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Happy Birthday Ennio Morricone! Watch 40-Minute Documentary About The Legendary Composer

10 November 2014 12:31 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Today, legendary film composer Ennio Morricone turns 86, but he's not just blowing out the candles and taking it easy. He's got scores for three more movies on the way and remains one of the top tier composers in the game, not to mention a film icon. And today we have a little present for his fans, with this BBC2 documentary. Airing in 1995, and directed by David Thompson, the 40-minute TV special rounds up filmmakers, friends, and colleagues like Brian DePalma, John Boorman, David Putnam, Gillo Pontecorvo, Sergio Leone, and Morricone himself to talk about his works and more. The composer also discusses his tricky relationship with Hollywood through the years, and you learn the background story on some of his most famous themes. While it's not comprehensive, it's still a nice overview of the life of the acclaimed film scorer, and worth a watch. Check it out below. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Lord Puttnam to attend eQuinoxe Europe workshop

7 November 2014 12:36 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

International Screenwriters’ Workshop kicked off today [Nov 7] and runs until Nov 14.

Lord David Puttnam will launch eQuinoxe Europe’s new Closing Event at the 15th International Screenwriters’ Workshop, which started today [Nov 7] and runs until Nov 14 in Elmau, Bavaria.

Lord Puttnam will address the topic of responsibility in film-making, centring on during the early script development phase.

Ellen Winn Wendl, eQuinoxe, Europe chair, commented: “Lord Puttnam’s distinguished career as producer, studio CEO, Unicef ambassador, politician and lecturer is so remarkable that we could not have wished for a more competent and inspiring guest. The purpose of the new component is to close the workshop with matters of cultural, ethical and socio-political importance.”

The workshop will see nine internationally renowned screenwriters, including Life of Pi’s David Magee, serve as advisors for nine writers from seven different countries and their respective producers. »

- (Ian Sandwell)

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Puttnam warns about European copyright policy changes

31 October 2014 3:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a speech at a Film Distributors’ Association event yesterday, Lord Puttnam addressed “the very latest developments in Europe, which I believe present opportunities and challenges for us all.”

He said:

Only last week, the European Parliament ratified the incoming team of Commissioners, so the executive branch of European law-making is now in place until 2020.

As part of its on-going Digital Agenda for Europe, the new Commission’s in-tray includes the matter of copyright reform.

Facilitating the wider accessibility of a range of content is not only in the public interest, it’s essential for rights-holders and distributors too. Business models have already been adapted to harness an ever broader range of digital platforms.

Some films are, of course, released simultaneously across borders within the EU and beyond – there are no licensing obstacles which prevent this from happening. My concern is not with the principle, nor the ambition.

None of us can afford to be constrained by practices »

- (Wendy Mitchell)

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UK film distributors launch first internship scheme

31 October 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fda and Creative Skillset also launch comprehensive training programme for distribution sector.

Lord Puttnam, President of Film Distributors’ Association (Fda), yesterday launched the UK film distribution sector’s first co-ordinated internship programme.

At an industry event at London’s Ham Yard Hotel, Lord Puttnam announced that up to 20 paid placements would be available in 2015, accommodating university graduates and school leavers from a range of backgrounds across the UK, with each placement lasting up to a year. Some placements will also be at exhibition and international sales companies.

The new programme - complementing existing internships at individual companies - will be delivered by Fda, the Independent Cinema Office (Ico) and Film Export UK, with the funding and support of Creative Skillset.

At least one distributor placement each year will be underwritten by a new Fda fund. In honour of film industry champion, Lord Attenborough Cbe, who passed away in August 2014, this will be named The Fda Richard Attenborough Scholarship »

- (Wendy Mitchell)

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Puttnam says Attenborough was 'force of nature'

31 October 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lord Puttnam, speaking at a Film Distributors’ Association event in London yesterday, paid tribute to his late friend and colleague Richard Attenborough [pictured].

Puttnam said:

As this is the first time I’ve spoken in public since Richard Attenborough passed away a couple of months ago, on 24 August, I hope you’ll allow me to share a few reflections about a man who was an irreplaceable friend to all of us.

From the distance of just a couple of months, the warmth of the tributes paid to Richard, and the vast range of them, from so many different walks of life, continue to speak volumes about the impact of his extraordinary generosity on everyone of us in the industry.

That he was a brilliantly charming ‘force of nature’ who liked to get his own way is certainly true – but his own way was always about making the finest film possible, or giving a deserving cause every scrap of his »

- (Wendy Mitchell)

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Tokyo Festival: David Puttnam and MPAA’s Chris Dodd Pick Winners in Digital University

27 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Japanese filmmaker Hayato Sakuta is to take part in a five-day immersion program in Los Angeles after winning first prize at the Digital Hollywood University, a one-day educational event organized in Tokyo by the Motion Picture Association.

Sakuta pitched “Virgin Mafia,” a film project about a gangster whose every attempt to lose his virginity is sabotaged.

