Adaptation of erotic bestseller to receive international premiere in Berlin.
Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing hits £20m as it retains top spot; StudioCanal’s Paddington holds off newcomers to stay in second with $3.9m (£2.5m).
As North Korea stepped up its rhetoric and claimed the US government was behind The Interview, a Sony attorney said on Sunday (December 21) that the studio will distribute the film in some format.
Swedish star takes the lead in debut feature from Hungarian auteur Balint Kenyeres.
Titles include Schneider vs. Bax from Borgman director Alex van Warmerdam.
China’s Dalian Wanda group held a launch ceremony at the weekend for its latest entertainment projects, Wanda Movie Park and Han Show Theatre, in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Copyright infringement and piracy protection was a point of focus at this year’s Les Arcs Film Festival.
Event cinema specialists stage one-off screening in five cities after Sony cancels release of The Interview.
Other winners include Labyrinth of Lies, These Are The Rules, Underdog, Hyena, Frank.
New Line-MGM’s Middle Earth epic plundered an estimated $105.5m to dominate its second session with ease.
New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies dominated the North American box office, grossing an estimated $56.2m from Friday-Sunday that climbed to $91M over five days.
The Lobster [pictured] is presented as case study in co-production market.
Pyongyang has denied FBI claims that North Korea was behind the Sony Pictures Entertainment cyber attacks and called for a joint inquiry with the US into the matter.
Kieran Breen has been promoted to president of international theatrical marketing at 20th Century Fox, reporting to co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus.
AMPAS has announced the nine features on the shortlist for the Foreign Language Film Academy Award. A record 83 films had been submitted.
Sony top brass have gone on the offensive in light of their vilified decision to cancel the release of The Interview, placing the onus on exhibition partners, hinting at a future release and engaging in a spat with US President Barack Obama.
New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battles Of The Five Armies remains the one to beat on $162.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International heading into its second weekend.
Constantin, Golem, Lucky Red receive biggest grants in 2014; Curzon and Distrify benefit from Online Scheme grants.
Only one of 37 UK single project drama applications gets support in latest round.
Actor and writer discusses career (and Sony hack) at BAFTA retrospective.
Event cinema company launches screening after The Interview is pulled.
New Europe Film Sales nabs Norwegian youth film.
Three classics get digital restoration for Berlin festival.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel gets world premiere at CTBF Royal Film Performance.
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New films on Screenbase this week include Salon Pictures’ true story about a feral child Ivan and the Dogs.
Warner Bros’ climactic outing set for strong second weekend.
Robert Duvall will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Icon Award while Alejandro G Iñárritu will receive the Director Of The Year Award for Birdman.
The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has announced its complete line-up including Premieres, New Voices/New Visions and Modern Masters.
UPDATED: On the day Sony cancels the release of The Interview, Screen charts the timeline of events in the hacking crisis.
Rotterdam unveils initial Signals programme focusing on ‘contemporary reality.’
Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures has optioned rights to Andrew Pyper’s forthcoming novel The Damned.
Child-friendly films moved to Glasgow’s main festival.
Distributor acquires international sales rights to Vivieno Caldinelli’s horror comedy, which stars Roddy Piper.
The embattled studio has cancelled the December 25 release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of threats from the suspected cyber attackers behind a string of embarrassing revelations about its business dealings and correspondence.
Production has wrapped in Mexico City on Dos Corazones Films’ animation as the company prepares to introduce it to Berlin buyers in February.
FilmNation Entertainment has sold a roughly one-third stake of the company valued at $18m to Roadshow in a strategic partnership that sees both parties seek to expand their production operations.
Production wraps in Australia on Jocelyn Moorhouse feature.
Rees to step down after four years as CEO; Karen Stacey interim CEO.
Dolphins, Abood Kandaishan and Cairo Time are the among the first titles set to be released theatrically in the Middle East thanks to the Dubai Film Market’s new distribution programme.
The president and CEO of CBS Corporation has joined the USC School Of Cinematic Arts board of councillors, Dean Elizabeth M Daley announced.
Seoul Metropolitan City has ordered Lotte Cinema’s World Tower branch, housing the Guinness record holder for world’s biggest screen, to shut down.
EXCLUSIVE: New MEDIA head Lucia Recalde Langarica tells Screen about untapped potential in European talent.
Ida has continued its winning streak by being voted as the winner of the eighth LUX Film Prize by members of the European Parliament.
Sundance Institute has announced the 12 projects selected for the 2015 January Screenwriters Lab set to run from January 16-21.
For the first time, the guild is awarding lifetime achievement awards in all four crafts comprising the ADG (IATSE Local 800) at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards in Los Angeles on January 31.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time stayed at the top of China’s box office in its second week, grossing $35.64m from 6.3 million admissions.
UK mentor scheme received seventeen applications for each place.
Works In Progress winner is Nataliya Kudryashova for Pioneer Heroes.
Festival will also screen Miss Julie (pictured).
DECEMBER 17 UPDATE: Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cineplex Entertainment and Cinemark are understood to have joined Carmike Cinemas’ boycott of the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in light of ambiguous threats by the hackers believed to be behind the Sony cyber attack.
The 11th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) closes today, but film industry professionals will be able to watch many of the Arab films in the selection online for the next nine months.
Emirati filmmaker Saeed Salmeen Al Murry has won the inaugural Ministry of Interior Award for Best Societal Screenplay at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) for his project Going To Heaven.
Lebanese filmmaker Bass Breish is gearing up to make his feature debut, Mate, with German production house Filmbucht Filmproduktion.
Ava DuVernay, tipped to become the first black female director to earn an Oscar nomination after scoring a pioneering Golden Globe nod last week, is one of two new additions to the festival.
A24 has acquired US rights to music video director Adam Smith’s feature directorial debut starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson.
Mongrel International has come on board to sell international rights to Guy Maddin’s Sundance-bound film.
Sundance Selects has made an early move on Untitled Jacques Audiard Film, which is currently in production.
Paramount Pictures International has appointed Yit-Ching Lee, Richard Aseme, Ricardo Cortes and Su Lee to vice-presidents of marketing and distribution at regional offices.
Khadija Al-Salami’s I Am Nojoom, Age 10 And Divorced was awarded best fiction film in the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), while Nujoom Al Ghanem’s Nearby Sky won the award for best non-fiction film.
Adams will step down as Screen International reviews editor at end of February.
EXCLUSIVE: As Berlin senior staff announced Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups had landed a competition berth in February, details have emerged on the drama’s global distribution network.
Co-production market has three prizes including new Wouter Barendrecht Award in conjunction with Fortissimo Films.
Julianne Moore scores double nominations for Actress of the Year.
An Education director Lone Scherfig was the first woman to deliver BAFTA’s David Lean lecture.
Screening and extras to be broadcast to 400 UK cinemas as part of pilot scheme.
The occasion marks the fourth time an Imax film has crossed the threshold.
Jim Stephens has joined the distributor of gay and lesbian films and will share oversight duties with co-president Maria Lynn.
Wide House has picked up Maiko’s Dance, a Norwegian documentary now in post-production.
New films from Hal Hartley, James Franco, Gus Van Sant among lineup.
Biopic currently in development with BFI Film Fund; aiming for 2015 shoot.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales companies to get marketing and distribution support thanks to €800k backing.
Enemy, The F Word and Mommy compete for Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.
Selma and Boychoir will bookend the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), set to run from January 2-12.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones will receive the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s (SBIFF) Cinema Vanguard Award on January 29.
A24 and DIRECTV have swooped on their latest film, taking US rights from world sales agent HanWay Films to the upcoming Sundance world premiere starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn.
Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella to get international premiere out of comp.
SUNDANCE: Robert Redford stars opposite Nick Nolte in Salt Lake City gala
Warner Bros’ climactic Hobbit outing posts chart-topping $15.3m (£9.76m) bow; StudioCanal’s Paddington becomes distributor’s highest grossing release of all time.
The Les Arcs European Film Festival is in full swing, including the sixth edition of the ever-growing Co-Production Village.
Five films to screen at festival and in more than 36 cinemas/VOD platforms as part of new Rotterdam initiative.
The ambitious distributor is understood to be in the final stages of exclusive talks for US rights to Pierce Brosnan starrer How To Make Love Like An Englishman.
Academy voters have made their pre-nomination selections on the road to the 87th Oscars.
EXCLUSIVE: Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based company Tharwa has boarded Emirati filmmaker Nawaf Al-Janahi’s upcoming English-language psychological thriller Transparent.
Creative England hosts the event in partnership with Danish Film Institute and Irish FIlm Board.
The UAE’s first interactive documentary, ZaabiliDoc, a joint project between Emirati filmmaker Hassan Kiyany and photographer Ammar Al Attar, is set to go live this week.
She will serve as director of Ajyal and Qumra festivals.
Low budget production scheme selects 12 projects; hits diversity target.
EXCLUSIVE: Salon Pictures readies Duchenne documentary.
Another keynote comes from Anne Kolbjørnsen, whose credits include Lilyhammer.
Creative Access has proposed a new diversity mentoring scheme for the UK film industry.
Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania is developing a new project inspired by the true story of a woman raped outside a beachfront nightclub in 2012.
The Swiss film critics association has named Der Goalie bin ig as the best Swiss film of 2014 and Boyhood as best international film.
EXCLUSIVE: John Stewart Muller’s thriller stars Mira Sorvino [pictured] and Cary Elwes.
A new report from PwC highlights how online platforms are starting to fill the huge demand for youth-oriented Arabic content that is not being met by the traditional film and TV industries across the Middle East.
Dubai-based Ti22 Films is set to launch an interactive online channel, Dubai ON Demand, on YouTube in 2015, featuring short clips from local personalities.
UPDATE: Pawlikowski is only third Polish director to win EFA’s top prize; Steve McQueen pays tribute to Jean Vigo; Ukrainian diector Oleg Sentsov gets an empty seat at the awards in Riga.
Powered by The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Lionsgate executives said on Sunday (December 14) the studio had reached $1.0003bn for the year-to-date.
Studio executives said on Sunday (December 14) that the family feature was on course this weekend to overtake Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and become its biggest release of all time in the UK.
DECEMBER 15 UPDATE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies has started as it means to go on with a potent reminder of the enduring appeal of Peter Jackson’s commitment to the works of JRR Tolkien, an immense endeavour that has occupied him for close to two decades.
Fox’s Biblical epic from Ridley Scott Exodus: Gods And Kings flooded into the US charts on an estimated $24.5m as Mockingjay – Part 1 crossed $275m in its fourth weekend.
At the second VFX + Animation Summit Dublin, international experts and growing local companies gathered to talk about issues such as global competition, tight schedules and training needs. Wendy Mitchell reports.
Guests include John Woo, Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche, Cheng Pei Pei, Tong Dawei, Chen Bolin and Nastassja Kinski.
Israeli Film Critics Association chooses Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel as best international film.
A Dubai Film Market (DFM) panel discussed the challenges in distributing Arab films in the region and internationally, and how Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s From A To B may become a game-changer.
MBC’s pan-Arab show Laish La (Why Not?) has turned to Dubai-based, crowd-funding site Aflamnah to finance a project to rebuild a women’s radio station in the Gaza Strip.
Maysoon Pachachi’s Nothing Doing In Baghdad is set to start shooting in February after securing three European co-producers and funding from Visions Sud Est and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).
EXCLUSIVE: Pan-Arab distributor MAD Solutions will handle distribution in the Arab world for Saudi filmmaker Ahd’s Sandfish, which will be the first production from Paul Baboudjian’s new Dubai-based Tharwa Productions.
Cinemas understood to be close to an alternative deal with a different company; comparethemarket.com among suitors.
EXCLUSIVE: Dubai-based Vox Cinemas is in final negotiations to acquire pan-Arab rights to Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi’s Dolphins ahead of its premiere at DIFF on Friday.
Warner Bros-New Line-MGM’s fantasy epic grossed a further $13.7m from 28 markets on December 12 following the $11.3m opening day gross across 11 territories on December 10 to stand at $26.6m internationally.
EXCLUSIVE: Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed Claire Aguilar as director of programming and industry engagement.
The Ilo Ilo director’s company will produce one or two films per year.
Legendary’s Untitled Great Wall Project will open in North America in 3D via Universal on November 23, 2016, and in China in early December 2016.
Voters will consider 323 features deemed eligible for Oscar consideration.
Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods And Kings is ready to ride out in the US.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences said on December 12 that 79 songs are in contention for the original song category for the 87th Oscars.
Kuwaiti filmmaker Abdullah Boushahri won the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award for his feature project The Water at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) on Thursday night.
The London Short Film Festival will return for its 12th year from January 9-18.
New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.
EXCLUSIVE: Jon Rushton, Steve Lewis upped at UK distributor.
