Fast & Furious 7 generated an extraordinary $167.9m estimated weekend haul to soar to $858.3m internationally and reach the highest global mark in the studio’s 103-year history.
The Canadian distributor has swooped on Asif Kapadia’s anticipated documentary about the late Amy Winehouse, set to premiere in Midnight Screenings on the Croisette.
Alonso Ruizpalacios’ Güeros premiered in Berlin last year. Separately, IFC Midnight has taken tonight’s Tribeca world premiere Stung off the table.
Talking after the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection on Thursday, festival chief Thierry Fremaux reveals Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise might still make it into competition and his habitual fears for the films he selects.
Five-time Palme d’Or nominated director to world premiere latest film in parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Misfits and Northern Soul star leads cast on London thriller.
Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema prevented from showing the film on its UK release date; Curzon defends move; BFI issues statement.
The European digital technologies specialist is rolling out its platform via subsidiary Direct Cinema North America (DCNA).
Elizabeth Banks’ comedy sequel for Universal will close Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural festival while the world premiere of TriStar Pictures’ War Room will open the event, set to run in Arkansas from May 5-9.
The distributor has acquired North American theatrical, digital and home entertainment rights to the 2015 SXSW documentary spotlight audience award winner.
Filmmakers including Darren Aronofsky, Tsui Hark and Jean-Jacques Annaud discussed the key factors that help a film travel at the Beijing International Film Festival’s Co-production Forum today.
EXCLUSIVE: Manchester-born director describes story’s ‘personal resonance’.
The former head of Film4 has resigned from her post as National Theatre chief executive after less than six months in the job.
Hanway Films secures deal with Lionsgate for UK rights; producer Stephen Woolley says the twist in the film trumps The Crying Game.
The superhero sequel is smashing records before it is even released.
Universal executives confirmed on Friday that the action smash had crossed the milestone in an industry record 17 days.
Thomas Daneskov’s low-budget DIY drama The Elite (Eliten) has won the New Talent Grand PIX at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX.
New projects by Karabey, Aydogan, Sakaoglu among award winners at Istanbul Meetings
Alcon Entertainment is in negotiations with the Canadian star to join Harrison Ford on its sci-fi sequel, which Cannes Palme d’or contender Denis Villeneuve will direct.
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Woody Allen, Asif Kapadia, Natalie Portman and Pete Docter set for Out of Competition screenings.
More cast announced for Larry Charles comedy about one man’s search for Osama Bin Laden.
Ken Loach, Simone Bitton, Walter Bernstein, Annemarie Jacir and Elia Suleiman among signatories of petition; Locarno Film Festival issues statement.
EXCLUSIVE: Feature documentary interviews sons of high ranking Nazi officials.
The Cinemadanube platform will stream independent European festival hits that have not been available theatrically to US audiences.
Filmmaker to give masterclass ahead of French theatrical release of Nymphomaniac Directors’ Cut.
Australia’s biggest ever delegation to the Beijing Film Festival includes producer Alan Lindsay, who is seeking Chinese partners for the animated family film Piccolo The Dolphin Prince, written and directed by Greg Mclean, whose gory breakout film was Wolf Creek.
The British actor-director revealed stories from Die Hard, Harry Potter, Robin Hood and his latest film, A Little Chaos.
The company has acquired world sales rights to the documentary ahead of its world premiere in Tribeca on Saturday (April 18).
Andrew Herwitz will launch sales in New York this week on a quartet of titles led by A Ballerina’s Tale.
San Francisco-based ro*co films has secured international rights to a slate of films including three Sundance selections that will launch at MIPDOC/MIPTV.
The latest collaboration between director Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy will open the 41st Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on May 14.
Cannes Film Festival parallel section to announce full line-up on April 21.
EXCLUSIVE: Staff, slate segue to existing UK sales and production outfit.
In her expanded role the executive will oversee a division responsible for negotiating the production and talent deals across a broad portfolio of films.
Abderrahmane Sissako to head the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury.
Breaking Glass Pictures is partnering with Jay Paul Deratany’s new distributor as they work together to build a slate.
Teaser trailer released of period drama starring Carey Mulligan about women’s fight for the vote.
The benefits and potential downfalls of film funds and the strength of genre films were among topics covered during Frontières panel at BIFFF, hosted by EAVE and moderated by Tailored Films’ Ruth Treacy.
TrustNordisk has closed numerous territories on the new fantasy-adventure film The Shamer’s Daughter.
Arclight Films has sold Roel Reine’s Admiral - set for a gala screening at the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) - to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
MIPTV: Dogwoof secures deals across the Nordics and Netherlands.
Execs from AMC, Deluxe and Sony join LA operation.
Carol Morley’s The Falling to screen In Competition.
The joint venture between Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) and Ivanhoe Pictures will build a local-language slate in China, South Korea and India, among others, and will be led by John Penotti who replaces Jim Tauber as SKE president.
Top brass at the new studio launched by Robert Simonds and TPG Capital have shed more light on the marketing executive suite in the run-up to the July 31 launch of maiden title The Gift.
The red-hot director of the first season of True Detective will direct and serve as executive producer on the serial killer series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights from Films Boutique to Peter Greenaway’s fact-based drama.
Sundance NEXT FEST will return to The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles from August 7-9, marking the second year at the venue and the third in Los Angeles.
The former president of Fox Television Studios will help build the client roster at the online global marketplace for film and TV rights.
Lone Scherfig to direct BBC Films’ wartime romcom; HanWay to handle worldwide sales.
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov’s detention in Russia’s Lefortovo prison has been extended once again - this time until May 11 after a decision by the regional court judge Elena Kaneva.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 scored the biggest opening day ever in China on Sunday (April 12), according to EntGroup figures, grossing $63.24m in a single day.
Global Screen sells German-language drama to North America, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South-East Asia
A number of emerging Danish filmmakers are embracing a new DIY attitude, as evidenced by some exciting debuts at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX festival this week. It might not be an identifiable new wave, but it marks a new ethos.
Japanese studio behind Godzilla also focusing on co-finance deals.
The Imitation Game and Sherlock star issues call for support after backing the UK’s oldest operating purpose-built cinema.
UPDATED: The widely admired former president of Fox International Productions has been named president of international film and television at Sony in a huge boost to the studio’s global co-production and local-language ambitions.
A female director will open the festival for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Festival cancels competitions and closing ceremony after dozens of directors withdraw films following removal of documentary Bakur from programme.
The president of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is stepping down after 10 years to set up a private psychotherapy practice with his wife.
The Slow West director will take part in the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Brits To Watch: The Screenings series.
The fourth edition of the festival, set to run in Mexico from April 23-29, will feature three world premieres of Mexican productions and 53 international premieres.
Bloom Media and Embankment Films are among a slew of new clients to sign on to the SaaS rights and content management specialists.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired US rights to Morgan Matthew’s feature directorial debut.
Bikas Mishra’s drama Four Colors (Chauranga) earned the grand jury prize for best feature as the 13th annual Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded on Sunday.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has optioned television rights to Truman Capote’s 1966 bestseller with Gary Oldman and Douglas Urbanski’s Flying Studios on board to produce.
EXCLUSIVE: eOne nabs North American rights to 3D animation.
EXCLUSIVE: UK seller signs US comedy-horror ahead of Cannes.
New York-set drama stars Girls actor Christopher Abbott and Sex & the City’s Cynthia Nixon; MFI taking the film to Cannes Marché.
eOne’s The DUFF is the week’s highest new entry with $1.3m (£891,248) from its 392 sites, including previews.
Staff at Breaking Glass Pictures are in mourning following the sudden death of chief financial officer Justin Giani. He was 25.
Director Alma Har’el, known for blurring lines between documentary and fiction, previously worked with LaBeouf on a Sigur Rós music video.
EXCLUSIVE: Timur Bekmambetov’s 3D children’s animated series Alisa Knows What To Do! has been picked up for distribution in North America.
Distributor to release films from horror fantasy film festival under FrightFest Presents banner.
Screen’s Andreas Wiseman to join experts from British Council as well as film PR, distribution, production and marketing.
Projects new to Screenbase include Ricky Gervais’ satire Special Correspondents, Garth Davis’s survival tale Lion, and Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.
APRIL 13 UPDATE: The action franchise that keeps on giving for Universal soared to $3.18bn worldwide thanks to an estimated $259.2m worldwide weekend haul that boosted the running total to $801.5m.
APRIL 13 UPDATE: Universal’s global blockbuster – now at $801.5m – soared to $251.5m on the back of a confirmed $59.6m second weekend number one hold.
The veteran executive and producer arrives as senior vice-president of development and production and will immediately shepherd a rom-com about President Obama and the First Lady’s first date.
In a shock development, the company’s CEO is stepping down after eight years.
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard will produce Jessica Knoll’s upcoming novel.
A little over one week after announcing his departure from Columbia Pictures as president of production, the in-demand producer has closed a three-year deal with Universal Pictures.
Brooklyn-based producer Film First announced a pair of deals on its documentary about music legend Mavis Staples.
Statement from star Sylvester Stallone says: “It is important to protect the rights of creatives”.
Italian-American actress and director to head Un Certain Regard jury.
Charles Gant has been appointed as UK critic for Screen International.
BAFTA also announces date for the next Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.
EXCLUSIVE: Diana Elbaum, Katriel Schory among speakers, strands added.
This year’s Odessa International Film Festival has again been denied any state funding by the Ukrainian State Film Agency (USFA).
The action sequel, which has crossed the $500m mark, has lit up social media channels in its first week of release.
Family feature will go head-to-head with Under The Skin and Pride.
Move follows recruitment of colourist Paul Ensby, who recently completed DI work on Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary.
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the gang are expected to hold on to the global box office crown this weekend as the film reached $526.8m through Thursday morning.
Busy Lionsgate made two significant and separate announcements on Thursday, lining up an S-VOD service with the organisers of Comic-Con and extending its Grindstone partnership with Emmett/Furla Films.
The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences and ABC Television Network have revealed dates for the next three Oscars shows.
The online global marketplace for film and television rights has unveiled DealWizard to handle complex data and terms and recognise the key role that relationships play in negotiating and closing deals.
Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced the 10 recipients of the 2015 TFI Latin America Fund and introduced Los Cabos Film Festival and Labodigital as new partners.
Kino Lorber has acquired all US and Canadian rights from Le Pacte to Israeli film-maker Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.
The distributor cut the North American deal on the inner-city drama with XYZ Films.
Bold’s Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes have announced the company’s first project since its awards season duo Whiplash and Nightcrawler.
The New Zealand-based marketing data, analysis and campaign creation and management specialist Movio has launched its product allowing studios and distributors to track film-goer behavior.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has picked up North American rights to the LGBT drama from Swiss feature directorial debutant Philippe Audi-Dor.
The European Commission (EC) may be showing some flexibility on its stance towards its plans for copyright reform following extensive protests from the European film and television industries in recent weeks.
Bolster European players and force global internet giants to adhere to local fiscal and financial obligations related to culture, say directors.
Top brass at Universal Pictures International (UPI) said the studio was on course to reach the box office milestone in record time on Wednesday (April 8).
The studio is teaming up with its family of The Hunger Games film-makers and taking on Homer’s paean to ancient Greek heroism and ingenuity.
The line-up of speakers has been announced for the Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC), taking place over April 11-12.
The former Lotus Entertainment executive arrives as president of production and will get to work on a director-driven, commercial slate.
The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) have selected the finallists for the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants.
Award-winning documentary centres on the shooting of a black teenager and the subsequent trial of his killer.
K5 snaps up all non-US rights to drama starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson.
Paris-based industry veteran, who also works with actor Amr Waked, deepens ties with Egypt.
Celtic crime thriller was Ireland’s Oscar submission.
Feature documentary to use hit stage adaptation to explore autism.
Sundance Institute and Drishyam have unveiled the artists and creative advisors for the inaugural Drishyam | Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab set to run in Goa, India, from April 12-16.
The Chinese JV triumvirate of China Movie Channel Program Center, Jiaflix Enterprises and 1905 Pictures are teaming up with Electronic Arts on the English-language sequel.
EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Classics to re-release banned 1930’s film.
The company has picked up US rights from Seville Pictures International to James Napier Robertson’s festival favourite starring Cliff Curtis as the New Zealand chess prodigy and youth leader Genesis Potini.
Production companies in New Mexico will be allowed to pre-assign tax rebates to third parties under a new law approved on Wednesday by Governor Susana Martinez.
Hamptons International Film Festival executives have announced participants for 14th annual Screenwriters’ Lab, set to run from April 10-12.
The Tribeca Film Institute has announced the 2015 recipients of the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund.
The Imitation Game star has been nominated for his leading role in BBC drama Sherlock.
