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A few thoughts on the vilification of Paul Feig

23 May 2016 7:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Hate the idea of a new Ghostbusters film? That's fair enough. Attacking another human being? It might be time to draw the line...

I believe it to be Empire magazine that works on an editorial policy of treating the approach to every movie as if it’s Christmas Eve. That, until you’ve seen the final cut of something, go in with optimism, and a wish for something to be good, be it Big Momma’s House 3 or Captain America: Civil War. Hate must be saved until you've seen the final cut of a film.

I like that ethos a lot. I think in an era when great films can have terrible trailers, and terrible films can have great trailers, that reserving judgement for a movie until the whole thing has been seen is something to cherish.

So then: you don’t need me to tell »

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils line-up

5 May 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Competition titles revealed; retrospectives of Ken Loach and Chantal Akerman; speakers include HBO documentaries president Sheila Nevins and revered filmmaker Da Pennebaker. Scroll down for competition films

Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15) has unveiled the programme for its 23rd edition, including 160 feature and short documentaries, an alternate realities line-up and a series of on-stage interviews and debates with major filmmakers and industry figures.

As previously announced, Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next will open the festival with the Us documentarian in attendance at Doc/Fest for the first time since 1998.

The UK premiere and Q&A will be live streamed to 114 cinemas across the UK through distributor Dogwoof. It marks the second time Doc/Fest has streamed its opening, following Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets in 2014.

There are a total of 27 world premieres, 15 international, 19 European and 52 UK premieres with documentaries from 49 countries including Mexico, Cuba, China and Peru.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sheffield Doc/Fest unveils 2016 line-up

5 May 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Competition titles revealed; retrospectives of Ken Loach and Chantal Akerman; speakers include HBO documentaries president Sheila Nevins and legendary filmmaker Da Pennebaker.Scroll down for competition films

Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15) has unveiled the programme for its 23rd edition, including 160 feature and short documentaries, an alternate realities line-up and a series of on-stage interviews and debates with major filmmakers and industry figures.

As previously announced, Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next will open the festival with the Us documentarian in attendance at Doc/Fest for the first time since 1998.

The UK premiere and Q&A will be live streamed to 114 cinemas across the UK through distributor Dogwoof. It marks the second time Doc/Fest has streamed its opening, following Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets in 2014.

There are a total of 27 world premieres, 15 international, 19 European and 52 UK premieres with documentaries from 49 countries including Mexico, Cuba, China and Peru.

Competition titles »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Film Sales Company to sell 'Midnight Return'

2 May 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Andrew Herwitz has picked up worldwide sales rights to Cannes Classics selection Midnight Return: The Story Of Billy Hayes And Turkey.

Sally Sussman’s film explores the backstory and aftermath of Alan Parker’s 1978 Cannes Film Festival premiere Midnight Express, which earned a best screenplay Oscar for then little-known Oliver Stone, drew the wrath of the Turkish government and became an overnight sensation.

Stone, Parker and producers David Puttnam and Peter Guber discuss their involvement, while the film’s real-life inspiration Billy Hayes attempts to return to Turkey in an effort to rebuild bridges.

“This film proves the maxim that fact is stranger than fiction and is a must see for any cinephile,” said Herwitz.

Sussman said: “Very few films stay in the zeitgeist for decades after their release but Midnight Express is one of them.

“Everyone remembers that movie but what they don’t know is the true story, which is much »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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2016 Cannes Classics Line-Up Includes Restored Films By Kieślowski, Tarkovsky, Godard & More

20 April 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Now that most of the Cannes Film Festival 2016 line-up has been settled when it comes to new premieres, their Cannes Classics sidebar of restored films is not only a treat for those attending, but a hint at what we can expect to arrive at repertory theaters and labels like Criterion in the coming years.

Today they’ve unveiled their line-up, which is toplined by Bertrand Tavernier‘s new 3-hour and 15-minute documentary about French cinema, Voyage à travers le cinéma français. They will also be screening William Friedkin‘s Sorcerer following his masterclass. Along with various documentaries, both classics in the genre and ones about films, they will also premiere new restorations of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s SolarisJean-Luc Godard‘s Masculin féminin, two episodes of Krzysztof Kieślowski‘s The Decalogue, as well as films from Kenji Mizoguchi, Marlon Brando, Jacques Becker, Mario Bava, and more.

