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Articles from March 2015

'Cinderella' Tops US Box Office with $67.9M Opening
UPDATED MARCH 16: Disney's live-action remake records seventh largest March opening in industry history; It Follows delivers strong $163k opening from four sites for RADiUS-TWC.Cinderella has debuted top of the US box office with a confirmed $67.9m bow...
'Ixcanul', '600 Miles' Win at Guadalajara
Dramas from Jayro Bustamante and Gabriel Ripstein take top prizes in Mexico.Fresh from its won at the Berlinale last month, Ixcanul (Ixcanul Volcano), the feature debut of Guatemalan writer-director Jayro Bustamente, won best Ibero-American picture and...
Jia Zhangke to Receive French Award at Cannes
Chinese director of A Touch Of Sin to be feted by French Film Directors Guild at Cannes Film Festival.The French Film Directors Guild, which runs Cannes parallel section Directors' Fortnight, is to honour Chinese director Jia Zhangke with its Carrosse...
Justin Lerner, 'The Automatic Hate'
UCLA film school grad Justin Lerner talks to Elbert Wyche about his SXSW debut and second directorial effort The Automatic Hate, which receives its world premiere on March 15.The film stars Joseph Cross and Adelaide Clemens as estranged cousins who set...
'Just Jim': Review
Dir/scr. Craig Roberts, UK, 2015, 84 mins Welsh actor Craig Roberts makes his directorial debut with Just Jim, a darkly awkward comedy set in his hometown of Maesycwmmer which premiered at the SXSW festival. A modest feature, both in scale and length...
Korea's Lotte Launches $35M Film Fund
Fund forms part of a creative innovation drive in Busan.Korean conglomerate Lotte Group, parent to major film investor/distributor Lotte Entertainment and exhibitor Lotte Cinema, is set to create a $35m (KW40bn) fund for films and visual content.South...
Lia Van Leer, Israeli Film Pioneer, Dies Aged 91
Lia van Leer, the legendary first lady of Israeli cinema, has passed away in Jerusalem aged 91.The indefatigable founder of the Haifa and Jerusalem Cinematheques, also of the Israeli Film Archive and the Jerusalem Film Festival, van Leer, born in Balti...
Lionsgate Takes 'Eddie the Eagle' for UK
UK deal struck with Matthew Vaughn's Marv Films.Lionsgate UK has struck a deal with Matthew Vaughn's Marv Films for rights to Eddie the Eagle, the biopic of British ski jumper Michael Edwards.Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton star in the biopic directed...
Marc Evans Promoted at Paramount
12-year veteran of the studio has been named as the replacement for Adam Goodman, who was let go earlier this month.Marc Evans has been named president of Paramount's Motion Picture Group.The announcement was made today [March 16] by Brad Grey, chairman...
'Marigold Hotel' Sequel Scores UK Hat-Trick
Fox's sequel reaches $17.3m (£11.7m), while stablemate Home previews strongly with $3.6m (£2.5m); Warner Bros' Run All Night lands with $1.2m (£822,000) from 430 sites.The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has become the first film this year to record...
Mark Gordon, eOne Partner on 'All the Old Knives'
Spy thriller is the first project from the companies' recently launched independent studio.The Mark Gordon Company and Entertainment One (eOne) are partnering on All the Old Knives.Divergent's Neil Burger is attached to direct the spy thriller, the first...
Nordisk Film Returning to Movies with Munch Biopic
Danish major Nordisk Film, which has not produced a film in Norway since Kon-Tiki in 2012, will rearm its Norwegian production unit and start to make films again.Aage Aaberge confirmed that he will return as head of Nordisk Film Production, which he...
Ron Nyswaner, 'She's the Best Thing in It'
The Academy Award-nominated writer of Philadelphia talks about his latest rare foray into directing on the SXSW documentary about Tony Award winner Mary Louise Wilson.Nyswaner follows the irrepressible Wilson, a luminary of stage and screen, as she travels...
Shoot Begins on 'Unless'
Film is based on the final novel from Canadian author Carol Shields and stars Catherine Keener.Principal photography has commenced on Unless in Toronto.Based on the award-winning and final novel from Canadian author Carol Shields, the film stars Catherine...
Simon West's 'Salty' Sets UK Crowdfunding Record
Con Air director's film has banked £1.8m ($2.7m), according to the production.Simon West's action-comedy Salty has become the most successful UK film on a crowd-funding platform to date, raising £1.9m ($2.8m), according to the production.The film hit...
'Spy': Review
Dir/scr: Paul Feig. US. 2015. 115minsFans of Melissa McCarthy who have cheered her big-screen ascension but lamented the one-note characters which helped fuel her rise can rejoice: With Spy, the very charming, deeply lovable, potently funny actress finally...
'The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson': Review
Dir/scr. Julien Temple, UK, 2015, 91 minsIn The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist and Blockhead who featured in director Julien Temple's previous documentary Oil City Confidential talks about life under the sentence of terminal...
'The Lesson' Wins Four in Sofia
The Lesson by co-directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov was the big winner at this year's Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria.The duo's feature debut became the second Bulgarian feature in SIFF's 19-year history to receive the international...
Tribeca Talks to Include Nolan, Lucas, Weinstein
Tribeca Film Festival also announces four additional documentaries to screen during the festival as part of the series.Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled the lineup for this year's Tribeca Talks series.Its Director Series will feature Chistopher Nolan...
UK-China Co-Production Treaty Offers Opportunities. and Risk
The opportunities for UK film in China have been given a boost by the recent UK-China co-production treaty, but producers still face the risk that a film will not be approved, according to Jonathan Berger and Alastair Lorimer of law firm Harbottle &...
'We Are Still Here': Review
Dir/Scr Ted Geoghegan, US, 2014, 84 minsSometime in the 1970s, Paul and Anne Sacchetti (Andrew Sensenig and Barbara Crampton), a couple still in mourning for their recently-dead college-age son Bobby, buy a suspiciously affordable 19th century home near...
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