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9 May 2013

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  • 108 Media acquires Jug Face

    CEO Abhi Rastogi announced the deal on Friday [3] after negotiating rights for the Slamdance entry with Modernciné’s Andrew van den Houten. 108 Media will launch sales on the Croisette this month.
  • 108 Media gets The Time Being

    108 Media will launch international sales in Cannes on suspense drama The Time Being starring Wes Bentley and Frank Langella.
  • Academy: new voting rules

    The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has amended its rules so that for the first time every voting member will automatically be eligible to vote in all 24 Oscar categories.
  • ACE to present EditFest London

    The American Cinema Editors made the announcement on Tuesday [7] and said the launch event would feature a panel and top editors in conversation.
  • Aldamisa finds Dearly Beloved

    EXCLUSIVE: Aldamisa International will launch pre-sales in Cannes next week on Kilburn Media’s wedding day horror tale with Diablo Cody and Steven Schneider on board as executive producers.
  • Alesia Weston to quit Jerusalem fest

    Former Sundance exec to resign from Jerusalem Cinematheque, the Israeli Film Archive and the Jerusalem Film Festival.
  • Altitude reveals five for Cannes

    New features from Triangle director Christopher Smith, Storage 24 director Johannes Robert and theatre director Thomas Daley.
  • Amar Akbar & Tony starts shoot

    Atul Malhotra’s independent British comedy-drama stars Martin Delaney, Rez Kempton and Sam Vincenti.
  • Anchor Bay acquires Almost Christmas

    The distributor has taken all North American rights to the recent Tribeca world premiere starring Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd. HanWay will launch sales in Cannes.
  • And Now A Word From Our Sponsor

    Dir: Zack Bernbaum. Canada. 2013. 87mins
  • Anthony Buckner joins Terra Mater

    Former Icon executive joins Red Bull Media House’s Terra Mater Factual Studios.
  • Assault On Wall Street

    Dir: Uwe Boll. US. 2013. 102mins
  • AV Pics takes Let Us Prey

    UK sales firm secures worldwide rights to Satanic horror ahead of Cannes.
  • BBC to make Shakespeare comedy

    Stars of BAFTA-winning Horrible Histories [pictured] to feature in an original comedy, written by Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond.
  • Bertolucci to head Venice jury

    Director Bernardo Bertolucci assumes role for second time after chairing 1983 jury.
  • Biehns cut sales deal on Treachery

    Fairway Film Alliance and sister company Rogue Arts have struck a deal to launch international sales in Cannes on the Blanc Biehn Production’ thriller.
  • BIFAs sets 2013 date

    The Moet British Independent Film Awards 2013 are to be held on December 8.
  • Blum launches sales unit

    Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions announced on Wednesday [8] it has formed Blumhouse International and struck a worldwide distribution and servicing deal with IM Global that kicks off in Cannes with Sinister 2 and Stretch
  • Breakthrough adds two for Cannes

    The Toronto-based company has added Cubicle Warriors and Looking Is The Original Sin to its Cannes sales slate.
  • Brosnan to play Louis XIV

    EXCLUSIVE: Good Universe is handling international sales on Pandemonium’s The Moon And The Sun starring Pierce Brosnan and will introduce to buyers in Cannes.
  • Brosnan, Alba join Englishman

    The Solution Entertainment Group will kick off sales in Cannes on Southpaw Entertainment, Irish Dreamtime and Envision Entertainment’s How To Make Love Like An Englishman to star Pierce Brosnan and Jessica Alba.
  • Byrne, Huppert, Eisenberg board Trier film

    EXCLUSIVE: Picture is Norwegian Oslo August 31st director Joachim Trier’s first English-language film.
  • Caine, Garner join Fogelman's Imagine

    Mister Smith is handling international licensing and distribution for the film and will meet with buyers in Cannes.
  • Cannes' Gilles Jacob to step down

    The Cannes Film Festival has confirmed that Gilles Jacob will step down from his role as president in 2015.
  • Cinedigm, Film Arcade find Delight

