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BBC Trust Chairman Lord Patten Steps Down
BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten is to stand down with immediate effect after undergoing heart surgery.The decision marks the end of a turbulent tenure for the former Hong Kong governor, who presided over the BBC's Jimmy Savile and payoffs scandals after...
David Cross: Hits Maker
The US comedian and writer discusses Hits, his directorial debut about celebrity and the YouTube generation.There is something very British about David Cross. The US comedian - best known for his edgy stand-up, sketch comedy series Mr Show and sitcom...
Doc & Film Taps Silvered Water
EXCLUSIVE: Documentary captures life in besieged Syrian city of Homs through work of rebel female video reporter.Paris-based sales company Doc & Film International has picked up sales on Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait ahead of its out of competition...
Films Distribution Takes Magical Girl
Second film from one of Spain's hottest up and coming filmmakers. Paris-based Films Distribution has picked up international rights to Spanish director Carlos Vermut's Magical Girl, on the eve of the Cannes Marché.The film follows a father's attempt...
Fortissimo Entranced by Great Hypnotist
Fortissimo Films has struck a deal with China's Wanda Media to handle worldwide sales (excluding HK, Taiwan, SE-Asia) on current box office hit The Great Hypnotist.Directed by Leste Chen, the film was released last weekend in China and has so far grossed...
Haim Saban Enters Distribution
NEWS: The media magnate has launched Saban Films and brought on Bill Bromiley as president.Bromiley, most recently of RLJ Entertainment, will attend Cannes looking to kick off a slate designed to accommodate eight to 10 "high quality" features a year.Saban...
Jersey Boys to Close LAFF 2014
The 20th annual Los Angeles Film Festival presented by Film Independent will close with Clint Eastwood's stage musical adaptation.Warner Bros will release Jersey Boys starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza and Christopher...
John Krasinski to Direct the Hollars
John Krasinski will direct and star in The Hollars for Sycamore Pictures alongside Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins and Margo Martindale. Panorama will commence international sales on the Croisette.The project stems from Krasinski's Sunday Night label...
Lionsgate, Nordisk Extend Pact
Lionsgate has expanded its output deal with the Scandinavian partner on the back of Divergent's $250m global success.The deal encompasses a pipeline of Lionsgate and Summit titles including the next two instalments of The Hunger Games franchise (Mockingjay...
Memento Takes Winter Sleep, Refugiado
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Competition title.Memento Film International (MFI) has acquired international rights to Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep and Argentine Diego Lerman's Refugiado ahead of their Cannes premieres.Ceylan's Palme...
Million Dollar Arm
Dir: Craig Gillespie. US. 2014. 124minsA feel-good sports drama whose every move seems lifted from an earlier, better film, Million Dollar Arm is so blandly genial that it barely leaves an impression. Based on the true story of a floundering American...
Monica Bellucci Joins Ville-Marie
EXCLUSIVE: The Italian siren's involvement gives Guy Édoin's story of four intertwined lives a timely boost as the filmmaker prepares to take part in the Cannes networking programme L'Atelier.Bellucci will star in Max Films and Canadian distributor Filmoption's...
Picturehouse to Stream D-Day Event
UK cinemas to broadcast live BBC Radio 2 event for the first time to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, during which Patrick Stewart will play Sir Winston Churchill.The BBC is to stream a live D-Day concert from the Royal Albert Hall to cinemas...
Regret! Wins Young EFA Award
Young juries in 17 European cities select Dutch film by Dave Schram.School bullying drama Regret! (Spijt!), from Dutch director Dave Schram, has won the European Film Academy Young Audience Award 2014.The film was selected by more than 1,000 children...
Spider-Man 2 Records UK Hat-Trick
Sony's sequel retains top spot for third straight week with $3.4m (£1.98m); Universal's Bad Neighbours previews strongly; eOne's Pompeii is the week's highest new entry.Holding better than its predecessor, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 remained top of the...
Voltage Jives to Breaking Through
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures has added another title to its Cannes war chest, taking international rights to the coming-of-age dance film Breaking Through. Paradigm represents North America.Step Up: All In writer John Swetnam, whose credits include Warner...
Wild Bunch Unveils Cannes Slate
EXCLUSIVE: Wild Bunch to launch new films from Verhoeven, Noé, Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2, Maniac Cop remake and market premiere Welcome to New York.Paris-based sales and production powerhouse Wild Bunch has unveiled a packed Cannes slate,...
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