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.
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 have filed a trademark infringement and unfair competition suit against QED International founder Bill Block, QED Pictures and QED International.
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.
All3Media has acquired Call The Midwife and Penny Dreadful producer Neal Street Productions.
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.
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 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.
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.
Documentary from the director of An Inconvenient Truth centres on inspirational young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai.
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.
Relativity EuropaCorp Distribution has appointed Tommy Gargotta as president of theatrical marketing.
The North American deal follows the film’s world premiere at Sundance in January and sets up a theatrical release later this year.
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.
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.
‘The Artist’ director Michel Hazanavicius leads call against the creation of a Digital Single Market
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.
Second World War drama will shoot on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.
Veteran British actor, who recently directed his second feature A Little Chaos, to give on stage interview in London.
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.
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.
Janus Films will release new 4K restorations of Satyajit Ray’s seminal The Apu Trilogy with new subtitles.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Outfit plans co-productions with Jerry Weintraub and Cameron Jones.
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.
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.
Get all the exclusives, reviews, features and screening times from the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (Filmart).
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..
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.
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: Creative England head of film and iFeatures founder to step down next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama based on a spate of teen suicides in Wales premiered at Rotterdam.
The distributor will release Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet in the US on August 7.
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.
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.
Documentary will be exclusive to the BBC’s iPlayer VOD platform.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
UK education charity Into Film is set to host its inaugural awards at London’s Empire Leicester Square.
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.
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.
Signature Entertainment teams with Empire Cinemas and Wuaki.tv to bring new release model to UK.
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.
Film and TV awards to be split into two events.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: First images released as UK funding body backs sequel to 1995 football hooligan film.
Principal photography commenced today in Georgia on the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel.
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.
Pact covers titles such as Now You See Me 2 and Age of Adaline [pictured].
Fenady is stepping down as president of physical production at the studio.
Korean director to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s edition on March 25.
Thriller starring Naomi Watts recently began filming in Montreal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UK deal struck with Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films.
Spy thriller is the first project from the companies’ recently launched independent studio.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: 4Digital Media boards UK/US rights to crime thriller.
Lia van Leer, the legendary first lady of Israeli cinema, has passed away in Jerusalem aged 90.
Fund forms part of a creative innovation drive in Busan.
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.
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.
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.
Dramas from Jayro Bustamante and Gabriel Ripstein take top prizes in Mexico.
Two months addded to event cinema run.
Alex Gibney’s documentary world premiered at SXSW.
Streaming service acquires global rights to the Duplass Brothers production, written and directed by Hannah Fidell.
Horror documentary to be released theatrically and on VoD on June 5.
EPIX Original Documentary unites stars of Bill and Ted films for the first time since 1993’s Freaked.
Indiegogo campaign for web series is now the highest crowdfunded web series of all time.
Provincial broadcaster will be funding 25% of Lionsgate’s $1.5bn film and TV production slate, excluding The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises.
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.
International sales exec follows Bill Block out of the sales, financing and production company behind District 9, Fury and W.
EXCLUSIVE: Romanian Palme d’Or winner to explore complexities of bringing up children in Fotografii de familie.
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.
Qumra panel debates challenges of producing and distributing local fare.
Film composer to write 15 minutes of additional music for a performance by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Infernal Affairs actor among final additions of cast on US-China co-production, set to go into production at the end of the month.
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.
Writer-director passed away yesterday [March 10] after a four-year battle with ALS.
Panel held yesterday on the “vision for the future and reform” of the festival in Seoul.
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.
Fuelled by strong growth in the Asia Pacific region, global box office receipts hit $36.4bn last year.
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.
Abderrahmane Sissako considering historical novel, which captures adventures of a 15th century Arab diplomat, writer and explorer.
Films will be competing for nearly $40,000 in total prizes in various narrative and documentary categories.
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.
Supernatural thriller starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane retains release date.
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.
Breaking Bad star has begun shooting Brad Furman’s thriller in London with Diane Kruger.
French director of award winners Round Midnight and The Clockmaker to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
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.
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.
Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford set for re-release in the UK.
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
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.
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.
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.
Bruce McDonald’s horror world premiered at Sundance.
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.
Company acquires US distribution rights to Justin Edgar’s third feature.
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.
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.
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.
Fifty Shades Of Grey has crossed $500m through Universal heading into its fourth weekend.