Check out the line-up below. »

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Lord Puttnam calls for greater Vpf transparency and new BFI distribution fund

13 April 2016 7:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Labour Lord and former producer has addressed VPFs, Brexit and the potential for a new specialised BFI distribution fund in a wide-ranging speech to industry.

Labour Lord and former film producer David Puttnam has called for digital cinema integrators to reveal publicly when their Virtual Print Fee (Vpf) schemes are due to end.

Puttnam was speaking today in his capacity as president of the Film Distributors’ Association (Fda) in the wake of a keynote address at an industry breakfast in London.

The Vpf is the subsidy paid by distributors toward the digital equipping of cinemas. It remains a source of both controversy and uncertainty within the industry.

One integrator Arts Alliance Media recently told Screen that the terms of their Vpf deals remain confidential.

However, the former Columbia Pictures chairman Puttnam told Screen today: “We don’t live in a world any longer where the cloak of confidentiality causes anything other than deep suspicion.”

“In a world »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Lord Puttnam calls for more transparency from Vpf integrators and specialised BFI distribution fund

13 April 2016 7:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Labour Lord and former producer addresses VPFs, Brexit and the potential for a new BFI distribution fund in wide-ranging speech.

Labour Lord and former film producer David Puttnam has called for digital cinema integrators to reveal publicly when their Virtual Print Fee (Vpf) schemes are due to end.

Puttnam was speaking today in his capacity as president of the Film Distributors’ Association (Fda) in the wake of a keynote address at an industry breakfast in London.

The Vpf is the subsidy paid by distributors toward the digital equipping of cinemas. It remains a source of both controversy and uncertainty within the industry.

One integrator Arts Alliance Media recently told Screen that the terms of their Vpf deals remain confidential and that it “will be clarifying the situation directly with our distributor customers”.

However, the former Columbia Pictures chairman Puttnam told Screen today: “We don’t live in a world any longer where the cloak of confidentiality causes »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Tilda Swinton doc to close Sheffield Doc/Fest; David Puttnam to speak

7 April 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Documentary festival will also give audiences chance to “virtually” converse with a Holocaust survivor.

Sheffield Doc/Fest (June 10-15) has revealed that actress Tilda Swinton with co-director Bartek Dziadosz are to close this year’s festival with the UK premiere of The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits Of John Berger.

The documentary, which received its world premiere at the Berlinale in February, portrays John Berger, the UK writer, art critic, painter and poet whose novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize. The film is divided into four chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of his life and work.

It will close the festival on June 15 and the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Swinton and Dziadosz.

Holocaust survivor

Doc/Fest also announced a groundbreaking experience for its audience, offering a “virtual encounter” with a recorded image of a survivor of the Holocaust, who responds in real time, powered by complex »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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UK distributors' media advertising spend drops 8% in 2015

5 April 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

According to the UK Film Distributors’ Association yearbook, media advertising spend decreased in 2015.

The media advertising spend of UK film distributors dropped 7.9% last year, according to Nielsen data presented in the UK Film Distributors’ Association yearbook.

Across all forms of media (television, outdoor, press, radio), spend was $247.8m (£173.7m) in 2015, down from $269.1m (£188.6m) in 2014, and $275.9m (£193.4m) in 2013.

Radio was the only medium to see an increase in spend, up to $9m (£6.3m) in 2015, the highest number since 2012.

A further category that includes online spend was only $1.2m (£828,534) in 2015, down from $6.7m ($4.7m) three years ago, but the Fda cautioned that the figure was not representative of online spend due to the complexity of data-gathering.

October saw the highest media spend when $24.4m (£17.2m) was spent across 97 releases (the busiest month of the year) including Spectre, Hotel Transylvania 2 and Macbeth.

Total distributor spend on releases is estimated to be consistent with last year’s estimate »

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UK distributor advertising spend drops 8% in 2015

5 April 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

According to the UK Film Distributors’ Association yearbook, media spend decreased in 2015.

The media advertising spend of UK film distributors dropped 7.9% last year, according to Nielsen data presented in the UK Film Distributors’ Association yearbook.

Across all forms of media (television, outdoor, press, radio), spend was $247.8m (£173.7m) in 2015, down from $269.1m (£188.6m) in 2014, and $275.9m (£193.4m) in 2013.

