phoenix Productions is boosting foreign-language box office in the UK as Polish films deliver strong figures in the market.
A behind-the-scenes look at Game Of Thrones and a blow-by-blow account of the virtual production techniques used to create Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book are highlights of the HPA Tech Retreat which debuts in the UK next month (July 13-14).
EXCLUSIVE: Helsinki’s Aamu Film Company, which won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard prize for The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki, is set to shoot another debut feature this summer.
The studio said on Tuesday that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Puerto Rican artist who created and starred in Broadway smash Hamilton, will join previously announced Emily Blunt in the title role.
The final film of Jan Nemec, who died in March, to play in the main competition.
Bankside secures key deal following Tribeca world premiere.
Plus: Mellissa McCarthy to star in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’; Uni shifts ‘Pitch Perfect 3’, ‘Girl Trip’; and more…
EXCLUSIVE: Memento also secures deals for Bruno Dumont’s Cannes contender Slack Bay.
Disney’s Alice sequel has to settle for second with $3.3m (£2.23m) debut; Curzon Artificial Eye’s Love & Friendship enjoys excellent $381,000 (£261,330) bow from 80 sites.
JFF to pay tribute to Israeli actress and film-maker who died in April.
Beijing-based studio Enlight Media is paying $245m for a 19% stake in China’s largest online ticketing platform Maoyan.
Diagnosis stars Screen Star of Tomorrow Charlotte Spencer [pictured].
Nazi hunter thriller wins best film at the annual ‘Lolas’.
Amazon is ramping up its offerings of original content in Japan as it strives to keep pace with Netflix, which is also aggressively moving ahead with plans to roll out locally-produced TV shows.
Monsieur Gangster, In The Realm Of The Senses and The Big Blue among first titles to be featured.
Seminars will include masterclasses on VFX and location management and panels on production design and UK tax relief.
MAY 31 UPDATE: Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse launched summer and propelled the four-day Memorial Weekend into the all-time top ten with a muted $79.8m debut, while Buena Vista’s Alice Through The Looking Glass flopped.
MAY 31 UPDATE: Alice Through The Looking Glass opens with $65m overseas from its 43 territories.
Paramount and Bad Robot’s adventure will begin shooting in Los Angeles on June 10 with JJ Abrams serving as producer.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Luxbox secures new sales on Un Certain Regard title.
Period drama stars Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay.
Almost half of UK exhibitors are now screening live cinema experiences.
The festival will also honour Mad Max: Fury Road producer Iain Smith.
The UK outfit is bolstering its day-and-date offering with the introduction of live red carpet features and post-film Q&As.
Coming-of-age feature to world premiere at Edinburgh festival.
The distributor will open the World War II thriller starring Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan in late summer.
Superhero sequel dwarfs Alice, TMNT, Warcraft.
The studio has won a bidding war for rights to the action property that will be set in China and reunites Johnson with his Central Intelligence director Rawson Marshall Thurber.
Fox’s latest episode in the mutant saga opened in South Korea on $1.7m on Thursday and heads into its second weekend as the overwhelming favourite to rule the worldwide roost.
Plus: MPI acquires If There’s A Hell Below; Saban buys Come And Find Me; Shout! Factory, Legacy Classics in production-distribution pact; and more
Fifty Shades Of Grey star to attend opening of the festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals with IM Global, SF Studios and Radiant Films.
The director-star pairing from Prisoners and The Enemy are to adapt a Jo Nesbo thriller for Gyllenhaal’s Nine Stories and Bold Films.
UK producer behind Palme d’Or winners I, Daniel Blake and The Wind That Shakes The Barley to discuss creative talent.
Psychological thriller completes Rome shoot.
Full programme revealed for this year’s East End Film Festival.
Montreal’s genre festival also unveils first wave of titles for its upcoming 20th Anniversary edition.
Anonymous benefactor reignites plans to radically transform the BFI’s home on London’s South Bank.
Members of Grand Jury Award also revealed, which will be supported by Screen International and Broadcast.
EXCLUSIVE: The Canadian distributor has added one of the most sought-after projects from the Cannes Marché to its slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy-drama scripted by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Highlights include the UK premiere of Finding Dory and the world premiere of the 4K restoration of Highlander [pictured].
The celebrated Czech film-maker and Athanor Productions have launched a campaign on the crowdfunding site for what the surrealist artist and director has said will be his final film.
The distributor has picked up UK rights to The 9th Life Of Louis Drax and Southside With You.
Paul Hanson has signed a two-year, first look co-financing and co-production deal with the former Revolution Studios partner and producer of Knight And Day and the Paul Blart: Mall Cop franchise.
Plus: The Orchard acquires Operator; Janus Films takes Cameraperson; and more…
As it reports its Q1 financials, Europe’s largest exhibitor has revealed that it plans to open 20 new cinemas across Europe by 2020.
