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6 June 2013

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  • ABC Cinemien boss dies

    Amsterdam-based distributor releases statement.
  • After Earth debuts third at US box office

    Fast & Furious 6 held on to its number one berth in a second weekend for Universal while Lionsgate’s mystery Now You See Me arrived in second place and Sony had to settle for third with Will and Jaden Smith starrer After Earth.
  • Amazon strikes global Viacom deal

    Amazon has struck a global deal with Viacom that will see a raft of MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central series distributed via its Lovefilm streaming service.
  • Anthropology boards For The Dogs

    EXCLUSIVE: New Berlin-based production outfit Anthropology is to be the German partner on Philip Noyce’s For The Dogs, which will begin shooting in Germany from August.
  • BAFTA launches Breakthrough Brits

    BAFTA is to launch an initiative to showcase upcoming British talent.
  • Bejo, Gavras join European Parliament delegation

    High-profile delegation heads to Strasbourg to defend ‘cultural exception’.
  • Buyers flock to Selfish Giant

    EXCLUSIVE: Protagonist has closed a string of deals on Clio Barnard’s well-received Directors’ Fortnight title.
  • Canadian Screen Awards to allow online submissions

    Contenders for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards will be able to apply online for the first time following a deal between The Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television and secure digital media management company Yangaroo.
  • Cinedigm, Slamdance plan digital slate

    The pioneering distributor has struck a digital deal with Slamdance to launch a roster of features on Jun 11.
  • Cinema Communication deadline extended

    Deadline for feedback on Cinema Communication extended as EU plans criticised by almost 70 European film funds.
  • Crudo returns to ASC presidency

    Former president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Richard Crudo has been voted to the post for the fourth time.
  • Curzon takes Farhadi, Dardenne films

    EXCLUSIVE: UK distributor nabs rights to high-profile art-house duo.
  • Deadline looms for Moo Man's Kickstarter

    Directors of the Sundance hit are attempting to self-fund a UK release.
  • Desert Runners to premiere at Edinburgh

    Smush Media’s ultramarathon documentary to receive its world premiere at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival.
  • Drafthouse takes Borgman for US

    Drafthouse Films announced on Friday [31] that it has acquired North American rights to Alex van Warmerdam’s thriller and Cannes competition entry Borgman.
  • EIFF names Talent Lab participants

    The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) (June 19-30) today announced the participants for its 2013 Talent, Composers and Sound Labs, which will include a session with documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky.
  • eOne takes Midnight Special for UK

    EXCLUSIVE: eOne has nabbed UK rights to Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi script from FilmNation.
  • Equity weighs in on national insurance reform

    Actors union Equity has begun work on a detailed response to HMRC’s public consultation on the national insurance status of actors, singers and musicians.
  • Ettore Scola unveils Fellini tribute

    Scola comes out of retirement for first film in 10 years, How Strange to be Called Federico!.
  • Exclusive Media secures Metallica sales

    EXCLUSIVE: Nimród Antal’s 3D concert / suspense film Metallica Through The Never has sparked a raft of deals following its launch in Cannes through Exclusive Media.
  • Fast 6 crosses $500m global

    Universal Pictures’ action thriller has become the fastest film to reach $500m worldwide in the studio’s history and should reach $600m within the week.
  • Feelgood acquires Green Story for Greece

    EXCLUSIVE: Feelgood Entertainment has acquired Greek theatrical rights to Paramyth Films’ A Green Story. Indican Pictures holds all remaining worldwide rights.
  • FFI reports Cannes sales surge

    Focus Features International co-president Alison Thompson announced on Monday [Jun 3] a raft of multi-territory deals from the Croisette on the Amy Winehouse doc, Mike Leigh’s Turner project, submarine thriller Black Sea and genre title Oculus.
  • Fidalgo announces Cannes pick-ups

    Norwegian distributor Fidalgo has picked up several titles from Cannes.
  • Fidalgo takes Stranger By The Lake

    Norwegian distributor Fidalgo has added Alain Guiraudie’s Cannes title to its festival haul.
  • Film Society, Jaeger-LeCoultre launch residency

    Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center are partnering on a multi-year partnership and launch of the upcoming Filmmaker in Residence initiative. 
  • Film4 partners with Vimeo on shorts

    New agreement to include the launch of Kibwe Tavares’ Jonah and Shynola’s Dr Easy.
  • Filming begins on Good People

    London-set thriller, starring James Franco and Kate Hudson, directed by Henrik Genz (The Killing).
  • FilmNation to play by Rules

    The New York and LA-based company has lined up its latest prestige project and will finance and handle international sales on The Rules Of Inheritance from Susanne Bier to star Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence. CAA negotiated the deal with FilmNation, packaged the project and represents US rights.
  • Finecut secures Moebius pre-sales

    South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of pre-sales on the Kim Ki-duk title Moebius, launched at Cannes.
  • Fox Searchlight finds Dom Hemingway

