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    Screen International unveils its UK Stars Of Tomorrow


    Screen International has unveiled its 2007 UK Stars Of Tomorrow, a comprehensive round-up of the brightest new talent in the British film industry. Published both in this week's Screen International and online (click here ), the annual talent survey - now it fourth year - highlights the brightest actors, directors, ...

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    Government closes UK tax schemes


    The UK Treasury has pulled the plug on tax schemes expected to raise hundreds of millions of pounds of film finance this year.One expert believes as much as $3.8bn (£2bn) could have been lost before the end of this tax year, which ends early next month.The UK revenue department announced ...

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    Screenwriters festival launches script market


    This year's international Screen Writers Festival is to launch a speculative script market. scriptMARKET offers writers the chance to send in a script for consideration by a panel of agents, producers, commissioners, developersand/or sales agents. The panel will meeet the top 30 at the festival in the UK town of ...

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    The Queen and King win royal flush at the Baftas


    The Queen 's royal progress in this year's awards season was matched at this year's Orange British Academy awards by the grand success of Last King Of Scotland . Stephen Frears' The Queen was named best film at the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House with another best actress ...

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    United 93 named best film by London critics


    United 93 has been named best film and Paul Greengrass best director by the London Film Critics' Circle. But it was The Queen which dominated, winning best British film, best British director for Stephen Frears, best screenwriter for Peter Morgan and best British actress for Dame ...

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    Chinese censors approve Lost In Beijing with major cuts


    Li Yu's Berlin competition title Lost In Beijing was finally passed by China's Film Reviewing Committee this afternoon. However the approved film is 15 minutes shorter than the original version according to the film's producer Fang Li. Zhang Hongsen, deputy director of the Film Bureau under the State Administration ...

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    Lost In Beijing producer awaits final decision from censors


    Fang Li, the producer of Berlin competition title Lost In Beijing , is having a final meeting with Chinese film censors today (Feb 5) in a last-ditch attempt to win approval for the film to participate in the festival. The Film Reviewing Committee under the State Administration of Radio, Film ...

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    UK exhibitors pull Museum in row over DVD release window


    Some of the UK's biggest exhibitors are pulling Fox's Night At The Museum this weekend in a row over a shortened 13-week window between theatrical and DVD release. Odeon and Vue cinemas are amongst those taking action - though none of the chains involved was making a statement tonight.It follows ...

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    Aardman and Dreamworks finally part ways


    DreamWorks andAardman have formally announced the premature ending of their five-film exclusive partnership that dates back to 1999.They worked together on award winning animanations including Chicken Run, Oscar winner Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and, most recently, Flushed Away.But the split was widely expected. 'Both companies areaware ...

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    Chinese box office to double by 2010, says report


    Chinese box office revenues will almost double over the next three years, according to analyst Screen Digest and Nielsen NRG, from last year's $336m to $720m by 2010. The rapid box office growth that has been driven by the opening up of the Chinese market and the fast development of ...

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    Multi-million dollar boost for Irish film


    The Irish government has pledged $188m (Euros 145) to support the Irish Film Board's work until 2013. The investment forms part of the $238bn seven-year National Development Plan, details of which were revealed yesterday. It will be allocated to the Irish Film Board to support its work, and particularly to ...

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    Sundance Film Festival 2007


    Reviews (A-Z) (Click to go to review) An American Crime (Tommy O'Haver, US) Although excruciating to watch, Tommy O'Haver's real-life crime drama is so well-crafted and well-acted that it resonates long after the credits, says Mike Goodridge Catch And Release (Susannah Grant, US) Susannah Grant's ambitious romantic comedy-drama ...

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    Bond and The Queen head BAFTA longlist


    Casino Royale and The Queen top the Orange British Academy Film Awards longlist with 14.

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    China bans Summer Palace director for five years


    Following months ofspeculation, Chinese authorities have finally made a statement aboutcontroversial Cannes competition entry Summer Palace , banning both the directorLou Ye and producer Nai An from making films in China for five years. According to the Beijing-basedLegal Mirror newspaper, the filmmaking duo has been banned for submitting thefilm to ...

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    Breaking News: Venice Line-Up Announced


    IN COMPETITION OPENING FILM: THE BLACK DAHLIA Dir: Brian De Palma USA - 120' Main cast: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner,Mike Starr, Fiona Shaw FALLEN Dir: Barbara Albert Austria - 88' Main cast: Nina Proll, Birgit Minichmayr, Ursula Strauss LA STELLA CHE ...

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    Volver tops Screen's Cannes critics poll


    Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes TheBarle y may have captured the Palme d'Or, but by a notable margin Screen International's juryof critics voted Pedro Almodovar's Volver as thebest film in Cannes competition. Volver lead the pack of 20 competition titles with a 3.4 average (out of ...

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    Elena Anaya joins cast of The Floating World


    Goya nominee Elena Anaya hasjoined Wintertime Films and Walker Films' Australian Outback-set drama TheFloating World.The Spanish actress willstar as a grieving widow who embarks upon ajourney of self-discovery andlearns disturbing truths about her past.Ben Mendelsohn and VinceColosimo round out the key cast.John Winter wrote anddirected and is serving as producer ...

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    FilmFour gets on board for first Screenwriters Festival


    The firstInternational Screenwriters' Festival, to be held in the UK from June 27-30, has added FilmFour as one of its sponsors. Supportersof the inaugural event, to be held at Cheltenham Film Studios in the Cotswolds,include Gosford Park writer Julian Fellowes, Gladiator writer Bill Nicholson and Stoned ...

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    Triple triumph for Adam's Apple at Brussels Film Festival


    Adam'sApple , by Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen ( Flickering Lights, The Green Butchers ), was the big winner of the24th edition of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festivalon Saturday. The film scooped the GoldenRaven (Grand Prize of the Festival), the Meli s d'Argent (Best European Fantastic Film)and the Pegasus ...

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    Pioneering launch of DVD quality human rights film on the Internet


    DerekWyatt MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Internet Committee, launched the firstever DVD quality human rights film on theInternet. The documentary film, Russia/Chechnya:Voices of Dissent , produced by Vanessa Redgraveand directed by Carlo Nero, was made in honour of Amnesty International. OpusMedia is using video-streaming technology with no buffering and ...