France’s Atlantique Productions and Italy’s Cattleya enter into two-title co-development and production deal
Imax Corporation and The Walt Disney Studios have renewed their exhibition relationship with a multi-film deal that runs from this year through 2017.
Marvel Studios has announced Joe and Anthony Russo will direct the two-part story.
Nearly one year after its opening night slot in Cannes, it emerged that the biopic starring Nicole Kidman will not get a US theatrical release.
The executive recently served as vice-president and will continue to report to Cinedigm Entertainment Group president Bill Sondheim.
President and CEO Mimi Steinbauer has hired the former Voltage Pictures senior executive as she seeks to broaden the company’s content creation mandate.
EXCLUSIVE: Ensemble cast features Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; sales to launch at Cannes Marché.
The tenth anniversary South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) will screen The Japanese Dog for the event’s opening night in Los Angeles on April 30.
Disney’s Cinderella and Fox’s Home prosper over the Easter weekend with minimal drops to reach $16.6m (£11.2m) and $22.5m (£15.14m), respectively.
Stars of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and 300 join Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in Saroo Brierley biopic, which The Weinstein Company acquired at Cannes 2014.
Frost/Nixon star to be joined by Andrew Scott and Kelly Macdonald in a biopic of the 1920s British mountaineer.
The distributor has picked up North American rights to Mickey Keating’s SXSW Midnight thriller.
The Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) has unveiled the 15 competition titles and four gala premiees that will screen at this year’s edition (April 16-23), including opening film Maraviglioso Boccaccio, directed by Italian auteurs Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.
ITV is in talks to acquire the television division of The Weinstein Company for up to $950m, according to reports.
The QED International founder has branded as “specious” all claims against him.
Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s inaugural event has secured the network as part of a guaranteed jigsaw of distribution for prize-winners.
Laura Bispuri’s Sworn Virgin won the Firebird Award in the Young Cinema Competition at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), which wrapped on Monday night.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Wu Jing’s Wolf Warrior topped the China box office in the week March 30-April 6, grossing $32.58m in its opening four days.
EXCLUSIVE: Wellcome Trust partners with festival on two-day lab.
Ivan Ostrochovský’s boxer drama Goat (Koza) has been named Best Film at the 20th Vilnius International Film Festival.
London-based publicity exec promoted to senior vice president role.
Oscar winner John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co and Furst Films are teaming up with IM Global on an untitled musical romantic drama and Cannes sales title with Grammy winner Miguel in talks to star.
The streaming giant has taken another potential theatrical release off the table, acquiring world rights to the Ricky Gervais satire.
The initiative runs now through April 17 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and will be followed by another residency later this autumn.
The company has swept past the milestone in its second fastest time behind 2010 when Avatar was king of the world.
The New York-based distributor will release Giovanna Morales Vargas’ feature directorial debut documentary currently in production.
Drafthouse Films is understood to have paid low seven figures for the SXSW thriller from Girlfight director Karyn Kusama.
As president of marketing Kaminow will report to company founder Megan Ellison and gets to work on a slate that includes Richard Linklater’s That’s What I’m Talking About.
APRIL 6 UPDATE: The world belongs to Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and the gang as the roar of revving engines heralded an euphoric weekend for Universal ahead of what is expected to be a massive summer for the industry.
Universal’s North American portion of global domination generated a confirmed $147.2m as the action release stormed to the top.
Bob Buchi has been named president of worldwide home media distribution at Paramount Pictures.
WWE Studios has formed an alliance with UK producer-financier Richwater Films to co-produce and co-finance two titles.
Tribeca Film Festival organisers will stage DEFCON’s hacking conference, Oculus Story Studio’s virtual reality experience and a special event with A$AP Rocky.
APRIL 4 UPDATE: Universal’s latest entry in its world-beating action franchise added a studio record $59.1m on Friday to race to $120.6m internationally.
The distributor has taken world rights from Ratpac Entertainment to the Hank Williams drama starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.
Universal chiefs have put the late Paul Walker at the forefront of the global marketing campaign for Fast & Furious 7, which is expected to break box office records when it roars into action this weekend.
Magnolia Pictures has taken all North American rights to Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, while in a separate deal Drafthose Films will distribute The World Of Kanako in North America.
The New York-based Submarine Entertainment co-president, sales agent and producer will receive the 2015 Advocate Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
The world lost its oldest active director on Thursday when the Portuguese film-maker died in Oporto. He was 106.
Lantica Media has completed principal photography and the first stage of editing on the action-comedy in the Dominican Republic.
The American Sniper producer has set his sights on the sci-fi adventure for AMBI Group. AMBI Distribution handles international sales and will introduce the project in Cannes.
Lionsgate-Summit’s YA adaptation had reached $100.1m as of Thursday.
British Council is partnering with Mexican national film body IMCINE, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Docs DF and Ambulante to create Docunexion, a two-stage feature documentary training and mentorship programme.
Festival organisers have announced the 2015 jury and added Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s Labour Of Love to the line-up.
Steve Nickerson has joined the company as president of home entertainment as Broad Green also announced the hires of former Summit duo Sandy Friedman and Bobby Gerber.
The lawyer acting on behalf of the founder and former CEO of QED International branded as ‘absurd’ on Wednesday evening the infringement and unfair competition lawsuit filed by the QED principals.
The festival is set to run from April 23-30 and will present 134 films from more than 20 countries.
London LGBT film festival records biggest box office to date.
Action sequel races to the top of the charts ahead of Cinderella.
Winners of animated edition of Viewster Online Film Fest (#VOFF) revealed.
Documentary festival to focus on
Projects new to Screenbase include Burr Steers’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Mattie Do’s horror Dearest Sister.
Top brass have launched Lionsgate Premiere, a multi-platform channel of up to 15 Lionsgate and Summit films a year that kicks off in autumn with Chinese epic Dragon Blade followed by zom-com Cooties.
Bob Simonds’ STX Entertainment has officialy sealed the deal on its 18-film co-financing and distribution agreement with the private Chinese company.
QED Holdings co-CEOs file trademark infringement and unfair competition suit.
As reported on Screendaily last week, production is underway in Rome on Paramount Pictures and MGM’s retelling of the classic adventure starring Jack Huston in the title role.
Kerem Sanga’s The Young Kieslowski earned Best American Independent Feature award as the 18th Sonoma International Film Festival came to a close.
The Screen Awards are back for a sixth year, celebrating the very best of marketing, distribution and exhibition in the film industry.
FDA president hopeful of less seismic EU digital reform.
Comedy documentary, featuring Tom Hanks among others, premiered at Sundance.
Love, Rosie producer acquires film rights to YA novel about a 1,200 mile horse race.
Sylvain Biegeleisen’s Twilight of a Life to open the documentary film festival in Switzerland.
Directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to make monster movie for release in 2016
International press head was part of the “foundation” of the festival.
Sarajevo’s co-production market’s first batch of projects includes new films by Erol Mintas, Ivana Mladenovic
Director refuses to accept trophies in protest over immigrant issues in Greece.
Some 200 titles set to screen at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival.
Andrew Karpen’s ambitious New York-based distributor has struck a licensing deal with the digital giant making Prime Instant Video the exclusive subscription platform for its theatrical releases.
The studio is fast-tracking the Boston Marathon Bombing thriller and possible Mark Wahlberg star vehicle that pits it against Fox’s rival project Boston Strong.
The Franco-American Cultural Fund on Tuesday announced the line-up for 19th COLCOA French Film Festival, set to run in West Hollywood from April 20-28.
Author Rachel Kushner will select a batch of films at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, set to run from September 4-7.
The Tribeca Film Festival presented by AT&T will host a centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed drama one of three deals for UK indie.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Boosted by a visit to China by star Colin Firth, Kingsman: The Secret Service topped the China box office on its opening weekend, grossing $24.25m in three days.
Film Independent has unveiled a year-round partnership with Netflix to support documentary filmmakers.
All3Media has acquired Call The Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions.
San Francisco Film Society announced complete line-up for the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 23-May 7.
The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is planning to launch a two-day ‘market’ this June dedicated to emerging distribution models.
The German film and TV industries were mourning on Monday the death of director, writer and producer Helmut Dietl from lung cancer. He was 70.
UPDATED APRIL 1: Jane Levy and Justin Chatwin star in the sci-fi musical, which Random plans to take on limited theatrical release in the US in the autumn.
The Pinewood Group is to raise $44.3m (£30m) to part-fund the expansion of its Buckinghamshire site in the UK.
The Canadian media giant has appointed a new executive vice-president of marketing and two sales executives.
EXCLUSIVE: Qatari institutions forge new strategic alliance to deepen research into region’s burgeoning media scene as well as collaborate on other initiatives.
Nicolas Winding Refn has started principal photography on the horror tale from Space Rocket Nation starring Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves. Gaumont and Wild Bunch jointly represent rights.
Black Bear Pictures’ Matthew McConaughey adventure has found its US home after TWC-Dimension beat out rival bidders with what is believed to be a $15m MG and $20m-plus P&A commitment.
The UK star joins the Blue Dream Studios animation as the voice of Zoe Huntington alongside husband John Krasinksi.
The Toronto genre specialist has picked up international rights to Mattie Do’s Lao-European horror feature.
Screen Gems will open the Jane Austen mash-up on February 19, 2016.
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson is to join JJ Abrams indie Bad Robot to lead its television division.
EXCLUSIVE: Six-parter produced by Rainmark Films readied for spring 2016.
Documentary from the director of An Inconvenient Truth centres on inspirational young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
Thierry Fremaux to address women and the film industry as part of a joint venture with new sponsor Kering.
The director of the upcoming summer release Jurassic World will direct for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment based on an original screenplay by novelist Gregg Hurwitz.
Fanny Ardant attached to 19th century feature; Vincent Cassel and Vladimir Mashkov eyed for lead role.
Distribution and marketing experts unveil product to help filmmakers self-distribute.
A Royal Affair, Ex Machina star to voice documentary set for Cannes Film Festival.
Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water lands with $3.3m (£2.25m), including previews; Dior and I posts Dogwoof’s second-best ever UK opening with $121,000 (£81,848).
Former Pathé productions executive joins UK outfit.
Director Christopher Nolan also presented with Inspiration honour by Interstellar star Jessica Chastain.
MARCH 30 UPDATE: Cinderella emerged from a tough pack of contenders to become the belle of the ball at the international box office thanks to a confirmed $40m haul via Disney.
Fox’s number one debut gave beleaguered DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg some breathing room as the film posted the best opening for his studio in nearly three years.
Roger Moore has denied making allegedly racist comments about the suitability of Idris Elba to play James Bond.
The Gone Girl author and screenwriter is reuniting with New Regency to co-write the adaptation of UK show Widows with Steve McQueen.
Focus Features has set an autumn release date for the anticipated drama starring Carey Mulligan, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep.
A small delegation from Cinecittà Studios toured Los Angeles this week to promote the revised Italian tax credit to Hollywood studios and production companies.
Labour-backed creative industries report also calls for additional diversity targets.
EXCLUSIVE: Prague-based US producer Rick McCallum is behind what is likely to be the first official Czech-Dutch co-production with writer-director Karin Babinská’s romantic drama Following The Dream (Za Sny).
Cast revealed for Pedro Almodovar drama set in a “female universe” that will begin shooting in May.
‘Locked Box’ scheme has previously been tapped into by UK producers.
Live action fairytale moves ahead of Divergent sequel – but new Fast and Furious looks set to overtake.
The Grand Budapest Hotel star to collect honour at a ceremony this weekend.
Cinderella, Insurgent and Home are locked in a close contest for supremacy at the international box office before Universal’s Furious 7 roars out of the gates next week.
Projects new to Screenbase include Ian Bonhôte’s directorial debut Alleycats and Jeppe Rønde’s fictional debut Bridgend.
WWE and the media entrepreneur and former KISS idol will finance and produce ‘elevated’ horror fare, kicking off with a three-film deal led by Temple.
The talent and literary agency has brought on Amy Beecroft to run its new global business development division Verve Ventures in what is likely to become a talking point in Cannes and beyond.
Lakeshore Entertainment, which earlier this week unveiled plans to boost its film production pipeline, is targeting the YouTube generation with a full-service digital studio.
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
The North American deal follows the film’s world premiere at Sundance in January and sets up a theatrical release later this year.
Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution has appointed Tommy Gargotta as president of theatrical marketing.
Kino Lorber has picked up all US rights to Chilean director Patricio Guzmán’s documentary and Silver Bear best screenplay winner at this year’s Berlinale.
Christine Langan talks challenges, highlights and diversity as film arm celebrates 25th anniversary.
New CNC figures confirm 2014 was a tough year for the French film production sector.