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.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway in London on UK thriller with star of US drama Revenge.
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.
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.
Top brass at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) presented by AT&T have announced the World Narrative and Documentary Competition and Viewpoints selections.
EXCLUSIVE: Service adds upcoming releases, is in talks with commercial and indie exhibitors for roll-out.
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.
Open Road Films has released the first image from Oliver Stone’s upcoming drama about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Deal secures co-production treaty with qualifying films not subject to China’s quota on foreign films.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Deals with Wild Bunch, Memento, Submarine include doc The Seventh Fire, presented by Terrence Malick.
Bruce Lee Enterprises CEO Shannon Lee is teaming up with Lawrence Grey and Janet Yang on a biopic about her iconic father.
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.
The multiple Oscar winner has come on board to narrate the documentary about fistula, a debilitating condition that turns healthy African women into outcasts.
EXCLUSIVE: Bernard Hill, Virginia McKenna head MoliFilms comedy.
Exhibition giant Odeon is to go on sale for approximately £1bn, its owner has announced.
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.
Studio hierarchy announced the move in a call with analysts after the Q4 earnings report declared a $263.2m net loss.
The Sundance hit that triggered a world rights deal with Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush will open on July 1.
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
Follows Marco Mueller’s exit last year.
Directors of award-winning films including Uncle Boonmee… and Kandahar also back freedom of expression fight.
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).
Former Focus Films exec named film festival artistic director.
Baldvin Z’s drama scoops 12 Edda awards.
Shooting on Edward Snowden thriller underway in Munich.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: 33 screenings for vampire mockumentary, starring Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, on audience-led screening platform.
Effective March 2, Reinseth will oversee linear content acquisition, development and production for the division.
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.
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.
Netflix could spend as much as $5bn on content in 2016, according to analysts.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Roadside Attractions and Godspeed Pictures have set a May 15 theatrical release for the 2014 Heartland Film Festival Audience Choice Award winner.
Italian sales agency secures deals in Berlin
Naji Abu Nowar’s co-production to get Middle East distribution.
Panorama title and acclaimed drama The Tribe sell for Paris outfit.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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”.
The Icelandic film-maker is in pre-production on the psychological thriller that he says will be “dark and foreboding and uneasy.”
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Carnaby inks multiple deals on espionage thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: Other IFFR pick-ups include God Loves the Fighter.
Wang Xiaoshuai’s Venice premiere sells to French distributor.
Bridging The Dragon is an association connecting European and Chinese film professionals.
Psychological thriller acquired by Italian sales collective for world sales.
Winners of the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung were announced on Sunday [Feb 8].
South Korean’s More In Group sells biopic to Israel and Hong Kong.
Silver Sword International (SSI) has acquired all US, Canadian and UK rights to the Catholic Church corruption documentary Final Vatican Conspiracy.
Autlook’s Panorama selected Iraqi Odyssey has now gone to iWonder (Italy).
EXCLUSIVE: Matt McCombs’ Spotlight Pictures has acquired world rights to Sydon’s Falsely Accused.
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: Swedish film bodies join forces for push.
EXCLUSIVE: Mekimi follows a media star who turns ultra-orthodox?.
EXCLUSIVE: Poland-based sales outfit concludes number of deals on its slate.
EFM: The Los Angeles-based sales, financing and production company has reported a roaring trade on its marquee sales title here.
EXCLUSIVE: Queen of the Desert star joins Mia Wasikowska, Guy Pearce.
Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights from Coproduction Office to Ulrich Seidl’s In The Basement.
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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Company takes world rights, outside India and South Asia, to 25th anniversary edition.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Stefano Savona’s Samouni Road mixes live action and animation.
Keynote at the Creative Europe MEDIA day conference was Oettinger’s first face-to-face encounter with the European film professionals.
Company has extended its licence of 3D systems.
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.
Egypt’s first-ever found footage horror film to screen tomorrow [Feb 10].
Support scheme launched under the auspices of the Sarajevo Film Festival last August.
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.
Sales outfit at the EFM with Blood Ransom and Afterimages.
EXCLUSIVE: First look at Arsen A. Osojic’s drama.
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.
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: 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: Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez is an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke.
EXCLUSIVE: Company signs new deals with Tele München Group, Viva and Imagem.