Top brass at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival have announced the multiple recipients for the 2015 Virtuosos Award.
Emirati filmmaker Amal Al-Agroobi, best known for her non-fiction works The Brain That Sings and Half, is developing her first narrative work.
DIFF and Samsung are joining forces with Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) on the second edition of the short film competition they inaugurated this year.
Alanis Morissette, Vincent Perez and Orla Brady star in Mary McGuckian feature.
Jafar Panahi [pictured] among the recipients.
Two of the Middle East’s biggest broadcasters called on Arab filmmakers to start making more genre movies at a Dubai Film Market (DFM) seminar on Thursday (Dec 11).
Warner Bros’ climactic outing of The Hobbit trilogy set for chart-topping bow.
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Birdman is fast emerging as Fox Searchlight’s poster child of the season as the New Regency production emerged top of the pile on December 11 with seven 72nd Golden Globe nominations.
EXCLUSIVE: Thai sales company Mosquito Films Distribution has picked up Singaporean filmmaker Liao Jiekai’s sophomore feature As You Were.
The director of A League Of Their Own and Big has signed a two-film deal with Georgia-based FONU2 subsidiary Studioplex City, kicking off with a biopic about Effa Manley.
Eddie Redmayne was doing holiday shopping when he heard about his nomination and Force Majeure’s Ruben Östlund says he could get used to being pampered. Read on for more reactions.
Lionsgate has promoted 11-year veteran Sean Kisker to the newly created position of chief strategy officer and general manager of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
Dean Devlin’s action film starring Gerard Butler will open on October 21 2016, the studio has announced.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Fatih Akin’s quest story starring Tahar Rahim.
10 European actors to be celebrated by EFP in Berlin.
Nigerian-UK actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is set to voice the protagonist of an ambitious Emirati feature-length animation inspired by a figure in Arabic folklore.
The producer and former executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA) will lead the Washington DC-based annual event AFI DOCS.
Other winners included Winter Sleep, The Dark Horse and Red Amnesia.
Amit Chopra, currently COO of US and Canada-based Digital Domain 3.0, has been promoted to executive vice president of its parent company, Hong Kong-listed Digital Domain Holdings.
Mor Loushy’s documentary will make its world premiere at Sundance.
Demetriou will be responsible for creating original audio-visual content with WMUK artists and brand partners
EXCLUSIVE: New films from Pathe, StudioCanal, Gaumont among haul.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deal in place for Andrew Kotting’s film from Salon Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: The Chilean director of Hidden In The Woods has lined up an April shoot for the micro-budget survival thriller in what will mark his second English-language feature.
Birdman garnered four Screen Actors Guild nominations on December 10 for Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and ensemble, while Norton and Benedict Cumberbatch earned three apiece. Fox Searchlight led the studios on six nods.
Stuart Ford’s company has launched IM Global Music in partnership with music industry executive and former Miramax colleague David Schulhof.
One day after it emerged the executive was leaving Cinedigm, he is returning to the Millennium fold to assume the newly created role of svp of marketing.
The deal covers North American rights to the thriller starring Fran Kranz. Separately Sundance Selects has picked up The Search For General Tso, Image Entertainment has acquired Roadside and WellGo USA has set a US release date for Supremacy.
Gabriel and Daniel Hammond’s ambitious finance, production and distribution upstart has led a Series A investment round in the cinema-on-demand player.
UPDATED DECEMBER 10: The second largest city in Colombian has become the first in the growing Latin American territory to offer an incentive.
EXCLUSIVE: Highland Film Group has taken on international sales of Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s pan-Arab road movie From A To B.
The 11th edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) combines a host of award season contenders with a fresh crop of Arab fare.
Former FremantleMedia UK chief executive Sara Geater has won the race to become chair of Pact council in the organisation’s first contested election in at least 14 years.
The fund was launched at the Singapore Media Festival.
The market, which opens today, is expecting nearly 5000 people from 60 countries.
AAM will provide software to the Chinese cinema operator as part of a long term partnership.
Live dance with Strictly Ballroom screening and Paul Merton show among first events.
Principal photography has wrapped on Dad’s Army, with Universal Pictures releasing in UK on Feb 5, 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Afghan war film expands after two-week Vue window.
Arts Alliance to distribute five shows under Globe on Screen banner.
Top brass have announced 60 films culled from 8,061 submissions across four categories – US and international narrative, documentary and animation.
Top brass are restructuring theatrical acquisitions in light of the sudden departure of svp of theatrical releasing Vincent Scordino.
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will collect the American Rivera Award at the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), marking the first time two people will share the honour.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Zhang Yibai’s Fleet Of Time walloped John Woo’s The Crossing: Part 1 on its opening weekend in China, grossing $33.07m in its first three days.
DOC Toronto’s The DOC Institute has announced its inaugural awards, giving the DOC Star Award to Elizabeth Klinck and the New Visions Award presented by Urban Post Production to Brett Story.
eOne and YouTube stars Cimorelli – the six singing sisters from Malibu – have struck a multi-year output deal to create and distribute original content in all filmed entertainment media.
All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), Japanese production company Wilco Co and Los Angeles-based Depth Of Field will adapt, develop and produce the Japanese horror thriller for the English-language market.
At ScreenSingapore where it launched last year, the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) for media content producers today announced partnership agreements with major Australia-based crowd-funding portal Pozible and the Motion Picture Association of Cambodia (MPAC).
The distributor will release the action comedy in a theatrical and digital day-and-date launch on March 6.
Creative England is to launch a second round of business development programme Compass.
Linklater, Fiennes and Kate Kinninmont MBE receive associateships at Annual Show.
Partnership to finance, produce, acquire, market and distribute features.
Alien and Chariots of Fire editor receives BAFTA award.
Festival top brass have revealed a high-profile roster of out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres entries featuring many returning heroes, as well as a new Special Events section and panel participants including George Lucas.
For the first time the year-end list includes 11 as opposed to the usual 10 features - but Gone Girl and Inherent Vice fail to make the cut.
StudioCanal’s adaptation adds $6m (£3.8m) to hold off Mockingjay and Penguins of Madagascar.
Jared Keeso, Lauren Lee Smith, Ennis Esmer and Gil Bellows will star star in the Butler Brothers’ sports comedy, which Marina Cordoni Entertainment will introduce to buyers in Berlin.
The manager has partnered with Charles Roven to form the subsidiary of Atlas Entertainment.
Egyptian actor Nour El-Sherif and Indian playback singer Asha Bhosle will both receive lifetime achievement awards at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
The executive arrives as evp of business and legal affairs, OddLot Entertainment co-presidents Bill Lischak and Michael Nathanson announced on December 8.
Japan’s Toho has announced it will produce another homegrown Godzilla film by 2016.
Canadian, UK and Brazilian films win at online film festival.
Guild partners with Producers Guild of America, Guild of Italy
Majority of films and TV available through legal platforms, according to new report.
Eros International has picked up world rights to the first two productions from Salman Khan Films – Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Hero.
New films on Screenbase this week include the latest James Bond film Spectre, Todd Haynes’ New York-set lesbian love story Carol and Howard J. Ford’s child abduction thriller Never Let Go.
Wide Management has sold romance Wasp to Dutch distributor Arti Film.
AWARDS: Boyhood wins best feature, director, actress and editing.
A lacklustre session enlivened only by an excellent limited bow for Wild saw box office for the top 12 earn $70.4m and fall 54% against last weekend and 19% against the comparable weekend in 2013.
Yann Demange wins best director; Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Brendan Gleeson take home top acting prizes.
As the Latin American film market came to a close in Buenos Aires at the weekend (December 5), market organisers unveiled a number of award winners.
Selma star David Oyelowo will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award.
DECEMBER 8 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s YA hit marches on as a confirmed $32.9m from 87 markets propelled the international running total to $306.6m and $564.7m worldwide.
Production has commence in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on the film starring Dree Hemingway.
Abderrahmane Sissako, Leila Hatami, Cristian Mungiu and Danis Tanovic are the first names confirmed to participate.
Other winners include 10% and Ignorant.
Joanna Hogg dedicated her award to the late Chris Collins.
Bruce Beresford has begun principal photography in Los Angeles on the drama starring Eddie Murphy.
Laura Poitras’ acclaimed documentary has prevailed in the International Documentary Association’s 2014 IDA Documentary Awards.
EXCLUSIVE: Duo will take over the running of the awards from January following Johanna von Fischer and Tessa Collinson stepping down as co-directors.
Panellists on December 4 spoke of the need to scrutinise every possible creative ownership stake when preparing a remake.
Filmmakers behind SXSW and Sheffield Doc Fest film to launch UK roadshow.
The writer-director has joined the roster of directors on the upcoming horror anthology
MPI Media Group and the New Zealand Film Commission have partnered to finance and produce a slate of films for New Zealand’s Lower Budget Feature Films programme.
Academy Award nominated film-maker’s new feature What Happened, Miss Simone? will premiere in 2015.
Lee Daniels is heading the jury for the Muhr Feature competition at this year’s Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
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StudioCanal’s adaptation set to follow up record-breaking opening with strong second weekend.
Filth, Pride and Philomena among film nominees; awards take place on Jan 19 in London.
The studio announced on December 4 that the star of The Imitation Game will play the Sorcerer Supreme.
School teams with ARP Selection for award; Cameron Bailey, Alberto Barbera among jury.
EXCLUSIVE: The producers behind Mexico-based Dark Factory have mapped an ambitious road ahead after securing a Sundance world premiere berth for their first English-language production, Reversal.
The 2015 selection includes a strong Latin American flavour, led by Eli Roth’s Chilewood psychosexual Park City At Midnight entry Knock Knock starring Keanu Reeves and Lorenza Izzo.
Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as 007 will also star Andrew Scott, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci and David Bautista, alongside returning cast members.
New films from Nicole Kidman, Michael Fassbender, Louie Psihoyos and Sebastian Silva are featured in the festival’s line-up of US and world competition strands and the NEXT programme.
Lionsgate’s YA adaptation soared past the milestone on the night of December 3 to reach $504.8m, of which $271m comes from international markets.
Reese Witherspoon will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Chairman’s Award for Wild at the annual awards gala on January 3.
Fund will develop up to four feature films and will develop and produce up to eight short films every year.
Ambition is to roll-out brand worldwide, says spokesperson.
Jorge Stamadianos of Fox, Alejandro Cacetta and Juan Vera of Patagonik Film Group in Argentina and Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin will be among the participants at the Remake IT! session at Ventana Sur on December 4.
Company closes deal for all UK and international rights to Kim Longinotto’s latest feature and sets a UK release date for March.
Pinewood Shepperton plc is now the sole owner of Shepperton Studios Property Partnership.
EXCLUSIVE: Oliver Stone and Audiard dramas, Mel Gibson action Blood Father and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire among haul.
Former chief customer officer for Metro appointed commercial director (UK & Ireland).
Blonde to Black Pictures looks to digital platform for company investment.
New documentary strand to feature at 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Two UK exhibition projects awarded with £50,000 prize.
VENTANA SUR: FilmSharks has licensed Latin American and Spanish rights to Disney for its upcoming $6m Argentina-Spain co-production about the Pontiff.
VENTANA SUR: The four Chilean directors who will take part in creating the opening night film of Cannes 2015 Directors’ Fortnight were unveiled on December 3.
VENTANA SUR: The Panama co-production market is teaming up with the industry office of the Guadalajara International Film Festival for its 2015 edition.
The distributor has acquired US rights to the Kristen Wiig starrer following the comedy’s September world premiere in Toronto.
Matthew Vaughn’s MARV Films has acquired motion picture rights to the young adult novel written by author and filmmaker Tonya Hurley.
Stephen Kijak’s documentary to hit cinemas on Feb 26.
EXCLUSIVE: Last Knights, Ruth & Alex, The Loft among haul.
The Interstellar director will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award at the 19th Annual Art Directors Guild?s Excellence In Production Design Awards, on January 21.
Dedicated documenary brand will see a full slate of feature documentaries released theatrically, digitally and to home entertainment, including The Square [pictured].
Fox Searchlight has acquired US, UK, Australia/New Zealand, France and Germany while Sony has taken Latin America and other territories on Jean-Marc Vallée’s upcoming romance starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.
As a result of the expansion, Evan Hayes has been appointed president of production at Parkes/MacDonald.
Force Majeure, Big Eyes, Phoenix and The Tribe among films to be screened at upcoming 44th edition of IFFR.
Countries are set to have partial participation in Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme.
New initiative is a continuation of its post-production showcase.
Autumn Statement also introduces tax break for live-action kids programming.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up The Town That Dreaded Sundown, finalises slate.