    The Film Arcade and Cinedigm have acquired US rights to Jill Soloway’s award-winning feature directorial debut Afternoon Delight. Premiere Entertainment Group will handle international sales in Cannes.
  • Cinedigm, Gravitas, Corman cut YouTube deals

    Cinedigm’s Docurama label and Gravitas Ventures have separately launched paid channels on YouTube, while Roger Corman and producing partner Julie Corman plan to debut Corman’s Drive-In this summer.
  • CMG Cannes-bound with Moon

    Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group has bulked up its Cannes slate and acquired international rights excluding Latin America to Bruno Barreto’s Reaching For The Moon.
  • Content boards Pudsey project

    Content Film will launch worldwide sales on the Croisette of Vertigo Films’ previously announced talking-dog live-action adaptation based on the winner of TV show Britain’s Got Talent in May 2012.
  • Cronenberg’s Maps adds cast

    Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams and newcomer Evan Bird have joined the upcoming thriller Maps To The Stars from eOne and Martin Katz’s Prospero Pictures.
  • Daniel Wagner forms BiFrost

    Beverly Hills-based BiFrost Pictures launches as a specialty financing and production company that aims to invest at “various levels” in four to six films a year budgeted up to $20m.
  • Darclight takes Contracted to Cannes

    Darclight Films has acquired international rights to the horror thriller and will commence screenings in Cannes. XYZ Films handles North American sales.
  • David Magee to adapt The Silver Chair

    The Life Of Pi screenwriter has been hired to script the next big screen episode from the seven-title Chronicles Of Narnia series.
  • Disney sets Big Hero 6

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures top brass said on Thursday [9] the previously untitled animation will open on Nov 7, 2014.
  • Disney, EA sign Star Wars deal

    The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts have announced a multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.
  • Drafthouse gets Wheatley’s Field

    Drafthouse Films has acquired UK genre specialist Ben Wheatley’s upcoming horror film A Field In England.
  • Ealing Metro team acquire majority stake

    Metro management team acquire 70% of Ealing Metro and Ealing Studios and Prescience have retained 30%; company rebrands as Metro International Entertainment
  • EFA support ARP petition

    Petition aims to preserve Europe’s cultural exception in the EU/US trade and investment negotiations.
  • Elle Driver unveils biggest Cannes slate

    EXCLUSIVE: Cannes 2013 line-up includes new films from Coixet, Téchiné, Jacquot and Anurag.
  • Epic to tackle Messi biopic

    Co-founders Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson have acquired all rights to the book MESSI: The Inside Story Of The Boy Who Became A Legend by European sports journalist Luca Caioli.
  • Epic, Yesbox team on Thale

    The Los Angeles-based Epic has partnered with Norway’s Yesbox Productions to finance and produce an English-language sequel to the Scandinavian fantasy thriller. Separately, Osiris Entertainment has come on board to sell The Kill Hole.
  • Euro admissions down in 2012

    Record-breaking success of Skyfall boosts attendance of EU films to around 313 million admissions.
  • Exclusive takes Skiptrace to Cannes

    The LA-based finance, production and sales company will produce and co-finance with China’s Talent International the action comedy starring Jackie Chan and Fan Bingbing.
  • Fantasia reveals Frontières 2013 line-up

    New projects from the likes of Joe Dante, Andrzej Zulawski, Buddy Giovinazzo and Bobcat Goldthwait [pictured] among the lineup for the genre festival’s second co-production market.
  • FilmDistrict hears The Signal

    The distributor has preemptively acquired US rights to the Low Spark Films and Automatik production, which will star Laurence Fishburne and newcomer Brenton Thwaites. IM Global’s genre arm Octane handles international sales.
  • Fox to screen Cleopatra in Cannes

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment in association with Bulgari will premiere a restored version of the larger-than-life production in the Cannes Classics programme on May 21.
  • Franco to star in Wenders’ Every Thing

