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11 July 2013

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  • A Field in England figures revealed

    Film4 and Picturehouse have reported initial figures for the UK’s first simultaneous feature release across all formats.
  • Adam Bailey lands Cinesite Inspire gig

    Adam Bailey has won VFX company Cinesite’s fourth annual Inspire internship program.
  • Almost Man arrives in US

    Karlovy Vary 2012 Crystal Globe winner The Almost Man picked up by new US distributor.
  • BAM: Dynamo lines up Elephant

    Colombian production powerhouse Dynamo is preparing to shoot Peruvian co-production The Vanished Elephant as it enters post on Que Viva La Musica and Out Of The Dark.
  • BAM: economy fuels hopes

    Colombia’s growing economy, attractive rebates, young workforce and diverse locations were highlighted by Invest In Bogota top brass at a meeting during the BAM Bogota audiovisual market.
  • Barrack Jr to lead Miramax

    Thomas J Barrack Jr has been named chairman of the film company in the wake of Richard Nanula’s resignation.
  • BBC turns its back on 3D

    The BBC is to turn its back on 3D content after revealing it believes there is not sufficient viewer demand for the technology.
  • BBFC: "paradigm shift in relation to online classification"

    BBFC director says there is “a political shift” taking place in relation to classification of online content; 2013 sees small number of complaints.
  • Ben Wheatley explains A Field In England's multi-platform strategy

    As A Field In England prepares for its multi-platform release in the UK, director Ben Wheatley and producer Andrew Starke were in Karlovy Vary to present the film in competition.
  • Bernard Salt to keynote at AIMC

    Bernard Salt, KPMG partner, author and advisor, will deliver the keynote address at the 68th Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC).
  • BFI faces 10% cut for 2015-16

    The British Film Institute (BFI) is to receive a 10% cut to its resource funding from the government - twice the reduction handed to museums and the rest of the cultural/arts sector.
  • Bula Quo!

    Dir: Stuart St. Paul. UK. 2013. 105mins
  • Busan’s Asian Cinema Fund names winners

    The 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has unveiled 27 selections for this year’s Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) in the categories of Script Development, Post-production and Asian Network of Documentaries (AND).
  • Celebrating The World's End

    Churchill and Cornettos at the world premiere of Edgar Wright’s The World’s End.
  • Cliff Martinez

    Composer Cliff Martinez talks about working with Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Winding Refn.
  • Continental seals Coldwater deal

    EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ production and sales company Continental Media has licensed French rights to the prison break thriller to KMBO Distribution.
  • Creative England gets financial boost

    The UK government today confirmed continued backing for Creative England through the Regional Growth Fund.
  • Creative Skillset calls for fairer internship recruitment

    Creative Skillset is calling for more employers to adopt fair approaches to the way they recruit and pay interns as part of a campaign to promote best practice across the Creative Industries.
  • Cuba’s Blue Heart courts Indiegogo

    The sci-fi thriller has become the first Cuban project to use the crowd-funding platform as the director and producer launch their fundraising campaign.
  • Despicable Me 2 holds UK lead

    Universal’s animated sequel adds $5.9m (£3.99m) for impressive $34.1m (£22.9m) to date; eOne’s Now You See Me debuts strongly with $4.3m (£2.9m).
  • Despicable Me 2 posts $86m int'l

    UPDARED JUL 8: Universal’s family smash ranks as the number one film worldwide after a confirmed $85.1m international haul combined with the $142.9m North American July Fourth weekend for $290.2m.
  • Despicable Me 2 soars in US debut

    Universal’s Despicable Me 2 is heading into a huge Fourth Of July weekend after it grossed $59.5m in the first two days in North America. By contrast Buena Vista’s The Lone Ranger, the other major tentpole release over this long holiday weekend, has returned mediocre numbers.
  • Despicable Me 2 to cross $100m int'l

    Universal’s Despicable Me 2 is gearing up for a hefty weekend outside North America after racing to $75.8m.
  • Elysium to get IMAX treatment

    IMAX Corporation, TriStar Pictures and Media Rights Capital announced on Tuesday [9] that Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi is to be digitally remastered and will open on IMAX worldwide starting on Aug 9.
  • Fantastic Fest gets Machete debut

    Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills will receive its world premiere as opening night film on Sept 19 in Austin. Aldamisa International handled sales outside the US, where Open Road will release the film on Oct 4.
  • Fukunaga showcases Sleepwalkers at KV

    The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival welcomed Cary Fukunaga yesterday for a special event showcasing the latest short film from the director of such films as Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre.
  • German Currents 2013 sets dates

    The seventh edition of German Currents, the annual celebration of German cinema, will run in Los Angeles from Oct 4-7.
  • Greg Foster promoted at IMAX

    The executive has been named CEO of IMAX Entertainment and senior evp of IMAX Corp.
  • Haifaa Al Mansour on Venice jury duty

    The Saudi Arabian director of Wadjda will head up the Luigi De Laurentiis jury at the Venice Film Festival.
  • Halley wins top prize at East End Film Festival

    Growing festival in London also honours docs Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic and Mark Donne’s The UK Gold.
  • Hayter to adapt The Sword

    Lakeshore Entertainment and Hopscotch Features have hired David Hayter to adapt graphic novel revenge tale The Sword. Lakeshore and Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales.
  • HBRFest to honour Muylaert

    The Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (HBRFest) celebrates its fifth anniversary with more than 30 premieres showcasing fiction, documentary and short films in competition from Jul 31-Aug 4 in Hollywood.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    Joe Cole and Phil Davis are starring in crime film Peterman, while shooting is about to finish on The Pilgrim: The Best Story of Paulo Coelho.
  • Hunting Elephants scores in Israel

    EXCLUSIVE: Reshef Levi’s crime caper scored the biggest opening weekend of the year-to-date in its native Israel after beating out Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger in its first few days.
  • ICFF honours Berberian, Soldini

    Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio was named best film by members of the Toronto Film Critics Association at the finale of the second annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) on Saturday night [6].
  • Iron Sky sequel hits $150,000 crowd-funding target

    The sequel to 2012 cult sci-fi Iron Sky has achieved its initial target of $150,000 for script and promo development on crowd-funding site IndieGoGo.
  • Ischia to honour Nunnari

    Gianni Nunnari has been named the 2013 Ischia Global Film & Music Festival’s Producer Of The Year.
  • Joanna Kos-Krauze, Papusza

    The co-director of Polish film Papusza, screening in Karlovy Vary’s competition, tells Screen about her desire to bring the Polish poet back to prominence.
  • Jodorowsky’s Dune goes to SPC

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to the Cannes Director’s Fortnight selection.
  • Joe's Mountain moves ahead

    Breakthrough Entertainment has teamed up with Dutch Features Global Entertainment to jointly serve as executive producer on the drama Joe’s Mountain.
  • John Woo epic underway

    Cast includes Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye Kyo.
  • Karlovy Vary winners include Grand Cahier, Field in England

    Janos Szasz’s Le Grand Cahier walked away with the Crystal Globe at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
  • Kickstarter campaign for Blood Brother team

    Documentary team behind Sundance Grand Jury winner launches crowd-funding campaign for next film; Atticus Ross to score.
  • Legendary lands at Universal

    Buoyed by box office success, Universal’s summer just got even more impressive as the studio announced on Wednesday [10] it had struck a five-year co-financing and co-production deal with Legendary Entertainment.
  • Magnet picks up Last Days on Mars

    Magnolia Pictures genre arm nabs Cannes thriller for US from Focus International.
  • Maya the Bee flies to Russia

    Munich-based Studio 100 has licensed its first film project Maya The Bee – Movie to Russia’s Premium Film.
  • McGown wraps horror shoot in Argentina

    Shooting wraps this week in Argentina on The Rules of The Game, directed by the UK’s Ed McGown. 
  • Minions rule US as Ranger flops

    In-form Universal maintained winning ways as the family sequel Despicable Me 2 amassed $82.5m over three days and $142.1m over the four-day July Fourth weekend, while Disney’s The Lone Ranger flopped in second place.
  • New Horizons jurors include Bela Tarr

