18 August 2000

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  • News

    Cartel, Creaccion set to shoot Ungria's El Deseo


    Spanish producers Creaccion and Cartel plan to shoot Alfonso Ungria's El Deseo De Ser Piel Roja from September in Spain and Morrocco.The $1.1m film tells the story of two men, their fight to close a nuclear power centre and their battle for the love of one woman. Up-and-coming actors Patxi Freytez

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    Cinar fires founders Charest and Weinberg


    Cinar Corp has fired its co-founders Micheline Charest and Ronald Weinberg as employees of the company and asked them to step down as directors.The move is seen as a way for the embattled company to distance itself from the tarnished image of its founders, who have been on leave since March when

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    Taxi 2 Drives Admissions In Japan


    Even though its villains are Japanese, Taxi 2 is burning rubber at the Japanese box office. Opening on August 12, it recorded 110,000 admissions on 165 screens its first weekend, for a gross of $1,587,156 (Y173m), enough for third place in the rankings after MI:2 and The Perfect Storm.To rev the

  • Reviews

    A Brief History Of Errol Morris


    Dir: Kevin McDonald. 1999. UK-US. 48 mins.Prod Co: Minerva Pictures. Int'l sales: Film Transit International (+1 514 844 3358). Prods: Paula Jalfon, Colin MacCabe. DoP: Neve Cunningham. Ed: Stephen Devlin. Mus: Alex Heffes. Main cast: Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, Tom Luddy, Philip Glass.An

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    My Mother Frank wins Melbourne vote


    Audiences favoured home-grown films at this year's Melbourne Film Festival (July 19-August 6). My Mother Frank, directed by Sydney-based Mark Lamprell, scooped the Stella Artois Award for most popular film, while Melbourne director Paul Cox scored second and third spot with Innocence and Molokai:

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    Oz producers, directors claim copyright victory


    Australia's parliament has passed the Copyright Digital Agenda Bill prompting both directors and producers to issue media statements claiming they have won the long-running battle over directors' copyright. The Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) claimed victory on the basis that the

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    Jazztel founder launches rival cable operator


    Jordi Compte Batista, co-founder of Spanish cable company Jazztel, has launched his own competing cable outfit dubbed Flash10.com, according to Spanish news reports. Flash10 plans to offer telephone, data, internet and multimedia services in 32 cities in the Catalan region of Spain. Compte is said

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    Radcliffe revealed as the real Harry Potter


    UK actor Daniel Radcliffe has been cast as Harry Potter in Warner Bros' Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone, scotching rumours over the weekend that fellow Brit Gabriel Thomson had clinched the role.11-year-old Radcliffe recently played young David in the BBC's David Copperfield and also features

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    Oz ratings chief speaks out on screen violence


    Des Clark, director of Australia's Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC), has claimed that Australians are concerned about rising levels of screen violence, and plans to take this into account in a review of the film classification system to take place next year.The most serious

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    Parallax unveils partnership with Scotland's Makar


    The UK's Parallax Pictures has established a Scottish production base through a partnership with Edinburgh-based Makar Productions. The two companies are already collaborating on Makar's first National Lottery-financed feature, the $3.9m Child Of Air.Parallax's Sally Hibbins will executive produce