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‘Joker’ tops UK box office again after outstanding second weekend

Todd Phillips’ supervillain origin story took £9.7m.

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Lucinda Syson, Jason Flemyng team up for film and TV production company

Duo to form The Kernel Factory alongside Dickensian actor Ben Starr and financial controller Cristiano D’Urso.

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‘Why Don’t You Just Die!’ takes top prize at Grimmfest

‘Karli’ won the horror festival’s first work-in-progress award.

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Martin Scorsese talks “theme park films”, the Netflix trade-off, his de-ageing concerns

Legendary director delivers Bafta David Lean lecture in London.

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Robert De Niro: comic book, tech-heavy films "another type of entertainment" to cinema

Actor regales BFI London Film Festival Screen Talk session with views on Trump, career highlights.

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Sales agents warn distributors “need to pre-buy” to compete with SVoD platforms

A discussion on the sales industry took place at the BFI London Film Festival.

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UK box office preview: new openers ‘Abominable’, ‘Gemini Man’ will struggle to topple ‘Joker’

Further new openers include Lionsgate’s ‘Farming’, eOne’s ‘The Day Shall Come’.

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Working Title, BFI, Lionsgate UK join Time’s Up 4% challenge

The #4PercentChallenge pushes for greater representation of women directors.

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Film and TV boom pushes UK economy into black

The latest James Bond film and high-end drama help sector stay strong.

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‘Cloud Atlas’ producer named UK’s Production Guild chair

Alex Boden is joined by Debbie Vertue and Jo Evans on new-look board

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Screen Ireland gets €1m budget boost

The increase brings the agency’s spend for next year, which includes film and TV production and development funding, to €17.2m.


‘Animals’ producer Sarah Brocklehurst options two new books (exclusive)

‘Super Gran’ and ‘The Outrun’ will be adapted through Sarah Brocklehurst Productions.

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Former BBC Studios executive Whitney Muroff to lead global acquisitions at FilmRise

Company says it has raised $112m to fund aggressive push into acquisitions.

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Curzon to give ‘Parasite’ full theatrical window release in the UK (exclusive)

The news was revealed by CEO Philip Knatchbull during a keynote speech at CONNeXT in Ghent.

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Bafta reveals 21 actors from under-represented backgrounds for Elevate initiative

Credits from those selected include ‘Bodyguard’, ‘The Personal History Of David Copperfield’.

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Celsius Entertainment racks up pre-sales on ’The Last Bus’ starring Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan

The film, directed by Gillies MacKinnon, is produced by Sol Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter at Hurricane Films

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Bafta TV awards change eligibility rules, add diversity targets

The awards body has tweaked its qualification criteria so that shows could be eligible even if they premiere outside of the UK.