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Articles from May 2012

Bankside Moves into Athale's Wasteland
EXCLUSIVE: Luke Treadaway, Iwan Rhoeon, Matthew Lewis and Gerard Kearns star in the heist story.Bankside has taken worldwide sales rights to Wasteland, the debut feature from Rowan Athale, a 2011 Screen International Star of Tomorrow.Luke Treadaway,...
Birch Tree, Astro Shaw Team for Martial Arts Slate
Malaysia's Astro Shaw and US-based sales agent Birch Tree Entertainment are joining forces to produce and distribute a slate of martial arts action films.Birch Tree will handle worldwide sales on the slate, starting with three title produced by Astro...
BiteSize Entertainment Launches with Rebekah Brooks Project
Online entertainment hub Mevio chairman and CEO Ron Bloom has launched the vertically integrated studio BiteSize Entertainment and brought in producer Gene Kirkwood and Ross Elliot's Kirkwood-Elliot to handle exclusive production.Kirkwood-Elliot Productions...
Blanchett, Wasikowska, HanWay Board Number 9's Carol
Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska and HanWay Films have boarded Number 9 Films' version of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt.Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska have joined Number 9 Films' Carol.John Crowley directs Phyllis Nagy's adaptation of Patricia...
Brandon Cronenberg
Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, makes his feature directorial debut with Antiviral in Un Certain Regard, about a man who sells celebrity diseases to the obsessed public. TF1 handles sales.Why did this theme of a celebrity-obsessed culture inspire you...
Cargo Takes Hold of the Angriest Man in Brooklyn
EXCLUSIVE: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis and Peter Dinklage will star in comedy The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, which Cargo Entertainment sales chief Mark Lindsay is introducing to Cannes buyers.Landscape Entertainment and Force Majeure are producing the...
China Film to Roll out Giant Screen Technology
China Film Group Corporation has announced that it will start rolling out its China Film Giant Screen (CFGS) technology this year, starting with 15 screens in cinemas in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and several other Chinese cities.CFGS is China's proprietary...
Chris Parks Talks Future Hopes for 3D
The founder of Vision 3 talks about the company's work on films including Jack The Giant Killer and Gravity.Stereographer Chris Parks and the company he founded, Vision 3, are the top of a field that only a few years ago was virtually nonexistent. As...
Film London Secures [Euro]1.9m to Develop Screen Tourism
The grant will launch EuroScreen, a project which aims to bring together the screen and tourism industries to capitalise on the economic opportunities.Film London has been awarded an Interreg IVC grant to launch EuroScreen, a project which aims to capitalise...
Former Screen Editor Colin Brown Joins Slated
EXCLUSIVE: Colin Brown joins New York-based Slated, the private marketplace for accredited investors to track and back independent film projects online.International film journalist Colin Brown, a former editor of ScreenInternational, has joined New...
Fridrik Thor Fridriksson Lines Up Reykjavik Shoot for Staying Alive
EXCLUSIVE: Iceland's Ljosband producing with UK's F&ME.Oscar nominee Fridrik Thor Fridriksson is gearing up for the Reykjavik shoot of Staying Alive, his first feature since festival hit Mamma Gogo. The film is budgeted at [euro]1.5m.Bardi Gudmundsson...
Hong Kong's Pegasus to Produce IP Man 3D
Hong Kong's Pegasus Motion Pictures is introducing the third part of its hit Ip Man franchise in Cannes - the most ambitious installment yet which the company is planning to shoot in 3D.The project, which has an estimated budget of $36m, will again star...
How to Lock Down a Lead
Matteo Garrone talks about his latest feature Reality which is screening today (friday 18) in competition at Cannes. "After Gomorrah I wanted a new challenge," says Matteo Garrone about his competition entry Reality. The 2008 Cannes Grand Prix du Jury...
Kelly Reilly to Star in Birger Larsen's the Ice Princess
EXCLUSIVE: Reilly attached to Birger Larsen's English-language adaptation of Camilla Läckberg's best-selling thriller The Ice Princess.British actress Kelly Reilly has signed to star in Danish director Birger Larsen's English-language adaptation of Camilla...
