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Venice Days premiere for Larry Clark

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Kids director to world premiere The Smell of Us at Venice Days.

Venice Days, the independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6), has confirmed that it will host the world premiere of Larry Clark’s The Smell of Us on Aug 31.

The film, distributed by Wild Bunch, is the first that the Us filmmaker behind Kids and Bully has made outside the States.

Written with Mathieu Landais during Clark’s “new life” in Paris, and starring Michael Pitt, Alex Martin, and Niseem Theillaud, The Smell of Us is “the portrait of a group of self-destructive skateboarders in Paris,” according to the director.

Venice days unveiled its line-up last week. »


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Emile Hirsch joins Just Jim

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Into the Wild star joins the directorial debut of Submarine star Craig Roberts.

Us actor Emile Hirsch has been cast alongside Craig Roberts in Just Jim, which goes into production in Wales this week.

The feature marks the directorial debut of Roberts, the 23 year-old star of Submarine and The Double who has recently been seen in Us comedies including Neighbors and 22 Jump Street.

Roberts plays the title role opposite Hirsch, best known for his roles in Lone Survivor, Into the Wild and Prince Avalanche.

The story centres on Jim, a teenage loser who life is turned around by the appearance of an enigmatic, handsome neighbour.

Co-stars include Aneirin Hughes, Nia Roberts, Richard Harrington, Matthew Aubrey and newcomers Ryan Owen and Charlotte Randall.

Producers are Adrian Bate and Pip Broughton of Vox Pictures and the film will shoot on location in Caerphilly, Wales, over three weeks.

Just Jim was selected as one of three finalists of Ffilm Cymru Wales »


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Warner Bros names Harry Potter team

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Team will be based in London and Burbank, and follows an expanded partnership between the studio and J.K. Rowling.

Warner Bros. Entertainment has created a Harry Potter Global Franchise Development (Hpgfd) team, based in both London and Burbank. The move follows last year’s announcement that the studio had formed an expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling.

The team will be led by Josh Berger, president and MD of Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, who now adds president of Hpgfd to his current role.

According to a statement, the team will “develop and execute a high-level strategic vision for the Harry Potter brand and its ancillary businesses, working closely with J.K. Rowling’s team at The Blair Partnership and other internal and external stakeholders and partners”.

Berger will be supported by Polly Cochrane, based in London, and Paul Condolora, based in Burbank, who joins the company this week.

Despite the eight-movie series ending in 2011, the Potter »


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Warner Bros creates Harry Potter team

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Team will be based in London and Burbank, and follows an expanded partnership between the studio and J.K. Rowling.

Warner Bros. Entertainment has created a Harry Potter Global Franchise Development (Hpgfd) team, based in both London and Burbank. The move follows last year’s announcement that the studio had formed an expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling.

The team will be led by Josh Berger, president and MD of Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, who now adds president of Hpgfd to his current role.

According to a statement, the team will “develop and execute a high-level strategic vision for the Harry Potter brand and its ancillary businesses, working closely with J.K. Rowling’s team at The Blair Partnership and other internal and external stakeholders and partners”.

Berger will be supported by Polly Cochrane, based in London, and Paul Condolora, based in Burbank, who joins the company this week.

Despite the eight-movie series ending in 2011, the Potter »


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Con Air director teams with The Who on TV series

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Exclusive: Simon West writing Mods and Rockers with iconic band.

Con Air and The Expendables 2 director Simon West is in development on a TV series about London’s music scene in the 1960s with iconic rock band The Who.

West is currently working on the script for Mods and Rockers (working title) with The Who band members including Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry.

The iconic UK band are set to handle music on the series and co-produce with West - who will direct and produce through his UK outfit Simon West Productions – and band manager and film producer Bill Curbishley (The Railway Man, Quadrophenia).

West envisages Mods and Rockers as an eight-part “international series”.

“We’re not remaking Quadrophenia but it’s that kind of world,” he told ScreenDaily. “It will also cover the rockers’ side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging ‘60s London, taking in gangsters »


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Dominique Pinon joins DuhLess 2

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French actor Dominique Pinon and Serbia’s Milos Bikovic have joined the cast of Roman Prygunov’s DuhLess 2, the sequel to his 2012 box-office success based on Sergey Minaev’s eponymous novel.