The distributor has acquired North American rights to the time travel thriller starring Danielle Panabaker and plans a day-and-date release via its Macabre genre label.
‘The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius leads call against the creation of a Digital Single Market
Rainmark Films, the indie led by Game Of Thrones producer Frank Doelger and former BBC Films executive Tracey Scoffield, has lifted the lid on its multimillion-pound ITV Encore drama The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey, will not return to direct its planned two sequels.
Top brass at the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T have announced the return of the Tribeca Drive-In, Family Festival Street Fair, Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day and Tribeca Family Screenings.
Veteran British actor, who recently directed his second feature A Little Chaos, to give on stage interview in London.
Second World War drama will shoot on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.
In a double whammy of announcements on Tuesday, Sony Pictures has snapped up rights to the sci-fi anime and set a 2017 release date for its third Smurfs film.
Lou Ye’s Blind Massage won best film at the Asian Film Awards in Macau on Tuesday night, while Ann Hui won best director for The Golden Era.
UK cinema chain Cineworld has launched its first-ever Movie Planner.
Centropolis Entertainment’s gay rights drama directed by Roland Emmerich has found a US home.
Janus Films will release new 4K restorations of Satyajit Ray’s seminal The Apu Trilogy with new subtitles.
Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine and Michael Almereyda’s drama Experimenter bookend the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, set to run from April 23–May 7.
The publicity veteran has joined Broad Green Pictures (BGP) as evp of corporate communications and worldwide publicity.
STX Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have found a name for the Australian multi-hyphenate’s feature directorial debut, set for release in the US on July 31.
Ricky Gervais, James Marsh, Armando Iannucci films on slate.
Executive’s portfolio expanded to CEO of Lionsgate’s European office.
Actress and filmmaker joined by four including Katell Quillévéré and Andréa Picard.
Festival to run February 11 to 21, 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Outfit plans co-productions with Jerry Weintraub and Cameron Jones.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella stayed on top of the China box office last week with a gross of $28.37m, although Huayi Brothers’ Lost and Love opened strongly with $18.17m for second place.
Indian filmmaker Kiran Rao has been appointed creative director of Mumbai’s first arthouse cinema, FilmBay, an initiative of India’ National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), to be launched by the end of this year.
Surprise screening of Universal’s sequel generates 13,705 mentions across social media.
Lionsgate label Codeblack Films has established a student support fund and screenwriting contest at USC’s film school.
The former world heavyweight boxing champion has joined Donnie Yen in the cast of Pegasus Motion Pictures’ 3D kung-fu biopic Ip Man 3, which will also include a CGI Bruce Lee..
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EXCLUSIVE: Online video giant inks deal with Vegas To Macau 2 director.
EXCLUSIVE: Dejan Zecevic’s sci-fi thriller is currently in production in Serbia.
In under 24 hours, $1.5m has already been raised towards their minimum $2m target.
Mad Max reboot starring Tom Hardy to get Cannes Out of Competition berth.
EXCLUSIVE: PAM Korea Media has launched sales on a documentary about an internationally renowned pianist and North Korean defector at Filmart.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based sales outfit brings It’s Already Tomorrow In Hong Kong and Bloodsucking Bastards to Filmart.
Korea’s Mirovision has made a last minute pick-up of Keinosuke Hara’s Japanese film Serenade.
Paris-based WTFilms has picked up worldwide rights to Indonesian martial arts drama The Golden Cane Warrior in association with Backup Media.
EXCLUSIVE: The New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) has announced a special focus on two Japanese film legends, Ken Takakura (Black Rain) and Bunta Sugawara (Battles Without Honor), who both passed away last November.
Singapore’s Silver Media Group and LA-based Push To Start Productions have signed a deal at Hong Kong’s Filmart to co-produce faith-based film One Hundred Yards.
Lakeshore Entertainment is moving ahead with its production ambitions following a deal with Vine Alternative Investments Group that will see the parties co-finance 12 upcoming Lakeshore features.
Alchemy has signed a multi-year joint venture with The Swirl Group that calls for the partners to create and acquire 10-15 films a year geared towards urban audiences.
Maria Lynn will retire as co-president of Wolfe Releasing at the end of March as co-president Jim Stephens assumes the role of sole president.
EXCLUSIVE: Creative England head of film and iFeatures founder to step down next month.
The New York-based company has licensed all US rights excluding TV on the Sundance Audience Award winner to Music Box and Canadian rights to Mongrel Media.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama based on a spate of teen suicides in Wales premiered at Rotterdam.
Top brass at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) have unveiled the complete line-up of 30 films for the 15th annual showcase, set to run from May 4-9.
The distributor will release Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in the US on August 7.
Documentary will be exclusive to the BBC’s iPlayer VOD platform.
Media Asia launched its new slate at Filmart yesterday, which includes Johnnie To’s heist movie Three and Adam Wong’s He Remembers, She Forgets, starring Miriam Yeung and Jan Lamb.
EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong’s Mei Ah Entertainment will unveil several projects at Filmart today, including a co-production with Wong Kar Wai’s Jet Tone Productions titled Drive Me Crazy, and a Boyhood-inspired drama, Growing Up, which will be shot over a period of 15 years.
EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian director Dain Iskandar Said has started shooting supernatural thriller Interchange, the first project to be backed by Malaysia’s new slate financing fund Sonneratia Capital.
EXCLUSIVE: Well Go USA has swooped on North American rights to Easternlight Films’ 3D war epic Wolf Warrior, directed by and starring Wu Jing.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s M-Line Distribution has picked up three films for international sales.
The Old School Kung Fu Fest, set to run from April 16-19 in New York, has announced its 14-film line-up including American Ninja 1 & 2 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) launched a 15-film slate at Filmart to commemorate its 15th anniversary.
Hong Kong-based Mega-Vision Pictures (MVP) has unwrapped a slate of five new projects at Filmart, including action title The Invincible 12 and a third instalment in the From Vegas To Macau franchise.
A collective of Hong Kong companies, under the banner One Cool Group, launched their debut slate of productions at Filmart yesterday, which includes as as-yet-untitled crime thriller to be produced by Soi Cheang.
Hong Kong-based Sun Entertainment Culture is unveiling several new projects at Filmart, including romantic drama Concerto Of The Bully, starring Ronald Cheng and Janice Man.
EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nikkatsu has sold J-horror master Hideo Nakata’s new film Ghost Theater to Red Pictures Pte. Ltd. for Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.
EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon TV has pre-sold Heaven’s Story director Takahisa Zeze’s sci-fi thriller Strayer’s Chronicle to NK Contents for South Korea.
UK film charity fetes youth at London event.
Home invasion erotic thriller makes Asia sales.
Korea’s United Pictures (UP) has launched sales at Filmart on new exorcist thriller The Priests.
Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage and Tom Holland have joined the Irish action thriller that XYZ Films sells worldwide.
The distributor has acquired North American rights and will handle international sales on Garrett Bradley’s New Orleans-set feature directorial debut.
The Brazilian distributor launches Tucaman France to promote Brazilian and Latin American cinema and kicks off with Sand Dollars.
The Icelandic director will receive a special International Filmmaker Of The Year Award during the trade show on April 20.
Copenhagen’s CPH PIX is mourning the death of its head of programming Thure Monkholm, who has died at the age of 36.
The siblings behind global smash Captain America: The Winter Soldier are in talks to direct the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, according to reports circling Hollywood on Monday night.
The Oscar-nominated actor has joined Ansel Elgort, Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener on Lotus Entertainment’s thriller, which began shooting on the East Coast on Monday.
The LA-based company has come on board Anders Walter’s feature directorial debut based on Joe Kelly’s graphic novel.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on thriller backed by The Fyzz Facility.
EXCLUSIVE: Festival patronized by Vanessa Redgrave at a loss over last-minute government decision.
Norwegian director takes the reins on A Conspiracy of Faith.
Two days cut from festival, competition titles reduced and line-up almost halved in the face of tough economic circumstances.
Altitude Film Sales has boarded Colm McCarthy’s adaptation of M.R. Carey’s best-selling novel.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh from a capital injection from Alibaba and a stellar year at the box office, Beijing-based Enlight Pictures has lined up a string of top Chinese filmmakers for its 2015 slate, including Xu Zheng, Zhang Yibai, Deng Chao and actress Zhou Xun.
eOne’s The Divergent Series: Insurgent takes strong $4.4m (£2.9m), including previews, on debut.
Lagos, Nigeria’s iRep, one of Africa’s few documentary-specific film festivals, has closed its fifth anniversary edition showing more than 40 films curated around themes and issues in Africa.
In advance of this week’s launch of the new, refurbished six-screen Curzon Bloomsbury (formerly the Renoir), further details have emerged of the UK’s first cinema devoted to documentary.
EXCLUSIVE: Third Window Films has picked up Japanese porn comedy Make Room for UK distribution and international sales excluding Asia.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Finecut has picked up Circle Of Atonement, the feature directorial debut of Park Eun Gyoung and Lee Dong Ha, whose credits as writers include The Terror Live.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales also made of Salut d’Amour, The Peaceful Island and Empire of Lust by Korea’s CJ.
EXCLUSIVE: Distribution Workshop sales chief Virginia Leung has been made a director of the company, now majority owned by co-founders Nansun Shi and Jeffrey Chan.
EXCLUSIVE: Sean Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo and Eddie Peng will head the cast of Benny Chan’s epic action film The Deadly Reclaim, which is being launched at Filmart by Universe Films Distribution.
EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Shochiku has sold Berlinale Culinary Cinema title Little Forest to Korea and Taiwan.
EXCLUSIVE: First project together is Clown Of A Salesman.
EXCLUSIVE: Korea’s Lotte Entertainment has picked up Meet The In-laws 2 (working title), directed by Kim Jin-young.
EXCLUSIVE: Taipei-based sales company Ablaze Image has picked up international rights to Tom Lin’s Zinnia Flower and mainland actor Chen Jianbin’s directorial debut A Fool.
IM Global will introduce Huayi Brothers’ romantic comedy Only You, starring Tang Wei and Liao Fan, to buyers at Filmart.
Hong Kong-based Edko Films is launching sales at Filmart on actor Nick Cheung’s second feature as director, horror film Master Fat, in which he also stars with Amber Kuo and Shi Xing Yu.
Hong Kong-based Golden Network Asia has picked up international rights to Ding Sheng’s crime thriller Saving Mr. Wu, starring award-winning actors Andy Lau, Liu Ye, Wang Qianyuan and Wu Ruofu.
Korea’s Writers Agency of Finecut (WAF) has struck a deal with Hong Kong’s Golden Network Asia for them to be their Chinese agency partner.
Japan’s Toho Company is launching sales on If Cats Disappeared From The World at Hong Kong Filmart.
Japan’s Gaga Corporation is launching sales on a new film based on a comic and TV series from Tokyo Tribe director Sion Sono.
UK education charity Into Film is set to host its inaugural awards at London’s Empire Leicester Square.
Dinah Caine is to become chair of the Creative Skillset board, prompting the training body to begin a hunt to replace her in the chief executive role.
MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel lands in 76 markets, topping the chart in 66 markets; Disney’s Cinderella crosses $250m globally in only second weekend of release.
MARCH 23 UPDATE: Lionsgate’s sequel opens roughly on par with its predecessor; Open Road’s The Gunman takes soft $5m on debut.
Hit musical will be adapted by Douglas McGrath, who also wrote the musical’s book.
Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first details about this summer’s fifth outing for Ethan Hunt.
This year’s festival saw over 150 features screened, including 102 world premieres and 14 North American premieres.
Thriller stars Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett and Robert Forster.
The comedy great received the honour in person in London.
Comparethemarket.com pledges more than £100m ($150m) to marketing campaign.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based outfit boards international rights to UK thriller.
Hollywood director returning to Norway for war drama following The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Karate Kid reboot.
Liam Neeson’s Run All Night ranks third in online chart.
Naji Abu Nowar’s debut feature will be released theatrically in late 2015.
Inaugural edition of the festival takes place from May 5-9.
Newly passed legislation makes it easier for feature film productions to qualfy for the 30% labour credit.
Everardo Gout’s feature debut premiered at Cannes 2011 and will be released day-and-date in cinemas and on HBO on May 1.
Sean McNamara’s historical fantasy, starring Pierce Brosnan, was set for an April 10 release.
Signature Entertainment teams with Empire Cinemas and Wuaki.tv to bring new release model to UK.
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Joel Novoa’s sequel ID2, Adam Stephen Kelly’s thriller Kill Kane, and action film from Mark McQueen Gunned Down.
Lionsgate’s sequel to land in over 9,000 screens internationally, day-and-date with its domestic bow.
John Woo is to direct a remake of action thriller Manhunt, based on a novel by Japanese writer Juko Nishimura, for Hong Kong-based Media Asia Films.