    Fox Searchlight takes US on RPC crime-caper starring Jude Law.
  • Fox-Ingenious' Webb joins Working Title

    EXCLUSIVE: Lucas Webb joins London production outfit from Fox-Ingenious joint-venture.
  • François Ivernel to leave Pathé

    Pathé executive François Ivernel is to leave the company after more than 20 years to launch a London-based production company.UPDATE: Pathe is expected to fill the roles vacated by Ivernel.
  • FundAnything hires Monster producer

    In a novel development FundAnything has brought in Brad Wyman to serve as chief crowdfunding officer and head of the film/video/web division.
  • Girlfriend's Day gears up for autumn

    Magic Stone Productions and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment announced on Tuesday [Jun 4] they will produce the feature Girlfriend’s Day.
  • Goeckner joins HFPA exec ranks

    Gregory Goeckner has been appointed COO and general counsel at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).
  • Grindstone takes Forbidden Ground

    Grindstone Entertainment has snapped up all North American rights to war film Forbidden Ground from Odin’s Eye Entertainment.
  • Hangover 3 holds firm in UK

    Warner Bros’ The Hangover Part III adds $4.4m (£2.9m) to secure second straight week at number one.
  • Hangover 3 tops Fast 6 at int'l box office

    The Hangover Part III usurped Fast And Furious 6 at the international box office thanks to an estimated $82.3m haul through Warner Bros Pictures International on close to 8,600 screens in 54 markets.
  • Hemsworth, Somerhalder topline Noel Clarke sci-fi

    EXCLUSIVE: Shoot underway on Noel Clarke-directed sci-fi starring Luke Hemsworth, Ian Somerhalder.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    Currently shooting in the UK are Farren Blackburn’s comedy Dream On as well as Andrew Harmer’s black comedy The Fitzroy.
  • Karlovy Vary reveals Competition line-up

    Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England is to receive its first screening at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as one of the 14 titles in Competition.
  • Kim's Moebius gets "Restricted" rating

    Venice Golden Lion-winning Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s upcoming film Moebius has received a “Restricted” rating from the Korea Media Rating Board (KMRB), effectively banning it from local commercial release unless it is re-cut and re-submitted to the board.
  • Kiss The Water

    Dir: Eric Steel. UK-US. 2013. 80mins
  • LAFF unveils special events

    Top brass at the Los Angeles Film Festival have unveiled the programming on their Coffee Talks event on Jun 16 as well as other attractions.
  • Lock & Monkey readies Ruby

    Producer-director Zoe Quist has cast Judd Nelson, Jonathan Bennett, Daniel Ponickly and Antoinette Kalaj to play the leads in her upcoming Mining For Ruby.
  • Lucky Red scores Cannes spree

    Italian distributor acquired seven new titles over course of festival.
  • Met Film School celebrates 10th anniversary

    Around 200 people gathered at BAFTA to celebrate 10 years of the UK’s Met Film School.
  • Metrodome takes Big Bad Wolves

    EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome Distribution has secured all UK and Eire rights to Israeli revenge thriller Big Bad Wolves from 6 Sales.
  • Metrodome to leave AIM after 2012 loss

    UK distributor plans to cancel listing on AIM after 2012 loss.
  • Mood Indigo to open Karlovy Vary

    Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, starring Audrey Tatou, is to open the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
  • Mystery Road

    Dir/scr: Ivan Sen. Australia. 2013. 121mins
  • Network acquires Cannes winner Heli

    UK distributor Network Releasing has picked up UK rights to Cannes competition entry Heli, which won Amat Escalante the Best Director award at the festival.
  • New Wave nabs Cannes duo

    UK distributor New Wave Films has picked up rights to Cannes Competition entry Grisgris from Les Films du Losange and Prix Un Certain Regard winner The Missing Image from Films Distribution.
  • Now You See Me

    Dir: Louis Leterrier. US. 2013. 115mins
  • NT Digital boards Filmbank

    Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Releasing partner with Swank-Spafax joint venture NT Digital to expand Filmbank’s non-theatrical distribution capabilities worldwide.
  • Only God Forgives sparks French political spat

    Re-classification of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives from a certificate 16 to certificate 12 prompts debate.
  • Our Robot Overlords shoot underway

    Filming underway on UK sci-fi starring Gillian Anderson, Sir Ben Kingsley and Callan McAuliffe.
  • Outfest 2013 announces line-up

    Darren Stein’s comedy G.B.F. will close Outfest 2013 on July 21 in Los Angeles, which as previously announced opens on July 11 with Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s C.O.G.
  • Outfest names writing lab fellows

    Adam Baran, Rosie Haber, J Michael Feldman, Pete Mercurio and Julia Dwyer Sullivan have been selected for this year’s 2013 Screenwriting Lab, now in its 11th year and set to take place in June.
  • Payne launches Traverse Media

