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Filmart 2014: digital edition

23 March 2014 3:42 AM, PDT

Read Screen International’s preview of the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (Filmart).Read Screen International’s dailies from the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (Filmart) as well as a special edition.

Click on the page below to browse the digital edition. Our dailies will appear here from March 24.

Click on the pages below to browse the digital editions of our dailies. Screen’s Filmart 2014 special edition, featuring hot picks, interviews and a contact directory, can be found below the dailies.

Special edition

Screen’s Filmart 2014 special edition includes:

a feature on the allure of Hong Kong;hot titles from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan;an interview with film-maker Pang Ho Cheung about Hkiff opening film Aberdeen;finalists for the Haf/Fox award;pavilions for Russia and Japan;a directory of companies attending Filmart 2014. »


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Msg buys 50pc stake in Tribeca

22 March 2014 6:24 PM, PDT

The deal between Madison Square Garden Company and Tribeca Enterprises values the latter at $45m and has the potential to expand the festival’s New York footprint into two of the most iconic venues in town.

Tribeca Enterprises will continue to be led by CEO and co-founder Jane Rosenthal as well as president and COO Jon Patricof who will lead day-to-day management and strategic development.

Msg’s portfolio of properties includes Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre in New York, as well as The Chicago Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, California, and the Wang Theatre in Boston.

“This partnership with Tribeca Enterprises and the Tribeca Film Festival – one of the top film festivals in the world – strengthens Msg’s position in the entertainment industry and is another example of our continued focus on pursuing attractive growth opportunities that make strategic sense for the company,” said Tad Smith, Msg president »


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Sinclair, East exit Exclusive Media

21 March 2014 3:37 PM, PDT

Nigel Sinclair and Guy East have formalised their departure from Exclusive Media, the company they ran for close to six years as co-chairmen.

Exclusive Media COO Marc Schipper will run the company as CEO in a move first anticipated by ScreenDaily during the recent Efm in Berlin.

It is understood the international sales unit led by Alex Walton is well regarded and will remain operational and that Dasym is also holding on to the Hammer genre division run by Simon Oakes out of the UK. Exclusive Releasing remains on the books however its future profile was unclear.

Sources said Sinclair (pictured), who also previsouly held the title of CEO, and East are preparing to announce their new production entity White Horse Pictures and will take with them several Exclusive Media titles, among them the Young Caesar property.

The companies will collaborate on the Keith Moon film as Sinclair is a producer, however insiders »


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Caliber Media to produce Condemned

21 March 2014 1:22 PM, PDT

Writer-director Eli Morgan Gesner is preparing to commence principal photography on the horror tale in New York in April.

Condemned centres on a group of children who inhabit a squalid building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side with lunatics and must fight to the death to survive. Robin Wright’s model daughter Dylan Penn (pictured) makes her acting debut.

Caliber Media partners Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller arranged financing and will produce alongside Jason Sokoloff.

Caliber Media is in post on Chuck Hank And The San Diego Twins, Dark Was The Night starring Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas and comic book adaptation The Scribbler starring Katie Cassidy.   »


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iD heads for CinemaCon

21 March 2014 1:18 PM, PDT

Interactive group gaming company Audience Entertainment and global digital cinema company Barco have announced a new interactive technology platform for filmgoers.

The partners said iD builds on digital projection and 3D technology to create a cinema environment allowing filmgoers to physically connect and control content on the screen.

The invention will enable a two-way dialogue with the screen through group motion and sound as the audience works as a team to influence and determine the outcome of the stories in front of them.

“As the digitisation of cinema nears completion we are left looking for what is next,” said Audience Entertainment founder and CEO Barry Grieff.  

“What will make the cinema the entertainment destination for the 21st Century consumer? At Audience Entertainment we see ourselves as the enablers of a new interactive dimension to big screen content and stories.

“Advertising is a great place to start, but we also expect to see movie trailers and feature films taking »

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iD - Interactive Dimension heads for CinemaCon

21 March 2014 1:18 PM, PDT

Interactive group gaming company Audience Entertainment and global digital cinema company Barco have announced a new interactive technology platform for filmgoers.