Series will build off the origin story introduced in Kruger’s screenplay for Terry Gilliam’s 2005 film.
Studio has also named Nick D’Angelo as vp of production.
Film-maker to receive Irving M. Levin Directing Award at upcoming edition of festival.
Comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart to open on June 17, 2016, while Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe crime thriller moved up to May 20, 2016.
Maris Curran’s Five Nights in Maine, starring David Oyelowo, also among selection.
Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smith-McPhee star in the Sundance drama.
Twentieth Century Fox’s Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus named CineEurope 2015 Global Distributors of the Year
Fedor Bondarchuk and Fernando Meirelles among the seven-strong jury.
British Council to make five LGBT films available in more than 50 countries, including a short from the producer-director of Golden Globe winning series Transparent.
Film and TV awards to be split into two events.
EXCLUSIVE: Director also plans to shoot sequel to When Love Happens in London later this year.
The UK government has announced it is to increase the rate of film tax relief to 25% for all qualifying expenditure, as part of its annual budget statement.
Principal photography commenced today in Georgia on the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel.
EXCLUSIVE: First images released as UK funding body backs sequel to 1995 football hooligan film.
Pact covers titles such as Now You See Me 2 and Age of Adaline [pictured].
Remastered version of the gangster classic will close this year’s festival on April 25.
Comedy will be released theatrically and on VoD in August.
Fenady is stepping down as president of physical production at the studio.
Thriller starring Naomi Watts recently began filming in Montreal.
Korean director to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s edition on March 25.
The winners of this year’s jury and special awards were revealed tonight [March 17] at the ceremony hosted by Vanessa Bayer.
New works from Beatrice Gibson, Sarah Turner and Larissa Sansour greenlit.
First poster released of anticipated documentary from the team behind Senna.
Digital distribution operation inspired by innovative models of US distributors Radius, A24 and IFC to go live next week.
Industry trade body Pact has described plans within proposed EU legislation to create a single digital market across Europe as a “major threat” to the UK film and TV industries.
New film from Pascal Chaumeil, director of A Long Way Down, secures biggest support of more than $500,000; next film in the Department Q series also receives support.
Sarah Gavron’s drama is set for a Fall 2015 release; Focus also acquired distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea and most of Eastern Europe.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney’s Cinderella topped the box office over its opening weekend in China, grossing $24.8m in three days.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals include The Trust and Dear White People.
China’s Huayi Brothers is planning to sign an 18-picture, three-year deal with an unnamed US company, according to a filing with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.
Actor will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at upcoming festival.
17th edition of festival to open with Quentin Dupieux’s Reality and Sacha Jenkins’ Fresh Dressed.
EXCLUSIVE: Mark McQueen’s heist thriller is continuing its five-week shoot in London after wrapping on location filming in Marbella, Spain.
Shoot begins in Denmark on $4.4m film which reunites the stars and creator of The Killing.
European film funders warn EU from making “big bang” policy changes to copyright, authors call for fair remuneration
Corin Hardy directing the remake for Relativity Studios.
Disney’s live-action remake will be released in 3D on March 17, 2017.
12-year veteran of the studio has been named as the replacement for Adam Goodman, who was let go earlier this month.
Jerry Jameson’s adaptation stars David Oyelowo and Kate Mara.
Tribeca Film Festival also announces four additional documentaries to screen during the festival as part of the series.
Spy thriller is the first project from the companies’ recently launched independent studio.
UK deal struck with Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films.
Warm Bodies and Knight of Cups star will play the female lead in feature adaptation of horror sci-fi short, which premiered at SXSW.
Company acquires worldwide rights to Mitch Dickman’s SXSW world premiere, marking their second deal of the day at the festival.
Lia van Leer, the legendary first lady of Israeli cinema, has passed away in Jerusalem aged 90.
EXCLUSIVE: 4Digital Media boards UK/US rights to crime thriller.
Danish major Nordisk Film, which has not produced a film in Norway since Kon-Tiki in 2012, will rearm its Norwegian production unit and start to make films again.
Con Air director’s film has banked £1.8m ($2.7m), according to the production.
Film is based on the final novel from Canadian author Carol Shields and stars Catherine Keener.
Fund forms part of a creative innovation drive in Busan.
Antoine Bardou-Jacquet’s action-comedy stars Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan.
The Lesson by co-directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov was the big winner at this year’s Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.
Fox’s sequel reaches $17.3m (£11.7m), while stablemate Home previews strongly with $3.6m (£2.5m); Warner Bros’ Run All Night lands with $1.2m (£822,000) from 430 sites.
Chinese director of A Touch Of Sin to be feted by French Film Directors Guild at Cannes Film Festival.
Dramas from Jayro Bustamante and Gabriel Ripstein take top prizes in Mexico.
Two months addded to event cinema run.
UPDATED MARCH 16: Disney’s live-action remake records seventh largest March opening in industry history; It Follows delivers strong $163k opening from four sites for RADiUS-TWC.
UPDATED MARCH 16: International bow for Disney’s live-action remake included the largest ever March opening in China; Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey becomes distributor’s tenth highest-grossing film worldwide at $546.5m.
Alex Gibney’s documentary world premiered at SXSW.
Streaming service acquires global rights to the Duplass Brothers production, written and directed by Hannah Fidell.
EPIX Original Documentary unites stars of Bill and Ted films for the first time since 1993’s Freaked.
Horror documentary to be released theatrically and on VoD on June 5.
Provincial broadcaster will be funding 25% of Lionsgate’s $1.5bn film and TV production slate, excluding The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises.
Indiegogo campaign for web series is now the highest crowdfunded web series of all time.
Company acquires international rights to Wild CIty [pictured] and The Vanished Murderer.
Principal photography is set to commence this summer on the fantasy sci-fi.
Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema brings together 24 films chosen by Scorsese, including The Last Day of Summer and Camouflage [pictured].
New online programme gives film-makers, producers and production companies the inside track on how to distribute their own films.
Taking place April 4-19, the festival will feature over 200 films, including recent world premieres from Sundance and Berlin.
Disney’s live-action remake waltzes day-and-date into China, Russia and Germany, among others.
Upcoming Divergent sequel generates buzz ahead of release.
Veteran media executive will head company’s acquistion and corporate development efforts.
Film is based on James ‘The Amazing’ Randi’s real-life hoax orchestrated with two fake psychics.
At the annual meeting, shareholders also supported Board recommendations on auditor and the advisory vote on executive compensation.
Disney has confirmed it is developing a sequel to its billion dollar blockbuster Frozen.
Shareholder meeting also reveals first Star Wars stand-alone film to be titled Rogue One, starring Felicity Jones.
EXCLUSIVE: Romanian Palme d’Or winner to explore complexities of bringing up children in Fotografii de familie.
International sales exec follows Bill Block out of the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.
Doha Film Institute has hit on a winning formula says filmmakers and top industry experts.
Copenhagen’s CPH PIX (April 9-22) will be bookended by films from two Danish directors shooting in the UK – Jeppe Ronde’s Welsh teen suicide drama Bridgend [pictured] and Thomas Vinterberg’s Thomas Hardy adaptation, Far From The Madding Crowd.
Former NBC Universal exec joins firm behind Nick Cave feature doc 20,000 Days on Earth to spearhead TV push.
Film composer to write 15 minutes of additional music for a performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Qumra panel debates challenges of producing and distributing local fare.
Debut feature from Planetary Collective, directed by Guy Reid, is set for a day-and-date theatrical and Vimeo on Demand release on April 22.
Infernal Affairs actor among final additions of cast on US-China co-production, set to go into production at the end of the month.
Panel held yesterday on the “vision for the future and reform” of the festival in Seoul.
Writer-director passed away yesterday [March 10] after a four-year battle with ALS.
The Descendants producer named president of production; current senior vice president of production Josh McLaughlin promoted to executive vice president.
DreamWorks action-thriller centres on an attack on the US President’s motorcade.
Event cinema specialist will follow up last year’s run of Back To The Future with the Star Wars classic, ahead of the launch of a new trilogy in December.
Fuelled by strong growth in the Asia Pacific region, global box office receipts hit $36.4bn last year.
Films will be competing for nearly $40,000 in total prizes in various narrative and documentary categories.
Abderrahmane Sissako considering historical novel, which captures adventures of a 15th century Arab diplomat, writer and explorer.
Supernatural thriller starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane retains release date.
Brakin named executive vice president of Business and Legal Affairs.
Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is designed to foster the development of an emerging documentary film editor.
EXCLUSIVE: Former TF1 sales exec joins London outfit as home ent exec.
Walt Disney Animation Studios also reveals UK release date.
Mexico City-set dark comedy Chicuarotes revolves around teenagers living on the edge of a tourist lake.
Live-action remake of Disney classic is still in development.
EXCLUSIVE: Survival thriller is set to start shooting in New Zealand this week and stars Dominic Purcell.
13th edition of festival will feature four world premieres and seven North American premieres.
Distributor acquires North American rights to Israel Cárdenas & Laura Amelia Guzmán’s drama starring Geraldine Chaplin.
Thriller stars The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan and will be directed by William Brent Bell.
Producers of the last film to feature Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper are turning to Kickstarter to complete the film.
French director of award winners Round Midnight and The Clockmaker to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
Breaking Bad star has begun shooting Brad Furman’s thriller in London with Diane Kruger.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Disney animation Big Hero 6 topped the China box office in its first full week of release, grossing $29.88m, while Jupiter Ascending opened in third with $23.06m.
India’s Reliance Entertainment is forming a 50:50 joint venture with Phantom Films, an ambitious local production house founded by filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena.
Co-president will sell his remaining ownership of the company to Michael E. Rosenberg, who will continue as president.
Rani Massalha and Marie Legrand’s new French production outfit Films Du Tambour attended the Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Qumra event this week to talk about the company’s ambitious slate of international co-productions.
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford set for re-release in the UK.
Selection includes award-winning foreign films from Cannes, Sundance and Berlin.
TrustNordisk also sells disaster movie to former Yugoslavia and Israel.
Business secretary Vince Cable and shadow minister for the arts Chris Bryant have committed to keeping UK broadcaster Channel 4 under public ownership if Labour or the Liberal Democrats win the general election.
Film will focus on Russian journalist and TV presenter Vladislav Listyev; Oliver Stone eyed as director.
IMAX and Vue partner on first commercial IMAX theatre for Denmark.
Michael Rothstein named president of international sales and distribution following Jonathan Deckter’s exit last week.
Pact will see DMG produce films based on Valiant comic character
Fox’s sequel adds $2.9m (£1.9m) for $13m (£8.6m) after 11 days in play; Sony’s Chappie is the highest new entry with $1.5m (£996,000); Still Alice posts excellent $606,000 (£401,396) debut from 87 sites for Curzon Film World.
Andrea Nevins’ documentary about Tony Gonzalez and his older brother Chris will world premiere on April 15.
Festival will close with Michel Hazanavicius’ The Search and runs March 25-29.
Romantic comedy, starring Arath De La Torre [pictured], is Lantica Pictures’ first Dominican-shot film under multi-picture deal signed with Pantelion Films.
Bruce McDonald’s horror world premiered at Sundance.
EXCLUSIVE: Urban drama - set to play at SXSW this weekend - sets UK theatrical and home ent dates.
UPDATED MARCH 9: The Wachowskis’ sci-fi surged past $100m thanks to a $23m China debut from 7,028 screens to deliver the studio’s fifth biggest three-day debut.
Anthony Baxter’s documentary to be distributed on all major VoD platforms in June.
Carnaby to be world sales agent on action-comedy from the director of Con Air and Expendables 2.
Drama starring Belgian musician Arno (pictured) marks feature debut of filmmaker Antoine Cuypers.
EXCLUSIVE: European Commissioner receives criticism from major UK, German and French players as well as European producers associations.
Company acquires US distribution rights to Justin Edgar’s third feature.
Film and TV producer behind Four Weddings and Notting Hill awarded Honorary Fellowship.
Public sentiment aligned with critical disapproval for Neill Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi spectacle as Chappie delivered an anaemic estimated $13.3m debut via Columbia Pictures.
The Palestinian film-maker is set to direct a new feature later this year or in the first half of 2016, marking his first film since 2009’s The Time That Remains.
The Bosnian Oscar winner has offered his services as producer to a Middle Eastern project at the Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Qumra Masters sessions.
The feature directorial debut of Fernando Urdapilleta, the Mexico City wunderkind behind short film sensation Cosita Linda, will receive its world premiere at the 30th Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG30).
Andre Øvredal of Trollhunter fame will make his English-language directorial debut on the supernatural thriller starring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox.
Sixty films, a record 40 of which are world premieres, will screen across nine thematic programmes during the festival, set to run from April 15-26.
