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Articles from January 2012

Brazilian Box Office Climbs for Third Year; Local Titles Falter
Brazil broke the all-time box office record in 2011, grossing $790m (real 1.41bn) from 141.6m admissions.The figures represent an increase of 12% in total sales and 5% in tickets sold, according to Filme B, a local film company that reviews theatrical...
European Film Market's Probst 'Very Excited' about New American Indies Presence
So far, nearly 550 market premieres scheduled.Berlin's European Film Market (EFM) head is "very excited" about the American independent filmmaking community having their first ever booth in the EFM's key venue Martin Gropius Bau.Speaking exclusively...
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Isabelle Huppert will star in Abus De Faiblesse, while Joan Cutrina is currently shooting Alpha in Spain.A self-destructive, hemiplegic film director enters into a dangerous friendship with a flamboyant crook, in Catherine Breillat's Abus De Faiblesse...
Italian Films Have Strong Market Share but Overall Italian Box-Office Down 10%
The Italian box office dropped 10% in 2011 earning an overall $844m ([euro]661m), despite a banner year for Italian films led by Medusa's What A Beautiful Day.Day, which earned $55m ([euro]43.4m) was also Italy's top local film of all time. In 2011,...
Lionsgate Buys Summit on Eve of Sundance, Berlin
The biggest open secret in Hollywood was made public on Friday (13) in a same-day sign-and-close transaction that creates an independent behemoth but leaves questions unanswered.The deal for $412.5m in equity and approximately $300m in assumed debt brings...
London Film School Strikes Five-Year Partnership with University of Exeter
The University of Exeter and the London Film School have struck a new five-year partnership to enable doctoral film students to hone filmmaking skills alongside their academic work.The pact was signed at the University of Exeter on Jan 9 by University...
Lumière Awards Shine on the Artist and Bejo
French equivalent of the Golden Globes also fetes Poliss director Maïwenn and Omar Sy for his performance in Untouchable.Oscar frontrunner The Artist won best film at the Lumière Awards, the French equivalent of the Golden Globes judged by the foreign...
Ricky Strauss Named President of Marketing at Disney
The surprise announcement sees the former Participant Media president replace the outgoing M T Carney."I am happy to welcome Ricky Strauss to The Walt Disney Studios family," Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross said on Friday (13). "With 25 years...
Rotterdam's Bright Future Section Includes 14 World Premieres
Projects about school pranks, sugarcane, mushroom foragers. The International Film Festival Rotterdam has announced the entire programme for its Bright Future section devoted to first or second features. (The Tiger Competition section also screens first...
Stuart Murdoch, Barry Mendel Using Kickstarter to Raise Partial Finance for God Help the Girl
Glasgow-set musical feature film will shoot this summer.Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch is currently using Kickstarter (link here) as one financing source for his debut feature film, God Help The Girl. The Kickstarter campaign, launched...
Studios Sound out to UK Competition Commission as Sky Pay-TV Window Decision Looms
Studios criticise Competition Commission findings and proposed remedies ahead of next month's provisional decision.UK studios Paramount, Warner Bros, Universal, Fox, Disney and Sony yesterday criticized the Competition Commission's analysis of pay-TV...
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