    Errors Of The Human Body producer Cole Payne has launched the Los Angeles-based film and television production, distribution and talent management company. 
  • PiFan unveils It Project line-up

    The Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has announced this year’s It Project line-up of 21 selections from 13 countries.
  • Pilbrow joins Peapie Films

    Natasha Pilbrow has joined Kris Thykier’s PeaPie Films as head of business affairs and legal from law firm Lee & Thompson LLP.
  • Pinewood appeals expansion rejection

    Pinewood Studios has today submitted an appeal following the rejection of its $300m (£200m) expansion plans.
  • Relativity boss to deliver Mipcom keynote

    Chiefs at Relativity Media, Amazon Studios, Bravo and Style Media, and FremantleMedia are to deliver keynote speeches at Mipcom in October.
  • Restored Heaven’s Gate set for UK release

    Michael Cimino’s epic Western Heaven’s Gate is due to return to UK cinemas with a digitally restored director’s cut.
  • Richwater Films names non-exec directors

    Nick Aldrich and Keith Bishop to sit on the board of the independent film company headed by Jonathan Sothcott.
  • Sarajevo’s CineLink projects unveiled

    Sarajevo Film Festival’s development and financing strand, CineLink, has revealed the projects selected for the 2013 edition.
  • Schrader to head Venice Orizzonti jury

    Director’s The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan, to screen out of competition.
  • Seattle unveils Premieres Week

    The world premiere of Tomer Almagor’s 9 Full Moons at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on Thursday [6] is expected to be among the highlights of Premieres Week.
  • Selects acquires Polanski’s Venus In Fur

    Sundance Selects announced on Wednesday [5] its latest acquisition from Cannes, taking US rights from Resolution’s Jeff Berg to Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur.
  • Signature sign post-Cannes deals

    London-based Signature Entertainment have revealed a raft of deals in the wake of Cannes’ Marche du Film.
  • Sony to remake A Prophet

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned English-language remake rights to A Prophet for Neal H Moritz and Toby Jaffe to produce through Original Film.
  • SPRI launches After Earth in 60 markets

    Following the disappointing launch of Sony’s sci-fi in North America, the weekend ahead will reveal whether Will Smith has retained his lustre at the international box office.
  • The Ever After moves to US

    Shooting on Mark Webber’s third directorial outing The Ever After starring Teresa Palmer, Melissa Leo and Webber will move from Australia to Los Angeles and New York and is scheduled to end in August.
  • The Internship

    Dir: Shawn Levy. US. 2013. 119mins
  • The Purge

    Dir/scr: James DeMonaco. US. 2013. 85mins
  • This Is the End

    Dir: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen. US. 2013. 106mins
  • Tim Bevan to mentor Hurricane Films

    Working Title’s Tim Bevan is to mentor UK production outfit Hurricane Films as part of the 2013 mentor initiative from charity NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).
  • Troika, Coup ready Road

    Troika Pictures and Coup d’Etat Films have signed Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel and Zoë Kravitz to star in The Road Within, an English-language adaptation of German comedic drama Vincent Will Meer.
  • UK producer guilty of £1.5m fraud

    Producer of feature starring Hollywood and UK talent guilty of £1.5m ($2.3m) fraud.
  • UK Skills fund rises to $50m

    High end TV, animation and film productions using tax breaks will be levied 0.5% of their core UK expenditure to address skills shortages.
  • Uni hires Seth Byers to strategy, research role

    Seth Byers has joined Universal’s marketing team as evp of creative strategy and research. 
  • UPI roars past $1bn mark

    Universal Pictures International has reached $1bn at the international box office in record time for the studio, crossing the target on May 31 to beat the previous mark of Jul 17.
  • Vipers Nest 2 line-up unveiled

    London creative collective Vipers Nest, arranged by Samantha Horley of UK sales and finance outfit The Salt Company, has announced its second wave of participants.
  • Vision, XII Tribes plot Canada slate

    Worldwide sales agent Vision Films announced on Monday [Jun 3] it had struck a deal with Montreal-based Archeos Entertainment to finance development and production on a slate of Canadian films from XII Tribes Entertainment.
  • Wales launches low budget film initiative

    Cinematic will see three features with budgets of around $460,000 (£300,000) made over the next 18 months.
  • Well Go takes Iceman, Ip Man

    Well Go USA Entertainment announced on Friday [May 31] it has picked up all North American rights in Cannes to Wing-cheong Law’s Iceman and separately closed a deal to distribute Ip Man: The Final Fight.
  • Well Go takes Mystery Road

    EXCLUSIVE: Arclight Films has licensed US rights on the Australian thriller starring Aaron Pedersen and Ryan Kwanten to Well Go USA.
  • Wild Bunch makes first DSK sales

    EXCLUSIVE: Abel Ferrara’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn film acquired for US, Japan and Benelux during Cannes. Palme d’Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour and contender Young and Beautiful sold out. 
  • World War Z

    Dir: Marc Forster. US. 2013. 116mins

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