The New York-based distributor has acquired US theatrical and museum rights to Doug Aitken’s Sundance premiere.
The celebrated documentarian and cinematographer whose credits included Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter has died at his Manhattan home of natural causes. He was 88.
Los Angeles-based sales outfit Inception Film Partners is being sold to Toronto’s Cameron Thomson Entertainment as part of a deal with parent company Inception Media Group (IMG).
The Doha Film Institute’s new Qumra event kicks off today in Doha, with a focus on mentoring emerging filmmakers.
Drama based on racially-motivated murder to get UK release.
NBTV Studios & Bungalow Media + Entertainment in association with Dundee Entertainment and Hammer Productions are filming a documentary about the organised boycott of the Market Basket supermarket chain in summer 2014.
EXCLUSIVE: Filming on the second series of acclaimed Sky Italia crime-drama Gomorrah is due to get underway in Naples next month.
Funding for three distribution projects, animation company Bogan and several creators of the very-popular-online Bondi Hipsters brand are among the recipients of US$2.73m ($3.5m) from Screen Australia.
BuzzFeed Motion Pictures president Ze Frank is to deliver a joint keynote with producer Michael Shamberg at MIP Digital Fronts next month.
Neill Blomkamp’s robot sci-fi in dead heat with Will Smith caper.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has crossed $500m through Universal heading into its fourth weekend.
China’s Youku Tudou has appointed Edward Su as chief operating officer and restructured its production business into nine units based on different content categories.
The 72-year-old actor was recuperating in hospital on Thursday night after the light aircraft he was piloting crash-landed on a public golf course in southern California.
New work from William Monahan, Henry Hobson, Adrián García Bogliano and Neil LaBute are among the Spotlight, Midnight and Special Screening selections announced on Thursday.
Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s LA-based company are commencing world sales on the Tribeca Film Festival documentary selection.
The studio has signed a distribution pact with Lotte Entertainment on all its films in South Korea that will kick off with Mission: Impossible 5.
Producers scouting international locations should establish local companies early to benefit from tax incentives, attendees at the AFCI Locations Show 2015 heard on Thursday.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s recent Sundance premiere and plans a 2015 theatrical release.
Walden Media has come on board to co-finance and co-produce the Roald Dahl adaptation with DreamWorks Studios.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in London on UK thriller with star of US drama Revenge.
GKIDS has announced the English voice cast for When Marnie Was There (Omoide No Marnie) from Studio Ghibli.
The world premiere of Shlok Sharma’s feature directorial debut Haraamkhor will open the Indian Film Festival Of Los Angeles (IFFLA) on April 8.
More than 20 filmmaking teams recieve London Calling and London Calling Plus commissions.
Resistance is growing within the European film industry to the European Commission’s plans for copyright reform as part of its Digital Single Market (DSM).
Screen publisher MBI is to launch a two-day exhibition and conference in central London that will celebrate the media industry’s creativity and showcase its latest technology.
Production commences on political thriller starring Roger Allam.
Focus Features has secured a prime awards season slot for the Working Title drama starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.
The daily programme addressing the future of film heads to the Croisette for the second year and will run from May 13-22.
Telefilm Canada presented the eighth annual Guichet d’or award on Wednesday to Xavier Dolan for his latest film and recent French-language Canadian Oscar submission.
EXCLUSIVE: Service adds upcoming releases, is in talks with commercial and indie exhibitors for roll-out.
Top brass at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T have announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition and Viewpoints selections.
The 2015 Cinefoundation Atelier will host 15 projects from 14 countries.
Scholarships for Chinese and British nationals part of education push from BAFTA.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales deal ahead of wide theatrical release in China.
ITV’s pre-tax profits have surged by 39% to £605m in 2014 following a strong performance from ITV Studios and healthy advertising and online growth.
MARCH 3 UPDATE: In what will come as little surprise to the industry, reports are circulating that the major US theatre chains are lining up to boycott Netflix’s likely theatrical release in support of an Oscar campaign.
Origin has acquired rights to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ dark thriller starring Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc Biehn.
The film-maker and artist will present the West Coast premiere of her new work at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival on April 28 and 29.
EXCLUSIVE: Independent boards sales; Robbie Ryan to produce, DoP.
Deal secures co-production treaty with qualifying films not subject to China’s quota on foreign films.
Open Road Films has released the first image from Oliver Stone’s upcoming drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
James Cullen Bressack’s second feature was set to be the first release in a new joint VoD venture between Nerdly and TheHorrorShow.TV.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Sequel slips past Dragon Blade and Wolf Totem in second week of Chinese New Year holiday.
Stephen Page’s new feature is currently in production and is produced by the creative team behind The Turning.
Big screen adaptation surpasses Non-Stop’s worldwide tally of $236m to become their biggest ever worldwide release.
RLJ Entertainment has promoted Mark Ward to chief acquisitions officer, feature films and hired Angela Northington as svp of content acquisitions of urban brand Urban Movie Channel.
Inaugural festival wrapped this weekend screening more than 30 European arthouse films.
Animation has become the biggest grossing Japanese feature of all time in Hong Kong after just seven days of release.
In a significant switch that underscores Voltage’s ambitions, the executive has left as president of IM Global to become president / COO at Nicolas Chartier’s company.
IM Global and leading label Republic Records have signed a multi-film co-financing and co-production deal that kicks off with the Atlanta-set urban comedy Rollin’ Thunder.
The Weinstein Company has climbed aboard to co-finance with FilmNation the McDonalds origins story set to star Michael Keaton.
The Doha Film Institute’s (DFI) new Qumra event, which kicks off on Friday (March 6), will welcome more than 100 global film professionals and 150 Qatar-based industry guests.
The Austin festival will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the John Hughes classic with the world premiere of the remastered version.
EXCLUSIVE: UK deals for Nicolas Cage and Jennifer Connelly films.
Fox’s sequel scores $5.8m (£3.74m) debut, including previews, to dethrone Fifty Shades of Grey; Universal’s raunchy adaptation crosses £30m mark after 17 days in play.
Jaime Winstone to lead cast for Rose Tremain adaptation.
Sundance doc The Wolfpack, Kickboxer reboot and Asterix & Obelix among UK deals.
EXCLUSIVE: Sean Ellis to direct, Cillian Murphy to co-star in assassination film.
Tom Browne’s feature debut wins first Audience Award; 40,000 admissions for second year in a row.
Crimea and Ukraine-themed films and those showcasing “family values” among those to get support.
UPDATED MARCH 2: Fifty Shades Of Grey extended its dominion to a third weekend on top via Universal Pictures International as a confirmed $34.3m from 59 territories elevated the running total to $337m.
There were several noticeable bumps in evidence at the weekend as distributors expanded their theatrical footprints in the wake of last Sunday’s (February 22) Academy Awards.
UPDATED MARCH 2: Will Smith’s return to action in Warner Bros’ caper opposite Margot Robbie helped the film opened top in North America on a confirmed $18.7m over a slow post-Oscar session.
Leonard Nimoy, who earned a place in the hearts of millions of genre fans for his timeless portrayal of Spock in Star Trek, has died in Los Angeles from pulmonary disease. He was 83.
Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar win has thrown a new potential star into the ring as players in the independent space hustle to package films for Cannes and beyond.
The distributor has secured US rights to Shawn Rech and Brandon Kimber’s documentary
Manish Mundra’s production company Drishyam and Sundance Institute have organised the Drishyam – Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab 2015 to take place in Goa, India, from April 12-16.
Bruce Lee Enterprises CEO Shannon Lee is teaming up with Lawrence Grey and Janet Yang on a biopic about her iconic father.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals with Wild Bunch, Memento, Submarine include doc The Seventh Fire, presented by Terrence Malick.
New joint collaboration aimed to boost visibility of Swedish films and co-produce new features.
Jennifer Aniston drama tops Julianne Moore Oscar-winner.
In a landmark ruling on Thursday that will almost certainly face rigorous appeal, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favour of open access to the internet.
Alcon Entertainment is in talks with the French-Canadian to direct sci-fi sequel Blade Runner and confirmed Harrison Ford will reprise his iconic role as Rick Deckard.
One week into shooting in Cleveland, finance issues have forced Benaroya Films to temporarily halt production on the action thriller starring Bruce Willis.
The organisation’s first CEO will relocate from London to Los Angeles
EXCLUSIVE: A Christmas Miracle was in the works before the British filmmaker died in 2012.
The distributor has acquired all US rights to Pat Mills’ comedy that premiered in Toronto.
Exhibition giant Odeon is to go on sale for approximately £1bn, its owner has announced.
EXCLUSIVE: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna head MoliFilms comedy.
The multiple Oscar winner has come on board to narrate the documentary about fistula, a debilitating condition that turns healthy African women into outcasts.
The studio’s film group president is leaving the role after six years.
EXCLUSIVE: Visual effects firm behind The Theory of Everything and the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony appointed sole vendor.
Black Coal Thin Ice, Haider and Blind Massage also score multiple nominations.
Philip Yung’s Port Of Call to close the festival.
Germany’s Commerzbank is prepared to serve as a financier of more international co-productions going forward as it increased its annual financing volume for film and TV production to $340m (€300m) in 2014.
Outfest top brass have announced the line-up for the 2015 Outfest Fusion LGBT People Of Color Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE: Screen International LA Star Of Tomorrow 2014 Gerard Barrett’s crime drama starring Toni Collette and Jack Reynor proved a popular sales title at the recent EFM in Berlin.
Vincent Zhou’s 3D sci-fi adventure to shoot this spring at Pinewood Malaysia.
Marco Mueller, recently appointed general advisor of the 5th Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), has unveiled his team of ten international industry professionals.
Warner Bros Pictures International unleashes the caper film Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie day-and-date with North America in 31 markets including the UK, Russia and South Korea.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to Jafar Panahi’s newly annointed Berlinale Golden Bear winner.
US distributor buys 45% stake in David Garrett’s Mister Smith.
Lucy Boynton [pictured], James Remar and Lauren Holly have joined Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka on horror thriller February.
EXCLUSIVE: The Expendables 2 director boards special forces action film.
EXCLUSIVE: New films from Ben Wheatley, Eleanor Coppola, Joshua Marston in-demand.
Pre-sales down 40% following shootings in the Danish capital less than two weeks ago.
European Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s proposals for a Single European Copyright Title has now received from support from some quarters in the European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Daniel Lee’s Dragon Blade, starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody, topped the China box office over the Chinese New Year holiday weekend, grossing $54.84m in its opening four days.
Duke of Cambridge and president of BAFTA to discuss organisation’s long-term ambitions for UK-Asia cross-cultural exchange.
QED International founder and CEO Bill Bock is leaving the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.
The former Fox Filmed Entertainment chief who has been running TriStar Productions in the Sony fold has been named chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) motion picture group.
The Orchard has picked up North American rights to the recent Berlin European premiere Nasty Baby, while in a separate deal The Film Arcade will distribute People, Places, Things in the US. Both films premiered in Park City.
The Sundance hit that triggered a world rights deal with Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush will open on July 1.
Studio hierarchy announced the move in a call with analysts after the Q4 earnings report declared a $263.2m net loss.
Tax reliefs for the UK film, TV and animation industries are generating billions of pounds for the UK economy, according to a new report produced by analysts Olsberg SPI and Nordicity.
Lady Gaga’s performance and Julie Andrews appearance proved the biggest social moment of the 87th Academy Awards.
Benedict Cumberbatch drama leads the pack with six nominations.
Director of The Jackel and Memphis Belle joins $30m fantasy epic.
A memorable 87th annual Academy Awards for Fox Searchlight saw Birdman claim best film, director and two other statuettes to tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel’s four-strong haul.
The 87th Academy Awards full list of winners (and nominees).
Marielle Heller’s Berlin Generation 14plus grand prix winner The Diary Of A Teenage Girl will open the 44th instalment of the New York-based festival, set to run from March 18-29.
The Canadian Media Production Association’s conference will explore the changing face of the entertainment business when it runs from March 4-6.
Video Services Corp has acquired from FilmBuff exclusive rights to Adam Carolla’s upcoming comedy.
Humility, humour and thanking mothers
Directors of award-winning films including Uncle Boonmee… and Kandahar also back freedom of expression fight.
Follows Marco Mueller’s exit last year.
EXCLUSIVE: Benelux distributor secured deals with Sierra/Affinity, Fortitude and IM Global.
Shoot begins on adaptation of bestselling love story; Danish star Connie Neilsen also joins cast.
Universal’s raunchy adaptation becomes highest grossing 18-rated film of all time with $38.9m (£25.2m).
Baldvin Z’s drama scoops 12 Edda awards.
