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Han Solo 'Star Wars' feature starts production

4 hours ago

Principal photography has begun at Pinewood Studios in London on the untitled stand-alone Star Wars prequel starring Alden Ehrenreich in the lead role.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the force behind 22 Jump Street and 2014 hit The Lego Movie, are directing from a screenplay by Lawrence and Jon Kasadan.

The film will explore the adventures of beloved characters Han Solo and Chewbacca before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will include early encounters with Lando Calrissian.

Disney has scheduled a May 25, 2018, release for Lucasfilm’s untitled feature.

They include Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones, Atlanta creator and star Donald Glover as Calrissian, Westworld star Thandie Newton, and Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.

Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy produces alongside Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel. Lawrence Kasdan and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers.

“Watching such inspired people from all over the world, with such unique »


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Film and TV production company Penchant Entertainment launches

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Initial slate includes The Scrawl and The Mean Tide.

Film and television executives and producers Erin Eggers, Chase Hudson (pictured top) and Matthew Porter announced their full-service feature and television development and production company on Tuesday.

La-based Penchant Entertainment has a mandate to produce two to three features per year for multiple platforms and two to four scripted TV projects for network and non-traditional outlets.

Penchant’s first scripted project is The Scrawl, written by Oscar-nominated writer of The Arrival Eric Heisserer and WGA award-winner Zach Craley (Heroes Reborn).

The Scrawl is a one-hour drama that explores what happens when collective negativity gives birth to an actual monster. Penchant developed the supernatural thriller and serve as executive producers along with Cj Entertainment, whose South Korean film Killer Toon inspired the series.

The feature slate will kick off with The Mean Tide, a dramatic thriller written by Liska Ostojic and Justin Partridge from a screenplay by Mark DeGaetani »


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True Colours strikes deals for 'It's The Law', 'One Kiss and 'Monolith'

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Brisk business for Italian sales outfit at Efm.

Rome-based sales company True Colours struck multiple deals at this year’s European Film Market (Efm) for It’s The Law (pictured), One Kiss and Monolith.

Comedy duo Ficarra and Picone’s hit It’s The Law, about a village in Sicily that elects a straight-arrow professor as mayor, will be distributed in Latin America by Sun Distribution, in China by Hy Media, in Greece by Seven Films and in Bulgaria by Film Vision.

True Colours is also handling international remake rights for the film, which was produced by Tramp Limited and distributed in Italy by Medusa Film.

Ivan Cotroneo’s adult dramedy One Kiss, about three high school outsiders, was sold to Japan Italy Films and to Portugal’s Il Sorpasso. There were already deals in place for USA, UK (Tla), France (Optimale) and Germany (Pro-fun).

True Colours have also inked deals for English-language Italian thriller Monolith, based »


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Berlin Film Festival 2017: Screen's top 11 movies

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Screen critics recommend the top films at this year’s Berlinale.

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Berlin Film Festival 2017: winners revealed

A Fantastic Woman

Dir: Sebastián Lelio

Our critic said: “Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.”

International sales: Funny Balloons contact@funny-balloons.com

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Have A Nice Day

Dir. Liu Jian

Our critic said: “Liu Jian’s stunning animation is both a visceral thriller and astute political statement about China’s place in the modern world.”

International sales: International sales: Memento Films International sales@memento-films.com

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Summer 1993

Dir. Carla Simón

Our critic said: “Entered in the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus sidebar but winner of the festival’s overall best first feature award, Catalan director Carla Simon’s debut is both tender and determined as it relates »


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Berlin Film Festival 2017: Screen's top 12 movies

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Screen critics recommend the top films at this year’s Berlinale.

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Berlin Film Festival 2017: winners revealed

A Fantastic Woman

Dir: Sebastián Lelio

Our critic said: “Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.”

International sales: Funny Balloons contact@funny-balloons.com

Read the full review Here

Have A Nice Day

Dir. Liu Jian

Our critic said: “Liu Jian’s stunning animation is both a visceral thriller and astute political statement about China’s place in the modern world.”

International sales: International sales: Memento Films International sales@memento-films.com

Read the full review Here

Summer 1993

Dir. Carla Simón

Our critic said: “Entered in the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus sidebar but winner of the festival’s overall best first feature award, Catalan director Carla Simon’s debut is both tender and determined as it relates »


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Berlin Film Festival 2017: the best-reviewed films

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Screen critics recommend the top films at this year’s Berlinale.

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Berlin Film Festival 2017: winners revealed

A Fantastic Woman

Dir: Sebastián Lelio

Our critic said: “Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.”

International sales: Funny Balloons contact@funny-balloons.com

Read the full review Here

Have A Nice Day

Dir. Liu Jian

Our critic said: “Liu Jian’s stunning animation is both a visceral thriller and astute political statement about China’s place in the modern world.”

International sales: International sales: Memento Films International sales@memento-films.com

Read the full review Here

Summer 1993

Dir. Carla Simón

Our critic said: “Entered in the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus sidebar but winner of the festival’s overall best first feature award, Catalan director Carla Simon’s debut is both tender and determined as it relates »


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Berlin Film Festival 2017: the best films

12 hours ago

Screen critics recommend the top films at this year’s Berlinale.

Read more:

Berlin Film Festival 2017: winners revealed

A Fantastic Woman

Dir: Sebastián Lelio

Our critic said: “Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.”

International sales: Funny Balloons contact@funny-balloons.com

Read the full review Here

Have A Nice Day

Dir. Liu Jian

Our critic said: “Liu Jian’s stunning animation is both a visceral thriller and astute political statement about China’s place in the modern world.”

International sales: International sales: Memento Films International sales@memento-films.com

Read the full review Here

Summer 1993

Dir. Carla Simón

Our critic said: “Entered in the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus sidebar but winner of the festival’s overall best first feature award, Catalan director Carla Simon’s debut is both tender and determined as it relates »


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Paramount chief Brad Grey departure said to be imminent

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After a year of flops, executive committee takes helm at the studio.

After weeks of speculation, the studio’s chairman and CEO is on his way out after a disastrous 2016 at the box office, insiders say.

Brad Grey’s tenure at Paramount Pictures had been on shaky ground after a string of releases crashed and burned and now control of the studio is reportedly in the hands of an interim cabal of senior executives until a replacement is found.

The operating committee is understood to comprise Amy Powell, the highly regarded head of TV and digital, film chief Marc Evans, COO Andrew Gumpert, and marketing and distribution supremo Megan Colligan.

The group covers all aspects of the studio and has been given oversight by Bob Bakish, who was appointed CEO of parent company Viacom in December after vice-chairman Shari Redstone and her father Sumner Redstone called off a possible Viacom-CBS merger.

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Former Pinewood and CinemaNX executive Steve Christian dies aged 53

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Industry veteran, co-producer of Fox’s upcoming untitled A.A. Milne biopic, died suddenly at home last weekend.

UK producer-financier Steve Christian has died unexpectedly at home aged 53.

Former CinemaNX co-founder and chairman Christian, who previously oversaw the development of the Isle of Man’s film investment programme, most recently served as co-producer on Fox Searchlight’s upcoming Untitled A.A. Milne project starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.

Christian, a former accountant, was intrinsic to the development of the Isle Of Man Film Commission, which invested in projects including Lawless Heart, The Libertine and Revolver as well as TV series The Shadow Line.

He launched production and distribution outfit CinemaNX, which was backed by the Isle of Man government, in 2007 alongside producer Marc Samuelson.

The outfit backed titles including Me And Orson Welles, The Disappearance of Alice Creed and Chico & Rita.

Christian joined Pinewood Pictures in 2012 when the studio took over management of the Isle of Man »


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'Bridge Of Spies' writer to adapt spy novel 'M: Maxwell Knight' for TV

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Forthcoming novel chronicles real life story of the man who was the inspiration for the character M in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.

Poldark producer Mammoth Screen is to adapt Henry Hemming’s upcoming non-fiction book M: Maxwell Knight, MI5’s Greatest Spymaster.

The ITV-owned indie optioned the rights to the spy book from Gemma Hirst Associates on behalf of the Jonathan Conway Literary Agency.

Bridge Of Spies writer Matt Charman is adapting the book as a series and the deal includes the option for two further projects.

M tells the story of MI5’s Maxwell Knight, a spymaster who helped break up British fascism during the Second World War.

The character is the inspiration of the agent in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, most recently played on screen by Judi Dench in films including Quantum Of Solace and Ralph Fiennes in Spectre.

The book will be published Preface in the UK on 4 May and by »


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Tribeca All Access awards $100,000 in grants to 10 projects

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Five fiction, five documentary projects from underrepresented voices to receive support.

Tribeca Film Institute (Tfi) has announced the 10 projects selected for the 14th annual Tribeca All Access (Taa) programme.

Tfi’s Artist Programmes team selected the projects from scripted and documentary works-in-progress that represent communities largely underserved in the entertainment industry. 

Five grants will be awarded to the following scripted projects:

Monsters And Men: written and directed by Reinaldo Green;

Selah And The Spades: written and directed by Tayarisha Poe;

The Green Guerrillas: written and directed by Dean Marcial;

The Short History Of The Long Road: written and directed by Ani Simon-Kennedy; and

White: Co-written and directed by A. Sayeeda Moreno. Co-written by Michah Schaffer.

Five grants will be awarded to the following documentary projects:

Bloodthicker: directed by Zachary Manuel;

Border South: directed by Raul Paz Pastrana;

How To Have An American Baby: directed by Leslie Tai;

Jaddoland: directed by Nadia Shihab; and

The Youth: »


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Nfts crowns 2017 student winners

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Pig Heart Boy writer Malorie Blackman was presented with an honorary Nfts fellowship.

The National Film and Television School (Nfts) has revealed the winners of its 2017 prizes for graduating students.

Presented at the annual Nfts graduate show – taking place at Picturehouse Central in London between February 20-21 – the awards highlight the last 12 months of graduate productions from Nfts students.

The most promising Nfts student prize went to Andrew Oldbury, whose numerous short film credits include Faithful, which was nominated for best short film at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Oldbury also took a prize handed out for health and safety management in film production, shared with Aaron Hillier.

Chris Auty, Nfts head of producing praised Oldbury: “During his time at Nfts, Andrew has been known for his generosity, persistence and willingness to reach out beyond his area doing stellar work across live fiction as well as projects outside his comfort zone including games and television entertainment.”

The »


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Berlin winner 'Summer 1993' heads to France

20 February 2017 4:11 AM, PST

Exclusive: New Europe inked deals on the film for France and Turkey at this month’s Efm.

Sales agent New Europe Film Sales has struck deals with France and Turkey on its 2017 Berlin Film Festival award-winner Summer 1993.

Pyramide has taken French rights, while Filmarti will distribute in Turkey. Previous deals were done with Cinemien for Benelux and Hugoeast for China. Madrid-based Avalon co-produced and will also handle distribution in Spain.

The film premiered in Berlin’s Generation K-Plus programme, where it won a Grand Prix, and it also scooped the festival’s overall best first feature prize at the awards ceremony on Saturday.

The Catalan-language drama marks the feature debut of writer-director Carla Simon. It was developed at the Berlinale Script Station and later presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Valérie Delpierre produced for Spanish outfit Inicia Films.

Set in 1993 Catalonia, the story follows six-year-old Frida, who faces her first summer with her new adoptive family after the »


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Berlin Generations title 'Summer 1993' heads to France

20 February 2017 4:11 AM, PST

Exclusive: New Europe inked deals on the film for France and Turkey at this month’s Efm.

Sales agent New Europe Film Sales has struck deals with France and Turkey on its 2017 Berlin Film Festival premiere Summer 1993.

Pyramide has taken French rights, while Filmarti will distribute in Turkey. Previous deals were done with Cinemien for Benelux and Hugoeast for China. Madrid-based Avalon co-produced and will also handle distribution in Spain.

The Catalan-language drama marks the feature debut of writer-director Carla Simon. It was developed at the Berlinale Script Station and later presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. Valérie Delpierre produced for Spanish outfit Inicia Films.

Set in 1993 Catalonia, the story follows six-year-old Frida, who faces her first summer with her new adoptive family after the death of her parents.

The film premiered in Berlin’s Generation KPlus competition. Screen’s review described it as “authentic and memorable”. »


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'Toni Erdmann' wins top prize from International Cinephile Society

20 February 2017 2:26 AM, PST

German comedy wins five awards, including best picture and director.

Toni Erdmann won five awards from the 14th International Cinephile Society on Sunday (19 Feb).

The film won best picture, best director for Maren Ade, best actor for Peter Simonischek, best original screenplay and best foreign film.

Other big winners included Isabelle Huppert, who won best actress for Elle, Andre Holland (Moonlight) and Lily Gladstone (Certain Women) in the supporting actor categories, and Elle again for adapted screenplay.

The Red Turtle won the animated film prize and Fire At Sea won best documentary.

The awards also honoured films that critics saw in festivals but did not get a theatrical release in 2016, including The Lost City Of Z, Brothers Of The Night and The Death Of Louis Xiv.

The International Cinephile Society was formed in 2003 and is made up of around 100 journalists, film scholars and other industry professionals. »


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Berlin: 'The Other Side Of Hope' tops Screen's final jury grid

20 February 2017 2:17 AM, PST

Aki Kaurismaki’s latest was tops pack of Berlinale competition titles.

The final scores have now been submitted for Screen’s 2017 Berlin jury grid and the winner has been crowned.

Reigning atop the pile of competition titles is Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope, which clocked an impressive average rating of 3.7 from a possible four stars from Screen’s jury of international critics.

A late entrant was Liu Jian’s Have A Nice Day, which landed in second position on the Grid’s final day with 3.3 (though three scores were not submitted).

The final day’s other new title was Calin Peter Netzer’s Ana, Mon Amour, which scored a middle-of-the-pack 2.2 (with two scores not submitted).

Rounding out the overall top three was Sebastian Lelio’s early pace-setter A Fantastic Woman, which clocked 3.0, and Hong Sang-soo’s On The Beach At Night Alone, also on 3.0.

Propping up the grid was Marcelo Gomes’s Joaquim, on 1.2 (with »


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Search engines, creative industries launch new scheme to fight piracy

20 February 2017 12:55 AM, PST

UK initiative sees Google and Bing working with rights holders.

A new UK initiative which aims to reduce the availability of pirated films, music and TV through search engines has been launched.

Google and Bing, the Motion Picture Association, the Alliance for Intellectual Property (representing a wide range of rights holders) and BPI (the trade body for the UK music industry) have signed up to the agreement.

The voluntary ‘code’ will aim to speed up the demotion of sites hosting illegal content and will see increased technical consultation and information sharing, for example in improving autocomplete suggestions.

The goal is to make it much less likely that users are presented with pirated film, TV or music when using search engines.

The agreement follows a series of government-chaired roundtables involving the Intellectual Property Office (Ipo), the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Dcms) and Ofcom.

The agreement is in addition to current anti-piracy measures, including court ordered »


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