    The US actor will play a writer who causes the accidental death of a child.
  • Garnett joins Film4 in reshuffle

    Katherine Butler promoted to deputy head of film.
  • German sellers ready Cannes slates

    Sales companies Films Boutique, EastWest Filmdistribution and Beta Cinema have a raft of market premieres being lined up to screen at Cannes’ Marché du Film.
  • Good Universe finds Three Little Words

    James Mangold will reunite with Reese Witherspoon on the drama following Witherspoon’s Oscar-winning turn in Walk The Line. Good Universe will introduce to buyers in Cannes.
  • Gus Van Sant to teach in Sarajevo

    Bela Tarr’s Film.Factory introduces BA and MA courses; Gus Van Sant lined up as an instructor.
  • Hardy Bucks Movie to tour UK

    Irish comedy hit to screen in key UK towns from July 4-12.
  • Harry Hill film to begin shoot

    Steve Bendelack directing and Robert Jones producing The Harry Hill Movie.
  • Hawk Koch in Chapman honour

    Academy president will receive an honourary doctor of arts degree from Chapman University on May 18 at the commencement ceremony of Chapman’s Dodge College Of Film And Media Arts.
  • Hot projects on Screenbase

    The Blaine Brothers have started shooting their debut feature and production is also underway on animation Gus, starring Dakota Fanning and Seth Green.
  • HPI off to Cannes with Dorothy

    EXCLUSIVE: Hyde Park International (HPI) has acquired international rights to Will Finn and Daniel St Pierre’s 3D animation Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.
  • IM Global boards Black And White

    Kevin Costner reunites with his The Upside Of Anger director Mike Binder on the drama alongside Octavia Spencer. IM Global will commence pre-sales in Cannes.
  • IM Global trio extend contracts

    Senior executives Jonathan Deckter, Bonnie Voland and Tatyana Joffe have all signed new multi-year deals, founder and CEO Stuart Ford announced on Friday [3].
  • IM3 bursts into US on $175.3m

    Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 arrived in North America amid a blaze of anticipation at the weekend and it did not disappoint, posting the second biggest debut of all time behind stablemate The Avengers.
  • IM3 crosses $450m global

    Marvel Studios’ summer curtain raiser Iron Man 3 is fast becoming a behemoth after adding more than $110m worldwide on Friday – of which $68.3m came from the North American opening day – to reach $456.6m.
  • IM3 reaches $361m global

    Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 continued to charge towards $400m in its first week following an estimated $37.7m worldwide haul on Thursday [May 2].
  • IM3 reaches $741m global

    Disney’s daily update on Wednesday [8] reported that Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 added approximately $30m worldwide on Tuesday to stand at $740.7m.
  • IM3 soars past $500m int'l

    UPDATED MAY 6: An extraordinary $175.9m second international weekend for Iron Man 3 pushed Marvel Studios’ smash to $504.8m and $680.1m worldwide as Disney crossed the $1bn international mark in record time.
  • Inside Pictures unveils 2013 participants

    Now in its tenth year, the training programme has selected 24 participants from across Europe.
  • Iron Man 3 holds firm in UK

    Disney’s behemoth adds $9.8m (£6.3m) to retain top spot and is already the year’s second biggest performer; Fox’s The Croods crosses £25m.
  • Ischia to honour Milchan

    Arnon Milchan will receive the first Ischia Legend Award on Jul 20 during the 11th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Naples.
  • Jack O’Halloran enters Purgatory

    Gene Fallaize’s fantasy to shoot at the end of 2013 at Pinewood Studios.
  • Japan’s Marza fires up Robodog

    Japanese CG animation house Marza Animation Planet, owned by Sega Sammy Holdings, has started pre-production on its first original animated feature Robodog.  
  • Jinga adds two to Cannes line-up

    UK genre outfit Jinga has picked up Paul Hough’s sci-fi thriller The Human Race and Juanra Fernandez’s For Elisa to its Cannes lineup.
  • Jurassic Park 4 release delayed