EXCLUSIVE: Moviehouse boards The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson.
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: Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s company announces string of key hires in marketing, sales, finance and business affairs.
EXCLUSIVE: Tan Twan Eng’s award-winning novel set for English-language feature to be co-produced with HBO Asia.
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: Ballet movie sells for Wide House, who are also beginning pre-sales on Unpleasant Truths directed by Marcel Opuls.
EXCLUSIVE: UK production company behind Berlin title The Beat Beneath My Feet greenlights next feature.
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: Dominic West, Stacy Martin among cast of UK drama.
EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd inks deal on western starring Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson; first look picture.
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: UK sales outfit headed by former Intandem execs.
EFM: Landmine drama screened at British Embassy; Metro International handling sales.
Verfehlung is the German sales agent’s first acquisition at the EFM.
EXCLUSIVE: FilmSharks is showing first footage of the first officially endorsed biopic of Pope Francis at the EFM.
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: Projects include an omnibus about Hong Kong’s history that brings together eight of the territory’s leading directors.
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics nabs hit Sundance doc about rags to riches racehorse.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: JK Youn’s blockbuster closes a string of sales across the Asia Pacific region.
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.
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.
Gemma Jones, Daniel Wolfe and Peter Mullan among guests to attend upcoming 11th Glasgow Film Festival.
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.
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.
Arab Cinema in Sweden will release Mohamed Khan’s feature on April 24.
Sales company acquires international rights to English-language 3D animation.
Hong Kong-based sales company acquires international rights to Derek Kwok’s sports drama.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome International inks deals on action-adventure.
Conversations About Cinema will be run in partnership with Chapter Arts (Cardiff) and QFT (Belfast).
Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus lead the cast on director’s first English-language film.
EXCLUSIVE: Film is currently in post-production and has sold to the likes of the UK and Poland.
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.
Big Hero 6 scooped five awards at the Visual Effects Society’s 13th annual VES Awards in Los Angeles.
The executive has joined Continental Media as president and has begun EFM talks with buyers on Petr Jakl’s The Ghoul.
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.
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.
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.
Picture Tree International sells Paulo Coehlo biopic to Music Box Films for US.
China-US-Australia co-production set for major Chinese New Year release.
EXCLUSIVE: Saboteur will rep two films at the European Film Market.
EXCLUSIVE: New sequel to hit French time travel film starring Jean Reno and Christian Clavier set for 2016.
EXCLUSIVE: Drama heads to shoot, The Yellow Affair to sell at EFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Family film stars Emily Watson, Dominic Monaghan.
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.
Extra £3m to provide financial supports for Scottish film, animation and high-end TV production and to support skills development.
Cast completes on Rebecca Miller’s romantic comedy, which starts shooting later this month.
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Madsen alien encounter doc played at Sundance.
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.
UK production company and distributor’s slate led by suspense thriller Candlestick.
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).
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.
South Korea’s film industry sales hit an all-time record of KW2.03trillion ($1.85bn) last year.
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.
Dogwoof acquires international rights for A&E Indiefilms’ Sundance-winning Cartel Land.
Mr Turner director to be honoured this weekend.
Short promo to be presented at Berlin’s European Film Market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry also announced for Whit Stillman’s adaptation of unfinished Jane Austen novella
Thriller starring Eloise Mumford sold to territories in Asia and Europe by Jinga Films.
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.
Other new projects include prison drama Jailbirds (Taularde) starring Sophie Marceau.
Controversial director makes rare appearance and speeches at Danish film awards.
In a pair of late-breaking North American deals from Sundance, Alchemy has acquired political thriller Zipper while The Orchard has taken Finders Keepers.
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.
HanWay to launch project in Berlin.
Carnaby International to begin sales of Damacus Cover in Berlin this week as filming commences in Morocco.
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.
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.
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.
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.
James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride will star in In Dubious Battle, which AMBI Distribution is bringing to the EFM.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired North America, English-speaking rights and select territories to the thriller starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort. Lotus will commence pre-sales on remaining territories at the EFM next week.
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.
Jason Michael Berman and Laura Rister have set Elle Fanning and Diego Luna to star in the sci-fi.
EXCLUSVE: Cast rounds on US-Swedish drama set to star Glenn Close.
Producers Gina G Goff of Goff Productions and Rene Sheridan are pleased to announce the addition of
EXCLUSIVE: Doc about iconic horse race comes from Senna producer.