Lionsgate, Nordisk Film Unveil Output Deal
The multiyear Scandinavian output deal extends Nordisk's existing output deal with Summit to encompass the entire Lionsgate slate.The combined roster includes The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Red 2, Sam...
Longstocking Family Returns to Big Screen
EXCLUSIVE: Swedish producer Mirijam Johansson of Wanted Pictures today announces Efraim Longstocking and the Cannibal Princess.The Longstocking family - Efraim Longstocking, father of the world's strongest girl Pippi Longstocking, the brainchild of Swedish...
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Dirs: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon. US. 2012. 93minsThe animal escapees from New York City zoo continue their world tour (after stop-offs in Madagascar and Africa in the first two animated romps) with a bright and breezy jaunt through Europe...
No
Dir: Pablo Larrain. Chile-USA. 2011. 116minsTalk about shooting oneself in the foot. The third part of Chilean director Pablo Larrain's trilogy set against the background of the Pinochet regime had the potential, on paper, to be the most commercially...
Prime Focus World Appoints New Global CFO
Prime Focus World, global provider of visual effects, 2D to 3D conversion, and animation services, has announced the appointment of Zenith Equity Partners founder Massoud Entekhabi as Global Chief Financial Officer.Massoud Entekhabi had been a board...
Reality
Dir: Matteo Garrone. Italy-France. 2012. 115minsMatteo Garrone's first feature since Gomorra (2008) takes an idiosyncratic lurch into quasi-Fellini territory as it offers a whimsical reflection on the corrupting influence of reality television. Mild...
Sanford Panitch
Fox International Productions president Sanford Panitch tells Jeremy Kay about lessons learned from the company's 40 films in three years, and its plans for English-language European co-productions.Like many in the film business, Sanford Panitch has...
Silver Reel Lines Up Busy Financing Slate Including Grace of Monaco
EXCLUSIVE: The Zurich-based film financier also eyeing Guilermo Del Toro's Pinocchio and Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs project.Silver Reel Partners, the Zurich-based film financier formed by private equity and wealth management specialist Claudia Bluemhuber,...
Transmedia Next Conference Evolves in UK
Weiler, von Staden, Ondine talk transmedia in London.The conference, presented with support from the EU MEDIA Programme, is aimed at media professionals who already have a track record in their area of expertise and want to deepen their knowledge and...
UK Private Investment Firm Buys Cinesite
Private equity house Endless LLP has acquired visual effects house Cinesite from Kodak for an undisclosed amount. Cinesite, established in 1991, has provided VFX services for major films and tv series, including recently the Harry Potter series, John...
uMedia Wages Sci-Fi War
EXCLUSIVE: Company also working on thrillers Maelstrom and The Scent of Adam.Belgian mini-studio uMedia, which has backed films including The Artist, is developing a film version of Denis Barjam's Universal War One, one of Europe's top-selling sci-fi...
Veteran Raymond Danon Launches Romy Schneider Bio-Pic
Veteran French producer Raymond Danon has touched down in Cannes to finalise the finance on his long-gestated feature about the life of tragic actress Romy Schneider, Romy.The picture, scheduled to start shooting in March 2013, will focus on Schneider's...
Virginia
Dir-scr: Dustin Lance Black. US. 2012. 111minsRe-edited since its premiere at Toronto 2010, Dustin Lance Black's directorial debut Virginia (previously What's Wrong With Virginia) finally re-emerges as a neo-Southern Gothic drama that's often touching...
Wayne Blair
Australian director Wayne Blair is in Cannes for the world premiere of his feelgood feature debut The Sapphires, which screens out of competitionThe film tells the true story of four aboriginal girls who sang for US troops during the Vietnam war. Goalpost...
We Distribution Reveals Lam's Beauty
Hong Kong-based We Distribution is unveiling romantic comedy, The Truth Of Beauty, produced by Peter Ho-sun Chan and directed by Aubrey Lam.Produced by Chan's We Pictures, the project stars mainland Chinese actress Bai Baihe and Hong Kong actor Ronald...
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