    Universal issued a press release on Wednesday [8] saying it was rescheduling Jurassic Park 4, which had originally been set for release on Jun 13, 2014.
  • Kaleidoscope revs up Le Mans 3D

    Sales on the upcoming motor racing documentary to begin at Cannes.
  • Koch Media to release Confine

    Tobias Tobbell’s psychological thriller [pictured] to receive late June UK release.
  • Lacaze to head Wild Bunch Distribution

    Former Pathé Distribution head of marketing to take up position mid-May.
  • Lightning boards five for Cannes

    The Santa Monica-based sales, production and distribution company has unveiled a fresh roster for the Croisette including supernatural thriller The Occupants and Cavemen starring Skylar Astin from Pitch Perfect.
  • Lost Paradise takes top prize at Jeonju

    The 14th Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF)’s international competition Grand Prize went to Eve Deboise’s French coming-of-age film Lost Paradise at the closing ceremony Friday (May 3). The award comes with a $18,000 (KW20m) cash prize.
  • Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline join My Old Lady

    Protagonist to sell Paris-set comedy-drama; Rachael Horovitz, Raphael Benoliel among producers.
  • Man Of Steel heads to LAFF

    The Los Angeles Film Festival updates the programming list on Wednesday [8], announcing that Zack Snyder’s upcoming summer release Man Of Steel would screen prior to the festival on Jun 12. Warner Bros release the film on Jun 14.
  • Matador unveils six film slate

    EXCLUSIVE: Slate includes two features from All Stars writer Paul Gerstenberger; company expects films to enter production from late 2013.
  • Memento takes Brechner’s Mr. Kaplan

    EXCLUSIVE: Comedy about a Jewish retiree who fancies himself a Nazi hunter is in post-production.
  • Meteora, Mitsigan bookend LAGFF

    Spiros Stathoulopoulos’ drama Meteora will open and Kimon Tsakiris’ documentary, Mitsigan – Hardships And Beauties will close the 7th annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, set to run from Jun 6-9.
  • Method Studios to expand in London

    Global VFX house to increase capacity.
  • Metrodome takes We Are the Freaks

    EXCLUSIVE: UK outfit nabs Justin Edgar’s teen comedy starring Jamie Blackley, Michael Smiley.
  • Michael Douglas gets The Reach

    EXCLUSIVE: Douglas, who stars as Liberace in Cannes competition entry Behind The Candelabra, will produce and play the lead in the new thriller. Good Universe is handling international sales and will launch The Reach in Cannes.
  • Mis. Label, Star Media buy Noble

    Danish and Norwegian distributors acquire Swedish firm.
  • Mortal Instruments sequel heading to Cannes

    Mister Smith Entertainment is to debut the second in The Mortal Instruments franchise at Cannes.
  • Mundial to sell Libertador

    IM Global and Canana’s joint sales venture will introduce buyers in Cannes to the Simón Bolívar epic starring Edgar Ramírez, which the parties claim to be the biggest Latin American production yet.
  • Next Star Wars to shoot in UK

    JJ Abrams to direct the film, which will shoot in 2014.
  • Non-profit supports Toronto mental health event

    Workman Arts, a non-profit organisation fighting mental disease, will celebrate Mental Health Week from May 5-11 with the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival.
  • NYIFF hands out honours

    The New York Indian Film Festival, which just ended its five-day run, has announced the winners of its annual competition categories.
  • Open Road, XLrator strike pact

    Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg said on Monday [6] the company had struck a deal to market and sell XLrator Media titles to pay-TV, free television outlets and select S-VOD carriers. 
  • Owen, Heigl to star in Survivor

    EXCLUSIVE: Clive Owen and Katherine Heigl will star in the latest hot project to fall into place in the run-up to Cannes. Nu Image will introduce to buyers on the Croisette.
  • Paul Solet to direct Dark Summer

    Content to begin sales of “twisted supernatural horror” at Cannes.
  • Pelé heads to Cannes