Korean actress Son Ye-jin as been cast in Huayi Brothers’ Bad Guys Always Die (working title), which will be executive produced by Korean filmmaker Kang Je Gyu and China’s Feng Xiaogang.
The Weinstein Company secures sale of drama starring Helen Mirren, set to world premiere at Berlinale.
EXCLUSIVE: Shoreline Entertainment has acquired rights to backwoods thriller and will introduce to international buyers at the EFM.
Open Road Films will release its newly acquired Sundance feature nationwide on June 12.
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies stands at $630.7m through Warner Bros Pictures International and continues to rampage through China.
EFM: UK sales outfit The Works International has boarded world rights to documentary Elstree 1976, about the effect Star Wars had on the lives of those involved in even the smallest roles in the film.
UTV Motion Pictures’ blockbuster PK, starring Aamir Khan, is heading for distribution in mainland China, where China Film Group and Huaxia will release it on 3,500 screens.
Alex Garland’s sci-fi drama judges edges Matthew Vaughn’s spy thriller.
European film professionals community will be looking to hear more concrete proposals about future EU policy for film and TV sector when Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, comes to the Berlinale.
CEO Brian O’Shea will commence talks with international buyers at the EFM next week on the high concept rom-com.
EFM: Alex Walton’s Bloom heads to the Berlin market with international rights to the geopolitical thriller starring Guillaume Canet and Jamie Dornan, who will be in town for the world premiere of Fifty Shades Of Grey.
Patrick Roy has been promoted to president of eOne Films Canada and Les Films Séville as the company announced Bryan Gliserman was stepping down as president of eOne Films Canada.
EXCLUSIVE: Nick Meyer has bulked up his EFM sales slate with the Kenneth Longeran drama that has Casey Affleck attached to star alongside Michelle Williams.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales company will kick off sales at EFM next week on The Community’s comedy to star Shiloh Fernandez, Chris Noth, Mary-Louise Parker and Ashley Benson.
Noam Murro will direct The Black List screenplay for Atlas Independent that Highland Film Group (HFG) will introduce to international buyers in Berlin next week.
The distributor of Woody Allen’s last six films has acquired North American rights to his latest comedy from Gravier Productions bearing the new title Irrational Man.
Patrick Wachsberger’s sales team will commence talks with international buyers in Berlin on the previously announced comedy that went into production this week and stars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin and Anthony Mackie.
Telefilm Canada has unveiled its Ten Canadians To Watch at the Berlinale and the EFM.
The busy distributor confirmed on Thursday (January 29) its world deal at Sundance on Crystal Moselle’s documentary.
Dakota Fanning to star as a woman who descends into insanity; Gerard Barrett to direct.
The distributor has picked up US rights to Swedish director Mikael Berg’s tale of lust, love, class and the battle of the sexes.
EFM: Content Film has added another title to its Berlin sales slate and will kick off talks with international buyers next week on Alex Winter’s documentary.
Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.
Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s Chernobyl-based drama wins one of three awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam’s co-production market.
The Sundance 2014 release has reached $4.4m in the US since its release on October 17 2014 – which its representatives said was a new high-water mark for a crowd-funded film.
GOTEBORG: Docu-drama competing in Swedish Premieres Section at the Gothenburg Film Festival.
Sales outfit secures sci-fi feature and a Berlinale Forum film ahead of next week’s EFM.
GOTEBORG: Left Bank CEO Andy Harries and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer Tony Grisoni revealed details about upcoming projects during keynotes at TV Drama Vision, the Gothenburg Film Festival’s TV event.
Event cinema specialist Arts Alliance has upped Ross Fitzsimons, formerly head of art and classical, to head of sales and marketing.
Christoph Ahmadi to leave exhibitor as Carsten Horn is named managing director.
GOTEBORG: The Nordisk Film and TV Fund saw the level of money it allocated to TV surge in 2014 as local producers increasingly look to the small screen, according to CEO Petri Kemppinen.
GOTEBORG: Nordic territories will need to see an increase in the number of local commissioners and platforms if they are to adequately showcase flourishing scripted drama, industry experts agreed yesterday in Gothenburg.
EXCLUSIVE: In arguably the plum US title of the EFM, Mel Gibson is returning behind the camera for the first time in nearly a decade to direct Andrew Garfield in $40-50m true-life epic Hacksaw Ridge.
