All articles by Diana Lodderhose

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    United States - Launching Plymouth Rock

    2008-11-28T00:00:00Z

    New England needs a vitamin injection," says David Kirkpatrick, founder of Plymouth Rock Studios, a new digital film and television studio complex to be built in Massachusetts, the most populous state in the north-eastern region of the US. And while the 25% Massachusetts tax credit for film-makers that was introduced ...

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    International - Japanese romcom flies

    2008-07-04T00:00:00Z

    Japanese romantic comedy Boys Over Flowers: Final was the highest non-US entry in this weekend's chart, generating $9.5m in its home territory. Toho released the film, based on characters from the original shojo manga (girl's comic), on 400 screens in Japan, and it earned a very strong $23,686 screen ...

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    Cinema Expo - 3D cinema in depth

    2008-07-04T00:00:00Z

    The big topic at this year's Cinema Expo was 3D cinema. As studios have started to throw their weight behind three-dimensional films, European exhibitors were encouraged to pick up the pace of 3D installation in cinemas in order to "save" the cinematic world. Around a dozen 3D films are scheduled ...

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    Japan's Boys Over Flowers is highest non-US opener

    2008-07-02T15:28:00Z

    Japanese romantic comedy Boys Over Flowers was the highest non-US entry in this weekend's international chart, generating $9.5m in its home territory. The top 40 international films generated $188.8m from 49,945 screens for the period of June 27-29. For the full chart, compiled by Len Klady, click here . ...

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    Sony unveils first footage of new Bond film

    2008-06-25T10:55:00Z

    Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) showed 10 minutes of exclusive footage of Quantum Of Solace to delegates at this year's Cinema Expo. The sneak peak was prefaced by a brief introduction from Michael G Wilson, co-producer of the James Bond franchise along with Barbara Broccoli, who claimed that the ...

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    Sony unveils first footage of new Bond film

    2008-06-25T10:55:00Z

    Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) showed 10 minutes of exclusive footage of Quantum Of Solace to delegates at this year's Cinema Expo. The sneak peak was prefaced by a brief introduction from Michael G Wilson, co-producer of the James Bond franchise along with Barbara Broccoli, who claimed that the ...

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    Fox pulls in the stars to promote films at Cinema Expo

    2008-06-25T06:35:00Z

    Twentieth Century Fox drafted in major stars to support the reel presentations for exhibitors at this year's Cinema Expo in Amsterdam. Hugh Jackman, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson and Rainn Wilson all made personal appearances to promote their upcoming films David Frankel ( The Devil Wears Prada ) introduced ...

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    3D can be 'saving voice' for cinema, claims Nielsen

    2008-06-24T08:17:00Z

    3D cinema is a 'three-legged stool operation', requiring co-operation from not only exhibitors and distributors, but consumers as well, delegates at Cinema Expo in Amsterdam were told. Ann Marie Dumais, SVP at Nielsen PreView, said that the faster exhibitors and distributors took on board 3D cinema, the quicker consumers will ...

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    3D can be 'saving voice' for cinema, claims Nielsen

    2008-06-24T08:17:00Z

    3D cinema is a 'three-legged stool operation', requiring co-operation from not only exhibitors and distributors, but consumers as well, delegates at Cinema Expo in Amsterdam were told. Ann Marie Dumais, SVP at Nielsen PreView, said that the faster exhibitors and distributors took on board 3D cinema, the quicker consumers will ...

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    Cinema chain urges digital change at Cinema Expo

    2008-06-24T06:48:00Z

    Steve Knibbs, COO of Vue Cinemas, has urged distributors to start making more digital trailers alongside their digital films. In December 2007, the UK cinema chain opened Europe's first all digital 10-screen multiplex in Hull and Knibbs told attendees at this year's Cinema Expo conference in Amsterdamof the benefits and ...

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    European Box Office Review

    2008-06-20T00:00:00Z

    While Sex And The City and Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull battle it out with local super-hits for European box-office supremacy, the words 'recession', 'credit crunch' and 'weak dollar' are worrying the region's distributors and exhibitors. Click for country reviews: United Kingdom , France ...

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    International - Indian Summer Arrives

    2008-06-20T00:00:00Z

    Tamil film Dasavatharam was the highest non-US entry in the international chart, taking $4.6m from 11 territories in its opening weekend. The sci-fi drama played on 1,211 screens for a $3,825 screen average, putting it at number seven this weekend. It opened at number 11 in the UK with ...

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    In focus - Distribution - Start of a French affair

    2008-06-20T00:00:00Z

    According to Unifrance, France's film export body, French films account for an estimated 3 million admissions in the UK, an impressive 2% of the market. This was led by 2007's Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose , directed by Olivier Dahan, which took $3.3m in the territory, while Guillaume ...

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    Iron Man and Indy push Paramount past $1bn

    2008-06-16T12:21:00Z

    Paramount Pictures International (PPI) hit the $1bn mark at the international box office on June 14, making it the first studio to reach the figure internationally this year. PPI hit the mark six weeks faster than it did in 2007, thanks to blockbuster summer films, chiefly Iron Man and ...

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    United Kingdom - C'est La Vie

    2008-06-13T00:00:00Z

    It has been more than eight months since Hugo Grumbar was promoted to president of distribution for Icon Film Distribution (IFD), and it is no secret he is enjoying the ride. Previously head of group marketing at IFD in London and a veteran of Capitol Films and Intermedia, Grumbar - ...

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    International - Raj against the machine

    2008-06-13T00:00:00Z

    Indian film Sarkar Raj was this weekend's highest non-US entry in the international arena, taking $5.4m from 1,433 screens in 17 territories. The film is one of 17 that crossed the $1m mark over the June 6-8 weekend, as the top four films - all Hollywood offerings - saturated the ...

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    Sarkar Raj, Magic Hour start strong at international box-office

    2008-06-11T14:40:00Z

    Indian film Sarkar Raj was this weekend's highest non-US entry in the international arena, taking $5.4m from 1,433 screens in 17 territories. The top 40 international films generated $171.2m from 42,947 screens for the period of June 6-8. For the full chart, compiled by Len Klady, click here . ...

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    The Caregiver, Il Divo among international box-office hits

    2008-06-04T17:16:00Z

    Filipino film T he Caregiver proved a sensational local hit this weekend with a whopping $20,616 screen average in its first weekend, the highest by a long run over the three-day period. The top 40 international films generated $181.9m across 42,426 screens for the period of May 30-June 1. ...

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    International - Cannes hits home

    2008-05-30T00:00:00Z

    While Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull clearly took the international crown this weekend, representing a whopping 65% of the top 40 revenue, a couple of Cannes competition films fared well in their home territories, each passing the $1m mark. Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner Gomorrah ...

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    Sex And The City beats Indy first-day average at UK box office

    2008-05-29T12:16:00Z

    Sex And The City had a stellar opening in the UK yesterday, taking $4.1m (£2.1m) across 453 sites on its first day. The film, which saw crowds of female fans waiting in long queues outside of London cinemas to get a first glimpse of the anticipated film, enjoyed a ...