Radio was the only medium to see an increase in spend, up to $9m (£6.3m) in 2015, the highest number since 2012.

A further category that includes online spend was only $1.2m (£828,534) in 2015, down from $6.7m ($4.7m) three years ago, but the Fda cautioned that the figure was not representative of online spend due to the complexity of data-gathering.

October saw the highest media spend when $24.4m (£17.2m) was spent across 97 releases (the busiest month of the year) including Spectre, Hotel Transylvania 2 and Macbeth.

Total distributor spend on releases is estimated to be consistent with last year’s estimate of $499.3m »

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Barbara Broccoli named BAFTA VP for Film

4 April 2016 5:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

James Bond producer to join Greg Dyke in co-chairing BAFTA’s Council.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that Barbara Broccoli OBE has been appointed vice president for Film.

Following the recent appointment of Greg Dyke as BAFTA’s VP for Television, Broccoli will join Dyke in co-chairing BAFTA’s Council, assuming an ambassadorial role for the charity. Previous Film VP’s include Duncan Kenworthy (2009-2015) and Lord Puttnam (1995-2004).

Broccoli, who owns Eon Productions with her brother Michael G Wilson and has produced the last eight James Bond films including Skyfall and Spectre, said: “I am passionate about BAFTA’s role in educating, inspiring and celebrating generations of British film-makers. I am therefore honoured to accept the role of BAFTA’s Vice President for Film.”

BAFTA chair Anne Morrison said: “With her connections on both sides of the Atlantic, Barbara is well placed to be a brilliant ambassador for BAFTA and I know »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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James Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli Appointed BAFTA Vice-President For Film

4 April 2016 4:22 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has been appointed BAFTA’s VP for film. Her appointment follows Greg Dyke coming aboard as BAFTA’s VP for TV. Previous VPs for film include Duncan Kenworthy and Lord Puttnam. BAFTA can appoint up to three VPs, in film, television and games, for a term of up to six years. "I am passionate about BAFTA's role in educating, inspiring and celebrating generations of British filmmakers,” said Broccoli. “I am therefore honored to accept the… »

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James Bond Producer Barbara Broccoli Named as BAFTA’s Vice President for Film

4 April 2016 4:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has been appointed vice president for film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

The news follows the recent appointment of Greg Dyke as BAFTA’s vice president for television. Broccoli will join Dyke in co-chairing BAFTA’s council, supporting the academy’s president, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and assuming an ambassadorial role for the charity.

Previous vice presidents for film have been Duncan Kenworthy (2009-2015) and David Puttnam (1995-2004). BAFTA can appoint up to three vice presidents, one in each of the three sectors of film, television and games, who can serve a term of up to six years.

Broccoli said: “I am passionate about BAFTA’s role in educating, inspiring and celebrating generations of British filmmakers. I am therefore honored to accept the role of BAFTA’s vice president for film.”

Anne Morrison, chair of BAFTA, said: “I am delighted that Barbara Broccoli, »

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Skillset, Puttnam launch executive Mba for creative industries

28 January 2016 5:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Channel 4 will fund six bursaries over three years.

Ashridge Executive Education has launched a new executive Mba for the creative industries with the support of Creative Skillset and David Puttnam’s education company Atticus.

The two-year online programme, which will include three weeks of tuition at Ashridge’s Grade 1-listed Hertfordshire country-house base, will begin in October and has been developed with strong creative input from Lord Puttnam and senior industry figures including Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham.

Aimed at people already in high-level positions in the creative industries, the Mba has been developed to foster new leaders able to skillfully navigate the challenges of the digital era. Channel 4 will fund two bursaries per year for the next three years.

“The world is changing and this is the missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle,” said Puttnam at the launch event at BAFTA’s Piccadilly headquarters. “We’ve pretty well covered the industry in terms »

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Oscars: The Path to Victory for 5 Best Picture Frontrunners

21 January 2016 6:55 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Jan. 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. Way back in 1982, producer David Puttnam arrived at the 54th Annual Academy Awards with little expectation his $6 million movie would be crowned best picture. He had cobbled together the funds from Warner Bros., The Ladd Co., 20th Century Fox and a multimillionaire's son named Dodi Fayed, a neophyte to moviemaking who had yet to become famous as Princess Diana's last date. From Hollywood's point of view, the Egyptian heir had been taken for a ride: Who

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