Another major project has dropped into the EFM as Sierra/Affinity consummates its lengthy courtship with the Black Bear Pictures adventure to star Matthew McConaughey and prepares to kick off international sales in Berlin next week.
Fox Searchlight has confirmed its deal for the US and multiple territories to Sundance hit Brooklyn, while Magnolia has swooped on Best Of Enemies and Sundance Selects buys City Of Gold.
EFM: Penelope Cruz and Diane Kruger are in final talks to star in the romance from Isabel Coixet, whose Nobody Wants The Night will open the Berlinale next week.
Lionsgate and China’s Hunan TV are in advanced talks to strike a three-year film-making pact.
EXCLUSIVE: Soda Pictures has picked up from HanWay Films Canadian rights to the Western following its world premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the weekend.
EXCLUSIVE: First image from road trip comedy starring Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie.
EXCLUSIVE: Vampire action film written by Danny King (Wild Bill).
Cinedigm has signed a 12-film deal with Brand Inc over three years and will funnel the original titles through multiple platforms including its OTT channels.
The Sundance Institute has announced its short film-making awards with Don Hertzfeldt’s World Of Tomorrow taking the short film grand jury prize.
Designer biopic leads the pack with 10 nominations; Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche in the running for actress awards.
SUNDANCE: Sony Pictures Classics acquires worldwide rights to comedy starring Lily Tomlin.
ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Scott Dow’s horror spoof.
Start-up UK and Beijing-based production company Parc Media has unveiled a slate of three China-UK co-productions, two of which will use Douglas Trumbull’s new MAGI 3D process.
Major new initiatives for Scottish Film Talent announced; 14 projects selected for New Talent Shorts programme.
BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.
Taiwanese distributor Catchplay has signed a deal to co-finance and co-distribute three New Regency productions: The Revenant, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell.
Japan’s box office gross rose 6.6% to hit JPY207bn ($1.75bn) last year.
Mark Damon returns to Berlin with a marquee title in the form of the Bobby Farrelly comedy and along with Tamara Birkemoe will commence pre-sales next week.
A banner year in Park City continued to deliver the goods as Magnolia Pictures acquired world rights to Sean Baker’s comedy. Separately, Fox Searchlight closed a major deal for Brooklyn, while Alchemy, SPC and Lionsgate confirmed previously reported buys on Strangerland, The Diary Of A Teenage Girl and Knock Knock.
EFM: StudioCanal has injected what is sure to become one of the hottest titles at the market, setting the Oscar winner to play amateur yachtsman Donald Crowhurst in James Marsh’s follow-up to Academy Award nominee The Theory Of Everything.
Antwerp musician Tom Barman, founding member of cult rock band dEUS, is setting aside time to devote to his film work and has three film projects at early stages.
Danny Boyle has begun principal photography in San Francisco on Universal’s Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender.
Content Media will commence international sales in Berlin next week on John Suits’ sci-fi action-thriller starring Rachel Nichols, Mekhi Phifer and Missi Pyle.
Ruben Östlund’s family drama leads the pack with six Guldbagge Awards.
Octavia Spencer is attached to star and will reunite with The Help producer Brunson Green on the biopic, which The Exchange will introduce to buyers next week.
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick.
CHINA BOX OFFICE: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies grossed $49.84m on its opening weekend in China, pushing record-breaking remake Miss Granny into second place.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has set the date for the 73rd annual Golden Globes.
Image Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Caliber Media’s creature feature and will release theatrically this year.
The Sundance Institute has named the winners of the 2015 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award presented by the new digital-only news channel AJ+.
At a panel in Rotterdam, the ‘next wave’ of festival programmers from across the globe debated topics such as how much to programme audience-friendly films while championing more challenging work.
Production outfit Amour Fou is in development on two projects - including a “feminist vampire” film - with Nobel prize winning Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek.
New films on Screenbase include Eran Riklis’ drama A Borrowed Identity, Tom Barman’s The Alcoholics and twin sisters Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth’s Olivia And Jim.
BAFTA-winner to adapt short story Dogfight, from cult sci-fi writer; currently in Rotterdam with Brand New-U.