The partners said iD builds on digital projection and 3D technology to create a cinema environment allowing filmgoers to physically connect and control content on the screen.

The invention will enable a two-way dialogue with the screen through group motion and sound as the audience works as a team to influence and determine the outcome of the stories in front of them.

“As the digitisation of cinema nears completion we are left looking for what is next,” said Audience Entertainment founder and CEO Barry Grieff.  

“What will make the cinema the entertainment destination for the 21st Century consumer? At Audience Entertainment we see ourselves as the enablers of a new interactive dimension to big screen content and stories.

“Advertising is a great place to start, but we also expect to see movie trailers and feature films taking »

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Universal moves back Everest 3D

21 March 2014 1:02 PM, PDT

Universal and Cross Creek Pictures’ upcoming adventure starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal has moved from its original February 27 2015 release date.

Everest will now open in 3D and Imax on September 18 2015.

Baltasar Kormákur directs the film inspired by true events about two expeditions racing to scale the world’s highest mountain.

Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly and Thomas M Wright round out the key cast and Mark Medoff and Simon Beaufoy co-wrote the screenplay.

Working Title FilmsTim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek PicturesBrian Oliver and Tyler Thompson and Nicky Kentish Barnes and Kormákur produce.

The project is being made in association with Walden Media and currently shoots on location in the Nepalese foothills of Everest, the Italian Alps, Cinecittà Studios in Rome and Pinewood Studios in the UK.

Universal will distribute the film worldwide. »


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Ambi Distribution hires Julie Sultan

21 March 2014 10:55 AM, PDT

Italy’s Ambi Pictures has opened a Beverly Hills office to house Ambi Distribution and hired Julie Sultan to run the new international sales division.

Ambi Pictures partners Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi announced (21) Sultan’s appointment as president of worldwide sales and acquisitions and said the executive will attend Filmart.

Sultan will handle sales on in-house and third-party film and television titles. Ambi plans to produce eight features in 2014 including action-thriller Sights Of Death starring Danny Glover, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Stephen Baldwin and Michael Madsen and The Humbing from Barry Levinson starring Al Pacino, Mandy Patinkin, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin and Dianne Wiest.

Sultan has served in senior positions at Lakeshore Entertainment, NBC and Peace Arch Entertainment.  

“Julie is smart, professional and has great ideas about the direction for Ambi Distribution,” said Iervolino. “Having worked on many wonderful films and upholding a great reputation in the industry, she embodies all the qualities and qualifications we’ve been »


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Imax to open first Mongolian site

21 March 2014 10:14 AM, PDT

Imax Corporation has struck a deal with New Tour Safaris Co Ltd, operator of Urgoo Cinemas, to open two theatres.

The installations will be situated in new construction projects in the capital Ulan Bator and mean that Imax extends its footprint to 58 countries.

“We are delighted to join forces with the nation’s top exhibitor to bring IMAX to moviegoers in Mongolia – one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and a market which we believe holds tremendous potential,” said president of IMAX Emea Andrew Cripps.

“With the rapid expansion of our international theatre network and an increased number of local-language films, we are now more globally diversified than ever and today’s agreement underscores our continued focus on globalisation.”

“We are committed to delivering premium entertainment experiences and Imax will serve as an extension of this strategy, which we are confident will both strengthen our business and set the stage for a new era in moviegoing in Mongolia »

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Nat King Cole song unearthed in new doc

21 March 2014 7:22 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Filmmaker Jon Brewer has unearthed a previously unreleased and unheard Nat King Cole track while researching new film Nat King Cole: Afraid Of The Dark.

The song will be unveiled shortly; Universal Music launches the film in the UK on April 14.

Brewer, who directs and produces, previously made Bb King: The Life Of Riley.

