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    Seville and Maximum to join forces in Canada


    Montreal-based Seville Pictures and Toronto-based Maximum Films Distribution are launching a joint venture to distribute their films theatrically in Canada. The move comes seven months after the launch of both the new-look Seville, acquired by fast-rising multinational entertainment company Entertainment One (E1) in August, and Maximum, launched the same month ...

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    North America - Hatched In Canada With French DNA


    Vincenzo Natali laughs ruefully at the notion that he is 'big in France'. As with seemingly every other notable English-Canadian film-maker, his work is more successful critically and commercially in France than in his own country.It is a proud tradition, which certainly places him in good company (David Cronenberg, Atom ...

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    Wachowskis' Speed Racer set for simultaneous IMAX release


    Warner Bros has announced that the Wachowski Brothers' Speed Racer will be released on IMAX screens simultaneous with its conventional release May 9, 2008.Produced by Joel Silver, written and directed by The Matrix filmmakers and based on the anime series by Tatsuo Yoshida, the film stars Emile Hirsch as the ...

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    Away From Her sweeps the board at Canada's Genie Awards


    Debut filmmaker Sarah Polley wore out her boots at the 2008 Genie Awards Monday night. The director and screenwriter of Away From Her and her collaborators made their way to the podium seven times in the evening, picking up every major award including Best Picture for producers Daniel Iron, Simone ...

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    Canadian filmmakers denounce proposed law as censorship


    Canada's film and television community is up in arms amidst the revelation of proposed federal legislation that could potentially retract a production's tax-credit eligibility after the fact. Under changes to Bill C-10 introduced by the minority Conservative government, the Income Tax Act would deny a production company its tax credit ...

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    Telefilm Canada greenlights new films from Villeneuve, Scott


    New films from Denis Villeneuve, Sylvain Guy and Ken Scott have been approved through Telefilm Canada's French-language arm. In all seven pictures received a total of $7.13m (C$7m) out of 31 applications. Villeneuve, who has not made a feature since 2000's Maelstrom, returns to the screen with Incendies, his adaptation ...

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    Exhibition - Putting the multi into multiplex


    Last month, in the Welsh town of Holyhead, the only cinema closed its doors after 80 years. People were still going to the movies but - thanks to the recent introduction of a UK smoking ban - not enough people were going to the cinema's bingo nights to keep the ...

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    Exhibition - Cinema advertising in the digital age - Point of sale


    The cinema advertising business is getting ready for prime time. A television term in reference to cinema' It may not seem apt but the market is heading in that direction. The roll-out of digital projection worldwide could create a single global living room, and with it opportunities for brands to ...

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    VOD Canada - Commercial concerns


    In Canada, the future of the format is ad-supported VoD. Denis Seguin looks at how this could work.There are an estimated 2 million video-on-demand households in Canada, representing a penetration rate of 43.5%. Accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers forecast a market of 4 million by 2010, at a penetration rate of approximately 55%.'The ...

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    Canadian Film Centre receive C$1m donation from Cineplex


    Canadian exhibitor Cineplex Entertainment is providing the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) with a five-year C$1m donation as well as a C$100,000 endowment towards an annual scholarship to aid one film resident. In return, the CFC Film program will be named the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program. The scholarship will be similarly ...

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    UGC buys Canadian Berlin selection Tout Est Parfait


    UGC has picked up Canadian Panorama selection Tout Est Parfait for France, Benelux and Switzerland from Anick Poirier of Montreal-based sales outfit Seville International.The feature debut of Quebecois documentary and commercials director Yves-Christian Fournier, the film is the story of a young man (Maxime Dumontier) bereft by the suicide pact ...

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    Braude, Muskala named co-directors of Sprockets at TIFFG


    The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) has appointed Allen Braude and Elizabeth Muskala as co-directors of learning. The appointments follow recent changes at TIFFG anticipating the opening of the Bell Lightbox, the new film centre under construction in Toronto. In December, then TIFF co-director Noah Cowan stepped into the ...

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    Former Cinemavault executive Alvarez launches Forward Motion


    Former Cinemavault Releasing executive Paco Alvarez has launched a new world sales outfit, Forward Motion Entertainment, and will unveil two new projects, Six Reasons Why and The Cold Flame, at Berlin's European Film Market. Picked up for North America by ThinkFilm, Six Reasons Why is the debut feature of The ...

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    New Toronto-based Arrow takes on Jolliet's Harvest


    Newly-launched Toronto sales outfit Arrow Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Nicolas Jolliet's docu-drama Harvest following its screenings at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Arrow is repping both film and soundtrack rights at the EFM.Described as the musical journey of a ganja planter, the film follows a marijuana farmer named Jaweve ...

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    Eastern Promises, Shake Hands lead Canadian Genie nominations


    David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and Roger Spottiswoode's Shake Hands With The Devil are leading the nomination pack with 12 apiece as the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced the nominees for the 28th annual awards. Among the other titles nominated for best motion picture, Sarah Polley's Away From Her ...

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    British Columbia boosts foreign production service tax credits to 25%


    The province of British Columbia has boosted its production service tax credits, matching a recent rise in credits in Ontario and Quebec. The tax credit for foreign-financed productions will rise from 18 per cent of labour costs to 25 per cent, while the credit for local and qualifying coproductions, Film ...

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    Canada's NFB names Witten to top English language post


    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has appointed Cindy Witten to the post of director general of NFB English Program. Witten was previously vice president of content at the Canadian specialty channel History Television. Before that she was vice president of original production at History as well as BBC ...

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    Gilliam's Dr Parnassus put on hold following Ledger's death


    The death of Heath Ledger has brought a halt to production on Terry Gilliam's $30m The Imaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus.The Australian actor, who was found dead in a New York apartment on Tuesday, had a lead role in the Canada-UK coproduction. It was on hiatus after recently wrapping the first ...

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    In focus - Video-on-demand - Big films on a moving screen


    It is called the halo effect. Last year when Apple unveiled its iPhone, the technology and business press fell to its knees in supplication. If Apple does it, it has to be good. Last week, the company announced a deal with all the Hollywood studios that will, from February, see ...

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    United States - Animal attraction


    It's day six on the set of Green Porno and star Isabella Rossellini is having sex with a snail. Which is OK, because she is a snail too. After all, this whole bizarre set-up was her idea.Commissioned by Christopher Barry, vice-president, digital media and business strategy for US cable network ...