Turner nominated artists The Wilson sisters, Louise Wilson and Jane Wilson, have been in Rotterdam this weekend for the international premiere of their new piece Undead Sun, originally presented in London’s Imperial War Museum last year.
New distribution initiative launched at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).
Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights outside South Africa to Mark Dornford-May’s Breathe Umphefumlo, which will premiere Out Of Competition at the upcoming Berlin film festival.
A new international platform for Arab cinema, the Arab Cinema Center (ACC), will launch at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin, representing 11 Arab production companies and organisations.
Ava DuVernay and her Selma star David Oyelowo have teamed up with Participant Media to develop a romantic mystery set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.
An unusually busy first weekend of on-site deal-making in Park City continued into the week as Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush partnered on world rights to Me And Earl And The Dying Girl and The Orchard acquired The Overnight.
EXCLUSIVE: Brady Bowen said on Monday (January 26) the company had acquired international sales rights and will kick off business at the EFM next week.
SUNDANCE: The Orchard has taken North American rights to The Overnight as reports emerged that Lionsgate was closing on Chilewood psychosexual thriller Knock Knock.
EXCLUSIVE: Director issues statement on his reasons for defying filmmaking ban, ahead of Berlinale Taxi premiere.
Busan Metropolitan City has asked Lee Yong-kwan to step down as festival director of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) ahead of its 20th edition.
Former Rome Film Festival director Marco Mueller has been appointed chief consultant to the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) as the five-year-old festival strives to become a world-class event.
Warner Bros’ awards contender posts $3.8m (£2.5m) second weekend to dethrone Taken 3; Universal’s Ex Machina leads openers with $1.7m (£1.1m) debut.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based sales agent does good business at Unifrance Rendezvous.
EXCLUSIVE: Crybaby Pictures plans project with The Bureau, Steel Mill Pictures.
UK wins two of three Canon Tiger Awards at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR); Serbia-Germany short submitted to EFAs.
Ted Field will produce writer-director Cameron Romero’s zombie origins story.
Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore earned top film acting honours at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (January 25).
SUNDANCE: The distributor has picked up US rights to Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel’s comedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden. At time of writing reports were circulating that SPC had taken the US and territories on The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.
UPDATED JANUARY 26: New Line-MGM’s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies crossed $600m at the international box office as a record three-day non-holiday Chinese debut delivered a confirmed $49.3m.
Birdman took a big stride towards the Oscar on Saturday night (January 23) as it upset Boyhood to claim best feature at the 26th annual Producers Guild Awards, capping another triumphant night for Fox Searchlight.
EXCLUSIVE: The LA-based sales, production and distribution company heads to the EFM in Berlin with international sales rights to the Alaskan adventure film.
International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is expecting to record 280,000 cinema visits over the festival period, making it one of the biggest public film festivals in Europe.
UPDATED JANUARY 26: Clint Eastwood’s box office phenomenon crossed the $200m threshold in its second wide weekend while Lionsgate’s Mortdecai and Disney’s Strange Magic both flopped.
EXCLUSIVE: Automatic Entertainment will introduce Berlin buyers next month to a slate that includes the thriller Goddess Of Love.
Producer of Cannes award-winner The Wonders takes on first UK production.
French producer Ilann Girard, boss of Arsam International and exec producer on March of the Penguins, has revealed further details of his new CineMart project Cunningham.
Upcoming productions include Ahd Kamel’ s My Driver and I.
Iranian writer-director Reza Mirkarimi’s Today, Iran’s Oscar submission, has been screening at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) this week.
SLAMDANCE: The A-lister is attached to remake rights to the January 24 Slamdance premiere Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World – A Dana Nachman Film in a deal being put together by Submarine’s new remake label Sub/Version.
SUNDANCE UPDATE: The distributor has closed a $3m-plus deal and will partner with Stage 6 Films on the acquisition of the dark comedy that has been an early hit in Park City. Meanwhile A24 closed on The Witch and Alchemy was nearing a US deal for Strangerland.
SUNDANCE: Hot on the heels of the event cinema fund launched by Tugg and New Balloon, Indiegogo and Vimeo have announced a distribution partnership. Separately, Vertical has acquired Dial A Prayer and Gravitas Ventures has picked up Any Day.
Dutch filmmaker Jan-Willem van Ewijk is developing a US-set feature, Sleep, following a father and his teenage daughter as they travel through from the Mid-West to California.