Howard J. Ford’s latest feature stars Angela Dixon as a single mother whose daughter is abducted whilst on holiday.
Scott Free London, the Ridley Scott-backed indie, plans to expand its TV development team after it struck a first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment.
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences unveiled on December 2 the 15-strong list of documentary features that advance in the voting process.
Cannes Film Festival chief Thierry Fremaux spoke of his “special love” for Argentina, proposed a ban on selfies on the red carpet and called for a relaxing of distribution windows in a masterclass at Ventana Sur on December 2.
VENTANA SUR: To dub in English or not to dub and the challenges of day-and-date releasing were among the topics sales agents addressed in Buenos Aires on December 2.
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has picked up North American sales rights to the thriller from debut writer-director Jamie M Dagg.
VENTANA SUR EXCLUSIVE: Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based sales agent has licensed Hungary and Romania on Torrente: Mission Euro Vegas to ADS Service following the previously announced deal with Disney.
JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year has scooped the best film prize as the National Board Of Review announced its 2014 selections.
Claude Joli-Coeur has been appointed Canadian government film commissioner and chair of the National Film Board (NFB) for a five-year term, effective from November 27.
The organisers of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will screen 50 of the 83 foreign-language Oscar submissions.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: StudioCanal UK boss on fighting for audience attention, Paddington and the Cumberbitches.
SPC has delayed the release of Gabe Polsky’s film, the stunning omission from the Academy’s documentary shortlist announced on December 2.
Adopt Films has picked up Effie Gray for the US and plans a spring theatrical release.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: UK producers and financiers talk finance.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: ‘International ambitions’ panel says China is a candy apple that can’t be bitten quite yet.
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Davia and Diego Marambio have officially unveiled their Miami-based consultancy.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Interstellar held onto the top spot for a third week at the China box office, although Pang Ho-cheung’s romantic comedy Women Who Flirt had a respectable opening.
Romantic comedy stars Sarah Jessica Parker and former Screen Star of Tomorrow Rosie Day.
The UK’s Mara Pictures has acquired Pakistani drama Dukhtar (Daughter), which it plans to release theatrically in the UK in April 2015.
O’Brien appointed to the newly-created position of executive vice president, corporate development.
New report on the Russian film industry to be presented in Moscow.
Ahead of the 2014 ceremony, APSA also announce Reza Dormishian as recipient of APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize.
South Korean exhibitor will start running Junction Cineplex in Myanmar from Dec 6.
Catalogue includes Cine-Asia collection which will be made available on DVD and BR for the first time in almost two years.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Industry debate continues about how to grow cinema audiences after a tough year at the box office.
Irish city becomes fifth in the world to be awarded permanent status of UNESCO City of Film.
Online film festival announces shortlist for its charity edition, which aims to raise awareness of human rights, social, economic and environmental issues.
Unifrance has announced the titles competing in this year’s online event focused on French-language features and shorts that have had limited international exposure.
Festival top brass announced the 19 films that will screen at the Slamdance Film Festival, set to run in Park City, Utah, from January 23-29.
The New York Film Critics Circle have announced the season’s first meaningful bucket of awards and anointed Boyhood best film, Richard Linklater best director and Patricia Arquette best supporting actress.
Hours after the New York Film Critics Circle favoured Boyhood, the Gotham Awards have presented two key honours to Birdman.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has unveiled its Documentary Motion Pictures nominees.
The Jason Statham action thriller also stars Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia and Dominik García-Lorido and will open theatrically and on VOD in a day-and-date pattern on January 30.
Twenty-four years after he played a young man out to avenge his brother’s death in 1989’s Kickboxer, the Belgian martial arts icon has replaced Tony Jaa on the remake cast in the instructor role.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Belle director Amma Asante calls on industry to support filmmakers beyond their first movie.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: BFI chief executive Amanda Nevill hopes to see market share of British films double in the UK.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Exhibition, distribution and production execs say digital needs to be embraced if cinema hopes to remain relevant.
SCREEN FILM SUMMIT: Panel discuss developing producers, directors.
StudioCanal’s adaptation grosses $8m (£5.1m) from its 520 sites to record the distributor’s best-ever UK opening.
EXCLUSIVE: Film and TV productions to get funding injection.
Redmayne lauded for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
Crocodile, directed by the Philippines’ Francis Xavier Pasion, won the Grand Prize at this year’s Tokyo Filmex film festival (November 22-30).
Bullying and sexual harassment is “rife” in the film and TV stunt industry, according to a study published by actors’ union Equity.
DECEMBER 1 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has raced to $480.3m worldwide after 10 days, according to Lionsgate executives.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 brought in an estimated $56.9m through Lionsgate over Thanksgiving weekend to reach $225.7m after two sessions as The Imitation Game scored a sensational limited debut.
EXCLUSIVE: Lony Ruhmann, Blanc/Biehn Productions and Give & Take Productions are ramping up production on the thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: The Irish animation and VFX industries are getting a new apprenticeship programme, backed by Animation Skillnet, Screen Training Ireland and the Irish Film Board.
Other winners include hit US podcast Serial.
Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier has given his first interview since 2011, after he has been sober for three months and attending daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
It was announced today at the VFX Summit in Dublin that the Cartoon Saloon and Aircraft Pictures production is closing finance now.
The Brazilian organisation is promoting three titles in action across the Buenos Aires market next week.
Exhibition execs discuss the virtual print fee on panel about funding the future of digital.
Paddington also bears up in social media charts.
Mitch Sandler, Mitch Solomon and Magnet Management’s production arm Pull Pictures have earmarked 2015 for the love triangle thriller starring Willa Holland from Arrow.
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National Film School student wins inaugrual award.
Producers from Finland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland and Russia picked up awards at this year’s 13th Baltic Event co-production market (Nov 24-28) in Tallinn.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has crossed $200m at the international box office and $370m worldwide.
Cinemas must engage more with audiences outside of the theatres, according to the CEO of Digital Cinema Media.
Prize comes with access to Wellcome Trust’s scientists and research, plus £30,000.
Ten strong line-up of titles unveiled; Wenders to take part in on stage conversation.
Hong Kong and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which aims to encourage collaboration between the two countries’ creative industries.
Wayne Blair, Rachel Perkins, Greg McLean, Cameron and Colin Cairnes get green lights for new Australian films, including a new feature starring Kevin Bacon.
China’s Wanda Group and Korea’s second biggest city, Busan, are reportedly setting up a $90m (KRW100bn) fund to finance China-Korea co-productions.
Fernandes joins from Company 3.
Forthcoming feature debut of Kirsten Tan wins $75,000 production prize.
HBO Europe has re-emphasised its commitment to feature documentary as a core part of its original programming.
Richard Linklater will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the annual awards gala on January 3.
StudioCanal UK CEO joins the summit line-up alongside Google content exec Lisa Rousseauand writer-director Jane Linfoot.
In arguably the most high-profile TV project to involve film stars since Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson were cast in True Detective, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are to star in a darkly comedic limited series as kindergarten mothers.
Jury includes Golden Leopard-winning director Angelina Maccarone, actress jenny Schily and producer Jochen Laube.
Tesco-owned TVOD service Blinkbox has inked a deal with Entertainment Film Distributors to host titles including American Hustle, The Butler, Transcendence, Her and August: Osage County.
Festival bookended by Stephen Hawking biopic and musical Into the Woods.
Birdman earned six nods and Boyhood, Nightcrawler and Selma five apiece as Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna unveiled the 2014 Spirit Award nominations in Los Angeles on November 25.
Universal Pictures International Entertainment Content Group will handle the release outside the US on Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck prior to the HBO broadcast in 2015.
Ridley Scott with receive the Visual Effects Society’s VES Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual VES Awards on February 4 in Los Angeles.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar retained its lead at the top of the China box office last week, grossing $41.45m from 7 million admissions.
EXCLUSIVE: Gone Girl actress stars alongside Shiloh Fernandez and Nick Nolte.
Pinewood Shepperton suffered a dip in revenue from its TV operations as it prepares to exit its Teddington facility.
Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s No Man’s Land was awarded the $16,000 (Rs1m) NFDC Development Award at the close of the Film Bazaar co-production market (Nov 20-24).
The National Association Of Theatre Owners (NATO) has announced the dates of its fifth annual convention in Las Vegas.
CPH:DOX has broken its own audience record for the 12th consecutive year.
Andre Singer’s Night Will Fall will get a global broadcast launch on Jan 27, to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Midway through International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the In the Basement director has talked about his period drama; while George Takei has revealed details on his WWII project and Autlook and picked up new titles.
New study highlights imbalance between funding for distribution and production.
Metrodome sets UK release date for crime drama.
Miles Chapman to adapt sci-fi novel.
Rai Com boosts slate with Partly Cloudy, Probably Sunny and Latin Lover.
Aaron Sorkin’s biopic about the tech visionary and late Apple chief has landed at Universal after Sony put it in turnaround last week.
Nick Meyer has reported a slew of sales on Untitled Patricia Highsmith, with Sony taking multiple territories on the psychological thriller that will now also star Eddie Marsan.
The UK’s Kelly Reilly is among the new arrivals with Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch as production gets underway in California.
The film formerly known as The Untitled Armored Car Project has a name and will open theatrically on August 15, 2015.
Kevorkian, Shoval, Haq, Fiennes, Sigurðsson, Nikonova and Runarsson heading to Les Arcs European Film Festival with upcoming projects.
EXCLUSIVE: Kunal Nayyar has been cast in Sikhya Entertainment’s sci-fi drama Punha, marking The Big Bang Theory star’s first acting role in Hindi.
Lionsgate’s adaptation records biggest opening of 2014 to date with confirmed $19.8m (£12.65m), including previews.
Producer of Gravity and Harry Potter discusses why a 3D version of Paddington was not considered.
The Selfish Giant director has told Screen how the Wellcome Trust and BFI Screenwriting Fellowship has informed her upcoming project.
EXCLUSIVE: Menemsha Films has taken US rights to Alvaro Brechner’s second feature - Uruguay’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.
Awards also included the youngest-ever winner of a Bafta.
EXCLUSIVE: Priya Sreedharan’s start-up production outfit Open Air Films is partnering with Excel Entertainment on romantic drama Three Storeys.
Canada’s Studio Film Group (SFG) International will co-produce Abhijeet Singh Parmar’s debut feature Overcoat, which will be made under the recently signed India-Canada co-production treaty.
BBC America has appointed Sundance TV chief Sarah Barnett as president and general manager, one month after Sundance parent firm AMC Networks acquired a stake in the US cable network.
EXCLUSIVE: Navalakha Arts and Holy Basil Productions have acquired Indian theatrical and satellite rights to Amit Kumar’s thriller Monsoon Shootout, which they plan to give a wide release in the first quarter of next year.
EXCLUSIVE: Pune and Mumbai-based IME Motion Pictures will co-produce Indo-Italian project Lala, to be directed by Goutam Ghose.
EXCLUSIVE: Jar Pictures has unveiled a slate of upcoming productions headed by DoP Shanker Raman’s directorial debut Gurgaon and Gaurav Saxena’s feature version of his celebrated short film, Rangzen.
Global Screen scores major sale of fantasy adventure.
NOVEMBER 24 UPDATE: Storming to a confirmed $276.2m worldwide, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 delivered $154.3m from the first five days in 85 markets through Lionsgate International licensees.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 starring Jennifer Lawrence was the clear winner at the North American box office although it scored the lowest of all three entries in the franchise so far.
Lou Ye’s Blind Massage was the big winner at this year’s Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, scooping six prizes including best film and best new performer for Zhang Lei.
EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Pallas Film will co-produce Rajesh Jala’s The Spark (Chingari) with France’s ASAP Films, which boarded the project at Film Bazaar last year.
Mumbai-based Jar Pictures is producing the next feature from Killa director Avinash Arun, a Marathi-language drama entitled Boomerang.
EXCLUSIVE: India’s National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) and France’s Catherine Dussart Productions have boarded Rajnesh Domalpalli’s rural fable Avani as co-producers.
EXCLUSIVE: Mumbai-based production and distribution company Essel Vision is producing Fandry director Nagraj Manjule’s next Marathi-language project, Sairaat.
Film London’s Microwave scheme is going global with an inititive to finance a UK-Indian feature based on Shakespeare’s writing.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based production company Octobre19 has boarded Ashim Ahluwalia’s The Boyfriend as a co-producer.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani will star in Qissa director Anup Singh’s upcoming drama Mantra - The Song Of Scorpions.
EXCLUSIVE: Kunal Nayyar, star of The Big Bang Theory, is heading the cast of Aditya Bhattacharya’s A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, an English-language crime drama shooting in India and Los Angeles.
