30 March 2001

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  • News

    Highlights from this week's SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

    2001-03-30T11:55:00Z

    STUDIOS POSITION PRE-STRIKE FILMS AS OSCAR 2002 CAMPAIGN BEGINSStudios are already talking up their powerful line-ups of pictures being readied for Oscar gold in 2002. The number of prestige pictures jostling for release slots in November and December is already formidable. The names in these films

  • Reviews

    Blow

    2001-03-29T17:18:00Z

    Dir: Ted Demme. US. 2001. 120mins.Using Boogie Nights, Paul Thomas Anderson's sprawling masterpiece about the porn industry as a model, Ted Demme's Blow is a solid but unexciting epic about the rise of the US cocaine subculture, told through real-life figure George Jung (now in jail). Johnny Depp

  • News

    Sydney prepares to welcome Matrix marathon

    2001-03-29T16:38:00Z

    Warner Bros in Los Angeles and the Premier of New South Wales Bob Carr in Sydney simultaneously announced today that Australia will host production of two sequels to the action thriller The Matrix, Warner Bros' biggest hit to date with a worldwide gross of US$450m. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne,

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    Viacom relents over Blockbuster business

    2001-03-29T16:26:00Z

    In the week when Disney slashed 4,000 jobs or 3% of its workforce, Viacom has ditched plans to sell video rental giant Blockbuster, after reporting improved business and a boost from DVD.Blockbuster has struggled for several years and Viacom, which is also the parent of Paramount Pictures, MTV and

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    Japan's Cine Canon prepares kidnap

    2001-03-29T16:24:00Z

    Japanese production house Cine Canon is to make a film chronicling the 1973 kidnapping of South Korean president Kim Dae-jung in Tokyo. The picture is to be directed by Junji Sakamoto, who previously directed Face. The incident, was alleged to have been organised by then president Park Chung-hee,

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    One small step for The Dish; a leap for Premiere

    2001-03-29T15:00:00Z

    Sydney-based Richard Sheffield and Wellington-based Larry Parr will launch New Zealand distribution entity Premiere Filmed Entertainment with the Australian hit film The Dish. The film, which had revenues of $16.8m from Australian cinemas alone will be released mid-year as a joint venture with its

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    Germany's Das Werk exceeds earnings expectations

    2001-03-29T14:34:00Z

    German digital postproduction and production house Das Werk brought some welcome cheer to an otherwise depressed Neuer Markt exchange in Frankfurt by posting a 157% increase in sales for the financial year 2000 to Euro 88.8m, 72% higher than the forecast Das Werk had made on its flotation in August

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    Til Schweiger enters the ring as Max Schmeling

    2001-03-29T14:17:00Z

    Germany's leading film export Til Schweiger (Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Der Bewegte Mann) is to play the role of German boxing legend Max Schmeling in the $9m (DM 20m) Joe and Max which will begin shooting in Berlin under the direction of US filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) from this May.The

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    Hallstrom's confection pleases his local audience

    2001-03-29T12:15:00Z

    Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom might not have received his Oscar yet, despite two consecutive best picture nominations, but in his home territory he has once again confirmed his box office appeal and status as more than just 'flavour of the month' with the release of Chocolat.Hallstrom, who is

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    Cable giants UPC and PrimaCom merge in Germany

    2001-03-29T09:40:00Z

    UPC, Europe's troubled cable giant is to combine its German operations with those of PrimaCom, creating the third largest cable player in the country.At the end of 2000, PrimaCom had 1.01 million German cable subscribers chiefly in the Berlin Brandenburg and Saxony Anhalt areas, and a further