The Nat King Cole project is based on Cole’s private journals and interviews with the likes of his widow Maria Cole,

Aaron Neville, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett. »


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Terry Jones talks Absolutely Anything

21 March 2014 5:23 AM, PDT

Monty Python’s Terry Jones reveals why he hasn’t made a film in 18 years and whether there will ever be a new Monty Python film.

Shooting begins on Monday (March 24) on Absolutely Anything, a high-concept comedy starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale.

It marks the first time that Monty Python member Terry Jones has directed a film since The Wind in the Willows in 1996.

“I sort of gave up on the film industry when The Wind in the Willows wasn’t distributed,” Jones told ScreenDaily of the film that was critically well received but only received a limited relase. “It was so appallingly handled.”

While it is clear those wounds have yet to heal, Jones thought “it was about time” he made another film and is “very excited” to be back in the directors chair.

The comedy, co-written by Jones and Gavin Scott, stars Pegg as a disillusioned school teacher who suddenly finds he has the »


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Captain America leads UK buzz

21 March 2014 4:13 AM, PDT

Superhero sequel dominates online buzz in the UK while Starred Up and Veronica Mars secure a sizeable portion.

Ahead of next weekend’s opening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the online buzz in the UK was at fever pitch, generating 10,369 comments - 21% of whom expressed an intent to view.

Opening this week, British prison drama Starred Up retained a high score from last week of 2,533, with a strong 38% intending to see the feature.

On release for a second week, Veronica Mars created an overall buzz of 3,234 (33% intent to view) while Need for Speed and Under the Skin both scored an intent to view of 43%.

For an explanation of the Way to Blue chart and its methodology, which tracks ‘overall buzz’ and important ‘intent to view’ buzz, click here.

To view the chart in pdf format click here. »


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Pawlikowski plans more Polish films

20 March 2014 9:56 PM, PDT

Speaking at Cartagena Film Festival, the director says he’s planning a multi-decade love story set in Poland, plus other international projects.

After the success of his Polish-language debut Ida, director Pawel Pawlikowski is planning another Polish film, which he describes as “a love story across 30 years,” loosely based on his own parents’ relationship. He calls it something of an “Eastern European version of the Richard Burton-Elizabeth Taylor story.”

The director was born in Poland but studied in the UK, where he made documentaries for the BBC and then made his early films such as Last Resort and My Summer of Love. He lived in Paris while making The Woman In The Fifth, but returned to Poland — the country he left at age 14 — to make Ida.

“[With Woman in the Fifth] I was a Polish guy in Paris with an English actress, an American actor a French crew, making a thriller that is not a thriller. And I knew »


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Seven selected for Indiecan10K

20 March 2014 1:48 PM, PDT

Avi Federgreen and Indiecan Entertainment have announced the seven features that will take part in the inaugural initiative.

The founders received 68 submissions and chose one from each of seven Canadian provinces.

Filmmakers will work with a mentor to make their film for $10,000 and to be eligible, projects must be fully completed by December 31, 2014.

The projects and filmmakers are:

Fsm (British Columbia) – Melanie Jones (writer-director), Bernie Yao (producer)

Paradox Boy (Anlberta) – Angus Kootenahyoo (producer-writer-director), Kevin Prasad (producer)

Basic Human Needs (Saskatchewan) – Matt Yim (writer-director), Allan Roeher and Matthieu Belanger (producers)

Intersection (Manitoba) – Bradley Sawatzky (director), Allan Turner (writer), Jenny Ng (producer)

Owl River Runners (New Brunswick) – Danny Thebeau (director-producer), Donovan Richard (producer), Chris Fulton (writer)

Noon Gun (Nova Scotia) – Caley MacLennan (writer-director-producer)

A Sunday Kind Of Love (Ontario) – Geordie Sabbaugh (writer-director), Taylor Bateman (producer)

“The films that have been selected are a great representation of the creative talent that we have in this Canada,” said Federgreen »


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Spc buys Lambert & Stamp

20 March 2014 1:25 PM, PDT

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up all North American, Australian and New Zealand, Asian, Eastern European and Russian rights to James D Cooper’s directorial debut documentary.

Lambert & Stamp chronicles the lives of the managers of Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert, the friends who went on to manage The Who.

The film premiered at Sundance at the start of the year.

Spc brokered the deal with W Wilder Knight II and Anne Atkinson of Pryor Cashman on behalf of the filmmakers. »


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CinemaCon honour for Chris Pratt

20 March 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

Chris Pratt will receive the 2014 CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer Of The Year Award in Las Vegas on March 27.

Pratt is best known for his portrayal of Andy Dwyer in the television series Parks And Recreation and will next be seen in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy this summer.

His recent film credits include The Lego MovieHer, Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty.

“With stand-up-and-take-notice performances in both Moneyball and Zero Dark Thirty Chris Pratt is sure to stun audiences with his starring role in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy,” said CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser. “CinemaCon could not be more honoured to present him with the CinemaCon Breakthrough Performer Of The Year Award.”

CinemaCon will run from March 24-27 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. »


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Duo join The Age Of Adaline

20 March 2014 11:59 AM, PDT

Kathy Baker and Amanda Crew join Harrison Ford, Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn and Michiel Huisman on Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment’s romance.

Principal photography began in March on the story of the eponymous 29-year old, who stops aging after a near-fatal accident.

Ellen Burstyn and Michiel Huisman round out the key cast. J Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz wrot the original screenplay, with revisions by Allison BurnettSidney Kimmel, Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi produce and Jim Tauber and Eric Reid are executive producers.

Lionsgate will release The Age Of Adaline in the Us while International and Sierra/Affinity handle international sales. »


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Facebook VoD platform wins funding

20 March 2014 10:11 AM, PDT

Facebook VoD firm Screenburn has secured $500,000 of investment and hired Zodiak Rights boss Steve Macallister to its board.

The company provides a VoD platform on Facebook which allows content owners to sell shows and music direct to their fans.

It has previously worked on films with The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney as well as Pulse Films-produced Libertines documentary There Are No Innocent Bystanders.

Lean Investment’s Andrew Weisz led the funding together with Tom Singh, Michael and Simon Blakey from Avonmore Investments.

Macallister, a former BBC Worldwide sales chief, will advise the company on its expansion alongside with Howard Kiedaisch, chief executive of Arts Alliance Media.

Screenburn founder Tom Raffe said: “Content owners may already have thousands or even millions of fans on Facebook, the app works very well to monetise this existing audience.”

Macallister added: “There’s no question that much of the future of long form video content lies with digital streaming. Screenburn is exciting »


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BFI to re-release Kubrick's 2001

20 March 2014 9:51 AM, PDT

Digital transfer to form part of the BFI’s 2014 Science Fiction project.

Stanley Kubrick’s landmark epic 2001: A Space Odyssey will return to cinema screens across the UK on Nov 28 when the BFI, as part of its 2014 Science Fiction blockbuster project, releases a digital transfer from Warner Bros.

With a screenplay co-written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke and developed concurrently alongside Clarke’s novel of the same name, the 1968 feature is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.

The BFI’s Science Fiction Film blockbuster will be presented over three months (Oct-Dec 2014) with a historical and thematic exploration of the best of this perennially popular and visionary genre. The UK-wide release of 2001: A Space Odyssey will form part of the programme that will be to be revealed in July. »


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Begin Again to close Tribeca

20 March 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

John Carney’s Toronto smash formerly known as Can A Song Save Your Life? starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo will close the festival on April 26.

The Weinstein Company paid $7m with a $20m P&A commitment for Us rights early in the Toronto International Film Festival last September and will release in July. Exclusive Media handled international sales.

Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine round out the cast on the story of a young songwriter in New York who meets a disgraced record executive.

Begin Again is a true New York story about the magical opportunities that can be found under this great city’s bright lights,” said Carney. “That said, I can’t think of a better place to have its Us premiere than the Tribeca Film Festival.”

The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 16-27. »


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