Shooting on Edward Snowden thriller underway in Munich.
Former Focus Films exec named film festival artistic director.
American Sniper received the most dramatic box office ‘bump’ of all eight best film Oscar nominees following the Academy Award nominations.
The two awards season front-runners kept the race interesting through the final weekend as Birdman took best film and Boyhood’s Richard Linklater best director at the 30th Independent Spirit Awards.
FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey reached a confirmed $405.1m worldwide and closed out the weekend as the leading film at the global box office for the second consecutive session.
FEBRUARY 23 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey dropped 74% in its second session as a confirmed $22.3m was still enough to stay top through Universal and Focus Features.
Film is nominated for Oscar in foreign language category. Kristen Stewart and Sean Penn also win Césars.
Oliver Stone has begun principal photography in Munich on the Pathé Films drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Rob Huber to leave Twentieth Century Fox after 16 years to take Universal Pictures International role.
EXCLUSIVE: Arrow Films takes UK rights to romantic comedy co-starring Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek.
Erotic drama whips up huge numbers online as EL James adaptation crosses $300m at global box office.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Camilla Dickinson and The Jokesters.
The distributor has closed a deal with StudioCanal for US rights to Luca Guadagnino’s thriller and follow-up to I Am Love.
Producer Gail Katz, whose credits include Pawn Sacrifice and The Perfect Storm, has acquired film and TV rights to the modern classic board game The Settlers Of Catan.
The recently rebranded company has bulked up its war-chest with a North American rights deal for Geeta V Patel and Ravi V Patel’s true-life rom-com. Separately, Gravitas has acquired Man From Reno.
Warner Bros has led a $24m round of financing in the online gaming and content titan.
Imax has struck a deal with Paramount and co-financing partner Skydance Production to remaster and release the thriller worldwide on July 1.
The San Francisco Film Society has announced the 11 contenders for its $75,000-plus 2015 SFFS Documentary Film Fund supporting feature documentaries in post-production.
Sundance winner snapped up at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).
Odin’s Eye makes EFM sales on shark attack thriller to the UK, Japan, Middle East and India.
First edition of the new Icelandic film festival to open with award-winning actor Sverrir Gudnason in attendance.
Details of UK showcase for global film buyers revealed.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has raced to $311.7m worldwide via Universal heading into a second weekend it looks certain to dominate.
Lakeshore Entertainment has found its director for the Philip Roth adaptation after Phillip Noyce dropped out due to what were understood to be scheduling issues.
LGBT festival to close with documentary Out To Win; Rocky Horror to screen at BFI Imax.
Production is set to begin next month in Texas on Lian Lunson’s Waiting For The Miracle To Come starring Willie Nelson, Charlotte Rampling and newcomer Sophie Lowe.
The distributor plans to release the Slamdance 2014 documentary later this month.
Top brass at the increasingly heavyweight awards season staging post have announced this year’s festival dates.
Lantica Media has hired the producer as vice-president of its production and financing arm Lantica Pictures.
JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions has extended its first-look deal at paramount through July 2018.
Festival to honour The Artist director with encore presentation of OSS 117: Cairo, Nest Of Spies.
German distributors Neue Visionen and Salzgeber & Co. Medien each acquired a raft of new titles at this year’s European Film Market (EFM).
EXCLUSIVE: Los Angeles-based VMI Worldwide closed a pair of major theatrical deals at the EFM on its Kurt Cobain true-crime drama.
Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow as shooting begins in Australia.
David Oyelowo wins for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr; Amma Asante collects award for Belle.
Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.
Award-winning producer and Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon has joined the March roster of SXSW keynote speakers.
The Warner Bros and Barefoot Films family drama starring Til Schweiger has become the studio’s biggest release of all time in Germany.
Jim Jarmusch to executive produce Gabe Klinger’s Porto Mon Amour starring Anton Yelchin.
Omar Sy and Irrfan Khan have joined Imagine Entertainment and Columbia Pictures’ third Robert Langdon thriller starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.
Executive previously served as national director of Electronic Media Services Division.
EXCLUSIVE: US, UK, France among major market deals on slate.
Oscar-nominated Abderrahmane Sissako named president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury.
Effective March 2, Reinseth will oversee linear content acquisition, development and production for the division.
EXCLUSIVE: 33 screenings for vampire mockumentary, starring Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, on audience-led screening platform.
EXCLUSIVE: Creative director promoted at UK distributor.
Version Originale/Condor and Jour2Fete co-acquire heist thriller.
Top brass at Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival announced on Tuesday (February 17) the five post-production selections.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: Xu Jinglei’s Somewhere Only We Know topped the China box office over the Valentine’s Day weekend, grossing $37.72m from 6.99 million admissions.
Netflix could spend as much as $5bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.
INFOGRAPHIC: Life, starring Robert Pattinson, Golden Bear winner Taxi and Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert also secure strong scores on social media chart.
The streaming giant has announced a major play that concluded in the final days of the EFM, flexing its mighty claws for all rights to one of the hottest packages in Berlin.
The Mexican’s triumph at Sunday’s (February 15) 29th Annual American Society Of Cinematographers awards for Birdman cements his status as favourite for the Oscar this weekend.
Critics rank Andrew Haigh’s double Silver Bear winner the best film in competition at the Berlinale.
Finn Nørgaard was killed in an attack in the Danish capital on Saturday.
Universal’s raunchy drama blows off opposition on way to $20.7m debut (£13.5m).
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in South Africa on Chris Smith thriller.
“An incredible selection” was the verdict given by jury president Darren Aronofsky about the Berlinale’s 2015 competition line-up.
The distributor has picked up US rights from The Match Factory to Sebastian Schipper’s thriller following its world premiere in Berlin.
FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey generated a confirmed $156m through Sunday rising to $173.6m through Monday from 58 territories via Universal to generate the biggest ever international launch for an R-rated or equivalent film. The worldwide tally already stands at $266.6m.
FEBRUARY 17 UPDATE: Universal’s smash S&M romance dominated North America on a confirmed $85.2m three-day debut that toppled The Passion Of The Christ’s 11-year February record and scored $93m over the four-day Presidents’ Day Weekend.
Other prizes saw British actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling wins Silver Bears for their roles in 45 Years.
Sanna Lenken’s Swedish drama wins best film in the Berlin Film Festival’s Generation Kplus section.
UK documentary Tell Spring Not To Come This Year, filmed on the frontline in Afghanistan, also wins.
Swedish teen drama takes top prize in the Generation 14plus strand.
The distributor has acquired US rights to Estonia’s foreign language Oscar nominee.
The European Film Market’s Matthijs Wouter Knol ended his first edition as director today confident that the new initiatives introduced had been accepted by the industry.
ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Jarret Tarnol’s coming-of-age story.
EXCLUSIVE: Film premiered in competition in Berlin
In a show of mass solidarity not seen since the Screen Quota protests nearly a decade ago, 74 South Korean film industry groups together held a press conference today (Feb 13) in Seoul to protest recent encroachments on freedom of expression.
Norwegian comedy-drama named Best European film in Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section.
Plans to support independent film distributors on VOD.
Erotic thriller generates more than 10 times as much online comment as the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.
Stray Dog, Welcome to Leith and Station to Station among haul.
Enhanced tax rebate has resulted in a mini-production boom.
Dutch director Sacha Polak has revealed further details of her first English-language project, Vita and Virginia.
The Coming War will tell the unreported story of the new “Cold War” between the US and China.
There has been a shake-up to the Belgian tax shelter - one intended to squeeze out the “middlemen” perceived to have abused the system.
Feature documentary to tell the story of the Jewish inventor behind Hitler’s favourite car.
EXCLUSIVE: UK, France, Australia deals on documentary.
Bao Nguyen’s documentary about the history of Saturday Night Live will kick off the 14th edition of the festival in New York on April 15.
FEBRUARY 13 UPDATE: Fifty Shades Of Grey is now active in 34 international territories and has climbed to $28.6m via Universal Pictures International, rising to $37.2m worldwide factoring in Thursday night’s (February 12) estimated $8.6m midnight grosses in North America.
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to the Berlinale selection 45 Years starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. Separately, The Orchard has acquired Cartel Land while monterey media will release Runoff.
Talent agent David Unger has joined Three Six Zero Group co-founders Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson to form Three Six Zero Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: The distributor has announced from Berlin it has closed an all-rights North American deal for Chilean genre specialist Patricio Valladares’ action-comedy.
Sierra/Affinity has sold more than 30 territories at EFM on Black Bear Pictures’ red-hot Matthew McConaughey adventure package, set to start principal photography in June.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) has signed a deal to distribute Paramount’s physical Blu-ray and DVD home entertainment product.
Behind the scenes footage from the next James Bond film offers glimpses of star Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes.
Mads Matthiesen’s upcoming film starring Ed Skrein scores five territory deals at Berlin’s European Film Market (EFM).
Berlinale director discusses ticket sales, VOD platforms and the spirit of ‘Baumi’.
Naji Abu Nowar’s co-production to get Middle East distribution.
Panorama title and acclaimed drama The Tribe sell for Paris outfit.
Italian sales agency secures deals in Berlin
Roadside Attractions and Godspeed Pictures have set a May 15 theatrical release for the 2014 Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award winner.
Leading Starz shareholder John Malone earns seat on the Lionsgate board as the latter seeks to boost its TV business.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment has picked up world sales rights at the EFM to the crime-thriller starring Jonathan Bennett, Nikki Shah and James Russo.
New UK distribution company NEO has made its first two acquisitions in Berlin.
Richard Abramowitz will guide the nationwide release of the documentary through his company.
Cinema do Brasil’s seventh International Distribution Support Prize has opened for applications at the EFM.
The lead actress Oscar winner for Cabaret will be honoured with the 2015 Jack Valenti – Los Angeles Italia Legend Award at the L.A. Italia Film Festival.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: TV show spin-off Running Man topped the China box office in its first full week (February 2-8), grossing $24.49m, while The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies slipped to second place with $20.11m.
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is launching a cloud-based online platform for animation professionals, Animacloudly, with partial support from Creative Europe.
The European Film Agency Directors (EFADs) association of national funders from 31 countries across Europe met in Berlin this week to discuss key objectives and address future challenges facing the film industry.
Sony Pictures have struck a deal with Walt Disney-owned Marvel Studios that will see new Spider-Man first appear in an upcoming Marvel film.
Submarine has boarded the documentary Yayoi Kusama: A Life In Polka Dots.
SXSW top brass have unveiled the Midnighters section and the complete short film line-up at the festival, set to run in Texas from March 13-21.
Read Screen International’s daily magazines from the Berlin International Film Festival here.
Gary Michael Walters, CEO of the production company behind Whiplash and Nightcrawler, has opened a London hub.
EFM attendees pulled a steady market out of the bag despite the exchange rate, the customary early-year scramble to assemble new product and buyer reluctance to pull out wallets before Cannes.
EXCLUSIVE: Lotus Entertainment has enjoyed a strong reception for its Sacha Gervasi thriller November Criminals starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort.
EXCLUSIVE: Competition title Big Father, Small Father And Other Stories has been snapped up in France ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday.
Kino Lorber has taken all US rights to the documentary It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks, about a legal battle between the French magazine and the Muslim French Council.
EXCLUSIVE: The Film Sales Company, in Berlin screening Forum selection H., has come on to produce the documentary Sweetheart Deal with Peggy Case and Elisa Haradon.
The Icelandic film-maker is in pre-production on the psychological thriller that he says will be “dark and foreboding and uneasy.”
Roberto Olla, executive director of Eurimages (the Council of Europe’s film fund) is calling for a re-think of how the organisation reaches its funding decisions and, in particular, how it defines “quality”.
BFI Distribution is inviting bookings from international exhibitors to screen a newly restored concentration camp documentary, known as ‘the lost Hitchcock’.
The Film Arcade has acquired US rights to Sundance feature Unexpected.
Bridging The Dragon is an association connecting European and Chinese film professionals.
EXCLUSIVE: Other IFFR pick-ups include God Loves the Fighter.
Wang Xiaoshuai’s Venice premiere sells to French distributor.
EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.
South Korean’s More In Group sells biopic to Israel and Hong Kong.
Winners of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung were announced on Sunday [Feb 8].
Psychological thriller acquired by Italian sales collective for world sales.
EXCLUSIVE: Matt McCombs’ Spotlight Pictures has acquired world rights to Sydon’s Falsely Accused.
Autlook’s Panorama selected Iraqi Odyssey has now gone to iWonder (Italy).
Silver Sword International (SSI) has acquired all US, Canadian and UK rights to the Catholic Church corruption documentary Final Vatican Conspiracy.
Second World War epic first Russia-Ukraine co-production for several years.