Millennium Entertainment has made its first buy since the management take-over earlier this year led by Bill Lee and acquired the LA operations of Amplify in a move that demonstrates its digital ambitions.
The director of Boyhood will collect the Casting Society Of America’s Career Achievement Award at the 30th Annual Artios Awards on January 22.
The New York-based film distributor has acquired US rights from Coproduction Office to Jessica Hausner’s Cannes selection.
The star of Gone Girl will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Breakthrough Performance Award on January 3.
EXCLUSIVE: Antoniak’s third picture revolves around intense lesbian affair between two Amsterdam teenagers.
EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Rohfilm, which co-produced The Lunchbox, is continuing its association with South Asian cinema by co-producing Iram Haq’s What Will People Say.
EXCLUSIVE: Joris van Wijk of Amsterdam-based Le Boxeur Films has boarded Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla’s documentary Proposition For A Revolution as a co-producer.
EXCLUSIVE: New president and CEO appointed.
The Hunger Games, The Imitation Game and Paddington top buzz charts.
Likened to audacious filmmaker Bela Tarr, Egyptian director Karim Hanafy wowed audiences at the Cairo International Film Festival with his striking feature debut The Gate of Departure.
Fourth annual award for docs having greatest impact on society has five winners this year.
The acclaimed theatre director is preparing to make his feature directorial debut on the David Harrower stage play adaptation Blackbird with Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn attached to star.
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Wall to Wall to make Woman in Red for BBC2.
Warner Bros, Aardman, NFTS among supporters.
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Fortissimo Films sells Diao Yinan’s Berlinale winner.
NOVEMBER 22 UPDATE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 scores number one debuts everywhere as UK delivers $8.2m after two days, Germany $6m and Mexico $5.3m.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based producer Alexa Rivero will co-produce Amit Dutta’s The Invisible One through her newly-established production company Altamar Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Kalki Koechlin and Adil Hussain have joined the cast of Nicholas Kharkongor’s Mantra alongside Rajat Kapoor, who will also produce.
Poland is emerging as a hot new destination for Indian productions, with major films such as as Kick, Bangistan and Shaandaar all shooting at Polish locations over the past eight months.
EXCLUSIVE: German production company Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion has boarded Aamir Bashir’s Winter as co-producer.
New films on Screenbase this week include the directorial debuts of Michael Lennox and Rachel Tunnard, Terry Jones’ economics doc and Chris Crow’s The Lighthouse.
Distributor acquires UK rights for Sergei Loznitsa’s Ukrainian documentary, set for theatrical release in February 2015.
New Regency is reuniting with the director of its Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave on the heist thriller as the studio continues to assemble its stable of prestige filmmakers.
The Graduate director Mike Nichols has died aged 83.
Lionsgate will distribute the Mandeville Films comedy thriller.
The Academy has whittled down 141 submissions to a shortlist of ten films in the running for the 87th Academy Awards.
Festival top brass have announced their 2014 award-winners and declared this year’s event drew a record 25,000 attendance, up 28% on 2013.
EXCLUSIVE: Madman Entertainment has acquired Australia/New Zealand rights to Moomins on the Riviera from Indie Sales.
Rom-com and sci-fi top industry selection of hot unproduced screenplays.
Sony Pictures Television unit Crackle has set a December 19 release on its platform for its original cyber thriller The Throwaways featuring Jeremy Renner as executive producer.
The American Film Institute (AFI) has announced the complete slate for the 2014 edition of its AFI European Union Film Showcase, set to run from December 3-21 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Joe Calabrese, Lisbeth Savill and four other entertainment, sports and media partners from law firm O’Melveny & Myers have moved to Latham & Watkins.
Study by France’s National Cinema Centre revealed a 23.6% drop in French films in first nine months of 2014.
Documentary festival to include a Q&A with CitizenFour director Laura Poitras and a strand dedicated to women in docs.
The studio is understood to have put the project about the life of the Apple founder in turnaround, with one report claiming that Universal is now actively in the hunt.
The food activism documentary Fed Up ranks as the top-grossing documentary for the year-to-date on iTunes and Amazon and has become the ninth biggest of all time on iTunes, according to distributor RADiUS.
Bernd Neumann, Germany’s former State Minister for Culture and Media, has weighed in with his own comments about the discussion on the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) spend incentive.
Efron plays an aspiring DJ set in the world of Hollywood nightlife.
London Comedy Film Festival to open with a satirical comedy starring Matthew Macfadyen.
Mad Men producer and distributor Lionsgate is to ramp up its push into television production in the UK and is looking to hire development and production executives.
Briefs from the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014.
Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus starring Zaraah Abrahams and Stephen Tyrone Williams. Separately, Cinema Guild has acquired Asghar Farhadi’s 2009 mystery About Elly.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the comic documentary directed by Laura Nix, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno.
Mike Binder’s drama starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer will open in the US for one week on December 3.
The Producers Guild Of America (PGA) has set its seventh annual Produced By Conference for May 29-31 on the Paramount lot in Hollywood.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast confirmed for Fyzz Facility thriller which gets underway in Northern Ireland next week.
Spooks: The Greater Good sets release date.
Despite the cancellation of last year’s Cairo International Film Festival due to continued political unrest, this year’s festival, now in its 36th year, possesses an optimistic energy that change is happening within Egypt’s film industry.
Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen are to star in a BBC2 adaptation of Sir Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser and BBC1 is planning a drama from a duo of James Bond writers.
The Cairo International Film Festival ended its 36th year with a glitzy ceremony [pictured] below the ancient pyramids on Tuesday.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) has announced the latest round of $300,000 in funding.
Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Monika Grütters has extended Dieter Kosslick’s contract as director of the Berlinale until May 31, 2019.
Koch Media executive to take up senior BFI role from February.
Territories in Europe and Asia snap up 13 Minutes.
Danish director’s follow-up to The Hunt picked up by the UK, Germany and Brazil among others.
The research company is poised to introduce a potentially game-changing metric that for the first time will provide data on TV viewership on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The company announced on November 18 that it plans to venture into its next two major markets in March – but held back on pricing details until “a later date.”
Ben Roberts, Dave Moutrey, Jon Barrenechea, Marc Allenby, Emma Keith, among speakers at Newcastle event.
Oscar-winning UK actress and writer to receive Richard Harris Award.
British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) changes guidance from “mild sex references” to “innuendo” for the new Paddington film.
Multi-year deal will give rights-holders VOD support.
Naomi Kawase (pictured) to head the jury.
Mitchell will continue to write for Screen International as Contributing Editor.
The distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Alexandre Rockwell’s drama and set a December 12 New York theatrical release. Separately, an alliance of companies is handling the US release of What We Do In The Shadows.
In what has become a reliable bellwether of Oscar nominations, the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present JK Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual awards gala.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate UK CEO calls for cheaper ticket prices for British films.
EXCLUSIVE: Mister Smith inks deals on drama starring Patel and Jeremy Irons.
Film festival to pay homage to Casablanca star as well as Australian cinema.
How To Live Yours, starring Jodie Whittaker, heads to post-production.
Irish producer behind The Guard and Frank to receive European Co-production Award.
Magnet Releasing has picked up US rights to [REC] 4: Apocalypse.
Universal Pictures announced on November 17 the official launch of a China office in Beijing to be led by Jo Yan.
The Streets rapper talks inspiration at CPH:CONFERENCE.
The star of Foxcatcher will collect the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award.
In the latest bid by the exhibition sector to stay relevant in the digital age, AMC has partnered with Paramount Pictures on a premium-priced Interstellar ticket that allows multiple use.
EXCLUSIVE: Pascal Diot has been appointed managing director for Pole Image de Liege, the Belgian audio-visual centre.
Warner Bros’ sci-fi posts strong second weekend of $5.9m (£3.8m) for $18.9m (£12.1m) to date; The Imitation Game posts StudioCanal’s second best-ever UK bow with confirmed $4.29m (£2.74m).
The UK’s Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is kicking off a new screening event for UK exhibitors to focus on archive film.
New research shows that the strong preference for Hollywood films in Australian cinemas is not so overwhelming online.
Soda to distribute psychological thriller starring Michael Jibson and Mark Lewis Jones.
The Berlinale has cut its discounts for festival and market accreditation for next year’s film festival.
Monty Python star co-directed feature; contributors include John Cusack.
NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: A $41.7m five-day debut in China played its part as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi used a confirmed $107.9m weekend haul to warp-drive to $225.8m overall.
NOVEMBER 17 UPDATE: Twenty years after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels headlined the global comedy smash Dumb And Dumber the pair reprise their roles and get back to winning ways at the box office with the Farrelly brothers.
Fired up by a quartet of heavy-hitters, the studio reached the milestone on November 14 to mark the second time it has done so and set a new company speed record in the process.
Organisers behind Ventana Sur’s genre works-in-progress sidebar have announced their selections.
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ acclaimed film prevailed as the Los Cabos International Film Festival came to a close at the weekend.
Five-day festival in Nova Scotia connects food and films.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has wasted little time jumping on Good Universe’s recent AFM sales title from Ghost House Pictures and Fede Alvarez.
The Spanish-German actor has landed a role in 2016 summer tentpole Captain America: Civil War.
Sundance Selects has acquired US rights to George Hencken’s Soul Boys Of The Western World ahead of this weekend’s screening at Doc NYC.
Winners also include E-Team and Olmo & The Seagull.
EXCLUSIVE: Ingenious Investments CEO James Clayton joins Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment.
On Screen Off Record from The Act of Killing producer Signe Byrge Sørensen.
South Korean production group signs MOU for acquisition of ancillary distributor.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture has said it will expand the country’s quota for mainland Chinese films to also include arthouse and award-winning Chinese titles.
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic to be re-released wide across the UK.
New films on Screenbase this week include teen surf story Bluer Than The Sky, an adaptation of bestselling novel How To Build A Girl and Danish drama The Commune.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 14: Interstellar has made an impact on its first two days in China through Warner Bros, adding an estimated $5m from 7,742 screens to reach $10.4m after two days.
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic left most rivals in the dust but appetite for the next The Hunger Games is strong.
The deal comes as CBS Films retracts its distribution activity. As part of the arrangement, Lionsgate takes exclusive international sales rights.
AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s jury and audience awards for features and short films included in the New Auteur and Shorts programmes.
The winners have been announced in the second edition of the fund to support projects in development and post-production through collaboration with Labodigita.
Paradigm has announced a deal at the Los Cabos International Film Festival for representation in all areas on actor-producer Luis Gerardo Méndez, attached to star in Fox International Productions’ The Brothers Huffington-Fynne.
Image Entertainment has acquired all US rights to the comedy starring Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.
EXCLUSIVE: Nick Broomfield is lining up a 2015 shoot near Lake Victoria in Tanzania for his BBC four-parter The Catastrophist.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor inks string of hot titles.
The Producers Guild Of America’s (PGA) 2016 awards will take place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles.
The star of Still Alice will attend the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) to collect the Desert Palm Achievement Award on January 3.
Other leading nominees are Life Itself and 20,000 Days on Earth.
Figure marks second highest spend in five years.
Major US broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
TrustNordisk also scores sales to Russia and Eastern Europe.
New study reveals links between film and television productions and tourism through social media.
BSkyB has been renamed as Sky after it completed its £7bn acquisition of Sky Italia and purchase of a majority stake in Sky Deutschland.
Netflix has confirmed the arrival of its first original show from the UK, a £100m biopic of the Queen.
EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company has picked up worldwide sales and distribution rights on a trio of films in advance of their premieres at DOC NYC this weekend.
The Former Focus Features CEO has written screenplays and directed a short but never a feature – now that is about to change with his Philip Roth adaptation Indignation.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired rights from Protagonist Pictures to the Ricky Gervais comedy in multiple territories led by the UK.
Speculation was rife in Hollywood on Wednesday night (November 12) that Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation (DWA) was in early merger talks with toy giant Hasbro.
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Do I Sound Gay? from first-time filmmaker David Thorpe.
Summit will explore turning a UK film into an international hit, supporting talent, finance and the changing face of cinema.
Voltage Pictures has picked up life story rights to Blackwater founder Erik Prince, his book Civilian Warriors and Adam Ciralsky’s Vanity Fair article about him.
Titles include The Imitation Game and St Vincent.
Deals include Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan.
Film-makers across Europe are “in shock” after learning the news that the Nipkow Programm has not received backing from the EU’s Creative Europe programme for 2015-2016.
The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) has announced the complete programme line-up for its sixth instalment, set to run from November 21-23.
Top brass at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will host one-day event The Power Of Words: Book To Screen on January 8.
Emerging digital and bespoke theatrical platforms give filmmakers and distributors a fighting chance of success in the new era, attendees at the AFM’s distribution panel heard on Tuesday (November 11).
The Riot Club director will deliver her speech in December.