    The Cannes market has scored its second film about a football great as it emerged on Thursday [9] that Exclusive Media will launch sales on Pelé. CAA and WME represent US rights.
  • Phase 4 takes The Dirties

    President and CEO Berry Meyerowitz announced on Monday [6] the North American acquisition of the Slamdance narrative grand jury prize winner.
  • Picturehouse plans Chiswick venue

    Picturehouse plans five-screen cinema at Rambert Company’s former Chiswick High Road property.
  • Pretty Pictures takes Dancing in Jaffa

    French distributor snaps up Hilla Medalia’s Tribeca title from K5 International.
  • Pulse Films: Hits factory

    UK production and distribution outfit Pulse Films is growing its production output at an impressive rate.
  • Pussy Riot film to open Doc/Fest

    A film about feminist punk band Pussy Riot is set to open this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest as the event shifts to stage more live performances alongside screenings.
  • QED Int’l promotes Friedberg

    John Friedberg has been named evp of international sales in the wake of Daniel Diamond’s segue into a production deal at the company.
  • Raven Banner acquires Cinco De Mayo

    The Toronto-based sales and distribution company has picked up international rights to Rafa Lara’s historical epic Cinco De Mayo: The Battle and will commence sales in Cannes.
  • Ray Harryhausen dies aged 92

    The visual effects godfather and producer, whose creations made famous the Sinbad films and Jason And The Argonauts, has died aged 92.
  • Redford, Nolte take Walk

    EXCLUSIVE: Robert Redford will direct and star opposite Nick Nolte in the Bill Bryson adaptation A Walk In The Woods. Sources said IM Global will launch sales at Cannes.
  • Rezo picks up Aoyama’s Backwater

    Japan’s Pictures Dept has announced that Shinji Aoyama’s The Backwater has been picked up by Rezo International for worldwide sales.
  • River, Kill Team win at SFIFF

    Top brass at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival handed out their juried Golden Gate awards, New Directors Prize and FIPRESCI Prize and more than $70,000 in awards on Wednesday night [8].
  • Russian sales firm to launch at Cannes

    New films by Alexey Fedorchenko, Alexander Veledinsky and debutants Natasha Merkulova and Alexey Chupov are on the slate of the new Russian sales company Antipode Sales & Distribution being launched at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
  • Salt set to Meet the Monsters

    EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome’s thriller to be introduced to buyers in Cannes, with The Salt Company handling worldwide sales.
  • Samuel L Jackson, Peter Mullan fly with Altitude

    Altitude Film Entertainment has announced further details of its production slate, including Samuel L Jackson attached for Big Game and Peter Mullan to star in The Loch.
  • Savill named BFI deputy chair

    Pat Butler, Charles Cecil and Oona King appointed to the BFI board.
  • Shade VFX moves to Santa Monica

    The boutique visual effects company is relocating into a new facility at the Bergamot Station arts compound that doubles its footprint.
  • Siren, Solution launch fund

    The $50m multi-year revolving equity fund will finance development and production of the joint features and television slate, kicking off with Laggies and The Forger.
  • Spanish festivals team for new section

    San Sebastian, Seville and Sitges film festivals unveil new business section.
  • Star Trek tops UK box office

    Paramount’s sci-fi sequel dethrones Iron Man 3 with $12.9m (£8.4m) opening, including previews.
  • Strand enters Wetlands

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to David Wnendt’s Wetlands ahead of the film’s US premiere in Sundance in January.
  • StudioCanal, Disney to release 100-Year-Old

    StudioCanal to partner with Disney Nordic to distribute adaptation of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.
  • Sundance names Lab fellows

    The Sundance Institute has announced the 13 projects selected for its annual June Directors and Screenwriters Labs from May 27-Jun 27.
  • Sydney unveils competition line-up

    Cannes titles Grigris and Borgman are among the 12 titles selected for the 60th Sydney Film Festival’s competition line-up.
  • Thai Pitch Event returns to Cannes