The Snow Queen 2 has been snapped up for release in Brazil, one of several deals closed at Berlin’s EFM by Russian studio Wizart.
EXCLUSIVE: Poland-based sales outfit concludes number of deals on its slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Mekimi follows a media star who turns ultra-orthodox?.
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish film bodies join forces for push.
EFM: The Los Angeles-based sales, financing and production company has reported a roaring trade on its marquee sales title here.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights from Coproduction Office to Ulrich Seidl’s In The Basement.
EXCLUSIVE: Queen of the Desert star joins Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce.
EXCLUSIVE: Hirschbiegel’s 13 Minutes and Sundance winner Umrika among those in-demand.
EXCLUSIVE: James Franco drama I Am Michael to open LGBT festival; BFI London Film Festival 2015 dates revealed.
EXCLUSIVE: Company takes world rights, outside India and South Asia, to 25th anniversary edition.
Disney’s animation holds number one with $3.8m (£2.53m) second weekend; Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service adds $3.3m (£2.2m) for $12.5m (£8.2m); StudioCanal’s Shaun the Sheep Movie is the week’s highest new entry.
French festival has announced that Norway will be the guest country at the seventh edition of the festival in December.
The Indonesian government has sacked a senior official after it emerged that the Tourism Ministry sent a delegation to the Berlinale that had no connection to the film industry.
EXCLUSIVE: Maris Martinsons [pictured] to direct Magic Kimono, starring Kaori Momoi.
EXCLUSIVE: EoF channels will now be launched on Spain’s Filmin, Turkey’s Salonsuz and Chile’s Ojocorto.
‘Know your project inside out’, was the message from a panel of industry experts to producers thinking about taking the alternative distribution route.
Additional deals closed in Germany-Austria, Italy, Poland and Norway, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor acquires US rights to Damon Gameau’s Generation and Culinary title That Sugar Film.
Mexican actor joins lists of ‘masters’ for DFI’s inaugural Qumra event, which will see 31 projects from 29 countries involved.
EXCLUSIVE: Distributor takes UK and Canadian rights to Anna Muylaert’s Panorama title.
Genre specialist Raven Banner has secured Canadian rights to Eli Roth Presents The Stranger, winner of the 2014 Fantastic Fest and Sitges Best Iberoamerican Film Award.
EXCLUSIVE: Stefano Savona’s Samouni Road mixes live action and animation.
EXCLUSIVE: Companies are currently in post production on second feature Phantom Boy [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Icelandic production company gears up for first in-house production.
Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films International has sold key territories at the EFM on its rom-com.
Adventure film sells to Germany, France, Bulgaria, Estonia and Iran.
Locarno’s initiative dedicated to films in post-production to highlight five-seven projects.
55th edition of the festival to focus on the theme of memory and remembering.
Support scheme launched under the auspices of the Sarajevo Film Festival last August.
Sales outfit at the EFM with Blood Ransom and Afterimages.
EXCLUSIVE: First look at Arsen A. Osojic’s drama.
Egypt’s first-ever found footage horror film to screen tomorrow [Feb 10].
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks inks further deals on 2014 Icelandic Oscar submission.
EXCLUSIVE: Electric Entertainment closes multiple territories on thriller starring Anthony Hopkins
EXCLUSIVE: Faith-based title continues to sell well for Pure Flix.
Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.
Company has extended its licence of 3D systems.
Keynote at the Creative Europe MEDIA day conference was Oettinger’s first face-to-face encounter with the European film professionals.
Professor Stephen Hawking and the surprisingly good British weather were amongst the stars of the show at the 68th BAFTA Awards ceremony.
Boyhood scoops Best Film and Best Director in London.
The results are in. Find out who picked up the top prizes at the BAFTAs.
Jupiter Ascending grossed $32.5m from a little under 10,200 screens in 65 countries led by $4.7m from 1,900 in Russia and $2.5m from 392 in France.
Ambitious start-up Broad Green has paid $6.5m in Berlin for US rights to Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups ahead of its festival premiere as well as the director’s untitled follow-up.
Paramount’s children’s comedy The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water arrived in grand style thanks to an estimated $56m that scored the fifth biggest February launch of all time.
EXCLUSIVE: Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez is an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke.
EXCLUSIVE: Golden Bear contender Werner Herzog is eying an April start on Salt And Fire, his Queen Of The Desert follow-up that is generating heat for sales agent International Film Trust.
EXCLUSIVE: Martin Scorsese has joined action film as an exec.
EXCLUSIVE: Moviehouse boards The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson.
EXCLUSIVE: Company signs new deals with Tele München Group, Viva and Imagem.
The Birdman director has edged into the lead in a tantalising Oscar race as he earned top feature honours at the Directors Guild Of America’s 67th annual DGA Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday [February 7].
Producer of Generation Kplus title Rainbow [pictured] sets up company to finance content-driven Indian cinema.
EXCLUSIVE: Tan Twan Eng’s award-winning novel set for English-language feature to be co-produced with HBO Asia.
EXCLUSIVE: Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s company announces string of key hires in marketing, sales, finance and business affairs.
EXCLUSIVE: Transilvania Film Fund to be launched in April with initial budget of at least €100,000.
Ritesh Batra, director of Indian hit The Lunchbox, is in advanced talks to direct an adaptation of award-winning novel The Sense of An Ending.
Funny Balloons has secured sales of the Berlin Competition contender from the Oscar-nominated director of No.
EXCLUSIVE: Scope50 presents a new arthouse distribution business model to stimulate audience interest in independent European films.
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish distributor picks up The Duke of Burgundy, X+Y and This is England ‘90, among others.
EXCLUSIVE: Blue Box International closes key territories on Scott Adkins action-thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: UK production company behind Berlin title The Beat Beneath My Feet greenlights next feature.
EXCLUSIVE: Ballet movie sells for Wide House, who are also beginning pre-sales on Unpleasant Truths directed by Marcel Opuls.
Company to handle international sales on Raoul Peck’s long gestating The Young Karl Marx; key roles cast.
Silver Reel to finance action film based on Andy McNab novel as further pre-sales are secured.
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American and Latin American rights from Beta Cinema to 13 Minutes, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Hitler assassination drama that plays out of competition in Berlin.
EXCLUSIVE: Celluloid Dreams strikes deal after Berlin screening
EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd inks deal on western starring Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson; first look picture.
EXCLUSIVE: Dominic West, Stacy Martin among cast of UK drama.
Company acquires US rights to Paul Andrew Williams’ drama about the televised trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
EXCLUSIVE: Adventure period comedy sequel sells to slew of territories, including Japan.
EXCLUSIVE: Fortitude International has struck a deal with Robbie Brenner’s Relativity Squared (R2) to launch sales at EFM on DJ Caruso’s The Tribes Of Palos Verdes.
TrustNordisk sells Norwegian action-drama to distributor for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Ford Brothers’ horror sequel sells to distributor in the UK.
FiGa Films sells Forum world premiere to Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Laura Poitras’ documentary set for release in Australia, Portugal and France, among others.
The Weinstein Company has announced a pair of scheduling changes, moving Underdogs back by four months and renaming The Coup as No Escape.
The Norwegian Film Institute has announced a sizable $2.2m production award for upcoming troll movie The Ash Lad in the Hall of the Mountain King.
EXCLUSIVE: First titles include Radu Jude’s next film Scarred Hearts.
EXCLUSIVE: German actor to star in film version of Tom Hillenbrand’s Devil’s Fruit.
Jayro Bustamante discusses his Guatemalan story sold by Film Factory.
Government officials due at the Berlinale for the signing of the treaty.
EXCLUSIVE: Partners behind Breathe Umphefumlo reteaming on new slate of films.
EFM: Aldamisa has acquired sales rights to Royal Ice, based upon the life story of Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Myriad Pictures is handling world sales here on the thriller Duelo starring Olga Kurylenko.
Clive Owen will play a down-on-his-luck carpenter in Arclight Films sales title The Confirmation.
EXCLUSIVE: XLrator Media will co-produce, release in the US and oversee international distribution on three action-thrillers.
EXCLUSIVE: North American deal for drama starring Elijah Wood.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on Childhood of a Leader.
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers take to animation after Open Road deal.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks is showing first footage of the first officially endorsed biopic of Pope Francis at the EFM.
Verfehlung is the German sales agent’s first acquisition at the EFM.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit headed by former Intandem execs.
EFM: Landmine drama screened at British Embassy; Metro International handling sales.
Company acquires international rights to Ryugo Nakamura’s second feature in five years following The Catcher On The Shore [pictured].
EXCLUSIVE: Follow-up to US box office hit God’s Not Dead is set to open in US on March 20.
EXCLUSIVE: 13 Films licenses Germany and all German-speaking rights in all media to Constantin Film.
EXCLUSIVE: Action spoof stars Donnie Wahlberg, Jenny McCarthy and Lukas Haas.
EFM: The Oscar winner has joined the cast of John Pogue’s action thriller starring Bruce Willis, which International Film Trust is selling here.
Brad Pitt will star for Robert Zemeckis in an epic drama for Paramount Pictures, GK Films and New Regency based on an original story by Steve Knight.
Cinema Guild has acquired all rights to Jem Cohen’s documentary Counting ahead of its world premiere in Berlin on Monday (February 9).
Danish director’s final TV series to be premiered later this month by Danish pubcaster DR.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics nabs hit Sundance doc about rags to riches racehorse.
EXCLUSIVE: Projects include an omnibus about Hong Kong’s history that brings together eight of the territory’s leading directors.
EXCLUSIVE: JK Youn’s blockbuster closes a string of sales across the Asia Pacific region.
EXCLUSIVE: CTB, A-One Films, former K5 exec launch company at EFM; among first titles is next project from Target [pictured] writer-director Alexander Zeldovich.
EXCLUSIVE: Golden Globe winner to star in and produce drama sold by High Point.
Fox’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and Disney’s Big Hero 6 set for another top spot tussle this weekend.
Müller spoke at the opening of this year’s Berlinale last night [Feb 5].
German distributor picks ip Love At First Fight (Les Combattants) [pictured], October Gale, Cabin Fever: Reboot and Viy,
Academy has recognised Jerusalem Film Festival as an official body authorised to qualify short films for the Short Film Awards category.
Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship and Hany Abu-Assad’s Arab Idol among six international co-productions supported by the Netherlands Film Fund.
EFM: Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankolé and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of Oppenheimer Strategies, which The Solution Entertainment Group is selling at the EFM.
DisruptiveLA announced that Beau Knapp and Stephen Moyer will join the cast of new drama, Juveniles.
Gemma Jones, Daniel Wolfe and Peter Mullan among guests to attend upcoming 11th Glasgow Film Festival.
Spotlight Pictures has picked up world sales right to Generation 14plus selection The Beat Beneath My Feet starring Luke Perry and newcomer Nicholas Galitzine.
Double Dutch International has acquired worldwide rights for Daniel Dolphin And The Horn Of Sea Dragon.
EXCLUSIVE: Co-founder Rich Goldberg in is Berlin looking for global rights as part of a strategic expansion.
Agreement kicks off with Open Road Sleepless Night to star Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan.
EXCLUSIVE: First image from eOne’s anticipated drama.
EXCLUSIVE: British actor set to star in prison-based comedy-drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Lucy Hill promoted to head of acquisitions for eOne, Australia.
EXCLUSIVE: Companies launch venture to promote films from New Zealand and Australia.
EXCLUSIVE: Latest feature from Anne Fontaine has just started principal photography in Poland’s Mazury region and stars Ida’s Agata Kulesza.
EXCLUSIVE: Film is Rohlfilm’s second collaboration with Israeli film-maker Hagar Ben-Asher following The Slut [pictured].
Company will announce its first slate of projects closer to Cannes.
Arab Cinema in Sweden will release Mohamed Khan’s feature on April 24.
Second European edition of genre co-production market to feature two extra spotlights in addition to its 17-strong line-up.
UK festival to run Sept 3-13 at venues across Cambridge.
Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus lead the cast on director’s first English-language film.
Sales company acquires international rights to English-language 3D animation.
Hong Kong-based sales company acquires international rights to Derek Kwok’s sports drama.
Conversations About Cinema will be run in partnership with Chapter Arts (Cardiff) and QFT (Belfast).
EXCLUSIVE: Film is currently in post-production and has sold to the likes of the UK and Poland.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome International inks deals on action-adventure.
EXCLUSIVE: Sales company inks deals to multiple territories on Boo Ji-young’s Cart.
EXCLUSIVE: The Truth Commissioner to star Roger Allam, Julian Rhind Tutt.
Amy Pascal, the Sony exec whose emails were made public as part of a hacking scandal at the studio, is to leave her co-chairman position to launch a new production venture at the studio.
Principal photography to start next month in LA.