The 11th South Asian International Film Festival presented by HBO set to run from November 18-23 will open with the world premiere of Indian anthology X.
The Price of Fame, St Vincent among ‘Cinema of the World’ strand.
Australia short film fest reveals 16 finalists.
Retrospective strand to celebrate 100th anniversary of Technicolor.
Filmmakers from across Europe to take part in pilot forum.
Some 14 films selected to receive post-production, script and project development grants.
Second edition of the Ajyal Youth Film Festival in Doha to include 90 films from 43 countries.
Ma Dong will talk about ‘digital China’ on Dec 9.
Wild, Gemma Bovery bookend festival.
Organisers behind the 12th Annual Edition of post-production development initiative MiamiFF Encuentros for Latin American and US Hispanic filmmakers are offering a $10,000 prize.
IFC Midnight has acquired US rights to the Fella Films thriller.
The distributor has taken North American rights to Jason Banker’s AFI FEST selection and genre-bending film based on the life experiences of co-writer and star Amy Everson.
Warner Bros has set a 2016 release date for The Conjuring 2.
EXCLUSIVE: The newly formed Monumental Pictures has signed on for the big-screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s bestseller How To Build A Girl.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles retained its lead at the China box office for the week November 3-9, grossing a further $25.17m from 4 million admissions for a cumulative total of $52.12m.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has appointed Nicholas Weiss svp of creative advertising.
Colleagues including Elizabeth Karlsen, Adrian Wootton, Hugo Heppell and Amma Asante pay tribute to the late BFI Film Fund executive.
Russia’s Wizart secures new territory deals at AFM in Asia and Latin America.
North American rights acquired for three thrillers in the Department Q series.
Independent Talent Group and The Outside Organisation join forces with social media and digital marketing agency United Agency.
Fantasia’s co-production market to run for a second European edition from April 9-11 during the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.
Jacob Tremblay, Joan Allen and William H Macy have joined Brie Larson on the cast of Element Pictures and No Trace Camping’s drama, which has started production. A24 holds US rights and StudioCanal will distribute in the UK. FilmNation sells internationally.
Worldwide rights holders Highland Film Group has reported a slew of sales at AFM on Christmas tale Shelby starring Chevy Chase.
The world premiere of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper will screen on November 11 on the same day as the world premiere screening of Selma.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has announced release dates for Zootopia and Moana. Separately Focus has dated Insidious: Chapter 3.
APA is at the AFM touting North American rights to The Butterfly God, which Jay Russell of Ladder 49 fame has come on board to direct.
Rian Johnson’s instalment in the new Star Wars trilogy to shoot at the UK studio.
Pinewood Shepperton chief executive Ivan Dunleavy has warned of an impending skills shortage that he said could hit businesses in all sectors of the UK economy.
Danish feature has begun shooting and marks follow-up to Vinterberg ‘s The Hunt.
Cinema Guild has closed a deal to serve as exclusive VOD distributor for Big World Pictures, kicking off with an HD restoration of Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 10: Interstellar dominated the international box office with an $82.9m take from approximately 14,8n00 screens in 62 markets, rising to approxiamtely $135.1m worldwide including the number two North American debut.
The distributor has struck a deal at the AFM with IndustryWorks Pictures for US rights to the truck horror thriller.
Warner Bros’ sci-fi takes $8.6m (£5.4m) from its 578 sites to dethrone Turtles; eOne’s Mr. Turner climbs up to second with $1.6m (£1.01m).
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ latest family feature overcame Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar to rule the North American charts as box office for the top 12 gained 87% on last weekend.
Arclight’s Asian arm, Easternlight Films, is partnering with China’s Huace Pictures to package action film Lights Out, directed by Xavier Gens.
An $11.8m (DKK 70m) cash injection and a new pool for low-budget productions are included in a new film agreement, announced by the Danish Culture minister.
Mexican feature Perpetual Sadness and Israeli drama Next to Her take top prizes at Greek festival.
New films on Screenbase this week include action-thriller London Has Fallen, Alan Bennett’s motion-pictured memoir The Lady in the Van and Chadwick Boseman’s newest venture Message from the King.
High Point has confirmed the first acquisitions of Ed Boase’s urban myth-inspired horror, The Mirror.
Jude Troy promoted to a senior role at the new division.
A one-minute teaser from the disaster movie was shown at the AFM.
The upcoming fantasy comedy is directed by Monty Python’s Terry Jones.
Russia big winner at FilmFestival Cottbus for second consecutive year.
Film selections include Paris of the North [pictured], Kon-Tiki and Hotel.
AMBI Distribution has announced a number of sales at AFM on All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker.
AFM 2014 has seen steady business on a number of indie packages, many of which came together at the eleventh hour, with plenty more business on the horizon.
EXCLUSIVE: Some deals on The Hateful Eight held up by home entertainment strategy, say sources.
Iceland’s Truenorth attends AFM with slate of original productions.
EXCLUSIVE: Das Films has signed a deal with Beijing based Yisang Media Investment to finance the $35-$40m sci-fi.
EXCLUSIVE: Film Sharks International has licensed Papers In The Wind to Disney in a pan-Latin American deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Beta Cinema sells resistance fighter biopic 13 Minutes.
EXCLUSIVE: Teen surf film to shoot in late 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: Germany-set drama and TV mini-series in works.
EXCLUSIVE: Picture Tree International inks multiple deals on Paulo Coelho biopic.
Shanghai-based media city expects to be able to launch specific projects and co-productions at Cannes 2015.
Titles include Ben Younger’s Bleed For This and Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young [pictured].
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The company has wrapped up a slew of sales on Jonathan Mostow’s upcoming thriller starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush.
Rupert Friend will make his feature directorial debut and star in Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill, which Bron Studios and Fortitude International co-finance in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal has struck a deal with IM Global for select international territories on The Secret In Their Eyes remake, set to commence production in late January in Los Angeles.
ARC Entertainment has acquired all US rights to Chapman Filmed Entertainment’s thriller The Barber, which The Little Film Company is selling internationally.
Friends and colleagues held a memorial in Los Angeles on November 7 for David Smitas, the entertainment lawyer who died recently at the age of 62 following a long battle with cancer.
EXCLUSIVE: Pure Flix / Quality Flix has added Dancer And The Dame and The Black Rider [pictured] to its AFM sales slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman WWII drama is hot seller at AFM for Other Angle.
Falcom Media Group has taken German, Austrian and German-speaking territory rights to Rebel Movies’ sci-fi Mindgate, set to star Rachael Leigh Cook.
The new Mandela International Film Festival is gearing up for its inaugural edition to run Dec 3-13, 2015 in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.
Industry@Tallinn will feature discussions involving the likes of Jessica Switch of Lionsgate and Jeff Barry & Nigel Meiojas of ICM Partners.
Francesco Munzi sells to US and Canada for Rai Com.
EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner has picked up Canadian rights from Dark Sky Films/MPI to a trio of genre titles.
Double Dutch International (DDI) has closed deals on Awesometown’s Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer at AFM.
Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide has closed key territories at AFM on War Pigs starring Luke Goss, Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke, which has begun production in Utah.
Japanese distributor picks up Neil Horner’s crime thriller from Jinga Films.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are at the AFM in talks with financiers and sales agents on horror-thriller The Black Album.
EXCLUSIVE: Nikkatsu pacts with Paris-based company, which will handle European sales on upcoming vampire yakuza movie.
Fred and Richard Fairbrass, the musical duo best known as Right Said Fred, are attending the AFM to talk about their film plans.
EFM Series will run Feb 9-10 and EFM director Matthijs Wouter Knol [pictured] is looking to spotlight TV series and documentaries as special themes.
Directors working on their first, second or third films are invited to enter for the CINECOLOR prize, which includes all post-production processes.
Force Majeure, Leviathan and Nymphomaniac among nominees.
The British actor will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor on January 3.
Warner Bros has set the US release date for Russell Crowe’s feature directorial debut.
Daniel Grodnik’s New York-based Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company has teamed up with financiers Seth Kramer and Curt Kramer to fund fledgling production company Remark Films.
The distributors have acquired all US rights to the Gillian Flynn adaptation in a deal with WME Global.
EXCLUSIVE: Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena to star in War on Everyone.
Interstellar has grossed an estimated $8.7m from it first days in 35 markets as Warner Bros rolls out the film in 62 countries this weekend.
Festival top brass said the event will take place on November 11, raising the possibility of a first-look at one of a handful of unseen potential awards contenders.
EXCLUSIVE: Bloom has reported strong sales at AFM on its thriller Unlocked led by a deal with Lionsgate UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Noomi Rapace will play the desperate mother of a kidnapped child in The Price, which worldwide rights holder Cargo Entertainment is selling at AFM.
Double Dutch International president Jason Moring has secured worldwide sales rights from Trilight Entertainment to Archie: Robodog, The Adventure Club and Derailed Dreams.
George Clooney and Josh Brolin star in the film set in 1950s Hollywood.
One talking point in the AFM halls this year has been TWC and Wild Bunch’s decision to ask buyers to sit in their offices to read the scripts for The Hateful Eight and Oliver Stone’s Untitled Edward Snowden film, respectively.
New additions to the line-up also include BBC Films head Christine Langan, Hammer’s president Simon Oakes and Blueprint Pictures’ Graham Broadbent.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has been active on its remake catalogue, optioning Italian remake rights on Diego Kaplan’s hit Argentinian comedy 2 + 2 to Mediaset subsidiary TaoDue.
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Kopelevich’s Red Sea Media will handle all international sales on adventure comedy The Librarian starring Marcia Gay Harden and Spanish star Oscar Jaenada.
TrustNordisk has sold the North American rights for Anders Morgenthaler’s drama I Am Here to LA-based distributor Brainstorm Media.
EXCLUSIVE: US, Canada, UK deals for horror.
EXCLUSIVE: Indian director Q has signed Titli star Shashank Arora to play the title role in B Naman.
Los Angeles-Based TriCoast Worldwide has acquired worldwide sales rights to Virtu* Entertainment’s Battle Scars and is selling here at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Production has wrapped on Robert Duvall’s Wild Horses, which Voltage Pictures is selling internationally at the AFM.
United Talent Agency has signed Italian director Saverio Costanzo days after IFC snapped up US rights to his acclaimed psychodrama Hungry Hearts.
EXCLUSIVE: Raven Banner is in talks with buyers here on a raft of new titles led by fantasy horror Hellmouth from a screenplay by Pontypool writer Tony Burgess.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers launch Metro International doc.
EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby International has come on to sell two films under its deal with filmmaker Stuart Brennan — football drama London Town and He Will Hang.
International Screenwriters’ Workshop kicked off today [Nov 7] and runs until Nov 14.
Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic holds off competition from Nightcrawler.
New campaign branded The Unmissables.
Altitude to distribute Ketchup titles across UK home ent, pay TV and free TV windows.
UK genre specialist Jinga has sold Jeremy Wooding’s werewolf western to US.
Lionsgate to launch The Hunger Games theatrical experience in a new theatre next to London’s Wembley Stadium.
EXCLUSIVE: Film on National Security Agency whistleblower to shoot in Munich in 2015.
Séville International has announced a slew of sales ahead of the AFM on The Dark Horse, Elephant Song and An Eye For Beauty.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International in partnership with Celluloid Dreams has licensed North American rights for Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body to Shout! Factory.
Disney reveals title of the next Star Wars movie.
John Malkovich and Toni Collette have joined the Bourne-style female action thriller that Bloom represents for international sales at AFM.
Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure to screen atop 3,200m high Aiguille Rouge Mountain at Alpine festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) president Jason Moring has announced an output deal to sell worldwide rights to Awesometown Entertainment’s animations kicking off at AFM with $16m Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer.
EXCLUSIVE: Shanghai New Culture Media Group Company Limited (SNC) has come on to co-finance Jackie Chan action-comedy Skiptrace, which Bloom sells internationally.
Jae-woo Kim has joined Los Angeles-based 13 Films as director of international sales and is at the AFM talking up new titles Voice From The Stone, Extortion and Loitering With Intent.
Cinema Management Group has acquired worldwide rights to Venezuelan hit Liz En Septiembre.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 7: Open Road and Endgame Entertainment have acquired US rights to Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden film, which is proving to be a hot draw at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Producers Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis of Athens-based Heretic Productions are teaming with Ioanna Stais to launch Heretic Outreach, a new initiative to help the global reach of innovative films from Southeastern Europe.
Kino Lorber has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Bent Hamer’s Norwegain foreign-language Oscar submission.
John Lasseter to return as director of the fourth instalment.
The nascent distributor has picked up North American rights to the Nicolas Cage crime thriller. Highland Film Group handles international sales.
