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25 July 2013

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  • Bill Marks Joins CineCoup

    The longtime filmmaker has been hired as head of production at the CineCoup Film Accelerator.
  • Heaven kicks off in Canada

    Production is underway in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on the TriStar Pictures family feature starring Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly.
  • Robert Levin joins Screen Engine

    The marketing veteran has been named president of movie and TV research at the Los Angeles-based company where he served as chief strategist since inception three-and-a-half years ago.
  • "Child porn" drama pulled from festival

    Drama pulled from opening night of Durban Film Festival; Look of Love screening also cancelled.
  • 2 Guns

    Dir: Baltasar Kormakur. US. 2013. 109mins
  • Adrien Brody banks on Mr Toad

    EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winner attached to star in and produce live-action and CGI Kenneth Grahame biopic, Banking on Mr Toad.
  • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

    Dir: Declan Lowney. UK. 2013. 90mins
  • Antisocial

    Dir: Cody Calahan. Canada. 2013. 90mins
  • Baby wins top PiFan project prize

    The 6th Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has announced its winners with Kei Ishikawa’s Japan-Poland co-production Baby taking the top Bucheon Award with cash prize of $13,500 (KW15m).
  • BAFTA adds sixth British film slot

    Sixth nomination will be decided by a jury of filmmakers; shorts open to non-fiction films.
  • BAFTA partners for sustainability

    BAFTA and Julie’s Bicycle have partnered to raise industry-wide support for sustainable production.
  • BBC to celebrate Sound of Cinema

    BBC radio and television have announced a season of programming dedicated to the composers, songs and film scores that form the soundtrack to the big screen.
  • Bella Thorne joins Home Invasion

    Disney Channel star lands role in thriller.
  • Belle US release date set

    Fox Searchlight has set a US release date and revealed new images from Belle, a British period drama starring newcomer Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson.
  • BFI appoints director of education

    Former BBC executive Dr Paul Gerhardt to lead BFI’s education programme.
  • Brad Anderson to direct Restart

    Lotus Entertainment and Davids Canton Productions made the announcement on Friday [19].
  • Breakthrough takes int'l on Down

    The Toronto-based sales company has made a preemptive move on international rights to I’ll Follow You Down. 
  • Bron Animation lines up Henchmen

    The British Columbia-based studio will begin production in autumn on the CGI feature.
  • Bruce, Pinker rise at Falco Ink

    Falco Ink partners Janice Roland and Shannon Treusch announced the promotions on Wednesday [24]
  • Can TV save the indie film business?

    Some of the film world’s top talents are now doing their best work for the small screen.
  • Candelabra to open Deauville

    Director Steven Soderbergh to give cinema lesson. Producer Gale Anne Hurd to be feted by festival.
  • Clarke-Maza's Legacy gets directors

    EXCLUSIVE: Noel Clarke-produced comedy-drama Legacy to shoot later this summer.
  • Comic-Con: Avengers 2 title revealed

    An unexpected reveal by Joss Whedon of the new title for the Avengers sequel – Avengers: Age Of Ultron – capped an immense day at Hall H and a session of arch entertainment from Marvel Studios.
  • Comic-Con: Batman and Superman to team up

    Zack Snyder is preparing a Superman and Batman film for Warner Bros that will open in 2015, it emerged at Comic-Con on Saturday [20].
  • Comic-Con: Catching Fire grips Hall H

    Jennifer Lawrence took part in a lively panel on Saturday [20] as the Lionsgate roadshow revealed the new trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • Comic-Con: Diesel stokes Marvel rumours

    Vin Diesel told fanboys on Friday that there would be some “very big news coming out at the end of the month” after he was asked whether he was about to join the Marvel fold as Vision.
  • Comic-Con: Ender's Game ignites passions

    Thursday’s Summit panel provided a platform for Ender’s Game producer Robert Orci to speak eloquently about the film’s values in light of homophobic remarks by the book’s author.
  • Comic-Con: Spidey puts on a show

    The first major spectacle of the San Diego convention finally arrived on Friday [19] afternoon as Sony rolled out the big guns for its presentation of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
  • Comic-Con: Visionaries talk

    Long shoots, long shots, distribution platforms and the pros and cons of 3D were among the subjects under the microscope during Thursday’s [18] Visionaries Panel in Hall H.
  • Comic-Con: X-Men united once more

    Saturday’s [20] late afternoon Fox panel in Hall H did not skimp on the star power as first Andy Serkis, then Hugh Jackman took to the stage before Bryan Singer paraded his all-star cast from X-Men: Days Of Future Past in front of a deeply appreciative crowd.
  • Conjuring casts $42m spell

    Warner Bros’ horror story starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson pulled off a mighty feat to open in North America on an estimated $41.5m ahead of Despicable Me 2 and new release Turbo.
  • Dogwoof inks deals for Blackfish

    Deals on Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Sundance doc include Arte, Netflix, RTS.
  • Dom Hemingway release date set

    Fox Searchlight has set a US release date and revealed new images from Dom Hemingway, a British black comedy crime caper starring Jude Law and Richard E. Grant.
  • eOne acquires Badassdom