New entity is one of the biggest filmed entertainment outfits in Europe.
The executive has joined Continental Media as president and has begun EFM talks with buyers on Petr Jakl’s The Ghoul.
Big Hero 6 scooped five awards at the Visual Effects Society’s 13th annual VES Awards in Los Angeles.
The Weinstein Company has come on board to handle US distribution and co-finance IM Global and Antoine Fuqua’s narco-thriller.
Clarius Entertainment has acquired US rights from CAA and Paradigm to Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company’s thriller, which International Film Trust sells at the EFM.
GKIDS has picked up North American rights to Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet and plans to release in summer.
EXCLUSIVE: German indie powerhouse signs slew of deals.
EXCLUSIVE: Embankment boards western thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist boards Eleanor Coppola road-movie.
EXCLUSIVE: Mr. Turner actor Timothy Spall is to star in Away, the fifth collaboration between producer Terry Stone and international sales agent Cinema Management Group (CMG).
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has spiced up its EFM slate and joined a select handful of sales agents to secure the services of red-hot Ethan Hawke.
Voltage Pictures has picked up international sales on Officer Downe as the graphic novel adaptation gets a new lease of life and moves into production next month.
Picture Tree International sells Paulo Coehlo biopic to Music Box Films for US.
EXCLUSIVE: New sequel to hit French time travel film starring Jean Reno and Christian Clavier set for 2016.
China-US-Australia co-production set for major Chinese New Year release.
EXCLUSIVE: Saboteur will rep two films at the European Film Market.
EXCLUSIVE: Family film stars Emily Watson, Dominic Monaghan.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama heads to shoot, The Yellow Affair to sell at EFM.
We’re the Millers star Will Poulter will co-star opposite Dakota Fanning in drama Brain on Fire, which David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment is selling at EFM.
Feature marks first co-production between Chile, Japan and France.
EXCLUSIVE: Japanese studio Nikkatsu is attending EFM with Hideo Nakata horror Ghost Theatre and Yuki Tanada’s Romance, which teams the female director with award-winning actress-singer Yuko Oshima.
EXCLUSIVE: Japan’s Nippon TV (NTV) is launching sales on new titles by hot Japanese directors Takashi Miike and Shunji Iwai at the European Film Market (EFM).
Company to handle international sales on Sacha Jenkins’ Sundance title.
Content Media has bulked up its EFM slate with international rights to Dark Factory’s recent Sundance revenge thriller Reversal.
Psychological horror sells to France, Scandinavia, Taiwan and Turkey.
Three new animation features on Munich-based sales company’s EFM slate.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Golden Bear for short films, the VoD service is making the festival’s award-winning shorts available to a global audience.
EXCLUSIVE: Dutch Features Global Entertainment sells German-speaking rights and secures additional French deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Madsen documentary sells to Italy and Poland, with further deals close.
Vertical Entertainment has taken North American rights to Shyam Madiraju’s thriller starring Ethan Peck, Jessica Lowndes, Diego Boneta, James Remar, Sung Kang, and Nate Parker .
EXCLUSIVE: UK financier inks development deal with Sexy Beast and Under the Skin director.
Screen International has appointed Fionnuala Halligan as chief film critic and reviews editor.
Luke Evans will star in the Thunder Road and Shine Pictures thriller that Alex Walton is introducing to buyers in Berlin.
Double Dutch International president Jason Morning announced on Wednesday (February 4) the company will kick off pre-sales in Berlin on the heist film.
Kino Lorber has acquired US rights to Guy Maddin’s Berlin Forum opener The Forbidden Room following its recent world premiere in Sundance.
The former vp of acquisitions for Magnolia has joined ICM Partners’ international and independent department headed by Jessica Lacy.
The Solution Entertainment group will commence EFM sales on the Amanda Seyfried and Theo James supernatural thriller Black Lung for 2929 Productions and Cooper’s Town Productions.
Aldamisa International is launching sales at the EFM on Scarlett Johansson’s previously announced directorial debut, set to commence production in New York this summer.
BFI figures show that there was a 35% increase in film production in the UK during 2014 with a total spend of £1.471bn, the highest recorded figure ever.
Cast completes on Rebecca Miller’s romantic comedy, which starts shooting later this month.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Madsen alien encounter doc played at Sundance.
Extra £3m to provide financial supports for Scottish film, animation and high-end TV production and to support skills development.
Film arm Heyi Pictures to co-produce six projects in 2015.
In a move that will have EFM buyers who acquired international rights from Lionsgate watching closely, Warner Bros has moved the action reboot off its original July 31 date to December 25.
Scholars will take part in the programme which supports the next generation of UK creative industries talent.
More than 80 TV productions with a total spend of more than $900m (£600m) benefited from the UK’s high-end TV tax break in 2014.
Director of Way To Blue Spain appointed European managing director.
Berlinale serves as launchpad for new German sales outfit Pluto Film.
Directors of Oh Boy, Persepolis and Cinema Paradiso among those to join omnibus film; Ai Weiwei shooting remotely this weekend from Beijing.
The fashion house documentary has been snapped up in Russia, Italy and Benelux among other territories.
Chloé Zhao’s drama, which debuted at Sundance last week, snapped up in France.
Triple Oscar-winner to be honoured with the Vision Award.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies held on to the top spot at the China box office for the week Jan 26-Feb 1, grossing $42.84m, although reality show spin-off Running Man put up a fight with $37.05m over its opening weekend.
Three-year deal with China’s leading internet television company begins with BAFTA Film Awards.
The Mumbai Film Festival has confirmed that Anupama Chopra is taking over as festival director starting with this year’s edition (Oct 29-Nov 5) while filmmaker Kiran Rao will head the board of trustees.
Terence Chang, Philippe Bober and Naomi Kawase are among the producers of the 30 projects selected for this year’s Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF, March 23-25).
South Korea’s film industry sales hit an all-time record of KW2.03trillion ($1.85bn) last year.
Filmmakers from 24 countries, including the US and Italy, to receive funding
In the run-up to the EFM in Berlin, Protagonist Pictures announced final casting on Rebecca Miller comedy Maggie’s Plan.
INFOGRAPHIC: The Hunting Ground and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl led the pack.
Swedish cinemas registered a total of 16.3 million admissions last year, down 2% on 2013 – but the 25.1% local market share was the highest since 2009.
UK production company and distributor’s slate led by suspense thriller Candlestick.
The British star will play Col Percival Fawcett opposite Sienna Miller and Robert Pattinson in James Gray’s adventure that Sierra/Affinity represents at the EFM.
Mr Turner director to be honoured this weekend.
Short promo to be presented at Berlin’s European Film Market.
Dogwoof acquires international rights for A&E Indiefilms’ Sundance-winning Cartel Land.
StudioCanal’s smash has become the biggest family release of all time for a non-US studio film as it earned the latest distinction in a box office run that has been bristling with accomplishment.
Former Total Film and Premiere editor will succeed Wendy Mitchell.
Imax Corporation has revealed its latest distribution play via its $50m war chest to finance original film, partnering with Broad Green Pictures to join Sophisticated Films and Wild Bunch on Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time.
EXCLUSIVE: On the back of its marquee sales title and awards contender Cake starring Jennifer Aniston, Conquistador Entertainment will kick off sales in Berlin on the drama starring red-hot Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti and Johnny Simmons.
Top brass at the 22nd South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival have announced the feature line-up for the upcoming festival, set to run from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas.
Media Business Insight, publisher of Screen International, had been bought by Mobeus Equity Partners backing a management-led buy out of five media brands from the Top Right Group.
EXCLUSIVE: Sundance winner picked up from The Match Factory
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all North American rights from Beta Cinema to Sharon Mammon and Tal Granit’s euthanasia comedy. BOND/360, Zeitgeist Films and Image Entertainment have all been active in separate deals.
Lantica Media, formerly known as Indomina, will co-finance and co-produce with Relativity Studios the upcoming thriller from Frank E Flowers as part of an overarching pact.
Submarine Entertainment has licensed Doug Aitken’s Sundance film in a slew of international territories ahead of an anticipated US announcement.
Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment has received the Alfred P Sloan Feature Film Prize and a $20,000 cash award as the Sundance Institute announced Science-In-Film honourees.
The distributor has acquired US and Canadian rights to the true-life drama starring Jaime King.
The partners have announced the start of production in Victoria, British Columbia, on the teenage heroin addiction drama.
Thriller starring Eloise Mumford sold to territories in Asia and Europe by Jinga Films.
Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry also announced for Whit Stillman’s adaptation of unfinished Jane Austen novella
Franco-Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako Timbuktu has clinched best film and best director at the Lumière Awards, France’s version of the Golden Globes.
EFM: Good Universe has closed a host of international sales heading into the EFM on Lava Bear’s supernatural thriller led by a major deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA).
EFM: The Beverly Hills-based sales agency has launched a full-time office in Paris named CMG Europe SAS.
Milla Jovovich is in advanced negotiations to star as a sorceress in Myriad Pictures’ fantasy adventure based on short stories from the creator of Game Of Thrones.
EXCLUSIVE: Advance international ticket sales on Fifty Shades Of Grey, set to open day-and-date worldwide via Universal on February 11, have sky-rocketed to 2.75 million across 39 markets.
Producers Marie Lora-Mungai and Tendeka Matatu are merging their assets to create Restless Global, a development, finance, production, distribution and exhibition studio for African content both within and outside Africa.
XYZ Films has teamed up with John Hegeman’s new genre label Distant Corners Entertainment to produce the collection of subversive holiday tales from multiple directors including Kevin Smith.
EXCLUSIVE: Industry Pictures and Lentin/Odette Productions announced on Monday (February 2) the multiple Canadian Screen Awards nominee will premiered at the market in Berlin.
In a pair of late-breaking North American deals from Sundance, Alchemy has acquired political thriller Zipper while The Orchard has taken Finders Keepers.
Other new projects include prison drama Jailbirds (Taularde) starring Sophie Marceau.
Controversial director makes rare appearance and speeches at Danish film awards.
Disney’s latest animation lands with $6.45m (£4.295m), including previews; Fox’s adaptation bows just behind with $6.37m (£4.24m), including previews, and posts Matthew Vaughn’s best-ever Fri-Sun tally in process.
Carnaby International to begin sales of Damacus Cover in Berlin this week as filming commences in Morocco.
HanWay to launch project in Berlin.
Taiwanese filmmaker and actress Sylvia Chang has been chosen as the Filmmaker in Focus at this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF).
IFFR also reveals other award winners including the audience prize.
BBFC gives adult classification to forthcoming feature for “strong sex”.
British live action and animated shorts will go on UK and international tour from March
Teenage outcast drama wins four Jussi awards including best film.
Global Screen and Picture Tree International are lining up a number of market premieres to be unveiled at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin later this week.
BOX OFFICE: Chinese Running Brother stormed to the top of the international box office charts at the weekend thanks to an estimated $35m haul.
Clint Eastwood’s war film held on to number one for the third consecutive weekend as an estimated $31.9m looks to have set a new record for the weekend and boosted the running total through Warner Bros to $248.9m.
EXCLUSIVE: Brian O’Shea and his team head to Berlin with world sales rights to Vadim Jean’s caper staring Kelsey Grammer.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Spotlight Pictures heads to Berlin with two new titles on its sales roster.
The Art Directors Guild and ASIFA-Hollywood handed out their major honours over the weekend.
Danish director Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm took home the Gothenburg Film Festival’s Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film for drama In Your Arms.
SUNDANCE: The 2015 festival approached the end on Saturday (January 31) as Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me And Earl And The Dying Girl capped a sensational 10 days by scooping both the US grand jury prize and audience awards.
SUNDANCE: The new distributor has acquired worldwide rights to Brett Haley’s I’ll See You In My Dreams following the world premiere on January 27. Separately HBO has taken US TV rights to 3 1/2 Minutes.
EXCLUSIVE: Company racks up sales on Margarethe von Trotta’s The Misplaced World ahead of Berlinale premiere.
GOTEBORG: Anticipated Nordic titles presented to industry.
SUNDANCE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired international rights and The Orchard has picked up North America on Joe Swanberg’s drama. In separate deals, Ten Thousand Saints and Fresh Dressed also sold.
FilmNation will introduce EFM buyers to the thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan, which Open Road Films is financing and will distribute in the US.
EXCLUSIVE: Fortissimo Films chairman Michael Werner said on Friday (January 30) the company had bulked up its EFM war chest with international rights to Chloé Zhao’s recent Sundance premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Cast rounds on Goldcrest’s Liz Garbus-Galt Niederhoffer comedy.
SUNDANCE: IFC Midnight has swooped on US rights to Dark Factory Entertainment’s revenge thriller following its world premiere at Sundance.