Epic Pictures Group will handle worldwide sales and serve as executive producer on the rom-com starring Alicia Silverstone.
MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to Redeemer uniting director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza with Chilean action star Marko Zaror. XYZ Films launches international sales here at AFM.
Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney and Stephen Amell are in talks to star in Mandalay Pictures’ comedy Whatever Makes You Happy. Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has introduced the project to buyers at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has secured all worldwide rights to the international thriller and started talks with AFM buyers.
Michael Shannon will play Elvis Presley opposite Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon in the latest Bloom international sales title.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers have responded strongly to Pure Flix’s $110m worldwide smash, led by a sale to Signature in the UK.
Belle director joins the high profile list of attendees for Screen’s upcoming annual Film Summit
Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Mikael Nyqvist star in thriller.
Speakers at the Summit included US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Gere to star in Oren Moverman-produced drama.
New award aims to support and promote an artist or film-maker whose work unites art and film.
The sales company’s Ken DuBow is talking to AFM buyers on the film starring Portia de Rossi, Lucy Fry, Robyn Butler and Ben Lawson.
Now in its 13th edition, Baltic Event will present 13 projects in its 10th Co-Production Market, among others.
Paranormal thriller is directed by David Blair and stars Robert Sheehan, Joely Richardson and Lily Cole.
EXCLUSIVE: French remake of The Sweeney, starring Jean Reno, is currently shooting in Paris.
EXCLUSIVE: Rob Minkoff, Yair Landau produce family animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Ed Skrein, Kaya Scodelario star in thriller.
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Uberto Pasolini’s drama from Beta Cinema.
Ivanhoe Pictures has taken exclusive film rights to action/adventure YA novel The Walled City by Ryan Graudin.
Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn will star in the Jean Doumanian Productions drama.
The Walking Dead star David Morrissey has partnered with a trio of established TV and film producers to launch his own drama and documentary indie.
Call the Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions has put itself up for sale for up to $64m (£40m).
Channing Tatum confirmed as cast addition along with Demian Bichir, film to shoot in Telluride from December.
Jinga’s Screamfest winner The House at the End of Time has sold to Dark Sky Films for USA and Universum for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Malaysia’s Astro Shaw is bringing a slate of new productions to AFM, headed by sci-fi road comedy Nova, as it ramps up production with an eye on international markets.
Screen sources confirm Magic Mike star lined up for Quentin Tarantino’s western.
British horror thriller [pictured] sells to the UK, Scandinavia and Greece.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmNation has begun talks at the AFM on the upcoming untitled Woody Allen project, one of several new titles to emerge on the eve of the market.
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures arrives at the AFM with international rights to the thriller Standoff starring Laurence Fishburne and Thomas Jane.
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey will star for Gary Ross in the $65m Civil War drama The Free State Of Jones that has got tongues wagging at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Studios has acquired US rights from Ferndale Films and Jim Sheridan to The Secret Scripture, which Voltage Pictures has come on to sell internationally at AFM.
Busy Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener and has introduced to AFM buyers.
Noah Buschel directed Glass Chin, which premiered at Tribeca and tells of a former boxing champion who falls on hard times and makes a deal with a crooked restaurateur to get back in the game.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks International has come on to sell worldwide rights to the stop-motion feature Possessed (Pos Eso) from former Aardman Animations animator Sam.
Scott Christian Sava and Animal Crackers Ltd are partnering with Beijing Wenhua Dongrun Investment Co and China Film Co Ltd on their animated feature Animal Crackers. Odin’s Eye handles international sales at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Parts & Labor-produced English-language drama sold by Protagonist.
EXCLUSIVE: IM Global and China’s Wanda Media are teaming for worldwide sales, excluding China, for Wanda’s action adventure film The Ghouls.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts from Mimi Steinbauer’s international sales agent Radiant Films International.
EXCLUSIVE: Actress to play WWII secret agent Vera Atkins; Paris-based sales agent Other Angle launching sales at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor picks up Good Kill [pictured] and Politics of Love.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles topped the Chinese box office with an opening gross of $26.51m, in a week when four new releases made it into the top ten.
Lotus Entertainment kicks off pre-sales at AFM on the horror film from Xavier Gens and the producer behind horror hits Annabelle and The Conjuring.
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Ray Bell has announced the commercial launch at AFM of cloud-based online marketplace Digital Film Cloud Network (DFCN).
Epic Pictures Group is handling international sales at the market on a contemporary adaptation of Black Beauty.
Anchor Bay has taken all rights in the US, UK and Australia/New Zealand to The Drownsman, which Breakthrough Entertainment is selling at the AFM.
Vertical Entertainment has acquired US rights to Justin Reardon’s rom-com starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Martin Starr and Aubrey Plaza. Voltage Pictures handles international sales at AFM.
Chris Cooper will play the reclusive author in Angel Grace Productions’ Coming Through The Rye.
Relativity is slotting the Kevin Costner drama into awards season with a one-week US qualifying run starting on December 3.
The Academy has selected 10 animated shorts from 58 submissions to advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards.
Featured keynote speakers include Mark Thompson, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Gerhard Zeiler and Robert A. Kotick.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor seals raft of pre-sales to most of Asia, including Japan and China.
EXCLUSIVE: Metro International to launch sales on female buddy movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Ahead of AFM, company also books sales on Cart and Sea In Snow Breeze.
EXCLUSIVE: Zombie-horror Plan Z, TV series also among slate.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit nabs doc I Am Big Bird [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit launches Ireland-set period-romance.
Korean smash hit [pictured] sells to Germany, Latin American and Italy, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Comedy thriller is directed by Im Sang-soo [pictured] and sales will be launched at AFM.
EuropaCorp swoops on buzzed-about David Linde thriller.
New service specialises in film recommendations and saw CJ E&M join with Dolby Laboratories to provide 5.1 surround sound on earphones and headphones.
The first image from the Alan Bennett adaptation has been unveiled as well as the release date.
UK VoD service will launch a subscription service this week.
VOD service relaunched with enhancements and a Universal Pictures catalogue of sci-fi classics.
Changes to release windows could bring larger audiences to European cinema says EP deputy Bogdan Wenta.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop doc on marijuana legalisation.
EXCLUSIVE: Genre specialist launches debut English-language horror.
EXCLUSIVE: David Marconi action-thriller, Peter Fudakowski’s romance [pictured] among slate.
Post-apocalyptic tale, executive produced by Louis Leterrier, marks feature debut for Jean-Patrick Benes [pictured], director of hit TV series Kaboul Kitchen.
Distribution exec to re-locate from London to LA.
Chadwick Boseman to star, Fabrice Du Welz to direct.
Former co-CEO of Preferred Film & TV Ross Dinerstein has launched the production company backed by Content Media.
Aldamisa Films has come on to handle international sales at AFM on the thriller.
Relativity Studios has acquired US rights to the currently titled horror film Lazarus produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions. Lionsgate handles international sales.
The Academy has received 20 submissions for the 87th Academy Awards’ animated feature film category.
Lightning Entertainment has bulked up its AFM war chest and will introduce buyers to The Blackout and Brookstreet Pictures’ horror-thriller GirlHouse.
Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to Michael Johnson’s All The Wilderness starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Virginia Madsen, Danny DeVito, Evan Ross and Isabelle Fuhrman.
The studio has set April 21 2017 as the date for a new monster franchise film from Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
Magnolia Pictures is handling international sales on The Wrecking Crew, Denny Tedesco’s documentary about the group of studio musicians who played with Elvis, The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra, among others.
US director, screenwriter and producer Darren Aronofsky will be jury president of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Guardian Entertainment International in collaboration with Lightning Entertainment has acquired world sales rights to Jon Hewitt’s action film starring Dominic Purcell.
Ray Yeung’s dramatic comedy is in advanced post-production.
Cherry Jones and Bradley Whitford have joined Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen in I Saw The Light, Bron Studios/RatPac Entertainment’s biopic in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.
Offering over 50 Shakespeare productions, the platform is the first to ever to be offered by a theatre in the world.
Atiq Rahimi’s Nocturne Afghan (working title) and Stéphane Brizé’s A Simple Man to both shoot this winter.
The 17th Montreal International Documentary Festival runs Nov 12-23 and opens with the world premiere of Kim Nguyen’s Le Nez [pictured].
Stephen Fingleton’s The Survivalist among titles.
Leading German independent distributor acquires action thriller, starring Ola Rapace [pictured], ahead of AFM along with three other titles.
Documentary awards took place last night [Nov 3] at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Metropolitan Filmexport and Le Meilleur du Cinéma obtain 35% stake in the Spanish VoD service.
Editor behind Alien, Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire and Goldeneye to receive tribute event.
Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam [pictured] have scripted and will star in the comedy, which is shooting in the US.
Oscar-nominated producer, writer and director to head jury at upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (Dec 10-17).
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe and his team have acquired rights to a pair of titles and will commence sales at AFM this week.
Nightcrawler star Jake Gyllenhaal will re-team with director Antoine Fuqua on new AFM sales title The Man Who Made It Snow after the pair recently wrapped production on Southpaw.
The studio has confirmed that the widely respected former CEO and co-chairman of DreamWorks Studios has come on board as co-chairman of the film studio, effective immediately.
Shekhar Kapur will direct the epic adventure project that Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will introduce to buyers this week.
EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Wilson stars in the dark comedy that international rights holder Epic will introduce to AFM buyers this week.
The veteran most recently served as director of acquisitions at Paramount Home Media and arrives as vice president of acquisitions, effective immediately.
Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley star in IM Global’s thriller from director Eran Creevy.
The supernatural thriller stars Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones and the upcoming Terminator: Genisys.
Katherine Lee has joined Ivanhoe Pictures as head of production and development/Asia.
BFI colleagues have paid tribute to Chris Collins, the BFI Film Fund Senior Development and Production Executive who lost his battle to cancer on Saturday, Nov 1.
Pride, Catch Me Daddy, Frank and Mr Turner also score multiple nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, where Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall will compete for best actor. The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper to chair jury.
New picture described as a horror film with a young female cast; companies also collaborated on Only God Forgives.
Han-Yee Ling scooped first prize at a ceremony for the 59th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards in Los Angeles on November 3 for her screenplay for Spaghetti Bridges.
The Ingenious v HMRC tribunal kicks off today in London.
Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo reprise starring roles.
EXCLUSIVE: Head of Dutch film promotion outfit to step down after 20 years.
StudioCanal’s former head of acquisitions appointed senior vice president of acquisitions at Fortissimo with immediate effect.
Byron A Martin Productions’ crime drama Wolverine Hotel will represent Canada at the Los Cabos International Film Festival and Co-Production Forum.
Paramount’s reboot climbs back to number one on its third weekend; eOne’s Mr. Turner posts strong UK debut of over $1.4m (£900,000) for Mike Leigh’s best-ever opening.
Iceland’s Oscar submission takes top prize in Lübeck; Edward Snowden gives video introduction to Citizenfour at DOK Leipzig; arson attack hits LGBT screening in Kyiv.
TrustNordisk has secured sales of the upcoming film based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling book.
British star will attend cinematography festival with his second film as a director, A Little Chaos.
Titles include the world premiere of thriller I’m Dead and the new feature from Egyptian director Daoud Abdel Sayed.
Event aimed at increasing co-production between London and Paris was masterminded by Film London and Ile de France Film Commission.
Klara Grunning and Antonio Russo Merenda appointed documentary film commissioners.
Evea appointed as chief commercial officer; he joins from DCM.
Director to attend screening of Testament of Youth, along with producer Rosie Alison, as it opens Leeds International Film Festival on Wednesday [Nov 5].
The independent drama starring awards contender Jake Gyllenhaal as a freelance LA crime reporter dominated a weak Halloween weekend session on $11m.
BOX OFFICE: Fox International has set a new industry box office record as the company’s year-to-date score reached $3.254bn.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 3: Paramount Pictures International’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles used a confirmed $26.5m opening in China to power a $34.9m overall weekend.
EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Group has acquired world sales rights heading into the AFM to Mike Carter’s film.
EXCLUSIVE: The slasher film stars Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley.
Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures has strengthened its AFM war chest with international rights to the action title starring Ryan Kwanten, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke.
Other double winners include Theeb, Sivas and In Her Place.
Citizenfour, Life Itself, Red Army, Warsaw Uprising among long-list contenters for the 87th Academy Awards.
EXCLUSIVE: The action-thriller stars Dominic Purcell, Danny Glover, Cody Hackman and Stephen Lang and is in post.
EXCLUSIVE: HanWay to sell Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s Thai boxing prison thriller A Prayer Before Dawn at AFM.
Gervais to write, direct and star alongside Eric Bana; Protagonist to sell.