Veteran Pinon is known to international audiences for roles in such classics as Diva, Amelie From Montmartre and Delicatessen, while 26 year-old Bikovic appeared in the football films Montevideo - God Bless You! and its sequel as well as Nikita Mikhalkov’s forthcoming Bunin adaptation, Sunstroke.

The sequel by Art Pictures Studio and Kinoslovo is headlined again by Danila Kozlovsky, known popularly as ¨Russia’s answer to Brad Pitt¨ who has recently broken into the international film scene with his role in Vampire Academy.

Kozlovsky reprises his role as top manager Max Andreev who has left the hustle and bustle of Moscow behind for the quiet life on the Indonesian island of Bali until events back home lead him to head for Russia.

Seen by many »


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Secret Cinema’s Bttf gets go ahead

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After cancelling four shows, Secret Cinema will begin its run of Back to the Future on July 31.

Secret Cinema has confirmed it will go ahead with its run of Back to the Future from tomorrow (July 31), following a series of high-profile cancellations.

Founder Fabien Riggall said in a statement: “We are happy to announce that Secret Cinema Presents Back to the Future will go ahead.

“We are extremely sorry for the delayed communications of last week. We know we let our audience down and will do everything we can to make it up to them.”

The immersive cinema company was set to launch its most ambitious production to date last Thursday (July 24). But the event was cancelled just a couple of hours before it was set to begin, disappointing around 3,500 ticketholders.

The same thing happened the following day, informing thousands more that the show had been called off with only a few hours to spare. Shortly after, Secret »


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Zvyagintsev: Leviathan seed was 'killdozer'

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The Motovun honoree talks about the inspirations for Cannes award winner Leviathan.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes best screenplay award winner Leviathan is a tale of Putin-era Russian corruption set in a remote, atmospheric peninsula on the Barents Sea.

But the script’s origins were inspired by incidents much further away.

Zvyagintsev tells Screen he was initially inspired by the “killdozer” case in Colorado in 2004. Marvin John Heemeyer, an auto repair shop owner, had an ongoing zoning dispute with local authorities —  he used a modified bulldozer to demolish the town hall and former mayor’s house among other buildings, before killing himself.

“I first heard about the story in 2008, when I was in New York filming New York, I Love You. I liked this story of a struggle of a small man against the system.” Over the next six years, he worked on the script that would eventually become Leviathan.

“In that period a lot of things happened »


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Zvyagintsev: seed of Leviathan was 'killdozer'

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The Motovun honoree talks about the inspirations for Cannes award winner Leviathan.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes best screenplay award winner Leviathan is a tale of Putin-era Russian corruption set in a remote, atmospheric peninsula on the Barents Sea.

But the script’s origins were inspired by incidents much further away.

Zvyagintsev tells Screen he was initially inspired by the “killdozer” case in Colorado in 2004. Marvin John Heemeyer, an auto repair shop owner, had an ongoing zoning dispute with local authorities —  he used a modified bulldozer to demolish the town hall and former mayor’s house among other buildings, before killing himself.

“I first heard about the story in 2008, when I was in New York filming New York, I Love You. I liked this story of a struggle of a small man against the system.” Over the next six years, he worked on the script that would eventually become Leviathan.

“In that period a lot of things happened »


- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Zvyagintsev says Leviathan began with Us 'killdozer' case

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The Motovun honoree talks about the inspirations for Cannes award winner Leviathan.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes best screenplay award winner Leviathan is a tale of Putin-era Russian corruption set in a remote, atmospheric peninsula on the Barents Sea.

But the script’s origins were inspired by incidents much further away.

Zvyagintsev tells Screen he was initially inspired by the “killdozer” case in Colorado in 2004. Marvin John Heemeyer, an auto repair shop owner, had an ongoing zoning dispute with local authorities —  he used a modified bulldozer to demolish the town hall and former mayor’s house among other buildings, before killing himself.