    Thailand’s Ministry of Culture has selected four projects to take part in a pitching initiative at Cannes with international producers and investors.
  • The Forger lands John Travolta

    EXCLUSIVE: Code Entertainment and The Solution Entertainment Group are understood to be co-financing the art heist project that the latter will bring to the Cannes market.
  • The Great Gatsby

    Dir: Baz Luhrmann. US. 2013. 141mins
  • The Veil to star William Levy

    Cuban-born telenovela star William Levy has been cast in the lead on the sci-fi adventure The Veil.
  • The Works reveals Cannes slate

    Includes four market premieres and SXSW, Tribeca hits ‘Snap’ and ‘Teenage’.
  • The Works to sell Teenage

    Cinereach, the not-for-profit production company and foundation, announced on MOnday [6] that The Works International has acquired sales rights to Matt Wolf’s documentary.
  • The Yellow Affair moves Home

    The Yellow Affair has taken on international sales for Maximilian Hult’s Home.
  • TIFF celebrates Chinese culture

    Christopher Doyle [pictured] will be one of the stars of TIFF Bell Lightbox’s A Century Of Chinese Cinema event, set to run in Toronto from Jun 5-Aug 11.
  • TIFF sets sights on Athens

    Toronto International Film Festival artistic director Cameron Bailey and international programmer Dimitri Eipides announced on Wednesday [8] that the Greek capital will be the focus of the 2013 City To City programme.
  • Tim Grohne launches sales firm Primal Screen

    EXCLUSIVE: Former IM Global exec launches London-based, genre-oriented sales outfit ahead of Cannes.
  • Trio lines up AIP remakes

    Producer Lou Arkoff, filmmaker Jeff Katz and industry consultant and former agent Hal Sadoff will remake a series of American International Pictures (AIP) classics from the 1950s including She-Creature and Teenage Caveman.
  • Universal take five at BVA Awards

    Universal Pictures UK took home five awards at the annual British Video Association Awards last night [May 2] in London.
  • Vehicle 19

    Dir/scr: Mukunda Michael Dweil. South Africa-US. 2013. 85mins
  • Versatile unveils first Cannes slate

    Pape Boye and Violane Pichon’s fledgling Versatile Films to launch first slate in Cannes.
  • Vertical Entertainment distributor launches

    The full-service content marketing and distribution company will focus on studio quality films and supply all North American platforms.
  • Viva acquires Top Cat movie

    Victor Elizalde’s distributor has acquired all US rights to the Mexican production Top Cat: The Movie based on the 1960s cartoon character of the same name. 
  • Voltage sparks to Behaving Badly

    EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures has acquired world rights to the upcoming comedy starring Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Mary-Louise Parker and Elisabeth Shue.
  • Voltage to launch Cabin Fever reboot

    EXCLUSIVE: Nicolas Chartier’s financing, production and sales outfit will present the world premiere screening and kick off sales in Cannes on Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, the first in an anticipated reboot of the horror franchise.
  • Weaver, Sands set for Six Lessons

    Two-time Oscar nominee Jackie Weaver and actor Julian Sands have joined the cast of Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, the new film based on Richard Alfieri’s play of the same name.
  • Wheatley film to get simultaneous UK release

    A Field in England first UK film to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on free TV, DVD and VoD.
  • Wild Bunch to preview Strauss-Kahn film at Cannes

    EXCLUSIVE: No French investment in film as traditional cinema funders shied away from project in act of “self-censorship”, says Maraval.
  • Witch Hunter heads to Cannes

    EXCLUSIVE: As Cannes slates continue to come together with a week to go before the market kicks off on the Croisette, Lionsgate International has confirmed it will commence pre-sales on The Last Witch Hunter.
  • Wrekin Hill takes Lisbon

    Wrekin Hill has acquired US rights from K5 International to Bille August’s thriller Night Train To Lisbon. Separarely IFC has acquired Tribeca premiere Adult World.
  • Zigzag Kid wins Young EFA award

    Young juries in nine European cities elect Dutch film by Vincent Bal.