The project was selected as the winner by Mpa chairman Chris Dodd and British film producer and educator David Puttnam, who were both in Tokyo for the occasion.

Eriko Kyoso’s “Exchange Mothers” project, in which two women swap lives in order to find out what they really want from life, was given a ‘President’s Special Recognition Prize.’ Kyoso will be flown to the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Brisbane, Australia in December for meetings with filmmakers from the Asia Pacific region.

“The Mpa is playing an important role in contributing to the »

- Patrick Frater

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Puttnam urges: Adapt or perish

8 October 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

David Puttnam has warned businesses including screen producers to adapt to the changes sweeping the world in the digital era, or face the consequences.

.If you cling to existing business models and try to protect your revenues from being cannibalised your business is already in serious trouble,. said the producer of Chariots of Fire, The Killing Fields, Midnight Express, The Mission and Local Hero.

In a conversation with Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Lord Puttnam said, .You have to understand and embrace the very significant changes of the digital revolution to maintain your relevance and adapt your businesses. This. is a problem right across the global economy. People who continue to do things the old way will be swept aside..

Screen Queensland chair Professor Peter Little, who attended the Tuesday session, observed that far from being gloomy, Puttnam described himself as a .change junkie. and urged producers to take advantage »

- Don Groves

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Berlinale and Cannes winners competing in Odessa

11 June 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Peter Webber to head jury, David Puttnam to deliver lecture during fifth edition of the Ukranian festival.

Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice and the Camera D’Or recipient Party Girl [pictured] are among the 12 films selected for the International Competition at the fifth edition of the Odessa International Film Festival (Oiff), which runs July 11-19.

UK director Peter Webber will head the jury composed of Ukrainian film-maker Sergei Loznitsa, Israeli actress Jenya Dodina, Belorussian actress-director Olga Dykhovichnaya and French actor-critic Jean-Philippe Tessé.

The other films in the running for the Golden Duke award are:

Bryan Reisberg’s social and psychological drama Big Significant Things (Us)Levan Koguashvili’s feelgood film Blind Dates (Georgia)Director and painter Lech Majewski’s Field of Dogs (Poland)Alonso Ruizpalacios’ road movie debut Güeros (Mexico)Valentin Hotea’s social and psychological drama Roxanne (Romania)Anna Melikyan’s Kinotavr award-winner Star (Russia)Maximilan Erlenwein’s psychological thriller Stereo (Germany)Tribeca winner [link=nm »

- (Martin Blaney)

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Queen and Country’

20 May 2014 1:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Boorman has gone back to the wellspring of personal experience that so richly informed his 1987 “Hope and Glory” for “Queen and Country,” and the result is a modest but pleasing return to form for 81-year-old British director, here making his first feature since the little seen “The Tiger’s Tale” in 2006. Set a decade on from “Hope,” during the Boorman surrogate’s compulsory military service, “Queen” never reaches the lyrical heights of its predecessor — arguably one of the greatest of all films about childhood and war — but benefits from a vividly realized sense of time and place and a gallery of colorful supporting characters burnished with the warm glow of memory. The modestly budgeted pic should see considerably greater critical and commercial success than Boorman’s last several efforts following its Cannes premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight, which has made a habit in recent years of screening the “comeback »

- Scott Foundas

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The rise and fall of Carolco

10 March 2014 4:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Mar 2014 - 05:39

In the late 80s, Carolco was one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but by 1995, it was gone. Ryan charts its dramatic rise and fall...

Paul Verhoeven is not a happy man. It's 1994, and the Dutch director of (among other things) RoboCop and Total Recall is in a pivotal meeting with executives at Carolco Pictures. They're in the boardroom to discuss Crusade: a lavish, $100m historical drama described as Spartacus meets Conan.

With a script by Walon Green (The Wild Bunch, WarGames), and a cast headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger, it sounds like the kind of star-filled, opulent film Carolco Pictures is famous for making. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly and Robert Duvall. The script is vibrant and brash. There are massive sets being built in rural Spain. But privately, Carolco's bosses are anxious; they have another hugely expensive project in the works »

- ryanlambie

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Joyce Herlihy dies aged 92

14 February 2014 4:20 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production manager worked on Chariots of Fire and An American Werewolf in London.

Veteran production manager Joyce Herlihy has died, aged 92. Her son, Sean Herlihy, confirmed to ScreenDaily that she died on Monday (Feb 10).

Herlihy worked in the British film industry for nearly 50 years. She began her career as a personal assistant to actress Deborah Kerr, where her duties included answering fan mail and signing autographs. 

Herlihy moved on to work with Terence Young when he directed the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962) as well as features including Thunderball (1965) and Wait Until Dark (1967).  

She worked as a production secretary throughout the 1960s, rising to the position of production manager - a position rare for a woman to hold at that time in the industry.

Herlihy worked steadily throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s with producers such as David Puttnam and Jeremy Thomas.

Her credits include cult John Landis horror An American Werewolf In London (1980) and London Underground chiller »

- (Michael Rosser)

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