    The distributor has picked up North American rights to Knights Of Badassdom starring Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn and Summer Glau.
  • eOne reports 40% revenue boost

    Now You See Me and Behind the Candelabra also helped increase film revenues at the producer-distributor.
  • Epic sets US Spider release

    Epic Pictures Releasing has set an Oct 18 day-and-date theatrical and VoD release for Mike Mendez’s creature comedy through its expanded Epic Pictures Releasing.
  • Fantasia: Eddie Mullins talks Doomsdays

    Screen speaks with Eddie Mullins about his pre-apocalyptic comedy Doomsdays, which receives its world premiere at Fantasia.
  • Fantasia: Satoshi Miki talks It's Me, It's Me

    Japanese director Satoshi Miki was in attendance at Fantasia International Film Festival as his latest film It’s Me, It’s Me received its Canadian premiere.
  • Fantastic Fest lines up Tai Chi

    Fantastic Fest 2013 top brass have announced the first wave of programming with Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut Man Of Tai Chi among the line-up. The festival runs from Sept 19-26 in Austin, Texas.
  • Four sentenced for film fraud

    Four sentenced at Croydon Crown Court in latest film fraud case.
  • Grand Seduction to open Atlantic FF

    Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction starring Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch will open the 33rd Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Canada, set to run from Sept 12-19.
  • Harper-Thorne’s War Book underway

    EXCLUSIVE: Adeel Akhtar, Kerry Fox, Sophie Okenedo, Antony Sher, Ben Chaplin among cast.
  • Higgs joins Film London board

    Film London has appointed three new members to its board of directors including Film4.0 commissioning executive Anna Higgs and Paramount Pictures UK managing director Ian George.
  • Hoult, Arterton, Fry in Kitchen

    Kaleidoscope to sell new family-adventure also with voice of Stephen Fry.
  • Hurd among AMPAS donors

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has received three $5m naming gifts from producer and Academy governor Gale Anne Hurd, philanthropist Gerald Schwartz and his wife Heather Reisman, Victoria Mann Simms and her husband Ron Simms and their family.
  • IFT hires Joseph Lanius

    The legal and finance expert has joined International Film Trust (IFT) from After Dark Films in the newly created post of head of business and legal affairs.
  • IMAX ties with Pathé in Switzerland

    IMAX has signed an agreement with Pathé to open a new theatre in Switzerland.
  • IMAX, Wanda grow footprint

    IMAX Corporation announce separate deals on Wednesday [24] with Wanda Cinema Line and Wanda-owned AMC that effectively turn Wanda into IMAX’s biggest single exhibition partner in the world.
  • Intramural shoots kicks off

    Ralph Smyth Entertainment has commenced production on the comedy in Austin, Texas.
  • Kino Lorber acquires Ali

    Kino Lorber executives announced on Wednesday [24] the acquisition of North American rights to Kartemquin Films’ documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali.
  • Latvia unveils €500k co-pro grants

    The Latvian government has launched new international co-financing grants worth $660,000 (£500,000).
  • LucasFilm denies Abrams to quit Star Wars

    Rumours that J.J. Abrams is to quit as director of Star Wars: Episode VII have been denied by LucasFilm.
  • Magnolia takes How I Live Now

    Kevin Macdonald’s apocalyptic thriller stars Saoirse Ronan. Genre arm Magnet has earmarked an autumn theatrical release in the US.
  • Mason to head Screen Australia

    Australia is abuzz with long-awaited news: Graeme Mason is the new chief executive of government agency Screen Australia.
  • Mea Maxima Culpa sold by Content

    Alex Gibney’s doc Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God has been sold to a raft of international broadcasters by Content Media.
  • Mel Smith dies aged 60

    British comedian Mel Smith, who directed The Tall Guy and the first Mr Bean movie, has died.
  • Messenger starts shoot

    Production has begun in Atlanta, Georgia, on the Jeremy Renner thriller Kill The Messenger, Focus Features CEO James Schamus and co-CEO Andrew Karpen announced on Thursday [25].
  • Method, Halon strike alliance

    Method Studios and Halon Entertainment have announced a strategic alliance to collaborate on feature and commercial projects.
  • Mike Myers eyes Supermensch

    The comedian and actor is partnering with A&E IndieFilms on a documentary about the life of talent manager Shep Gordon that will mark his directorial debut.
  • Monsters University retains UK lead

    Disney’s animated prequel adds $4.3m (£2.8m) for a second straight week at number one; Universal’s The World’s End suffers from the heat, debuting with $3.2m (£2.1m).
  • Netflix plans original docs push

    Netflix is to begin ordering documentaries as part of its programming drive.
  • Odessa International Film Festival

    Photos from the 4th Odessa International Film Festiva, which ran from July 15-23.
  • Outfest 2013 names winners

    Nanouk Leopold’s It’s All So Quiet won the Outfest 2013’s grand jury award for outstanding international dramatic feature on Sunday [21].
  • Pacific Rim edges int'l weekend

    UPDATED JUL 22: Pacific Rim stole past Despicable Me 2 to rule the international box office on $35.3m according to confirmed numbers issued on Monday [22] by Warner Bros Pictures International executives.
  • Paramount promotion for Powell

    The head of digital entertainment and Insurge Pictures Amy Powell has added president of Paramount Television to her responsibilities.
  • Philomena UK release date set

    Pathe has set a UK release date for Stephen Frears’ Philomena, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
  • R.I.P.D.