“I first heard about the story in 2008, when I was in New York filming New York, I Love You. I liked this story of a struggle of a small man against the system.” Over the next six years, he worked on the script that would eventually become Leviathan.

“In that period a lot of things happened »


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Simon West turns to crowd-funding

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Expendables 2 director talks crowd-funding, a Con Air sequel and Tolkien & Lewis.

Con Air and The Expendables 2 director Simon West is turning to crowd-funding platform SyndicateRoom to help finance his upcoming action-comedy Salty.

In an unusual move for such a high profile film, UK investors are being invited to own a stake in the film by buying shares in company Salty Film Ltd via the equity crowd-funding platform SyndicateRoom.

According to West’s Simon West Productions, angel investors have already bought £450,000 of equity in Salty Films, with remaining shares available at a minimum of £1,000.

The production is aiming for crowd-funding investors to make up £1.8m of the film’s projected £5.9m ($10m) budget, with the remainder expected from pre-sales and tax credits.

West’s production outfit is in advanced negotiations with a Us sales outfit for the project, which the director hopes to shoot in 2015.

Salty follows a reformed sex-addict muso who is persuaded to take a »


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Simon West to crowd-fund action-comedy Salty

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Expendables 2 director talks crowd-funding, a Con Air sequel and Tolkien & Lewis.

Con Air and The Expendables 2 director Simon West is turning to crowd-funding platform SyndicateRoom to help finance his upcoming action-comedy Salty.

In an unusual move for such a high profile film, UK investors are being invited to own a stake in the film by buying shares in company Salty Film Ltd via the equity crowd-funding platform SyndicateRoom.

According to West’s Simon West Productions, angel investors have already bought £450,000 of equity in Salty Films, with remaining shares available at a minimum of £1,000.

The production is aiming for crowd-funding investors to make up £1.8m of the film’s projected £5.9m ($10m) budget, with the remainder expected from pre-sales and tax credits.

West’s production outfit is in advanced negotiations with a Us sales outfit for the project, which the director hopes to shoot in 2015.

Salty follows a reformed sex-addict muso who is persuaded to take a »


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Kino Lorber takes Decent One, Winter

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The distributor has acquired all Us rights to Vanessa Lapa’s documentary on the secret personal writings and photographs of Heinrich Himmler as well as mystery Winter In The Blood.

The Decent One asks how the man who led the SS and who claimed to revere German virtues of order, decency and goodness could remain a hero in the eyes of his family and play a key role in the Holocaust.

The film won best documentary at the recent Jerusalem Film Festival and opens on October 1 at New York’s Film Forum prior to expansion across the Us art house circuit.

Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky.

Kino Lorber has also picked up North American rights to Ranchwater Films’ mystery Winter In The Blood starring Chaske Spencer, David Morse and Julia Jones. Alex Smith and Andrew Smith directed the film from James Welch’s novel. Kino Lorber has set »


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Kino Lorber takes The Decent One, Winter

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The distributor has acquired all Us rights to Vanessa Lapa’s documentary on the secret personal writings and photographs of Heinrich Himmler as well as mystery Winter In The Blood.

The Decent One asks how the man who led the SS and who claimed to revere German virtues of order, decency and goodness could remain a hero in the eyes of his family and play a key role in the Holocaust.

The film won best documentary at the recent Jerusalem Film Festival and opens on October 1 at New York’s Film Forum prior to expansion across the Us art house circuit.

Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky.

Kino Lorber has also picked up North American rights to Ranchwater Films’ mystery Winter In The Blood starring Chaske Spencer, David Morse and Julia Jones. Alex Smith and Andrew Smith directed the film from James Welch’s novel. Kino Lorber has set »


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Kino Lorber takes The Decent One

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The distributor has acquired all Us rights to Vanessa Lapa’s documentary on the secret personal writings and photographs of Heinrich Himmler.

The Decent One asks how the man who led the SS and who claimed to revere German virtues of order, decency and goodness could remain a hero in the eyes of his family and play a key role in the Holocaust.

The film won best documentary at the recent Jerusalem Film Festival and opens on October 1 at New York’s Film Forum prior to expansion across the Us art house circuit.

Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber negotiated the deal with Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky. »


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Cinedigm, Great Point Media strike pact

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Cinedigm Corp and Robert Halmi Jr’s Great Point Media have signed a multi-picture distribution and production output deal.

Great Point Media will deliver a minimum of eight cast-driven films primarily in the sci-fi and thriller genres, which Cinedigm will channel through its burgeoning distribution pipeline that covers theatrical, digital and VOD, physical home entertainment and television.

Cinedigm also gets a first look at Great Point Media’s development slate. The first two films are expected to be delivered by late 2014, with the balance delivered in 2015.

“We are excited to be in business with Cinedigm,” said Great Point Media chairman Halmi Jr. “We have over 30 films, two mini-series and six television series in various stages of production and development and by collaborating with Cinedigm we feel these projects will all have a better chance of success.”

“I’ve admired the prolific work of Robert Halmi Jr for years and am thrilled at the opportunity to be his »


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IFC Midnight embraces Inner Demons

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Seth Grossman directed Schorr Pictures’ horror film about an intervention-style reality TV show.

Lara VosburghMorgan McClellan, Colleen McGrann, Kate Whitney and Brian Flaherty star and Robin Schorr produced.

Inner Demons centres on a reality show film crew covering a young girl who appears to be fighting addiction but may in fact be battling something far darker.

The film premiered at the La Film Festival and is based on the screenplay by Glenn Gers.

IFC Midnight brokered the deal with Submarine and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler and Feldman on behalf of the filmmakers. »


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Magic in the Moonlight to close Sarajevo

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Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.

The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has revealed the line-up for its Open Air Cinema screenings, which will include Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight as the closing film.

Sat in the 1920s on the French Riviera, the romantic comedy stars Colin Firth as a magician who attempts to expose a psychic medium, played by Emma Stone, as a fake.

Allen’s Oscar-winning Blue Jasmine screened at Sarajevo’s Open Air Cinema during last year’s festival.

As previously announced, Sarajevo will open with three films to mark its 20th edition.

The first will be Alejandro González Inárritu’s 2000 feature Amores Perros and actor Gael Garcia Bernal will be in attendance to introduce the Open Air Cinema screening and accept the festival’s Honorary Heart of Sarajevo.

The second opening night film will be road movie Je M’appelle Hmmm…, the »


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Toronto to world premiere Angel, Tusk, Burgundy

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Michael Wintbottom’s The Face of An Angel, Kevin Smith’s Tusk and Peter Strickland’s The Duke Of Burgundy will receive their world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival; new documentaries from Joshua Oppenheimer and Nick Broomfield are also among Tiff’s second wave.

As always, Tiff programmers stress the information is not final or complete and remains subject to change. Canadian films in the strands listed below will be announced on August 6.

The first wave of titles was announced last week.

As previously announced, the world premieres of David Dobkins’ drama The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall, and Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos bookend the festival.

Tiff is set to run from September 4-14. For further information visit the official website.

Wp = World premiere

Nap = North American premiere

IP = International premiere

Cp = Canadian premiere

Tiff Docs

Beats Of The Antonov (Sudan-South Africa), Hajooj Kuka Wp

I Am Here (Wo Jiu »


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Toronto to world premiere Angel, Tusk

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The world premiere of Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studios follow-up The Duke Of Burgundy and new documentaries from Joshua Oppenheimer and Nick Broomfield are among Tiff’s second wave.

Programming includes the world premieres of Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of An Angel, Bent Hamer’s 1001 Grams and Tusk from Kevin Smith.

As always, Tiff programmers stress the information is not final or complete and remains subject to change. Canadian films in the programmes listed below will be announced on August 6.

As previously announced, the world premieres of David Dobkins’ drama The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall and Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos bookend the festival.

Tiff is set to run from September 4-14. For further information visit the official website.

Wp = World premiere

Nap = North American premiere

IP = International premiere

Cp = Canadian premiere

Tiff Docs

Beats Of The Antonov (Sudan-South Africa), Hajooj Kuka Wp

I Am Here (Wo Jiu Shi Wo »


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