Lord Puttnam, speaking at a Film Distributors’ Association event in London yesterday, paid tribute to his late friend and colleague Richard Attenborough [pictured].
First title destined for e-distribution slate is Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno. Company will be on hunt for suitable titles at the AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Indie Sales handles rights to Moomins On The Riviera; UK release planned for May 2015.
Lightning Entertainment has bolstered its AFM slate with international sales rights to the drama starring Lucas Till, Josh Duhamel and hot awards contender Laura Dern.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston and Kelly Lynch will star in the adaptation that QED will introduce at AFM.
Halloween-set horror 31 AFM-bound with Protagonist.
In a speech at a Film Distributors’ Association event yesterday, Lord Puttnam addressed “the very latest developments in Europe, which I believe present opportunities and challenges for us all.”
Inception Film Partners will be at AFM screening and selling international territories on the Tribeca world premiere starring the late Robin Williams.
Paz Vega has joined Sarah Jessica Parker, Claudia Cardinale, Rosie Day and Raoul Bova in All Roads Lead To Rome.
The 2014 US-Sino Co-Production Film Forum will host a panel discussion about partnership opportunities on November 3 in Pasadena.
Last weekend’s international box office champion Annabelle is expected to soar past $150m this session.
Christopher Nolan’s soon-to-launch epic rockets to the top of social media buzz charts in the UK.
Screen Star of Tomorrow awarded at British Academy Cymru Awards.
FDA and Creative Skillset also launch comprehensive training programme for distribution sector.
Dutch sales agent Dutch Features Global Entertainment to screen family film at market.
Abu Dhabi Film Festival announces winners of Emirates Film Competition and International Short Film Competition
Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.
Audience Award won by Pale Moon with the film’s Rie Miyazawa named best actress.
New films on Screenbase this week include sci-fi film The Call Up, Talulah Riley’s Scottish Mussel, and iFeatures’ Spaceship.
White God and A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence bookend the 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Robbie Little’s The Little Film Company swings into the AFM looking to find a US buyer and close outstanding territories on UK art house smash Northern Soul.
Tom Ortenberg is pushing into international sales and distribution and has formed an alliance with Glen Basner to assist in selling and servicing the slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Sierra/Affinity looks set to fire up the market with its biopic starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Colombian drug boss Griselda Blanco.
EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest to bring comedy Taxonomy to AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Company to co-sell the title with Wild Bunch in Santa Monica.
The company will launch pre-sales next week on A Man In The Dark from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert’s Ghost House Pictures.
After five years as Curzon’s director of programming, Jason Wood takes newly-created role of artistic director for Manchester venue.
EXCLUSIVE: Double Dutch International (DDI) heads to the AFM with the coming-of-age story starring Tracy Spiridakos, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
EXCLUSIVE: Picture marks Danish Bo Mikkelsen’s feature debut after critically acclaimed short Tabu.
EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate International will kick off pre-sales in Santa Monica next week on the Mark Wahlberg starrer from JC Chandor.
EXCLUSIVE: Principal production begins in Surrey on iFeatures’ latest venture.
Icelandic writer-director Benedikt Erlingsson and producer Fridrik Thor Fridriksson have won lucrative The Nordic Council Film Prize for Of Horses and Men.
Epic Pictures Group heads to the AFM with the timely horror anthology from 11 directors including Saw veteran Darren Lynn Bousman and Neil Marshall.
The company has acquired North American theatrical and US Pay-TV rights to Northmen – A Viking Saga from Ascot Elite Entertainment Group.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Gillian Greene’s feature directorial debut starring Oscar contender JK Simmons. Separately, Cinedigm and Moguldom Studios have entered into a multi-year, multi-title deal for Moguldom’s slate.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based 313 Films are heading to AFM to meet with sales agents on feature debut The Horde, currently shooting in LA.
Image Nation has revealed plans to create more locally-produced documentaries following the premiere of its first factual feature at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
Other winners come from Bulgaria and US.
12 participants will be selected in the programme backed by Creative Skillset.
First films for Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival announced
EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Watts will star alongside Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning in the comedic drama that IM Global is bringing to the AFM.
Twofour54 and the Family Development Foundation launch films screenplay contest.
Short film programmers from Berlin and Tribeca called for lighter fare at a masterclass in Abu Dhabi.
Actors praise director for Interstellar’s “intimate and raw” feel during London press conference.
EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Chartier and his team will introduce international buyers at AFM to the action drama starring John Travolta, Kate Bosworth and Sharon Stone.
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has come on as executive producer and worldwide sales agent on the Ireland-Belgium action-thriller from Brendan Muldowney.
The Colombian producer and Dynamo co-founding partner will run Alex Garcia’s Bogota-based Itaca Films Colombia.
Alex Garland’s eagerly awaited feature directorial starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander will open on April 10, 2015. Universal holds international rights.
The International Documentary Association (IDA) has announced nominations for the 2014 IDA Documentary Awards today set to take place on December 5 in Los Angeles.
Lightning Entertainment heads to the AFM with Jacob Tierney’s comedy that premiered in Toronto.
Fortitude International will introduce AFM buyers to the action crime drama starring Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz. WME Global represents US rights.
The studio will release the Coen brothers latest film on February 5, 2016.
Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar attached; Icon takes UK rights.
Gale Anne Hurd will receive the Producers Guild of America’s (PGA) 2015 David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards thriller starring Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots.
EXCLUSIVE: France, Australia, Canada, Japan among deals for Toronto hit.
Haim Saban, Chris Columbus and producer Michael Barnathan have teamed up with ZAG Entertainment founder Jeremy Zag to launch ZAG Animation Studios.
President Kevin Feige unleashed a volley of announcements at a breathless Hollywood presentation (October 28) including news of the studio’s first black and female superhero leads.
LevelK handles international sales on Brady Corbet thriller.
Director Nick Ryan (The Summit) is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for his latest film, Six Days of the Rising, about the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
The distributor has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Meet Me In Montenegro and has earmarked a 2015 theatrical release.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Luc Besson’s sci-fi action thriller Lucy topped the China box office for the week October 20-26, grossing $20.02m in its opening three days.
Fortissimo takes world rights except Japan for Mirai Konishi’s feature documentary Kampai! For The Love Of Sake.
Creative Skillset partners on November 18 event focused on storytelling.
Norway’s submission to the Oscars to open 56th edition; Jihlava docfest winners revealed.
Initiative with Media Trust hunts undiscovered filmmaking talent.
Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child voted best narrative film at Polish festival.
Homefront, God Bless the Child, among winners.
With one week to go before the start of the market a number of projects are trickling in, led by Lotus Entertainment’s sci-fi thriller Replicas and Dark Was The Night from Premiere Entertainment Group.
The Exchange heads to the AFM with a pair of prestige titles including Dustin Lance Black’s The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight.
MDA-backed SGIFF (Dec 4-14) is part of Singapore Media Festival.
Banking and finance expert Jared Underwood is at the centre of a new film venture formed by New York Private Bank & Trust (NYPB&T) and Aperture Media Partners. Separately, Jeff Robinov has announced new additions to his senior team.
EXCLUSIVE: French sales company also set to launch new films by Leconte and Delpy at AFM.
Global Screen has sold A Thousand Times Goodnight to France and Belgium among other territories.
Claudia Yusef is named Talent Develepment Executive for the Scottish Film Talent Network.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deal for acclaimed Cannes Critics’ Week drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Walken, Amber Heard star in New York comedy-drama.
Existing production rebate, which has drawn Stars Wars and Fast & Furious 7, may be complimented with an infrastructure incentive. Warner Bros, Sony, Paramount heading to the region next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Feature is an adaptation of Emirati bestseller about girl growing up in the region in the 1960s.
Film Independent top brass have announced the producers selected for the 14th annual Producing Lab.
Co-Production Development Fund launched between Germany and Italy; growing concern about future of German incentive DFFF
Content Media has bulked up its AFM slate with international rights to the rom-com starring Emmy Rossum and Justin Long.
Cinedigm has signed a content deal for My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks and other titles to roll out on Vimeo On Demand.
Brit List action-sci-fi to get underway on November 10; Max Deacon to star.
Awards contenders to receive Polish premieres at cinematography festival.
Screen International teamed with British Council to present Screen’s UK Stars of Tomorrowat an intimate industry dinner during the BFI London Film Festival.
UK showcase to host 55 films, actors, directors, producers, programmers.
Leviathan leads contenders; 36 films from 21 countries in the running.
Cinema professionals debate whether the cinema investment drive of past decade has achieved anything for local industry.
Kirby Dick will direct an untitled film about campus sex crime for RADiUS and CNN Films. Separately, Tribeca Film has picked up the documentary I Am Big Bird.
Benecit Cumberbatch, in contention for awards with The Imitation Game, is in the frame to join the Marvel Studios universe as Doctor Strange.
Walt Disney chief creative officer (CCO) John Lasseter talked about the influences of Japan, its art and Hayao Miyazaki’s animation in particular on his work, Pixar and even in winning his wife’s hand at a talk on “Cool Japan” held by the Tokyo International Film Festival on Friday.
Oliver Platt, Molly Parker and Barbara Hershey have joined Miramax’s The 9th Life Of Louis Drax and Aiden Longworth has signed on to play the title role.
Freestyle has acquired US theatrical and digital rights from Myriad Pictures to the rom-com, which Myriad will be selling at the AFM.
Luis Prieto has kicked off principal photography on Lotus Entertainment’s thriller starring Halle Berry.
Fledgling LA-based distributor Aspiration Media has made its first buy, taking UR rights from Continental Media to Noble. In a separate development, Image has acquired US rights to fantasy AFM title Digging Up The Marrow.
Birds Eye View is planning the second year of its training scheme Filmonomics to launch in January 2015.
Keeper of Lost Causes sequel is a huge hit as third film in series is being planned with Arcel to direct.
Belfast-based Causeway Pictures is launching its Irish Gothic label, which is focused on genre films that have inspiration from Irish legends.
Rabbit Bandini Productions, Point Grey and Good Universe have announced that Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber have come on to adapt The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room.
David Proud, who has broken ground as a disabled actor playing a wheelchair-using character on EastEnders, is now set for another first by playing an able-bodied character in psychological thriller iWitness.
This year’s 14th Hungarian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (HFFLA) presented by Bunyik Entertainment marks the centenary of Hungarian animation and the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust.
Cinelou Films producers Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon have launched prestige label Cinelou Releasing and kick off with Jennifer Aniston dark comedy Cake.
Panorama of European Cinema Festival pays tribute to Suleiman, Laverty, Ferris and Tsiolis.
Russell Brand teams with Michael Winterbottom on financial crisis doc.
Boyhood, Foxcatcher, Birdman, Phoenix, Mr Turner among critics choices.
Sony’s war drama posts $4.4m (£2.7m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Turtles; Icon’s The Babadook lands with $557,000 (£345,862) from 147 sites ahead of Halloween.
Revenue from premiere and previews of Aghan war film to go to military charities.
Mikael Nyqvist joins Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl in Chilean drama.
German sales outfit boards Danish Christmas film.
BAFTA has unveiled 18 newcomers working in the film, TV and games industries as its 2014 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits, in partnership with Burberry.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International heads to the AFM with a pair of titles from Fox International Productions (FIP) including Mexican box office sensation Guten Tag, Ramon.
UPDATED OCTOBER 27: What looked like a tight international box office contest heading into the weekend saw Annabelle emerge as the comfortable winner thanks to a confirmed $26.2m haul.
It may have been a slow session, but that won’t stop Universal executives celebrating a number one berth heading into Halloween this week and top brass at The Weinstein Company feeling good about St. Vincent.
EXCLUSIVE: Film Clinic’s Hefzy also co-producing Mohamed Khan’s new film Before the Summer Crowds.
Japanese actor-director slams production companies’ close relationships with cinemas and how this is reflected in the country’s awards.
World Soundtrack Awards also honour Pharell Williams’ Happy from Despicable Me 2.
Tokyo International Film Festival’s ‘Seven Samurai’ directors compared the restrictive studio-controlled filmmaking environment of modern-day Japan to the golden age of Akira Kurosawa at a talk event on Sunday.
A handful of directors, producers and sales agents gathered for an introductory panel at the fifth American Film Festival (Oct 21-26) in Wroclaw, Poland as part of the festival’s US in Progress event.
Other winners included Chinese crime drama 12 Citizens and an Indian adaptation of Hamlet.
Slovenian film Karpotrotter wins best documentary; No One’s Child gets audience award
French-Algerian filmmaker and producer Rachid Bouchareb, who is being honoured with a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, talked extensively about his career at a special ‘in conversation’ event.
Top brass have announced the inaugural technology showcase State Of The Art - Innovation, Storytelling And Technology.