Heretic Outreach has boarded its first projects ahead of IFFR.
Savage Film presents new projects at Rotterdam; Oscar-nominated Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam’s Belgian-set feature The Faithful planning shoot.
Leo Hannewijk, festival director at Film by the Sea in Vlissingen, has taken up a new, additional role as film commissioner in Zeeland.
Speaking in Rotterdam, Netherlands Film Fund director Doreen Boonekamp has delivered an upbeat assessment of the state of the Dutch film industry.
Sales include Taiwan and Scandinavia.
Pan-European cinema event will see five films premiere in Rotterdam and simultaneously across Europe; Distrify Media and Filmin will offer through VOD.
Netflix is understood to have struck a four-film deal with Mark and Jay Duplass, it has emerged in Park City.
Palme d’Or winners the Dardenne brothers issue statement following the cancellation of the Ramdan Film Festival over terrorist threats and the evacuation of a cinema.
SUNDANCE: Kuwaiti industrialist Nawaf Alghanim announced in Park City on Friday (January 23) the formation of his Los Angeles and Kuwaiti-based financing and production company.
EXCLUSIVE: Angel Grace Productions will commence international sales at the EFM on LA-based BrownBag Pictures and Decipher Entertainment drama starring Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover and Jane Seymour.
SUNDANCE: In another preemptive move that has kept the news flowing in the first two days in Park City, the distributor announced it has acquired North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut.
Negeen Yazdi has been promoted to president of international production and Dan Guando to evp of acquisitions, production and development at The Weinstein Company.
Culinary documentary to receive world premiere at Berlin next month.
Australia’s gross box office revenue dropped by 2.28% in 2014 compared to 2013, about the same as the fall from 2012 to 2013.
Browse the digital version of Screen International here including interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Daldry; and special reports on the VFX of Interstellar, the Goteborg Film Festival and short films.
Fox International’s Taken 3 stands at $105.1m and will look to surge past the $125m mark this weekend when it bursts into Australia and Brazil this weekend.
Martin Scorsese’s prestige independent drama and passion project Silence is moving ahead with a January 30 production start in Taiwan as the latest financing element has entered the equation.
Magnolia has swooped on world rights to the Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders comedy set to premiere in Park City on January 27. Meanwhile A24 was understood to be in advanced talks for US rights to The End Of The Tour.
The distributor has acquired all North American rights to the hit South Korean thriller and Cannes 2014 Directors’ Fortnight selection and will release in theatres this summer.
The Weinstein Company has set its release date for the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama. In other news, DIRECTV Cinema is previewing Tracers, Samuel Goldwyn has acquired Somm: Into The Bottle and Vimeo has launched an on-demand publisher network.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has bulked up its Berlin sales slate, taking international rights on Andrew Steggall’s feature debut.
EXCLUSIVE: British director Tom Harper has sharply criticised the British Board Of Film Classification (BBFC) over its decision to give his Hammer horror sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death a 15 certificate.
British director will premiere Eisenstein in Guanajuato at the Berlinale next month.
Stray Bear Productions, producer of IFFR opening film War Book, has features lined-up including the story of a gay miner in 1980s Yorkshire.
HBF+Europe to support co-productions with emerging territories.
Outgoing festival director Rutger Wolfson opens his final IFFR; War Book screened to packed theatre.
Megan Ellison is venturing into virtual reality and has formed the joint venture VRSE.farm with artist Chris Milk, whose Evolution Of Verse premieres in Sundance this week.
Veteran Dutch producer Stienette Bosklopper, owner and MD of Circe Film, is turning screenwriter and has written two projects already in advanced development.
Golcrest to launch sci-fi remake at EFM; UTA rep US.
The embattled studio is letting go of marketing chief Dawn Taubin, vice-chair Lew Coleman and COO Mark Zoradi as it plans to lay off approximately 500 people and cut the feature slate to two films a year.
TWC-Dimension has picked up North American rights to Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment’s Osama Bin Laden satire.
The US rights deal for Guillermo Amoedo’s ‘Chilewood’ genre film Eli Roth Presents The Stranger follows the recent world premiere at Fantastic Fest.
The producer has joined Miramax on the eve of Sundance as svp of acquisitions and co-productions.
The Spanish maestro will receive the Writers Guild Of America, West’s Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement.