A total of $45m in grants were awarded to the UK’s creative sector across 2014-15.
The updated Audiovisual Directive will enforce VoD platforms such as Netflix to ensure at least a 20% share of European content in their catalogues.
Performance poet with Asperger’s brings his experience to debut film.
Initiative gives young unemployed people the opportunity to gain experience in the film industry.
Chairman nominee Kim Dong-ho has told Screen he believes the festival will avoid the boycott.
New Europe Film Sales secures further deals in Europe and Asia.
Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison Productions have signed an overall deal to write, produce and star in an untitled animated project for STX Entertainment.
The actors have joined Margot Robbie on board the noir thriller that Highland Film Group (HFG) continued to sell internationally in Cannes.
STX’s $50m play, Amazon Studios’ charm offensive and other takeaways from this year’s market.
The UK genre film festival also announces a new headline sponsor, Horror Channel.
Top brass announced on Tuesday the run dates for the event’s 28th edition.
Anti-piracy body is set to lose 50% of its funding within six months.
Angry Birds beat Captain America to the top spot; Divergent opened in third.
Plus: Gravitas Ventures picks up Cardinal Matters; Screamfest announces October dates
First look at Brian Cox as the wartime leader as Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, James Purefoy and Ella Purnell join cast.
Miramax and Blumhouse Productions to resurrect horror franchise.
TrustNordisk has struck multiple Cannes deals for the Norwegian documentary about chess world champion Magnus Carlsen.
EXCLUSIVE: Sonia Mehandjiyska and her team have reported a strong response on the Croisette to the thriller starring Anthony Hopkins, Julia Stiles and Ray Liotta.
The company has come on board to handle international sales on BBC America’s upcoming original scripted series based on the Douglas Adams books.
The North American rights deal with ICM Partners on Walter Hill’s crime thriller caps a busy Cannes for the distributor.
MAY 23 UPDATE: Disney’s Captain America: Civil War becomes the first film of 2016 to hit $1bn at the global box office.
EXCLUSIVE: Actress Lorynn York joins comedy Airplane Mode from Vine sensation.
Plus: Alcon plots Garfield film franchise; NBR sets 2017 awards gala date; and more…
Sony’s The Angry Birds Movie falls only 7% in its second weekend to reach $6.7m (£4.6m) to date.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales outfit strikes deals for three titles in Cannes: Worry Dolls, The Lesson and Last Girl Standing.
British filmmaker Ken Loach wins second Palme d’Or; Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman wins two.
Maren Ade’s comedy-drama set the highest score in the history of the Jury Grid.
Producers were highly active on the Croisette as deals flowed in the wake of increased co-production opportunities with the South American country.
MAY 23 UPDATE: Sony’s adaptation of the bestselling phone app game toppled Captain America: Civil War from its perch as it secured a number one berth.
Plus: The Orchard picks up The Dinner; IMAX, Starbreeze in VR pact; and more…
Captain Fantastic’s Matt Ross wins director prize; animation The Red Turtle wins special prize.
The Together Project was directed by Solveig Anspach, who died last August.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor also acquires upcoming sports biopic Borg vs McEnroe, Directors’ Fortnight title After Love and Scottish indie music doc Lost In France.
Other winners included Mehmet Can Mertoglu’s Albüm and Wregas Bhanuteja’s Penjak.
EXCLUSIVE: Horror marks first feature from new production company.
Japanese director Naomi Kawase led the jury at the 69th Cannes Film Festival.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon also fails to impress Screen’s roster of critics.
Hong Kong-based Young Live Entertainment (YLE) has sold action title SPL2: A Time For Consequences to Japan’s Twin Co.
EXCLUSIVE: Opportunities available for new and emerging filmmakers, and pitching sessions among programme.
EXCLUSIVE: Production underway in Africa on drama from Searching For Sugar Man executive.
Graduation, It’s Only The End Of The World and The Unknown Girl all made their bows on today’s Jury Grid.
EXCLUSIVE: UK, Italy, Australia, Spain among a host of key sales on Cannes Competition hit.
Paris-based Zorba is developing a slate of Asia-set projects and will produce Jero Yun’s debut fiction feature, Ma Mère.
A total of 16 features will receive funding from the country’s national film centre.
The initiative will support 20 projects exploring alternative storytelling through digital technologies.
Pan-European initiative aims to “bring film to the classroom”.
Belga Films Fund (BFF) has raised more than $5.6m (€5m) for Ben Stassen’s new animated feature, The Son Of Bigfoot.
Animation co-produced by Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli premiered at Cannes in Un Certain Regard.
Terry Gilliam revealed further details about his long in the works Don Quixote film in Cannes.
The story of Cannes 2016 continued apace on Wednesday as Asghar Farhadi’s late addition to the Competition became one of the latest titles headed for Prime Video customers.
STX made a big splash, while Amazon’s charm offensive overshadowed Netflix.