UPDATED (gallery/official winners book): The Screen Awards has unveiled its 2014 winners, recognising excellence in UK marketing, distribution and exhibition.
Albert Maysles’ documentary chronicles the life of 93-year-old fashionista Iris Apfel and will open theatrically in 2015. Separately, Lionsgate has set an October 2015 release for The Last Witch Hunter.
The first images from comedy reboot Dad’s Army have been released as well as fresh cast details.
EXCLUSIVE: Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell to star; Embankment to sell.
Kill List and High-Rise director to tackle action film; Protagonist to introduce at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales to kick off at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony will cease to self-distribute in South Korea on December 31 as it emerged that the joint venture with Disney will be dissolved.
EXCLUSIVE: Film that premieres in competition at Abu Dhabi stars Egyptian actor Amr Waked as a gangster who challenges a child organ trafficker.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles generate more buzz on social networks in the UK than Brad Pitt war movie.
Empire CEO Mario Haddad and Gulf Films chief Selim El-Azar discuss distribution in the region at Abu Dhabi show business conference.
China and Italy could help Marvel’s sci-fi blockbuster hold the top slot.
Sargent-Disc has won the Specialist Payroll Provider Award at the 2014 Payroll World Awards in London.
UK producer-financiers The Fyzz Facility, run by producers Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones, is to open an LA office this month.
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opened today with the premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6, presented by its creators including directors Chris Williams and Don Hall.
YA adaptation stars Chloë Grace Moretz.
Richard Linklater’s drama that follows the life of a boy from five to 18 is in contention for four prizes at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards by IFP.
Thriller to be directed by Daniel Alfredson and is headed to the AFM.
The Orchard has acquired all North American rights to Frédéric Tcheng’s fashion documentary Dior and I.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has closed the deal on rights to screenwriter April Prosser’s comedy Plus One.
K5 to handle sales, eOne to distribute in Canada.
Festival moving forward following controversy surrounding the Tricycle Theatre.
TIFFCOM delegates complain that uncoupling the Tokyo International Film Festival and its market is having a detrimental impact.
First look at Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia in 1960s drama.
Studio releases HD trailer within hours of online leak.
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) is to bring a trio of new titles to the AFM including writer-director Adam Green’s Frightfest monster-horror Digging Up The Marrow.
Sales outfit LevelK is to debut Scandinavian horror-sci fi Encounters at the AFM.
The world premiere of Czech fiction film-maker Alice Nellis’ documentary Auditioning For Parenthood will open the 18th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival tonight (Oct 23).
Martin Compston, Joe Thomas star with the St Trinians star in rom-com.
Funds to bankroll new slate of English-language films.
PalmStar Media Capital is investing $200m in Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures.
AFI FEST top brass have announced the remaining films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Cinema’s Legacy sections.
Entertainment marketing agency Create Advertising Group has promoted two long-standing executives.
EXCLUSIVE: British producer Miriam Segal of Good Films has secured backing from Bank Leumi for her slate of seven new features.
Rome’s European co-production market New Cinema Network has awarded the €30,000 Eurimages Co-production Development Award to drama 9 Fingers by writer-director F.J. Ossang, produced by Catherine Dussart.
Indian films Court, Chauranga and Killa were the big winners at the close of the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF), which wrapped on Tuesday night.
Newly created role will oversee all five of BAFTA’s London-based ceremonies.
Florence Foster Jenkins biopic will also star Hugh Grant.
Curzon Home Cinema’s On Demand service to be available through Amazon Fire TV at launch.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Guardians Of The Galaxy finally knocked local mega-hit Breakup Buddies off the top spot at the China box office last week, grossing $37.97m over seven days (October 13-19).
Broad Green Pictures (BGP) and filmscience have announced that Patrick Stewart has joined the cast of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room.
IFC Films has snapped up US rights to David Gordon Green’s drama Manglehorn starring Al Pacino that premiered in Venice and Toronto.
Game of Thrones star joins supernatural thriller, based on an original idea by David S Goyer.
Mark Duplass has been confirmed as one of four daily keynote speakers at SXSW.
Birdman star to receive award at the festival in January.
The fifth Underwire Festival, which showcases shorts made by female filmmakers, will run Nov 11-15 at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, London.
Finnish documentary expert Leena Pasanen has been appointed as the first non-German in the almost 60-year history of DOK Leipzig to succeed Claas Danielsen as its festival director.
Kate Winslet and Judy Davis lead cast of the new film from director Jocelyn Moorhouse.
Days of Glory director and American Psycho producer to receive career achievement awards.
Winning projects announced for the Irish Film Board low budget dilmmaking scheme, Catalyst Project.
Romantic drama stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson.
TIFFCOM: South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals led by romantic comedy Fashion King.
Conferences company Winston Baker has struck a national partnership with TrueSpark, a non-profit educational charity that engages teens about positive character through films.
French actress known for roles in The Piano Teacher and Amour to preside over festival jury.
A total of 17 co-productions received a share of $5.8m
Three to five films will make it to nominations stage.
Production underway on All Roads Lead to Rome.
Hollywood Film Festival executive director Jon Fitzgerald has announced the event’s winners.
Walt Disney Animation Studios has revealed plans for the CG comedy adventure Moana.
Voltage Pictures to begin sales on horror remake based on the original Eli Roth script.
Richard Gere stars as a homeless man in the film that debuted at Toronto.
Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have announced a subscription VOD service to carry “a prestigious” selection of films from both companies as well as third-party global content.
Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman has slotted into AFI FEST as an additional Centerpiece Gala.
The Sundance Institute will bring artist development day labs to eight cities across the US over the next three years following $1m in new funding from the John S and James L Knight Foundation.
Festival attendance up 7.5% with more than 163,000 breaking audience records.
Europa Distribution has warned that the European Commission’s proposed single digital market would be a “catastrophe” for the independent film sector.
Paramount’s reboot dethrones Gone Girl with a $7.7m (£4.8m) debut, including previews; Fox’s Gone Girl reaches $22.8m (£14.1m); Munro Films’ Northern Soul records highest three-day opening weekend gross for a British film opening in under 100 sites.
New feature from Girl With a Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev one of three film added to IFFR’s first simultaneous live screening event.
Action thriller directed by James Watkins stars Idris Elba.
Touring representatives from the UK’s Screen Agency Network will promote UK facilities, locations and tax benefits during the inaugural UK Film & TV Week in Los Angeles this week.
Irrfan Khan, Christina Voros and Catherine Dussart to preside over feature competition juries; seven world premieres of Arab films in feature competitions.
Cinema do Brasil promoting several titles at the Rome Film Festival’s market.
Odeon is launching a series of new advance screenings under the banner ScreenUnseen.
Vue Entertainment International has appointed Alison Cornwell as its chief financial officer.
Other winners include Assaf Korman’s Next To Her.
Haunted house thriller snapped up for Canadian home ent market.
Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic is planning to shoot Indo-Serbian co-production Dev Bhoomi, starring Victor Banerjee, in India next March.
Guardians Of The Galaxy surged past $400m as a robust second weekend hold in China generated $23.1m overall and propelled the international running total to $404.8m.
The prospect of Brad Pitt in a tank proved irresistible to North American audiences as the Second World War tale rolled into action through Sony, while Birdman delivered the result of the weekend with a massive limited launch via Fox Searchlight.
World premiere of motor racing documentary Speed Sisters to open Doha Film Institute’s second annual Ajyal Youth Film Festival.
Other winners include The Tribe, a documentary about Syria and Catch Me Daddy actress Sameena Jabeen Ahmed.
IFC Films has acquired US rights to Andrew Niccol’s highly regarded drone film starring Ethan Hawke and January Jones. Separately monterey media has taken Like Sunday, Like Rain.
Creative Scotland has identified seven key priorities for growing the country’s film sector, top of which is the creation of a film studio.
EXCLUSIVE: The British director of Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy set to deliver new play next year.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit to shop horror at AFM.
The Braveheart and Game of Thrones star one of three new actors to join the British feature.
Other winners at the ECA Awards included a live Muse concert, three Royal Opera House productions and the British Museum’s Pompeii Live.
A number of financing deals in the works following micro-budget finance market.
Actresses Irene Jacob, Fumi Nikaido and Kiki Sugino hit the red carpet at the festival in Japan, which opened with Hiroshi Chono ‘s At Home.
Lakeshore Entertainment has injected a title into a typically quiet run-up to the market, announcing that Sierra/Affinity will introduce buyers to the romantic action comedy starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.
Güeros, 10,000 KM and Happy Valley will screen at the festival as top brass announced programming in three sections.
Faye Walker has joined Cinedigm as svp of customer acquisitions. Separately, OddLot has announced two promotions in its development team.
TF1 handles international sales on Saul Dibb’s Second World War romance starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts, set to make its market world premiere in Santa Monica next month.
The UK culture minister talks about the current strengths and challenges of the British film industry.
Event cinema will be key to helping theatres survive but the industry should be wary of repeating the mistakes of 3D, according to a Universal exec.
Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki) plays the titular Danish-Norwegian Vice-Admiral
Festival veteran discusses this year’s “pop mix” and a “very challenging” year.
The Oscar-winning producer of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is putting together funds for the environmentally themed family drama Talk Is Cheep.
EXCLUSIVE: Finance and production company will be allied to GFM Films.
IFC Midnight has acquired North American rights to the supernatural horror film that Content Media will introduce to international buyers at the AFM.
CPH:DOX has announced its 2014 programme including more than 200 documentaries from around the world.
World premiere to be held on November 10.
Sony DADC Media Solutions has selected Critical Mass Studios software as a service (SAAS) subsidiary Rightsline to power rights management on its new Ven•ue service for creating OTT video channels.
Laurent Boye has expanded his Los Angeles-based boutique firm into its second Canadian location.
Dracula Untold was the top Hollywood international release last weekend on $33.9m and Universal Pictures International top brass will look for strong holds to retain pole position.
The festival’s 25th edition will feature a contribution from Ai Weiwei and competition titles including Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher.
AMBI Pictures acquires English-language remake rights to Princess.
Debut competition titles at cinematography festival unveiled.
Netflix has blamed its decision to hike subscription fees for lower than forecast growth recorded over the past quarter.
Vue Entertainment International reaches agreement to acquire The Space Entertainment, Italy’s largest cinema chain
Paul Thomas Anderson’s Los Angeles-set noir tale starring Joaquin Phoenix and an all-star ensemble will screen at the festival on November 8.
During her keynote at Film London’s Production Finance Market, Alison Thompson remarks on the glut of films made today, but also sees some bright spots like the arrival of Netflix.
The former CEO has struck back in an escalating war and filed a $55m lawsuit against Worldview and its principals, citing breach of fiduciary duty and defamation and seeking to liquidate the company.
Warner Bros is lining up a war chest of three Lego-themed films in the next four years, a trio of titles based on JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and “at least” 10 DC adaptations from 2016-20.
The company has bolstered its AFM slate with the thriller starring Pierce Brosnan and Ashley Greene.
In a widely speculated move that escalates the rivalry with Netflix and will have other cable networks watching closely, HBO plans to launch a stand-alone HBO Go service in 2015.
Dreamworks Animation CEO also reflected on an infamous 1991 memo, getting fired from Disney and 3D at his BFI London Film Festival keynote.
EXCLUSIVE: Jane Campion and Gerard Lee developing a new season of Top of the Lake; Steve McQueen drama gathers pace.
EXCLUSIVE: Comics series spawned Judge Dredd and Halo Jones.
eOne Films has acquired North American rights to the comedy Walter and will release day-and-date theatrically and on VOD in spring 2015.
D Films has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Blumhouse International.
The genre sequel – retitled Woman in Black 2 Angel Of Death – will open in the US on January 2, 2015.
EXCLUSIVE: First image from space-based military thriller from debut director Andrew Martin.
Bollywood stars including Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turned out for the opening of the Mumbai Film Festival (October 14-21), which is celebrating its 16th edition despite almost being shut down a few months ago due to lack of funding.
Global Screen sells 3D animation feature The 7th Dwarf to the US, UK, Australia and Italy, among others.
MIPCOM: First two episodes of series based on the Noah Wyle-starring movie franchise screened in Cannes.
TrustNordisk is to kick off presales on Swedish comedy-drama A Man Called Ove at the American Film Market.
Olivier Assayas’ Cloud of Sils Maria will open European Film Promotion’s (EFP) second edition of its WestWind showcase of European cinema in Moscow’s Formula Kino Horizont Cinema tonight.
Visual effects studio Industrial Light & Magic opens new London facility; unveils senior team.
The co-founder of Freestyle Releasing and executive producer on Cabin Fever died on Tuesday (October 14) following a long battle with breast cancer. She was 54.