11th edition of festival to close with UK premiere of Force Majeure, and will feature 33 UK premieres and a record 11 world premieres.
The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center have announced their initial selections ahead of the festival, set to run in New York from March 18-29.
The American Cinema Editors (ACE) will honour Diane Adler and Jerry Greenberg as well as journalist Carolyn Giardina at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards on January 30 in Los Angeles.
Cinereach has hired independent film specialist and producer Caroline Kaplan as head of creative initiatives.
Eran Riklis’ drama formerly known as Dancing Arabs is based on Sayed Kashua’s adaptation of his novel of the same name and premiered in Locarno last year.
EXCLUSIVE: StudioCanal executive Nick McKay to start in April.
Berlinale title follows three gay teenagers as they come out in US Bible Belt.
EXCLUSIVE: Ariel Vromen will direct the submarine thriller that Fortitude International is fully financing.
Projects from Italy, Ireland, Hungary and Poland were the winners at this year’s edition of the When East Meets West (WEMW) co-production market.
Dimitra Tsingou will report to CEO Mike Goodridge.
Cantinas Entertainment has acquired Mission Pictures to form Cantinas Distribution.
The studio is considering letting go of up to 400 employees according to reports.
How to avoid the pitfalls of film finance.
Kristian Brodie, one of the producers of BIFA-winning documentary Next Goal Wins, is departing Agile Films to become an independent producer under his own banner VERYFINE.
Selma, Benedict Cumberbatch, The Lego Movie and ‘Dick Poop’ set social networks buzzing following this year’s Oscar nominations.
The studio issued an unverifiable update on Tuesday (January 20) to say its controversial comedy had reached $40m via digital platforms and been viewed more than 5.8million times.
EXCLUSIVE: Titles from Voltage, Hannibal, Highland Film Group among haul.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International will handle international sales in Berlin on 100% Halal and VICE Media Benelux’s Dutch Generation 14+ opening night selection.
Palme d’Or winners Joel and Ethan Coen will serve as presidents of the jury for the 68th Festival de Cannes.
Elevation Pictures will distribute the Bleecker Street slate in Canada, the company heads announced on Tuesday (January 20).
Christina Thomas will step down as chief executive of BAFTA New York on July 1 and the search for her replacement will begin in February.
Cinedigm has signed a 10-film deal with Lou Arkoff, Jeff Katz and Hal Sadoff to reinvent a series of American International Pictures (AIP) classics from the 1950s including The Brain Eaters and Girls In Prison.
Sierra/Affinity will kick off pre-sales in Berlin next month on Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut thriller as part of its exclusive deal to license and service Blumhouse International (BHI) films not distributed via Universal Pictures International.
The division of Mexican titan Grupo Televisa is ramping up English-language production and distribution and has appointed Chris Philip to lead its new global distribution and production unit.
Gravitas Ventures has made changes to its team in the run-up to Sundance led by the hiring of Griffin Gmelich from hulu as svp of sales and business development.
The Spanish-language digital rights holders of television and feature film content has launched the beta version of streaming portal and mobile app Pongalo.
The company behind 2014’s top independent faith-based film God’s Not Dead has announced the release for its follow-up.
EXCLUSIVE: The Paris-based company has come on as co-producer and international sales agent on the Chilean director’s low-budget survival thriller.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired rights to the Hot Docs Film Festival world premiere and upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival selection.
Frank Marshall will receive the American Cinema Editors’ ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker Of The Year Award in Los Angeles on January 30.
Russian punk rock protest group to preview latest film and take to the stage at IFFR.
Edward Noeltner has come on board to handle international sales excluding Latin America to the children’s fantasy, set to receive its US premiere in Sundance next week.
Sundance Institute and Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK have selected French actress and writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre as winner of the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award.
Robert Simonds’ nascent studio has closed an exclusive, four-year premium television deal with Showtime starting this year as it moves ahead with its first four features.
EXCLUSIVE: Goldcrest nabs rights to Stonewall starring Jeremy Irvine ahead of EFM.
World premieres of Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Elser (13 Minutes) and Pablo Larraín’s The Club added to programme.
EXCLUSIVE: Companies from Panama, US, Middle East to debut at Berlin’s EFM; Matthijs Wouter Knol discusses his first six months as market director.
Jump fuelled by Luc Besson’s English-language sci-fi thriller Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson