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26 December 2008

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  • 2008 Review Of The Year - market reports

    2008 was a year that began with some expectancy of recovery after what had been something of a grind the previous year.But the US independent market was in no state to make the big leaps forward.What's more, despite signs ofhope at Berlin, the markets were soon overtaken by economic events.An economic downturn exposed weaknesses in the market infrastucture and as recession set in, it became clear that 2009 will be a very serious challenge.
  • Bedtime Stories

    Dir. Adam Shankman. US. 2008. 99 mins
  • Big Pictures to roll out Ghajini in 23 international territories

    India's Big Pictures is planning to release Ghajini, starring Aamir Khan, in more than 300 cinemas across 23 countries on December 25. The motion pictures subsidiary of Reliance BIG Entertainment is handling international distribution of the film, while Indian Film Company is distributing in India.Major overseas territories for the film include UAE with 36 prints, US and Canada with 112 prints and the UK with 65 prints. The film will also open simultaneous
  • Carrey's Yes Man leads North American box office with $18.2m take

    Jim Carrey won the face-off with Will Smith as Warner Bros' comedy Yes Man debuted at number one in the pre-Christmas weekend on an estimated $18.2m, but it was a subdued weekend as storms battered the North-East.Overall box office fell off 44% against the same period last year as the top 12 titles amassed $82.8m. Year-to-date box office is reported at roughly $9.24bn and the 2007 record of $9.7m looks safe.Smith ha
  • China Film secures $88m loan from Bank of Beijing

    Bank of Beijing has announced that it will provide a loan of $87.59m (RMB600m) to state-owned China Film Group for its film production and exhibition businesses. The loan follows several others that the bank has offered to Chinese film companies as part of its strategy to promote 'cultural and creative industry financing products'.Bank of Beijing president Yan Xiaoyan and China Film Group president Han Sanping signed the loan agreement on Tuesday, Dec 23. According
  • Feng's If You Are the One tops Chinese box office

    There were no signs of economic downturn in Chinese cinemas last weekend as popular local director Feng Xiaogang's If You Are The One raked in a record-breaking $11.68m (RMB80m) in four days of release. The results mark a new opening weekend record for a romantic comedy in China. The opening was also the second highest of the year, behind John Woo's Red Cliff, but higher than Quantum Of Solace, which was the highest-grossing foreign film in China th
  • FILMS 2008: An A-Z of the key films of the year

    Screen International Guide 2008Click section heading for full guide
  • First Italian tax break receives European Union backing

    The initial measures of Italy's first tax incentive law geared to the cinema sector has been approved by the European Union.Thenews announced by Italian Culture Minister Sandro Bondi is a breakthrough for an initiative that has proved ahard sell in Italy and follows more than a decade of lobbying.The law was finally accepted by the Italian parliament and has been pending European Union approval since the summer.The main beneficiaries are intended to beloc
  • Fox launches Australia into 44 territories for Christmas weekend

    Fox International's epic adventure Australia gets a big push over the Christmas weekend in a jam-packed few days that is expected to produce considerable gains too for sci-fi stablemate The Day The Earth Stood Still, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International's new family release Bedtime Stories and Warner Bros Pictures International's comedy Yes Man.
  • Koltai-Levine sets up marketing company MKL Partners

    Former Picturehouse marketing chief Marian Koltai-Levine has announced the marketing company MKL Partners.'Today more than ever, the marketplace seems ripe for a new kind of marketing firm: One that develops diverse, strategic campaigns, offers a breadth of talent to deliver results, and expands or contracts based on client needs,' Koltai-Levine said. 'That's why my firm's name is MKL Partners - my clients are the partners.'Koltai-Levine
  • Madagascar 2 soars past $200m after $33.5m weekend for PPI

    DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa swept past $200m thanks to another strong haul that saw the animated sequel add an estimated $33.5m for $218.5m though PPI from 5,959 venues in 56 territories.The film opened in ten territories and ranked number one in Italy on $6.5m from 463 sites, Australia on $4.4m including previews from 267,
  • Marley & Me

    Dir David Frankel. US. 2008. 116 mins
  • Masquerades

    Dir. Lyes Salem. Algeria/Fr, 2008. 92 mins.
  • Run Run Shaw offers to take Shaw Brothers private

    Sir Run Run Shaw has offered to buy the 25.08% stake in Hong Kong's legendary Shaw Brothers that he does not already own for $171.6m (HK$1.33bn). The centenarian mogul, who owns a 74.92% stake in the legendary studios that he founded, has offered to buy the remaining shares at HK$13.35 each - which represents a premium of 64.2% over the closing price of HK$8.13 on Dec 12.According to a statement filed with the Hong Kong stock exchange, the acquisition will be funde
  • Sao Paulo critics name Linha de Passe, Hills Of Disorder best of 2008

    The film critics of APCA, Sao Paulo Arts Critics Association, gave their top honor of best film this year to two titles: Linha de Passe, Walter Salles' and Daniela Thomas' urban drama which premiered in competition at Cannes, and Andrea Tonacci's The Hills of Disorder. Linha de Passe follows the lives of four brothers who struggle to rise out of pov
  • SCREEN REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2008: PART THREE

    In the last of a three-part review of the year, Screen looks at some of the new talent emerging in 2008.For part one of thereviewclick hereFor part two click here
  • SCREEN REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2008: PART TWO

    In the second of a three-part review of the year, Screen looks at some of the critical issues affecting the international industry. To see part one click here.
  • Screen reviews A-D

    AustraliaAAchilles And The TortoiseAccidental Husband
  • Screen reviews E-I

    Elite SquadEEagle Eye
  • Screen reviews J-O

    JerichowJJe Veux Voir (I Want To See)JerichowJerusalemaJoh
  • Screen reviews P-S

    Ponyo On The Cliff By The SeaPPalermo ShootingPandora's BoxPaper Soldier
  • Screen reviews T-Z

    There Will Be BloodTThe Tale Of DespereauxTe
  • Shochiku announces details of Yoji Yamada's Otouto

    Japanese studio Shochiku has announced details of veteran director Yoji Yamada's 81st film, Otouto.The family drama will begin shooting in January 2009 at Kinuta Studios in Tokyo.Otouto (Younger Brother) will star Sayuri Yoshinaga and Tsurube Shofukutei. Shofukutei will play the wayward younger brother of Yoshinaga, who cares for him despite his foolish behaviour.When they reunite after a serious falling out, she finds out her brother is
  • Shochiku announces details of Yoji Yamada's Otouto

    Japanese studio Shochiku has announced details of veteran director Yoji Yamada's 81st film, Otouto.The family drama will begin shooting in January 2009 at Kinuta Studios in Tokyo.Otouto (Younger Brother) will star Sayuri Yoshinaga and Tsurube Shofukutei. Shofukutei will play the wayward younger brother of Yoshinaga, who cares for him despite his foolish behaviour.When they reunite after a serious falling out, she finds out her brother is
  • The Blind Sunflowers dominates nominations for Goyas

    Jose Luis Cuerda’s The Blind Sunflowers has picked up 15 nominations for the 23rd Goya awards, more than double the number of any other film.Cuerda’s Franco era drama, which has already been put forward as Spain’s entry for the Oscars, has been nominated for best picture, best director, best adapted script, best actor and actress for Raul Arevalo and Maribel Verdu respectively, and best cinematography, among others.Cuerda is keen for the film to gain
  • Tornasol Films bringsbestsellerThursday's Widowsto big screen

    Leading Spanish production outfit Tornasol Films will bring Claudia Pineiro's award-winning novel Thursday's Widows (Las Viudas De Los Jueves) to the big screen.Argentinian director Marcelo Pinyero will direct Thursday's Widows, which follows the rather unusual lives of wealthy families living in Altos De La Cascada, a suburb on the outskirts of Buenos Aires full of gated houses.The film will track how their lives are transformed from the econo

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