    The T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, has announced the jurors in its four competitions.
  • NEXT WEEKEND unveils openers

    Sundance Institute announced on Monday [8] that the inaugural Los Angeles event set to run from Aug 8-11 will kick off with an outdoor screening of Chris Smith’s documentary American Movie and Mark Borchardt’s horror film Coven.
  • Norway's Storyline to leave studios

    Norwegian facility house Storyline Studios will terminate the lease of studios, workshops, offices and storerooms.
  • Pacific Rim

    Dir: Guillermo del Toro. US. 2013. 133mins
  • Random House takes Kissing Booth rights

    Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment has optioned worldwide rights for teen novel The Kissing Booth.
  • Revival

    Dir/scr: Alice Nellis. Czech Republic. 2013. 115mins
  • Riccobono to host Venice opening and closing

    Actress Eva Riccobono will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 70th Venice International Film Festival.
  • Sal Umerji joins LipSync

    LipSync Post has appointed Sal Umerji as Head of Visual Effects Production.
  • Sam Mendes returns for Bond 24

    Sony confirms that Skyfall director will return after some to-ing and fro-ing about his schedule.
  • San Sebastian launches Latin American LGBT prize

    Festival launches new prize for the best Latin American LGBT film.
  • Sarajevo selects Talent Campus participants

    Young film-making programme attracted more than 300 applications, its biggest number to date.
  • Schrader's The Canyons gets world premiere at Lincoln Center

    On July 29, The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York will host the world premiere of Paul Schrader’s The Canyons, including a conversation with Schrader.
  • Screen Media gets Awful Nice

    The distributor has acquired US rights to Todd Sklar’s comedy and has earmarked a spring 2014 theatrical and VOD release preceded by a nationwide college tour of event screenings and interactive parties through Sklar’s Range Life.
  • Screen Stars of Tomorrow party 2013, slideshow 2

    More great photos of our 2013 UK Stars and other industry guests.
  • Silent Cry heard in North America

    Thriller goes to US, Benelux and Scandinavia.
  • SKE lines up Legacy

    Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) will finance and produce Gregg Hurwitz’s spec script Legacy with Double Nickel Entertainment for the directorial debut of UK theatre director Thea Sharrock.
  • Studios on board Producers Mark

    All six of the US majors have now signed up for the industry certificate launched by the Producers Guild Of America.
  • Terence Davies’ 'A Quiet Passion' excites Paris Project

    Mads Matthiesen’s Emma and Bavo Defurne’s Souvenirs among other hot projects.
  • The Hot Flashes

    Dir: Susan Seidelman. US. 2013. 99mins
  • The Notebook

    Dir: Janos Szasz. Hungary-Germany-Austria-France. 2013. 100mins
  • The World’s End

    Dir: Edgar Wright. UK. 2013. 109mins
  • Trufflepig, November Films to release Moo Man in 45 cinemas

    UK distributor November Films has revealed further details of its release plans for The Moo Man, Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier’s feature doc about Sussex dairy farmer Steve Hook.
  • Turbo

    Dir: David Soren. US. 2013. 95mins
  • Turkcell, SinemaTV strike pact

    Turkcell’s interactive and social TV platform Turkcell TV and Oflaz Media Group’s SinemaTV have signed a three-year deal.
  • Unbroken to open late 2014

    Distribution round-up: Universal has said [10] it will release Angelina Jolie’s upcoming second feature as director, Unbroken, on Dec 25 2014. Separately, ARC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Standing Up, while Monterey Media has taken Approaching Midnight and Gravitas Ventures has picked up Ass Backwards.
  • Van Dormael, Auteuil reunite on Fille de Dieu

    Belgian director is currently in Paris with critically acclaimed, mixed media stage show Kiss and Cry, which he also hopes to adapt for the big screen.
  • Venice 70th poster pays Angelopoulos, Fellini tributes

    The cinema of Theo Angelopoulos and of Federico Fellini is celebrated in the image chosen for the new official poster of the 70th Venice International Film Festival.