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Articles from April 2012

Chinese Online Video Sites Form Buying Alliance
China's three major online video companies - Tencent Holdings, Sohu Video and Baidu-owned iQiyi.com - are to establish an alliance of "Video Content Cooperation" (VCC) to jointly purchase or negotiate content for their platforms.The three companies issued...
Expanded Beijing Film Market Wraps
The second Beijing Film Market (April 24-26) wrapped on Thursday after three days of increased participation and business, although delegates agreed that it remains a mostly domestic Chinese event.The market was undoubtedly on a much larger scale than...
Hammer Options Winchester Haunted House Story
The Exclusive Media subsidiary will develop and produce with Imagination Design Works (IDW) and Nine/8 Entertainment.The deal marks the first time the administrators of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, have approved of a feature...
Knife Fight
Dir: Bill Guttentag. US. 2012. 99minsKnife Fight goes into the back rooms where the sex-filled strategies of politics are plotted. This fictional story doesn't equal the drama and the depravity of the real thing.You feel as if you're watching a spin-off...
Lola Versus
Dir: Daryl Wein. US. 2012. 89minsLola Versus skews a screwball template, the jilted would-be bride, and modernizes it into a cloying coyness about the inanity of urban relationships. The romantic comedy by Daryl Wein, co-written with Zoe Lister-Jones,...
The Avengers Assemble to Demolish Int'l Competition
UPDATE: Marvel Studios' superhero soup grossed an estimated $36m in its first two days in 25 territories as the film prepares to expand into 42 markets this weekend.The Avengers launched in the UK on $4.1m (£2.5m) for the third biggest Thursday debut...
The Playroom
Dir: Julia Dyer. US. 2012. 83minsThis elegantly structured family drama is a gripping, at times amusing and even oddly tender story of how four children do their best to deal with one terrible night in their young lives. Beautifully performed and directed...
Verve Picks Up My Brother the Devil, Couple in A Hole
Verve to release Sally El Hosaini's Sundance and Berlin drama in the UK this autumn.Verve Pictures has acquired UK rights to Sally El Hosaini's drama My Brother The Devil, with a release date set for autumn 2012.Writer-director Sally El Hosaini's coming-of-age...
War Witch, Una Noche Triumph at 11th Tribeca Film Festival
The $25,000 Founders Award for Best narrative feature went to War Witch by Kim Nguyen.The prize for best actor in a narrative feature film was presented to Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nuñez Florian for Una Noche by Lucy Mulloy. The winners split $2,500.Best...
While We Were Here
Dir/scr: Kat Coiro. UK. 2012. 83minsThis elegant and beautifully staged Italy-set drama offers Kate Bosworth the perfect acting vehicle, playing a beautiful but emotionally troubled young woman who seeks to escape the mundanity of her marriage while...
World Premiere of Grassroots to Close Seattle Int'l Film Festival
Stephen Gyllenhaal's comedy stars Jason Biggs and will bookend the festival with the previously announced opening night screening of Lynn Shelton's Your Sister's Sister (pictured). The festival is set to run from May 17-Jun 10.The North American premiere...
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