    Dir: Robert Schwentke. US. 2013. 96mins
  • Rush to open Sept 20

    Universal Pictures has revised the release scheduled for the F1 drama and switched to exclusive engagements in New York and Los Angeles on Sept 20 followed by wide expansion one week later.
  • San Sebastian unveils Spanish selection

    Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will compete as part of the official selection of the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival (Sep 20-28).
  • Sean McManus to leave FIND

    Board chair Mary Sweeney said on Wednesday [24] that McManus was stepping down as co-president after 15 years at Film Independent to pursue other opportunities.
  • SFFS unveils Doc Fund winners

    The recipients of 2013 San Francisco Film Society Documentary Film Fund awards totalling $100,000 are Anne Bogart and Holly Morris’ The Babushkas Of Chernobyl, Jamie Meltzer’s Freedom Fighters and Jimmy Goldblum and Adam Weber’s Tomorrow We Disappear.
  • Shout! Factory signs ITV Studios deal

    Home entertainment agreement will see Shout! Factory distribute ITV Studios Global Entertainment films in North America.
  • Snowpiercer

    Dir: Bong Joon Ho. South Korea. 2013. 125mins
  • Solomonoff to lead ttff Focus

    Julia Solomonoff will be the lead facilitator for the RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion, to be held at the Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival (ttff) 2013.
  • Sony acquires Cold Comes The Night

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has acquired all worldwide rights to Tze Chun’s Cold Comes The Night starring Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston and Logan Marshall-Green.
  • SPC takes Armstrong doc

    Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie recounts the story of the disgraced cyclist’s life and career over the last four years.
  • Strand finds Missing Picture

    Strand Releasing has acquired Rithy Panh’s Un Certain Regard winner following its recent world premiere in Cannes.
  • Taylor & Dodge to sell Night Visitor

    Blanc Biehn Productions has hired Taylor & Dodge to represent international sales on Jennifer Blanc-Biehn’s directorial debut.
  • The Dirties: Evan Morgan, Jared Raab

    Screen talks to co-writer Evan Morgan and cinematographer Jared Raab about high school drama The Dirties, recently picked up by Phase 4 in the US.
  • The Frozen Ground

    Dir/scr: Scott Walker. US. 2013. 105mins
  • The Geographer Drank His Globe Away

    Dir: Alexander Veleninsky. Russia. 2013. 100mins
  • The Geographer wins at Odessa

    Russian director Alexander Velidinsky’s The Geographer Drank His Globe Away was the big winner at the 4th Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF).
  • The Heart Of Bruno Wizard

    Dir: Elisabeth Rasmussen. UK. 2013. 70mins
  • The Odessa Files

    Odessa has the feel of Cannes of bygone days…
  • The To Do List

    Dir/scr: Maggie Carey. US. 2013. 104mins
  • Toronto reveals first 2013 titles

    Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate are among a raft of world premieres set for the 38th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
  • TWC to remake Shaw Brothers classics

    The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Celestial Pictures are to partner on remakes of two classic martial arts titles by the Shaw Brothers.
  • Venice 2013 line-up announced

    Competition titles include new films from Reichardt, Morris, Miyazaki, Glazer, Gitai, Gilliam, Frears.
  • Venice Critics Week unveils six films in competition

    Venice Critics Week, run in cooperation with The National Union of Italian Film Critics, has unveiled its list of titles for 2013.
  • Venice to showcase new shorts from big names

    Bertolucci, Schrader, Kiarostami, Salles among participants.
  • Vertical takes Outfest G.B.F.

    Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to G.B.F, or Gay Best Friend, which closed Outfest 2013 in Los Angeles on Sunday night [21].
  • Wheatley: I’d repeat simultaneous release

    Ben Wheatley has said he would repeat the simultaneous release strategy that accompanied A Field in England following the results of its performance.
  • Wicker Man ‘final cut’ to be released

    Original print of the classic horror film discovered after global hunt.
  • Wolfe buys Outfest trio

    EXCLUSIVE: LBGT Wolfe Releasing has acquired rights to three films that screened at Outfest Los Angeles, which concluded at the weekend. Separately, Image Entertainment has set then release pattern for The Colony.
  • Women film directors, writers decrease in UK

    BFI Stats Yearbook reveals export boost, an ageing audience and an under-representation of women directors, writers.
  • Wroclaw awards Best Pitch prize

    New Horizons Studio’s Best Pitch prize has been awarded to Aleksandra Terpinska for documentary comedy project Czech Swan.
  • You Belong To Me starts shoot

    Florida-based production company Deliberate Murder has commenced principal photography on the documentary about race and sexual exploitation.